#EveryWildHeart is the spring break read you’ll want to add to your bag! #tlcbooktours #review #williammorrow #harpercollins

About Every Wild Heart

• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (March 14, 2017)

From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.

Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?

Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…

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Mama Says:

Another winner for “books to pack on vacation,” is a quick to read, heartwarming story that will give you what life so often can not: resolutions to almost all of its problems.
The most surprising thing to me was my connecting more with Nic than with G.G.  As a mother I expected the latter to be someone I’d have more in common with, but her world view and tenacious attitude are just so far left of me, where the anxiety and insecurity of her daughter were all too familiar.
I appreciated that the author wasn’t really trying to make us like one or the other more, that you just naturally get drawn to the characters as the story moves along.
Although the romances in this book weren’t anything particularly sweltering or memorable, they were sweet and made sense in the context of the overall story.
I’ve said it before and I have no doubt I’ll say it again.  You can enjoy a book that you won’t read again.  You can indulge in escapism and not have to defend your reading choices.  Too many people speak as if every book should monumentally shift your perspective or have a lasting effect on you.  will absolutely be that book for someone, it just wasn’t for me.   Every Wild Heart might not have been that book for me, but that doesn’t mean it was poorly written.  This author clearly has a way with words, and an audience, one I hope to continue to be part of it.  I’ve been marking  a couple of her books on my library list so that when I need another break from reading too much Stephen King (yes it’s a thing) I know where to look!

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!

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About Meg Donohue

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.

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#Angelbound now on #Audible and we’re celebrating the release! #giveaway #review #ebooks #audiobooks

Angelbound
by Christina Bauer
Genre: YA Supernatural
Audiobook Release Date: 3/28/17
Monster House Books

Summary from Goodreads:

Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

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Mama Says:
Full disclosure, I read the ebook version but wanted to celebrate the audio release with y’all so you get all the audiobook details with an opinion on the story.  Spoiler alert: I liked it.

You might be thinking, do I really need to read another not-quite-human girl fighting for survival and glory in a hellish world or something close to it?Answer- yeah.  This one is fast paced, full of furious action, and a lot of sarcastic humor.  Or as I like to call it, a pnr lover’s jackpot.  The romance isn’t even nearly as forced as it could have been.
I’ve only read book 1 but with these being on sale, it only makes sense for me to keep reading.  Who’s going to binge with me? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Monster House Books is celebrating the launch of the audiobook version of the best seller Angelbound, both on iTunes & Audible! As a result, every launched book in the series is only $1.99, aka more than 50% off…And that includes Angelbound ACCA, which was only released a few months ago!

 

For those of you who are new to the series, here’s a quick overview of the books that are now on sale from their author, Christina Bauer:


Book 1 – Angelbound

“This is the original story of Myla, a part demon girl who loves to kick ass in Purgatory’s Arena. She falls in love with a part-angel Prince (who’s also a demon hunter.) Mayhem ensues. You can check out the book trailer here.
BONUS: If you buy the audiobook version of Angelbound, then the ebook is free in March! How cool is that?
Book 2 – Scala

Myla and Lincoln team up to save Purgatory. They also smooch a lot. Did I mention this was my un-official summary of each book based on what I like most about them? Well, it is. I like the smooching in this one.”

Book 3 – Acca – NEW!!!

“In this NEW installment, Myla and Lincoln take down the evil house of Acca while trying to get hitched. I love the final scene in this book which features an awesome tune by the Rolling Stones. Nuff said.”


Book 4 – Thrax

“This is the story of how Myla’s first kid is born while she runs off to the Earth’s surface with Cissy to save Lincoln. Okay, full disclosure: I didn’t put Thrax into the discount structure because it’s not due to launch until September 26th of this year, and launches are how I pay my bills. At least I don’t lie to you :-)”
Book 5 – Armageddon

“This installment is all about the demon we love to hate, Armageddon (I call him Armie.) Myla goes to Hell to save her son and kick that f*’s ass. Good times.”
Book 1 – Angelbound Offspring – Maxon

“This is the story of Myla’s son all growed up. No, I didn’t have to put him at $1.99 since this is technically a separate series, but MHB is kind of awesome like that.”

Book 2 – Angelbound Offspring – Portia

My favorite cover of all time! This is the story of Myla’s daughter and how she maybe gets involved with a hottie dragon king.”

 

So there you have it: six books discounted to celebrate the launch of Angelbound on audiobook! Be sure to order ASAP—these are limited-time discounts and will end soon!

 

 About the Author

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

 

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Little Women as read by Andrea Emmes #review

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 17h 36m

Publisher: Listen2aBook.com⎮2016

Genre: Classics

Release date: Aug. 16, 2016

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.

Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

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Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.


Andrea Emmes started her career performing in musical theater while growing up on the East Coast. This lead to a successful career as a stage performer working for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Renaissance Cruises and eventually head lining on the Las Vegas Strip. Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total bibliophile, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California. Known as “The Girl with a Thousand Voices”, her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, and has versatility and charisma. Not only does she have a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design, but Andrea gets her inner gamer geek on playing games of all kinds with her husband and their cat, Lucy.

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This was such a nostalgic experience for me.  Little Women is one of the first classics I read, and it was the very first time I read a book in anticipation of seeing a movie.  Afterwards, my mom took me to Barnes and Noble to buy my own collectible edition since I’d borrowed one from the library.
This particular version is a great full length production, rather than an abridged version as with many audiobook classics.  The narrator’s strengths were the older girls, as I did have a hard time when she was doing younger voices.  It was almost grating, but it didn’t last and things smoothed out later on in the book too.  She was also able to impart much of the emotions which are the core of this novel, of sisterhood, heartbreak and lost dreams.  Of first loves, difficult choices, and hoping for things to turn out okay.
If you’re wanting to reread a favorite book, or pick up Little Women for the first time, an audiobook is the perfect solution for an experience you won’t forget!

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Are you ready to dive under the fur? @ejmellow #TAUTF is live and you might win a copy if you look inside! #action #romance #vengefuldelight

The Animal Under
E.J. Mellow
Publication date: March 30th 2017
Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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Mama Says:

Y’all need to sit down because I’m about to start fangirling and I’d hate for you to fall too.  This book made me pee my pants laughing and hold my breath in suspense.  I kept thinking I knew what would happen next and was swiftly proven wrong.  While this was quite a departure from Mellow’s first series, The Dreamland books, her voice is still crackling with snark and wit and wonder all the same.  I will be following this author to the ends of the earth if she keeps this up.  Now I just want to know how I’m supposed to stay loyal to Molly when I’m now totally in love with Nashville.  Hmm… maybe I can have both?

 

Author Bio:

E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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#Timekeeper is one of my favorite listens of 2017! Read more and enter to #win

Author: Tara Sim

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

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Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.

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Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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Timekeeper, wow, now I have to share my thoughts in a way that makes some kind of sense.  Honesltly, I have nothing but good things to say about this book.  I enjoyed it so much I’ll absolutely be finding a print copy to add to my personal collection, but I will most likely listen again as well.  The narrator really infused the performance with emotion without going over the top, and distinguished each character as necessary.
To be completely honest, I am often let down by books that are sold as “inclusive” as I find them to be stereotypical at best, offensive at worst.  SO when a great book comes along that lives up to this claim, I want everyone to read it! Timekeeper definitely fits the bill.  You don’t feel the characters are caricatures, but real people with depth and a range of reactions and thoughts.  It was so refreshing and the narrator just made it all come to life so beautifully.
Highly recommend you listen to this book if you’re looking for something outside the realm of everyday fare.

 

 I think the topic of gender roles is always going to be a bit dubious, especially when you only think of gender as a binary. There’s a lot to be said for trans rep, genderqueer/genderfluid rep, and nonbinary rep, which often gets swept under the rug when it comes to talking about “female characters” or “male characters.”
        “Female characters” have gone through the ringer. There’s a debate whether or not to use the term “strong female character,” as if this is a distinction from all those other female characters, the ones who maybe don’t know how to wield a sword or are afraid to speak up or are unable to break away from a toxic relationship. While it’s great that more creators are including “strong female characters,” we need to be aware that strength does not always equal literal strength. It doesn’t always mean Wonder Woman. It should also include the shy ones, the softspoken ones, the uncertain ones. It should also not ignore “feminine” qualities; a girl can be a deadly assassin and still love wearing frilly dresses. A girl can be a makeup artist and be a black belt in jiu jitsu.
        When it comes to YA, we see a certain type of heroine often: a girl who comes from a humble background suddenly realizes she has a special power, and is often brought to a castle or the equivalent of one to begin her new life. I’m not dismissing these at all—there are quite a few YA books I love with this premise, such as Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. But I’m still always looking for a different narrative, stories that show girls of all kinds. Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is a great example: we see two very different girls, Laia and Helene, brought up in opposing lifestyles—one is a slave, the other taught how to keep slaves in check—but both have become strong and determined in their own ways.
        I also think that “male” protagonists in YA are considered to have to be a certain way. That is, they can’t be too much of anything; they have to be evenly proportioned in their emotions without being overly sentimental. I think this can be damaging, considering how toxic masculinity is the source of a lot of issues in today’s society and gender politics. For example, in the early stages of writing Timekeeper, there was a reader who told me that Danny shouldn’t bite his lip because it was a “feminine” thing to do.
        I think a lot of creators—not just authors, but scriptwriters, game writers, etc.—have grown to believe that giving their “female” or “male” characters traits of the opposite sex is edgy, or new, or cool. It’s different. But this is still playing into gender stereotypes, and as I said above, continuing the belief that gender is a binary. They think in terms of either/or.
        But gender is not a binary, and YA protagonists should show the full spectrum. Let your “male” characters bite their lips. Let your “female” characters be strong in whatever way makes them feel strong. Make space for trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer protagonists.
        In short: I think there should be less focus on how a character should be and more on how a character is.

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Tales of the Ravenous Reader (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)

Mar. 20: Reading for the Stars and Moon (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, & Giveaway)
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Mar. 26: Dab of Darkness (Review)
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Mar. 28: Rolo Polo Book Blog (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

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Mar. 30: Novel Ink (Review)

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Apr. 5: Hall Ways (Review & Giveaway)
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Apr. 6: A Book and A Latte (Review)

Apr. 7: Desert Rose Reviews (Review & Giveaway)
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Myths of Mish is finally here! Read our review and enter to win!

Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2)
by Katie Hamstead

Genre: YA Space Opera/Scifi/Fantasy
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Curiosity Quills Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he’s about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel’s quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she’s discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel’s paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they’re all being hunted.
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Mama Says:

You can read my thoughts on Princess of Tyrone here, but let’s just say I was a bit of a fan.  Although this second installment didn’t immediately woo me as with the first, I did find that I grew to love the characters just as much as the story progressed.  I absolutely adored Minna and the author’s sneaky use of multiple fairy tales, not just the obvious, was really quite clever.
If you like retellings that aren’t so close to the original tale that they are a bore, you should check out the Fairy Tale Galaxy Chronicles.  It’s not just another Cinder, I promise!


Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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Digging in the Stars
Katherine Blakeney
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror.

Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological discovery of the century, Carter and her friends follow Conrad’s footsteps deep into the mountains of Thror’s forbidden Black Zone and launch an illicit excavation.

Coded messages, stunning ancient ruins, and clues left by Conrad himself begin to surface as the young archaeologists fall victim to an alarming series of accidents staged by the increasingly hostile Furry Giants. Piecing together a history of dictatorship, terrorism and disguise, Carter glimpses the horrors beyond Thror’s flamboyant façade and startling revelations about the friend she thought she knew. The masks of Thror hide devastating secrets, and the golden tomb buried deep in the frozen core may claim the lives of everyone she loves.

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    “It is all like they speak in tales of old,” he said, as radiant as though he’d just been dropped into a pirate’s cavern overflowing with jewels and pieces of eight. “All scents of Thror born in this place, personal essences, poisons for military darts, new smells and perfumes invented every day . . .” Judging by his dreamy tone, they might as well stay trapped there forever as far as he was concerned. The young perfumer’s heart was thoroughly seduced.

    Carter turned away with an aggravated sigh. It was no use. She tried a few more dives herself, but the water teemed with the residue of waning scents and made her eyes ache. The platform at the center was completely solid.

 

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    The long black coat draping off his hunched shoulders seemed like a pair of folded wings, and his skeletal fingers darted back and forth like pale talons as he spoke. Suddenly, the dark hair floating about his face looked like ruffled feathers, and his impossibly pale eyes glowed eerily in the light of the projector. At that moment, he was no longer a sick teenage boy; he was a huge, ferocious bird of prey, a creature of the night. He was as powerful and mesmerizing as the magnificent, winged figure of Mephisto on the screen, enveloping a miniature town with his black wings as he exhaled contagion and death.

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I am an author and independent filmmaker/stop motion animator with a BFA in Stop Motion Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK). My thesis focuses on silent film adaptations of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Gothic novels, with a special emphasis on psychological and aesthetic representations of the Monster figure. My debut novel, a YA Sci-Fi adventure called Digging in the Stars, is forthcoming with Blaze Publishing on March 28, 2017.

Raised by an Egyptologist mother, I grew up among museums and excavation sites, where I developed an unhealthy fascination with ancient art and mythology. I divide my time between bringing 12”-tall people to life in my studio in Edinburgh, excavating ancient tombs in the Egyptian desert, and researching Gothic literary monsters in silent film. I have worked for more than 10 years as photographer and videographer for the South Asasif Conservation Project, an archaeological expedition in Egypt and I have published numerous articles on film and archaeology.

I write, direct, design, and animate short films and commissioned projects in my studio in Edinburgh, Scotland and have been employed as an animator, screenwriter, modelmaker and art director for studios in Edinburgh, South Korea and Qatar. I have produced commissioned projects for IdeasTap in London, the Arts Trust Scotland and the British Library. My shorts have won competitions and screened at various international festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2015, my short film The Burglar With the Yellow Hand was nominated for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Research in Film Award.

You can find out more about all aspects of my work on my website, http://yorwickcastle.com
My new blog http://KatherineBlakeneyStardigger.blogspot.com is all about Digging in the Stars and my references and inspirations as a writer.

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D. Laine
(Apocalypse Assassins Trilogy #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic

For trained assassin Dylan Romero, business is good. As the agency’s top warriors, he and partner Jake Walker are the last two people evil wants to see on the other side of a gun.

When a mission takes them to the college town of Bozeman, Montana, they discover that there is more than just another mark in another town to keep them there. With a heavy concentration of vessels doing their demon masters’ dirty work and flesh-craving monsters lurking around every corner, the secluded Midwest town is set to become the first battleground of the apocalypse.

The last thing Dylan needs is a distraction. With the fate of the world at stake, the life of one girl shouldn’t matter – until the day she changes everything.

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Seconds later, the bartender set two matching drinks on the counter in front of the guy from the parking lot.

He wordlessly slid one of the glasses toward me. My eyes darted to his in surprise, and he shrugged. “You look thirsty.”

I picked up the glass with a grateful smile, and helped myself to a sip of the cool liquid. Jack and Coke—exactly what I wanted. He was observant. “Thank you.”

As he nodded, his eyes moved over my shoulder, in the general vicinity of Vivian. A small grin tugged at the corner of his lips. He glanced up at me briefly before giving undivided attention to his drink. “How’s your boyfriend?”

“Who? You mean the guy from earlier?”

“Well, I’m not talking about him.” His head nodded across the bar, where David was doing his best to catch the waitress’s attention. “That poor fucker doesn’t stand a chance, does he?”

“David is my friend,” I responded defensively. “And Kyle isn’t my boyfriend. You’re wrong on both counts.”

His eyes snapped to mine, then slowly lowered. Heat followed his gaze as it swept across my lips before settling on my neck. I was forced to sweep the hair off my shoulders in an attempt to cool off. It didn’t help.

He squinted at my neck like he considered devouring me right then and there. With the hot ball of lava tumbling through me, and ultimately settling in my core, I considered letting him. One look. That was all it took.

No guy had ever . . .

Oh, God. Vivian was totally right.

His mouth curved like he had read my thoughts. Then his hand shot out to mine as he stated, “Dylan.”

I accepted his hand with a smile. “Thea.”

His head angled closer to mine. “Thea?” When I nodded, he leaned back with a smirk. “Are you a librarian, or something?”

“What?” I demanded, suddenly on edge.

“Hot librarian,” he corrected with a lazy shrug, as if that somehow made his comment less insulting. At my unamused glare, he used his hand to cover the smile spreading across his face, and muttered, “I’m sorry. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Thea before. It’s, uh . . .”

“A librarian’s name, apparently,” I finished for him sourly.

He chuckled. “I like it, alright? I do. In fact, you’ve given me a new standard to associate with the name Thea. Next time I hear it, I won’t imagine a ninety-year-old librarian. I’ll picture you instead.”

He somehow made me like the sound of him thinking about me, despite the example he used. Some small, gullible part of me liked it. The rest of me reared back with revulsion.

“Need to picture me to get you through the night, huh?” I quipped.

His lips pursed as he considered my question. Then a broad grin turned his lips up. “Never really gone for a good girl before. Unless it’s an act . . .” His eyes swept down the length of me with obvious interest, and I folded my arms over my chest to interrupt his uncensored gaze. When he finally made it back to my eyes, he hooked an inquisitive brow.

“It’s not an act,” I stated firmly, “and I don’t play games.”

He shook his head at the counter, and muttered, “I didn’t think so.”

“Not like it would matter anyway.” My eyes lowered to his lap in mock consideration, then to the drink in front of him. “You’ve had so many of those, I doubt you could even play your part at this point.”

Dylan’s head rolled back as a deep laugh rumbled through him. I refused to acknowledge how sexy it sounded.

“First of all . . .” He lifted a finger in the air. “I’m always up to playing my part. Got it?” I kept my arms folded, my face unreadable, as he lifted another finger. “Secondly . . . I find it interesting that you know how much I’ve had to drink tonight.”

My arms slowly uncrossed under his amused and knowing gaze. His eyebrows shot up in silent inquiry, and when I offered no explanation, his grin broadened.

“I thought so.” With a flirty wink, he turned in his seat to face the bar.

 

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I write relationships. Whether contemporary or fantasy, they are always real and never easy.

When I’m not writing, you can usually find me with my nose in my Kindle – reading romance of course – or running around after my three little boys, or catching up on an episode of Supernatural or This Is Us.

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Blood Rose (Blood Series #1)

by Danielle Rose

Genre: Urban fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 21, 2017

Publisher: OfTomes Publishing

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Published by OfTomes Publishing, the Blood Books trilogy follows the harrowing  journey of Avah Taylor, a mortal witch in the midst of a centuries-old war against the immortal vampire species. Avah’s intense journey is fueled by blood, jealousy, betrayal, murder and revenge.



Book Synopsis

There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. 

But on the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.
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Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.
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Cinderella isn’t dressed in yellow this time. Read more about #TheBlackLily by @juliette_cross and her #FaveVampire #Myths

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

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Thanks to author Juliette Cross for stopping by to discuss vampire myths today!

 

From sensual to monstrous to kickass to sparkly, there are endless adaptations of the almighty vampire. And they are all alluring. But why do we love them so much? My favorite myths of the vampire are what makes him so attractive: immortality, predatory strength, and sensual beauty.

It isn’t simply his immortality that I find appealing, but what comes with long life. A being who has lived for centuries naturally develops keen intelligence that can only come with years of experience in this world. I am always attracted to the intelligent hero who can outwit his foe and tantalize his heroine with unmatched cunning.

In addition to his immortal abilities of the mind, vampires are gifted with heightened senses to help him track his prey, giving him unmatched strength against mere mortals. Whether he is hunting a known enemy or the woman he desires, he will always get what he wants.

His sensual beauty is another magnetism. While he might be an experienced vampire hundreds of years old, he remains youthful in appearance—a deception that holds mystery and power. In essence, he is the perfect predator able to use his many immortal gifts to seduce, dominate, and control the will of others. What heroine doesn’t want an unbeatable, beautiful hero at her side? Even if he is a monster. 😉

Mama says:
Honestly, I would have thought this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling if I didn’t know it was Cinderella from the description.  But I think that’s more my unfamiliarity with the original tale of our dear young orphan maid than it is the author’s.  There’s some wonderfully vivid imagery and world building within these pages, and you still definitely get that creepy vibe, before we even get into the whole vampire thing.
I admit I’m a sucker for paranormal romance, no pun intended.  But I’m still picky, and this one wasn’t just fun, it was a great read! Lots of tension, great pacing, and a mysterious quality that kept me reading all add up to this being a winner in my book.

Recommended for mature readers only.**

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Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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