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Soul Finder (The Immortal Gene #2)
by Jacinta Maree
Genre: NA Supernatural/Dystopian
Release Date: September 16th 2016

 

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Synopsis: (if you haven’t read book 1 you should skip this for spoilers)

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.
Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.
Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.
Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.
Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.
Soulfinder Excerpt:
I shook my head. This must be a nightmare. This must be fake.
“This isn’t you, Diesel. This is Krane’s influence. You’re sick but once you get some D400 into you, you’ll be you again.”
Diesel’s voice tightened. “I’m not sick. Don’t you get it? Krane, Diesel, there’s no difference.”
My breath shuddered out. All this time, everyone referred to him as Krane but I had ignored it. All this time I was warned of Krane’s cruel capabilities but I was so certain Diesel wasn’t the same malicious person. But Krane wasn’t a separate entity held behind a wall of D400. It was just another name fitted to a different face.
I stepped back. “You’re disgusting!”
“Nadia.” He smiled as though I was joking. He reached out to touch me. I jerked away.
With all the coldness I could master, I gritted through my teeth. “Men like you remind me that there are such things as real monsters.”
My words hit something dark inside of Diesel and immediately he dropped his smile. “Hmm, so what do you call those that love monsters like me, huh? How disgusting are you then?”
He was right. We were a candle on fire, destined to destroy each other. He was a flame, clinging to me, not letting me go as I melted beneath. I could feel myself weaken in my core, my sides running with wax. The more the flame ate and picked me away, the further my body hollowed until all that was left were brittle walls melting into a puddle. Once I was gone, he’d snap shut into smoke.
“Maybe you are right. Maybe love really is just poison an idiot drinks.”
Diesel’s eyes narrowed. “Didn’t you say nothing could break you?”
“I’m not broken. You are. And this is a poison you can now drink alone.”
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About the Author
Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.
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Fall of Thrones and Thorns
Jennifer Ellision
(Threats of Sky and Sea #3)
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.

After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.

And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.

The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.

Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.

In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.

And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

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Mama Says:
We have more of the beautiful prose and sweeping scenery we’ve come to expect from the first two novels, although this last one slows things down a bit for a good deal of the first half of the book.
As with any final book in a trilogy, some people will be happy with the ending and others will be disappointed.  I thought the one we were given made the most sense overall, even if the journey to reach the end wasn’t quite as exciting as it was in the first two installments.
I believe that the main issues is that with this being the final book, there’s no sense of urgency.  We’re missing a lot of the tension and suspense which made the first two books so memorable.
That being said, this is still a book I’d recommend reading, especially if you’re reading the series- I mean you can’t exactly get to the end of book 2 and want to stop, trust me.
If there were a bit more excitement and a bit less convoluted ways of reaching the climax, I would have been in love with this book.  IF you’re a fan of fantasy and adventure and swoons, you’ll want to pick up this series.  And if you like to binge read- you’re in luck since all three books are available 🙂

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity.

 

Author Bio:

Jennifer Ellision was born and raised in South Florida and lives in perpetual fear of temperatures below 60F. She spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She has an OTP, loves character analysis, and is a master of the fangirl flail, with a particular soft spot for fanfiction. She frequently bursts into song (and they are often of a Disney persuasion). Sailor Moon is one of her favorite things on this planet.

Threats of Sky and Sea is her first novel.

She also blogs at The Bevy Bibliotheque, where she talks about books, TV, movies, and other things that she goes fangirl over. For review requests or blog inquiries, please visit http://www.thebevybibliotheque.net to contact the blogger who best suits your request.

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Newest release by TP Keane

This children’s chapter book is called Dear Bob: The Misadventures of Petunia Pottersfield.  Centering around a tiny fairy with the worse luck in fairy History. TP Delivers a book filled with self growth and confidence. 

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Petunia Pottersfield can’t help being clumsy, that’s just the way she was made. Every fairy in Furrow Grove knows her as “The Jinx” and even when she tries so hard to not be herself it always ends in disaster.

But when something strange starts happening to the other fairies, it’s up to Petunia to discover the truth and save them. She must break fairy rules and fight the rising darkness all on her own, and do it without killing them all too.

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#GetUndertheCovers with Elda Lore for #Hades @lbdunbarwrites

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Hades: Modern Descendants by elda lore (L.B. Dunbar writing as)

Love isn’t always a fairy tale; sometimes it’s a nightmare.

Releasing: 10.24.16

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“Welcome to Hell.”

Persephone Fields is just an average girl: beloved daughter and loyal friend. One night decides her Fate, when the prince of The Underworld becomes her savior and her kidnapper.

Hades has lived centuries in darkness and sin. When he decides to save the blonde goddess, he doesn’t consider the ramifications of his decision to bring her into his realm.

Two worlds divided struggle to find friendship in a history of family discord beyond their control. When attraction blurs the line, questions result in choices of love or loyalty.

 

A modern twist of the classic myth: Hades and Persephone, this version incorporates the sensual tension of opposites divided by contemporary humanity and mythical underworlds. Also reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, this is a love story ripe with desire.

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Author’s note: This book contains scenes of sexual intimacy.

Mature YA/NA Paranormal Romance.

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#Ballistic by @ariamichaelsya book tour #review and #giveaway @barenakedwords



Book: Ballistic (Icarus Series Book 2)
Author: Aria Michaels
Genre: Genre: Young Adult dystopian
 The sequel to Killshot 

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Synopsis It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything. 

When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time.
Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?
 

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Mama Says:

Another wild ride from Aria Michaels is in store for readers of the Icarus series.  Continuing their harrowing journey following the events in Killshot, Liv, Zan, Ty, Ry, and the rest are thrown one nasty slime-covered curve ball after another in this emotional second installment.
Though there are characters which exhibit some growth, I still can’t stand Christa, but it makes sense to have some people survive that aren’t necessarily your favorites, because isn’t that rather realistic?
A good balance of fast paced and wasteland wandering, stopping now and then to pause for you to really soak in the details of the devastation, Ballistic is one of those books that reminds you that you can love a book even if it makes you cry.  In fact, maybe even more so because of it.
Furthermore, there are still a number of matters by which I remain perplexed, but I’m hoping those questions will be answered in the book yet to come.
In the end I greatly enjoyed my time spent in this particular collection of pages.  I loved being so wrapped up in the words of another that I completely lost sight of myself and became immersed in the reality of the characters, something which happened with both books in the Icarus series, but more often in Ballistic due to the tension ratcheting up a few more notches.  The stakes are higher than ever and I just can’t wait for the next book after that ending.

4 stabby stars and many thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!
  Author Bio
 

Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ Publications’ Chronology of the Apocalypse, and Tricks, Treats, and Zombies (releasing in October 2016). Aria is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan, and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, this busy single mom can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead. Aria is currently hard at work on the next instalment of the Icarus Series and revelling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters. 

“You are never more than one chapter away from a different future.” –Aria Michaels

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#GetUndertheCovers with @melodywinter for #Iniquity #theAscent

Iniquity
Melody Winter
(Ascent, #1)
Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?

She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.

But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.

As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.

Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.

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Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.

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I’m Not Afraid of Wolves
Erin Hayes
(The Cotton Candy Quintet #4)
Publication date: September 22nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

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When the sliding door locked, I turned my gaze onto Sara and watched her, waiting for her to bring up her story. I wanted her to be the one who talked first, if only because I didn’t want to prod her too much if she was traumatized by whatever this was.

But if she was going to try to weasel her way out of talking to me, she had another thing coming.

“Wow,” she murmured softly. “Look at that full moon.”

I picked up a note of fear in her voice. “Yeah,” I said cautiously. “It’s beautiful.”

“I used to think so.” Sara turned around and looked back at me. Her eyes were wide with fright and the rigidity told me something else was going on with her.

Finally, my patience snapped.

“Sara, what’s wrong?”

“You won’t believe me,” she repeated, using the same phrase she used when we were putting food away.

I crossed my arms. “I think you’ll be surprised.”

Sara’s jaw worked. “I think I’m going to need more wine for this.”

I held up my glass. “Just drink mine.” Don’t think I’m letting you back in the kitchen that easily. She’d run away and hide and hoped I’d forget about it. She wanted to talk about it, but she was too afraid to.

She took my glass and downed the rest of it in one chug. I raised my eyebrows in surprise.

“Okay,” she said, as if warming herself up for our talk. “Okay.”

“It will be all right,” I told her.

“No, it won’t.” Tears started filling her eyes. “Christine, do you believe in werewolves?”

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Author Bio:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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I’m so thrilled to have @caracrescent on the blog today discussing her research, SPD, and many other fascinating topics relating to #DontLetMeForgetYou

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~ Don’t Let Me Forget You by Cara Crescent ~

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9971872-4-3
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9971872-5-0
Page Count: 369 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2016

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The invitation promised respite from the harsh realities of life. But here at Pembrook, not even the dead are permitted to rest.

Olivia Pembrook knows something isn’t right. She’s not remembering things she should. Pembrook Manor’s caretaker advises her to stay away from the new guest, but Hunter is attentive and sweet. She feels safe being near such a big, quiet man. He listens, and Lord knows, she can’t remember the last time anyone paid her any attention. So when he invites her to join him for dinner, she can’t say no. Everything is wonderful. Perfect. Until the clock strikes five. The doors lock. And her memories return.
Luke Hunter, a wounded ex-SWAT officer, experiencing a recurrence of his childhood Sensory Perception Disorder, goes to a private island for seclusion and rest. Instead, he finds a lover. A lover who relives her death nightly and forgets everything by sunrise. He’s determined to stop the cycle but is unsure if he can survive his own ghosts – or the ones wandering the halls – long enough to secure their happily-ever-after.
And even if he does… will she remember him tomorrow?

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Thank you so much to Cara Crescent for taking time to answer our burning questions!

What inspired you to write Don’t Let Me Forget You?

Usually, with each book I have ‘stuff’ that I’ve been pondering that sort of roll around together until they mesh. With this one, I had been re-reading some of Lovecraft’s work with one of my kids and I was watching a lot of science shows with another of my children. I was also working at a non-profit organization that provided occupational and physical therapy. Everything sort of morphed into aspects of this ‘haunted-house-sci-fi-romance’ I wanted to write. I ended up with a hero with SPD, monsters and ghosts, a heroine who forgets everything that happened the day before, a creepy caretaker, and a physics professor. And while it all sounds like a disconnected jumble, they’re all symptoms of a singular problem.

Did you do much research for the story and if so, care to share any interesting finds?

Yes. I do a ton of research for every book I write. Even though my stories focus on the fantastical and futuristic, I have to ground those things in reality so they don’t throw the reader out of the story. For Don’t Let Me Forget You some of the things I researched were:

Sensory Processing Disorder – I was already familiar with the disorder—I had done a lot of research because two of my children have sensory pieces to their puzzle. Years ago, shortly after my kids were diagnosed, the clinic we go to offered a class specific to parents with kids who had mental/behavior health challenges. The first thing they did was pass out a test—we had to watch a video and then answer five questions for each section of the video. Easy-peasy, right? The video was taken from the perspective of a person with a disorder—Sensory Processing, Schizophrenia, ADD, Bi-Polar, etc.—and while the teacher on the video gave a medical lecture on each disorder, the viewer experienced the same sensory interference common with each disorder. For example, while she explained SPD, the lights on-screen dimmed and then got too bright, the clock ticked so loud it muffled her voice, someone coughed and it was loud as a gunshot. It was disorienting and horrifying and I couldn’t answer one damned question in any section of the test. All I could think was, “Oh, my God, how many times have I put my kids in time out for not listening?” The experience stuck with me.

Future technologies – This story is set in 2040, so it’s not a huge jump, but taking into account Moore’s Law, I needed to predict some day-to-day technologies that we may have by then.

Prosthetic legs – Holy smokes, they are doing some amazing things in prosthetics now-a-days. From prosthesis designed for specific sports to those that are linked to the brain and can feel (still in the lab phase).

Impaling –(skip this paragraph if squeamish) I didn’t go into a lot of detail in the book, but I needed to know the particulars. Legend says Vlad the Implaer’s victims would remain alive for days as they hung on a stake. Some scientists did a computer simulation a few years ago and discovered that, yes, if done carefully, impaled victims could remain alive and aware for hours until grew tired, started to slouch and suffocated. I also needed to discover what kind of external injuries impaling a victim might cause—which is how I came up with the character Jawless and the rest of the `Less Gang.

If you had to write a book without any romance, which genre do you think you’d choose?

I can’t imagine writing a story without romance, but if I had to, I’d probably write science fiction or horror. They’re my favorite genres outside of romance.

Who would be your number one book boyfriend?

Oooh. I think it’d be a toss-up between Noah, from Jacquelyn Frank’s Noah and John Matthew from J.R. Ward’s Lover Mine. Those are both on my ‘to be read again’ shelf.

When you’re writing do you need absolute silence or does background noise work for you?

Absolute silence? What is that? I have four children and three ferrets—I don’t remember what silence sounds like, but I bet it’s amazing. Actually, now that three of my kids are teens and all are over the age of 10, I often drive across the street, park at the back of the lot and write. I always listen to music—I create playlists for each book—and depending on the scene, sometimes I’ll play a song on repeat for hours as I write. The repetitiveness keeps me from being distracted and helps me stay in a particular mood for the scene.

Now that you’re publishing your third novel, have you learned anything from your first two books which you applied to writing this new one?

Right now, I still feel like I’m learning the ropes of all the PR and publishing stuff. What has become easier, almost second nature now, is the story-telling. I’m one of those people that tends to complicate the hell out of the simplest task in effort to find the ‘best way’ to get the job done. So now that I’m through three books, I find that my process has become much more stream-lined and efficient. I waste less time on preparation and spend more time writing. I do a double plotline for each book, one character follows the hero’s journey, and one character follows the lover’s journey and I intertwine them like a double-helix. At first, the process felt cumbersome, but now it gets faster with each outline.

What made you decide to include a character with SPD? And what challenges did you face in writing him? (something which I very much admire, my cousin and daughter suffer from SPD and you don’t see many adult characters portrayed with these issues)

Oh, honey, you have your hands full, don’t you? Kudos to you. I have four kids, one is on the spectrum and one has various and sundry diagnosis—both have sensory pieces to their puzzle. It’s a whole different kind of parenting when you have kids with special needs and I’m always happy to meet other parents who understand.

As for why I chose to include a character with SPD…My daughter was about thirteen when I bought her an old Sweet Valley High—her first romance. She was having a tough time focusing long enough to read, but loves romances, so I thought she might be more successful if she was engaged in a topic she liked. Anyway, about a week later, she came down stomping downstairs and I just knew we had a major escalation brewing. She walked into the living room and said, “I’ll never be like the girl in that book.” As we talked I discovered at the ripe-old-age of thirteen, she didn’t think she’d ever get married because “who would want someone with her problems. Because boys wanted girls like the one in the book.” Yeah, I blew that one big time! I had tried to do something positive, but hadn’t taken into consideration all the angles of the problem. I felt horrible. I started looking for books with characters she might relate to better that actually got their h-e-a. They are out there, we found heroes who were blind, had Asperger’s, or were mute. We found heroines who were deaf, had compulsions, OCD, or PTSD. But they are few and far between. We need more. A lot more. I included a character with SPD because we need to hear that voice, too. Because our daughters, and many others with SPD, are going to grow up into adults and they’ll be looking for a sinfully wicked romance and now they’ll have at least one with a character that (hopefully) they can relate to. Which brings me to the challenges…

There were so many challenges in writing a character with Sensory Processing Disorder, I’m not even sure where to start. First, I’m a cis-white-female with no disabilities. So the first thing I had to do, was give myself permission to fail at accurately portraying this character. As an author, that’s difficult because you want so badly to get everything right, but as a human being full of faults and bias, it’s also essential accept your limitations. There’s no way to perfectly portray an experience you’ve never had. Instead, I interviewed people with the disability, I read about it, watched videos, and hoped to hell I got close. I wasn’t really happy until my kids said, “yeah, it’s kinda like that.” –Which was still hard, because they’re not allowed to read my books yet so I was just reading them the ‘safe bits’.

The second major challenge was that Sensory Processing Disorder is so diverse. It can affect hearing, sight, taste, touch, or motor base, all of the senses or any mixture of those. They can be over responsive or under responsive. Hunter’s disorder affects his hearing and touch, and to a lesser degree, taste and sight. He is over responsive.

The third major challenge was that I didn’t want him to be either the ‘magical disabled person’ nor the ‘inspirational disabled person’. I didn’t want to create a character that would be healed by love or whose disability would become a superpower. I just wanted him to get through the same trials any hero would have to go through the best he could and have his h-e-a. While I do think acceptance and love will give any person a brighter more hopeful outlook—Hunter’s outlook does improve with both—unfortunately they are not cure-alls. I had a fantastic beta group and that was one of the things I had them look out for.

And yes, it’s common to hear of SPD in children, not so much in adults.  Which is odd, because it’s not like the disorder magically disappears at the age of eighteen. The thing is, adults are less likely to advocate for themselves or have someone else who will advocate for them. They tend to hide their differences, and learn to compensate for anything they perceive as a weaknesses. I think another reason we don’t hear about it in adults as much is because it’s a fairly new diagnosis.

Do you take time off once a book gets published or is it go-go-go all the time?

I take a week off in-between books. I catch up on Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Preacher, read as many books as I can off my TBR pile, do a deep-clean of the house, take care of the pile of forgotten mail on the counter. By then, I’m itching to get back to work.

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About the Author:
Cara Crescent currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her children and three overly dramatic ferrets. When not writing, you can usually find her curled up with a book, engrossed in a movie, or playing video games with her best friend.

Visit Cara on the web at http://www.caracrescent.com

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Stephany
Wallace, is a “new” Author, however, although she’s about to release  her debut novel Hidden Magic, she has actually been writing since she was about  12 years old. Thanks to the Influence of her Literature professor who was also
a poet, she began to write Poetry, which allowed her passion for writing to  grow. Writing lyrics followed as her passion extended to music.

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She  currently writes Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her New book releasing this
fall is a New Adult Paranormal Romance, about the amazing & magical world
of Druids. She also has four Romance Novels that are being formatted to be
released in the next few months: In your Eyes, Chasing Time, Somewhere Inside
my Mind & Somewhere Inside my Heart, (its sequel). So stay tuned!
You  can stalk her, I mean Follow her, and get to know a bit more about her and her upcoming books:


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#SpecialEdition Sunday #review and #guestpost on Creating Believable Characters from @rachaeleliker and #themidnightslaves

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Released: 15 Aug 2016

Book Summary

At the brink of humanity’s self-destruction, New Haven has risen from the ashes as a place where illness is rare, crime is unheard of and work is a thing of the past. Under The Council’s direction, the entire community serves to improve and enrich one another’s lives, a luxury made possible by a sophisticated system of robots who take care of the menial day-to-day tasks while its citizens sleep. Awoken unexpectedly one night, Jude Stone comes face to face with a mysterious stranger named Zoe and he discovers a secret that, if exposed, could mean his banishment. Plunged deeper into Zoe’s world, truth becomes clouded and he’s caught in the middle of a dangerous game played by those in power. He must choose between community loyalty and doing what’s right, even if it means revealing New Haven’s sinister secret and destroying his perfect way of life…

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Excerpt:

Gabriel’s face was ashen and his eyes flashed from Jude, who sat in shocked silence, to Delphine and back again. Releasing a hissing breath from between his perfectly set teeth, he hung his head. “Jude,” he sighed, “you know you’re not to leave your room and now, because of your thoughtlessness, you’re the first in our family to have a warning on your record. Do you understand the gravity of the situation?”

Dread circulated in his gut, making Jude’s stomach roll in sickening waves. He decided now was not the time to bring up his run-in with the girl cleaning their kitchen—it was sure to land him in Dr. Camden’s office for a brain scan. Not only was he the family’s longtime physician, but as Head of the Council, he’d be privy to all of Jude’s indiscretions. Submission at the moment was key. “Yes, Father, I do,” he agreed.

“Please, don’t do it again. I don’t think I could bear losing another child.” 

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Mama Says:

Many popular dystopian books have a common flaw- they  try to create such a monstrous world that the reader is immediately in shock rather than slowly revealing that the world is not what it seems.  Fortunately, The Midnight Slaves does the latter, and we’re given something wholly unique in the process.  Although much cleaner than what I usually read, I didn’t feel this was lacking in depth and complexity.  As a story about a world where citizens are being lied to and bad things happen to those who question authority, it’s downright chilling.  As a story with slightly clichéd romance, it might seem like it’s repetitive but I think it’s more of a mirror of what would be realistic given the circumstances in which we find our characters.  If you’re looking for an engrossing story that you can read relatively quickly and want to share with someone who might be a bit too young for the more violent and graphic books available, The Midnight Slaves will keep you turning pages into the night.  Since it’s the first in a series there is certainly more to be explored and I look forward to seeing where Eliker takes us next!

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Rachael Eliker On Creating Believable Characters:

A good book has the ability to pull a reader into a new world different than their own. But, the common denominator in any book are the characters. They might be whimsical mermaids, teenagers with psychic powers, a regular, run-of-the-mill woman who’s sick of dating. Whoever it is, creating characters who are strong, vulnerable, emotional but most importantly relatable is crucial to a writer’s success. And what’s great about characters is we can secretly judge them, loathe them for their success or want to shake them for their stupidity, make them see the solution that’s right there in front of them secretly. It’s okay to hate a character—they don’t care. Well, except maybe the author.

Here are some key steps to creating believable characters:

Snape had some redeeming qualities about him which softened a lot of readers’ hearts towards him.

Be introspective—great artists like Picasso, DaVinci created masterpieces while studying themselves. Characters can have pieces of author in them. Who better to know how to describe emotions, sensations, pleasures, scenery, etc

Be a people watcher—observing others interacting offer unlimited possibilities.

Get out and experience—what better way to learn to describe something than by doing. Do you know how it feels to have a powerful horse racing across a meadow? I do, but I probably won’t be writing about skydiving anytime soon. Pay attention to emotions you experience and figure out how to put them in paper. Jude experiences some rage before fighting some outlaws. Haven’t been in a fistfight personally, but have felt the kind of anger that makes you feel hot and cold all at the same time, that makes your heart race and clenches your hands till it feels like your nails will puncture your palms.

Everybody has some redeeming quality about them. Serial killers often described as polite. Well, almost everyone.

Author Bio

Rachael Eliker was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended UNL where she studied Animal Science with an option in Biology, before moving to Iowa with her husband to live on a century-old farmstead. She currently lives on an acreage in Indiana, with her husband and four children where she enjoys challenging home improvement projects, running on lonely stretches of country road and writing young adult fiction. Read more about her upcoming work at rachaeleliker.com.

Author Links

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