Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blog Tour: Gone Wild by @karenmbryson #review



Romantic Comedy
Date Published: May 15, 2016


Go BACK TO BOOKMAN with USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison's new #LoveinMidlife #ComingofMiddleAge romantic comedy series.

Tenured English professor Bly Daniels believes the short walk from her campus office to the university library is too much exposure to the harsh elements of the outdoors. She would prefer to spend her days (and nights) comfortably seated indoors reading classic literature.

When Bly is arrested for reading one of the great books while driving home, a judge sentences her to thirty days of community service with The Wild Way, a therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teens.

There she meets Turner Wild, the owner and operate of the wilderness program. Turner is everything Bly despises: rugged, unrefined and outdoorsy. For Bly a trip to hell sounds more desirable than spending an entire month with Turner and his band of hooligans as they traverse the woods of rural northwest New Jersey communing with nature.

Bly certainly never expects to form a bond with the troubled teens she's been assigned to mentor and forge an unlikely relationship with their fearless leader, Turner Wild.

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I love Dakota Madison's novels. They are always so fun and so fresh. I have read so many of her novels and am still blown away with her ability to bring us new characters who we care about time and again. 

I loved the the author was able to balance a sweet romance, humorous moments, and emotional drama all in this novel. Everything offsets each other perfectly. 

I personally enjoyed the relationships forged with secondary characters as well. 



USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Blog Tour: The Best Seller by @haloofthedamned #review



Sci-Fi / Romance
Date Published: May 31, 2016

When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.










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Blog Tour: Sonar the Surge by @BrandyTruly #review



New Adult, Dark Sci-fi, Romance & Space Opera
Date Published: 4/23/2016


Eclipsed by darkness, the Romelands must face the ultimate quest. If they are forced toward the umbra peak, they will be completely obscured.

     Symone struggles with her most challenging battles … the conflict within herself. Losing loved ones steals part of her soul. Despair has created a gaping hole where her heart should be. Symone doesn’t even recognize herself. She has to determine if this is the person she’s turned into, or if it is who she has always been. 

     Nile is an attractive aristocrat whose charm and arrogance drives Symone insane. Beyond Symone’s control, Nile is spun into her life. But she’s not sure if she can have a relationship with him or where that could lead her. Embracing love could make her whole again, but it may also destroy her. Symone must travel through the opaque light in order to find where her destiny lies.

     Symone’s family, Shiray and Syira, continue to fight in the feuds of their galaxy. Together they have to find the balance between compassion and sacrifice. Kadanans are being held captive, and they hold the fate of their world in their hands. They have only begun to understand the consequences of the devastating realities of war. 

     The enemy of my enemy is my friend, is the philosophy the Romelands now abide by. With chaos and turmoil at every corner, they may forget what is worth fighting for. The surge for power has erupted. Only the strongest race will be left standing

 Review
I will miss these characters and the world the B. Truly has created. I enjoyed getting to read about their ups and downs and finally see it all come to a head. This was an action packed and drama filled installment in the Sonar Series an it will not disappoint fans of the first novels. There is a lot going on and be prepared to shed a few tears. Its an emotional ride of ups and downs but ultimately I was happy with the way the author tied up all of the lose ends. 


     

B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She is addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.
     In the Sonar series, B Truly said, “It was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.”
     B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Blog Tour: The Seventeenth Pocket by Hargus Montgomery #review



Young Adult / Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Date Published: April 2011


The Kerious Pye series recounts the adventures of an ancient Order of worldly Explorers travelling to the universe of matter.  
The Seventeenth Pocket follows Explorer, Arden McGivven, on an expedition that could destroy the barrier between energy and matter.  When the old voyager encounters gravely ill, fourteen-year-old Megan Carlson, he breaks his oath and reveals the Order’s secrets.  Arden’s stories confound doctors, and open a mystery that crosses from this life to the next.  Only Megan can solve the mystery and save the man who helped her.


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Hargus Montgomery has a real talent for bringing to life characters that a reader just connects with and roots for from the very beginning. 

The journey of Arden and Megan was very fun to read about. 

Montgomery has done a great job of bringing something new to the YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The plot is very well written and keeps the reader flipping pages. 


Hargus Montgomery is the author of The Last Relicuin, and The Seventeenth Pocket, part of the Kerious Pye series.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Release Week: BIG by @emmerollins #giveaway #excerpt




Erotic Romance, New Adult, Military, Romantic Suspense

Date Published: June 3, 2016

Publisher: Fido Publishing

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He’s big. He’s bad. And he only wants one thing. 
Revenge.
Ric Ryker spent years being called “Big Dick.” 
Ridiculed for his weight, shunned by all the pretty girls, snubbed by all the cool guys. 
But after a secret journey of transformation, he’s back—ready to take over leadership from his father at Ryker Arms—with an impressive new physique and a plan to prove them all wrong.
Especially her.
The one woman who hurt him the most. 
Annalesa—smart, sassy, stunning.
And his stepsister. 
The girl he could never have. 
The girl who wouldn’t look twice at him anyway—especially in front of her stuck-up friends. 
Now he’s going to make her want him. 
Show her just what she was missing. 
And hurt her, just like she hurt him. 
He’s got the weapon and he’s taken aim—but he didn’t count on his own heart getting caught in the crossfire.


EXCERPT

“Leesa, I’m still not so sure this is a good idea…” Ric looked down at her, a frown turning the corners of his perfect mouth down just slightly. “I don’t know what to think.”
“Please trust me.” She kissed his chest, rubbing her cheek there, her voice almost a whisper. “I should have tried harder. I should have told you how I felt. I should have been brave then, I know.” 
“Oh Leesa.” His lips brushed the top of her head. 
“But I wasn’t brave then. And I’m sorry, Ric. I’m so sorry. I’ve been sorry every single day we’ve been apart, every minute that you were out of my reach.” 
“Oh Christ.” He sighed. 
“But you have to understand something.” She lifted her face and met his eyes, squaring her shoulders. “There are only so many times I can explain, only so many ways I can apologize. I know what happened… it made you feel awful, and I’m sorry you were hurt. But Ric—I never did any of it on purpose. I never, ever set out to hurt you.” 
“I know.”
She felt weightless as he lifted her onto the ledge of the booth, feeling the warmth of his palms through the thin cotton of her top as he kept his hands around her waist.
“So you forgive me?” She knew the question was in her eyes as she put her arms around his neck. 
“If we do this…” His thumbs stroked her belly, on either side of her navel, a delicious distraction. “I need to trust you. Completely.” 
“Okay.” She nodded, her heart soaring at the possibility. She wouldn’t have admitted it to her closest friend or even confessed it to a priest on her death bed before this moment, but this, with Ric, was what she wanted, what she’d always wanted. 
“We’ll have to keep it secret.” His thumbs brushed beneath her top, stroking her bare skin. He looked over his shoulder, checking they were alone. “At least, for a while.”
“Yeah.” She winced, not relishing the thought of telling their parents.
“Leesa, I really need to trust you.” His grip tightened, his fingers digging into her sides so hard it almost hurt. He was so strong! “I imagine our relationship’s going to be tested. A lot.” 
“I know.” She nodded vigorously, agreeing, the word ‘relationship’ from his mouth secretly thrilling her. “Ric, I promise, I—”
“I mean it. This isn’t a joke. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” His harsh words jarred her senses but he didn’t let her go. His hands were under her shirt now, fully on her skin, his big palms spreading heat through her whole body. “Because, I may ask you to prove it, Leesa.”
“I will,” she breathed, straightening her spine so she could get her lips closer to his. “I swear, I’ll do whatever I have to, to prove my feelings for you, this time.”
“Good.” He gave her a slow, weary smile, and then he kissed her, his mouth soft and open, not demanding anymore. 
“What now?” she breathed as they parted. If he’d wanted to take her right then, right there, she would have done whatever he asked. 
“We take it slow.” He rested his forehead against hers. “And keep us a secret.”
“Us.” She smiled at that. 
“You up for more target practice?” He smiled, too, glancing down at her gun as he took a step back. 
“I’ll probably miss the target entirely.” She grinned, sliding off the ledge and putting her hands to her flushed cheeks. “But it’s probably a good idea for me to cool down a little before we leave.” 
Ric helped her relax into her stance and, with the weight of their conflict gone, she went on to make six bullseyes out of ten shots on the next two targets, and the remaining shots clustered close around the center. 
“Damn, girl.” Ric clapped. “I’m impressed. Remind me not to give you any reason to shoot at me.” 
“You’re the last person I’d want to shoot at.” She smiled and emptied the last cartridges out of the magazine, handing them back to him, along with the gun. “At least, most of the time.” 
“Except when I’m being a dick?” He snorted and she laughed as he led them back to the armory to check in their weapons. 





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Emme Rollins is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of New Adult/Mature Young Adult fiction. She’s been writing since she could hold a crayon and still chews her pen caps to a mangled plastic mess. She did not, however, eat paste as a kid. 
She has two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s, one of which she’s still paying for, but neither of which she uses out in the “real world,” because when she isn’t writing, she spends her time growing an organic garden to feed her husband and children (and far too many rabbits and deer!) where they live on twenty gorgeous forested acres in rural Michigan.
She loves tending her beehives, keeping up with her daily yoga practice and going for long walks in the woods with her boxer dog, who loves chasing squirrels almost as much as Emme loves writing!
Emme loves hearing from fans, so feel free to use the contact page on her site (emmerollins.com) to connect with her.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: The Black Sheep Shadow by @dang3rouzvixen #interview



Non Fiction / Self-Help / Memoir
Date Published: April 19, 2016


The city lights blind your amazement. The sound of the traffic challenges you to be alive. Families ask bystanders to make magic and capture the moment with photographs. Newly engaged couples seal their union by kissing under shooting stars while loving by crossing their hearts.

But if your heart was under arrest, wouldn't you want to embrace something to feel like others?

Go insider the world of one courageous sheep as she discovers that her heart was under attack by darkness. As she travels on a spiritual journey to understanding her purpose, overcoming the undertones of low confidence, self-acceptance, and the importance of inspiration, she rose against the odds with forgiveness and strengthening her faith.



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

The Black Sheep Shadow has something bigger than a message ­ it has purpose. Everyone validates their own reason why they exist. It's time we see we have value and worth.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I always have more wisdom than paper.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I have written four books. Three are published and available via Amazon.com.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

That is an interesting questions. I think about this question a lot. I would play myself because it is MY story. On the contrary, I would want someone else to play my role because I feel like my life is to breed opportunity.

When did you begin writing?

I began my writing career at the age of 19.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

My [very] first book, Puzzled Starts and Questionable Ending, took me eighteen months to write.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Executive life coach, Valorie Burton, motivated me to see my life differently for every season I endured. I applied the wisdom I discovered [to continue to push myself]. From there, the floodgates opened.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Letting my readers know! I love to learn, so for me to announce my next book [or project], readers are excited and want to hear more!

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Resilient, humble, fierce, initiative.


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Hmmm, what if Joesph [in the Bible] kept his dream completely to himself ­ where would he have been? While you ponder, I WILL say that I have a few writing pieces in the works...



 Ashley Terrell is the founder of Stella Bistro Foods and Black Sheep Inc. Terrell is the host and co-director of Cooking with Stella (2016).  She resides on the East Coast where she enjoys blissful sunsets and sounds of ocean waves.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Blog Tour: Born to Die by @georgebernstein with an #interview



Suspense
Date Published: November 2015

Too many infant boys of Palm Beach gentry are dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Only obstetrics nurse, Casey Jansson, is suspicious.
Al Warner, crack Miami Homicide detective, is inactive, languishing on medical leave after a deadly shootout with a serial killer, “The Angel of Death.”  He’s in the best physical condition of his life, but is struggling to convince the Department’s shrink he is not suffering from PTSD.
Warner meets Casey at a local pub. They are attracted to each other, but misreading the other’s body language, remain reserved.  Learning of the SIDS deaths from Casey, Warner concedes it sounds more than coincidental, but can find no obvious Motive or Opportunity. However, he agrees to help investigate, hoping romance develops later. 
Casey’s obsession eventually tangles her in mortal danger. Only Warner can save her, if he can figure out where she went, and get there in time.



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Maybe that I write “I can’t put it down” novels, usually with totally unexpected endings. And that writing a great novel takes more than just raw talent. I’ve spent years learning to polish my craft to where I’ve been likened to James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Great praises that I treasure


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Typos! I’m the King of typos, and I spend too much time fixing them



How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Four novels, a book on fly-fishing for pike and musky (TOOTHY CRITTERS LOVE FLIES), and a fictionalized short story of real events that happened to me and my family while flyinf a small plane to Florida.

The novels are all suspense: TRAPPED, a parapsycological suspense that won “The next Great American Novel” contest and was an Amazon Top 100 novel; A 3 rd TIME TO DIE, a paranormal romantic suspense, dealing with murder during past lives; and the first two of my Detective Al Warner novels: DEATH’S ANGEL And BORN TO DIE.

I’m not sure I really have a favorite. I love all my characters, but if I had to pick, it would probably be TRAPPED. It was, after all, my first “love,” and I do get very emotionally involved with Jackee and Kevin. I still get a bit “choked” when I reread the ending, even after 25 years.

A 3 rd TIME TO DIE is also special to me, because I actually did Past Life regression as research for the book. I did it as research, but some of the 9 lives I “visited” had an amazing impact on my current life.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 Matt Damon as Warner, because he’s old enough and rugged enough, and it’s a Borne kind of role; and Charlize Theron as Casey, just because I love her and she really does fit the part.

When did you begin writing?

 In 1990, when I was able to retire fairly young. My wife said, “You don’t like golf that much. You’ve always been a good storyteller, so why don’t you write a novel?” It only took 22 years with multiple major rewrites while attending classes, and probably 80 rejections by agents and editors before TRAPPED was a finalist in one contest and won “The Next Great American Novel Contest,” becoming an Amazon Top 100 Novel with dozens of rave reviews. 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 6-months to write, 20 years to rewrite and edit. The others took under a year each to write, edit and improve. I’m getting faster

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Dean Koontz, not so much to inspire me to write, but to inspire me to write BETTER. I regard him as one of the great wordsmiths in the business. And maybe James Patterson as to content style: short chapters and short paragraphs

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 Getting into the story so that the characters take over the action. I’m always somewhat amazed by how this happens, but as I write, the story often goes to place I never imagined at the start. The characters take on lives of their own, and I become one with them… even the bad guys!

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Chilling chase for truth

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I’m working on the 3 rd of my Detective al Warner novels, and I have part of the 4 th already “in the can.” The next Warner novel is tentatively titled, “The Prom Dress Killer.” Attractive young redheaded women are kidnapped and eventually killed and dressed in typical Senior Prom-type dresses. I try to immerse the reader into the mind of the psychotic killer, Detective Warner, and the next redheaded victim who tries to be clever enough to avoid death until Warner can find her.


George A. Bernstein is the retired President of a Chicago small appliance company, now living in south Florida. Born to Die is the 2nd in his Detective Al Warner Suspense series, following Death’s Angel, a 5-Star reviewed novel. Two more are already in the works. Bernstein’s first novel, Trapped, was a winner in a publisher’s “Next Great American Novel” contest, and has gained mostly 5-Star reviews at Amazon and Goodreads while becoming an Amazon Top 100 Novel. His 2nd novel,  A 3rd Time to Die (A paranormal Romantic Suspense), also has almost all 5-Star Reviews, with one reader likening him to the best, less “spooky” works of Dean Koontz & Stephen King.
He’s also a “World-class” fly-fisherman, recently catching his 13th fly rod IGFA World Records, and has published Toothy Critters Love Flies  (www.pikeflyguy.com), the complete book on fly-fishing for pike & musky.

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