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Cover Reveal: EAST OF ECSTASY by Laura Kaye

Posted September 18, 2013 By Jennifer

The Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye is unique, and engaging, and hot, and has some of the most striking covers!!! Today, we’re getting the first look the finale of the series, EAST OF ECSTASY. First… a recap (or… my excuse to look at the other fantastic covers again, lol!):

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and the cover for EAST OF ECSTASY…

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Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura Kaye croppedLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Laura will also be a Featured Author at Coastal Magic Convention, in Daytona Beach, FL, next February. If you’d like to come spend a weekend with her and an awesome collection of other UF/PNR authors and readers, click here to check out the convention website for more information!

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Book Blast: DEADLY PURSUIT by Nina Croft

Posted September 16, 2013 By Jennifer

Hello, my lovelies 🙂 Today we get a little peek at Nina Croft’s second book in her Blood Hunter series, DEADLY PURSUIT. Not only can you check out a little about the book below, but Nina’s song inspirations for DEADLY PURSUIT are featured in today’s Words & Music Monday post, as well. Be sure to check them out, we’d love to hear what you think of her choices!! Also… check below on THIS post for a chance to enter a rafflecopter contest for awesome prizes!!

DP_RGB-500pxBreaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum-security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout Nina Croft:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of paranormal and science fiction.

Nina and Entangled Publishing are giving away an Amazon gift card worth $10, along with a vampire necklace, during this book blast. Click the link below to enter… Good Luck!!

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Words & Music Monday with Nina Croft

Posted September 16, 2013 By Jennifer

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Hello, all!! Today’s Words & Music Monday post goes hand in hand with a book blast for Nina Croft’s DEADLY PURSUIT. You can check out some info about the book on that post by clicking here (and there’s a cool contest, too!!). Below is a bit of musical Q&A regarding Nina’s writing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you compile a “playlist” or “soundtrack” for you stories? If so, which comes first, the character/scene or the song.

No, I don’t compile a soundtrack. In fact, I very rarely listen to music when I’m actually writing. Not because I find it a distraction, but because I usually just tune it out and don’t notice. But songs often inspire me to write scenes or invent characters—and it’s always the song that comes first in that case.

Some authors have certain bands or types of music that they listen to while writing certain types of scenes (slow love songs for love scenes… harder rock or metal songs for action scenes… etc.) Does any particular type of music inspire you for scenes, or is the inspiration more character driven?

My inspiration for a scene is usually character driven when I’m writing pure romance, and character or plot driven when I’m writing more action type stories like Deadly Pursuit. Though sometimes when I get stuck on a scene, then I’ll stop writing and I’ll listen to music for a while and just free think. I love all sorts of music from country to rock, but one of my favourite love songs is “Amoureuse” by Kiki Dee and I’ll often listen to that if I want to get into the mood for writing romance.

Do your characters have theme songs? Do your couples have “their song”?

Alex, the heroine of Deadly Pursuit, had a very repressed childhood. She grew up as the High Priestess, incarcerated in a convent and had no fun at all. She finally ran away on a whim when everything got too much, and while she means to go back, she’s determined to pack as much excitement into her time away as she can. If Alex had to pick her own theme song, she’d give herself something like “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, or maybe “Rebel, Rebel” by David Bowie, but in actual fact she’s probably more of a “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, kind of girl.

Jon, my hero, is a lawman turned werewolf turned assassin. Alex would like to think Jon’s theme tune was “Waiting for a Girl Like You” from Foreigner, but sadly, that’s just more wishful thinking on her part.

Jon is a total loner at the start of the book having decided long ago that he never wants to be responsible for anyone again. So maybe for him—Green Day’s, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (this is another of my favourite songs for listening too when I’m stuck for words.) The line “I walk alone” just about sums Jon up.DP_RGB-500px

For “their song”, I think “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal. There’s a line in the song, “You become the light on the dark side of me,” that sums up how Alex (in the end at least) makes Jon feel.

 If you could choose only one song to sum up DEADLY PURSUIT, what would it be?

I think “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen, because it’s one of my favorites and Jon and Alex do a whole lot of running in Deadly Pursuit, from their pasts, from each other, from the bad guys…and even just for fun.

If you could choose a personal “theme song”, what would it be? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform your song?

Like Alex, I’d love to pick something like “Born to be Wild” as my theme tune, but again, like Alex I’m probably deluding myself. So for me…I think I’m going to go with “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer. After all, I do spend my life writing about love!

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Review: LIGHTPOINTS by Peter Kassan

Posted September 12, 2013 By kellysmithreviews
wpid-cover1Author: Peter Kassan
Release Date: March 24, 2013
Pages: 208
ISBN #: 9781612356082
FTC Disclaimer: Book was received from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
When I’m reading a quick synopsis of a new novel someone wants me to review, there are a few things I look for, one of the main ones being originality. I want to be delivered a delicacy that I have not yet sampled, so to speak, and when I read the blurb about Peter Kassan’s urban fantasy novel Lightpoints, I was intrigued.

Upon reading it, I found a murder, out of body experience and near death experience within the first three pages, where a young woman named Amanda Nichols is stabbed in Grand Central station and wakes to find that she can now see people’s “lightpoints”, the little bit in their foreheads that represents the individual’s energy sequence. She calls it the “faculty” and it helps her sense if a person is good or bad, patient or rushed, healthy or ill. She wonders if everyone who had had an OBE and then an NDE have the same faculty, so she goes to a hospital support group for those who have been to the other side and lived to tell about it.
While there, she meets a woman named Lisa during her second session, the only woman in the group who is like her. Lisa invites Amanda to join her “special” group, full of people Lisa has met who are now able to see and sense other humans’ energy frequencies.
Throughout the book, we are taken on journeys through many people’s lives who have the “faculty”; including a man who kills the people from whom he “steals” energy through a kiss because he has become addicted to the high it gives him.
There is also a man in Atlantic City, New Jersey, who runs a large crime organization. After he is shot, he gets the “faculty” and wonders how best to exploit his new ability for maximum income and influence. After he kills his mistress (by accident, I will say), he realizes he can use it to make people do his bidding and even pass out for a little while.
While the reader wonders what he will do as he begins to gather more and more people who have this same sense, they are shocked when Amanda tells her husband, Chris, about her ability, something Lisa said she should not do if she wants the relationship to last. But when Chris decides he wants to be closer to Amanda and asks her to make him have a near death experience so he can have the “faculty” like her, I don’t think I could’ve been more shocked!
While I have read people describe this novel as erotica, I am not sure I agree. Yes, there are erotic elements in Peter Kassan’s debut novel, but they pale in comparison to the scientific and even spiritual elements that make up most of the story. I like that he used physical sexual intercourse and also energy exchange as a form of erotica. Rarely is energy exchange written about in modern fiction, as people usually veer towards typical sexual acts or, less frequently, blood play.
Energy exchange can be quite a sexual and spiritual high and I loved that someone finally wrote about it in a modern, everyday context.
Another thing I loved was the prayer group who healed depressed people with their positive energy. I won’t say more, but as a sufferer of depression, PTSD and other mental illnesses, I know how energy affects those ailments and can heal them. Again, it was great to have a modern writer bring these things to light.
My only discrepancy with this book was very minor in detail but I feel I must mention it if this is going to be an honest review. Repeatedly it is mentioned that the people affected with the “faculty” are not vampires because they are not immortal. There are studies written about “energy vampires” and “psychic vampires”, beings who can sense and feed off of energy, as well as send their own to help and/or influence people. While the characters in the book do not need energy to survive as energy vamps do, everything else is nearly exact as to what it is said energy vampires do.
(I won’t start a debate on if they’re real or not, as everyone has their own opinions on that.)
But I just wanted to point out a factual flaw: energy vampires are not immortal, only “regular” vampires are.
All-in-all, this is a great novel that does not need vampires, werewolves or even ghosts to be sensational and be considered paranormal. Mr. Kassan writes beautifully and fluidly and he created a cast of realistic characters going through some very out-there yet realistic issues.
I loved this book and will be re-reading it!
4/5–great work, especially for a debut novelist!
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Cover Reveal: ALLURE by Lea Nolan

Posted September 4, 2013 By Jennifer

I’m SO EXCITED about today’s post!!!! I get to share a GORGEOUS cover, from one of my favorite people. Today, we’re celebrating the cover reveal of Allure, the sequel to Lea Nolan’s Conjure, coming October 1st from Entangled Teen! Both covers in this series are just beautiful 🙂

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Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

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CONJURE-by-Lea-NolanPraise for Conjure

“Richly filled with exquisite imagery, a compelling story, and a strong, smart heroine, Conjure will keep you up way past your bedtime.” ~ Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series

“A true adventure, complete with pirates, romance, a flesh-eating curse, and ancient magic. I couldn’t put it down!”  ~ Inara Scott, author of The Talents (Delcroix Academy) series

“If there is one book teens and adults should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Fans of young love and adventure will hurry to the end of each chapter, in anticipation of what will happen next. Unfolding at an easy pace, this tale is magical and spellbinding. Nolan is one to watch!” ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick

“Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers… There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore.” ~ New York Journal of Books

“This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous – everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars.” ~ Teen Librarian’s Toolbox

About the Author

Lea NolanLea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations. Today, even though she’s all grown up, Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen–smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.

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