Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Guardians of Ivalice by Laura Catherine - Cover Reveal!!!




Title: The Guardians of Ivalice
Author: Laura Catherine 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Release Date: 
June 24, 2017
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.



On Ivalice, Prince Morgan has been living in the shadow of his twin brother and older sister. She will be queen one day and inherit the power of Spirit to protect their world and guard the other elements from harm. Morgan wants this power for himself and nothing will stop him from getting it, not even his family. With her dying breath, Queen Tamsin sends the elements to another world where Morgan cannot have them.

On Earth, Nix, Grace, Kendra and Phoebe are four ordinary teenage girls living normal lives where homework and boys are their biggest problems. That is until they absorb some strange glowing balls of light into their bodies and start controlling the elements.

Everything is about to change for these girls when the weight of an entire world is put on their shoulders.



The bus was old and probably in need of replacing with ripped seats and graffiti on everything including the roof. It also smelled like those tree air fresheners.

She made her way down the aisle to her favourite spot. It was about halfway down the bus, not so close to the front that you had to sit near a teacher but not so far back that you stayed away from the school bullies in the back row.

Nix slid into her favourite seat, the one graffittied in lyrics from her favourite band Chaos Destiny.

“Hello.”

Nix looked up to see the new girl staring down at her.

“Hi,” Nix replied. “You’re the new girl.”

“Phoebe Jenkins,” she said with an awkward smile.

Poor girl, Nix thought, doesn’t know anyone.

“Ah, I’m saving the seat next to me for my friend, but you should sit in front of us.”

Phoebe looked surprised at the offer and Nix wondered if other people had been less nice to her. 

Hopefully she hadn’t been subject to the antics of the school bully, Jasper.

“Go on, sit,” Nix encouraged with a smile.

“Thank you,” Phoebe replied and perched herself on the seat ahead of Nix.

“I shotgunned the window side,” Grace said as she pushed her way through the aisle of students still taking their seats.

Nix moved out of the way so Grace could claim her prize. Grace was always last to be called for things because her last name was West.

“What did I miss?” Grace said leaning on the back of Phoebe’s seat.

“Grace this is Phoebe,” Nix introduced.

“Ah, new girl,” Grace said with a cheesy grin. “Excellent. How are you liking Verndale?”

Phoebe sat up straight, pushing a loose strand of hair behind her ear. “It is a very beautiful town,” she replied. Her voice was soft like a gentle touch of fingers on guitar strings.

“Great. Just stick with us and you can’t go wrong.” Grace winked and leaned back in her seat.

Mr. Haynes appeared at the front of the bus, ushering people to take their seats so he could do a head count.

“Now today’s excursion—”

Mr. Haynes was cut short as a dark skinned girl with a shining curtain of black hair raced up the bus steps.

“Kendra,” Mr. Haynes said a little startled. “Where have you been? I called your name a while ago.”

“I’ve been objecting,” she said giving him a dazzling white smile.

“Objecting.” Mr Haynes nodded then did a double take. “Objecting to what?”

“I’m objecting to this excursion. I shouldn’t have to be forced into a swamp against my will.”

“I am sorry, Miss Tate, but there are other places out there besides the mall,” said Mr. Cole, the sports teacher who was accompanying Mr. Haynes on the trip.

The students giggled. Kendra pouted and looked like she was going to argue the point, but Mr. Haynes asked her to take a seat.



Laura Catherine was born in Melbourne, Australia and spent most of her childhood creating fantasy worlds and talking to her invisible pet cheetah who ran along powerlines.

Her imagination has carried her through childhood where her mother read stories about fantasy worlds at bedtime. Never one to face reality, Laura spent a lot of time turning boxes into ships and castles.

Laura self-published her first novel, Djinn (2013), a Paranormal Romance, and the second in the series, Blooders (2015). Laura is currently working on the next instalment in the Djinn series, Bloodjinn, as well as a few other novels including the first in a new YA series, The Guardians of Ivalice.







Friday, 26 May 2017

Amnesia by Cambria Hebert - Cover Reveal!!!


Amnesia
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
I washed ashore in a little lake town.
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him.
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.


Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Lightening Progeny by Emily Cyr - Cover Reveal!!!

Title: The Lightning Progeny
Author: Emily Cyr
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Najila Qamber
Publisher: CHBB
Model: Amee Gaddy
Photographer: Mandy Hollis
Expected Release Date: June 19, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Delaney Hagen’s life has spiraled into complete pandemonium. After killing the monster who turned her, she thought she’d finally escaped … only to find herself trapped with new enemies. Worse, these enemies are among the Coven – one of whom she thought she could trust.
Reid Jamison refuses to rest until his beloved mate is back in his arms. If that means organizing wolf packs around the globe and taking on the Coven, so be it. But doing so means achieving the impossible task of finding the oldest living wolf – and Reid is running out of time.
The fight to find one another reveals even greater dangers, ones that threaten the future of werewolves and witches alike. The stake of her people rests solely on Delaney’s shoulders. Reid must convince his kind to forgive a centuries-old grudge. Or there will never be peace among the chaos.
War has come to their world. Will Delaney and Reid reunite amidst the bloodshed, or will the fight for freedom send them into ruins?
Emily Cyr is a stay-at-home mom turned writer. She holds a degree in middle grades education with certification in English and social science. She has always had a love of all things paranormal and fantasy, but it wasn’t until Emily’s husband said the words, “Why not?” that she considered putting her thoughts and ideas into the book, The Lightning Prophecy. This trilogy was just the start for Emily. It seemed to open a creative door that had been locked.
Emily has always been an avid reader. Through reading came her love of writing. The more she read, the more she knew she wanted to create her own world. Many of her first works were fan fiction.
Emily and her family currently reside in Cibolo, Texas. She has an incredibly supportive husband who is also an officer in the United States Air Force. They have three sons, ages 6, 4, and 1. Somehow, even with the demands of being a parent to two little boys, she finds time to escape to her fantasies and write them down.
Author Links:
Instagram: emilycyrauthor
Buy Links:
The Lightning Prophecy: http://amzn.to/2q9RnUx
The Lightning Legacy: http://amzn.to/2rqStjG
  

Friday, 19 May 2017

Killshot by Aria Michaels - Review Blitz

Title: Killshot (Icarus Series, Book 1)
Author: Aria Michaels         
Genre: YA Dystopian/Apoc-fic
Cover Designer: Lou J. Stock
Editor: Clair Allmendinger
Blurb:
After the death of their parents, seventeen year old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv's best friend Riley drags her to their high school's rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again.
That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?
Or was Icarus really the KILLSHOT?
I didn't know what i was going to expect when i opened this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. A solar flare hits and a group of teens must learn to survive.
I liked the descriptions and the world building. it was like i was actually there with the characters.
I can't wait to see what happens next! 5/5 stars

Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ's Chronology of the Apocalypse. Aria is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan, and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, this busy single mom can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead. Aria is currently hard at work on the next installment of the Icarus Series and reveling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters.
"You are never more than one chapter away from a different future." --Aria Michaels
Author Links:
Amazon Author Central:  http://amzn.to/1O2NYCg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriaMichaelsYA or @AriaMichaelsYA
Buy Links:
Killshot (Icarus Series, Book One)
Audible:  http://amzn.to/2qgwZ84
Before the Sky Fell (An Icarus Series Novella)-
Ballistic (Icarus Series, Book Two)
The flames licked at my heels and without thinking, I threw my leg over the solid oak railing and pushed off. I held on for dear life as I sailed down the thick banister and landed with a thud at the bottom of the staircase. Nothing was recognizable anymore through the trenches of smoke, but I instinctively headed back the way I had come. The swinging door crashed to the ground behind me, sending shards of flaming wood my direction. I rolled to the side to avoid them and slammed my already sore shoulder into the corner of the breakfast bar.
            “Ahh,” I groaned as I inched my way along the tile floor.
            I oriented myself towards the only light I could see; a shred of night sky that peeked through glass doors ahead. The moonlight seemed pale in comparison to the smothering darkness of the black smoke around me. My head was buzzing and my vision was blurry. My hands and feet felt numb, but somehow I dragged myself over to the sliding door. I tried to get up but found I could not reach the handle. I shoved at the frame, but the door would not open. Desperate and disoriented, I rolled onto my back and kicked at the glass.
It laughed at me and held firm.
            I felt myself sinking into the floor, my limbs no longer responding to commands. My eyes would not open but I could feel the heat closing in on me. I always heard your life flashed before your eyes just before you died, but in my case it was more of a random, fleeting thought…I died trying to save a stuffed animal.           
            Tiny diamonds rained down on me and a breeze tickled my face. My body floated weightlessly through the flames.
“Liv, hold on!”
“Liv, hold on!”
             But I didn't want to hold on. I was so tired.
  

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sanyare: The Rebel Apprentice by Megan Haskell - Cover Reveal

Title: Sanyare: The Rebel Apprentice
Author: Megan Haskell
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Editor: KM Editorial and Laura Taylor
Publisher: Trabuco Ridge Press
Expected Release Date: June 12th, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: To save millions of lives, she may have to sacrifice the ones she loves…
Rie is on the run from the wrath of elvish kings. As her enemies grow and the assassins close in, she must bring a traitor to justice to save herself. But to keep one step ahead, Rie may need to leave her friends and the man she loves behind…
Her only chance of survival may lie in a hidden colony of water fae off the Florida coast. When the Fire Queen approaches with a vengeance and innocent people die, Rie faces an impossible choice: give herself up to save her loved ones or watch as the entire human realm is completely annihilated…
Sanyare: The Rebel Apprentice is the third book in the Sanyare Chronicles, a series of breathtaking fantasy adventure novels. If you like headstrong heroines, mythological creatures, and a hearty dose of magic and mayhem, then you’ll love Megan Haskell’s thrilling series.
Megan Haskell is the author of the dark fantasy adventure series, The Sanyare Chronicles, and Program Director for O.C. Writers, A Network of Published and Aspiring Authors. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two young daughters, and one ridiculously energetic dog. You can find her on her website at www.MeganHaskell.com, www.OCWriters.Network, and Facebook.
Author Links:
Twitter: @meganphaskell or www.twitter.com/meganphaskell
Buy Link:
The Last Descendant: http://amzn.to/2pxknss
The Heir Apparent: http://amzn.to/2pYpLX4

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Wounded Heart release day!!!

The long awaited sequel to my 'whim of an idea' series is finally here! The Molten Heart Saga was born out of a few tiny sparks of ideas i had, that i then decided to join together.

I wanted to write a series about a girl who was traumatised by her past, a girl who was afraid to open up her heart to those around her, in a post-apocalyptic world that is so much bigger than she was.
Skye Montgomery was created, and a futuristic America was created. Skye's landscape is diverse, and i will confess, is actually a mash up of Sydney and the United States. It's a fictional world, so i had to give it a fictional name, while still being realistic enough that you could envision yourself walking in Skye's shoes.

Molten Heart, the first book in the series was written as stress relief back in 2014. I was between jobs, and studying and i guess the stress of it all got to me. When i did begin my new job, i couldn't stop daydreaming about this new fictional post-apocolytic landscape. I'm sorry the sequel, Wounded Heart, took almost three years to finish. But it is finally done and out in the world. I hope you enjoy it!

Scroll down to read an excerpt from Wounded Heart, and purchase your copy.

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Chapter One

Skye

I’ve been avoiding this room for a few months now. I walk past it every day and glance at the doorknob but never touch it. I know what’s on the other side. It was avoidable. Until now.
Since Blossom’s death and her memorial, I’ve been putting off gathering the precious little handmade dolls she had made for all of us. They were her prized possessions, but she wouldn’t have wanted them to just sit in her room like a sad shrine. Like the happy doll, she would have wanted us to be happy.
I open the door and poke my head in. The room is still shrouded in darkness, but I know where everything is. Even though I haven’t physically been inside the room since Blossom’s death, I had committed the layout of the room to memory. There’s a bed in the corner under a mirror, and above that, a sunlamp hangs to imitate a window. Since we were underground, windows looking out to the outside world weren’t possible. So, we had to make do and create our own sunlight. At the foot of the bed sits a black and gold carved wooden trunk, similar to Blossom’s father’s own furniture in his compound.
Along the wall where the door is located, the one closest to where I am standing now is a sliding wooden door—a closet. Blossom didn’t own much. We each owned just a few sets of clothes, only what was necessary. That was why Blossom’s dolls were so special to her.
I enter the room and head straight for the black and gold trunk. I’ve never looked in the trunk previously, but I know this must be where the dolls are.
Blossom’s bed was always made with military precision, and she never added any personal touch, such as colorful throws or toys on the bed. I know this to be a product of a strict military upbringing.
I crouch down beside the trunk and lift the lid. It is heavy but dark, and I can’t see anything. I run to the door and slap my palm against the solar panel beside it. The sunlamp flickers to life and illuminates the room.
I gasp when I see what is lying inside the trunk. In a neat row lay a collection of intricately handcrafted knitted dolls. Each character is recognizable at once. I find Lukas, Shin, even Robbie our cook has his own doll. I laugh and take each one out to inspect them. They are so detailed it’s uncanny.
A piece of folded paper flutters down into the trunk from one of the dolls. I put the Lukas doll down and pick up the paper. I unfold it, and a lump immediately forms in my throat when I see what it is—a note written by Blossom. But I can’t make myself read it.

That’s where Lukas finds me sometime later, curled into a fetal position on the floor next to Blossom’s trunk.



Buy links:

Book 1: Molten Heart

Book 2: Wounded Heart

Book 3: Rebellious Heart - coming September 2017!

Look out for the Rebellious Heart cover reveal in August!

I have a lot of things happening over the next few months, so there may not be many book releases (ebook, paperback), but there will be audiobook releases! First Glance will be out soon, as well as The Chronicles of Blood and Stone. As of now, I don't know when Illuminate will release. I'm trying to fit that in between my signings, and the release of Rebellious Heart, and my trip to Melbourne.
I'll let you know as soon as i do.
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Happy reading,

Laura xx