Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Temptation Trials by @BrandyTruly #review



Adult, Dystopian Romance & Post-Apocalyptic
Date Published: June 3, 2017


Will You Be Tempted? Will Love Save Your Soul?

     One nation under his reign.
     Cardinal sins of man caused humanity to pay the price. Cali Nasser grew up in a world succeeding World War III. The aftermath forced the world dictatorship that she must now live in. A new Regime arose from the ashes. They demanded obedience and cooperation from every citizen, even in matters of the heart.
     One domain ... One accord … One nation. That is the moral code. In Cali’s eyes, it all revolves around a twisted plot for control.
    It used to sicken Cali how people would allow the Regime to test their love through the Temptation Trials. That is, until she met Kincade. Cali’s entire point of view changes when she falls for him. She struggles with herself, debating if she should challenge the government’s law of arranged marriage.
     Cali’s childhood friend, Stefani, always kept a positive perspective about their lives until she was threatened with the same dilemma, at odds over the man she loves.
     Now Cali and Stefani face a desperate choice—submit to the Regime’s will, or fight for what they value most—love. Although lust, mistaken for love, could lead to damnation. Do they give up on love or sign up for the Temptation Trials, a reality TV show where every temptation is laid before them?
     The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Can love save their souls?


Review


The story really grabs the readers attention from the get-go. B. Truly does a great job being descriptive and allowing the reader to feel like they are immersed in the story. 

 I was surprised at how fresh and how many surprises there were in this story once it got going. What a wonderful job of keeping the reader invested in the story and its characters! 

Characterization is key in any novel and I felt like Cali was a great main character with real problems that the reader can relate to. She was easy to get behind and root for through the novel.I loved the way that she opened up and grew throughout the novel. 



About the Author

     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’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.

      B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.
     B. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.


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Blog Tour: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by @Bella623 #interview #giveaway



Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Date Published: Feb 18, 2014
Publisher: Ingramspark

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2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook

Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!
Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

Could Maura's life get any worse? ...turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother's lies—become obstacles in Maura's desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Yes! In Rising Tide, Maura is the ‘other.’ She is a creature outside the norm. At times she is treated very poorly because of her differences, but my depiction of her becoming ‘perfect’ is a statement that different is good, outside the norm is a positive place to be. So, there is a huge anti-bullying element. There is also the message that we all make mistakes when we are young. This part of growing up is only natural…and largely unavoidable. Like Maura, there is life after making those mistakes, better life if you choose to learn from them.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time is always my enemy. What with doing my own marketing and PR, travelling for signings and everyday life, finding time to write is always a challenge. I’m hoping I can make writing my permanent full-time job in the future.



How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Three full-length YA Vampire novels, one children’s book, and three short stories. Riptide was the most fun to work and is definitely my favorite book.




If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Alix Elizabeth Gitter…with brown contacts. She looks almost exactly the way I picture Maura in my head.



When did you begin writing?
I was writing stories as early as age five. I used to narrate everything around me inside my head, haha.



How long did it take to complete your first book?
Six years! I obsessed over it waaaaay too much!



Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.



What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Just writing. Getting the build up out of my head and onto the page. That sense of accomplishing something you feel is vitally important at the end of a day. It’s also nice to have a drink occasionally while writing just to crack the creativity and worry about what you’re writing a little less…lessened inhibitions are good for writing occasionally.



Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Utter horrific holiday terror



Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
 I’m finishing up a Christmas anthology, The 12 Terrors of Christmas, with eleven original works by me included. There will also be a bonus story by author, Lynn Lamb. One of the stories will be a bonus peek at Maura’s family during the skipped over Christmas in the third book Riptide. Readers will learn a secret there that was not disclosed in the first trilogy ;)
I also have my second children’s book being illustrated right now. This will also be a Christmas book and both will be released in early November if all goes as planned.
The first book in the next Maura trilogy is about halfway written, but will probably come out early in 2018. I’m also working on a light contemporary romance series. It would be nice to get the first couple of books out at the end of the year, but I’ll have to see how fast the writing goes J



About the Author


Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.

In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories...along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blog Tour: The Compendium by @chris_a_hart #bookreview #scifi




New Adult / Sci-Fi Romance / Paranormal
Date Published: July 13, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing


Irina and her renegade variant friends are scrambling to pick up the trail of their former employer, Ivan, and his globally catastrophic scheme.

Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered earthquake mere days ahead of them in San Francisco. While they fight to stop the earthquake, Irina pushes the love of her life Jonah as far away as she can, trying to keep his unstable genetic degradation in check.

Irina’s friends think they’ve seen the worst that Innoviro could bring forth by the time they reach a secret facility in the Mojave Desert. As they near the property, the group uncovers a horror none of them had ever imagined.

Review

Another great installment in Christine Hart's New Adult Sci-Fi series.

I was particularly happy that everything was taken up another notch in this novel, Christine Hart wasn't messing around when she wrote this.

At the beginning we are are inundated with information to get us caught up, but being that it was a continuation of a series, I didn't feel the amount of detail used was necessary, a refresher is always nice, but I don't want to feel like I'm entering the world for the first time again.

Overall a great addition to the Sci-Fi series world. I look forward to seeing where she takes the characters next.


Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, Christine writes speculative fiction for YA & NA readers.  She has an undergraduate degree in writing and literature, a corporate background in communications and design, and an Etsy alter-ego named Sleepless Storyteller. Christine shares her eclectic home and lifestyle with her metal working husband, dancing daughter and rocket enthusiast son.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Crime and Catnip by @RoccoBlogger #interview #giveaway



Cozy Mystery
Date Published: December 6, 2016 
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime

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While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him...

Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Ha ha, I guess it would be “crime does not pay”!



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I always find the plotting challenging. I like to make it complex but not so much so that I lose the reader.



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

Counting the self published books, nearly a dozen. My favorite will always be the first in the Nick and Nora series, MEOW IF ITS MURDER.




If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Emma Stone. Not only is she a great actress, but she physically embodies my vision of Nora.



When did you begin writing?
When I was ten! I wrote a fairy tale book called Twelve Tall Tales that a classmate illustrated!



How long did it take to complete your first book?
From outlne to writing ‘the end’ six months. If I didn’t work full time I would probably have taken three.



Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Not any one author.   Rather a grouping of mystery writers that included Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner and Carolyn Keene!



What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Writing “the end” on the last page!



Describe your latest book in 4 words.
A good, fun read.



Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
Right now I just sent in the edits for Book 2 in the Cat Rescue series, DEATH BY A WHISKER to my editor at Crooked Lane. After that, it depends on whether or not CL wants to continue that series and if my agent is successful lin finding another home for the Nick and Nora series!  If not, I do have another series in the works…..




About the Author


While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and the just released Cat Rescue Mysteries from Crooked Lane!  The first volume, Purr M for Murder is out now! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or at www.tclotempio.net

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Lake of Sins: Escape by @lsodea #interview #giveaway


YA Fantasy, horror
Date Published: December 26 2014

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Only the best are chosen to breed.

The rest are loaded onto carts and taken away from the encampment.  Never to be seen again.

Trinity has one week to escape into the forest and discover the fate of her kind.


Dive into the Lake of Sins and discover a world filled with human-animal hybrids where predators are friends and monsters aren't nearly as scary as those who create them.


The YA, dark fantasy series people are calling dark, gritty and too disturbing to put down.

Interview


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

Actually, there is and many folks do get it.  I’ve had several readers say that after reading my books (especially, book 2), they are reconsidering eating meat.  I’m vegetarian (should be vegan) and have studied the farming of animals for years.  Now, don’t think the books are preachy, because they aren’t.  Many people don’t even pick up on that theme.  I think it depends on where you are in your life.  Some of the folks who’ve said they recognize the slaughter practices and such have already been looking into the meat industry and it’s practices.

The books are fiction first, with a quiet theme of how animals are treated and mistreated in our world.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time.  I still work my day job and writing takes a lot of time, not to mention marketing.  I’ve given up a lot of things to write and market—like cleaning my house, cooking dinner, reading and watching television – but it’s all worth it.  I love writing and the stories that come out of my head.


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

I write under two pen names.  L. S. O’Dea has five books and a box set.  Ellis O. Day has six books and a box set.  Ellis writes erotica or steamy (very steamy) romance intended for 18 and up only.

L. S. O’Dea’s books are fine for about 15 and up.  There’s no sex on the pages but the characters are treated like animals in our world so there’s talk of mating and such.

My favorite—that’s hard to decide.  There are things that I love about all of them.  But, if I had to pick, I’d say book 2, Secrets In Blood.  It just all came together very well and took some very interesting twists and turns.



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

That’s kind of funny that you ask and I’ll explain in a minute.  First, let me say that I’m not a visual person.  I don’t see people, I see dialogue and who the characters are internally. So, picking an actor would be hard for me – especially since I never watch movies any more or even TV and my main character is young, so I’d need a young actor.  Quite frankly, I don’t know any.

My family however has already suggested some.  They suggested Michael Clarke Duncan (the big guy who had special gifts in The Green Mile) for the character of Gaar.  I explained that Michael Clarke Duncan was dead.  Then they picked Brittany Murphy for Trinity.  I had to explain that she was dead too.  My family wasn’t much help in casting unless we’re filming in heaven. 😊



When did you begin writing?

I got angry at some people at work and sat down to write.  I’d wanted to do it for years.  Had gone to college for writing but had never put in the work.  So, somewhere around 2012, I signed up for an online writing course and never looked back.  The book I wrote became Lake Of Sins: Escape and Lake Of Sins: Secrets In Blood.


How long did it take to complete your first book?

About two to three years, but it became books one and two in the Lake of Sins series.  I’m writing faster now.  I’m getting better at editing and that cuts a lot of time down for me because I edit and edit and edit until I’m sick of my story and I can’t find anything to change.


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

No, not really. I was a voracious reader when growing up and throughout my early twenties.  I read pretty much any genre and if I found an author I liked, I’d read them until their books became predictable.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

That’s hard.  I love/hate every bloody step.  I love the creating, the rough draft phase.  I just sit down and write whatever comes.  I don’t worry about if it’s good, bad or stupid.  I just write.  Of course, this phase sucks when nothing wants to come.  It’s annoying when I have to take the characters by hand and lead them into their lives.  They can be stubborn and quiet and it really makes me want to slap them, but eventually they spark to life and I’m like, “Oh, there you are.  Nice to finally meet you.”

The second phase for me is the first edit.  This is hard as I reshape, flesh out and cut the rough draft.  This used to be my most hated part, but as I get better at putting the words down right the first time, I’m finding myself surprised by the shape the story is already in.

Once the first round of editing is done, I edit more and more, and more, handing it out to multiple levels of beta readers.  This part can be fun and also trying.  I love getting the feedback as long as they’re telling me what I want to hear.  When they don’t, I get a little snappy and then have to apologize the next day.  They’re always right but I can’t help feeling defensive.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Dreams shattered. Passions ignited.



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

I’m going to finish the Lake of Sins series but that will take a few years.  I’ll release book five around Christmas this year and then next year, I’ll focus on the spinoff series –Conguise Chronicles.  The spinoff series tells the stories of the genetic modifications that Professor Conguise created and set loose in the forest surrounding the Lake of Sins.  There are some characters you need to meet before the final Lake of Sins books.

Once I’m done with the Lake Of Sins, I’m going to write a thriller (I think) and then there are the prequel to the Lake of Sins (I mean I need to explain how the Great Death wiped out most humans and all animals over about 20 pounds) and some side stories on characters who we meet in the Lake of Sins series and perhaps even the next set of stories about the next generation from the Lake of Sins.

I have so many ideas and stories, I fear I won’t have time to write them all.




About the Author


L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself).  Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.

Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue.  She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother.  She stood tall and recited the letters of her name:  L-E-M-O-N   H-E-A-D.

Perhaps, she has her siblings to thank for the demons that whisper through her mind and help to create these dark and demented stories.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Blog Tour: The Tainted Love of a Captain by @JaneLark #review #giveaway




Historical Fiction
Date Published: 12th May 2017
Publisher: HarperImpulse


A sensual, heartbreaking, romance

The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed.

When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement - what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction...



Review

Oh Boy, I'm a sucker for Historical Romance. There is something so fun about being transported back in time and feeling like your living in a different era if an author can execute it well, its an even better escape than reading Contemporary. 

Dive into a historical world with Jane Lark. She has created a novel that really takes the reader back in time. This novel shows how much a writer can understand her genre and make sure every in and out is authentic to the time period. 





Jane began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. 
Now Jane has been shortlisted for three reader awards, and become a bestselling author in the UK and the USA.

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