Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: I Can See You By Joss Landry @josslandry @DarkWorldBooks #Giveaway




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I Can See You
Emma Willis
By Joss Landry

Blurb-

"Emma stuck her face to the window to watch the rain. Lightning in the background drew a fiery specter in the sky while her eyes traced the water droplets running down the pane like tears." Emma Willis is ten years old and has a secret. She not only inherited her grandmother's power of sight, she can accomplish much more. Like most children without siblings growing up amongst adults, she is precocious yet at times lonely. When a murderer is loose in Newark, a maniac with a thirst for killing little girls, she begins to understand why her Granny Dottie called her sight a curse. She will need all her powers to catch a killer and help the people in her life: Detective Hank Apple, her teacher Christina Tyler, and her little family of three. Only … the madman knows who she is!

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Excerpt-

Christina is waiting for Hank who is gone to the precinct and had Emma call to tell her. She hopes he will not shy away from confiding in her this time.

Christina simply thanked Emma for calling her and letting her know she was home and safe. She was not about to ask for drawn out explanations at this late hour. She wondered why Hank had asked Emma to call her.

Sitting in the chair by her bed with the room plunged in darkness she recalled the kiss they shared before Abigail's phone call, tender and passionate, not the embrace of a man just looking for sex. She was well acquainted with Hank, enough to realize he not only wanted her, he also loved her-his touch so emotionally charged nerve endings in her neck and all the way down her spine still tingled from evoking the memory.

She got up and pushed the curtain back to glance at the street below her eyes sweeping past the empty vast expanse of school yard, familiar yet resembling a huge patch of ink at this time of night when the city dimmed the yard's perimeter lights.

Though her heart went out to Emma, the poor little rich girl, rich on talents yet poor on happiness, she prayed Hank would remember the promise he'd made to her between the sheets, to be open and above board with her during a crisis rather than letting the walls close in behind him. She kept her fingers crossed he would call her to confide about the heavy burden obviously weighing on him right now.

She glanced at the portable phone perched in its berth on her night stand and found it impossible to pick up. She'd promised Hank she would not put her pride before her love for him. What welled up insider her was not pride, more like a voice of reason stating Hank needed to make the first step.



My Review-

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

Emma Willis is a ten year old who has special abilities she inherited from her Grandmother Dottie; her father's mother. Emma can see things that have not happened yet and she can also see the past. Emma is very talented and powerful but her father told her a long time ago that she has to keep her abilities to herself. She is not allowed to talk about or tell anyone what she is can do. He has no idea what Emma goes through day after day; things that a child should never have to live through. Emma has no idea how to use her powers or what all she can do. Emma has to live with her secret and she has to keep it all bottled up inside. If it were not for her Grandmother's dairy or book of shadows that has been passed down from generation to generation that explains how to use her powers then she would not have a clue as to how to control her powers or what to do with them.

Someone is going around killing little girls in Emma's town and she knows who it is. When the killer learns that she can identify him, he stops looking for other little girls to kill. Now he is always hot on her tail. He has to get to her and kill her before she can find out who exactly he is and then tell the police. Emma is lucky that her teacher over hears a conversation between Emma and one of her best friends Tommy. Her teacher steps up to the home plate to help Emma to stay safe. Her teacher once dated a detective who works at the police department downtown. Emma learns that she can trust her teacher and the detective and knows that they will help her find who is after her. Both of them have promised Emma that they will not tell her father that she is helping them to find who is killing the little girls. Hopefully they will find and arrest the killer before it is too late.

Emma is a very smart and mature for a ten year old. But I guess if all ten years olds had experienced what she has then they would probably mature early as well. But Emma does still acts her age at times which is not a bad thing. No it is a good thing, I mean when she acts her age she is still a very kind and loving person.

There is so much in I Can See You that I can relate to. Some with Emma and some with other characters in the book. There is so many twist and turns that at times you don't know which way is up. Joss Landry takes you on the ride of your life with I Can See You. You get a whole lot of mystery, romance, friendship and family time too. Even Emma has a boyfriend well Tommy is not exactly her boyfriend but he is her friend and he is a boy. Little Emma is a very couragous little girl. She stands tall and brave when she gets herself into a little trouble sometimes.



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Joss Landry

With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication. Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.

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Cover Reveal: Louder Than Words By Iris St. Clair @Iris_St_Clair @NereydaG1003




Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad's dead, her mom is numbing the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends are slowly abandoning her. Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe, shouldn't have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt, shouldn't have sent her running to the girls' bathroom for the final moments of her Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details of her life to herself.


Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky teen recently transplanted from New York and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she's not letting him get too close, not til she's sure she can trust him. By the time Rex's charming persistence wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the perma-pal shelf and shifted his romantic attentions to her arch-rival. Even worse, the teacher who tried to seduce her is still misbehaving with impunity.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about her teacher and risk retribution, to tell Rex how she feels and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside, the only safe place she knows.


About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Sale Blast: Uprising By Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons @MelandLanaWrite @GHBTours





Uprising
The Dolan Prophecies Series Book #1
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian

The year 2102--the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn't even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.

But a resistance is coming…

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi's parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city's defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she's ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she's been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

     







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Melissa Simmons & Allana Kephart



Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat. She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.

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Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spotlight: Backward Compatible By Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark @PeteClarkBooks @RoxanneRhoads #bewitchingbooktours #Giveaway




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Backward Compatible
Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Genre: Geek Romance

Book Description:

Not too long ago,
in a town that,
depending on your current location,
is either not super far
or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.
Two nerdy gents
home for winter break
have discovered a female gamer
at a midnight release.

During the break,
the gamer trio manages
to reveal the game's secret boss,
a hidden enemy
with enough power to destroy
anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers
who want to be the first
to beat this boss,
George and Katie race to level up,
and, in so doing, restore decency
and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…



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"These graphics suck," George says and I look back at the screen. We're standing in the middle of the Estate, colorful orbs quivering ahead of us. We each have to choose our starting advantage. Waterfalls shimmer in the distance and the sunlight streams over multicolored stones in the courtyard.

"Amateurs," Lanyon concurs. "I mean, they couldn't have five waterfalls?"

"Your ironic wit is mind blowing, but choose your damn orbs," I tell them. I consider. Magic, defense, offense, stealth, and charisma. I always go for magic as a black mage, but I wonder if a druid needs something else. Screw it. I need charisma in real life, too.

"Charisma?" Lanyon asks. "No one ever picks charisma."

"We're a party of a thief, druid, and a bard. We're screwed regardless."

"You two underestimate the mighty power of my lute," George argues.

"Did you start with charisma?" Lanyon asks.

"Hell, no. I have charisma in spades. I started with stealth."

"Great. A stealthy bard," I sigh.

"She's right," Lanyon concedes. "We're screwed."

However, it actually isn't bad at all at first. We power through the Estate and make it to the Yobanaria Dale with no resurrections and all at level ten. I'm impressed. George hasn't actually fought anything, but he has some pretty awe-inspiring charm mastery already. I think I might have a serious crush. He seals the deal when he buffs my hailstorm spell without even being asked.

"Can you guys watch El Thiefelo? My mom wants me to eat supper," Lanyon says.

"Yeah, we've got it," I tell him. "The first boss is in the elven ruins anyway, so we should grind a bit. I think he's a twelve."

George and I explore the Dale, taking out bats and Joba spores. It's fairly quiet, except for when we combo with his charms and my spells and he yells out, "Eat lute, bitch," but it's nice. We work well, almost inherently understanding each other. I've never been able to play this effectively with anyone. I try not to think about his eyes. Stupid boys, being cute and stuff.

By the time Lanyon comes back, we're all at level 12, although Lanyon leveled up just by standing by a door while we played. Still, we are ready to take on Balsa the Proud. As a black mage, it took me about nine seconds. Trees don't like fire. However, druids don't have the same level of black magic and all elemental magic is weakened by the need to draw from the elements nearby. Sadly, trees seem to avoid storing fire runes in their villages. I expect this to be a little more challenging. It might even take fifteen seconds.

"First boss. Also known as the freebie bitch to sucker the young folks into a false sense of security," Lanyon announces as he runs into the center of Balsa's lair. The cinema plays and then, in a moment of pure absurdity, El Thiefelo is squished as Balsa steps on him.

"Can someone revive me?" Lanyon whines.



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About The Authors:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah's stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden's Fall series, and the six-part New Adult contemporary Flowering series. Her most recent release is Primordial Dust, a YA fantasy.

Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders was his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories, and Tales from Midnight's Graveyard, a collection of non-linked horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.



Giveaway:

1 $25 Amazon gift card
2 signed paperbacks of the book (by both authors)
1 Ebook copy
1 Signed paperback of Midnight Riders by Pete Clark
1 Ebook of any of Sarah Daltry's titles
1 Backward Compatible packet





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Release Day Book Blitz: Where You Are By Alla Kar @allakar1_ @swoonromance @NereydaG1003 #giveaway





Where You Are
by Alla Kar 
Release Date: 07/29/14
Swoon Romance
New Adult

Summary from Goodreads:
Got boy problems? Call Laney Scott. She's good for advice, a shoulder, or a swift kick where you need it. When her roommate Bethany gets her heart broken, yet again, it's Laney to the rescue. But Laney's harboring a secret. She's nursing her own broken heart. She and her friends come up with a plan to break Aiden and set it into play. Laney wants Aiden to pay for what he's done to Bethany. She will make him fall in love with her, so can break his heart.

Laney's ex-boyfriend Lachlan Hems is back in Florida, still Australian and sexy as hell. His best mate Lucas is getting married, and he is in town for the show. He just didn't realize Laney would be there … in another guy's arms, or that seeing her again would have such an effect on him. After the incident in high-school, he vowed to never care for her again. But sometimes fate has different plans.

When Laney's resolve crumbles, Lachlan is the only one that can put her back together again.

Where You Are is the start of a three-books new adult series from Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestselling author Alla Kar.


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Excerpt:
Bethany places her elbows on the table and reaches for some chips. "I don't know what to do. I mean…I just…I liked him and I thought he liked me. So, I went back with him. I'd had a little bit too much to drink…and God, he smells like Heaven."

I roll my eyes. "You want to try someone else? Any other guy you've had your eye on?" She shrugs and runs a finger over the rim of her empty glass. She looks so innocent with her strawberry blond hair and big blue eyes. "No. Look at him out there; he looks so carefree and happy. Why can't I move on like that?"

I take a chip and chomp on it. "Because he was never looking for anything but a one-night stand. He got it, now he is on to his next target."

Bethany mumbles. "I wish we could just break his heart and show him how it feels."

Yeah, right. Taking a couple of chips, I shove them in my mouth. I shouldn't have skipped dinner. Heather was on my ass all night long about looking slim for the club. I reach for another chip when I see Bethany and Heather are both staring at me. You know, with those we took a vote and you lost eyes.

"What?" Suddenly my chip isn't very appetizing; I toss it back into the basket.

Heather wiggles her eyebrows, which really shows me that they're up to something I won't like. "Well, since you know how to treat guys…you can go out with him, then break his heart once he falls in love with you. You're freaking adorable and have the nicest ass. He likes asses."

Wow, is that supposed to make me feel better? "What-absolutely no. No. No. No. Not going to happen. You want me to go out with the damn ass monster."

"Oh, come on, Laney. You can date him for a couple of weeks and then be done. Please…I would do anything! He deserves it, look at him!"

Bethany shouts, pointing at him. I glance over my shoulder at Aiden. He is grinding on some girl and checking another one out. I scoff. "Sure, he is an asshole, Bethany. But I'm definitely not your girl for this."

Heather opens her mouth to say something when two tree trunks of arms wrap around her from behind. She squeals as he nuzzles her neck. "Hey, girls. You three having a great night?"

I hold up my half-empty shot glass and give Todd a sarcastic smile. He snorts and starts to pull Heather toward the dance floor. He has no idea I coached Heather through their entire dating experience. It didn't take long before he was texting her nonstop and asking her to be exclusive. Sucker. They seem happy together so I can't say it wasn't worth it.


About the Author
I go by Alla Kar. I live in the Deep South with my husband, Chihuahua and pit-bull puppy. I love to bring southern gentlemen, alpha males and all things new adult to life. I am an Amazon Best-Selling Author!

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