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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Review of The Angel of Losses

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The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman

Publication Date:  July 29, 2014 

Genres: Fantasy, Jewish Folklore and Myths, Historical Fiction

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The Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters.

When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.

When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather–and her family–comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.

Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can-and cannot-escape.

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Book Spotlight: The Winter People

This week, Rebeekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People, a young adult fantasy was released from Entangled Publising’s Teen line. Both the book cover and its tag line “This winter the nights are about to get much darker…” promise danger and intrigue. This is one I’ll be checking out sometime soon.

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The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

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Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, he takes Salome’s life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush, Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin, who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop.

An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

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Free Post-Apocalyptic/Fantasy Book Tour for The Survivors (Life After War # 1)

Today, I’m happy to feature the Life After War series by Angela White. I read the first four books in this series, one right after the other back in 2012, and only stopped because the fifth installment had yet to be released. It’s an intriguing read with a varied cast of characters who struggle to survive after a nuclear holocaust destroys the world as they knew it. This multi-genre series stood out to me because it blends together science fiction, fantasy, adventure, as well as a touch of romance with the desolation and violence of a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s complex, but White makes it work.

The best part of this tour is that The Survivors, the first book in the series is available for FREE for the duration of the tour!  Read on to learn more about the series, watch the book trailer, and read an excerpt from book one.

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The Survivors (Life After War # 1)  by Angela White

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Publication Date: October 2010

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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“This is Safe Haven Refugee Camp. Can anyone hear me?

Hello? Is anyone out there?”

“The End of the world has given us a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push mankind to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us…

“Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the Future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without CHANGE, there will be no peace. Only Survivors.”

From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one. It’s the apocalyptic fantasy series that Stephen King fans have been searching for. This way, please…

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Double Cover Reveals: Souls (Grimnirs # 2) & Witches (Runes # 4)

Ednah Walters is gearing up for the upcoming release of the fourth book in her YA Runes series, Witches, and the second installment to its companion Grimnirs series with Souls.  Today, she is releasing the covers for both books set to be released later this year.  I’ve been following this series since the beginning and have really enjoyed it.  If the series is new to you, consider reading my reviews of her past books. You can find the review links at the end of this post.

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Releasing late September 2014

WARNING: This is CORA’S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version is available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.
 
Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.
 
Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Challenging Destiny

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Challenging Destiny by Cherie Colver

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Publication Date: March 27, 2014 / 255 pgs.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.

Logan can sense something’s not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer’s day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He’s had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He’s afraid this time it might just be Ariana.

Logan’s fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren’t human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she’ll damn her brother for eternity.

Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind…but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?

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Book Spotlight: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)

I’m so excited about this upcoming YA release due out in March!

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Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him’with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069030-the-winner-s-curse

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Review of The Second Shadow (The Second Sign #2)

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The Second Shadow (The Second Sign #2) by Elizabeth Arroyo

Publication Date: September 2013

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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Jake thought being demon meant a shredded humanity, stripped of all human emotion. Chaos and self-preservation dominates a demon’s instincts. But Jake feels every ounce of pain and despair around him. 

And it’s driving him deeper into Hell.

Gabby’s choice to save him last summer left a fissure in Hell’s gate that released a malevolent evil. When Jake’s given a mission by the demons to shadow a human girl who may know the whereabouts of an ethereal weapon, he doesn’t expect to see Gabby. But Fate has her own agenda.

When Jake and Gabby are thrown together on a camping trip with a group of delinquent teens, Jake begins to grapple with the haunting choices he made in the past. When the evil finds them, the group begins to battle for their lives, alliances are made, and truths revealed. 

As the evil begins to influence Jake, he questions his link to the demons, his purpose, and his love for Gabby. 

But the answers to those questions are only found in Hell. And it may cost him his soul. (from Goodreads)

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Review of The Second Sign (The Second Sign #1)

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The Second Sign (The Second Sign #1) by Elizabeth Arroyo

Publication Date: February 2013

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Mystic (Seer Series #1)

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Mystic (Seer Series #1) by S.G. Tillery

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Publication Date: December 2013

Genres: YA, Fantasy

When a procession of knights returning from the Crusades passes through her village, the last thing 16 year old Anabel expects is that her father will sell her and her brother to one of the knights and his mysterious companion. Anabel is thrust into life at court and agrees to use her special gift to spy on the handsome new king in the weeks leading up to his coronation.

When Anabel’s visions of the future become more frequent and vivid, she learns that she and her brother are at the center of a dangerous plot — one that puts them both in danger and threatens to alter the course of her nation’s future.

As she is growing ever closer to King Fabian, all Anabel wants is for those she loves to be safe. But soon, the reality of her situation comes crashing down on her, and her life is altered once again. The power she is learning to harness is growing inside her and soon, everything she loves will be in danger.

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Spotlight & Pre-Sale for White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)


Expected Date of Publication: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
One kiss could be the last Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Book Tour, Giveaway & Author Interview for Soul Slam: Soul Force Series

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Soul Slam (Soul Force Book 1) by Allie Burton

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 Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: November 2013

A sixteen-year-old on her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian amulet inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut…and the deadly curse that comes with it.

And Olivia is not alone at the museum.       

A member of a secret Society, Xander believes it is his place to inherit King Tut’s soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society’s evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female imposter who stole the amulet.

Xander convinces Olivia they must form a temporary partnership. The two teens develop a connection, and together they must figure out how to end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run, unable to touch because of the curse, and dealing with a male soul inside her female body, Olivia must learn to trust Xander.

As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander start to fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world from destruction?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18853067-soul-slam?from_search=true

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Book Tour & Review for The League of Skull & Bones (The Grimm Chronicles # 1)

The League of Skull & Bones by M.J. Fletcher

Jess Grimm has the ability to travel to any dimension in the multiverse. There’s only one problem… it’s killing her.

Jess is a in a race against time to find a device that can slow the progression of the power inside her, but she isn’t alone. Others want her power, and they don’t care how they get, or if she is dead or alive when they do.

The only person willing to help her is the mysterious Ronan Sparrow a member of the League of Skull & Bones, one of the very groups that want her power. But what does Ronan want in return? Can Jess trust him or will she find herself alone with enemies on all sides?

The League of Skull & Bones, Book 1 of The Grimm Chronicles

Available on Amazon  League of Skull & Bones (The Grimm Chronicles Book 1) † BN

Book Blitz & Sale for Days Gone Bad (Vesik #1)

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Genre: Fantasy,  Paranormal, Adult Fiction

Days Gone Bad (Vesik, Book 1) by Eric R. Asher

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Published February 8, 2013

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18364963-days-gone-bad

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.

Purchase for $99 from Amazon:  Days Gone Bad (Vesik)

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Wolves and the River of Stone (Vesik, Book 2)

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Published October 22, 2013

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18765663-wolves-and-the-river-of-stone

Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?

 Purchase from Amazon:  Wolves and the River of Stone (Vesik)

 

 

 

Book Tour & Giveaway for The Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology (Free to Download!)

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It’s New Year’s Eve and the supernatural community is ringing in the New Year with style!

Fourteen of your favorite authors have come together to bring you The Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology!

The Stroke of Midnight features fourteen urban fantasy/paranormal short stories. Celebrate the turn of the year with all the creatures that go bump in the night!

WARNING: Short stories may contain adult/graphic content.

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A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology

Presented by Pure Textuality

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Release Day & Giveaway for Insanity

Title: Insanity

Author: Cameron Jace

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Expected publication: December 20, 2013

After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

Purchase from Amazon: Insanity

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Release Event: Review & Giveaway for Grimnirs (Runes #2.5) by Ednah Walters

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Grimnirs (Runes #2.5)  by Ednah Walters

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Release Date:  December 2nd 2013

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Firetrail Publishing

Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

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Purchase from Amazon: Grimnirs (A Runes Book) (YA Paranormal romance)

One lost love.

 

One lost best friend.

 

One hot soul reaper.

 

Straight out of the psyche ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The love of her life, the guy she’s loved from a distance for years, has moved away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.

 The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. It doesn’t help that Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. A general pain-in-the-butt. Being around him makes her feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. But more important, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

Echo is perfect for her. Echo might even be her soul-mate. There is only one problem. Echo is a freaking soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. You see, once you fall for a Grimnir, your life will never be the same again. 

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Book Spotlight for The League of Skull & Bones (The Grimm Chronicles #1)

The League of Skull & Bones, Book 1 of The Grimm Chronicles by M. J. Fletcher

Jess Grimm has the ability to travel to any dimension in the multiverse. There’s only one problem… it’s killing her.

Jess is a in a race against time to find a device that can slow the progression of the power inside her, but she isn’t alone. Others want her power, and they don’t care how they get, or if she is dead or alive when they do.

The only person willing to help her is the mysterious Ronan Sparrow a member of the League of Skull & Bones, one of the very groups that want her power. But what does Ronan want in return? Can Jess trust him or will she find herself alone with enemies on all sides?

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Review of Dragontamer’s Daughters: Part I: Pearl

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Release Date: June 2012

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15755116-dragontamer-s-daughters-part-1?from_search=true

Dragontamer’s Daughters: Part I: Pearl by Kenton Kilgore

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“To-Ho-Ne calls Mama ‘Princess, ‘” Alijandra whispered. “If she’s a princess, doesn’t that make us princesses, too?” “We aren’t princesses,” Isabella whispered. “Princesses live in palaces, not…not here.” “Here” is the unforgiving high desert in the Old West of an alternate Earth. Isabella-who is almost 13 years old-and her sister Alijandra-who is almost 8-scratch out a meager life with their parents. Their home is a shack deep in the lands of the Diheneh, the indigenous people, far from the family’s former country of Ysparria.

Isabella dimly remembers a better time, years before, when they were rich and respected because their father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for Ysparria’s armies. But now their father is an outlaw who spends many weeks away from home on futile efforts at prospecting. Their mother, aided by the old native woman who raised her, struggles to grow food, earn money, and keep Isabella and Alijandra safe.

Into their lives comes a small, wingless dragon from far away. Finding the dragon near death after a fight, the girls take it home and begin tending it back to health. Alijandra calls the dragon “Pearl,” after its tiny white eyes. While Pearl heals, the family begins to learn where the dragon came from, as well as the strange and terrifying powers it possesses. As the family ponders what to do with Pearl, they learn that the hunt for the former dragontamer has intensified. At the same time, Pearl grows more and more compelled to complete the mysterious journey that brought her to these lonely lands.

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