Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children by Margaret E. Alexander @markedforpower @DarkWorldBooks




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The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children
by Margaret E. Alexander

Blurb-

16 The deciding age of contamination.

30 The number of coin flips it takes to prove that Donna may have subconsciously used her genetically enhanced abilities to excel in school.

24 The number of hours Donna has to board a train to the Institute for Extraordinary Children.

14 The flights of stairs she must climb to get to her room.

700 The number of pages in the rule book that will determine how she eats, sleeps, and…well…smells for the remainder of the school year.

2 The number of members in her squad. Good thing Dan's there to help get her abilities in shape and avoid Donna's worst fear-humiliation. Her abilities skyrocket. Until the day she learns exactly what Dan is capable of.

1 The number of bodies that turn up dead.

0 Her chances of getting out alive.




My Review-

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

Donna lives in a time where everyone is watched and if they show any sign of have a superpower they have to take a test when they turn sixteen to see if they have special powers of any kind. If their test comes out positive then they are sent to a new school or Institute for Extraordinary children. Although these children have very special powers they are considered freaks by anyone who is not special. The institute is a place where all the children are taught by other class mates on how to use and control their powers.

At the institute they have a lot of rules to follow and they don't care if you break the rules or not but if you don't follow the rules then you don't get points and if you don't have any points then you don't eat, shower or change clothes ect.... So needless to say the children are always trying to do things to earn points and they try very hard to follow all of the rules. Oh and you have to have a certain amount of points when it is your turn to graduate or you do not graduate. You will have to stay at the institute until you have enough points to graduate.

After being at the institute Donna figures out that something is just not quite up to par. Students start turning up dead and Donna is determined to find out what is going on. They are not allowed to talk to their families plus they have no phone service, no internet or tv.

Donna doesn't expect to fall for the person that they partner her up with to teach her how to use and control her powers but she do. Oh she doesn't fall for him right away oh no she can't stand him in the beginning but he kind of grows on her after a while when she gets to know him and learns a lot of secrets about him that no one else at the institute knows. She tries not to like him because of who and what he is but she must listen to what her heart tells her.

The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is in no way what I expected it to be when I started reading it. I loved all the twist and turns and how just when you thought you had it all figured out then bam it took you in another direction and it ended up being something totally different than you ever expected. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children will take a hold of you right from the very first and will hold on tight right up until the last word. I can't wait to read more about Donna, Eva and Dan in the next book or at least I am hoping for another book. I want to more about their lives and everyone else at the institute.



Margaret E. Alexander

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Margaret E. Alexander grew up in Miami, FL. Ten years of frizz and hurricanes chased her away to sunny San Diego, CA. While in college, studying biomedical engineering didn't stop her from pumping out novel drafts every year. She found her escape in storytelling and others like her who sometimes preferred the world of fiction to the real one. The Executioner at the Institute for Contaminated Children is her first YA novel with Crescent Moon Press. She loves blogging about thrillers with young protagonists and is putting her art minor to good use with a graphic novel project on the side. Her wandering focus is the fault of her cat.

Book Tour: The Life Gift by T R Lykins @Trlykins @HotTreePromos #Giveaway




The Life Gift and book one, Last Heartbeat, are ON SALE throughout the tour.

The Life Gift Synopsis

**** This is a companion novel to Last Heartbeat ****

Kristen believed her parents were truly happy and wanted a marriage like theirs. She really didn't know anything about their relationship until she was leaving for college. That's when they dropped a heartbreaking bombshell on her.

They only stayed together to make her happy. Now, she thinks she is the reason for their unhappiness, can she trust love?

Does love even last anymore?

Her new college roommate, Alexia, changes her mind about love. Seeing how fast Alexia falls for her dreamy guy Phillip, and how fast that dreamy guy falls for Alexia, she then realizes that maybe love could happen in her life!

Now, Kristen has to change her ways and open her heart up for love. Can Kristen do that after watching her parents live a lie for so many years? Hoping she can find her true love and not get hurt, Kristen thinks she can find him out there somewhere, but where?

One tragic moment happens to her friend and it makes her realize that life could end in a blink of an eye. Kristen makes a life decision that affects her and her friends.

Can she go through it?

This gift is the greatest gift she can give to her best friend, Alexia. Nine months of her life is a long time to give up for your friend.

Will this sacrifice be truly appreciated and will Alexia be able to take care of her precious gift?

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Cover Reveal: Under My Skin (The Immortality Strain, #1) By Shawntelle Madison @Shawntelle @NereydaG1003




Under My Skin
(The Immortality Strain, #1)
Release Date: 12/09/14

Book Summary:
Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets...

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn't something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate's result thrusts her into the Guild's world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon's deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate's mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate's body, and love might end before it even begins.

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Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She'd never admit it, but if asked she'd say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detasseling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs-from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she's not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves By Jeff Gunhus @Jeffgunhus @toobusyreading #Giveaway




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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves


Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves.

But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles to survive the new vampire blood in her veins. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self.

From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group with not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do.

But they are monster hunters of the Black Guard… and they will do their duty, come what may.

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The stench hung heavy in the air. There was no other smell in the world quite like it. First came the stink of grease fires from the wall torches, the heavy black smoke that roiled through the air like a foul fog. Then a moldering, musty base layer came to the senses. It reeked of decay and seeping moisture that grew black mold on every surface. The mold clung on the rough-cut rocks lining the dungeon tunnels. It covered the thick iron bars holding the prisoners in place. It even grew on the tattered rags covering the miserable creatures in the cells and likely on their skin as well. That final smell overlay the symphony of stink.

The Creach prisoners.

Werewolves, harpies, blind mad-worms, blinderwursts, fangpiercers, even some demons held with the special pure iron chains required to keep them in place. Many of these creatures were pungent under the best circumstances, but locked in the deepest dungeon underground, sometimes for decades, they took on an odor so ripe, so awful, that visitors to the dungeon often had to hold their breath to enter. Even then, the smell would make their eyes sting and well with tears.

Immediately after leaving the dungeon, visitors were allowed a bath or a shower in the castle. As they washed the stench from their bodies, they would feel an overwhelming sense of thanks that they were not a prisoner wallowing in the horrifying conditions they’d just witnessed.

No one, human or Creach, wanted to be a prisoner in the dungeons of Ren Lucre.

Far away, at the end of one of the long, twisting corridors, came the creak of a massive door opening. The prisoners stirred at the sound. Their reactions mirrored how long they had been in their cells.

The newer arrivals looked up with expectation, still hopeful their punishment was going to be short and that someone was coming to tell them their nightmare was over.

Those who had been there longer knew that hope was useless in this dark place. They simply cowered farther into whatever dark corner they could find in their cell, desperate not to be noticed by the Master.

Then there were those who had been there the longest. They simply looked up with mild interest, knowing that nothing they did made any difference. Their spirits were broken. Worse, they knew this to be the dark truth, and they simply didn’t care.

One single prisoner reacted in none of these ways. He simply stood, and the rags that had once been his clothes hung on his bony frame. Unbroken by years of starvation and torture, he still squared his shoulders in the direction of the sound and raised his chin, his eyes glistening in the torchlight with defiance. What he saw would have brought a normal man to his knees, but this man was no more normal than the monster approaching.

Ren Lucre, the five hundred year old vampire, filled the hallway as he strode through it, his cloak billowing behind him as he rushed past the stinking cells. His pale, narrow face looked pinched and concerned. His blood-red lip pursed in a straight line, and his eyes glowered like embers in a fire that might at any time combust into new flame.

He came to the thick set of bars that held the proud man, stopped, and stared him down. “Well, if it isn’t the Lord of the Creach,” the man said. Even though his voice was course and weak, he still managed an edge of bitter sarcasm. “You look like you’re having a bad day.” The man spat on the floor. “Good.”



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Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Book Tour: Up the Tower By J. P. Lantern @jplantern @GoddessFish #Giveaway




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Up the Tower
by J. P. Lantern

Blurb:

Disaster brings everybody together. A cloned corporate assassin; a boy genius and his new robot; a tech-modified gangster with nothing to lose; a beautiful, damaged woman and her unbalanced stalker-these folks couldn't be more different, but somehow they must work together to save their own skin. Stranded in the epicenter of a monumental earthquake in the dystopian slum, Junktown, there is only one way to survive. These unlikely teammates must go...UP THE TOWER.

  


Excerpt:

Before anything else-before the riot, before the flood, before the gap and the deaths and the fires and the pain-before all of that, Ana just wanted to get the hell out of Junktown.

But she was stuck there with Raj, and Raj had all the bodyguards, so she couldn't very well leave on her own. Walk into Junktown without any protection? No, thank you. She had a knife on her, but that was hardly enough. The knife fit neatly in a small, luxury Cardion-brand sheath at her side.

The rest of her outfit was direct out from a fashion magazine. She wore tight black Cardion slacks, her patent leather Aushwere ankle boots sexy and stylish and perfect for inner-city walking. Her dark blue blouse was Cardion again (there had been a sale); already she had noticed the way Raj had been hugging his eyes to how it cupped and clung to her body. He would have been looking a bit more, perhaps, but she wore her favorite Kadaya Sarin-brand leather jacket, allowing her a bit of modesty with the long sleeves and tight collar, despite the thinness of the material. She was a woman dressed to impress, but also was no whore-she had her man. He liked her dressed attractive, but not like some slut. Ana knew what he wanted, because that was her entire life, as she saw it, from now on.

They were inside the ground floor of a tall building. Cleanbots rushed around them, sweeping up dust, guided along by retrofitted eyebots that spied out areas of dust and disrepair.

"Here's where we'll have the lobby," said Raj, opening his hands out wide to the open space.

Ana had presence of mind to hold her tongue.

What she wanted to say was, "Really, dear? Here in the first possible place that someone could enter from the street? That's where you'll have the lobby? That's so inventive. You're so smart."

What did she say was, "Oh! It will look beautiful, I'm sure."



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WRITING PROCESS



My writing process is organic, most of the time. It's hard for me to force anything when it comes to writing, but it's next to impossible for me to force the writing of a novel. What that means is that I tend to have a lot of small inspirations over time that I record somewhere or another-a notebook or an email draft that I hold onto-and I start building this back-log of ideas that I'm interested in and want to explore.

Finally, after enough of that, something really strikes up the flame with me. So it's sort of like building a fire, collecting all these pieces of tinder and kindling ideas over the course of a whole lot of reading and paying attention, and then by the time the fire starts, you have fuel to last you a while. And you need a LOT of fuel for a novel, because they take so long to write.

Many people use outlines to write, but I don't normally use much of one. I basically walk into a plot knowing that I want it to go to a few specific places, and I have a setting in mind, and then I try and work backward from there. Wondering what sorts of characters would belong in such a place and time, wondering what decisions they could make that would lead them to the places I want the reader to go. A lot of the characters in my latest book, UP THE TOWER-a gangster with a cybernetic arm, a cloned assassin, a kid who is a genius with robotics-came about after I had a good idea of the sort of setting I wanted, and who would fit inside of it, but also because I had ideas about who I wanted to include, and what sort of setting they would need.

You can sort of think about how you could have any number of people in any given situation. But for the situation you're writing, there are only a very small amount of correct people. So, those people are out there, already, in the ether, waiting to be discovered, and you're just unearthing them bit by bit as you're moving forward.



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J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word.

Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Shattered by TP Hogan @TP_Hogan @HotTreePromos #Giveaway






"Here she was, the girl who didn't believe in ghosts, standing in the middle of a set of stone steps waiting at a mirror for a ghost to appear."





Sebastian Ashcombe has been trapped behind the mirrors of Ashcombe Manor almost 150 years. He can view the manor using the mirrors as windows to the solid world but he can't communicate with anyone and no one can see him.

Until Now.

Mattie Holmes visits Ashcombe Manor in Dunmore England after her mother marries Alex Ashcombe. The last thing she expects is a man in the mirror. Bastian is not a ghost. He didn't die. He was cursed behind the mirror on his wedding day in 1869. As they start to unravel the mystery they realise they are running out of time. If they don't break the curse before February 29th Bastian will simply disappear.

Breaking a centuries old curse is hard enough, but Mattie is starting to fall for Bastian. Not only is his very existence in jeopardy but to love a man in the mirror may only lead to a shattered heart.
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Book Blitz: Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2) by Trisha Wolfe @trishwolfe #losingtrack @NereydaG1003





Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2)
Release Date: 10/15/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night-Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they've traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride-with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That's her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she's forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she's more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn't want his help; doesn't want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn't mind sharing the road. Only when Boone's own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel's course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path. 

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.

 

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Excerpt:


Boone


She sniffs hard and clears her voice. But doesn't say anything.

I do. "What's wrong?"

There. Two simple words. Could be any two people meeting in a hallway, asking the same thing, and it'd mean absolutely nothing. But for us, those words break through every barrier we've assembled.

Her choice: answer something noncommittal, like "nothing," and give me the brush off. Securing our casual friendship remains the same. Or, answer honestly…changing everything. I'm not sure which I'm rooting for. Just as I wasn't sure yesterday if I wanted her to accept my rejection-or push past all my barriers and tell me to fuck off, she was taking control. I lied when I told myself I was relieved; I wanted this girl to scare the shit out of me, to make me react.

Her throaty voice cuts through the suffocating fear creeping over me. "I got a letter. From a friend. He's just been released from jail."

I notice the folded paper in her hand. Her fingertips pinching the paper, holding it away from herself. "That's good news." It's not a statement; it's a question.

She nods. "Yeah."

Silence thickens between us.

"Walk?" I offer, hoping I can get her out of whatever funk this friend has caused.

Nodding again, she picks herself off the floor and folds the letter to make it smaller. She stuffs it into the back pocket of her jean skirt before saying, "So how did you fair with the blue balls yesterday? You seem to be walking all right."

A chuckle slips out. I know she's avoiding. Doesn't want to talk about the letter or her friend, so I can roll with her punches. "Worst case I ever had." And that's no lie. I thought long and hard about jerking my dick to kingdom come, but I settled for blue balls. An extra little dose of punishment for almost fucking up.

"And that's the best compliment I've ever had. Thanks, Boone." She nudges me with her shoulder as I shake my head.

As soon as we step outside, I drop my shades over my eyes and instantly regret my idea. For the seconds I was entranced with Mel's pain, with her, I forgot about the sky-high heat index. "Shit. If there was ever a month to get the fuck out of Florida," I say.

"No shit," she agrees. Turning to face me, she adds, "You do have a bike. Well, sort of. Not sure I classify your Bonnie bobber as one, really…" she trails off, and I let the slight against my bike slide. I figured her for an all American girl. "But we could Bonnie and Clyde our way to Sturgis. Pun totally intended." She winks. "There's always, like, a crazy aftermath of drag races and parties following the rally."

I want to think she's joking. But I have a sure feeling in the pit of my stomach that if I offered her to leave right now, she'd hop on the back of my bike. No questions. And suddenly, there's a sickness gripping my gut to match that feeling-I want that.

At some point, whether it was the moment she touched me, the heated look in her eyes, or the second I saw the hopelessness forming around her in the hall…a line was crossed. There's no walking away now.

This girl will break me.

And I'll beg her to do it.

We reach the benches near the basketball court and she slides onto the top seatback. I lick my lips, thankful for my shades as my gaze travels up her creamy legs to her thighs. I imagine running my hand up that same course. Under her skirt…

Fucking hell. At some point, I'm going to have to wear my dick out. I should beat the hell out of it each time before I see her. I'm like a horny teen getting a taste of porn for the first time. It's embarrassing.

I've gone almost a year with no real temptations. Where the hell did this girl come from? She blindsided me.


Companion to:
The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood )
by Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: 08/06/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry's life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler's fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she's losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn't count on is Holden's relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he's ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

New Adult Contemporary coming this year.

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About the Author
I'm the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I'm the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I'm not busy doing all of the above, I'm a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.


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