Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author Interview: Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War By Sidney Stone @SidneyStoneAuth @RoxanneRhoads #bewitchingbooktours




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Jennifer Ainsley
The Final Demon War
Sidney Stone

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Suspense
Horror
New Adult

Date of Publication: December 2013

ISBN: 1491200960
ASIN: B00HFYK99Q

Number of pages: 308
Word Count: 102,400

Cover Artist: Pencilbox Studios

Book Description:

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" - Matthew 10:34

Demons are preparing to launch the Final War to destroy humanity.

Can one young woman wielding the Sword of Jesus ensure our survival and redemption?

Will she lose both her love and her soul in the process?

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Author Interview:

What inspired you to write Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War?

Thank you so much for featuring my book!!! Jennifer Ainsley was essentially a campfire story that just took off in my head until it demanded to be written. I grew up very poor and ended up dropping out of High School. To escape I read a lot of early Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Tolkien (See below). Eventually I got myself together, worked myself through college twice and eventually ended up with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. The humble upbringings, the strength to persevere and those early writers all influence my writing to some degree. I hope I was able to combine the darkness with the light, while adding in deep characters that will enable readers to become fully invested in my stories. The book was also influenced by Clive Barker's The Damnation Game especially the parts of a wealthy and powerful man coming to terms with the selling of the soul that made him so powerful.

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

When I was child I loved to write, at the earliest age too. I wrote for school newspapers and was kicked off one in JHS when I included this joke in a column: "Love does not make the world go around. It makes it go up and down" ;) I Still think that is funny ;) But then life intrudes…I grew up poor and had to work myself through school. I wrote four screenplays but they never amounted to anything. Yet I kept writing down notes for stories. You may keep the writing "disease" hidden, but eventually it just has to burst out like the monster in the Alien movies.

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

My mom used to take me to the library to pick out books. I usually chose sports books especially about the Dodgers and Lakers. I read about all of those great Brooklyn Dodgers players like Jackie Robinson and I remember reading a moving book about the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. The first book I ever read were the See Spot Run books, whatever they were really called :

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I love all types from horror to fantasy to Science Fiction to Non-Fiction to Satire. Tom Robbins was an early influence, so was Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. I cannot write knowing and perceptive satire like they can though. With non-fiction, I loved the Henrietta Lacks story that Rebecca Sklott did and I am awed by Laura Hildebrand's best sellers.

What is your favorite book?

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

I will answer both 5 and 6 together : I love early Stephen King and early Dean Koontz. I devoured Watchers in a weekend I enjoyed that Koontz book so much. I guess I would have to say that the Tolkien Lord of the Rings trilogy would be the work I would take to a desert island and consider my favorite book by my favorite author. When you compare the depth of the world he created to the world that Rowling created, I really do not think there is a comparison (And that is not to knock the impressive success of Harry Potter. I just find the Tolkien world deeper, richer, more adult.)

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

I'd go back to the Birth of Christ. I'd want to know the real story. What really happen. Of course I'd also want to live at least 33 years during that time period ;)

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

The writing is easy. Especially since I outline everything and visualize my stories completely before writing. The hard part, working full time and with family, social, health obligations; is finding the time to write.

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

I love both cats and dogs (or is it Dogs and Cats? Living together! Mass hysteria!) but with my travel schedule, I cannot have one at present time. However, I do have 8 fish…8 fish that recently had 4 babies and did not eat them! I must be a fish whisperer too! Now I have 12 fish and PetSmart lost a few bucks since I do not need to buy new fish now.

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

This is a tough one! I eat out all of the time and I'm an avid reviewer on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=NGcH1lvIvrzgzCTPca3DEQ My favorite go-to food would have to be pizza, thin crust. But I also love American BBQ...baby back ribs and tri-tip. Yet, I'm becoming a bigger fan of sushi and sake (they must be combined). Hmmmm, I'm not sure I can answer this! :

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

Be professional especially if you are an independent writer. Invest in your craft, invest in editing, invest in a great cover, invest in formatting and invest in your talent. Don't sell yourself and other writers short too by always reaching for the easy fix of giving your stuff away or selling it so cheaply for a few dozen book copy sales. It devalues reading and it devalues the writing.



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Sidney Stone is a hiker, deer whisperer and non-pretentious wine connoisseur. An addicted reviewer on Yelp, he is also creator of affordable housing (although technically he is homeless part-time), thinks The Replacements are the best band of the Eighties and loves to boost his LinkedIn count with people he doesn't know.

He lives in both Northern and Southern California while constantly traveling to Orange County to visit his son, who can now beat his father at ping pong and chess rather easily (and is charmingly arrogant while doing it). A graduate of UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, Sidney wishes he chose at least one university to attend that had a college football team to root for.

The first scene Sidney thought of for Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War included a rather large massacre (take that for what it is worth). However, inspired by the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker; the book's violence is offset by dark humor and deep human emotion just like in real life where Sidney's darkness is offset by creatively placed sarcasm and an overwrought romanticism. For example, while Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a Fantasy-Horror novel, Sidney also still tears up at the end of both Field of Dreams and An Officer and a Gentleman.

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Book Release Blast: Aqua By M.A. George @ProximityAuth @GHBTours





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.



  

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Blast: Almost a Bride By Sarah Mayberry @MayberrySarah @GoddessFish #Giveaway



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sarah will be awarding a digital copy of Almost a Bride to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancé has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she's created for herself suddenly feels as if it's falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she's going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she's always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she's always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she's also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he's ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid's a born wanderer, while Tara's roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...

Tara's twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from montanabornbooks.com


Now enjoy an excerpt:

Reid Dalton pumped gas into his GMC pickup, one ear tuned to the conversation going on between his friends inside the truck. Grant was giving Brett a hard time for missing an easy layup during the basketball game they'd just finished, and Brett was serving it straight back at him with both barrels.

Reid grinned to himself, feeling pleasantly tired after an hour of charging up and down the court, trouncing the Bozeman Fire Department team. The informal competition between the police department and the firefighters had become a regular thing over the past few months. Reid wasn't sure which part of their weekly matchups he enjoyed the most-the rapid-fire pace of the game itself, or the inevitable shit giving and taking that occurred afterward.

"You want to know my opinion?" he asked as the pump clicked off, signaling the tank was full.

"Not particularly," Brett said, which earned him a guffaw from Grant.

"You both need to lift your games. Drink less beer, run a few more miles," Reid said.

Grant made a rude noise, while Brett gave him a one-fingered salute. Reid was still laughing as he headed into the gas station to pay the cashier.

Then he saw the couple exiting the motel next door to the Gas-And-Go Mart and his step faltered.

The girl he didn't recognize, but she was young and blonde and clinging to her man as though her very life depended on it. Reid watched as Simon Garfield said something before kissing her in a way that left no doubt whatsoever as to the nature of their relationship.

Damn.

Just... damn.

Tara would be devastated.

For a moment he was frozen as he absorbed all the implications of what he'd just witnessed. Tara had been planning the wedding for the past few months and as her patrol partner, there was precious little Reid wasn't privy to. Like the fact that Tara and Simon planned on having the reception at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, and that Tara was limiting her attendants to just her twin, Scarlett, and that today she had an appointment at Marietta's one and only bridal salon to pick out her wedding dress...

Belatedly he glanced back at the car, hoping the other guys hadn't seen, but they were both frowning, staring out the windshield at the sordid little drama unfolding in the parking lot next door. There wasn't a doubt in Reid's mind that they recognized Tara's fiancé. They'd all attended the engagement party Tara and Simon held back in February.

Reid mouthed a four-letter word.

What a nightmare.


Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama "Neighbours" and co-creating teen drama series "Karaoke High". Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn't writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

www.sarahmayberry.com

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Release Day Book Blitz: The Accidental Socialite By Stephanie Wahlstrom @bacon_n_legs @swoonromance @NereydaG1003




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The Accidental Socialite
By Stephanie Wahlstrom
Release Date: 04/15/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She's snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she's having an affair with a married footballer.

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn't exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can't conquer London after all.

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.



Excerpt:

It was 3 A.M. and all I wanted was a cheeseburger.

"Miss, we only sell Big Macs after midnight," said the McDonalds employee. My stomach grumbled. My diet since I got off the plane had consisted mostly of Champagne, Vodka, and seared tuna.

"Yes, I understand that and I will pay for a Big Mac, but I would like a cheeseburger, so can you, like, remove a patty and mid bun and hold the secret sauce? Please?"

"Miss, I am sorry but we do not have this item."

Liar. He didn't look sorry. I immediately wanted to get on the next flight home. It rained cheeseburgers in Canada.

A tall, drunk and incredibly beautiful blonde South African girl appeared at the till next to me.

"I'll have a hot dog." That was my new best friend, Lucinda.

We walked out of McDonalds with a small fries to 'split', which really meant Lucinda was going to watch me eat them. As I was elegantly shoving eight fries into my mouth at once, not unlike a four-year-old, a swarm of camera wielding hyenas approached. One flash triggered the rest and little white dots burned into my retina. I stumbled, almost dropping my fries.

What was going on? I looked for the celebrity garnering all this attention. I couldn't believe my luck, I was about to spot someone famous on my first day in London! But when Lucinda slapped the second fist full of fries out of my hand and pulled me towards a taxi, I realized with confusion that the so-called celebrity was me.



About The Author:

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Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie's time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren't any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it, and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. After a fateful trip to Mexico in 2006, Stephanie decided to move to New York City to work in film development. A year later she went back home to write My Green House, a factual TV series. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with eggs benedict, fruit roll- ups and travelling, she also works in children's television. The Accidental Socialite is her first novel.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Beyond Time By Sandra Bischoff @SandiBischoff @GHBTours





Beyond Time
Dark Order of the Dragon Book # 2
By- Sandra Bischoff
Genre- Paranormal Romance
Published By- Bayou Brew Publishing
Expected Publication Date-May 2014

Cover Reveal: The Power Couple By Tyffani Clark Kemp @TyffaniCKemp @GHBTours





The Power Couple
Without Rules Series # 3
By- Tyffani Clark Kemp
Expected Publication Date- September 11, 2014

After the loss of her husband and her preterm baby, Mariss Red is finally starting to put her life back together. She's in a semi-stable relationship and her publishing business is doing well. None of that can fill the hole in her heart, but she's a survivor. Her newest obstacle? Maneuvering the hazy boundaries of an open relationship with a man who can't be bound by rules.

Sebastian Boa, The Man Without Rules, struggles to live an honorable life. Mariss meets and approves any woman he happens to bring home and things are going well, aside from the occasional miscommunication. It's bound to happen, since he's never been in a steady relationship before. But he knows Mariss is keeping something from him, and he knows it's probably another man.

A trip to Paris is meant to be a romantic break for the strange couple, but it ends up in disaster when Sebastian catches Mariss with her secret lover. Add a crazed fangirl trying to seduce Sebastian, a man who has found that rules just might work for him after all. If it means he keeps Mariss in his life. It seems The Power Couple may never catch a break.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Blitz: Synchrony By Cindy Ray Hale @cindyrayhale @NereydaG1003 #Giveaway





Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
When her parents discover she's been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it's time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she'd hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?

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Link to Book One:

Excerpt:

"Destiny."

I looked up.

"I want things back the way they were with us."

I clenched my fists at my sides. "That can't happen."

"Why not? I'm doing everything I can here. Don't you see that?"

"Isaac." I sighed.

"I'm already dating someone else." There. I'd finally said it.

"What? You're pulling the 'I'm dating Preston' card again? Hannah told me you were faking that. Do you know what I think? I think you're scared to commit. You're afraid of getting hurt again. We belong together. Can't you feel that? Look me in the eyes and tell me that you don't still feel something for me."

I studied the bushes.

Isaac took my chin and turned it toward him. "Look me in the eyes."

I bit my lower lip to keep it from trembling. It was impossible to look in his beautiful eyes. I couldn't say it because my heart was overflowing with my feelings for him.

"You can't say it, can you?" He placed his hands on either side of my face, and I finally looked him in the eyes. I had to do what was best for him. He deserved better. I only had one heart to give, and I'd just pledged the entire thing to Preston.


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About the Author

Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She's a bit of a health food nut and can't live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.

For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy's upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/ or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

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