Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "Shag Lake" by Susan McEachern

*****(5) out of 5 stars!


SYNOPSIS:

Geri McKenna hasn’t seen her brother’s best friend, Sean Eastman, since he graduated high school. Sean left their little town of Pembroke just hours after she nailed him with a kiss behind the shed, never to be seen or heard from again. No calls, no texts, no social media to stalk online.

Eight years later, Sean shows up in their hometown unannounced. Blinded by his looming height, crystal blue eyes and the guns he’s grown since high school, Geri thinks it’s just a happy coincidence that he’s back at the same time she’s taken leave from her dead-end job to come home for her brother’s wedding. It doesn’t even enter her mind that Sean’s return coincides with the mysterious disappearance of a woman in the vicinity of Shag Lake in nearby Algonquin Park.

Until she bumps into him at the crime scene.

Determined to revive her flagging career in journalism, Geri’s investigation into the missing woman leads her into the clandestine world of an alien cover-up, with Sean Eastman at the center of it all. So when he comes to take her into hiding from a corrupt shadow government that wants to permanentlyshut her down, Geri must decide if Sean is a trustworthy friend or one of the people who wants her dead. 

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REVIEW:

I have been lucky to read a number of really good books lately, and this one is by far my new favorite!  This may very well be my all-time favorite book!  I don't know that I can even do it justice in a review.  I’ve already reread it about six times since when I first completed it.  That’s how much I love this book!

It has got everything you could possibly want in a story!  Or at least everything I want: There’s intrigue, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, action, suspense, romance, cover-ups, etc; everything for which a dedicated nerd could wish.  Even Bigfoot and Bigfoot hunters!

The characters from the prequel novella “The Kiss” return in this delightful tale.  Only Geri is no longer just the awkward almost 16-year-old sister of Sean’s best friend; instead she’s a frustrated journalist, looking for a big story; but she’s still carrying a torch for her first kiss.  Sean is a successful researcher, who suddenly gains a much deeper appreciation for Geri than what he experiences at the end of the prequel novella.  He’s definitely torn between what he wants and what he thinks he needs to do. 

Susan McEachern does a masterful job of making all the disparate, unique characters appear believable, even in the face of some generally not-too-believable situations.  Each character definitely has their own incomparable personality as well; not just the main players, but also many of the periphery individuals.  The story is full of their distinctive personalities and interactions. 

I'm generally not a fan of dual-perspective novels, but again the author really made it work.  Geri and Sean each had their own distinctive voice, so there was never any question as to who was speaking.  It was nice to see the different attitudes and perceptions that each of them had about the same events.

The writing in this tome was just spoke on in every way really.  The dialogue and interactions seemed genuine, the premise basically created its own validity, and the words just flowed from one point to the next.  I found myself rereading multiple passages throughout the book that just spoke to me because of how lovely the words were or how vividly the scene was presented.  I honestly just lost myself in the story and didn’t want to find my way out.

I so hope that the author creates more tales in this series!  I’d love to learn more about the world that Geri and Sean are a part of, and with any luck, see more of them and their associates, and learn what the future holds for them, either as the main players in future stories or even just as background characters.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
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Read my 4-Star review of "The Kiss (the Shag Lake prequel)"
HERE on the So Few Books blog!

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Words of wisdom from Geri's Dad:
The key to happiness is very simple.  Get your head and your heart in sync.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Elle Middaugh for "Elemental Lies (The Essential Elements, #2)"


Elemental Lies 
(The Essential Elements, #2)
by Elle Middaugh
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best. 
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble. 
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up. 
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?

Sequel to:

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Elle Middaugh~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

After being a little too cold one winter’s day, I wondered what it’d be like to be immune to the effects of snow and ice. I then immediately thought the worst (lol) and wondered how awful that power would be if I didn’t know how to control it. From there, I did a little research and decided to base my story on Elementals (people with the ability to control one of the four classical elements – earth, fire, water, wind – choosing to forgo the addition of aether/spirit as a fifth element).

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

There are plenty of themes – true love, family, good vs. evil, political turmoil, self-discovery and coming of age, etc. – but are there any hidden themes? I don’t know...! One of my favorites to explore has been the idea of gray areas. Not everything is clear-cut and set in stone. Sometimes ‘doing the right thing’ isn’t the right thing to do.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Well, Val is like me in a number of ways – mostly her anxious/over-analyzing nature and her desire to be a good person – but I definitely didn’t base her on me!
Val’s dad, Jameson, is a sailor – just like my husband. A lot of Cade’s personality is loosely based on my husband’s, too.
Other than that, I think the characters came alive mostly by themselves lol

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Off the top of my head: Keri Arthur, Chelsea Fine, and Sabaa Tahir.
Keri’s Riley Jenson Guardian series was one of my first serious dives into paranormal romance and I loved every bit of it!
Chelsea’s Archers of Avalon series is such an original concept with such fantastic and memorable characters, and she’s a wonderful person off the page, too. She took the time to answer my questions involving writing and publishing, and that has meant the world to me!
Sabaa’s An Ember in the Ashes series has really upped the bar on what I find acceptable in my own writing. She is seriously just SO GOOD! Reading her stories makes me strive to be a better writer.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?  

I totally LOVE this question! LOL
Let’s see...
Elias from An Ember in the Ashes, Chaol from the Throne of Glass series, and Cade from my series, the Essential Elements.
All three of these guys are sexy, stoic, and super badass. I think it’d be hilarious to watch them battle it out over something as silly as a board game or whatever lol Ooo! It’d also be cool to see the more relaxed side of these guys, just playing and having fun!
Knowing me, we’d probably get together to play a videogame (like one of the Call of Duty games, or maybe even old school Mario Bros.)! We might also play a card game like Cards Against Humanity lol
I’d serve tortilla chips with a chili cheese dip – because for some reason, that sounds really good right now lol! And probably some sort of alcoholic beverage – maybe it’d help them loosen up a bit? lol

Author Bio:
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house. 
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters. 

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BLOG TOUR for "To Tame a Wild Heart" by Gwen Mitchell

To Tame a Wild Heart
by Gwen Mitchell
Publication date: June 21st, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance,
Urban Fantasy
Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringes using her supernatural abilities and street smarts. Freedom—sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar—is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey must submit to their training or be stripped of her gifts and her memory. Audrey knows better than to trust anyone, and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned a withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to tear through his brooding fa├žade and bare the man beneath when she should be focused on escape. 
Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and only finds peace among the birds entrusted to his keeping. But the council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts, and his sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting a fledgling witch. The task becomes daunting when his apprentice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her fiery spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he’s built. As Audrey wrestles with her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin must find a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks his.
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Excerpt:

As she crested a hill she’d been charging up, there was another howl much closer.
“Damn it.” She wiped the sweat from her eyes. She couldn’t see much, just the watercolor outlines of trees in every direction, except for a patch of open sky dead ahead. Audrey doubled her climbing pace as the terrain got rockier and sparser. Wild things scuttled away, startled by her sudden appearance, but the forest was surprisingly quiet otherwise.
She gave a mental tug on her powers, just to make sure she was ready if she happened to run into a bear or a cougar or something. That would be just her luck. The rocks she was scaling grew larger, and the paths between them steeper. She could no longer see anything below but treetops swaying in the wind, which was also gusting stronger the higher she climbed.
What if you can’t find a way down?
She was beginning to feel like a cat getting chased up a tree. She concentrated on a ledge fifteen feet up, gathered her magic, and faded there. From the top looking down, the jump gave her vertigo. She swallowed back a wave of nausea.
Another howl, too muffled by the forest below to judge distance or direction. Hopefully the mountain climbing would slow them down. After all, wolves weren’t built for mountain terrain. They couldn’t leap tall boulders with a single thought the way she could.
As she neared the summit, the path straightened, and she could run outright. Her legs finally started to burn. She pulled the straps of her bag tight and ran full tilt, leaping over anything darker than the bone grey dirt. She was moonlight and wind, and though her heart was pounding fiercely and her breath was sawing in and out, she felt like she could run like that forever.
Then she heard it—not a howl, but the huffing of breath and the thumping of giant paws closing in.
Much closer than she’d thought. Without turning to look, Audrey cut left into smoother terrain so she could sprint faster. She wanted to go west, but she’d get down the mountain to the south and work her way around if it meant losing the tail.
She faltered and nearly slipped down a giant crevasse, but her powers kicked in instinctually, and she found herself faded safely to the other side. Though she didn’t sense their presence, she scanned the sky for Hohlwen. She felt far too exposed.
A howl sounded from right over her shoulder; several more echoed on all sides. They’d already surrounded her?
No.
This was her only shot to save Lilly and herself. The Synod would never let her go free after this! If the wolves didn’t tear her apart first. Fire ate at the bottom of her lungs, and blood pounded in her ears. She didn’t dare look back, but she cast an energy blast over her shoulder.
There was a yelp, and then a tree shuddered and creaked, but the chorus of huffing and growls only got louder. She could nearly feel the wolf’s breath on her neck.
She tossed a few more blasts in random directions and heard another crash in the trees. She juked right just as one of the massive beasts lunged at where ankles had been. She blasted him right in the face, and he tumbled back down the hill with a pained whimper.
Audrey started fading, first to one side, then the other in a zig-zag pattern. As fast as she could think, she flitted up the mountainside. Sweat poured into her eyes whenever she paused to catch her breath and rain energy blasts behind her, but the combination of adrenaline and the nearly full moon kept her magical battery at a seemingly endless charge.
Still, they stayed right on her heels.
She faded another twenty feet just as a wolf broke through the trees and came up beside her. He was massive—five feet at the shoulder, solid muscle and thick black fur. His white fangs gleamed, and the unnatural glow in his eyes flashed as he narrowed the gap between them with long, graceful strides.
He gave a long, low howl. Others answered from behind, sounding farther away.
The leader of the pack dodged a shower of energy blasts. One caught him in the shoulder, and he fell out of her peripheral vision.

She turned up the juice and ran so hard she felt like she was flying. Ahead, there was a break in the already sparse trees. Without thinking, she closed her eyes and pictured herself there. She materialized in the clearing…only to find herself in midair, falling.


Author Bio:
Gwen lives a life of romance and adventure with her very own hero in Seattle. She's a nature lover, science geek, and kitchen witch, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not hiking to hidden waterfalls, taking in a burlesque show, or otherwise cavorting through the Emerald City, Gwen can be found in her favorite cozy chair brewing tales of magic, murder, and romance. 
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Monday, August 21, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "The Night Realm (Spell Weaver, #1)" by Annette Marie

The Night Realm 
(Spell Weaver, #1)
Annette Marie
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: October 20th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she’s stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-bother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic … by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld. 
Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he’s learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters. 
Now he’s been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who’s definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she’ll never survive this world. 
The thing is, he’s no longer sure he can survive it either.

Author Bio:
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities. 
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Three Heart Echo" by Keary Taylor

Three Heart Echo 
by Keary Taylor
Publication date:
September 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Suspense
The demented thing is that this evolved from the most sickly sweet, heart-wrenching love story you’ve ever heard. I went to Sully because I just couldn’t get over Jack’s murder. I couldn’t deal.

Iona came to me for the same reason most did: because there was no closure. A love cut too short. She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead. We should have left it shut.

This. This is not a love story. This is a possession story. A story of lies. A story of two faces. This is a story of death and violent echoes from the other side. And there will be no happy endings.

Author Bio:
Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. 
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Masked (Superheroes Undercover, #1)" by J.D. Wright

Masked 
(Superheroes Undercover, #1)
by J.D. WrightPublished by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 15th, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Superheroes, Young Adult
Vada’s To-Do List:

– Turn 18 (check!)

– Register super name

– Order supersuit

– Attend superhero indoctrination

– Graduate high school

– Start kicking criminal tail
 
Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves. 
Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck? 
Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.


EXCERPT:

Nick couldn’t take it anymore.

The entire morning had been one shock to his system after another. The nice long weekend in his giant but silent house had made him all but forget about the weird run-in with Janet. He’d spent the entire time working on his homework and enjoying the peace and quiet.

But after only five minutes at school, he was rudely reminded that he must be losing his mind. The voices came like a whirlwind into his head, one after another. So many that he couldn’t decipher whose thoughts belonged to who. He couldn’t even separate his own thoughts from the others. There were so many, and every one of them was as loud as the other, washing over him like waves of pounding noise.

Being in class gave no relief, either. The other students may not have been talking aloud, but every one of them was thinking, loudly. Nick heard too many things that he never wanted to hear and a lot of mundane thoughts that no one cares about.

…I wonder if I forgot to lock the door this morning…

…Oh, man. I’m not sure if I’m ready to do this. What if I get pregnant? But Luke is so cute, though…

…Mrs. Yates has such nice tits…

Nick actually agreed with that last sentiment, but he couldn’t be sure who had said it.

…Only thirty minutes left. I really need to pee…

…Nick is too good for Scarlet. What does he see in her? She’s such a bitch…

…This class is about as useless as my stepmother…

There was just so much noise. Nick pulled his hood up, but it did nothing to block the sounds. Every single thought that crossed someone else’s mind entered his. He didn’t give a damn about someone’s new pet lizard. And while he appreciated the girl across from him’s glances and thoughts of admiration—at least, he was pretty sure those belonged to her from the way she watched him—he didn’t want to know what other people were thinking.

What had caused this? Was it some sort of mental illness? Was he imagining these things? He couldn’t be sure he was even hearing real thoughts. He considered quizzing someone, but he was almost too afraid to confirm what he suspected.

He was reading people’s minds. Hearing their thoughts. Without even trying.

And it was excruciating.


Author Bio:
J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting. 
Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels. 
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Friday, August 18, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "The Unlikeable Demon Hunter" by Deborah Wilde

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
(Nava Katz, #1)
by Deborah Wilde
Publication date: April 18th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance,
Urban Fantasy
Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins. 
The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare – a purpose. 
Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap. 
When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the – until now – all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra. 
Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club. 
Odds of survival: eh. 
Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.
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EXCERPT:

A study in tasteful shades of white, the large formal room was off-limits unless we had special guests. Mom had set that rule when my twin brother Ari and I were little tornados running around the place and while there was no longer a baby gate baring our way, conditioning and several memorable scoldings kept us out.
Hmmm. Could Ari be entertaining an actual human boy? Le gasp.
I beelined for the back of the house, past the row of identically framed family photos hanging in a neat grid, my head cocked. Listening for more voices, but all was quiet. Maybe I’d been wrong? I hoped not. Both finding my brother with a crush–blackmail dirt–and helping myself to the liquor cabinet were positive prospects. What better way to lose that hangover headache than get drunk again? Oh, the joys of being Canadian with socialized health care and legal drinking age of nineteen. After a year (officially) honing that skill, I imbibed at an Olympic level.
The red wine on the modular coffee table gleamed in a shaft of sunlight like its position had been ordained by the gods. I snatched up the crystal decanter, sloshing the liquid into the glass conveniently placed next to it. Once in a while, a girl could actually catch a break.
I fanned myself with one hand. The myriad of lit candles seemed a bit much for Ari’s romantic encounter, but wine drinking trumped curiosity so I chugged the booze back. My entire body cheered as the cloyingly-sweet alcohol hit my system, though I hoped it wasn’t Manischewitz because hangovers on that were a bitch. I’d slugged back half the contents when I saw my mom on the far side of the room clutch her throat, eyes wide with horror. Not her usual, “you need an intervention” horror. No, her expression indicated I’d reached a whole new level of fuck-up.
“Nava Liron Katz,” she gasped in full name outrage.
My cheeks still bulging with wine, I properly scoped out the room. Mom? Check. Dad? Check. Ari? Check? Rabbi Abrams, here to perform the ceremony to induct my brother as the latest member in the Brotherhood of David, the chosen demon hunters?
Check.
I spit the wine back into what I now realized was a silver chalice and handed it to the elderly bearded rabbi. “Carry on,” I told him. Then I threw up on his shoes.



Author Bio:
A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way.

 “It takes a bad girl to fight evil.  Go Wilde.”  www.deborahwilde.com 
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Uncanny" by Sarah Fine

Uncanny 
by Sarah Fine
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Two sisters. One death. No memories. 
Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean. 
When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself. 
With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

EXCERPT:

I did not anticipate the wind. on the sidewalk, it made jackets flap and leaves rustle. Seven stories up, it threatens to throw me right over the edge.
Is that what I want?
I’m not good at knowing what I want—that’s what she said to me, and it turns out she was right. This will be my last decision, and it could be my worst or my best, but I don’t know if it will be something I want.
But wanting isn’t relevant now.
My shoes scrape over cement as i stand on the roof’s ledge. I am battered. Faltering. My arms are out, my fingers splayed. I turn around and face the school’s security cannies, who have formed a semicircle around me on the roof as they slowly approach. outdated, outmoded, neo-plastic skin, expressionless. They are here to stop me, or at least detain me until emergency services reach us, but like me, they are not immune to gravity. If I go over, they can’t save me.
They’re programmed to save me. They won’t feel a thing if they fail, though. They can’t. That’s the difference between us.
Looking at their blank eyes fills me with a sense of the inevitable.
I can’t remember not existing, whatever happened before I became me. I don’t think it hurt, not like this. Perhaps I’m wrong, though. Maybe I’ve been here before.
I crane my neck to see past the machine men, searching for the one face I need, one I know I’ve already seen for the last time. She isn’t here. Of course she isn’t. She can’t be.
I want to see her one last time. After everything I did, she wouldn’t look at me with anything other than sorrow or maybe hate or pity. But still, I want to see her.
There. That’s one thing I know I want. even if it were relevant, it still doesn’t matter. I inch back a little. It would be easier for the wind to take me. I’d prefer that over doing this myself. But the cannies keep getting closer, and the wind is still now. Unhelpful.
“This is my choice,” I say loudly. “I’m doing this of my own free will.”
Is this what she wanted? I think this might be what she wanted.
It’s all tangled up in her, and she’s not here. I’ll never see her again. I’ll never see her again, and it’s because of the choices I made.
Free will.
Want.
I close my eyes. It’s time.




Author Bio:
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast. When she's not writing, she's working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Latte Girl" by Katia Rose

Latte Girl 
by Katia Rose
Publication date: August 17th, 2017
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance
Hot coffee is a regular fixture in Hailey Warren’s life. Hot guys? Not so much. 
Her grueling shifts at a cafe in the heart of the city’s business sector are rarely punctuated by anything special, so when the gorgeous heir to the security company next door strides into Hailey’s life, it feels like punctuation with a capital P (or D, depending on your preferred terminology). 
Jordan Knox is enough to send her heart racing faster than a triple shot of espresso, and when the attraction proves to be mutual, no hidden corners or empty offices are safe from their game of cat and mouse. 
But when she’s ready to drop the pretenses, Jordan continues to hold back, and Hailey realizes he’s been hiding secrets that could make whatever’s brewing between them boil over and burn. 
‘Latte Girl’ is a full length, standalone novel, and the debut title from author Katia Rose.

EXCERPT:

I manage to get my head out from under the desk, and find myself face to face with his crotch.
Interesting development, notes my very unhelpful brain.
I move my eyes from his crotch to his horrified face.
“I’m— I’m not. A stalker, that is. I wasn’t hiding. I mean, I was just— wait. Let me get out of here first.”
Wondering how I managed to get under the desk so quickly in the first place, I try to contort myself enough to escape. I scoot out with my legs still bent up to my earlobes and then try to haul myself to my feet by grabbing the top edge of the desk.
This, of course, overbalances me and I reach out for the only thing I can find to keep me from falling, which just so happens to be the armrests of Jordan’s chair. I catch my balance with my arms braced on either side of him, our faces inches apart.
A soft “Unph” sound escapes my lips.
He blinks.
“Hey,” he finally says.
“Hi,” I reply, my voice breathy.


Author Bio:
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

COVER REVEAL for "Locked (Golden, #2)" by K.M. Robinson

Are you ready for the reveal of the lovely cover for 
Locked (Golden, #2)??
by K.M. Robinson
from Snoy Wings Publishing
Publication date: September 26, 2017

First, here is an exclusive fact from the author regarding "Locked":

There are a handful of new characters in Locked that have become incredibly important to the storyline (and where the story is going in the final book that comes out next year)!  One in particular originally entered the scene as an extra character who was only there to highlight another new character.  A few scenes later I had a character show up who was super important and I realized that this character was the one from earlier in the book and I just didn’t recognize them.  They’re now one of my favorites… especially because I know what happens in the next book!

Synopsis:
When the girl with the golden hair is betrayed, no one has hope of surviving.

The stories say that Goldilocks ran away, but being forced over the wall and separated from the man she cares for was hardly her choice.

Now, uncertain if any of her friends survived the brutal attack, Auluria must work with her former handler, Shadoe, and raise a new army to invade the Society and take back that which is hers: Dov Baer, his family, their friends, and their freedom.

She’s willing to do whatever it takes, but this time, it’s not herdeception that will cause everyone in her world to burn.

Allegiances are changing, and at any moment, anyone in her world could destroy her.
¨*.¸¸.* And now for the lovely cover *.¸¸.*¨`.. 

 
Author Bio:

K.M. Robinson is a storyteller who creates new worlds both in her writing and in her fine arts conceptual photography. She is a marketing, branding and social media strategy educator who is recognized at first sight by her very long hair. She is a creative who focuses on photography, videography, couture dress making, and writing to express the stories she needs to tell. She almost always has a camera within reach.
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