Saturday, 29 June 2013

Upcoming Release: Mr. Darcy by Karey White and a Giveaway

Please Note: There will be no book review today. So instead I'll share a book coming this fall and a giveaway.













After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.



Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.













Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.



She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.






























Excerpt 1

Janessa folded her arms and looked at me for so long I started to
squirm. “What?”

“I wish you’d look at yourself. You’re ruining your life with this stupid
obsession.”
“I’m not obsessed.” I stood up quickly, nearly tipping my chair over. I
rinsed my plate and put it in the dishwasher. I could feel Janessa’s eyes on me
the entire time, but I refused to look at her. “And just because I’m not
interested in this guy doesn’t mean my life is ruined.”
“Let me guess. Was he blond?”
“Knock it off.”
“Too short?”
“He wasn’t short. I’ve got to go.” I left the kitchen with Janessa on my
heels.
“Was he too cheerful?”
“Oh brother. I’m not having this conversation with you.”
Janessa grabbed my arm and turned me toward her. “Yes, you are.”
“I’m going to be late for work.”
“Then we’d better talk fast.”
“I don’t have anything to say,” I said.
“Then I’ll talk. You listen. You have to start giving these guys a
chance.”
I folded my arms tightly. “I give them a chance.”
“You give them one date, two at the most. But you’re not really giving
them a chance because your mind’s already made up before you even go out.”
I was getting annoyed. “I don’t have time for this conversation again.”
Janessa was practically reciting word for word what she’d said after my last
date. And the one before that.
“Lizzie. If you don’t want to have the same conversation, do something
different. Shake things up a little.” She smiled and did a little shimmy. I
refused to smile no matter how silly she looked.
“How do you suggest I do that?”
“If this guy… What’s his name?”
“Chad.”
“If Chad calls you back, go out with him again.”
“I don’t see the point.”
“Did you get a serial killer vibe from him?”
“No, I got a nice-guy-that-doesn’t-deserve-to-be-led-on vibe from him.”
“Nice guys are good. So you’ll say yes, right?”
“If I’m not interested, it wouldn’t be fair to say yes.”
“Oh knock off the baloney. You haven’t been fair to a guy since high
school. You’re just afraid if you get to know a guy, you might like him. And
wouldn’t that be awful? Was Chad funny?”
“Yes, he was funny.”
“Handsome?”
I sighed. “I don’t know if I’d call him handsome, but he was cute.”
“Cute is good. Especially if he was funny. So go out with him again.”
“You act like it’s all up to me.” I walked to the closet and collected
my purse. Like a tiger leaping on her prey, Janessa pounced at the bowl on the
entry table and grabbed my car keys. “This isn’t funny, Janessa. I’m going to
be late for work.”
“Then let’s make a deal. You agree to go out with him ten times before
you toss him aside and I’ll give you your keys.”
“Ten times? No way.”
“That’ll give you time to get to know him.”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
“I’m serious, Lizzie. Ten is a good number. In that amount of time, you
can make a real decision. Instead of one based on a stupid movie.”
Now Janessa was skipping through a minefield. “It’s not a stupid movie
and I’ve got to go.”
“It’s the stupidest movie in the world if it ruins your life.”
“Nothing’s ruining my life and I’m going to be late. Give me my keys and
we’ll talk about this later.” A little tussle ensued as I tried to rescue my
keys from her clutches. I almost had them when she darted to the bathroom and
shut the door hard and fast, locking it behind her. “This is real mature.”
“I don’t care about mature. You’re my best friend, Lizzie.  I love
you and I’m trying to save you from yourself.”
I banged on the door. “Give me the keys. Now.” My voice had become
shrieky.
“I’ll give you the keys as soon as you promise you’ll go out with him
ten times.”
“I doubt he’ll ask me out again.”
“Why? Were you a jerk?”
“No.”
“Are you sure?”
I hesitated, knowing I hadn’t been very good company. “I’m pretty sure.”
“If he doesn’t ask you out, you have to ask him.”
“No way am I asking out a guy ten times. No way!”
“You just have to ask him out once. If he doesn’t return the favor you
can move on. But you have to be nice to him and give him a reason to want to
ask you out again.”
“This is the dumbest idea you’ve ever had.”
“Listen Liz, I’m doing this for you. Give a guy a chance before you give
him the old heave-ho.”
I leaned my head on the door. “Just give me the keys. Please.” Now I was
whining.
“You’re the one keeping yourself from your keys. And probably true
love.”
I looked at my watch. Now I’d have to risk a speeding ticket or get to
work five minutes late. I wasn’t sure which was worse—a ticket from a police
officer or a tongue-lashing from Delia.
“Fine. I’ll go out with him again if he asks me.”
“And?”
“If he doesn’t ask me, I’ll ask him?”
“Right. And how many times will you go out with him?”
“Way too many,” I said under my breath.
“I can’t hear you.”
“Ten times. If he asks me.”
The door cracked open. “And you’ll be nice to him?”
“Whatever you say. Now give me the keys.”
Janessa emerged from the bathroom and triumphantly dropped my keys into
my outstretched hand.
“You’re an idiot,” I said.
“An idiot that loves you and wants you to be happy,” she said. She
turned and headed down the hall. “Someday you’ll thank me,” she sang.
“If I don’t kill you first.” I slammed the door behind me.



Excerpt 2

It was a busy Monday morning.
I was looking out at the line of waiting customers when he walked in. I gasped,
shut my thumb in my cash drawer, and then tried not to cry while Mr. Sandoval
from a hearing aid store asked me if I was okay.
When I finished Mr. Sandoval’s
transaction, I looked at him again. He was taller than anyone in the room. Of
course. His hair was dark and a little disheveled. It was hard to see from
where I was, but his eyes looked like they were blue. And best of all, he
didn’t smile. He looked gorgeously unpleasant and impatient. He looked around
the room and his eyes met mine. Still he didn’t smile. My heart was racing. He
looked perfect.
I did my best to time it so I’d be
his teller. I went a little too fast with one customer and accidentally shorted
her a twenty dollar bill. I tried to concentrate as I corrected the
transaction. I slowed way down on the next customer, but just when I thought I
was finished and would be able to help him next, my customer asked me to break
a ten into change. He walked up to Courtney’s window while I counted out
nickels and dimes. Furious, I stomped my foot. Not too loudly but enough to
release a little of my frustration.
I listened closely as Courtney helped
him to see if I could learn anything, but he hardly spoke. He gave a terse nod
when Courtney thanked him for coming in and turned on his heel and left. He had
excellent posture and a nice, confident stride.
I finished with my customer, and then
before anyone else could step forward, I picked up the phone and dialed
Courtney’s extension. She glanced at her phone’s display and looked over at me
curiously.

            “Who was
that?” I whispered when she picked up the receiver.
“Elizabeth, look how many customers
there are.”
“I know. Just tell me who that was.”
I watched as Courtney picked up her last transaction slip.
“His name is Matt Dawson.”
“Is he married?”
“I have no idea,” Courtney said.
“Was he wearing a ring?”
“I didn’t look. What’s going on,
Lizzie?”
“I just need to know about him.”
“Well, I don’t know anything about
him and Delia’s watching us. I’ve gotta go.”
Matt Dawson. Matt. Matthew. Like
Matthew Macfadyen. Dawson. It was pretty close to Darcy. The only way it could
be better is if his name was Fitzwilliam but I’d never met a Fitzwilliam in my
life.
Matt Dawson.
This had to be a sign.  







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Friday, 28 June 2013

Celebrate Mandela and State of Chaos Release Day Tour: A Book Review

Please Note: I apologize for not commenting on anyone's blog yesterday. The computer I was using went on the fritz and wouldn't allow me to comment. AT ALL. I was able to read some blog posts though include Elizabeth Seckman's and Mark Mean.



For Celebrate the small things I want to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. A great man who is going through a very rough time, may he recover. But if not, please Lord let his passing be as honourable as his life. *Bows head* We love you Mandela.





State of Chaos Release Day Tour

Today State of Chaos is out today and available for purchase. Sequel to State of Emergency this book will have you on the edge of your seat. I'm participating in the tour and will be doing a book review. Summer :Lane the author is crazy excited. Check out her thoughts about today here.


State of Chaos
Genre: NA Romance, Dystopia
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Author's Website: WebsiteBlog


Summary on Goodreads: Cassidy Hart has had better days.

Her dad is missing. Her friends have been captured. And modern society is pretty much gone, thanks to an EMP that destroyed the technological infrastructure of the United States. 
Surviving in the foothills of California is a challenge, but with the help of former Navy SEAL Chris Young, Cassidy's been able to stay alive.

Until now. Omega, the shadow army arisen from the chaos, won't stop until every single survivor is either under their control or dead. Taken by soldiers and forced into a labor camp, Cassidy must turn the tables on her captors. Escape means everything. Unfortunately, staying out of Omega's crosshairs is easier said than done. 

You can run. 

But you can't hide.

Cassidy's about to learn that the hard way.
_ _ _ 

State of Chaos is the sequel to the national bestseller State of Emergency, a YA/NA Romantic Adventure.

Review

State of Chaos had my attention from the start and then it pulled at my heart strings. Then it turned on me and scared me half to death. Sequel to State of Emergency this novel is a great read for anyone who wants to see a terrifying world that isn't turned upside down by zombies. Cassidy and Chris are both on the run from Omega, an army that is bent on subjugating innocent civilians to their own ends. In this novel an EMP has left the United States without one of it's greatest assets. Technology. At the start we see Cassidy and Chris's 'friendship' as they trek by foot struggling to survive. When Cassidy gets captured by Omega things really turn inside out and trust me if you think you need something trying to bite you to feel terror, try a group of trained killers that already have members of your families locked up as criminals and you being on their hit list. I recommend that anyone who's a fan of dystopia, especially in a contemporary setting should read this.

Another plus for State of Chaos is the romance. Sick of girls pairing up with jerks, guys who just want to maul girls but pretend that's just how normal people want to have sex? (I'm normal and I'm not into that kind of sex, if my room's going to look like a war zone it's going to be because Omega jumped out of Summer's novel and chased me...simple). Then State of Chaos is for you, aside from all the running, you get to see a friendship and burgeoning romance become something more. I never read State of Emergency but State of Chaos pulls you right in and unlike some books don't leave you completely confused because you haven't read book one. Also Cassidy is a typical teenager and unlike survivor extraordinaire Katniss (love you girl but seriously) is someone most of us can relate you from our teen years and Chris being a survivalist and former Navy Seal helps keep them both safe and is a serious but also fun and decent guy (we need more decent guys in fiction).

Summer had given me an e-copy of her book in exchange for a review and I'm so glad I read it. Get a copy for yourself as soon as possible.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Getting Personal: Summer Time

Here's to Summer. May we all have loads of fun.

 By digitalart, published on 10 August 2011
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Let The Storms Break by Shannon Messenger

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Summary: Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

Another book by Shannon Messenger that I can't wait to read. This is third book (and second sequel) by her to hit my Waiting on Wednesday post and it's for a very good reason. Shannon's books not only have a story that draws you in but covers that make you unable to look away. Look at it, this cover is so amazing and mystifying. Yes you see two people in the middle of a storm. But you have to wonder... Why are they there? Why is this cover so damn gorgeous? What is going to happen next? Why is this cover so damn gorgeous!

I think you can sense my overwhelming excitement about this book. 2014 can't come fast enough. Earlier this year I got the surprise of my Shannon fandom universe when she commented on my WWW post for Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile. It's great when authors come by to read the post you published about their books. *Squeals* This fab author moment was only topped by Amanda Hocking who after I tweeted about being unable to find the link that had a special savings for her book Wake, personally responded and kept sending me different Amazon links until I got one that worked. Seriously, who does that. Like that guy from Vonage said, 'Crazy Generous'. Until next time readers, don't get bogged down by the blues, instead go read a good book.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Book Review: Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn        
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon
Author's Website: Blog


Summary on AmazonWind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn't believe the world is worth saving.

Review

When I finally bought my copy of Fraction of Stone I was thrilled. Kelley Lynn has been an online friend for a while and her success of getting published was a happy occasion. From the start readers are plunged into a world at war. Akara fights for one side and Rydan the other. Both are the only two in the world to wield magic yet their lives couldn't be more different. While Rydan lives a life of luxury and ease, Akara is locked up and abused. When Rydan's side wins and he sees the same mysterious tattoo on his enemy's magic wielder, life takes a turn neither expected. After saving her life and going on the run, both learn more about themselves and the real world than they ever wanted to know.

Fraction of Stone is a breath of fresh air for the Young Adult Fantasy reader. Both because it kicks out the annoying 'bad boy, good girl romance' formula and also because it's Epic Fantasy which isn't utilized very often in young adult. The writing keeps you entertained and wanting to know more. Rydan and Akara's perspectives are shown in alternating chapters leaving the readers tuned in on what both are thinking and seeing why Rydan's so optimistic and Akara's pessimism as more than just having a really tough life. Kelley truly takes us on a journey where two teens have to go out and save the world and shows magic might seem like a way to make life easier but that there's truth in the quote from Spider Man "With great power there must also come great responsibility". Life is hard no matter how special you are, especially when they're people who want to use what makes you special to their own ends. This is what makes them fugitives on the run and as secrets are revealed and their mission is made clear, there is one question that perpetuates through out this novel. With all the bad humans have done to the world and each other, are they truly worth saving? Magic, danger and hard choices help make is novel a must read both for fans of young adult and readers who want something new to sink their teeth into.

However there are a few issues that made this novel fall short of a perfect rating. First the optimism that makes Rydan so likable in the story also had a bad side for me. The naivete he showed in some matters while it moved the story along got annoying in some instances. It is great to believe in people but when it gets to the point when it's glaringly obvious that things have changed and your wearing rose coloured glasses, it just gets to be too much. Kelley did her best to explain his perspective but it wasn't enough to keep me from disliking some aspects of the story line including his almost ridiculous pleading to a better nature that clearly wasn't there. Also some parts lagged to the point where I had to take a break just to get myself interested in continuing. While these factors never made me decide not to finish reading, it did take away some of the excitement for a little while.

In the end however I really enjoyed reading this novel and I'm anticipating the sequel. I would personally recommend this book to any fan of Young Adult Fantasy or Epic Fantasy.

Rating: 4 Stars

Author: Kelley Lynn


Monday, 24 June 2013

The Thrill of it all Blogfest and Write Club


I'm excited to be a part of The Thrill of it All Blogfest. Hosted by Heather and Tara Tyler all entrants are to post a big thrill whether real or fiction. Today I'm posting an excerpt from my W.I.P. Lyric World. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is set in a world where all the countries are music genres and a war is brewing.

Excerpt

The Queen of Symphony held up her hand for silence. "I am here to deliver a grave report. In the late hours of the night... after mortal efforts failed, I had to summon Fairy King Orion to track the princess. Viola had disappeared." There were fearful murmurs from the crowd. Queen Samantha had only one heir and couldn't bear more children. Worse Viola was just a little girl and such a situation could cause fighting among royals who were closest in line.

"We eventually found her and...I have dire news my dear citizens. People of Symphony, my beautiful and loving followers. Viola has passed from this world. The future of Symphony, my legacy is gone and I'm so, so sorry."

So there's my entry. I wish everyone the best of luck and hope readers were taken in by my choice. Remember to visit the other blogs. Click here to see the list.



Write Club has another great competition going on this year. Click here to enter and below I've posted a reminder of the rules. Have a great day everyone.

Here are the general rules of WRiTE CLUB (with explanation) that guide the competition, loosely based on the Fight Club rules. 

1st RULE: You MUST talk about WRiTE CLUB - Spread the word far and wide so we can involve as many writers as possible. Display the WRiTE CLUB banner prominently on your own blog. Write a post about it. Tweet it. Mention it on Facebook. Heck, send up smoke signals if you can

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about WRiTE CLUB – Once the competition begins you are not allowed to solicit votes. All of the writing entries are anonymous, and we want it to stay that way. This is not a popularity contest! 

3rd RULE: If someone taps out, WRiTING is over - Tapping out means a WRiTER can decide at any time during the 8 week competition to withdraw their name from the pool. If that happens the next writer from the open pool with the most votes will move into that spot. 

4th RULE: Only two people to a WRiTE - This is a head-to head competition, no ganging up allowed. 

5th RULE: Two WRiTE’s per week - No matter how many submissions I receive this year, there will only be two WRiTE’s per week. 

6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes - Come on, tell me you didn't giggle at that one. 

7th RULE: WRiTES will go on until Sept 9th - On that date the 16 winners will be matched up against one another on daily posts until the ultimate WRiTER is chosen. At some point the WRiTER will be asked to submit a new 500 word sample. 
8th RULE: Anyone can WRiTE, but you have to have your submission in by June30th. – No late entries will be accepted this year.  


We started accepting your 500 word submissions today…the cut-off date is midnight on June30th…and then July 8th the first bout will be held. Your submission can not have been published anywhere else before! 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Celebrate My Latest Liebester Award


My latest reason for Celebrate the small things

1. I won a Liebester award on Monday from Tara Tyler. Read on to see me answer her list of questions and accept my ninth blog award.

2. Also on Monday I got three wonderful packages. My Arrow of the Mist bookcards, Ryland Tote bag, and *screams* My TBD choice of Lullaby by Amanda Hocking! Giveaways rock people.

3. Yesterday my prize for taking part in the Aberration Bloghop arrived. My autographed copy of Aberration by Lisa Regan! This is the quickest delivery of a prize I've gotten from the united States. I won it on June 10, it was sent the next day and I received it on the 20th of June. Usually anything I win reaches me the following month (or later). This I got in less than two weeks. Way to go Lisa and thanks!

4. Reviews for my teen wolf fanfic Save Me is in the sixties. I have several fanfic profiles and while my highest reviews for a story ever is just under 200 reviews. For this profile it's 85. So Save Me might actually get to triple digits in a couple of chapters. Yay!

5. Tyler Perry's The Haves and The Have Nots. Great series on OWN and I'm so glad the house was saved. Don't know what I mean? Wow you are missing out.


Blog Award #9: Liebester Award

I won a Liebester Award from the beautiful Tara Tyler. Thanks and best of luck with the blogfest, blog tour and your book launch. Lady you are busy. Read on to see my answer to her questions.



1. What's your nickname? (make one up if you don't have one)

My father called me Ma'am (sometimes) when I was younger. While most young people, especially teens, would've complained. I enjoyed it because it made me feel grown up. He still does call me that on rare occasions but just like when I was a teen, I don't mind at all. *Grins*

2. What genre do you read most?

Fantasy and Paranormal YA.

3. What celebrity would you love to meet?

Right now? Local stage actor Oliver Samuels.

4. What is your favorite age?

My age, 28. Also teens, they're ever changing.

5. Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook. Sorry twitter I'm still trying to get used to hash tags. Well more like actually using them.

6. What awesome thing will you do when your book is published?

I'm thinking of having an online book launch.

7. What book would you like to see turned into a movie?

Amanda Hocking's Tyrelle series and Hollowland series. Oh and Pop Travel by Tara Tyler. *squeals*

8. Where were you born?

Sunny Jamaica. In a hospital.

9. Name a place you'd like to visit some day.

Japan.

10. Are you a Summer, Winter, Fall, or Spring?

I get chills from opening the fridge, had a 'fall' last November and didn't like it and Spring means Christmas is over. So...I'm a Summer!



11. Any regrets?

Sometimes I wished I started my Queendsheena blog sooner but then I realize I wouldn't met the wonderful readers and blogger friends I have right now. So I remind myself to chuck that regret and enjoy the wonderful support I now have.

There you have it everybody. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Getting Personal: Be Brave

So easy to say but hard to actually do. Bravery comes in many forms. So how do you think you've been brave? Me? This month I decided to defy my fear of writing Middle Grade and I'm currently writing one for my first shot at JuNoWriMo. Below I picked a song and a cute touching photo to go with this theme. Have a good day everyone.







Wednesday, 19 June 2013

New Book Release: Atone by Angela Brown

I am excited to announce that Angela Brown has a new novel out. She has released other novels including Neverlove which I highly recommend. She is a fabulous author and I believe her new book will draw in both her current fans and new ones as well. Atone follows Caine, an assassin who decides to take on one last assignment. But readers, we all know it's never that simple.


Blurb: What harm can come from a kiss?

Caine Fordham knows the danger all too well.

As the Kill Circuit’s top lady-killer, business is good. Yet Caine knows the life of an assassin isn’t meant to last forever, just as love is impossible for him. Who could love a man with poison lacing his veins and a kiss that kills?

When Caine decides to take one last job, deal out one last kiss, he discovers there’s more to life than death, and more to love than pain.

Purchase: Amazon US

Find Angela : Blog, Goodreads

Author: 




Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn't tried herself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Winter Queen (Fairy Queens #1) Cover Reveal

Today I'm doing a cover reveal for Winter Queen by Amber Argyle. I've been a regular reader of Amber's blog and I already have her other two novels Witch Born and Witch Song. When I saw a post requesting help promoting her newest release Winter Queen, I volunteered to do a cover reveal. Now read on to find out more about her latest foray into fantasy and her newest female protagonist.



Blurb: Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~ Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family. Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by the one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn't just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation. With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power-forever.

Purchase: Amazon PaperbackAmazon KindleBarnes and NobleThe Book Depository

Meet Amber: BlogGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

Author:



Super short: Amber Argyle is the author of the Witch Song Trilogy (Witch Song, Witch Born, and Witch Fall ((Fall 2013)) and the Fairy Queen's Trilogy (Winter Queen, Summer Queen (2014), Daughter of Winter ((2015)). She runs because she likes to eat chocolate and fit in her jeans. She has a thing for vintage inspired clothes. Also, she can't fathom why people eat tootsie rolls. 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Happy Father's Day Celebration

Father's Day is this Sunday and I want to take a moment to thank all the fathers out there. You don't get enough credit for stepping up and for those who made mistakes, there's still time to do the right thing for your child. Happy Father's Day and I'm going to take an idea from from a post on Wavy Lines blog and post a great fictional dad.

Charlie Swan from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer


Charlie Swan had no super powers or special abilities but that didn't stop him from doing everything he could to protect his daughter Bella. As Chief of Police in Forks he had a whole town to protect and he did both that and fatherhood beautifully throughout the series. So here's to you Bella's dad and I picked this picture because I think it shows a great moment between father and daughter.


This week for Celebrate the small things I want to give a shout out to all the fathers and dads out there. A father ensures he's responsible, protective and a dad ensures he's also loving and there. Thank you and a special celebration to the men who know how to be both. Happy Father's Day and we love you.

I love you Dad.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Getting Personal: May 2013 and Monster City

May was a good month. Why? Here are a few reasons.

1. It was after the A-Z blogging challenge. And that brought new followers and blogs for me to visit.

2. I won a giveaway and chose a paperback copy of Lullaby by Amanda Hocking.

3. Made the decision to focus on self-publishing for 2013-2014.

4. Saw Oblivion at the cinema and loved it.

5. Missed latest Star Trek movie (grumbles).

6. Super excited about co-hosting IWSG in June.

7. Have less television series to watch while the June line up is getting ready to arrive. Teen Wolf and Major Crimes are some that I'm excited to see return. And Falling Skies. So got to catch up on some more reading, writing and zzz's.

8. Pretty much another where I'm glad be alive and have fun no matter what little annoying pebble gets in my way.




Monster City

Sadly I'm behind on the word count. But I still love the story and the characters. My first foray into MG has hit some snags but I don't regret doing it. A few things including some changes in story lines and how some characters end up have had me pause to consider how that will affect the rest of the story.

For more on Monster City and my first entry in JuNoWriMo click here. Enjoy your day everyone.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Nevermore Trilogy Blitz



 Today you'll be reading about The Nevermore Trilogy. This blitz is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

The Nevermore Trilogy Blitz Event
(June 8th – June 14th)

Posts can go live anytime between June 8 – June 14th  if you can not post on the date you signed up for.



Title:                            The Nevermore Trilogy
Author:                       Shannon Mayer
Release Date:             May 2013
Genre:                         Romantic  Suspense
Age Group:                 Contemporary Adult
Amazon Page:                        Shannon Mayer

Book Cover Design:   Damon Za
                  

Purchase Links:          AMAZON
                                    iBOOKSTORE
                                    KOBO
                                    BARNES & NOBLE
                                    SMASHWORDS

The Nevermore Trilogy Description:

***This trilogy version contains all THREE installments of The Nevermore Trilogy.  This Series is meant to be read in sequential order as the books are NOT stand alone.*** 



SUNDERED (Book One of The Nevermore Trilogy):
They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.
The side effects were anything but hopeful.
Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds.  Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive. Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against time.  In each other, they find the will and hope to endure.  Hand in hand, they will face the darkening of humanity with strength and integrity and an undeniable spirit to survive; together.
“Sundered is a story that will steal a piece of your heart as you cheer for both Mara and Sebastian in this unconventional love story.  It is a story of love, hope, faith and the strength to carry on after the dark times come.”  -Reviewer

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BOUND (Book Two of The Nevermore Trilogy):
They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.
The side effects were anything but hopeful.
Mara faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles and adversities as she works feverishly to free Sebastian from the holds which bind him. Her refusal to abandon him, and his refusal to let her slip away, keep them fighting to be reunited. Fears escalate and dangers destroy their beliefs, but they cling to their love and find strength in each other even when separated. Mara and Sebastian manage to face each act of violence, each tragedy, and terrifying sight with a strength which won’t bend to any confrontation.
“Gritty, violent, tragic and terrifying, this whole series also manages to be touching, romantic and at times, even sexy…..”  -Jess the Romanceaholic



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DAUNTLESS (Book Three of The Nevermore Trilogy):
They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.
The side effects were anything but hopeful.
Surrounded by the most obstinate of madness, Mara will use the strength within herself to free both she and Sebastian once and for all.  As Sebastian slips further away from her, Mara will have to fight as she never has before--alone. The bonds of love and friendship will be stretched to their breaking point as the world around them spins out of control, and the dangers continue to mount. Can she carry them both through the obstacles ahead and find a way to heal Sebastian?  Can she accomplish all of this in time?
This final chapter of The Nevermore Trilogy will leave you breathless, sitting on the edge of your seat screaming out loud for love to overcome and the goodness of human nature to prevail.
"I was completely blindsided by events in this story. Even now, I can't stop thinking about it."
Author of "Until Dawn: Last Light", Jennifer Simas


Ebook links to Dauntless:





Event organized by: Xpresso Book Tours

About the Author

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Nevermore Trilogy, The Rylee Adamson Novels and the Celtic Legacy series. Her first New Adult Romance, High Risk Love, is scheduled for release July 1, 2013.



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Excerpt from Sundered:

The door opened behind me and shut with a soft click. I kept my back turned to Sebastian, my spine rigid and my breathing slow and deliberate as I tried to rein my anger in. A whine from the bathroom and I stomped down the hallway and swung the door open. Nero tried to scamper between my legs but I scooped him up and held him tight. A minute passed and the anger started to drain out of me. Taking one last deep breath I carried Nero into the living room. I stared at the TV and came to a sudden stop, unable to take my eyes off the screen.
Dan leaned forward. “I’d hoped they’d have gotten it under control in the bigger cities at least.”
“I don’t think that’s the case,” I said, my hands trembling as I stroked Nero. Lists of major cities that had been overrun and were considered uninhabitable flashed on the screen in no particular order: Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Brisbane, New York, Atlanta, Ottawa, London, Perth, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Glasgow, Mexico City, Venice, Lima; the list went on and on, scrolling for a solid two minutes.
“Every continent has been hit by this catastrophe, though some obviously worse than others.” The male announcer’s voice blared to life on the screen and I jumped involuntarily. Nero gave a squeak and I kissed him on the top of his head.
The camera panned to a reporter in what looked like a bare-bones room, cement walls, and shelves of strange scientific-looking paraphernalia.
“Dr. Josephson, what can you tell us about the events? Will the drug wear off? What can we do about this situation?” the reporter asked, turning to the camera every few words, as if to gain permission from the viewing audience to ask the questions.
“It’s simple, even for a nincompoop like you, Blaine,” Dr. Josephson said.
“It’s Bruce.”
“Whatever. The drug was skipped through the FDA testing as well as Health Canada; money greased the wheels to hurry it to market. In the two months since it’s been out, it made over 1.6 trillion dollars. You can imagine how that would make a company eager to get it to the public.”
Bruce leaned in. “Those numbers can’t be right.”
Dr. Josephson snorted. “337 million people, give or take a few thousand, get the shot through legal means. That’s in North America alone. Five thousand dollars shot, one hundred people a day per clinic. You should do your research before you go on air Bruno.”
The doctor sat down on a ratty old stool and looked up into the camera, as if Bruce were no longer worth speaking to.
“There is no cure. There is no chance it will go away. It won’t wear off, it is designed to link permanently to the molecular structure of human bones, organs, and most importantly, brain. It cannot be transferred by a bite, as the modern movie culture would have you believe. These are not zombies, these are people gone feral, wild. They are acting as packs, not unlike a pack of wolves with an Alpha male and female, and the rest working as a group for food and protection.” His pale blue eyes seemed to bore into me and I shivered with the intensity. “To the public who have not taken Nevermore I will say only one thing,” He paused, dropped his head and shook it slightly before looking back up into the camera.
“Survive.”

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