Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Giveaway Hop



Are we all ready for the Easter Bunny???
I am totally all set....My new friend "Fred" came in the mail to replace "Bob" and I've been so HAPPY. (It's awful when a kindle dies!!!)

For you my little bunny friends....the eggs are cracking and the prizes are there to be won.
Thanks to our Fab hosts...we have a wonderful hop to search the blogs and see what we can win!!!

Here you have a chance to win either a $10 Amazon gift card or a book (up to $10) from the Book Depository.
All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter....Easy Peasy!!!
Sometime on the 6th I will email the winner with the happy news...Who knows maybe this time it could be you!!!
After you're done entering here please go forth and enter on more blogs...
Thanks for entering....To all that celeabrate
HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2 ~Book Tour & Giveaway~


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The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.

With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.

Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.

For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.

Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future …

This book contains:

Episode four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Bonus material:
The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
A Legacy of Red
Thoughts
It just keeps getting better. Page after page, the adventure is mind blowing!
Alice is still AMAZING. She's struggling with the start of school and such, but her duties are still keeping her busy. I would never be able to do everything she can...without FREAKING OUT.
Briar and Seth are there through out, however Trish kinda sinks to the wayside.
Each story continues onward from the previous and make for a great read.
I look forward to the next installment.




The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series:
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.






Praise

“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog

"Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre." ~ My Cozie Corner

"All in all the books were excellent." ~ LilyElement

"If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories." ~ Mom With a Kindle

5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed

“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish

“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn't even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman



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About the Authors
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.

Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.



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5 Kindle ebook copies of The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2
Ends 4/11/13


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Revelation by Morrie Richfield ~Book Tour & Giveaway~


Mr. Breeze is back; so is Michael Ryan and Rover, the magical dog.
MR. BREEZE fans can rejoice. REVELATIONMorrie Richfield’s much-anticipated sequel to his novel MR. BREEZE, has arrived. Readers new to the strange but inspiring tale of a super being and his attempt to set mankind on a straight and moral path for its very survival can immerse themselves in what critics and readers alike are calling an “inspirational fantasy” with important lessons for all of us.
In MR. BREEZE, published in 2011, Richfield introduced readers to Zackary, aka Zack, aka Mr. Breeze, an ancient being who claimed to be mankind’s creator and who still exerts a powerful force on the human race and its very existence. Zack appeared on earth as a powerful man who did miraculous deeds. He chose journalist Michael Ryan to tell his story in a book that, he hoped, would show mankind how to stop its self-destructive ways and bring paradise on earth. With man’s fate hanging in the balance, Zack disappeared, leaving humans to their fate and Michael wondering what his role really is.
REVELATION moves the action two years into the future. The situation looks bleak. Mankind has slipped back into its old, destructive ways and Michael has become a dissolute recluse. There are people who view Michael as a savior and others who see him as a threat to be eliminated.
Along this strange trip, Michael meets new friends and reunites with old companions, the most significant of which is Rover, an abused dog whom Zack endowed with superpowers. Rover becomes Zack’s messenger to Michael, as Michael tries to get Zack’s original message out to the world:  If mankind doesn’t straighten out, he will destroy the human race.
Richfield plays down the description of REVELATION as an “inspirational fantasy.” He calls it a “self-help book, a textbook, a reality series on paper. It is what we see when we look in the mirror.”
If MR. BREEZE focused on Zack and his message, REVELATION focuses on Michael, following his struggle to understand his role in Zack’s master plan and to find his soul, Richfield says. “Michael’s final revelation is that we just don’t learn. Without the threat of destruction, we go back to our old ways. Our time is almost up and we need to do something. We need to show Mr. Breeze the human race deserves a chance to continue to exist.”

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE




~THE AUTHOR~


Morrie Richfield lives in Pennsylvania with his two sons, his dogs and his cat. He is working on his next novel, and he still dreams that someday the world will be a better place for all of us to live.
His latest book is the inspirational fantasy novel, Revelation: The Return of Mr. Breeze.
Visit his website at www.mrbreezethenovel.com.


~THE GIVEAWAY~

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saving Grace by Pamela Fagan Hutchins ~Book Tour~



If you're at all inclined to be swept away to the islands to fall in love with a rainforest jumbie house and a Texas attorney who is as much a danger to herself as the island bad guys, then dive headfirst with Katie Connell into Saving Grace.

Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and her Bloody Mary-habit when she runs to the island of St. Marcos to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents. But she trades one set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit Annalise in an abandoned rainforest house and, as worlds collide, finds herself reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again to defend her new friend Ava, who is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.

THOUGHTS
Murder, Mystery, and Love....a little bit of everything all in one story.
NICE!
The way this story is written you find yourself falling in love with the island, even though you've never been there...You find yourself on the edge as Katie progress through, rooting for and questioning her all as if you're best buddies.
I love how Ms. Hutchins was able to immerse the reader so well in the story with her writing style and characters....just wonderful.
A wonderful surprise read.


Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning mysterious women’s fiction and relationship humor books, and holds nothing back.  She is known for “having it all” which really means she has a little too much of everything, but loves it: writer, mediocre endurance athlete (triathlon, marathons), wife, mom of an ADHD & Asperger’s son, five kids/step-kids, business owner, recovering employment attorney and human resources executive, investigator, consultant, and musician.  Pamela lives with her husband Eric and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston. Their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring.
Her latest book is the mystery/women’s fiction, Saving Grace.

AWESOME GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp by Paul A. Barra ~Book Tour~


In this middle-grade mystery-adventure, a twelve-year-old girl discovers a grave injustice in the 1980s South when a neighbor is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Penny must find the courage to use her unique gift – her uncanny ability to foresee the future – to thwart a crazed desperado and find a treasure that will prove her neighbor’s innocence.
Poor Penelope Andrews. Her neighbor is being hunted, her friend is comatose after encountering a rogue alligator in a black-water swamp, and her mother has formed the wild impression that Penny has some sort of special gift from God! What else could go wrong? Oh yes: the FBI wants to speak with her. And, a dangerous criminal is stalking her.
The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp tells the story of young Penny and the courage she shows in dealing with these dynamic issues.
It is an exciting read for children ages 8 through 12. It’s a pro-family story that will absorb young readers. Available in bookstores, on Amazon.com and from Brownridge Publishing.

AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

THOUGHTS
A wonderful read for our younger readers (8-12 year olds).
Penny is really cool, I like her "Gift". It definitely proves useful.
The story on a whole starts out a bit slow but winds up really nicely. 
Mr. Barra does a very nice job of capturing the aspect of characters as humans and places resembling actual places.

About the Author:
Paul A. Barra is a decorated war veteran, a teacher and a freelance journalist. He previously was a reporter for local newspapers and won numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association. He was the senior staff writer for the Diocese of Charleston and won numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association, a national organization. Earlier publications include four independent science readers (Houghton Mifflin), a novel (“Crimson Ring,” Eagle Press) and a nonfiction book about the formation and success of a Catholic high school, despite diocesan opposition (“St. Joe’s Remarkable Journey,” Tumblar House). He is under contract for the publication of a historical novel called “Murder in the Charleston Cathedral.”(Chesterton Press).
His latest book is the children’s/middle grade novel, The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp.
Visit Paul’s website at www.paulbarra.com.


*Disclosure of Material Connection: no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*





YA Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published:1/21/13



Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Tomei was one of the lucky few airlifted aboard the Wonder to the planet Nyx. This emergency exodus from Earth was meant to bring new hope for the remaining survivors of humankind, but there’s one problem. Humankind isn’t alone on this mysterious new planet. 

On Nyx, Cassidy is one of many living amongst subzero temperatures and with nothing, but a meager ration of food for every household. When the rations deplete, she flees to into unfamiliar wilderness in search of food, but instead discovers debris from a foreign spacecraft that proves humankind is no longer the dominate species. 

Soon, everything she knows is at stake and everyone she loves is dead. But she’s got one more battle to fight when she’s taken prisoner within Pelhoi, a concentration camp constructed specifically for humans where hominoid creatures dubbed, “the Achillai” reign supreme.

THOUGHTS
I really enjoyed the well rounded characters. The whole feel of the story was great. Mystery and suspense wrapped all nicely.....it felt all too real...which makes for a GREAT read.
Having the author explain things within the story aid to the whole experience of the whole new world.  
Ms. Wynn really did a nice job blending Sci-Fi and a bit of Dystopian all in one.
It was rather refreshing from what's available now in the same genre.

Anberly Wynn
Amberly is an avid reader, a writer and a lazy blogger. Raised in the dirty south, she is a lover of BBQ as well. At just the tender age of 22, she's had her share of college and refuses to go back for as long as possible. After earning an associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts, she returned to her first love of writing full-time. She currently lives in Memphis TN.
Her favorite tales come from a plethora of the classics such as Jane Austen and some of today's modern favorites such as John Green and Laurie Halse Anderson. She's a lover of all things YA and enjoys even more putting her own spin on the genre herself. She writes for horror, suspense and sci-fi audiences of all ages and loves every second of this whimsical writer's life.

SNEAK PEAK


Monday, March 18, 2013

Wondertown by Mac Fallows ~Book tour & Chapter Reveal~


Wondertown is a full-length fantasy novel from Mac Fallows that includes twelve original songs—each one an extension of the story sung by the characters themselves- and seventeen illustrations from acclaimed illustrator, Emrah Elmasli.
The story centres around Neil Abbott, an undersized, introverted eleven-year old boy with the ability to tell about people by touching their possessions. He doesn't fit in either at home or at school and rarely speaks to anyone, with the exception of his grandmother, who has a secret talent of her own.
One day, after a particularly difficult week, Neil asks his grandmother if she thinks he’s normal, and she responds by telling him the remarkable story of an unlikely hero, who long ago crossed the five parts of the world to free his only friend from a demon lord. Filled with hidden meaning, vivid images, and songs that bring the characters to life, Wondertown is an unforgettable journey to a place inside each of us few of us dare to go

AMAZON | ITUNES


Reclusive writer and composer Mac Fallows first began pitching the idea of a musical book for teens and adults to music and book publishers in the late eighties. But without the technology to support his vision, he didn’t get far.
So instead, he set out to travel the world in search of new challenges . . . and stories. He went on to write and produce over 100 songs in a dozen languages in places including Dakar, Mumbai, Prague, and Santiago for singers including Youssou N’dour, Shankar Mahadevan, Pape and Cheikh, and Kavita Krishnamoorthy.
Along the way he lived with taxi drivers and their families, camped in farmers’ fields, butchered bulls, sold tea, raised chickens, translated travel contracts, worked as a session musician, a construction worker, a teacher, and toured the biggest festivals in Europeas a member of one of Africa’s most celebrated bands.
Wondertown is the first true musical story he's published. It includes a full-length fantasy novel, 12 related songs and 17 illustrations.  
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Book Excerpt (First Chapter):

The smell of the rain came first, then the dark clouds, then raindrops so big and sparse you could count them as they splattered against the car and onto the cracked, grey asphalt of the old road. The wind picked up and pushed the rain sideways into the forest that flanked the road as far as you could see north or south. Soon there was nothing but blurred shapes through a window of water, the sound of the wheels churning up the splatter, and the bickering of unhappy parents.

Elizabeth Abbott studied the sky through the passenger-side window. “It’s getting worse.”

 
John Abbott, her husband, let out a short, boiled-over laugh. “Don’t even think about staying the night.”
 
Elizabeth’s face tensed along the jaw line. “Nobody’s asking you to.”
 
“I’d rather get hit head-on.”
 
“You’re such a—” Elizabeth dropped the last word under her breath and checked over her shoulder.
 
John, meanwhile, tapped his thumbs on the centre of the steering wheel like he’d won whatever was up for grabs and pressed his size-fifteen loafer down on the accelerator until his wife ordered him to slow down. They were on their way to Albatross, the seaside village where Constance Arthur, Elizabeth’s mother, lived, John and Elizabeth sitting in the front of the family car and Neil, their son, in the back, same as every Saturday morning for the past three years. It was a ninety-minute drive to the golf-crazed community, and it was even longer in the rain. John and Elizabeth made the trip four times every weekend.

John caught his son’s glance in the rear-view mirror and held it. “You even care that we sacrifice every weekend for you?” he asked.

 
Neil pushed a fingertip against the window and wrote no in the condensation, then rubbed it out and looked through the clear spot at the wall that had suddenly appeared on the far side of the old road. The wall was built of fieldstone, four feet high and three feet wide. It began on the shoreline at the northernmost tip of Albatross and followed the border inland and around the village to the shoreline in the south, stopping for Church Street, the only way in and out of Albatross unless you hopped the wall and came through the forest—or you had a boat. He’d walked the wall from one end to the other—everyone in Albatross had at least once. He remembered how cold it was that day, how tired he was, and how badly he wanted to feel as if he belonged.
 
“Would you slow down?” Elizabeth scowled until John scowled back. “Jesus! Do you think just once you could make the turn without slamming on your brakes?”
 
John bit into his bottom lip like he was about to pronounce the letter F and accelerated the car. His wife glanced in the direction of his feet and ran her tongue calculatingly around her mouth.
 
“Why do you hate it so much?”
 
“The Oracle, for starters,” John said.
 
Elizabeth sucked in whatever she’d intended to say next and turned back toward the passenger-side window.
 
“You asked.”
 
“You’re right,” Elizabeth said. “And it’s the last time I will.”
 
They turned left onto Church Street past the stone birds that watched over the entrance to the village from each side of the opening in the wall. The birds were supposed to be seagulls, not albatrosses. The village wasn't named after the large seabird. It was named for the ultimate golf shot, a three-under par: a double eagle, an ace on a par four, an albatross. The great Gene Sarazin had called the shot a dodo, according to Constance Arthur, so apparently, it could have been worse.

John swerved to avoid a man dressed in rain gear and riding a bike just off the gravel shoulder. “Get off the road!”

 
“Oh, for God’s sake! That’s Mr. Edwards!” Elizabeth waved at the man as if she were trying to say “Sorry.”
 
“He’s an idiot.”
 
“He’s eighty years old. Where do you want him to ride?”
 
“Gee, I don’t know—how about somewhere other than in the middle of the frigging road.”
 
Elizabeth exhaled loudly and slouched like a fighter on his stool between rounds as the air leaked out of her. To the back seat, she said, “No sweets this weekend, all right? You've had enough this week already.”
 
Neil looked at his mother.
 
“Neil, I’m talking to you.”
 
“I’m not Neil.”
 
“Fine. Do we have a deal, Rabbit?”
 
Neil nodded.
 
“Don’t you think he’s a bit old for that?” John asked.
 
Elizabeth defended her son. “Just leave him alone—he likes it.”
 
“It’s ridiculous.”
 
“Why?”
 
“Rabbit Abbott?”
 
“So? It’s cute.”
 
“Yeah, if you’re three. He’s almost twelve.”
 
Elizabeth made the sort of sound people make when they've run out of ways to communicate how exasperated they are. John turned up his palms and shook his head.
 
“Every time we come here, he makes us call him that and you’re okay with it.” 
 
“You just don’t like it because my mother thought it up.”
 
“No, I don’t like it because it’s ridiculous.”
 
“You didn't have a nickname when you were his age?”
 
“It’s not a nickname. It’s an alter ego.” John hunched forward and squinted at the dark ribbon of sky between the tops of the enormous oak trees lining the road. “God only knows what it really means.” He looked at the road, then back at the sky again, as if he were racing something above them.
 
Neil kicked the back of the driver’s seat lightly with the toe of his shoe. He’d never asked his grandmother why she’d always called him Rabbit; the fact that it rhymed with his last name seemed like reason enough. His father’s comment made him wonder whether there was more to it than that.
 
The car rolled to a stop where Church Street met Beach RoadElizabeth’s gaze skated across the windshield, over the wipers. “No matter how many times you come here, it still takes your breath away,” she said with some reverence, as if daring her husband to disagree with the notion that the view from the end of Church Street in Albatross was the most spectacular in the world.
 
John fiddled with the radio. He didn't even look up until he'd turned onto Beach Road and the view had shifted to the passenger side.

“No playing on the beach,” 
Elizabeth said to her son. “Not when it’s like this.”
 
Neil unbuckled his seat belt, as he always did when they reached the ocean.
 
“Don’t go on the rocks, either,” Elizabeth added.
 
“I don’t go on the rocks,” Neil said.
 
“Really?” Elizabeth sounded surprised. “Well, don’t start now, okay?”
 
Albatross sat at the foot of a harbour that was ushered to the open sea by steep, ragged cliffs. The water was dark, as though there were nothing beneath it to stop the storm light and send it back. The shoreline was drawn out of shape by boulders piled on top of each other, the rock stained by reddish algae that turned the strand bloody in the gloom.
 
The village itself was little more than a waterfront surrounded by a collection of small cottages with a private golf course atop the cliffs to the north and a cemetery atop the cliffs to the south. There was none of the contrived decoration that defined the other small towns up and down the coast, nothing to welcome outsiders like John Abbott but a view of the world unlike any other and the salt winds blowing in off the sea.
 
It was the only place Neil felt right. In the city, during the week, he lived in his memories of the sea smell and the gull noise and the overgrown forest and the magic that loomed in the mist of the waves. Then Saturday would arrive, and he’d return to Albatross and come alive again.
 
He used to wonder how his mother could ever have left Albatross to live in a skyscraper on a hill surrounded by big, dull buildings with someone like his father. Then one day he realized that parents made mistakes, that his mother hadn't meant to end up where she had, and that not everyone could know things about the unseen world, even if their mother could, or their son…
 
It wasn't the same after that. The words dried up. Even the love dried up. These days he wished his parents would leave him in Albatross and never return.
 
He knew what they wished for.
 
Only Grandmother understands me, Neil thought, tucking his hands under his thighs. She could tell things about the future, so she knew what it was like to be different. That’s why they got along so well. He could tell about people just by touching their possessions. He could know their stories and what scared them. Carrie, a girl in his grade, had burned herself on purpose with a curling iron. He'd found that out by touching her knapsack. And Fat Kenny, one of the lunch monitors, had been stealing money from his own dad’s wallet. He'd learned that from Fat Kenny’s basketball, which Fat Kenny had thrown at him one day during recess. He knew a lot of things, things he shouldn't know, things he wished he didn't  Sometimes he’d sit on his hands and think about something else, but it didn't change much. He still didn't fit in, not at home or at school or anywhere else for that matter—except in Albatross, with her.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones ~Book Promo~



If I Were You
By Lisa Renee Jones
Erotic Suspense 
Date to be Published: PRINT Release March 11

If I Were You

Announcement from Lisa Renee Jones


Back in September it was announced that New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones sold her indie erotic series THE INSIDE OUT TRILOGY in a major deal to by Simon and Schuster.(Louise Fury, L.Perkins Agency) Since then the highly acclaimed series has sold to ten foreign countries, with more under negotiation, and now it’s been optioned by STARZ for television (Shari Smiley, Resolution.) The project is moving forward quickly, with Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) producing. 
Inspired by a real journal found in a storage unit during Lisa's eight years buying and selling units, the series embraces the dark sensuality of Shades of Grey and the intrigue with storage units that is Storage Wars in one spine tingling series packed with mystery and passion. The print version of IF I WERE YOU, book 1, hits stores March 12th. 


About book one:
If Were You (print release March 2011)


One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired. Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.
Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her. The dark, passion it becomes… Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him. All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.


EXCERPT

We begin our walk, faster this time, and the cold wind has nothing on the chill between us. Conversation is non-existent, and I have no clue how to break the silence, or if I should even try. I dare a peek at his profile several times, fighting the wind blowing hair over my eyes, but he doesn’t acknowledge me. Why won’t he look at me? Several times, I open my mouth to speak but words simply won’t leave my lips. 
We are almost to the gallery, and a knot has formed in my stomach at the prospect of an awkward goodbye, when he suddenly grabs me and pulls me into a small enclave of a deserted office rental. Before I can fully grasp what is happening, I am against the wall, hidden from the street and he is in front of me, enclosing me in the tiny space. I blink up into his burning stare and I think I might combust. His scent, his warmth, his hard body, is all around me, but he is not touching me. I want him to touch me. 
He presses his hand to the concrete wall above my head when I want it on my body. “You don’t belong here, Sara.”
The words are unexpected, a hard punch in the chest. “What? I don’t understand.”
“This job is wrong for you.” 
I shake my head. I don’t belong? Coming from Chris, an established artist, I feel inferior, rejected. “You asked me why I wasn’t following my heart. Why I wasn’t pursuing what I love. I am. That’s what I’m doing.”
“I didn’t think you’d do it in this place.”
This place. I don’t know what he’s telling me. Does he mean this gallery? This city? Has he judged me not worthy of his inner circle? 
“Look, Sara.” He hesitates, and lifts his head to the sky, seeming to struggle for words before fixing me with a turbulent look. “I’m trying to protect you here. This world you’ve strayed into is filled with dark, messed up, arrogant assholes who will play with your mind and use you until there is nothing else left for you to recognize in yourself.”
“Are you one of those dark, messed up, arrogant assholes?”
He stares down at me, and I barely recognize the hard lines of his face, the glint in his eyes, as belonging to the man I’ve just had lunch with. His gaze sweeps my lips, lingers, and the swell of response and longing in me is instant, overwhelming. He reaches up and strokes his thumb over my bottom lip. Every nerve ending in my body responds and it’s all I can do not to touch him, to grab his hand, but something holds me back. I am lost in this man, in his stare, in some spellbinding, dark whirlwind of…what? Lust, desire, torment? Seconds tick eternally and so does the silence. I want to hold him, to stop whatever I sense is coming but I cannot. 
“I’m worse.” He pushes off the wall, and is gone. He is gone. I am alone against the wall, aching with a fire that has nothing to do with the meal we shared. My lashes flutter, my fingers touch my lip where he touched me. He has warned me away from Mark, from the gallery, from him, and he has failed. I cannot turn away. I am here and I am going nowhere.



Lisa Renee Jones
Author Bio:



Bestselling author Lisa Renée Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which will debut internationally across many countries in 2013. Booklist says that Jones’ suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones’ entire series. (About the Zodius Series — Storm that is Sterling) In 2003, award winning author Lisa Renée Jones sold her Austin, Texas based multi-state staffing agency and has since published over thirty novels and novellas across several genres. Her staffing agency LRJ Staffing was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Her debuts with Blaze and Nocturne hit Bookscan’s Top 100 list and her Blaze Hot Zone trilogy made a showing on the list in 2011 also.



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop


I love this time of year...I go out looking for those crazy Leprechauns...ONE day I will find one...LOL

Until that time we have this awesome hop, where you can hop from blog to blog and maybe get a part of their pot of gold!
To get that chance here all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter...EASY as PIE!
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Complete List here
Thanks so much to our wonderful hosts!!!

Seduced by Pain by Kimberly Kinrade ~Book Tour~


Seduced by Pain

Their passion will destroy them.
Only true love can save them.

"Hope is a fragile thing, yet strangely enduring. It hides in the crevices of pain, burrowing deep until unseen, for fear that sorrow, in its rage, will devour hope's desperate hold on the heart. 

It can live there for years, silent and waiting. Or, it can be slaughtered with a word-- mankind's most powerful weapon.

They say that universes are created with words.

And with words, they are destroyed.

Just as mine has been."

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In the sequel to Seduced by Innocence, Derek and Rose face even greater threats to their love as Derek fights to protect the core of his family's power while Rose struggles to control her own dark gift.

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Recommended for 17+ due to explicit sexual content. This is a new adult paranormal romance with erotic content and includes shifters, demons and witches. 
**Rose's story is a trilogy, not stand alone books. The first two books have cliffhanger endings. Her complete story in one book will be available as "Seduced" when the author finishes writing all three books and they are out. If you do not like cliffhanger endings, please consider waiting to purchase until Seduced the omnibus edition is out.**

THOUGHTS
I'm at a loss for words...I could not imagine Kimberly would go there...but she did and OMG!
After the first book and it's wild run of twists I thought "Damn, that was good" now I read this and really?!?!?

Rose has blown my original opinion of her out of the water.
She starts off all broken and by the end she's standing tall.
Derek is still my most favorite....still all man and AMAZING!!!
Blake, however is one to be watched! Unlike the last book where he was a total butthead...now who knows what he'll do!
Rainbow is still the most..Bleep, Bleep, Bleep...I still want to kill the woman!!!

Kimberly once again hit the ball out of the park and into outer space!
The story and the characters are just supreme...I also love how she inter weaved her other novel within this one..AWESOME move!!!
Kimberly is one author not to miss out on!

I can hardly contain myself for Seduced By Power....These cliff-hangers are mind blowing!!!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kimberly Kinrade
Born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

When she's not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they're gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

ONLINE LINKS:
 Website  http://KimberlyKinrade.com 
Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade 
Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade 
Amazon: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4687115.Kimberly_Kinrade


*Disclosure of Material Connection: no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*