Book Tour for Guardians of the Angels Series

Today’s spotlight is on Anyta Sunday’s Young Adult Paranormal Romance series, Guardians of the Angels. The first two books are available, and you can read on to learn more about and read an excerpt from each book. In addition, the author explains to readers her writing process, which I always find fascinating since every writer has an individual method for crafting a story.  If this series catches your interest, be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway for your chance to win a copy of both books or an Amazon gift card.

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Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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Veined (Book I)

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 446 pages (85,000 words) / ASIN: B005J1L41Y

It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.

 She can handle it. 

Mostly.

Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bearing the same spiral marking as her own, that suspicion is confirmed.

 After a few shaves with death, the truth finally comes out and the battles begin.

 But not all her fights are external; her biggest one is the decision she has to make between doing the right thing for the world and giving up her beloved family for good. 

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I had the opportunity to read Veined over a year ago, and I really enjoyed the fantastical Guardian world the author has created. The plot kept me engaged from beginning to end, and I especially liked the character personalities of  Sylvia and Atticus. Their relationship blossoms as Sylvia becomes immersed a a new, unfamiliar world she never knew existed. My favorite part of the book is the ending, which was both surprising and angsty. Now that the second book, Lethed, has been published, I’m looking forward to picking up the story to find out what’s next for our heroine.  After seeing the book cover for Lethed, I have a feeling Sylvia will have a harrowing journey ahead. (Source: purchased)

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Protagonists Over 40 Can Still Rock: Reviews of Still Life with Breadcrumbs & The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the protagonists in a lot of the fiction I read (excluding YA literature) are always in the age range of mid- 20s-30s.  Why is that? Is it because those middle-aged  and over characters have pretty much lived their lives and have nothing worthwhile left to discover, so they are best suited as supporting characters?

Well, I wholeheartedly disagree; older main characters still have plenty of opportunities for growth and change. Their stories can offer us readers insight into the second half of our lives, which come with its own set of challenges. Older characters aren’t flat and static; they do rock…and I don’t mean sitting in a front porch rocking chair. rocking chair

(Now may be the time to disclose that I am in this more mature age group, yet I refuse to label myself as “old.”)

Two recently written novels that have made my list of favorites are Anna Quindlen’s Still Life with Breadcrumbs and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. The protagonists in both books have advanced to the second stage in their lives, and they are similar because, at the beginning of their stories, both characters are in the midst of a downslide, thinking their best years are behind them, and the future no longer looks all that appealing. When both find themselves in new, unfamiliar terrain that force them out of their comfort zones, each discovers these unprompted changes can lead the way to a fulfilling and satisfying life.

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Book Tour for Savage Summer & Guest Post from the Author

Like a lot of readers out there, I enjoy a good mystery with lots of action and suspense. Ruth Bainbridge has recently released the first book in her new Curt Savage mystery series. Based on the book’s description, the author has created an atypical private investigator as the protagonist, which is what really caught my interest. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the book and read an excerpt, which is followed by an informative guest post from Bainbridge explaining the importance of authentic dialogue in writing.

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Savage Summer by Ruth Bainbridge

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Publication Date: February 28, 2014

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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“When life gives you lemons … be sure to spit the pits out of that lemonade you’re making. Otherwise you’ll choke.” – Curt Savage

The past year has not been a good one for Curt Savage. Depressed over the death of a loved one, he’s gone into hiding, becoming entirely too comfortable with saying that he’s in the Witness Protection Program. But the urge to find that elusive killer puts his MIA status on hold. With the help of his new buddy Mike, he delves into the murky world of tracking down a killer — and uncovering who poisoned a neighbor’s dog. 

SAVAGE SUMMER is the first in the Curt Savage mystery series. Going from former cop to private dick, he represents a new kind of detective—the reluctant kind. As his best bud Mike puts it, “Private investigation just got Savage.”

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Christmas in July (Christmas, Colorado, # 2)

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Christmas in July (Christmas, Colorado # 2) by Debbie Mason

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Publication Date: June 24, 2014 

Publisher Grand Central/ Length 416 pgs.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it’d been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort – because Jack has no memory of his family.

 All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn’t wait to leave town. Now he’s a local hero with a wife and son he doesn’t know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.

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Book Spotlight: Crane (Legends Saga Book 1)

When Halloween rolls around this year, I’ve found what looks like a great book to add to my “scary reads collection.” Stacey Rourke has recently released Crane, a retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Below you can learn more about the series, read an excerpt, and discover Rourke’s designated theme song for the book.

 Crane (Legends Saga Book 1) by Stacey Rourke

Publication Date: May 26, 2104
Genres: Paranormal,  Urban Fantasy
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

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Book Tour & Giveaway for Moccasin Trace

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Moccasin Trace by Hawk MacKinney

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Publication Date: March 2014

Genre: Historical Romance

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… it was about the land…a tale of love and loss and hope…

Hamilton Ingram looked out across the fertile Georgia bottomlands that were Moccasin Hollows, seeing holdings it had taken generations of Ingrams to build.  No drop of slave sweat ever shed in its creation.  It was about the land…his trust, his duty to preserve it for the generation of Ingrams to come…

It is July of 1859, a month of sweltering dog days and feverish emotional bombast.  Life is good for widower Rundell Ingram and his Hazel-eyed, roan-haired son, Hamilton.  Between the two of them, they take care of Moccasin Hollows, their rustic dogtrot ancestral home, a sprawling non-slave plantation in the rolling farming country outside Queensborough Towne in east Georgia.  Adjoining Ingram lands is Wisteria Bend, the vast slave-holding plantation of Andrew and Corinthia Greer, their daughter Sarah, and son Benjamin.

Both families share generations of long-accepted traditions, and childhood playmates are no longer children.  The rangy, even-tempered Norman-Scottish young Hamilton is smitten with Sarah, who has become an enticing capricious beauty—the young lovers more in love with each passing day, and only pleasant times ahead of them.

But a blood tide of war is sweeping across the South, a tide that might be impossible to stand before.

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Book Blitz for The Artful (Shadows of the City # 1)

Today, I’m spotlighting another post-apocalyptic novel geared toward young adults by Wilbert Stanton. After reading the suspenseful excerpt and the amusing interview with the main characters, Dodger and Twist below, I’ve definitely added this one to my future reads list.  If this book appeals to your reading interests, be sure to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of The Artful and feel free to let me know what you think about this new series.

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The Artful (Shadows of the City # 1)  by Wilbert Stanton

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Publication Date: May 27, 2014 / Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Genres: YA, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

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New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

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Book Blitz for State of Pursuit (Collapse # 4): Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Today, I’m excited to share with you the latest release in Summer Lane’s post-apocalyptic Collapse Series. After reading the first three books, I’ve been looking forward to this next installment. If you are unfamiliar with the series, I’ve included a link to my review of the third book that also provides a general overview of the series.  Below you can read an excerpt from State of Pursuit, check out the author’s guest post explaining her viewpoint for killing off characters, and enter the giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.

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State of Pursuit (Collapse Series # 4) by Summer Lane

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Publication Date: June 6, 2014

Publisher: WB Publishing http://writingbellepublishing.com/

Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, NA

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Cassidy Hart is alone.

Her Commander and the love of her life, Chris Young, has gone missing in action. A horrific battle with Omega has left too many good men and women dead, and Cassidy must bear the burden of leadership in the militia on her own.

But she’s not about to give up.

With the help of her faithful friends – and former enemies – she will stop at nothing to rescue Chris and ensure victory for the militias in their fight against the all-powerful Omega forces.

The game has shifted.

This time, Cassidy is one step ahead of the enemy.

This time, Cassidy is in charge.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Almond Tree

 

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Publication Date: December 2013

Genres: Fiction, Coming of Age
“An epic drama of the proportions of The Kite Runner… Grabs you from the first page… A gripping and compassionate work of fiction”
—Huffington Post

The unforgettable story of a young Palestinian boy whose mathematical gifts allow him to escape the difficulties of life as an Arab Israeli, The Almond Tree is a beautifully crafted debut novel written by a Jewish American woman from the perspective of a Palestinian Muslim male. It is about the power of love, the price of hatred, and the possibility of redemption.

Even as a young boy Ahmed Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Coming of age under Israeli martial law, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.

On Ahmed’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.

With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his beloved brother Abbas succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmed must find a way to care for his family and find a better future for himself. Gifted with a mind that can solve mathematical equations, he uses his intellect to take an inspiring journey that will lead him from his war-torn homeland to a life in America he could never have imagined for himself.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of half a century of conflict, The Almond Tree is a powerful novel that allows us to walk in one extraordinary Palestinian’s shoes and see the world through his eyes.

“Corasanti’s accomplished debut novel offers a humanistic look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…Sensitive, moving…” —Kirkus Reviews

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Release Blitz & Giveaway for Darknight (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill # 2)

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Darknight (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill # 2)  by Christine Pope

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Publication Date: June 5, 2014 

Publisher: Dark Valentine Press | 90,000 words

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Kidnapped by a rival witch clan, Angela McAllister envisions a dark future for herself until she discovers her captor’s brother is the unknown man who has haunted her dreams since she was a child.

Forced to re-evaluate everything she’s ever known about the Wilcox witches, Angela begins to explore the powerful connection that binds her to Connor Wilcox, despite the generations of hostility between their families and the disapproval of those closest to her. 

And when a dark, malignant force arises, Angela knows she must draw on her growing powers as prima to protect enemies and allies alike…even if her choice threatens to tear her new and fragile love apart.

Darknight is the second book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona.

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Review of Grayson’s Surrender & Taking Cover by Catherine Mann

If you read military romance novels, you have probably come across Catherine Mann’s work. You can now find the first two novels of her Wingman Warriors series combined into one book as part of Harlequin’s  Military Heroes Collection.
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Grayson’s Surrender (Wingman Warriors # 1) & Taking Cover (Wingman Warriors #2)  by Catherine Mann

Publication Date: April 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin 

Genre: Contemporary Military Romance, Adult Fiction

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See how it all started with the first two books in Catherine Mann’s RITA Award winning “Wingmen Warriors” series!

 This 2-in-1 is available in print only. If you wish to order the books digitally, they must be ordered individually.

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GRAYSON’S SURRENDER: Flight Surgeon Grayson Clark and NGO worker Lori Rutledge shared a passionate summer full of promise and ultimately heartbreak. After his turbulent childhood, Grayson knows well he’s ill-equipped to offer Lori the security she craves. But Grayson can’t escape Lori’s allure when they’re paired on a military rescue operation to an overseas orphanage. When one heart-tugging orphan charms her way into Lori’s life and Grayson’s heart, Lori and Grayson discover a new understanding of family – and a free-falling surrender to love.

 TAKING COVER: Battle lines are drawn when Flight Surgeon Kathleen O’Connell temporarily grounds Captain Tanner Bennett from flying combat. No way does Tanner plan to watch his crew from the sidelines. Not that he has a choice, thanks to by-the-rules Kathleen and his ground duty assignment to investigate a crash. When Kathleen is teamed with him in the investigation, they’re both diving for cover as they battle an attraction ready to detonate!

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Two New Releases from Entangled Publishing: Rules of Survival & The Mean Girl Apologies

Today, is release day for two eye-catching Entangled Embrace titles, and I wanted to share them with you and their new low price.

All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!

Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo

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Release Date: June 2, 2014

Genres: Contemporary Romance, NA

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Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Heart Song (Heart Song #1)

It’s here! Heart Song has officially been released!  To celebrate the book’s publication, Desiree is offering another giveaway for readers, and she has provided an excerpt for you to enjoy.

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 Heart Song by Desiree Williams

Publication Date: June 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Christian

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In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…

For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.

That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.

Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.

Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.

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