Book Blitz: Blood Oath by Samantha Coville

Blood Oath (The Secret of the Halflings #1)

Release Date: 04/29/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to
her in a way that isn’t human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for
life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.

Because he is a Siren.

A blood drinker.

A monster.

And now she must live with him in a world populated with enemies and dangerous
friends. Can she survive the year?

 

EXCERPT

“I need you to watch my daughter and protect her with your life. I have a lot on the line and I need to know that someone will keep an eye on her and keep her out of danger.”
Drew reflected on the idea and glanced to the floor, calculating what would happen if he accepted the task. “And I can’t tell her?”
Christopher shook his head. “Absolutely not. She would avoid you so as not to have someone peering over her shoulder. I know my daughter enough to know that much.”
“But you want me to get close to her, so I can watch her at all times?”
“Yes, I can’t let anyone try to…remove…her because of what she is. I need someone to get as close to her as possible without raising any red flags on her radar. And, of course, you have to keep the Secret of the Halflings. Can you do that?”
“What’ll happen if she finds out?”
“If you’re worried she’ll find out, then you’re not right for the job.”
There was no easy way to this and no upside either. Things would be difficult and confused around Raya, as if they weren’t already. But he couldn’t exactly turn down Christopher Sarian.
“I’ll do it.”

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About the Author

Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She’s been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she’s not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.
 

 

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Queerky Cinderella is OUT and PROUD

Guess what, lads and lasses? My newest Queerky Tale is out and now you can go ahead and buy it on Amazon.

Cinderella and The Fairy Secret

Title: Cinderella & the Fairy Secret

Series: Queerky Tales 4

Published: May 21st, 2014

Word Count: 10,000

Genre: Fairy Tales, LGBT

 

Synopsis

The story of Cinderella, a timeless classic, the one every boy and girl have heard and grown up with, about a girl in distress finding her happy ever after.

Meet Fiorella. Young, beautiful and magical. You might think she has it all, and you’re right. She has a big house, a beautiful garden, a loving father. She also has a wicked step-mother, who hides no empathy and a step-brother whose arrogance is intolerable.

Fiorella wants to escape and she has the means to do it, to run away and reunite with her long lost mother. But then she meets Sogna, the palace princess, and her whole world is changed. Leaving is no longer an option.

What is she willing to sacrifice for the princess of her heart?

Cinderella and the Fairy Secret is the fourth installment in Ethan’s series of classic fairy tale retellings and is suitable for all ages.

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Go ahead and grab yourself a copy.

That’s all for now. Tata

Rhys out xXx

Guest Post: Kissed by Kimberly Loth

Guest Post:

“Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to be able to talk about Kissed. This journey has been so amazing.  Today I want to talk about something that readers have told me they’ve really enjoyed about the book. The roses. 

I consider myself a lifelong learner. I love learning new things. And I love books that teach me about new things or places. One of the first things I often do when I finish a book is Google the setting, a hobby a character had or something else interesting I found in the book. My favorite books are ones that not only captured me up in the story but one that taught me something I never knew before. For example, in North of Beautiful by Justina Chen her main character loves maps and learns how to geocache. I’d never heard of the concept before that book. Now, it’s a hobby that I enjoy.

I wanted to capture that spirit in Kissed. My main character, Naomi, is obsessed with roses. From a young age she learned how to garden with her grandmother and by the time we meet her at sixteen, she has a greenhouse filled with exotic rose blends and a garden out back.

I start every chapter with something she knows about roses or how she applies those roses to her life. Here’s the one from chapter four. 

Seven roses contain the name of the day of rest. My favorite is Sunday Lemonade. Its pale pink blooms give off a scent of lazy summer nights visiting with friends. Just the opposite of the many Sabbaths I spend with my father. His Sundays smell like famine and pestilence. 

Many readers have asked how I know so much about roses. The truth is, I didn’t know much until I started writing Kissed. I’d always loved roses. My grandpa grew them and I loved watching him trim them when I was a child. He always picked a few roses for me and cut off all the thorns. But I’d never grown my own before. 

When I knew Naomi needed this, I checked out every book on roses my small community library contained. (Five books, in case you were wondering). I began reading everything I could online. I found out there are literally thousands of different roses. It was so fun finding roses to fit each situation. But I needed more than that.

I drove out to my local Lowes and picked out a few plants. I only chose ones that smelled good and would bloom all season. A lot of rose bushes will only bloom once a year and while Naomi was content with that, I wasn’t.

I’ve always had a black thumb. I killed everything I grew.  Everything I read said that roses were hard to grow. To my surprise, not only did they live, but they flourished. I loved those roses. Honestly, I think that was the key. We’ve moved since then, but for a couple of years I had gorgeous smelly roses. Not only that, I was able to really get a feel for the roses and add an authenticity that research alone doesn’t give you. 

If you are interested in trying to grow your own roses, I would recommend Oklahoma, Tiffany, or Granada roses. They seem to do well in most climates and have dreamy smells. Also, Miracle Grow Roses does wonders.

 I hope you will enjoy Kissed. You can buy it on Amazon. Until the end of the week it’s only 99 cents.

Kimberly Loth

Kissed (The Thorn Chronicles #1)
Release Date: 05/01/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.


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About the Author

Kimberly Loth can’t decide where
she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah,
California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap
and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt
with her husband and two kids.

She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her)
and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy
adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
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Book Blitz: Wonderfully Wicked by CJ Burright

Wonderfully Wicked

by CJ Burright

Release Date: 12/2013

 Summary from Goodreads:

A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her. Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape. She may be his one hope for freedom…A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing. Feels nothing.

Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed. His target: Kalila Montgomery. But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence. Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.

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 EXCERPT:

“I took great effort to see you.” His tone hinted the act made him deserving. “You sleep; I’ll keep watch. And my vow of yesterday stands. I won’t molest you.”

To her annoyance, her pulse danced a country jig. Whatever efforts he took on her behalf were of questionable nature, not romantic. She made a rude noise in case he held any such illusions.

“Keep watch for what? No one besides you could reach my window and my door’s bolted.”

Lydon laced his hands behind his head, his lips twitching as though fighting a smile. “Then I’ll watch you. Like before.”

Horror prickled over her in a rushing tide. She leapt up. “You watched me sleep? Not skulked around in my bedroom to attack me?” She groaned, imagining him watching her drool, snore, or grind her teeth.

He laughed, low and warm. “You’re so lovely when you dream, Lils. An angel.” He patted the empty spot beside him.

Her traitorous body, defenseless against him, obeyed. The red, silken comforter hissed beneath her knees while she climbed onto the opposite side of the giant bed. The lone lamp by the bed cast a mystical glow over Lydon, catching golden highlights in his light hair, the silver shards in his eyes. “Watching people sleep is creepy.”

He shrugged. “Not people, just you. Besides, I am creepy.”

Definitely not creepy. Kalila settled into a cross-legged position and fixed him with a no-nonsense look. “Since it seems you have nothing better to do than lie there like a sloth, be useful and fess up. Why am I being treated as some freaking porcelain doll in a glass case? How can my nightmares benefit the V’alkara? Can the V’alkara really take my dreams away? None of you seem sick—and no, mental doesn’t count—so what’s wrong? And when will you take us home?”

Lydon jiggled one black boot. What she thought might be disapproval flickered in his eyes. “I won’t waste our alone time answering inquiries. I have other plans.”

She swallowed hard. Maybe she’d misjudged him. Maybe he was so confident in his assassin abilities—and her helplessness—he felt sneakiness was unnecessary.

He sat up in a blink of an eye, moving with inhuman speed. One large hand was planted next to her knee. His breath fanned her chin. The scent of the outdoors and a tinge of smoke drifted from his clothes. His voice whispered spider-soft.

“Do you care to know what other less attractive names some call me?” The world seemed to shrink to Lydon and the force of his gaze. “Angel of Ruin. Living Nightmare. Scourge.” His eyes gleamed, darkened. “As you might guess from such monikers, peace in my life is rare. I’ll relish any fragments of it I happen to stumble across for as long as possible.”

His fingers trailed her cheek to cup her chin. In the span of a heartbeat, his face changed. From beautiful man to skeletal beast then back to beautiful man. A chill coiled around her soul, deep and cold as a winter storm. Who—what—was this guy?

“Do you feel it too?”

Kalila’s heartbeat rumbled in her ears, kicked at her throat. Her fingers jerked with a fierce need to touch him. Instead, she fisted the blanket. Admit nothing to the enemy. Yet the urge to nestle her cheek into his palm and purr grappled with reason. She had to take control before she did something stupid.

About the Author

CJ blames her love for reading and all things Medieval on her father, who plied her often with fantasy novels ranging from Sir Lloyd Alexander to Piers Anthony.  Her love for romance, however, lies completely at the feet of her best friend Michelle, who dared to give her a romance novel for her birthday.  She smiled, politely said thank you, and tossed it in the corner, where it gathered dust.  In a moment of desperation, when only the revolting romance remained in her almost-always toppling stack of awaiting books, she sucked it up and read the romance.  Doomed.

She started writing fantasy and paranormal romance for the cathartic experience, decided she liked it, and after two overlong, horribly written novels joined RWA and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter.  Best classes and critique groups ever.  Double doomed.  Now, writing is a necessity, not just a hobby.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading or actually working, CJ might be found in the dojang (4th Dan Black Belt, baby), rooting on the Mariners (who will some day win the World Series), working out (P90X, anyone?), gardening (a little dirt never hurt anyone), or playing Music of the Night on the piano (without mask or cape). She lives in Oregon with her fabulous husband and daughter. Not to mention her minions, a herd of cats.

WONDERFULLY WICKED is CJ’s Burright’s first novel.

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***Cover Reveal***Cinderella

Cinderella is out on 21st May, but it’s already got 3 5-star reviews on Goodreads. Here’s what early readers have to say:

“This is a Cinderella story like no other! It’s got a wonderful twist to it. [...] Don’t miss out on this Queerky Tale!! You will see Cinderella with new eyes!!”

“This story is a beautiful spin of the classic Fairytale of Cinderella. It has it’s (sic) differences and I found them very new and refreshing. It’s not at all what I expected. 
The author has written a brilliant piece here and I am so looking SO forward to reading more from him.”

“I loved this twist on the classic Cinderella story, told in a way that you root for Cinderella and her princess even more! It was a fun read and I read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed the story and plan on reading more written by Rhys Christopher Ethan. Great Job!!”

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Cinderella Cover Reveal + Book Release Party

Hello guys. How are you doing this fine day?

I’m here to announce that Cinderella & the Fairy Secret, the fourth installment in the LGBT Queerky Tales is well on its way and that we’re only a day away from when the cover will be widely revealed. For those of you who are signed on my mailing list, you’ve already got a peak at it. For those of you who aren’t — well, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up to your left to get the VIP treatment with Reveals, excerpts, plans, giveaways and OH-MY-GOD too much stuff to actually count.

If you like to party (I know I do) and if you like to party about books (that’s me now) then head on to Facebook where Cinderella’s release party is heating up and ready to get started.  There’s giveaways, free books, bling bling and loads and loads of prizes. All you have to do is attend via your nearest mobile device be it tablet, phone computer or laptop.

I’m off now. Have my prep to do for both cover reveal and release party, as well as a new company to start and heaps of writing to do.

Hope to see you among the attendants,

Rhys out xXx

PS. While you wait for the release, you can add Cinderella on your Goodreads list.

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Blog Tour: Fruit of Misfortune (Creatura #2) by Nely Cab

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TITLE: Fruit of Misfortune

RELEASE: May 1, 2014

AUTHOR: Nely Cab

GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal

 

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Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.

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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

ParanolmancyEvie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.

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What a pleasant read!

Recommended to Buffy fans, although I never was one, this book is an original idea by Kiersten White.

A girl with special powers works for an international organisation that aims to tag all paranormal beings. What happens though when a stranger breaks in the base, an obsessive elf stalks the character and paranormal beings are found dead?

Paranormalcy! That’s what happens. All characters are beautifully shaped and evolve throughout the story. The plot is relatively quick paced, but never gets boring when it’s not. I was surprised by this good book for its original take on everything and how the author stayed unaffected by pop-lit and stayed truthful to her story.

Can’t wait to start on the second one in the Paranolmancy Trilogy

That’s it from me,

Rhys out xXx

Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh #2) by Samantha Young

Blood PastAll Eden wants is redemption… but the road to redemption is never an easy one.Travelling to Scotland to find her mother’s bloodline, Eden is soon embroiled in the politics and training of the Scottish Warriors of Neith. It is a world where some stand with open arms ready to welcome her as family, while others keep a wary distance, conspiring against her. Through it all Eden learns of love, friendship, and what it means to be a warrior. Her future has promise… that is until a man she thought was forever gone from her life returns to threaten it all. When the one person Eden loves above all else is endangered, she will have to make a choice. Him… or her? Life is such a bitch…but so is Eden when you don’t play nice.”

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The second instalment in the Warriors of Ankh series is the perfect return for the series. Character development; check! Story development; check! Romance development; check!
Eden has been taken to Edinburgh in order spare her off her soul-eating heritage. As Ankh she finds herself changed, but the drama in her life hasn’t. Her cousin Teagan is determined to be with her and he will do anything. Meanwhile, a traitor among the Warriors of Neith, sets everyone in alarm and while Eden is training to be a kick-ass slayer, her feelings for Noah won’t let her focus. Once again Eden is amidst a chaos.

In the first book “Blood Will Tell” I was breath-taken by the originality and the incredible storyline. In the second, I was brought back into the world of Eden and my love for her grew even bigger leaving me to crave for more.

Samantha Young’s prose reads like a successful tv series script playing on American television. She can be funny, serious and grim all at the same time. Her writing fits perfectly to the heroine and the mind of a teenager. It reads easily and joyfully.

This was a great book and the series is highly recommended.

That’s it from me,

Rhys out xXx