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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Spotlight: Rift Healer

 
 

Rift Healer


Rift Healer is the first installment of the 'Forest Magic' series, a Young Adult Fantasy/Romance set in Central and Western Massachusetts. After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts. Gisele Westerfield's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to heal the magical forest. Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as The One whom he'll share his future. But after witnessing a terrifying display of Micah's Gift, Haley cools to his advances and unexpectedly discovers her own Gift-- she can heal the earth. Monsters, mayhem, and teenage angst follow the small group as they confront evil in the forest and a dangerous prediction that 'one will fall'. Will they heal the rifts in time? Can they save the unicorns? And is Haley really destined to be with Micah?




Excerpt


            “Yeah, maybe we can talk, hey, look at that,” Lacey whispered, staring into the woods. Haley and Taylor followed her gaze and saw on the edge of the forest, the unicorn stallion. Surrounded by deep green hemlock trees and illuminated by a misty shaft of golden sunlight, he shimmered and glowed in the most magical scene ever. At that moment, the unicorn lifted his muzzle, caught a look at the kids and disappeared, dissolving in a thick curtain of glitter. As the sparkles faded in the sunshine, the three exchanged wide-eyed looks.
            “What’s he doing out here, where anyone driving by could see?” Haley asked, looking up and down the empty street. She knew the unicorns were only found deep in the forest, rarely venturing anywhere humans would catch the slightest glimpse. Last summer, they hiked in the forest many times and saw the unicorns only once. “Let’s go in,” she said, pedaling her bike over the roots and rocks to where the unicorn first caught their attention. Kneeling down, she spied a trace of glitter still shimmering on the pine needles.
            “Is this a good idea?”  Taylor asked, astride his bike in the middle of the road.  “We’re not carrying crystals, you know.” Last year they learned it was unsafe and unwise to venture into the forest without the protection of at least one magical gem from the Crystal Cave.
            Haley glanced over her shoulder and motioned them in. Lacey followed her. Haley pointed to a strange mound of earth, a few yards deeper into the sun-dappled forest.
            “What is that?” Lacey said.
            “Not too smart, you guys,” Taylor called. “Come back.”
            “I don’t know. I don’t remember seeing this before.” Haley looked around. Shielded from the road by the stand of hemlocks, the unusual formation stood nearly as tall as a man and about eight feet wide. Somewhat flattened at its apex, it formed a long serpentine line, which eventually disappeared into the forest. Despite its size and length, she thought if it hadn’t been for the unicorn, they never would have seen it from the road.       
Taylor dropped his bike on the ground and followed them in, huffing with annoyance.
“What are you doing here, nosey?” Lacey asked with a smirk.
“I’m tired of being ignored and—whoa! That’s it. That’s part of the rift,” he whispered as he gazed at the mound. “This is bad. We should leave. Right now.”
            “Why should we leave?” Lacey said.  “And why are you whispering?”
            “Didn’t you hear Gisele? Monsters come out of these things.  Let’s go.” He reached for Lacey’s hand.
            “Wait a minute.” Haley grabbed the water guns from their bikes and tucked hers into her back pocket. “Here, take yours. My palms are tingling and itchy all the way up to my elbows. Maybe I can do something here.”
            Taylor snorted. “With a water gun? Are you crazy? What are we going to do–make mud pies?”
            “I don’t know, Taylor,” Lacey shot back. “My hands are tingling too. I think we should give it a try.” She aimed her water gun at the mound, holding the toy weapon straight out from her shoulders like it carried silver bullets, rather than clear, harmless tap water.
             Sighing and shaking his head, Taylor grabbed his blue plastic six-shooter. “This is so stupid. We’re going to get eaten and all they’ll find is melted, plastic water guns.”


Author Diane M. Haynes


dianeDiane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an "excellent report writer" were often noted in previous employment. On her brother Rick's birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a 'Spirit Gift,' sent by her brother.

Diane continues to reside in Central MA with her husband and a very naughty Basset Hound named Basil and his new adopted sister-Basset, Ruby, both of whom cleverly wreak havoc on the Haynes' formerly well-ordered lives. She spends her time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors, antiqueing and attempting to train a very reluctant Basil and a willing, but highly comedic Ruby.



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Friday, June 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Awakened by Kriston Johnson


About Awakened


Awakened by Kriston Johnson
Series: The Legends Of Elyndia, #1
Publication date: April 25th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.


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First, thing first, can I direct your attention to the cover? I have to tell you how much I love it. I don't know what it is, but it is definitely part of what drew me to be part of this Awakened blog tour. And then the description for the book sounds interesting no? Well if we're done admiring the cover, which by the way, I am not, we'll move on.

I think for the most part, this will be a rather quick review. I'll be honest with you, I've given the book a 4/5. However, I don't think I've gotten far enough away from the book yet to make a sound decision. I'm just not sure how much I like this book, if that makes sense.

Okay. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get into the book as quickly I was hoping to, however, once I got past the prologue everything was fine it took me about two sitting to finish the book. I didn't want to put it down, I forgot to eat, I was going to do some cleaning and some other stuff I forgot about. The whole average teen girl finding herself in a fantasy world, and finding out she has powers, might not be original, but it's a bit new for me outside of manga so it was kind of nice. There were a few things that had surprised me, things that had happened to Jade's father (or even her mother) for example, so it was nice to see that I shouldn't expect the book to be completely predictable or anything.

As for the cast of characters, I really liked them, with a single exception and this is one of the things that makes me wonder how much I really liked the book. Jade. Sometimes I really liked her character and sometimes I just couldn't stand her. There were also a few times were the dialogue between the characters seemed kind of strange to me. They also talked a lot. Something would happened and the characters would just stand around and Jade would ask questions and they would just talk, like the hadn't just been attacked or something. I found this a bit strange that this of all things annoyed me since I tend to be annoyed when books don't really have much dialogue between characters, but this was just over doing it a bit.

Still, I do see myself rereading this sometime in the future. Then, there was the ending and the prologue, which left me wanting more. Was it the best book I've ever read? No, of course not. But I really did enjoy it and I want more, in the end that was what mattered.

Somehow, this review didn't turn out as short as I expected it to.

4/5


About the Author


Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.



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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Deviant by Helen FitzGerald


About Deviant


When 16-year-old Abigail’s mother dies in Scotland–leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and a one-way ticket to America–she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother gave her away when she was a baby, leaving her to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California. What’s more, Abigail discovers she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.

After struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail grows close to her newfound sister. But then Becky is found dead, the accidental victim of an apparent drug overdose. As Abigail wrestles with her feelings and compiles a “Book of Remembrance” of her sister’s short life, she uncovers a horrifying global plot aimed at controlling teen behavior: one that took her sister’s and mother’s lives, with vast implications.




My Review


I'll like to say that I'm not a big YA contemporary reader, however, I liked to think I'm a good judge on picking books of this genre to read, and I'm glad that I was right about this one for the most part. With my very forgetful nature, I knew I wanted to read this book, however, I couldn't quite remember what it was about. All I could remember was that it was about a girl whose mother (who had abandoned her) had died and she travels to America. And, that it involved some underground movement and street art. Which considering the description of the book (mainly the part about Abigail's sister) seems a bit of a spoiler since it doesn't really happen until about more than halfway through the book, I'm pretty glad about my current forgetfulness.

It's an interesting plot. Now when I think about it, and I can remember when I try, when I first signed up to be part of the tour, I remember thinking that it sounded original. This controlling miscreant teens, I don't think I've read anything like that before. Though one thing I found odd, was that one character had lost interest in his art after taking this drug. This reason this seemed odd to me was because it had always seemed to me that the most artistic people are smarter than those who are not, not always just in general. It just seemed like a strange thing to want to take from someone just because they're misbehaving.

Right from the beginning I liked the character Abigail, which is probably why I was able to jump right into the book. Actually many of the characters I liked, Camelia and Becky for example, though I wish we would have been able to gotten to know both these characters a little more. However, though I really didn't get to know these characters didn't mean that I didn't feel for them. There were a few moments when I did get a little teary-eyed, after things happened with Becky and there was a time or two when Abigail looked back at times with Nieve (the woman who raised her before her death). There are also moments when I laughed, like Abigail thinking that everyone was thinking about her on the potty or what being in heels meant to her. The latter part reminded me of Georgia Nicolson and her red bottomosity.

Okay, so it was a quick read (did I already say that, I can't remember), I feel like there was probably more that was missing and could have been said. The ending for example was kind of open-ended, it was a bit disappointing I'm not going to lie. We were also given this random romance thing that I'm not really sure why it was there. Also, I completely guessed the whole Bren thing.

I would give it a 3/5.

3/5


About the Author


Helen FitzGerald is the second youngest of thirteen children. She grew up in the small town of Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, and studied English and History at the University of Melbourne. Via India and London, Helen came to Glasgow University where she completed a Diploma and Masters in Social Work. She worked as a probation and parole officer for ten years. She’s married to screenwriter Sergio Casci, and they have two children.






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Friday, June 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Jenny's Blue Velvet

Jenny's Blue Velvet by Angela Carlie
Publication date: August 22nd 2013
Genre: Adult Romantic Thriller

Synopsis:
Jenny's stuck.

She's tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let's just say it's been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover's Erotic Store was well worth it and then some.

Jenny decides her next big step is to become a romance writer. Romance books are flying off the virtual shelves, after all. This will be her big break, her escape from the prison, and a way to freedom. Self-publishing is all the rage these days. She'll be a best seller in no time.

When Jenny makes friends with a woman named Cassandra from the gym, she instantly decides that her new friend will make a perfect main character in her upcoming book. After the first chapter, real life begins to resemble the fiction she's writing. Her friendship blossoms, sex with her husband turns into a daily feast, and her job gets more interesting with each chapter written.

Out of the blue, a person who is a close friend with her husband and who is dating Cassandra disappears. As the mystery behind the missing person unfolds, Jenny wonders if she might be responsible for his possible death. And if she is, what will be the consequence? What has this writing business gotten her into?

JENNY'S BLUE VELVET is a dark, humorous, romantic thriller for adults only



About the Author

Facts about Angela Carlie

I write fiction. I work hard. I play often.

When I'm not pushing a mouse around at a desk job, which is boring, or writing, which is fun, I enjoy hanging out with my fourteen-year-old son and husband, reading, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and running.

Hawaii and Washington are my two favorite states.

I believe that if everyone ate a whole-food plant based diet, cancer cases would be a minimum, heart disease a thing of the past, and hunger something found in history books.

One of my favorite documentaries is Forks Over Knives.

I love hearing about people reading my books, so if you enjoyed one of my stories, please let me know by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Thank you for spending time with my stories. We don't have much of it and I appreciate that you find my work worthy of your time.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotlight: Evertaster

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The Buttersmiths' Gold
BATTLES. BLUEBERRIES. BOVINES.
TORBJORN AND STORFJELL’S HISTORY UNFOLDS IN AN EPIC EVERTASTER NOVELLA.
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and through – he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

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About The Buttersmiths' Gold

The Buttersmiths' Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths' Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing.

Evertaster, Book #1: A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy. When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.  

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Evertaster Excerpt

“The eggbeater!” cried Guster as he realized what was happening. He lunged for the eggbeater, scooping it up as Mom pulled on his shirt and dragged him from the room. The doorframe of the back door bumped his shoulder hard as she yanked him into the alleyway.

The old Suburban screeched to a halt in front of them, knocking over a trashcan.

Zeke honked the horn. “Let’s get out of here, Mom!” he yelled. Guster had never been so glad to see Zeke in his life. He jumped into the back seat, slammed the door shut behind him, then smashed his hand down on the lock as the Suburban accelerated. The red-aproned chef burst into the alley, his cleaver wound up and ready to throw.

Guster ducked as the red chef hurled the giant knife. It flew, spinning straight toward the back door of the Suburban. The engine roared then metal clanged where the knife struck the car as they zoomed off into the night.


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  Author Adam Sidwell

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.




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Cover Reveal: Never Too Far

Book Title: Never Too Far
Author: Thomas Christopher
Release Date: 6/13/2013
Genre: Sci-fi, Action/Adventure, Dystopian

Book Blurb: A harrowing story of love and survival. In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.

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Joe turned and ran back into the gully, but he didn’t get very far. A sudden blast of wind shoved him to the ground. Flat on his face, he heard the wind whistling and screeching past his ears. When he lifted his head, he couldn’t see the pregnant girl anymore. All the dust whirled and whipped into a blinding black blizzard. He thought for sure she’d gotten snatched up in the dust storm. The wind lashed at his face. He went to call out to her, but he didn’t know what to say because he didn’t know her name. And even if he did, his voice would’ve gotten lost in the snarling wind. Nevertheless, he had to find her.


About the Author

Thomas Christopher grew up in Iowa. He received his MFA from Western Michigan University. His short stories have appeared in The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, Redivider, and Cooweescoowee. He was also awarded an Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant and was a finalist for the Matthew Clark Prize in Fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.







Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Hidden by M. Lathan


About Hidden

Hidden by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #1
Publication date: November, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.


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My Review 

Alright, so Hidden begins with the kind of cliche "how did I get here" sort of things. Looking back on it, I'm not really sure what later event the prologue is later talking about. However, I would never say that these kinds of beginnings are bad, the rather quick prologue sucked me in and I wanted to know what was going on.

We are soon introduced to Leah/Christine who is a victim of bullying and seems to be dealing with depression. Often times I have difficulties reading books that deal with topics like these. Just because I usually feel that they're over the top, or I think the characters don't seem very believable with what they are dealing with. However, I didn't feel that way with Christine, to me she felt believable/relatable.

I had two problems with this book. The first being that it felt really slow. I don't think it was that long, and even though I was interested in, I kind of felt like it was longer than it needed to be. I was just wanted to get to the point, especially once I got closer to the end. And, once there it felt kind of anti-climatic (but I wasn't really surprised considering the rest of the book). My second probable was some of the characters. I don't know what it was, but I didn't exactly like any of them very much. Though I did find some of them amusing like Paul.

I'd give the book a 3.5 out of 5. I'm looking forward to reading the second book, I'm curious to find out how things turn out.

3.5/5


About the Author

M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Blitz: Justice by Rhiannon Paille


About Justice

Justice by Rhiannon Paille
Series: The Ferryman and the Flame #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication date: January 22nd, 2013

Synopsis:
How far would you go to destroy yourself?

Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.


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Pux frowned. “Can you tell me something?” He didn’t know where to begin. Atara said nothing. “I thought I saw her eyes change color. She said she was a Flame, but I’ve never heard of them before.”

Atara hung her head. “The Flames are what the Valtanyana want. They are unlike any other being Across the Stars. Each one is created differently. Kaliel was the Amethyst Flame, one of the most important, from what lore has to say about her.”

Pux’s eyes widened. “You mean there are volumes about her?” He never ventured into the library in Orlondir. He never had a reason to read, but if there were books about her, he would read every day for the rest of his life.

Atara shook her head. “Their lore is kept in the Great Library with Kemplan. Even I was not aware she was a Flame. Not until it was too late.”

Pux’s heart dropped. All memory of her was being erased and there was nothing he could do to hang onto the pieces of her that lingered. One day she would be distant in his mind. He feared what life would be like years from now when he was an Elder, and she was still dead.

“I think I’ll go to the orchards,” Pux said. He drifted down the corridor towards the courtyard and Atara didn’t follow him.

“Seek Grimand. He will be leaving for Evennses soon.”

Pux gritted his teeth and turned to face Atara. “I don’t need him to return to Evennses.”

She sighed. “You cannot walk alone, it will take you days.”

His emotions unwound as he became angrier and sadder at the same time. “Kaliel would understand. How can I return to the forest when every tree reminds me of her? When we lived in the same house, ate the same food, played in the same trees? Knowing she was alive and well in Orlondir was all that made it bearable. Even the Great Oak thinks I’m invalid. How do you expect me to return without her?”

Atara hunched her shoulders. “Be patient.”

Pux stared at her with disbelief. For all of his new found knowledge she still treated him as though he was completely unworthy. His mouth dropped open, but he had no words to say. He clenched his fist tight and thought about the orchard. “If all I am to you is useless, I’m better off invisible.” He turned and vanished.


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Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She's married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.yafantasyauthor.com

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Top Ten Tuesday (19)


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is "Top Ten Beach Reads (however YOU define a beach read!)". Okay, well first off, I don't read at the beach, it's too sunny, and sand is everywhere. The ocean is pretty to look at, but I don't want to go near it. And I couldn't come up with ten. So I say this is more like "Top Ten Seven Sitting on the Deck and Enjoying the View Reads". Yeah! I just started doing that at the end of May too, it was BEAUTIFUL out there (now it's kind of rainy) . It's not as hot as it should be, I think because straight down the connecting street (I don't know how to word it and it's a long street but still) is the water. In no real order:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blog Tour: The Battle of Princess Madeline

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The Battle for Princess MadelineThe Battle for Princess Madeline
by Kirstin Pulioff
156 pages
Published May 29, 2013

The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel.

Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.



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The Wonderful World of Color

Every person has that one thing that makes them smile- that one thing that brightens even the darkest of days. For me, it is rainbows. Whether a real one, the sparkling off a crystal, or even a photo, when I see one, I am instantly transformed. There is happy magic in the combination of the different colors and shades, and I wanted to continue that feeling in these stories.

The Escape of Princess Madeline and The Battle for Princess Madeline, use a variety of colors in the scenes, descriptions, and even in the character development. Here are a few examples for building the world.

  • The Kingdom of Soron is known for its fiery sunsets. Shades of red, orange, and yellows streak across the sky in celebration of each day. These bright vibrant colors represent the power of the kingdom, and the temperament of its ruler.

Triumphant cheers from the kingdom echoed through the courtyard. The sunset screamed victory as each shade of red, orange, and yellow proudly flashed through the air, nature waving its own banner of victory. The air smelled tangy, a sweet mixture of the wine and treats mixed with the happy tears of those below. Warmth filled the hearts of those dancing as the cool breeze kept the air light and fresh.

  • The Great Forest is a sea of green. Shades of every color and hue, filling out this forest, filled with diversity of nature, animals, and bandits.

Madeline paused for a moment, letting the cool breeze of the morning air brush the wisps of hair out of her face. The cool temperature cleared her mind and allowed her to focus for a moment. Her eyes shifted up and she thoughtfully gazed over the trees and woods, their soft and vibrant greens filling her mind with peace, the soft chirps of birds easing the knot of fear in her stomach. Even the dirt offered her comfort, the sweet aroma of morning fresh dirt, pine needles and morning dew, offering the sweet smell of life. It was a vast difference from the musty containment of the tunnels, and a huge departure from the smoky destruction of her village.

  • The Blue Mountains are known for their sunrises. After the wizards exile, they retreated to these mountains, and made their home in the natural caves. This area is categorized by its colorful sunrises, and caves filled with natural crystals. The Blue Mountains symbolizing the wizard’s connection to magic, wisdom, and faith, and the caves sparkling with magic, and wonder.

Sunrises in the Blue Mountains were a sight to behold. The reflection of light over the green trees and blue tinged mountains, with the reverberation of color through the morning mist, erupted the sky into a kaleidoscope of colors. Elias spent most mornings on top of the treacherous terrain of the Blue Mountains watching and listening to the sunrise with great anticipation. The cliff edges stretched fifty feet above the trees below, the perfect stage for the morning show.

Each portion of this world was created carefully, with respect to their colors, the imagery, and the feelings they evoke. I hope you enjoy the Kingdom of Soron, and the wonderful adventures.



Happy Birthday Kirstin on May 27th!!


Kirstin Pulioff Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart.   Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.







Madeline's story begins...

The Escape of Princess Madeline
The Escape of Princess Madeline
by Kirstin Pulioff
ebook, 66 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Malachite Quills Publishing

Premise:

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.


Tour-Wide Giveaway:

International Giveaway. Must be 13 to enter. See below Rafflecopter for more details. Available to WIN:


* Autographed set of both: The Escape of Princess Madeline & The Battle for Princess Madeline

* Autographed copy of The Escape of Princess Madeline
* Autographed copy of The Battle for Princess Madeline
* 5 eCopies of The Battle for Princess Madeline
* $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 13 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kirstin Pulioff and  Burgandy Ice & Colorimetry as Prism Book Tours. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.




The Tour:


5/27 – LAUNCH!  


-          I Am aReader, Not a Writer

5/29 - Geo Librarian - Review
-          Novels,News & Notes

5/30 – Dee’s Reads – Review
-          Tressa’sWishful Endings

5/31 – Green Mountain Couple – Review

6/2 – JoJo’s Corner - Review

6/3 – Mel’s Shelves – Review

6/4 – Books for Kids – Review
-          TheBookish Daydreamer

6/5 – Books for Kids – Review


6/7 –  Mel’sShelves  - Review

6/9 – Wonderings of One Person - Review

6/10 – Cassandra Lost In Books – Review
-          Jessie’sBook Place

6/11 – Backing Books – Review

6/12 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile - Review

6/13 – Fluttereal Flight Review
-          MySeryneti

6/14 – Grand Finale Blast!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Showcase Sunday (24)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Okay, so last month I put myself on an official book buying ban and so far it hasn't been working out so well for me. So let's try this again, I'm putting myself back on a book buying ban. Yeah.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Goals

WW Read-a-Thon

So the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon started yesterday, but I was too lazy to get the post up the other night (I meant to have it ready earlier, obviously that didn't happen). Anyway, I am a bit behind on my reading than I mean to be this month because The Last Olympian took me longer to read than I thought it would. I can't remember why it was an awesome book, I must have been a little busy. Anyway, so my goals right? Since I've been really bad I'm still reading another book for an upcoming tour (so far I'm really enjoying the book so I'm hoping I'll be able to move through it quickly) once I'm done with that one, I hope to move get to these:

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Blast: A Moment


A MOMENT

A Moment Cover - NAMoment series, Book 1
Genre: New Adult Sexy Contemporary College Romance:

Ryan Cosgrove and Liliana Delgado are on a collision course with destiny. They don't know it yet, but before the night is over their lives will be forever changed.

Spending Valentine's Day at a burlesque bar, hadn't been Liliana's ideal way of spending a Friday night. She'd much rather be back at campus, doing homework... until she meets Ryan. Tall, athletic, and gorgeous, Lili can't keep her eyes off him, and despite his gruff manners and drunken disposition she's intrigued.

Ryan's got demons, and they're deep, dark, and eating him alive. Regardless of his attraction to the petite brunette he's tired of fighting, of pretending the last fifteen years haven't been a daily struggle just to get out of bed every morning. That night he decides to end his pain, to leave it all behind and float away into the blessed darkness of oblivion. But fate has other plans for him, Lily finds and rescues Ryan, determined she'll not only save his body, but his soul too.

This is their moment...

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About The Author

Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.

On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!

Connect with Marie:


Tour Giveaway

Details:
Marie is giving away the following prizes when the tour ends. US RESIDENTS ONLY!

GRAND PRIZE: $50 dollar gift card to either Amazon or B&N
2ND PLACE: an A Moment journal and a Kingdom Keychain
3RD PLACE: an eBook copy of The Kingdom Collection: Books 1-3 including Her Mad Hatter, Gerard's Beauty, and Red and Her Wolf.

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A MOMENT Blog Tour Schedule:
June 4 - June 15

6/04 - Brynna Curry's In Shadow's Guest blog
http://brynnacurryguests.blogspot.com/

6/05 - United by Books
http://unitedbybooks.blogspot.com/

6/05 - Trine's Review Cave
http://trinesreviewcave.com/

6/06 - Book Monster Reviews
http://www.bookmonsterreviews.com/

6/07 - Jessie's Book Place
http://xjessiexbellex.blogspot.com/

6/08 - Cocktails and Books
http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/

6/09 - The Reading Café
http://thereadingcafe.com/

6/10 - Got Fiction?
http://gotfiction.com/

6/11 - I Am, Indeed
http://iam-indeed.com/

6/12 - LITERAL ADDICTION
http://www.literaladdiction.com/

6/13 - Intoxicated by Books
http://www.intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/

6/14 - Books-N-Kisses
http://www.books-n-kisses.com/

6/15 - Fetch Me My Fainting Couch
http://www.fetchmemyfaintingcouch.blogspot.com/


Monday, June 3, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (18)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every couple of weeks (or you know, something like that). 

Return of: That one I keep meaning to read (12)

'That one I keep meaning to read', is something I like to do here at Jessie's Book Place where I like show my readers a book I've had sitting on my TBR pile for a long time. Usually it motivates me to get around to reading it. I also used to do this on the weekends, but eh, I think Mondays are good.

King's Dragon
by Kate Elliott

Description (from Goodreads): Set in an alternate Europe, a world where bloody conflicts rage and sorcery holds sway, both human and other-than-human forces vie for supremacy. In this land, Alain, a young man seeking the destiny promised him by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman gifted with a power that can alter the course of history, are about to be swept up in a world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity.