Monday, 15 September 2014

Broken Promises by Jen Wylie - Cover Reveal

A Young Adult Fantasy
BROKEN PROMISE
(The Broken Ones, #3)
by
Jen Wylie
Published with Untold Press
Release date: October 7, 2014
Broken Promises
A year of turmoil takes its toll on Arowyn Mason and her companions. After delivering the Elven prince to his homeland, they decide to ride out the winter in the city of Westport before starting their quest to heal the Fey. Like most things in Aro’s life, nothing goes according to plan. As Kei struggles with the prophecy bound within him, his sanity begins to unravel. A prophecy and a promise are broken, and forgotten threats resurface with dire consequences. The Dragos is watching and the Were king is displeased with the disregard of Were law. Aro scrambles as yet another threat emerges. The Elves, displeased with their prince, exploit his only weakness…her. Aro is forced to find a new ally, a cold-hearted, ruthless pirate named Roan. He is more than he seems and Aro must learn who she can trust, or it will cost more than just her life. She has grown stronger, but is it enough to save herself, her family, and the Elf she loves?
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jw1A Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales. Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.
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Be sure to check out other great reads by Jen Wylie

Friday, 12 September 2014

Suicide Prevention Day: A Treacherous Surprise

September is a very special month for a variety of reasons.
Not only does it mark the 1st birthday's of 2 of my books (The Garden of Eden and Treacherous), but it  is also the month of Suicide Awareness. Today in Australia it is R U OK Day, so i thought i'd post something very special.

When i first published Treacherous i had no idea the reaction it would get. I sold a few hundred copies on release day. I thought wow, writing a steamy adult novel was a good idea. Then the nasty reviews starting floating in. No, they gushed in. You get the good with the bad, right?

That's not the reason I wrote and published Treacherous. No, the real reason was that i wanted to raise awareness to bullying, depression and self harm. I wanted to write a story that not only reflected me in some ways, but i needed an outlet to write those painful memories. Before you freak out, i didn't harm myself, but i did have depression and i was bullied.

To those who haven't read Treacherous, the book follows 21 year old Charli on her journey from jaded teenager who never fit in because of who her father was, to troubled young woman who falls in with the wrong crowd. Charli she has a dark secret. Like me, Charli was silently bullied and talked about behind her back. To me, that is the worst kind of bullying. You get worn down until there is nothing but raw wounds. Charli tried to hide her self harming behaviour, especially when she went to college. She participated in risky behaviour all to gain the attention of parents she felt didn't care. Then she meets Nathan and has her happy ever after amen. I haven't found my Nathan yet, but i'm always looking out for him.

To celebrate Treacherous' birthday and Suicide Awareness month, i have a very special surprise for you.

Not only is TREACHEROUS going to be on sale for the rest of September, but below is an exclusive excerpt from what would have been the sequel to TREACHEROUS. (working title TORTUROUS.) Unfortunately the book didn't gain enough interest for a sequel to happen, but here it is. Enjoy:





Relentless – A Treacherous Extra 
**Unedited. All editing mistakes are entirely mine**

One Year Later

It's not often I refused my father’s car or driver, but today I just wasn't in the mood to face Henry our chauffer and his machine gun, or questions that sounded eerily similar to what my father might say. So I walked. I could've caught the bus, but I don't want to face the relentless teasing, laughing and whispers I knew were about me. I also could have driven my own car, but on this particular day Henry had chosen to take my Mini Cooper in for a service. Yeah, just my luck.
The walk from school to my house was a good few hours and I knew it was silly, but I had to clear my head and hoped the cool air would dry the tears that were still staining my face from earlier. I readjusted my bag strap, wiped my eyes and trudged on.
I heard the engine before I heard the voice. Someone with a hotted up vintage car slowed down and cruised along beside me. I didn't look up. It was most probably a jerk from Kings.
"Hey Jayne," the idiot yelled out making me look up. It was a mistake. His hand shot out the window and something came spinning towards my face. The squishy, half rotten orange hit my face, splattering orange flesh and juice everywhere. The sticky juice mingled with fresh tears, stinging my eyes. "You're such a slut." The two jerks in the guy sniggered and sped off, leaving me standing on the side of the road helpless. I angrily pulled out my phone and called Henry.
***
I sat up straight gasping for air.
"Charli? What's wrong?" Nathan asked, sitting up behind me. He kissed the back of my neck but I shrugged him away and slid out of bed.
"Nothing. I had a bad dream, that's all. I'm going to check on Hayley."
"Do you want to talk about it?" He asked as I left our room to go into our daughter's.
"I'm fine, Nath." I leaned over Hayley's cot and smiled when I saw her chubby cheeks, white blonde ringlets and smiling face staring up at me. "Hey baby, how's my big girl doing?" I lifted her out of the cot and held her close to me. I heard movement behind me. I turned and saw Nathan leaning against the doorframe watching us.
"I just don't want anything like that to happen to Hayley, you know," I told him, kissing Hayley's forehead.
"You don't want what to happen?"
"I don't want her to get teased when she starts school."
Nathan moved to stand beside us and kissed his daughter's head before kissing mine. "She won't get teased, but if she does, unfortunately it's a normal thing. Anyway, she won't go through what you did. She has a totally different life."
I looked up into my husband's kind and handsome face and knew that right there was the reason I fell in love with him a year earlier.
"You're right." I smiled at him and kissed our daughter once more. "Let's go make breakfast."
"Lead the way."
As we headed out to the kitchen, I knew it couldn't get any better than this, but I couldn't push the feeling I had aside that this morning’s dream was only the beginning.

You can purchase Treacherous from all online bookstores. (Prices may take a while to change)




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Behind Closed Doors - A Poetry Collection by Kimberly Hart




Behind Closed Doors by Kimberly Hart
The much anticipated follow-up poetry collection to “more.”
Release – Fall 2014
Cover design – Airicka’s Mystical Creations

Twitter:  @KimHartWrites

Get the first collection “more.” here:  
http://www.amazon.com/more-Kimberly-Hart-ebook/dp/B00JIUID0C/

Our dreams, thoughts, desires and fantasies revolve around the wishes our hearts make with every passing moment.  Sometimes hot and sexy, beautiful and seductive, and even ugly and crazy just like real life can be.  Everyone wants to be someone else when the doors are closed.  Peer deep inside your soul and let the words in your heart surface and come to life.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Stalking the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne - eARC sign up



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STALKING THE DEMON
(Book 2 in the Seven Circles of Hell)
by Ciara Ballintyne

Date of Publication – 22 September 2014
Genre:  High Fantasy (Adult)
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Monday, 8 September 2014

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne - Author Spotlight

Title: Dead of Night
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Expected Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press



Blurb:
In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about - to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all mankind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take - because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22400091-dead-of-night-1-an-aftershock-novel
Author Bio:
Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award winning author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel "The Broken Destiny" reached top 3 in its YA debut Category. The Sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013. 
Her become a published author prgramme for students launched Feb 2014. 
She is not only an author, but works as a marketing manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA. 
Carlyle loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library in Africa Project. And hopes to launch her very own Indie book festival in Johannesburg March 2015.
“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.”


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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes - Author Spotlight

Title: Contact
Author: Laurisa White Reyes
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press


Blurb:
It takes only half a second…
 …Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.

“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.

Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707931-contact


Author Bio:
After earning her B.A. in English in 1995, Laurisa White Reyes spent many years writing for newspapers and magazines before gathering enough courage to live her dream of writing novels. Contact is her third published book. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in creative writing, is a book editor for Hamilton Springs/Xchyler Press, and is the Editor-in-chief of Middle Shelf Magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband and five children.




See my review post for Contact here

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Soulless by Amber Garr - Author Spotlight

Title: Soulless
Author: Amber Garr
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Expected Release Date: August 23, 2014
Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press


Blurb:
When it comes to death and love…only one is guaranteed.

Four decades ago Nora died. A tragic event for someone so young; however, four decades ago Nora was also given a second chance to walk among the living.

A Death Warden with a mysterious past, her job is to escort the newly expired towards the light, battling with the Soul Hunters who want the freshly dead to help with their own evil purposes buried in the dark.

When Nora’s charges suddenly become targets, she realizes that the hunters are after far more than just souls. A shift in power between good and evil threatens to change everything, risking the lives of the only family Nora has ever known.

Devastated and angry, she’s forced to face the man she once loved - a man who chose darkness over her - in order to find the answers she needs to stop the horror from escalating. Yet, while a lost relationship still haunts her broken heart, a new Warden with secrets of his own will enter the mix and quickly alter everything Nora believed to be true.
Death is unavoidable…but sometimes, so is love.
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Author Bio:
Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, The Water Crisis Chronicles, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more at www.ambergarr.com.

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