July 22, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Simple Man by Ashley Hampton


 

Simple Man (Southern Rock Lyrics #4)
Author: Ashley Hampton
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 19, 2017

Description:

Will Jenkins had an ideal life as a teenager until his parents were killed in a car accident. His two best friends, Nate and Finley, became his family. A few years later, Hannah breezed her way into town and became the sister Will never had but always wanted. Through Hannah, Will found Stacy, a woman he could not avoid as she was unlike all the others. Stacy was full of mystery and hiding something secretive behind her gorgeous smile. It was only a matter of time before Stacy gave in to Will’s advances, despite their close friendship. Will their budding relationship have a chance to grow? Or will Stacy’s secret past ruin everything?




 

Ashley Hampton works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice during the day. When she leaves work, she puts on her writer and photographer hats and enjoys living in the worlds created in her mind. She lives near her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her cat, Gemma. Ashley wanted to find a creative way to meld her love for music and psychology with writing, and the Southern Rock Lyrics series was born. With other series planned, Ashley wants to write in the romance, erotica, and psychological thriller genres.
 
 
 
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July 21, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Witchbreed Series by R.L. Martinez


 

In the Blood (Witchbreed #1)
Author: R.L. Martinez
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: March 21, 2016

Publisher: Lakewater Press
Description:

A snake. A lion. A return.

In a time when magic is feared, Lady Oriabel Dominax has no choice but to conceal her healing powers while she cares for her father’s struggling estate. One touch of the Witch’s Tree shows her visions of witches hung and burned at the very hands of the people for whom she cares, the people who love her. But with the arrival of a new lord, a man hiding secrets of his own, falling in love might be one wrong move too many.

Incarcerated for an unspeakable crime, fearless warrior Lady Ottilde Dominax is plagued by mysterious dreams of her sister’s death. When a hooded figure offers her the chance of escape, although untrusting, she does not hesitate. Racing across nations to reach Oriabel, her journey is cut short by an encounter with a wedowyn, a formidable beast which she has no chance to overpower alone. Though it is not death that greets her, but something far worse.

Blackmail, betrayal, and murder are only the beginning as a darker magic is awakened. And someone has plans for the Dominax twins, plans more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.



Beneath the Skin (Witchbreed #2)
Author: R.L. Martinez
Genre: Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Publisher: Lakewater Press


Description:

Abandoned, betrayed, and wanted for murder, Lady Oriabel Dominax is a witch on the run. The deadly magic now awakened inside her is hungry, and it is all Oriabel can do to control it. With no choice but to trust strangers as her guardians, she quickly discovers not everyone is who they say they are and the very magic she fears might be her only weapon to protect those she loves.

Since rescuing her sister from certain death, Lady Ottilde Dominax’s only goal is to keep Oriabel safe and alive. Not an easy task when both the enemy and their so-called allies are hunting them. Placing all her trust in the very man who held her prisoner, Ottilde must open her heart and mind to a future she could never have predicted, a future guided only by love and survival.

Life, death, and tragedy lie ahead as the Dominax twins set out on a perilous journey to safety. But knowing they are mere pawns in someone else’s game means fighting for family is all they have left.


 

Being a stay-at-home mom is probably the hardest job Robin’s ever had (and that’s after working at places like Goodwill, MCL Cafeteria, and Captain D’s). Her house is never clean! No matter how many dishes she does or toys she picks up, her two little ones come right behind her and make a whole new mess. Anyway, this is the first time she hasn’t had some sort of job outside the home since she was fifteen. Kinda scary!
 

Now that her kids have both started all-day school, she can fling herself into the stories that constantly swirl inside her head. One of the main reasons she writes is to read books that she wishes other people were writing. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two small sons, two naughty canines, and a mouse-killing cat.
 
 
 
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July 20, 2017

Amid Stars and Darkness Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


 

Amid Stars and Darkness
Author: Chani Lynn Feener

Genres: YA Romance/Science Fiction
Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Description:

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.



“Delaney,” he said, “come in.”

She licked her lips, stubbornly crossing her arms and cocking out a hip. She was still wearing the green dress and the shoes. The air here was getting crisp, licking against her skin in a way that left chills behind. The water looked like it’d be the perfect temperature, not too warm, not too cold.

“What if I promise to show you sometime? Will you come in then?” he said, and she blinked.

“What?”

“The flowers,” he said, and chuckled, clearly knowing where her mind had just been. “I’ll bring you here one of these nights and show you. You’ve never seen anything like it.” He held her gaze. “They used to be the only thing in this entire castle I actually enjoyed being around.”

A bitter taste rose in her mouth, and the warm feeling that’d been collecting in her lower belly vanished.

“Ruck—”

“What color is your hair?”

She frowned. “My hair? It’s red.”

“Red.” The corner of his mouth turned up in an interested half smile. “We don’t have redheads here. You’d be a commodity. Everyone would stare.”

“So it’s a good thing that I look like Olena then, huh?” she managed.

“What color are your eyes?” Obviously, he was determined.

“They’re green,” she said. Then she added, “I got them from my grandmother.”

“What shade of green?” he asked.

“I’ve been told they look exactly like a cat’s.”

“You and cats.” He tilted his head, eyes roaming over her as if trying to picture what she’d look like as someone else. He’d see the black-haired girl he’d known for years, Olena. It was her body right now shoved into the sundress. Her eyes he saw rolling, her arms. Her legs. Her lips.

“You can stare all you like.” Even to her own ears, she sounded deflated. “You’ll never really see me.”
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is the author of Amid Stars and Darkness and the teen paranormal series the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.
 
 
 
 
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July 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

Let us know what you think of the cover for The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil #1) by Kat Colmer, which releases August 7, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen & YA Books Central.


About The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil, #1):

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.
But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.
Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.
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Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based author and teacher librarian. She has won several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 First Kiss contest as well as the Romance Writers of America 2015 On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Her New Adult short story, For the Love of Gnomes, won the Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems short story competition in 2015 and is published in the anthology Peridot, along with her Young Adult short story Sweet Bombe Alaska. Her middle grade tale, Change of Heart, inspired by her son’s open heart surgery, is published in the New South Wales School Magazine, Touchdown. Kat is a member of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre and the Romance Writers of Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma of Education as well as a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. Having spent a significant portion of her childhood in Germany, Kat speaks fluent German and is looking forward to the day she’ll be able to read one of her novels in Deutsch. When not writing or teaching, Kat enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. 






 

Wesley James Ruined My Life Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


 

Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.


"So what's up, man? Did you get the job?" Caleb asks as he rings up my book.

I hand him my debit card, trying to keep my expression calm. Inside, though, I'm a tornado. Because I know what's coming. I know exactly what Wesley will say next. And I can't think of a way to stop him.

"Yup. In fact...Q and I work together," he says.

And there it is. Another secret spilled by Wesley James.

Caleb's eyebrows fly up into his hairline. "You work at Tudor Tymes, Quinn? You never mentioned that."

It's not exactly something I go around broadcasting. Most of my friends don’t even know, with the exception of Erin. I was teased in middle school, so I’ve learned not to give anyone any ammunition. Working in a medieval restaurant is just asking for it.

"I loved that place when I was a kid," Caleb says. "Which character are you?"

Wesley chuckles. "She's a wench."

"I am not a wench," I say, glaring at him. "I'm a royal servant."

"Please." Wesley drains his coffee. He shoots the empty cup over the counter and it sinks perfectly into the small metal garbage can behind Caleb. "She's definitely a wench. She wears a corset."

They both stare at me, like they're picturing me in it right now, which is totally humiliating. I cross my arms over my chest to block their view. "Yeah, well, he's a pirate magician." I make a face like, isn't-that-the-stupidest-thing-you've-ever-heard, but Caleb doesn't catch it. He's busy shoving my book into a recycled tote bag.

"You're still doing magic, dude?" he says.

"Helps with the tips," Wesley mutters.

"You mean it helps you steal tips." I take the bag from Caleb. "We should probably get going. I don't want to be late for practice."

"Yeah." Caleb takes off his name tag and slides it into his pocket. "You ready?" he says to Wesley.

Wait...what?

"Wes is coming with us, He's thinking about buying my truck, so I told him to come for a test drive. You don't mind, do you?"

Mind? Of course I mind. But I don’t know how I can tell Caleb that without seeming like a total freak.

And so that is how I end up wedged between them, Caleb on one side and Wesley on the other.
Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

 
 
 
 
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Cover Reveal: Monsters & Angels by Anne Marie Andrus


 

Monsters & Angels
Author: Anne Marie Andrus
Genre: New Adult Historical/Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: October 2017 

Description:

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.

Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.

Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.

Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.

In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?


Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.

The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.




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July 18, 2017

Colorblind Blog Tour: Author Interview

Colorblind
Author: Leah Harper Bowron
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: SparkPress

Description:

The time is 1968. The place is Montgomery, Alabama. The story is one of resilience in the face of discrimination and bullying. Using the racially repugnant word “nigger,” two Caucasian boys repeatedly bully Miss Annie Loomis--the first African-American teacher at the all-white Wyatt Elementary School. At the same time, using the hateful word “harelip,” the boys repeatedly bully Miss Loomis’s eleven-year-old Caucasian student, Lisa Parker, who was born with cleft palate and cleft lip. Who will best the bullies? Only Lisa’s mood ring knows for sure.  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35661749-colorblind


1. Colorblind is based off your sixth grade experience when your school became integrated. How much of this novel depicts your actual experience?
 

This novel depicts half of my actual experience and half of fictionalization for dramatic effect. For example, there was an actual spelling bee at my school, but Miss Loomis’ reaction thereto was exaggerated for dramatic effect.
 

2. You were inspired by Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. How did this novel influence your writing?
 

This novel inspired me to write about racism from the point of view of a Caucasian Southern girl.
 

3. How much research, if any, did you dedicate to the novel?
 

I researched the dates of Dr. King and Sen. Kennedy’s assassinations as well as the date of the Apollo moon launch.
 

4. How would you describe the characters Ms. Loomis and Lisa Parker apart from their physical appearances?
 

Miss Loomis and Lisa Parker were both scared individuals who were bullied by two boys at school. Lisa was also browbeat by her mother while Miss Loomis was browbeat by Rev. Reed. Both characters had yet to realize their inner strengths. Lisa would grow to recognize her inner strength while Miss Loomis would fall prey to the bullying and quit teaching at Lisa’s school.
 

5. What role do you think skin color and birth defects play in society today?
 

Skin color and birth defects both define our individuality and discriminate based upon these genetic differences. Are they as relevant as they were back in 1968? Yes.
Unfortunately, people still discriminate against others based upon skin color and birth defects. I prefer the phrase “physically challenged” to that of “birth defects.”
The latter phrase implies that the person is somehow less than a complete human being.
 

6. How did you develop the characterization for the bullies?
 

I used the physical descriptions of my actual schoolyard bullies for the two bullies in Colorblind.
 

7. How did you develop the resolution for the novel?
 

I took what actually happened after my spelling bee — my African American teacher quit teaching school — and changed it by having her teach HeadStart children to demonstrate her resilience in the face of discrimination. Yet her resilience is short-lived because she dies at the end of the book, an aspect of the book which I fictionalized for dramatic effect.
 

8. What was the most rewarding moment you experienced in writing Colorblind?
 

My most rewarding moment was re-living my bicycle ride with my brother to Katie’s candy store — this happy event actually happened many times during my childhood.
 

9. What was the biggest challenge you faced writing Colorblind?
 

My biggest challenge was being a Caucasian Southern woman writing about an African American Southern woman. I developed a “second skin” which enabled me to write as Miss Loomis, Lisa’s African American sixth grade teacher.
 

10. What do you hope readers will gain from Colorblind?
 

I hope that my readers will gain insight into the evils of discrimination based upon skin color or physical challenge. I hope my readers will also realize that discrimination is an ongoing problem which requires vigilance not only in 1968 but also today.
 

11. What did you gain from writing Colorblind?
 

I gained cathartic healing from writing Colorblind as I relived my childhood bullying.
 

12. Do you have anything else in the works?
 

Yes, I am writing a nonfiction book on a code which permeates the writings of James Joyce.

Facebook: Leah Harper Bowron