Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spotlight & Giveaway: Beg Me To Slay by Lisa Kessler (Entangled Covet as Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)

  He’ll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart…


He’ll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart…

Four years ago Tegan Ashton was attacked. Determined never to be a victim again, she devotes her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, only one person can help her.

Gabe is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After losing loved ones, he vows to defend people from a threat they don’t realize exists.

The relationship is supposed to be strictly business, but fighting demons together stirs up emotions they never expected. Turns out demon fighting is a breeze compared to facing their scarred pasts and even worse - hearts.


Book Details:

Beg Me to SlayLisa Kessler

Release Date: 12/30/13

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: Entangled Covet

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About the Author :

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com

Website: http://Lisa-Kessler.com

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: To Kiss A Werewolf by Molly Snow (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


As president of Paranormal Addicts Anonymous, Stella’s got no time for popular guys. Especially the surfers who hang at Shoreline’s beach—they think flashing a sand-sprinkled, tanned chest is enough to get any girl. But when surfer-hunk Damien Capernalli crashes Stella’s PAA fieldtrip to a haunted bed and breakfast, it may be time to rethink her priorities.

...And what’s with that wolfish gleam in Damien's eye?

Book Details:

To Kiss a Werewolf
Molly Snow

Genre: YA Paranormal Romantic Comedy

Kindle File Size: 1771 KB
Print Length: 290 pages
Publisher: Breezy Reads (November 17, 2013)
ASIN: B00EDQ5UF2


Excerpt:

Sea salt wafted in the humid sky, the full moon hidden by dark, puffy clouds. Normally, Damien would be feeling on top of the world. A night at the beach, with a pack of friends and girls—one in particular basically throwing herself at him. The typical blonde bombshell cheerleader. Piece of cake. But things weren’t feeling quite right.

Tina wrapped an arm around his, as she sat with him beside the crackling bonfire. She endlessly giggled, even when he wasn’t joking. It was way overboard. She was trying too hard, and suddenly she wasn’t as attractive. Man, why be so serious? he told himself. Just go with it. She’s hot. You like her. She obviously likes you.

But it was hard to let loose when he kept thinking about that girl at his uncle’s pizzeria. She must have known him from school. She had called him by name. So, why couldn’t he put a finger on who she was, what class they may have taken together? He not only knocked her to the ground like a fool, he did something else to anger her. If only he knew what that was… What made it worst of all, he was actually going to accept her request for a date. It’s just that tonight he already had plans with Tina.

A half hour later, Damien was making out with the blonde in his jeep. He was going through the motions, but his head still wasn’t clear. Why was he going to let some random girl from earlier that night ruin his mood? It was so, so irritating. He wished she never walked into his workplace. Whoever she was. Whatever her name was. Tonight could have been so much easier, not being confused over some dark and depressed Goth girl.

As he kissed Tina’s neck, the scent of her floral perfume quickly morphed from soft and seductive to strong and sickening. As if he had licked a bar of soap, he could taste the smell. He pulled back and shook his head, wiping his nose with a shoulder.

Tina’s hands were around his neck the next second. Her fake fingernails lightly pressed into his skin as she pulled him back down. Not wanting to totally ruin the moment, he surrendered, and told himself to get a grip. He moved away from her neck and back to her mouth. Soap. He could still taste her perfume. Nostrils flared and he pulled back again, cringing.

“Come here,” Tina breathed. “Don’t play hard to get now.”

He opened his mouth and panted, hoping to release the flavor. Looking up to the half-moon that peeked through a cluster of dark clouds, he suddenly felt like gagging. In the next moment, he leapt off the girl and ran to the center of some fir trees that bordered the beach.

“What’s the matter?!” Her voice trailed after him.

Damien hunched over and grabbed his knees. Something was wrong. Horribly wrong. He was sure he was going to vomit whatever stomach flu suddenly overtook him, but instead he felt possessed to howl hoarsely into the night: “Owoooo!”


Saph's Review:

To Kiss A Werewolf is a cute story tailored more for the young adult crowd, although it's a clean paranormal romance that is suitable for anyone.

Stella Dabrowski is relatively new to Oregon, having had fled Idaho to escape her ex-boyfriend Billy.  The summer shortly before school starter, Stella and her two friends, Kit and Caleb play a silly game of Truth or Dare.  Stella's dare is to ask the most popular guy in high school, Damien Capernalli, out on a date.

When the dark haired goth girl walks into Doughlicious, the pizzaria owned by Damien's uncle, he's mesmerized.  After she walks out without ordering anything, he's then perplexed ~ and apologetic after he knocks her down with the door by quickly exiting the restaurant and not seeing her.  Promising to make it up to her, he gets her a slice of her preferred pizza.  Stella continues to take him up on his offer to make it up to her by asking him out on a date.  He's too busy staring at the attractive cashier to pay attention, so when she repeats her question, she does so with sarcasm and storms out the door.  She doesn't like Damien anyway.

So when Damien shows up to a meeting of the Paranormal Addicts Anonymous (PAA), she's slightly annoyed.  She doesn't understand why he's there.  She doesn't know that Damien being there is a quiet, desperate cry for help.  It would appear that he's new to the werewolf lifestyle and he's looking for tips, pointers, and help without divulging his true nature.

A few days later, the PAA group goes on a field trip to a bed and breakfast in California, over seven hours away.  The owner, Mrs. Partridge is eccentric and creepy, with weird rules about time frames and rooms that can't be entered.  She scares the group one night and the turn of events has everyone believing that she's not at all human.  They also discover he grandson has been kept locked up in a bedroom - but's he's not all he seems and soon Stella realizes just what's going on.  Damien also shows up, and so does his estranged father.

Will Stella be able to handle her ex-boyfriend and prevent him from turning into something she isn't?  Will Damien figure out why he's a werewolf and how to deal with it?  Will Stella and Damien finally connect in the way that a cute paranormal romance usually does or will other complications arise?

I very much enjoyed To Kiss A Werewolf.  Stella, Kit, Caleb, Gordon, Maggie, and Damien are all typical teenagers in that respect.  Stella and Damien, of course, are dealing with issues stemming from the paranormal, which is pretty interesting.  Stella doesn't really believe in the paranormal but after escaping Idaho and her ex, she traded pink and popularity for Goth and ghosts.  She's about to discover that she's got more involvement in the paranormal than she ever expected.  Damien is a teenager just coming into his wolfness and feels totally isolated and sort of scared with the changes.  

There are multiple story lines that tread through each other.  The author does a great job keeping everything straight and in line.  The twists and turns were unique and I was kept guessing on several issues.  Billy's character wasn't exactly what I had thought he's be and it was a great addition to the tale.  Stella and Damien's character were developed well and I liked them both.  

The author, Molly Snow, is a fantastic writer.  To Kiss A Werewolf is not the first, nor will it be the last, of her novels that I've read.  They are fantastic, as I noted above, for the young adult crowd.  Even though this book told mostly from the POV of Stella, I think teenage guys would probably like it if they can get beyond the title and cover.  There are several references to the Twilight Saga and I rolled my eyes at the first one.  I soon realized the references turned out to be more like reference points not an attempt to ride on the coattails.  And I totally agree that New Moon is the best book and movie of the series. 


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Spotlight: Entangled Flirt: Twelve Days of Christmas Past ~~ An anthology of four historical novellas (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Twelve Days of Christmas Past
An anthology of four historical novellas

Publisher: Entangled

Genre: Historical Romance


The Countess's Groom 
by Emily Larkin

Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a marriage from hell. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom Will Fenmore offers to help her find a way out.

Will has loved Rose since she was brought to Creed Hall as a new bride, but their relationship has only ever been that of mistress and servant. Born worlds apart, Will knows he could never be her husband, but maybe he can be her salvation.

As they plan her escape to the American colonies, Rose learns to trust Will with her life and her heart, but trusting him with her body is another matter. Can she conquer her fear of the marriage bed? Is the future she dreams of—being Will’s wife—possible?




Christmas Past 
by Susanna Fraser

Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.

Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful “Mrs. Sydney” from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.







The Blacksmith’s Son
By Rebecca Thomas

Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his Naval commission ends to find a young groom being beaten in the village stables. Weary from his travels, he only wants a good night's sleep, but refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad's mistreatment. He intervenes, taking the lad to his room, only to discover the boy...is a woman. 

After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl murdering another man, she’s in fear for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a boy while assisting the local blacksmith. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Involvement with the Captain lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may also draw the killer back on her trail. 


The Earl’s Christmas Colt
By Rebecca Thomas

Lady Arabella Sutton is stunned to learn her brother has betrothed her to a stranger despite his promises for a season in London. Although she is the first to admit no man would suit, since she’s more interested in horses than marriage, the last thing she wants is to become a brood mare to a stuffy old earl. Facing a future she cannot abide, she takes an impetuous ride to clear her head and ends up tending her injured mare instead.

Oliver Westwyck, the Earl of Marsdale, can’t believe his luck when he stops at an inn the night before he’s to meet his fiancée. In the stable, while tending the colt he intends to give to his future wife, he happens upon her—rain-drenched but beautiful. She assumes he’s a stable hand, a fine joke he means to end...until Lady Arabella declares all noblemen are egotistical, conceited, and arrogant. How can he reveal his true identity before he’s managed to change her mind and win her heart?






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Entangled Edge December Releases & Giveaways: Break Out (Blood Hunter #1) by Nina Croft and Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum, #3.5) by Rosalie Lario


Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from their popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

Today I'm happy to be featuring Edge's December releases!!



Break Out by Nina Croft
Blood Hunter #1
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The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they've discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they're called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can't resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous—or so fun.



Heart of the Incubus by Rosalie Lario

Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.

After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.

Amazon: Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum) (Entangled Edge)

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Entangled Covet December Releases: Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler and Ashes by Sarah Gilman


Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.

Today I'm happy to be featuring Covet's December releases:

Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler

He’ll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart…

Four years ago Tegan Ashton was attacked. Determined never to be a victim again, she devotes her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, only one person can help her.

Gabe is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After losing loved ones, he vows to defend people from a threat they don’t realize exists.

The relationship is supposed to be strictly business, but fighting demons together stirs up emotions they never expected. Turns out demon slaying is a breeze compared to facing their scarred pasts and even worse - hearts.


Ashes by Sarah Gilman

Journalist Ambrosia Pellerin accepts an assignment involving the legendary phoenix, expecting, if nothing else, a little entertainment. Instead, she winds up pregnant—by a surprisingly human-looking firebird, Reece Bennu.

As the Phoenix prince, Reece is next in line to the throne and expected to marry a purebred royal. A common human such as Ambrosia is not in the cards. He swears, though, he’ll never be an absentee father.

As Ambrosia’s due date grows closer, so do the soon-to-be parents. But will their tentative love survive the prejudice of Reece’s grandmother, who will stop at nothing to tear the two apart?



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Spotlight & Giveway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard


Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #1
Published: April 28, 2013

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.


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Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.






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Sunday, December 29, 2013

5 Star Review: Public Relations for Authors - Take Hold of Your Own Promotions by Babs Hightower


Getting help to promote your book just got easier. Public Relations for Authors Take Hold of Your Own Promotions will help you locate that special publicist who will help you promote your book the right way. As a Publicity Director for two publishers Babs brings knowledge to the book.

Public Relations teaches you why you need a publicist and how to find the right one for you. To understand what you need she covers:

How publicity can help sell books
What you need to know about publicity
Writing Pitches
Media Kits
Press Releases
Where to find a PR agent
What to send to your PR agent

Sapphyria's Review:

Public Relations for Authors: Take Hold of Your Own Promotions is a very eye opening short book.  It's packed full of useful and helpful knowledge that all authors should have available at their fingertips.  Public Relations for Authors contains detailed instructions that all authors, new or established, can learn from, and also includes samples of pitches, press releases, and media kits.

Social media is discussed, as well.  Social media is very important when networking and promoting you and your books.  But don't spam-this turns people off.  Babs also includes the benefits of radio publicity.  Also included are various types of other means of publicity and how to work with them.  She also includes the how's and why's to hiring a Public Relations (PR) Specialist.

There are also tips that can help bloggers assist authors as they travel the publicity road for the first time or the hundredth time.  This book can also assist bloggers themselves to become better, more efficient hosts for the multitudes of authors and genres of books currently in the marketplace.  I learned a lot about the entire process of book promotion that will help me, as a blogger, help you, as the author.

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Details:

File Size: 1965 KB
Print Length: 29 pages
Publisher: Babs Hightower (October 22, 2013)
Language: English



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About the Author:

Babs Hightower has been helping authors since 2000. She owns a book review blog Babs Book Bistro which got her started in PR and helping authors promote themselves.

In 2012 she started working for Entangled Publishing and worked her way up to Publicity Director over the Scandalous Imprint. She is also the publicist for World Castle Publishing. She is also known as Morgan Kincaid writer of Historical Romance.

Babs Book Bistro website: http://www.babsbookbistro.net

Babs Hightower PR website: http://www.babshightowerpr.com

Author website: http://morgankincaid.com

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Review: Voice of the Undead (Alex Van Helsing, Book 2) by Jason Henderson


Synopsis Via Inside Dust Jacket:

Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live-—and hunt-—around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he’s only fourteen, but c'’mon: This runs in his blood.

But Alex is wondering if he'’ll live long enough to succeed. His archnemesis Elle, a vampire whose youthful appearance and blond hair disguise a rage that'’s directed at him, is out to get him before a powerful leader called Ultravox arrives on the scene. Ultravox specializes in assassinations, but who is he targeting? As he dodges Elle'’s attacks, Alex is on a mission to uncover Ultravox'’s deadly plan before his friends and his school become collateral damage. There'’s no time to report back; innocent lives hang in the balance, and it’'s on Alex to act now-—or else.

Book Details:

Series: Alex Van Helsing (Book 2)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (July 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0061951013
ISBN-13: 978-0061951015
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches


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Sapphyria's Review:

My review of Book 1, Vampire Rising, can be found here: http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-jason-hendersons-vampire-rising.html

The gang is all back together in Book 2:  Alex, Paul, Sid, Minhi, Sangster, the rest of the Polidorium, and Alex's nemesis, Elle the vampire.

After being attacked by Elle on his way back to school, Alex accidentally burns down the school. This forces the entire Glenarvon’s Boarding School for Boys to move into an all girls' school, LaLaurie School for Girls, while the situation is assessed. This school just happens to be the one Minhi attends and is the sister school to Glenarvon. Here, we are introduced to Vienna, who has captivated Alex.

While at the school, the boys learn of a tradition where there is a talent show.  Sid is encouraged to write and read his vampire stories to the school for the competition.  While at the library seeking material/books to use, Vienna thrusts a book at Sid to use.  After a while of reading and writing from the book, the girls in the school are summoned forth into the night by an unknown entity.  Elle is the leader of the group but she is assisted by the recording from a sinister new player on the scene named Ultravox.  He has his target set on someone or something in the city but neither Alex nor the Polidorium can figure out who or what.

Will Alex and the Polidorium figure out what's going on before anyone ends of dead?

I wasn't nearly as excited about Book 2 as I was about Book 1. Voice of the Undead seemed to be written at a much slower pace than Vampire Rising. I didn't find myself engaged in the plot of the story and as such it took me quite a long time (and two library renewals) to get it read. It just didn't pull me into the story as much as I had hoped it would.

The story line itself was great. I loved the layout and the newly introduced characters. Vienna's story was sad and as it unfolded I really felt sorry for her predicament. There were some feelings between Vienna and Alex but they weren't really explored since there was a crazy madman out trying to kill/harm someone or something. Ultravox was interesting yet sort of a bland main bad guy. I found that he ended up playing a minor part in Voice of the Undead even though I think he was made out to be the main focus of the story. Vienna, Elle, Sid, and the talent show at the girls' school really overshadowed Ultravox.

I highly advise you start this series by reading book 1 first - it will help you put things into perspective and understand who Alex Van Helsing and Sangster are.  It will also explain why Elle (and the Scholomance) want Alex dead.

I will finish the trilogy at some point but it's not high on the priority list.

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Local Library.

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