Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maverick Promotions Presents AUTHOR DANIELLE LEE ZWISSLER @danielleleezwis @mcjordan37 #Giveaway #Featuredvideo




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On Tour April 21st-25th


AUTHOR DANIELLE LEE ZWISSLER



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Danielle Lee Zwissler was born in Dover, Ohio. A small town in Northeast Ohio. Her love of romance and cowboys have helped enrich her life and love of reading. She is also big fan of William Shatner, Harry Potter, and all things Harlequin. Her first novel, “Her Last Chance", debuted in 2010 with Firefly & Wisp Books. And then shortly after the sequel, "The Art of Seduction". In 2011, an up and coming publisher, "Books to go Now!" published a trio of short-stories called, "Trio of Sin”. Since then, Danielle has been featured in several anthologies and 5 erotica books under her pen name, Heather Lane. Currently, Danielle is working on several fantasy as well as a few western romances.

Her latest set of books are all part of a series called, "Cowboys & Cowgirls". This series features five books, all of the western nature, with sexy lead characters and several subplots. The first in the series is "The Cowboy's Bride" which is now available on paperback as well as ebook. Then the rest of the series will go as followed: Served, Cowgirl Up! Cowboy Up!, Dakota Falls, and then Tiegen's Bride.



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"The Long Ride Home" is the fifth book in the Cowboys & Cowgirls Series. It is available on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and on paperback!

Blurb: Holton Dade was eight years old when Elena Rose was born, and he has watched out for her ever since. The girl with the wild, curly red hair has been on his mind on and off for years, but he has a few hang-ups--age being one of them, and death being the other. With the help of friends, Holton and Elena survive through many breakups and insecurities, but in the end there is only one place to go--home, and it is one hell of a long ride to get there.



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3 Day Book Bash: The Goddess Effect Revealed By Lori Snyder @LoriSnyderNYC @VBTCafe #Giveaway




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Today we celebrate the release of The Goddess Effect Revealed! 

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Lori will be giving EVERY person that buys a copy of her book April 23 - 25 a FREE gift!

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Author Bio: Lori Snyder is an author and motivational speaker; she has been featured in various magazines and publications both nationally and internationally. As a Speaker, Author and Certified Professional Coach, Lori is an expert in helping others discover their greatness. She is known for being on target in her coaching practice. Lori has a natural love and connection with people and is gifted in being able to tap into their essence after knowing them for a short period of time.


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Book Genre: Self-Help/Non-Fiction
Publisher: Balboa Press - A Division of Hay House
Release Date: March 31, 2014
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Book Description:


Choose Conscious Living

Conscious living, just like living in the moment, involves being aware of what's around you and choosing to make the most of what you've got, but it takes things a step further. Conscious living brings in the added factor of making certain choices that can bring you the life you desire.
Conscious living is living on purpose. You choose how you want to live your life and then live that way.
Follow these strategies to live consciously and help bring your goals to fruition:
  1. Set priorities in your life. Decide what's most important to you and live according to these priorities.
  • For example, you're watching TV and your significant other comes in and wants to talk about something that's important to him/her. What do you do?


Option 1. Do you turn off the TV and listen attentively to him/her? Do you make eye contact and focus on him/her?


Option 2. Or do you let him/her try to compete with the TV, having him/her speak over the TV noise while you multi-task - listening to him/her and watching TV at the same time?
With conscious living, surely your significant other is a priority over the TV, right? Can you imagine how special you'll make him/her feel when you choose to actively and completely listen? When you live like your relationship is a priority, your relationship benefits greatly.
  • Having clear priorities makes it easier for you to make decisions about your time, money, and other important matters.
  1. Choose to have an optimistic attitude. As we've already seen, this conscious living choice can have an enormous impact on your life.
  • Each morning when you wake up, tell yourself that this day may be your best day ever! Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." We don't know ahead of time all the things the day will bring, so look forward to it with anticipation as an exciting adventure and live your day accordingly.
  1. Simplify your lifestyle. Put the things into your life that you want there, according to your priorities, and eliminate the things that merely serve to clutter it up and cause confusion and stress. Life is complicated enough! Why complicate it further with things you don't even want?
  • Events and activities that eat up your time and take away from your family time are a good example of things you can eliminate from your life. Your hectic lifestyle can be a major cause of distractions and stress! Will it really matter if you decline a couple of parties or miss a PTA meeting here and there? Once you get used to putting only those things in your schedule that you feel are a priority, you'll wonder why you didn't learn to say no sooner!
  • Is your house or office space cluttered? Once again, eliminate what you don't want or need. Take a weekend to go through everything in your house, organize what you want to keep, and give away what you no longer have a use for.
  • Eat dinner at home with the family. Use this time to catch up with each other, share your day, and show support and love. Make this time a priority and you'll soon see some of your family stressors melt away as you build strong relationships that will last a lifetime.

  1. Live according to your principles. Remember, when you live consciously, you're choosing your life. Let your principles guide you in making your priorities and decisions. Above all, get clear on your values, standards, and principles so you can be true to yourself.


Living consciously gives you a chance to start demonstrating the life you desire. You may not have as much money as you'd like, or you might want to lose some weight, or you may be seeking your soul mate, but following these strategies puts everything in motion.
With conscious living, your thought processes are emitting energy harmonious with attracting what you want and your actions are in accordance with them. Rather than spending your time focusing on your lack, you spend your time and energies choosing your life and living it to the fullest, thus attracting more good things in return.
"Your vision will become clear
only when you look into your heart...
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens."
~ Carl Jung
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The Goddess Effect-Revealed Is more than just a book, it is a process to tap into the essence of your inner Goddess to attract, develop and create a beautiful union of body, mind and spirit.

Goddess unleashes a seven-week program that delivers remarkable results in helping people to make transitional shifts towards an extraordinary life.

Lori Snyder moves through the sessions with ease and joy. She is very clear, precise and inspiring. She helps others to begin feeling empowered along their journey towards building a life they love, one that works just the way they always wished it would.

  • Session One: See Believe Become
  • Session Two: Financial Success Makeover
  • Session Three: Career Blastoff
  • Session Four: Power of Goals
  • Session Five: Limiting Belief Buster
  • Session Six: Blissful Relationships
  • Session Seven: Inner Image Magnificence

As A female you have natural strengths and intuition, along with an abundance of inner and outer beauty. Learn how to release your inner spirit and tap into your feminine magic to begin living your life successfully, with authentic love, intention and happiness. It is this moment, that will help create your next special moment, make it count. Take action and start creating amazing beautiful change in your life TODAY.


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How Gratitude Can Attract What You Want Gratitude plays a big part in attracting your dream life. Feeling thankful for your blessings attracts more things for you to be thankful for! Even if what you've got isn't much, it can be increased a hundred fold by being thankful for it. In addition, when you show your gratitude to others for something they've done for you, they're more inclined to do even more. Gratitude strengthens the bonds of friendship and increases the loyalty of business associates. Here's some food for thought: If you can't feel gratitude for what you've got now, will you ever feel it, or will you just want more? Follow these tips to show your gratitude on a daily basis and reap the benefits: 1. Tell others when they make you happy. The need to feel appreciated is one of our basic human needs. Fulfill that need and share the love! A simple "Thank you" can make their day. o Your parents and children love to know when they've made you happy. Make it a habit to thank them often. o Letting your significant other know how much you appreciate them and all they do will strengthen your relationship. It can also start a cycle of you both doing nice things for each other because you know how much the other one appreciates it! o Your friends also like to know that they bring value to your life. Every so often, do something special to show your gratitude. o Co-workers, business associates, and clients also like to know they're appreciated. When they do something for you, be sure to say "Thank you" and let them know how much it means to you. Offer to reciprocate by helping them when they need it, too. o Remember to thank the clerk at the bank, the customer service rep who went out of their way to solve your problem, or the store employee who helped you find what you were looking for. o The more you make it a point to thank those who make your life better, the more you find to be thankful for. After all, you don't want to be taking things for granted! 2. Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, reflect on all that is good and write it down in your journal. Reading about all the things you're thankful for can also lift your spirits and motivate you. 3. When you awake, give thanks for the day ahead and all its wonderful possibilities. Before you fall asleep at night, give thanks for the day you just had. Feeling gratitude every day keeps the good things coming. Nothing's too small to be thankful for. If you find a penny on the ground, be grateful for the gift. Even if you desire greater wealth, be thankful for the paycheck you just got. Gratitude helps you feel fulfilled with your life and it sends out energy with those good vibrations! "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." Gerald Good Over-Deliver on Your Promises Another technique that helps you attract the life you desire is to give more than is expected. When you give more to others (as opposed to taking more), you're sending out energy that attracts good things back to you. Consistently over-delivering on your promises suggests a mindset of excellence and abundance. Aren't these some of the important qualities included in your dream life? When you generously give more than you promise, you make others happy. You also feel good about yourself, which strengthens your self-esteem and self-confidence. These are the very traits that you see in anyone who is successful. So by increasing these qualities and traits within yourself, you're setting yourself up for success in achieving your life's desires. Use These Mind-Altering Tools to Change Your Life To transform your mindset into one that attracts what you want, it's necessary to incorporate your desired thoughts into your subconscious. Your mind is like an iceberg, that is, the conscious part of your brain is the top 10% and the hidden 90% is your subconscious. It's also your subconscious that controls 90% of your actions and virtually all of your ideas and attitudes that affect everything else in your life. In essence, it controls you. There are some simple strategies that allow you to access your subconscious. The goal is to input the ideas and attitudes you desire into your mind on a continual basis so that gradually your mindset changes to what you want. These strategies allow you to mold yourself to your heart's desire through your subconscious! Follow these tips to make lasting changes to your subconscious so you can attract your desires: Positive Attitude. It is all about believing in the idea that your attitude affects your life and what happens to you. You have to believe in the idea that a positive attitude equals positive results. You have to start looking for proof. It shouldn't be hard to find, since positive influence is all around. Try it out for yourself. There is no better proof than seeing it firsthand. Take one day and commit to having a positive attitude all day. Take notice of how others react to you. Here are some samples of maintaining a positive attitude: o Upbeat and cheerful o Looks at the glass as half full not half empty o Can find the beauty in anything o Thinks of the good before the bad o Loves life o Avoids negative words o May seem silly at times o Loves to have fun o Never puts others down o Genuinely cares about those around him/her o Looks for ways to make others lives better o Is a giver, not a taker o Does not hurt others o Can see the solution over the problem o Willing to work towards goals There are many ways you can begin to shape yourself into a positive person. Take some of your favorite tips below and put them to use in your life to help you become the positive person you strive to be. Every time you start to find your thoughts drifting to the negative, you have to make a conscious effort to make them positive instead. It helps to train yourself to always find the positive in anything. If you train your thoughts to go to the positive it will go a long way towards keeping a positive attitude. By maintaining a positive attitude and letting it lead you to good, you are allowing your attitude to become your ally. Positive self-talk. Your mind engages itself in a conversation - or rather monologue - the entire time you're awake. Since you spend all day talking to yourself, why not tell yourself things you want to hear? Keep it positive and good benefits will follow!


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Week Blitz: PROTOSTAR By Braxton A. Cosby @BraxtonACosby @RABTBookTours #Giveaway






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PROTOSTAR - Week Blitz
By Braxton A. Cosby
Young Adult
Date Published: April 16, 2014

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What Would You Choose, love or duty?
On the brink of civil war, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his council, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son William on a mission to restore honor to his family name. William seeks to complete his assignment, the elimination of a Star-child named Sydney on planet Earth, but when the assassination is delayed he begins to realize an emotional connection with his target. With conspiracy threatening his home planet, and a hidden menace on Earth seeking to secure a vested interest, William finds himself torn between irrevocable duty and sacrificing everything he stands for to defend Sydney. As William and Sydney struggle to overcome their impossible circumstances, they start to wonder if the connection of two Star-Crossed lovers will be enough to save them from certain doom.



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He leaned in close to her ear. "Please Sydney, give me one more chance. The dreams, they are of you. If only I could have understood sooner, I may have been able to change our fate. But now, I know you have the power to change this. You are more than any normal person. You are the one thing I have traveled across distance and time for."
A ray of sunlight broke through the clouds, slipping past the overlying trees. They kissed Sydney's face. She gasped, and her lifeless body rose from the dead. Sydney swallowed a deep breath and grabbed William's shoulders. His many tears drained from his face. The infectious warmth returned.
"I knew you'd return to me. Somehow, I knew it," he whispered.
"I was lost for a moment in nothing but deep dark space. But I heard a voice calling out to me. It was very familiar to me. Someone I had met before. It was a woman's voice. She told me it was time to go back. She told me I had a calling to do something great and the time of my awakening was at hand." Sydney wiped the tears from his eyes. "Then I heard you, speaking to me from the darkness. Your voice guided me as I ran forward, until finally I saw a ray of light and I stepped into it."
He squeezed her and planted his lips on hers. His solar cells erupted, and Sydney became surrounded in a bright aura that lifted them off the ground. He opened his eyes, amazed by what he saw. He planted another kiss, this time on Sydney's forehead.
"There's my signature," he whispered.
They floated back to the ground and Sydney pulled him close.
 "Sydney, is there any way you could forgive me for what I've done?"
Sydney caressed his face. "What's done is done. Even through all the pain, something inside me knew that you would save me. Love brought you to me and somehow, I knew love would give you the strength to protect me."
The present situation invaded his thoughts. "And protect you I will. I must explain everything to you, Sydney. Come with me."

About the Author:

 photo Cosby_zpsa994f8ab.jpgBraxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience. His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty? Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.

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Book Blitz: Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold By Brinda Berry, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Jayne A. Knolls, Theresa DaLayne, Cate Dean @Brinda_Berry @karenYbynum @DiamondLB @TheresaDaLayne @catedeanwrites #Giveaway







Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Release Date: 03/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn't believe in Native American magic--until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

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Shimmer by Brinda Berry:


Draven Manning watched the naked female wade into the inky waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Silent as a hermit crab, he sat on the sand hidden by tall sea oats and studied her petite body, long hair thickly draped to the waist. She held a backpack, an odd addition to her nakedness, which she dropped on the sand. He could have loudly cleared his throat or walked back up to the house. But he didn't.

Not that he was a total creeper. She'd appeared from nowhere like some magical mist formed in a female shape. The wind lifted strands of her hair away from her body increasing the otherworldly feel of the scene.

He continued to watch and acknowledged that wishing he could see better or had binoculars did fall into creeper territory. His friends always talked about what a nice guy he was. Maybe he didn't want to be a nice guy.

Being the nice guy had landed him here in this tiny Gulf Coast town with his dad for the summer. He had no choice, because he couldn't stand to look at the people he'd trusted. They had betrayed him, and he'd pretended it was no big deal. He lowered his forehead to his bent knees and pulled air into his lungs. A deep exhale steadied the shaking. He was eighteen, not eight. It was time to man up. Move on with life. Forget what had happened and quit feeling sorry for himself.

For a week, he'd strolled the beach by himself. In the daylight hours, families cluttered the sand so he waited for nightfall. He always returned to this spot on the sand to sit and think. He could've sat on the deck with the same view, but that's where his dad always sat and smoked cigars.

His dad would already be in bed at this hour.

The girl swam farther and farther out to sea. Her moonlight swim went beyond his seeing range. She was far enough out that he couldn't tell if a glint on the water might be her head or a fish or a buoy. She had to be an excellent swimmer.

Clouds moved across the moon to dim his view of her even more. A gust of wind blew sand into his face. He jumped from his spot and ran, his bare feet pounding on the packed sand. He saw the crashing wave deliver her body to shoreline and teasingly pull her back. Why hadn't he noticed that she was in trouble?

He stomped into the chilly ocean. "Shit." His jeans sucked up the water and clung to his legs. "Shit, shit, shit." Waves pushed against his thighs, whipping him off balance until he braced himself for the tide. She floated face down with her hair billowing out in thin tentacles. He grabbed her upper arms, flipped her body, and pulled her to shore. Her lower body dragged in the sand, so he picked her up. She probably didn't weigh much, but her limp body sagged as he carried her like a sleeping child.

Out from the tide's reach, he placed her on the sand and pressed two fingers against her neck. Not dead. Not dead. Not dead. But not breathing, either. He couldn't remember the steps. His heart slapped against his chest like paper caught in moving bicycle spokes. People learned CPR just in case. He never expected to actually need it. He squeezed his eyes shut, heard Coach Vorlosky's calm instructions, visualized each step, and began chest compressions.

One push, two, three, four…one push a second how many times? Maybe thirty. He'd barely passed the test and wished he'd paid more attention. "You better not die. I've had a shitty week. Come on, come on." Her head lolled to the side. He grabbed her chin, tilted her head back, pinched her nose, covered her mouth with his and blew.

He hovered above her mouth to see if she breathed. Strands of long, dark hair draped over her face. He brushed the hair out of the way and started again. On his fifth round of administering CPR, he glanced around for help, which wouldn't happen at 2:00 a.m. on a deserted strip of beach in the middle of nowhere.

Her loud gasp, sounding like the reverse of a balloon losing air, startled him.

She turned her head to the side and coughed out water. "What…" She coughed again."…do you think you're doing?"

He barely heard her. The girl must be out of her mind, which would explain why she thought a night swim by herself was a good idea. "Saving you."

"I didn't need your help," she muttered.

He scooted back on the sand several inches-his heart starting to slam again-and rubbed his face. Sand coated his hand and clung to his eyelashes. "Not the way I see it." His voice sounded strangled and loud.

She sat up and pulled her knees to her chest. Anger flashed in her eyes. "What's your deal?"

"You weren't breathing." He wiped dripping water from his forehead with the back of his hand. "I was scared that you'd…never mind that thought. You're alive." "Um hmm. Sure am. Back here on the shore whether I like it or not." She was all hair and limbs with her arms wrapped around her knees.


Between by Karen Y. Bynum:


God, what had Lucy done? She rubbed the butterfly charm at her throat. She should never have ignored Natasha's calls. If Lucy had just sucked it up and broken up with her, Natasha wouldn't have shown up at Gaston. And Lucy wouldn't have belittled her in front of the Royals. Her stomach churned, and she clutched the charm. Natasha's grandmother had given it to her, and she hadn't ever taken it off-until the day she gave it to Lucy. She swallowed her own shame and ripped the chain from her neck. She couldn't look at it anymore. Couldn't stand to feel its guilt weighing her down.

"I wish I could just forget you!" She threw the necklace into the abyss of the closet. Holding herself, she wept with her head pressed back against the wall. Slow, gasping tears quickly turned into sobs so gut-wrenching they made her teeth hurt.

"You can't wish to forget."

She froze mid-sniff. The blood must have drained from her face because her tears scorched as they rolled down her icy cheeks. A shadow moved in her peripheral vision.

Slowly, she lifted her head. Gasping, she pressed her hands to the floor, ready to jump up and haul ass. But in car-wreck fashion, she couldn't look away. Fire floated in front of her. Her heart pounded painfully against her ribs. Was the house burning down? Surely not. The flames didn't seem to be spreading. Instead, they drew down, drew together until they had a distinctly human shape. And eyes. Oh, God, the eyes. They glowed a frightening green, dark and bright at the same time.

This was just like every horror movie Lucy had ever seen. Her time had come. Either this thing would drag her to Hell or she'd be acting out The Exorcist any second. She wiped away a streak of tears.

Forcing herself to stand, to acknowledge what she'd done, she said, "This is about Natasha. Isn't it?"

The figure didn't move forward. It just lowered its arms, smaller flames sparking away from the movement. Why didn't the closet catch fire?

"I'm here," it said, "to grant you three wishes."


Sunset Moon by Laura Diamond:


Eloise doesn't bother sneaking in. Her mom's probably passed out from drunk anyway.

She pads to her room, flicks on the light, drags the duffle from her bed and lets it slam to the floor. The next nine months of her life are in there, reduced to a few bits of clothing. She kicks off her shoes and wanders to her desk, gaze locked on the photo of Micah and her. Her vision blurs with fresh tears. This was their last night together, and he's being such an ass. He should be thanking her for what she is doing. So should Jimmy.

She picks up the frame and removes the picture, then carries it to the bathroom. The sour odor of beer clings to her like a heavy reminder of her fight with Micah. She tucks the photo into the wooden mirror frame on the medicine cabinet and turns on the tub faucet. While the tub fills, she peels off her damp shirt and throws it in the hamper. She tugs off her jeans, then her underwear. Naked, she shivers, though the house is warm, stuffy even, from the mid-summer night's air.

Her tremors aren't from being cold. They are from a vacuous emptiness that hollows out her insides, turns her heart to ice, and chips away at her soul with each ragged breath.

She grips the sink with both hands and steadies herself. The gush of water echoes in her ears, sloshes in her skull, and drowns her mind. Her head pounds from the surge of blood coursing through her brain with the rapid beating of her heart. The row of bulbs blazing above the medicine cabinet stabs her in the eyes, coring out her orbits.

It's too much. She needs something to take the edge off.

Now.


The Maker by Jayne A. Knolls:


Cassandra Francesca Levinsky had been mine, more or less, since the second semester of freshman year. Addiction was probably a better term for it than a romance-I couldn't get enough of her-nor she of me. Everyone knew us as Brettandra-I know, like Brangelina-that's how legendary we were-Brett and Cassandra, the best looking couple on campus.

In the end, I only drank so much to deal with the sight of her throwing herself at every other guy in the room-and to obliterate the green haze of jealous rage that overtook me when others wanted a piece of her. But if I were forced to admit it, I kind of got off on that, too. Like I said, we couldn't get enough of each other.

I'm not sure exactly when those long weeks of getting the cold shoulder first started. My memory's not what it used to be. And I don't have much of a recollection of what happened after we left the party. Maybe I blacked out. The next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital bed, my skull on fire. I learned later that Cassandra walked away from the wreck without a scratch on her. She left me for dead, my skull cracked open like an egg.

The guy we hit never walked again. Yeah, I felt kind of bad about that, but I'm not in such great shape either.

They found me in the driver's seat, the engine's firewall inches from the tree we plowed into. The wrecked BMW was registered to me-so as far as anyone knew at the scene, Cassandra was never even in it. The medical report stated that if she'd called for help right away, instead placing an anonymous call after she was long gone, the bleeding might not have been so extensive.

That I might have made a good recovery.

But, if that were the case, then this story would never have been written.


A Beautiful Mourning by Theresa DaLayne:


I could not help but smile at the newly budded flowers scattered over the hills of the middleworld. My bare feet sank into the cool grass. It sprang between my toes, reminding me of the many walks my mother and I took together when I was a child..

It had been many years since she last strolled beside me. Many years since her soul left her body and joined the breeze of the heavens..

I paused beside a tree and lay my hand upon its bark..

I missed my mother's laughter. Her sparkling green eyes and her sweet voice. No longer a child, I ached for her guidance and advice in the matters of life, and especially love..

A hummingbird buzzed past me and broke my gloomy thoughts. I turned and watched it hover over blooms and feast on the bounty of the nectar. I extended my hand. The tiny bird startled..

"I intend you no harm," I said softly. It was not only for the mortals, but for the creatures of this realm that I tended to the greenery on which they depended to survive. I loved them, and wished them nothing but prosperity and joy..

Yet their happiness was a constant reminder of my sorrow, and some days, my heart did not have the will to carry on..

The rhythm of the bird's rapidly pumping wings soothed my disparity and brought a smile to my lips. I lowered my hand and the creature vanished from sight..

It was then I noticed the large cat weaving between the trees. I smiled and stepped toward the jaguar. "Balam. How nice to see you. It's been far too long.".

The middleworld deity slinked toward me. One large paw lazily moved in front of the other until he was close enough to touch..

His fur was like silk under my fingers..

"What special occasion brings you?".

Balam did not answer, which was typical for him. Even when in his human form, the middleworld god had never spoken a word. Instead he simply butted his head against my leg and rubbed his body along me. His tail brushed across my belly as he continued past me and headed to the forest..

I spun just in time to see Balam vanish into the foliage. There was no use in calling him back. He would wander in the forests and jungles until he decided to return. When that would be, I couldn't say..

I turned back toward tending to the flowers. Spring in the mortals' realm was my fondest season. It was, after all, the beginning of seasons in which I spent the most time with Kinich..

I pulled my hair to one side and wove it into a braid over my shoulder. My touch prompted tiny purple flowers to blossom in my hair. They were Kinich's favorite color to see paired beside my skin..

My father knew not of our romance, though it could not be deemed a surprise. I was the tender of flowers and trees for the mortals, and Kinich….

I paused beside a struggling rose bush as the sun warmed my shoulders. My smile widened, and the grass, which I had raised from seedlings, flourished into thick, green blades..

A beam of light focused on the bush beside me. The branches bloomed with wild rosebuds..

I stooped beside the flowers and touched their silken petals. They were so lovely..

The sound of light footsteps caught my attention. The warmth of the sun intensified on my back. I took one last moment to admire the blooms before I stood and turned to see Kinich standing behind me-golden hair, and eyes that beamed with shades of orange and yellow..

He smiled..

My heart jumped..

His gaze wandered to the rose bush. "Your flowers no longer struggle for life.".

I arched my brow and strode toward him. "And you believe you are responsible for giving them life?".

"Perhaps." He reached out and twisted my braid around his fingers. "Without my light and warmth your flowers would not bloom." He allowed my braid to slip out of his gentle grasp..

I tiptoed around him. "And without my touch, the light which you provide would have nothing to nurture." I walked past him and gave him my back..

"Then I suppose we need each other." His hands rested on my hips and then rounded my waist. Kinich pulled my back against his chest. My eyes fluttered shut..

His lips grazed the curve of my neck, his breath hot against my skin. "I have no shame in admitting I need you." He pressed a kiss on my shoulder.


The Barricades by Cate Dean:


Daniel Reed fought for his life.

But he knew, even as he ducked the blow meant for his face, that the three boys who dragged him out here wouldn't stop until he lay bleeding at their feet.

He decided to make it as difficult as possible.

"Is that the best you can do, Mandore?" Tomas Hurdy, the obvious instigator, taunted the tall boy who had just taken the swing at Daniel. "My baby sister can throw a better punch."

I bet she can. Daniel stumbled backward over ground left ridged by the terra machines. Hurdy probably came out of the womb punching.

Hurdy barreled toward Daniel, all two hundred plus pounds of him. Daniel waited until the last possible moment and leaped sideways. Hurdy roared past him, tripped on a rock hard ridge and slammed face first into the dirt.

Daniel spun around, knowing that retaliation would be swift, and probably fatal-and ran smack into his third tormentor. Trevor Harp-someone he thought was his friend.

Before he could escape Trevor grabbed his right arm and wrenched it up behind his back. The pain nearly doubled him.

"Good job, Trev." Hurdy dusted off his shirt as he stood. "Now hold him still."

Through a blur of pain Daniel saw the long, curved knife appear in Hurdy's right hand. Panic lent him strength and he struggled to free himself. Trevor tightened his grip, caught Daniel's left wrist, leaving him completely defenseless.

Hurdy buried the knife in Daniel's left arm, just below the elbow. He screamed, agony exploding through him. The knife was iron-and would keep him from healing the wound himself.

"Shut him up!" Hurdy hissed. Trevor obeyed and let go of Daniel's right arm, reaching up to cover his mouth. The returning blood flow was a small pain compared to the fire raging down his left arm. Hurdy followed with the blade, opening his forearm to the wrist.

"That's a good start."

Daniel screamed again when Hurdy yanked out the knife. Blood poured down his hand, pooled on the hard packed dirt. What was left of his strength ran out with the blood and he collapsed against Trevor.

"I think that's enough," Trevor said, his voice quiet. He let go of Daniel's mangled arm and caught him around the waist, holding him upright. "We were not told to kill him, Tom."

"Well, I guess the rabble got carried away. Walk now, Trev, if you don't have the stomach. I'm going to cut on him a while, make up some for what his dad took from mine."

Daniel swallowed, heart pounding. Hurdy Senior had stolen from Father, lied about it, and been punished severely. Now he was about to pay for the rash decision to make the older Hurdy an example.

Mandore moved in, clenching and unclenching his fists. "Tom, I don't think-"

Hurdy turned on him. "You losing your nerve too?" Daniel knew he wasn't meant to survive this-not with Hurdy using iron on him, and throwing around names. Names Daniel recognized. "Wouldn't you do the same if you had the chance? Self-righteous bastard had no call-"

"She did not authorize this," Trevor said.

"Just shut your mouth!" Hurdy raised the bloody knife, the point inches from Trevor's face. Trevor flinched, but he didn't pull away. "You hear me, Trev-I'm in charge. She put me in charge-"

"Why?" Daniel's raw whisper cut through the tirade.

Hurdy smiled, and instead of using the knife again, he flipped the pendant Daniel wore out of the way and dug the sharp edge of his garnet signet ring into the left side of Daniel's chest.

Daniel tried to jerk away. One hand fisted in his hair, halted his retreat.

"Since you'll be dead," Hurdy tightened his grip, "you don't need to know."


Author Bios:
Brinda Berry:
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn't mind being called a geek or "crazy dog lady". When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good 
Find Brinda at www.brindaberry.com .

Karen Y. Bynum:
Dragons, unicorns, genies…oh my! NA/YA author, coffee-lover, olive-hater, tea-drinker, music-listener. Random becomes me. Easily distrac- Blog

Laura Diamond:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and multi-published author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

Jayne A. Knolls:
Jayne A. Knolls lives and works in New York City.  The Maker is her first published work of New Adult Fiction. Jayne can reached at JAKnolls@optonline.net
Theresa DaLayne:

My name is Theresa DaLayne and I'm a new adult author with Bloomsbury Spark, an amazing digital imprint of Bloomsbury publishing. Website

Cate Dean:
Hi there - thanks for checking in. My name is Cate Dean, and I write romantic suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy thrown in. I love to write, and I have been doing it most of my life. I've made up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be able to write them down and share them with you. If you want to be the first to know when the next book is released, or be in on some fun, exclusive contests and giveaways, join my list here: http://catedeanwrites.com/join-my-list. You can learn more about me and my books at my website: http://catedeanwrites.com

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Aqua
By- M.A. George
Genre- YA Paranormal
Publication Date- April 16th, 2014 

Meet Layla McKelland:  
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let's be honest…there's no "slightly" about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio. 

The only real "mystery" in Layla's life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.  

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she's read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father-a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water. 

Especially not water.

  

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Love on Loch Ness By Aubrie Dionne @AuthorAubrie @GHBTours #Giveaway





Love on Loch Ness
By- Aubrie Dionne
Genre- Paranormal Romance 

Dr. Gail Phillips steps onto the shores of Loch Ness to disprove the Loch Ness monster theory for good so everyone can stop wasting their time. As a marine biologist with a background in archeology, she's convinced all of the world's myths such as Big Foot, the Tasmanian devil, and even Nessie are lies. Her father disappeared while following Yettie tracks in the Alps, and she doesn't want to lose another mislead soul. 

Flynn Maloney comes from a family of fanatic cryptozoologists. As a native of Scotland, he believes in Nessie as strong as Gail believes in science. Despite his initial attraction for her, he's joined her research team to prove her wrong. He wants to find Nessie for a special girl in his life, to show her dreams really can come true. 

As they conduct sonar studies and sweeps of the lake, their differing opinions are at odds with their budding attraction. Gail doesn't believe in anything unscientific, such as romance, thinking the charming Flynn Maloney is full of baloney. Flynn can't believe he's falling for someone with no imagination or faith. To make matters worse, their videographer is covering his true identity. Together they must unravel his plan before he destroys everything they are working for. Will Gail force Flynn to question his faith, or will she discover more than she bargained for in the Scottish highlands?
 
  
 




My Review-

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

I have read several books by author Aubrie Dionne in more than one genre and loved them all. So when I saw that Love on Loch Ness was written by Aubrie Dionne that is all I needed to say yes to reading and reviewing. Aubrie Dionne is one of the best authors around. She is definitely on my top list of authors. With Aubrie's books I don't need to read the summary I just know it will be good. Aubrie Dionne is an author that you need to add to your list of best authors to read.

Dr. Gail Phillips is a marine biologist who grew up with a father that believed in myths like Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. Whenever he heard of a new sighting of one of the myths he would pack his bags and take off where ever it maybe and Gail always went along for the ride. But one day Gail's father took off chasing one of his myths without Gail following behind and he never returned. Gail's mother went every year looking for her father but she never found him. Gail always felt guilty about not going with her father that day she thought that if she had went with him and something happened she might be able to have gotten help for him and he wouldn't have disappeared. She lived with that guilt her whole life and was determined to prove that all myths were all lies.

Flynn Maloney believed in all of the myths himself like Gail's father and was determined to prove that the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie as they called her or it in Scotland. Flynn wanted to prove that Nessie was real for a very special little lady in his life whom he cared for very much and would do anything for.

When Gail and Flynn met the sparks started to fly. The fact that Flynn believed in Nessie and Gail didn't obviously did not stop them from having feelings for each other. Gail wanted to prove Flynn wrong and he wanted to prove her wrong. They were both very good people and never wanted to hurt anyone but they each had their beliefs. Who will prove who wrong? Will Gail prove Flynn wrong or will Flynn prove Gail wrong? Will they fall in love with each other and will that love be strong enough to hold together when one of them proves the other one wrong?



About the Author-
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest
ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips
Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear
Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the
Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing,
Harper Impulse, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press.
When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


  





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