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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cover Reveal of Deviation by Christine Manzari plus GIVEAWAY of $25 Amazon or B&Noble GIFT CARD!!!!



This post is part of a cover reveal for the re-release of Christine Manzari's DEVIATION. One randomly drawn winner will be awarded a $25 Amazon/BN gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



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?


Enjoy an excerpt:



My hands were shaking. My blood was on fire and my skin was crawling as if my insides were actually boiling. Air. I needed air. I tried to crawl off the bed and get to the window, but the words from the email were blazing through me — a bellowing inferno of indignation.



Donors.



Cease and Desist.



Property.



Punishment.



Indiscretions.



Revoked.



Trusted.



My hands covered my ears as the words screamed through my head. Or was I screaming?



Pressure was building inside me and I just wanted to let it go, to feel relief. It was too much. I was too hot.



Exhale.



The computer exploded, throwing flaming plastic and metal across the bed. The television answered with its own death, spewing its fiery innards onto the desk and floor, igniting the carpet instantly. The rage in my chest echoed like a heartbeat and with each pulse, something in the room burst into flames. In less than a minute, I was surrounded by broken and burning bits of my room, all of them melting or on fire. A small untouched circle of floor under my feet was my haven, my island in the disaster. Flames raced up the drapes, licking at the ceiling as shards of glass from the window fell inward with an eerie tinkling.



I stared in disbelief, unable to move, as the room burned around me and smoke curled to the ceiling like agitated ghosts. The goldfish flopped helplessly among the wet rubble of his shattered home. Pictures hanging on the wall curled up in the heat, catching flame and falling to the floor in large, ashy flakes.



What had I done?




About the Author:

The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.



Website: www.christinemanzari.com


Email: christine@christinemanzari.com

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Author Interview with Erik Therme author of Mortom

1. I would think writing a mystery would be a bit harder than a general fiction novel. Was it hard or easy to come up with so many plot twists?

Interestingly enough, it was never my intent to write a mystery. Mortom was originally written as a straightforward horror story about a demon hiding in a church. The story never fully resonated with me, so I dropped the supernatural elements and shifted the main focus toward family dynamics. It was when I added the 'follow the clues' storyline that everything fell into place, and Mortom became the story it is today.





2. As an aspiring author I have to know...is being an author all you thought it would be?

Absolutely . . . and not at all.

The response from friends and fans has been overwhelming, and that alone has made the journey worthwhile. When a reader connects with your work, it's the most incredible feeling in the world. It's also pretty amazing to see your book sitting on a bookstore shelf.

On the flip side, I had no idea how much work went into marketing a book. Striking a balance between writing and promotion can be daunting, but to be successful you absolutely have to treat your writing as a business.





3. Do you plan to write more books? If so when can we expect them?

I am currently finishing up my next novel entitled Resthaven, and then I hope to begin work on a sequel to Mortom. My goal is to write (and release) one book a year, but life often has other plans!

 


4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Writing is 10% talent and 90% dedication and perseverance. Never give up, and do whatever it takes to get your work into the world.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review of Mortom by Erik Therme

 Mortom: population 986. On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.


One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin's death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn't spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.


But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it's some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death ... detailing the rules of "the game."


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review* 

Who doesn't love a good mystery? I don't read many mystery novels but this book has changed that. Not only is this story very well written it is also paced so well that you simply can't stop reading it. It has a dark sense to it, but humor as well as you follow Andy and his sister to try to figure out what happened to their cousin. 

One thing I liked about this novel was how easy it was to relate to Andy. He's divorced and struggling, out of a job and has nothing to lose. Sadly to say I've been there before, and could totally see myself jumping to figure out the mystery if I had been in his position. 

I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this story. Even if you don't read mystery novels-give this one a try! Totally worth the read!!!! 


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review for One Enchanted Evening by L. A. Kelley and GIVEAWAY of a $20 Amazon Gift Card!!




Restlessness plagued Charlotte Becker. Unable to settle down, she moved from place to place searching for an elusive something to calm her turbulent spirit. A sudden invitation from her sister sends her across country to Lobster Cove, Maine. Anchors abound by the sea, but surely nothing would keep her rooted in place in a pokey resort town during the off-season.

Drawn into a consignment shop named One Enchanted Evening, Charlotte is confronted by a mysterious article of clothing requesting her help to stop a man in a wolf mask from killing women. Charlotte agrees to protect the citizens of Lobster Cove and find the hunter before an innocent is slain.

Luke Maddox’s hunting days are over. Wounded in action, he left the Marines to return to Lobster Cove, the only place to bring him peace as a child. Hiding his disability, he accepts life will be nothing more than dull routine. Then he meets a singular young woman wearing an unusual cloak. She tells an incredible story of a wolf that walks on two legs.

And the hunt begins…

In One Enchanted Evening fantasy, humor, and romance are wrapped up in the cheeky retelling of a fairy tale. You will never look at a clothing from a consignment shop the same way again.


 Excerpt:



The woman’s gaze raked over Charlotte. Sharp brown eyes caught her in an unblinking stare.

“Um, hi,” said Charlotte, suddenly feeling as if she had walked out of her apartment without pants. Unconsciously, she ran her hand down her sides, and was relieved to touch denim.

“Oh? A consignment shop?” chirped Annabel. “Perhaps we could look around. My sister and I love vintage wear,” she added with her winning smile. Charlotte rolled her eyes. Annabel never gave up easily. She’d have that woman arm-wrestling over a price for the armoire before she could say interior designer discount.

“Your life is complete, Mrs. Fisher,” said the shop owner pleasantly. “Nothing in here would fit.”  Amused, Charlotte for once noted Annabel at a complete loss for words.

The coins on the woman’s scarf jangled as her head swung toward her. Charlotte swallowed hard as the pantsless feeling crept up her legs again. “You have possibilities,” the woman said. “The path traveled can be diverted. Come back when you’re ready to accept the consequences. I warn you, though; the first step to fulfilling one’s destiny can be dangerous. Good day.” She shut the door in their faces.

Annabel gawked at the building. “Helluva way to run a business. She’s not going to last long in Lobster Cove with that attitude.” She slipped her arm into Charlotte’s. “Come on, I know a fabulous little place around the corner that sells dynamite shoes.”

As Charlotte allowed herself to be led away, she glanced back over her shoulder. The curtains were still closed. The shop appeared as vacant as before, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that behind one of those obscured windows stood a little old lady peering intently in her direction.




*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I enjoyed this book from the moment I started reading it. It reminded me of an ABC Family movie or the show Once Upon a Time. The retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is great and the characters are very easy to relate too.

Even though the majority of this book isn't to dark, there were moments that were dark and added an edge to the story that I really enjoyed. The mystery, love story and horror parts all intertwine wonderful making this a quick and easy read. This book isn't long so it would be a perfect read for a Saturday cuddled up with some coco.

If you are a fan of fairy tales, like a good mystery or a love story, you will thoroughly enjoy this book! Charlotte is a great character to follow and you will be done with this book before you even put it down!

 About the Author:


L. A. Kelley is married with three children and lives in Florida where the heat and humidity have driven everyone slightly mad. She never cleans under her sofa.








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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review Tour and GIVEAWAY of Storm's Passion by Christine Young



SHE MADE A PROPOSAL...
 
Life strikes Storm Graham a shattering blow when she learns her father has bartered her to a man she detests. Storm is beautiful, self–assured and fiercely independent, and refuses to be a pawn in her father’s schemes, yet she can find no way out of this bargain made in hell. Going on the offensive she asks the wealthiest man on the eastern coast of England to marry her, never believing she might fall in love.

HE TRIED TO REFUSE...

For Hadden Johnston life has provided everything he ever wanted, including a sanctuary for homeless children. He is wealthy, handsome and happily unencumbered...until stunning Storm Graham marches into his life and proposes a marriage of convenience. Yet this type of marriage to a woman who inflames his senses is far from acceptable. If he’s going to be tied down, he will move heaven and earth to have this woman warming his bed.

 Excerpt:

"You've got something that's mine, and I want it back." Charles jumped from his horse. Hands fisted at his sides, he strode toward Hadden and Storm.

Hadden moved Storm behind him. "And what is that?"

Spittle flying from his lips, Charles shook his fist at Hadden. "I've a contract. She's mine."

"Last time I heard one can't buy or sell women." His blood pounded in his temples, and he felt the enraged tick at his jaw. There were few men who could bring him to anger this quickly and Charles was one of them. He inhaled a deep breath, not wanting to lose his composure in front of Storm and the entire congregation.

Henry waved a piece of paper in the air. "It's signed by Bradford Graham. It's legal and binding. She will marry me." He stabbed himself in the chest with a finger.

"May I see?" Hadden reached out to take the paper.

"Don't play games with me you son of a bitch." Robertson folded the paper and stuck it inside his coat pocket. "Not going to let you rip it up. My father has retained a lawyer. You will be hearing from him."

Hadden stiffened, his intentions clear at this point. "Do you really want to discuss this matter in front of all these people?" With a tilt of his head, he gestured toward the lawn and the gawking flock of parishioners.

"I don't care who the hell hears what I have to say." Charles stepped closer to Hadden. "The more people who learn exactly what you're capable of, the better. You think because you have more money than anyone else in this part of England you can do whatever you want. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can't. I'm going to hold you and your so- called bride responsible. Storm will marry me."

Review:
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

I liked this book more than I thought I would. I'm not usually one to read books of naked men on the cover but that just goes to show you shouldn't judge a book by it. I liked the plot of this story, it wasn't elaborate or anything, but just enough to keep things interesting and making the reader want to read more.  The chemistry between Storm and Hadden was well developed. 

I did however have to overlook some things in this book. I felt like the setting was never really set. I knew they were in England in the 1800's but as to what era and where in England were lost to me. The characters also didn't really sound English to me but instead sounded more American. The use of the terms, "bloody hell" were used a little too often and seemed to be the only terms used to show the character's were British. With all that said...I really did enjoy this book. None of that kept me from enjoying it or wanting to put it down. The characters were developed enough and the story moved along so nicely I just overlooked the shortcomings. 

If you like romance novels this would be a great read for you! I would also say readers who like historical romance novels would enjoy this book, just be willing to over look some things!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children.  Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

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