Sunday, July 23, 2017

HUNTED FATE Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY of Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes)



Hunted Fate 
Jennifer Derrick

(Threads of the Moirae, #3)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Alex and Atropos have taken refuge at an abandoned mountain resort compound. Atropos is a wanted woman in hiding, and the downtime with her soul mate is a nice change of pace. But the peace will be short-lived. The authorities are after her for her role in the attack on the city of Charlotte. Zeus has put a bounty on her head. There’s also a war to prepare for—and if she wins, the gods will be deposed once and for all. But first she needs to track down Gaia, and even that won’t be simple. Gaia resides at the bottom of the ocean, and the humans and gods are already hot on Atropos’ trail…
A heart-pounding romantic adventure where Greek mythology and modern-day life collide, Hunted Fate is the third book in the epic Threads of the Moirae series by Jennifer Derrick.

Previous books in the series:
Grab book 1 – Broken Fate – for FREE!
EXCERPT:
We fall silent. The birds keep chirping in the trees and a soft breeze rustles the leaves. I’m content with this perfect moment, but aware that the minutes on our bliss are ticking. It’s useless to try to hold on to it.
“Where do we go from here?” I finally ask him.
“Well, I really want to find my dad’s soul and get him settled in the Underworld before things get completely out of hand. I don’t want him wandering around up here when all hell breaks loose.”
I nod. “Good thinking. Since Zeus and the other Olympians can torture a soul, your feelings for your dad will give Zeus powerful leverage over you. If he decides to use it, you could be forced to choose between sparing your dad endless pain and helping me. Best to get your dad under Hades’ protection as soon as possible.”
“Do you think Zeus would do that?” Alex asks.
“I don’t put anything past Zeus, particularly when his power is threatened. Get your dad to the Underworld as fast as you can.”
“You’re coming with me, right?”
I raise his hand to my lips and kiss the back of it, mimicking his earlier gesture. “I want to, but I can’t. I’ve got to find Gaia. We’re proposing to leave her in charge of nature and humanity once the gods are gone. I need to make certain she’s ready for the job. She expressed a desire to take her role back before, but I need to know if anything has changed.
“We also need to know if there’s anything she can do to help us. She doesn’t have physical powers, but she’s incredibly intelligent and observant. She sees and knows everything that happens on this planet. If she has any wisdom to share, we need it,” I say.
Alex nods. “Do you want me to poof you to her before I go hunt for my dad?” he asks.
I shake my head. “You can’t. I promised never to reveal her whereabouts. If you show up, she’ll know I broke that promise and probably withhold her help in retribution.”
“She doesn’t sound like the sweet, old Mother Nature pictured in stories,” Alex says. “Are you sure you’ll be okay with her?”
“I’ll be fine. She can be vindictive, but if you treat her with respect, she’s helpful. It’s only when you cross her that things get ugly.”
“If you’re sure,” he says, doubt in his voice.
“I’m sure. Travel has recovered enough that I can reach her without too much trouble. At least it won’t be a repeat of my journey to find the Amazons,” I say, remembering the creepy boat captains and truck drivers who offered me assistance on that journey.  
“Away from here, Zeus and the other gods can find you. If the humans recognize you, at best they’ll throw you in jail. At worst…” he says, echoing my earlier thoughts about my personal vulnerability.
“Right. Flaming pyres and stoning,” I say. “The good news is they can’t kill me. At least, the humans can’t.”
“Yeah, but they can hurt you. I don’t want to see you hurt. And if Zeus captures you—” He doesn’t have to elaborate on the creative punishments of which Zeus is capable. I’ve seen them all, from tying a man to a rock and letting a bird peck out his ever-regenerating liver to chaining a man to a burning wheel and making him roll through eternity.
I shrug. “It’s a risk I have to take. We’re going to have to go out in the open at some point, so I’d better get good at evasion now.”
“It’s not funny,” Alex says.
“I didn’t say it was. Nothing’s funny about this war. But I’m the only one who can go to Gaia, and we need her help. It’s got to be done.”
“Swear you’ll be careful,” Alex insists.
“I swear. I still have my sword. As someone once told me, I’m pretty badass about using it. I’ll manage.”
“You’d better. You have to come back to me. No matter how much time we have, it’ll never be enough. I’m not ready to lose you,” he says, echoing my earlier thought as if I’d spoken it aloud.
“When will you go?” I ask him.
He sighs. “I could keep putting it off and enjoy more time here with you, but I’d better go soon. Like you said, if Zeus realizes he can torture my dad—” He doesn’t finish the sentence. Doesn’t have to.
I lean in closer to him and tip my face up to his. “Then kiss me and let’s get going. The sooner we accomplish our missions, the sooner we can come back here, together.”
He kisses me, hard and passionate, and I give as good as I get. This isn’t a gentle farewell or lazy kiss of two people who have all the time in the world. This is an attempt to imprint this moment on each other’s memories and to savor what might be our last kiss.
When we pull apart, Alex gives me a wry smile and rests his forehead against mine.
“I won’t say goodbye,” he says.
“Me either.”
He pulls away from me so we are no longer touching, to make sure he doesn’t inadvertently poof me along with him.
“I love you,” he says.
“I love you, too.”
We stare at each other for a few moments, adding to our precious store of memories, and then he nods once and vanishes. Lyrics from a long-forgotten song drift through my mind. Alone again, naturally.



Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official website:www.JenniferDerrick.com.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CALL TO ENGAGE ~ A blog for those romance lovers who I've been neglecting all these years

   Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  Publisher: HQN Books (June 27, 2017)
  ISBN: 0373801963

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team’s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…


Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he’s heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.


Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there’s no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…


“This hot and sexy adventure takes readers on a thrilling ride of romance, secrets, and SEALs.” –RT Book Reviews


“Reminiscent of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series, Weber’s latest will appeal to her fans as well as other military-romance readers.” –Booklist


“I love a good SEAL romance and Tawny Weber knocked this one out the park. Don’t miss it!” –USA Today bestselling author Karen French
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Where is CALL TO ENGAGE from the author Tawny Weber


One of the things I love about reading is visiting so many new places from the comfort of a book.  Thanks to stories, I’ve visited every state in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, most of Europe, Greece and Egypt, outer space, and Middle Earth.  Sometimes those visits are brief, almost like seeing them from the window of an airplane as we fly over.  Other times it’s like being immersed in the culture.  

That’s something I like to keep in mind when I write my own stories.  I tend to set them in California since not only is it a beautiful state with a variety of interesting locales, it’s a place I know well.  My SEALs are based in Coronado, just outside of San Diego, so much of my series is in that gorgeous, sunny area. But for CALL TO ENGAGE, I wanted to bring in a little of Northern California, closer to home.  I’d thought about San Francisco, but since I love the wine country, with its rolling hills and gorgeous colors, its history, and gourmet sensibilities, I went there instead. There’s a relaxed feeling to that area that I wanted to bring into the story, and to my hero since he’d been through so much.  Where better to make life choices than home, I thought? Especially when home is filled with serenity and expectations.  

I’d love to know–have you visited California?  Do you have a favorite area?  And what is the most exciting locale you’ve enjoyed in a story?  

                                                   
New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best. Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life. The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.







Tawny Weber’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Wednesday, July 12th: Reading Lark After Dark
Monday, July 17th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, July 19th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, July 20th: Readaholic Zone – excerpt
Monday, July 24th: A Fortress of Books
Wednesday, July 26th: Snowdrop Dreams – excerpt
Monday, July 31st: Staircase Wit
Thursday, August 3rd: Jathan & Heather
Friday, August 4th: Becky on Books
Monday, August 7th: Book Nerd
Wednesday, August 9th: The Romance Dish
Monday, August 14th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, August 16th: What I’m Reading
Friday, August 18th: Books and Spoons – excerpt

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review of MY SISTER'S BONE ~ Mind Blowing

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 11, 2017)
ISBN: 0062661965



Rivals The Girl on the Train as a compulsive read
(and beats it for style). — Observer (UK)


In the vein of Fiona Barton's The Widow and RenĂ©e Knight's Disclaimer, a psychological thriller about a war reporter who returns to her childhood home after her mother's death but becomes convinced that all is not well in the house next door—but is what she’s seeing real or a symptom of the trauma she suffered in Syria?

The One Person You Should Trust Is Lying to You…

Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she’s always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations. When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door—a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children—Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong.

As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up—and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister’s insistence that all was not as Kate remembers—she begins to wonder what is actually true…and what is just in her mind.

In this gripping, timely debut, Nuala Ellwood brings us an unforgettable damaged character, a haunting, humanizing look at the Syrian conflict, and a deeply harrowing psychological thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.



MY SISTER’S BONES is a mind blowing suspense novel that you will only be able to put down for bathroom and subsistence breaks. Additionally, this is only Nuala Ellwood’s first book so waiting to see what she will come up with next to this reader feels like torture.

The plot is astoundingly penned including how the book itself is put together. The story flips back and forth between two different situations that the main character Kate is entangled in than about three-fourths of the way through the book there is a part two and finally, a part three where lo and behold during these intense transformations I literally felt as if I had been kicked in the gut. Generally, a reader is used to the emotional rollercoaster that a book, especially like this, can bring about, but I had never had a physical reaction to a book such as I did with this one indeed it was quite the surprise to me. Therefore, if this writer can bring on this reaction when no others before have just imagine the possibilities. The story keeps you on your toes wondering what's about to happen next leaving you in awe and perplexed. Throughout the book innumerable emotions are imposed upon you such as having your heart wrenched, bravery, a tad of joy and then there’s gruesomeness smacking you right upside the head. Also, a mystery saunters along with the plot holding you in its clutches along the way.   


I hear Paul’s voice through the clanking sound of a bell ringing somewhere on the edge of my consciousness. Then a hand clasps round my waist, a gust of cold air whips into my face and I am one the ground, shuffling on my belly towards the men. I feel blood in my mouth, congealing and thickening as I try to breathe. Then the sound of gunshot pummels the air. I put my head down, close my eyes and start to count, and when I open them I see his face.  

  
I was left with many questions because of this book. How fluid is our reality? We know from scientific studies that two people can witness the same event and their explanations will not be the same. How much emotional trauma can one individual take before they lose their marbles? Also, how stressful do things have to become in one's life before your mind tricks you into seeing things that do not exist? Then finally can one person have multiple forms of PTSD?    

It’s funny but whenever I think of you two girls I see you there on that beach with your mom...I’m blindsided by a memory...I’m digging in the sand with my fingertips, waiting for the touch of a jagged tooth, but instead my hand rests on something thick and hollow. I pull it out and sit back to examine my find. The object is black and has a criss-cross pattern indented into its surface. I run my fingers along it, delighting in in the rough sandpapery feel. It is my treasure, my secret, and I sit for a few minutes holding it to my chest like a sleeping baby...My mother is yelling at me. She grabs the object and runs toward the sea...she explains that the precious object I’d held to my chest was a tiny bomb-it was most likely a remnant of the famous bouncing bombs that had been tested on Reculver beach during the war.

If you want to read a book that goes above and beyond this is the one
★★★★★         


Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. Inspired by her father’s and other journalists’ experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder, she gained Arts Council Funding for her research into the topic and ultimately made it the main theme of My Sister’s Bones, her debut psychological thriller.


Find out more about Nuala at her website, and connect with her on Twitter.


TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 17th: SJ2B House Of Books
Tuesday, July 18th: she treads softly
Wednesday, July 19th: Readaholic Zone
Thursday, July 20th: Tina Says…
Monday, July 24th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, July 25th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, July 26th: Art Books Coffee
Thursday, July 27th: A Bookworm’s World
Monday, July 31st: Ace and Hoser Blook
Tuesday, August 1st: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, August 2nd: Book Hooked Blog
Friday, August 4th: 5 Minutes For Books
Friday, August 4th: Jathan & Heather
Friday, August 4th: My Military Savings

Monday, August 7th: Wining Wife

Monday, July 10, 2017

PAINTBRUSH BOOK BLITZ & $5 Amazon giftcard and a copy of The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider



Paintbrush 
Hannah Bucchin

Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: July 11th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.
But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

SNEAK PEEKS:
Mitchell

“Hi.” I tighten my grip on her waist, and she moves her hand from my shoulder, sliding her fingertips slowly, until they rest on the back of my neck. I close my eyes.

When I open them again, she’s staring at me, her face so close I can see the flecks of brown in her green eyes. It would be so easy to kiss her. Just a few inches. It would be the easiest thing in the world.

Josie

“We’re a mess, aren’t we?” He grins at me.

I can’t help it—I lean into him, pressing my shoulder into his, wanting to feel his warmth and his soft sweatshirt, wanting to be a part of that smile.

I shrug. “All the best people are messy.”



Hannah has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings. Paintbrush is her first novel.

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