Thursday, January 31, 2019

Teatime and Books Review + Book Tour ~ The Wrong Highlander - The Highland Brides Series by Lynsay Sands




A laird’s daughter kidnaps a Highlander—and loses her heart… in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new historical romance

Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. What she hasn’t heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can’t afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she’s rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family’s castle does the truth emerge—it’s not Rory she’s kidnapped but his brother Conran.

Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin—and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He’s learned enough from his brother to heal Evina’s father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.





About the Book


The Wrong Highlanderby Lynsay Sands

SeriesThe Highland Brides Series

GenreAdult
Historical Romance

PublisherAvon Books

Publication DateJanuary 29, 2019

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Lynsay Sands at her best! I give The Wrong Highlander a Dynamite Huge 5 Stars! Tea lovers, you will need a large pot brewed for this one! I absolutely loved every word of this tale! There is intrigue, mystery, adventure, loads of passion and a lot of romance! If you love a good Highlander tale, then this is definitely the book for you!

About Lynsay Sands




LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at http://www.lynsaysands.net.

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Pre-Order Blitz ~ The Book of David by Kate L. Mary


Title: The Book of David
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Coming of Age
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: Mar. 8th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult, Willow Sands has lived the past three years with the shadow of her fifteenth birthday hanging over her. That was the day her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader, promising her a future even more bleak than she’d ever imagined. Now, with her eighteenth birthday and the day of her wedding fast approaching, she’s almost come to accept her fate.

Hope was the last thing Willow expected to feel this close to her wedding, but that’s exactly what she finds in Jared. The more time she spends with him, the more haunted she becomes by the freedom she let slip through her fingers all those years ago. She knows if she wants a real future she’ll have to break free of the crushing grip the cult has on her, and the more she gets to know Jared, the more determined she becomes to gain her freedom once and for all.

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Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children's Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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Cover Reveal ~ Book of Enchantresses - Book of Watchers by Mary Ting


Book of Enchantresses
Mary Ting
(Book of Watchers, #2)
Publication date: February 21st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Keira is convinced her guardian, Ezekiel, knows more than he shared about her biological parents, and she will do everything she can to find out who they were. She secretly meets the powerful witch Awan at a nightclub and is promised the answers she seeks on one condition: she retrieves the legendary Book of Enchantresses. Keira, along with Uriel, Samyaza, Jonah, and her Nephilim friends, must travel to another realm in Gotjawal Forest on Jeju Island to recover the spell book. But nothing is free, and actions have consequences. When Keira’s team returns to their world, vampires attack a demon stronghold. No one knows who to blame, but the fragile peace has been rocked. And it’s about to get worse—Lucifer has escaped Hell.
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Author Bio:
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.

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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Natalsa of the Brim - Order of Terima Chronicles: Volume 1 by Chad McClendon


Natalsa
of the Brim
Order
of Terima Chronicles Volume 1
by
Chad McClendon


Genre:
Fantasy

In
a world where witches have been revered, a cataclysmic evening
changes everything.


Natalsa,
the last witch, must find out what has robbed her of her power. But
more than this, she must protect the world from the new order that
has arisen, and cure a sweeping disease that threatens her new
home.

There
is evil to be undone, and Natalsa may have to sacrifice it all, in
order to save those she loves.








Chad
McClendon is a 32 year old author who studied English & Creative
Writing at Northern Kentucky University. Chad has been published most
recently through Crossed Heart, as well as in several online
publications. He has won various awards for Fiction Writing. His
short story, "Uploaded Vengeance" is now available in "One
Night In Salem" by FunDead Publications.


Chad
attended high school in Alexandria, Kentucky at Bishop Brossart High
School. He was a founding member of Monday's Child, a volunteer group
that worked around the Tri-State to better the lives of others. He
was active in French Language competitions, and a general
troublemaker otherwise.

He
and his wife, Briana, have two daughters and one boy . In his free
time Chad enjoys camping at Red River Gorge, playing video games and
also swimming. Authors who have inspired him include Stephen King,
John Steinbeck, William Golding, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Weis, Tracy
Hickman, and others.









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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets


Godeena
by
Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets

Genre:
SciFi Adventure

Major
Henry Broncon miraculously survives a battle with Ansker soldiers on
the planet Morad. He is found under a pile of corpses, the only
survivor; his best friend and the whole of his brigade remain in the
field of death. Broncon is fully acquitted, receives a medal for
bravery and is promoted to the rank of Brigadier, but he cannot
forgive himself and he feels responsible for falling into the Ansker
trap.


Shortly
after, the Anskers are beaten and the war ends. The winning
terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude,
comprised of various planets including Godeena. On the surface of
Godeena, there is a huge, completely preserved but uninhabited city
that scientists have named the Absolute. Analysis of the city reveals
no signs of life. A team of scientists is sent to investigate what
has happened to the people and animals of Absolute. A few days later
the team is attacked and contact with the scientists is lost. The
General Staff sends two teams of Special Forces to find out what has
happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no
trace.

The
Commander of the General Staff, General Hensell, is personally
involved with the mystery. He requests Brigadier Henry Broncon to
gather a unit, composed of the worst inmates from the inescapable
prison, Hades, to investigate what is happening on Godeena. Henry
accepts this task and collects 17 prisoners, each with unique skills.
Among them is Maria, who possesses enormous psychic powers and has a
wicked second personality called Kir.

The
unusual team of criminals, led by Broncon, travels to Godeena to
discover what terrors await them there.











Stjepan
Varesevac-Cobets was born on 12 September 1965 in Split, Croatia. He
lives and works in Kastel Sucurac, where he finished his elementary
and secondary schooling.


At
a very young age, he started reading and loved it because, through
books, he traveled to places he could never visit in person. As a
child, he loved fairy tales and adventure but later discovered other
genres. When he found a Jules Verne book in the library, he became
fascinated by science fiction. He has been writing poetry for fifteen
years and has started writing science fiction. Lately, he has also
written children's fairy tales and fables.

He
has published, in Croatia, "An Opened Heart" in 2002, "The
Sleepy Way" in 2005, and "Love" in 2006. On Amazon he
has published the poetry collections "The Child of Happiness"
in 2015, science fiction novel "Godeena" in 2015, the
science fiction short story "Butterfly" in 2016, the poetry
collection "When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry"
in 2016, and in 2017 the poetry collection "The Flaming Horses:
Collection of poetry". He also translated his new Sci-Fi novel
"The Dream of the Forest".






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Book Blitz ~ Saving Paluds by Clayton Graham


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Science Fiction
Date Published: June 2018
Publisher: Publicious Pty Ltd

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Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards


An alien revolution centuries in the making will change mankind’s future forever …

Police agent Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with Earth authorities, peace escalates to the brink of war in a hurry. It doesn’t help that the local aliens have a dangerous and mystifying agenda of their own. Meanwhile, a desperate human cult has its own plans to exploit the powerful new technology…

To keep his homeworld alive, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist, and a mysterious seer. As embattled factions vie for control of the universe, the trio must trust in each other to keep the new technology from ripping time and space apart.

Saving Paludis is an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love Clayton Graham’s interstellar adventure!


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Excerpt


SELMA RETURNS HOME

Rain was falling in a steady drizzle as Selma turned into the road that led to her domicile. It was not yet fully dark and the final vestiges of sunlight creeping through a solitary hole in the clouds had turned the aluminium domes of the dwellings to a blood red. The roadway, smooth and black and shiny, snaked like a ribbon through the glistening streetscape and dark, low clouds threatened to crush the buildings beneath their ponderous weight. 

Strangely, she’d encountered few individuals as she walked through the streets and, like on the drive south, very little traffic. It was as if a giant hand had been placed over the mouth of Kentucky, stifling its usual raucous behaviour. Selma assumed most people were indoors and she wondered if a storm was approaching.

She stopped outside her home, unable to resist a glance back to that part of the road where she had been abducted by Serpentine. Serpentine! Where was he now? She palmed the switch, pressed the code buttons in the right sequence and her door slid open. Entering, Selma turned on the light and the door closed behind her. The rain suddenly increased in ferocity, and she heard its rattling on the dome of the house. She looked around. Nothing had been disturbed, nobody had gained entry.

She strolled into the lounge and sat down. The videoscreen stared at her blankly. Selma switched it on. There was a message scrolling across the bottom of the monitor. She stared at it in amazement, leaning forward in the chair. Then she shook her head and palmed the screen off, then back on again. The message was still there, scrolling innocuously over a documentary film displaying the attractions of Martian architecture. A change of channels did not remove the words. A cold, dark chill seemed to grip her mind and Selma just sat there, unable to move even a finger. The words clutched at her sanity:

Following a savage attack on Saltzburg, Earth forces are now occupying East Paludis. West Paludis authorities have every reason to suspect an assault on our continent is imminent. Our forces are well prepared and confident of repelling the aggressor. If you are not involved in any military or civil defence body, please stay in your homes … 

After several minutes Selma rose, left the screen on, and walked through to the bedroom. She changed into her work uniform and sat on the bed, staring at the red sash of the Natural Order as it lay on the cover. If Kentucky was to be attacked, she would have been better staying with Joby and Marta. Earth forces! It didn’t make sense. Why were they here? Should she go to work? Was nurturing babies not important anymore?

She left the house and went next door. There was nobody in, so she tried further along.

“Please,” she said, as an elderly man answered the door. “What’s going on? What’s this about an invasion?” Raindrops trickled down her face.

The man looked at her quizzically. He was tall and frail with a head full of grey hair, large bags hung under his bloodshot eyes. Selma could not recall seeing him before.

“I’ve been away,” Selma added. “I don’t understand the message on the screen.”

“It’s that fool, James,” the man replied eventually. “Thinks he can take on the entire universe.”

Selma paled. “So it’s true. We’re going to be attacked.”

The man shuffled his feet. “Won’t worry me none,” he said. “I’ve had my share of implants, transplants and injections. I’m about done for this world, anyway.”

Selma backed away, turned and ran back to her home. Something niggled at her mind, something she had to do. A copter swooped low over the rooftops, the sound whining through her head, and she panicked, expecting some kind of attack. Frantically, heart beating madly, she fumbled with the door code and burst into her home. The words were still crossing the screen. She slumped in a chair, pondering what to do. She just couldn’t wait here to die!



About the Author

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As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. ‘Milijun’, his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, ‘Saving Paludis’, was published in 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

In between the two novels Clayton has published ‘Silently in the Night’, a collection of short stories where, among many other adventures, you can sympathize with a doomed husband, connect with an altruistic robot, explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.

He hopes you can share the journeys.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Retrieve - The Stormers Trilogy by Sarah Addison-Fox


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YA action adventure
Date Published: 26 December 2018
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing

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What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?


Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it's like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg's. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he'll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won't find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer's camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?



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About the Author

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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch-ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her multiple YA fantasy romance series' she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.




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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard


Thirteen
Nocturnes
by
Oliver Sheppard

Genre:
Gothic, Dark Poetry

Combining
lush Gothic lyricism with postmodern experimentation, Oliver
Sheppard's second collection of verse, Thirteen Nocturnes, presents a
nightmare vision of a world in the grip of apocalypse and shadow--a
world where "a nighttime of years never-ending" becomes "a
darkness severe and unbending," and where life is relentlessly
"gathered up against the towering shadow of decay." Taking
cues from the dark Romanticism of Poe, the decadent Symbolism of
Baudelaire, and the apocalyptic tradition of William Blake--as well
as the existential doominess of 20th century cosmic horror--Oliver
Sheppard's Thirteen Nocturnes presents a verse vision of collapse,
announcing a cold poetics of disintegration in the new dark age of
the Anthropocene. 


"Reading
Sheppard's poetry is a little like listening to a conversation
between Nietzsche and William Blake during a showing of Peckinpah's
Cross of Iron. Using a wide range of forms and cultural references,
Sheppard illustrates the human condition in ways that take as much
account of its absence as its presence... Given the chance, Sheppard
will lead you down dark and unfamiliar paths, to moments of weird
beauty." --from the foreword by John Foster










Oliver
Sheppard was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and lives in Texas.
Critical reviews of his poetry collections have been kind: "Like
listening to a conversation between Nietzsche and William Blake while
watching Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron'," reviews of his first
book, Destruction: Text I, claimed. Garnering accolades from academia
and punk zines alike, Sheppard's work takes cues from the cosmic
fatalism of Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti, and combines that with the
lush, Gothic lyricism of the Dark Romanticist tradition.


"Sheppard's
THIRTEEN NOCTURNES is gothic in every sense of the word; from the
writing style, the themes, to Oliver's own influences. Without a
doubt, this bountiful collection raises the bar for contemporary
gothic poetry. It's rare in this day and age to find poetry written
in a manner as sophisticated and profound as this. But
here, Sheppard combines a down-to-earth modernism with older styles
that make for a fanciful and unique experience for the reader."--Sar
Blackthorn, CVLT Nation










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Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Down the Rabbit Hole by Kristen Collins


Down
the Rabbit Hole
by
Kristen Collins

Genre:
Fantasy 

When
Nyssa escapes to the Happy Ending Resort with her sister, Siri, after
her disaster wedding from her abusive Ex-Fiancé', she yearns for the
love and freedom she's never known in this world.

Heartbroken,
she is surprised to meet the handsome Maddox, but things aren't
always what they seem at the Happy Ending Resort either.






I'm
a Native Texan, born and raised close to the heart of the state. Also
I'm a part-time working mother/housewife, as well as a Lupus
Warrior. 

Thanks
to the encouragement of friends and family, I found a passion in
writing paranormal romance books. Anything fantasy usually suits me
and my novels tend to be able to reach anyone in multiple genres. 

I
like to explore to new types of characters such as Sandmen and
Boogeymen for example. I really wanted to give them their own world.
Such as A Sandman’s Forbidden Love. “This book plagued my dreams
every night till I got it all out.”

Now
Angels are also a part of my obsession, I will sit on the computer
doing extensive research on both Sandmen and Angels trying to get my
facts straight.

Then,
I also create Art Journals that can be cross generational from
thirteen to sixty years younger, My goal with these types of books
are to reach people who need that extra feel good in their lives.






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