Justine's books

Last Sacrifice
My Soul to Take
My Soul to Save
My Soul to Keep
My Soul to Steal
Wings
Spells
Illusions
Sing Me to Sleep
Girl Stays in the Picture
The Eternal Ones
Beastly
Ash
Huntress
Secret Society
The Trust
Ascendant
Rampant
0.4
Fairy Tale


Justine's favorite books »

Friday, 29 November 2013

Blog Tour Review and GIVEAWAY: The Guardians- T.M. Franklin



About MORE
Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TWCS | Kobo | iBooks | Goodreads

MORE Book Trailer




About The Guardians: Book Two in the MORE Trilogy
Coming November 7, 2013
Ava’s life is . . . complicated.
After all, it’s not every day a girl learns she’s not entirely human, or unlocks hidden powers strong enough to make even the First Race sit up and take notice. After surviving an attempted kidnapping and standing up to the Race’s Ruling Council, Ava Michaels returns to college and what she hopes is a normal life. But Ava quickly realizes that for her, normal may not even exist anymore.
In fact, the Council wants her under their control, and they’re not the only ones. The mysterious Rogues have a plan of their own, and it turns out Ava’s a big part of it, whether she wants to be or not.
On top of that, her new relationship is tested in ways she never expected. Her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, has disappeared—accused of betraying the Race—and Ava herself stands implicated in a crime she didn’t commit.
Clearing their names will mean uncovering a web of deceit and intrigue with Ava woven right in the center. To unravel the strands, she joins forces with some unlikely allies; a Protector who once haunted her nightmares, a young girl with secrets as unexpected as Ava’s, and a group of rebel Guardians who have their own fight against the Council.
Together they stand in a battle to find the truth, bring Caleb home, and secure Ava’s freedom—not to mention save her life.
More Information | Goodreads

The Guardians Book Trailer

CODE to Embed The Guardians Trailer:

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for n honest review.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series MORE, so I was elated when I found out I had been approved by netgalley to read and review The Guardians. This novel was a fairly quick read and it was easy to get through despite the author throwing a ton of information at the reader. I loved getting all of that background info and it cleared up some of the rather large mysteries surrounding Ava's life. But at the same time T.M. Franklin brought up even more questions which I hope will be answered in the next instalment.
I'm very glad the Ava was coming into her own abilities finally and even more when the block came down. I am curious to see if that will affect Ava in a positive or negative way. I just love how you can feel the love radiating between Ava and Caleb. I also now feel like Katherine and Tiernan were misunderstood in book one and in this novel I actually enjoyed them as characters and liked hearing about their lives. What can I say about Caleb without giving away any spoilers lol. He had me believing new possibilities on who were good and bad.
Another fascinating read by T.M. Franklin and I can't wait to read more from her. I would recommend this to sci fi/ paranormal readers.




Author Bio:

T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

In addition to MORE and The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology.

Connect with T.M. Franklin

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Rafflecopter Giveaway -
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Buying links:

TWCS - http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/105


Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-guardians-tm-franklin/1116891763?ean=9781612131719

Amazon -http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-T-M-Franklin/dp/1612131719/ref=la_B009NV2HHG_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381263081&sr=1-2

Friday, 22 November 2013

Review #184: Capital Girls- Ella Monroe


Summary: CAPITAL GIRLS by Ella Monroe is the first book in a glitzy, fast-paced, fabulous new young adult series set against the backdrop of Washington, D.C. In it, we meet four young women, best friends forever, who must navigate life as the children of some of the most powerful people in the nation. With that life comes not only awesome vacations, beautiful clothes and A-list parties, but also scandal, heartache, danger and the ever-present paparazzi who seem to have a knack for catching them when they're up to something bad!
Title: Capital Girls
Author: Ella Monroe
Pages: 304
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
I love this book cover! It's so colourful and fun. I also really enjoyed the premise of the book and it drew me in right from the get go. I liked how the author incorporated the multiple POV's and also the flashbacks into the story. I got through this novel in a matter of hours and when I was finished I needed more so I went on line and bought book two and three so I can continue the series. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later lol. Plus the story ended right at a juicy part.
I liked the three main characters and how their lives and how their lives revolved around their dead friend. Everything they did in their lives went back to "What would TAylor think or what would TAylor do?" I must say that I disliked LauraBeth the least, even before anything happened, I just feel like she is super fake. Lettie was the most real character because she wasn't rich and she had to work for everything she had so she didn't just piss it away or not care. I did feel for her because I don't imagine it was easy to always be trying to fit in with her friends and live up to everyone's standards. Jackie was okay, I didn't agree with some of her actions but who knows what will happen now. Whitney is the girl you love to hate. I love her because she creates drama but I hate her because she creates drama, if that makes any sense. Plus I feel like she is being treated both fair and unfairly.
Like I said previously, I will be continuing on with this series sometime hopefully in the near future. I find it a really quick and fun read and I can't wait to see what happens after that bomb was dropped. I would recommend this to those looking for an easy to read contemporary with lots of drama.

About this author


Ella Monroe is the pen name of authors Maz Rauber and Amy Reingold. Maz grew up in Australia and was a New York Post reporter before turning to fiction-writing. In her previous life, Amy was a Cordon Bleu trained chef and textile artist. After leaving her Midwestern hometown, Amy moved to Chicago, London, and Hong Kong. Both of us now live in Washington D.C., where each of us raised two kids. Maz loves to garden, doodle, kayak, walk her dog Aussie, and eat Amy's desserts. Not just a baker, Amy also designs one-of-a-kind coats. She loves her family, her dog, Zoe, her talking birds, Newman and Sadie and her caffeine habit. We're both incorrigible politics junkies and are hooked on YA fiction.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Review #183: Lightpoints- Peter Kassen


Summary: What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they're the happiest they've been. But not for long. All over the world, people who've been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
Title: Lightpoints
Author: Peter Kassen
Pages: 208
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: I received the book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I thought that the idea of this book was really cool dealing with NDE's (near death experiences) and OBE's (out of body experiences), but the story fell a little flat for me. This was a quick read but it wasn't as interesting or detailed as i would have liked. The varying POV's sometimes confused me, especially when the character would have their own chapter and then we never hear about them again. Also the ending was way to opened ended, will there be another book? Or is this the end?
Amanda was my favourite character just because she was a genuine person and didn't let her power go to her head. Hopefully what happened at the end of the book will be the last of her using hers gift against others. Chris was weird to me, I didn't feel any love coming from him for Amanda and I found him to be selfish. I also would have liked more information on Lisa, she is quite the mystery. 
This was an okay book. I'm not sure if I would read another from this author. I don't really know how to describe this novel, paranormal or contemporary with a hint of paranormal haha. Like really.... Who is to say that this isn't true???


Review #182: Persephone- Lavender Youko


Summary: Stockholm Syndrome. A psychological condition that causes a person to feel understanding, even affection, towards their captor or abuser. It's deadly in the sense that the person feeling the symptoms will not perceive it in the slightest. It has caused hostages to hold guns to their heads and pull the trigger as a test of their faith without being told that the gun is completely unloaded.


Equally deadly in the same fashion is Lima Syndrome, which is the identical yet opposite mental state where the one in the act of imprisoning begins to sympathize with the very person they are holding prisoner. It goes deeper than merely feeling sorry for them – it can even turn into emotions of love and compassion, even though they are the ones causing the trauma.

I don't know what my name is anymore. But he called me Persephone.

Title: Persephone

Author: Lavender Youko

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Firstly I just want to say that this book tricked me because I thought it was going to be about Greek mythology but I was wrong. Although I did enjoy the similarities between the two. I do wish that there would have been two POV's because I would have loved to get inside August's head and have gotten even more background information on him. This book drew me in right from the beginning and held my attention until the very end. It was a quick read and I got through it in good time but I wish there would have been more of an ending. I want to know where everyone ended up.
*SPOILER ALERT*
At the start I was mad at Persephone for not fighting back against August, but then he began to grow on me. And this may sound rude but her life was way better with him anyways, I don't want to downplay the whole crazy situation but she had chances to leave and she didn't. She was happier with him. And I don't believe that she had Munchausen's either, she knew what happened wasn't right but her love outweighed the bad feelings. I also kind of grew to like Marcel, I'm glad that he was there to support Elaine during her time of need. 
Overall this was a great read and I want more of these characters and their stories. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy romantic, suspense stories. I can't wait to read my by this author.

Review #181- The Old Arbutus Tree- Leigh Matthews


Summary: Stuck in a small town in Alberta, Rose misses her father and watches in horror as a local widower wins over both her mother and sister. She finds solace in a fellow nerd, Jason, but when her sister, Sara, is violently assaulted Rose must decide whether to stick to the town's story or find the strength to help a friend.

Exploring the vulnerability of difference in a closed community, The Old Arbutus Tree is a story of discovery, empathy and learning how and who to trust. It lays bare the common confusion of adolescent sexual identity and the devastating effects of a small town's prejudice. When power, privilege and access conspire against justice, Rose and Jason are forced to see how desire is policed by our peers, our town, and the wider judicial and medical establishments. Can they help each other recognise real love, in whatever form it comes, and give themselves permission to accept it?

Detailing the events leading up to an unknown gunman opening fire in the town of Pitcher Creek, The Old Arbutus Tree forces us to consider how violence begets violence and how we can break free of this cycle. Is sexual difference really something to fear? How did government-sanctioned institutions in 1980s Canada fail young men as they discovered love for the first time, with each other? Does tragedy need to hit a whole community, not just a single family, before someone speaks up for those without a voice?
Title: The Old Arbutus Tree
Author: Leigh Matthews
Pages: 188
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This might sounds bad, but I only entered to win this book because it takes place in Alberta where I am from. I did really enjoy this story, it's about love, loss and everything in between. I also liked that it dealt with darker issues. You don't get too many books that deal with death, rape and suicide all wrapped into one read, but this one had them all and I loved it. I like how the author kind of gave hints as to what would be happening next without coming right out and telling you. I also enjoyed the different POV's and the journal entires.
I love how easy it was to connect to the main character Rose. She had always lived in her "perfect", older sisters shadow. I didn't like how they were just over a year apart but Rose was treated like a baby regardless. I also found her to be a bit naive and a coward. If I had been in her shoes I would have made sure the right person had been punished for the said crimes. I was very disappointed in Sara, Rose's sister for not telling the truth and letting the charade go on as long as it had. I also felt bad for poor Jason, he didn't deserve that but at least he met someone. 
What I really need to know is if there is a book two. I feel like the book was left off to go either way, to be a standalone or merge into a series. I look forward to more books by Leigh Matthews. I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy contemporaries on the darker side.


About this author

Leigh Matthews is a British-born writer now living in Vancouver, BC, with a sharp-eyed border collie who is both her biggest fan and harshest critic. She has previously published poetry and short prose in Aesthetica, Point Shirley, New Work from the Writing Squad, and eSheaf and she supports her tea-drinking habit as afreelance medical copywriter. Leigh attends queer literary events in the city whenever she can and greatly admires those in possession of the courage to shout out their poetry to the world. Her first novel, The Old Arbutus Tree, will be published in July 2013.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Book blitz: Daughter of the Goddess- Rita Webb



BLURB
The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.


LINKS
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Goddess-Rita-J-Webb-ebook/dp/B008NZY6J0
B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughter-of-the-goddess-rita-j-webb/1112212001
Kobo:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughter-of-the-goddess-rita-j-webb/1112212001
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15761890-daughter-of-the-goddess

Friday, 15 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Erasing Shadows- K.D. Rose


Title: Erasing: Shadows
Author: KD Rose
Genre: Mature YA, Paranormal Romance
Expected Release Date: December 18th, 2013
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours


Synopsis:

Mira is a girl outside of time. She has experienced every mother’s nightmare—your child disappearing right before your eyes.
But, this isn’t at all what it seems. This isn’t a tale of kidnapping. Mira’s child doesn’t get snatched. He literally disappears—fading from her grasp—right before her eyes.
Mira and her gang of friends are forced to once again travel to the ‘other world’. A reality made of dreams—and nightmares—with dangers none of them expected. Things aren’t at all what they appear to be.
This isn’t the first loss Mira has experienced, and when her husband and friends travel to the ‘other world’ to find her, they find more than they bargained for in a world made of dreams and shadows…and danger.
Join the High Five Gang as a group of ‘adults’ move into a world where they are now teenagers again. Can they save Mira from her own worst nightmares before it’s too late?

First in the Erasing Series, Erasing: Shadows recounts the beginning of an exciting and dangerous adventure- one that has repercussions far beyond imagination.


Author Bio:
Author. Bleeding Edge. Will not fit into your mold.
K.D. Rose is an author and poet and currently has "Heavy Bags of Soul", "Inside Sorrow" and “I AM” on sale at Amazon.com. Look for The Erasing Series, Book 1-“Erasing: Shadows” on sale in December, 2013! Erasing: Shadows is the first of a Seven Book Series for New Adults in the Paranormal Genre.
K.D. Rose is now also an author with Lycaon Press, a subsidiary of Breathless Press. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal forPoetry. Just like her books, KD Rose is edgy, hits you in the gut and gives you the education you never knew you needed. Writing with irony, truth, and a spiked pen, she takes you past the self into self-evolution.
K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art of all kinds, writing of all kinds, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who.
K.D. Rose values the question more than the answer and loves creativity and innovation. K.D. is also a sucker for cutting edge thought and has been known to bring some into reality herself.  
KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and
creativity in all forms that encourage us to expand and explore past the artificial limits we often set for ourselves in order to see the everyday connections that exist among all things.
Join K D Rose on the following social media sites:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00830RFC0
Blog: http://www.kdroseauthortales.com 
Email: kd.rose@aol.com
Twitter: @kdrose1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kdroseauthor 
https://www.facebook.com/K.D.RoseWriter?skip_nax_wizard=true
Artist, Authors and other creatives, feel free to friend my personal page. You can also "like" my official facebook author page to receive updates on my books, interviews, blog tours, release parties, contests, and release dates.
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6038789.K_D_Rose
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=184204909&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Website for the Erasing Series: http://kdroseworld.com/

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Book Blitz: Extracted: The Lost Imperials- Sherry Ficklin & Tyler Jolley

Title: Extracted: The Lost Imperials
Author: Sherry Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
Genre: Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours


Synopsis:
Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allowsRifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

Sherry Ficklin
Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy. Book 1, Foresight, book 2, Second Sight, and Book 3, Hindsight, are now available. She is also the author of the adult paranormal novels, The Palmetto Moon series. Book 1, Born of Blood and book 2, Grave Secrets are now available.
Her newest YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is undercontract with Spencer Hill Press. Book 1, EXTRACTED, is due for release 11.12.13. It is now available for pre-order.
Sherry D. Ficklin, Author Links: 

You can see more about Sherry and her books at her official website, sherryficklin.com

Tyler Jolley
Tyler was born in Vernal, UT. He's an author, orthodontist,periodonist, and farmer. His wife and four kids keep him very busy.

Buy Links for  Extracted:
USA Buy Links:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/extracted-sherry-ficklin/1114924285?ean=9781937053680&itm=1&usri=9781937053680
http://www.amazon.com/Extracted-Sherry-Ficklin/dp/1937053687/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364924792&sr=1-2
 International Buy Link (free worldwide shipping)
http://www.bookdepository.com/Extracted-Sherry-Ficklin/9781937053680

Release Day Blitz: A Long Time Coming- Heather Van Fleet


Title: A Long Time Coming  (Perfect Timing Series #2)
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Day: November 12th, 2013
Publisher: Sunshine Press
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours


Blurb:

Abigail Orson has a problem. A love problem to be precise; and she has absolutely no idea how to go about fixing it.
For years now, she has been chasing her best friend’s brother—demanding things from him that he’s never wanted to give. For one? A real relationship that surpasses well beyond that dreaded ‘just friends’ zone. You see, David Anderson is her idea of perfection to a T. The one and only guy who has ever had the ability to make her heart beat faster; make her toes curl with the simple blink of his long, girly lashes. But David is also a recovering amputee, and the only thing he really wants from Abigail is to be left alone. Abigail is a fighter though, and losing the one guy who has ruined her for every other is no longer an option.
A guy with one leg who has lost his motivation to live—to love—to actually be a man. David believes he’s a waste of space. If only the beautiful girl of his unattainable dreams would get that through her perfect, blonde, stubborn head! He’s not the right guy for Abigail. He’ll never be worthy of what she deserves. However, staying away is almost impossible, especially when he’s just as in love with her as she is with him. But Abigail has a life ahead of her, one that’s definitely livable without a nineteen–year–old gimp like him holding her down. What makes her want to stick around is beyond questionable to David’s mind.
Choices will be made. Lines will be drawn. And together, they will face challenges that nobody saw coming. David and Abigail may have had almost fourteen years to fall in love, but the thing is, timing and love have never exactly worked in their favor.
It has been years in the making, and definitely A Long Time Coming for David and Abigail. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up before they actually have the chance to get it right…

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18365239-a-long-time-coming

Book Trailer:
Link: http://youtu.be/0LZn9p2uZnA

Embedded Code:



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18365239-a-long-time-coming



Excerpt:
She spun around, nibbling on her lip, grabbing both of his hands as she pulled him slowly along with her. Her eyes were so focused and shiny that he barely remembered his own name, let alone what he was about to say.
“No crutches, David.”
They made it to the edge of the floor, just as the tempo of the music slowed, to that of a seductive, rhythmic beat. She pulled his hands towards her, and he took that non–verbal command, wrapping his arms around her waist. His fingers knew just what to do, settling into the curves of her body right above her perfect ass. Those damn traitorous body parts had a mind of their own.
“I won’t let you fall…” she whispered in his ear, running her fingers through the back of his hair like a vixen who he wanted to steal away forever, only, though, so he could lock her up with him in the backseat of her car again.
Shit …it wasn’t the fear of falling that worried him. Oh no…it was the fear of never wanting to let her go again.

Author Bio:
Heather Van Fleet currently reside in northern Illinois, with her three little ladies, and fabulous hubby, and high school sweetheart, Chris. She’s a stay at home mom by day, and an avid and completely obsessive writer and reader by night.
She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for books, and has been creating her own little stories since the age of seven. But she never really had the confidence or the time to actually sit down and really do something about it until her youngest daughter Isabella was born just two years ago. Bella, as well as her older sisters Kelsey and Emma, are and always will be her greatest inspirations.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Virginia Templeton Stories- Marsha Casper Cook



Title: Virginia Templeton Stories
Author: Marsha Casper Cook
Genre: Adult Romance
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours



Synopsis:
Virginia’s marriage of ten years to Slater Templeton, a ruthless corporate titan, has provided her with all of the comforts she could ever imagine, but still something is missing. He is all about wealth and accumulating power and has been successful far beyond all expectations, but she has her own agenda and is obsessed with the power she leverages through her undeniable sexuality. Together they are a force to be reckoned with. Slater is the demon and Virginia his temptress. In this loveless relationship, their only connection is the power they share while the diva within her needs more. Will her unquenchable desires lead her to keep dark secrets and to create a life for herself that will take her where most others fear to tread?



Author Bio:
Marsha Casper Cook is the author of 10 published books and 11 feature-length screenplays. Her published works include LOVE CHANGES, a contemporary romance novel, and TO LIFE, a non-fiction biography about being a teenager and surviving the Holocaust. She has also written four books for young children, SNACK ATTACK ,THE MAGICAL LEAPING LIZARD POTION and the poetry collection THE BUSY BUS. Her book NO CLUES NO SHOES  is the first of the Emelina Hewitt and her dog Stanley series. Marsha's latest work and her first in a romance collection, VIRGINIA TEMPLETON STORIES   has just been released in paperback and she is currently working on LEO LOVES GRACIE characters taken from her screenplay Prince Charming which will be out after the first of the year.

Since early 2010, Marsha has hosted radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. She and VirginiaGrenier,the other half of World Of Ink Network Blog Talk Radio, have been doing shows for almost four years. Her show "A Good Story Is A Good Story" is about writing.Marshadoes discuss many subjects on her radio shows but her love of writing draws her to talk to other authors and marketing experts. 

She will be adding different shows this year with her partner at World Of Ink Network, Virginia Grenier. Marsha is also is doing Radio Book Launches with Marnie McNiff and Virginia Grenier with Michigan Avenue Media.Inc. specializing in Children's Books, Romance and Thrillers.
  
Join Marsha at Blog Talk Radio where she does her WORLD OF INK NETWORK radio shows.  http://www.worldofinknetwork.com.
Buy Links:


Friday, 8 November 2013

Blog Tour Review and GIVEAWAY: Dead Dreams- Emma Right



Summary:  Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN# B00ESVEVBQ

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult psychological thriller and mystery.
Pages: 250
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book but I did think that that summary sounded interesting. Dead dreams was definitely interesting lol. This was an extremely quick read, almost too quick. I felt like it was cut short. The reader is left on a cliffhanger with a lot of unanswered questions. I liked and hated the mystery all at the same time because I hated not knowing what was going on. I will absolutely be reading the next book for that exact reason.
At the beginning of the story I found Brie to be a strong and independent woman until Sarah showed up. I found that Sarah drained Brie's confidence and always talked down to her. She took advantage of Brie being naive. I didn't like Sarah from the start, I could tell she wasn't being honest and was hiding something. As the story started to unravel we learned a bit about each of them but I need way more. I can't wait to find out how everything is connected and what happened to the missing characters.
This was a really great mystery read but I was left wanting a lot more and I hope that the next book has it. I'm excited to hear the real story about Sarah. I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery read, but I would warn them to have book two handy.




Thursday, 7 November 2013

Release Day Blitz: The Unknown- Lara Henley



Title: The UnKnown
Author: Lara Henley
Genre: Young Adult
Expected Release Date: November 7th 2013
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours


Synopsis:
Misty found out early in life that things just don't come easy. She has learned to trust no one, and that you can't depend on anyone but yourself when the chips fall. Finally free of the states clutches she sets out on a whirl wind adventure called LIFE....

But she never expected Drake....

Drake... is Use to being in the lime light just graduated from college. Wondering what's next? Misty is a welcome surprise. So different from his everyday mundane experiences..

Can two completely different people share a journey that could change both of their lives forever? Or will they end up destroying each other in the process?

Escape to The UnKnown




Expert:

We walked inside the restaurant of the very small Angelo’s. It was busy because it was a Saturday night. The walls were painted a very dark red and each table was outfitted with a matching red table cloth with a lit candle sitting on top of it.

“Very romantic, Mr. Mitchell.”

“I try my best, Miss Scott.” The waitress walked over and took us to a very small, quiet booth in the back of the restaurant. When we reached it there were a dozen white roses sitting there. I was confused, had he planned this?

“Drake, you have already given me flowers. This is too much.”

“I can never give you enough. I want to give you the world. Do you know what the white rose signifies?” He pulled me down into the booth with him.

“I don’t, but they are just as beautiful as the red ones you gave me.”

“The white rose signifies purity and innocence. The red rose signifies love, beauty, courage, and respect. And together they signify unity. Baby, you are those things to me. You are my heart.” He kissed the back of my hand. “You are as pure as the driven snow.” He kissed it again. “And you are as beautiful as an angel descending from heaven.” Drake’s eyes danced with hope and love. I could see that he truly loved me. Where did this man come from? Tears were beginning to form in my eyes.

“And together,” he pulled out a single white rose and a single red one and laced the stems together. “We are strong. We can’t be broken.” By the time he finished I was a blubbering fool. I was so happy in that exact moment.
“I love you with all my heart,” he whispered lovingly.  I closed my eyes and savored his every word. I hadn’t ever known love like this. I never wanted to let it go.
“Baby, you ok?” 

“Yes. I love you so much. I can’t believe you did this. My makeup is probably running.” I wiped the tears from my eyes. Who knows what I look like right now, but I couldn’t help it. This was just all too wonderful not to cry.


Author Bio:
Lara Henley was born in the Midwest. She holds a degree in Fashion Marketing and loves all things creative. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her first love is writing and hopes to make it her full-time career. She first began her career as a writer with children's books and has since transitioned into writing young adult and adult romance. 

Links:
Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092327.Lara_Henley 
Blog- www.larahenley.blogspot.com 
Twitter- https://twitter.com/laraisadiva 
Facebook- www.facebook.com/larahenl


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Review #180: Rest Inn Peace- Bonnie Bernard


Summary:  Welcome to Rest Inn Peace -where life begins at the end of the road and murder is sometimes funny. 

Cobra Carpenter has trouble with substance abuse, staying out of jail, and seeing things that aren’t really there. A big city boy, he’s been released from prison (again) just in time to inherit his dead grandmother’s inn on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park. He has also just been granted full custody of his twelve year old kid, Zoe, whose only non-imaginary friend is a kleptomaniac hypochondriac who lives in fear of rabies and bacon.
Zoe inherited Cobra’s flair for seeing things that aren’t really there, and he is none too happy about it. To complicate matters, the inn’s manager, Regina Oxford, insists those imaginary things that aren’t really there…are really there; every dragon, fairy, zombie, talking animal, ghost, and even the creepy winking statue. This includes the imaginary creatures that live at Rest Inn Peace, and the ones who rent rooms by the night. Cobra hates the crazy inn and plans an escape. But where will he and Zoe go? The world outside is crumbling; people are hungry and desperate. Here in rural Broken Spur Valley, food is plentiful, water is fresh, and life is good. Well, it’s mostly good. There are, of course, those pesky murders in town…that started the day Cobra and Zoe moved in.

Pull off your shoes and traipse through a land of fairies, dragons, trolls, and an assortment of misfit humans. Rest Inn Peace is a charming bed and breakfast nestled in a magical grove, next to a cemetery packed with brain-starved zombies.

Oh, and a word to the wise; beware of cross-eyed flying lizards with an addiction to eggplant and cauliflower.
Pages: 352
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review: Rest Inn Peace was week 5's book in our book group. I really liked the premise if this book because I enjoy paranormal books that contain more than one paranormal creature and this book just about had them all. I also enjoyed thoe whole murder mystery but something about the story didn't jive with me. I'm not sure if I liked it jumping between the different characters either. I did like how it was kind of for all ages if it didn't have the swears lol. But I think that both adults and kids would get a kick out if the story. I found it interesting how I was kept guessing who the bad guy was and when I found out it was someone I would have never guessed in a million years. 
Zoe was an awesome character. She had a rough life for such a young child but I liked how it left her very sarcastic. I'm glad she got to let lose and be herself at the Inn. At first I didn't really like Cobra but he grew on me. I think he has a lot of potential as a character and he needs to work on being a father. Reggie was great, I just felt bad that she didn't get to experience every much in her life, but hopefully that will change. Faest was my absolute favourite character. I WANT HIM!!
This was an entertaining read. I liked how the author could have you laughing one second and crying the next. I would read more books by Bonnie Bernard to see if her writing style is the same in every book or if this was a one time thing. I would recommend this book to paranormal lovers.

Blog Tour, Review and GIVEAWAY: Fight or Flight Book 1 & 2- Jamie Canosa



Summary: Be smart.
Keep your head down.
And look out for number one.

These are the rules Jay has lived by for the past two years. The rules of surviving life on the streets. But when Em comes bursting into his life, in all of her disastrous glory, the rules go right out the window.

Survive.
Flee what’s been left behind.
And never look back.

Emerson’s plan was simple. Though, it was easier said than done. The city streets are dangerous and unforgiving to a new arrival. Especially, a seventeen-year-old girl who’s never known anything but life in the suburbs. Sometimes, however, what’s lurking behind those white picket fences can be more frightening than any dark alley.

Both of them made the same decision when life got overwhelming—to run from their demons. Brought together by fate or circumstance, Em and Jay find the kind of love neither of them ever expected. But, when those demons come back to haunt them and their love is on the line, which instincts will they choose to follow this time . . . Fight or Flight?
Pages: 356
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
OMG!! I love this cover! And the book was amazing! This book has approximately 350 pages and I flew through it in a few hours, I literally could not put it down until it was finished. This book is both sad and beautiful at the same time. It talks about a lot of real life situations that were sometimes hard to hear but made me realize what some people have to deal with on a daily basis in order to survive. The story is also cute and heartwarming in a weird way. The ending made me very happy and I can't wait to read the next book.
I love Emerson. She is so brave to have survived what she went through and have escaped even though she knew she would have to live on the streets. She may have been inexperienced in that environment but like she said she would rather die on the streets then at home. I also fell in love with Jay. He didn't have to help Em but he knew she wouldn't survive without him. I really think that they complimented each other perfectly and I'm so glad that they found one another. Despite the circumstance. I also really liked Sam. It's nice to see that there are still good people in the world.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can't wait to get started on book two. Jamie Canosa is an author to watch out for. I need to find out if Em and Jay finally get their happily ever after. I would recommend this novel to EVERYONE!!!

Summary:  To move on,
 Leave the past behind, 
And build a new life with Jay.

That’s all Em wanted. After everything they’d been through together, they were both overdue their ‘happily ever after’. Too bad the world doesn’t work that way. Memories last longer than dreams and Em’sfears continue to plague her both day and night, interfering with that new life she so desperately craves.

To start over,
Secure a future,
And give Em the life she deserves.

That was Jay’s plan, but the past isn’t done with them, yet. While Em still struggles to overcome the ghosts of her past, Jay is forced to come face to face with his. When the skeletons in his closet step back into the light, Jay must decide what he will do—and what he will sacrifice—to protect Em from them. 

Against all odds, Em and Jay are on the verge of having everything they’ve ever wanted. They’ve fought for it before, but is their love strong enough to endure any more heartache? The time has come for each of them to choose for themselves whether or not they will allow the past to continue to corrupt their future. And, together, they must decide, will it be . . . NOW OR NEVER?
Pages: 255
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this book, it was gripping and easy to devour but I didn't enjoy it as much as Fight or Flight because I didn't find the situations as intense. I wanted more of Jay's story, I didn't really get where his dad came from and how he found them and I don't really know what he actually wanted, well besides money. I am glad the story ended the way it did because Jay and Em finally got to be happy. But I still want more! I want, no I NEED to know what happens now. Do the villains finally go to jail? And if yes do they stay there. And do Jay and Em get their happy ending forever?
I'm still in love withe Jay and Em but it I am sad that they keep blaming themselves for hints that they have no control over. I'm glad that they are getting their lives together and coming into their own. I love that they are able to grow and overcome their issues together and have each other for support. I also really like amazon and Ashlyn and I can't wait to get their stories.
This was another awesome book by Jamie Canosa and I can't wait to read more. This story tugged on my heart strings and I want more! I would recommend this novel to those who love a good romantic contemporary.


Author Bio:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.





a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Review #179: Schasm- Shari J. Ryan


Summary: When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams. Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteen-year-old young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated by an abusive mother and an imagined alternate world that exists only in her mind’s eye. Can she keep track of which is real—and whether or not she is real, too? Schasm is the mind-bending young adult romance by Shari J. Ryan that mines the heart of darkness, where one young woman seeks light in her own shimmering daydreams. 

A psychological condition has captured the body, mind, and soul of Chloe, and thrust her into the hands of probing doctors at the continued mercy of her tyrannical mother. As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father. When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel. However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't.

Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world. As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence. Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seems.
Title: Schasm
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Pages: 372
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was very drawn to this book because I love reading about mental illness'. They are so intriguing to me. But I found that the story didn't really match the summary. I really liked thes Tory but it was all overt he place and I kept getting lost. I was also confused as to what was real and what' wasn't (which I think was the authors intention). I'm just not sure how I feel about that. I do however really want to read book two in hopes of receiving me information.
As for the characters, il iked them but they left me unsure. I feel as thought Chloe isn't "crazy" but that her mother has made her think that she is. Also Chloe's mom is a jerk and I can't figure out her reasoning for what she has done to Chloe. I know we got a tidbit of backstory but it wasn't good enough for me lol. Also are Celia and Alex even real? I can't decide. And what's with Chloe's uncle? Is everything just a big conspiracy?
This was definitely an interesting read that drew me in and left me wanting more. It was a bit confusing but still an entertaining read. I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading about mental illness and also those who like a mystery.




About this author


I have always dreamt of becoming an author, and finally decided it was time to pursue this lifelong aspiration by writing my debut young adult novel, Schasm. I have long nurtured a passion for art, reading, and writing, hobbies that have become a mental escape from my busy life. In the past year, I have put my heart and soul into the creation of my novel, which has taught me that it is never too late and nothing is too hard. I graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Johnson & Wales University and have written hundreds of articles for various online publications. I am married with two sons.