Book Spotlight: Impervious by Heather Letto

ImperviousSynopsis:

The residents of Impervious survived the War of Annihilation. And though the city is chock-full of pleasures to tantalize and entertain, a beast lurks in its corners. The Beast—a mysterious and terminal illness–has killed off most of Generations One, Two and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death becomes a cultural rage.Fran is counter-cultural, living off the grid in true rebel fashion. Her life is far from opulent as she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals and ditching the holographic security team. Yet, it’s a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can’t steal her sliver of hope in The Epoch. She grasps painfully onto this splintered sliver, until a new hope is born. Through a miraculous discovery. Can she outrun the beast?

About the Author:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4611478.Heather_Letto

www.heatherletto.com/

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Book Spotlight: Elevated by Daniel Solomon Kaplan

ElevatedSynopsis:

Most kids can’t wait until Elevated Day, when they can finally unlock their hidden superpower. Rose remains a skeptic. While the treatment reveals a power, the outcome is irreversible and abilities can range from amazing to a nuisance. On top of that, she holds a deep rooted grudge against the treatment that turned her father into an Unsound, one with abilities so dangerous as to force them to a life of exile.

Her choice sends her down a path of discovery, as she seeks to learn more of the truth around the treatment and what really happened to her father. Fed up with lies, Rose wants nothing more than to learn the whole truth–even if it means accepting her fate as an Elevated.

About the Author:

Daniel Solomon Kaplan is a writer who has had three full-length and two short plays produced in the Orlando area.

He is currently working on his first novel.

Daniel currently lives in Orlando FL with his wife Megan.

http://danielsolomonkaplan.com/

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Book Spotlight: Hunting Season by Nikki Jefford

HuntingSynopsis:

Better to be a hunter, not prey.

Ever since her partner was kidnapped, Aurora Sky has been on a personal mission to get him back. To do that she needs the vampire responsible for destroying her life.

In order to have a snowball’s chance at success, she’ll have to team up with her most loyal friends—including a certain vampire in black with a provoking talent for distraction.

Old cravings aren’t easily quenched, nor past passions. With knowledge comes danger and Aurora is at risk on all sides.

About the Author:

Nikki Jefford loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing and motorcycle riding are her favorite escapes. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from around the globe, and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone – not even Spike!

She’s a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in Northern Washington. Crazy about her dog, Cosmo. (Writer’s best friend.) The dark side of humanity fascinates her, so long as it’s balanced by humor and romance.

Her favorite TV heroines are Buffy, Veronica Mars, and Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan.

Stay in the new release loop by joining Nikki’s email list: http://www.nikkijefford.com/p/email-s…

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Book Spotlight: The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

ApolloSynopsis:

Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…

About the Author:

Kimberly writes young adult and new adult science fiction. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and let’s not forget kissing! When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband,four-year-old son, and two dogs. Her debut novel, The Apollo Academy, released August 6th, 2013 and is now a Writer’s Digest Award Recipient.

http://kimberlypchase.blogspot.co.uk/

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Book Spotlight: Obsession by Bonnie Vanak (Werewolves of Montana Mating Mini #2)

ObsessionSynopsis:

He comes to her in a dark dream promising sensual pleasure – sexy, tempting and dangerous. Raphael is an obsessed wolf with one thing on his mind. He wants Jessica naked beneath him, and nothing will stop him until he has her in his bed.

Jessica Tyrell is a Lupine with a mission – find her missing brother, her only living blood relative. Now, with the help of magick crystals, her dream can come true. All she needs is to hack into restricted records at her friend Alexa’s ranch. The only thing standing in her way is Raphael Amador, head of pack security. The wolf wants her with the same ruthless intent he displays in protecting the pack. Jessica knows if she surrenders to his sensual allure, she could lose her soul to Raphael.

Haunted by his tortured past and determined to never love again, Raphael finds his passion awakened by the lovely redhead, who threatens his control. He has vowed to seek revenge against the man who killed his intended mate and scattered his pack. Can he experience a night of pleasure with the lovely redhead and pursue his goal of revenge, or will Jessica capture his broken heart?

About the Author:

After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, I worked as a newspaper reporter. After, tired of simply reporting the news, I became a
writer for a large international charity. My work took me to countries like Haiti and Honduras to write about famine, disease and other issues. Humanitarian jobs are fulfilling,
but emotionally draining. The work is for a good cause,
but the pressure can be enormous.

So to counter the suffering I encountered in my travels,
I began writing romance novels. My first romance novel,The Falcon & the Dove, was about a handsome Egyptian sheikh protecting a treasure hidden in the sands for centuries. He meets his match in the lovely American who comes to Egypt to unearth the treasure. The Falcon & the Dove won the historical category of the 2001 RWA Melody of Love contest. A year later, it was published by Dorchester Publishing.

http://www.bonnievanak.com/

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Book Spotlight: Sword by Amy Bai

SwordSynopsis:

Sword shall guide the hands of men . . .

For over a thousand years the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, safe from the wars of its neighbors, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.

For over a thousand years, some of Lardan’s fractious provinces have been biding their time.

Kyali Corwynall is the daughter of the Lord General, a child of one of the royal Houses, and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She has known for all of her sixteen years what the future holds for her–politics and duty, the management of a House, and protecting her best friend, the princess and presumed heir to the throne. But one day an old nursery rhyme begins to come true, an ancient magic wakes, and the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night her entire life unravels into violence and chaos. Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have left behind, or watch her world–and her closest friends–fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

About the author:

Amy Bai has been, by order of neither chronology nor preference, a barista, a numbers-cruncher, a paper-pusher, and a farmhand. She likes thunderstorms, the enthusiasm of dogs, tall boots and long jackets, cinnamon basil, margaritas, and being surprised by the weirdness of her fellow humans. She lives in New England with her husband and her dog, and travels, with her husband (though not the dog, alas) as often as she can get away.

This is her just outside of St. Petersburg, trying to look like she’s not totally freaking out about being just outside of St. Petersburg.

When she’s not writing in hermit-like solitude or plotting world domination via a silly-string war, you can catch Amy procrastinating on her blog.

http://www.amy-bai.com/

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Casting your Book.

nimbusOkay, so its every author’s dream to have their book made into a movie, and yeah sometimes it can end up a nightmare! But I truly believe that casting the characters that run amok in your head, whilst scribbling down your manuscript, can really help to round them out and keep them straighter in your mind’s eye.

Pinterest is the best tool for this. Just about every actor on the planet is on there and you can create a private board to cast your book (if you feel the need, you can open the board to the public as an extra promotional tool when your book comes out) I found, by doing this, you can create a wonderful linear visual for yourself whilst writing about your characters.

There is, however, a slight pitfall – try not to type cast! Yes, although these guys are purely in your head (for now) type casting a certain actor/ actress into a role can leave your characters as diluted versions of other more famous ones. For example, casting Jennifer Lawrence as a serious, yet plucky arrow slinging hero could land you in a Hunger Games homage – however the same character cast as Lucy Lui could open up a whole new world.

Also, don’t be swayed by actors who tend to play the same characters over and over again. Not mentioning any names, but there are those that are basically themselves just in various outfits – unless you are basing the character on the actor in question, try to stay clear. The actor you choose is purely as a visual, the traits and personality of your character are theirs alone and only serve your story and plot – not the other way round.

If you have a lot of characters in your book, it can help to either define them or boil them down to a concentrated few. If you find that your have a character that does very little to move the plot forward, could their role be simply added to someone else’s? By casting your characters this can be almost instantly identified, if your famous leading lady is merely a wall flower in the book, maybe she needs to be plucked out?Vil2

You’ll also find that the ‘who would you cast as your leads’ is a stock question in most interviews – I know I use it! So it’s good to be able to answer this pretty quickly without spending weeks on trying to fit a character to a particular actor.

Great characters are part of the foundation of a great book. But amazing characters can make a series. If your readers are hungry to know what happens to them after the book ends, well that’s the sign that, as an author, you’ve down something right. So cast away fellow writers!

 

Interview with Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian b&w headshot 14 webres RGBTell us about your publishing journey…

I started writing because it was a fun hobby, but I began taking my writing seriously after being awarded a Malice Domestic Grant for my work I progress. After polishing the book, I found an agent. She helped me edit the book, then she began pitching the book to publishers. While we waited to hear from publishers, I worked on my next novel. I was content to wait around for something to happen – until I had a brush with death.

After a cancer diagnosis, I needed to seize the day. I decided to I self-published my first novel, Artifact. I put the work in to do it professionally, and continued to work with my agent, so the year after published my first novel, I had offers from two publishers for two three-book deals.

After learning everything that goes into publishing behind the scenes, I’m now thrilled to be working with two wonderful publishers for two series: my Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Henery Press) and my new Accidental Alchemist paranormal mystery series (Midnight Ink).

What do you love about being an author?

I love that I get to follow my creative passion and share it with others. Hearing from readers is fantastic.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Tea with Amelia Peabody, Elisabeth Peters’ intrepid Egyptologist, at Shepheard’s in Cairo.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Female alchemist Zoe Faust hasn’t aged in over 300 years, except for her hair, which turned white. She keeps it cut into a stylish, short haircut, and people assume she dies it to be trendy, never realizing it’s truly white. I imagine that Zoe looks rather like Switch from The Matrix.

Dorian the gargoyle was once a stone carving, similar to the most famous gargoyle on Notre Dame in Paris, before he was accidentally brought to life by a French stage magician. He would need to be animated with CGI effects! Accidental-Alchemist-Gigi-Pandian-cover-w-text-WEB-LARGE (1)

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Can I have both? I’m thinking of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

My favorite era of mystery fiction was the Golden Age of detective fiction, in between the two world wars. One of my favorite authors is John Dickson Carr, who died shortly after I was born. I’d love to have met him to see how his mind worked.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Life’s too short to worry about what others expect of you. Follow your passions.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I’ve written a book about a stone gargoyle brought to life, so can you guess my answer? I’ve been fascinated by gargoyles since my first trip to Europe at age ten. They represent all things mysterious.

Where do you write best? 

I can’t concentrate at home, because there are too many distractions. As I type this, I’m at my favorite café where I also write my novels.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Keeper of the Castle, a paranormal mystery by Juliet Blackwell. It’s the fifth book in the Haunted Home Renovation series, and it’s my favorite one yet. I love how Blackwell blends history and folklore into her stories in fascinating ways.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I’ve never been able to write a story without a mystery, so I write both traditional mysteries and paranormal mysteries. I have an idea for a young adult paranormal mystery. Now I just need to find the time to write it!

Where can fans find you online?

There’s more about me and my books on my website (http://gigipandian.com/) and blog (http://gigipandian.blogspot.com/).

I love Twitter (https://twitter.com/GigiPandian), track my obsessive reading on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/GigiPandian), am reluctantly on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/GigiPandian), and am having fun on Pinterest: (http://www.pinterest.com/GigiPandian/)

Buy The Accidental Alchemist:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Midnight Ink

 

Happy Birthday Evernight Teen!

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Happy Birthday to EVERNIGHT TEEN!

EVERNIGHT TEEN turns two this month and we’re having a huge party to celebrate! It may be EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday, but you get the presents. So, grab a piece of cake, hop from blog-to-blog and discover EVERNIGHT TEEN!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by EVERNIGHT TEEN (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulous prizes.

Have your TBR list handy because we have lots of new titles for you to add, including my featured book…bad-blood2

Battle of the Undead: Bad Blood which features vampires VS zombies squaring off in a monster fight. It’s True Blood meets The Walking Dead.

Enter for a chance to win EVERNIGHT TEEN’s GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini and my blog prize by answering this question (be sure to include your email address to be eligible to win):

QUESTION: Which country is Bad Blood set in?

The birthday blog hop continues here:

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Book Review: Unexpected Eden by Rhenna Morgan

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Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question—is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.

Available at   Amazon    BN    Kensington   Kobo   iTunes   ARe

About the Author:

Rhenna never thought a weird dream, a bucket list, and an addiction to romance novels would lead her into publishing, but that’s exactly how Unexpected Eden came to life. Okay, there might have been a jillion revisions in there somewhere, and a few points where her family thought she’d lost her ever-lovin’ mind, but pretty much everyone’s accepted that this author thing is chronic.

When she’s not working on the rest of the Eden books or her naughty contemporary romances, you’ll find her chasing two precious little girls, batting eyelashes at her indulgent husband, or driving with the top down and the music up loud. Oh, and “researching” on the internet. Those half-naked men she uses for inspiration don’t download themselves. Headshot 1

She’d love to share her “research” with you too and get to know you a little better in the process. Find her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media links at http://www.rhennamorgan.com. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter there too for snippets, upcoming releases, and author news.

If you enjoyed Unexpected Eden, Eryx and Lexi would sure appreciate it if you shared your review at Goodreads, Amazon, or other favorite online bookstore. Lexi would make you a mean cyber-cocktail in exchange if she didn’t have her hands full with Eryx, but rumor has it they haven’t left the royal suite in days.

https://www.facebook.com/RhennaMorgan

https://twitter.com/rhennamorgan (@RhennaMorgan)

http://www.pinterest.com/rhennamorgan/

https://www.goodreads.com/Rhenna

https://plus.google.com/+RhennaMorgan

http://rhennamorgan.tumblr.com

My Review:

I always like finding a book that has a different paranormal aspect. Although I must admit that I felt a little lost when I started the book. There was a lot to take in and whilst you take in all the lore and world building, its hard to get to know the characters and where/ how the plot is unfolding.

From a writer’s perspective, it was hard for me to keep up with the story being told from so many perspectives (this is more to do with my complete lack of concentration rather then the author’s abilities!) For me, and this is just my opinion, I’d have preferred it all through Lexi’s POV. There is one thing that really frustrates me sometimes with paranormal romance, the relationships develop ubber quick and the guy is always too hot to be true and the heroine ends up a puddle of hormones on the floor before the first chapter is done. This happened here, but certainly not to the degree of other books I’ve read recently – but for just once, I’d like a stronger leading gal who doesn’t turn into a gibbering wreck at the site of a tight t-shirt clad hunk, although this does seem to be the recipe for most romances, and maybe there’s a reason for that…

The front cover is another one that has the hunk on, but not much to do with the story, which is a shame because there’s been a lot of effort put into an original story line – this could be another viking romance, or even a highlander one.

Overall, I’d give Unexpected Eden 4 out of 5 stars – a great plot and premise and definitely worth a read.

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