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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Tour: "League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron" by Ren Garcia



For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: the enemy, eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim. 


Only the League’s ruling body, the Sisterhood of Light, has been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, to put her to a slow, painful death. That is what’s done to Black Hats, and no one dares challenge the Sisters’ authority. They are astounded when the Captain refuses to allow it. 

Using his Gift of Sight, Captain Davage, the Lord of the Great House of Blanchefort, has gotten a glimpse of the Black Hat’s face, and is shocked. Though no one but a Sister would ever willingly face a Black Hat and hope to survive, he enters her cell.

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Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.

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Snippet:

“You have set the Dirge to a Lord of Grenville,” he hissed on the march. “I’ll see you executed for this, Lady Sygillis,” he said, his body moving of its own accord.
Sygillis snapped back, her mastery of the Dirge allowing her to talk and hold it at the same time. “And, if anything happens to Captain Davage as a result of this childish delay, Mapes, I will kill you myself as many times and in as many ways possible. Pray you, sir, that he returns to my arms safe and unharmed, for woe to you should he not. Lead the way, sir, and you need not speak until we arrive.”


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Book Tour: "The Solid Rock" by Faith Blum

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I am excited to be part of this blog tour for a new Christian Western! Faith Blum joins us today to talk about her new release, The Solid Rock. It is about a talented detective with a mission to find his kidnapped colleague who finds himself working undercover with a heinous outlaw who has more plans than first meet the eye.

About the Book

3D The Solid Rock


Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one. He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.” Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward's case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate. Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?

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Excerpt

Quotable #5

By seven o’clock, Joshua was back in his hotel room. In the morning, he would finish reading the notes and have a plan formulated.
He pulled a pencil and pad of paper from his saddlebag and started a preliminary report on his hypotheses, comparing and contrasting each. The outlaw one was more plausible and easier to defend against. Plus statehood was still years in the future, so why the hurry?
A knock on his door interrupted his musings. “Who is it?” he asked as he hid his saddlebags under the bed.
“Sheriff Granger.”
Joshua took out his pistol and opened the door slowly. The sheriff stepped into the room and looked at the pistol.
“Usually it’s the outlaws who greet me with a pistol.”
Joshua grinned, holstered his gun, and held out his hand. “Joshua Brookings. Nice to meet you. Elizabeth’s told me many good things about you. Sorry about the gun, but I’m too close to finding answers to take any risks now.”
Leland shook Joshua’s hand. “I understand. I’d probably do the same thing in your shoes. But how do you know you can trust me?”
Joshua gestured toward the chair under the window and the sheriff sat in it while Joshua sat on the bed. “Edward Harris put you on his ‘people you can trust’ list.”
Sheriff Granger grunted. “So he investigated me, did he? I suppose that’s a good thing. What d’you need from me?”

“The names of two capable, single, young men who might be interested in helping Elizabeth and me track down the kidnappers.”

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Faith is giving away a full set of paperback books! Fill out this form to earn entries to the giveaway. Each entry gives you one point, plus there are opportunities for bonus entries.

AMF Availability

If you haven't read any of my books and would like to try one for free, I am working on getting A Mighty Fortress available for free on all formats. It is currently free on Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. If you also wouldn't mind helping me get it free on Amazon, I would appreciate that. To help, all you have to do is grab 1, 2, or 3 of the links where it is free and go to AMF's Amazon page, click on "tell us about a lower price" and submit a link or three. Thank you!

Facebook Party

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To celebrate her release, Faith is holding a Facebook party on March 31st from 2-4 Central time. You can join her and 3 other authors here. There will be fun, games, giveaways, excerpts, and more. Some of the giveaways will stay open through Friday evening, April 1st. Fun fact: the other three authors are all homeschool moms.

About the Author

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she's grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn't stop her from trying. When she isn't writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.

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Tour Schedule

March 26
Writing Dreams-Excerpt and Spotlight
Tee Garner-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview

March 28
George's Shorts-Spotlight, Review
Karan Eleni-Excerpt, Spotlight, Review
BlondeRJ-Excerpt
Zerina Blossom's Books-Excerpt, Spotlight

March 29
In the Bookcase-Excerpt, Review
Kelsey's Notebook-Review, Interview
With a Joyful Noise-Excerpt, Spotlight
Melanie D. Snitker, Author-Excerpt, Spotlight
Wildflower Acres-Spotlight

March 30
Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt, Spotlight
Stories by Firefly-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview
Chess Desalls-Excerpt
Kendra’s Thoughts-Excerpt, Interview
Frances Hoelsma-Excerpt, Spotlight

March 31
David Todd-Interview
Reading in June-Excerpt, Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt, Spotlight
Trust and Obey-Guest Post, Spotlight

April 1
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Wrap-up, giveaway announcement

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Tour: "Chosen Life" by K. A. Parkinson

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A Chosen Life
by K.A. Parkinson
Release Date: March 16th 2016
Snowy Peaks Media

Summary from Goodreads:


When Macy was chosen to join an elite group of children responsible for protecting ignorant mankind from the monsters of the Dark, she understood there isn’t time for speed bumps, and the arrival of the Ninth Chosen ten years late is one big bump. The Ninth is to one day lead all the Chosen in a final battle between Light and Dark forces, but the legendary warrior turns out to be Tolen Parks, a clueless and reclusive seventeen year-old whom Macy fears will not be their captain but instead their downfall. In an action-packed entertainer, Tolen and Macy are swept down a dangerous path that tests everything that Macy is, and brings out everything that Tolen can be, as they discover the power of choice, true friendship, and the incredible influence a single person can have on the world. 



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About the Author


K.A. is the mother of two incredible boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart for nineteen years. Writing and making up stories is something she has enjoyed doing for as long as she can remember.
As a child, she spent summers borrowing books from the Book Mobile, and hiding under her bed with a bag of cookies and a flashlight to enjoy great literary adventures. Some of her all-time childhood favorite books are, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. She has always been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction.
As an adult, she spends her days chauffeuring her boys between work, art and music lessons, running a household, and reading and writing every chance she gets.
She has spent many wonderful years working with girls ages 12 to 18 through her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is because of the experiences with these amazing young women, and their love and support that she finally decided to pursue her dream of publishing clean and entertaining books for young adult audiences.
The novels in A Chosen life is her first full-length published work. She has many short stories, unrelated to The Chosen Chronicles, you can read on her blog.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Tour and Review: "Siren's Song" by Mary Weber


Description


Siren's Song 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Paranormal

Synopsis:

Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

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Book #1: Storm Siren


Book #2: Siren's Fury


About the Author

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN and SIREN'S FURY are available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN'S SONG will be out March 2016 from TN HarperCollins.

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Five Favorite Quotes


Amidst this book of epic battles, inspiring speeches, witty comments, and introspective words, how is one to choose favorite quotes that don’t spoil the plot? I did my best to choose good, safe ones, but I can’t guarantee they are completely spoiler-free. Read at your own risk and know there are many more great words in Siren’s Song. The first four I like because they make me laugh and the last one because it is beautiful.

One
Eogan: “What was that about?”
Nym: “Nothing. I’m merely beginning to think it’s a Bron curse for the men to talk in hints so as to keep the world confused.”

Two
Myles laughs, then winks at the guard. “Don’t let her fool you, mate. She rather enjoys a good round of letting the mentally unssstable run around with her.”

By which he means himself.

Three
“And what are bolcranes like?” Kel asks after a good fifty terrameters.
“Deadly,” Tannin mutters.
“How deadly?”
“They’ll eat you in two bites.”
“Neat.” Kel’s eyes are huge. “Will we see any?”

Oh the joy of little boys!

Four
I grin. I’d buy her ignorance if she weren’t Luminescent, and the most powerful one, to boot.
“Don’t you dare.” She leans into me. “I still hate him.”
“Uh-huh.”
“I hate you.”
“Clearly. Which is why you still can’t take your eyes off him,” I say with a chuckle.
Nym is, as usual, the narrator. But, I refuse to tell which of her female companions she is chatting with or who about.

Five
“…there is a moment before every storm when the entire world pauses. As if the atmosphere, in unison with the ocean tides, the wind the sky’s watery teardrops, is forced to hold its breath. A bracing against the violence it knows will come—the tempest that perhaps this time, this moment, might actually shred the word’s soul.
I’ve been in that moment in a physical storm so many times before.
I have been that moment.
But today…
Today we are the moment.
We are the storm.
And I have never been more proud of my people.
Nor more afraid for them.”


Review


First off, I must warn that this review contains major plot spoilers for books 1-2, Storm Siren and Siren’s Fury. I highly suggest completing those books before reading this review!

Eogan is alive and separated from Draewulf. Nym has her powers back. But Draewulf still lives and plots to gain immortality by devouring the five most powerful people in the Hidden Lands. To do so, he will conquer each of the five nations, enslaving and murdering the peoples with his wraith army. Eogan, Nym, and several others are the only ones who can possibly stop Draewulf. And they are on his hit list. With his power growing ever stronger, will they be able to conquer him and his army before he destroys them?

This book…yikes! I would not want to be them. With a monster breathing down their backs and terrible choices to make. Even if they choose correctly, they may still lose the war. I am thrilled to be able to witness their epic story!—safely, in my own home.

And it was epic. Elementals, Luminescents, Terraforms, Mortifares, Medians, and those wacky combinations as in the case of Lord Myles—all held great power. It reminded me strongly of the anime Bleach, where the characters’ swords hold so much spiritual power they are able to create a canyon or topple a skyscraper with a single slash. Except the characters in Siren’s Song didn’t need a blade to wield their power. All they needed was themselves.

Too bad there are only a few of them left when the showdown begins.

Siren’s Song was dark. In addition to the pure, natural-born abilities there is also dark magic. It is what created Draewulf, what Nym ingested and Myles stole, what raises the dead to become zombie-like wraiths, what twisted Isobel to become the heartless wretch she is. It is slowly driving Myles insane. Then, there is the hopelessness of the characters that furthers the dark tone. Draewulf’s army becomes more unstoppable as the story progresses. Even if the entire nation of Faelen rose up to fight in the battle, the situation looks utterly hopeless.

But hope is to be found within the Siren’s Song.

I enjoyed this book very much, in case you can’t tell. Book two, Siren’s Fury, had me doubting the conclusion to the series. I hated how dark the series had become even as I longed to learn how it ended. But Siren’s Song made everything worth it. I loved the sarcastic humor and the many inspirational or introspective paragraphs. I loved Nym’s temper and her love for Eogan, as crazy as they drive each other. I love Nym and Rasha’s friendship—like two girly BFF’s. I loved nearly everything about the book and would recommend it to fans of YA/NA  fantasy.

Just…be prepared for anything.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Tour: "Prescient" by Derek Murphy


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Prescient
by Derek Murphy
Genre: Time Travel/Dystopia
Release Date: March 21st 2016

Summary:

The first time I saw the future I lost hope.
It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.

But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.

There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you - but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago - long before humanity was destroyed - it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.

But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill - none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?

About the Author


Derek Murphy: I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

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BEST SCIFI TIME TRAVEL BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016
Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.

I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.



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Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Tour and Review: "Lions in the Garden" by Chelsea Luna


Description


Lions in the Garden
by 
Chelsea Luna
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Lyrical Press (Kensington)

Summary from Goodreads:


Prague, 1610

Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she's taken what she can carry and fled.

Escape won't be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn't been seen in months. Mila's father, the High Chancellor, is well known and well hated.

But Mila can't sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother's death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant--and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the harder it is to tell friend from enemy--and wrong from right . . . 


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Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising of four novels. Chelsea is also the author of the bestselling LOVE & THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, a young adult horror trilogy.

Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee.

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Review


Frightened by the prospect of an arranged marriage to an old man she dislikes, seventeen year old Mila flees her home in the palace of Prague in 1610.  As the chancellor’s daughter, Mila has never been outside the palace unescorted and certainly not through the thief-infested forests outside the city.  After handsome blacksmith’s son, Marc, rescues her from bandits, Mila falls hopelessly in love and begins to see that the rebellion brewing among the peasants is not without just cause.

Lions in the Garden, by Chelsea Luna, was aptly named as there were both literal and metaphorical lions in the garden.  King Rudolf II kept lions caged within his palace gardens.  And, to quote Marc, the peasants were like the lion in that “It’s angry and depraved and once it breaks free of its cage, all hell is going to break loose.”  The peasants certainly would make all hell break loose when they rebelled, the question being whether they would end up caged again afterwards. 

I enjoyed Lions in the Garden.  The setting, the plot, the characters, and the romance all built to a dramatic climax that begs for a sequel.  Kidnappings and murders, engagements and weddings, prison sentences and daring escapes all added to the intrigue.  The fact that it is based—loosely, that is—on history, adds to the authenticity. 

The setting was well-done.  The characters traveled across seventeenth century Prague, stopping at various monuments that are still present in the city today—Saint Vitus Cathedral, the astronomical clock, and the palace itself, to name a few.  Each location was described in relative detail, without alienating the story.  Because of this book, I would like to visit Prague someday.

The romance needs a few words.  Mila was determined and brave; a little na├»ve at first, but she learned and grew.  Marc, on the other hand, knew, or a least suspected, much of what the people of the city suffered, although he also needed to grow a little.  I immediately liked both characters and wished they could marry, despite the dramatic difference in social status.  What I did not like was that it was basically a love-at-fist-sight romance, meaning, it is unrealistic for them to have a deep love-trust relationship after knowing each other for a few hours, in spite of how much they sacrificed for each other.  The physical attraction was present, and they were touching hands, hair, and torsos by the end of their second meeting, though neither they nor any of the other characters slept together.  But Marc and Mila ultimately knew very little of each other’s character, desires, or life-story even as they were willing to risk all to continue a doomed romance.  It frustrated me.

Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much.  And the characters were very sweet to watch together.  I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy a good romance in a historical setting. 

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Tour: "The Temple of Paris" by Laura DeBruce


Description


The Temple of Paris (The Quick Silver Legacy Series #2)
by Laura DeBruce
Release Date: February 5th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:


An adventure through Paris 

American teenagers, Hana and Alex, travel to Paris on a mission to save the people they love. They have to decode an obscure message to find the only woman on earth who can help them. They soon discover unexpected allies — a quirky detective with a crystal dowser, and two young Italians studying in the City of Light. When a mysterious dwarf stalks Alex, and sinister characters from the past reappear, Hana questions the truth about their newfound friends. 

The first lives Hana and Alex need to save may be their own.


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Laura DeBruce worked in the television business in Prague where she fell in love with the city and its legends. She is a documentary filmmaker and writer who currently lives in Maryland. The Riddle of Prague is her first novel.

To learn more please visit 
www.theriddleofprague.com


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