28 February 2013

Blog Tour: Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil #2) by Patricia Eimer (Guest Post + Giveaway)

I'm so excited to have Patricia Eimer visit the blog today! Her latest book, Devil May Care, the second novel in the Speak of the Devil series was just released by Entangled Select!

Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil #2) by Patricia Eimer.
Audience/Genre: Adult/Paranormal.
Publication: February 26th 2013.

Who knew the heavenly could be devilish?

After planning not one, but two, demonic weddings, all Faith Bettincourt—the youngest Crown Princess of Hell—wants is to spend some quality time with her angelic boyfriend, Matt. But when a girl from Matt’s past walks through Faith’s apartment door, her preoccupation with the weddings from Hell is all that’s keeping her from turning his ex, in all her devious angelic glory, into a down throw pillow.

Which is about when Matt’s zealous mother declares war on Faith’s family. But not all’s fair in love and war, and Matt’s having a hard time choosing sides.

Alone or not, Faith must rescue one of the grooms and go up against an army of so-called do-gooders, so everything can go back to normal. Or as normal as it can be where the Devil's spawn is concerned. And with any luck, she might just be able to resuscitate her love life while she's at it.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you first get into writing?

Oh I’m really not all that interesting, that’s why I became a writer—I had to come up with something exciting even if it was just writing fiction.

As far as how I became a writer, I’ve always wanted to be a writer off and on but I never actually thought it was possible. So since I couldn’t do that I decided to do other—more responsible and potentially lucrative—things and it was the world’s biggest mistake. I was in a corporate job and about ready to have a nervous breakdown and that’s when one of my friends said “hey you should do Nanowrimo (National Novel Writer’s Month) because it’ll help your stress level.” So I decided what the heck and tried it. Then the next thing I knew I had a working mss for Luck of the Devil and so I thought it would be a good “learning” novel. Then I joined Editpalooza on SavvyAuthors and thought it was a good way to learn how to edit. That’s when I got lucky and Liz Pelletier offered to publish it as part of their launch. And I haven’t looked back since. Like I said—not really that interesting of a story.

What inspired the story for your series - Speak of the Devil?

I was looking for an idea to write for Nanowrimo as part of the whole “not having a nervous breakdown” thing and so I ended up at Wal-Mart, in the frozen food section, and there was this woman on her cellphone arguing with someone about why they had invited people into their house and it all just sort of clicked. The next thing I knew I had Faith in my head, telling me all about her crappy family, and she refused to stop talking until I started writing. And then she still hasn’t stopped.

Are any of your characters' personality based on someone you know in real life?

Malachi is actually based on my best male friend. He was absolutely great about it too. I called him and said, hey can I use you as a demonic smart aleck and he went yep, sure as long as I get to be hot for at least five pages. He was sort of upset when I actually set him on fire in one of the sequels. Then again—he didn’t specify how he was going to get hot.

How does your writing process usually work? Do you plan it out before you start writing or come up with the story as you write?

I’m a planner. When I first started I just sort of had a Point A and a Point B and a sort of hazy idea of how to get there. Then each book since has been a learning experience and my plotting for each story has grown. Now it’s gotten pretty much out of hand and I’ve got a plot template that’s 50 pages that I fill out before I even start and before you know it there’s 100 pages of notes and I’ve got maps and pictures and it’s just not really healthy. So don’t be like me kids. Don’t fall prey to the addictive lure of plotting.

Could you tell us what your favourite books are?

This is Where I Leave You and Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
Lamb and You Suck by Christopher Moore
Anything by MaryJanice Davidson, Katie Macalister, or Darynda Jones.

Share your favourite quote from a book with us!

We tell ourselves stories in order to live -- The White Album by Joan Didion.
(I live by this quote)

Can you tell us about some of your future projects? Do you have any other books planned?

I have so many things planned it’s just sad. I’ve got a short story called Clockwork Bride the Riveting Affair Anthology coming soon from Entangled Publishing. Then I’ve got a YA/MG series (Everlast, Evanescent, and Infinity) coming out in September, October and November under the penname Andria Buchanan from Entangled Teen. Then after that it’s the 3rd book of the Speak of the Devil series—Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead—that’s set to come out next February.

Now that all of that is set up I’m actually trying to work on a contemporary romance involving superheroes who are looking for love and not doing so well at it. Then after that I want to try to write something a bit hotter and then I’m going to take a crack at writing historical romance. Like I said—so many things planned and not enough time to get it all done.

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I'm a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made me a bratty child but fated me to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in my twenties I earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but my passion has always been a good book. I currently lives in Pittsburgh with my two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give me more time to write. When I'm not writing I can be found fencing and arguing with my dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. I'm in a distant third.

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22 February 2013

Harken (Harken #1) by Kaleb Nation

Harken (Harken #1) by Kaleb Nation.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication: January 9th 2013.

After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn't know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?

Reviewed by Kelly.

Wow, what an adventure this book was! It was full of nonstop action, suspense, loss, sorrow, joy, anger, family, cars and maybe a beginning of a romance?

This book will appeal to guys and girls alike. There were really nice cars that guys would be drooling over. As for me, a car is a car. Michael would have my head if he were real. He was really into them. “That was the terrible truth about nice cars: you might pay a fortune, but you still drive the same dirty roads as everyone else. Funny how roads were the great equalizer.”

The story starts off with what appears to be a seemingly normal teenager sneaking off late at night to meet one of his “clients” in the LA area. He takes his client to a remote area. Then we get the idea that he is more than just a normal teenager since he can see a Glimpse in someone’s eyes and can read them, joy, anger, cheating, terror, etc. That is what he does to make money: he reads their eyes through a picture and tells his client if their wife is cheating or something in an emotion. This night everything goes wrong and there was an attempt to murder him. He barely makes it out, but not after his car is destroyed and the killer is killed by Michael. When the police and his mom come, no one believes him, thinking he just was off recklessly driving in the middle of the night and there was no dead body. From that point on, Michael tries to figure things out but he makes many mistakes and is often a little careless.

He also has dreams of a girl and a guy over and over, ending with their deaths. He also starts noticing that his skin around his right finger where his birthmark is starts to swell and come off and is replaced by a ring that was under his skin. I could go into great detail about all these changes that happens to Michael, but it is more exciting (and gross) to read it yourself. Needless to say, these three people end up together fighting for their lives.

The book almost seems like a cross between a conspiracy theory and science fiction. Everything is powered by the “Guardians”. And. They. Hate. Humans.

Callista is the girl. She is a fighter and seems to care for Michael. Then the guy is Thad. He is Michael’s right hand man. If Michael dies, so will Callista and Thad automatically. This is the third life for them. They can die over and over and come back until they are permanently made human if cut with a certain blade. That is really where Michael is so important. He has hidden the blade in his past life and the other Guardians want it to kill him permanently so they can continue their worldly domination so to speak. Michael just has to find it himself. This is where he has made a stupid mistake and it almost costs him everything.

I love the writing. For me, I love to read and enjoy the book. I am not looking for grammar and all the technical aspects of writing. I just want something that flows, is believable and I got all that in this book. The only thing that bothered me was Michael seemed to accept what he was a little too easily, but that didn’t deter me from loving this book. I started to reread it before I wrote this review and saw things that I overlooked the first time. Dang, if I were Michael, I would have been careless too.
There were questions that still need answering that even Michael doesn’t know and that means I have to wait until the next book comes out. Grrr...

OK, there is so much more. I have left so much out of it, but it is so much better just for you to read it. I was constantly on the edge of my seat worried about what would happen next. It was a book that shows just how much our parents really know about what we do then we realize; that teenagers make mistakes but can rectify them; how much family means; how important it is to fight evil and have the good win out. It is so much more. OK, so I said that a couple of times. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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13 February 2013

Blog Tour: Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary #1) by Sarah Gilman (Guest Post + Giveaway)

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Out In Blue is perfect for paranormal lovers and if you're one of them, this is your chance to win a copy! I've a guest post by Sarah Gilman (who I'm super happy to host) and a giveaway for you guys today :)

Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary #1) by Sarah Gilman.
Audience/Genre: Adult/Paranormal, Urban Fantasy.
Publication: January 29th 2013 by Entangled Select.
In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.

The Writing Process of Out in Blue

Writing Out in Blue was unlike writing any other book because it was my first. Over the course of a year, I went from a ghost story, to an angel story, to a completely different angel story, doing everything from learning about active vs. passive voice to plot structure. My critique readers kicked my butt, and I love them for it!

We all know books get written, re-written, revised, edited, and proofread, so I’ll share some of the twists and turns the story took as I learned my craft and sorted my ideas.

I began writing during a low point in my life. My job was so stressful I wasn’t sleeping at night and I even experienced anxiety attacks. Daily. I needed a creative outlet and turned to writing, something I’d thought about most of my life but never actually tried. I sat down and wrote a short ghost story and tinkered with it for a while. One day I wrote a scene set among stone ruins in the woods and gave Wren wings. I also gave him his father, the archangel Raphael, and his human heroine, Ginger. Wren had been poisoned with a dagger made from a substance toxic to angels and Raphael couldn’t do anything to stop it. I gave up plotting a way for Ginger to save the day, deciding instead to turn the idea into a novel and start over from the beginning.

I went around in circles for a while, but on the plus side, I got a high word count under my belt. My new story began after Ginger hit a tree avoiding a squirrel. She had no cell service—typical in some places in Vermont—and walked to the nearest house where she met Wren, a strange young man who seemed to be hiding some sort of deformity under an oversized black coat. In this story, Wren was the son of Raphael, but Raphael wasn’t a fallen angel. He was an archangel who loved a human, and they had a son. The Dominion Council, who ruled Heaven, condemned the half-human, half-archangel and ordered Wren’s execution the day of his birth. Raphael had to abandon his son to hide him. I still like this idea and may revisit it in a short story.

Even though I liked the plot, I felt that there was something missing, an idea just out of reach in my daydreams. I decided to hold out for it. I tried a version of the plot in which Wren hated and hid from Raphael, because the archangel wanted to remove Wren’s wings for his protection (from the Dominion Council’s enforcers). This idea took over the story, minimalizing the romance plot. So I kept thinking.

Around this time, I read an article about tiger poaching. Somehow I made the mental leap from tigers to angels. I thought to myself that if angels were real and they walked the earth, everyone and their mother would want a feather—wow, an actual angel feather! Look!—and while some would be innocently curious, others would see it as a chance to make money. In my mind, it’s a realistic scenario. I got rid of the Dominion and started the story over, this time with Wren and Raphael having a common enemy—archangel poachers.

The demon Guardians started out as wingless angels in the Dominion plot—a couple enforcers (Lark and Quail) were loyal to Raphael and were searching for Wren to protect him. When I made the switch to poachers, I thought that if the antagonists were humans, fallen archangels and demons could be on the same side and work together. I stole the idea of colonies from a vampire short story I’d begun writing at that point, and the world changed little after that.
Needless to say, I’m glad I kept revising and tweaking. I ended up with the story I knew was lurking in my subconscious. It doesn’t get more satisfying than that!

Thank you so much for hosting, Anjana!

Thank you for being here today Sarah! And now, here's a paperback giveaway of Out In Blue!

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Stop by the rest of the stops in the tour!

There are some really cool events planned for this book, including a FB chat with the author!

February 11th - Fiktshun After Dark
February 13th - Kindle and Me
February 15th - My Shelf Confessions
February 20th - Ren's Rambles
February 22nd - Cocktails and Books
February 25th - Reader Girls Blog
February 27th - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
March 2nd - The Book Cellar
March 4th – Always YA at Heart
March 6th - Simply Ali
March 6th - Fade Into Fantasy
March 8th - Girls With Books
March 11th - Young Adult Book Reviews
March 13th - Urban Fantasy Investigations
March 13th - Ramblings From This Chick
March 14th – Goodreads Group: Never Too Young for YA Books
March 15th - Kristina's Books and More
March 16th – Return to Sanctuary Facebook Chat

Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

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10 February 2013

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Feature & Giveaway)

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication: February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines.

All she wants is for Mark the Soccer Stud to notice her. Not as Josh's weird sister who drives a turd-brown minivan. And not as that nerdy girl who draws comics.

What she gets is her very own arch-nemesis.

Name: Mark Deninger, aka Mark the Shark
Occupation: Soccer star and all-around lady killer
Relationship Status: Serial dater
Group Affiliation: No loyalty
Known Superpowers: Anti-girlfriend force field, breaking hearts

Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillian-style, but what he doesn't know is how geek girls always get revenge.


Most of you have probably already come across this book by now. I was pulled to it the second I saw the cover, and I've been lucky enough to receive an ARC via NetGalley!

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) has been receiving special attention across blogs for its comic twist in the story and the artwork, which is fantastic! Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, I'm going to be featuring one of the artworks today and also, giving away a copy of the book! Oh, and it's International :)

So without further delay, here you go!

Artwork © 2012 Anne Cain.

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When she was 17, Laurie Boyle Crompton painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint. It dried really drippy but looked great when she was flying down the back roads of Butler, PA where she grew up. She now lives near NYC in Queens, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found tromping through the forest.

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