Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: SAPPHIRE'S DIVINITY by Justine Winter

by Justine Winter

I was a hybrid werewolf with a secret destiny shadowed by a prophecy the Ancient Guardians foretold. The same Ancient Guardians that had organised the annual Alpha summit Riley had been summoned to.

Since Jackson’s demon threat everyone was powered up on overtime at the gym. Train, sweat, repeat. Train, sweat, repeat.

But all that rage-filled preparation wasn’t enough. We were being targeted by something new, and it didn’t stop there.

The summit was proving to be my nemesis. Egotistical morons challenged me with threats to the one I loved, and I knew I couldn’t endure a life without Riley.

Besides all of that, there was one thing I was finally understanding about the supernatural. Nothing was as it seemed.

Not even me.

Release Date: August 27, 2014

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I’ve always lived a life based on my imagination, from hopeless dreams of romance to concocting alternate realities involving supernaturals. I’m completely fascinated with anything hero-related, and often speculate which superpower I’d possess. I haven’t settled on one yet.

I was born in England, and currently reside in Wales, UK. I love to write, and most days you’ll find me happily tapping away at the computer whilst in my pyjama-clad bubble. I also spend my time reading, and if that isn’t enough I’m often in the kitchen baking up a treat.

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WWW Wednesday 7-30-14

WWW Wednesday

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

-What are you currently reading?

I read the first book in the School for Good and Evil series a while ago and really liked it. Then I got the second one and promptly forgot to read it. Then I started it, got my hands on Last Stand of Dead Men, and put it down again. I’ll pick it up again when I finish Skullduggery Pleasant’s eighth book.

-What did you recently finish reading?

In that order. Courtlight was interesting. I enjoyed this Harry Dresden book more than I anticipated, and I didn’t enjoy this Stephanie Plum book as much as I hoped. As is life.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know. There are so many amazing books coming out in August. The Dying of the Light (Skullduggery Pleasant, 9) and Fool’s Assassin (Fool and the Fitz, 1), Robin Hob’s newest FitzChivalry book are definitely on my list. I need to wait a bit for those. Between then and now…time will tell.


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Monday, July 28, 2014

MORTOM by Erik Therme

by Erik Therme

Mortom: population 986.

On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.

One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.

But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death ... detailing the rules of “the game.”

The sound from the kitchen was so unexpected that it actually took Andy a moment to process what he was hearing: Craig was dead (the whole town had to have known this by now) and only a handful of people knew he and Kate were in Mortom, let alone inside Craig’s house. A ringing phone was the last thing he expected to hear.

“Wrong number,” he mumbled, but a morbid thought crossed his mind: what if it was for Craig? Some old friend calling out of the blue to say hello and catch up on old times. Whatever the case, he sure as hell wasn’t going to answer it.

He returned his focus to the leaves. Three of them, curled and brown, impossible to tell what type of tree they had dropped from. Undoubtedly, that would be a part of the puzzle. If they were indigenous to a certain part of the world, he had no clue how he was going to get that information—

“Come on!” he shouted at the phone. It was still ringing: short, intrusive bursts of sound.

He took in a deep breath, his concentration completely broken. The phone was easily on its sixth ring now . . . seventh . . . eighth. . .

He stormed into the kitchen and snared the receiver from the wall. “What?”

There was no response.


His brow furrowed. Someone had called the wrong number and now they were too embarrassed to speak. And what would they do next? Hang up and immediately call back.

“No one lives here,” he said, and started to hang up. A voice on the other end spoke up and Andy caught the last word: “—there.”

He fumbled the receiver back to his ear. “What?”

“So you are there.”

“Who is this?”

At first there was nothing, then a small laugh.

“Who are you calling for?” Andy asked, trying to keep his voice steady. “No one lives here anymore—”

“Be seeing ya.”

There was a click. Andy held the phone a moment longer before returning it to the wall. Wrong number, that was all. Some guy calling his buddy without realizing he had misdialed. Mortom probably only had one prefix, and it would be easy enough to make that mistake.

He went to the living room window. The street below was deserted—no mysterious men in trench coats staring up at him from a corner phone booth.

“Stop being paranoid,” he told himself.

But deep down he knew he wasn’t being paranoid—not by a long shot. Things had been anything but normal since arriving in Mortom, and that phone call stank worse than the rat.

He started back toward the deck and jumped when the phone rang again.

This time, he let it ring.



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-What inspired you to become a writer?

I was five when Star Wars hit the big screen, and there was no question it awoke my imagination. In the months that followed, I crafted everything from comic books to dioramas. As I grew older my interests shifted to music, and I soon found myself in a garage band. I enjoyed writing song lyrics more than playing guitar, and I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone when I quit the band and started my first novel. After that I was hooked.

-What draws you to your genres of choice?

As many authors will attest, you write the story you feel compelled to write, whether it be a mystery or a comedy. The challenge is aligning ‘creative aspirations’ with reader expectations. If you release a grisly thriller and follow it with a children’s book, it’s probably going to alienate some fans. Having an audience definitely influences how you approach future projects.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Small towns can absolutely be creepy. It’s very unsettling to wander the streets during the day and literally not see anyone.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and/or pizza with?

I would definitely hit it off with (protagonist) Andy Crowl, mostly because he’s a thinly disguised version of myself. Yes, he can be a jerk at times, but he’s also extremely focused and passionate. He knows what needs to be done and isn’t afraid to do it. I can relate to that.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Never give up, and do whatever it takes to get your writing into the world. One week I had an agent tell me to write more like Gillian Flynn, and the next week I had Gillian Flynn’s agency interested in my manuscript. The world of publishing is a crazy, subjective place, and—more often than not—you have to make your own luck.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I don’t think I could write romance. I find it infinitely more fun to put characters at each other’s throats, as opposed to their lips or arms.


Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, (inadvertently) harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. None of these have come close to the thrill of releasing his debut novel, Mortom.

When he's not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his oldest daughter's volleyball team, or chilling on the PS3 with his 11-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only 7 places in the world the UNESCO has certified as a "City of Literature.”

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Friday, July 25, 2014

BOUND BY A DRAGON by Linda K. Hopkins

by Linda K. Hopkins

The dragon turned its head and seemed to look straight at Keira. Pulling her arm out of her sister’s, she drew herself upright and stared straight back, meeting the golden eye of the dragon before it turned its enormous body in a slow, fluid motion and lazily flew towards the mountains.

A dragon has moved into the neighborhood of Keira's small, medieval village, unsettling the residents as they fear for their safety. All except Keira, who is fascinated by the creature, both dangerous and beautiful. But when Aaron Drake decides to take up residence in his ancestral home of Storbrook Castle, set deep in the nearby mountains, Keira finds herself unsettled by the handsome stranger. Why did he decide to move to Storbrook, almost eighty years after it was last inhabited, and does the dragon really live in the caves below the castle?

Keira watched as the great beast circled slowly through the sky, blocking the sunlight for a few seconds on each turn. Fire spewed occasionally from its mouth, dissipating in the cool air before it could set anything alight. All around her people were shouting, grabbing their children and running for their homes, slamming the doors shut behind them before barring them from the inside. Keira shook her head in amusement. A mere door wouldn’t stop a dragon – it could just burn the house down! Anna was tugging on her arm, shouting at her to come, but Keira shrugged her off.

The dragon had taken up residence in the mountains some six months back, and although it was regularly seen soaring above the village, it had yet to kidnap and devour a single innocent maiden. And there were no reports of girls snatched from the other villages, either. Keira knew the stories about the last dragon that had lived in the area. For many years it had peacefully inhabited its mountain lair, until one day it had suddenly turned on the village, burning down half the homes before being killed by some brave soul. But the only questionable thing this dragon had done was to take a few head of cattle and a couple of sheep. And since the dragon always left some form of payment for the animal taken – a small bag of gold, a few precious stones – the villagers didn’t complain too loudly. These payments always far exceeded the worth of the animal. But still, stories about dragons abounded, and the villagers were convinced that it was just a matter of time before the dragon set the village alight and snatched the village girls.

“Come on, Keira.” Anna’s words broke through Keira’s thoughts, reminding her that her parents shared the same fears as the other villagers. “Mother will be furious if we don’t get back to the house now!”

“Stop pulling me! I’m coming!” was Keira’s annoyed response. She glanced back at the sky one more time, admiring the way the scales of the dragon caught the light, throwing back a thousand rainbows against the sky. The dragon was heading away from the village, but before Keira looked away, it turned its head and seemed to look straight at her. Pulling her arm out of Anna’s, she drew herself upright and stared straight back, meeting the golden eye of the dragon before it turned its enormous body in a slow, fluid motion and lazily flew towards the mountains.



-What made you want to write?

I love the way stories can carry you to another place and time, taking you out of the humdrum of everyday life and transporting you straight into an adventure that carries your along as an active participant. For me, writing allows me to take others along as we adventure together.

-What draws you to fantasy?

I have always loved the world of fantasy and make-belief. Fairies, elves, genies and, of course, dragons, draw me into fascinating adventures. Along with this, I love history, especially the social and cultural elements on days gone by, which differ so much to our technological age. In many ways they were much simpler, but at the same time, were much harsher. Throw a little romance into the mix, and for me you have the perfect story!

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

In the middle ages, couples were married outside the church, on the steps outside the door, and the traditional color for the wedding gown was blue, which is the traditional color of purity.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I think I would like to get to know Cathryn better. She is sensible and down-to-earth, but with a sense of humor. She is also a loyal friend.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

If you want to be a writer, then just write! Don't worry about the style, grammar or editing - just get it down on paper and worry about the rest later.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Horror! I don't think I would be able to get into the convoluted mind of a truly twisted person.


Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and two great kids. When she's not writing, she's usually reading (a great pastime when you are trapped in a snowbound landscape eight months of the year!), tinkering on the piano or just living life!

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URIEL'S FALL by Loralie Hall

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Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she's a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity's secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn't a complete dickhead.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer's descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she's absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

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Every inch of me wanted to close the distance between us, to rest my hands on his still heaving chest, to see what it would be like to kiss him. Was I even allowed to do that? Michael was one of the holiest of holy. Was he above that kind of thing?

A flicker of memory flashed through my thoughts. Gabe hadn’t been. This felt different though, more subtle, but at the same time more alive.

Something clattered behind me. Michael had dropped his practice weapon. His palms glided along my arms until he reached my fingers. He loosed each one, and the wooden blades fell to the ground.

He rested one hand on the back of my neck, eyes searching mine for a moment. He dipped his head in and pressed his lips to mine. My pulse raced in response, and I leaned into the gesture. This was different than last night. It was safe, and gentle, and all consuming. I could lose myself in this sensation.

I kissed him back, nipping at his bottom lip. My hands slid along his chest, memorizing every inch of definition through his thin shirt. He groaned and tangled his fingers in my hair.

His lips parted, and I darted my tongue into his mouth. My skin burned with need, and my chest clenched with something achingly familiar I couldn’t quite grasp. I shifted my weight against him, sighing at the friction. His free hand rested at the small of my back, fingertips grazing my spine. I trailed down his chest and tugged the bottom of his shirt.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.

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Cover Reveal: TESS IN BOOTS by Courtney Rice Gager

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Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Anaiah Romance

Tess in Boots Cover RevealTess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Release Date: December 2, 2014


Author Bio:

Courtney Rice GagerCourtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.









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MMW July 2014: ARMAGEDDON OUTTA HERE by Derek Landy


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What book have you waited forever for? What was your most-anticipated release this month? Post it on your blog and then link it up here. Give fellow readers a way to find awesome new releases!

by Derek Landy

Goodreads Blurb
One AMAZING new novella.

Three GRIPPING new stories.

In the ULTIMATE story collection.

We all know that doors are for people with no imagination so smash the glass, climb through the window and enter the awesome world of Skulduggery Pleasant with this ultimate story collection.

For the first time, every Skulduggery Pleasant short story – plus The End of the World, the World Book Day novelette – is collected into one magnificent volume. But that's not all…

Written specially for this collection, there is an entirely new novella that will drag you into a nail-biting American horror story, Skulduggery-style, and three brand-spanking-new stories spanning the last 150 years. Join Gordon Edgley as he parties like it's 1985, watch Valkyrie Cain face a vampire in a fight to the death, and see the Dead Men as you've never seen them before. And then read the exclusive chapter from the final book…

Introduced by Derek, this is the hidden history of the skeleton who saves the world… and the girl who's destined to destroy it.

~The Skullduggery Pleasant series…in order.
Sceptor of the Ancients/Skullduggery Pleasant
Playing with Fire
The Faceless Ones
Dark Days
Mortal Coil
Death Bringer
Kingdom of the Wicked
Last Stand of Dead Men
The Dying of the Light

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