Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Hearken by Kristen Day

SQUUEEEEE!!!! I am so excited to have the 4th book in the Daughters of the Sea Series..... Hearken by Kristen Day on our blog today!!

Blurb:
Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. When the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are. Would you be able to handle what gazes back?


EXTENDED EXCERPT: Stasia
        The sound of crashing waves lightly stirred me from my sleep and I stretched my arms over my head with a happy yawn.  I shook out my hair and scratched an itchy spot on my cheek lazily.  Just as I was about to peek out of my eyelids to see why waves were crashing into Finn’s underwater chamber, I realized I wasn’t lying on his bed anymore.
        Something prickly snagged against my left thigh and my eyes flew open.  The first thing they focused in on was the silver moon above.  The second thing they found was the light fog rolling in off the ocean that stretched out before me.  The last thing they noticed was my very naked body with the exception of a thin strip of silk I liked to call underwear.  I quickly scurried into a sitting position in an attempt to cover myself with my legs and arms.  The grass beneath me was poking up through a thick mass of heavy sand and swaying gently in the breeze coming off the water.  When I leaned forward onto the balls of my feet I began to fall forward, so in an attempt to correct my balance, I overcompensated and tumbled backwards instead.  Even though my arms shot back to catch me like my reflexes had intended, the rugged white cliff behind me did the job instead.  I cringed as several fresh scrapes were etched into my bare skin.
        I really had to remember to wear pajama pants to bed.  And a bra.  And a shirt.  The only thing worse than waking up half-naked on the beach at Lorelei, was waking up half-naked in a reverie in the middle of nowhere.  There were no convenient cottages or dorm rooms with extra clothes for me to shrug on.  I was stranded.
        My only reprieve was the knowledge that if anyone happened upon me, the chances of them being able to see me were slim to none.  That ability was reserved for a select few individuals who were related to me, like my father, or those I had a close connection with, like Finn.  And considering I was lying in bed with Finn and most of my family was already dead, I considered myself relatively safe.
        A chiming, melodic crooning stole my attention away from my bare skin to a spot farther down on the beach near the crashing waves.  She was perched on the wet sand with her back to me; both legs curled beneath her.  Long, thick waves of pale blonde hair cascaded down her back and brushed across the sand below as she swayed back and forth as if in a trance.  Her essence settled over me like a fresh ocean mist of dewy hibiscus and sparkling water lilies.
        With the grace of a wounded elephant, I crept closer to get a better view of the mystery girl.  Making my way toward the surf, the soft sand I’d woken up on abruptly switched over to small cobblestones that stuck to my feet and poked into my heel.  Where was I?  Each step took a great deal of concentration, because the last thing I needed was a twisted ankle.  I glanced up at the moon that still hung high in the sky and guessed it was early morning.
        The pale moonlight gave my surroundings a black and white photo appearance, altering any colors to various shades of silver.  The waves beyond danced black and gray as the moon rays reflected over its rolling surface.  The sparkling white stones at my feet shone a bright sterling, and created a direct contrast with my skin that now appeared more tungsten than tan.  The sky above was black as coal with blinking platinum stars.
        Amidst the dark and light contrasts, the girl’s presence shimmered and brightened with each note she sang.  I became enchanted by the lustrous light that danced across her skin and gave her body a ghostly transparent quality.  My heart began to pound in my chest and I felt an unsettling dread wash over me. I’d had my fill of ghosts, and I wasn’t looking for any other dead spirits to make friends with.
        The breeze from the ocean ruffled the white sundress she wore and tousled her already messy hair.  I could just make out her mouth moving ever so slightly, however the enchanting song wafting over the beach didn’t match up.  I watched her and listened in an effort to reconcile the two, but to no avail.  She couldn’t be singing.  The other oddity was that the language of the unearthly song was completely foreign to me.  I didn’t understand.  We were completely alone from what I could tell, so I began to wonder if maybe the singing was only in my head.  It wouldn’t be the first time.
        Giving up on the mystery song, I crept even closer; curiosity getting the better of me.  I carefully rounded the spot where she sat; keeping my eyes on her and deciding to kneel in the surf where I would have a direct line of sight.  Unfortunately, my mind refused to accept what my eyes were seeing.
        Her heart-shaped face, thin lips and high cheekbones gave away her youth, and I guesstimated that she was about my age, if not a year or two younger.  Her most stunning feature had to be her eyes.  Their severe tilt gave them a feline quality that matched her keen movements, but it was their light purple color that took my breath away and seemed to transcend this world.  I didn’t know if angels existed, but I remember thinking that if they did she would definitely be one.  The ethereal glow she exuded complemented the stars above, and her essence calmed my nerves like a midsummer night’s dream.  Her slight hands waved slowly in front of her; diffusing what looked like a white puff of smoke.
        A delighted grin lit up her already glowing features and she rested her hands on the cobblestones, palm up.  She slowly closed her eyes and titled her face toward the sky.  When she reopened them moments later, I gasped and nearly fell backwards.  They now blazed a breathtaking violet hue that illuminated her face, and reminded me of the Auras Selene had brought with her to the beach that fateful night only a few months ago.  The only difference was that their eyes had gleamed a bright silver, not violet.  But the damage they had done was unforgettable.  My defenses immediately went up and I crouched down with suspicion.
        She glanced back skyward as several individual moon rays lit the area where she sat and appeared to empower the orb dangling from her neck.  It began to pulse the same violet of her eyes, and that was when I witnessed something I would never forget.  She began mouthing words I couldn’t hear and the moon rays that shone down on her split down the middle and detached from the moon.  As I looked on in sheer disbelief, the two strips of light descended from the sky like two silk ribbons cut from a spool.  After gathering into her upturned palms, they melted into two gleaming puddles of swirling moonlight.
        Apparently satisfied with the moonlight’s reaction to her silent request, she began flipping and clapping her hands together over and over, as if patting a piece of dough into a ball.  The malleable moonlight easily rolled into a compact ball, and she held it up at eye level for further inspection.  Her mouth began to move once more as she pinched the top of the ball.  In one slow, deliberate exercise, her pinched fingers rose higher and higher with steady concentration.   A single strand of light was pulled upwards, lighting the smile on her lips.  Without warning, the hand holding the ball retracted and the orb unraveled like a ball of yarn onto the stones in front of her.
        With renewed concentration, she picked up the ribbon of light at both ends and pulled in opposite directions; stretching it taut.  She snapped the fingers of both hands, and the ribbon burst into hundreds of twinkling lights that flickered momentarily before flitting back up toward the moon and leaving me spellbound.
        She wiped her hands of something I couldn’t see, glanced around with what resembled mild paranoia, and produced a sparkling ring from her pocket.  She carefully slid it on to the middle finger of her left hand and ran a loving finger over its stone.  From where I crouched, it was difficult to tell exactly what kind of stone it was, but I could tell it was clear, oblong in shape, and at least three inches in length.  The moonlight shone off its surface like the sun glinting off metal.  The longer it remained on her finger, the brighter it became.  Her violet eyes began searching for something on the beach and I followed her line of sight, which now rested on a small ghost crab several yards away.
        She resumed her silent speaking and the crab actually began to scurry towards her.  I could feel his excitement at being noticed.  She held out her left hand and it eagerly crawled up into her palm and sat down obediently.  With apprehension, I watched as she stroked its shell with a single finger and then lifted it into the air.  A flash of light knocked me off balance and I fell into the water with a splash.  Once I regained my composure, I gasped when I noticed that not only was the crab gone, but the ring was glowing an eerie, bright purple.  Unfortunately, her now predatory violet eyes were fixed on me.

 
In Hearken, the main characters are Stasia, Finn, Olivia, and Sebastian.  Here are their bio’s! Warning: If you haven’t read Forsaken there are spoilers below!!

Stasia
Leader of the Tydes/Nereid of the Sea
Descended From: Thetis
Trace: triskellion, infinity symbol
Stone: Aquamarine
Abilities: Foresight, Antiquity, Reflection
Affinity: sea, wind, sand
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’3
Relationship Status: ‘On fire’
Personality: Funny, patient, steadfast, brave
Favorite Food: Chocolate chip pancakes
Last song you listened to: Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Last book you read: Rapture by Lauren Kate
Biggest Fear: never finding out who her real parents are
Celebrity Crush: Chace Crawford
Favorite Quote: ‘Pain is weakness leaving the body’

Olivia
Order: Tyde
Descended From: Calypso
Trace: Snake
Stone: Turquoise
Abilities: Camouflage
Affinity: Unknown
Hair: Black
Eyes: Dark brown
Height: 5’4
Relationship Status: Friends w/benefits
Personality: Sarcastic, bossy, suspicious of others, fiercely loyal
Favorite Food: Sushi
Last song you listened to: A Little Death by The Neighbourhood
Last book you read: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Biggest Fear: Yea, right
Celebrity Crush: Mark Sanchez (quarterback)
Favorite Quote: ‘Treat me like a joke and I’ll drop you like its funny’

Sebastian
Order: Unknown
Descended From: Unknown
Trace: Unknown
Stone: Unknown
Abilities: Unknown
Affinity: Unknown
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6’2
Relationship Status: Single
Personality: charismatic, confident, brave, intellectual
Favorite Food: Banana bread
Last song you listened to: My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall out Boy
Last book you read: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Biggest Fear: Death
Celebrity Crush: Penelope Cruz
Favorite Quote: “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.”


Finn
Leader of the Sons of Daimon
Descended From: Charon
Trace: Skull and Crossbones
Stone: Black Onyx
Abilities: Foresight, cloaking
Affinity: Sharks
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6’1
Relationship Status: Taken
Personality: Mysterious, dauntless, protective, unyielding
Favorite Food: Steak
Last song you listened to: Demons by Imagine Dragons
Last book you read: Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Biggest Fear: Losing the people he loves
Celebrity Crush: Megan Fox
Favorite Quote: ‘The path to paradise begins in hell’- Dante’s Inferno

I love finding actresses and actors to represent the characters I have pictured in my head - it always helps me connect with them by going through that process.  Plus it’s just fun!  Below are my choices for the characters of Hearken!  Do you agree? Disagree?
Fallon - Heather Morris
Selene - Megan Fox
Phoebe - Hayley Williams
Carmen - Camilla Belle
Willow - Ashley Olsen
Thalia - Amanda Seyfreid

Amphitrite - Sienna Miller

Avery- Blake Lively

Thank you for allowing me to stop by and share Hearken’s characters with you! I hope everyone loves them as much as I do!
About The Author:
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cover Reveal: Mended by Kim Karr

SQUEE!!!! Check out the cover reveal for Mended... Book 3 in the Connection Series by Kim Karr!!!!!
Title: Mended (Connections #3)
Release date: June 3, 2014

MENDED SYNOPSIS:

MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO HEAL ALL…BUT NOT ALL BROKEN HEARTS CAN BE MENDED.

Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever....

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BOOK #2: TORN (Connections #2)

TORN SYNOPSIS:

Rock star River Wilde brought Dahlia London back from the brink of hopelessness with his unwavering love and devotion. But their entwined history is about to test the strength of that love…

Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her ‘Once in a Lifetime’ when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia’s world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River’s carefully hidden secrets are exposed.

River wants to show Dahlia that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about dancing in the rain! But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to face the turmoil together or will they be torn apart?

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BOOK #1: Connected (Connections #1)

CONNECTED SYNOPSIS:
What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Blitz: Thankful by Amy Cox

 
 

 
Warning:  Do not read Thankful until you have read Changing Fate.  The Broken Roads is a series and should be read in order.  Do not read Thankful if you can’t handle real life smacking you in the face, sheet igniting passion, and roller coaster emotions that turn you every way but loose.  You will need to be prepared for laughter, tears, holding your breath and sweltering heat.
 
Thankful Synopsis: This is not a fairy tale, it is life.  So please excuse the mess and enjoy the ride.
The Broken Roads Series is about love in all forms, it is about family not being just about blood, and finding the strength to overcome your past to have a chance at a Happy Ever After in the future. 

Zack Mitchell spent his entire life this far proclaiming to be the eternal bachelor.  No commitments, lots of T&A, and no regrets.  That is until he met Kate Davidson and she turned his world upside down.  While watching his cousin Ray fall in love with Kate’s sister, Rachel, Zack did the unthinkable, he fell for Kate…hard.
 
Kate Davidson admitted to loving Zack and being pregnant with his baby… then the very same day she left him and everything she had ever known behind her all to try to out run the demons in her past.  After watching her parents die at the hands of a hit and run driver the nightmares and the grief are more that she can take.  Letting Zack in again could be the final blow to shatter her for good.
 
What Kate and Zack feel for each other is intense and they spent a lot of time fighting it.  Now with Kate being pregnant and back home after running away four months ago, their feelings seem to be stronger than ever.  They both must face their pasts and come to terms with what is meant to be…but someone from the past is dead set against their happy ending.
Can Zack and Kate let go of the past and move on to the future together…Thankful for the bumps in their Broken Roads?
 About the Author: Amy Cox is a twenty nine year old wife and mother of three. She was born and raised just outside St. Louis Missouri in Granite City, Illinois. After finding her own love story in real life; she lives happily married living in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Having wrote stories and poetry all her life Amy was inspired to write of life and love; which lead to taking the leap of faith into self-publishing her work on Amazon.

Her first book, a novella called ‘Out of the Wreckage, was released in late February of 2013 and has sold well over a thousand copies and growing quickly. Changing Fate is her first full length novel and the first of the series published by Bright Wood Press. The second book of the series, Thankful, will be out late November 19, 2013.

“There is something about love, the true kind of love that puts off such heat and emotion. It makes your stomach roll and your heart clench. It completely knocks your feet out from under you. That feeling where you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or throw something. That is what I want to write about, what I want to capture; that is life. It is real.”
Twitter: @amyandbub1999
 

Book Blitz: Rock the Beat by Michelle Valentine


 Rock The Beat

Synopsis:
Twenty-year-old Holly Pearson never dreamed that while working at her father’s motocross track she’d run into the walking, talking definition of trouble in a sexy, tattooed package—Trip Douglas, the man sent to evaluate the track for a possible investment opportunity. Holly makes no attempt to hide the fact she despises Trip, but she learns to be civil toward him when he offers to help her land the man of her dreams.
Trip needs a break from the crazy rock-and-roll lifestyle he’s been living for the past few years. With his Black Falcon band mates settling down with marriage and babies, Trip peruses an investment opportunity in motocross, something he’s always been passionate about. Hiding his celebrity status, Trip infiltrates the new business posing as a dirt bike rider training for the X-Games. The only obstacle is the owner’s daughter, Holly. She’s a real ball bustin' Ice Queen, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the deal fall through. Trip soon discovers that winning over his new enemy is the key to gaining a partnership in Mountain Time Speed Track.

Knowing he’s the expert on getting laid, Trip ropes Holly into becoming his ally by helping her score a date with the man she’s crushing on. The problem is, the more time Trip and Holly spend together, the more they uncover the undeniable attraction between them. Soon they both realize that even the best laid plans go to hell when you find you’re falling in love with the enemy.
**Book THREE in the Black Falcon series. Can also be read as a stand-alone novel**

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Author Bio:
Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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Book Blitz: Chasing Nikke Series by Lacey Weatherford



Blurb-
Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?


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Life hasn’t been easy for Chase Walker. He’s experienced tragedy, and at times he’s not sure he wants to continue living. But he made a vow to go on with his life, and he intends to keep it.

After getting a college scholarship to play football, Chase heads off to school, hoping his time on the field will help to bury the intense emotions that still linger in his heart. Fate doesn’t work that way though, and he soon finds himself having to face all the things he’s carrying inside, or he may miss the one shot he has to learn how to love again.

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About The Author-
Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.
Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.
Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

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