Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cover Reveal: Chaotic Love Duet




Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of the CHAOTIC LOVE duet by Claudia Burgoa. The duet includes BEGIN WITH YOU (releasing July 26) and BACK TO YOU (releasing August 9).

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Begin with You by Claudia Burgoa

Chaotic Love, #1 - Coming July 26

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Synopsis:

From the outside, Abby’s life looks like a fairytale. Loving family, wealthy lifestyle, education at a prestigious university. The truth? She’s barely managing to survive. Few know the nightmare she lived before she was adopted. And no one knows the secret agony that still haunts her nightmares. With a degree from Berkeley, she could have gone anywhere, but she’s back in Colorado. Not for a fresh start—fresh starts are only an illusion—but for Wes Ahern. Her protector, who throws around words like “therapy” and “talk to me.” Her brother in every way but blood. The one man she wishes could be so much more. Maybe, just this once, she can stop running from her demons. But does she dare let Wes see inside the darkest closets of her pain…or will love be the biggest mistake of her life? An inspirational and emotional contemporary romance Begin with You is a heartbreaking tale of fresh starts and old wounds. This jarring and dark novel will leave readers at the edge of their seats. This is part one of a duet, thus containing a cliffhanger that leads into the next installment. It contains references to childhood trauma, kidnapping, and PTSD.

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Back to You by Claudia Burgoa

Chaotic Love, #2 - Coming August 9

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Synopsis:

Wes is in love with Abby—but she’s no longer with him. The loss of Abby is more than Wes can take. No drugs or drink will erase her memory… nothing will numb the pain. He knew she had to leave the past behind; he never thought she’d leave him, too. Wes’s fallen for Abby harder than ever before, and he needs her to fall in love with him. Wes will do whatever he has to get the girl of his dreams back and save her from her demons. It’s the only way he can save himself. They once were inseparable. But will the shards of the past continue to keep them apart? A tear jerking end to a beautiful duet, Back to You is a hopeful contemporary romance of second chances and kept promises. Enjoy this novel of never giving up on your first love while finishing this inspiring duet by Claudia Burgoa today!
 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. And a wonderful husband who shares her love for all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
  


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Spotlight: Death's Queen Janeal Falor

Title: Death's Queen
Author: Janeal Falor

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.

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Excerpt
Chapter One

“You will kill who I tell you to kill.” Daros's voice is low. Threatening.

My insides quiver. I'm not the type to stand up to my master. He's not just larger than me; he also holds such power over me that I shake to think about it. Yet after everything I’ve seen, stand up to him I must. “No. No more.”

He comes around his massive desk, forming a fist. “What did you say?”

“I will not kill for you.”

He steps up, his favorite jeweled dagger in hand, pressing it against my throat. A man enters the room, and Daros gives a quick glance at him before turning back to me.

“I don't have time to deal with this.” He snaps his fingers. “Go up to your room. Consequences will come later, but know you will do what I say. That's the only reason I ever took you in to begin with.”

I slink away, unrepentant, passing by the unfamiliar man. No matter what he says, I'll never kill again.

It might be harder if he takes me into the room.

Still, after last time, I'm determined to stand free. To not do it again.

The house is as grand as ever, even if I am not in Daros's good graces. I wish I could get my hands on one of the many hundreds of books I pass, but there’s no touching Daros’s things, especially books. I hurry my way through the house toward my room. The swirling wooden staircase is silent beneath my steps. I don't touch the carved banister. If I can't get up the stairs without touching it, I've got bigger problems than falling down.

At the top, I move toward another, less lofty, staircase. As I climb, the thought of leaving comes to me. The house is empty of all others except guards. I'm the only assassin Daros owns. The only person foolish enough to stay.

Not that he's given me other options.

He hires a handful of assassins from time to time, but I’m his tool. Or I was. I no longer wish to remain so. I’ve thought of this before, but not with such vigor.

I open the door to my room. It's sparse—only a few blankets on the floor. I plunker down on them and let my idea stew. Should I really leave? This is the only roof I've known over my head. Until now, Daros’s threats and punishments were enough to keep me here.

If I go, there will be no more shelter. No more food. But then, there will be no more killing. No more following his orders.

Ever since I can remember, I've either been training to kill or killing for him.

The world outside isn't a kind one. It will be hard to get food. Hard to find shelter. Hard to find a useful life, according to Daros. But is a life really what I want?

After all I've done, I'm not sure I deserve it. I'm sickened, except for the parts of me that are hollow.

I open my window and look outside. It's a beautiful street, full of neatly arranged Kurah class houses. The rich can find no better neighborhood than this, unless they go to the palace.

The stones used to make the Kurah houses glimmer in the light. A cobblestone road with grass in front of the buildings and precise lines lies in front of the homes. There's a faint scent of flowers in the air. Nothing to match the turmoil inside my soul.

The ledge outside the window is meant for decoration, but I can climb on it easily. It wouldn’t be the first time, but it may be the last. I've been here all seventeen years of my life that I can remember. Is now the time to leave? Yes. I believe it is.

Decision made, I grab my daggers and stash them on my person. Once they're situated, I check to make sure my pouch of poisons and antidotes is hanging around my neck. Its presence is a bittersweet reminder of things that are in my control—which aren't many.

I swing out the window and creep along the wall, sticking to it like a spider. I shimmy down the wall and use stones that are jutting out when I reach the corner of the house.

It's this part that's dangerous. If Daros looks out the window and sees me, I'll be lucky if I get an arrow to the shoulder. I can’t go back. Can’t return to the room of horrors.

I breathe in and out three short times to find my courage and make a break for it. Once I get to the cobblestone street, I slow to a walk.

Somehow, I made it away from the house.

Then I hear a shout. Fear punctures my lungs, making it hard to get air.

One of Daros's guards is headed after me. The pounding of my heart matches the pace of my feet on the ground. He'll give chase as long as it doesn't draw attention. I've got to get to people.  

Still, escaping this guy won’t matter.

Daros will know how to find me.

Fear pushes me harder. Makes me stronger. Faster.

I weave through the streets, my back burning with his gaze. He is fast, but I am lighter. Swifter. At least, that's what I tell myself.

I swing to a street on the right, my feet slapping against the stone path beneath me. Houses seem to fly by as I run, each different than the last. The sunlight is bright. I should have left at night. Or maybe I shouldn't have left at all. But if I go back now, Daros will torture me. Scar me with his hatred.

I push forward, toward the market, swerving through several more streets. A glance over my shoulder shows no one trailing after me, though others are on the street, most headed the same way as me. Still, nerves claw at my chest. He could be coming in at a different angle, to head me off.

I turn down another street, and the market comes into view. I hasten to it. I've done it so many times before, but always on Daros's errands. Thinking of the jobs he's sent me on makes me shudder.

Pushing the thoughts aside, I follow the flow and get lost in the crowd. Numbness consumes me. Fills me to the brim with its frigidness.

I seem to have lost the guard for now. This doesn't mean I'm clear. There are still ways Daros could follow me. Find me. Torture me. Force me to kill for him again.

I clench my jaw. I've been trained to play a part. It won't be hard to act like I'm living off the streets. If only I’d learned something about Daros, all that time at his house—a secret to give me an advantage over him…

But there is nothing.
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Author Q&A

1.How did you come up with the concept for Death's Queen?

Death's Queen came in a different way for me. I just had the main character's voice come into my head so strong as she started telling her story. She said:
"One taste—that's all that's between me and death.

Failing now means I’ll never fail again."


Those two lines made me very curious about her story and what was going on. The lines ended up being tweaked a little, but the intent remained the same. Everything from there developed into a story about a nameless assassin who unwittingly becomes queen. Through all the changes, my main character remained strong in my head.

2.What are you working on now?

I'm working on a sequel to one of my books, Mother of the Chosen. This series has been a lot of fun to write, and I'm excited to be getting it out into the world! It's about a woman who becomes pregnant only to discover that there's an edict that says all children two and under must be killed, and she has to go on the run from her soldier husband. The story has been in my heart for a long while, so I'm excited to be getting it out into the world.

3. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

Honestly, both. I set a plot, but then I don't look at it unless I get stuck. Usually, I end up with much better ideas then what I planned out.

4.Which reading format do you prefer: Paperbacks, Hardcovers or E-books?

Hardcovers. I feel like they're more sturdy. Having said that, I usually read E-books because of convenience.

5.Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

In a way, my children did. When my oldest was born, I wanted something to do that would give me a break from being mom all the time. Because of how much I love books, becoming an author felt like a natural thing to do.

6.Anti-hero or hero?  Why?

Hero. What can I say? I'm a traditionalist. Anti-heroes can be very interesting though, I still enjoy them, but heroes definitely win out for me.

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About the Author

Janeal Falor lives in Utah with her swoon-worthy computer geek husband and three children. In her non-writing time she teaches her kids to make silly faces, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and attempts to cultivate a garden even when half the things she plants die. When it’s time for a break she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family or drinking hot chocolate.

Top Ten Tuesday(61):Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Melissa's Pick


  1. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw This book is full of intigue and make anyone wary of swan season.
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han This is a perfect book to curl up to on a lounge chair and read all about Belly and the Conrad brothers.
  3. Between Us and The Moon by Rebecca Maizel This book is as bittersweet as the end of summer and I love it!!
  4. Summer of Supernovas, by Darcy Woods I have yet to read this book but it sounds as sweet and fluffy as cotton candy.
  5. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno This book sounds magical as hell and if you've seen the cover looks like the perfect summer read.

Jessica's Pick
  1. Strange the Dreamer ( Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
  2. Incognergro ( Incognegro Graphic Novels #1) by Mat Johnson 
  3. Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber 
  4. Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles #2)  by Maria Turtschaninoff  
  5. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds  
These are my choices for the books I would at the beach or by the poolside! I hope you check them out!

Let us know what books you would by the pool or at the beach??

Friday, June 15, 2018

Spotlight:The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

Title: The Demon Race
Author: Alexandria Warwick
Release date: September 18, 2018

A race across the desert.

An unimaginable prize.

It occurs once every thousand years: the Demon Race. A test of will and strength, it is a race across the Saraj, a fight for the prize of a lifetime. And it is the key to Namali Hafshar’s freedom.

When shy, seventeen-year-old Namali learns of her arranged marriage, she flees home and enters the Demon Race for the chance to change her fate. But to compete, she must cross the Saraj on a daeva, a shadow demon that desires its own reward: to infect her soul with darkness.

Namali soon learns the desert holds more dangers than meets the eye. The only person she can trust is Sameen, a kind competitor seeking his own destiny. As her affection for him grows, however, so too does the darkness in her heart.


In this race of men and demons, only one can win. But the price of winning might be more than Namali is willing to pay.

Author Q & A

1.What is the best piece of advice you received so far?
A good friend once said to go with your gut. That piece of advice has really resonated with me. I interpret it as living life honestly, so I really try to be aware of how I'm feeling when I make writing/book decisions. For me, if it's not a YES, then it's a no.

2.High fantasy or SciFi ? Why?
High fantasy, for sure. This is the genre I grew up reading. I am more drawn to the fantastical and magical than the futuristic "what-if?"

3. There's a lot controversy about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, though self-publishing is becoming more widely accepted. What are your thoughts on that matter?
In a way, I've seen both sides of the coin. I was pursuing traditional publication for a number of years. I had an agent, went on submission with a few novels, though nothing sold. About halfway through my last submission, I realized that I no longer wanted to pursue that path. It was a difficult decision. There is still a stigma with self-publication, and there probably will be for a long time. So many of us, I think, are seeking validation. Getting an agent, getting a book deal . . . these are big steps in proving that you have what it takes to be a published author. It's a powerful feeling. But I think the mistake is in thinking it's the only way to success. I personally think it's great that self-publishing exists. Anyone can be an author--we need more creativity in the world. But there are those who think that writing a first draft is enough without putting in the tens of thousands of hours, and so we see a lot of lower quality self-published novels because there are no gatekeepers as there are in traditional publishing.

However, there are pros and cons to each, and I think when deciding which route you'd like to take (or if you want to be a hybrid author), it's important to look at it from all angles. I will say that I never truly learned of publishing as a business until I pursued self-publishing. It isn't just the writing that I have to focus on. Now there are all these other factors like cover art, editing, formatting, marketing, printing, distribution, etc. So there is less time spent on writing, but complete control, which I like. But (there's always a 'but') the success of the book, and all future books I self-publish, hinges on my actions or inactions. That's scary, but also powerful. I have no idea what will happen when THE DEMON RACE is released, whether it will do well or whether it will get horrible reviews and flop. All I can do is keep writing, keep improving, keep thinking of new ways to do new things as the publishing field changes. It's an exciting time for publishing, and I'm happy to be a part of it.

4. We have to ask, What's next for you? Are you currently working on a new book?
Yes, I'm working on a new YA fantasy series! The first book is titled BELOW, and it will be out in 2020.
 Here's a short blurb:

When Apaay learns her sister’s face was stolen by a demon, she travels through the North to get it back. Instead, she becomes trapped in a fortress—a labyrinth of ice and stone—where her only chance of escape is to find her sister’s face before the labyrinth kills her.
5. If you had to give THE DEMON RACE a theme song what would it be?

Hmm. I listen to a lot of soundtracks when I write, so the theme song would be one without words. I'd probably choose "Reaching" by Audiomachine. I listen to A LOT of Audiomachine. I just really love their epicness.

About The Author

The short version:

Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Demon Race is her first novel.


The longer (but still kind of short) version:

In second grade I started a book writing club with my two friends where we made homemade t-shirts and published (i.e. stapled together) two books about camping out and throwing rocks at some boys when they stole our swings on the playground. The books were "gripping," "earth-shattering," and "like nothing you've seen before." Said my parents.


Anyway, here I am, having never outgrown my love of crafting stories. In addition to writing, I'm a classically-trained violinist. I also dabble in watercolors from time to time. I feel most free when I'm creating, it's safe to say.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday(95): Olympian Challenger & Fawkes

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Olympian Challenger (Olympian Challenger #1) 
Author: Astrid Arditi
Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Publisher: Astrid Arditi 


A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

Umm...Greek mythology, romance possible heartbreak, and that amazing cover!!! Please know there was no way I could pass this book up!

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Release Date: July 10,2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back

Murder,Masks, and historical fiction this books sounds great!!!I can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(60): Books that have awoken the travel bug in me..

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Books that have awoken the travel bug in me...

Jessica's Picks
(I only did  five because ten is a bit much for one person..lol!)
  1. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares - I would love to travel with my closest friends! I am a hot mess express, not to mention super anxious/worrisome but I love traveling. Definitely need a road-trip asap! 
  2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber - I love the setting of Caraval, it so me! Literally constantly moving, and not to mention that everyone is apart of the story/game! I would love to participate, and join the crew! This book makes me want to work for a cruise ship or teach over seas. 
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Middle-Earth! Ugh not have to think about everything that is superficial but other things like don't get eaten by a dragon or fall off a cliff. No shoes!?!?! New Zealand here I come! 
  4. Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris - Small town in Louisana! I just really like Louisiana, and need to visit again. 
  5. Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Córdova - Brooklyn!! I have never been to New York, and I would love to visit. 

Let us know what books have awoken the travel bug in you, in the comments below!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Blog Tour: Kaleidoscope: The Vision Chronicles, Book 1


Kaleidoscope
The Vision Chronicles Book 1
by Chariss K. Walker
Genre: Thriller, Paranormal Suspense 

Mike Lewis boldly narrates his fantastical story and confesses his secret: He sees horrifying visions of disturbing future events through a kaleidoscope each time he closes his eyes. He'd like to live a normal life, but an elusive threat prohibits him from doing that.Someone wants to study his mystical ability and they'll do whatever it takes to further their strange, covert agenda.

The Vision Chronicles eight-book thriller series is a slice-of-life metaphysical/visionary story that details Mike's changing ability as he protects himself, his family, and his friends from those who doggedly pursue him. If you love mind-boggling suspense with a dash of paranormal and a touch of romance, this is the series for you!


**FREE on Amazon!**

**Get the Rest of the series HERE! They're ALL only .99 cents!!**

Spyglass
The Vision Chronicles Book 2

Window's Pane
The Vision Chronicles Book 3

Windows All Around
The Vision Chronicles Book 4

Open Spaces
The Vision Chronicles Book 5

Stream of Light
The Vision Chronicles Book 6

Lamp's Light
The Vision Chronicles Book 7

Clear Glass
The Vision Chronicles Book 8


Award-winning author, Chariss K. Walker, M.Msc., writes both fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical and spiritual component. Her fiction expresses a visionary/metaphysical message that illustrates growth in a character's consciousness while utilizing a paranormal aspect. Her nonfiction books share insight, hope, and inspiration. Even though Chariss writes dark-fiction about insanely dark topics, such as sexual abuse, incest, pedophilia, sexual assault, and other inappropriate dinner conversation, there is always an essential question of the abstract nature that gives a reader increasing awareness and perception. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and many are in large print.



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