Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Birthday Blow Out of Big Pharma Big Agri Big Conspiracy By Dina Rae @HalooftheDamned @TheAvidReaderBT




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Big Pharma
Big Agri
Big Conspiracy
By Dina Rae

Blurb-

Introduction

Big Pharma's and Big-Agri's growing power happens mostly behind the scenes. For whatever reason, mainstream media leaves these giants alone except in terms of business profit margins. Before researching the two industries, I knew nothing more than most people-a vague recognition of the terms Big Pharma and Big Agri. A few magazines articles along with some radio talk show episodes was all it took to ensnare me into obsession.

As curiosity turned into research, I could not help but speculate that these industries are involved in conspiracy on a global level. This is a subject that impacts anyone who has ever taken medication, seen a doctor, and/or eaten food. If you are intrigued about the elite inner circle of these two empires, Big Pharma, Big Agri, and Big Conspiracy is the perfect place to begin your journey in searching for the proverbial man behind the curtain. This book is an introduction to history, fact, and conspiracy theory of these growing industries. A follow-up book is currently being outlined. For the record, I am NOT a doctor, just a nerd who loves to learn new things.

  


What is Big Pharma?

Big Pharma is a term that refers to the giants of the pharmaceutical industry. Collectively, they made approximately $690 billion in 2012 and are projected to exceed one trillion in 2014. That's more than the GDP of Saudi Arabia and Iraq combined. Because of the immense profitability, many question the ethics involved in research, FDA approval, manufacturing, and prescriptions of the pharmaceuticals. Big Pharma doesn't just sell pharmaceuticals; they influence the entire healthcare industry.

Who is Big Pharma?

Generally, Big Pharma consists of the biggest drug companies who make more than three billion dollars each year. Of the top eleven giants, six are headquartered in the U.S. These companies spend multi-millions of dollars each year to lobby Congress for legislation in their favor. U.S. pharmaceutical companies reportedly have 1,100 lobbyists who make sure they are represented.

Whose political campaigns are funded by Big Pharma?

In 2012 Big Pharma favored the Republicans, but they also hedged their bets by backing the Democrats. About $16.2 million was spent by the top twenty pharmaceutical companies for Democratic and Republican campaign contributions. The top three that donated over one million dollars in campaign funds were Pfizer, Amgen, and Abbott, with Merck a few dollars shy of one million.

Some of the biggest giants are listed below.

Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies

(based on 2012 pharmaceutical revenues in billions)

http://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturer/

Manufacturer     2012 in Billions

Johnson & Johnson.………$67.2
Pfizer……………………….$58.9
Novartis……………………$56.7
Roche…………….………..$47.8
Merck……………….……..$47.3
Sanofi……………….……..$46.4
GlaxoSmithKline………….$39.9
Abbot Lab …………………$39.9
Astra Zeneca…………………$28
Bayer………………………….$24.3

Johnson & Johnson: They sell drug-store drugs like Tylenol, Band-Aids, and baby shampoo.

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, makes surgical items. One of their products, a vaginal mesh implant, is currently under fire. They have 1800 lawsuits filed against them.

Pfizer: Lipitor (cholesterol problems), Viagra (erectile dysfunction), Celebrex (arthritis), and Lyrica (neuropathic pain) are some of their most advertised. Despite their huge sales, they claim huge overhead in taxes, advertising, and research and development. Later on I will go more into R&D, as they really aren't paying for all that is claimed. The tax-payer unwittingly pays for much of their R&D.

Novartis: Gilenya (Multiple Sclerosis) and Diovan (hypertension) are some of their top sellers.

Merck: Singulair for asthma and Zetia for cholesterol are some of their big movers. They also manufacture several vaccines.

Abbott Labs: Klacid (antibiotic), Biaxin (bacterial infections), Luvox (anti-depressant), and Synthroid (thyroid) are some of their many products.

Big Pharma claims they are in the business of curing and controlling diseases. Their real mission, like all businesses, is to increase profits. Unlike most businesses they do not have to play by the same rules. Their twenty-year patents given out for each of their new drugs give them a monopoly. This prevents other countries from making cheaper versions. TRIPS (international intellectual property rights organization) legally protects them from others cutting into their profits.

Can they patent plants found in remote places of the world?

Yes. They can and they do, especially in the rain forest, through a process called bio-prospecting. They get away with it by paying indigenous people a stipend for exploration of new plants. To patent something suggests that it's an invention. How are plants grown in the rain forest an invention? Again, Big Pharma does not have to play by the rules. They pay for the legislation that enables them to take what they want.

Many of these companies will protect their empires at any and all costs. Lying to Federal Drug Administration, submitting fraudulent data, bribing doctors, omitting side effects, and bullying the supplement industry are some of the ways they play ball. Lastly, some conspiracy theories claim Big Pharma hide cures to terrible diseases to continue steady, gigantic profits.

What is Big-Agri?

This book began with exploring the inner workings of Big-Pharma from a lay-person's perspective. My research constantly overlapped another mammoth industry called Big-Agri.

Big-Agri is short for big agriculture or farming corporations that are taking over the farming industry on a global level. This kingdom controls many aspects of farming such as crop production through technology and pesticides. One of their main contributions to the world's food supply is the controversial use of GMOs or genetically modified organisms. Later on in this book I will elaborate on GMOs. GM stands for genetically modified and then there is the term GE for genetically engineered. These terms basically mean the same thing and will be used interchangeably for the purposes of this book. GM/GE/GMOs are a growing business of genetically engineered food.

GMOs have led to other modified things such as glow-in-the dark cats, cabbage with scorpion venom, less flatulent cows, vaccinated bananas, cancer medicine eggs, and mass carbon eating plants. The possibilities are endless, producing results that make for a great horror/sci-fi movie. Much of the GMO food has earned the nickname "Franken-food".

The giant corporations that make up Big-Agri are Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. Other corporations that make up the business include machinery (John Deere), ADM (grain transport), and AB Agri (animal feeds, micro-ingredients, and biofuels). In this book, I will be referring to Big-Agri in strictly crops, food, or pesticides.

Monsanto (largest seed and pesticide manufacturer in the world)

In 2013 fiscal year Monsanto's net sales were $14,861,000,000. Net profits were $7,653,000,000. That's a gross profit of 51%! They reported a net income of $2,482,000,000 after research and development and other expenses. Research and Development costs will later on be more fully explored. At face value, according to their own site, www.monsanto.com, that's about 17% profits-not a bad return!

DuPont, www.dupont.com

This corporation has its fingers in many pies, including healthcare/Big-Pharma. For the purpose of this book, DuPont will be placed among the Big-Agri companies. Some of their biggest selling products are herbicides/insecticides and GMO seeds. Their agriculture products division had an outstanding 2013-9.9 billion in sales, primarily through their GMO corn seeds. Seven million acres planted their corn in 2013 compared to two million acres using the seeds in 2012.

Dow-AgroSciences, http://www.dowagro.com/products/

Their main products are herbicides/insecticides and GMO seeds. Dow-AgroSciences is a subsidiary of Dow-Chemical. Their gross sales in 2012 was $6,400,000,000. A little interesting trivia found on their own website shows that Dow AgroSciences was originally called DowElanco and then joined with Dow Chemical and Elanco Plant Sciences. Why is this important? Because Elanco Plant Sciences is part of Eli Lilly, one of the Big-Pharma mammoths earlier mentioned. Big Agri and Big Pharma are constantly overlapping.

Syngenta, www.sygenta.com

This global corporation's main products are herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and GMO seeds including flowers. In 2012 they grossed 14,202,000,000 in sales with $6,984,000,000 in gross profits. $2,292,000,000 was left over after operating expenses. Syngenta is still a young company. According to their website, they offered to invest one half of a billion dollars in Africa at the 2012 G8 Summit. Humanitarian or smart business? Syngenta projects that they will sell 25 billion dollars in sales by 2020.

Throughout this book I will present the facts and cite sources. Some sources will be hyperlinked and other sources will be mentioned on the bibliography page of the book. The conspiracy angle is yours to agree or disagree with. At the very least, you will hopefully have a different perspective on this very important subject.

Chapter One: Codex Alimentarius

Chapter Two: FDA and USDA: Puppets or Protectors?

Chapter Three: What is a GMO?

Chapter Four: Most Harmful Chemicals in Food

Chapter Five: Organics

Chapter Six: Natural Remedies

Chapter Seven: The Rise of Anti-Depressants

Chapter Eight: ADD/ADHD: Is it a Real Disorder?

Chapter Nine: Why Are Medical Bills and Drugs so High?

Chapter Ten: Black Box Drugs

Chapter Eleven: Vaccines: Prevention or Profit?

Conclusion/Bibliography



Excerpt:

Chapter One

Codex Alimentarius: What is it and why is it important to Big Pharma?

New World Order Conspiracy Theory

In order to understand how the Codex works, it is imperative to understand the concept of New World Order conspiracy theory also known as globalization and one world government. New World Order or NWO universally refers to an elite group of people who belong to the inner circles of government, industry, media, religion, academia, and other influential segments of society. These people actively conspire to abandon all boundaries of nations. Why? Because once the world abolishes all nations and cultures, it can then be restructured under one rule.

Yes, it sounds crazy, but the Bible has plenty to say about the subject. In Genesis God scatters everyone to the four corners of the earth after the Tower of Babel story. In this story people began speaking the same language. Some clergy believe this detail signifies a breakdown of different cultures. Therefore, this story documents the world's first attempt at a one world government.

In Revelation the Bible ends with the world being ruled by the Anti-Christ who rules the world under a single government, and then is eventually defeated by Jesus. The United Nations and/or European Union and/or Bilderberg meetings and/or certain global alliances are examples of the onset of New World Order. Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye best lay out a realistic example of this scenario in their best-selling Left Behind series.

Whether you are a religious fanatic, tin-foil hat wearing freak, or plain old average Joe, you have to wonder if this theory holds weight. Every now and then the elite lose their control and an insider goes rogue, something doesn't end up destroyed, and mistakes are made, allowing us common folk a glimpse of what could/will be. By the way, NWO spells own backwards.

Under NWO, there will be one currency and one set of laws. Those who don't agree and don't comply with the new government will be exterminated.

Most conspiracy theorists believe one of the biggest goals of the New World Order elite is depopulation. This involves exterminating all who are uneducated, poor, physically or mentally impaired, and/or in some way a hindrance to power. The total world population would be shaved down to under one billion people.

The elite inner circles have somewhat of a valid argument for murder. Population in the world has exploded exponentially since the 1800's. If this trend continues, the world won't be big enough to feed or medicate everyone. This is how Big-Pharma and Big-Agri fit into the conspiracy.



About the author:

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Author Dina Rae has four published novels in thriller, horror, and paranormal genres. Her passion for conspiracy theory is obvious as she continues to mix fact into her fiction, leaving readers wondering about the truth. She holds a Master of Arts from Roosevelt University. Ms. Rae continues to guest on multiple conspiracy radio shows, convinced that New World Order looms around the corner. Big Agri, Big Pharma, and Big Conspiracy is her first nonfiction book.

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Cover Reveal: STONE: AT YOUR SERVICE By Rie Warren @RieWrites @GoddessFish #Giveaway





Welcome to the cover reveal for STONE: AT YOUR SERVICE an erotic romance by Rie Warren, coming September 25th to a book retailer near you! This post is part of a tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Rie will award a Carolina Bad Boys swag pack including an ARC of Stone to a randomly drawn winner during the tour via the rafflecopter at the end of this post (International winner).

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And here's what the story is about!

One bad boy mechanic, one sexy romance writer, and an impossible situation. Hell on wheels? More like hell in high heels.

Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can-the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he's only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.

Roped into playing his best buddy's gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who's gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh's backlist of Penthouse Forum.

The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can't stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. Too bad romance is just for books.

WARNING: Uncompromisingly hot sex, hilarious hijinks, and heartfelt romance-STONE is a triple threat.

How about a sneak peek to whet your appetite?

As soon as the venue grew crowded and the noise became a deafening roar, the already dim lights lowered even more and three spots hit center stage. Strutting from the darkness beyond, a man with slicked back black hair and painted on leathers-I dare-fuckin'-say they were tighter than the pair I'd trashed last night-threw his arms wide.

Women erupted from their seats, leaped onto tables, started throwing panties, money, wads of paper with phone numbers. Janice pounded the table, a small smile flirted on Leelee's lips, and Jacqueline blew a man-hungry whistle through her teeth.

Nicky smirked at me.

"Welcome to 'Lanta, y'all! When we heard there was a group of beautiful," he thrust his hips once, "talented," twice, "freaky group of sexy romance writers in town?" The MC gave Jules Gem a run for her money, rolling his pelvis obscenely while he licked his lips and the ladies threatened to stampede the stage. His voice dropped, "Well, we just had to put on a special show for y'all!" Stepping back, he raised his arms again, shouting, "Welcome to the all-male revue, Magic Mike Night . . . erm . . . make that Noon!"

From every corner of the room, men appeared. Lots of men. Almost naked men. No worse than what I'd gotten up to last night, but then Leelee had been focused solely on me. Now she wasn't. Her mouth dropped open, her cheeks flushed in that pretty shade of pink the way it did when she was on the brink of orgasm. Threading through the audience of bloodthirsty demons, aka dick lovin' babes, the strippers eventually made it onstage in one piece, without their negligible outfits being torn off their bodies.

A few kisses were probably stolen and asses squeezed, I knew, because I'd been on the receiving end of that before.

I sat, glowering.


Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don't Tell series-a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer-causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.

You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website https://www.riewarren.com. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency. http://www.corvisieroagency.com/Saritza_Hernandez.html

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Blitz: Lost To Me By Jamie Blair @JamieMBlair @NereydaG1003 #Giveaway





Lost To Me
Release Date: 08/19/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Lauren Kelling's prom night is a memory she'll never forget-in her nightmares. She had the dress, the hair, and romantic first time plans with her boyfriend, Kolton Seidel. But what should have been the best night of her life bleeds into terror when she's brutally attacked.

Now, Lauren relives the events leading up to prom, unraveling the clues that should have warned her of the trauma to come. Like Kolton 's malicious ex-girlfriend, who'll do anything to rip them apart. Or Kolton's mentally unstable brother.

After the tragedy, Lauren wants to hide, disfigured inside and out, while Kolton drowns in a sea of guilt. Only together can the two of them lay rest to the past and heal each other, through a love too strong to break.




Excerpt:
I woke at one A.M. to my vibrating phone clattering loudly on top of my nightstand. I jolted up and grabbed it, my eyes darting to the screen. Three new text messages. I scrolled through and realized Kolton had been trying to reach me for the past hour. The first message said he missed me and asked what I was doing. The second said he was sure I was probably sleeping, and the third said, he didn't want to call because it was so late and he didn't want to wake my mom or dad. The last message had been sent at midnight.

I sent him a text back, telling him I'd been asleep and had just gotten his messages. Then I crossed my fingers, hoping he was still awake and would answer. Several minutes later, my phone vibrated again, and I read his text.

Have to talk to you. Come out on your balcony.

I jumped up and ran out the French doors. The wood deck under my feet was still wet from the day's storm, and cold with the night air.

"Hey," he said in a low voice from down below.

"What are you doing down there? I can't see you."

"Can you come down?"

"I'll be right there."

Mom, Dad and Amy were all in bed when I dashed through the house, out the back patio door, and across the sand to where I'd heard his voice under the balcony. He stood there with his arms out, waiting to hold me.

They wrapped around me, and he nuzzled his nose in my hair. "God, I'm glad I got to see you. This has been the worst night." Then, he kissed my cheek and my neck and ran his hands over my back. "Your nightgown's so soft, and you're still warm from sleep." His embrace tightened. "It's like I woke up from a nightmare and here you are beside me."


About the Author
Jamie Blair lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, their two kids and a cat that broke into their house and refused to leave. She won a young author's contest in third grade, but it probably shouldn't count since her mom wrote most of her entry. LEAP OF FAITH is her first novel. She promises her mom didn't write one word of it. 

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Review + Interview of Hathor Legacy: Burn By Deborah A. Bailey @AuthorDeborahB @GoddessFish #Giveaway




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Hathor Legacy: Burn
by Deborah A. Bailey

Blurb:

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to her lover, Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.

  


Excerpt:

Up ahead at the corner, she saw lights and transport vehicles passing back and forth. They could get one and head back to the apartment. She was in no mood to return to the reception. Not after what she'd just seen and felt.

"What the hell could be the reason to set these fires?" Jon asked, picking up the pace as they neared the corner.

"The officers think the Guardians are doing this. They believe Varyn's story."

At the corner, they hurried to the transport stand and got into the first one of a long line of shiny, blue and black vehicles. Once the doors closed behind them, she pressed her palm against the clear ID plate. "Take us home."

"Affirmative, Sentry Nadira." After retrieving her data from the system, the transport pulled into the traffic lanes, heading towards the apartment building.

"When are you going to talk to Varyn again?" Jonathan asked, as he glanced behind him.

"As soon as I can. I wanted to give her a little time. But I don't think I can wait much longer," she replied. "Is something wrong?"

"Huh? No. I just felt like we were being watched." He settled down in the seat and slid his arm around her. "It's nothing."

She remembered having that same feeling when she'd come home from the Gathering.

As a Guardian she'd tracked people before. She'd used her abilities to sense their locations and read their thoughts. Was that happening now? Were she and Jon being tracked by the people who'd set the fire?



Author Interview:

What inspired you to write Hathor Legacy: Burn?

Well, it's book two of a series. The first book is Hathor Legacy: Outcast. I got the idea for a planet run by a corporation while I was a corporate employee. Then I wondered what would happen if some people developed PSI powers. Would they use those powers for good or evil, or what? How would they fit into society? Since I love science fiction, I decided to put my ideas together and create a planet in the future that was settled by people from Earth. After the outbreak of a disease kills half of the settlers, the survivors start to develop PSI powers. Ultimately, because the planet is rich in resources, the Novacorp corporation takes over and creates their own government. So you could say I had a few ideas that all came together in this book series.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I knew from probably age seven, if I remember correctly! I loved reading and I was always writing and drawing. That's probably true of most writers. It's something you do because you have to do it.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

Let's see, I remember reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss when I was about 5. The thing is I still remember how much I loved it. That's why I enjoy reading and writing today. I can still feel the excitement I had from reading that book.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

For the most part, I like any kind of speculative fiction type of book. Whether it's science fiction or fantasy or just has a futuristic feeling to it, I'm drawn to it. Even though I've read mainstream stories, I prefer to read books where the author can let their imagination run wild. Also, I like character-driven stories that emphasize relationships, which is a big reason why enjoy writing science fiction romance.

What is your favorite book?

That's a tough question to answer! I have a lot of favorites, so it's really hard to pick just one. One book I really enjoyed was "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's not really considered science fiction, but I think it can be in that genre. It's about cloning and what happens to a few of the clones as they grow up and discover what they are. There's a love story too, though it's bittersweet. They made a movie a few years back, and it was pretty close to the book. But I recommend checking out the book first.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is science fiction writer, Octavia Butler. She inspired me because up to that point I'd mostly been reading science fiction by male authors. If women were in the story, they weren't the focus and they weren't directing the action. Also, as a black female she showed that writing speculative stories was open to everyone who had a story to tell. I think particularly when you're younger and unsure, it helps to see that you're not by yourself if you feel drawn to a specific type of story.

She wrote a lot of dystopian stories, which now are extremely popular, but at the time not so much. Instead of focusing on space exploration, her stories were mostly centered on Earth in the near future. But the situations were based in our everyday world. But that's what science fiction and fantasy does so well, it takes things we can identify with and places them in otherworldly settings.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

Right now I'd pick Ancient Egypt. I did research into Egyptian mythology when I was writing my book, which is where I got the idea to name the planet after the goddess, Hathor. Seems like it would be exciting to actually see the pyramids being built, or to look inside the temples as they were. Instead of it being something in a history book, I could explore it and see it for myself.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

Writing the first draft is the easiest, because I'm just going with the flow. But the drafts after that can be challenging because that's when the story really comes together. That's the point where it can be frustrating when a scene isn't working, or a character isn't turning out the way you thought they would. So, for me writing is a little of both. It all depends on what stage I'm at in the process.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I don't have any pets, but a few cats come and go in my backyard. They show up when they feel like it, though, so I'm not sure yet if they plan to stick around. Cats have their own ideas about things!

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

Chocolate of course! After that, I'd say pizza because I make my own and I add anything and everything to it. Or can I have pizza first then chocolate for dessert? That would be a perfect meal.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

My best advice would be to follow your dream and don't give up on it, no matter what. The more you write the better you'll get. You'll also become more confident about telling your stories. So don't be discouraged. If you have a story inside, let it out.



My Review:

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

On the planet Hathor someone has been setting fires to what is called service houses. A service house is where someone is taken that has shown signs of having abilities or powers. But whoever is setting fire to these houses is hiding something. The houses that are being burned have people in them, people that have abilities. But someone is trying to hide that fact and Nadira a Guardian is investigating the fires and trying to find out who is behind the fires and the murders. Nadira runs into a lot of trouble herself while investigating the fires.

Nadira's boyfriend or the person she is connected to is charged or blamed for a crime he didn't commit and his sent back to his home world. Someone wants Nadira all for themselves or just wants to take control of her and can't do it as long as she is connected to someone. So this person is doing everything in their power to keep them apart. Nadira will risk her life, her job, her home and her freedom to save Jon. No one is going to hurt or break them up as long as she has breath in her body.

The oldest families on Hathor came from Earth. The planet was made safe for humans when they sprayed the planet with some kind of chemical that would make it habitable for humans. All or most that is born on Hathor are born with special powers but if they leave the planet for any length of time they will lose their powers.

While investigating the fires Nadira finds out a lot that she never knew about her family and the war that happened a long time ago that almost brought destruction to Hathor. If Nadira doesn't find out who is starting the fires in time it just may triggers another war. Nadira is racing against the clock to save her life and that of her planet.

When beginning Hathor Legacy: Burn I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but I was especially concerned that it wouldn't make any sense to me as I did not read the first book Hathor Legacy: Outcast but I didn't have any problem keeping up with the story. I don't feel as if I missed anything from the first book at all. Although I do wonder if the first book gave any info about Nadira, her family, her mentor and more about her training as well as how Nadira and Jon met and about their connection and would like to read the first book as well. I would also love reading more about Nadira and her new life in more books. I loved the world that makes up Hathor. I loved their houses, their different ways of transportation. I you have not read the Hathor Legacy's then I highly recommend that you do and real soon. The world building is out of this world (pun not intended).



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As a little girl when Deborah A Bailey was watching Star Trek and Twilight Zone, she was writing and drawing her own superheroine comics. When she grew up, she continued to write and followed her love of technology into a career as a computer programmer and developer. But writing was never far away from her heart, so over the years she wrote and published stories set on other worlds and in Earth's future. Ultimately she fulfilled a lifelong dream and completed her first novel in the Hathor Legacy universe, Hathor Legacy: Outcast.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. In 2013 she published a short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance writer who's published three non-fiction books and countless articles that have appeared in print and online. Visit her blog for writing tips, interviews and updates. http://www.BrightStreetBooks.com

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hemlock Veils By Jennie Davenport @may_davenport @swoonromance @NereydaG1003




Hemlock Veils
Release Date: 11/25/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
When Elizabeth Ashton escapes her damaging city life and finds herself in the remote town of Hemlock Veils, Oregon, she is smitten by its quaint mystery; but the surrounding forest holds an enchantment she didn't think existed, and worse, a most terrifying monster. The town claims it vicious and evil, but Elizabeth suspects something is amiss. Even with its enormous, hairy frame, gruesome claws, and knifelike teeth, the monster's eyes speak to her: wolf-like and ringed with gold, yet holding an awareness that can only be human. That's when Elizabeth knows she is the only one who can see the struggling soul trapped inside, the soul to which she is moved.

Secretly, Elizabeth befriends the beast at night, discovering there's more to his story and that the rising of the sun transforms him into a human more complex than his beastly self. Elizabeth eventually learns that his curse is unlike any other and that a single murderous act is all that stands between him and his freedom. Though love is not enough to break his curse, it may be the only means by which the unimaginable can be done: sacrifice a beauty for the beast.


About the Author
Though Jennie Davenport was raised throughout the Midwest, she now lives in the little desert mining town of Bagdad, Arizona, where six guys beg for her constant attention: a husband, three young, blond sons, a German shepherd with a name much mightier than his disposition (Zeus), and a black cat named Mouse. When she isn't trying to run her home with as little casualties as possible, Jennie loves snuggling with her family, laughing with her friends, delving into brilliant entertainment of any vein, and playing outside. Despite the way being a writer is in her blood, and the wheels of her writerly mind are constantly turning, Jennie likes to think that in another life, she would have been a Broadway star. Or an American Idol finalist.

Jennie lives for the fall, and not just because of her adoration for the NFL (Go Broncos!). In her perfect world, she would have the springs, summers, and falls of Colorado, and the winters of Arizona-someplace where the climate and weather would allow her to go on a trail run all year round. But even though she prefers the pines and mountains, she is a devoted fan of all nature, from sandy beaches to woodsy cabins, and all are her greatest inspiration. She believes nature is one of the best healing remedies, with a magic all its own.

Jennie's passion for writing is the way she survives, and is as vital to her sanity as oxygen, caffeine, food, and music. Even before she began writing it, well-told, original, and character-driven romance was always her weak spot. Add the paranormal or magical realism element and she may never make it back to reality. 

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Cover Reveal: The Spirit Heir & The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons) By Kaitlyn Davis @DavisKaitlyn @NereydaG1003




The Spirit Heir (A Dance of Dragons #2)
Release Date: 10/30/14

Summary from Goodreads:
From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the second book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series--perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

Drenched in darkness and surrounded by the echo of screams, Jinji waits deep in the dungeons of Rayfort, haunted by the memory of the knife stabbing Rhen, plagued by a foreign voice whispering through her mind. A few floors above, Rhen rests trapped in a coma, about to wake to a changed world-a world where his best friend is a woman, his nephew is the king, and an enemy army surrounds him on all sides.

But human wars are insignificant compared to the darkness gathering unseen. Memories of lives she never lived flash through Jinji's thoughts, hinting at a past that cannot be repeated. A mysterious phantom visits Rhen, carrying cryptic messages of the future. And somewhere out there, the shadow continues to lurk in silence.

Uncertain of their relationship and tempted by new feelings, Rhen and Jinji must find a way to work together. The fate of humanity rests on their shoulders and the real battle has only just begun…


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The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons, #1)
Release Date: 02/20/14

Release Date:
GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING in a new fantasy series by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis.

Jinji has been haunted by the death of her twin brother for ten years. Now, on the dawn of her joining, the nightmare that claimed him has returned for her.

Prince Whylrhen is determined to prevent the past from repeating itself. His kingdom is expecting a new heir, and he will stop at nothing to keep the child safe.

Though they've never met, the two share a deep secret-magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Whylrhen can pull burning flames into his flesh. But neither of them knows what they are truly capable of until a chance encounter brings them together. For their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time-an age of myth that is about to be reborn…

RAVE REVIEWS!
"The writing is flawless. The story and plot line, and plot twists, had me captivated and enamored for the first words. I couldn't put this book down for anything, and I absolutely cannot wait for book two...It's an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more." - Happy Tails and Tales

"One word to describe this book: intense!  Everything from the battles, to the secrets, to the descriptions of the characters and scenery, are all incredibly intense.  This book had me biting my nails, stomach tided in knots, and completely entranced til the last word." - Desert Rose Reviews

"Throughout the story, the stakes were always raised. There was no part that lagged while Davis was telling her story of far off lands, and the drama continued to the very end...To those readers who like fantasy and adventure, or to those who tried to read "A Song of Ice and Fire" but couldn't make it through the first chapter without falling asleep - this could be a series for you." - Pink Fluffy Hearts

"The Shadow Soul was positively transportive, left me feeling refreshed, and renewed my faith in symbolism, imagery, and the importance of world building and cultural preservation...If you want to set out on a journey, read this." - We Do Write

"I loved this book! I was drawn into the story with the fantastic and descriptive storytelling told alternatively between Rhen and Jinji!... The political pickings, magical murderers, and shadowy suspense are the real plot stars in this book and the wonderful characterization and world-building adds extra oomph to grab you and keep you in this world." - EBook Escapes

About the Author
I've always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series -- and no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season... even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.

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