Goblinwraith Book Blitz

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Title:  Goblinwraith

Series:  Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD, Companion novella to Silverwitch

Author:  Tamara Grantham

Published:   December 23, 2016

Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:  Romance/Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

Synopsis:  Heidel, Wult warrior princess, is having a bad day.

First, a pack of wraiths chased her from a dragon’s vault. Then, the thief she traveled with, Maveryck, who was supposed to be a professional, lost the staff they stole. Instead of reclaiming it, he created a portal that sucked them into a nightmarish world full of noxious fumes and mechanical beasts. Earth.

To make matters worse, Heidel is now stuck with the incompetent thief in Paris, France, and they have no way to get back home. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Maveryck is keeping secrets from her—secrets about his past and his identity. Plus, he’s far too attractive to be trusted. She’s been on hellish quests before, but nothing has ever been more difficult than guarding her heart. And she’s pretty sure she’s going to fail. Miserably.

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About the Author:

tamara-granthamTamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series. Continue reading “Goblinwraith Book Blitz”

Collateral Damage Book Tour

Title:  Collateral Damagecollateral-damage

Series:  The Ever Chace Chronicles #2

Author:   Susan Harris

Published:  October 31st, 2016

Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:   Fairy Tales/Folk Tales/Legends & Mythology, Fantasy/Paranormal

Content Warning:  Some strong language.

Synopsis:  When Derek Doyle wakes up next to a ripped-apart body, he’s terrified he’s about to lose everything he holds dear—Ever, his job, and his family. Dealing with his past has never come easy to Derek, especially since he’s too afraid of what people would think if they knew exactly what kind of monster he really is. But finding out who’s setting him up could be harder than the team thinks. As long as Derek has lived, there’s bound to be a long list of enemies.

Ever Chace has a lot on her plate. Confronted with the possibility that she is indeed losing her mind, Ever tries to push it aside as they deal with the ramifications of Derek’s past. Every new relationship has teething problems, but learning to deal with a mate who’s used to being a lone wolf has its own set of issues.

Can the team figure out how to save Derek from a swift execution? And just how much strain will the revelations put on Derek and Ever’s shiny new relationship?

Collateral Damage is the exciting sequel to Skin and Bones by Susan Harris.

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Pick up the first book in this series, Skin and Bones by Susan Harris FREE on Amazon!

Excerpt:

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His words were cut off as Melanie sprang forward and pinned Ricky against the wall. She brushed her nose against the curve of his neck and inhaled the scent of him—leather and motorcycle oil and just him, just Ricky. Her fangs sprang free of their own accord, and she fought against the urge to sink them into the curve of his neck where that delicious vein pulsed.

“You just had to come back early, didn’t you?” Donnie growled. Continue reading “Collateral Damage Book Tour”

Oak and Mistletoe Book Blitz

Title:  Oak and Mistletoe

Author:   J.Z.N. McCauleyOak & Mistletoe.png

Release:  October 11th, 2016

Genre:  New Adult Fantasy

Content Warning:  Violence

Synopsis:  A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…

Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.

Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpect
ed journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

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About the Author:

jzn-mccauleyJ.Z.N. McCauley resides in lovely New England, where she loves wearing jackets and boots in the unpredictable weather there. She is a wife and mother who enjoys life to the fullest. Also, being a nerd across many genres is something she expresses openly.
McCauley spends most of her spare time writing, drawing, or reading. She loves archeology, mythology, history, music and many other forms of art as well. Always having a variety of
interests and talents, she could never pick just one. When the chance pops up to travel to any of her favorite places, she takes way too many pictures. Otherwise she is exploring a mystical land in a daydream. Which all provides fuel to her immense joy of writing.

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • An ecopy of Oak and Mistletoe

Giveaway is international.

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Night Series: Night Child

I totally stayed up past my bedtime last night so I could finish this one (‘this one’ being Night Child, Night #3). What an amazing read! Lisa Kessler has done a fabulous job of creating sexy, strong heroes with special abilities and then pairs them with equally strong and savvy women.

Issa and Muriah are the perfect match, even if it takes most of the book to convince stubborn Muriah. Issa is an incredibly powerful Walker who turns into a gorgeous black jaguar. Despite all his power and the length of time he’s been around (more than centuries and eons!), he can’t see inside Muriah’s mind.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book has it all—great characters (and yes, several of the past hotties come back to help); an intriguing, fast moving plot; a particularly evil villain in Apep (the god of Chaos, and boy does he have fun creating some); a wedding on the beach; a precarious and utterly crucial pregnancy (the survival of the mortal world depends on it–no pressure on Issa and Muriah *sarcasm*); a suspicious government agent who turns out to be so much more; some laugh-out-loud moments and some tear-shedding moments; gosh, what else?? I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh, I am, and no way I am even hinting at it (would give way too much away).

Blurb:

A psychic gift…Night_Child

Muriah La Deaux’s latest job requires her to locate an ancient codex detailing a prophecy of an immortal birth. But before she can deliver it, her client is brutally murdered. Now a man with chaos in his eyes wants the codex she’s hiding.

An immortal child…

Issa is one of the original Night Walkers, a proud protector of the mortal world. Now, when the survival of his entire race rests on protecting an unborn child, Issa is the only immortal strong enough to protect Muriah on a risky mission—locate the lost scrolls that will trap their foe—but his tenuous grasp on his sanity is slipping.

The ultimate sacrifice…

Muriah’s headstrong spirit awakens feelings in Issa that are best left buried. But as the battle between love and chaos ensues, sacrifices must be made. Continue reading “Night Series: Night Child”

Forbidden Waters

Hey everyone! Today I’m hosting L.M. Brown, who introduces us to Kyle and her release, Forbidden Waters, a paranormal/ fantasy novel. Enjoy – the premise is very cool!

Meet Kyle

Kyle is a merman who has lived a nomadic life.  He and his clan spend their lives travelling through the oceans searching for warm waters and safety for the youngsters.  Unfortunately the oceans of the world are filled with predators and a devastating shark attack changes his life forever.

Even though Kyle wforbiddenwaters 200x320as raised to take his father’s place as leader of their clan, he is unprepared for the responsibility that goes along with the position.  It falls to him to make the decision about what is best for the clan and even though it means giving up on love, Kyle knows Atlantis is the only safe option for the vulnerable of the clan.

For Kyle Atlantis isn’t so safe.  As a homosexual merman he is forbidden to take a lover, something which he knows will be difficult when the mating season arrives and he craves the feeling of being taken by another man.

Of course there are options for Kyle, and one of those is Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne, and a merman who makes it quite clear he is attracted to the newcomer to the city.

Released from his obligations of leading his clan, Kyle takes up the post of bodyguard to Prince Finn, even though he knows the young heir will be tempting him at every opportunity.

Making new friends amongst the Atlantean mer people, Kyle doesn’t realise his affection for the prince is also earning him enemies.  There are those who will do everything to prevent his coming together with the prince, include banishing him from all the oceans of the world, a fate that could be considered worse than death for a merman.

Blurb

To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.

When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook.

For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease.  If only Kyle weren’t keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together.

Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis.

Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it. Continue reading “Forbidden Waters”

City of Fallen Angels

City_of_Fallen_AngelsMy thoughts on City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare.

I have to say that this book was a pleasant surprise for me. Normally I like the earlier books in a series better, but so far, this is my favorite Mortal Instruments book. I’m not sure if it is because the gang is coming into their own, getting more comfortable with who they are or not. I liked, too, that we got to learn a lot more about Simon in this one. (And yes, Raphael is still an ass!)

Simon, for instance, is “seeing” both Maia and Isabelle. The Daylighter who wants so much to return to being a human has a very human problem. Deciding between the two of them, or in Simon’s case just making sure they aren’t invited to the same events. Simon also had a first in his book. He drank from a living, breathing person. Granted, he didn’t do it well and Kyle had to save the day, but he had his first taste of fresh blood and experienced the high that came with it. He is definitely a lot more “grown up” than he was in the earlier books.

Alec. (I’m tackling the easier characters first!) I was very disappointed at the start that he and Magnus were touring Europe. I shouldn’t have worried that they would lacking in this read; he and his man were largely involved in the second half of the book. And oh were they funny at times. Magnus has been there and done that (girl, guy,…), and it has poor Alec so jealous. The resolution is so endearing. Just about brought me to tears. Go Magnus – way to say the right thing at the right time!

Yay! Jocelyn and Luke are preparing for a wedding. I really like Luke. I’m happy that things are at long last working out for him. Being a former shadowhunter turned werewolf has given him lots of perspective. I hope Simon continues to lean on Like when he needs help. I’m also assuming the wedding will happen in the next book, maybe?

Jace and Clary. What a mess. Maybe I should say roller coaster. One minute Isabelle is telling them to get a room and the next Jace is avoiding Clary because of his dreams. Well, horrible nightmares are a better way to describe them. Everyone around them can see the love they have for each other, but do they recognize it? I was so happy when Jace finally confessed to Clary what had been troubling him. Secrets don’t always stay secret…at least not in the world of shadowhunters.

About the ending…definitely a twist I hadn’t expected. Not sure I like what happened with Jace. I’m curious to see how it is resolved in the next book. Also, I’m wondering if and when Clary will make use of the Seelie Queen’s gift. Additionally, are there good times ahead for Maia and Jordan?? Hmm, it will be interesting…

City of Lost Souls is book #5 in the series. Looks like I need to stop by the bookstore in the next day or so.

5 out of 5 stars

Sci-Fi versus Fantasy

We had our writer’s group meeting last night. I had submitted a piece of flash fiction for critique. One of the consistent things that was mentioned was that the story had issues with the science fiction part of it – new technology mixed with old technology. I must admit, that was kind of Greek to me. I had intended the piece to be fantasy, not sci-fi.

That got my brain working… how do I make it fantasy? What is the difference between sci-fi and fantasy, anyway? Get ready, Google, here I come!

First stop: Barnes & Noble’s Book Community where a discussion started over some of the questions I mentioned. One contributor, Nelsmom wrote, “Science Fiction to me means that the books are based on the Hard science that we know like physics, astronomy, and such.” She continues, “Fantasy to me is more speculative and has things or elements that are not based in pure science.”

Another user, lazrat commented, “The real difference between science fiction and fantasy is whether there is a technological base involved or a mystical base.” Hmm, that’s something to think about!!

I liked Rebma55’s description, “In my opinion Science Fiction novels are more modern than Fantasy. It’s based more or less on things that we know, or things that can come to be such as space travel at light speed, aliens, lasers, sort of like Star Trek with space ships and such things that involve scientific elements. Fantasy has more of a medieval flavor to it, with the swords and the dragons, magic and such things.”

Second stop: Wikipedia (I know, not a reliable source!) They did, after some digging, have some decent information. “In general, science fiction differs from fantasy in that the former concerns things that might someday be possible or that at least embody the pretense of realism. Supernaturalism, usually absent in science fiction, is the distinctive characteristic of fantasy literature.”

After reading the above, I think my story is confused! It is set in the future – space travel is common place, and there is life on other planets. However, I used a magic charm as well. Sounds like I’m mixing my genres – oops!

I really enjoyed Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series (Born of Night is the first book). I wanted to write something in that vein. I headed to Goodreads to see how those books were shelved. Very interesting… Romance, Fantasy – Romance, Romance – Science Fiction Romance (there is such a thing?!), and Science Fiction Fantasy.

My story is scheduled for some romance so maybe I need to lean it toward urban fantasy or just make sure hardcore sci-fi readers know it isn’t Star Trek-ish. It will be interesting. I need to see where my muse takes me.

Please share your thoughts on the matter. I think the more I understand, the better my story will be.

 

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