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WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES

A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 3

By: AL Jackson

Release Day March 22

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SYNOPSIS

Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

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Excerpt:

Bright lights blinded from above and gleamed against the stark white floor. I hurtled down the narrow hall, desperate for escape.
With every pounding step, I felt the separation grow. A chasm rending and ripping until I felt myself splitting in two.
Gasping for breath, I stumbled out of the building and into the vacancy of the deep, deep night. Wind gusted, tumbling along the surface of the ground, a stir of agitation at my feet.
Above, the storm raged. Clouds dark and heavy and ominous.
Lightning struck. A crackle of energy shocked through the air. Wrapping me in coils of white-hot agony.
For a moment, I gave into it and let myself feel. I lifted my face to the tormented sky, hands gripping my hair as I screamed.
Screamed in anguish.
Screamed in regret.
Screamed loud enough I would never forget.
A crack of thunder opened the sky.
Rain poured.
My hands fisted at my sides, and I buried the memory of the way he’d felt in my arms, the memory of his face, in the deepest part of me, sealed it off and cemented my heart.
My spirit grasped and wove with the promise I had made him.
I will never fall in love again.
Not ever again.
Not after tonight.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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#AChosenLife on tour: #SneakaPeek at these #teasers from @ka_parkinson

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A Chosen Life
by K.A. Parkinson
Release Date: March 16th 2016
Snowy Peaks Media

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Macy was chosen to join an elite group of children responsible for protecting ignorant mankind from the monsters of the Dark, she understood there isn’t time for speed bumps, and the arrival of the Ninth Chosen ten years late is one big bump. The Ninth is to one day lead all the Chosen in a final battle between Light and Dark forces, but the legendary warrior turns out to be Tolen Parks, a clueless and reclusive seventeen year-old whom Macy fears will not be their captain but instead their downfall. In an action-packed entertainer, Tolen and Macy are swept down a dangerous path that tests everything that Macy is, and brings out everything that Tolen can be, as they discover the power of choice, true friendship, and the incredible influence a single person can have on the world. 

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k.a. parkinsonAbout the Author

K.A. is the mother of two incredible boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart for nineteen years. Writing and making up stories is something she has enjoyed doing for as long as she can remember.

As a child, she spent summers borrowing books from the Book Mobile, and hiding under her bed with a bag of cookies and a flashlight to enjoy great literary adventures. Some of her all-time childhood favorite books are, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. She has always been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction.

As an adult, she spends her days chauffeuring her boys between work, art and music lessons, running a household, and reading and writing every chance she gets.

She has spent many wonderful years working with girls ages 12 to 18 through her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is because of the experiences with these amazing young women, and their love and support, that she finally decided to pursue her dream of publishing clean and entertaining books for young adult audiences.

The novels in A Chosen life is her first full-length published work. She has many short stories, unrelated to The Chosen Chronicles, you can read on her blog.

 

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Prescient
by Derek Murphy
Genre: Time Travel/Dystopia
Release Date: March 21st 2016

Summary:

The first time I saw the future I lost hope.
It wasn’t just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we’d altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I’ll have a nice big house. I’ll get an exciting, interesting job. I’ll meet the man of my dreams and we’ll fall in love and stay together forever.
 
But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn’t live that long.
 
There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you – but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago – long before humanity was destroyed – it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.
 

But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill – none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what’s coming?

Prescient
is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in
the series.
 

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Here are some great young adult time travel books. If you think writing is hard, try writing time travel fiction – it’s so much more challenging! To honor these authors, and to launch the book I’m working on (Prescient), I’m giving away a package of time travel books, and a Harry Potter time turner. It’s the coolest time-travel related object I could find.
I’ll choose 3 winners and give each winner ebook copies of each book, plus a time turner. Everybody who signs up to my list will get my book (Prescient) for free.
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If you don’t win, make sure to check out these books on Amazon! (Click the covers).
Sleepless (Bird of Stone Book 1)UnhappeningsInception (The Marked) (Volume 1)PassengerRewinder (Rewinder Series)Into the DimThe Girl from EverywhereTime Warper: Fated (A Sage Hannigan Novel Book 1)Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1)Timebound (The Chronos Files)TimelessTime Salvager

 

About the Author

I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!

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#TheGenevaProject Prequels #TheTimekeepersDaughter is #live #newrelease #review and more inside

The next Short Story in the Prequel series is finally here!!!
Delve into the realm of fairies as Mother Nature, Father Time and Death battle over the powers of a very special family. 
This story gives us a glimpse into Mala’s life. 
Get to know her story before her important role in book 4 of The Geneva Project series.

Release Date – March 24, 2016  
Genre: Dystopian YA

She could see the future; he could control time. 
Their love was forbidden, seen as a crime. 
The lovers knew they could not outrace, 
Their future was doomed once Death gave chase. 
No matter how swift or how clever, 
The lovers knew happily ever after wouldn’t last forever. 

 

Wow, I am once again not sure how to categorize this.  Sure it was a fast paced, quick read, but it was definitely NOT for lack of compelling content, mere due to length and a gripping plot with fascinating characters.  I’m new to the series yet felt that I learned quite a lot in the short amount of time I spent in this world.  Captivated by the nuanced details that drew me in to a magical world full of forbidden love, The Timekeeper’s Daughter will stay with you long after you reach 100%read.

 

Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.Her debut novel, The Geneva Project – Truth, has won multiple awards, including the Gold Medal for YA fiction at the 2014 Florida Authors & Publishers Awards.

The Geneva Project offers fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson a new series to obsess over. Christina paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage, friendship and self-discovery.

Christina lives in Florida with her husband, and her character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her book series and speaking at schools to inspiring creativity in young writers.

Awards:
 
FAPA President’s Gold Medal (YA Fiction)
 
London Book Festival – Runner-Up (Young Adult Category)
 
“Top Choice” – www.litpik.com
 
Readers Favorite- Silver Medal(YA Fiction)
 
Bookie Award- Favorite New Author

 

 

 

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The Lingering Grace (The Looking Glass #2)

by Jessica Arnold

Publication Date:  March 15, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

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All magic comes with a price.

The new school year brings with it a welcome return to normalcy after Alice’s narrow escape from a cursed hotel while on summer vacation. But when a young girl drowns in a freak accident that seems eerily similar to her own near-death experience, Alice suspects there might be something going on that not even the police can uncover.

The girl’s older sister, Eva attends Alice’s school, and Alice immediately befriends her. But things change when when Alice learns that Eva is determined to use magic to bring her sister back. She must decide whether to help Eva work the highly dangerous magic or stop her at all costs. After all, no one knows better than Alice the true price of magic.

 

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Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!
Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth’s old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn’s next victim.


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Mama’s Thoughts:
So far this series has me completely enthralled!  Fans of Heather Lyons and A.G. Howard- there’s a new re-telling on the block!  Though inspired by the classic tale, this particular journey veers in a much different direction.  I greatly appreciated Ms. Arnold’s attention to detail, and way of circling back around to something which at first seemed inconsequential.  I just love when all the little things add up to something big!  A ghostly story full of magic and with, The Lingering Grace continues what began in The Looking Glass… and asks more questions while answering others.

 

 

 

Jessica ArnoldJessica Arnold lives (in an apartment) and works (in a cubicle) in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a master‘s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College.
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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends April 1, 2016

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Lingering Grace (The Looking Glass #2) by Jessica Arnold (INT)

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#OutoftheAshes @kellyhashway is live! Read our #newrelease #review and get #sneakpeeks at some smokin #teasers

 

Now available: continue the thrilling adventure that began in Into the Fire

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s worst nightmare has come true…

She’s been reborn as a Phoenix and has forgotten everything from her first life—including Logan Schmidt. He’s handsome and protective, but with no recollection, he can’t be trusted.

Accused of being a Hunter, Logan’s mortality is put to the test…

Logan isn’t willing to admit he and Cara are over—not even after he watches her rise from her own ashes.

While the other Phoenixes are convinced Logan is a sworn enemy, a group of deadly Hunters are sure he is a Phoenix. Only being guilty of loving Cara, he must prove them all wrong—and convince Cara she loves him.

However, a magical link may be the demise of Logan’s devotion…

With the Hunters hot on their heels, it’s up to Logan to save Cara. But when the dagger calls out, Logan is drawn to its power.

Cara’s missing memories may not be the only obstacle standing between her and Logan. Their relationship isn’t just complicated—it’s deadly. And when Cara finds herself at a crossroad, she is forced to choose…

She can plunge into the darkness of her treacherous fate, or use her Phoenix instincts to once again rise Out of The Ashes.

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Mama’s Thoughts:

Holy wowzers, this was even more exciting than the first book! With so many surprises in store, you’re going to need to sit down for this one!  Quickly paced with a near-nail-biting intensity, Out of the Ashes picks up immediately following the conclusion of Into the Fire, so if you’ve yet to read the first book, I’d grab it right now to catch up.  Peppered with romantic confusion, tension and a whole lot of self discovery, this is the story of Cara fighting for what she wants most, and trying to figure out exactly what that is in the first place comes at a heck of a price.  Don’t miss this must read series!

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#theWitchlingApprentice by @bkmcmichael is live! #review #sneakpeek #giveaway and more!

 

 

The Witchling Apprentice
by B. Kristin McMichael
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Lexia Press, LLC


Summary from Goodreads:

Witches, potions, and magical spells—that all made sense, but men turning into animal-like monsters in the middle of the night? That had to be fiction, right? Wrong. Cassandra Booth thought her world of witches would be complete when she joined her coven. Fate didn’t plan to let that be the case for her. Joining the coven brings new knowledge, like mates and men as animals, all things Cassie would rather not know. As her plans unravel she must find a way to join the coven without committing her life to a guy she once was friends with and now hates.  

 
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Tick … Tick … Tick …
Cassandra Booth tried to
ignore the clock as it clicked away from above the desk beside her. It was
nerve-wracking enough knowing that if you wanted to take the test to be an apprentice
witch you had to do it in front of at least fifty people. However, the clock
reminding her it was just about to start was driving her nuts.
Tick … Tick … Tick …
Cassie tried to go over
each step of the potion she was making in her head. She needed to concentrate
and ignore the noises around her as the room began to fill up with high
schoolers.
Tick … Tick …
The sound was lost in
the now-growing sound of students talking. Unfortunately, that wasn’t any
better. She glanced up at the room in front of her. Mistake. It was almost
half-full of people. No one was looking directly at her, but that didn’t make
it any easier. Cassie was anxious enough sitting in the lecture area alone, on
display, but now there were students who would be watching and talking about
her.

Cassie kept her eyes
locked on the table and all her supplies. Taking inventory was easy. Doing the
actual potion and saying the spell correctly was supposed to be the hard part.
No one in her high school, let alone grade, was even attempting to make the
protection spell that had been assigned to her and which would move her from
witchling up to the level of junior apprentice. Most people were shocked when
she’d asked. It had been many years since a high school student had
apprenticed, but that wasn’t going to stop Cassie. She was ready to get out of
her boring classes. She was ready to join everyone in obtaining the great
knowledge that came with being a full-time member of the coven. Cassie was
ready to belong.

Mama’s Thoughts:
I don’t keep it a secret that I’m a huge fan of BKM and her Blue Eyes books, not to mention Dev’s story, so when I found out the universe would be expanded with Witchling Apprentice I was stoked! This book definitely did not disappoint.  I love Cassie now and was really happy to learn more about her and the coven.  This was an exciting book full of fun and fantasy adventure, not to mention a healthy dose of humor.  Once again this could be considered clean ya so read as you wish.  Grab your copy today, and if you haven’t read previous books in the universe, start with Legend of the Blue Eyes today!
 
About the Author
 
Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, three small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.
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Title: Frantic 
Author: Casey L Bond
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Porschia Grant is in Frenzy. The hunger is constant. It’s all-consuming, as is the pain and sickness. Something went wrong when she turned. Perhaps it was the fact that an infected bit her moments before, or maybe it’s something else entirely.
One thing is certain, if Porschia can’t learn to feed, she will die. If she can’t learn to control her extreme emotional swings, she will kill someone.  And that would destroy her.
How long can the night-walkers keep her turning a secret from the Colony? Will Saul stand beside her now that she’s changed? And what will happen when she re-enters the forest?

A Bit in the Life Of: Casey Bond

If you look on my social media bio, you’ll see that I’m a wife, mother, author and fan of Marshall University. Most people follow me on social media for one of those reasons, and it isn’t the fact that I bleed green.  It’s about the books I write.

Admittedly a nerdy weirdo, I write young adult and new adult fiction, everything from a vampires to sassy Vegas vixens and all things in between. I haven’t always written. Sure, in high school and college, I was forced to, but as an adult, no one gave me an assignment to fulfill. I blame my passion for writing on a former love of words, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and my mom (partially because Moms get blamed for everything).

I was the annoying kid in class, who grinned when a term paper was assigned, who’d rather write twenty-five pages of double-spaced sentences complete with citations instead of taking a multiple-choice test. After my days at Marshall and all assignments ended, also known as graduation, I put my big girl panties on and entered the workforce. I loved what I did! I worked in insurance claims and actually loved my job and my new husband and life was great.

In time, hubs and I decided it might be time to expand the fam. When I got pregnant with my first child, we made the mutual decision that I would stay home with her and quit my job. It’s what I wanted and we were blessed to be able to afford it. So, I wrote my resignation and my primary role became mother. I went from being very busy at the office to very busy at home. I know what you’re thinking….stay-at-home Moms have all the time in the world. Let me tell you what. Nope. There’s a constant something that needs attention: the baby, the pets, the laundry, dinner, the errands, the phone calls from folks who say, hey you don’t work so can you…. It never ends.

When I became pregnant with my second child, I could not sleep. Insomnia city. Near Halloween, a marathon of Twilight, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer came on. I devoured the movies and then watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 with a friend at the theater. But Part 2 wouldn’t release in so long. I grabbed the book. I had to know what happened next. So I read until I had my answer. Talking to my mom, I told her about the story and how fun it was to read and she looked at me and asked a very simple question. She said, “Casey, you could write a book. Why don’t you?”

Why didn’t I? I couldn’t. I wasn’t a writer. I wasn’t good enough to be an author. I shrugged and told her the same thing. She wouldn’t listen and told me to do it anyway. So, when I couldn’t sleep, I wrote. I wrote sentences, paragraphs, chapters and in just a few months, had written a novel.

Winter Shadows was published. It never hit the New York Times bestseller list or made headlines. But it did propel me forward, because I’d found my passion. I found a love of crafting stories. Now that I’ve found what I love to do, I do it. Every day, I try to write something. Between running my kids to school and other activities, errands, keeping everyone clothed and fed, tending to my animals and making decisions on a new house we’re building, it can get tough to carve out time. But I do it. Because I love it and I won’t let anything stop me from doing something I love so much.

My children, hubby and family will always come first. There’s no question. But it’s okay to have a passion. It’s okay to love something else. And it’s okay for that love to have blossomed from hobby to career.

Here’s a breakdown of a typical day for me, in case you wonder why I’m not cranking books out faster (LOL!):

6:00am: Alarm blares annoyingly, making me get out of bed to shut it off. Shower.

6:15am: Get oldest daughter out of bed and make breakfast.

6:30am: Finish drying hair and get youngest out of bed.

6:50am: Everyone must be dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed, backpack ready and coats on and ready to run for the car. (Because we always run late somehow)

7:00am: Bus stop.

7:15-8:15am: We have an hour to burn before having to leave for Pre-K. So, it’s put laundry on, do any dishes that haven’t been done yet, vacuum if there’s time. Pack up my computer and brush hair again. Feed dog and chickens.

8:30-9:00 am: Drive

9-12:00pm: Drop my youngest at Pre-K. Run to gas station. Run to post office. Mail parcels and check PO Box. Go to Library to type for as long as I can. Rush to the grocery store to grab essentials and then to Pre-K to pick youngest up again.

12-12:30pm: Drive home.

1-3:45pm: Unload groceries. Make lunch. Eat lunch. Feed chickens again. Get their eggs. Play with my youngest daughter—a lot. Check social media on my phone. Answer any questions that the contactor has regarding the house. Take the trash out. Clean the floor because my dog tracked in mud. Go outside with my youngest. Come back inside because she’s cold. Clean the floor again because we tracked in mud.

4:00-5:30pm: Oldest arrives from bus. Fix her a snack because she’s always famished. Homework. Play outside. Feed chickens. Check their water.

6:00pm: Make dinner. Kids and I will eat dinner. Then they can watch a TV episode or two to chillax.

7:00pm: Baths and getting ready for bed. Hubs comes home and eats dinner.

8:00pm: Bedtime

9:00pm: Usually still trying to get them to shush and go to sleep.

9:30pm: Quiet. I read or write depending on my mood.

10:00pm: My bedtime. #fallsonbed

It really is fun and amazing. I’m happier now than I’ve been in a long time and more importantly, I’m content. I feel like it took until my 30s to find my stride, my worth, but it was so worth it. Thank you for hanging with me. I hope you enjoy the pictures and take something away from my story. ❤

Casey B

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:


Mama Reads will be giving one lucky follower a copy of Frantic via Amazon Kindle! All you gotta do is follow any of Casey’s pages or sites, let me know you did in the comments below and I’ll pick a random winner!  Closes March 31st midnight central time.

#WinterQueen by @amberargyle on tour! #review and #giveaway inside!

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Winter Queen
by Amber Argyle
Release Date: June 19th 2013

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Summary from Goodreads:

~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation. 

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever. 

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Mama’s Thoughts:

A good old fashioned fabulous fantasy can be found within Winter Queen’s pages.  I absolutely love tales of the fae, and this one doesn’t disappoint- delivering action, adventure, mystery, and a bit of self actualization.  Ilyenna is strong but just how much does she have to give up to protect herself and the others?  Find out more by reading your copy today!

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Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author of the Witch Song Series and the Fairy Queen Series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian.

Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy larger people.

 

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Fifty Percent Vampire
by D.K. Janotta
Release Date: September 5th 2015

FPV_cover_high_resSummary from Goodreads:

TEENAGE GIRL FLEES THE UNDEAD !!!

    Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She’s desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom – well, the less we say about Mom the better.

    And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she’s in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.

    So it’s off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it’s far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that’s just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein’s schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.

   Peasants-schmeasants! It’s when the full moon rises that Astrid’s real troubles begin …

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Guest Interview:

Welcome to Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps, D.K. Janotta!

Thank you.

Your novel ‘Fifty Percent Vampire’ isn’t just about vampires, and it isn’t just a love story either.

Far from it! It’s a Bildungsroman in which I make use of the vampire genre to explore several important themes. Family, otherness, the meaning of life, friendship, coming of age, mental health, to mention a few.

Mental health?

Sure. Did you notice the several voices inside Astrid’s head? One of the big questions in the novel is, is Astrid quite with it? Is she telling us the truth? Are the other characters telling us the truth? In this way I’m exploring the art of fiction itself.

So the story can be read on several levels?

Yes. You can read the novel as a pure paranormal romance but I’m hoping readers will find this a valuable book to go back to time and again and find new meaning with each reading. There are a lot of clues to be found in the story and many references to follow up. It’s like a literary jigsaw puzzle.

And it’s funny.

All the best stories contain the spice of comedy. Let’s start with Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, stop off for a while at Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and end up with Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’.  The basic story of ‘The Martian’ is a stranded guy trying to get home to Earth from several million miles away and having to survive on a diet of potatoes at every meal. Most people would die of despair, but not Mark Watney. His sense of humor sees him through.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get past it?


Luckily, I hardly ever get writer’s block, but if I do I have several solutions.

  1. Go to bed (it worked for Marcel Proust!).
  2. Watch a good movie. My current favorite is ‘The Martian’ written by Andy Weir and directed by Ridley Scott, but I have to admit that I’ve got an embarrassingly huge dvd library, so there always something I haven’t seen for ages.
  3. Dip into a good book such as ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Hunger Games’ etc etc etc. I’ve just finished reading ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black for the second or third time. Everyone should read this; it’s awesome.
  4. Listen to music.
  5. Take a leaf from one of Charles Dickens’ books and go for a walk to clear my head.
  6. Write something else. I’ve always got several projects on the go.

 

About the Author

D.K. Janotta was born and raised in England and Wales but now calls a chalet on a mountainside overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva in Switzerland home. He has worked in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, France, South Korea, and several states of the USA. He subverts the vampire genre to ask questions about and reflect on the meaning of human life.

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