Monday, August 3, 2015

Forbidden Things: Dissident (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Dissident
Author: Nikki McCormack
Series: Forbidden Things #1
Pages: 395
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Elysium Books
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy/ Sci Fi 
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles to reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor's oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.

When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.
~Interview with Nikki!~
Hi Nikki! Welcome to the blog today, and I'm thrilled to have you here! Your new book Dissident is absolutely beautiful and I'm thrilled to get to host it! Let's start this interview off right though...the real, nitty-gritty, must have questions like...

Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body? :) 
I have five tattoos. The oldest is a cat paw on my leg where one of my cats dug her claws in to demand some cuddles the day before she died. I have a dragonfly with a flourished flight path on my right wrist and hand. Another dragonfly on my right shoulder blade with a flourished flight path around the black rose I got to remind me never to give up on my writing. The most recent is a half back tattoo with blue roses and black roots that trail down around the front. It is an amalgamation representing the lead protagonists in Dissident and another of my novels.

Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
Yes and no. While my goals haven’t changed much, my life has. Last year I moved from the country into the city, which was a major transition that came right before the release of my debut novel, The Girl and the Clockwork Cat. The move and the release of my first book were both major events that have had significant impact on my life and both events have helped me focus more on my writing.

How long have you been writing?
I was about twelve when I read Meredith Ann Pierce’s book, Birth of the Firebringer and was inspired to try writing a book of my own. When I told my teacher at the time that I was writing a book, he was very enthusiastic and encouraging. From that point forward, I was hooked.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
First, I would say read a lot. When you find books you like, figure out what made them good and learn from that. There are endless resources on the internet nowadays telling you how to write. There is a lot of conflicting advice. The best you can do is keep reading and writing. Practice really does help and writing what you love will make your work richer.

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
The main character, Indigo, wants to get free of the position her father’s treason and her ability to control ascard power have locked her into. One of the greatest obstacles she faces is her own fear. She fears her own power because the society she grew up in strictly limits the use of such power on the grounds that it can be extremely dangerous. She also fears what will happen to her if she tries to escape her engagement to her abusive fiancĂ© when that engagement is the only thing allowing her to hold a respectable status after her father was put to death for treason.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Her attention wandered to the fountain sprouting up in the center of a nearby courtyard, simple and elegant like a great stonework lily. A man stood by the fountain, watching water droplets falling with the shimmer of multicolored gems in the bright sunlight. Long silver hair hung to the middle of his back like a frozen waterfall. His smooth pale skin and unusual hair marked him as Lyran, but his regal bearing and rich attire didn’t befit a slave or merchant.

Curious. “Have you seen him before?”

Andrea turned, following her gaze. “Who?”

“The man beside the fountain.”

“There’s no one by the fountain.”

Andrea’s reply tugged at her awareness, but the silver-haired Lyran was turning toward them now. His pale eyes met hers and the air pressed from her lungs as if a corset were being pulled too tight. The buildings lurched and spun in her vision.

“Indigo?”


She sank to her knees. Andrea crouched down with her, her eyes wide and frightened. She held Indigo’s shoulders tight, her lips moving. Indigo heard only the pounding of blood in her ears.
~Meet Nikki!~
Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome husband, two sweet horses, three manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.
 Nikki will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Friday, July 31, 2015

REVIEW: Stricken (+$10 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Stricken 
Author: Marcia Colette
Series: N/A
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Personal tragedy convinces half-werewolf Alexa York to get away to the town of McCormick, Pennsylvania where she's charged with protecting Dr. Aiden Joss, physician to the supernatural community. Not only does she need the money, she needs the distraction. Unfortunately, she gets it in spades when Joss's personal issues and a myriad of dangerously sick patients make her new job nearly impossible.

A mysterious disease is running its way through the New York Order of the Amazons and leaving bodies in its wake. The same warrior who had chosen her clan over Joss has asked for his help. Even though the disease is real, Alexa has reason to believe his ex's sincerity is not.

Given the other numerous problems she has to deal with that are outside of her job description, Dr. Joss might be the biggest threat to his own safety. But, protecting him comes first. That’s difficult to do when his efforts to find an antidote put everyone in his remote clinic in danger, including Alexa.
~My Thoughts~
Alexa was the exact kind of heroine that I love to find in urban fantasy or paranormal romances. She's tough, wicked strong, and has a life of her own...that sometimes blends with the strange or unusual. She also solves crime, and/or kicks butt in various other ways (hello...her profession is a bodyguard!)

The plot was great, full of twists and the story itself was tense and suspenseful. I mean, any storyline about disease has kind of captivated me since Steven King's The Stand, and Zombie apocalypse books kind of expand on that idea. Not that this was quite as extreme,  but the idea that a disease is working it's way through the Amazons is frightening. You aren't sure if it's magic, or biological warfare, or simply just a disease that only those in the supernatural community can catch. 

Dr. Joss was...not my favorite character. I felt that he may have been a bit one-sided in his drive for the cure, and while I enjoyed the tension that his ambition created, it was also somewhat hard to digest...at least for me personally. I wanted to slap the fool... 

I definitely recommend Stricken for those who are interested in Paranormal books or UF books. Marcia Colette is a great writer, and has been able to make a very cool world out of supernatural Pennsylvania...not something I ever thought I would say...lol. This is a strong read from start to finish and Alexa is a solid character that you grow to, if not love, definitely root for her to save the day! 

~Try an Excerpt!~
I sure hoped Dane had told me everything I needed to know about this so-called mission. I would hate to learn something the hard—painful—way. Though that would never be his intention, I also knew his idea of what information was important to know was different from mine.

Had it not been for Wesley Dane, a full-blooded werewolf friend of my family, I wouldn’t be here to play bodyguard for one of his closest friends. It wasn’t the thousand dollars a day, tax-free money for my services that brought me here. I needed the distraction more than anything.

“So, how much do you know about me?” After snuggling into a thick, warm robe I found hanging on a hook, I dried off my hair with a towel and opened the bathroom door.

Sammy was still there, though keeping his distance by waiting in the hall. I thought it was weird, but whatever, seeing as this was more his house than mine. “Enough, he replied. “You’re half-werewolf, which is extremely rare. You’re also married, which means either your husband, who’s a full-blood, or Dane is going to tear Dr. Joss apart if anything bad happens to you. Although, that sort of defeats the purpose of you being the doctor’s bodyguard.” He half-smiled.

“Are you expecting me to be torn apart?”


“No.” He chuckled. “But I expect you’ll be put through the wringer.” 
~Meet Marcia!~ 
Bestselling author Marcia Colette didn’t discover her love for reading until her late teens when she started reading John Saul and progressed to works by Bentley Little, Stephen King and Laurell K. Hamilton. Her reading tastes convinced her to write paranormals where curses cause people to shift into spiders, psychotic and telekinetic mothers are locked away in attics, and murderous doppelgangers are on a rampage. Let's not forget about the hunky werecheetah coalitions who live throughout North Carolina. As long as she can make it believable, that's all that matters.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Marcia now lives in North Carolina with her mom and beautiful daughter. They’re not raising zombies in the backyard. There aren’t any hellhounds living in the den, only a rabbit and a cockatiel. So where she gets her ideas is as much a mystery to her as anyone else.

The best place to find her--when she's not stirring up trouble--is on her blog where she loves connecting with readers.
 Marcia will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

REVIEW: Greek Gods Bearing Gifts

Title: Greek Gods Bearing Gifts
Author: Cheryl Harper
Series: N/A
Pages: 204
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Liberty Smith is certain putting two thieves in charge of a pawn shop is a terrible idea, even in Olympic View, tourist attraction and home to some people with unusual skills. Fresh out of prison, Liberty’s ready to go straight, all the way to Omaha if necessary, and take her baby brother Frank with her. Organizing the junk passing for inventory at Titan Pawn and the employees who aren’t all what they seem was never part of the plan.

Justin Barrett is a fine cop, just like his father before him. His only weak spot? The girl he put in prison who now has blood on her hands. Literally. To save pain-in-the-neck Frank and free Liberty to leave Olympic View, Justin joins a very strange mission. To 1983. With an odd watch and Liberty in the shortest red dress it’s been his pleasure to see.

~My Thoughts~
Woo...Gimme some Greek mythology retellings blended with romance any day! If there's any Romance trope that could be my favorite, it would definitely be the opposites attract thing, and you can't get more opposite than a cop and a criminal. 

Liberty Smith is an interesting and captivating MC. She spends years in jail for her brother and father's sake and then when she gets out, longing for a bit of quiet time, she's off again on another adventure. She was a bit of sass (you have to be I imagine...to be a thief or whatever) but also had lots of sweetness so you could enjoy her romance with Justin. What gives her that much more "oomph" so to speak, is that she's related to a god. Hermes to be exact. This could explain how the banter between she and Justin is so lightning-fast!

Liberty and Justin together are really fun to watch. The electricity is palpable as are the quips and the one-liners. I was also glad that while the romance was a central feature, there was a lot of depth and plot complexity too. I wasn't really a fan of the POV changes, sometimes I got confused as to who I was getting the story from...but I did enjoy getting to know what each person was thinking. 

I really loved the world-building and the way that Cheryl explained the blend of Greek Gods into today's world was fun and original. This was a definitely fabulous story and I enjoyed myself the entire read. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
“WHY ARE WE HERE, FINK?” Uneasy with the open space and too tired to argue with her little brother, Liberty stared at the decrepit neon sign that was doing its best to shine. TITAN was completely burned out and only part of the W was lit so the message was PAIN. The sign could be one of the truest cases of truth in advertising that she’d ever seen.

Forget about omens and faulty neon. Get the plan on track, Liberty.

This was her “Farewell, California” tour, where Frank took her somewhere to cash her prison gate-money check and dropped her at the closest bus station with a cheerful wave goodbye. She’d go as far as she could, while he drove off into the sunset in his landlady’s antique station wagon.

Since he’d sacrificed her, let her do the time for his failed bank robbery alone, it was the least he could do.

Frank would never say so, never confess their father had been the one to set her up, but she was certain he’d strong-armed Frank to keep him from stepping up. She’d promised her mother she’d always take care of Frank. Untangling him from Art Smith’s control would make that a simpler job.

After nearly three years, she was ready to give her dream of “normal” a try.


She couldn’t let him derail her again.
~Meet Cheryl!~ 

Whether she’s writing, reading, or checking the items off of her daily to-do list, small-town girl Cheryl Harper loves her romance mixed with a little laughter. When she’s not working, you will find her ignoring housework, cursing yard work, and spending way too much time with a television remote in her hand.
 Cheryl will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Triangulating Bliss Cover Reveal! (+$20 Amazon GC Giveaway!

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A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”. 

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw. 

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.
~Try an Excerpt!~
September 20, 2013

Greg’s mind didn’t follow his body into the coffee house. His mind was still on the fact that with a few strokes of a pen, he had undone everything that he worked towards. The exhilaration of that definitive step was quickly replaced by a growing sense of unease. It wasn’t his style to pull the trigger, figuratively or literally, without having a game plan. Then again, he didn’t need a game plan, he needed a life plan. One step at a time. He chastised himself as he joined the line of caffeine-craving citizens.

The newspapers near the door caught his attention. All of the headlines contained some variation of the same - Local Sports Legend Found Dead at 27.

Ha, Legend at 27? Greg thought. I'm 29, and no one’s calling me a legend. Survived a bomb in Afghanistan…haunted by the nightmares…soon to be an Ellison family disappointment when everyone learns what I did, and a guy who played basketball is considered a legend…at 27? He looked around the coffee house. Half of the people in line were double that age. At best - maybe - they were a legend in their own minds. Greg's self-loathing got ahead of his caffeine fix. He distracted himself with one of the newspapers.

MIKEL THOMAS DEAD AT 27

Greg studied the series of pictures of the same man, as a teen in a high school basketball uniform, in a college uniform, and in a professional one. The line for coffee at 8:30 in the morning was nearly out the door, so it gave Greg time to flip through the story.

Mikel Thomas, 27, was found in his West Los Angeles home Thursday night. His wife, Nisha, found Thomas bleeding from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound when she returned home from a taping of her talk show. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greg caught up with the line's progress and continued to read.

Thomas, a professional basketball player, had a troubled career in Philadelphia, Miami, and Sacramento. He attended Pasadena High School where an injury forced him to give up a promising football career. Thomas began playing basketball as a junior and became a top college recruit. He attended college in Los Angeles before being drafted to Philadelphia.

Shoulda played sports. Greg thought. 

Thomas was involved in a shooting incident that left one dead after he was traded to Miami. His repeated altercations on and off the court led to a suspension. After a trade to Sacramento, Thomas missed part of the season for an undisclosed medical condition following a mental evaluation in a Pasadena hospital last Christmas. Thomas had a history of drug and alcohol incidents, but detectives declined to comment on that being a possible cause. The investigation continues.

Pretty standard celeb drama. Greg barely registered the comments from the player's wife and a teammate about the shock of it all. He caught up with the coffee line and skimmed further.

Mary Thomas, Mikel's mother, called into a sports radio show late Thursday. When asked if there was any indication that Thomas was in trouble, she responded. "He kept saying that his disappearance from that Bliss bar changed him forever. It was that crazy bar that killed him. I know it."
~Meet Janelle~
Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit www.janellejalbert.com. Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation.
 Janelle will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Frailty of Things Blog Tour! (+$30 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Frailty of Things
Author: Tamsen Shultz
Series: Windsor #5
Pages: 297
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

~Confessions of a 41 Year Old Virgin~
No, not that kind of virgin. That would be pretty remarkable since I have two kids…I’m spiritual and all, but two virgin births would be a bit much to digest. So just what kind of virgin am I? I’m an RWA virgin. Yes, I’ve been writing romantic suspense novels for nearly ten years (published for three) and I’ve never been to an RWA conference.

But that’s changing now and by the time you read this, I will no longer hold that status. As I write, I’m on a train into New York City to attend a few events….well, I guess I’m really just getting to first base, maybe second, as I’m not attending the entire conference, but I’m well on my way to being a fallen (and fulfilled) romance writer. So why now? Was New York City just too attractive to resist? Or maybe it was the city’s unique personality that drew me?

I’ll admit, it was something a bit more selfish than that. One of my books, “What Echoes Render” (the book released just prior to “The Frailty of Things”) is a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Excellence in Mystery and Suspense contest. What other reason to take the jump than having someone tell you they like you? (Did that sound needy?) Anyway, I’ll be enjoying the Death by Chocolate reception and awards ceremony, hosted by the Kiss of Death Chapter, as well as meeting a few readers and fellow authors.

Like a good date, I’m preparing (and you know what they say, preparation is 90% of the battle, not that I view this as war or anything). I’ve had my nails done, picked out a cute dress, and am bringing a close friend from college as a wingman, or woman, as the case may be. But also like a date, I have to admit, I’m nervous. I’m sure you’ve all heard how introverted many writers are and I’m no different. I’m pretty good at talking with people one on one (my preference) and in small groups. In fact I ADORE hosting and attending small dinner parties and get togethers. But put me in a room with hundreds of people and well, does the term wallflower ring a bell? Which doesn’t necessarily make a good first date. And so I’m nervous.

Will there be those awkward silences and pauses where, instead of sitting across the table from someone wondering what to say, I will just be wandering aimlessly around the conference? Will I find (and keep) the balance between just enough liquid courage to have fun and the kind of overindulgence that happens at conferences (and on dates) that might leave me taking the mental walk of shame the next day, wondering why I said some of the things I said or if I offended anyone? Or maybe I can just be the one to ask all the questions of others—I’m good at that—and never reveal anything of who I am. Does anyone know what the balance is between learning and sharing in order to create a good foundation for a relationship?

I’ve been married almost seventeen years, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to think about these early-relationship kinds of things.

But truth be told, a good relationship is what I’m looking for. Whether you read or write erotica to Christian romance (or like me, write mysteries with a bit of romance in them), the romance writers community is one of the most supportive, fun, and engaged group of writers I’ve floated around the periphery of. Like eyeing that person across the room for an entire party and then finally getting the nerve to go talk to them….yep, that’s me for the next few days.

So I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m sure I’ll have posted pictures and updates on my Facebook feed if you want to see for yourself how it went (or if you just want to see the cute dress I be woreJ ). But this date is looking good and despite my nerves, I have my hopes up—after all, I already know we have a lot in common.
~Try an Excerpt!~
“We need to talk,” Caleb said. Kit didn’t respond for a moment. She and her brother didn’t talk. They never talked. Not anymore. There had been a time in their lives when that hadn’t been the case. There had been a time when she’d idolized her older brother, when he’d looked out for her, when they’d gone fishing together, and when she had believed that he had an answer for everything.

But that time had long ago passed, and they hadn’t been in each other’s presence for more than a few days a year for over a decade. Kit started to speak but stopped short when a second figure emerged from the passenger side of Caleb’s car.

She was glad her face was hidden in the shadows of her hat and scarf as Garret Cantona, her brother’s right-hand man, straightened to his full height. Kit was tall, easily five foot eleven, but Garret’s six-foot-three form dwarfed hers. Like Caleb, he wore jeans and work boots, but rather than a jacket, Garret sported a black sweater and a gray beanie. She knew the hat covered light-brown hair that, if it got too long, curled in ways that bothered him. And she felt, more than saw, his light-blue eyes—eyes rimmed with thick, black lashes—studying her.


“And I see you brought your Mini-Me,” she added, forcing her gaze from Garret back to her brother in time to see a look of irritation flicker across Caleb’s face.
~Meet Tamsen!~ 
Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.
 Tamsen will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Through His Heart (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Through His Heart
Author: Deborah Camp
Series: Mind's Eye #3
Pages: 285
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
When psychic Trudy Tucker hears this plaintive cry in her mind and then connects psychically with a little girl’s kidnapper, she is drawn to a small town in Missouri where everyone is suspect – including herself and her lover, celebrated psychic detective Levi Wolfe. As she and Levi work together to sort through whom and what to trust, an innocent life hangs in the balance.
~Try an Excerpt!~
A shudder raced through her and her stomach knotted. Nausea rose up to her throat as darkness descended in her mind.

“I’m sending you an SOS. Sending you an SOS. An SOS.” Can you find me? Can you hear me?

“I hear you,” Trudy whispered, answering the small, trembling voice.

“Did you say something, Rachel? Are you singing something?” This was a different voice in her head. A deep bass, but gentle. Coaxing, cajoling, cunning.

The darkness parted like a curtain in Trudy’s mind and Rachel came into view. She sat in a child’s white rocking chair, her red tennis shoes dangling inches from the floor. A wedge of purple discolored her right cheek. Her lips twitched and her chin quivered.

“Be a good girl and do what you’re told and that won’t happen to you again. No one wants to hurt you. You gotta obey, though. Can’t say ‘no’ to your elders. Your mama should have taught you that.”

“It hurts.”

“Want me to kiss it and make it well?”

Rachel rounded her shoulders, making herself smaller. “Nuh-uh.”

“Okay then. I could make it stop hurting though . . . I’ll read you a Bible story. How about that? Remember what we talked about? God is way up here . . . then there’s his disciples right here . . . and then your elders . . . and you’re way down below that.”

Glimpses of hands . . . moving up and down, illustrating the levels. Dirty nails, dry skinned knuckles.

“Where’s Mommy?”

“Are you hearing me? This is important.”

“I want to talk to Mommy.”

“She doesn’t want to talk to you! God gave you to us. Your Mommy is busy serving the Lord and now you’re here serving us because it’s been ordained. Quit touching your face! That won’t help it heal. Come sit in my lap while I read. Did you hear me ask nice? You won’t like it if I have to ask twice. That’s my good girl. You act like this all the time and you won’t get any more boo-boos.”


Was he kissing her? Was he licking her?
~Meet Deborah!~ 
Author of more than 40 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. She worked for a few years as a reporter for newspapers before becoming a freelance writer. Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is widely published in non-fiction and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She is currently working on a series of novels featuring two psychics who work with police nationwide to identify and track serial murderers.
 Deborah will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shadows Blog Tour! (+$50 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Shadows
Author: Stella Barcelona
Series: Black Raven #1
Pages: 396
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Cataclysm. Now. Run.

A cryptic, urgent text message turns the peaceful life Skye Barrows has created for herself and her sister into chaos. She must follow her father’s instructions to the letter, but Sebastian Connelly is blocking her way. Telling Sebastian what she must do is not an option.

What He Doesn’t Know Will Get Them All Killed

When a prison break in the midst of a security system upgrade threatens to destroy the reputation of Sebastian’s company, Black Raven Private Security Contractors, he goes on the hunt for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows – a delusional and paranoid computer software genius.

Sebastian’s mission: find Richard Barrows and return him to prison, but stonewalled by Skye, who refuses to give him answers, and with the added complication of her special needs sister, Sebastian finds himself always a step or two behind vicious killers.

Nothing About This Case is Normal

For Sebastian, it should be simple, but this case will test him in ways he never imagined. As probing interrogation becomes urgent protection, the search for Barrows forces Sebastian and Skye into a murky world of shadows and illusions.

~Try an Excerpt!~
Chloe deleted the coded text and took the phone apart, breaking it into as many pieces as she could. With the heel of one of the cowboy boots she planned to wear, she then smashed the pieces. Three toilet flushes later, the phone was gone.

She allowed herself a few minutes to shower. Hot water soothed her and helped her plan how the morning would unfold, once she awakened her sister. Colbie, of course, had no knowledge of the cataclysm scenario and wouldn’t grasp what it meant, even if she was told every detail. With serious coaxing, Chloe would be able to get Colbie out of the house a few minutes earlier than normal. There was no way, though, that she’d be able to get Colbie on the road without stopping at their new bakery and coffee shop, Creative Confections, picking up the cake that Colbie had decorated the evening before, and delivering it to the customer. Bingo. She’d focus on the cake as a reason to hurry. Once they delivered the cake, they’d be able to run. She combed her wet hair and wound it into a twist, so that it would dry without wetting her sweater. No make-up. No time.

She slipped on the clothes that had been reserved for this day that was never supposed to happen, put on jewelry that she could use for barter later, if needed, and slipped into her sister’s lamp-lit bedroom. The barrage of color that filled bowls on Colbie’s oversized desk and apothecary jars on every bookshelf sent a chill through Chloe. Colbie’s current project at home involved organizing marbles by swirl and color. Lots of them.


Please God. Not marbles. When she finally has her meltdown, don’t let her want marbles.
~Meet Stella!~  
Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. She has found an outlet for all of these aspects of herself by writing romantic thrillers.

In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history.

Her third novel, JIGSAW, a Black Raven novel, will be released in 2016.

Stella will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.