Review ~ Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

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Title: Dreamfire

Author: Kit Alloway

Publication Date: Feb. 24, 2015

Genre: YA Fantasy

Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet.

But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people’s dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world’s general anxiety — which only leads to war and strife in the waking world — their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far.
By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life.

But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?

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My ****4 Star**** Review

It was the uniqueness of this story that grabbed me the most. I enjoyed the fantasy elements and unpredictableness of them.

This book has a young YA feel to me. The characters are interesting but not extremely complex. Josh’s emotions seem to be all over the place. She can be very fickle. I think I would have enjoyed this book better if she would have been a little bit more mature. It became annoying that she was always saying one thing and then doing another. She’s supposedly falling for a boy, but with her reactions and thoughts all over the place, I didn’t feel it as strongly as a typical YA romance. So, I wouldn’t even really classify this as romantic, as it was the plot and fantasy elements that really drove this story for me.

It didn’t suck me in immediately, but it was always intriguing enough to make me want to keep turning the pages. There were some high intensity moments and plenty of mystery. There were times that I felt like I was begging for answers, and it really added to the story for me.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I just think that if Josh would have acted just a little bit more mature – adding to the romance side, I would have not liked this story, but loved it. I will warn you that you’re going to get a crazy whack ending!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Review ~ Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford

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A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck – the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.

What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there.

Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to woo the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

This was a very interesting read and despite the author taking her ideas from a number of other story lines, it was still very original. I think bringing together the different parts of the other stories really made for an intriguing tale!
I was 20% in before I determined for sure who the hero would be in the story. That was funny because Naia, the girl sucked into the “story,” is trying to figure out the same thing.
Once things get heated up between Naia and her alpha, though, the steam is always rising! There’s a lot of spicy build up, but the book never crosses into the erotic. Besides the heat, there are some hilarious moments between the two main characters, too.
I really liked that there was a nice message to the story. Naia has to stop feeling sorry for herself and to start believing in herself! The only thing related to Naia that I didn’t care for was the cover of the book. The cover just doesn’t at all fit with the description of Naia in the pages.
I loved the fun ending to the story, and I look forward to reading more from Lizzy!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Lizzy Ford

Lizzy Ford is the award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over thirty five books written for young adult, new adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Series and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.

Lizzy’s books can be found in every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Alison

Review ~ City of Heavenly Fire ~ Audiobook @cassieclare

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In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

My *****5 Star***** Review

Wow! What a finish to an amazing series of books! I feel like I’ve been invested in these characters for such a loooonnnnggg time, and they have never disappointed! Clare had me so completely engulfed in her world of shadowhunters, demons, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves from the very first book. I really can’t wait to read (or listen to) her spin-off series. I’ve already read her Infernal Devices series and fell in absolute love with it. I look forward to all the rest of her stories now.

If you haven’t finished The Mortal Instruments series (WHAT are you waiting on?!?), and have read The Infernal Devices I will let you know that you’ll be pleased to come in contact with some old friends!

Cassandra never ceases to impress me with her many talents as a writer. She’s great at world building. I mean amazing! The descriptions drop you right off in the middle of the story and without being overly descriptive. You never get bogged down in details.

Then there’s the characters. You will feel for each and everyone of the key players in her stories – even if they have qualities you wouldn’t normally find appealing! You will FEEL everything – love, joy, frightened, anger, sorrow, and sooooo very much more! Her stories are never predictable and will always leave you on your toes!

I can’t recommend Cassandra’s books enough to all paranormal/fantasy lovers out there!

About the Author ~ Cassandra Clare

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“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”

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Alison

Review ~ Starstruck in Seattle @Juliet_Madison

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Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of intuitive love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com to give her the courage and determination to follow her destiny.

But fate has different ideas, Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans…

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My ****4 Star**** Review

To sum this story up, I’d say it’s a cheesy, cute, modern day fairy tale. Yes, it’s a little bit cheesy in places, but heavy on the cute so it works. While this is a novella, it’s the third story I’ve read of Juliet’s and she has yet to disappoint. This story had a much different feel from the other two I read from her, but I still very much enjoyed it. She even added in a little fantasy element with Lulu the Love Angel. It made me think of some of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas stories.

I look forward to reading more from Juliet. I’m eyeing Haunted Ever After as my next pick of hers. There’s some mild language, but other than that it’s a clean, cute short story for those of you looking for a quick dose of something sweet!

*I won a kindle copy of this book and I’m giving my honest review just because I want to! Oh, and because I think you should check out Juliet Madison’s books!*

About the Author ~ Juliet Madison

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Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put those characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.
Juliet is a proud member and volunteer with The Romance Writers of Australia and she loves to interact online with readers and writers via twitter (@Juliet_Madison), and facebook (www.facebook.com/JulietMadisonAuthor). She can be contacted through her website at http://www.julietmadison.com where readers can also download some free short stories.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Silvern ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

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About the Author ~ Christina Farley

After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA series based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate.

Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC.
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at http://www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.

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Alison

Taking Vengeance ~ Promo Blitz

Taking Vengeance

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Blurb

Furious Half-Elven parents, Mariah and Ashton, seek vengeance for brutal attack on their daughter by vicious Sea Raiders.

In a tale older than time itself, Taking Vengeance tells a story about the strength and conviction of a mother’s love against those who would harm her family. After witnessing centuries of fighting and chaos against her people and her own bickering with Linden, the ruler of the Far Isles Half-Elven, Mariah has withdrawn from politics to seek a peaceful life as a healer.

But Mariah’s peace is short lived when Sea Raiders attack her daughter’s family, leaving her at death’s door. The act of bigoted cruelty plunges Mariah into despair. Her grief is sensed by Ashton, her partner who is far away spying on their southern enemies, and he uses his elven magic to rush to her side. The couple’s rage boils over at the outrage. Ashton urges Mariah to belt on her sword and seek vengeance against their daughter’s attackers.

Mariah discovers the Sea Raiders wield a strange new magic that threatens all they hold dear. But can she convince Linden that their country is in danger before it’s too late?

Taking Vengeance is a tale set in the world of the Far Isles Half-Elven, who constantly fight among themselves even though they’re beset by enemies on all sides.

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The Half-Elven patients and their families cowered against the walls, increasing Mariah’s anger at the stupid clod who dared to growl at her. Their audience rolled their eyes like nervous horses, fearing what the combatants might do. They pulled what energy they could from the air to strengthen their protective shields. Mariah’s skin itched from the static raised by their efforts. But she focused her attention on the ruler who had once been one of her closest friends.

In a voice a third as loud as Linden’s, Mariah said, “Calm down, you fool. You’re disturbing the patients.”

“Blast your patients. I’m warning you.” Linden’s face turned red. “Get your nose out of my business.”

“I was just consoling the girl.”

“My affairs don’t concern you.”

“Elysianna deserves better than being dropped cold by a coward.”

Linden’s face grew redder. “By the Fates, I wish Ashton was still here to put a leash around your neck.”

“Well, he isn’t here.” Mariah controlled her sigh, hiding her sorrow at her ring-mate’s absence. “You sent him spying on our southern enemies.”

Mariah took a deep breath, ready to yell back at Linden’s next comment.

The hall’s head healer appeared in the doorway that lead to the consulting rooms, her hands folded in front of her. A scowl darkened her face. “Quiet, the two of you. Take your disagreement elsewhere.”

Thick silence spread over the room.

“She rules here. Go drill your troops or something.” Mariah whispered. “I came here to help not cause the patients discomfort.”

The force of Mariah’s glare pushed Linden towards the door. He stomped away, looking as mulish as he had when his father forced him to clean the byre as a boy. Mariah shooed him on his way as if her hands were a broom.

Her face calm in spite of her thumping heart, Mariah turned. “Who’s next?”

No one moved until a small boy touched her hand. He looked up at her sideways, ready to run. “My granny’s tooths hurt.”

With a closed-lipped smile hiding her pointed front teeth, Mariah clasped his hand. “Shall we stop them from hurting?”

“That’d be nice, Lady. Then she can chew ham again. She does enjoy a nice slice of ham.”

About the Author ~ M.K. Theodoratus

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Comics first hooked M. K. Theodoratus on fantasy. When she discovered L. Frank Baum’s first Oz books, the strong female characters drew her into the possibilities of alternate worlds. Then, she stared writing in grade school when a teacher assigned a short story lesson. The assignment was incomplete at 25 pages, but she finished the book by the next summer. The Children’s Librarian, the only other person who’s read it, thought it well-done.

Theodoratus has enjoyed at least four writing careers, including non-fiction. Now she writes fantasy … mostly because it amuses her. Theodoratus writes in the world of her grumpy Far Isles Half-Elven, often featuring Mariah del Oesti or Renna of Ren Creek. She also explores other magical worlds of ghosts, gargoyles, and Fae. Most of her newer stories are set in Andor where demons prey on humans. You can read more about her fantasy at http://www.mktheodoratus.com

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Alison

The Overseers ~ Release Day & Giveaway

The Overseers

Book Blurb

The Terrorian invasion attempt is still fresh in their minds when Library of Illumination curators Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth are invited to the realm of Lumina for Dean Plato Indelicat’s funeral.

The teens soon learn there’s more to being a curator than meets the eye—some of it good, some of it not so good—and they have to pass muster to keep their positions.

To make matters worse, Johanna finds herself at the center of a bold scheme by Nero 51 to bully his way into the competition for Plato Indelicat’s now-vacant position. She has the ability to save the day, but her actions could result in losing her curator privileges.

Meanwhile, the College of Overseers is committed to being fair and impartial, but its stance could result in the Terrorian infiltration of its inner sanctum.

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“That’s the last of them,” Jackson said with finality, as he pushed a stack of books toward Johanna. “Once you’ve read these, you’ll know everything there is to know about the realm of Terroria. Although, why you want to become an expert on planet evil is beyond me.”

Johanna shook her head. “That’s why I’m the curator of the Library of Illumination and you’re just my assistant.”

“Hey, hey, hey, didn’t you hear what they said when we stood trial for breaching the portals? I’m a curator-in-training. I’m the one waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces.”

“Well then, you’d better read some of these, too,” she said as she pushed the pile of Terrorian history books she’d already read in his direction. “Then we’ll both be prepared.”

“Prepared for what?”

“I’m not sure.” She felt her nerve endings jitter. “But it never hurts to be prepared. You never know what can happen.”

As if on cue, the middle of the venerable library began to wobble and shimmer, like the air that hovers above a hot roadway on a steamy summer day. Suddenly, a twenty-second-century time machine appeared. Johanna’s predecessor, Mal, had used the same vehicle to transport Casanova back to eighteenth-century Venice after the legendary lover suddenly popped out of a book in the library and stayed. Mal smiled as he stepped out. His appearance had changed dramatically in the short weeks since Johanna and Jackson had last seen him.

“Are you growing a beard?” Johanna walked to her mentor and gave him a hug. Mal had been in charge of the library for nearly four hundred years, and had only relinquished his stewardship after he personally trained Johanna to deal with the intrusions, oddities, and aftermaths of living literature.

Mal stroked his face and smiled. “It itched a little at first, but I’m getting used to it now.”

“It makes you look older,” she observed.

“Yeah,” Jackson said. “You used to look four hundred and thirty years old, and now you look four hundred and thirty-one.”

“Don’t listen to him.” Johanna placed her arm protectively around Mal’s shoulder. “You don’t look a day over eighty.”

Mal smiled. “I come with sad news and happy news.”

“I think the actual saying is, ‘I have some good news and some bad news,’” Jackson quipped.

Mal drew in a long breath. “Sadly, we will say our final goodbyes to Plato Indelicat tomorrow. He’ll be enshrined following a celebration of his life and a memorial to his death. On a more positive note, his replacement will be inducted into the College of Overseers on the following afternoon.”

“Will anyone ever be able to take his place?” Johanna wondered out loud.

“Where do overseers come from anyway?” Jackson asked. “Is there a special place filled with them, like Overseers-R-Us? Do they have to supply their own hats? I know Plato Indelicat really lost his cool after the Terrorians knocked his pope hat off his head.”

Mal’s eyes grew more focused. “Can you tell me what became of Plato Indelicat’s headpiece?”

Jackson shook his head. “Not really.”

“We were too busy trying to stay ahead of the crowd,” Johanna said. “They had turned into a lynch mob, and we didn’t want to become hostages, too.”

“So it remains on Terroria,” Mal said.

“Unless the explosion obliterated it,” Johanna replied.

“Yeah,” Jackson chimed in. “The last place we saw it was in the building around the corner from the library, and that place was blown to smithereens—which was really good for us, because that’s how we escaped.”

Johanna took Mal’s hand. “So what’s the happy news?”

“I’ve been selected as one of the candidates for the vacant overseer’s position.”

“One of the candidates!” Johanna smiled broadly. “Who are the others?”

“Well, you wouldn’t know them all because they’re from other worlds, but there’s Prophet IAN c. from Adventura, who is the current library curator there. You may have met Torran, the head of the Library Council on Dramatica. He declared himself a contender, although I don’t think his chances are very good. Then there’s Dame Erato, the former curator of Romantica, who relocated to Lumina many years ago and has reinvented herself as something of an inspirational insider. She and Prophet IAN c. are both strong competitors.”

“Do you think you have a chance?” Jackson asked.

“I have my strengths. But ultimately it will be whoever the overseers believe brings the most needed assets to the college at this point in time. Whether that resource is political, administrative, militaristic, or inspirational remains to be seen.

“There will be a challenge among the four of us, and any others who choose to declare themselves by noon tomorrow. I’m hoping the two of you will remain after the memorial service to cheer me on.”

Johanna grabbed Mal’s arm. “We’re invited to Plato Indelicat’s memorial service?”

“Of course,” Mal answered. “That’s why I’m here.”

Jackson nodded solemnly. “Cool.”

“But I’ll have to stay behind to take care of the library, Mal.” Johanna sighed. “Both Jackson and I can’t be gone at the same time.”

“The library will be closed. All the Libraries of Illumination will cease operations for two days as a sign of respect for Plato Indelicat, and will not reopen until a new overseer has been sworn in.”

Jackson slapped his hand on top of the circulation desk. “That seals the deal for me.”

“Where is this all happening?” Johanna asked.

“Everything takes place on Lumina.”

She felt surprised that she and Jackson were invited. “The overseers sealed the portals after the Terrorians tried to take over the libraries. How will we get there if the portals are sealed?”

“I will escort you both.”

“In that?” Jackson asked, not trying to hide his excitement.

“Absolutely. There’s nothing like traveling in a time machine.” Mal wiggled his eyebrows and grinned.

Jackson entered the time machine and looked around. “It’s like standing inside a bubble.” There appeared to be no floor, nor doors, nor any visible controls. He touched the surface. It felt firm and warm, as smooth as glass, yet undulated when he touched it.

Johanna idly straightened out the circulation desk. “Why do we need a time machine if we’re traveling in the present?”

“Because it will take us back to a time when the portals were open, so we can travel to Lumina and then zigzag back to the present.” He tapped on the outside of the bubble twice, then exchanged places with Jackson. “I’ll be back tomorrow morning at ten sharp.” He pointed a finger at the curator-in-training, then laughed and shook his head, lowering his finger. “You won’t be late.”

“You’ve got that right,” Jackson answered. “I’ll get here by nine so I don’t miss a thing.”

Mal waved. The air around the time machine seemed to melt for a second before the apparatus disappeared.

“Lumina,” Jackson said in awe. “We’ve been to three realms, including our own, and now we’re going to Lumina. I’d never even been out of the country before we discovered the portals, but tomorrow I’ll travel off world for the third time. How cool is that?”

“We’re going to a funeral and then to Mal’s challenge. You’re acting like we’re the guests of honor at the Grammy Awards.”

“I know, but this is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.” He shrugged one shoulder and leaned over to kiss her. “Actually, you’re the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. If you had never come to school and asked me if I wanted to work in the library, I’d probably be tossing pizzas at Piccolo Italia. Free pizza is nice, but not as nice as traveling to other realms with you.”

He pushed the books on Terroria aside. “Do you think we have any books downstairs on Lumina? I think I’d like to study up on that world before we leave tomorrow.”

“Sometimes you surprise me.” Johanna laughed.

He winked at her. “Refreshing, isn’t it?”

Plenty of books about Lumina lined the shelves, as well as folios of pictures, and Jackson grew more captivated with every new detail he learned. “I can’t believe most of their world is covered with water.”

“I don’t know if it’s most of the world. The cities are built on numerous outcrops that jut way above the surface.”

“Yeah, look at this picture of the capital. The bottom of the giant outcrop looks like it rests on legs—kind of like a huge molar. The middle is open, and I bet you can sail a tanker right through it.”

“Like a subway traveling under a city.”

“No, this is way cooler than a subway. Besides, anyone riding in a subway would drown unless by subway you mean submarine.”

“The golden city on top of the rocks makes it look so ethereal.” She ran her finger across a picture in Lumina: Past and Present. Instantly a miniature three-dimensional version of the capital city of Lumi appeared, complete with clouds above and water below.

Jackson moved closer and stared at one of the rock legs supporting the outcrop. “Look. This one has a door.”

Johanna walked over to get a better look. “I would have loved this as a kid. It’s better than a dollhouse. I never owned one, but I once saw one in a museum and I thought it looked like the most wonderful toy in the world.”

As they watched, a round wooden tub with a dozen oarsmen sitting around its radius rowed up to the tiny entrance. One of the oarsmen unlocked the door, and a group of tiny Luminans disembarked and disappeared inside, allowing the door to slam shut with a resounding thud.

“Can you believe this?” Jackson laughed.

Johanna laughed as well, but it changed to a gasp when she saw a group of men appear from under the surface of the water and begin pulling the oars and tossing them away so the oarsmen couldn’t row. The tiny sailors grappled with their attackers, but one by one many of them were pulled into the water. A few others managed to hang on to their oars and moved into the middle of the tub, where they used them to fight off their assailants. One of the attackers hoisted himself onto the vessel, soon learning he had made a big mistake.

“Holy … frit. Look at him,” Jackson cried. “He’s a fish!”

Johanna squinted. “I think the correct term is merman.”

“Like Ethel Merman—the singer some of those guys at the Comedy Club impersonate?”

“No. Like the male equivalent of a mermaid.”

“I knew that.”

“Um-hmm.”

While Johanna and Jackson talked, the oarsmen beat the brazen merman to a pulp and pushed his body overboard—an example of what other underwater creatures could expect if they thought about hijacking a boat. That ended the attack, and in a single blink, the bodies of the fallen oarsmen and beaten merman disappeared under the surface of the murky water.

Johanna slammed the book shut. “I could have done without that.”

“Yeah. But this isn’t a storybook. It’s a textbook that describes how things are on Lumina. And apparently everything isn’t fun and games in the golden city.”

“Let’s just hope we don’t have to travel anywhere on the water while we’re there.”

B-R-R-R-I-I-I-N-N-N-G-G-G!

A phone call from Book Services informed them they had just received a scholarly request for research information and ancient texts. The order kept Johanna and Jackson busy for the rest of the afternoon. When they finished, Johanna sent Jackson home. She needed time to get ready for their impromptu trip. Besides, she didn’t want to start talking about Lumina again. She still felt uneasy about the attack they had witnessed when the book came to life, and it reminded her of the potential for an attack by Terrorians if any of them were actually invited to the memorial service. She hoped not, but that wasn’t her decision to make. The thought of running into Nero 51 again turned a trip that might be meaningful and interesting into a duty that filled her with dread.

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About the Author ~ C.A. Pack

C. A. Pack is the author of Chronicles: The Library of Illumination, a series of novelettes about an enchanted library where the books come to life. She is currently working on the various novelettes that will make up The Second Chronicles of Illumination, which will recount the War of the Realms. She is also the author of Code Name: Evangeline and the Evangeline’s Ghost series.

The author is an award-winning journalist and former anchor/assignment manager at LI News Tonight in New York, and has worked as a news writer for WNBC-TV and Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island.

A member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, she is also a former president of the Press Club of Long Island. She lives in Westbury, NY, with her husband, a couple of picky parrots, and dozens of imaginary characters who are constantly demanding page space.

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Spartanica ~ Book Blitz

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Heart-pounding action. Fantastical creatures. Epic battles for survival. Staggering betrayal.

Spartanica, the first book in The Survivors of Sapertys Series, is an engaging young-adult/teen science fiction adventure novel that traces the fates of middle-school brothers Ty and Marcus Mitchell after they find themselves abandoned among the apocalyptic ruins of a decimated metropolis on a parallel world.

Wanting nothing more than to survive long enough to get home, the boys soon learn they only have seven days to escape as they find themselves suddenly embroiled in a contentious battle for planet-wide domination against ruthless, animalistic desert warriors called the Desrata.

The brothers soon find they aren’t completely alone in their quest as they befriend young survivors of Spartanica’s “last day” and come together to forge a unified front against their common foe. But are these kids truly fugitives from the Desrata death camps, or are they hiding something deadly?

Never quite sure exactly who to trust, Ty and Marcus stumble upon ominous realities about Spartanica that they never could have suspected. How could it all be true? How could this have happened? Will they ever get home?

Hold on tight. The truths hidden in and around Spartanica are sinister and shocking. Enjoy the ride!

Excerpt:

THIRTY-ONE

I’M GONNA HURL!

(MARCUS)

 

“Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Nekitys yelled, reaching over to push Yra’s and Kinnard’s rifles down. “It can’t get to us in here. Your blasts will ricochet off the security field and kill us all!”

The ’rat stood motionless, inches away on the other side of the field, staring down at all of us.

“Huuummmaaaaaans,” it said, “I come alone. Nooooo weapon. I escape settlement to help you.”

Needless to say, that wasn’t what we expected to hear.

“Everybody get ready,” Kinnard said. “Nekitys, prepare to drop the field. We’re going to put as many holes as we can through this thing.”

The Atlantean kids all put our uninvited visitor squarely in the cross-hairs.

“Waaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiit,” it said, stepping back with its paw in front of it. “Desrata Kingdom has your female. They kiiiiillllllllll if she not escape soon. I help you get her back. If I die, you fail, she die.”

“No!” Naetth yelled. “You’re a stinkin’ ’rat! You’re a liar! You’re a killer! You would never help us!”

The ’rat backed up several more steps and eased itself down to the ground. Even sitting, it was almost at eye level with me.

“Desrata Kingdom has lost way, become evil,” it said. “Not always so. Our leaders listen to evil humans now. Evil humans promise eternal Elisii if we help take your city. They make us work. They make us slaves. They make us take slaves. These not Desrata ways. These not my ways.”

 

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About the Author

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Powers Molinar
writes most excellent young adult science fiction stories because he desperately wants kids to read more. He’s seen, first-hand, how a healthy appetite for reading has helped his kids succeed in school and hopes to help spread the same to kids worldwide through his literary works. Powers and his family live under the cupola near Chicago where Powers works as an IT Project Manager until he can write full-time.

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Primordial Dust ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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A princess, trained to behave. An assassin, betrothed to her. A thief, whose eyes she dreams of at night. A kingdom at war, torn apart by the suppression of magic and truth, as well as family secrets that threaten to destroy decades of peace.
Questions of loyalty, of morality, and of free will culminate in a fantasy novel about forging one’s own path and choosing one’s own destiny.

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About the Author ~ Sarah Daltry

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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Justice Buried ~ Blog Tour & Review

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Justice Buried
By Hilary Thompson

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81XcpTqw8PL._SL1500_The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.
Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan – until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.
As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.

Excerpt

This excerpt shows the main character, Astrea, selecting her gown for the upcoming Choosing Day ceremony, where she is expected to choose Lexan as her future husband. However, for Astrea, the ceremony will also be the first public step of fulfilling the prophecy which her city has been waiting for a hundred years to see.
I like this part especially because it shows Astrea moving from vulnerable and unsure of herself, to powerful and brave. I hope you enjoy!
– Hilary

I hang back from the other girls, but the shopkeeper has been watching me as I run my fingers along each dress, reluctant to commit any to the changing room. I’m hesitant to see my plain reflection next to Isa’s curves and Garna’s elegance. She waves everyone away and takes my shoulders gently.
“Let me find your dress. You should look like the star, shooting from heaven,” she tells me quietly, kindly, her eyes lingering on my diamonds. Her subtle admiration gives me pause – in the midst of all my preparation for the worst, I have failed to remember the hope my Choosing Day means for the people of Asphodel.
We are an underground people. People who worship the sun, moon, and stars, yet have never seen such things ourselves. My partnership with Lexan allows the prophecy to begin. The star-bright maiden and her scales of justice.
I am – without asking, without wanting – a savior of Asphodel.
The impending reality of this thought sends me to my knees on the floor of the small changing room. I never wanted this. I’m not even seventeen. I can’t run a city…I can’t even manage my own small life. How can they expect this of me?
Then I realize that this is precisely why Keirna is angry – in her mind, we do not need a child savior. Surely there are others who feel this way as well, some who are certain Asphodel does not need a revolution, no matter what the ancient prophecy requires.
A knock on the door. A bundle of red fabric passed hand over hand. A click of the latch. And I’m alone with my destiny.
I open the door and peek out, shy but strangely proud. Several girls are grouped at the edge of the mirror, chatting and giggling. Isa sees my face first.
“Well, come on out, silly! I want to see you in that dress!”
Hesitantly, I open the door a bit further. Isa’s enormous smile lends me the courage I need to emerge, and the girls’ squeals and spontaneous claps prompt me to look in the mirror.
The dress is exquisite. Brilliant veins of orange and red flow around me, catching the true fiery pigments of my hair. The light fabric envelops my body, showing off muscles I have recently developed and curves I never knew existed. A lower skirt of ash gray, sewn with thousands of tiny crystals, swirls beneath the ribbons of sheer red fabric, sparkling in competition with the diamonds in my cheek and lighting up my dark gray eyes. The neckline is low enough to cause me embarrassment, and the back dips as well, held in place by a dozen thin strands of crystal.
I am…beautiful, somehow. I was made for this dress.
I look powerful. Vivacious. I could twirl and combust and consume everyone if I desired.

My ****4 Star Review****

When I started reading Justice Buried I was thoroughly confused and didn’t think I would enjoy it. But then after being dumped in this underground world, I quickly started to find my place.
This story is such a unique blend of dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy and romance. The pacing is nice and smooth. The book never dragged, and the characters are all well-defined. I could relate to Astrea and sympathize with her, and yet I could still see the age appropriate immaturity in her. I appreciated her strength. If you want a tough heroin, you can find one here! Then there’s the intriguing love triangle with Lexan and Stian. Let me say that I have a clear favorite! If you read the book, I’d love to discuss it with you!!
Aside from the characters, the plot really sucked me in! It’s definitely not predictable, and I can’t wait to read the next book to see where it’s going! I’ll warn you. This ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. You’re just reading along and then BAM, the end. It got me, though, can’t wait to read the next one!!
*I received a copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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71YyuBrRXUL._SL1500_Lexan’s Pledge [A Starbright Secrets Novella]

Author’s Note: this is not a full-length sequel to Justice Buried. It is a short novella telling Lexan’s side of the story!

There will come three…
A child of peace, born in a place of war.
A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs.
A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.

The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story. Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it’s getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one. Available now on Amazon!

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hilarythompson-275x300About the AuthorHilary Thompson is an independently-published author who released her debut Young Adult novel, Justice Buried, in January, 2014. Justice Buried is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating mythology and astrology, with the second full-length title due later in 2014.

She also teaches high school English, which gives her some insight into her target audience, and helps her maintain a thick skin.

 

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