Monday, July 25, 2016

Gem Apocalypse by Ruth Silver Excerpt

Gem Apocalypse
by Ruth Silver
Released: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
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 At seventeen, Aria Stone has broken the laws of her kingdom by refusing to come to court and offer herself as a courtesan. When guards storm Aria's house and murder her mother, she is drugged and dragged from her home, taken to the royal palace. Aria must accept her fate: be chosen by a prince of Brayleigh or die. Prince James is third in line for the throne and forced to follow and obey his father's rule. King Gideon is known for running the country and his household with a strict hand. When the prince discovers the young woman brought in by the royal militia, she peaks his interest, and his desire to bring her to his harem. Aria awakens at the palace and is forced to strip down and bare herself to the king and his four sons. Humiliation is just the beginning of her journey to survive. In a tale of murder, heartbreak, lust, and betrayal, Aria must come to terms with the life forced upon her, just as a prince of Brayleigh must recognize his power to change a corrupt system and discover the world outside of their kingdom. Recommended for readers 16+  
Excerpt
Aria sneered at James. “Tell me you don’t believe it.” Emeralds, people with green eyes, were known to be power and money hungry. Did James think that about her? It was not true. No part of the belief system created to destroy the world in genocide was true. How could James think of her like that? She may not be easy or pleasant at times, but she wasn’t what the enemy said.
James shifted in his seat. “Of course not, but you are trouble. I can see it in you, the rebellious streak. My father will beat it out of you if you are not careful.”
She did not let his words hurt her. They were mere threats. King Gideon did not have to know of her struggle or her disloyalty to the crown. “So what? I’m supposed to pretend it doesn’t bother me that he ordered the execution of my mother and dragged me from my home, drugged me, stripped me naked, and stole my freedom? No part of what you and your father are doing is okay.” Did he not see the problem or was he too blinded by the gems and riches that he was given?
James grimaced. “I am sorry about your mother. I can’t change our world, but I can protect you here. If you will let me.”
Aria stood. The longer she spent time with James the faster he seemed to be growing on her nerves. “I don’t need your protection.” She thought August or Henry would have been a poor choice to be paired with as a courtesan, but James seemed to be the winner in pissing her off. She would have been happier not discussing her life, pretending to be another girl like Lucie or Adalyn.
“Where are you going?” James asked. He stood and followed after her as she headed inside.
“Back to my room. Which is where?” Aria asked, feeling turned around. Aria hadn’t learned the halls of the palace. It wasn’t as though she was freely allowed to explore the area.
James reached for her arm, pulling her closer, his hand grazing her hip as he leaned in to kiss her.
How dare he! The nerve of him. She elbowed him away, forcefully, before smacking him across the face. “Do not dare touch me ever, without my permission!”  
About the Author
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time.
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling. She currently also writes adult romance novels under the name Allison West.
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Giveaway Hop


I can not believe how hot it is in CT right now! Miss Molly Says and  Mom Does Reviews are hosting this great giveaway. 

I am giving away 2 books for when mom gets time to read, at the beach. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Her Black Wings by A.J. Norris Giveaway & Interview


Her Black Wings
The Dark Amulet Series
Book One
A.J. Norris

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Date of Publication: July 12, 2016

Word Count: 76,000

Book Description:

Amalya Rivers longs to die and end her lonely existence—but it doesn’t work out that way…

A former runaway turned criminal, Amalya is murdered and thrust into a treacherous world full of red-skinned, horned beasts under the control of the Demon Ruler, Abaddon, instead of enjoying peace and serenity like she hoped. But saving a young child from a certain brutal death in the last moments of her life has earned her a chance at salvation.

Elliott the Redeemer wants no part in saving another soul…

After one too many failures at redeeming lost souls, the nail-biting, self-pitying Elliot has had enough of his work and would prefer to live out his eternity on Earth drowning in bourbon. It doesn’t matter that Amalya has grown black feathered wings signifying the good that still dwells within her. He can’t risk failure again.

Amalya must save someone from her past in order to escape Abaddon’s rule…

She has to prevent the now grown child she saved from committing murder or risk returning to Netherworld with Abaddon for good. She can’t do it alone, though. Amalya needs the help of the angel sent to guide her, but their emerging love might not be enough to convince Elliot she’s worth the risk.

Amalya loves her black wings. She knows she’s meant to be an angel—and she will stop at nothing to prove it…


About the Author:

A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and paranormal romance novelist.  She began writing as a way to dim down the voices inside her head. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else's head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones make the hard work of writing all worth it. She is a movie buff, especially book adaptations, loves watching her son play baseball and communing with other writers.  She lives with her family who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer.

Interview
Where are you from? Metro Detroit
Tell us your latest news? My first book in my paranormal romance series (The Dark Amulet Series), Her Black wings comes out July 12, 2016 and book two, Her Black Heart releases August 23, 2016. I will also have a romantic suspense coming out but I don’t have the release date for that one yet.
When and why did you begin writing? I began writing about five years ago. I started writing because I had some stories to tell and needed to get them down on paper before I went crazy.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my first short story was published.
What inspired you to write your first book? The voices inside my head wouldn’t shut up. No, actually I read a lot and thought ‘I could do that’.
Do you have a specific writing style? I prefer to write everything in third person limited. Although, I have on occasion written a short story or two in first person but always past tense. 
How did you come up with the title? The story dictated the title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? No one needs to define themselves by their past.
How much of the book is realistic? The MC is put in unexpected circumstances but I think the emotions she experiences are realistic.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The events and conflicts that occur aren’t based on anything I’ve personally experienced, however, most people have dealt with loss and loneliness and heartbreak at least once in their lives. So the emotional reactions of the characters I feel are true to life.
What books have most influenced your life most? Wow, that’s tough. I must admit that I read mostly romance. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. So I guess that any romance novel because they influenced me to write romance.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? J.R. Ward. I love the way she writes and how she structures her stories.
What book are you reading now? The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Oh, I’m so bad. I’d have to say no, only because I haven’t read a lot of new authors lately.
What are your current projects? I’m working on book three of this series called, Her Black Soul.

What would you like my readers to know? Her Black Wings has a lot of different elements other than paranormal: romance; suspense; emotional journeys; and humor. Also, this book was a blast to write. I love writing this series and I hope that shines through to the readers.







Tour giveaway

(2) $25.00 Amazon gift cards
(2) copies of Her Black Wings  by A.J. Norris
(1) Tote with swag and autographed book
(1) 7” Kindle Fire




SKIING IS MURDER (MCKINLEY MYSTERIES) by Carolyn Arnold


SKIING IS MURDER (MCKINLEY MYSTERIES)
by Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
ASIN: B017UIZQAS
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988064-63-5
ISBN (print): 978-1-988064-67-3

Approximately 140 pages

BOOK OVERVIEW

They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill…

Sean and Sara are supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist.

Rumor has it Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept that as fact. But she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip, even though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer.

Sean has never been able to say no to Sara, but this time he plans to. However, all it takes is a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers.

Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. They still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly, though. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police over the course of the investigation.





CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Excerpt #1

Chapter 1
ITS ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE

THE SNOW-COVERED MOUNTAINSIDE was glistening in the setting sun outside the window. It was so peaceful that it was hard to believe that a violent storm had passed through three days before and dumped five feet of snow. Luckily for Sean and Sara, all the runs had opened back up today.

They had gotten to Vail the previous evening. It was Monday now, and they were inside the chalet settled onto a couch and warming up next to the fireplace. Sara had her legs curled up beneath her, and Sean had his extended and crossed at the ankles.

He was sitting there thinking about how lovely the day had been. No murder. No mention of murder. Just him and Sara relaxing. Although they had retired their Albany detective badges when he’d inherited billions from Old Man Quinn, an elderly business tycoon, homicides were never far away. One murder after another kept dropping into their laps, starting on their honeymoon. They hadn’t been looking for cases to solve, but after a year of it happening, they’d decided to make it official: they’d become licensed PIs and opened a firm.