Friday, January 30, 2015

Author Guest Post/#Giveaway : ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch





Why I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE
by Tamara Branch


To the Girls of the World,

I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE because I want you to create the best life you can for yourself. I want you to go for your dreams and give it all you've got. I want you to be bold, speak up, speak out and be fearless. I want you to be HAPPY. I want you to know how strong you are and that you can get through anything. I want you to pick yourself up when you fall down. I want you to be YOU to the highest power, authentic and real. I want you to SHINE. I want you to believe in yourself, step up responsibility, honor your life, have faith and push through. I want you to stand in your GREATNESS as a young woman.

When I first got the idea to write this book, I thought of my own insecurities when I was a teen and what helped me to overcome them. I thought about what I learned from my mistakes, life lessons, experiences, personal study and my life's exploration. I thought about the 'not smart enough, pretty enough, tall enough, thin enough' epidemic in our society, the media's influence on how girl's feel about themselves, other people's opinions and judgements and the pressure on girls and women to look, act and be a certain way.

I wanted to contribute something to the self-esteem conversation. I'm a student of personal development. I study the thought leaders in this area. I read books that uplift. I surround myself with people that are about IT. I am committed to improving, expanding my thinking, being of service and keeping myself inspired. EVERYBODY has doubts, fears, challenges, tough times. I certainly do. Life can be hard. It's not easy to show up for yourself and stay positive ALL the time. I wrote ITGIRL4LIFE to help.
To build a house you have to begin with a strong foundation. You have to lay the ground work before you start adding on and designing the rest. Same thing with you and me. Having a foundation of powerful ideas and principles helps to create an INNER support, giving you the tools to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. The stronger and more solid your foundation is, the better because your foundation is what keeps you standing. Tapping into your power as an individual is the key to making it.

There is a reality that hits you as you get older and that is that your life is up to YOU. What you believe about yourself is EVERYTHING. When you believe that you are a person of value, extraordinary, beautiful, capable, smart, talented and important, you walk into the room differently, you ACT differently and you make decisions from a secure and confident place. This book was written for you, the girls of the world. I want you to always remember the simple, yet profound things that will help you create the best life you can for yourself.



About the Author

"I believe in the power, beauty, strength and amazing potential of girls. I believe girls deserve to feel extraordinary. I believe that when girls shine their light, they are unstoppable!"
- ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch


Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE, kicking off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.

Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.

After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She's a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Blitz/#Giveaway : My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen #1) by Sean Hayden





My
Soul to Keep (Rise of the
Fallen #1)
Release
Date: 04/04/12
Untold
Press
187
pages

Summary
from Goodreads:
It
was only a wish. 


Connor Sullivan was painfully average. The very highlight of his existence was
going to school, doing homework, and playing video games. He thought nothing would
ever change that. Unfortunately, homework usually screws everything up.

A cut, some blood, and a hastily scrawled promise to sell his soul for his
fondest wish...and all hell breaks loose. Literally.


The Demons take him up on his offer.


In a last ditch effort to keep his soul, he wishes to become one of the demons,
or Fallen as they call themselves. Connor thought he had found a solution to
his problem. He never fully understood the meaning of the phrase, "From
the frying pan into the fire," until his wish was granted. The biggest
catch?


Never ever fall in love with a human...


And then she walked into his school. Beautiful, red-haired, funny...and blind.
Connor's heart didn't stand a chance. Neither did the Fallen's rules. He had
saved his soul, but could he find happiness without hurting the girl he loved?
Or would secrets Jessica didn't even know she had destroy them all?


Prologue

Ever have one of those bad ideas just pop into your head? You know the ones. They seem like a great idea at the time, but if you had stopped to think about it a moment…
I'm talking about those ideas where you just seize the moment and do what your heart tells you to. Then, after the dust settles and you get bandaged up, your parents say, "What the hell were you thinking?"
"But, Dad, I wasn't!"
I had one of those moments.
I guess if you want to be technical, I had a whole chain of those moments leading up to the big bang moment. The problem was I didn't have anyone standing around saying, "What the hell were you thinking?"
The moral of this story?
There are several.
First, stores don't sell black candles for a reason. They're bad news. If you happen to come across one in the mall that sells questionable items…walk away. Trust me on this one. Black candles are bad.
Second, always know what you want out of life. Coasting along, not caring about anything will get you into trouble. Maybe more than you can handle.
Lastly, if someone offers to grant you your fondest wish, wish for something you really, truly want. Wish for something that will make the world a better place or you a better person. Never ever wish to be a monster…

Don't
miss book 2, Your Soul to Take! Available now!

Available
on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.




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-Review copies will be sent on a bi-weekly basis (depending on sign ups).

About
the Author
Born
the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire.
His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive
creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.


Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban
fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell
in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to
rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.




Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author.
He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has
met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in
everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a
starring role in his own television sitcom. 



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Blitz/#Giveaway : Henge (Le Fay #1) by Realm Lovejoy




Release
Date: 11/11/14

Summary
from Goodreads:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no
longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to
be trusted.



Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an
extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will.
Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In
the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite
group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.



Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is
rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user,
takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is
Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many
rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see
her fail.



But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire
magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the
challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic?
Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.


_________



"Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written
beginning to a planned YA series."--Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.

She is agented by Jessica Regel.

Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Blitz : Broken Aro (The Broken Ones #1) by Jen Wylie






by Jen Wylie 
Release
Date: 09/04/12
Untold
Press
265
pages

Summary
from Goodreads:


Open your eyes to darkness. What do you
see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo
hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You
don't know anyone around you, and some of them aren't even human. Giving up
would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a
military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a
plan. Aro's was to escape and to survive.



Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other
survivors learn that freedom doesn't mean safety. The slavers want their
property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of
their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to
keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every
turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever
considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns
into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.


Excerpt 1
Her eyes opened to darkness.
She wasn't surprised. When bad things happened and you finally opened your eyes it was always dark wasn't it? Because otherwise when you woke up you wouldn't be scared, not right away, not until you remembered. Yet in darkness nothing else could be seen but the memories of what had happened, it didn't matter if you opened your eyes or kept them squeezed closed.
What happened…
She closed her eyes again, not against the memories, but the sudden tears and choking sobs. Still, she tried to not remember, but her head hurt. All of her hurt, but her head hurt the worst. She'd been hit by something, very hard. She had no trouble remembering the pain. She remembered falling to the ground, her brothers screaming her name over the insane loudness of the fighting and everything fading to nothing as darkness claimed her.
She sucked in a deep breath. The fighting. Yes, the city had been attacked. The walls had been breached. There had been fighting in the streets. She had been fighting. Her brothers had been trying to get her out. They had been so close. Had they?
She shifted and froze, terror creeping up her throat and choking her at the same time until nothing but a strangled gurgle came out.
They had not.
She knew because she felt the cold metal shackles around each wrist, felt the weight of the chain between them. The same fetters bound her ankles. Dirty straw prickled her cheek and the other smells of her surroundings overcame her. They overwhelmed her and made her gag. The rank scents of piss, shit and vomit almost covered the stale reek of sweat and the tang of salt.
Salt.
She'd thought her head had just been spinning, but no, everything moved, lurching and swaying. She was at sea.
At sea in chains meant only one thing. The rumors had been true. The Gelanians had allied with the Franuan Slavers. Beneath the combined attack, Kingsport had fallen and the Frans had taken their cut, citizens to sell as slaves. She was a slave.
Well that sucks.





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Links:


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-Signing up does not guarantee you will receive a copy.

-Review copies will be sent on a bi-weekly basis (depending on sign ups).

About the Author
Jen
Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. 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. 




Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian
shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.




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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog Day 2015



2 Bags Full


Well I thought if I have more followers it would be get me to post more book reviews (I have lagged behind badly)

I am an avid reader - reading a lot more on the iPad via Kindle. I do post blitz's, excerpts for several book tour companies.

I decided that I want to read more from the library this year - but have started with Overdrive app to check out books that way. Started with some kids books to see how it works and hope to move on to longer books in the next couple of weeks.

My main thing I want to do this year is try to re-vamp my book blog, but don't have the money to pay for an upgrade so will be looking to see what might be out there and am looking for suggestions from others (comments are always good).

My goal is to post at least one review a week, but need to do a lot better at it now. I've managed to post a couple already, but have already read 11 books, so as you can see I'm behind -

Thanks for the follow

You can check out the other sites here:

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Scroll down and see them all, just click away and start visiting. There's over 400!

Sunday Post #




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 19, 2015 – January 25, 2015
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Valentine Hearts by Susan R. Hughes
*01/19 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Want to get Struck by Love? by BPIC Promos
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - FREE is for ME!! You Too? by KA Matthews
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Consume Me is LIVE! by Ryan Michele-Author
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Buy a book, save a pet! by Romance to the Rescue
*01/20 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Fast-Pitch Love by Astraea Press
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Meet Me In the Garden by Rosa Sophia
*01/20 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Thaw: Series Release! by E. Kaiser Writes
Promo Blitz (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : One Last Hold by Angela Smith
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Pre-Order Shifter Under Cover! by C.A. Tibbitts
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - The Fear That Divides Us Cover by M N Forgy Author
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Last chance to grab Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Finding Love in Disaster by Cynthia Hickey
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Never Hurt Me - book #3 by Shawn McGuire
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Poor Little Daddy's Girl-Live! by Normandie Alleman
*01/24 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Rose Ring by Astraea Press
*01/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Watch Me Giveaway & Vote by Angela Fristoe



Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 26, 2015 – February 1, 2015
01/25 - Scavenger Hunt Read-a-thon (COYER)
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Deeper Release by Author Allyn Lesley
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - KICK (Savage Saints MC #1) by Carmen Jenner
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : Broken Aro (The Broken Ones #1) by Jen Wylie
*01/27 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Yakimali’s Gift by Astraea Press
*01/27 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Impulse by As You Wis Tours
*01/28 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - This Crazy Love goes live! by Stefanie Pratt
*01/28 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - .99¢ SALE ASCENSION (DH#1) by Andrea Mansue
01/28 - Book Blitz (YA Bound) : Henge (Le Fay #1) by Realm Lovejoy
01/29 - Book Blitz(YA Bound) : My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen #1) by Sean Hayden
01/30 - Author Guest Post/Giveaway (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch
*01/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Chastity Falls Is Coming… by Lianne Cotton
*01/31 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - New Release #EyubeaGirls by AuthorPalessa
*01/31 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Launching Dreams by aridee1
*01/31 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Cross Promo for Authors by Rainy Kaye
*02/01 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Young Love Giveaway by Readers' Realm
*02/01 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - February Kindle Giveaway by Free Kindle Giveaway


Coming soon

February

*02/03 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
*02/03 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Life on the Edge by Astraea Press
02/05 – Promo Blitz/#Giveaway (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : Tell Me a Secret by Ann Everett
*02/06 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Psychic Perception by Candy O'Donnell
*02/06 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Every Heart by HEA Book Tours PR & More
*02/06 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - AUTHOR EDWARD PETTY’S E-BOOKS by Edward Petty
*02/07 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Guardian Lineage by Astraea Press
*02/09 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - A magical fairy tale & romance by Gina Dickerson
*02/10 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Redemption by Astraea Press
*02/14 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - True Colors by Astraea Press
*02/14 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Alphas In Love by HEA Book Tours, PR & More
*02/17 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Love Before Honor by Astraea Press
*02/21 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Dream On by Astraea Press
*02/23 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Different by Astraea Press
*02/25 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - 100+ ebooks on sale by Rainy Kaye
*02/28 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - True love…myth or reality? By MARTIN VAN DOMMELE
02/14 - Arizona Statehood Giveaway (2/14)

March

*03/12 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Smart Books for Kids by Darya
03/03 - Florida Statehood Giveaway - Miami by Pat Booth

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: ABC Safari By Karen Lee



Title: ABC Safari
Author: Karen Lee
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 0977742369
Release Date: March 10, 2007
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s
Format: ebook
Source: Library

GoodReads:
Let's search for adventure above in the sky. We'll scout rains. We'll trek through a swamp, a puddle, a pond, in lakes and the river, the ocean beyond. But, what are we looking for? Who will we see? Find animals on this Safari with me! Once you've discovered all the animals, turn to the "For Creative Minds" through the mountains and hills, and then try exploring the forests, the meadows and plains, across the dry desert and through jungle educational section for sorting cards and animal fun facts.

Mine: What a wonderfully illustrated book. Included are the usual animals – Zebras, Penguins, Tigers – but what a nice change to see Yaks, Vultures, and Manatees – not your usual run in the mill animal.

The rhyming goes perfectly with the animals – “On mountain tops the wind can blow a freezing breeze with ice and snow. But even in the coldest storm, the winter-coated Yak stays warm”

Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Total Page Challenge 2015
2015 I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge (Book Dragon's Lair)
2015 I love Library Books Reading Challenge (Book Dragon's Lair)
2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge (Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and The Book Nympho)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Blitz/#Giveaway : Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card




Release Date: 01/19/14
Entangled Teen
276 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.


Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.



When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever. 


Excerpt:

Ward’s insides squirmed. “We can’t sit here long. She’s a vesperitti, all her senses are enhanced. If she hasn’t smelled our sweat, she’s listening to us talk right now.” She’d probably already heard them approach and could hear his heart trying to pound its way out of his chest.

Celia drew the silver knife—the only thing that could kill a vesperitti—from her dagger’s sheath at her hip. “We need to get her into sunlight to blind her. Get your silver ready.”

Nazarius drew his silver knife and stood.

Celia glanced at Ward, freezing him with her pale blue gaze. A hint of emotion swept through her expression but, like it had been since they’d started hunting Allette four days ago, he couldn’t figure out what it meant. “Stay here.”

Right. It meant he was a liability in a fight. And really, going up against a creature faster and stronger than a man, he was, without a doubt, a liability.

He opened his mouth to say something. Agree, disagree, wish her to stay safe? He didn’t know what, but she leapt away and dashed across the small clearing to the farmhouse’s front door before he could say anything.

Nazarius was a step behind her. She reached the door, threw it open, and Nazarius rushed inside, but he jerked back into the doorway, blocking Celia from entering.

Something was wrong.





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About the Author
I have always been drawn to story telling. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.


I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Post #80



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 12, 2015 – January 18, 2015
Book Blitz/#Giveaway (YA Bound) : Tainted Energy! By Lynn Vroman
Cover Reveal (YA Bound) : Life Unaware by Cole Gibson
*01/12 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - ON LOVE SONGS by Vanayssa Somers
*01/13 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - In The Rearview by Astraea Press
*01/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Snag Love Notes for .99 cents! by Love Notes Boxed Set Authors
01/15 - Promo Blitz/#Giveaway (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : Tied With a Bow and No Place to Go by Ann Everett
01/16 - Freebie Friday - Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
*01/16 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Bloodlines is now available! by Vanessa Skye
*01/16 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - #EveryHeart by #LKCollins by *..HEA Bookshelf..*
*01/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Passions Pride Release by Piper Kay
*01/17 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Bruises of the Heart by Astraea Press
*01/18 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Dead On The Floor by Melissa Miller
*01/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Get Your Rocks Off? Release! by K E Osborn Author
*01/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Mystic Hearts by Cait Jarrod


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of January 19, 2015 – January 25, 2015
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Buy a book, save a pet! by Romance to the Rescue
*01/20 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Fast-Pitch Love by Astraea Press
*01/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Meet Me In the Garden by Rosa Sophia
01/21 - Promo Blitz (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : One Last Hold by Angela Smith
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Pre-Order Shifter Under Cover! by C.A. Tibbitts
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - The Fear That Divides Us Cover by M N Forgy Author
*01/24 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Rose Ring by Astraea Press



Coming soon

January
*01/12 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Words That Bind by Ash Krafton, author
*01/12 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - BROKEN SKIES by Theresa Kay by Barclay Publicity
*01/16 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Olympia Heights Comic Launch by Amy Leigh Strickland
*01/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Valentine Hearts by Susan R. Hughes
*01/19 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Want to get Struck by Love? by BPIC Promos
*01/21 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Last chance to grab Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Finding Love in Disaster by Cynthia Hickey
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Never Hurt Me - book #3 by Shawn McGuire
*01/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Poor Little Daddy's Girl-Live! by Normandie Alleman
*01/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Watch Me Giveaway & Vote by Angela Fristoe
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Deeper Release by Author Allyn Lesley
*01/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - KICK (Savage Saints MC #1) by Carmen Jenner
*01/27 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Yakimali’s Gift by Astraea Press
*01/27 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Impulse by As You Wis Tours
*01/28 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - This Crazy Love goes live! by Stefanie Pratt
01/30 - Author Guest Post/Giveaway (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch
*01/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Chastity Falls Is Coming… by Lianne Cotton




February

*02/01 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Young Love Giveaway by Readers' Realm
*02/03 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia
*02/03 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Life on the Edge by Astraea Press
02/05 – Promo Blitz/#Giveaway (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : Tell Me a Secret by Ann Everett
*02/06 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Psychic Perception by Candy O'Donnell
*02/06 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Every Heart by HEA Book Tours PR & More
*02/07 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Guardian Lineage by Astraea Press
*02/09 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - A magical fairy tale & romance by Gina Dickerson
*02/10 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Redemption by Astraea Press
*02/14 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - True Colors by Astraea Press
*02/14 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Alphas In Love by HEA Book Tours, PR & More
*02/17 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Love Before Honor by Astraea Press
*02/21 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Dream On by Astraea Press
*02/23 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Different by Astraea Press
*02/25 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - 100+ ebooks on sale by Rainy Kaye
*02/28 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - True love…myth or reality? By MARTIN VAN DOMMELE
*02/06 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - AUTHOR EDWARD PETTY’S E-BOOKS by Edward Petty

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Promo Blitz : One Last Hold by Angela Smith








Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 5, 2014

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Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past.


Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart?



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She took a deep breath. Usually her interviews became more personal. She wasn’t sure how personal to get with him. She knew a lot about him—at least she used to—but she was scared of asking him the wrong thing. She didn’t want to set him off.

“What’s your favorite color?” Caitlyn held a pen in her hand, poised to write, trying to concentrate on the task at hand. Her focus, though, was Wesley’s deep green eyes. Eyes able to pierce her and reach a part of her no one had ever been able to touch before. Something about the way he looked at her, like he saw only her, deep down, clear to her soul.

A hint of danger lurked in his eyes, a predator-like stance that made her sense he was ready to devour her, sexually and otherwise. A vulnerability that made Caitlyn yearn to take him in her arms, to be as close to him as possible. His gaze held no arrogance, no indifference, and no deceit.

Her throat felt parched. His eyes devoured every morsel of her power and well-being.

She couldn’t think of a decent thing to say. Thank God it was his turn to talk.

“My favorite color,” he said as he leaned across the table, closer to Caitlyn, “is the capricious color of your eyes.”

His lips were only inches from hers so that his breath licked against her skin. His eyes possessed her.

She clutched her pen in midair, frozen in space for a mere second. He touched her hand.

The pen fell.

“Blueberry,” he said as he trailed a light kiss across her knuckle, his eyes still magnetizing hers. Her heart stopped in her throat. “Dark and wounded. Cornflower blue, tantalizing with banter and witticism.” He kissed the tip of her pinkie and went on to taste each finger, slowly taking his time with each one. “Sea blue, bright and sparkling like the waves catching a sunset, when you’re happy.”

Caitlyn, entranced with his words, was amazed he even noticed her eyes and more amazed he practically recited poetry. Where had he come up with this?

“Storm clouds,” he continued as he stroked the inside of her palm. “Brewing with a passion and desire you’re too afraid to feel. Sometimes periwinkle, sometimes almost lavender and sometimes a sultry gray. Right now though, they are definitely–”

She pulled her hand away and scooted back in her chair. Thoroughly aroused, she squeezed her thighs tighter in an attempt to bury the spark.

“You’re full of it,” she said. “My eyes don’t change colors that much and even if they did, you wouldn’t notice.”

“What makes you say that?” He leaned back in his chair, taking the two back legs to its haunches, something they both used to get in trouble for when they were kids.

She shook her head and didn’t answer. The touch of his warm mouth on her fingers still burned in her core.

“I always notice your eyes.”





About the Author

During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read stories of 'Brer Rabbit' to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before they learned to read. She hasn't stopped reading or writing since. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys 4-wheeling, crafting, reading, and dreaming of the places she'll visit one day.


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Promo Blitz/#Giveaway : Tied With a Bow and No Place to Go by Ann Everett








Mystery / Humor
Date Published: August 2014

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Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper has investigated some odd cases during his career, but when local chicken farmer, Jay Roy Hobbs, is found dead, wearing nothing but boots and a bow, it becomes the strangest one yet. On the positive side, the lawman won’t lack for suspects. Turns out the victim got up close and personal with most of the girls in his graduating class and they’re in town for a reunion. All Ridge has to do is tolerate a talking parrot and consult a color wheel as he tries to determine if the culprit is one of Jay Roy’s three ex-wives or a high school conquest.

While her husband looks into his latest murder case, Tizzy Cooper has problems of her own. She’s joined forces with first cousin and local PI, Jinx Monroe, to follow a possible cheating husband, confront their Nana about baking Boom Brownies, and drench-a-wench at the local Renaissance Faire.


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Jay Roy Hobbs held the county record for talking women out of their panties. At least that’s what Tizzy Cooper had heard. Rumor said ladies ignored his lack of good looks and fell for his quick wit. Now, staring at him through binoculars, she wasn’t so sure humor was his main appeal.

She swallowed the lump that’d been lodged in her throat since arriving on the scene. It wasn’t the sight of a dead body that bothered her. She’d seen plenty of those over the years. Her talent for talking to the dearly departed made it a frequent occurrence. But while the rest of Brownsboro’s citizens were having their first cup of coffee, she was five miles out of town, at the edge of a field, swatting mosquitos. Not the way she intended to start her day.
Sunlight filtered through naked limbs of an old tree and cast shadows across colonies of Bishop’s Weed standing tall like lacy parasols. The only thing ruining the spring array, Jay Roy’s lifeless body.

At first, Tizzy considered he might be asleep or unconscious, but after calling out to him with no response, and given the color of his skin, along with the buzzards overhead, she decided on a third choice.

Stepping onto an old stump to get a better view, she focused the field glasses. About fifty yards away, the man lay naked, except for boots and a bow, on a patch-work quilt, face toward heaven, arms outstretched. Something twisted in Tizzy’s chest. Jay Roy and her mom had graduated high school together which made him much too young to die.

A few feet to the right, Tizzy’s friends, Synola Harper and Rayann Tatum, shaded their faces and squinted toward the dead man. Tizzy stepped off the stump, adjusted the straps of her sundress and decided they must be as surprised as she by the sight, because neither of them said a word until she passed the field glasses to Synola.

“Lord, can you believe the size of that thing?” Synola let the binoculars dangle around her neck. She tugged her red tank top against warm mocha skin, tucked it into the slender waist of her jeans and smirked at Rayann. “I don’t suppose you’ve ever seen anything that big.”
Rayann tossed her head, blonde curls bouncing with the movement, then narrowed her green eyes and frowned. “Of course I have. I watch HBO.”








About the Author

Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth.  When speaking to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.

An award winning author, she’s also a member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization and a top ten reviewer on thenextbigwriter.com

When Ann’s not writing, she spends her days listening in on people’s conversations at the local Wal-Mart, beauty shop, Goodwill, and numerous other gathering spots. She draws from that research to pen her romantic suspense novels full of southern sass and Texas twang. For her new adult romance stories, she blends her dramatic writing style with a kick of humor.

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