Saturday, December 20, 2014

Guest post: Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton


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I’d like to introduce Raven, a main character in The Orion Circle series. Though she plays a small role in Tortured Souls, Raven will have much larger roles in subsequent books. Raven was the main character in a vampire series I started several years ago. When the idea for the Orion Circle hit me, I decided to scrap Raven’s series and combine it into The Orion Circle series.

Raven is a vampire hunter from a family of supernatural hunters. After her mother’s death at the hands of a coven of vampires, she threw herself, body and soul, into training so she could one day avenge her mother.


Thanks for joining me today, Raven. What cases are you working on right now?
Mr. Kincaid has me working with a werewolf, of all things! We are tracking a new coven of vampires building a power base in San Antonio. But truth be told, I spend more energy ditching that annoying werewolf, Blake, than actual recon. Tonight I’m heading to a carnival. Several teenage girls have disappeared from the funhouse over the last few weeks. I think the new vampires are involved.

Sounds dangerous. Do you have a plan?
No. Dad is in charge of this mission, and he seldom thinks past using me as bait. Normally that’s all we need. Poor defenseless girl in a dark alley or all alone in an abandoned building—the vamps can’t resist. Then bam! Dad and my brother, Mark, swoop in and we take the confused vamps out.

Um, your own father uses you as bait?
Well, yeah. I’m a monster magnet so the vamps will find me anyway… may as well take advantage of that.

What’s a monster magnet?
It’s rare, but some humans are born with something in their blood that calls out to monsters. It’s like they can smell me miles away. So, yeah, I make great bait since monsters of all kinds flock to me. I was asked to participate in a hunt for Bigfoot in Washington in the hope that the guy will come out of hiding for a chance to smell me. Can I just say eww, and no way.

Why don’t you like werewolves?
Because they are all soulless monsters who think nothing of ripping a girl’s heart out and feeding it to the pack!

I… I didn’t know werewolves ate people anymore…
I meant that figuratively. Though I wouldn’t put it past those sleazy monsters…

Okay. Well on that note, thanks for talking with me today, Raven. Good luck on the hunt tonight!

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Guest post created by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, author of Tortured Souls
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Tortured Souls
The Orion Circle #1
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Amazon | Goodreads

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life.

Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim. But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily.

A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.



Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Blast: A City Full of Santas by Pooja Sardana (with giveaway)

A City Full of Santas by Pooja Sardana
Amazon (ebook currently at .99 cents) | Goodreads

Ranked as #1 BestSeller on Amazon India

This Christmas is special; really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that would re-define the meaning of Christmas.

A must read for everyone.

Just like Pooja’s other books, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message.

A story that parents would love to read to their children.


About the author:
Pooja Sardana, is a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, an author, a visionary and the co-founder of PictureBookTree.

Her books and her initiative – PictureBookTree have been widely covered in Indian media and abroad. Titled as one of the Unsung Hero in ‘Saga of the Unsung Heroes of India” , she continues to touch lives of many through her books and her work.

Her picture books for children can be availed free of cost by NGOs or individuals working with Under-privileged children. If you work with under-privileged children, you can drop an email at Picturebooktree (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM to receive your free copy.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hotwire by Cindy M. Hogan

Hotwire
by Cindy M. Hogan

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Just released: October 2014
Publisher: Brigham Distributing
Genre: Mystery, New Adult, Romance
Paperback: 336 pages
Rating: 4

A Christy Spy Novel series:
Adrenaline Rush
Hotwire

Division spy Christy Hadden can't wait for her latest assignment posing as a student at a prestigious New York City academy and car thief extraordinaire.

The best part of the mission is her attractive handler, Jeremy, and her new team. The worst part? The sociopath masquerading as the academy's most popular guy.

But soon she realizes the car thieves are much more than they seem. Her simple spying mission becomes more dangerous than anyone imagined. If the organization discovers her true identity, they won't hesitate to kill her, and if she fails, others will suffer the same fate.

Young Adults, teens and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won't want to put it down.


Excerpt:

“Shhh!” he whispered, pulling me close to him. I could feel his heart pound against my chest and his shallow breath on my neck. Heat permeated through me. Once I gained my senses, I said, “Sorry, this spot is already taken.” I had to get into the mansion, alone.

He pulled back and looked at me. “I thought you were vacating it.”

My face reddened. “I had already chosen this spot, but realized I needed to use the bathroom, so I was going to try to make it inside and back in time for a sneak win. Seriously, the guy is so far from the can, anyone could beat him there.”

“You think you can beat Austin until you find out how fast he is. He’s the wide receiver for a rec football team. They nicknamed him Wind.”

I totally wanted to take him up on the implied challenge, the competitive part of me burning to win, but I knew it would make it more difficult for me to complete my mission tonight. I had to stick with the bathroom excuse.

I looked him straight in the eye and said, “Maybe I’ll give him a run for his money when I get back.”

His firm grip on me relaxed. I crouched down, and he followed suit.

“Cross your fingers for me.”

“Maybe I should go with you,” he said.

“How embarrassing would that be? No, just wait here. When you see me next, I’ll be kicking the can in victory.”

He let go. I turned, and after checking the area again, I slunk up next to the house, slid along the exterior stones and through the door. I kept it slightly ajar and moved quickly to the west wing and up the stairs, not running into a soul. I could hear clanging of dishes and muted voices coming from the dining hall as I passed, but I thought it interesting that no one stood guard anywhere like earlier. A place like this called for security guards, didn’t it? That’s when I realized I must be on camera.

Zombie sighting:
"...come on, man, it's gonna be tight. We're putting it on the big screen, four players, blowing up zombies all night long."
-chapter 1


My two-bits:

This story quickly progresses from high school romance, crushes and drama into some hotwire action with undercover activities.

As the main character, Christy, gets deeper into her assignment she finds out there is more going on than expected which turns out to be more dangerous. But being part of a spy division, Christy has colleagues looking out for her during the sticky situations.

And through it all, Christy has to juggle guys coming onto her as well as manage her heart which is seems to be a primary focus in this story.

I was amused with one cute scene that included a Pride and Prejudice themed dance and banter - Yay for the shout out to Jane Austen!

Praise for the book:

This book will take you on a crazy ride that you won't want to get off of to eat, sleep or anything else! ~Cathy Jeppson

Hogan cleverly created characters with detail, who are both relatable and grounded. ~ the bookstalker

It’s a thriller that reminded me of a mix between Gone in 60 Seconds and the Gallagher Girls books ~Canda Mortensen

About the author:

Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips, and two in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush and Hotwire.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/26/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Song & Book Want 5


Instead of an advent calendar, for the holiday season I will share some holiday music and books on my want list for the days before Christmas.

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Last Christmas
sung by Wham
lyrics

Last Christmas
I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away.
This year
To save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special.

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance
But you still catch my eye.
Tell me, baby,
Do you recognize me?
Well,
It's been a year,
It doesn't surprise me
(Merry Christmas)

I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying, "I love you,"
I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been.
But if you kissed me now
I know you'd fool me again.

[Chorus 2x]

Oh, oh, baby.

A crowded room,
Friends with tired eyes.
I'm hiding from you
And your soul of ice.
My god I thought you were someone to rely on.
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on.

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart.
A man under cover but you tore me apart, ooh-hoo.
Now I've found a real love, you'll never fool me again.

[Chorus 2x]

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart (I gave you my heart)
A man under cover but you tore him apart
Maybe next year I'll give it to someone
I'll give it to someone special.

Special...
Someone...

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This would be a treat to see under the xmas tree...

Ticker
by Lisa Mantchev
Amazon | Goodreads
just released: December 1, 2014

A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.

When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?

Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.


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* image source: 1920s xmas card

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16: Jane Austen's Birthday

Happy 239th Birthday Jane
She still rocks!

Here's one to consider for your shelves...

Growing Older with Jane Austen
by Maggie Lane
Amazon | Goodreads
just released: November 2014

A lively, well-researched, expert study of aging in the literature of Jane Austen

There is no doubt that Jane Austen is enduringly popular with both a general readership and academics. But amid the wealth of approaches to her life and work, no one has made a full-length study of the concept of aging in her novels, and this book sets out to fill that gap. With chapters on the loss of youth and beauty, old wives, old maids, merry widows, and dowager despots, the theme allows for a lively exploration of many of Austen's most memorable characters. There are also chapters on hypochondria and illness, age and poverty, and death and wills.

The book draws on the six novels, major literary fragments, Austen's own letters, and the reminiscences of family members and contemporaries. Real-life examples are used to underline the fidelity of Austen's fictional representation. Austen's wry approach to the perils and consolations of growing older is bound to strike chords with many.


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* image source: Jane