Sunday, March 31, 2013

**Cover Reveal:ANASTASIA by Dawn White**

Anastasia’s entire family had been killed by something quite un-natural. She has her own obstacles to face lets follow the journey to see what happens with Anastasia and The Dregg Chronicles.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 eBook Challenge

Yes,I an insane I did just add another book challenge to my list!

 The 2013 Ebook Challenge. Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms, whether on Kindle, Kobo, computer, or any other reader. It is started by Workday Reads and I found this challengeposted on ReadingToTheStarsAndBack .

Challenge Guidelines: 
~This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
~Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
~Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
~When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
~You can move up levels, but no moving down.
~Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
Floppy disk – 5 ebooks 
CD – 10 ebooks 
DVD – 25 ebooks
Memory stick – 50 ebooks
Hard drive – 75 ebooks (my goal)
Server – 100 ebooks 
Human brain – 150 ebooks 

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember. 
There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for eveyone who achieves their goal level (or higher).

Sign up HERE if you would like to join in with me.

~OF GAEA by Victoria Escobar Blog Tour~

Book Info:
Of Gaea
Book #1 in the Of Legacies Series
By Victoria Escobar
Publication Date: March 20, 2013

Blurb: Her choice will change the world. She hated the wheelchair. Hated the way it made her feel less than what she was. Most of all she hated not being able to do all the things she used to. Ari had been a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. Now she was confined to a wheelchair slowly dying inside from its restraints. Medical science wasn’t working. The tests, the drugs, the therapies were all useless and a waste of time. She was tired of wasting her time; she was tired of failure. It was time to look away from the obvious and try something unconventional. Nothing was ever free and that included miracles. Abruptly, Ari finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. Never had she believed she’d be thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods. Trapped in the middle of a war she had never known existed both parties demanded her allegiance. Ari was a catalyst that could change all the rules of the Earth. But when the time comes to make a choice will she be strong enough to know right from wrong?

  “What you want for me and what I want for myself are two different things. I’m not like you, Ghita.” Ari gave her a patient look. “I’m not sure what I am yet, but I know it’s not like you.” 

  She flinched. “I am your mother in every way but one.” 
 “Do you really want to have this argument now?” Ari sat back up. “Where were you when I got hit by the car? Where were you every time I went to an Archery tournament? Where were you when I was the track and field star of the school? Where have you been all my life? Would you like me to tell you? You were at church. Or doing something with the church. Or with Lyris. You never once came out to support me. Sasha and Kleisthenes did. And when Nasya started as an exchange student, she did too. Where have you been? You’re not a mother. You never were. You’re a caretaker.” Ari flopped back down and closed her eyes to avoid seeing the hurt in Ghita’s face. Ari was hurt nearly as much. She needed Ghita to be a mother, at any point in her life it would have been welcome, but Ghita, had only cared for her sister and herself. 
  “I’ll be back in time to make supper.” Ghita said very quietly as her footsteps retreated to the door. 
  “Don’t bother. Have dinner with the ladies like you’ve always done. I’ll go down to Sasha’s for dinner like I’ve always done.” Ari replied without moving.  
  The door quietly clicked and a few minutes later Ari heard the car start. 
  “That was unkind.” 
   Ari didn’t even jump at Sasha’s voice. She cracked open an eye and found he was seated at the foot of the bed. 
  “You hid under the bed?” 
  He nodded. “It’s Sunday. She wouldn’t have scooted down to look in those heels.” 


About the Author:

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Victoria was born in sunny Florida, except it wasn’t sunny; it was the middle of the night. Midnight actually, well, two minutes past, but she tried really hard for midnight.
​Victoria has been to twenty one schools in her lifetime. With all the continual switching around, she’s relied on her imagination for friends and books for close companions. In high school she remained apart from the whole and spent most of her time in the library either reading or writing.
​Currently, Victoria has set down roots in New York with her family. She still reads and writes every day. She finished her debut novel Of Gaea in the winter of 2012 and is working on the sequel and many other projects.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review of THE MAN PAINTER by Melissa Turner Lee

  I loved this book just as much as and maybe even more than The Earth Painter.The Man Painter jumps ahead two years and is a continuation of Holly and Theo's story.It is a lovely story full of emotion.
  Holly is still living in Chesnee and working for Anthony's mother.As she heads out to see her parents for Thanksgiving in Asheville,NC something causes her to take a detour to Charleston. What she finds there will change her life forever.
  Theo has been living in Charleston for the past two years.But something is different about him and it may just be the cause of his death.He does his best to keep Holly from discovering the whole truth in fear of losing her or looking weak.But to Holly,Theo will always be the one who she wants and will do anything for.However,that may be their undoing.In a rash decision to save Theo,Holly makes a deal with Fritz.
  Fritz wants to be human so he can rule the world and he thinks Holly has the answer.Holly needs something that only the former water painter can give her.So she seeks out Fritz and makes a deal that she doesn't intend of keeping.But lying and deceiving Fritz is a dangerous move which could destroy all the progress she and Theo have made in their relationship.Holly and Theo must find a way defeat Fritz once and for all.But is it possible to end Fritz? Can Holly and Theo find a way out of this mess and finally live happily?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

~POISON by Bridget Zinn~

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

I have not yet finished the book but will post a review when I am.This month we are being asked to share this book and it's author. Bridget Zinn lost the fight to cancer but she lives on through her book. Her friends and family are asking you to help spread the news of her book release to your family,friends and community.
How can you help?
Post about POISON and Bridget on:
~Google +
~Twitter:use hashtag  #Poison
~Leave a review on Goodreads,Amazon,or blog
~Library: request it or donate a copy to your school or local public library 
~Purchase a copy for yourself,a teen you know, or a friend.
Where ever you post also post the website: 
 About Bridget Zinn:

Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the "summer of love" and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was "Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect." Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers' copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesdays

The Anticipating Sequel to Saving Bobby... 

 After God answered Bobby's prayers when he was just 13, he's made sure never to forget how blessed he really is and who deserves all the glory. It been six years now and Bobby's grown up to be a fine man. His life is full of love, and his faith is stronger than ever. With his Mother and Tony getting married and his Uncle Johnny finally retired from the army, life is just perfect,or is it? Bobby somehow feels there's something missing. He vowed that for the rest of his life, he'd somehow pay it forward for everything that has been blessed upon him and his family. Not knowing exactly what it is, he turns to God asking Him for guidance. Just months before Bobby's mother is to marry Tony, he tells her he want to serve his country by joining the army and following in his uncle's footsteps. Afraid of losing her only son, she tries to convince him to stay, but he feels this is what he needs to do. Realizing Bobby's not about to change his mind, she does the only thing a mother can do, support his decision. On the day Bobby is about to head off, someone comes into his life. What will this mean for Bobby? Will he follow his heart or his gut? Will he finally get answers to the questions he's wanted? Will Bobby make it back in time for his mother's wedding? Find out how Bobby's life is about to change once again.

~Review of THE EARTH PAINTER by Melissa Turner Lee~

  I really didn't know what to expect out of this book.I got more than expected.I was a lovely read that really made me think about some issues that teens face.Along with that,it also is a story of love.Underneath that, it is a story intertwined with a world fantasy like no other.
  Holly has just moved to Chesnee,SC.Here she meets a few friends,some of those friendships will grow,some will be broken,and some may turn into more.Holly starts out as beaten down,low-self esteem teenager who just wants to blend in to the point of invisibility. However,Anthony,Theo,and Wayne won't let her.They befriend her,which makes things a little easier and a little harder.
  Meeting Anthony helps because he makes sure she doesn't eat lunch alone.Holly eventually meets Anthony's mom,who is a key to helping her fight Fritz. His mom also helps her find her a purpose that gives her an idea what she wants to become in the future.
   Wayne is a geek who loves role playing and science of all kinds.One of his experiments to try figure out the school's water problem leads to a great discovery.This sends Holly on a mission to save the water well,which infuriates Fritz. Also Wayne makes Holly uncomfortable because he has feeling for her that she does not reciprocate,her feeling are for someone else.
  That leads us to Theo,who is an earth painter.He has hung around the high school observing humans for decades out of boredom due to his purpose already being fulfilled.No one ever sees him,which is good because he isn't allowed to draws attention to himself from humans.Except for so unknown reason,Holly sees Theo. They develop a bond that goes beyond friendship but Theo is doesn't feel the way humans do,which leaves them with dilemma.
  Oh and I guess you are wondering who Fritz is.Well is was a water painter but he did some questionable things after the Sculptor made humans.He detests humans,so he goes around ricking havoc by whispering negative and evil things into the ears of humans.Going against him could prove to be fatal.
  Yes,I know this review kind of long but this is the last tidbit,I promise.I just want say I know Melissa's work has Spiritual undertones so I tried viewing the character this way.I don't know how she intended it,but I viewed The Sculptor and God,Theo and the friends(the sciences and space painter) as Angel,and Fritz as the devil. Of course it is up to you to determine how you view them,my view may be flawed due to the ending.I still trying to figure that one out.Guess it is time to read Book 2.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review of ROGUE WAVE by Christie Anderson

Book 2 - Rogue Wave 
After five months of blissful pretending, Sadie and Rayne are practically the couple of the year. At least, according to Sadie’s friends at school they are. But she knows the truth. Their feelings are just an illusion. Now, with graduation and college right around the corner, Sadie realizes she can’t put off the inevitable any longer. She has to make a choice. Take the easy way out and run away from her problems, as usual, or move forward with courage and discover her own destiny. But when Ash Hastings, the son of the black-eyed man who almost drove Sadie to her death last November and Rayne’s supposed best friend, makes an unnerving appearance in Sadie’s life again, the path to her future takes an unexpected turn. And this time, Sadie’s life isn’t the only one in danger.

Author Christie Anderson did an awesome job of slipping in back story details so well that I didn't even realize that I was reading Book 2 without reading Book 1,which I didn't do on purpose.There is never a dull moment in Sadie and Rayne's story.I really enjoyed this read and can't wait for the next book to see what happens next. At the beginning I felt bad for Ash. I thought he was a good guy and then he starts to prove me wrong.Although he is torn due to circumstances beyond his control and all he really wants is to be good enough for his father, his actions are do not come with well intentions. I love Rayne and Sadie but at some points I wanted just scream at them to just be honest about their feelings.Besides that Rayne and Sadie are very likable characters.Sadie seems to be a weak girl in need of constant saving but in the end she finds her inner strength. Rayne maybe strong and but he also has a sensitive side which bring depth to his character. Rayne and Sadie try to get back to a "normal" life after a very traumatic incident that leaves Sadie a little shaken.But Sadie is strong and is determined to move on from that nightmare like it never happened.The only problem is that other people have plans that may keep that from happening.And this time it may not just be her life on the line but her mother's too. Ash lost his mother and now he may have lost his father.Ash can't deal with the pain so he will do anything to make his father proud of him,even if it means to continued the life of crime his father has started.Ash has his own reasons for wanting Sadie and Rayne to suffer but is he willing to go as far as his father expects him to go?Is the revenge and acceptance worth the price he may have to pay to get it? While Ash is finding ways to torment them,Rayne and Sadie must come to terms with their feelings for each other and decide if they want to act on them.According to the Keeper Code,Rayne isn't allowed to have a relationship with Sadie.But Rayne has given up everything to keep her alive,so can he love her from a distance or risk losing his status and going rogue for love? Sadie don't trust guys and has never been able to have a deep relationship in fear of being abandoned.She was abandon by her father before she was born and is convinced all guys are the same.Does she really believe after everything they have been through,that Rayne would ever abandon her?

Synopsis: Book 1 - Deep Blue Secret 
California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one? As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn't as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.

Friday, March 22, 2013

~Cover Reveal: SUDDEN HOPE by Mira Garland~

  When your nightmares become reality and you can’t wake up, what do you do?

  Celeste is a normal teenage girl. After the loss of her father her life seems to be in constant turmoil. She realizes her worst nightmares are occurring while she's still awake.

  Just as it looks like her life is on the right path; things go terribly wrong and leave her in a spiraling whirlwind of emotion. 

  Trying to find her father’s killer and dealing with an ex that will do anything to get revenge; she feels like she is falling.

  The only thing that is holding her together is her support system; her friends and Danny. 

 Celeste loves Danny more than life itself, although now is just not the time to be with him. He is the answer to her dreams, he is her one true love, and most importantly, her hope. 

 Only life isn't fair and doesn't play by the rules. 

About the Author:
 I was born in Jackson, MI but now live on Long Island in NY. I have four beautiful daughters whom I live and breathe for. I began writing as a hobby, but realized very quickly that it was an outlet to explore my deepest dreams. I love to read and have a problem with honesty when I write reviews, although I do not have a problem if you tell me I'm wrong about it. My debut novel is “Sudden Hope” and will be released in April of 2013. Welcome to my reality and I hope all your dreams come true.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

~Waiting on Wednesdays~


Release Date: 11/19/13 
  I personally can't wait til November,that's too far away! I was going to post the blurb but decided against it because gives away too much of  what happens in THE INDIGO SPELL.I didn't want to ruin the ending for those who have not read it yet.

2~ENDLESS by Jessica Shirvington

Love will kill us all. Angels are real. They aren't always kind. Violet Eden is certain of all this because she is Grigori - part angel, part human. She has felt the influence of both light and dark. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing that Violet will face. For her, the endless question 'Can love conquer all?' will finally be answered

Monday, March 18, 2013

40 DAYS WITH THE SAVIOR by Connie E. Sokol

Do you desire a more Christ-centered Easter? You’ll experience a more fulfilling Easter season with these positive and inspiring devotionals on the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ, and how it applies to everyday living. Learn more of who He was, what He taught, and how it can bless your life. 

What others are saying about the book:
“Connie Sokol’s new book, “40 Days with the Savior”, is just the little push I needed to feel the Savior’s presence in my daily life. Using personal stories, scriptural accounts, and meaningful insights, she helps readers draws closer to Jesus Christ and become a more Christ-centered person. I loved her daily nuggets of wisdom that prompt a change in behavior.” --Jodi Marie Robinson, Author “Women of Virtue” "Connie Sokol, the queen of simple yet effective, has done it again. What a great resource for quick, daily things that we can do to draw closer to the Savior. This easily fits into our busy lives, reminding us of what matters most." --Peggy Urry President-elect, American Night Writers Association “Connie Sokol has thoughtfully shared fresh insights to well know scriptural phrases. The simple inspirations in 40 Days with the Savior are enlightening and empowering. This is an easy way to draw closer to Jesus Christ throughout the Easter season and during the rest of the year. After reading this book I feel my burdens are lighter.” --Margaret Turley, Author of Save the Child, Administrator Writers Unite to Fight Cancer “I LOVED this book! Connie brings these scriptures home with real, everyday moments. I can savor these bite-size gems throughout my busy day with little ones. The teachings are powerful, and her added insights brought them home for me in a new way." --Amy Chandler, Founder, My Story Matters

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Feature &Follow

This weeks Question: Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot.

The weather is up and down here but on a warm day I love to read in the shade on a bench at the park.

My dream is to have a house with a porch where I can sit and read.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

* TALENTED by Sophia Davis*


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Book Description: 
When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia herself. Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal. She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger. If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

~Caravan Blog Tour for SO SHINES THE NIGHT by Tracy L Higley~

Q&A with Tracy

1.You have gone on so many amazing travels. What was one of your favorite things about visiting Ephesus?
I think it was the sense of being somewhere “where Paul walked.” Sitting in the theater, looking down over the Harbor Street where he was likely kept prisoner at times, I had this amazing moment of “I can’t believe I’m here” – the kind of moment that gives you chills and makes you feel connected to something larger than yourself. 
 2.For you, what is the hardest part of the writing process? 
The actual rough draft, the first time I get the words out of my head, is the hardest part. I have to discipline myself to stop the research, stop the planning and plotting, and just start writing! 
 3.What inspired the theme of So Shines the Night? 
The idea of community is dear to my heart, and the struggle we all have to not live in isolation. I wanted to take a look at two people struggling to do the right thing, but going about it the wrong way because they were isolated both from other people and from God, and to see what would happen when they brushed up against a community like the first century church. 

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at 

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~Thoughtful Thursday~

So I have seem many blogs have themes for certain days. I decided to try  my hand at this. I have participated in Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday a few times.Today is Thursday and I need a theme so I am going to go with Thoughtful Thursday.This is where I share a thought running threw my mind today,whether it be a quote,rant,or idea.

“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This quote gives you a glimpse into my thought life. I am a very emotional person and though I am trying to not let my emotions control me,it is a hard task to accomplish. I have been taught that although my emotions are real they are not always true.For example,I may feel sad or lonely because I think  someone is mad at me or doesn't like me, no one loves me;though my feels are real my perception may  be wrong. Actually it is something that I deal with often.

Feel free to comment about you take on the quote or my thoughts on it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Two Books that I am highly anticipating the release of:

1~ ALLURE by Melissa Andrea

Release date: March 30,2013Temptation. Desire. Deception. Everything about her is enthralling, enticing… until everything about her becomes deadly. Alluring you into the center of her world, she’ll deprive you of reason, breath… life. And because you can’t help it, you’ll let her, and death never felt so good. There is only one rule where she is from: Don’t become attached to your Allure, and Ryleigh has already broken that rule. The decision to stay was easy, but being ready to handle everything that comes with her choice, is more then she bargained for when something unexpected happens. Ryleigh is thrown into a world she knows nothing about, and a past she can’t remember. Time is not Ryleigh’s only enemy, but the lack of it, will be the end of her immortality if she doesn’t remember what she is or the life she needs to take. When the cost of immortality means consuming the life of someone you love, could you do it?

 2~TAKEN by Erin Bowman

Release date: April 16, 2013
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends . . . and he's gone. They call it the Heist. Gray Weathersby's eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he's prepared to meet his fate—until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he's been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets, the Heist itself, and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot—a structure that no one can cross and survive. Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

~ DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON Blog Tour and Giveaway~

Book Info: Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon Book #1 
By Robert S. Fuller Jr.
Publication Date: November 2012 Book 

While collaborating on a fashion show, Samantha Hammond, a forty-something Display Manager, draws the attention of the mysterious clothing designer Valerie Ross. Samantha’s journey of self-discovery takes her from the security of her hometown in Lexington, Ohio to the shores of a secluded paradise called Sabbatical Island. As their relationship flourishes, Samantha learns that Valerie harbors a terrifying secret. The revelation thrusts Samantha into a nightmarish world where vampires and witches dwell in the darkness. Pamela Darius, a murderous adversary from Valerie’s past, uses Samantha and those around her as pawns in a deadly game filled with seduction, pain, betrayal, and death. 

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About the Author:

Robert is a fan of all things relating to vampires. It’s this obsession with vampires that makes his debut, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon”, the perfect vehicle to launch his writing career. Robert was born and raised in Northeast Ohio at a time when late night television stations filled their programming with old horror movies. Robert gravitated towards the motion picture vampire, but also the vampires depicted in the writings of Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, and Robert McCammon.
Robert worked at JC Penney’s, where he spent 10 years in the Visual Display Department. His love of vampires, and a decade in the retail/fashion industry, provided the inspiration to create his own vampire tale. After several years of writing and re-writing, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon” was born.
When Robert isn’t writing, he enjoys going to the movies, or listening to his extensive music collection. Robert is a huge sports fan, but prefers football and baseball to all other sports. One of his favorite pastimes is participating as team owner and Commissioner of a long running fantasy football league. Robert manages to travel to the beaches of South Carolina at least once a year to recharge and enjoy some ocean time. Robert is married to his best friend and soulmate, Jackie. They have a son, Dustin, and two rambunctious cats, Meeps and Benny.


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Saturday, March 9, 2013

~EMBLAZE By Jessica Shirvington Blog Tour~

Sourcebooks Fire
March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6846-5
Ages 13+

Violet Eden has accepted that she’s part angel, part human—but nothing prepares her to be handed the key to the gates of Hell. Or worse, to be forced to turn the key over to the dark exile who saved and betrayed her: Phoenix.

Violet and her partner, Lincoln, will have to stop Phoenix, but it’s hard enough fighting their soul-crushing need to be together. Violet begins to fear that the pull will soon become unbearable. As a brutal battle looms, Violet finds herself in dire straits as she teeters on the edge of a decision that could unleash a terror of horrifying repercussions.

I have to say this one of my favorite love triangles. As much as would like to hate Phoenix, he keeps doing stuff to make me want to like him. He is so infuriating! I can see why Violet has such a hard time not wanting him. At the same time, Violet and Lincoln’s relationship is frustrating. I so want them to be together and when I actually think they will be, something else happens to make them reign in their feelings and throw up barriers to keep each other out.
EMBLAZE was more emotional than the Embrace or Entice. My heart ached with Violet’s. It drew me in so much that I felt everything she was feeling. Vi and Linc are fighting hard to keep each other out after seeing what happened to Rudy and Nyla. How long can they deny the truth that they are destined to be soul mates? Will this draw a wedge between them that is too big to overcome?
Phoenix has gotten the Grigori Scripture, but the Grigori now hold the Exile Scripture. While the exiles having the Grigori Scripture could be tragic, the Exile Scripture could be more devastating in their hands. Phoenix is now convinced that using the Exile Scripture to bring his mother, Lilith, back is more rewarding than killing off all Grigori who have yet to come of age or awareness of who they really are. Now all defenses are up and both sides are plotting for control of both Scriptures. Steph gets caught in the middle of a strategic plan to gain possession of both Scriptures goesone wrong. Phoenix is all too aware of where to hit Violet the hardest to get what he wants. And keeping Violet’s dad out of the loop is becoming increasingly harder. The battle takes them out of the country again, but this time there is no welcoming Grigori party to help. They must go to no-man’s land to stop the prophecy in the Exile Scripture from coming to past. Violet must make a choice and either way she decides could have devastating consequences. Can they decipher the Exile Scripture in time to stop Phoenix? Will Violet’s choice be their demise?

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Jessica Shirvington is the author of the internationally acclaimed Embrace series.
She and her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic
sprinter Matt Shirvington, fell in love when they were 17.

A finalist for Cosmopolitan's Fun, Fearless Female Award, Jessica lives in Sydney,
Australia and is a full-time mom of two adorable girls, author and co-director in the
company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.



   Welcome to the official cover reveal of Waking the Phoenix, book 2 in the Mythrian Realm series! Waking the Phoenix is the highly anticipated follow up to Breaking the Nexus, which released on 12/12/12. While there is no official release date set, Waking the Phoenix will be out early this summer!
 In the meantime, I will be releasing Warrior Unleashed, a novella featuring Sha’s half brother, a panther Chimerae (shifter) named Achaius. Be sure to look for that this April!
 Without further ado, I present the gorgeous cover designed by Blue Harvest Creative!

 As the Nexus continues to break down, evil threatens the Mythrian and Human Realms. Millennia ago, only the sacrifice of the Great Phoenix was enough to imprison Ferren, a blood mage with the power to destroy the Human Realm. When the Nexus falls, his prison will shatter and he will be free to walk the earth once more, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.
 Chaos engulfs the Mythrian and Human Realms as Ferren fights to escape his prison. Connor and Sha must race against time to find the last of the phoenixes before all is lost. There’s just one problem: the phoenixes have lain dormant for thousands of years. Can they stay alive long enough to save their world?
 The key to saving the Realms lies in waking the phoenix.

 Don’t miss the first book, Breaking the Nexus, available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in paperback! 
Breaking the Nexus will be on SALE for $2.99 March 8-11 only! 

  A warrior trying to save humans. A detective searching for a killer. And a powerful romance neither expected.
 Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
   Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
  For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
 The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
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 Meet Lindsay Avalon!
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author. My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways. When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading, baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

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