30 December 2015

[Featured Author] Shari Sakurai


Shari Sakurai was born in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. After completing secondary school she moved away from further education to work in administration. 
Shari is very interested in other countries’ cultures and mythology; in particular Japan. Japanese themes and influences can often be found in her work.

Shari's debut novel Demon's Blood was released in ebook format on 25th January 2014. She has participated and won the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the past eight years.



 London, 2115

It is the year 2115 and the world is very different. With climate changes, natural disasters and war shaping the landscape, England has become a nation made up of several super cities and wasteland in between. 

Eric Rawlins is a genetically engineered superhero created by the London Security Agency (L.S.A) to defend and protect the city against both national and international threats. With his superior abilities, celebrity status and beautiful girlfriend, Eric appears to have the perfect life. However, it is an illusion created by the L.S.A in order to control him.

Eric's nemesis is the charismatic Adam Larimore. The only son of billionaire business tycoon Victor Larimore, Adam is gifted with a genius level IQ as well as the same longevity as Eric.
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28 December 2015

[Film Review] TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast


Story summary:

Legend of the NeverBeast takes Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies on an epic action adventure that's full of heart and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover—or an animal by its fangs—so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast.

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Review: 

Due to the declining quality of Disney cartoons compared to the past, I don’t watch much of Disney films anymore other than a selected few animations. TinkerBell is one of them. I’ve watched all the TinkerBell movies but last night I’ve watched one the best out of all the films. TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is so sweet! This movie shows lots of love and compassion and the message it sends never to judge someone based on their looks (or stories around them) clearly shows. The story made me laughed a lot, but tears welled up in my eyes many times throughout the film. And in the end, it had me crying like a little girl. It was a great watch, so beautiful and touching; I just can’t compliment it enough.

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24 December 2015

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20 December 2015

[Blog Tour] Violca's Dragon



Title: Violca’s Dragon

Author: Leilani Love

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Violca Grey knows life can change instantly. Two years after her parents’ sudden death, Violca is left raising her four younger sisters. She doesn’t realize that their lives are all in danger from something that may not be human.
Chase Reed knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King.

Together, Chase and Violca not only have to protect their families—they also have to fight against their rising feelings for each other. But what Violca doesn’t know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

***Read the teasers here***

My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:


I love reading paranormal and the moment I read Violca’s Dragon summary, I immediately know that I want to read the book. And in a way, I’m glad I did. It was a good break after reading a long, dragging and very SLOW pace fantasy story. Violca’s Dragon tells the story of Violca and how she uncovered the truth about her family. I love the strong bond between the sisters, and I admire how Violca try to stand strong for the sake of her family.

The plot and the way the story was written were beautiful, what bothered me most is how the POV changes without a scene break. It made me read back each time, just to make sure that I wasn’t misunderstanding it. It’s the same when Violca dreams. On the prologue was okay, but on the after the chapter start, I sometimes I start to wonder—while something exciting is happening— if I’m currently reading Violca’s dream or if it’s happening for real because there’s no indication that she is dreaming before she wakes up. However, that got better overtime.

The romance, well, I can’t really say much. I kind of wish more of something else and less… stripping, no, I liked the steamy, very steamy scenes, but I just wish I could read more than attraction and less possessiveness from Chase. I hate it when “his dragon” (which made my skin crawl when I read it in the beginning,) scream “MINE” Like, get over it!
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15 December 2015

[Blog Tour] RUN Ragged




Title: RUN Ragged

Author: Kari Aguila

Genre: Suspense / Science-Fiction / Women’s Fiction

Would anything change if women ruled the world?

In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.


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Author Bio

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.


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Website: www.kariaguila.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomensWorkKA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KariAguilaAuthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7422555.Kari_Aguila

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12 December 2015

Heart of a Billionaire 1: Tempted by the Boss- Review


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summary:

Adrienne is a single mom who wants nothing more than a good life for her daughter, Joanna. A college graduate, Adrienne thought she had met the love of her life, Thomas, and together they would form the family of her dreams.

Instead, it comes crashing down around her. Adrift, Adrienne does her best to get a life together to raise her daughter. When a chance at a dream job lands in Adrienne’s lap, she jumps at the chance. But to be a billionaires assistant one needs to remember to always be organized, always be on top, and never ever fall in love.


My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:

Simple, light-hearted and easy to read. What's else is there left to ask for? Nothing but a wish that this book was complete. I wouldn't consider Heart of a Billionaire as "Book 1" rather it's the first part of a much longer book. I usually wouldn't want to write a review for a "book" that ends this way, but the writing was so good. I love how the author write that I just have to share it. If you don't mind reading a book ending in a kind of cliffhanger or enjoy "cake tasting" (sorry I'm not sure what word to use) then this story is for you. It's a nice way to pass the time and entertain yourself for a short time. I read this book in one sitting ((less than 30 minutes). I would love to read the next part of the book, but I don't support in chapter release unless it's free. So I'll just probably read other complete work of the author.

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09 December 2015

The Soul Thief Review


Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal

Summary:

When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them from dying.


My Rating: ✮✮✮✮☆彡

Review:

I love the story right after a few pages. I really like the characters. They’re realistic and likable (yes even the annoying bad guys. I like them annoying, hahaha :D )

Riley, the heroine, is refreshing. Her sense of humor made me smile a lot. Her flaws made me irritated and she’s very… alive in my head.

Leander. Ah, sweet loving Leander. If I compare to him to other male love interest, He’s not a jaw dropping guy, but he grows on you and before you know it you're crushing on him and can't get him off your mind. Spoiler Alert: I was disappointed and annoyed about the whole loving-the-ex thing as the reason not to kiss, I was grinning from ear to ear when he changed his mind.

Cassie is adorable.

My favorite, however, is Diane. I like her sharp tongue and her sweet and spicy personality. Yes, like a mischievous little sister you can’t help but love.

My second favorite is Craig. He captured my heart after saying this:
“Stop it. Ever since you’ve become an Angel, you’ve had this crazy idea that the entire world revolves around you, and that you’re responsible for everything. I’m sick and tired of it. It’s not your fault that this happened to Stacey.”
I was nodding so much when I “heard” him say that. Riley was getting on my nerve at that point, and I just want to slap her.

My least favorite is Katie. Not at first, but after the whole thing was (predictably) revealed. I dislike how she behaved after the truth was uncovered. I understand if she's sad about the whole thing but to have contempt and disgust toward Riley the day after the incident is just too much. Spoiler Alert: Doesn't matter how much you love a guy if he tries to kill your friend, a good friend should be at less be 50% on her friend’s side. She comes out 100% on the guys side. I hate that. And then she somehow just reverted to Riley side without warning, this made me feel like I miss something.

To the story, it’s no big deal but I feel Leander repeats his explanation to Riley a bit too much, that or Riley asked for it a lot. Rolling their eyes, Riley along with other character does a little too much.

The ending was a bit confusing, no, not confusing that it doesn't make sense, it did. But I'm torn between cliffhanger and HFN because it's definitely not a HEA, yet not a cliffhanger or HFN either.

Anyway, all in all, I like how the story doesn't only focused on romance even if it’s a big part of the story, but I wish that their relationship didn't end that way.

But this is truly a great read. And though I'm only rating it four, not a shining five stars, I'll be happy to read the second book when I get the chance as I’m very much intrigue of Riley’s father, the man who gave me a pleasant warm feeling when Riley got her necklace. I want to “meet” him too and hear his side of the story, even if I have an idea of who he might be.

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04 December 2015

The Love Lottery-review




Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

She'll risk everything to stay in the magical town of Amores. He'll do anything to stop her from gambling with their future.

The Love Lottery is a short story of 7,500 words.

My Rating: ✮✮✮☆☆彡

Review:

First. I lover the cover! 

As for the story. It was a bit confusing at first. At times, the choice of words was difficult for me to get what the author was trying to convey. It's a heavy read for something short, there are also words I didn't understand (I think it was Italian words) but once I got the hang of it, it got better. It's not the best I have read, but it's not bad either. It's a good break from long reads. :)

Get it here for free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/162749
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01 December 2015

[Guest Post] To Open the Door I Never Knew was in my Reach


For today's blog tour, I'm proudly presenting Morgan Straughan Comnick author of YA Paranormal Romance "New Beginnings" talk about what inspires her to write.


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Inspire is such a powerful word, a strong emotion. It is meant to change outlooks, alter lives, set courses.  To give something inspiration, as a human being, is so special. It is even more of a miracle when it was not intended by both parties.  This is the sort of experience I had that lead me to wear I am today, the world of writing.

Barely fifteen, I was a normal, shy, studious girl trying to make way through high school, setting up the pathway that would lead me into becoming an educator.  I had interests, one which was writing, but I found it to be a hobby, the paper my tool to fuel this energy these stories in my mind gave me.  Sometimes I had to write things down before I would explode! I was given the title “The Queen of Details” by my wonderful sixth grade communication arts teacher, Ms. Horton for my use of descriptive words and imagery.  I felt proud of this name and continued to write in this style for the next three years.  Still, the thought that I could write a book never ever scratched the surface of my brain, tickled my nerve endings.  I was a decent reader at this point, but no strong, making reading still a so/so activity.  I am told that writers are also readers. Back then, I would have never stood a chance.

Then, I am one loud, over the top, challenging Language Arts Teacher: Mr. Banger.  He would go into rants so passionate that his bald head would turn red.  He was not afraid to talk straight with us and he was tough on his grading.  One day, out of the blue for that was how he rolled, he declared he was going to write a book. We dismissed it, like several of his other declarations. He came to me and told me, “You would be a fantastic book character for my novel Morgan!” I laughed at this, but his eyes were so bold, so bright, so full of sincere honesty that I laughed, but it triggered the question in me: “If he can write a book…Why can’t I?”
Remember that path I was starting to walk to be an educator? Well, suddenly, I was blindsided, walking smack into a door I had no idea was there. I saw stars. I fell hard on the ground. But, I could not ignore this door and where it led, how it would connect to my education path.  Without Mr. Banger, I never would have been able to see that door. Still, I did not open it just yet.

I had reading class as an elective class that year. It was simple; read so many books in the semester and get an A.  That year, in our Mark Twain (state award) book section, I found a common theme of ghosts and spirit stories where they interact and sometimes fell in love with living humans. I read to after hitting that door: Starry Sky and Spirit of the Heart.  I remember them vividly. Those books got my mind racing, fueling my imagination that was always on, weaving a tale on its own.  It was easy, piecing together like a puzzle. Within two weeks, all the plot lines in my book were in my head, ready to be expressed and shared with the world.
I finally opened that door and a bright, inviting light welcomed me. I grinned and stepped forward into this world of writing, never looking back.

The people in my life all helped become characters. My favorite video game at the time, Sonic Adventure 2 for the GameCube molded examples of relationships I needed. Rooms in my school become locations in my work and I wrote from the point-of-view of a freshmen, being I was on (I figured I had the mind of one down).  New characters popped into my head like a flower revealing itself from the soil, making themselves apart of this craft.  My love for spirits shined throughout my writing stages.  It all came together without me really realizing it. It was my story and yet it was not. It was my world and yet a fantasy one. It was expression. It was life, I was a story.

The names were simple. I was obsessed with stars at the time from my favorite anime, Cardcaptor Sakura. So, when I heard my little brother had a girl in his class named Stary, I knew it was fate! I added the name Moon later to it to be ironic.  Maren was refreshing, like a breeze on the sea and her name means star of the sea. Umbra was Shade for a while, but I did not want people to confuse him for Shadow from Sonic, so I changed it to Umbra, the Latin word for Shade.  All the names have meaning to them and some came right away, like Stary, some much later, such as Credence, Stary’s crush.  These characters became a part of my friend circle, my family, an extension of myself at times.  They like to boss me around and make me feel things for imagery people in my head that I find odd, but without them, there would be no story, no happiness I have from writing a story, their story.

The title for Spirit Vision came from the spirits in the book and how I wanted to allow Stary to see spirit writing or ectowriting.  I supposed at the time that she would need spirit Vision to do this and, well, the name was born! Sadly enough, this all came to me while washing my hands in the girls’ restroom at school! Inspiration goes by the rules of location, location, location!

I am pretty far in my education path, although still looking for a full time teaching job. But, I never gave up on writing. The door follows me.  It is a comfort when I need it and sometimes a blockade or a thorn in my side, but what pathway does not have some bumps in the road? I am grateful I can have teaching and writing. They do not mingle all the time, but sometimes, when I am not looking, they form a beautiful meadow just for me, together, telling me I belong to both worlds, that I have a home in both worlds.

It took me awhile to finish my book and about just as long to find a company who believed in us as much as myself and the characters believed in our work. With my first book becoming published in December of 2013, I now had a publishing company and a contract to compose more works, to write and share my stories with others. In 2014, I had two more books released: “A Sweet, Little Dream,” a collection of poems, short stories, and literacy works written in my middle school and high school years. These stories were the stepping stone of who I am today, my words when my voice failed due to fear and shyness and my spark to see the gift of writing; I owe them a lot.

This tour focuses on the second book of my “Spirit Vision” series: “New Beginnings.” Stary is adapting to her role as the Spirit Warrior and how she has more powers and responsibilities than her first mission entailed. Umbra and Maren have completely different roles to play and worlds to adjust to. Stary is just trying to adjust to being a high school girl with such a great role that has to be kept a secret from all she cares for, but then a maiden who wants her dead is haunting her dreams and possessing spiritual beings. It was a fun work to create and it has a little bit of something for all.

Currently, my second short story and poetry collection, this one from my college and young married woman age, “Fallen Star Dust,” has just completed second edits. “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” will be starting edits soon and I am slowly writing the manuscript for “Spirit Vision 4.” I have several ideas for other works and I write when the juices are flowing and the iron of creativity is hot, the power to craft words into near tangible things uplifting.

I am so blessed that writing has found me. I have been touched, inspired, by a teacher, my surroundings, the real life characters in my life, other writers, and my own never slowing down for a second imagination. I am lucky to have so many wonderful guides for Spirit Vision. I always want everything to follow their dreams and I instill that in my students. Who knows? Maybe one day, I will have the honor of inspiring someone to write a masterpiece…

Thank you so much for having me. You can find more answers to more questions about my work, the writing process, and myself in the back of Spirit Vision in the Q & A section OR you can go to my website, http://morganscomnick.com to learn more.

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Thank you for that wonderful post, Ms. Morgan! Oh and I love Cardcaptor Sakura anime too :)

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Title: New Beginnings

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

You’ve been chosen to be God’s Warrior, but not even He knows what lies ahead.

Spirit Warrior Stary Moon is prepared to begin her sophomore year of high school with a better understanding of the powers granted to her from the Lord. But the path set out for her is uncertain. Stary never imagined what a challenge it would be to get her friends and family to accept her true love, former spirit Umbra, whose Ultimate Weapon powers are resurfacing mysteriously. On top of this, a dark presence is possessing spirits and ghosts, haunting Stary’s dreams, and wanting revenge. As Stary dives deeper into the world of spirits, she begins losing her connection to the world of mortals. Does Stary have the strength to overcome this darkness alone, or will she need to dabble in some ancient magic? Can she continue this path no matter what the cost?

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About the Author




Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

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30 November 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

What a gloomy way to end my month. November should be a month for me to concentrate on writing my NaNoWriMo novels. But no, this November is just full of happening. For the fourth (and hopefully the last) time, I had “It’s Just Love” re-edited. The new editor will be same editor who edited my shorts stories, after receiving some rather bad reviews about grammatic errors instead of the story itself. Then after having received the files back, I got busy with changing the covers and work on it too while struggling to find time to write on top of my busy Christmas season job.

My first plan for NaNoWriMo this year was to write something I’ve never tried before, a dystopian fiction. But as NaNoWrimo came closer and closer, I panicked.
I’m not ready for dystopian! I still need more training. I like creating havoc in my head, but I’m not strong enough or confident for this genre. Then, I thought of writing Descendants of Heaven, a fantasy fiction that has been in my PC far too long. However, I canceled that too. I’ll go for something simpler or so I hoped.

Filipino drama! Not Taglish, I’ll write it in as much Filipino as possible (English will unavoidable in Filipino book because Philippine language has a lot of borrowed words but yeah!) 

However, I’m such fickle person, so I went back to Descendants of Heaven at the last minute and started working on it by November 1. 


I manage to write more than 10k by day 3 but then...
...nothing… My word count didn’t increase as much as I wanted. It is said, “third time’s a charm” my third NaNo novel won’t be reaching 50k in the near future. I tried my best, but I guess I’m not lucky to win again. But if things go smoothly I’ll probably finish the first draft before valentines next year.

I'll try again next year. If the third novel isn't the charm, then maybe my third year of joining will be.
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28 November 2015

[News] Novella Overhaul

When I first published "It's Just Love" my contemporary romance novella, it was edited by an editor who claimed to be a professional editor and used to be an editor some big publishing house in the US. She charged me a fortune for my 35k novella and had the nerve to say that "I don't know the first thing about editing" after the proofreader told me it needs editing. In short, I had another editor for the second round before releasing it but that was not good enough. Some the reviewers in Goodreads commented that it had grammar problems and another saying it was jarring to read. 

It took me some time to recover from it before I took the book and had it edited again for the third time, but then I caught errors short time after it was republished. It's tiring to keep revising, but I did it again and for the fourth (and the last time) I decided to have the novella by another editor whom I could trust this time.

It's not just an ordinary revising this time, but a complete overhaul. New summary, book cover and new Title. 

     


So give this new version a chance!


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18 November 2015

[Featured Author] Linda Andrews

About this author

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal."

All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house?

If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at lindaandrews@lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.

Visit here at her Website: http://www.lindaandrews.net or see her works on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LindaAndrwes






Six months after an Influenza Pandemic swept across the globe, the world is starting to emerge from quarantine. But Pestilence Free Day is short-lived. For an unseen enemy has just been unleashed.

Five people. Seven days.

A brilliant scientist with an apocalyptic forecast

A soldier that needs an enemy to fight

A college student venturing into a changed world

An insurance salesman who exploits every opportunity

A juvenile delinquent desperate to leave his past behind

Redaction: Humanity is about to be erased from the Book of Life

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A woman from the past. A cyborg with no future.
They have every reason to mistrust each other but one: survival.

When Nell Stafford passed out it was 2012. When she wakes up naked aboard a starship it's 2138, and she's surrounded by the Syn-En: synthetically-enhanced soldiers with a grudge against humans like her. She doesn't know where she is or what's happened, only that her life has been destroyed and everyone she's ever known is dead.

Their leader Beijing York has just discovered his people's creators--humans--have betrayed them. They were promised freedom and equality in exchange for settling a newly discovered planet at the other side of a wormhole. But the Syn-En have outlived their usefulness.

The offer was a trick.

The wormhole has collapsed, and now both Nell and the Syn-En are trapped far, far from Earth to face almost certain death.

Bei has lost his future, and Nell has lost her past.

But Nell gained something in her 120-year sleep; somehow, she knows everything the Syn-En need to survive. Now she must convince Bei and his people to trust her--as soon as she learns to trust the mysterious intelligence.

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The extraterrestrials have landed and they're human.

Rae Hemplewhite didn't believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her.
And that's the good news.

The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn't keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.

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16 November 2015

[Cover Reveal] Strained

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About the Book

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Title: Strained
Author: Marcia Colette
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Alexa is keeping a secret from her husband and being half werewolf isn't it. After all, he’s a full-blood and doesn't care that there are those who think their union is an abomination. Despite their abnormalities, the Yorks have settled into suburbia and gone out of their way to look like the couple next door.

Their rouse may have fooled an entire community, but not the Georgia Pack. The Yorks have encroached on their territory. Most interlopers end up dead, especially when the bounties on their heads invite stalkers, killers, and psychos to collect. Despite the trouble the Yorks have brought with them, the domestic suburbanites have intrigued the pack.

Alexa’s less domestic than she seems. Eight months ago, her bounty hunting club disbanded after several team members lost their lives in an ambush. Since then, the club has reemerged and are expecting Alexa to take her rightful place among the ranks.

Keeping the truth from her husband about her extracurricular activities will strain the Yorks’ marriage and risk everything they’ve worked hard for. But, that’s the price Alexa pays when her deception becomes deadlier than her aim. A deception that also keeps her alive.

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Author Bio

Author Marcia Colette didn't start out reading or writing books. She had earned a bachelors in Biomedical Engineering before going on to complete her Masters in Information Technology.

While riding the MBTA train back and forth to her job in Boston as a software consultant, she picked up a copy of John Saul and never looked back. It wasn't long after that when she started writing her own stories. Five years later, she signed a contract with Double Dragon eBooks to publish her first urban fantasy novel.

Her next novel was a paranormal romance entitled Unstable Environment and was picked up by Parker Publishing, LLC. She went on to sell her next urban fantasy entitled Stripped to Samhain Publishing, LLC. During that time, she also released Bittersweet (YA), Hazardous Environment (Paranormal Romance), The Spider Inside Her (Urban Fantasy), and Deadlier by the Dozen (Urban Fantasy) under her own independent publishing label Dusk Till Dawn Books. She has sold several short stories and novellas to Mocha Memoirs Press and has continued her Alexa York series with Purple Sword Publications.

Marcia also writes science fiction under another pen name.

Still holding her own as an IT Manager, Marcia is a single mom who lives in South Carolina.

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11 November 2015

[Cover Blitz] The Soul Thief

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About the Book

Title: The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1)
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them from dying.

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
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10 November 2015

[Blog Tour] The Journals of Bob Drifter




About The Book

Title: The Journals of Bob Drifter

Author: M.L.S. Weech

Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy

Bob Drifter is a substitute teacher with a secret. He seems like no more than a polite young man who loves to read and mentor students in his free time. Yet, on the side, Bob takes part in some rather strange extracurricular activities that soon attract the attention of local police. For some reason, people have a way of dying around him.

It’s not his fault. Maybe he just hangs around people who are already dying. Maybe he has bad timing. But Bob knows better. He has a secret mission that must be completed before he ends up in prison or raises the ire of the most frightening individual in the supernatural world. No pressure.

A terrifying new force has set foot into Bob’s life, and a string of ghastly mutilations follows this figure wherever he goes. Now, Bob has to keep his own secrets, protect his students, and fulfill his mentor’s wishes. Welcome to the world of those who watch over the dead.

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Author Bio

M.L. S. Weech was born in August 1979 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He fell in love with fantasy and science fiction at an early age. His love of writing quickly followed when he tried to write a sequel to his favorite movie. He didn’t know what copyright infringement was. He can’t remember a time he wasn’t working on some sort of project from that day on. He wrote for a junior high project. The only way his freshman english teacher could get him to settle down was to let him start writing a book. He completed what he calls his first manuscript when he was 17.

He got a ton of feedback that was honest, helpful, and not much fun to listen to, but instead of quit, he simply wrote another, and then another.

He fell in love with reading in high school when he was introduced to Timothy Zahn and the Star Wars novels. Then he was handed Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson and so many more. He went from reading to complete homework to reading more than three books a month.

He joined the U.S. Navy as a journalist in 2005. He served on aircraft carriers and destroyers. He served in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. He finished his time in the Navy in 2015, and currently teaches future Navy Mass Communication Specialists at the Defense Information School.

When he wasn’t taking pictures or writing features or news stories, he was writing fiction. Photojournalism was a hobby he enjoyed getting paid for, but writing fiction has been and remains his true dream.

He’s completed six manuscripts and is already planning a seventh. He took his third project to Archway Publishing, who helped him turn his life-long dream into a reality.
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05 November 2015

Changing the Edits- haha :D

For almost any author out there, there's probably nothing more rewarding to hear/read a readers review. But sometimes that review could knock the daylight out of the writer.

It happened to me too many times. I know I can't please every reader, but what saddens me most is if the reader is disappointed not because of my fiction but because of the editing.
*Cries* 

Yes, I know I maybe not the world's greatest storyteller, but I want my readers to review the story, not spot grammar mistakes and rate the book low because of it.

Here's one of the review from Changing the Past, one of my free ebooks on Smashwords:


July 18, 2015: "The characters in this and the story line are very good. However, work needs to be done with the currently poor grammar. For this reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5."

I kind of brushed it off, thinking that maybe the reader was just too strict with the grammar. Even if the ebook is free, I did pay to have it edited and proofread by an editor. But I expected too much.


About a month later. Oct. 26 I got another review that shook me. Here's what the reader wrote:"This short story is good but the grammar does need some work."

Wah! I don't want my reader to think that I'm sloppy with my work.

And that's when I thought of Sharon Stevenson. For years now, I've been struggling to find an affordable editor that would be able to edit my story without making me fret of the result, and I believe she's the person for the job. She had already edited my soon to be released short story, The Flame Squad: Sly Prince, and a good friend (not a friend who just flatters me, she is an honest reviewer) told me that it was nicely edited, this never said that to my other work before.

Thanks to Sharon, I can now proudly present the new edited time travel romance, Changing the Past.


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03 November 2015

[Excerpt] WOLF, WY


Have you ever fall in love at first sight? I haven't. I don't believe in that. What I do believe is love at first read. Today I'm so happy to say that I just found a favorite book teaser! Though, I'm not a big reader of M/M (gay romance) stories. A.F Henley's WOLF, WY has a charm that makes me want just to jump and read it. And I will probably keep obsessing about this book until I read the complete story. So, please watch out for my review! Okay, let's go and have a taste of this wonderful excerpt!

Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content
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Fluorescent bulbs winked and hummed, doing their best to warm up and respond in the cold. It didn’t matter. Randy didn’t need the light to be any brighter to see.

“Holy fuck…” Both of his hands slapped the wall behind him, regardless of the shock of cold it gave his system, and Randy flattened himself against the surface. He remembered the wolf at his back deck. More, he recalled the size of it. And if this wasn’t the same damn one, it was Wolfy’s close cousin.

He already saw the headlines: Idiot city brat eaten by wolf in his own garage. It would be followed with a plea for everyone else to please, please keep the morons that didn’t know how to deal with the animals of the county out of their county.

The wolf lifted its nose and sampled the air. Then, in a gesture that Randy read as ‘dinner smells about ready’, it lowered his head and trained its gaze on him.

Run! A voice in Randy’s head screamed and just as quickly something else knocked it aside. Stay still! If you run, it’ll chase you, and there’s no way you’ll make it out the door in time to shut it!

Even if he did, would he have the strength to shut it if the wolf leapt at it? Probably not. Its shoulders were wide and muscles rolled underneath its thick fur. One lunge would knock Randy on his ass.

It stepped, not exactly forward, but on an angle, crossing its paws and almost gliding several inches closer.

Randy’s bladder twinged, his throat seized, but a groan still managed to squeak its way out. The wolf’s ears perked, it shook its head and stepped again.

“Oh, fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.” He was barely whispering, but he couldn’t stop the words from coming. “Please don’t eat me. Please don’t eat me.”

When the wolf advanced again, the pleas became a bastardized prayer. “Oh, God, if there’s a God… right now I hope so… I am so sorry for anything and everything I’ve done wrong.” He swallowed a breath of panic and flashed a quick glance at the ceiling. “Unless ‘anything wrong’ includes me being gay. Because if this is payback for that, then fuck you, the damn thing can eat me.”

The wolf was close enough that Randy could stare right into its eyes. They were eerily beautiful—gold, deep brown, and they were lined in a thick, black streak that would make beauty queens everywhere weep over its perfection. But the focused, direct stare was enough to make Randy weak in the knees.

Wolf, WY Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2015

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About the Author
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Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

For more information please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.
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P.S: This excerpt was first posted at Cinderella Stories. I got both the permission of the author and the blog's owner. 


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30 October 2015

Halloween...holloween...

I don’t know about other authors but what sucks the most for me is being unable to attend parties. Hey! Stop that smile forming on your lips! I’m not talking about wild, chill out party (okay maybe a little) but it includes books! Editors, other writers, publishers… I want to cry! Damn it. Buhuhu T_T

Last week, Flipside Publishing, the publishers of my Filipino novel A French Fairyfail, invited me to a murder mystery-themed Halloween party.


Goodness! That just sounds so fun! And as I told Denise, Flipside’s project officer, I would love to come and put my witch spell on everyone at the party, but sadly, I have no chance. My daytime job won't permit me to fly back to the Philippines.

I’m sorry could you just give me a minute? I need to wipe the snots and tears off my face (ew!)

Okay. I’m done.

And as I write, “So sad :( I'll have to wait for Flipside next event and hope that I can make it.” I wanted to crawl on all fours and suck my thumb in the corner of my room.


And just when I finished wallowing, I receive another invitation. This time to Avasta Press Launch Party aboard The Virginia V, South Lake Union.

The invitation says: “Enjoy booze, books and beguiling banter onboard a historic steamship. As you wander the ship, you might pick up some typewriter poetry, play a surrealist word game, add your story to the NFA montage, or win one of the clever gift sets the crew will give away every 15 minutes. This party celebrates the launch of our maiden catalog. You can preview our books and learn how to submit your own manuscripts.”

Oh! Give a break!

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16 October 2015

John Smith and Pocahontas forever!


I think I've been holding it in my heart far too long. So here's my opinion about the whole Pocahontas story.

http://jessicaelarsen.tumblr.com/post/131269786003/warning-spoiler-ahead
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13 October 2015

Just Book Teasers

The idea just popped today. I love teasers, and I like helping authors (especially indie) promote their books so why not create an FB page for it? So, I did!



So, here's the detail.

If you're an author, want your teaser featured on this page, please send me an email or a private FB message with the link of where your book cover and teaser can be copied.

OPTIONAL: Please include all your Author links and all other info because if I really love your book teaser, I'll be featuring you in my blog.

OCT. 26 EDIT: Please join and share your wonderful book teasers or trailers (and purchase links) in this group!https://www.facebook.com/groups/justbookteasersandtrailers/

I'll also share some book trailer/teasers at Just Book Teasers Facebook page and Twitter.

Thank you for your interest!

Please like and follow!

Facebook - www.facebook.com/justbookteasers

Twitter: @justbookteasers
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01 October 2015

Death Note [repost]



Summary:

Light Yagami, an intelligent but bored high school student. He resents the crime and corruption in the world. His life is changed when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or Death God, named Ryuk, known as the "Death Note." The Death Note's instructions claim that if a human's name is written on it, that person will die. At first Light was skeptical about the authenticity of the notebook. But when Light discover that the Death Note is real, he vows to use its power to rid the world of evil.


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Review:

I haven’t read the manga, but many said it’s better than the anime. But I think the anime was superb too.

It’s the first dark anime that I've watched. I don’t usually go for anime that has a psychological theme, as I feel mentally strained, and it affect me more than I want. The problem with Death Note was that I keep watching because of my curiosity of what will happen next, and before I know it I finished watching all the episode.

Death Note has a very dark story; even though there some humor from time to time that me smile, it still feel dark. The lead character, Light, has no pity for the criminals that he “judge” and in the beginning I was with him, but when, Light encountered someone who outsmarts him. Then horror of watching the story starts for me, when I realized that Light was willing to do just free of people's suspicion.

If I could, I would personally want to beat him myself. Anyway, so far this is the only story that makes me root for the enemy of the lead character.
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21 September 2015

Be Careful What You Wish For by C.P Santi




Summary:

Wishes are very powerful . . . and they can sometimes be dangerous.
When Ana made a birthday wish to fall in love, she was specifically thinking of her research colleague Daniel Sato . . . she wasn't exactly expecting to cross paths with hunky actor Ken Nakamura.
Be careful what you wish for—Fate always answers—even if it isn't exactly the answer we were hoping for

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My Rating: 4 out of 5

I love josei manga! And Be Careful What You Wish For reminded me of josei manga. The story is a classic geek and famous guy plot and, to be honest, I was disappointed at how I could easily put it down and forget about it for months. But I’m truly happy that I pick it up again.

I unenthusiastically start reading from the beginning again, but after passing 20% of the story my interest doubled, and by fifty percent I nearly go around the apartment with the kindle on my hand. Though I was a bit disoriented that most of the inner thoughts were not italics, the rest was okay. The narrating was really nice, the pace is perfect. I also love all the Japanese phrases inserted in the paragraph. After reading manga and watching anime for years, I picked up a lot of Japanese words, so it didn’t hinder me from enjoying the story, in fact, it made the whole book very exotic, very Japanese like. I can really see and feel the Japanese culture in this book.

I don’t have much to say about the book except I really liked it. Ana made me like and dislike her, same goes to Ken. Their relationship toward the end annoyed me. I didn’t like how they kept on repeating that their relationship was still a fake even when they already cleared the misunderstanding. But that’s how they are. My favorite character here is Yoshi and (surprise!) Ai! Yes, I really like Ai. I have a thing for liking villains something when the heroine annoyed me haha :D

If you’re in the mood for wholesome romance, give this book a try.

Purchase Links: Kindle | Smashwords
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11 September 2015

My #Stangelit story

All the writing workshop that Mina V. Esguerra organized was a fun experience for me, especially #buqoYA where I managed to finish Someone to Care and got included in a book bundled series. In joining #Strangelit I hope to experience the same joy all over again, but sadly, this will go down as one of the saddest and tragic writing challenge for me.

#Strangelit was a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy writing workshop (administered by Bronze Age Media and sponsored by Buqo). When I first sign-up I wasn’t sure if I’ll be able to write anything. It’s not my first time writing in this genre. In fact, I’ve already written Fumes Variola, an Urban Fantasy story, which I wrote for NaNoWrimo two years ago.

There were three reasons why I thought that I will not be able to write anything.

One: I was trying to finish my newest New-Adult story, You Drive Me Crazy, written for #SparkNA.

Second: The writers were required to read some of the published stories recommended by the organizer. I didn’t think I had time for it (mostly because of work and partly because of reason one.)

Third: I might not have enough funds to pay an editor.

Moving on. I finished You Drive Me Crazy! And I even manage to read more than two of the required stories! Yay! As for the third problem, I pushed it aside and tried to concentrate on writing when the class started.

Fast forward. Despite having way too many bad days in August, I was overjoyed to finish my first 30k PNR (demon x angel romance) and two weeks before the deadline to boot! I edited the next few days and looked for editors. Of course, I went to those I trusted first. Yes, here comes the third problem. Editing fees. One of the editors refused politely due to the deadline; another give me a bit expensive quote (which is understandable because it was after kind of rush.)

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05 September 2015

A French Fairyfail + Surrender to Love giveaway!


Hello, everyone!

To my beloved readers and readers to be, I'm personally inviting you to join my first ever giveaway! In celebration of my newest released book, Surrender to Love. The ebook was published by Flipside Publishing a month ago, and the paperback is now available on Amazon.

I'll be giving away three prizes for five lucky winners.

For the 1st Prize: 1 winner will receive $5 Amazon GC, Signed Print copy of A French FairyFail + Surrender to Love ebook.

2nd Prize: 1 winner will get $5 Amazon GC, A French FairyFail & Surrender to Love ebook.

3rd Prize: 3 winners will receive one copy of Surrender to Love ebook.


A French FairyFail summary:

“Have a heart check woman,” sabi ni Lex na ikanasalpok ng mga kilay ni Liberty.
“What do you mean?”
“Are you sure you love him or you just love the thought of being in love with him?”


Tumungong France si Liberty sa hangaring mahanap roon ang prinsipeng pinapangarap. Doon niya nakilala si Lèonce, isang lalaking tila binuhay mula sa kanyang mga isinusulat na fairytales stories, kaya naman agad niyang pinangarap makarelasyon ito, subalit bakit nang labis siyang nasasaktan ay walang ibang naruon kundi si Lex? Ang lalaking nagpakita ng pagkamuhi sa kanya sa simula pa lamang ng kanilang pagkakakilala.

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Surrender to Love summary:

Power of love, bulong ng isang bahagi ng isip ni Pamela na agad niyang isinantabi. Power-of-love... bullshit! No money, no honey. Iyan ang madalas na nangyayari sa mga nagmamahalan kapag naghihirap. Money makes the world go round!


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30 August 2015

Twilight (book1) by Stephenie Meyer


Summary:

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


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My Review:

To be honest I never much cared about this book, but after reading many of the negative reviews—some with a funny streak. I decided to give this book a try.

I have to say that I agree and disagree with many of the reviews. First, it wasn't that bad as some made it, but it didn't make me go "wow!" either.

Well, it’s not surprising since I'm not a big fan of vampire romance. This is my first, probably my last, since I have this written rule in my head that doesn't matter how good looking a vampire is, he/she still a bloodsucker. Therefore, a human shouldn't allow themselves to fall in love with them. Unless, the story tell that this vampire actually doesn’t need human blood, then okay… but that's another issue.

Second, I agree with some of the reviewers who said that it was really was tiring to read how handsome, good-looking, gorgeous, etc. Edward was.

Yes, he's perfect, but it really was annoying how every time Bella think of him, the first thing she mentioned or notice is how magnificent he is, and it's… yeah, in almost every turn. So, while I was reading the book, I started to wonder if she really is in love with him or just worships his beauty and mistaking it for love.

But even with all that being said, I think the book was okay. It's not my type, but I can say that it did entertain me a bit and help me pass the time.

I wouldn't mind reading the next book, but I'm not so eager to get it.
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