Celebration of Ageless Sea Release by M.R. Polish. Kindle/Nook Touch Giveaway! @_MRPolish_ @SPNHeather
Today I am featuring a guest post by author M.R. Polish, which includes a lot of goodies. Check out the playlist, excerpt, TWO giveaways -- one for an eReader and the other for eBooks to fill your eReader -- and an invitation to participate in a live SupaParty tomorrow (May 2)!
While writing Ageless Sea I didn't sleep much, my keyboard became my pillow. From beginning to end, my characters kept me on my toes. They changed into amazing people that I am happy to share with you. Ageless Sea started off with a dream I had in the middle of the night. I remember rolling over and grabbing my phone to take notes because it was perfect and since then I haven't been able to get Karis or Brady too far out of my mind. One thing I didn't realize until I started writing, was that Brady was funny. I laughed out loud many times while writing and my family would look at me with that 'she's losing it' look and move on. Here is a part of one of the first scenes where he shows his humorous side:
âWhat is that?â
Karis looked up from the fire with a scowl. âDinner. What did you think it was?â
âOh no, Iâm not eating that, that thing.â Brady pointed at the sea urchin she held in her hands.
She let her shoulders droop. âWe donât eat the whole thing, just this part.â She dangled a small portion of it with her fingers.
âOh hell no!â He held his hands up. âI wonât eat Rocky Mountain Oysters, what makes you think Iâd eat them off a sea creature.â He placed a hand over his mouth. âI think Iâm gonna be sick.â
She laughed. It never crossed her mind that eating that part of the urchin would be distasteful to him. Sheâd eaten them for so long it was like second nature.
Karis shrugged. âWe could go fishing if you prefer?â
âYes, I prefer.â He glanced at the urchin one more time and cringed. âCan you please just toss it out or something? I canât believe you eat those.â
Karis rolled her eyes at him. âFor such a strong guy, youâre sure weak.â She picked up the basket of urchins and laid them aside. âSo are you fishing or am I?â
He grabbed the fishing basket and started down the trail. âI think I can figure it out.â
I love to write fantasy, so it was fun to create the world's inside this book. Romance with fantasy, that is my favorite, so that is what I did. I can't tell you how much you all mean to me. I love that you enjoy my stories as much as I do and how excited you get with your favorite characters... or sometimes even the messages about how you lost sleep because you couldn't put the my book down, makes me happy. I love hearing from all of you and can't thank you enough. I really hope you love Karis and Brady and their journey as much as I do!
M.R. Polish Don't Forget to join us Tomorrow May 2nd for the LIVE Blog Talk Radio Show!! You can call in and talk to us and listen in on the fun. The Winner of the Giveaway will also be announced!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Kindle: Ageless Sea for Kindle
Nook: Ageless Sea for Nook
Paperback: Ageless Sea Paperback on Amazon
Also, if you would like a signed paperback, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to do that for you as well. It is 15.00 and that covers S&H.
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In just a couple of short weeks, my friend David James will be releasing his second novella associated with his debut novel LIGHT OF THE MOON. I was privileged enough to read an ARC of THE WARRIOR'S CODE and can tell you this: it will give you an exciting glimpse into the history between Zack and Kate as they set forth into an joint future full of unknowns. And as always to be expected by David James, it is a beautifully-written story with poetic prose.
Today I'm helping to feature the cover reveal....
Live by the Code.
Die by the Code.
Official Synopsis: "In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive."
The Warrior’s Code (Book 1.2) is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of the Dreamer series that can be read before or after Light of the Moon (Book 1) and The Witch's Curse (Book 1.1).
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.
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Today I'm very excited to be part of Carey Heywood's Stages of Grace blog tour! I've known Carey for a while, and I remember how excited she was when she was struck by inspiration for this story last year. I thought the concept was brilliant (it is) and am therefore so happy to be able to share this new release with you. My post has some information about Carey and Stages of Grace, one of the characters (Kate), and my review. At the very end, you'll find a link to an awesome giveaway, so keep scrolling!
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...
When facing death a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's
not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have
been together for three years. They live together and have shared many
beautiful memories. Those memories are what keep Grace from admitting Jon
has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.
Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists
Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her
pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of
potential life changes. In life sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.
Character Bio: KATE
Short silver coif.
Medium height, plump bottomed, walks with a cane.
Lives in a three bedroom ranch-style home near Tampa, Florida.
Only living relative is Grace, who was not aware she was still alive.
Retired from her secretarial position at a local church
Estranged from her daughter Anne, Grace's mother, Kate was intent to leave the past alone. When she learned of the untimely death of Anne and Grace's dad she could not resist the desire to meet Grace and attempt to form a relationship with her. Kate is outspoken, and somewhat of a troublemaker. She does not hide from the mistakes she has made. She admits when she is wrong and tries to fix what she has done. She loves to knit and cook. She belongs to a local knitting group at the church she worked at before her retirement.
Facing up to to being in a tough life situation takes courage. And acting on it to make a big change in your life takes even more. Carey Heywood's Stages of Grace will take you through a journey that starts off with the main character, Grace, in one of those tough situations. I thought the concept of the book was unique and compelling as soon as I heard about it: a contemporary romance in which Grace journeys through the five classic stages of mourning as her relationship with her long-term boyfriend, Jon, begins to wilt and die. I was honestly tormented as I watched Grace struggle with her denial over this fact - yep, I wanted to yank her out of his controlling grasp, take her on a long walk, and tell her that Jon was no good for her and that she deserved better (and I wanted to punch Jon in the face, REALLY). But as she was truly in denial at that point, I doubt she would have listened to me. And THAT, I think, is the beauty of Carey's writing - she makes her characters so real by infusing them with details, emotions, and thoughts so that you feel like you know them, can relate to them, and as though you can feel for them. And as Grace progressed through the rest of her journey, I was very much ready to root for her and wish for her a happy ending. I won't include any spoilers as to what happens, but suffice it to say that I am totally on Team Ryan (adorable Kiwi, he is) and not because there was any sort of love triangle - anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT do well with love triangles. Oh, yes, and one last thing: Kate was yet another lovely character to add to the mix, and I'm proud to feature her bio on my site today. :)
I give this book 4.5/5 pretty stars!
Carey Heywood lives in Richmond Va with her husband, three children and nine pound attack Yorkie. Unabashedly silly, she spends her free time bonding with candy loving strangers on Twitter. Right now she is probably eating Swedish fish.
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I'm pleased to highlight a unique read by one of my author friends, Red Tash. I met Red last year through one of the indie author communities, and she's wonderfully supportive and awesome to other authors. To give a little something back to her, I'm highlighting her and her book, Troll or Derby: A Fairy Wicked Tale, on my blog today.
“Your parents probably won't want you to read this book. Read it anyway. Five stars.” Ian Seta, Floating Leaves Reviews / Indie Bookshelf
Troll Or Derby: A Fairy Wicked Tale is the story of Deb, a punk kid from the wrong side of the trailer park. In her rural Indiana hometown, Deb can't fit in, so all she wants to do is skate away. She's not into line dancing or partying it up, and she can't sit still long enough to escape into a good book. No, every time Deb rolls to a stop, her alcoholic mom is hollering for another pack of cigarettes, or another six pack of Bud. Making matters worse, Deb's portly beauty queen sister Gennifer is the town's “It girl,” a stark contrast to Deb's exceptional lack of charisma; her closest friend is either the old man who runs the roller skating rink, or the annoying neighbor who's had a crush on her since he discovered he had a penis. As if all of that weren't enough for any girl to handle, Deb is queer, and she's starting to realize that even if that side of her personality doesn't define her, it makes her a target for high school bullies.
Skating is the only thing that brings Deb joy; the rink is the only place where she can forget her troubles and lose herself in the speed and the exhilaration of living, one blistering lap at a time. Out on the rink, she forgets about her Mom's ever-present breakdown. She forgets about the fact that Gennifer is dating the town sleaze, and probably using meth. She forgets all about the bullying, the name-calling, and the hundreds of days between now and graduation. Out on the rink, there is only this fleeting moment, and Deb is the one in control. Skating might as well be flying, and Deb is the hottest chick on the hardwood when she straps on eight wheels. Skates? They might as well be wings, and someday she'll use them to fly away from this town.
Everything changes when Gennifer is kidnapped by her horrible boyfriend, and secrets begin to come out. Deb's mother turns out not to be more like a legal guardian, the old man who owns the rink might be a troll, and Deb's discovers magical powers she didn't know she had. Before she can stop to catch her breath, Deb's on the trail of a murderous monster and deep in the realm of the bad fae—and by bad fae, dear reader, I do, of course include trolls.
Not all trolls are baddies, though, and not everyone Deb meets is out to to tear her wings off—just most. She soon meets Harlow, the benevolent loner who takes her in for as long as she'll stay. A gravel-voiced rock singer who lives in a garbage dump, Harlow may be a troll, but he's got a heart of gold. The question is, can a girl like Deb learn to trust a fella like Harlow? Deb's fairy nature keeps her constantly on the move—can Harlow tell her all she needs to know before the lure of an illicit roller derby ring pulls her into its wicked game?
In an odyssey through Amish Rumspringa, biker bars, trailer parks, Bingo halls, flea markets, fairy realms, trolls underworlds, roller derby, tractor pulls, dungeon cells, and rock and roll concerts, Deb slowly uncover her own truth as she tries to do what's right in all the wrong places. Love her or hate her, once you roll with Deb, you'll never see the world the same.
Troll Or Derby is now on sale for $.99! Grab it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo
Today it is my great pleasure to offer you an interview with debut YA author, Leigh Ann Kopans, and to introduce you to her AMAZING novel ONE. I was privileged enough to have reviewed an ARC of this novel, and have included my review of it (spoiler: I GAVE IT ALL THE STARS) at the end of this interview.
First, here is the stunningly beautiful cover and the blurb:
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.
It makes you a One.
Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.
If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.
Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.
Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves
MY REVIEW: While this story is about superheroes, it wasn't about the X-men or Avengers-type of superhero. It is so much more about the superhero potential that we all have in us. And what better character to help us explore that potential than Merrin? She is a One, which means she has been given less of a potential in terms of her powers, relative to the Supers around her. But she perseveres and works toward her goals, and she is strong, determined, and incredibly independent; what she lacks in her second power, she more than makes up for with her inner strength. Along the way, Merrin meets a boy named Elias and other Ones that have similar challenges to herself. I fell in love with Merrin's character even more as I saw her relationship with these other characters develop, and particularly as I read about Merrin and Elias - as independent as she is, Merrin is still her own individual, but her romance and chemistry with Elias is as real as all of Leigh Ann's wonderful characters. AND (if you need even more incentive to read this awesome story), ONE also incorporates an intriguing dystopian plot that is intelligent and full of twists that keep you glued to the page to the very end. There are suspenseful moments, and touching moments (make sure you have a few tissues handy), and the ending is absolutely sublime.
My rating? 5 STARS OF MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS * * * * *
IT'S HERE! The MYTHOLOGY Blog Tour, hosted by SupaGurlBook Tours!
AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!
The MYTHOLOGY blog tour precedes the release of the sequel, MYTHOLOGY: THE WICKED, which is coming in the fall of this year! There are fun things and an exclusive blog tour giveaway, so be sure to visit the tour stops and check things out! Thanks to all of the bloggers who are featuring MYTHOLOGY this month on their blogs. And thanks especially to Heather Robbins for coordinating and hosting the tour.
*sends book off on tour* *wishes her well*
April 8 - Little Read Riding Hood *Review & Character Pinterest Post
April 9 - Nomi's Paranormal Palace *Spotlight
April 10 - From theShadows I Review *Review
April 11 - Word To Dreams *All About a Main Character
April 12 - Stephanie Parent, YA Author *Excerpt
April 13 - In This World of Books *Review
April 14 - Carey Heywood, Author *Review
April 15 - The White Unicorn *Tweets with Jonathan
April 16 - I am a Reader, Not a Writer *Author Interview
April 17 - Team Nerd Reviews *Review
April 18 - Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After *Character Pinterest Post
- Team Nerd Reviews *Interview
April 19 - Deal Sharing Aunt *Review
April 20 - Dear, Restless Reader *Review
April 21 - Everything Mythology & Amaranthine *Interview
April 22 - Simply Infatuated *Character Pinterest Post
April 23 - Pika Pages *Review
April 24 - Book Briefs *Review
April 25 - A Dragons Love *Review & Character Interview
April 26 - Just a Booklover *Review, Character Interview with Jonathan
April 27 - FanGirl Hostess *All About a Main Character
April 28 - Paperback Cowgirl *Review, Character Post about Micah
Usually book releases in blogs start by telling you about the book, but I'm going to do this a little differently. I'm going to tell you about Amy Harmon first and then tell you about her wonderful new book release. There is a giveaway at the very end - don't miss it!
I met Amy in a Facebook group last year, and we quickly hit it off. Maybe it was because we live in the same state. Maybe we sensed in each other a kindred spirit. Whatever it was, I was intrigued by her Purgatory series (Slow Dance in Purgatory/Prom Night in Purgatory) and snatched them up. I was immediately in love with Amy's writing: sultry and romantic, emotionally-jarring and poetic, and completely swoon-worthy.
One day while I was on FB writing to Amy, my husband looked over my shoulder, pointed to her picture, and asked who she was.
I said, "My friend Amy Harmon. She's an author."
He looked more closely and shook his head. "I went to high school with her. We all had crushes on her. Amy was amazing."
I won't go into how amazing Amy was in high school *cough* studentbodypresident *cough* promqueen *cough*, but suffice it to say that Amy is STILL amazing.
Now for her beautiful new book!
A DIFFERENT BLUE
Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.
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