Jan 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Kristi Cook - Eternal


In the final book of the Winterhaven trilogy, Violet McKenna and her friends find themselves right in the middle of a vampire war. The stakes have been raised, the danger unavoidable now. As the Warriors’ senior year draws to a close, not everyone makes it out alive. Who will be left standing at the end of it all? Will Aidan be a part of Violet’s future, or is he just a specter of the past?

About The Author

YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse.


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Jan 29, 2013

Guest Post/Giveaway: Marlayna Glynn Brown - Forty-Something Phoenix

• Pub Date: January 20, 2013
• Publisher: Marlayna Glynn Brown
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 182 pages
• Age Range: Adult

Deeply personal, at times painful yet curiously quirky, Forty-Something Phoenix illustrates how passion can arise unexpectedly from the ashes of one life to assist in building another. This memoir redefines the love story; illustrating how love of self and another can create a profound sense of humanity. Marlayna takes readers from Texas to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium and finally The Netherlands in a search for herself among others. Marlayna had been a single parent for fifteen years when she felt she had nothing left of herself to give. Drained and empty, she writes, "I'd reached a point in my life where something had to give, and it could no longer be me." In this surprising, brutally honest memoir, Marlayna shares all aspects of her six month journey across fourteen countries, proving age really is just a number. Readers will find hope in this true story that teaches the wisdom of creating and receiving miracles.

My Top Eight Favorite Foreign Cities To Find Love – Or Have Fun Trying
by Marlayna Glynn Brown

Many travelers seek a little amour while enjoying the flavors of a foreign city. What better way to see a city than on the arm of a local? Locals know all the best places – public and private – and are usually quite proud to show off their city. If a few sparks fly, light a fire and really get to know the country!

Budva, Montenegro
Summer in Budva is one loud, giant party. Don't even consider visiting the popular Montenegro Riviera city without bringing your bathing suit and dancing shoes. Spend the day at the beach on one of the hundreds of lounge chairs, rocking out to the pumping house music while your cocktails are hand-delivered. In the evening cruise the main promenade: where you'll cafe bars, cotton candy vendors, restaurants, shops, bars and discos with go-go girls. With the reputation for the most millionaires per capita in Europe – 500 in a town of 22,000 – who knows who you might meet?

Positano, Italy
Although this Amalfi Coast city has become quite popular it certainly doesn't detract from its ambient romantic charm. Lovely climate, picturesque views, homemade limoncello and amazing seafood make this walkable, hillside village a must-visit. If you don't bring your own lover, feel free to engage the locals. Just know in advance that they will not tell you their real first names. As explained to me by a young Italian male, their lifecycle is such: live at home and enjoy life and work hard until marriage. Marriage includes the 'love years' where a man dedicates his life to his wife and children. After the children have grown the man returns to working hard and enjoying life again. The locals are irresistable but don't say you weren't warned!

Budapest, Hungary
Nicknamed “Paris of the East” due to its lovely lights and architecture, Budapest has grown increasingly popular among European youths. With so many museums, parks, Turkish baths and monuments to experience, you could walk for days without using public transportation at all. Budapest is quite inexpensive compared to some of its major European counterparts which means you'll have more money to spend eating, drinking and mingling with the natives. The Hungarian people are known for their style and beauty – go see for yourself.

Makarska, Croatia
All of Croatia is breaktakingly lovely, and the Markarskan Riviera is certainly no exception. Aside the crystal-clear Adriatic sea, this town boasts fresh organic food, native Croatian wines, and delectable seafood. The active will enjoy parasailing, rafting, kayaking and the ever popular nude sunbathing. The towering Biokovo mountain range behind Markarska includes the Nature Park – great for hiking, exploring or visiting the tiny church at the top. Cruise along the main promenade in the afternoons and evenings and meet a new friend or two. If you're feeling adventurous, be sure to board one of the Island Fish Picnic tours for a lovely day spent touring a couple of Croatia's more than 1200 islands and dining on unbelievably tasty fresh grilled fish. Most of these tours offer unlimited wine so beware!

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city rich with history that makes for enjoyable days exploring by the side of a knowledgable host. Although it's definitely worthwhile to see the common tourist sites in one of Europe's largest cities – bridges, cathedrals, and the biggest ancient castle in the world – be sure to veer from the trodden path. Outside of the mulled wine and absinthe bars in the tourist zones you can gift yourself with visits to working man's pubs for lunch, dinner or beer. Hear some music playing? Stop in to see what's going on where you'll likely find cheap beer, Czech patrons who bring their dogs along, and friendly people. I was lucky enough to be taken to an unmarked secret 'tea room' on the fifth floor of a walkup. I'd tell you where it is, but then I'd have to – you know.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini is on my list only because there isn't much to do on this island other than be in love. I accompanied a recently-divorced friend to Santorini and we had to laugh when we found ourselves together in a double bed in one of Santorini's many romantic bungalows. Although we filled our days riding quads, exploring the red, white and brown beaches and taking a tour to the lava island, we both vowed we would never return to this romantic island without bringing a sure-thing lover along.

Munich, Germany
One word: Oktoberfest. Another word: Beer. A final couple of words: Beer is the ultimate language translator. Get thee to Oktoberfest, otherwise known as Sausagefest.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
This ancient city boasts miles of a coastline so lovely you won't want to do anything but sit at one of the bars situated on the rocks above the sea, drink a refreshment and enjoy the sea, the sun and the air. Of course you will do other things such as enjoy strolling along Stradun at night, dining on grilled or stuffed squid, drinking local Croatian wine or eating Extra Black ice cream. Feel like dancing? Hit up Culture Club Revelin – a wild club in one of Dubrovnik's old forts where you'll meet people from every country imaginable and watch dancers in stilts, in cages and on bars perform amazing acts.

Marlayna Glynn Brown is a mother of four, author, screenwriter, actress, producer, poet, yogi and photographer. Marlayna was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada but now lives wherever she lays her head.

Marlayna's latest release, Forty-Something Phoenix: A Travel Memoir, takes readers from Texas to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium and finally The Netherlands in a search for self among others.

Her other works include the wildly beloved memoir trilogy: Overlay - A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas, City of Angeles and Big as All Hell and Half of Texas.

Her 2009 short film, People That do Something, is based upon a chapter from Overlay and can be viewed on Youtube.

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Jan 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Rhiannon Paille - Justice

Rhiannon Paille - Justice
The Ferryman and the Flame #2

JUSTICE: Art by Marc Wolfe (www.marcwolfeart.com) / Typography by Frankie Rose
BLOOD & GOLD: Art by Paragraphic Designs / Typography by Rhiannon Paille

Pub Date: January 22, 2013

How far would you go to destroy yourself?

Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

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Jan 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Laura Howard - The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Expected release date: May 15, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 

Book Description:

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more. 

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

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Jan 15, 2013

Promo Post: Brina Courtney - Reveal

Reveal by Brina Courtney

Series: Cryptid Tales; #1


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Summary: Life is hard enough for Shay Tafford, growing up without her father, but it's made more difficult due to the fact that she speaks to the dead; and they speak to her. She is in the dark as to why she has had this talent since her father’s disappearance and now her only comfort Jeremy, a child ghost, has also been taken from her. Everything changes when Shay meets Hugh, a boy she has had a crush on for weeks, and she finds she can confide in him as he shares her gift. Her dreams of living the normal life she has longed for are dashed when Hugh reveals that talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered talents. But even more disturbing, Hugh discloses Shay may be the answer to an age old prophecy that could save her true kind. Can she rise to the challenge and fulfill her destiny?

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as a beauty queen and elementary teacher. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Jan 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Christie AC Gucker - The Cliff

Christie A.C. Gucker - The Cliff

• Pub Date: September 28, 2012
• Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 500 pages
• Age Range: Adult

Can a childhood pact a effect the lives of three adults?

Love and betrayal surrounds the lives of lifelong friends Lanie
Rhodes, Grant Bennett, and Dane Voight. Years ago, they made
a pact to remain together as friends forever. The boys also made
another secret pact that same day—to never vie for Lanie’s love.

Grant and Lanie have secretly been pining for one another
since they were children. Now grown up, they finally admit
their feelings for each other and what ensues is a twisted tale
of deception as Dane does everything he can to stop them.

The story weaves around this uneven love triangle.

What will happen to the pact? Will friendships be destroyed?

Will lovers emerge?

Leaving Something Behind
by Christie AC Gucker

In The Cliff, Lanie Rhode’s mother is deceased, having died from breast cancer when Lanie was young. I often found myself panicked when thinking about the death of my parents or anyone I was close with for that matter. Being a parent myself, I can only tell you how much you worry about your children every time they leave the house. The thought of losing someone can be absolutely debilitating. Call it a semi-fear of my own mortality and of change as well. Just knowing that person would be gone, not there to call any time you want, or have them walk through the door any second.

Unfortunately, I learned what it’s like. I lost my father almost four years ago. It was devastating; still is. I remember one Thanksgiving, which I host at my house, thinking, oh Dad can help me with the turnips; almost forgetting that he wouldn’t be there ever again. Setting the table with one less place still gives me a lump in my throat. That absence of someone makes you so much more aware of the lack of that person’s presence. I use this feeling when I write about any type of loss in my books.

But how did it affect me in other ways? As I mentioned, it made me realize my own mortality. Made me think about when I died, what would be left of me in this world for my children or my grandchildren. I would just cease to exist. I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted to make my mark in this world and leave a part of me here when I no longer am. So I became a writer. Yes, it was the death of my father that led me to search for a way to leave something of myself. So I picked up a pen (well, it was a keyboard and I didn’t actually pick it up, LOL) and wrote The Cliff so my words would be here long after I am gone. My children will be able to “hear” me tell them a story by picking up my books anytime they want. I hope they’ll find comfort in my words. I also honored my father in the book by naming one of my character’s fathers after him and inserting just a bit of the relationship my dad and I shared.

I encourage everyone to take a chance and find a way to make that mark. Can you write? Are you a musician or an artist? Find what you can do to touch another after you’re gone. If I hadn’t you wouldn’t be here right now reading my words. And I hoped they touched you and made a difference.

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Jan 4, 2013

Cover Reveal: Imran Siddiq - Disconnect

Imran Siddiq - Disconnect

Pub Date: February 22, 2013

"In space, love has boundaries."

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

Jan 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frankie Rose - Raksha

Frankie Rose - Raksha

Cover designed by Chelsea Starling

Pub Date: March 1, 2013

She has no name.

She has her knives; her training; her halo.

The first and second give her the tools and the skill to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…



When a newly-named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blonde boy, who she refuses to let save her. Still learning how to process the onslaught of her new feelings, the sights and sounds of Freetown are overwhelming and strange. There are a hundred differences between her old home and her new one, but one thing remains starkly similar: the matches. Yet where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Freed from the oppression of a society who stole her right to feel, the true horror of her old life leaves Kit wondering if she really has been freed at all. Would she be better off without the crippling horror of all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.