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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: LIFE AD 2: M.I.A.: Missing in Atman By Michelle E. Reed!



Title: M.I.A.: Missing in Atman
Series: Atman City, #2
Author: Michelle E. Reed
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Release Date: December 16, 2014

About the Book
Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in forty-two days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and argumentative.

In a missed encounter with Crosby, her prying gaze lands upon a single entry in the datebook on his unoccupied desk. These few, hastily scribbled words reveal an enormous secret he’s keeping from her. Possessed by a painful sense of betrayal, she once again sneaks off to Atman City, determined to find answers to an unresolved piece of her life.

It begins as all their adventures do, but as light falls into darkness, a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood sets forth a chaotic series of events. Dez will have to fight for her very existence, and will face painful, irreparable loss in an afterlife teeming with demons wielding ancient powers.

In M.I.A.: Missing in Atman, the second book in the Atman City series, Michelle E. Reed continues the story of Dez Donnelly, pushing her to her limits and surprising readers at every twist and turn of the vast world that is Atman.

Death was only the beginning.




Author Guest Post:




What I Love the Most About My Main Character

Thank you for hosting me during the M.I.A.: Missing in Atman blog tour!

There are so many things I love about Dez, which made me all the more grateful for the opportunity to continue her story in M.I.A.

If I have to pick her one trait I love the most, I would go with her refusal to accept anything at its face value. From the moment she stepped off the train in Life, A.D.—book one of the Atman City series—Dez has questioned everyone and everything about this new world.

Well, that’s not exactly true.

The questions actually began the moment she found herself on the train, and she hasn’t let up since.

While this is a trait that often creates more trouble for her than she knows what to do with, it also shows strength and individuality. Dez never accepts “That’s just the way it is” as an answer. She seeks more; she wants better. I love the way this frustrates and those around her, while at the same time endearing her to them.

The afterlife can be a dangerous place, but it hasn’t stopped her, yet. Everything here is new, and warnings from experienced staff as well as her peers are like water off a duck’s back. Dez isn’t content to be a mere spectator in her afterlife. She wants to be in control, and pushes the staff for explanations, even when they feel none is needed.

I think the reader can find in Dez someone who they can root for, even when her behavior drives them a little crazy. She doesn’t always make the best decisions (because what fun would that be, right?), but she always stays true to who she is. Dez questions all authority figures, from train conductors to World War I veterans, and never stops asking why things are the way they are.

Her curiosity and constant need to push the boundaries land her in a whole new world of trouble in M.I.A.: Missing in Atman, and I can’t wait to share it with readers!

Thanks again for having me on your blog!



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About the Author:


Michelle was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves [74]



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to show off the books we've won, bought, or otherwise received in the past week. If a book catches your eye, *click* the picture to go to the Goodreads page of that book.

So. Many. Packages. Unfortunately they won't be posted here though, because they have been chockablock with Christmas presents for my friends and families. I'm still waiting on three more. I hope they get here soon! Today I'm going to have dinner with my sister as we wrap presents, and we've named it Turkey Wrap 2014. I hope it'll be a blast.

New from Netgalley:

None!

Fabulous Freebies:
The Vampire's Pet by V.R. Cumming
Love & College: New Adult & College Romance Anthology by Various Authors
Dec the Holls by Jasinda Wilder



In My Email Inbox:
No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young Thanks Jennifer!


In My Mailbox:
Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance edited by Mitzi Szereto

Thanks Cleis Press.

Audiobook Additions:
Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux



And I think that's it. What about you? If you're expecting a card from me through one of my exchanges, never fear. They're on the way!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway: Josey's Christmas Cookie by Sharon Kleve!








JOSEY’S
CHRISTMAS COOKIE BLOG TOUR


BY
SHARON KLEVE




 


 




 


FIVE
STAR REVIEW


5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovable Story!


By Debby Lee


 


I loved this
heartwarming Christmas story.

Josey was a workaholic who spent all her spare time at the office in order to
cope with the tragic loss of her parents and being jilted by her fiance. I
really felt for her.

Clint was a handsome veterinarian Josey met at an animal rescue event who
helped her buy a large slobbering dog named Cookie. Clint handled the animals
with professionalism, sincerity, and great care.

The two Morning Dove's in the story, Harry and Beatrice, were desperate to see
Josey and Clint get together in time for Christmas.

If you enjoy sweet plots, whimsical animal themes, and stories that make you go
"aaawww" this one's for you.

Highly entertaining, highly recommended!


 




BLURB:


In the blink of an eye, Josey lost the most important
people in her life, her parents.


Can a hound dog named Cookie, a pair of mourning doves,
and a passionate vet bring the holiday spirit back to Josey's life in time for
Christmas?


 


EXCERPT:


As I
stared at the pathetic dog in his diaper, I realized no one wanted the dog,
they were just gawking at him. The sign said his name was Cookie, part Basset
Hound and part Redbone Coonhound. I didn’t know anything about either breed. I
did know he was very large and he was slobbering everywhere and he should have
a diaper around his neck. I turned to continue my search and a felt a tug on my
pant leg. I looked down and Cookie had a hold of my jeans. When our eyes met,
Cookie's eyes twinkled, just like Clint's.


 


A
glob of drool hit the top of my shoe. He let go of my pant leg and licked the
goo off my shoe. I wanted to say, "gross," but instead I said,
"thank you." I was hooked. His fur was a reddish brown and soft as
silk. Not caring about drool or dog hair, I sat down on the floor next to
Cookie, wrapped my arms around his neck, and finally felt at peace.


 


Another
glob of drool hit the floor next to my butt. He looked sad, like that was a
deal breaker and I'd leave him behind. I looked Cookie in his sad eyes and
laughed. He pulled back his goofy lips and smiled back.


 


That's
when I heard Clint's voice, "Well Josey, it looks like you found your soul
mate."


 


He
laughed, but not at my expense.


 


 


ABOUT SHARON KLEVE:


 
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in
Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.




Sharon is a multi-published author of
paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading
romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets
no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's
arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they
deserve
with a few bumps and bruises along the way.


One of her favorite things to do is
picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the
emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way
her favorite authors have inspired her.


When not writing, she can usually be found
either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the
kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.


 


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Book Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Where Dead Bodies Lie by Kat Cazanav!



Title: Where Dead Bodies Lie
Series: The Body Dowser Series, #1
Author: Kat Cazanav
Release date: 12/16/14

Book Description via Goodreads:

For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules;
Always guard my ability
Never share my secret
And pretend to be normal.

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross paths he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper.

As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am.

My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it.




Excerpt:



She deposited a small pink Victoria’s Secret bag in my lap. “I ran out of wrapping paper so I had to regift in a used bag but I figured if this kept Clyde and me from getting burned in the kitchen, why not give them to you.” She smiled. “Anyway, this is more protective.”
Way too much information. I tore at the hot pink tissue, dug to the bottom, and plucked out the most hideous brown oven mitts I had ever seen. I looked up, annoyed. “I can’t wear these. They’re . . . they’re. . . .”
“Say it.”
“Butt ugly.”
“Then start a trend.”
“Where? The zoo?”
“The mitts are thermal lined in case dowsing burns your fingertips. It’s a safety precaution.” She stepped on the brake and we jerked forward. “You can’t afford to screw this up, girlfriend. Wear them when you feel the urge.”
“You’re giving me mixed messages. I have a lot of urges and none of them require oven mitts. Seriously. You know how humiliating this is for me? Now you want me to advertise my quirk with torch-blower gloves? Why not throw rotten tomatoes at me in a bell tower? Or send me to massage school where at least I’ll be admired for my vibrating hands.” Disgusted, I tossed the mitts at my feet.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway: Lunar Passing by Rachel Deagan!



Title: Lunar Passing
Series: Caged Moon #2
Author: Rachel Deagan
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
As if in slow motion, the world spun. The front fender of the truck slammed into us from behind, and everything lurched forward. Bags, arms, clothes, sailed by my head. The muffled sound of screams were lost somewhere in a tumultuous roar as the van hit a pothole, and we began to roll. Cold metal crushed in on me, and the splintering sound of gunshots echoed in my ears…

Several months had passed since the murders in the old farmhouse and secrets had been revealed. Too bad a cover up in this day and age, hadn’t been exactly so easy.




Guest Post:

My interest in werewolves has roots as far back in my life as to when I was a child, so it's difficult to really pinpoint and credit only one source of inspiration for "The Caged Moon Series." It truly comes from a lot of places. Some of such sources are movies like "The Howling," and "American Werewolf in London;" books such as "Cycle of the Werewolf" by Stephen King and "Shiver" by Maggie Steifvater. Along with my fascination with werewolves, lycanthropes and shifters, I've also discovered that lunar cycles and mythology have played a part in my inspiration as well.

In Lunar Passing, for example, I found myself delving further into the mythology behind it; stepping away from the norm of what we know of most werewolves today. Charlotte, herself, is a very different kind of werewolf -- with a very different ability. I wanted to expand on the idea that wolves could turn human, rather than the wolf just becoming the human's curse; the brothers were the outcome of that.

This novel is actually set in the Lunar Passing. As discussed within it, it is a very real thing and seemed fitting since it is the one time of year that the moon is closest to the Earth. That fact alone could cause some of the changes, both mentally and physically, within the characters that helped shape and define the story as it progressed. I think readers will be delightfully surprised at the many twists and turns, not only plot wise, but in how the story of The Caged Moon Werewolves progress.


Excerpt:


“What are you doing here?” Aaron asked, standing in the doorway at the side of the room marked Staff Only. I hadn’t heard the main door open behind me, nor had I felt the cold draft of air that would have been pulled in with him. So he was already here, before me. The thought sent goose bumps down my spine. “Liam said for everyone to stay put, so we wouldn’t be seen.”

“I should be asking you the same thing,” I said, trying to front an air of self-confident bravery. “Why are you here then?”

A devious smile rose across his lips. “I don’t take orders from my brother. Apparently, you don’t either. I admire that.”

My stomach felt sick. How could he think that I would ever be on his side about anything, especially in defiance of Liam? “He loves you,” I blurted out, trying to refrain from shaking. I was so upset. “How dare you.”

“Oh, please. Don’t go getting your panties all in a bunch. You really need to learn how to relax.” He shook his head, and closed the staff door behind him. “I was teasing, Charlotte, but that aside, what are you doing out here?”

My wolf wanted to claw and scratch him. He had some nerve. “I don’t need to be telling you anything,” I said, slipping the envelope into my pocket while he closed the staff door behind him.

“Well, good then.” He smiled in a way that made me want to growl. “Then I don’t have to tell you, what I’m doing either.” He winked, moving past me to the main door leading to the curb outside. “We have a truce.”

“Wait,” I said, and he paused, lifting a brow. “What are you talking about? Why were you in the office? That’s staff only.”

“Now, come on, Charlotte. I thought we had a deal.”

“I never agreed to anything, and you don’t exactly have a great track record. Did you do something to the guy who works here? Where is he?”

Aaron shrugged, extending his arms with mocked innocence.

I sighed. “Fine, I was going to mail a letter to my parents to tell them I was okay. I didn’t want them to worry.”

“Thank you,” he said with a smile. “That’s all I wanted to know.” He turned back to the door, swinging it wide. The cool air nipped at my skin, making me shiver.

“Hey,” I said, stomping up to him, “that’s not fair. I told you what I was doing. Now you have to.”

“Why?” he asked with a chuckle. “You really are fun to mess with though,” he teased with a grin. “The look on your face is great.”

God, I hated him. I tried to stay calm.

“Did you do something to the man who works here?” I demanded through my teeth, barely containing the coiling fury building inside me.

He licked his lip and then leaned in close to me, his breath tickling my ear. “I ate him.”



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About the Author:


Rachel grew up in small town Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the ‘dreamy’ one with her head in the clouds, but it has all been worth it. Rachel, now, is YA Author of both The Caged Moon Series, and The Prophecy.
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Book Trailer Reveal, Pre-Order Announcement, & Giveaway: Rue Toulouse by Debby Grahl!



Check Out This Hot and Sexy Book Trailer!


RUE Toulouse
by Debby Grahl
Sex, Love and Danger in The Big Easy!



Coming January 15, 2015!
Available for PreOrder from 
TWCS and Amazon

 The next novel by Debby Grahl

Release Date: January 15 , 2014

SUMMARY


It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.

Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.

After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.

Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.

Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.

Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



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Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are the Cotswolds of England, Captiva Island in Florida, New Orleans, New York City, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, and Lowcountry Romance Writers. Her first novel, The Silver Crescent, was released January 2014.






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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Coincidence by Danette J. Hansen!










Check out the promo event for Danette J. Hansen's historical mystery debut, Coincidence. The blitz is hosted by Itching for Books. Continue below for an excerpt and giveaway:





23430353Release Date: November 20, 2014
Publisher: Silverlined Press


Genre: World War II Historical-genealogy Mystery

Purchase: Amazon



Synopsis via Goodreads:

The lamp tumbled to the floor. 
“No!”
I threw my arms out to try to catch it, but I was too late. 
Glancing back at the mess on the floor, I noticed a strange doily was tucked inside the lip of the vase lid. I pulled it out gently. Ribbon, on a doily? 
The left corner was burned, and the thin ribbon was sewed on one side. I held the bumpy fabric in my hands. How odd. Why would anyone stuff this in the lid of a vase?

Annaliese VanLuyk soon discovers there's more than a hidden doily dating to World War II in this old Dutch house. It also contains a family mystery and she’s the only one who can solve it. Unfortunately this isn’t how her time in Netherlands is supposed to be spent. She’s here to be involved in the Plant Research Program at Wageningen University. With so much of her attention and energy being divided between her new friend, Nigel and solving this mystery, her stay in Holland could come to an end along with her career she’s always wanted.

Danette J. HansenAbout the Author

I wasn’t interested in writing until later in my life, but thinking back to my childhood I named everything I liked, so I guess it’s fitting that I now give names to characters in stories. The problem now is I have too many ideas and not enough time in the day. I’m a mother of four beautiful children, who are growing up much too fast. I’m married to the best guy in the world! We live in Northern Utah nestled in the mountain side. 
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EXCERPT

"Where's your bike?" he asked.
"I don't have one yet. But I know they are the main mode of transportation here."
He walked over to the rack and said mischievously, "Yeah, they are. Well, you can ride on my handlebars."
I laughed.
"Come on, it'll take too long to walk."
I ambled over to him as he unchained the sporty bike, trying to remember the last time I'd ridden on the handlebars. The space between them looked much too close of a squeeze and my mouth tightened.
"Oh come on, it'll be fun."
Seeing his enthusiasm fueled mine. "You think I'll fit?"
Markus's eyebrow lifted with a grin. "Turn around and I'll. . ."
"Never mind."
I straddled the front wheel and held onto the handlebars. "Okay." I lifted myself onto the bar. "Hold it steady." The cold bar made me laugh, hard. "Are you sure about this?"
Markus nodded and started pedaling while steadying our ride.



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