Friday, February 27, 2015

New Release: Poker Face by Melissa Pearl

Poker Face by Melissa Pearl
February 27, 2015


When Caitlyn Davis agreed to work with the FBI, she never imagined it
would lead to her own kidnapping. But her special ability to read people's
emotions and decipher the truth has attracted the unwanted attention of
Santiago Gomez, a rich casino owner who intends to use Caity’s talent
to further his own business.
Eric Shore knew Caity didn't want to break up with him; her scribbled
note left on his bed gave him a snippet of the truth she'd been hiding.
Still reeling from his brush with death and the loss of his beloved
grandfather, Eric throws himself into searching for his girl.
With help from his reemerged father and a rogue FBI agent, Eric follows
a tenuous lead to Las Vegas, not caring that his rescue attempt could
bring him face-to-face with the same man who killed his grandfather and
wants him dead as well.
While Caity fights to survive the horrors of her slavery, Eric is thrust into
a dangerous world that could cost him his life, along with Caity's.


Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life
abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a
nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!"
She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary
teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had
the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in
November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books,
ranging in genres from Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety
and is excited about the books she has coming up in 2015.
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I
want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another
world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Heart by Rachel Higginson

The Heart will be released on March 26th!


Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.
And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.
As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.
In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.
In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.

Haven't read this Amazon Best Selling Series Yet?

Lila Felix, Author of   Burden and   The Love & Skate Series -- This is a magnificent ride on the mythological side--but with an exciting contemporary flare. Rachel nailed it with   The Siren Series.

Mandy from I Read Indie book blog -- It is a book that keeps your interest and eager to find its secrets. Secrets that are well worth the wait. I am absolutely anticipating book 2. 

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.
She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.
What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World."
She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: One by Ron Glick


For generations, the Gods have been at war. Two rival pantheons, the Old Gods and the New Order, have been vying for the faith of the mortal realm. Bound by the covenants between mortals and themselves, the Old Gods have all but vanished from the land. Now Malik, the God of War and Peace, has devised a plan to champion the war and win back the faithful they have lost. He has created nine swords, each a godslayer in its own right, designed to be given unto the faithful, with the mission to seek out and slay the Gods of the New Order! However, even the best laid plans of a God can go awry, and the swords were cast into the mortal realm, ensorceled in a prophecy that has bound the Gods to a new set of rules, a set that requires their creating a mortal agent in the world to seek out the swords and assure their purpose be carried out.

Nathaniel Goodsmith becomes the selected agent of the Old Gods, a reluctant Avatar required by the Gods to seek out their weapons before they can fall into the hands of the New Order. However, though his mother was a devoted druidess, Nathaniel owes no allegiance to the Gods. The last thing he wishes to do is to abandon his family and home and travel across the countryside at the bequest of Gods long-since thought dead. But the machinations of the Old Gods have not left Nathaniel able to easily walk away from his destiny, and in the end, it may take a loss greater than he can bear to compel him to aid the Gods in their foolish war.

"One" is the first in an ambitious nine book cycle, containing within itself a trilogy of trilogies. The nine swords of the Old Gods are waking and once their existence becomes known, forces from across the world will be vying for the swords powerful enough to slay Gods. If Nathaniel does not rise to his destiny, it could be the end of the world – or at the very least, a world at war!

4 Stars

My Review

Highly engaging and engrossing, with interesting and believable characters, One is an excellent fantasy epic from start to finish. I stayed up well past my usual bedtime in order to reach the end and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series. If you enjoy stories of petty gods and reluctant heroes, you should definitely check this one out.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Feature: Catherine Stine author of Ruby's Fire

Book Summary

“Seventeen year-old Ruby and her little brother Thorn, have only known a life blighted by the extremist Fireseed Cult. The night Ruby is set to be claimed by one of its cruelest and oldest leaders, she makes a bid for freedom. With Thorn in tow, she stumbles into the world beyond, and finds an opportunity for a fresh start in Skull’s Wrath under the guidance of Nevada Pilgrim, a woman who may not be all she seems. Ruby's new life could bring her friendship, love, even fortune, but nothing comes without a price. Is Ruby's talent for elixirs keeping the roof over their heads, or do some of her associates have a more sinister and lucrative interest in them? Life outside a strange cult isn't without its dangers, and the experience leaves Ruby transformed and communing with the Fireseed more closely than she ever would have imagined. Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.”   -YA’s The Word


Bloggers and readers say:

“Astounding creativity and unique world-building” - Books for YA

“Romance, betrayal, secrets, great world-building!”-Seeing Night Reviews

“Ruby kicked butt as the resident healer… plus good love triangle!” -Amazon reader

Excerpt from Ruby’s Fire
I toss in bed, trying to avoid taking the Oblivion powder. I have half of what I came here with and should save it for emergencies. The moon glows a bloody red as my mind reeks with rancid images of Stiles’ hairy face and luring words. “Come here, my child,” he coaxed the time he cut my fingers. “It won’t hurt, not that much.” I throw off my covers. I’m hot, claustrophobic.
The sound of Bea’s voice startles me. I thought that her steady breathing signaled she was asleep. I’ll have to take that into account in my nighttime forays. “Do you have insomnia?” she asks.
“Nightmares.” I swing my feet over the bedside.
“About what? Your cult?”
I’m tired of hearing that word, but this is the first time she’s ever cared to ask me anything. “Someone in it.”
“That’s too bad,” she says. “Did you find anything today?”
Not sure I should reveal my incredible finds. This is a competition, after all. I don’t trust these people. Though Bea seems friendlier now. I won’t tell her about the lizards, it’s too big a find. “One thing, want to see?”
“Okay.” She pads to my side of the room in a long nightgown, her blond hair flowing in waves. I unbind the collection box from my suit belt, open the top enough for her to peek in. “Whoa, I’ve never seen those guys! Such sculptural antennae.” She’s referring to the Antlered Purples.
“You see them that way since you’re an artist?”
Her face lights up.  “Yes. I could draw them.”
I nod as I pop the top back on. It would be one thing to have these amazing beetles sprawled out on a table for her to sketch. But another if everyone sees them. I have to be careful though. I don’t want to discourage Bea from talking to me. “You could. Sometime,” I add vaguely.
“What will do with them?”
I’m proud of my skills. But I only dare reveal a tidbit. “I make potions.”
“Like that stuff you sniff up when you think I’m asleep?” Her warm blue eyes turn to chilly cat slits, which frighten me.
“What are you talking about?”
“You know,” she retorts, but softens inexplicably. “We all have our vices.”
I’m too shocked to protest. “Really, what’s yours?”
She releases a musical giggle. “Radius,” she admits, and pads back to her bed. She pulls the covers up to her chin, gives a dainty yawn. “Look, I need to go to sleep, Ruby. So keep those beetles caged and be quiet when you snort that junk.”
My ears flame up. A defensive retort is ready on my tongue. I bite it down. It would only be a lie.
So I stay still until I hear her snore. I sneak downstairs, out the door, and release all of the lizards and beetles. Then, back upstairs in bed, I snatch the pouch and sprinkle out a stingy dose. I sniff it up hungrily with barely time to close the pouch before I slump onto my covers.

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What inspired you to write Ruby’s Fire?

Ruby deals with subjects young women angst over: how to negotiate one's sexuality and power, how to escape from an inappropriate and dangerous relationship, why people become addicted to drugs and what kinds of things help them to kick, and how to find true interior beauty. These topics are all interesting to me, and ones I wanted to explore.


Also, I’d written a companion novel - Fireseed One - that takes place ten years prior, where the main character, Varik gets captured by a strange desert cult. He sees a little girl in there who’s lost three fingers. I wanted to follow that girl, and see if she would escape the cult, and if so, where she would run. Ruby is 17 in Ruby’s Fire and the year is 2099.


Can you give us an interesting fact about your book that isn't in the blurb?

I got the idea to write about the cult from watching the news about the FLDS Warren Jeffs compound out west and how there were so many underage girls who were wedded without adult consent. I gave it a futuristic twist and set it on a changed earth. Because that’s what I do! :). The novel also deals with extreme hybrids! That’s all I can say without revealing a spoiler.


How did you choose your title?

The companion novels are called The Fireseed novels, so Ruby had to have something to do with fire. She’s a very fiery heroine, and there’s more, but um, can’t reveal it here!


Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.

This cover is a second incarnation. The first was done by a digital illustrator. I loved it but I wanted something more “teen” and contemporary. So I had my cover designer, Najla do one using photos. Sometimes it’s wise to change things up!


Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?

I’m a hybrid—I’ve been published by “Big 5”s, small indies, and I’ve also self-pubbed. My Fireseed books are in this last category. This was when the industry was imploding and ebooks were just taking off. I have no regrets!!! It’s been a great experience. My two latest novels are with small presses, I love it all.


What do you consider the most important part of a good story?

It’s all important: deep, unique characters; clever, suspenseful plotting; convincing, spicy romance, organic dialog. You can’t skimp on any of it.


What is your writing process?

I work in the afternoons—on a good day from 3 to 9 pm. Mornings are for phone calls, social media and exercise. Plus, I have to fit in my part-time teaching gigs.


Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I used to be a pantser but my plots were too meandering and it took way long to edit out the extra rambling drivel. Now I outline and it’s MUCH better! I still tweak the outline as I go but it provides a reliable roadmap.


What part of the writing process is the hardest for you?

That first draft, and particularly the last half of it. The editing process is easier for me.


What tips can you give on how to get through writer’s block?

I never really have writer’s block. Maybe because after I complete a novel I take a break, or a vacation. So, yeah, I would prescribe a break from writing if you’re blocked. Not too long, maybe a couple of weeks. It always refreshes.


What kind of music do you like to listen to while you write?

I don’t. I only listen to music afterwards, when I make a playlist for the novel.


Read anything good lately?

I’ve been enjoying historical novels, both realistic and paranormal. I’m reading them to inform my own historical WIP. One that comes to mind that I loved was the Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman.


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Watch “bad” TV: Idol, Millionaire Matchmaker, Beverly Hills Housewives, Vanderpump Rules. It drives my hubby crazy, but hey, it’s better than drugs! It’s my perfect mind candy. Oh, and I teach creative writing at the college level—does that at least partially redeem me? LOL.


What advice would you give an author just starting out?

Write, read, repeat! And never send anything out until it is polished to a fine sheen.


Have you had anything else published?

Yes, Dorianna is my latest YA. It is a new twist on Dorian Gray for the Internet generation, and it just won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub awards. Yay! I also write new adult romance as Kitsy Clare. I have two in my Art of Love series so far: Model Position and Private Internship. Readers follow artist Sienna as she searches for love and an art career in New York City. I used to be a painter who showed in galleries, and I LOVE to write about a world I know so very well.


What's your next project?

A paranormal historical romance about Fiera, a young witch, who doesn’t yet know she’s a witch! It’s set on the Jersey shore in 1932. Check out my Witch of Cards Pinterest page for hints on the novel.

Author Bio

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic fantasy to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller companion novels Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are both indie award winners. Her paranormal-horror YA, Dorianna won 2014 Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She thinks her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her when she was a child. Presently, she’s at work on a paranormal historical set in 1932.

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