Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blog Tour Schedule & #Giveaway: VOICES by Clarissa Johal ~ Read exclusive excerpts, guest posts, and spotlights

Blog Tour for VOICES by Clarissa Johal.

Follow the tour (schedule is below) to read exclusive excerpts, guest posts, and spotlights.  

Make sure to enter the giveaway, too!

"Sometimes the ghosts from your past…
are real."


Book Details:

Title: VOICES
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Published by Permuted Press May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
ASIN: B00WAH55JW
Pages: 264

About VOICES:

Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.    
    
Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

VOICES Purchase Links:

Amazon: Voices

Barnes and Noble: Voices

KOBO: Voices

Smashwords: Voices

About the Author:


Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

*Member of the Author's Guild
*Member of the Horror Writers Association

VOICES
(May 2015) Permuted Press

STRUCK
(January 2014) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

BETWEEN
(December 2012) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

PRADEE
(2010) Clarissa Johal
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories: 

PIGEONS
THE ROPE
Susurrus Literary Journal

Non-Fiction:

A WAY OF LIFE
The Sacramento Bee Newspaper 

Find Clarissa Online:



Tour Hosted by Sapphyria's Book Promotions:


Tour Participants:

~June 1~

Sapphyria's Book Promotions
Tour Schedule

Clarissa Johal
Tour Schedule
http://clarissajohal.blogspot.com/

Sapphyria's Book Reviews
Spotlight with Non-Exclusive Excerpt
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

MissPhyre Library
Spotlight with Non-Exclusive Excerpt


~June 2~

A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction
Exclusive Excerpt

DRC Promotions
Guest Post


~June 3~

Paranormal & Romance author Juli D. Revezzo
Spotlight with Non-Exclusive Excerpt

Babs Book Bistro
Exclusive Excerpt
http://www.babsbookbistro.net/

Lakeview Times
Spotlight with Non-Exclusive Excerpt


~June 4~

Vanessa Kings' Book
Exclusive Excerpt

Sandra Love
Guest Post


~June 5~

HorrorMade
Guest Post

Book Babble
Exclusive Excerpt

Sapphyria's Book Reviews
Spotlight with Non-Exclusive Excerpt


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Book Tour Schedule - Disenchanted by Leigh Goff - Read Reviews, Guest Posts, Excerpts, Interviews, and Spotlight Posts


Title: Disenchanted

Author Name:  Leigh Goff

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Occult

Keywords: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Witchcraft, Wethersfield, Goodchild, Mather, witch, coven, true love curse, white witch, black witch, Sophie, Alexavier, bloodcharm, star-crossed, clairvoyant, outcast

ISBNs: e-Book ~ 978-0-9947490-0-0  Print Book ~ 978-0-9920490-9-6

Number of Pages:  264

Release Date: June 1, 2015

A forbidden love. A dark curse. An impossible choice...

About Disenchanted:

Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, sixteen-year-old Sophie is struggling to hide her awkwardly emerging magic, but that’s the least of her worries. When a dangerous thief tries to steal her mysterious heirloom necklace, she is rescued by the one person she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang. He carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families' wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul to save them from a witch's true love curse, but it will take much more than that.

Excerpt:

“You really want to know?” He circled behind me, not touching me, but I could feel him there, just an inch away. He stepped closer, his body heat warming my exposed neck.

I tried to ignore the trembles and craving his alluring voice provoked. Heat and tension continued to roll off him. My breathing quickened.

“Secrets never stay secret in Wethersfield. It’s going to slip out eventually.”

He circled around to face me again and nodded. “Your curiosity is inexhaustible.”

I pressed my hand to my forehead, trying to regroup, which was harder than it should have been. “Look. It doesn’t matter. I can handle whatever it is.”

“Zeke will be thrilled if he finds out what I’m about to tell you.” He shook his head, probably imagining the ugly scenario. “I come from a long line of Mathers who have been more than unlucky in love. A staggering number of them, so many that one cannot blame it on misfortune or bad luck. For years, my father thought it was a genetic fluke until he had our ancestor’s DNA tested and, like his own, it showed nothing.” He rolled his sleeve up enough to show me the pinkish birthmark on his wrist. It resembled a small heart broken in two, exactly like Zeke’s. “You see, from my father’s research, every Mather heir for centuries has carried this mark in this spot. It is something passed down in our family, inherited, but not genetic. That leaves only one explanation. Our bloodline is cursed.”

“Are you sure it’s not Karma or bad luck?” We knew Francis had been cursed for his father’s hand in the hangings. But all of them? I didn’t think a generational curse was really possible.

“I don’t believe in bad luck, but I do believe in the power of this curse. It has haunted us through time.”

“How many of you?”

“After they fell in love? Since Francis Mather, the one buried under the tree next to your ancestor, all of them. Not at first. Some of them were able to bear a child or two before their love deepened and the curse took hold of one or both of them. It is why my father used a surrogate rather than risk a relationship. He, Zeke, and I are the last of Rev. Mather’s direct descendants. It’s too many to make sense so all we are left with is the fact that we are cursed to live a life without love or die from it.”

I staggered backward, staring at the trees lining the path, in shock. Elizabeth warned me about a curse living on. The judge even sputtered on about a problem caused by the witches. Did they both mean a generational curse on the Mathers? Generational curses were only heard of in myths because they required great power and a dark heart. Did Rebecca have that much power? “Let’s say that’s even possible.” I could barely grasp the possibility for the irony got in the way. A curse cast by my ancestor meant to punish the Mathers was now threatening not only my happiness, but my life.

Tour Schedule:

June 1st:

Mirror World Publishing - Spotlight

Carrie Ann Tripp - Review

A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction - Review

Strands of Thought - Character Interview

Sharon Ledwith: I Came, I Saw, I Wrote - Spotlight


June 2nd:

Author Sandra Love - Review

Two Chicks and a Dude Book Reviews - Spotlight


June 3rd:

Jojo Debrazza - Guest Post

The MissPhyre Library - Review

Karen Kennedy Samoranos - Excerpt


June 4th:

Vanessa Kings' Books - Review

Sara Daniel Romance Author - Excerpt
http://saradanielromance.blogspot.com/

Tales from the Bayou...(Rita Monette) - Spotlight
http://ritamonette.blogspot.com/


June 5th:

Clarissa Johal: Author of Paranormal, Gothic Horror and Fantasy - Guest Post

Sapphyria's Book Reviews - Excerpt

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Rescued by the Rancher (a Tall Pines Ranch novel) by Victoria James

Starting over and starting a whole lotta trouble…


About Rescued by the Rancher:

Meredith Anderson left her difficult past behind to create a new life for herself in Tall Pines—where she can be the independent, confident woman she always dreamed of being. Now she's a partner in her sister's wedding planning business, helping brides realize their happily-ever-afters…even as she promises herself to never fall in love.

Meredith's sweetness and vulnerability brings out the protective side of rancher Gage McAllister—even though their worlds are miles apart. All it takes is one night for desire to take hold of them both, a sizzling encounter that can only lead to the promise of more. But Meredith isn't looking for more, and even if she was, Gage is set to leave Tall Pines behind him…
(Photo and synopsis courtesy of http://www.entangledpublishing.com/)

Book Information:

Title: Rescued by the Rancher (a Tall Pines Ranch novel)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 186 pages
Release Date: April 14, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63375-254-2
My Thoughts:

Read my review of Book 1, The Rancher's Second Chance.

Meredith Anderson is the sister of Melanie Simms, the heroine from Book 1.  Mer fled her controlling father, mouse of a mother, and psycho ex-fiance in hopes of rekindling her relationship with Mel.  Wanting to turn a new leaf, Mer also decides that a change is in order.  Or maybe she just wants to catch the eye of sexy rancher Gage....

Gage thinks that Meredith is completely out of his league but his primal instincts are screaming for her.  When she proposes a no-strings attached fling, every warning bell in his head starts blaring.  He knows that just one night with her won't be enough, but he humors her just the same.  When things develop that are beyond what either could have possibly imagined, Mer's past catches up with her and threatens to destroy anything that could be between them.

The strong chemistry between Meredith and Gage is undeniable.  His instinctively protective nature where Meredith is concerned is both a shock and comfortably right in his world - which is a problem.  Neither thinks the other wants a relationship, besides, Gage is leaving Tall Pines as soon as possible.  There isn't room in his plans for Meredith.

When those from Meredith's past threaten those in her life now, she must make a choice, or rather a sacrifice, and do what's best for those she loves.  Little does Meredith know that Gage has some aces up his sleeves.  He's not going to let his past and the unscrupulous people in her life destroy everything he has and everything he wants.

Meredith and Gage are a totally cute couple, whether they want to admit or not.  I adore their interactions.  Both characters are well developed and written realistically.  Don't make the mistake in thinking that Rescued by the Rancher is all canoodling and sweet romance though.  Victoria James knows how to infuse drama into her passion-filled contemporary romances.  Things aren't easy for her characters and adversity crosses their paths more than once.

After years of being controlled, Meredith is learning how to be a fierce and independent woman.  She's learning to stand up for herself and stand on her own.  She's a wonderful character that many people with be able to relate to and love.  Gage has been the man of her dreams since Book 1 and how she goes about trying to get him into her bed is comical.

Gage, on the other hand, is doing whatever it takes to stay away from Meredith.  He wants her....BADLY....but is gun shy.  She deserves so much more than a romp between the sheets and Gage is just not sure he's capable of anything else.  The road that has been written for them take some wildly fantastical and deeply emotional turns.

I have yet to read a book by Victoria James that I've given less than a 5 star rating.  I love her novels and the way she writes.  Her characters, the plot, themes, drama, and passion pull the reader in and keeps them engaged.  There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read.  (I still re-read The Best Man's Baby as often as I can).  I am able to get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them.  I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me.  If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book - or in the case of Victoria...books, for me.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts about this book are my own.

My Rating:



Release Blitz: Baubles and Beads by Cherime MacFarlane

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Quick Character Q & A: Outlaw Hearts (Outlaw Hearts, Book 1) by Rosanne Bittner #Giveaway


United by chance, bound by fate, consumed by passion.


Blog Tour Spotlight:

Title: Outlaw Hearts

Author: Rosanne Bittner

Series: Outlaw Hearts, #1

Pubdate: June 2nd, 2015

ISBN: 9781492612810

This June Rosanne Bittner’s beloved title, Outlaw Hearts, will be back in print for the first time in over twenty years! To celebrate, we’re pleased to welcome the hero and heroine of the book Jake Harkner and Miranda Hayes, who will be sitting down with us today for a quick Q&A. 

If you could go back and redo any day in your relationship, what day would you choose?

Jake: The day I rode out of her life, thinking it was best for her.

Miranda: The day soldiers came to take Jake away in a prison wagon.

About Outlaw Hearts:

Miranda Hayes has lost everything—her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone…until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.

Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He’s never known a moment’s kindness…until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.

Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price…and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.

USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.

Read An Excerpt:

Miranda watched Jake saddle up while she held the two gunnysacks full of supplies she had prepared for him. He gave Outlaw’s stomach a light punch. “Suck it in, boy,” he barked. “You don’t fool me, filling yourself up with air like that.” The horse’s belly contracted, and Jake tightened the cinch. “All I need is to be on a hard ride to get away from some marshal only to have my saddle slip on me.”

Miranda saw him wince, knew he was still in pain. “Jake, can’t you wait one more day?”

Jake kept his eyes on the cinch, thinking about the restless night he had had, lying awake and wondering what Mrs. Miranda Hayes would have done if he had gone out to her cot and planted his mouth on her sweet lips. “No, ma’am. Too dangerous for you having me here, what with that sheriff sweet on you and all. Hard telling when he might show up again.” He let down a stirrup and turned to meet her eyes. Was that a trace of tears he saw there? No. He would not believe that. “If you had any common sense at all, you would stay here and marry the sheriff and let him take care of you.”

Miranda stiffened with indignation, glad he had said something that made her momentarily forget about wanting to cry. “Why do all men think a woman needs ‘taking care of’? I’ll be just fine on my own. And if I did have common sense, you would be sitting in prison or hanging from a tree by now, and I would be five thousand dollars richer.”

Jake grinned. “You’ve got me there.”

Miranda thought how he looked even more handsome now in the morning light. It was the best he had looked since the first day she saw him in the supply store, bearded and mean-looking, then so sick after that. He had a fine, square jaw and dark, wide-set eyes that were perfectly outlined with dark eyelashes. Even his nose seemed perfectly matched to the rest of his face, and when he smiled, his teeth were straight and clean. She surmised that in spite of his cruelty, Jake’s father must have been as handsome as his mother was beautiful, for they had produced a son that was the best of both. How sad that they had never given that son a decent home.

A faint scar on Jake’s left jaw and another tiny one on his upper lip only seemed to make him even more handsome, lending a ruggedness to his looks that was accented by his tall frame and broad shoulders. She found herself wondering how his full, firm lips would feel on her mouth, how a man like Jake Harkner kissed a woman…”

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Meet Herbert L. Smith, Author of Hurricane Kingdom: A Starfire Mystery(Volume 3), as He Discusses Hi Love for Music


I have the pleasure of welcoming Herbert L. Smith to the blog today.  Herbert will be talking to us about music.  

Music has always been my life, my love, and my voice to the world. I love music of almost any kind - providing it actually speaks to me. Some music speaks loudly, other kinds have a lesser voice, and a few genres aren’t in my vocabulary at all. Those are the kinds I don’t understand. It’s not a matter of taste, it’s a matter of experience and identification with the music I hear.

I declare a love of good, old-style country music. I was raised on it, and among my first recollections are the country songs played on radio KMA – or possible KFNF- in Shenendoah, Iowa. At the beginning of memories, we lived near a creek called Tinklebranch in Glenwood, and my mother and her neighbor, Jessie, who lived on the other side of the creek, ran a poultry business out of Jessie’s back porch. I spent my days there, in Jessie’s big family room (although they didn’t call it that in those days) and took afternoon naps on a soft, old sofa across the room from the radio. I heard the sounds of country all day, even in my sleep, and it filled my head with satisfaction. I carry those sounds with me even now. I can also see the radio, and old wooden box, painted black, with white nobs and a lighted ‘dial’ that ran along the top. One of the nobs adjusted the marker that moved across the dial, which picked up the frequency of those stations. It was a magic box, for sure.

I also learned to love church music. A church stood on the opposite side of Green Street from our house, at its intersection with Hazel. I heard the old gospel songs there, with an occasional ancient hymn-tune thrown in. They were all sung country-style. It was the only kind of music the people there knew, and they sang lustily with the piano in the lead. The songs, with all the words to all the verses, became embedded in my memory. I still know all the verses of all the songs, even the ones I learned long after that. It became the way I remembered the music.

The piano is my truest voice. I didn’t start playing it until I was nine, but I understood a lot about music because I loved it beyond anything else, and as soon as I got hold of a piano and could take piano lessons, I was off and running! I never looked back. After years of study I became a pianist in my own right, but the earliest forms I learned from the radio and from church singing are still deeply ingrained in my memory and are a large part of my adoration of all things musical.

I retired from church music about five years ago, after nearly sixty years of work. I wouldn’t trade any part of it for anything else.

I should mention that my musical life, despite the fact that it was my favorite, was an avocation. My ‘real’ vocation - for those who might like to know - is linguistics, with English as my primary language. I taught in several universities around the world, and found it fascinating, but my greatest love, my truest love, is the piano.

Hurricane Kingdom
By Herbert L. Smith


Hurricane Kingdom:A Starfire Mystery(Volume 3)
Self Published
Paperback: 166 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1502527431

About Hurricane Kingdom:

The Hog Ranch near Hillville, Iowa, is a notorious place. All kinds of illegal ‘business’ prospers there. It’s a known hideout for the criminal element, and its proximity to Omaha is a major plus for the goings-on inside – and outside as well. The sturdy old log structure sits along the shoreline of the Missouri River; that mighty waterway flows just steps outside the back door and provides a good place to dispose of dead bodies. Set in the middle of the 1950’s, the tale of Hurricane Kingdom – who seems (at first) a minor character in the entire scheme of things – twists and forks along the muddy trails of the riverbank behind the Hog Ranch with its gambling Cellar, gigantic barroom, and a well-populated House on the top floor.

The quiet and somewhat dull town of Hillville is nearby but also a world away, exactly as the town and the Ranch both want it to be. Guy LeFevere and Caleb Starfire, the men who shoulder the burdens of the Starfire Detective agency, share the responsibilities of policing the town as well as all of Bogger County with an inept, portly and rather absurd sheriff, Fred Baylor. It’s a mixed match-up, but despite all the fuming and fumbling of the dull-witted sheriff, the detectives prevail, and more often than not the criminal element is subdued or eventually rendered harmless – and sometimes actually imprisoned. Frequently, however, the criminals inflict their deadly punishments upon each other. The 1950’s shine through the novel and offer a fun-filled romp through Hillville and its environs, creating renewed memories for those who survived that time, and a lesson in human history for those who missed all the fun.



About This Author:

Herb Smith, the author of eight books and counting, is a native of Glenwood, Iowa, the town that is the prototype for Hillville, which is featured in the Starfire Mystery Series. He has memories of people and events that stretch back to the 1940’s, and his memory is not only long, but detailed as well.

He has recreated the Iowa of his youth in the Starfire Mystery Series. (This is the third book in the series.) The stories are all set in the 1950’s, something of an American Golden Age, and the joys and struggles of life, along with the murders, are evident as the reader becomes ever more beguiled by that world.

Smith’s own life has included places far flung from Southwestern Iowa: Egypt and the Middle East, Argentina, Idaho, and even exotic central California, where he spent thirty five years (except for the time he was working outside the U. S.)

He is a musician – mostly church music – and has worked in all kinds of churches as organist, sometimes doubling as choir master as well. He also taught English as a Foreign Language in California Universities and other schools around the world. Currently, he lives the retired life in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Glenda. Their daughter Melanie and her husband William live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Theirs is a small but closely linked family, and they spend holidays and many other times together. They don’t have dogs, but Pippa, the colossal cat, reigns unquestionably in her California home.

Smith’s future remains bright. A new series, called the Quest Samson Mystery Series (based in Eugene), is in the works, as well as other unusual but interesting book projects, and he is considering some musical compositions that will add to his artistic credentials.

Author Links:

Webpage: http://www.herbertlsmith.com/

Amazon Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1ckbF6w

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review & #Giveaway: Voices by Clarissa Johal

Welcome to the Review Tour for VOICES by Clarissa Johal

"Sometimes the ghosts from your past…
are real."


Book Details:

Title: VOICES
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Published by Permuted Press May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
ASIN: B00WAH55JW
Pages: 264

About VOICES:

Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.    
    
Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

Saph's Review:

Being haunted by two separate ghosts, Moira finds herself committed to a local mental health facility when of them decides to force her into violence.  While there, the reader gets a fully developed explanation of who Moira is, who is attached to her, and why they are there.  Moira's upbringing is less than ideal; until she and her brother were placed in the last foster home, there were problems aplenty.  There is so much pain and tragedy and the author does an exceptional job of making them so realistic in the novel.  

The whole structure of Voices is so different and unique from anything else I've read.  I was pulled in from the very beginning from Clarissa's vivid imagery, great writing, and suspense.  The character development and world building is executed nicely - not too fast, not too slow and with only the information that the reader truly needs to know.

Moira is a strong character - anyone else in her position may have cracked long ago, not endured as she has.  The spirits that plague her have also isolated her.  Moira keeps most people at arm's length because getting too close causes issues with some jealous dead people.  

Moira's doctor, Richard Cassano, isn't the traditional type that pushes meds on all of this patients because it's easier than actually treating them.  There aren't any signs of schizophrenia other than her admittance of hearing a voice or two.   Richard must also confront his own demons, so-to-speak, when he realizes that Moira isn't just hearing voices; she's hearing the voices of real ghosts who happen to be attached to her.  With his belief system tested, Richard must now dive deep into her past and figure out who is attached to Moira and why.

Adam Blackwood is a regular at the facility.  He also sees and hears ghosts but his brother keeps having him committed against his will.  Adam sees the entities attached to Moira and, after a time, begins instructing her on how to keep the spirits at bay.   He's snarky and smart-mouthed; his coping mechanism for the hand he was dealt.

The connections that are built between Moira & Adam and Moira & Dr. Cassano will keep the reader guessing as to whom will be the knight in shining armor - if there even is one.  With the malevolent entity attempting to control Moira, there may not be anything anyone can to do save her - especially when the evil grows out of control.

An excellent book, Voices will keep the reader up at night or from being productive at anything until the very last page is read.  I highly recommend Voices to anyone who loves the paranormal combined with psychological ties, and rounded off nicely with suspense.  You won't be disappointed!

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Saph's Rating:




VOICES Purchase Links:

Amazon: Voices

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KOBO: Voices

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About the Author:



Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

*Member of the Author's Guild
*Member of the Horror Writers Association

VOICES
(May 2015) Permuted Press

STRUCK
(January 2014) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

BETWEEN
(December 2012) Musa Publishing 
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

PRADEE
(2010) Clarissa Johal
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories: 

PIGEONS
THE ROPE
Susurrus Literary Journal

Non-Fiction:

A WAY OF LIFE
The Sacramento Bee Newspaper 

Find Clarissa Online:


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Blog Tour & #Giveaway ~ I'll Stand By You by Sharon Sala #Sourcebooks


No one is alone

Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she's weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

As long as there is love to give

Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that...

Read an Excerpt:

“Nothing means a damn thing if I don’t have my baby.”

“And now we get to my suggestion. Do you like Johnny Pine?”

“Yes, of course. He’s been wonderful to us.”

“No, I mean, could you like him as relationship material?”

“That possibility exists,” she said.

“Good. Now let me talk to Johnny.”

She handed the phone back to Johnny.

“Now he wants to talk to you.”

She took the baby and Johnny took the phone.

“Yeah?”

“I have a suggestion that could bring an end to your troubles.”

“Like what?”

“Do you like Dori?”

“Well, sure. She’s great.”

“Do you like her enough to consider a personal relationship with her?”

Johnny looked at Dori, then cupped her face and ran his thumb down the side of her jaw.

“Yes, I like her enough to consider a personal relationship.”

Dori shivered beneath his touch as she realized Butterman was asking Johnny the same question he’d asked her.

“Put the phone on speaker,” Butterman said.

“Just a minute,” Johnny said and then pressed a button. “Okay, you’re on speaker now.”

“Here’s the deal,” Butterman said. “You two are very young to have such adult responsibilities. You’re both trying to take care of your families on your own, and now DFCS has their nose in your business and is threatening you with removing the children from your custody, right?”

“Right,” they said.

“So this would end tomorrow if you were married.”

Johnny took a quick breath, started to speak, and then found himself staring at Dori instead, waiting for her reaction.

Dori already knew Johnny cared for her because he’d told her. What he didn’t know was that she was very attracted to him.

“Well? Did both of you faint or what?” Butterman asked.

“I’m game if she is,” Johnny said.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep our boys,” Dori said.

Butterman chuckled. “Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. If it were me, I wouldn’t waste any time. Go get the license and find a preacher, and your trouble with Miss Carter is a thing of the past. I assume I am invited to the wedding.”

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Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women's Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Read an #Excerpt & Enter the #Giveaway: Paranormal Romance Novel ~ Thomas Le Beau Series, Book 4, by V.A. Dold


About Thomas:

Julia is happy with her place in the shifter community as the owner of the famous shifter bar, The Backwater. But the life she's created for herself isn't enough to satisfy her crazy-ass mother, Lucinda, who shops her and her sister, Krystal, around to the pure blood shifters like pieces of meat. Only a born shifter mate is good enough for her girls.

Thomas James has his hands full as the shifter king's head of security. He certainly wasn’t looking for a girlfriend during the first annual shifter gathering. He had the king and queen to protect, not skirts to chase.

A childhood of emotional and physical abuse by his birth father has left Thomas emotionally unavailable and uninterested in romantic relationships. His father Tim’s cruelty to his mother and brother molded him into an extremely protective person. No one messes with his loved ones without answering to him.

Even though Julia and Thomas are destined to be mates, the obstacles standing between them and their happily-ever-after seem insurmountable.

Lucinda insists Julia stay away from the filthy human.

Tim is trying to kill every one Thomas loves. The mysterious Benevolent Sovereign, who is trying to overthrow the throne, has sent swampers to attack Thomas and destroy Julia’s livelihood.

With family like theirs, who needs enemies? Will Julia and Thomas’s happiness be snuffed out before it has a chance to begin or will they forge through - obstacles be damned.



Thomas
Le Beau Series, Book 4
V.A. Dold

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: April 10th 2015

ISBN-10:0-9905235-0-0
ISBN-13:978-0-9905235-0-5
ASIN: B00VZ4HRN8

Number of pages: 211
Word Count: 63838

Read an Excerpt:

It had been a busy shift at her bar The Backwater, and she was ready to relax in a bubble bath with a good romance novel.
Julia came through the front door of her home to a horrifying sight. Her beloved novels lay shredded and callously thrown in a pile. It must be her entire collection to create a mountain of pages and covers five feet high in her living room. Next to the carnage lay a note on a side table. The room smelled of anger, frustration, and her mother.
She was going to have to store her books in a safer place from now on. Huffing out an angry breath, she picked up the note.

You need to get your head out of the clouds and look for a mate. You won’t find him in one of these human books. I’ve had it with your lack of interest in settling down. Pick out a mate, or I will pick one for you.

“Pick one for me? She has completely lost touch with reality.”
Every shifter knew you couldn’t just pick any old mate; you had to find the one who held the other half of your soul. It was time for a private talk with her father. He needed to know how crazy she was acting.
Sighing, at almost two hundred, she was well past the age by which she hoped to be mated. Every year her mother had marched available men into her quaint little house like she was presenting the latest fashions, or worse, dragged her to them. Not a single one had been her other half. How exactly was she to blame for that?
Then she read the last sentence of the note.

You will attend the dance at your Uncle Isaac’s on Saturday. Perhaps this time you will find your mate.

Your Mother

She audibly groaned. She hated being sniffed by every single male who came within five feet of her. It made her feel dirty. The First thing she did after these setups was take a long, hot shower.
Julia thought back to the beginning of her ‘shame’, as her mother described it. She had gone to yet another event where she was set out like a prize to be won. When none of the men were a match, her parents informed her they were buying the Gator’s Tooth Bar and Grill, and she would be the full-time bartender. Their hopes were she would stumble upon her mate amongst the patrons and visitors. The first thing Julia had done was rename the bar The Backwater to spite her mother.
Has it really been twenty years?
“Oh well, I have six days before Isaac’s party; time enough to stock up on new books. And I’m not going to waste another second thinking about the party. Take that, Mother.”
At least her uncle’s party actually sounded fun. Her cousins would be there, and she could hang out with them while avoiding her mother.

The Day of the Gathering

Stretching, Julia considered what to do with her free day. The gathering didn’t begin until seven that evening, and since everyone was invited, The Backwater was closed for the day.
Grabbing her robe, she slipped on her bunny slippers and made a beeline to the coffee maker. Goddess, she loved her new programmable machine. No more waiting for the coffee to brew for this girl.
Steaming cup in hand, she grabbed one of her new romance novels. A friend had recommended it, saying the storyline and names sounded like her cousin, Cade, and his mate, Anna. She’d never read V.A. Dold before, but she hoped it would be as good as her friend said it was.
Not two chapters into the book and the last person she wanted to see walked through her door. Her mother. Lucinda took one look at the book and turned an interesting color of purplish red.
“Do you always barge into a person’s home without knocking?” Julia asked coolly.
“Where did you get that?”
“The coffee? From the pot in the kitchen.”
“You know very well I’m not talking about the coffee.”
“Well, if you’re referring to my NEW book, touch it and die. And if you think I’m kidding, try it.”
Lucinda was dumbstruck; Julia had never spoken to her like that before.
“Since I have a day of relaxation planned, why don’t you tell me why you’re here so I can get back to it?”
“I bought you a dress for the gathering. I was shopping for one for myself and saw this. It’s your favorite color, and I’m sure it will be stunning on you.” Lucinda held it out to Julia a little hesitantly.
Interesting. She’d never seen her mother unsure of herself.
 I’m going to have to tell her off more often.
“I wasn’t planning on wearing a dress, but I’ll try it on later and see what I think of it.”
“Wonderful. We’ll pick you up at six thirty.”
“No. You won’t. I’m going by myself.”
“But you have to ride with the family.”
“Why?”
“Because that’s the way you travel to these gatherings. You arrive as a family pack.”
“Then I guess I’m starting a new tradition because I’m going by myself.”
Lucinda narrowed her eyes. She was so mad, Julia checked to see if steam was rising out of her ears. “You wait until I tell your father.”
“Go ahead. I’m still going by myself.”
Lucinda growled, spun on her heel, and slammed the door on her way out.
“Well,” Julia chuckled to herself, “that was pleasant.”

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V.A. Dold is the Amazon best selling author of the Award winning Le Beau Brothers series.

Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was publicist to the authors, owning ARC Author & Reader Conventions. Still is.

Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter with her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.

A Midwest native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading, or traveling.

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