Friday, October 28, 2011

Best Seller For A Day: "All Hallow's Eve" by Cristyn West + 99¢ eBooks + A CHANCE TO WIN A KINDLE

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!!

BEST SELLER FOR A DAY---FEATURING "ALL HALLOW'S EVE" BY CHRISTIN WEST!!

"THE ONE NIGHT IT'S BAD....TO BE GOOD"

Today only you can get “All Hallow’s Eve” for only 99¢!!
After you purchase the book you can sign up for a chance to win a Kindle…yes, you read that right…you can sign up to WIN A KINDLE!!!


 
Go to Best Seller For A Day, fill out the form on the website, include your email address and the first five (5) numbers from your Amazon purchase confirmation code, and sign up for the newsletter, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle!

That’s Right—You will only need to enter your email address and the first five (5) numbers from your Amazon purchase confirmation code.  This will get you entered into the drawing for the Kindle!
BUT WAIT….There’s more!!!  (I sound like an infomercial now).  You can get four (4) additional titles for 99¢ each!


Bestseller for a Day: 99 Cent Bonus Buys!

To celebrate “All Hallow’s Eve’s” big day, these authors are dropping the price of their amazing titles to just 99¢!!!

On October 28th, head over to Amazon (buys links are listed below with each title) and see what the fuss is all about!!



Widowmaker by Cristyn West and Elena Gray

A horror movie that causes people to die? 

Something so scary that people watching it are bleeding out of their eyes, having heart attacks and ripping their own faces apart? The docu-horror film called Terror in the Trees sounds harmless enough, doesn't it? 


That's what FBI Agent Derek Bolder thought when he was given the mission to go to Hollywood to bring back the film. He hadn't yet understood the sheer evilness contained within it...but he soon would.

Derek's ex-fiancée Jill, the beautiful and sexy film executive, is dead set against giving him the film. It would ruin her career. What lengths would she and her nasty boss go to, to protect their reputations even as the bodies pile up?



The Evil Within

A Horror Anthology by Cristyn West, Amber Scott, et. al. 
The hiss of hot breath coming from inside the coat closet.

The noxious odor of plastic smothering your face as you fight to breathe.

The nagging feeling that someone is watching your every move...waiting.

Vengeance. Misplaced trust. Pure evil.

After reading these nine chilling tales this Halloween, how many times will you soothe yourself in the dark thinking "there are no monsters"?



Fierce Dawn: A ParaRealm Novel by Amber Scott

Snarling teeth, glowing eyes. Someone--something--is after her. 


The man who haunts her dreams enters her reality, claiming she's transforming into a changeling--not quite immortal but no longer human. Except nobody wants this change. Not humans, not immortals and least of all her.


Battle lines are drawn and blood spills as the two fight not only for her life, but for mankind's as well.



Halloween Jack and the Devil’s Gate by M. Todd Gallowglas

When the Devil's Gate comes down, releasing all the hordes and legions of the darkest realm to roam the earth any night they wish, and jack o’ lanterns no longer keep the dark creatures at bay, only the last three descendants of the mythical Jack of the Lantern can save the world from the Devil and all his kin.

Based on one of the oldest Irish legends of Halloween, HALLOWEEN JACK AND THE DEVIL'S GATE is a Steam Punk adventure story for all ages that will carry you to the heart of how we protect ourselves on the darkest night of the year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review & Guest Post: S.J. Davis’ "Ink"



Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 90 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Vamptasy (September 1, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B005KUP3ZC
ARC copy courtesy of: Bewitching Book Tours

I am fortunate to have S.J. Davis guest blogging here today.  She is going to answer the question:


Is writing YA easier or harder than adult fiction?

            "When I started INK, I wanted to tell a story from the perspective of a Native American girl. As I started thinking about Sparrow (and I thought about her everywhere), her voice became very clear to me. I knew she felt awkward and less worthy. I knew she listened to alternative music and what clothes she wore. But I didn’t want to imitate a teenager, I simply wanted to tell Sparrow’s story and express her pain and her strength, exactly how it floated in my brain. Sparrow is tough. She’s broken in the beginning, she has lost her mother and she suddenly hears strange voices. The story also unfolds in a choppy way because that experience mirrors her life. I wanted the reader to figure things out alongside Sparrow.

I believe the crux of writing YA is that your protagonist moves from a point of self-doubt to a point of autonomy and confidence. I think this is why a huge numbers of adults are drawn into “teen” books. Maybe, despite being older, everyone is still uncertain and emotionally dramatic at heart.

            Is YA easier to write? Not really. In order to be any good at it, you have to be prepared to return to your teen/early adult years and that is not for the faint of heart. You move back to a time when your feelings were so exposed, raw, and easily crushed. You have to write with an open heart, ready to give and receive, because that is how teens are – full of expectation and hope. Even underneath teen cynicism and sarcasm, there is anticipation and strength, and that is a beautiful thing."

Thank you SJ for joining us today!!



INK
By Sarah Jane Davis
Genre: paranormal YA


“It’s a good day to die.” My mother holds my arm fiercely. “But as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”


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Sparrow stumbles between two worlds – light and dark, love and hate, what is real and what is in her mind. When her mother dies on the Reservation, Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive, but are they real? And how can a tattoo make her stronger?


Mateo arrives to guard Sparrow, but from whom? Layne holds on to Sparrow, but why? As the voices grow stronger and her pain expands, Sparrow finds that the shadows in the corner and the voices we fear most are the ones inside ourselves.



About the Author:


SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.
 


Saph’s Review


Sparrow is involved in a serious car accident that claims the life of her mother, leaving her alone in Texas.  Right before dying, her mother’s last breath involves a cryptic message involving ink.  After healing, Sparrow moves to Washington DC to live with her aunt.  All the while, Sparrow hears voices and sees people in the shadows.  These spirits, or spirit guides, are here to either harm her or help her and she’s unsure who is who through most of the story.  

I really liked the plot line and knew what was being conveyed but I didn’t like the voice in which it was told.  I had the same problem with Thirst by Christopher Pike.  And, as with most novellas I read, I am usually disappointed that they are so short... “Ink” is no exception to that.  The plot and characters are very interesting but due to the length of the novella, they aren’t developed as fully as I would have liked.  I was able to overcome my issues with the “voice” used in the story because I liked the book and finished it without any problems.  There was so much that could have been expanded while still leaving it a novella but all-in-all it was a pretty nifty little story.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog Barrage: Sarah Ballance's "Unforgiven"



BLURB:
Riley Beckett's past just came back to haunt her . . . and this time, he's got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot dead on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage's former lover, Riley. He and she didn't part ways on good terms, and he's not planning to rekindle anything now--not when he's got a revolver pointed at her head and a finger on the trigger.

A year after Riley swore she and Gage were over, he returns in a hail of gunfire. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes and she knows how wrong she was to let him go, but now far more than their heated past stands in the way. A twist of fate puts them in the crosshairs of a killer, leaving Riley with two slim options:  trust her greatest betrayer or face a murderer on her own.

EXCERPT:
Something was wrong. Was the dark playing tricks on her? Riley Beckett froze, arm outstretched, hand poised to toss her keys on the table just inside her front door. But she didn't let go. Instead of dropping them in their usual spot, instinct whispered for her to feather pieces of the makeshift weapon between her knuckles. Heart pounding, she pressed the keys in a silent, white-knuckle grip and prayed her concerns were her imagination, that the paranoia of coming home alone to a dark house was getting the better of her.
One, two steps in. Wood planks echoed underfoot. She fought to breathe in air that grew thinner with every tense second.
Three steps.
Then it hit her. The scent. His scent. And with it a flush of memories. The burn of hot grass on her bare skin. Rough hands, a tender touch. Love so sweet she ached for it, her dreams raging, and her body drenched with need.
Their first time.
Her last.
"Gage?" Her voice broke on the single syllable. Riley's grip on the keys tightened, her blood raging hot and cold all at once.
A creak sounded from the corner chair. Her eyes refused to adjust in the darkness, but not even the faint light kept the blond streaks in his russet hair from giving him away. Like rays of sunshine, she used to tease, and her words never failed to draw a scowl across his rugged face.
"Riley."
God help her, her name on his lips sounded as it always had. Coarse. Dangerous. Forbidden. Even before . . . The memory surged, hot and vivid, leaving a metallic taste in her mouth. White heat assaulted her from every corner of the room.
The keys fell to the floor with a clink.
"An eye for an eye, is it?" His voice sounded unpracticed, as if he hadn't spoken in a long while.
She couldn't see his face, but she knew his expression. Flat and humorless. Broken. She remembered the day he stopped smiling. Every part of her wanted to flee, but she stood frozen to the spot.
"What do you mean?" Riley wondered if the words, whispered and weak, had the strength to make it across the room. Hadn't she always known she'd shatter the next time she saw him? Hadn't she dreamed of it anyway?
"You have to ask?" Gage laughed, cold and hollow. "Billy's dead. Hell of a thing to come home to, Riley. My brother blown to bits on my back porch."
"Oh, God." Riley swayed, bile rising in her throat. The room filled with a distant buzzing. She took one unsteady step to the side and stumbled.
When she found his gaze, it was over the business end of a revolver.
He leveled the gun in her direction. Everything else in her world trembled, but his aim held rock steady. Unyielding.
His eyes burned blue and bright. "What I want to know, sweetheart, is why you did it."
He worked his finger over the trigger, and a veil of blackness threatened her last discerning thought.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah and her husband of over fourteen years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they're asleep.  She often jokes that she writes to be around people who will listen to her, but her characters aren't much better than her kids.  Fortunately, her husband is quite supportive, having generously offered to help her research "the good parts."  She's never had to ask twice.

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Review: Tina Carreiro’s "Power of the Moon" Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 492 KB
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982706243
Publisher: Firefly & Wisp Publishing; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B004Z9CHL2
ARC copy courtesy of: the author, Tina Carreiro

Synopsis courtesy of Ms. Carreiro’s website:

  Dark. 
Sexy. 
Thrilling. 

When Miakoda Starr tries to help a homeless man whose aura has him marked for death, she throws herself in the middle of an unknown world and is in more trouble than she knows. Soon she meets Detective Cole Barnett. A man that shatters her world in more ways than one, and shows her a life of fear as well as desire.


Saph’s Review

An awesome paranormal romantic mystery. 

When Mia angers a man with weird glowing eyes trying to protect Art, her whole world spins out of control—and into realms she never believed existed.  When the cops are sent to take her statement, after Mr. Glowing Eyes nabs Art from the gas station where she works, she isn’t expecting, tall, dark, and handsome Cole Barnett.  He lights her up like no one ever has; and, aggravatingly enough, rejects him at all costs…..A big drag for me and the only thing in the book that I didn’t particularly like. 
 
I understand the reasoning behind Mia’s continual rejection of Cole---there are many reasons; not all just because he is a vampire, and they are good and well developed reasons—but after a while I wanted to just choke her, bury her, and take her place inside the book.  Everyone should be so lucky to have a man be so totally devoted to them, in love with them, and so very protective---all while being hotter than Hell ever dreamed it could be!  (Don't get me wrong....My hubby is all those things....but sheesh Mia!)

As Mia develops through the book you get a good look at the powers she has always possessed.  There is also the realization that she has been unaware of what she really consisted of.  She gets tossed into a world that her mother would ramble about during the days of Mia’s youth.  She is exposed to love, hatred, violence, and otherworldly creatures.  Attempts on her life leave her exposed and vulnerable to things that she doesn’t understand but comes to realize.  There is a small reference to Indian heritage, which seems to be quite the rage right now; although, I would have never thought to put them hand-in-hand with paranormal beings such as vampires.  The passages are well placed, though, and helps put much of the story into perspective.

I love the reference to World of Warcraft:  "Chainmail teddy, compliments of World of Warcraft--warrior geekdom--now all I need is some rage points and I'll have this vamp defeated."  

Love It!!  I play WoW and have no problem admitting it :)

There is also some humor in the book...which is very important to me!

"Woman, come to me."  Bass's voice lowered as he commander her.  Mia stared at Bass, and then briefly looked back at Cole.

"Ooooh...look honey, Evet is using his big boy voice."  (T. Carreiro, 2011).

This is Book 1 in the Power of the Moon series.  According to Tina’s website: http://tinacarreiro.com/index.php/power-of-the-moon-books/  there are 4 books so far.   

Book 2 will be out in May 2012…..I…Hope…I…Can…Survive…That…Long………

Please Note:  This book contains "adult scenes."

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