10 Days of Halloween with Carol Riggs

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Today, Carol Riggs is joining us for the 9th day of 10 Days of Halloween! She’s sharing a little bit about her book Junction 2020 and the boogeyman! Ooooo….

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Hello! I’m Carol Riggs, and I like to read and write books with a twist of weird.

Most of my YA novels have a sense of mystery, maybe because I grew up reading Nancy Drew books. I also enjoy science fiction and fantasy elements, so I throw those in there too. THE LYING PLANET, my third published book, was born one night in 2010 as I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep…and I thought I heard a noise out in the living room. Nothing was really there, but my mind started spinning scenarios about What If. I figured this could be the initial pivotal moment of a YA novel, the story about a teen lying in the darkness of his room, and hearing…something.

More recently, my JUNCTION 2020 series involves portal travel to a dimension built by my 5 main characters’ sweetest dreams and worst nightmares. It’s been loads of fun! From magical music rooms to awesome lighthouses, and vampire spiders to street gangs, the alternate-dimension landscapes challenge my characters like nothing else. Each book in the 5-part series is written from the viewpoint of one of the characters. Book 3 of JUNCTION 2020 is Lauren’s book, and is called SILENT SCREAM. Interestingly enough, it also involves a character lying in bed and hearing something creepy (do I detect a pattern here?).  

EXCERPT from Silent Scream, Chapter 3:  

Stray thoughts tumble through my head, blurring with images of me blowing on my steaming mug of hot chocolate and swinging my arm to throw snowballs. I’m drifting off into serious drowsiness, when I hear a distinct and prolonged metallic creak.

Blinking, I lift my head. What was that?

I heard it loud and clear. Is someone walking around, maybe Stefanie in the outer hall as she heads to the bathroom? Except the creak didn’t quite sound like a floorboard, and it didn’t sound like the noise came from the hall.

It sounded like it came from inside my room.

I sit up, breaking into a clammy sweat. Impossible. There’s no one in here except me. I’ve got to be imagining things.

Squinting around the moonlit semi-darkness of the room, I see the tall, solid-wood dresser against the wall, the motionless, thin curtains over the window. Across the room the closet is silent, but its door stands ajar a few inches.

Crap. Wasn’t that door shut before I got into bed?

Creak.

That’s the metallic noise I heard earlier, I’m sure of it. It’s the rasp of a squeaky hinge. And right as I’m watching, the closet door opens wider. Slowly, inching its way outward.

Creak. Creeeaaaak.

The gap is now a spooky wedge of blackness that makes an instant lump form in the pit of my stomach.

Creak. The gap widens further yet. A foot and a half of sheer terror.

A hoarse breathing begins—and it’s not mine.

I clutch the quilt to my chest, paralyzed on the bed. My lungs forget how to work. Only my mind is whirling. It’s been nine long years, but I know exactly what’s behind that door. In this landscape, my nightmares have caught up with me at last.

It’s the Boogeyman.

He’s real. And he’s coming to get me.

More about Junction 2020:

It all started on New Year’s Eve, 2019. Despite being hearing impaired, Lauren Carnes was determined to go to Stefanie Anders’ party and celebrate the holiday like everyone else. But instead, she and four others got blasted through a portal into another dimension. They ended up with strange triangular marks branded on their forearms.

Worse yet, the whole thing happened again ten days later. Instead of a creepy landscape built by her new friend Mari’s dreams and nightmares, they fought to survive in a world built by Tony Rodriguez. In both of these alternate realities, ruthless black-cloaked Shifters tried to capture and exploit them as Mainworlders.

The third time is not a charm. Because on this journey, it’s Lauren’s fascinating—and dangerously silent—landscape everyone is stuck in.

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For anyone who comments on this post, there will be a drawing for a giveaway. The winner will get the choice of an ebook or (if a U.S. winner) a signed paperback of THE LYING PLANET or a JUNCTION 2020 series book.

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About Carol Riggs:

Carol Riggs is an author of young adult fiction who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.

 

 

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10 Days of Halloween with Lee Roberts

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We’re on day five of our 10 Days of Halloween event, and today, we’re welcoming author Lee Roberts! He’s sharing an excerpt of his YA book, Elvis Blue! Be sure to read through to the end. There just might, there definitely will be, a giveaway at the end!

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Elvis enjoyed a relaxing Sunday dinner with his family, the first one he could remember. It had been years since all of the Blue family had sat around the table together talking and eating and chatting about things. It was nice. He was hoping it was the start of a new routine.

His mother and father had shared a few knowing glances and off-hand smiles. It was obvious they had reconnected again. Everyone could feel the new sense of love and support that had been missing for a long time. Even Sherlock showed a boundless energy and enthusiasm that revealed itself in typical puppy antics. Everyone in the Blue family seemed happy for a change.

The early afternoon meal finally came to an end and they each went their separate ways. Gary and Giselle cleaned up the kitchen together and flirted with each other. Elvis could hear them talking and laughing like teenagers even after he left the room. He could hear C.J. in her bedroom listening to music and dancing by herself. It was a wonderful new beginning for all of them.

Elvis took Sherlock into the living room for a while. They surfed the television channels but didn’t find anything interesting to watch. He laid on the sofa and wondered what Maria was doing. He decided to go and find out.

Elvis went out the back door and dashed over to the old van – his old van now. Sherlock trotted along behind and hopped up into the passenger seat beside him. He put the keys into the ignition and cranked it up. The engine was a bit reluctant to start, but it sounded like music to his ears when it finally did turn over.

The rain was still coming down so Elvis switched on the windshield wipers and eased carefully into the road. He drove the short distance to the Palmero house, and he pulled in the driveway. Maria must have been looking out the window and saw him arrive. She came running out of the house and squeezed into the passenger seat with Sherlock. The puppy licked her face and plopped contentedly onto her lap.

“Hey there,” Elvis said cheerfully.

“Hey yourself,” Maria replied. “Are you going someplace in particular or just out joyriding in your new van?”

“No place in particular, just riding around.”

“Cool! Let’s go then.”

They glanced at the house and saw Maria’s father peering through window. He didn’t look happy. Maria smiled and waved at him.

“Quick! Get moving before my father comes out here and stops us.”

Elvis shifted into reverse and backed out of the driveway. Then he turned around and started down the road. They glanced back and saw Maria’s father come out onto the front porch. He watched them drive away.

“So where are we going?” she asked.

Elvis shrugged. “I don’t know. You got any ideas?”

They both thought about it for a minute.

“How about the Simmons place?” Maria suggested.

Elvis looked surprised. “The Simmons place? Right now?”

“Sure, why not? It’s still daylight outside, and we don’t have anything else to do.”

“Yeah, but your father told us to stay away from there.”

“He was talking to the whole group. It’s only the two of us today, so it’s not the same thing. We won’t tell the others. Let’s just stop by for a few minutes.”

“Well . . . okay.” Elvis was not going to refuse. He would take her anywhere she wanted to go. He would have taken Maria to the moon if she had asked.

They drove there in less than twenty minutes. Elvis guided the van down the ruts of the old driveway and then slowly around to the back of the house. Even though it was late afternoon, the gloomy weather and dreary atmosphere made the house seem dark and depressing. He started having second thoughts.

“Are you sure that you want to go inside?” Elvis asked.

“Yeah, we might as well go in and look around a little,” said Maria. “Do you have any equipment with you?”

Elvis glanced in the back of the van and nodded.

“Yep, I had already loaded most of it in case we went out with the other guys this week. I hadn’t planned on coming here again so soon though.”

Maria climbed out of the front seat and began scrounging around in the back of the truck. She came up with a couple of things.

“Let’s take some flashlights and a recorder. Maybe we’ll hear something.”

“How about the video camera, too? As long as we’re going in, we may as well set it up to film while we’re walking around.”

“Okay.”

They grabbed the equipment and carried it to the back door. Sherlock trotted at their heels. The pane of glass that Derek had broken had still not been replaced, so Elvis reached in and unlocked the door. They tromped through the kitchen and made their way slowly to the big central room in the middle of the house. The hardwood floor was now surprisingly clean and swept. It was apparent that someone else had been there recently and tidied up the place.

“Look,” Maria observed. “No footprints.”

Elvis shrugged. “Who knows? Maybe a building inspector or appraiser? I guess somebody is interested in this place. Maybe they finally found the owners, or they are going to sell it.”

Maria helped Elvis set up the video camera in one corner of the room and get it rolling. Then they switched on the digital recorder and started wandering around. A few minutes of that yielded nothing. The little puppy explored, sniffing all of the unfamiliar scents, but he quickly got bored as well. Elvis nodded toward the cellar door.

“You want to go downstairs for a while?”

“Sure.”

Maria followed him down to the basement, moving slowly and cautiously down the rickety wooden stairs. Sherlock sat at the top of the steps and refused to come down. They reached the bottom and panned their flashlights around. Several holes were dug in the dirt floor, but they couldn’t remember which ones had been there before.

Despite the summer heat outside and the humidity of the rain storm, the air in the basement remained cool and dank.  Elvis checked the recorder again to make sure it was working. Then he placed his flashlight on the ground, switched it off, and backed away a few steps. He glanced over at Maria.

“If anyone is here with us, we’re sorry to disturb you and mean you no harm. We only want to communicate with you and help you if we can. Please switch on the light to let us know you are here.”

After a few seconds, the flashlight came on. Maria gasped and grabbed Elvis by the arm. He could feel her trembling with excitement. He tried to stay calm.

“Thank you. Can you switch it off again?”

The flashlight on the ground went dark. Elvis could feel Maria’s body pressing up closer against him, but he tried to focus on the task at hand.

“We would like to know who we are talking to. If you can speak or make some kind of sound, maybe we can capture it on this recorder.”

Elvis placed the electronic device on the ground next to the flashlight. They both waited a few minutes but didn’t hear anything.

“Are you Josiah Simmons or a member of his family?” said Elvis. “If you are, please switch on the light again.”

Nothing happened.

“Are you one of the people who died here?” Maria asked timidly.

The flashlight came on.

“Oh my goodness!” Maria exclaimed. She turned and darted up the steps. Elvis scooped up the flashlight and recorder and scrambled up the stairs behind her. Sherlock started barking and running around in small circles. They stopped in the big central room again to catch their breath.

Maria hugged Elvis and buried her face in his chest. He put his arms around her and held her close. Standing in the middle of the room didn’t feel safe, so Elvis guided them over to one side and put his back up against the wall. The large staircase leading upstairs was immediately behind him, so he could see the entire room from there.

“It’s okay,” he whispered. “Don’t be scared. I won’t let anything hurt you. I’m right here. It’s nothing but electrical energy.”

She relaxed a little. “That was spooky. Did you hear anything?”

“No, but we might have caught something on the recorder.”

Elvis pushed a couple of buttons to replay the last few minutes. Both of them listened closely. They could just barely hear a faint whisper.

“What do you think it says?” Maria whispered.

“I don’t know. It’s not very clear. Under the stars maybe? Something like that?”

She nodded. “That’s what I hear, too. Under the stars. I wonder what it means.”

He shrugged. “Who knows?”

Maria looked into his eyes and time seemed to stand still for a moment. Elvis had one arm still wrapped around her. He could feel her chest pressed tightly against his. She inched a little closer and leaned forward to kiss him.

Elvis wasn’t sure if it was adrenaline or hormones, but some kind of hot chemical reaction seemed to take place deep inside them both. Maria pushed forward even harder, slamming her body into his and pressing their lips together. He held her tighter and then let himself fall back hard against the wall.

Suddenly there was a sound of splintering wood and the wall cracked open behind him. They both tumbled through the narrow opening and onto the dirty floor of a hidden closet. A cloud of dust swirled all around them making them cough and rub their eyes. When the swirling dust finally cleared, they found themselves sitting on top of some old wooden planks.

“Wow, that was weird,” Elvis remarked. “I think we broke something.”

“On you or the house?” asked Maria, brushing off her jeans.

“The house,” he said. “I’m fine. Looks like we found an old closet. You okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

They both looked around. Maria found one of the flashlights and shined it around the tiny space. It appeared to be a small storage room built right under the stairs.

“I wonder why we never noticed this before?” she asked.

“It was probably a hidden door or sealed shut,” said Elvis. “We only found it by accident. We may be the first ones in here for forty years.”

She shined her flashlight down on the floor.

“What are these planks? There are big gaps between them, and they’re all loose. I can feel air coming up from underneath.”

They scooted over to one side and Elvis began lifting the boards up and moving them over. Maria shined the light down into the opening beneath.

“It looks like a tunnel!” she said excitedly. “Let’s see where it goes!”

About Elvis Blue:

Elvis Blue just turned sixteen and struggles with the challenges of becoming a man. In the small town of Hillsborough, North Carolina, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for young kids who come from the wrong side of the tracks. He is also dealing with the unfamiliar emotions that go with finding his first love in neighborhood girl Maria. Together with his best friend Monk and loyal puppy Sherlock, Elvis decides to embark on a ghost-hunting adventure to find his fame and fortune.

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The first 10 people to email Author Lee Roberts will receive a FREE PDF of Elvis Blue! Email him today!

About Lee Roberts:

616EiJzjXzLI was born and raised in the southern United States, but I have traveled to many other places in the world. I find the different people and cultures fascinating. My education and work experience began with accounting and finance. But as with everything else, it has gradually evolved more and more to computers and information technology. Our lives today are centered on talking with each other through the flows of bits and bytes.

More than twenty years ago, I started writing stories to capture all of the interesting thoughts and impressions lurking in my imagination. These stories became an important part of my life and I decided to share this by creating fictitious people and places in my mind. These people could say and do anything that I had ever seen or thought about. They are all very real to me with their own unique personalities, motivations, and quirks. They live in my head every day, and through the magic of books, I can share all of it with you.

Today, I am the luckiest man on the planet. I am married to a beautiful lady from Colombia and I’m the proud father of some wonderful children. I love animals, mysteries, and salsa music. Life is a very precious thing. Take time to ride a Harley, smoke a pipe, eat a taco, cuddle with a cat, or drink a cup of tea. Enjoy every moment of it with me.

Check out Lee’s website and Amazon Author page!

Are you ready to be hunted?!

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Y’all!! The Hunted is finally here!!

I know we just released The Marked in January, and this came out rather quickly but oh my goodness! It’s exciting!

Book two was even more fun to write than book one. I’m serious. I’ve introduced a lot of new characters who I absolutely fell in love with! #teambrent, just saying. And there is a lot more of the werewolves. You’ll learn more about them and the pack. And of course,  there is more Milo. *sigh* And well, Preston is still alive. I’m sorry. *ducks as all of you run at me*

Okay, so….

Anyway…

What’s it about you may ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s the blurb.

Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight’s Academy and is on the run, constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston’s venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone.

Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He’s annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn’t telling her.

Myka has to come face-to-face with the truth of who she really is. Will she find safety, or will she always be hunted?

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If this piques your interest and you haven’t read book one? No worries. My publisher hasn’t changed the price from 99¢ yet, so now is the time to get it before word gets back to her. Hurry! 😉 You can get both books for only $4.98 according the Amazon.

Get The Marked on Amazon / Amazon UK / Nook for the 99¢ price.

Now, I hope you all get your copy so we can talk about it! I’m really anxious to have many discussions with you guys about it!!

Happy Reading! ❤

Summer Begins Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Summer Begins Blog Hop!

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, but I do love the fact that with summer comes a lot of things that you can’t do during the winter time. I’m not sure what my favorite thing to do is, but it’s probably going swimming. I love going to beach with my family, and I enjoy taking my nieces and nephews to get ice cream or sno-cones. We end up going fishing more during the summer, and we take family picnics. I love cutting into a ripe watermelon, and frying up fresh squash from the garden. There’s nothing like summer time! What’s your favorite thing about summer?

Tell me in the comments, and you could win this swag pack with an e-book of my currently re-released, Entertaining Angels!

You’ll get a small bag that says “Woman of God, Joy in the Journey”, two bookmarks, a “God’s Girl” pencil, a guardian angel key chain, and a “Princess” necklace to remind you that you’re a Child of God! (Swag pack, US only. Ebook – international)

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Now hop on over to these sites and enter to win their giveaways, too!

1. Dreaming Awake 2. Barbara Cool Lee’s Beach Summer
3. Bonnie Blythe’s Pure Romance 4. Heather Gray, Inspirational Romance
5. Sharon Kleve Romantic Ramblings 6. Amber Daulton
7. laurenmariebooks 8. Joanne Jaytanie
9. Natalie-Nicole Bates 10. Christina Lorenzen
11. Krysten Lindsay Hager, author 12. Musing About The Writing Life
13. Helen Pollard – contemporary romance

YA Book Bundle Giveaway!

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What would you do if you won six great young adult books to add to your Kindle library? If you’d grow giddy with excitement, then you’re in the right place. In celebration of National Library Week, 24 indie authors have teamed together to share their books with four winners, one winner for each bundle of six books. Check out the books below, and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win one of these incredible deals.

Book Bundle #1

Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes

read me deadAlexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

Read Me Dead on Amazon

Into the Light by Amy Manemann

into the lightNineteen-year-old Willa Devries is no ordinary witch. Born to a sacred race known as the lightkeepers, for centuries her lineage has been charged to carry out their time honored duty of holding the light of the world against the darkness. Willa’s twentieth birthday will mark the day when she comes into her full powers, a day she’s been anticipating forever. Only the rising darkness has become more powerful than anyone has ever seen, and with her birthday only a week away, Willa begins to question if she’s ready to feel the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Braeden Mathiesen is a Guardian sworn and trained to protect the keepers of light. His life has been spent preparing for the day when he would be sent to aid Willa in her lightkeeper training. Yet upon his arrival to the sleepy town of Salem, Massachusetts, he quickly realizes he is unprepared for the extent of her incredible power–or for the woman who will steal his heart.

The fate of the world lies in Braeden and Willa’s ability to push past their feelings and learn to harness her powers, before the dark underworld rises up and covers the world under a blanket of darkness. Failure isn’t an option; the world depends on it.

Into the Light on Amazon

Shadows of Things to Come by Mishael Austin Witty

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Starting a new relationship is always hard, but it’s not often dangerous.

College first year Megan McCleod feels bad about breaking up with her boyfriend, Keith. After all, they’ve been together for years. But now they’re going in two different directions, and she just doesn’t see how things can work out between them. Too bad the day she picked to break up with him was the same day he’d picked to ask her to marry him.

Sophomore Tony Driscoll is all for the break-up, however, because he wants Megan all to himself. He’s convinced, from the first moment he sees her in that coffee shop when she’s breaking up with Keith, that they belong together. Now all he has to do is make her feel the same way about him.

Megan is charmed by him from the very first moment their eyes meet. Then she starts hearing things – about how Tony killed his mother and kidnapped one of his ex-girlfriends. But Tony seems so nice. She just can’t believe he would hurt a fly. …Until he asks her to marry him on their third date, and then he storms out in a rage when she refuses him. And it’s doubly suspicious that Megan gets attacked on the street as she’s trying to get back to the dorm that night.

Is Tony trying to hurt her? Has his love for her taken an obsessive, psychopathic turn? Can she discover the truth before it’s too late?

Shadows of Things to Come on Amazon

The Unforgiving Truths

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She thought she was safe in the shadows. When the light was banished, the dark became her home. After the Transformation, the dark was all that there was. Coming from a World covered in fire, young Mrsorri Hall seeks the safety of a new land where she doesn’t have to hide from her abilities.

After arriving in a strange new place designed to make one’s wildest dreams come to life, her humanity returns to her. She recognizes fear like she never has before. It seems she has finally found a place where she can be at peace with her dark past.

As the secrets unfold, though, she realizes that even the ones she loves the most cannot be trusted. Whisked into a battle that she didn’t even know she was a part of it, Mrsorri must undertake a legacy that could mean life or death. On this quest, failure is not an option, for once she starts, she cannot go back. There is nowhere to go. They are coming for her.

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Girl Incredible by Patti Larsen

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Her CIA bosses think she’s the bomb. Kitalia Ore is positive of that fact.

Okay, fine. Kitten MacLean. And they’re her parents, but it’s so much more fun to imagine them the other way around. And J.J., her MI6 contact? He’s in love with her. Doesn’t matter that her closest confidant, Jimmy Jones, hasn’t spoken a word to her since first grade.

Everyone at school adores her, too. Sure, they might not know it yet, but every single student at Rimtree High is her best friend. Naturally.

She’s just that incredible.

When a new girl is being bullied, it’s time for Kit MacLean to take charge and leave her fantasy world of fearless bravado and easy victories behind. The world outside her CIA missions is far different than she’s used to, and her usual happy-go lucky heart is about to take the beating of a lifetime. But Kit has never backed down from anything in her life and she’s not about to start now.

Time to find out what she’s really made of. Before the bad guys ruin everything.

Girl Incredible on Amazon

What Dreams May Come: In Dreams Book 1 by Beth M. Honeycutt

what dreams may comeReality is overrated. Or so Ellie Cross has always believed.

Ellie is an ordinary, nothing-special girl who feels invisible most of the time. She’s the kind of girl who would loan her lunch money to anyone, but she’s definitely not the kind of girl to get noticed. Well, except by her mom, who constantly nags her not to be such a dreamer, and the class bully who makes her life miserable. It’s kinda grim for a girl who’s already painfully shy and all-too-aware that she “takes work.”

But Ellie has a best friend, someone she can turn to whenever she has a problem. Well, some might call him an imaginary friend, since they’ve never actually met outside of dreams.

And, sure, Ellie knows it’s kinda weird to have a friend no one else can see, but since her real-world friends currently number one, she figures an imaginary friend can only improve her social life. Even better, since he isn’t real, she can tell dream-guy-Gabe anything, without ever worrying that he’ll ditch her for someone cooler or embarrass her by blabbing her secrets. And so what if she happens to have an itsy-bitsy crush on her reality-challenged friend? Who’s it hurting, really?

But things are about to get complicated, because there’s a new guy in school—a guy with hauntingly familiar eyes. A guy who knows things about Ellie that he shouldn’t have any way of knowing…

What Dreams May Come on Amazon

Book Bundle #2

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

fire in frostCrystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage.

When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure.

Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?

Fire in Frost on Amazon

The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

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“You cannot know what light is if you have not experienced darkness.”

Ava and her people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon for reasons she can’t fathom. Upon meeting a boy from a different sector, her life turns into a beautiful chaos. She begins to feel things she isn’t allowed to, thus motivating her to find out the truth about why her kind are so different, and why the Council are so interested in her.

Once her mind is freed, with it comes a terrible power that could either save her kind, or destroy them all. But Ava is not the perfect heroine. She will become what she hates to save the ones she loves, and the cost of such a burden is deadly at best.

The Broken Destiny on Amazon

First Impression by Pauleen Creeden

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Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group.

Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

First Impression on Amazon

Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke

beggar magicIn Gelia City, magic is music: a constant ever-changing melody known as the Strains. Hereditary ability to use the Strains divides the city into two classes: the wealthy Highmost, who can access the full potential of the Strains, and the Common tradesmen, who are limited to mundane spells, known as beggar magic.

With the help of the Strains, Common teen Leilani rescues and befriends a gifted Highmost girl, Zebedy. The girls’ friendship opens Leilani’s eyes to the world of the Highmost. She’s intrigued by Zeb’s close relationship with the Strains, and longs to know them as she does. Zeb, in turn, comes to depend on Leilani’s strength and intelligence, making them an inseparable team, ready to take on anything with the Strains at their back.

As their unlikely friendship strengthens and endures, Zeb draws Leilani further into the Highmosts’ intrigues. Beneath the polished, academic facade of the Highmost manors lurks a threat to the Strains. An unknown force consumes their music, leaving only heart-rending silence behind.

Leilani and Zeb will do anything to save their beloved Strains, but as the silence grows, they face danger their previously sheltered lives could never prepare them for. Whoever is behind the death of the Strains is willing to kill to keep their secret safe. To preserve the Strains, the girls may have to sacrifice their friendship, or even their lives.

Beggar Magic on Amazon

Short story collection – Celebrations from New Pangaea by Brenda Duffey

celebrations from new pangea“Celebrations from New Pangaea” is a collection of four short stories designed for adolescents ages 13-18. The main characters are male or female adolescents facing the challenges of adolescence involving separation from home and family as they try to make sense of historical and cultural events that have impacted their ability to do so successfully.

“Springtime Comes to New Pangaea” introduces a young female of Iranian birth and culture violently forced from her home at age five and her coming of age in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the Iranian Nowruz (spring) celebration.

“Juneteeth” is the story of a young man living in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The story revolves around the African-American emancipation celebration known as “Juneteeth.” In the summer before Devon Alcorn’s senior year at Shawnee High School, he comes to terms with the roots of his slave ancestry at a family reunion held at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky.

“A Thanksgiving Story” is an account of a 16 year old indentured servant brought to North America by the Pilgrims in 1621. Dorothy tells the story of the journey across the Atlantic on the Mayflower and the struggle to survive the first winter at Plymouth Colony. After her Pilgrim family turns against the gentle Abenaki who had been so instrumental in her survival as well as that of the entire colony, Dorothy runs away to live with the Abenaki and finds her female voice and place in society.

“The Season” takes the reader on a fantasy through Middle Earth at a time when gun violence and climate change are threatening the very existence of the inhabitants who have forgotten “the reason for the season.” A sensitive fifteen year old violinist journeys to the top of the mountain to learn from an old priest, Friar Assalam, the story of the season written on ancient tablets long since lost to the citizens of Newkirk. It is then that Gavril brings the sweet music of the robin’s song to restore the peace and good will long ago lost to the inhabitants of the village.

This collection of stories is highly suitable as reading material for adolescents in their high school English or history classes. The intent is to bring awareness of a coming together of all the diverse groups in the United States to begin the process of finding unity instead of polarization and the building of a New Pangaea.

Celebrations of New Pangea on Amazon

Beyond Vica by T.C. Booth

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Gabby and her two best friends share a constellation in the sky named VICA. The trio named the constellation that tells the tale of their childhood friendship. Now that Gabby is fifteen, this tale written in the stars means more than ever.

Gabby finds herself facing the threat of losing her best friend, Sam to cancer. On top of that, she develops a crush on the other friend, Brody. She fears the friendship will fall apart and feels alone. To complicate matters, Sam’s condition brings back memories that Gabby has not allowed to surface since she was five.

As Gabby’s world crashes down on her, she’s forced to face the realities of life, death, grief, and love. How will she survive without the friendship that’s written in the stars?

Beyond Vica on Amazon

Book Bundle #3

Chasing Clarity by Sylvia Stein

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What happens when you lose the love of your life tragically and are left to pick up the pieces? Mia Gerard is about to find out. Mia has just lost Leo Dancy, her best friend and soul mate. His absence seems unbearable, but suddenly, an opportunity that she can’t turn down arises. She’s offered a teaching position in The New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts. At first, she’s overwhelmed, still dealing with the loss of Leo. But eventually, she allows herself to heal when she meets Henry Watson, a painter with aspirations of having his own exhibit one day, or does she?

As Mia and Henry become closer, Henry develops feelings for Mia, but she’s still unable to love. When Henry can’t have what he wants, he decides to move back to London with his agent and friend, Trina Michaels. Mia may lose him forever, and she’s faced with having the clarity to chase after Henry or let him walk away. Which will she choose?

Note: Winners will receive an ARC of Chasing Clarity.

Sylvia Stein on Amazon

Eden: The Complete Series by Janelle Stalder

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This edition is the complete collection of the Eden Series, including all four books:

Eden
Eden-West
Eden-South
Eden-East

PLUS an exclusive preview of the upcoming spin-off series, Elysium.
Individual books still sold separately.

Eden is an epic Fantasy ride, following a young boy who is thrown into a world on the brink of war. Along with an ensemble cast of captivating characters, he begins a journey that will change his life and make him question everything he’s ever known.

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Destiny: New Avalon Book 1 by Andrea Buginsky

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Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage.

With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

Destiny on Amazon

A Mighty Fortress by Faith Blum

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Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who’s hunting them.

Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom’s gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss’s right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what’s one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?

Can Joshua lean on God’s strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running–the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?

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True Colors by Melissa Pearl

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Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

True Colors on Amazon

Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince by Dan Wright

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One mistake can haunt a person forever and no one knows that more than Amanda Moonstone. In a time when people shun and fear magic, Amanda chooses to practice it. Her powers stem from the Dragon gems–mysterious jewels that allow her to manipulate and wield various elements. And one of them—the Blood gem—is the most powerful of them all and comes with a high price.

After losing everything, Amanda stumbles across a lost boy, who happens to be a Prince, of whom there is a large reward for his safe return. His reward will solve everything. But will it? Or is there more to life than just magic and money?

Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince on Amazon

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Savage Run by E.J. Squires

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Seventeen-year-old Heidi Cruise has one chance at freedom, but it involves breaking the law and completing Savage Run, a life-threatening, male-only obstacle course program.

Nicholas Volkov has one goal: to make sure when he becomes president over the hierarchical society of Newland that he doesn’t follow in his tyrannical father’s footsteps.

After Heidi registers for Savage Run, Nicholas discovers that she’s a girl. Being a rebel in his own right, Nicholas doesn’t turn her in, but decides to help in any way possible.

Heidi struggles through the obstacle courses in Savage Run. Physically and emotionally drained, it is only during downtime between events that she’s able to make sense of her world and get a little closer to the secretive Nicholas.

But with the threat of death constantly barreling down on her, and with menacing contestants looming around every obstacle, she realizes that the chances of her getting killed are far greater than winning her freedom.

Savage Run on Amazon

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw by Suzy Turner

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Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange ‘tattoo’ suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realize there’s more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.

Sent off to London for two weeks of ‘work experience’, the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.

At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won’t leave them alone.

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw on Amazon

Worlds Apart: Ruination by Amanda Thome

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What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.

Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?

Ruination on Amazon

Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert

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Twelve-year-old Jillian Blairington is just an ordinary girl — bright, brave, and sometimes a bit too headstrong for her own good. She never thought she was particularly special or different than anybody else.

She was wrong.

Everything changes the day she and her babysitter, Danielle, are kidnapped and taken to a secret scientific facility. There Jillian learns she has a new name, Ashlynn, and a strange connection to the other children at the lab. They each have powerful abilities, Gifts that Jillian doesn’t quite understand. As if that wasn’t enough to absorb, Jillian discovers she has a Gift of her own — the power to enter other people’s dreams.

Jillian’s task seems simple enough: the scientists want her to use her ability to find another Gifted child who has disappeared. But the longer Jillian stays in the facility, the more she realizes that nothing is as it seems … and everybody has secrets. Besides, the boy’s life is not the only one at stake. The scientists will stop at nothing to force Jillian’s cooperation, even if that means threatening Danielle.

Jillian knows they have to get free. But after all they’ve seen, will they ever truly escape?

Ashlynn’s Dreams on Amazon

Finding Me by Dawn Brazil

finding meSixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos.

It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her families distance.

So what has Chloe cringing in fear?

It’s a love that defies reason. It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love.

It’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect but apparently she was when she was Amanda in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hoovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see, doesn’t remember, and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the ability to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember.

And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality.

Finding Me on Amazon

Spirit Vision by Morgan Straughan Comnick

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If God gave you a mission, would you answer His call? The Lord has given Stary, a high school freshman, a mission: extinguish the evil residing in the murderer of two teens—Maren and Umbra. Stary never imagined that her strange visions meant that she was the Spirit Warrior for God and now with her powers activated, she must train to use them and try not to get caught by the murderer who has the ability to hide and conjure up the dark powers from the fallen angel himself—Lucifer. If Stary fails, not only will she lose her life, but Maren and Umbra will lose their entry into heaven and the world will be exposed to the madness of the murderer for the next forty years until the new Spirit Warrior is born.

Spirit Vision on Amazon

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Character Interview: Crystal Frost of Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Hi! I’m excited to have a few of one of my friend’s, Alicia Rades, characters on the blog today! I read Crystal Frost a few months ago, and it was amazing! I was proofreading it, but I had a hard time putting it down! I loved the paranormal aspects brought into the book, and it’s a really good YA novel! (A 4 star read!) Oh, did I mention that it’s free until Friday?!

So, let’s give a big welcome to Emma and Crystal!

Emma: Crystal, I have a few questions readers want to know about Fire in Frost. Are you up for it?

Crystal: *sigh* It’s always something with you, Emma, but yes, I’ll gladly answer their questions.

Emma: Okay. First question: What is your story about?

Crystal: That’s an easy one, but I don’t know if I should say. After all, it is a secret.

Emma: Just answer the question, Crystal. It’s for the readers.

*Pause*                                 

Crystal: Okay, but I’m only doing this because you’re my best friend. Well, my story starts on the anniversary of Olivia Owen’s death. I saw her three times before I found out I wasn’t actually going crazy! I thought for sure they were going to cart me off to the mental institution if anyone found out I was seeing her. But it turns out my mom knows all about this stuff, which is crazy. I always thought Divination—her Halloween-themed shop—was just for fun. Turns out there’s so much more truth behind it than anyone thought.

Emma: How did it feel when you found out your mom was psychic, too?

Crystal: Honestly? I was relieved! I felt like I had someone to support me, and it was comforting to know I wasn’t going crazy. I was also kind of hurt that she’d never told me about it before.

Emma: Why didn’t she tell you?

Crystal: Well, my mom had it kind of tough growing up. Every time she’d told someone about her abilities, they’d shut her out. She just wanted me to live a normal life without people bullying me for believing in—or practicing—the supernatural. She didn’t even think I had any abilities.

Emma: And what was her reaction when she found out that you did?

Crystal: Honestly, I think she was a little relieved, too. On one level, she acted like she was sorry I inherited her gift and had to face it, but more than that, I think she was excited to share it with me. You should have seen her the first day we practiced together!

Emma: *laughs* I would have liked to see that. The next reader’s question is, “How do you see yourself, and how does that differ from the way the author sees you?”

Crystal: Mm… That’s a tough one. I guess I see myself as pretty average, but I know I have a little trouble finding confidence in myself. It really helps that I have your support and my mom’s, and even Derek’s, even though he’s still a bit of a skeptic. I think Alicia sees me as more than that. Is it weird that I feel totally supported by her, too? I think Alicia has more confidence in me and maybe thinks I’m more confident than I really am. I think she always knows that I’ll face my abilities head-on and figure things out even when I’m unsure if I can do that myself.

Emma: Interesting… So, what do you think Alicia thinks of me?

Crystal: What? That’s not an actual reader question, is it? She probably agrees with me that you’re obnoxious!

Emma: *laughs* I was just kidding. Okay, the next real question is, “What, if anything, haunts you?”

Crystal: You’re joking, right? Well, Olivia Owen for one. *laughs* I don’t really think that’s what the question means, though. I guess my father’s death still gets to me. I know he died nearly 10 years ago, but sometimes I just wish he was still around.

Emma: Speaking of father figures, what do you think of Teddy?

Crystal: I love my mom’s boyfriend! He doesn’t replace my dad or anything, but he’s fun to be around, and he’s surprisingly supportive of all of this, too.

Emma: You said your mom was bullied for her abilities. Have you ever been bullied because of it?

Crystal: Actually, no. Everyone who has found out so far has been very supportive. I can hardly believe it.

Emma: So, will there be a sequel to Fire in Frost?

Crystal: Yep! There are two more in the works, but they’ll each work as stand-alone novels. I’ll just be a part of all of them.

Emma: Me too, right?

Crystal: Yes, you too.

Emma: Who would you recommend this book to?

Crystal: Any reader who loves young adult paranormal! The book is appropriate for readers 12 and up, but they’ll really have to read it for themselves to see if they like it!

Emma: Where can people pick up a copy of Fire in Frost?

Crystal: It’s currently available on Amazon in Kindle and print.

Emma: Thank you for answering our readers’ questions, Crystal!

Crystal: Anytime.

 

Thanks for joining us, ladies! For more about the book, check it out!

FireinFrost(2)Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?

 

 

alicia radesAlicia Rades is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. When inspiration strikes, she is also an author. Alicia has been captivated by the YA paranormal and supernatural genre since reading The Seer series by Linda Joy Singleton when she was 12 years old. Fire in Frost was born out of the love for the genre and is Alicia’s first full-length novel. In college, Alicia majored in professional writing. Alicia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and too many fish to count.

 

 

Blog Tour & Book Trailer Fest!

Hello, hello! Welcome back to my very busy blog! So, I posted about a book trailer contest yesterday. You can check out that information here if you haven’t already. Please vote for your favorite trailers!! (Maybe even throw a vote out for Entertaining Angels. ;))

And now, to the blog tour bit! I’m finally getting around to touring Before We Say I Do, but since you have to read Entertaining Angels first to really understand the short story, I ended up touring both! (Although, I think you might be able to read the short story as a stand alone, but I really don’t recommend it.)

Anyway, I wrote some really interesting guest posts, one being Chase and Mads interviewing me. Those two are so cute! I wrote one about my dog, George, who has sadly passed on. 😦 I, also, wrote about angels, answered some thought provoking interview questions, and put Entertaining Angels on sale (more info at the end of the post)!

A big thank you to Worldwind Virtual Book Tours who has set up the tour, and here’s the schedule:

February 16th
Indy Book Fairy  –  Excerpt
Crossing Pixies  –  Review
Karen Banes Blog  –  Interview
Limelight Literature  –  Spotlight
Faithe Simone Blog  –  Interview

February 17th
Storeybook Reviews  –  Review
Dark Phantom Reviews  –  Guest post
Word Menagerie  –  Guest Post

Word Menagerie Review of Entertaining Angels

Book Junkie Mom – Excerpt

February 18th
Always Reiding  –  Review

February 19th
Lady A, Literature Junkie  –  Review
The Serious Reader  –  Review
My Bookish Life  –  Excerpt

February 20th
Author Reader Book Corner  –  Review
Jaimie Hope’s Journey  –  Review
Dawn’s Dreams  –  Guest Post

Lindsey & Jane’s Views & Reviews  –  Guest Post

There may be another stop on either Feb. 20 or 21. If so, I’ll update it. 🙂

Don’t forget to stop by each day and keep up with the reviews, interviews, and guest posts! I’m super thrilled to have you join me!

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Entertaining Angels

Before We Say I Do