Book Blitz for Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy # 1) + Author Guest Post & Giveaway

If you’re a fan of Summer Day’s post-apocalyptic Collapse series, then you don’t want to miss her new novella companion series called The Zero Trilogy. The first installment was just released and features Elle who also appears in the Collapse series. Today, Ms. Lane is guest blogging with me,  so read on as she explains the factors that went into the creation and shaping of Elle’s character. The blitz-wide giveaway includes lots free books, so be sure to enter for your chance to win!

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Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy # 1)  by Summer Lane

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Publication Date: October 10, 2014

Genre: YA,  Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia Fiction

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Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she’s been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.

Day Zero is a novella, the first installment in The Zero Trilogy, a novella series complementing the international bestselling Collapse Series.

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SummerSummer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series, which includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and State of Pursuit. The fifth installment, State of Alliance, is releasing January 2015. Summer is also the author of The Zero Trilogy and an upcoming survivalist/science fantasy series coming in 2015. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle Magazine, and is an accomplished creative writing teacher and journalist.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, dates to the movies, hiking in the mountains and strolling on the beach.

Author Links.

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 “Creating Elle” 
One of the joys of being a writer is that you get to create new and exciting characters entirely from scratch. Of course, fictional characters are simply made up of bits and pieces of realistic people and personalities, but combining them to make a single, unique protagonist is an awesome task.

Elle is the fifteen year-old protagonist of Day Zero, and will be the starring player in the entire Zero Trilogy. When I began writing the story, I had a very clear picture in my head of who this girl was, and where she came from. I find it helpful to create intricate character backstories – regardless of whether or not those stories make it into the novel. Knowing your characters as well as you know yourself makes them real to the readers.

I built Elle’s appearance and personality around the fact that she had been through serious trouble and tribulation before we get into her head in Day Zero. This is what shaped her character for the book, and it is what carries her through many of her adventurous survival scenarios. I can’t wait to see where Elle’s journey ends up taking her!

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Blitz-wide Giveaway (INTL)

Dead Girl Walking, by Ruth Silver 

Fractured Dream, by K.M. Randall 

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring by DEL Connor 

Eyes of the Enemy by Kelly Hess 

Jacob, King of Portalia by Casey Club 

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert 

Aftershock by Roberta Trahan 

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Do You Like Zombies? Don’t Miss the Zombie Day Celebration

I became a fan of Nararea Andrews after reading the first two books in her great NA post-apocalyptic The World Without End series.  Today, Andrews joins us with a special note about the upcoming Zombie Day Celebration, which I’m thrilled to share with you, especially since it takes place on October 12th when the much-anticipated Walking Dead premiers.  

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So, let me turn this post over to Ms. Andrews who’ll give you all the tantalizing details about this fantastic event that you can really sink your teeth into (sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

 

NazareaAndrews-279x300I am so so excited about Zombie Day!!!

Wait. What is zombie day?

Okay. So we’re revealing the cover of The Future Without Hope, book 3 in The World Without End series. And because I am so excited about this release, we’ve decided to do something fun.

On October 12th, we’ll be having an all day event where you can…
~Tweet or share on your facebook or post zombified pictures.
~Share graphic teasers with your favorite quotes from the first two books
~Follow the scavenger hunt cover reveal to put together the cover and find a special code
~Come by the party on Sunday at 10pm and talk with us about zombies and The Walking Dead (because come on. Let’s share the zombie love.)

I really hope that you all take part in the fun on Sunday!!! Tweet me @NazareaAndrews or use the hashtag, #BringontheHorde

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Take a Moment to Check Out These Three New Releases!

I’m excited to share with you details about the release of three new novels that are on my reading list. If you follow my blog, you know I’m an eclectic reader, so the books spotlighted today range from the YA to adult romance. If you’re looking for a new series to start, perhaps one of these novels will catch your interest.  Happy Release Day to all of these authors!

Night Sky (Night Sky # 1) by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann

I have enjoyed every Suzanne Brockmann novel I’ve read, and now she has a new YA series that she and her daughter have co-written.  Based on the series prequel I read, I think Night Sky is going to do very well. Read my review for Dangerous Destiny that introduces the series here: Sunday Series Spotlight: Night Sky 

Release Date: October 7, 2014 / 496 pgs

Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in a near future both fantastic and frightening. “Original and exciting, NIGHT SKY propels readers into a dangerous future. Loved it.” —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made For You and the Wicked Lovely series

Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on.

Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.

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Blog Tour ~ The Rebel Series + Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Today, I’m part of the blog tour for Lance Erlick’s YA Rebels series which features sixteen-year-old Annabelle and her struggle to find her way in a dystopic world ruled by a female-dominated government. Learn more about Annabelle’s character from Mr. Erlick in the featured guest post and enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of two Amazon gift cards!

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Genre: YA, Dystopian Fiction

The Rebel Within (Rebel # 1) 

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Annabelle (16) faces adult dilemmas and a fight for her life. Orphaned at age three when the military took her parents, she’s a tomboy who rebels against her conformist society, which pushes her to become a cop intern to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom.

The Rebel Within turns our male dominated world upside down. After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a utopian society without men by rounding up the remaining males, and enforcing Harmony. Central to their plan is EggFusion Fertilization and Female Mechanized Warriors.

In this world, Annabelle faces a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone. She meets a handsome boy who escapes prison. As she tries to survive rigorous military training and hunt for her imprisoned birth mother, Annabelle must choose between capturing the boy and helping him escape, while she wrestles with the consequences of her actions.

Goodreads | Amazon:  The Rebel Within (Rebels Book 1)

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The Rebel Trap (Rebel # 2)

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Voices in 16-year-old Annabelle’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet.

The Rebel Trap sweeps readers into a haunting world with no privacy. Written as a standalone story, it also follows Annabelle’s adventures from The Rebel Within.

Auditory implants and contact cams allow her military commander from the unit that took her parents to watch her 24-7. A boy she helped to escape hacks her implants to plead for her help. She’s forced to be a cop and military spy investigating her police captain as well as capturing escaped boys. Observed constantly, Annabelle has to dance between helping the escaped boy she likes free his brother from a heavily guarded geek institute, her job to capture him, and the feud between her military commander and the police chief she’s expected to spy on.

A pawn in a bigger game, no one believes she can handle this, which may be her greatest asset.

Goodreads | Amazon:  The Rebel Trap (Rebels Book 2)

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Rebels Divided (Rebel # 3) 

perf5.500x8.500.inddRebels Divided is a fun thrill ride written as a standalone action story, but also part of the Rebel series, three years later.

The first time Geo sees Annabelle, they meet as enemies and she doesn’t kill him. That’s worth something. Geo (19) is a rugged frontiersman who hungers to see more of the world than the impoverished Outland glen where he and his pa hide from local Rangers. Annabelle (19) is a tough yet fragile tomboy who lost her parents at age three to the Mech Warriors. Then she’s forced to become a Mech.

After the Second American Civil War, the nation divides into two ‘utopias’. The Federal Union enforces Harmony and an all-female society protected by Mechanized Warriors. The Outland promotes rugged individualism, but Thane Edwards holds a monopoly of power with his Rangers. The Union’s Tenn-tucky governor and the Outland warlord conclude a secret deal, pledging Annabelle to the warlord to provide heirs, and putting a bounty on Geo and his pa.

Hunted by military from both sides, Geo and Annabelle struggle to overcome mutual distrust in order to work together to rescue her sister and gain justice for the murder of his father.

 Goodreads | Amazon: Rebels Divided

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“Don’t be alarmed,” a muted bass voice said directly into my skull.

You know how when someone says think fast, you can’t? My brain scrambled to make sense of this male voice deep inside my head, given that I’d never heard a masculine tone until six weeks ago.

Sandy tugged me forward. “Don’t keep the commander waiting.”

I pulled back. Morgan, what are you doing in my head? It felt like the mech com-link that allowed you to hear another’s projected thoughts. I couldn’t imagine how to turn the blasted thing off, or how to talk to him without Sandy overhearing. I couldn’t let her or the commander think I was crazy on top of everything else. I considered that possibility.

“I haven’t much time,” Morgan said. “My brother hacked your com-link’s auditory implant. Your escape plan failed. Mechs are rounding up the other boys. Your mom’s in danger.”

I froze. I wanted to see Morgan’s face. Yet I didn’t trust all this craziness inside me, as if I wanted more than just to see him. His tone did sound comforting, though, the only really friendly voice since I ran the gauntlet.

Sandy yanked me forward.

“Sorry for being such a bother. I need your help,” Morgan said somewhere inside my skull.

I followed Sandy, shook my head, and mouthed, “No.” As if somehow, he could see that. I’d done my bit. I’d tried to help him escape.

The gravity of my situation sank in. Had Commander Hernandez caught the nurse helping the boys, or connected the escape to Mom? The entire idea had been stupid, a rushed effort because I really liked Morgan, despite having to fight him. I should have had a better plan, but I was not a planner.

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Lance ErlickLance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He studied creative writing at Northwestern University and University of Iowa.

He writes science fiction, dystopian and young adult stories and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends. He is the author of The Rebel Within, The Rebel Trap, and Rebels Divided, three books in the Rebel series. In those stories, he flips traditional exploitation to explore the effects of a world that discriminates against males and the consequences of following conscience for those coming of age. Erlick lives in the Chicago area with his family.

Author Links

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Character Profile of Annabelle

How would you feel if you were watched constantly with annoying voices in your head, and they’re real? What would you do if your beliefs were at odds with your restrictive society, and you couldn’t share your innermost fears with anyone? How would you react to an injustice against others, where your involvement will put your life and your family in danger?

These are some of the dilemmas facing sixteen-year-old Annabelle, who rattled around in my head until I wrote her story.

While The Rebel Trap is the second book in the Rebel series, it was written as a standalone story as well, narrated mostly by Annabelle.

She lives in a world where men are exiled, quarantined or forced to fight to the death to train the military elite. She was forced to be a cop intern and when she fought to protect her younger sister, Janine, from a bully, she was arrested, kicked out of high school, and coerced to join the elite Mech Corps that took her parents when she was three. To say she’s a rebel doesn’t begin to cover her angst.

Now, her Mech Corps commander has given her auditory implants and contact cameras so she can watch Annabelle 24/7, and have her spy on her previous police captain. Morgan hacks into her new connections to plead for her help. She could scream, but she didn’t need the added pressure of competing voices in her head, trying to talk her off the ledge.

She’s a pawn in a bigger game, in over her head. The price of failure will be exile from her beloved adoptive family, or death. The fact no one believes she can handle this may be her greatest asset. Can she pull it off?

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In the Zombie Zone: The Premiere of The Walking Dead & Free Zombie Fiction

Countdown to Season 5 of The Walking Dead

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I’m so looking forward to the  season premiere of  The Walking Dead  this Sunday, October 12 on AMC.   If you’ve wanted to watch the series, but missed past seasons, you can catch up with The Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse Week Marathon and watch all of the episodes of the show that lead up to season five. The marathon starts Monday, October 6th on AMC.

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Welcome to Autumn: A Review of The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy # 21)

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The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy # 21)  by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown

Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a  mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Genres: Fiction, Cozy Mystery

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Autumn has descended and crops are being harvested all over Crozet, Virginia, ideal conditions for a scenic drive for Harry and husband Fair. Bucolic views are all well and good, but Harry’s nose for trouble leads her straight to a cornfield’s macabre scarecrow—an all too real murder victim that frightens all but the noisy crows.
 
This accountant’s gruesome death is only the first of many disturbing events in this normally pastoral corner of the world. While Harry tends her beloved grapes and sunflowers, a killer edges closer—as does Harry’s protective menagerie of animals.
 
Halloween’s approach brings with it bona fide terror and a beloved local tradition that threatens to become fatal. Rooting out the guilty in the treacherous center of a lucrative conspiracy requires Harry’s farmer’s wisdom—along with the quick wits and extraordinary senses of Sneaky Pie, Pewter, and Tucker. A vicious murderer may know the lay of the land far better than Harry does, but that’s about to change. It’s up to her vigilant four-footed companions to make sure that the unearthing of this plot is not Harry’s last act.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Maximum Risk (Wolff Securities # 1)

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Maximum Risk (Wolff Securities # 1) by Jennifer Lowery

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Publication Date: August 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult Fiction

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It should have been a simple rescue mission… 

Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her. 

But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple… 

Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again. 

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Blog Tour~ Aegis Rising (Aegis League Series # 1)

Today’s spotlight is on teen author, Shirin Segran and  Aegis Rising, the first book in her action/adventure series. I have lots of goodies to share with you in this post: You can watch the book trailer, read the author’s Top Ten Reasons for writing this series, plus enter a giveaway for a chance to win a book store gift card. I’ve also included some YouTube videos featuring interviews with Segran about Aegis Rising and the non-profit organization that she supports. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book go toward providing teens with life-skills and opportunities for growth.

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Aegis Rising (Aegis League Series # 1)  by S.S. Segran

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Publication Date: November 15, 2013

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

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Over a remote northern forest, a small plane carrying five teenage friends flies into a freak storm. Struck by lightning, the aircraft crashes and the passengers find themselves cast into a life-changing adventure.

In a hidden valley, a mysterious people gaze at the stormy sky as a glowing object with fiery wings disappears behind a mountain ridge. The astonishing sight reignites an ancient prophecy foretelling the arrival of five chosen ones destined to become bearers of light against a dark storm gathering on humanity’s horizon.

In a distant city, a secretive organization led by a shadowy figure initiates a sequence of cataclysmic events designed to wreak havoc across the planet, beginning with a remote mining site in northern Canada.

As the three worlds collide, unlikely heroes arise. Armed with powers entrusted to them by the ancient prophecy and the resilience of their life-long bond, the five teens take a stand against a malevolent foe.

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Book Tour ~ Deviation (The Sophisticates # 1)

Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I was excited to learn of Christine Manzari’s new YA series. Deviation looks like a book where the protagonist, Cleo, faces a number of adversities as she learns to control her unusual super-power, which she tries to keep secret. The book adds an element of the paranormal and perhaps a touch of romance to an imaginary dystopia. Read on to learn more and read an excerpt from the book.

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Deviation (The Sophisticates # 1)  by Christine Manzari

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Publication Date: August 2013

Genre: YA Dystopian, Paranormal

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Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom. 

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control. 

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus. 

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

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Retribution and Redemption: A Review of The Bully of Order

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The Bully of Order by Brian Hart

Publication Date: September 2, 2104

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, a spellbinding novel of fate and redemption—told with a muscular lyricism and filled with a cast of characters Shakespearean in scope—in which the lives of an ill-fated family are at the mercy of violent social and historical forces that tear them apart.

Keen to make his fortune, Jacob Ellstrom, armed with his medical kit and new wife, Nell, lands in The Harbor—a mud-filled, raucous coastal town teeming with rough trade pioneers, sawmill laborers, sailors, and prostitutes. But Jacob is not a doctor, and a botched delivery exposes his ruse, driving him onto the streets in a plunge toward alcoholism. Alone, Nell scrambles to keep herself and their young son, Duncan, safe in this dangerous world. When a tentative reunion between the couple—in the company of Duncan and Jacob’s malicious brother, Matius—results in tragedy, Jacob must flee town to elude being charged with murder.

Years later, the wild and reckless Duncan seems to be yet another of The Harbor’s hoodlums. His only salvation is his overwhelming love for Teresa Boyerton, the daughter of the town’s largest mill owner. But disaster will befall the lovers with heartbreaking consequences.

And across town, Bellhouse, a union boss and criminal rabble-rouser, sits at the helm of The Harbor’s seedy underbelly, perpetuating a cycle of greed and violence. His thug Tartan directs his pack of thieves, pimps, and murderers, and conceals an incendiary secret involving Duncan’s mother. As time passes, a string of calamitous events sends these characters hurtling towards each other in an epic collision that will shake the town to its core. (from Goodreads)

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Blog Tour~ Fairytale Apocalyspe + Author Guest Post & Giveaway

This month Jacqueline Patricks has released the first novel in her new Fantasy Dystopia series, The Verge. The book’s title and the unusual blend of fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction have piqued my interest in this series. I hope you’ll take a moment to read an excerpt along with the author’s featured guest post for today’s tour stop that explains why she enjoys being an Indie author. If you’re interested in reading this book, you can enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a copy along with a gift card. Or if you don’t want to wait, you can buy the book now for only $.99. Happy reading!

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Fairytale Apocalypse (the Verge # 1) by Jacqueline Patricks

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Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, New Adult

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A romance of apocalyptic proportions

 Two worlds bound by magic…

Three people joined by destiny…

Lord Kagan Donmall rules the Verge, the border that protects the magical Fae Inlands from the mundane mortal world. Recently, the Verge has been failing and he suspects the source of magic is fading. His prayers to Danu have gone unanswered, until now.

The young mortal, Lauren Montgomery, hears the message of Danu and eagerly agrees to be the Lady of the Verge, for she desires more than a mundane life.

 But Lauren’s twin sister, Tessa-ever her sister’s protector, challenges the decision. The Verge falls, and the Fae and mortal worlds suffer a double apocalypse.

Now Kagan, Lauren, and Tessa must survive in this new, hostile world and discover a way to repair that which has been destroyed while navigating the bonds of duty, love, and vengeance.

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Book Tour for The White Devil of Dublin + Dream Cast, Soundtrack, & Giveaway

Today I’m featuring p.m. terrell’s  The White Devil of Dublin, the sequel to her first book The Tempest Murders along with some enjoyable extra tidbits as well!  Listen to Ms. terrell’s soundtrack for the book as you read a selected excerpt and see her dream cast of actors who would be ideal for this novel’s characters. And before you go, be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a beautiful “Endless Love” key chain that is being given away as part of the blog tour.

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The White Devil of Dublin (Ryan O’Clery Mysteries # 2)  by p.m. terrell

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Publication Date: September 15, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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When Detective Ryan O’Clery receives a call from a noted historian claiming to have uncovered information about his Irish ancestors, he is certain she is mistaken. But when he arrives for their meeting, he finds the historian murdered and her computer stolen. His investigation will lead him to 12th Century Ireland, to a time of the Viking invasion and conquest, to an albino known as The White Devil of Dublin, and to a shocking secret his family kept hidden for more than eight hundred years. He will also come face-to-face with a present-day albino serial killer, intent on finishing the job he started.

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Book Spotlight: The Art of Love & Sinner’s Grove -Great Deals on Amazon!

Today’s spotlight features the Sinner’s Grove series and you can download the prequel, The Art of Love for free through tomorrow. Sinner’s Grove is also available for $.99.  If you’re looking for a new romance series to start, check out this deal.

Celebrating the Release of Sinner’s Grove,
Here’s the Book That Begins the Saga …
 
Free on Amazon September 23-24: The Art of Love

Title: The Art of Love: Origins of Sinner’s Grove

Author: A.B. Michaels

Series: Sinner’s Grove (Prequel)

Genre: Historical Romance

With nothing but a strong back and a barrel full of ambition, August Wolff finds wealth beyond measure in the frozen goldfields of the Klondike.  Success, however, comes at an unbearably high price.  Now Gus walks alone, and all the money in the world can’t buy him what he needs.

In the late 1800’s, when women are largely seen and not heard, Amelia Starling longs for a life limited only by her imagination.  Blessed with abundant artistic talent and an even bigger heart, she moves to the boom town of San Francisco, hoping to make her mark and living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should have to make.

Two wounded yet defiant individuals meet at the dawn of a new century, discovering a passion eclipsing all they’d ever known.  Longing to build a life together, can they overcome the dictates of a cruel and spiteful society?…The Art of Love is the prequel to the just-released contemporary romantic suspense novel, Sinner’s Grove.

Sinner’s Grove is available today and tomorrow only for 99 cents on Amazon.

Title: Sinner’s Grove

Author: A.B. Michaels

Series: Sinner’s Grove #1

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

A startling discovery when she was 14 left San Francisco artist Jenna Bergstrom estranged from her family; unforeseen tragedy only sharpened her loneliness. But now her ailing grandfather needs her expertise to re-open the family’s once-famous artists’ retreat on the California coast. The problem? She’ll have to face architect Brit Maguire, the ex-love of her life.

Seven years ago, Brit spent a magical time with the girl of his dreams, only to have her disappear from his life completely. Now she’s back, helping with the biggest architectural renovation of his career. No matter how deep his feelings still run, Brit can’t afford the distraction of Jenna Bergstrom, because something is going terribly wrong with the project at Sinner’s Grove.

As Jenna and Brit struggle to keep their passion in check, unseen enemies close in, bent on destroying more than just her grandfather’s dream. Through the prism of ever-increasing danger, Jenna finally discovers what true family—and true love—is all about. But will it be too late? 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway for Necromancer + Guest Post by Author, Graeme Ing

Today’s spotlight is Graeme Ing’s fantasy, Necromancer. The gorgeous cover alone entices me to open the book. I’m also drawn to the protagonist’s supernatural abilities as a necromancer and can just imagine all of the gruesome dark events that await readers. If you’re a fan of fantasy literature or an aspiring writer of this genre, then you don’t want to miss Ing’s featured guest post that discusses the importance of backdrops in fantasy literature. Before you go, be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

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Necromancer by Graeme Ing

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Publication Date: August 23, 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

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A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city’s leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Hunted by the Past (PSY-IV Teams # 1)

Jami Gray released Hunted by the Past, the first book in her new paranormal romantic suspense series this summer.  Since I’m an avid reader of both the paranormal and romantic suspense genres, I’m looking forward to checking out this new series. Today, you can read an excerpt from the book and enter the giveaway for one of three ecopies of this book and a giftcard.

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Hunted by the Past (PSY-IV Teams # 1) by Jami Gray

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Publication Date: July 2014

Genre: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Adult Fiction

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A reluctant psychic who can relive the past, a man well versed in keeping secrets, and a psychopathic killer enter a deadly game where the past determines the future.

Changing the past is an impossibility ex-Marine, Cynthia “Cyn” Arden, understands all too well. Struggling in the aftermath of a botched mission, which cost her two teammates, her military career, and a fledging relationship, she’s brought home by a panicked phone call.  The psychic killer behind her nightmares has escaped military custody to hunt down the remaining teammates, one by one. Next on his murderous list–Cyn. Her only chance at survival is to master the psychic ability she’s spent years denying.

The killer’s game brings her face to face with the one person guaranteed to throw her off kilter—the unsettling and distracting man she left behind, Kayden Shaw.  Once she believed he’d stand by her side, until he chose his job and his secrets over her.  A choice that’s left the scars of the past etched deep on her mind and heart.

To survive this twisted game, Cyn must risk trusting her heart and accepting who and what she is, or lose not only her life, but the man she loves.

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Mini Review of Razor’s Edge (Edge # 2)

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Razor’s Edge by Shannon K. Butcher

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Roxanne “Razor” Haught is an expert in stealth security for corporate espionage cases. But now she’s a target. Tanner O’Connell has no intentions of leaving Razor’s side. Despite her objections to having a “babysitter”, his orders as the newest member of the Edge are to watch her back. With a brainwashed assassin after his partner, Tanner cannot afford to let his desire for Razor interfere with his duty. His special ops skills may be all that stand between saving Razor-or losing her forever.

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I jumped into  this series starting with book two because it was available as an ebook from my library. I thought I’d take a chance to see if the Edge series was worth pursuing. For me, it is. Now, I plan to back up and start with the first in the series, Living on the Edge.

Here is a simplistic summary of the book:  The plot focuses on Roxanne “Razor” Haught who is an agent with Edge security.  After her recent mission fails, her boss Bella assigns her a “babysitter” named Tanner, who is ex-special forces and newly hired at Edge. The crux of the book centers on Razor’s search for her closest childhood friend, Jake, who is enlisted in the military and has been recruited to join a covert group that he believes will allow him to continue to serve his country. However, the members of this group become unwilling test subjects in a sinister project to produce killer soldiers, brainwashed to mindlessly follow commands.

Once Razor discovers Jake is in danger, she and Tanner, along with other members of Edge team work to find him and expose those responsible for what becomes known as the Threshold Project.  The chemistry between Tanner and Roxanne kept me engaged and motivated to keep reading to see how their relationship will develop. There is no nice tidy ending here only more questions and anticipation for what’s next.  Edge of Sanity continues the plot line.

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Available from Amazon: Razor’s Edge: An Edge Novel

Book Tour & Giveaway for Winterkill

If you enjoy romantic suspense, check out P.H. Turner’s  debut novel, Winterkill which was released over the summer, and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ecopy of the book along with an Amazon gift card.

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Publication Date: June 2014 / Publisher: Kensington

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Adult Fiction

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A beautiful reporter and a charming rancher are caught in a web of mayhem, murder…and lust.

Reporter Sawyer Cahill returns home to Cheyenne, Wyoming to report for the local station. But leaving behind the coverage of the gangland murders of San Antonio only lands her smack in the middle of the ritualistic animal mutilations. Harassed and threatened by the freak behind the bizarre murders, Sawyer plunges into her investigation, reaping the attentions of two local ranchers.

Local rancher, Jake Spooner, tangles with a tug of war relationship with Sawyer. Tormented between his smoldering desire for Sawyer and his wish to keep her safe, their passion flames in a mountain snow storm.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Danger & Desire + Interview with Author Kaylea Cross

Today’s post features an excellent deal on a new romantic suspense boxed set featuring novels from ten well-known authors from the romance genre. The set was released on Monday and is available for only $.99! Kaylea Cross’s novel Singed is included in this set, so read on for an interview with this best-selling author, and don’t forget to enter the fantastic giveaway that’s part of this week’s book blitz!

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Publication Date: September 15, 2014

Genre: Adult , Romance, Suspense

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Danger and Desire: Ten Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels

Hold on tight for ten tales of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 650,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.

New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus – Sensual Surrender
RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane – Against the Dark
USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare – Skin Deep
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love – Deceptive Treasures
Dee J. Adams – Against the Wall
USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson – Guarding Suzannah
USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes – Lethal Confessions
Amber Lin- Giving It Up
USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans-Deadly Pursuit
New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross-Singed

The individual novels cost over $35 in total and have more than 2,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads. This set is only available for one month, so grab your copy now!

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Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new Wicked Trilogy

Jennifer L. Armentrout has a new urban fantasy trilogy coming out, and the first book, Wicked, is set to be released this December. What do you think of the cover?

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Wicked (A Wicked Saga # 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Publication Date: December 8, 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

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Jennifer L. Armentrout# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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