Friday, November 30, 2012

VBT: Spotlight and Excerpt: "Perseverance: A Zombie Tale" by James Lacey (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Book Description:

It didn't happen the way it was supposed to... 

I am a teacher. At least, I was before it all happened, before I was forced to survive. I taught social studies at the high school. I was also the coach of the school's successful debate team. It was a cold Saturday in January when I heard the first rumor of trouble... 

You know, pop culture had defined the zombie apocalypse time and time again, all coming from the minds of horror writers, film producers, and video game designers. Who knew that when it really happened, it wouldn't be anything like they all predicted. Oh sure, the dead reanimated, and they were certainly hungry for living flesh...but what were the mysterious red-eyes, zombies that moved faster than their stumbling counterparts and seemed to not only communicate, but to exert some kind of control over the others. 

Book Details & Buy Links:

Perseverance: A Zombie Tale
James Lacey

Publisher: 23 House Publishing
Pages: 324
Genre: Horror


Paperback: Perseverance

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Review Blurb:

"James Lacey takes the classic zombie story that we all know and love, and then twists it off into the new directions and unexplored territory. Perseverance is fresh, exciting, and edge-of-the-seat spell-binding."

- Samantha Murphy, 13 Nights of Blood: Legends of the Vampire

Excerpt:

Outbreak!   A sample from Perseverance by James Lacey

It is close at hand...

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:

let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: 
for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness,

as the morning spread upon the mountains:
 a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.


A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth:

the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; 
yea, and nothing shall escape them.

Joel 2:1-3

When it happened I was excited – at first. I was a fan of the movies, the books, the games...all of it. So when those first reports came on the television and hit the net I was probably the most excited person on the planet. I mean, you always wonder “what if” when you see it in films, but then to have it actually happen, it really gets you going. That is, until they’re banging on your front door. Or the door of someone you really, truly care about. Someone you love.

That is when the excitement fades to fear. The fear can turn to horror. But right before that there is a brief moment where human instinct takes over and you choose to either fight or run. You don’t think, you just act. That is how I’m still alive. And it is probably why she is dead.

My story is not a happy one. It is not about heroics or unity or the fight to persevere. It is the story of survival. The only thing a person could really do during the crisis. It is the story of trying to protect someone you love and failing. It is a story of love, friendship and ultimately death. I’m not holding back. I am going to tell you everything. For some, this story will be harder to read then it was to write. For others, it won’t. Either way, this is my story. This is my account of the zombie apocalypse.

I was trying to be reassuring and bring my students back to the mood they were in before we stopped to eat, which not many were doing. But I knew there was something big going on.

I could hear the words “bioterrorism,” “widespread” and “thousands dead.” I could hear people talking about countries all over the world. CNN had this gorgeous new anchor,

Rebecca Mailey and I had a sort of boyhood crush on her. I was 29 and still entitled to fantasize about celebrities. So when she was the one who sent a chill down my spine, I thought it was sort of ironic and could not help but laugh. I’ll never forget the colorless look on her face when she uttered, “We are now getting scattered reports of incidents here in the United States.”

I never finished booting up my laptop. My instincts told me to get everyone out of the rest area and back on the bus. It was a quiet on the way home. I told everyone to call their parents and let them know that they were okay and would be home soon. As we boarded the bus two police cruisers went speeding in the opposite direction, sirens blaring. It was unnerving, given what we just heard. The rest of the ride home was dead quiet.

“It’s happening everywhere.”


“What is?”


“This...thing. People are dying. Riots happening everywhere. They said that there are drugs in the water supply that makes you want to hurt others. Then they said it wasn’t drugs, but a massive psychological event caused by a solar flare or something. Another guy said it’s been happening for a few weeks, but until now the government had it bottled up. And then...”

“Keith.” I had to stop him. The talking heads on TV had him all turned around.

“Yeah?”

“Take a breath. Clearly they don’t really know what is happening. So the question remains. Now, what do you know for sure? What do they know for certain? Think simple, Keith.”

“I don’t know. People are killing each other, I guess. They haven’t really said why or how, just that it’s happening.”

That part bothered me. If it were a terrorist event, then someone would be taking credit by now. If it were a disaster, then they would know the cause. Not knowing information...that is when I became hooked. That is when it became...interesting.

I looked up at the clock on the microwave. It was almost 10 AM. I really slept in late. I went and checked my cell phone. Seven missed calls? I realized then that I still had the phone on silent from the tournament. One call from Keith’s mom. Two from my parents? That was odd. Four from Ashley. Damn...I had promised to go over early this morning. She’s probably pissed right now. I went back into the bedroom and turned the TV on as I checked my voicemail.

“Hi, it’s Keith’s Mom. Sorry I’m home so late. Thanks for watching him.”

All over the country people are fighting against...

“It’s mom. Calling to see if you’re okay. Call me back.”

Military response is beginning to organize...

“I need you! Now! Please hurry! Call me back!”

We have confirmed video reports of...

“Why aren’t you answering?! Oh good...I hope...call me back...”

Rising from the dead and attacking...

“They’re outside! Help me! I need you! I need to hear your voice!”

All over the world people are coming back from the dead and killing others.

“I love you...Mom! Look out!” There’s a crash of glass on the phone.

Stay indoors. Lock your doors. Board up your windows. Do not go outside.

No words on the last message...just another crash and the sound of a scream.

I was paralyzed.

The phone fell from my hand.

About the Author: 

James Lacey lives in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. When not writing, he works with disabled adults and children as a paraprofessional and Special Olympics coach. James also enjoys hiking, camping and watching football. 

http://www.jameslacey.net/

www.twitter.com/JLaceyWrites



It's a Zombie Baby video spoof

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Cover Reveal: "The Summer I Became A Nerd" by Leah Rae Miller (Entangled Publishing)

Hello all of my wonderful followers.  I have a cover reveal for for Leah Rae Miller's new YA novel "The Summer I Became A Nerd"

Here's the book description:

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Now....Here's the cover.....





About the Author:

Leah Rae Miller
Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.



Twitter - https://twitter.com/LeahR_Miller
Website/Blog - http://leahraemillerblog.blogspot.com/


Book Buy Link:



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Article: Meeting Zig Ziglar by Michael Levin

On November 28, 2012 the world lost a highly regarded motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar.  Please see the following article as one author, Michael Levin, reminisces about visiting with Mr. Ziglar.


Meeting Zig Ziglar
By: Michael Levin

The next-to-last time I saw Zig Ziglar, I was one of 17,000 in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where he was speaking as part of a program of superstars, including Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Joe Montana. He was onstage accompanied by his daughter, Julie Ziglar Norman, because Zig had suffered a fall a couple of years before that and nobody wanted him to fall again, especially onstage, and especially in front of 17,000 people.

On April 15, 2011, I saw Zig again, this time for lunch, with his daughter Julie and his son Tom. From 17,000 down to four. If you love Zig Ziglar as I do, you can readily understand it was one of the greatest thrills of my life.

Zig Ziglar is one of the greatest motivators, authors, sales trainers, and inspiring figures the world has known. Millions have read his books and listened to his recordings, and they became, as a result, better salespeople, better spouses, better parents, better people. His mellifluous baritone echoes through the mind of anyone who has listened to him speak. His values harken back to a better world, where integrity was the watchword, where faith mattered, and where sales was a profession in search of a champion.

Zig was their champion. He grew up one of twelve children during the Depression, on a farm in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and his father passed away when he was five years old. By age six, Zig was earning his own money, and selling, mowing lawns. He used that money to buy his first suit, which he wore to church. By the time I met Zig face to face, he had been selling—lawn mowing services, pots and pans, sales training, personal development, and the ideas of his Holy Bible, for 79 years. “You must be married,” Zig said, as we were introduced. “I can tell by how nicely you’re dressed. Only a married man could dress that nicely.”

At lunch, Zig leaned over to me and said, quite seriously, “Never say anything negative about yourself.” It sounds so obvious, but we all do it all the time. If we don’t see ourselves as wondrously made, as Zig likes to quote from the Bible, who will?

I asked Zig what caused him to make the transition from sales training to motivational speaking. His son Tom explained that Zig studied the success of his students, and he realized that only 20 percent of it was due to technique. The other 80 percent was due to reputation and character. So that’s when Zig began to focus on those issues and not just talk about selling.

But don’t estimate old Zig on sales. He’s forgotten more about sales than most of us will ever know. One of his most enduring stories involves his son Tom, who at the time was contemplating a career as a professional golfer. Zig and Tom were playing a competitive round of golf and Tom needed a long putt to drop in order to win the hole. He made the putt, and then he asked his father, “Dad, were you rooting for me?”

As only Zig can say, in that honeyed Southern drawl, “Son, I’m always rooting for you.”

As massive as Zig’s audience was, the publishing industry didn’t think him worth a shot when he wrote the book I found many years later in that furniture store, See You At The Top. By then, Zig had been providing sales training to the Mary Kay Company. Mary Kay Ash was such a devotee of his, Tom told me at lunch, that she told Zig that if he were to self-publish the book, she would buy the first 10,000 copies. Those initial 10,000 sales mushroomed into millions upon millions of books, since Zig has now authored 26 books in all.

I had the extraordinary privilege of editing Zig’s last book Born To Win. I’ve edited or coached hundreds of writers, and it was an uncanny, almost out-of-body experience instead of quoting Zig to people, talking directly to Zig, and making suggestions—how dare I?—to improve his manuscript.

It means the world to me that I was able to meet him face to face at lunch with just him, his two grown children who work with him, and me, and tell him that he made me a better salesperson, a better husband, a better father, a better believer, and a better man.

As I headed out to drive to the airport, Zig took me by the hand and cautioned me to drive carefully.

“After all, most people are caused by accidents,” he warned, with mock solemnity.

About the Author:

New York Times best selling author and Shark Tank survivor Michael Levin runs www.BusinessGhost.com, and is a nationally acknowledged thought leader on the future of book publishing.








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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: "Lover Reborn" (Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel, #10) by J.R. Ward


Synopsis Via the Book's Back Cover:

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the Lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free.

Book Details:
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Kindle File Size: 870 KB
Print Length: 590 pages
Publisher: NAL (March 27, 2012)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing
ASIN: B006LU0GYS

Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: Signet (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451238281
ISBN-13: 978-0451238283
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Bookshelf

Saph's Review:

We have finally arrived at the book about Tohr.  It's been a long time coming and, frankly, it was time to put his loss to rest, literally and figuratively.  I don't say this with any sort of negativity or disdain.  I just didn't like seeing Tohr and John Matthew suffer; which they did...a lot.  This novel, however, gets more emotionally raw and we see more suffering.  We watch Tohr almost self-destruct (again), while he shuns the only person that can help him save Wellsie and send her into the Fade proper.  

Lassiter is my new favorite unconventional savior, the fallen angel that he is.  His interventions draw him closer into the Brotherhood world and unconsciously he begins to have affection for both Tohr and No' One.  This foul-mouthed, pierced-up, disgrace from heaven goes from doing his "job" out of pure selfishness to becoming selfless in his endeavors and going above and beyond protection detail.  He's not perfect and has a tempter but when he coldcocks Tohr, I rooted for Lassiter the entire scene.  What did Tohr do that infuriated Lassiter to the point of extreme action (I mean, really, who would punch a Brother in the face and expect to live?!)  I guess you'll have to read the book cuz I'm not telling.

No' One's past - her entire past - is finally divulged and we are given the who's and what's of her life.  We see the romance blossom between Tohr, who is torn and moving on for purely selfish reasons, and No' One. The emotional explosion at the end is exactly what each of them needed to have happen.  The twist in the book concerning Tohr and No' One (who eventually gets renamed) was a complete shock.  Looking back, I can put the pieces together now and know exactly how we got to that particular place but I was blindsided....even as Lassiter ran across the foyer screaming "NOOOOO."  I will admit that I am slightly disappointed in the coupling of Tohr and No' One.  I don't particularly think that this was a perfect match.  I can't explain why without providing major spoilers though.

John and Xhex are very much a part of this installment too.  Not all is well in their world but, if you've read the series from Book 1, you know that the males are very protective of their females.  It's very hard for John to have Xhex working along side the Brotherhood in their quest to rid the world of lessers.  This power couple tends to monopolize the pages (much to the disdain of some fellow reviews I've noticed) but I felt that it was very much needed and detrimental to the plot.  John is tied to Tohr in a very son/father way so John is very worried about Tohr.  John also mourns Wellsie and the fact that she was the only mother-figure that treated him like her own.  Xhex is No' One's daughter and regardless of their past, most mothers have bonds with their children but....The rekindling of their relationship wan'ts convincing. It just wasn't believable due to the quickness that both of them displayed in forgiveness and trying to relate to one another.  Xhex does rise to an occasion to assist the Brotherhood later on and the possibility of an Xhex/John reunion could be possible.

The Band of Bastards are prevalent in this installment.  They are moving up the chain to try and dethrone Wrath as the King.  Xcor and Throe also manage to deceive a Chosen which adds an interesting new segment into the storyline.  Xcor actually matures a bit in Lover Reborn.  He finally realizes that he has very little in common with his father, The Bloodletter, and discovers that he actually has a conscience and emotional capabilities.  Although, his actions still indicate that something sinister resides within.

Qhuinn, Blay, Sexton, and Layla - wow, what a twisted situation.  And I can't wait to dive right into their book next year :)

Before you read what I post at the end of every Black Dagger Brotherhood review, I think a quote is in order.

Early in the book, on page 70, Qhuinn sums up the appearance of Wrath, the Blind King as:
"Your basic anti-Avon lady."  I concur with Qhuinn.  If I saw the person I envision Wrath to be, at my front door, an Avon lady would NOT be what I'd see.  Go forth and read this quote in it's correct context....what are you waiting for?  Do Eet!!

Another fantastic installment of our favorite sexy vamps of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  As with the rest of the books, “Lover Reborn” isn’t solely based around the hero or heroine of the day.  We still get the everyday actions of the entire clan and whoever may be your favorite (although, this book seems to be lacking in that department a bit).

All throughout the stories in the series the vampires also deal with their hunters, the Lessers--baby powder fresh and willing to die for the Omega’s cause.  It’s important to keep the civilian vampires safe and to do that takes the Brotherhood into dangerous situations and continuously risking their lives. And now they have the Band of Bastards to reckon with.

Welcome to the Brotherhood Mansion…you’ll be lucky to find it and if you do, you probably won’t have the option of leaving.

Please note that this book contains "adult scenes" and language.

Saph's Rating:




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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

VBT: "Dark Halo" by Christopher Kokoski (Presented by First Rule PR)


I'm excited to be part of the "Dark Halo" tour presented by First Rule PR! I'm also excited that the author of "Dark Halo," Christopher Kokoski, has stopped by to visit the blog today!! Please welcome Christopher as he talks to us to today about the "Pacing Secrets of Bestselling Authors."

Pacing Secrets of Bestselling Authors

When it comes to pacing, there are specific techniques we can use and specific principles we can follow when deciding the “speed” of each section of our story. In this post, I'd like to share some of those tools, principles and techniques with you.

Secret #1: Pacing Principles:

  • While there are exceptions, most readers expect a fast pace at certain points of the story, such as the beginning and the end. Unless you have a very good reason not to, I strongly suggest that you write your opening scene and your closing scenes with a faster pace.
  • Also, most genres have their specific expectations about pacing. Romance novels sometimes go slower and sometimes faster depending on the author and the specific type of romance novel. Thrillers tend to have a very fast pace. In my opinion, a good rule of thumb is to embrace a faster pace interspersed with pockets of slower scenes to bring depth and richness.

Secret #2: Pacing the Big Moments: Most bestselling novels are really a series of big scenes, or big moments in a story, connected by transitional, set up scenes. For example, in my novel, Dark Halo, a couple of the big scenes include:

  • When the fallen angel appears at the beginning
  • The scenes that take place in the demon–infested camp
  • The fallen angel infiltrating heaven

Those bigger or larger scenes are connected by lots of smaller, tension-filled scenes that lead up to those “big” scenes. The big scenes in a story are generally written with a fairly fast pace. The connecting, transitional or set up scenes are sometimes faster and sometimes slower. This might be a good time to point out that, even in the fast scenes, there's often a variation in how fast the scene plays out.

Secret#3: Pacing the Progression: Typically, the farther along in the story we get, the faster scenes become, with the climax or final scenes being the fastest. The Notable exception is the beginning of the story, where a faster pace grabs reader attention. Careful not to start too fast, though, because then the rest of the story might feel like it’s slowing down instead of speeding up.

Secret #4: Pacing Scenes (Part I): Another good rule of thumb is to speed up the less interesting parts, if not take out those parts altogether. Speed up the transitions between scenes. You may have heard of the statement to “arrive late and leave early”. Put differently, it’s usually good advice to start a scene at a point where things are heating up and leave the scene before things are fully resolved.

Secret #5: Pacing Scenes (Part II): Conversely, I suggest that you slow down to milk the more interesting parts of your story, which almost seems to go against logic. By “slow down”, I mean to give more literary real estate to those sections of your story. Spend more time on the interesting parts of your story where action, conflict, tension and problems collide. While I included a few slower scenes in Dark Halo, most of the story accelerates along as characters encounter ever worse problems and conflicts.

Secret #6: Pacing Tools and Tricks:  Use dialogue and action to quicken the pace. Dialogue and action tend have a faster back-and-forth feel. So when you want to speed things up, inject dialogue and action. Use narrative description and internal thoughts to slow down a part of the story. After one of those big scenes with a lot of conflict and action, it's helpful to give the readers moment to rest. This also gives the characters a moment to respond mentally, emotionally, physically and sometimes even spiritually to what happened to them. These slower scenes are sometimes called reaction or response scenes.

With these principles, techniques and tools, hopefully you can better manage and enhance the pace of your own stories. Thanks for reading this post. If you've enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. To see these techniques in narrative form, please check out my novel, Dark Halo.

Dark Halo by Christopher Kokoski 

Genre: paranormal thriller
Length: 334 pages

In a town besieged by shadowy, demonic forces, a father races against time to save his family. 

Thirty-five-year old Landon Paddock has deserted his wife and daughter, abandoned his business, and secluded himself in his late parent’s southern Indiana ranch. But he’s barely lapsed into a drunken coma when a mysterious, winged stranger appears during a violent lightning storm, chasing him out into the maddening night with his estranged 15-year old daughter. 

As layer after layer of reality is dissolved by a series of violent encounters, the only way to survive might be for Landon to band together with the family he destroyed to make one last stand against a sinister army of unthinkable magnitude.

About the Author

Christopher was born in Kansas, the son of an Army Ranger and Black Hawk pilot. He grew up in Kentucky and Germany, and graduated from Murray State University in 2002 with a degree in Organizational Communication. He spent the next three years laboring over his first book, Past Lives, while getting married to his college sweetheart, having a beautiful daughter, and more or less finding his stride in life. 

He currently lives in Southern Indiana and works in Louisville, Kentucky as a national trainer. He has presented at local and national conferences on a wide spectrum of topics including communication, body language, cultural sensitivity and influence. Other notable activities include writing articles, short stories, novels and training materials for national and international audiences. 

Christopher continues his passion and dedication to writing by working on additional novels, including a sequel to the Past Lives series. His most recent book is the standalone paranormal thriller, Dark Halo.

Social Media Links

· Author's Website https://christopherkokoski.wordpress.com/

· Author's Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/Ckauthor.com/

· Author's Twitter https://twitter.com/Eric_Shooter/


Two Days Only: Free Christmas Themed Books for Your Kindle!!


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Police Procedural:  "Undercover Christmas: Dead Roses #1" by RaShelle Workman ~

Cozy Mystery:  "There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop" by K.C. Flynn ~

Category: Romantic Suspense

Sexy Romantic Suspense: "Blue Christmas" (Big Girls don't Cry Christmas Short Story) by Taylor Lee ~

Romantic Suspense: "Save Me, Santa" (5 Holiday Stories of Romance & Suspense) by Nina Bruhns, Ann Charles, Rita Herron, Lois Lavrisa, and Patricia Mason ~

Sexy Romantic Suspense: "Dirty Little Christmas" by Julie Leto ~

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Sweet Paranormal Romance:  "A Wizard for Christmas" (The Protectors series) by Dorothy McFalls ~

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Contemporary Romance: "Be Mine For Christmas" (Short Story) by Alicia Street ~

Western Romance: "The Awakening, A Christmas Story" (The Friessen Legacy) by Lorhainne Eckhart ~

Inspirational Romance: "A Christmas Mission: Saving the Street Boys) (Friends in Faith Series) by Emily Nelson & Rita Herron ~

Romance Anthology: "Moments of Gold" (Short Love Stories) by Helen Scott Taylor ~

Contemporary Romantic Comedy: "Mine at Midnight" by Jacquie D'Alessandro ~

Category: Lighthearted/Family/Children

Pet Inspirational: "Pet Holiday Miracles: Inspiring Super Short Stories"  (True Tales of "Littleness" Overcoming Big Odds) by Carolyn McCray ~

Family Life: "A Christmas Gift for Baby" by Nancy Radke ~

Children's Christmas: "Calling All Grammies-A Tale of Friendship" (Grammy's Gang, Book 3) by Flo Barnett ~

Historical Children's: A Father's Love" by Lorhainne Eckhart ~







Tuesday, November 27, 2012

VBT & Giveaway: "Lost Volumes" (Enchanted Bookstore Legend, Volume 3) by Marsha A. Moore


Description:


When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancé, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. 

After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.

She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.

Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.

Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three by Marsha A. Moore
Genre: Fantasy romance
Release date: October 30, 2012


Information About Books 1 & 2:

Series Blurb: Enchanted Bookstore Legends

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her. 
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe. 

Buy Links for "
Seeking a Scribe" and "Heritage Avenged"



About the Author:

Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Her creativity also spills into watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transforming into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Crazy about cycling, she usually passes the 1,000 mile mark yearly. She is learning kayaking and already addicted. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and that spiritual quest helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at new stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday VBT & Giveaway: E. Van Lowe's "Falling Angels" saga (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)



Heaven Sent
Falling Angels Saga Book Three

By E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

What Does It All Mean?

Readers who devoured Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel will be captivated by the third book in the Falling Angels Saga.

As summer break for Glendale Union high begins, heartsick Megan awaits Guy's return while struggling to control her emerging abilities. Love is in the air, but can the new loves in Megan, Maudrina, Suze and Aunt' Jaz's life be trusted? Nothing is what it seems. Meanwhile, the Satanists are set to hatch their most diabolical scheme ever, and if it comes to pass, Satan may finally win out.

Megan has precious little time to unravel the cryptic message hidden in the riddle she received at the end of Earth Angel. If she doesn’t, the life of someone most dear to her will be lost forever, and Megan may yet find herself living in HELL.

Excerpt:
http://evanlowe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Sneak_Peek_-_Heaven_Sent2.pdf

Earth Angel
Falling Angels Book Two

E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

Heaven Can Wait!

Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson, doesn’t mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn’t realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. They will do ANYTHING to get it.

In E. Van Lowe’s humorous, romantic and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Megan Barnett has recently defeated Satan, found a fantastic new best friend, and has won the heart of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson. But that doesn’t mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn’t realize that she is in possession of a powerful paranormal weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels, demons and everything in between.

In E. Van Lowe’s romantic yet thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan finds herself in a gripping life or death battle to save the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Saph's review can be found here:  Earth Angel

Buy Links:

Kindle: Earth Angel (Falling Angels Saga)

Paperback: Earth Angel

Excerpt:
http://evanlowe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Earth_Angel_4_Chapters_11-16-2012.pdf

Boyfriend from Hell
Falling Angels Saga Book One

By E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

Aww, Hell No!

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

Saph's Review can be found here:  Boyfriend From Hell

Buy Links:


Paperback: Boyfriend From Hell

www.whitewhiskerbooks.com

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/39hI9rmwI5A

Excerpt:
http://evanlowe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Boyfriend-From-Hell-FREEBIE.pdf

About The Author

E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga. “The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in his Hollyweird series.

E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.





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Saturday, November 24, 2012

VBT-Give@way & Excerpt: "Lancaster House" by Taylor Dean (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Book Description:

Are you ever really alone? 

Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.

Book Details:

Lancaster House
Taylor Dean

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 9781475068689
ASIN: B008EMKKYW
Number of pages: 304 pages
Word Count: 91,303

Amazon Kindle: Lancaster House

Paperback: Lancaster House

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/174786?ref=Sapphyria

Barnes and Noble 

Apple iBooks

Excerpt from Lancaster House 

Note: While Lancaster House tells the story of a heartfelt romance, the scenes that propel the story forward are the scenes between Zoe and her psychiatrist, Doctor Channing.


The next day, Wade read over Doctor Abernathy’s notes one more time. The girl he described was nothing like the one he’d met with yesterday.

He was making progress. She was wary of him, naturally. She was obviously biding her time, waiting for her chance to prove herself ‘normal.’ She was far more intelligent than they had originally given her credit for. Her sudden cooperation made him uneasy, even though it was exactly what he’d wanted to achieve.

Zoe walked in then, her head held high. Her blond hair was neatly combed today, her bangs framing her heart shaped face. A hint of crimson stained her cheeks, evidence she was coming back to life before his eyes. Her suicide attempt had left her hospitalized for over two weeks, hanging between life and death. Her recovery was considered a miracle. She wore a fresh pair of pajamas. The standard uniform was a white t-shirt and white pajama pants and she looked clean and fresh in them. The small logo that represented their facility—a crescent moon combined with a cloud—sat on the upper right hand side of her shirt along with the name, Serenity Hills.

“Hello, Doctor Channing,” she said politely.

“Hello, Zoe. How are you today?”

“I’m perfectly fine with not a care in the world,” she answered sardonically.

Wade smiled at her in spite of himself. Maybe it was a stupid question. Perhaps he’d dispense with the ‘how are you’ from now on. Her eyes wandered around his office as if taking it all in for the first time. Her next words were said with a frown on her face. “This office is awful.”

“Excuse me?”

“Your office . . . it’s downright sterile in here, cold even. You need to hire an interior designer, warm the place up a bit. You’ll have better results with your patients.”

“Is that a fact?” Wade smiled at her insight, even while admitting to himself she was right. The room had white tile floors, white walls, fluorescent lighting, white plastic blinds on the windows and no pictures on the walls other than his medical certificates. His desk was metal and the drawers creaked. It was a cold office. Zoe sat stiff-backed in a hard plastic chair. “Are you always this blunt?”

Zoe blushed. “Sorry. It’s an obsession. I mentally decorate every room I’m in, to the point of distraction.”

“Perhaps you can give me some pointers.”

“I’d start with painting the walls, a deep, rich color. Then I’d add some throw rugs, and then curtains that add color, but let the sun in. You need a couch, something classy, but comfortable, with lots of pillows. Replace that hideous desk with something mahogany. Then maybe some lamps for softer lighting . . .” Zoe trailed off. “You weren’t serious, were you?”

“Not really, but now that you mention it, it sounds good.”

Zoe scoffed.

Wade got down to business. “Where do you want to start?” he asked, wondering if she’d assume he was asking her about decorating projects.

“I don’t know.”

She knew exactly what he was talking about and it had nothing to do with design. “What would you say if I told you there is no such thing as ghosts?” He wanted to get a rise out of her again today. Her answer would be telling. Had she seen the error of her ways all on her own? Had she realized the extent of her delusions?

“You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” Her hands gripped the arms of the chair until her knuckles turned white.

“No.”

“What would you say if I told you they do exist?”

His hopes for an astounding recovery plummeted. “I would have to disagree.”

“Then we have nothing more to talk about, do we?”

“Sorry, you’re not off the hook, Zoe.”

Zoe’s demeanor changed and her eyes stared into the distance, as if she was lost in thought. “It’s real—it’s all real,” she whispered, her eyes haunted.

“Tell me, Zoe. Start with the purchase of Lancaster House.” Several minutes ticked by and he began to think she wouldn’t answer, but then, in a timid voice, her story began to spill forth.

“It’s a stunning house, everything I’d ever dreamed of owning . . .”


About the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.





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