Monday, February 6, 2017

Goodbye blog


I am switching to a new website. I'll leave this blog live for another month or so, after that I'll take it offline.

I hope you'll find my new abode pleasant and comfortable and that you'll join me on my new writing adventures. Thanks for following me so far. :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Valentine Kisses from Inkspell Publishing

Let me introduce the stunning cover for Valentine Kisses, an anthology of romance novellas, and a GIVEAWAY (look for it below). valentinekisses-v2-1
You can pre-order the box set on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com.au, Amazon.ca.

Here are the stories from the box set:  

Lola Flannigan by Abigail Drake (sci-fi) Hairdresser Lola Flannigan has a little electrical problem. After getting struck by lightning seven times, her hands now shock everyone she touches, except for one person; the very sexy, very wealthy Morgan Slade. But is Morgan really looking out for her, or is he just planning to use her to get what he wants?

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Hearts must be broken by Bridie Hall (suspense) When a ghost from her past wants to take revenge on twenty-year-old Anais, the only one she can turn to for help is Damon. But things quickly become complicated because he has feelings for her and she doesn’t want a relationship. Can she learn to trust him and can he forgive her past?

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Lost & Found by Shilpa Mudiganti (sweet) Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Aisha, who is still grieving for her ex boyfriend John is in for a surprise. Liam, John's bestfriend, who has had feelings for her but had to keep his feelings in check is ready to prove his love for her. But is she ready to risk her heart again?

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Avalanche by Kim Briggs (sweet with a side of steamy) Lexi returns to her first love, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, with ambitions of becoming a ski instructor. She soon finds herself in the middle of a longtime feud between Gabe, a snow groomer who gives off the broken vibe Lexi finds irresistible, and Harrison the fourth, playboy son of Wolf Creek’s owner who always wants what Gabe has. Tensions boil at Wolf Creek, and Lexi’s heart might not be the only thing at stake.

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What's better than a book boyfriend by Sarah Vance-Tompkins (small town contemporary romance) Shy librarian Charlie Bishop has spent every Valentine's Day in the company of one of her beloved book boyfriends. Despite his many attempt to gain her attention, Charlie is absolutely certain she has nothing common with hunky construction worker Hank Carter. So how far will Hank have to go to prove to Charlie he's better than any of her book boyfriends?

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Not today by Lisa Hahn (contemporary) Emily Scott is mourning the loss of a parent. Ezra Cavanuagh is ready to give up on his dreams of literary success. Will their new connection be enough to help them pull through these trying times?


GIVEAWAY!
There's a giveaway too! The authors are giving away 5 copies of the boxset and 1 $10 Amazon gift card! If you would like to participate in the draw, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/cxARrv  Save

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cover reveal for In truth & Ashes and Pushing the boundaries

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Let us know what you think of the cover for In Truth & Ashes by Nicole Luiken & Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley which release on January 2, 2017 and January 16, 2017 respectively!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN! 9781633755451

About In Truth & Ashes:

What she can’t remember could ruin her life. The Mirror Worlds are but dull reflections of the True World, where magic and technology blend together… On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. Uniting the families ensures hers will hold onto its powerful position, and so she’s always pushed down the tender feelings she has for her best friend—gorgeous, steadfast Demian, who isn’t noble. But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi. But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping—a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost—and saving the worlds.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of In Truth & Ashes (Otherselves, #3) by Nicole Luiken today!

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About Pushing the Boundaries:

Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls. Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe. The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams. If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives. Disclaimer: Caution! Reading this book will open your heart and inspire you to take risks. Only those searching for true love should proceed.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Pushing the Boundaries (Off Limits, #1) by Stacey Trombley today!

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Planning to Pre-order Pushing the Boundaries:

If you have pre-ordered Pushing the Boundaries or are planning to do so, then do so now to claim your free pre-order gift!
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Don't wait because this offer is ONLY open to the first 100 people who register their pre-orders with us. When you pre-order either a Paperback or an eBook version of Pushing the Boundaries, you will receive the following special item. In order to receive your free gift, please complete the following Google Form and email the proof of purchase of Pushing the Boundaries (your receipt) to publicity {at} entangledpublishing {dot} com by Thursday, January 12, 2017, and then sit back and wait!

REGISTER YOUR PRE-ORDER HERE!

If you live in the US, and you're one of the first 100 people to register your pre-order, your free gift will consist of:
  • A Pushing Book Necklace made by Stacey Trombley's own hands!
If you live internationally, unfortunately, this free gift is not available for you due to the high cost of shipping the necklaces to other countries. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake Review



Cursing Fate 
by Brenda Drake

Published November 21st by Entangled Teen Crave
220 pages




There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

Review

Cursing Fate is the second book in The Fated series, but it also works as a stand-alone novel (If you’re planning on reading the whole series, start with the first book because Cursing Fate contains some spoilers for Touching Fate.)

Having read Touching Fate, all the characters were familiar to me and so Cursing Fate drew me in from page one. I felt it started off with an even quicker pace that the first book and things quickly got complicated and the relationships tense. The events of the first book had dire consequences for Iris’s and Wade’s relationship and they left them both brokenhearted. Iris’s heartache at being unable to explain to Wade what happened and all the while knowing it was not her fault that they’ve broken up was so authentically teenage it was a delight to read all that angst.

I love that Drake tells the story from alternating points-of-view because this way we got to see Wade as a very genuine, kind person who’s utterly smitten with Iris but unable to trust her. It drives him nuts that he can’t stop loving her but also can’t let himself be vulnerable to her again for fear of her breaking his heart for a second time.

The plot is intense and quick-paced because of a lot of dialogue. The backstory is kept to a minimum, but it’s still presented vividly enough so by the end, I felt sympathy for Crina despite everything.

I wonder about the stories Drake will come up with for the remaining two sisters. So far, I’ve enjoyed this series and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed with the next instalment.




*****

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

GIVEAWAY
$25 Amazon Gift Card + a Cursing Fate Prize Pack (US)
(International winners will only receive the $25 Amazon Gift Card.) (INT)

  
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake cover reveal


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Let us know what you think of the cover for Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake which releases February 7, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN & YA Interrobang!

Brenda Drake's thoughts on the cover:

I had an idea of what I wanted the cover of Guardian of Secrets to look like the entire time I was writing the story. I was delighted (I might have screamed) when the cover showed up in my email and it was EXACTLY what I’d imagined. I love that it’s blue since part of the setting of the book takes place in a cold climate. I’m thrilled the couple is on it, too. They resemble the characters I’ve created in my mind perfectly. The cover is so beautiful, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone!
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About Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2):

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2) by Brenda Drake today!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Kirrin island and secret societies

While doing research for my newest story, I started thinking about settings. I've always known they were important and necessary in fiction. I rarely focused on them when writing, though, until my professor reminded me I should use the setting to say more about the characters.

I knew that even before she mentioned it, but it was an instinctive knowledge, rather than something I was consciously aware of. But like I said, research reminded me of this again and I tried to think of the most memorable locations/settings in books I've read. Surprisingly, most come from novels I read as a child. Either my memory was better back then (obviously!) or settings in children's literature are more vividly described.

The first one that comes to mind is Hogwarts, of course.
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Then, there's the Kirrin Island from The Famous Five adventures. How I wanted to visit it and spend a day in the castle ruins! It sounded so quaint but a bit mysterious.

The dark vibes of Gotham City make it a memorable location too. Ripe with crime and smog so thick Batman could probably shine his sign onto it - and yet the city has a certain mystique that makes it an appealing setting. Or think of how the Millennium trilogy (+ one) has revealed Stockholm in a new light.

Cosy, charming, mysterious - each location has a quality that makes the readers want to at least visit it if not live there. It has something that makes it more appealing than the world we live in. But in the 21st century when we practically can't get lost because technology has scanned, mapped, and photographed every inch of the planet and so de-mystified it, creating a fictional location that is more inviting than our overly familiar backyard is not so difficult.

There are, however, still actual places we know little about, and I'm not talking about Siberia or the centre of the Sahara Desert. I'm talking about Paris. I'm also talking about a secret society, called les UX. And I'm not even making this up, it's all true.

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Les UX, or Urban eXperiments, are a group of people - divided into several teams - who work at renovating and taking care of neglected spots around Paris. They've fixed the Pantheon clock, and set up an underground theatre among other things. To achieve this, they take advantage of the catacombs that crisscross most of the Left Bank. Entering these tunnels is forbidden, of course, but when have secret societies ever asked for permission to do something?

I love the idea that there are spots around a city so big and so populated as Paris that we know nothing about. This mysteriousness gives places back some of the magic they've lost as the world got swamped with technology. Because, as Nicolas Bourriaud says in his book, The radicant, "how can one become the explorer of a world now covered by satellites, a world whose every millimeter is now registered and surveyed?"1

I like a little bit of magic and charm in places, be it a fictional setting or an actual place, so coming across something so unexpected and surreal as a secret society in the middle of Paris is like discovering the chocolate at the back of the cupboard that you thought you'd eaten ages ago (or does this happen just to me?).


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1 Bourriaud, Nicolas. The radicant. Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2010.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ride by Lisa Glass

Another great summer read that you should take with you on vacation is Ride by Lisa Glass. This is the last book in the surfing trilogy which started with Blue and continued with Air.


Ride by Lisa Glass
Published June 16th, 2016, by Quercus children's Books
419 pages

In the last book of the trilogy, the action moves from gnarly waves to restless hearts. After the action-packed first two books that were real roller-coasters of emotions, Ride does't disappoint either. The way Iris struggles with her decision to leave Zeke sounds real and heartbreaking. Her search of her true self and the road to realizing what she wants to do with her life were gripping from the beginning to the end.

I thought the characterization of Iris was beautifully executed. When she went through so much pain and guilt that I thought she wouldn't be able to take it any more, she picked herself up and went on to becoming an even stronger person. Something similar could be said about Zeke. Both of them learned that recognizing their frailty was what made them stronger, happier and more successful.

I liked the unexpected events at the end as they kept the story suspenseful to the very last sentence. There were so many great characters we had to say goodbye to with this book and I wish the series continued on. Alas, I'll just have to re-read it again and again for another dose of the authentic surfing slang and to 'meet up' with old friends from Newquay again.