Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Minstrel's Serenade By Aubrie Dionne @AuthorAubrie @GHBTours




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Minstrel's Serenade  
By- Aubrie Dionne
Genre- Fantasy/Romance
Expected Publication Date- July 21, 2014
Published By- Lyrical/Kensington

He's sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?

Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she's duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she's the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale's southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern's attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.

As Ebonvale's Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.

  
My Review-
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Ebonvale is being attacked by Wyverns and it is up to Princess Danika to save her kingdom. She must find a way to defeat the Wyverns. With the help of her chief of arms of her royal army, Bron they set out on a quest to find the answers they are looking for. On their journey they meet a little boy, Nip. He is the lone survivor of his village. He lost his family and everyone he knew in an attack by the Wyverns. But this little boy Nip knows the secret to defeating the Wyverns. He has heard his father talk of the secret for many years.

After they gather everything they need to hopefully defeat the Wyverns Danika, Bron with their royal army and Valorian with his army of minstrels without Nip (who is not too happy about this but has no choice in the matter because the adults as spoken) is safely left behind at Ebonvale start out on their quest to kill the Wyverns before they kill them and hundreds more. They have a long road ahead of them to travel to find the Wyverns and kill them. They have decided that it would be best if they went to the Wyverns instead of waiting for them to come and attack their kingdoms. If they attack the Wyverns on their own turf instead of Ebonvale or the House of Song they will save a lot more lives.

Danika is torn between her heart and her duty to the people of Ebonvale. As the princess she is duty bound to marry the minstrel to join together the House of Song and Ebonvale. But Danika's heart lies elsewhere; her heart belongs to her chief of arms and bodyguard Bron. Bron would give his life to keep the princess safe even if it means he would have to see her with another man day in and day out. Bron not only has a duty to protect the princess he also has a duty to protect the people of Ebonvale as well. Bron doesn't think that he is worthy of the princess and tries to keep his feelings a secret from the princess and everyone else too. But neither one of them is very good at hiding their feelings from everyone. Oh they can fool each other or at least keep the other one wondering. So who will the princess choose to spend the rest of her life with? Will it be her body guard Bron or will it be the minstrel from the House of Song? Will she follow her heart or will she follow her head? Will she choose the one person that will make her happy or will she choose what will make Ebonvale stronger?

I have enjoyed and loved everything by Aubrie Dionne that I have read and the Minstrel's Serenade ranks right up there at the top with her other books that I have read. I have read almost everything she has written. If I have not then that is my quest to read everything she has written. With Aubrie Dionne's work who needs to read the summary? Not me. Thanks Aubrie for being such a great author and artist.

I would like to share a quote with you from Minstrel's Serenade that really touched me and that I truly love and believe. Before I share the quote I would like to say that I am not much of a music person. What I mean is that although I do like music and I like different kinds of music like country, classic rock, hard rock, alternative rock and some heavy metal and rap. I love school bands. Hearing the bands play at half-time was or is my favorite time at a football game. And now for the quote:
Music is a universal language understood by all.”
“Everyone cares for music, even a newborn baby or an elder too old to remember anything else. The trick is finding the right chords to strike to find their innermost desires and open their heart.

Minstrel's Serenade is for anyone who loves mystery, fantasy, music and adventure with a little romance thrown in or anyone who just loves Aubrie Dionne's wonderful writing.

Book Blitz: Spirit Warriors: The Scarring By D.E.L. Connor @del_connor @GHBTours #Giveaway





Spirit Warriors: The Scarring
Spirit Warriors Book # 2
By- D.E.L. Connor
Genre- YA Fantasy
Publication Date- July 21st
Published By- Booktrope Publishing

"One of us would finally end what had been started by the machayiwiw so many years ago. I would have to kill him. It was just that simple. I never thought I would want to kill anybody or anything, but maybe I never had anything worth killing for before."
-Emmeline Rima Belrose, The Scarring (Spirit Warriors, Book 2) 

In the majestic beauty of a Montana summer, Emme and her friends celebrate her near-drowning survival and their defeat of the powerful evil spirit, the machayiwiw. But even as they rejoice, things are amiss. Emme watches helplessly as her family divides, and her friends struggle to hold their relationship together. Worse yet, the love-of-her life, Charlie, announces that he will move back to the reservation, without Emme. Different nightmares take over and Emme realizes she must fight and kill-or watch those she loves be killed. Friends from the reservation reach out to Emme and show her what evil can steal from her. Emme believes that evil can never break her bond with the Spirit Warriors or the love she shares with Charlie. Or can it?

  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Blitz: Pieces of Me by Kira Adams @GHBTours #Giveaway





Pieces of Me
by Kira Adams 
Release Date: 08/11/14

Summary from Goodreads:
For sixteen year old Peyton Lane, life has never been easy. She's not popular, overweight, and oh yeah, her sister is embarrassed of her. But over the course of a tumultuous year, everything changes for Peyton. 

Suddenly all eyes are on her and it's not because she's fat. From a pair of handsome twins to a couple of dangerously sexy rockers, Peyton will have to find out who she can trust with her heart. From the ups and downs to the twists and turns-this is Peyton's story of finding one's voice and growing into your own.

This is a coming of age romance that involves realistic situations and raw emotions. This is Pieces of Me.





Guest Post

Ten Things I've Learned Since I Started Writing: Kira Adams 

1. Beta readers are invaluable. One of the first things I did when I decided I wanted to write more seriously was join the site, Goodreads. There are hundreds of people on there who are interested in beta reading, and they all do it out of the kindness of their heart-asking for no monetary compensation. Each and every one of my books went through multiple rounds of beta readers who helped me address problems with the plot, flow, characterization, and even sometimes, spelling and grammar. I honestly believe if it were not for Goodreads and the beta readers help, I wouldn't be the author I am today.

2. Where is the rush? I hastily made the decision to publish my first book after being fed up with my life in general-I would not recommend this. I missed minor formatting errors and settled for the story as it was even though I had inner doubts about it. Although thousands of readers were happy with the version that was published, I have already edited it once and will probably revise and update the published copies once more if I decide to delve back into the story. I also missed the opportunity to promote at all. Even though I have found book bloggers (and thank God for them), it is still very hard work. I would recommend taking your time to publish your novel.

This is the format I would follow if you are interested in self-publishing: Write the story, edit the story, have the story beta read, put the story away for a little bit of time to breathe while you begin something new, edit the story again, have it beta read one more time, edit it for the final time, format it for e-books and paperbacks, promote, promote, promote, publish.

3. Join online writing communities such as Wattpad, Figment, Authonomy, Scribophile, etc. Joining a site like Wattpad has been life-changing for me. It is a website that merges readers and aspiring writers with published authors and even agents sometimes. You are able to post your stories chapter by chapter and others have the opportunity to read, comment, and vote on your works as well as follow your profile and add your books to their libraries. There are also forums you can join that give advice on the ins and outs of the industry. A majority of the website is the younger generation, tweens and teens, however Wattpad is filled with aspiring writers and published authors of all backgrounds.

I joined the site in September 2013, and since then I have 645 followers, over 7000 votes, and upwards of 35,000 reads on some of my stories. Even though I have not and will not ever receive any monetary compensation from having my stories on Wattpad, I will be a lifer. I cannot tell you how much of a community it is and how supportive my followers have been for me as well as advice I've been given on improving my novels; I cannot say enough great things about Wattpad. I think I should be their mascot!

4. Your friends and family will come around. Don't be offended if your friends and family don't read your stories right away or even bother to buy them when they are released. Things to keep in mind, everyone has their own life and are busy living it-they will support you when they see the hard work. Also, factor in what genre you are writing in because not everyone will be interested in Young Adult or New Adult Romances.

5. If you have the opportunity to have a critiquing partner who will swap a few chapters at a time, TAKE IT. While beta readers can be helpful to no end, a critiquing partner can and will become passionate about your work; they will push you to write new chapters and even though they won't go easy on you just because you've built a rapport, they will support you to no end.

6. Go with the flow. As much as I love outlines and have used them plenty of times in the past, I have always been a firm believer in writing what you feel is right in the moment. My stories with the biggest recognition have not been planned out, I believe that's what kept the intensity building from start to finish. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with outlines, I am just saying if your gut is telling you to write something, don't feel confined to your outline.

7. The ups and downs of Print-on-Demand. When I published my first two novels, I chose the website Createspace to help with the paperback copies I would be needing. I love how self-sufficient their website makes you feel and how quickly they can approve everything for publishing (within 24-48 hours). Pros: Createspace is very easy to use and navigate. Cons: The royalties are about 30% your book price, which in the grand scheme of things isn't much.

8. You do not have to pay a fortune for a cover that could compete in the traditional publishing world, trust me. One of the best decisions I ever made was asking a peer on Wattpad to make my covers professionally for me; little did I know, she actually wanted to be a cover designer! I approached her and we worked out a 6-book deal for a VERY affordable price. She not only works with me to make sure I am satisfied in full, but she has a ridiculously fast turnaround. Sometimes it's as quick as 24-hours. Her name is Emmy Logan and she is the creator of Cover Me Designs, do yourself a favor and check out some of her creations-you won't regret it.

9. Find Book Bloggers who review self-published titles. Reach out but be respectful, some of them may agree to review your book even though it doesn't interest them. Be content and satisfied with each one that that takes the time. They are essentially who is going to help create buzz and build an audience for upcoming titles.

10. If you do not want to deal with the hassle of formatting the eBook-DON'T. I'm not going to release her name in fear she may get too booked up for me to use her on future projects; but, I found a decent eBook formatter who gets it ready for both platforms, Epub and Mobi within a week or two for $20. Twenty dollars is nothing compared to the headaches and hours you'll spend trying to get everything right.  


About the Author
Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.

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$10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: Leaving Tracks By Victoria Escobar @VEscobarWrites @GHBTours




Book Blitz: Unrequited By Emma Grey @AngusMarsden @NereydaG1003 #giveaway





Unrequited
by Emma Grey 
Release Date: 05/26/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train-and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it-and where is her best friend?

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?


Read the first three chapters at: www.unrequited.com.au


Book Trailer:


Excerpt:
Just breathe, breathe … Kat commands herself, silently. At least, she hopes it's a silent command. What possessed her to say 'McDreamy' out loud? He must think she's an idiot! Her hands are shaking from the excitement of seeing him again, so she shoves them in her jeans pockets. Then her bag slips awkwardly off her shoulder and dangles from her elbow and she can't get her hand out of her pocket easily. Damn these skinny jeans …

Joel is onto it. He reaches over calmly and places the strap back on her shoulder. She tries to ignore the brush of his fingers on her skin and the confident but gentlemanly way that he did that. And his gorgeous sideways glance …

But she fails. Miserably.

Everything she remembered about him from the other day is eclipsed by the reality of walking beside him to the coffee van like they're any other couple.
Couple
! 'Don't get ahead of yourself, Kat!' she whispers, firmly.

'What?'

Gah! 'Ah, nothing. Um. So, where did you meet Sarah?'

As attempts to change the subject go, Kat immediately knows this wasn't the ideal choice. Why on earth is she bringing up that girl? He'll just end up comparing her to Sarah and all her amazingness.

Joel pauses for a second. He's on edge. Clearly, Sarah is a touchy subject. Please don't let her be an ex-girlfriend or something. Or worse! Current girlfriend!

'You're not together are you?' Kat blurts. 'I mean, sorry! Of course if you're together that's not an issue at all! I'm really happy for you, actually! Gosh, I mean we barely know each other.

You'd make a great couple. She's just so, so …'

He frowns. That can't be good.

'She's quite something, I know,' he says. 'What kind of coffee do you like?'

Right, coffee. Here's her moment. She wants a macchiato, pronounced 'mack-ee-ah-toe', right? Yikes! Is it that, or is it 'match-ee-ah-toe'? Panic, panic … She's a deer caught in the headlights of the university coffee van. She's staring at the menu like it's written in another language.

'Um … flat white?' she says after a absurdly long pause. Most. Boring. Coffee. Ever.

He smiles. 'Is that a question?'

'No, I definitely want a flat white. Big flat white lover.'

He smiles. 'A flat white, thanks. An extra large one. And a macchiato.'

Of course!

She stands beside him, apprehensively. Should she pay? At least for hers, particularly as it's so huge? She starts rustling around in her bag and he hands over a twenty-dollar note and says, 'Kat, I've got it,' then pockets the change, takes the coffees and hands her an enormous takeaway cup.

She starts to wonder where the nearest toilet might be. A coffee this large and frayed nerves aren't a good combination.

'Thanks, Mc-Joel.'

'McJoel. That's got a ring to it,' he says, flashing a quiet smile.

She feels ridiculous and he says it's okay, he's just teasing. She tries to compose herself.

Deep breath. Gulp of coffee. Don't stare.

'So, tell me more about this song.'


About the Author
Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.

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3 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Darkest Embrace by Robyn Pierce @MissRobynPierce @MkgConnections #Giveaway




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Darkest Embrace
The Lanistter Chronicles #1
By Robyn M. Pierce
Publication: October 28th 2013
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Blurb:

While running away to escape the actions of her deceased father, Elyssa Smith is caught in the worst storm that Lanistter Isle has ever seen, forcing her to seek shelter in the only place nearby -- Lanistter Castle. Soon, however, it's made clear that the inhabitants of the castle are the ones she's running away from in the first place.

Zeke Lanistter is the head of the European Lanistter branch -- and a sadist through and through. He has bloody plans for Elyssa, and will stop at nothing to get rid of her.

Reid Lanistter is known by many for his womanizing. But when Elyssa enters the castle, he does all he can to protect her from Zeke, unexpectedly morphing into a one-woman man.

In a sinister turn of events, Reid becomes the danger to Elyssa's life, and it's Zeke who finds himself doing whatever he can to protect Elyssa...

  


About the Author:

Robyn M. Pierce is an author from Las Vegas, where the night is never-ending. She has two white cats that lure her into taking catnaps more often than not and can be terrorists when it's dinnertime.

The Lanistter Chronicles has been her primary focus since 2006, when she started writing stories of her own. (She used to be a fan fiction writer!)

While on her journey with the Lanistter family, she has come up with enough book ideas to fill a shelf, and there are still more to come.

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Book Blitz: FOLLOW (Social Media #1) By @JA Huss @JAHuss @XpressoReads #Giveaway




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Social Media is a brand new novella

series by JA Huss that will feature one

book released every other Wednesday

for twelve weeks.

Release dates are:

8-27 - FOLLOW

9-10 - LIKE

9-24 - BLOCK

10-8 - STATUS

10-22 - PROFILE

11-5 - HOME



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FOLLOW (Social Media #1)
By @JA Huss
Publication Date: August 27. 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:

#Women.

I fuck them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it's always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

@VaughnAsher My bare pussy. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

"FilthyBlueBird" thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn't be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She's wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it's about to happen… now.





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Excerpt:

My name is Grace Kinsella and I'm a filthy tweeter.

I can turn a hundred and forty characters into living sex. I can string words together in a way that will make you wet your panties with lust. I can make a man blush before he even gets to the hashtag. I am famous for pithy filth.

In fact, my girlfriends and I have an online Facebook group called the Filthy Blue Birds. And we're not the only ones. The world of pithy filth is booming, friends. There are endless groups like ours. There are legions of shy girls who come alive when faced with the hundred-and-forty-character challenge. And there is a very special place online where we meet, challenging each other to achieve a new level of smexy typing.

I call that Twitter list Dirty Heaven. I made it up, like literally I'm the freaking founder. So Dirty Heaven is my kingdom and I'm the queen.

I'll stop here to take a bow.

Besides being a list, Dirty Heaven is an online competition that happens on Twitter every Saturday night across the world-yes, we have filthy tweeters from all walks of life. At 8 PM Eastern the FT's come alive and each league puts up their best and brightest. You get one tweet, one hashtag, and one chance to shine.

I don't win anymore, it's simply not fair. I'm now the judge. But back when we were first putting this together my tweets took me to Dirty Heaven time after time after time. That's back when we used to have the competitions nightly and the group was small. Just fifteen or twenty of my closest online stranger friends. Each competition we had an online muse and we took turns choosing who would benefit from our blush-inducing prose. Sometimes the girls picked models or rock stars.

I only ever had one muse and his name is Vaughn Asher.

Yes, the Vaughn Asher. A Hollywood legend. He started out in the boy band 2 Far Out, then when his angelic voice changed as he hit puberty he graduated into Disney sitcoms. Most child actors would fade after that, never able to make the transition. But Vaughn Asher doubled down on the workouts-gaining the title of Most Envied Body in Hollywood six years in a row from Buzz Hollywood Magazine-and the preteen wannabe turned into an action-hero heartthrob overnight.

Just thinking his name makes me sigh. He's so freaking gorgeous. That messy dark hair that makes him look like he just rolled out of bed. Those tight abs that just make you want to drag your tongue all over them to see if they taste as good as they look. And that package, boy. He's never done any nudes so I have to use my imagination, but my imagination is vivid. I have a very clear picture.

Besides, you know what they say about a man's thumbs, right? Well, Vaughn Asher has incredible thumbs. And large feet. They say that too.

Yes, doing filthy things to his six-foot-two frame has been my idea of Dirty Heaven for almost three years now. I'd like to say I've said everything imaginable about him, but that's not true. I never run out of ideas. It's like my brain only exists to compose a one-hundred-and-forty-character sentence that will turn him red.

That's my fantasy. That's my fairy tale. Vaughn Asher doing things to me that can only be said in a hashtag.



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PART TWO - LIKE



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LIKE (Social Media #)
By @JA Huss
Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Novella (120-ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:

#WhatADick

Vaughn Asher. I've stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag…day after day… weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy.

I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me?

Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That's what.

#Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking
#MissingSomething #You

And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird's Twitter account? He's wrong.

His public fantasy is about to collide… ah, fuck it. He's hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all and I'll do whatever it takes to get it.



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About the Author-

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.




GIVEAWAY:

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

--$50 Amazon Gift Card

--Signed copy of Follow

--Swag pack



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