20 April 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway:Supervision by Alison Stine


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Supervision by Alison Stine.
Audience/Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult.
Publication: April 9th 2015 by HarperVoyager.
Something is wrong with Esmé.

Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.

And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I read because I want to escape reality for a while and live vicariously through a book. I like Young Adult books because of the innocence there and finding love and family. I liked it all wrapped up. This book was that. The story is cute. The concept was good. I usually don’t like dead people’s romance with the living because dead is dead but this worked okay.

Ezme and Firecracker are sisters. They have moved to New York when Firecracker was old enough to take care of them both. They used to live with their Grandmother after their parents died. Then because Ezme isn’t doing so well in school, according to her sister, Ezme gets shipped off to her Grandmother’s house. But after some events, when Grandmother comes to pick her up at the train station she doesn’t see Ezme. Ezme is invisible but alive. She can see and hear and talk with Ghosts but can’t be seen by the living. Ezme doesn’t know what to do.

She meets Clara and Tom who are adopted siblings that are ghosts. They become friends and they help Ezme and Ezme learns how to help ghosts. But when she meets Tom and Clara’s father, the StationMaster, she realizes that the dead aren’t all nice. He is evil. He can hurt you. He can hurt the living. He tries to kill Ezme, many times. Time is ticking and Ezme has to find a way to get her Grandmother to see her and how to become seen again and solve the mystery of why she is like this and why all these children are missing and dead in her Grandmother’s town and save her own life and her sister’s and Grandmother’s.

I liked the mystery. I liked the writing style. I found myself confused sometimes, but was able to just go with it and finish the story. I liked the characters and the good vs. evil. I liked how her family was able to become closer and come to terms that their family has a gift of seeing, hearing, talking, or sensing ghosts. Each of them possessing a different gift.

So I liked it. But I felt something lacking in the story every time I found parts of the story that was so confusing that I didn’t know what was going on. I wished the writer had spent more time on the story to fix some of the holes in the story. I wouldn’t mind reading more of the authors writing.

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ALISON STINE’s first novel SUPERVISION will be released by Harper Voyager UK in 2015.

Also the author of three books of poetry: WAIT (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), OHIO VIOLENCE (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and LOT OF MY SISTER (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.

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Release Day Launch & Giveaway: The Billionaire's Bid (Indigo Island #4) by Kaira Rouda

The Billionaire's Bid (Indigo Island #4)
by Kaira Rouda.
Audience/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 20, 2015.
Handsome tycoon James Putnam is acting CEO of his family’s logging company, Putnam Industries. He needs to land a big deal to prove to the board he’s capable of taking over the company. If not, his father’s right-hand-man Walter is more than willing to fill the role. James hurries to Indigo Island alone, certain he has what it takes to land the deal.

Aubrey Templeton is a gorgeous magazine reporter facing a mountain of debt after her parents’ tragic deaths. The only asset she has to leverage is 2,500 acres of land on Indigo Island. She hires Dirk Cooley, a forester, to create a forest management plan for her family’s land and to solicit multiple logger bids to lease the land. Aubrey makes sure James Putnam’s company is included. Aubrey and James shared a night she’ll never forget and she’s certain, once he sees her, he’ll want a repeat as much as she does. What she doesn’t know is that Dirk’s goal in life is to destroy the Putnam family and he doesn’t care who goes down with them.

Will James recognize Aubrey as more than a sexy landowner? Could she become a partner in both love and business? Will they uncover Dirk’s plot before it’s too late? Will they recognize the common roots that lead to love?

“You really want to give me a second chance?” he said. He was holding her hand, staring into her eyes. The electricity between them was crazy, she knew he had to feel it, too.

“Last chance,” she whispered.

Whatever control he’d had snapped.

James pulled her tightly to him and lowered them both to the blanket, grabbing her hair with one hand, kissing her with an urgency she had never felt before, had never imagined. It was as if he wanted to touch every part of her, take all of her for his own. He rolled her onto her back, and plunged his tongue in her mouth as heat slammed through her body. She opened her mouth wider, welcoming him, her tongue exploring him in return. She heard him moan her name. His kisses moved to her neck, and dropped to her chest, his hand brushing against her breasts.

But she needed to stop them, she had to finish the business first, and then she could trust herself with James, trust that he wanted more than just another meaningless hookup. It took a huge effort to turn away from their kiss.

“What’s wrong?” he asked, as he propped himself up on an elbow and smiled down at her, his eyes a dark blue, his dimple teasing her.

“I need to be sure this isn’t about the bid,” she said.

“I told you, it’s not,” he said and she saw the smile leave his eyes. “Kissing you is, well, I’ve never felt like that before.”

“Yes, you have. Once before,” she said, reaching up and touching his face, as his smile returned. “And as soon as business is over, I’d like to pick up right where we’ve left off. Okay?”

“Sure, that’s the logical approach,” he said, shaking his head and then sitting up. He seemed in a daze, the same state she was in. He offered her a hand and helped her up as he stood. “We need to get the horses back before dark, although from the looks of things, we won’t make it back to the stable in time. We can ride to my house, stable them there for the night. I can call the owner and let him know.”

“Sounds like a plan, cowboy,” she said, as she reluctantly helped roll up the blanket and clean up the picnic. She looked around at the pristine land around her, the sun setting through the trees. She could live in this beautiful place, she realized. She could feel the pull of the land, much like her parents must have. Of course, she realized, it didn’t hurt that she had the most gorgeous bachelor on the island walking towards her with a dimpled grin on his face, two majestic horses following close behind.

She’d never realized horseback riding could be so sensual, not until James helped her climb back up onto the saddle, sending pangs of desire racing through her body, and not until she spent another half an hour following behind him on the trail, memorizing every muscle in his back, dreaming of a time when his strong arms could embrace her without hesitation. Hoping, someday, that would be possible.

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Bittersweet (Faerie Song Trilogy, #2) by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Bittersweet (Faerie Song Trilogy, #2)
by Michele Barrow-Belisle.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult.
Publication: March 24th 2015.
To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargain she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her highschool friends and her supernatural boyfriend. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible Veil between the two worlds—the only bridge that links the pair, is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to using her new found powers. But when her friends succumb to the same mysterious illness that nearly took her mother’s life, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if her own dark magic is responsible. Still, the nightmares from Nevermore continue their icy hold. Someone from Adrius’s past arrives, determined to destroy Lorelei’s world starting with those closest to her, and Lorelei is forced to choose between her family and friends and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

“One kiss and now you believe you love this creature? Preposterous. I will not have it. She has you hexed. Bewitched from your right mind. That is the only reasonable explanation to account for such impudence. Such lusting can only be derived from dark magic. It seeps from her pores, can you not feel it?” Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness surveyed me with cold disdain before refocusing her wrath on her son.
“I would never do that,” I blurted. “I’d never use magic to force someone into loving me.” Venus and I were very different that way.
Mab snarled. “Do not address me unless I have given you permission to do so,” she said. “I am the queen of this court. And you are nothing more than a whelp on the verge of losing her life.” Her cutting glare flicked back to her son. “I cannot allow this. You traipsing across lands following this…” she waved her hand in my direction. “It is madness. I prayed that after you'd taken a taste you would have been satisfied, satiated of such empty hollow carnal delights and moved on to saner tasks. Like serving your mother.”
“You removed me from your court, Mother. I no longer serve you,” Zanthiel replied evenly.
Mab’s voice lowered, and grew sickly sweet. “My darling, it was but to show you your love for me. Your loyalty lies within you still. It merely needed a subtle reminder.”
“By way of banning me from my home, and resigning me to live among thieves, shadows and the dead. It is an odd way of demonstrating motherly love.”
“There are many expectations of you. You cannot fulfill your duty with your mind blinded by your heart. This unhealthy obsession has you transfixed, Zanthiel. Can you not see? She has you immobilized.” Her voice grew louder and the rafters latterly shook. “And to what end?”
She looked at me, but I wasn’t certain she wanted me to answer, so I remained silent. I studied the chains enclosing Zanthiel’s hands and ankles. Could I break them open, dissolve them? What if something went wrong, and I hurt him instead? No, it wasn’t the right time. I glanced over at her statuesque guards, their skin blue from decades of cold. Two of them were studying me with a vile mix of curiosity and hunger. One caught my eye and he ran a bloated tongue across his chaffed lips. My stomach turned over.
“I am hers for as long as she requires my assistance. It has always been that way. Fated by prophecy. You know this to be true, Mother.”
He was having trouble speaking and yet his expression held that same icy glare. By looking at him you’d never know what pain he was in. But I knew him on a deeper level. I was beginning to see through his façade, like a smokescreen of glamour, I saw behind the mask. The fear and loathing and the inexplicable suffering as the iron ate into his flesh like acid.
The queen’s eyes narrowed and grew impossibly colder. “Why have you come? Surely you did not expect a grand and hospitable welcome. What purpose drew you into my court to face imminent death? Do speak now, whelp,” she said with sudden impatience. “And know that if you are caught lying I will cut out your tongue and feed it to the trolls.”
I shuddered, having no doubt she actually would. “We have a… request.”
I glanced at Zanthiel, blood seeping from the iron chains binding his wrists and ankles. I couldn’t let him continue to suffer. The poison would eventually seep into his bloodstream and kill him. Then she'd direct her wrath at me.
I took a tentative step forward, not fully convinced I wouldn’t be cut down where I stood, for being so bold.
But she leaned back against her throne and tapped a broken fingernail impatiently. “You have my full attention. Come out with it. What is this request of which you speak?”

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A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.

She also loves shoes.

Did we mention the chocolate?

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17 April 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Only For Us (Only #3) by Cristin Harber

Only For Us (Only #3) by Cristin Harber.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 14th 2015.
The third installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

Grayson and Emma. First love. True love. And... they have a daughter. Abandonment is his curse. He left his woman, survived his team, and missed the moment most precious to a father. Until now.

"I didn't know you were killing yourself with work. I didn't know you're raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would've kept me from you."

Love needs to heal all, or they won't survive the collision of their separate lives. Emma must reach deep into her heart that is barely hanging on and find forgiveness. Grayson, wrecked with PTSD-filled nightmares, must prove that he's here to stay and able to rebuild his family against all odds.

"I need to say I love you. But what I mean is I love you--in a way that defies definition and exists only in a world that you and I are in."

Only for Us is the third installment in the Only series. All novellas will release Spring 2015

Reviewed by Kelly

Another homerun! I love this series. It just kind of grabbed on to me from the beginning hoping these two would make it. They have both been through a lot. I was excited to see what would happen after the cliffhanger of Only for Her left us with. I got a good chuckle out of that. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read the other books.

Again, for only a handful of pages, it details a lot about Emma and Grayson. Their struggles to get back to each other. This episode leaves us with another freakin’ cliffhanger. Ugh! I won’t be able to go until the last installment comes. I mean as soon as I realized what was about to happen was my only clue into the cliffhanger at the end. I am seriously pulling my hair here!! Gah! I hate cliffhangers and big ones even more so! Did I say this was a big cliffhanger?!?

This story is easy to read with loveable characters and realistic family interactions. Some humor, especially little kids words and family love or hate as is Grayson’s world. It’s a story that demands to be told and one I was very excited to read.

You will love Grayson and Emma and their struggles to be together!

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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16 April 2015

Collide (Shock Me Series #3) by Ashley C. Harris

Collide (Shock Me Series #3) by Ashley C. Harris.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance.
Publication: April 14th 2015 by Smashwords Edition.
All the rules are about to change...

Donna has managed to live hidden amongst the enemy, keeping her shocking abilities secret with the help of her friends. But now something has come into her town, it’s been lurking outside of her school, and has its eye on hurting everyone, both the good and the bad, and the first one who will be its target is Donna.

Ryan still has no idea who or what Donna really is. His ex-best friend and first crush has transformed into the girl who has been secretly working against him. He believes keeping their lives apart will keep her the most safe, but trouble is about to make every one of their biggest fears, stolen memories, and hidden desires collide.

Will everyone, both friends and foes, crumble together as nothing but mere humans? Or will finally the truth come and save them with a deadly price as new alliances are made and buried feelings are brought to the surface

Reviewed by Kelly

The Shock Me series is getting better and better with each installment. Collide just has more action and I loved every minute of it! A definite 5 stars!

From the moment I started Collide it had me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to see what would happen after the last cliffhanger and I wasn’t disappointed because it started off right there. But, the bad thing; another major cliffhanger! I kept looking thinking surely she didn’t just leave me there hanging on?!?!?! Yes, Ms. Harris did.

Donna just wants to protect those she cares for. She wants to stay hidden, no one can find out what she can do. She didn’t know what to think about this new guy being her brother. He just couldn’t be. He looked the same as he did when he left. How could that be?

Donna wants to keep Rebecca and Spencer safe. She also doesn’t know what to do with Ryan and his sudden attention on her! But things don’t go right at all and everyone is in danger, including Donna as she tries to keep her new electric self from being found out. And as time goes, there are more and more reasons to suspect her as being the Electrolyte everyone is after.

I feel so bad for Donna, she can't tell anyone about herself. Rebecca knows and Donna doesn't want her to spend too much time with her so no suspicion will go to her. She knows things she shouldn't and the new characters shown in this book now cause a major turn in events and the power others hold and what happens after the Bio soldiers are freed reeks havoc everywhere.

I get to see more of all the characters as we get to see everyone’s POV here often. I find myself liking Randy now. I don’t like his father at all and see that Randy does have a heart after all. Ryan, I feel a little bad for him too but he better step up or he will not be on the Team Ryan list anymore! Rebecca also plays a bigger role and her life is also on the spotlight and in real danger!

I can’t tell you much of anything because everything would be a spoiler. Just know it is full of action, betrayal, twists and turns, and you will love every minute of it!

If you like Young Adult, paranormal or are a X-Men fan, a hint of romance, action, betrayal, constant danger, twists, and more mystery in each chapter than the one before then this is for you!

Thanks to Barclay Publicity for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review cuz I honestly loved it!

Now, if I can only hang on till the next book comes out!

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Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops..

In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. It has remained a top ten bestseller ever since.

When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!

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