Friday, December 22, 2017

Air Attack by Author Claire Davon - A Guest Post - Excerpt AND Giveaway!


Air Attack
Elementals’ Challenge
Book 2
Claire Davon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: Nov 7, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946621-06-1
ASIN: B07692BSVV
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 73,756
Cover Artist: Kanaxa

When love drops from the clouds, the sky is the limit…


The last time the Elementals were defeated in a Challenge, the result was World War II—a price humans paid in rivers of blood. Griffin is determined not to let that happen again. He doesn’t need a minor goddess getting in his way—no matter how much the redhead tempts him.

Clea intends to invoke a debt of honor to gain Griffin’s protection, but she has an ulterior motive: to get within striking distance of Griffin’s opponent, who she is certain killed her brother.

She never expected to feel a spark with Griffin, disturbingly seductive as he is. In a world where everyone looks like a god or goddess, why should this one winged Elemental call to her?

Yet their attraction grows fiercer as they journey to Iceland, Luxembourg, and finally Portugal to face Griffin’s foe. But even if they prevail, Griffin is holding onto one last, deadly secret that proves the truth can survive any Challenge, but love may be its final victim.



A Guest Post by Claire Davon
Author of Air Attack


Elementals in the story, who they are, what they want, and how far are they willing to go to accomplish their goals and The challenges of writing paranormal and world-building for the story



Elementals in the story, who they are, what they want, and how far they are willing to go to accomplish their goals OR The challenges of writing paranormal and worldbuilding for the story.

Hi all and welcome to my guest blog. Thank you to Jena for having me!

When I first started writing the book that eventually became Fire Danger, the first in the Elementals’ Challenge series I honestly didn’t think too much about the worldbuilding. I had this vision of a gorgeous guy in my head who had wings and controlled fire and, well, who doesn’t like a vision of a gorgeous guy in their head? Later, when I went back to the series I had more of an idea what the Elementals were and was able to fashion the world around them. Battling for the fate of humanity is no easy task, especially when you don’t know when the battle will come or why you are fighting it. The degree of mystery in Challenge, the battle the Elementals must face, created a natural part of the worldbuilding of the series. My intrepid Elementals don’t know why they have to fight to save humanity, but only know that they must.

In writing Griffin, the air Elemental who takes center stage in Air Attack, I wanted to take the series outside the U.S. Griffin is air, after all, and seemed a natural fit to be a wanderer, and Iceland, where the book starts, seemed perfect for him. He is also haunted by the fact that he inadvertently hurt humans when battling his Demonos counterpart in the second World War, which was the last time that the Elementals fought—and lost—Challenge. A relative youngster in the Elementals world (only a mere five hundred years old) Griffin seems easygoing on the surface but feels things acutely deep inside. He doesn’t let it show but it’s there. He lives in today but remembers the past.

I also love to explore pantheons of gods as well as different kinds of paranormal beings. My mind automatically goes to those who are not as well-known as, say, vampires and werewolves, or Zeus and Thor. In finding Griffin’s perfect woman I went to the ancient pantheons of gods. His red-haired air-powered goddess Clea won’t be found in any history books but her mother Dodola is there. So is her father, who is a member of the Tuatha dé Danann. I took a page from other fantasy/paranormal writers and fashioned the characters so that the gods are truly immortal, as long as there are people who remember them. I find that fascinating. Imagine being a god, but your existence depends on the memory of the humans who have left you behind. I haven’t touched too much on this idea, but that’s a story for a later series, perhaps!

I’d love to hear what you think about the Elementals and where you believe the story is going. The mystery of Challenge links the series, but each story has a different couple who are striving for their happily ever after. If you have any questions or comments, I can be found on my Facebook or at my website. Links are below.

Thank you again to Jena for the opportunity to blog on this site. Happy reading!


Thank you for joining us Claire.
Continue reading everyone for an excerpt from Air Attack 

Currents of wind blew around and under them. Clea reached out to test the air. There was no need to supplement his gust with her own; he had more than enough. She cursed herself, wishing she had used her time to do more research before she had fled to the Elemental. She needed to know what Griffin’s strengths, and more importantly, what his weaknesses were. Only then would she know what to focus on and how she could help. She couldn’t lose any more family.

Inch by inch, her fear began to leave her as Griff’s strong wings beat in the currents. As they grew nearer, Griff again made the same hand motion he had before, and the sliding door pulled back.

“Neat trick.”

A rumble of laughter echoed in him.

He deposited her on the floor, landing her gently on her feet. Clea’s hands and face lost their chill in the warmth of his remote home. To her dismay, her heart was pounding and when cold left her, beads of fear sweat bloomed on her body. Griffin poured her another glass of wine from the same bottle as before, saying nothing. His wings once again folded against his back.

“That was interesting.” Small ripples danced across the red wine as Clea curved her free hand around the stem. In another moment, she would be shaking. Too much had happened too fast. “Why keep the basket?”

“He doesn’t need it to maneuver in air, but he likes to let the unwary believe what they will. Don’t underestimate Amai,” he said, steel in his tone. “The basket may look stupido, but he is ruthless and dangerous. He didn’t kill my predecessor by being a fool.”

Hoping her voice was level, Clea met Griff’s gaze. “I have learned not to misjudge anyone. Danger comes in many packages. Still, you’ve got to admit, it’s ridiculous.”

He flashed something that might have been a smile, but it was gone before she could be sure. “That’s the point. It’s a natural tendency not to take the ridiculous seriously, and he has caught many people by surprise that way. He was made into his current form by the primitive people of Mangaia, and he chooses to keep the trappings of his creation.”

Griff didn’t move, but he was in her mind, beating at her shields.

“Let’s talk, Clea. Who is Patrik?”

She opened her mouth to speak but before she had any words, there was a crack of thunder. It was followed by another one, and another, until their surroundings seemed alive with electricity. Clea’s hair floated out and Griffin’s feathers stood up. There was a fleeting impression of a hooked nose on his face, like a beak. For an instant, he looked like the half lion/half eagle that was his other form, before it faded to his normal countenance.

Wind kicked up and swirled outside the house, whipping small trees at the bottom until their branches bent close to the ground. It picked up snow, sending it coursing through the air, and bits of debris whirled in the currents. Griffin still hadn’t moved, cocking his head to one side.

“Amai’s parting shot. He can be a child,” he said. “I’ll be right back.”

Griff’s power grew, almost a tangible force in him as he took in a deep breath. When he exhaled, the wind stuttered and then stopped swirling. It began churning in the opposite direction, rising away from the house. Lightning streaked down, but before it could crash to earth, Griffin caught it mentally and sent the electricity back up the path it had followed, lifting his hands as if to direct the path. In the distance, Clea heard a yelp before the storm ended as fast as it had manifested.

The buzz in her body subsided. There was no need for it yet. It may be best to keep her powers hidden until she had need of them. Amai was not the only one people often underestimated.





About the Author


Claire Davon has written on and off for most of her life, starting with fan fiction when she was very young. She writes across a wide range of genres, and does not consider any of it off limits. If a story calls to her, she will write it. She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time writing novels and short stories, as well as doing animal rescue and enjoying the sunshine.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Books Make Great Gifts



We're getting closer to Christmas, and shoppers are running out of time. Please remember that books make excellent gifts and there are numerous ways to give them, whether you use B&N or Amazon, or better yet, the small bookstores like pipe & thimble publishing and bookstore, and others that are working to stay in business. 



How can you give someone a book?

Amazon and other retailers offer a gift option for e-books on their buy page.

You can purchase a kindle unlimited membership.

You can purchase a plan through Audible.com for those who prefer to listen.

Some Authors offer their books on their websites. You can even get them signed.

Check out the bookstores in your neighborhood, many are still there.

Gift cards for these items are awesome too.

And don't forget that many people still love the scent and feel of a paperback in their hands.




Do you have any friends still confused about what they might give? Suggest a book, or an Author you really loved.


Have a great week all. If anyone is travelling, please stay safe.

Cover Reveal! Sparrow Squadron: Aelita's War Book 1, by Author D.L. Jung



Sparrow Squadron
by D.L. Jung
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Action-Adventure
Release Date: February 2018


"There was a time when flying didn't mean looking over my shoulder for death coming at me."

World War II. June 1941. Hitler's war machine turns to the Soviet Union.

Escaping her hometown ahead of the Nazis, 16-year-old Aelya Makarova seizes a chance to live her dream. Obsessed with flying, she joins a women's fighter squadron to defend her homeland against the invaders. She'll go faster and higher than she's ever gone before.

But the harsh reality of Air Force life shatters her expectations and forces her to grow up fast. The squadron is split by petty rivalries, male pilots treat them like a joke, and the ideal country she thought she was fighting for doesn't really exist.

Finally given a chance to prove herself in battle, Aelya is pushed to breaking point. With all her talent, the help of her comrades, and a lot of luck, she might just make it through. But will there be anything left of her humanity?

With fast-paced action and a heart-rending mix of humour and tragedy, Sparrow Squadron is an adventure novel for young adults that brings an overlooked episode of history to life.

About the Author

DL Jung has been an enthusiastic student of history since grade school, when he spent lazy afternoons flipping through an old Encyclopedia Britannica set. He enjoys blogging about history and writing historical fiction. He also writes fantasy and horror fiction as Darius Jung.

Jung is married, with two children, and lives in Toronto, Canada. They are lucky enough to spend part of the time in New Zealand. Outside of writing, he has tried stints as an industrial engineer, a film and TV script supervisor, an IT consultant, a professional game show contestant, and a grossly under-qualified business wear model. Sparrow Squadron is his debut novel.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tainted Legacy by Author Tabitha Peattie - Guest post on the Theme of her Story - Giveaway


Tainted Legacy: The Ash Academy Series
by Tabitha Peattie
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: August 25th 2017


What would you do if your parents had committed the worst crime in history?

Who would you turn to if the laws, meant to protect you, were corrupted?

When is it ok for all the good people to do bad things and the bad people to do good things?

How can you fall in love with the person who was destined to hate you?

Welcome to the world of the world of the Gifted.

Ava has always lived on the fringes of society with her close-knit family. Ever protected, loved and sheltered until the day it’s time to start at Ash Academy.

Nothing is as it seems, as Ava finds out that everything she thinks she knows is tainted. Tainted by death, lies and deceit. It is her job to learn the truth and stay true to herself despite the darkness all around her.

No one survives that kind of drama alone. Through Ava’s discovery of their society and her place in it, she will find kindness and support in the most unlikely places.

From the Ashes we Rise!


For Readers who enjoyed authors such as: 
Richelle Mead
Cassandra Clare
Kelly St Clare
Jaymin eve
Laura Thalassa

A gripping first book in the Ash Academy series. This book is a full-length novel with a HEA and no cliff-hangers. Step into a magical world about love, loss and self-discovery.



Tainted Legacy Guest Post 

By Author Tabitha Peattie

Author Bio:
I have been writing for 6 years and have written a number of books. I am really excited to start publishing these and see if others love my books like I do. I'm influenced by so many authors and books that I couldn't list them all the! All my stories have a theme of overcoming what nature has given you as this is something I have really experienced in life. I have struggled with MS since I was 17. This is something which has given me the strength and the experience to be able to write about the lowest lows and the highest highs.



 The Theme of Tainted Legacy

The main theme of the story is to stay true to yourself. Ava finds herself in a school where everyone is telling her who she is. It’s a pressure most of us feel every day when people take one look at you and judge you. As Ava learns more about herself and her own strength we see other forms of friendship, love and magic. The relationships between the characters were really important to me as an author. With a coming of age style novel, especially, you need to be able to see the influences around you. With Ava, we see this in her strong sisterhood style friendship with Sky and an almost mothering role with Skit. When it came to the romance aspect of it, it is my take on the love/hate relationship.
The school and magic are the foundations of the story. The magic is something that you just start to see as Ava gets her Gift and must learn how to control it. The school is a constant in the background. It is based on the boarding school I went to in Berkshire England. The oak tree and teachers are all based on my experience when growing up. For me this lends a level of authenticity to the world I have created.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Heartbreaker by Author Lila Felix - Excerpt - Giveaway


HeartBREAKER
Lila Felix
(AnguiSH, #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: December 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Breaker James is no longer the boy locked in a prison of his own making. He’s not afraid to leave his house, and he doesn’t need Ash twenty-four hours a day, just to function—just to breathe.

Hell, lately it feels like he might not need her much at all anymore.

He’s a heart breaker, pure and simple. Turns out love is easy when you’re secluded from the outside world. Maybe Ash is the one who is afraid now…afraid she’s done her job a little too well. Can she learn how to let Breaker love her, now that he doesn’t need her to be his crutch?

HeartBREAKER is the endearing companion story to Lila Felix’s best-selling AnguiSH novel. Fall in love with Breaker James all over again!





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Excerpt

In most instances, I was strong—I could handle anything. But something about Breaker James—well, broke me. I guess that’s the other tough thing about love—it exposes your weaknesses and shines a spotlight on them.
Apparently one of my weaknesses was feeling like Breaker didn’t need me anymore.
That his need for me in his life had come and gone.
Expired.
Fizzled to nothing.

Breaker was breaking me again.
God, it felt beautiful to be broken.




Author Bio

Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Empyrean Gate by Author Z. Rockward. Excerpt - Teasers - Giveaway.

The Empyrean Gate: Part I
Z. Rockward
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

In space, no one can fill your awkward silences for you…

At the turn of the 23rd century, Liam Boyer’s parents led the construction of the Empyrean Gate, an intergalactic spaceway to an advanced civilization with the technology to fix Earth’s environmental crisis. But when an extremist named Kin sabotages the Gate on opening day, he tears apart the two worlds—and Liam’s family. In the three decades since then, Liam has dedicated his life to bringing Kin to justice and seeing the Gate rebuilt.

Yona Kabul works on one of Earth’s trash satellites, assigned to salvage and recycle anything she can from the landfill before it’s fed to the sun to be disposed of forever. Just before her satellite’s suncineration, Liam arrives in pursuit of Kin, who has come to dig up a long lost weapon with the intent of using it to destroy the Gate once and for all.

When Yona is recruited to work with Liam, he has no intention of letting her slow him down. But the more she proves herself, the more he begins to see her value, in more ways than one. Soon they find themselves on a path with unpredictable twists, dangerous turns of the heart, and unimaginable stakes. Can they stop Kin before he shuts the door between the two worlds forever and dooms Earth to environmental disaster?




Excerpt

Liam fought back up, thrashing as a cord tightened around his arm. He slipped out his limb in time and climbed through the landslide to the mouth of the cave, closing before him. He managed to clear the rubble when his leg jerked back. A vine of cables coiled around his knee and up his thigh, while a layer of netting reached around his other foot, pulling him under like a monster swallowing its prey.

He tried to claw his way out but a wave of debris came over him. The pressure bore down on his physical armor, his last line of defense as his forcefield flickered out. He fought to take a breath, gasping against the crushing of his chest. A plastic sheet unfolded above him like the wings of a suffocating angel. The pit collapsed in a slow fold above him, obscuring his view of the stars.

He couldn’t die here. Not now. Not yet.

A woman shot out from behind the plastic sheet, shredding it with a bright laser machete. She slung aside clumps of plastic and sliced through the web tangling him.

She extended her hand to him. “Come on!”

Liam grabbed her hand and she fired the boosters on her boots to hoist him up. They whipped back, dregs of plastic clinging to his armor.

“Your armor,” she yelled. “Take it off!”

He hesitated. Her gaze was bright but steady under her helmet, her eyes hot pink. She was as if from another world. On a fantastical whim his mind wondered if she was an Empyr, somehow on this side of the universe—but he knew that wasn’t possible. She could only be human, and her request was inconceivable.

He kicked his feet, his limbs straining with the pull. “I’ll get torn apart!”

“You won’t make it out otherwise.” She tightened her grip. “Trust me on this. I’ve got you.”

He was now pulling her down with him, but she held on, steady and strong. She’d taken the risk to follow him down here, into the jowls of death. He realized that if he could trust anyone, he could trust her in this moment.

He released his armor, keeping his helmet but shedding the rest like molted skin. She pulled him free as the plastic crushed and swallowed the human-shaped shell he’d left behind. They vaulted above the crest of plastic, the pit stretching below them, an irregular, jagged landscape alive with agitated hunger.

He couldn’t see his ship—or Kin’s—anywhere.

They cleared the perimeter and descended near a hoverbike, the woman setting him delicately on his feet before landing herself. Her helmet unfolded into her collar, revealing a bun of purple hair atop her head.

“Second rule of the plastic pit,” she said, guessing his thoughts. “Always park out of its reach.”

His contacts scanned her face and identified her as Yona Kabul, the steward assigned to this satellite.

Liam retracted his helmet. He brushed away the bits of plastic stuck to his person. She was untouched.

“What’s the first rule?” he asked.

“Never enter the plastic pit.”










About the Author


Z lives in the wild west and marvels at the weather every day. She likes pole dancing, drawing, and feminism. She tries to avoid cliches but sometimes can’t resist.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rising, by Author Holly Kelly - Excerpt - Teasers - Giveaway


The Rising Series Box Set
Holly Kelly
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: December 12th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

A magical underwater realm awaits! Own books 1-3 of the Best-Selling Rising series by acclaimed author Holly Kelly.

This value-priced boxed set includes the first three novels in the best-selling Rising series: Rising (with an exclusive bonus scene), Descending, and Avenging. Beautifully packaged with brilliant new cover art, this set is perfect for any fan of Greek Mythology and Mermaid Romance stories. Order the Rising series today and submerge yourself in an underwater world full of passion, romance, intrigue and adventure.

Rising: Contains a newly released scene! In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. There’s just one thing standing in his way: the life of a beautiful young woman…

Descending: When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land.
Avenging: Two thousand years ago, King Triton witnessed the slaughter and total annihilation of his merchildren. Devastated by the loss, he vowed to never again father a child. Powerful, handsome, and eternally youthful, Triton was no stranger to seduction—yet his resolve was unwavering…until he met Nicole.




Excerpt


He knew what he had to do, what he’d done countless times before. As a trained soldier, he had a sacred duty to protect his people, guard their secret, and uphold the law. This female’s presence here was not only a criminal act, but it also presented an imminent threat. And because of that, his course was clear.

He had to kill her.

His plan lay clearly before him. Blanketed in the shadows, he’d enter her apartment window. Moving silently, he’d strike fast. Before she could cry out for help, he’d have her throat slit wide open. With her blood flowing swiftly, she’d be dead in mere seconds. The fact that she bathed at this time added to the ease of the execution. Clean up would be simple. Before the night ended, it would be as if she’d never existed. The Dagonian threat of exposure would be wiped clean from the human world.

Xanthus stood, his feet rooted in place under her window. Her sweet scent surrounded him as he listened to her pitiful sobs. Then, in that moment, he did the most shameful thing he’d ever done in his life.

He hesitated.

No, he didn’t merely hesitate. He halted. Fingering his blade in his holster, he willed his feet to move, but they seemed unwilling to obey. Then his mind latched onto a thought. It was no crime to wait for a more opportune time or a more secluded place to strike. He didn’t need to act rashly. True, finding her here in the human world shocked him, but he needed to be clear-headed and sure when he killed her.

He made his way back to his vehicle and climbed behind the wheel. He leaned his head back against the seat, closed his eyes, and attempted to clear his head.

He’d be back and she would die. She deserved to die. She may have the voice of an angel, but that was a lie. She was a traitor, a threat to their people. No other explanation made sense.

Xanthus looked toward the little female’s apartment building across the street. Could she have found a more dangerous place to live? This Dagonian female probably felt at home with these bottom-feeders.

Probably? Aw Hades. He cursed himself and the doubt in his mind. He doubly cursed that he couldn’t seem to stop himself from caring about her welfare. He’d be killing her himself, after all. The traitor had to die, regardless of his feelings and no matter how appealing she was. Of course, if she died by a human’s hands then he wouldn’t…

No.

He shook his head at his own idiotic thoughts. If a human killed her, then her body would be taken to the morgue, for the humans to see. He couldn’t let that happen. He had to be the one to kill her and carefully dispose of her body. And he would, soon.

Just not tonight.





About the Author

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Author Cindy McElroy - Guest Post - Excerpt - Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul blog tour! Check out a short excerpt and the giveaway below!

The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul
by Cindy McElroy
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 28th 2017

Meet Sadie MacPhearson. She’s seventeen and lives in a ritzy, artsy beach town called Mariposa Beach, California. Blond, bootylicious and beautiful—she’s a main chick of the Pop Crowd: the most flawless looking, smartest, trendiest, richest, fabulous group of party animals at Mariposa Beach High School. She wants one thing, to keep her secret but it’s always lingering above her head. When the administrators want to assess her for a learning disability, she coats inhibitions and fears with alcohol, which, in turn, causes serious damage in her life, mostly her chameleon soul.

After struggling to blend in, senior year, Sadie finds herself without her dear grandmother, with disgusted parents, three hundred and sixty mandatory volunteer hours and AA meetings, no driver’s license or Jeep, zero friends, and cognitively low classes. Feeling like success is not an option with her learning disability, she sits behind building C next to an overweight, military loving, book nerd Jay Felix on the first day of senior year. He pushes her to be her best self. But even at her best, can Sadie overcome her learning disability, her struggles with alcohol and graduate from high school at the cutthroat Mariposa Beach High School or will the lure of the Pop Crowd take her down?

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The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul Guest Post 

What is a Chameleon Soul, and what are the benefits/problematic issues with it? 


A Chameleon Soul is a soul that adapts with the changing of environments. The amphibians called chameleons change colors to provide camouflage, temperature regulation and a means of communicating with other chameleons. The chameleons’ colors change in response to excitement, stress, temperature, lighting conditions, and the presence of other chameleons and others. The main character’s personality, perception and persona of herself and the world around her changes from feeling ugly to beautiful inside and out, from feeling dumb to successful, from being mean to kind and from being popular to feeling social suicide. The problematic issues are the main character is flip-flopping through her life and the world around her, which to some people can be frustrating. Her life is pretty good and she takes advantage of it. However, the benefits of her flip-floppiness are she suffers for her mistakes and ends up solid gold.



Excerpt

"I start the engine to my Jeep and skid past them. I crank up the volume to The Rolling Stones favorites, knocking over a half-drank Java in the meantime, bobbing in and out of the cars on Pacific Coast Highway under the dark sky. It's exceptionally dark tonight. I search for the stars....I look behind me to see if my friends are chasing me...."

"Screw them!" I scream. "They are not my friends."

I feel a wave of nausea, which for some reason forces my foot on the gas pedal.....



About the Author

Cindy McElroy is a young adult novel writer. The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul is her first book. She’s the wife of a firefighter, and the mother of three children and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but she’s also been a special education teacher, a camp counselor and police decoy. She does her best writing when she’s beach camping, or her kids are asleep or at school. If she’s not writing or with her family, she’s reading, doing yoga, water skiing, snowboarding or SUP boarding near her home in Ventura County, California. Cindy loves to write humorous yet emotional novels about young adults experiencing young adult things.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Study in Shifters, by Author Majanka Verstraete

A Study In Shifters
Majanka Verstraete
(The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)
Publication date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart

After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?

Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.

It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.





About the Author


Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.

When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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Lantern: The Complete Collection, by Author Chess Desalls - Guest Post - Giveaway


Lantern: The Complete Collection
by Chess Desalls
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Pages: 230
Release Date: September 26th 2017


The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

This collection includes all three novellas, Lantern, Beacon, and Torch.

Tori discovers a lantern that shines for her and nobody else. Is it a ghost or a living being that must be set free?

Serah unseals a globe made of Celestial Glass. Does success bring her happiness or create more trouble than it's worth?

Evelyn meets Graham after attending a party where a lantern burns out. Who lights the way to pull the other through?

Experience three different stories, all with a connection to a mysterious lamp maker.





Guest Post
What does the lantern signify?
By Author Chess Sesalls


I love this question, almost as much as I dread answering it. I have a particular interpretation in mind, but one of my favorite bits of feedback was from a reader who said Lantern could be interpreted many ways. Depending on the reader’s background, experiences, spirituality, and imagination, the lanterns could represent many things. So could Machin.

Therefore, I’m hesitant to tell you what the lanterns are and what they mean to me. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read the collection, and I don’t want to influence readers’ own special interpretations. However, I’m very open to individual feedback through email and Facebook messages. If you and your followers would like to discuss your thoughts in the comments below, I’m certainly happy to read them.

 

About the Author

Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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