Thursday, October 2, 2014

Legally Undead (Vampirarchy, Book One) by Margo Bond Collins & $10 Gift Card #Giveaway #Excerpt


About Legally Undead:

A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.

Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer. 

But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire draining the blood from her fiancĂ© Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs--not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener. 

As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning around to face them, Elle discovers that Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.

Goodreads link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18366353-legally-undead


Book Details:

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0692211496

Book Length: 278 pages

Publisher: World Weaver Press

Read An Excerpt:

The ballroom was packed. More people had arrived while we were getting dressed. Women in sequined dresses and men in tuxedos sat around almost all the tables. Some of them were even eating. Couples crowded the dance floor. The band was indeed very good--they were playing a version of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to” and the lead singer, a tall woman in a slinky black dress, had a deep, smoky-sounding voice.

It would be easy to be charmed by this setting, by all the elegance that surrounded me.

Of course, all the vampires that surrounded me weren’t quite so charming. They were terrifying.

And in a room full of people, I discovered that it was easy to tell which ones were vampires and which ones weren’t. Some of the humans were easy to spot--the ones who were eating food were easy to pick out as humans, of course, and many of them had bandages or fresh wounds on various parts of their bodies. The parts where the veins ran close to the surface: the neck, the crook of the elbow, the wrist.

There were other humans there, too, though, humans who weren’t eating and who didn’t have any visible blood-donation marks. But they were clearly human, just as some of the other people moving around the room were clearly vampires. The vampires tended toward pallor, of course. And occasionally one flashed a fang here or there, particularly when they laughed--an effect that I found chilling. They were mostly extraordinarily beautiful, but then, so were the humans. Deirdre seemed to like surrounding herself with beauty.

It had something to do with the energy the vampires projected, I guess. They seemed strangely brittle, yet almost vibrating with a nervous vitality. I’ve seen a similar thing with people who were on the verge of an emotional breakdown but attempting to hide it. I’ve also seen it in people with bipolar disorder. It’s a sort of forced, manic gaiety verging on hysteria.

But that energy was combined with an indolence of movement. They swayed through the room slowly, languorously, all the while virtually quivering with some suppressed power.

All in all, it was just about the creepiest thing I’d ever seen--toward the top of the list, anyway, right after “Seeing My Beloved Eaten.”

I recognized now some of that same energy in Greg himself. It wasn’t as pronounced, but it was there all the same. Perhaps it grew with age.

That meant that I was in a room full of old--perhaps very old--vampires.

God. I was in big trouble.

Book Purchase Links:


Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/legally-undead-margo-bond-collins/1119607989?ean=2940149615803

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/legally-undead

About the Author:


Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

Find Margo Bond Collins Online:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.net

Blog: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

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Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

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Book Blast ~ #Giveaway & #Excerpt: Dark Prince by Eve Silver


Innkeeper’s daughter Jane Heatherington is sold into indentured servitude to cover her father’s debts, sold to Aidan Warrick, a man whose handsome face and form mock the rumors that skulk in his shadow, rumors that paint him a smuggler, a pirate…and worse. 

On the rainswept Cornish coast, Aidan’s business is carried out in the darkest hours of moonless nights, his secrets are many, and death follows in his wake. Isolated and alone, Jane's only companion is the man she dare not trust, the man who looks at her with heated desire that she both fears and craves. 

As she finds herself ensnared in the twisted schemes carried out within the walls of Aidan’s looming estate, Jane must decide if Aidan Warrick is the dark prince of her dreams or a monster preying on the innocent…


Read An Excerpt:

With a cry, Jane jerked upright. There were hands on her shoulders, not rough, but gentle, soothing, reassuring. Aidan’s hands. He had wakened her. She shuddered. It was a memory. A dream. A nightmare. She had not suffered its coming for so long that she had dared to hope it would never return.

She tried to chase away the frightening recollections that snapped at her, crossing the boundary from dream to wakefulness. Rigid and distraught, she stared at nothing, haunted by images that yet felt real, memories that refused to rest. The fire had died and the room was couched in blackness, chilled as the frost-kissed air.

“Jane, lie against me, sweet. I will let none harm you, not even the demons of your dreams.” Aidan’s voice calmed her flayed nerves. His big, warm hands guided her as he drew her against his muscled chest and wrapped her in the safe harbor of his arms. She did not resist, drawn by his strength and the kindness of his touch. “Sleep now,” he commanded, his breath caressing her cheek as he tucked her close, warming her with the heat of his body.

He was solid against her back, his hand gentle as he stroked her hair. She could feel the steady rhythm of his heart, the even cadence of the rise and fall of his chest.

The horror of past memories faded, and she drifted toward sleep.

The nightmare had come for her, and Aidan Warrick had not let it take her.

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About the Author:


National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. RUSH, her first book for teens was listed as a 2013 American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd.

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GIVEAWAY:

Book Blast & $100 Gift Card #Giveaway: Rise of the Blood Masters (The Dragon Stone Saga, Book Five) by Kristian Alva


About Rise of the Blood Masters:

Rise of the Blood Masters This is the continuation of the bestselling young adult fantasy series, the Dragon Stone Saga! Over 100,000 copies of this series have been sold. The brave dragon rider, Tallin Arai, continues his fight against the Balborites, a cult of religious fanatics and deadly mageborn assassins that have been wreaking havoc across the continent. In the east, the dwarf kingdom crumbles into chaos. The dwarf clans go deeper into civil war, while an even greater danger rises up to destroy the entire dwarf kingdom, once and for all. In desperation, the dragon riders and the dwarves must turn to the elves for help. Can they set aside their differences long enough to save their homeland from the Balborite menace? Or will their kingdoms be destroyed? 

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About the Author:


Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She currently lives in the United States with her family. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy. 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Office #Romance and the Characters in Richard H. Hardy's Novel ~ The Infinity Program ~ Guest Post, Excerpt, #Giveaway


I am so happy to have Richard H. Hardy back on Sapphyria's Book Reviews!

Please welcome Richard as he discusses with us his thoughts on office romances.

What are your thoughts on having an office romance? 

How did you go about creating the tension and the attraction in Jon and Lettie's relationship?


Office Romances and The Infinity Program

The office romance has a special, built-in tension. When a couple has problems, they’re often carried directly into the work place. In The Infinity Program, Lettie’s decision to put the relationship on hold causes a lot of pain for Jon, especially when he has to work closely with her at the office. His unhappiness escalates when he thinks Lettie is interested in someone else at the office.

An office romance can put a couple into a fishbowl. Small spats or squabbles can become a sideshow for the rest of the staff. When I worked in IT, I witnessed a few such blow-ups. One of the programmers I worked with once said, “This is better than watching the soaps!”

Disagreements about office happenings can carry into a couple’s personal life. A romantic dinner for two might be marred by something that happened at work. Possible disagreements abound: “The boss did the right thing” — “No, the boss is a jerk.” “Sam just stands by the water cooler all day “ — “No, Sam works very hard.” “The new hire is kind of cute” — “The new hire has an undershot chin.” The list can go on and on!

I used several different approaches in The Infinity Program to heighten the tension between Jon and Lettie. Their respective status within the company is one example of that. Lettie was a senior technical writer whereas Jon was just a newbie. While Lettie has a good understanding of the work environment, Jon doesn’t have a clue. I also used Harry, the brilliant programmer, as a source of tension between them. The tension escalates when Jon, in an effort to save Harry’s career, inadvertently undermines Lettie’s position in the company.

Jon and Lettie first get to know each other as they compare notes on Harry Sale. As the story progresses they both start to realize that they are drawn to one another. Lettie denies it at first, but eventually realizes that Jon is something special. I tried to bring a little humor to the many ups and downs in their relationship. They definitely have a few rocky moments!



About the Infinity Program:

Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways--Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious onthe floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn't know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access thealien system. In the process he crashes his office's Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.

Book Details:

Formats/Prices: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 250
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819336

Excerpt:


Purchase Links:

Amazon: 

Smashwords:
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Barnes and Noble buy link
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-infinity-program-richard-h-hardy/1118958489?ean=9781603819336

iBooks buy link
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-infinity-program/id849045494?mt=11&uo=4

Kobo buy link
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-infinity-program

About the Author:


Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.

His family later moved to England and then on to America.

After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.

He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted tothe technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

Online Links:

The Infinity Program GoodReads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20794011-the-infinity-program

Richard H. Hardy's Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/richard.hardy.31924

Richard H. Hardy's Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rhfh944

Richard H. Hardy's GoodReads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7844267.Richard_H_Hardy

Richard H. Hardy's blog:
http://richard-hardy.com/blog/

Richard H. Hardy's website:
http://richard-hardy.com/

Tribute Books Blog Tours Facebook:
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The Infinity Program tour site:
http://theinfinityprogram.blogspot.com/

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Release Day Book Blitz: Married One Night by Amber Leigh Williams #Giveaway


About Married One Night:

What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!


Purchase Links:


Barnes & Noble: Married One Night

About the Author:


Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency. 

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night

For More Information Find Amber Online:

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