Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Owlet by Emma Michaels


Owlet by Emma Michaels
Publication Date: October 13th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
(Currently on sale for only $0.99!)

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.






Emma Michaels is a cover artist and the author of Owlet. As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. Her love of blogging started when she created a review blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog Tour {Review & Giveaway}: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard


The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)
by Laura Howard
Release date: May 15, 2013 
Genre: NA Paranormal

Summary:
Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.


When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.






  



Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her  obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.








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There are many, many, many beautiful covers that embrace books, but this cover is absolutely my favorite. I even saved it to my phone without even thinking about it just so I could stare at the wondrous thing. It blows all other book covers out of the proverbial water.

I wish I could say the same about the book itself, the meat inside of the gorgeous cover, but alas I cannot. There are parts of The Forgotten Ones where I can see the beauty (the amazing descriptions and landscapes that makeup the latter part of the novel) and other parts where I could feel the story drifting off on some other, unwarranted path.

The Forgotten One’s summary doesn't tell much about the novel itself. From it, I would've never been able to guess that it was a fey book at all. At that point the cover was the only thing drawing me to this book because I was in the dark going in to read it.

The Forgotten Ones, in short, is about a girl named Allison. Fresh out of high school and dealing with things most kids don't have to deal with. Her mother, who is schizophrenic, can't even look at her without going into a fit. I can't imagine the hurt and sadness Allison feels at this, but it's not really elaborated on. I, personally, love it when books feel. When characters show their emotions so bluntly that we--as the reader--can feel them too. Allison seems to only feel jealousy and anger, but for only brief periods of time. She is brave, head-strong, and with a heart large enough to carry the burdens of those around her. Yet her ability to care, to feel more than just describe the things around her, doesn't last long.

When the cliched bad-boy player enters things start to get a little ridiculous. When the dead-beat dad shows up on her door step and Allison merely gets non-nonchalantly mad, the story gets gets laughable.

The latter end of the book is what made me really delve into this novel and enjoy it. Wondrous scenes of Tir Ma Nog (the fey kingdom) with its rolling green hills and beautiful people. Foods and flowers and everything that comes with being a Faery is describe so amazingly that it was hard to see reality the same. Laura’s ability to label and see the things in this foreign world is stunning.

I equal parts loved and disliked this novel. As I said before, it had some parts where all I could do is gape in wonder and others where I just felt ridiculous. I feel like Laura has something really good up her sleeve for the next novel and so I will definitely be reading it.

Blog Tour {Review & Giveaway}: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante


Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Summary:
It's only been three days, and already everything is different.


Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.



And then there are the visions.



The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...



The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.


  


Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.


First off, I would like to say a huge thanks to Samantha for being such a wonderful person and an equally wonderful writer. Without her, the world of books and dystopian-filled worlds would not be the same without her genius Stitch Trilogy. I thought she was done surprising me, but in Stitch’s newly released sequel, Shudder, she has proved me wrong.


Starting Shudder, I had little idea where the story was going to go. I had little predictions that might go somewhere, but in the end...nothing went as planned. Shudder has so ferociously shown me how quickly good things can turn bad. When things should've been heart-lifting, but ended up heartbreaking. There wasn’t a moment where I was privy to the whole plot. Samantha keeps you guessing throughout every page, ever chapter. Roads she could've led the plot down are erased and then rewritten. She puppeteers the story into a direction you wouldn't think possible. Yet again Samantha breaks all boundaries before set.



Paragon--the city where humanity continues to survive--is being tainted more and more as the world spins in Shudder. Paragon's vile leaders constantly makes things harder for the people who live there. If there is any villain that deserves to be stopped, it is the leaders of this retched city. Villains who think their path is the righteous one are often the ones who I hate the most. Alessa, one of the main protagonists, agrees whole heartedly. But, her want to keep the people around her safe soon begins to overcome her. I feel like Alessa’s struggle between her heart and the right (or possibly wrong) thing was the greatest fight. One doesn't really find out right or wrong easily. Most of the time, things are both right and wrong. Or neither. In Shudder, Alessa fights this battle the most. Her love for the people around her makes her both weak and strong.



The character’s that live inside these pages are some of the most well crafted things I've ever seen. To be able to describe a person to that detail takes some serious talent. I've not read a book before with such detailed characters and probably never will again.
The intellect as well. Not many writers can write this well when it comes to this point. I feel like most writers in the YA/NA genre write too simplistic. Shudder’s (and Stitch for that matter) writing is intellectually and beautifully flowing.




Yes, yes I did thoroughly enjoy Shudder. The twist and turns that make up this novel’s plot astounds me. I wasn't disappointed with a sequel for perhaps the first time in ages. Stuck, the last novel in the trilogy, will definitely be on the top of my to-read list.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Promo {Interview}: The Reluctant Goddes by A.F. Firebird



The Reluctant Goddes 
by A.F. Firebird
Genre: Metaphysical Fiction
Date Published: March 2012


Ellena Ripley is a bookshop owner from a rural town in the south of England - or so she thinks. But lately, she has a growing sense that life is not as it seems. At night, she dreams of a serene man who appears to be trying to tell her something; In the day, she can't shake a feeling of expectation. But of what? Meanwhile Hector, servant of LIFE and the man from Ellena's dreams, has a dilemma. How do you tell someone they are a goddess? His previous attempts have met with disaster so he must be cautious, particularly when his new trainee, Boudica, formerly Queen of the Iceni tries to help. The question is can they succeed before it is too late? 




A.F. Firebird is the alter ego of a sociologist/psychologist turned web developer from the UK. While A.F. Firebird has worked in several fields her primary focus is the exploration of six virtues: appreciation, forgiveness, compassion, humility, understanding and valour. Her first novel, The Reluctant Goddess, numerous short stories and children's books, all investigate aspects of these virtues. 

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A.F Firebird author of  “The Reluctant Goddess” talks about her new novel and metaphysical fiction

Q: You describe your new novel as metaphysical fiction, what is metaphysical fiction?

AFF: It is a form of speculative fiction which explores ideas prevalent in metaphysics through the medium of story and characters. This type of fiction strips away religious rhetoric and new age language, so that the reader can contemplate the ideas presented in a simpler and hopefully more accessible way.

Q: Give me an example of the type of ideas explored in the book.

AFF: Firstly, the story is written within the context of a benevolent conscious universe, where the inanimate and animate alike work to help Ellena. The books in the shop, that she owns, all have something to tell her if only she could hear them. Her pets, a dog and a cat, are her spirit guides offering gentle, loving encouragement. Through the eyes of the characters we see our planet and the universe from a perspective.

The second main theme, is the idea that the greatest work a person can do is to live authentically. To discover who and what they really are. The main character, Ellena, has lived a life full of the common distractions of life. By the time she reaches her late forties she still has not discovered her true self or a purpose which gives her life meaning. Throughout the novel we follow her journey as she is assisted by a conscious benevolent universe, to fully realise her identity.


Q: The Reluctant Goddess takes a non traditional approach to the idea of a goddess. Explain your take on what it means to be a goddess.

AFF: My aim has been to merge old ideas with new. Ellena is a reincarnation of Quan Yin, Goddess of compassion, who, rather than take up buddhahood, chose to stay on earth to help all humans reach enlightenment. Instead of showing the goddess as super human, the book explores the effect of fully realising the virtue of compassion in the world. And so the idea of a goddess being someone who lives their virtues or values whatever they might be.


Q: Now that The Reluctant Goddess is finished what next.

AFF: I want to continue working on metaphysical fiction. The next book continues to delve into the role of compassion in human evolution. I believe, as so many others before me, that fiction is a great way to open discussion and contemplation of ideas, so I am looking forward to feedback from readers.



Reading Addiction Blog Tours

Cover Reveal: Landlocked (Surface, #2) by Tiffany Daune


Landlocked by Tiffany Daune   
Series: Surface, #2 
Publication date: Summer 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn't hard enough....Eerie visions are plaguing Theia's mind, driving her insane.  Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat's thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she's trying to keep it together so she doesn't lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc.  But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.


Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.

Surface is her first novel and pairs well with gummy sharks.





Cover Reveal: Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3) by Rebecca Ethington


Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3) by Rebecca Ethington
Expected release date: July 12th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal (with action and romance)
Cover designed by: Okay Creations 

While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread. * Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before. With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free. * Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so. But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything. Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep the water pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care. Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so. Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3)

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 photo RebeccaEthington_zpsdb867f4c.jpg Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.




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