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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Book Blog Tour + Bonus Guest Post for The Blue Effect: A Renegade Heroes Novel by Rose Shababy

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The Book Blog Tour 

for 

The Blue Effect: 
A Renegade Heroes Novel 

by  

Rose Shababy 


   

Genre: Adult Sci Fi Fantasy

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Blurb:


Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

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Author Bio:

Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.
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Excerpts:
As I scanned the crowd my eyes fell on one person out of sync with the rest. Close to my age, maybe a little older, he obviously didn’t belong in the club. His clothes, messy looking slacks and a gray t-shirt, hung on his lean frame. He finished his look with a tartan scarf and brown fedora that seemed more at home on an old man than one in his twenties.
He pulled his hat off and shaggy brown hair fell across his eyes as he danced. Well, he didn’t dance so much as sway to the music, his eyes closed while a hint of a smile graced his lips. As he danced, he bobbed his head back and forth and his hands moved like graceful waves. His shadow grin seemed to infuse his entire body. He danced by himself as if he didn’t care what anyone around him thought, as if he danced for himself and no one else. He looked completely out of place, yet he appealed to me and I felt myself wanting to go to him.
I was shocked by the surge of jealousy that rushed through me as I stared at him. His face broke through my drunken haze and I realized this man was no paper doll. His face belonged to a truly happy man. Hell, he looked fucking ecstatic.  
He had the face of an angel.

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Guest Post: 

Oh... CD

By Rose Shababy

I’ve been writing like a dervish in preparation for the release of my debut novel, The Blue Effect. The book has been done for a while, albeit going through edits, but complete enough to send out ARC copies for reviewers. It’s the interviews, character interviews, and guest blog posts I’ve been working on for weeks now.

Since this is my first book, it’s all new. Not to mention, a little overwhelming. I’m not always certain I’m giving the right answers to interview questions, or that the guest posts I’m writing are in line with what people are looking for.

Oh, the uncertainty. Oh, the anxiety.

Much like Blue Brennan, the main character of my book, I sometimes get stuck in a loop of behavior. She’s all brash, in-your-face insecurity, and I’m all over-the-top OCD. I worry about everything.

My best and closest friend, Author Jennifer Malone Wright, can attest to the fact that I obsess about some of the dumbest things. I’ll call her, or email her, or message her on Facebook about pretty much everything and anything.

She’s had to listen to me whine about how overwhelmed I am every single day for the better part of a year. From cover art to editing to formatting to marketing to “I don’t think it’s good enough” to “Oh my God, I know I’m forgetting something!” to “How am I going to pull this off?”

Each time she tells me, “Rose, you’re going to be fine.”

Each time I reply “Okay,” even though I’m not sure I believe her. Then I try to leave her alone for at least twenty-four hours before I send another barrage of insecurities her way.

The girl deserves a medal for putting up with me.

The obsession has continued as the marketing for the book has kicked into high gear.

I’ve been stalking blogs, watching for comments and shares and likes. I’ve been sharing all my promo posts and interviews etc on all my social media pages.

My first review came out recently, and I nervously clicked the link, hoping for positive results.

The window popped up and my eyes skimmed through the post until I found what I wanted. Five out of five stars! Sweet! Victory is mine!

Oh, the heady feeling of success. Someone liked it! Someone who was not a relative or friend or cared about me in anyway. I held onto that feeling for several days, going back to the page over and over to read it again and again.

Until my next review came out a couple days later.

Again, I clicked the link with trembling fingers, hoping for another good response. Again, I skimmed the post until I found what I was looking for. When I did, my heart dropped.

One and a half stars?? What? How could that be? I read the review, my heart sinking until I’m pretty sure it was in the bottom of my shoe.

Now, knowing how obsessive compulsive I am, you might expect copious amounts of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

What occurred surprised even me.

I found it didn’t really upset me. I mean, there was a twinge or two, but my main reaction was, “Oh well.”

Reading the review reminded me of the old adage, “You can’t please all the people all the time.” I want everyone to like it, but that’s unrealistic. And the reviewer was so critical, so cutting, I was left wondering if she actually read the entire book.

I took a moment to go to Amazon and read one star reviews of some of my favorite books. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the hideous reviews and over the top comments.

The Blue Effect is a Noir-inspired book about urban superheroes sans the capes and spandex. I love the genre. Obviously, not everyone will like it. And that’s okay.

I’m actually glad I got my first bad review out of the way. It gave me the opportunity to see how I would deal with it and realize that while I may never get rid of my OCD, maybe it isn’t as out of control as I thought. Maybe I have the ability to choose what I obsess over.

With that in mind, I choose the positive. I choose the things I can do something about and the five star reviews.

Take that, OCD.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Book Blog Tour & GiveAway for Cold Run by Rachel A. Brune

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The Book Blog Tour & GiveAway 

for 

Cold Run 

by 

Rachel A. Brune



Genres: Shifter Urban Fantasy
Published: Aug 2 2013
Untold Press www.untoldpress.com
Word count:   77000    Pages:   236

ASIN:   B00MBXVRB0

Price:  eBook: 3.99

And all other Amazon stores.
Prime members read for free!



Blurb:

It is amazing how quickly a phone call can interrupt your life, even when you're a werewolf. Rick Keller hangs up from the unwanted call, but the shadowy organization he once belonged to doesn't take such an answer lightly. Waking up collared and caged by MONIKER is a quick way to learn retirement isn't always permanent. Death will be if he doesn't accept their assignment.

Keller and his new team follow a group of human traffickers on a thin trail across the globe. Their only hope is in a man who hasn't had much practice being a werewolf in a really long time, a sadistic agent who loves making dog jokes, and a beautiful operative who is better with guns than relationships.
If being forced back into service wasn't bad enough, he quickly discovers they have many new experiments to try out on their pet wolf. Even worse, MONIKER now isn't the only one who knows his secret.

Hopefully an old dog can learn some new tricks, especially if he wants to stay alive.

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Author Bio:

Rachel A. Brune graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2000, and was immediately plunged into the low-stakes world of entry-level executive assistant-ship. Her unexpected journey out of that world and into the military is chronicled in her self-published book Echoes and Premonitions. After five years as a combat journalist, including two tours in Iraq, and a brief stint as a columnist for her hometown newspaper, she attended graduate school at the University at Albany in NY, where she earned her MA in Political Communication, and her commission as a second lieutenant in the military police corps. Although her day job has taken in her in many strange, often twisted directions, Rachel continues to write and publish short fiction. She released her first novel, Soft Target, in early 2013. She blogs her thoughts about reading and the writing life at http://www.infamous-scribbler.com.

Connect with Rachel: [Blog][Twitter][Facebook][Goodreads]


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Excerpt:

"Keller."
The man behind the weapon was a ghost, a black tactical suit concealing his form, expensive scope mounted on some sort of rifle. I howled again and lurched at him, brought down short by another surge of the change. I struggled to remain upright but found myself on my knees.
Another man appeared to the side, shining a bright, piercing strobe light at my eyes, disorienting me as I tried to turn to face the new threat, my traitorous body rendering my reactions unreliable.
I scrambled to get my feet under me, but the final throes of the change robbed the ground from me. I flailed my paws against the last remnants of my work clothes, now torn and scattered on the ground.
I heard the explosion of gases from the chamber of the first man's rifle a split second after the bullet pierced my side. I yelped and fell sideways, trying to relieve the pressure. I rolled to all fours and lunged toward the man, intent on relieving the pain by ripping the screams from his throat.
He shot again and again as I reached him, bowling him over and aiming for the soft pieces exposed to my grip.
Instead of soft viscera beneath my teeth, the next sensation I felt came as intense pain, which slowed and disjointed my movements. I raised my head, snapping and gnarling in vain against the folds of the net suddenly enveloping me. Ignoring the second man–stupid mistake. From the burning the lines of the net raised against my hide, I could tell the wires were laced with silver filaments.
The man with the rifle scrambled away from me. I let him go, rolling on the ground, trying to escape the clutching net.
"He's a big one." The second man spoke the words, looking down on me from an impossible height as the pain began to outweigh the panic. I could feel the silver working against my struggling.
"He always was." The first man hocked and spat. It smelled of Copenhagen. "It's going to be a bitch dragging him down to the truck."
The words made no sense. I listened, but could not understand.
"If we let you up, do you promise to be a good doggie?" The man with the rifle prodded the barrel into my side.
I growled, but it was mostly wishful thinking, the energy from the night and the change suddenly sapped by the ensilvered net. I lay on my side and simply lolled.
"Good boy." The man kept his rifle trained at me as his partner knelt down and fiddled with the edge of the net. Grasping a loop from the edge, he pulled. The line must have been attached in some ingenious way so when he pulled on it, it contracted the net into a small, compact circle around my neck.
"Come on." The second man jerked at my neck, holding the line as a leash. "I'm not carrying you down this hill in the dark."
The net continued to burn against my neck as he dragged me to my feet. Head hanging, I padded after him through the snow.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

The Book Blog Tour for Innocence Reclaimed by Helen Johnston

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The Book Blog Tour 

for 

Innocence Reclaimed 

by 

Helen Johnston







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Blurb: 

Delve deeper into the journey ... 

Siobhan remains in the clutches of Monique, trapped in her French chateau; her body drawn into a world of sensual and sexual awakening. Torn from Blake's arms, will she ever see him again? 

Jarryd, sworn to protect Siobhan for the Elder Blake, continues to feel overwhelming emotions that he thought were long dead. The passion and desire, his love for her, he knows is futile. A happily ever after with her would be the signing of his own death warrant. 

Will Monique's plans for Siobhan reach fruition as the Elders' party draws closer, gathering them together once a century? Will hell on earth reign supreme? Or will Blake, one of the most powerful and charismatic Elders, be able to hold his restraint until the perfect time to rescue his love?



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About Helen:

Journey of Innocence,a set of three books, Innocence Lost, Innocence Reclaimed and Innocence Reborn.

It's basically a love story, the corny saying "love can conquer all." You are taken on a journey with twists in it. There are characters to fall in love with, to hate, and everything in between.

Vampires that have fangs, and do bite, but not necessarily on the neck... Plenty of hot steamy sex that will tease your senses and leave you craving more...

A little about me!

I grew up in my family's home in the County of Hampshire, England. My childhood dreams were filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child, but I was never alone, my years were spent entertained with my vivid imagination. I met and married my husband not long after leaving school and soon after our son was born. My family is made complete with my two cats that are spoiled rotten, which results in them often thinking they rule the home.

My life consisted of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry and my vivid imagination refused to stay quiet. So combined with my love of erotica and all things vampire I decided to try my hand at writing and have never looked back.

You can find me in all sorts of places, including FB, Twitter and my blog.

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See Helen's other Blog visits here:

Blog Tour for Innocence Lost  



Cover Reveal for Innocence Reborn

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Silken Ties Book Blitz for EL Loraine

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Corporate Ties

by

Elizabeth Loraine 


Genre: Mystery, Urban, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 16th, 2014
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours




Corporate Ties the latest title by Best Selling Author E. L. Loraine

Synopsis: 

Olivia Grayson, smart, beautiful and rising star of the corporate world of Dolby, Inc.

Olivia is determined to be successful. She’s smart, beautiful and driven. While working her way up the corporate ranks in her first job out of Grad School at Dolby Incorporated, Olivia finally has a chance to prove just how talented she is. The client she’s been given is Matasuki International, but when she starts reading through the files on the company she finds something disturbing. There are convenient deaths associated with their acquisitions division. The man behind this company is Isamu Matasuki, a powerful and ruthless chairman. Yet there seems to be only generic press release type information on him. When she asks her longtime friend and co-worker in the legal department to get her more information from his former job at the FBI, he disappears and Olivia knows it’s because of Matasuki and his shadowy companion.

Determined to find out what happened to her friend Paul, and keep her boss, Tyson Grant and Dolby protected, she enlists the help of new neighbor and lover, corporate security specialist, and private investigator, Brian. Olivia knows she can use Matasuki’s interest in Dolby and her to get close enough to stop him, but is the risk worth it? Even if she saves Dolby, he’ll just move on to the next, and that company is Dolby’s chief rival, Stein Brothers. Can she just sit back and let that happen or is Olivia willing to lose everyone and everything she loves in order to take Matasuki down?

E.L. Loraine’s Corporate Ties, is a sizzling hot, mystery romance set among the concrete and steel jungle of New York City and the corporate ties that bind it. Another multi-level plot keeps you turning pages as Olivia finds she’s caught right in the very middle of this world of love, lust, and greed as the players fight for power on the corporate battle field.

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Thorns of Revenge

by

 Elizabeth Loraine 


Genre: Mystery, Urban, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 4th, 2014




Thorns of Revenge blurb.
After selling off the assets of Matasuki International, Olivia has embarked on a new endeavor with best friends Rachel, Lucy and Sam.
They’ve joined Brian to expand the private investigation business which comes so natural, but it’s not the only challenge they encounter. Her friends disappear and Olivia thinks she’s to blame. Determined, she’ll stop at nothing to get them back, including calling on her first love with his high ranking connections. Will she succeed, or will it cost her more than she could have ever imagined?

Thorns of Revenge is another sexy, suspense filled, adventure from bestselling author E.L. Loraine. This second edition of the Silken Ties series will have you on the edge of your seat following along its fast pace, thrilling ride.
Presale links for Thorns.

I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well.... But I stuck to it and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives. My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, study and do it right. I believe that and live that way every day.

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Twitter:@bloodchronicles 



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