Friday, April 20, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Bound (Magnus Blackwell, #2)" by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Bound
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #2)
by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him. 
An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side. 
Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end. 
Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo — until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

Excerpt:

Will went to the doors leading to the balcony. “Do you hear that?”
Lexie got up from the sofa, and as soon as she came up to him, a low buzzing came through their back door. “What is it?”
Will hooked her waist. “Get behind me.”
“Why?”
“Just do it, Lexie!”
She curled into his back with her hands on his shoulders, looking around the nape of his neck while he reached for the door handle.
The buzzing got much louder when he cracked the door.
Her breath coming in quick gasps, she stared out into the night.
A wave of black shot up from the courtyard as if alerted by the light escaping from their door. The humming became deafening. Her eyes adjusted to the dark, and then Lexie became paralyzed with terror.
Flies, thousands of them, swarmed like a flock of birds, dipping and rising with a single mind. While poised over the pond, their mass obscured the floodlights from the adjacent buildings.
Aghast, Lexie’s nails dug into Will as the swarm pulled into a giant ball. A black wave flowed over the mass, bending and twisting in different directions, forming a shape.
“Have you ever seen flies do that?” Will mumbled.
Never taking her eyes off the object, she whispered back, “No. Never.”
Right after Lexie spoke, the ball suddenly contracted into a tight, flat orb.
She could not see the flies anymore, but their buzzing remained. Depressions sank into the orb; two eyes, a dip where the nose should be, and a thin line for the mouth.
The face reminded Lexie of a large black skull.
The skull then exploded, and the flies flew off in every direction.
“Holy shit!” Will slammed the doors and set the bolt. “What the hell was that?”
Lexie went around him to the window and peeked outside.
The only things hovering above the pond were a few bright beams from a neighbor’s spotlight. The flies had disappeared.
She stepped back, trembling. “It’s a warning.”
“Any idea who’s sending it?”
She rubbed his back, eager to feel his warmth. “No, but I’m sure I will find out soon enough.”
“Are you all right?” Magnus arrived in her living room. “I came as soon as I felt the black presence nearby.”
“We’re fine.” She looked up. “Just spooked.”
“Who are you talking …?” Will’s voice faded. “Oh my God. Is that …?”
Lexie held her breath as Will stared openmouthed at Magnus. “Can you see him?”
Will closed his mouth and cleared his throat. “Oh yeah.”
She rubbed her head, fighting the tension headache coming on. “This is all I need.”
“Others have seen me, why not him?” Magnus maneuvered closer. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Will.”
Will’s cheeks blanched, but he managed a courteous nod.
“Yeah, it’s nice to know you’re real.”
Magnus smugly grinned. “I’ve always been real.”
A long lapse of silence followed as each of the men—well, man and ghost—sized the other up.
Since she’d first met Magnus, Lexie longed for Will to see him, to know he existed. Her wish finally granted, she questioned if seeing Magnus was good for her husband. Will had stayed on the fringe of her world, opting to support her in any way he could, but leaving her to run her responsibilities without his assistance. She’d preferred things that way, seeking guidance from Titu instead of Will. He had his architecture firm and she her shop. Could they go back to their comfortable existence, or had the tide turned?
“Why is this happening?” Will staggered backward. “Why am I seeing him?”


Author Bio:
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. 
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face. 
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music. 
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) 
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Arthur J. Gonzalez for "Sons of Gods"

Sons of Gods 
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: January 25th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods. 
Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him. 
Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Arthur J. Gonzalez~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

 I have always been captivated by Greek Mythology. My first major introduction was in 7th grade, when I was tasked to play Hades in a class revival of the Kidnapping of Persephone. The parallels between seasons and pomegranate seeds would breed a major revolution of creative thinking for me. It would stay with me forever.

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

 I don’t think the themes are very hidden. It’s all about believing in the power within yourself, even when you believe that power is nonexistent or undeserving. We are each given something magical in life, and at some point we must step up and decide whether we will honor that gift or not. It is about courage and love, loyalty and loss. Things we all, no matter age or race, will face in a lifetime. 

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

There are bits of everyone I know sprinkled into each of my characters. That is how I build my characters. Kayana and Zendaya and smart, deft and fearless. They are inspired by the women in my life: my mother, grandmother, sisters and niece. They are dedicated to those around them, prepared to do what they must to protect the ones they love. Filled to the brim with integrity and loyalty. These are the women that made/make me who I am. The relationship between Cienzo and Isla: it is what I imagined I would do for my very own sister. For the bonds that we have. To the end of the world I would go.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

 I learned a lot of my writing from my editor Monika Faulkner. But as an influence, I think of Walt Disney. I read a few of his biographies and was filled with immediate creative fulfillness and energy. I read that he used to urge and challenge his Imagineers to ‘Up’ their work; to stop and ask if they’ve ‘Upped’ it enough. I use this so often. I will stop my work and ask “What can I add right now, what can happen right here, what can I introduce that can ‘Up’ my story?” And so often my entire storyline will change for the better.

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?  

So, I’m going to have to say any three of the tournament players from Marie Lu’s WAR CROSS novel. First of all, who would not want to attempt game night with the technology of Virtual/Augmented reality?! And what I would serve is a LOT of caffeine so that we can stay up all night playing. I wouldn’t want to give it up.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Never. I can get overly anxious about having too many to get to at once, but one can never have too many stories to read or write. Writing is a magic power. I’d never give that up. What one leaves behind after writing will one day be a relic to their life’s work. It is their legacy. It is the most beautiful form of memorializing a person, and there can never be too much of that. 


Author Bio:
Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

COVER REVEAL for "Aer (The Elements, #3)" by Tracy Korn

Today I'm helping 
reveal the brand-new cover 
for the third book in the "Elements" series 
by Tracy Korn:
AER!

The cover was designed by JKorn Photographics
Are you ready to see this amazing cover? 
Check it out below!

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So, what do you think of the cover for 
Tracy Korn’s YA Sci-Fi / Action Adventure story
AER (Book Three of The Elements series)
which is releasing May 22, 2018? 

Are you ready to find out what happened to Liddick at the end of TERRA (Book Two)? 
Are you ready to hear the whole ordeal in his own words? 
This exciting third in the series is told from two perspectives! 
Follow some of the crew to a topside world that isn’t the way they left it, 
and the rest into the virtuo-cine network where truth is blurred, and time is running out! 
What do you do when reality is the biggest lie of all? 
Find out in AER (Book Three)!

You can pre-order the book at: mybook.to/AER.

Visit the author at:
Author Website: www.tracykorn.com
Series Website: www.theelementsseries.com
Twitter: @tracybonics
Instagram: @tracy_korn

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Willow’s Way (The Sweet Life, #2)" by Sharon Struth

Willow’s Way 
(The Sweet Life, #2)
by Sharon Struth
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The breathtaking promise of the English countryside can lift even the heaviest spirits... 
Willow Armstrong, the once-famous “Queen of Weight Loss” and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of options — until she learns she’s inherited a house in England’s most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds. 
Willow’s trip across the pond to sell the property and salvage her company soon becomes its own adventure: the house, once owned by grandparents she never met, needs major work. Plus, single dad Owen Hughes, the estate’s resident groundskeeper and owner of a local tour outfit, isn’t thrilled about the idea of leaving... 
Yet as Willow proceeds with her plans, she’s sidetracked by surprising discoveries about her family’s history — and with Owen’s help, the area’s distinctive attractions. Soon, she’s even retracing her roots — and testing her endurance — amid the region’s natural beauty. And the more she delves into the past, the more clearly she sees herself, her future, and the way home...

Excerpt:

Owen cracked open the house door, having knocked twice and gotten no answer. “Willow?”
“You said she was here, Daddy.”
Owen stuck his head inside and glanced around. “She was when I left.”
Henry squeezed into a spot near Owen’s legs, poking his long snout into the door opening. Owen leaned over to grab his collar, but as his finger grazed the band, the dog scooted inside. Before Owen could blink, the canine bolted halfway up the staircase, howling loud enough to wake the dead.
Jilly pushed past Owen. “I’ll get him.”
“Hold on, Jilly—” She took off as fast as her furry friend and hollered his name as she stomped up each step.
Owen debated following them. It was still Willow’s house and barging in would be considered rude. But he had to retrieve his belongings. At least they’d made so much noise, Willow wouldn’t be taken by surprise.
“Daddy, she’s up here.”
He walked up the stairs, following the sound of Jilly’s animated discussion about her school day. When he reached the room, he stood at the doorway.
Willow sat at the head of the bed with her legs crossed, her blond hair mussed on one side. A sheer scarf draped her neck. His gaze traveled the scarf’s length to the lopsided opening of her oxford shirt, which offered a glimpse of her cleavage. He shamefully enjoyed a peek a little longer than seemed right.
“Do you like my hat, Daddy?”
Jilly sat on the bed facing Willow, her legs crossed the same way. She wore a floppy brown hat too large for her head. Henry lay on his side between them, chewing on something.
“It’s gorgeous, baby. Where’d you get it?”
“It’s Willow’s mommy’s.”
He glanced at Willow. She offered a short smile and nodded, but a sadness resonated in her rich blue eyes. Owen wished he could read her mind.
Jilly continued to babble like a gentle brook about her school day while Willow listened intently. The way adults should listen to kids, but rarely did.
When Jilly finished, Willow smiled. “Gosh, that sounds like a fun game. Maybe you can teach me how to play.” She glanced at Owen. “Sorry, I didn’t hear you knock. I was out cold. Maybe I’m still jet-lagged.”

“It can take a little time.” A force tugged at his chest. Sympathy for her. Something he didn’t want to feel. Not if he were to keep a distance while trying to convince her to keep this place and him as caretaker.



Author Bio:
Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you're never too old to pursue a dream. THE HOURGLASS, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best first Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award in Romantic Fiction. Her Blue Moon Lake Romances (Kensington Publishing) includes the national bestseller SHARE THE MOON, HARVEST MOON, BELLA LUNA and a christmas novella, TWELVE NIGHTS. 
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Monday, April 16, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Eyes of the Tiger" by Patricia Rosemoor

Eyes of the Tiger 
by Patricia Rosemoor
Publication date: April 19th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Jewelry designer Gemma Hewitt has a gift. Gems and jewelry speak to her, which inspires her designs, and also sends her on dark adventures across the globe as she seeks out historic pieces. After her mother is brutally murdered, Gemma inherits her famed jeweled collar, which she hopes will lead her to see the face of her mother’s killer and bring him to justice. Instead, she’s thrown back to 1901 India where she sees the young woman about to be married with a pendant that matches her jeweled collar. When she’s hired to find the entire bridal suite, she hopes she can use the jewels to save her family’s fortune. Can she trust the handsome, enigmatic man who promises to help her on her quest, or is he the one she should be running from? 
British reporter/photographer Raj Sinclair wants the bridal suite for his own reasons. Attracted to Gemma, he senses a connection with her as if he’s known her for a very long time. When danger stalks her, he will do anything to protect her. 
The treasure hunt takes them to cities from the US to Britain to France, ending in India where the bridal suite is finally rejoined… and three reincarnated souls get another chance to make things right.

Excerpt:

Washington, DC
Finished with breakfast at a nearby café, Raj decided to return to the suite to freshen up and decide what else he could do before Gemma made that call to meet at the museum. He was surprised to learn she had gotten back to the hotel before him.
More surprised to hear her agonized wail as he opened the suite door.
“Gemma, what’s…”
His question died on his lips as he entered the living area, swinging the door shut behind him. Gemma was in the middle of the room, not standing, but crouching, arms up, as if trying to hold onto something invisible. Sobbing as if her heart would break.
He moved to her side, softly saying, “Hey, Gemma.”
She didn’t seem to hear him. Didn’t seem to know he was there. Words tore from her between sobs. Foreign. Hindi. He recognized the language from his childhood, even if he no longer understood what she was saying.
What in the world was happening to her?
She was wearing the hathphool…
He wanted to pull her up into his arms, but he feared that might panic her. So he crouched next to her, murmuring, “It’s okay, Gemma. I’m here now. You can talk to me, tell me what’s wrong.”
Somewhere in the middle of his coaxing, her sobs quieted and she seemed to regain presence. Looking at him through tear-swollen eyes, she focused and appeared a bit shocked to see him.
“Raj?”
Nodding, he stood. “C’mon, let me help you up.”
Taking the hand he offered, she wobbled to her feet but couldn’t look at him. He could almost hear her mind flying, searching for the one explanation he would believe. He led her to an upholstered chair, found a box of tissues and offered them to her. She grabbed a handful and mopped her face.
“Do you want to tell me what that was about?”
She didn’t hesitate. “No.”
“You weren’t yourself.”
She sat frozen, again not looking at him.
“You were very distressed. Not only crying but saying something that sounded like your heart was breaking.”
Finally, she asked, “What did I say?”
“Beats me. I’ve long forgotten much of the Hindi my grandfather taught me. You have no idea?”
“Not that I was speaking Hindi.”
“Tell me, Gemma. What’s going on with you?” He flicked a look at her hand. “Was it the hathphool? Does it have some mysterious power, as legend claims? Did it make you see something that upset you so?”
He didn’t think she was going to answer him. She removed the jewels from around her wrist, pulled off the ring, then looked around the room until her gaze settled on a table bearing a sandalwood box similar to the one that housed the jeweled collar. She started to pull herself from the chair, but he put a hand out to stop her.
“Let me.”
He fetched the box from the table and gave it to her. Her hands shook as she replaced the hathphool on the velvet interior before snapping it closed. Without a word, she passed it back to him. Setting it where he’d found it, Raj took the chair next to hers and reached out to cover her hand with his.
“Tell me, Gemma,” he said again. “Whatever happened to you… not good. If I’m going to protect you, I need to know from what.”
“Not this. You can’t protect me from this.”
“From what?”
Her jaw clenched and unclenched. She couldn’t avoid his question any longer. Her eyes held a mixture of fear and defiance. “The past. You can’t protect me from the past.”
Raj kept himself from visibly reacting. “What past?”
“What Shardul Nair’s magic has shown me.”
Her words made him tense.
She went on. “The life of a woman who lived during the British Raj.”
He somehow kept his voice even when he asked, “What woman?”
“A maharaja’s daughter named Mayura.”
Mayura! Raj started. He should have known. Maybe he had on some level. But he still had to process it as she opened up to him, the words pouring out of her without hesitation. Each piece of the bridal suite had warned Gemma of danger awaiting her. Yet each had let her enter Mayura’s world.
A world he lived in every time he lost himself in Harry’s journal. What the hell? Everything she told him synched with what he’d read. How was this possible without some kind of supernatural force being involved?
“I don’t know how I can keep doing this—finding the other jewels and testing them for more information—but I have to,” she said. “For my mother.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Don’t you see? It’s all coming together. It’s clear the murderer wants the jewels.” Gemma retreated as if she was seeing another reality. “The jewels keep giving me glimpses… I don’t know how to describe it… maybe into his dark soul. Madam Cybil said she saw me through the eyes of the tiger, that the jewels would help me do the same so that I would know how to use my power. I didn’t believe it at the time, but now… maybe it’s possible. And somehow, this Mayura is part of the equation. I saw her with the mangalsutra that bore the jewels of the Navagraha.”
Raj’s pulse thumped, the rhythm speeding up. The mangalsutra his grandfather had passed on to him along with Harry’s journal when he’d become obsessed with it. Should he tell her now?
“I don’t know how much more I can take.”
He took a deep breath. No, not now. When she was on a more even keel.
He couldn’t think of a way to explain without Gemma’s thinking the worst of him. He hadn’t told her up front because he’d begun the treasure hunt well before she had, and he’d been determined that nothing would stop him from seeing it through.
But then the connection with Gemma… the feeling he’d known her his whole life… had thrown him.
His goal hadn’t changed, no matter how strongly he was drawn to her. But Gemma intended to sell the collection to an entertainer! How could he resolve that? Seeing the collection put back together was not only an obsession, but a matter of family honor for him. That was his priority. Somehow, he had to make this go the way it was meant to. Hopefully, he would find a time… find a way to tell her everything.
But not now.
Later, when he was certain he could make her understand.



Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Patricia Rosemoor has written 100 novels for 8 publishers, has more than seven million books in print, and is fascinated with watching, reading and writing about "dangerous love." Patricia won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. 
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My trip to URUGUAY!


I haven't posted anything for awhile
as I was out of the country
attending a wedding & visiting family
in Montevideo, Uruguay, South America.


While there, I saw a lot of Urban Art displays, 
including these two literary-themed examples...


...and this fairly recent street portrait of the 
famous Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano.


  
My family also indulged me with visiting various book stores,
my favorite of which was probably Más Puro Verso.
It is located in the Cuidad Vieja (Old City) area of Montevideo,
on the Sarandí pedestrian walkway, 
not far from the The Gateway of Ciudadela 
(the entrance to the old fortress of Montevideo).


The bookstore is huge, selling many products beyond books,
encompassing two floors, including a restaurant.
They also have a pretty decent selection of books in English.


We attended a lot of street fairs,
many of which had one or more displays of used books for sale.
Unfortunately for me, most or all of these were in Spanish.


We ran into this author, Bruno Salvo, a couple of different times 
at the Plaza Constitución in Montevideo, as he was promoting his book. 
Too bad it is in Spanish and I couldn't read it, or I probably would have bought a copy. 
But I did love this cool shirt of his!

Monday, April 2, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "No One Needed to Know" by D.G. Driver

****(4) out of 5 Stars!


SYNOPSIS:

Heidi’s brother, Donald, is 16 and Autistic. She has always loved playing with him, but now she's 11 and her life is changing. She’s embarrassed to have her brother around and tries not to tell anyone about him. High school boys bully him. When the kids at her school find out about him, she gets bullied too.

It’s not fair. No one seems to understand what she's going through.

But Heidi needs to understand too. She can't change her brother, but she can change how she feels about him, and she can get people to see why her brother is special.
 

REVIEW:

I found this book painful to read.  I was hurt for Heidi and all the bad things she had to deal with, especially when her so-called friends started bullying her.  And why did they pick on her?  Because she had a special needs brother.  Of all the stupid reasons!  I just wanted to smack the people who were mean to her and Donald.  Of course, at some points, that included Heidi.  It upset me how mean she often was to her brother, just for being himself.

As the mother of a son with Autism (mine a couple of years younger than his sister), I really felt for Donald.  I remember how my kids, now 19 and almost 17, used to play and have so much fun together.  But, much like Heidi in the story, my daughter eventually got to where she felt herself too old to do so.  I still vividly remember the day my son told her, "I sure miss when you were nice and would play with me."  That about broke my heart!  And those were the same type of feelings that I had reading this book.  

I was glad when Heidi finally had a name to put to Donald's problems.  Some people fear labels because they are afraid they will pidgeon-hold people, especially those with special needs.  But for those of us to live with them, it is often just easier to deal with and understand if you can put a name to the behaviors they exhibit.  

I was also glad when Heidi finally started pushing back against her bullies.  I felt that having them help out in the special needs classroom was a brilliant idea.  Something that all kids should do sometime, regardless of their attitude toward differently-abled kids, but especially for those who pick on them.  I did think that Heidi could have handled things a little better in regards to the apologies from her classmates, but she was still dealing with her own issues as well.

I really enjoyed it when Heidi met Russell, and Alex.  To have someone in her life who dealt with many of the same issues with his own sibling, would certainly make her life easier to deal with and understand.  Not to mention that he had a great attitude about his brother and the other disabled kids he went to school with, including Donald. 

The last chapter was absolutely my favorite of the entire book!  I loved it!  Even though I found it very bittersweet in regards to my own kids.  

This is definitely a book that I recommend for kids with a sibling on the Autism Spectrum, or with any other disability, or who just want to broaden their horizons and learn a bit more about some of the many diverse personalities out there that make up our kalidescope world.  A great read especially in April for Autism Awarenesss Month!

Friday, March 30, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Yumoyori Wilson for "Tainted Rose (Starlight Gods, #2)"

Tainted Rose
(Starlight Gods, #2)
by Yumoyori Wilson
Publication date: November 10th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
I failed… 

My name is Ryder Carter, future heir of Realm Five, Minato. 
I was destined to do great things, to walk alongside my fellow star knights, as we desperately searched for the woman who would lead our galaxy to salvation. 
My spirit and I had failed her once, unable to prevent the chain of events and challenges she’d faced for sixteen cycles. Then, we finally found her – alive. 
Within two rotations, she’d blossomed into a beautiful rose – such delicate petals, filled with purity and life. My mission was to guide her home, to where she truly belonged, as our Princess and saviour from the approaching darkness. She was more than just our Princess; I loved her with all my heart. 
But… I failed. My once perfect rose, damaged by my failures. Would she ever forgive me, her star knight who’d sworn to protect her? Will I ever get the chance to tell her how much she means to me… to us? 
Only the Starlight gods can tell. Please… bring my Firefly home. 

~In Stars We Trust~ 

Tainted Rose is Book Two in the new, paranormal reverse harem series.

Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Yumoyori Wilson~

1) What inspired you to become a writer?  

My author friends in the same genre I would read all the time during my night shifts. It was amazing to watch them release their stories and it inspired me to try and do the same.

2) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Editing. Writing a book is easy, but editing is by far the hardest part and can take 18 -24 hours straight for one round of a book. It’s really difficult and frustrating, but with the right team, it's easier.

3) Did you learn anything from writing the book that you weren’t expecting?

I learn things everyday, but I guess the overall process of releasing books is a new learning experience.

4) Who is your favorite author and what it is that you enjoy about their work?

Suzanne Wright. All her books are just amazing, detailed, steamy and always have an addicting storyline that grabs you.

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

1.    Celestia, Makoto and Scarlet
2.    Black Panther
3.    Wine. Lots of Wine because they all love the alcoholic beverage and Black Panther is just epic.

6) How many books would you say that you own?     

Hmmmm…. Two vanity drawers full before my own books. I don’t even want to try and count the ones on my kindle but last time I checked we were at 400 so... let’s just go with 500... for now. 

Author Bio:
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone. 






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Thursday, March 29, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge for "Ouroboros (Circuit Fae, #2)"

Ouroboros 
(Circuit Fae, #2)
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 27th, 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.

Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.

Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.

Relationship status: It’s Complicated. 
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness. 
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness — a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy. 
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend. 
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school… that was so last year. 
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together. 
Their lives, their love, their very world..

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

I’ve always wanted to write a story about the Fae, but I wanted a new twist. Since in modern days, much of our world is urbanized, the wild places of the earth are diminishing, and with that, the power of the Fae. But tech is everywhere. So some enterprising Fae decided to harness the magic in technology, and the rest is…for Syl and Rouen to deal with for 5 books!

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

It was important to me that good and evil not be equated with the color of a character’s skin.
I didn’t want “dark Fae” to mean “dark-skinned” or “fair Fae” to mean “fair-skinned.” I wanted everyone to feel like they could be part of the CIRCUIT FAE world. So I took on a more poetic interpretation of “dark” and “fair,” where it was one’s thoughts and deeds that made them good or evil, and skin tone was irrelevant in that regard. It felt like a logical, necessary leap.

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

No. I don’t really believe in “make me mad and I’ll put you in my book.” ;)

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

My biggest influences are my favorite authors: Malinda Lo, Sarah Waters, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo

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’m going to fall back on my previous answer for this one, simply because it’s better than anything else i could conceive of.

I’d arrange a Girls Night for Daenerys Targaryen, Elphaba, and Mary Poppins.

Daenerys, because seriously, have you ever met a lady more in need of a Girls’ Night? Elphaba because you just know she’d be a delightful grump about everything. Mary Poppins because she has good manners, and I feel like she’d make sure no one cheated (I’m looking at you, Dany!) Plus, she is a Time Lord so we needn’t be worried about the night getting away from us.

I’d serve a variety of takeout: pizza, Thai food, Chinese, Mexican, because you know Dany’s probably tired of all that ale and lamprey pie. Plus, I’m sure she gets asked all the time to just, you know, fly the dragons over to Dorne to “pick up” some Dornish wine “on the way.” I’d make sure there were vegetarian options since Elphaba might be sensitive about eating Animals. And tea, because it’s very British and so is Mary Poppins.

Because I’d want to keep it light, we’d play Risk. Because what’s lighter than a game of world conquest among ladies who ACTUALLY want to take over the world? :P (Well, except maybe Mary Poppins…)

After consoling Dany that no, there are NOT any Dragon troops, and telling Mary Poppins that no, we cannot just jump into a chalk drawing and pop out in Asia to surprise-attack Elphaba (who is still grumpy about there being no Oz territory), I’m pretty sure Elphaba would win since, according to Once Upon a Time canon, wicked always wins.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Is this a trick question? *looks at stacks of books I’ll never get through* ;)

Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds. 
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power. 
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now. 
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality. 
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with D. G. Driver for "Mythical Doorways: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology"


About the Anthology


Eleven Tales of Magical, Mysterious, Mythical Doorways!

Step through portals and into adventure as the authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy take you on another journey into fantastic worlds. Travel through time, space, and realities to encounter monsters, mechanical foxes, and the Fates themselves. You'll fly with dragons, save implausible beasts, and perhaps find your true home. Choose your path wisely, for dangers lurk in the lands beyond.

In the third anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy, eleven authors promise you journeys into fairy lands hidden within the modern world, futuristic universities, and lands of ancient myth. So what are you waiting for? Cross through our Doorways for the adventure of a lifetime!

Download the ebook (free to download starting March 27th) at your favorite digital store: https://www.books2read.com/u/bxq70e!

Mythical Doorways Authors

- Katy Huth Jones
- D. G. Driver
- Lauren Lynch
- H.L. Burke
- Savannah Jezowski
- A. J. Bakke
- Laurie Lucking
- Jenelle Schmidt
- Arthur Daigle
- Bokerah Bromley
- J.M. Hackman

(Click the author to learn more about them and their books!)


~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with D. G. Driver~

- What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

Once upon a time I was an actress in a touring theater production of The Three Musketeers. I had to travel in this cramped van all over California with some of the most awful, selfish, mean-spirited people I've ever met. Only two other actors in the troupe were nice. I originally wrote a short story about a woman suffering through a horrendous carriage ride and based all the characters on those people. It turned out to be more of a scene than a full story. I eventually came up with how she got on that carriage and where she went afterward, and that became the much longer more epic fairy tale "The Hallway of Three Doors".
- Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

All of the characters from the City of Frivolity in the story are based on people who toured with me. I don't know them any longer, and I'm mostly glad of that. I might have made them a little worse than they actually were. None of the actors were ever thrown out of the van or stabbed.

- 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? 

Okay, so I am a terrible introvert, and game nights make me super uncomfortable. I think I have to confess that before I go on to answer your question. That said, I think I'd invite Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel over. We'd have a big game of Scavenger Hunt through the neighborhood, just so they could get out, move around, and meet some people. I'd treat them to some pure junk food: pizza, sodas, beer, desserts. They deserve it, poor girls. Then we'd have a big brainstorm about how they could better their living situations before they went home.

- Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

 No. I have more books than I can read, and I keep getting more. I like a wide variety of books, too, so that doesn't help. There are books I just want to read. There are books people recommend to me. There are books that I can get signed by authors at festivals or the local bookstore. There are books by authors I've met online (and all those authors write so many books). I will never catch up, I know, but I won't be stopped.


Let's Party!


Fellowship of Fantasy is celebrating their third short story anthology release, Mythical Doorways!

Whether they open onto new worlds or just new opportunities, doorways allow us to step through and uncover great adventures, discoveries, and risks.

Where will these Mythical Doorways take you?

Grab your favorite drink and snack on March 29th at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST and 5 PM PST) and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with multiple authors, games, and giveaways!

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Giveaway Time!



The Fellowship of Fantasy and Deep Magic E-Zine have joined together to offer you an awesome paperback giveaway! Dive into eleven new worlds by entering to win a paperback of Mythical Doorways! (US only.)

About Deep Magic E-Zine: The name Deep Magic pays homage to C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Deep Magic is a quarterly e-zine dedicated to creating a safe place for minds to wander in the worlds and universe of SFF. We want all who visit to feel welcome and confident that they will encounter professionally written fiction of the highest quality that is safe for all to read.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 27th
Wednesday, March 28th
Thursday, March 29th