Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Double Cover Reveal:: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS & A TOUCH OF RUIN by Scarlett St. Clair



Today Scarlett St. Clair  Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the GORGEOUS covers for her adult fantasy Hades & Persephone retellings, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS & A TOUCH OF RUIN! A TOUCH DARKNESS is out now, and A TOUCH RUIN will release in early 2020! Check out the awesome covers and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveals!


Title: A TOUCH OF DARKNESS (Hades & Persephone #1)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: May 23, 2019
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 438
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, TBD

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.



Title: A TOUCH OF RUIN (Hades & Persephone #2)
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Pub. Date: Available in early 2020
Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disrupts her normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.

Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone’s eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away. Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone’s heart in ruin and Hades refusing to help.

Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences. Faced with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become Hades’ queen.

Excerpt from A TOUCH OF DARKNESS:

Hades dealt each of them five cards. Persephone looked at her hand and tried to remember what Hades had said about the different ranks. She laid her cards down, face up and the man did the same.

“You have a pair of queens,” he said. “And I have a full house.”

“So...you won,” she said.

“Yes,” he replied, and then claimed his prize immediately. “Who are you rebelling against?”

She smiled wryly. “My mother.”

He raised a brow. “Why?”

“You’ll have to win another hand if I’m going to answer.”

So, he dealt another and won again. This time, he didn’t ask the question, just looked at her expectantly.

She sighed. “Because...she made me mad.”

He stared at her, waiting, and she smiled. “You never said the answer had to be detailed.”

His grin matched hers. “Noted for the future, I assure you.”

“The future?”

“Well, I hope this isn’t the last time we’ll play poker.”

Butterflies erupted in her stomach. She should tell him this was the first and final time she would come to Nevernight.

He dealt again and won. Persephone was getting tired of losing and answering this man’s questions. 
Why was he so interested in her anyway? Where was that woman he’d been with earlier?

“Why are you angry with your mother?”

She considered this question for a moment, and then said, “Because...she wants me to be something I cannot.” Persephone dropped her gaze to the cards, and then said, “I don’t understand why people do this.”

He tilted his head, as if questioning. “You are not enjoying our game?”

“I am,” she said. “But...I don’t understand why people play Hades. Why do they want to sell their soul to him?”

“They don’t agree to a game because they want to sell their soul,” he said. “They do it because they think they can win.”

“Do they? Win?”

“Sometimes.”

“Does that anger him, you think?” The question was meant to remain a thought in her head, and yet 
the words slipped out between her lips.

He smirked, and she could feel it deep in her gut.

“Darling, I win either way.”

Her eyes went wide, and her heart stuttered. She stood quickly and his name slipped out of her mouth like a curse.

“Hades.”





 
About Scarlett:
Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology–all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out.











Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International. Giveaway ends November 12th, midnight EST.


Can't Wait Wednesday(110)::The Queen of Nothing & Gravemaidens

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: The Queen Of Nothing  

(The Folk of the Air #3)
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: November 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown


He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

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Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)
Title: Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1)
Author: Kelly Coon 
Release Date: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press

The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.
 


Look at this bea-u-ti-ful cover! Love it, I'm a sucker for a fantastic cover. Not to mention this story sounds amazing.


These are the books we can't wait for! Drop a comment below and let us know what books you can't wait for!
 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

#Review:: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing


A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Author: Jen Castleberry
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Release Date: December 7th, 2017
Genre:
YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Cayda has spent her entire life training to slay a Fire Scale. Now the time has come to leave her dragon-ravaged village behind, march into the Summer Alps, and reap the rewards of a Champion. But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers she’s not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Don’t miss the thrilling novella that readers are calling poetic, enchanting, and a must-read for fans of fantasy!
 

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 My thoughts...
Let's talk about that amazing cover! I didn't even realize that there was a 'thing' in the background at first.. I legit think this is the first time I've seen it! LOLz, AWAUT, was a great read.
 I loved Cody/Cayda, she is forced to pretend to be a man/ boy everyday of her life. She is trained (by trained, I mean that tough love crap people do to boys to make them stronger) to be fierce, and strong to kill a dragon. Cayda needs to become a champion to support her family. Her father is a ****, no way around that, mom can't help her but Cayda's sisters are treated like queen's by their father. But they are forced to work in a brothel. Unfortunately, Cayda isn't strong enough to stand up to their father but she does manage to save herself. So that's a win!  Not really sure why the father pampered the other sisters but not Cayda..maybe he felt guilt from forcing the girls to work in a brothel. It's weird dynamic to read because you want there to be camaraderie/love between the father and Cayda but she is seen as a means to an end. An end of being poor, and not respected, if Cody wins the townspeople will have no choice but to respect Cody's family. Cody/Cayda develops like two personalities because she's forced to be this man/boy in public. All Cody wants to do is win, and support her sisters. Cayda takes her failures personal because she knows she holds the power to provide for her sisters. We meet Penn who happens to be the God of  death, in human form. Who comes out every 15 years, to find a replacement. Penn was interesting to read, because you expect him to be terrible but he's not. I mean he is thee God of Death, and he might have a crush on Cayda.. Penn also helps Cody when he needs help. Wolfe was a terrible character who had it coming. Cayda sisters meet Fares who was attacked but they don't know that he's the crowned prince. Nothing like romance, and heartache to save the day! I loved the ending, happy for Cayda and her family!
 My rating 4/5
  **I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. **
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About the Author
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!

#Review:: Blue Bottle Tree by Beaird Glover

Blue Bottle Tree by Beaird Glover
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Release Date: October 24th, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

There’s no such thing as Voodoo. At least that’s what most of the Baptists in Bellin tell themselves. But Seven LaVey knows better.

In a small rural town just outside of Nashville, Voodoo conjures and curses simmer and seethe under the noses of the many who will never know. Seventeen-year-old Seven romanticizes about the meaning of life while held captive as a zombie under the shell of a kiddie pool. He's counting on the strength - and maybe even love - of a certain redheaded clarinet player to save him. But will she?

Filled with betrayal and revenge, two families struggle with a curse that stretches back to Queen of the Voodoos Marie Laveau in this contemporary Southern Gothic adventure. Prepare for a wildly original twist on the paranormal.

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 This book was a great read! I love, love, love reading about Voodoo! Even though, that means that I cannot sleep at night..But who needs sleep, when you got books to keep you up! Honestly, there were some parts of this book that kept me up because it was too much! Let's talk characters first, Seven reminded me Powder, from the movie Powder..Yeeah, he wasn't the best but I like him a lot. I didn't like how behind he was in everything. But we learn that Penny is highly annoying, and I'm sorry Seven thought they would be great... Not that she wanted to be a unicorn but it would've made me like her more.. Seven's grandmother was amazing, she very much reminded me of the grandmother from Holes.. You know the one who cursed Shia's family? Madam Zeroni, ugh I loved her! 

This book moved so fast, one minute Seven is stalking an unknown girl, and BOOM! She's being tricked/played by a crazy man into thinking that Seven is trying to curse her. Why? Well Seven's bloodline is from Marie Laveau, thee Voodoo Queen. Except, Seven knows what his family can do but he was never taught/learned anything due to an old treaty that his grandmother signed. The first half of this book moved slow, but the second half picked up. As much as I liked this story at times it was hard to keep the storyline/plot straight. There was so much happening, one minute Penny hates Seven the next shes possessed by spirits, and Seven is almost dead. It was a lot but overall I did enjoy this story. I just wish we could've known more about Seven, he doesn't have much character development. Penny and Victor two other main characters, were juts super weird but I think that was part of their storyline.Victor's presence in the story was assaulting, I did not like reading about him at all. Nor did I enjoy reading about what happened with him and Penny. My rating is 3.5/5
  **I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. **
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About the Author 
 
Beaird Glover grew up on a farm outside of Obion, Tennessee. In 1991, he wrote a nonfiction book called Secret Ciphers of the 1876 Presidential Election (Aegean Park Press). He has traveled extensively and lived in eleven of the United Sates, and Taipei and Buenos Aires. His poetry was published in the New York Quarterly and his chapbook of poems was selected by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Top 10 Best of 1994. He works as a physician assistant hospitalist and lives in New Orleans with his wife Kim and their cats.  Website

Review:: Piggybacker by Mikki Noble

Title: Piggybacker (Vessel of Lost Souls, #1)
Author: Mikki Noble
Publication date: January 28th 2019
Genres: Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

TOO LATE TO SAVE HIS LIFE.
NOT TOO LATE TO BRING HIM BACK.


Everyone thinks Marley tried to take her own life, that is, except Marley. After her mother sends her to a youth center for troubled teens, she starts hearing the voice of a boy who claims he was murdered and begins questioning her own sanity. The voice is Gavin, a seventeen-year-old boy who promises Marley he can help her find the truth about what happened the day she supposedly tried to kill herself—if she completes a resurrection spell in the next four days.

Upon discovering Gavin’s death in the newspaper, Marley realizes she’s not hallucinating, and that she has a chance to save Gavin’s soul and clear her name. The task seems simple: complete the spell, then she and Gavin are free, right? But a powerful, unseen force is determined to stop her, and soon Marley finds herself following clues from the universe to find ingredients for the ritual to save herself and her newfound friend, and most of all, to find the truth about what really happened that day.

Piggybacker is the first in Mikki Noble’s spell-binding Vessel of Lost Souls trilogy, and promises a thrilling mystery with powerful enemies, broken relationships, captivating magic, and two souls both caught up in a plot beyond any they could ever imagine.

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My thoughts...

You ever read a book, and can't wait for the next book!?!?! Welp that was me reading Piggybacker, the plot was my favorite! I'm not sure what I was expecting due to the title of the book but I sure got a surprise. Marley is trying to put her life back together after struggling to understand why people think she tried to kill herself. Marley knows she would never to something like this, especially after what happened to her father. But mom doesn't believe her because the evidence looks like Marley is suicidal. We see Marley navigating the world and trying to fall back into her old routine but she's hearing voices from a dead boy.  As if this couldn't get any worse! Marley is trying to win her mother's trust back, keep herself sane, and convince her friends that's she's fine. All while helping the dead boy solve his murder, and save herself. There were so many layers to Piggybacker, the characters, friendships, a budding romance. The relationship between mom and daughter was tough to read. You just wanted to help Marley, help her mother understand. A romance that you want to root for except one person is dead but ehh people have made stranger relationships work. We learn that the dead boy's name is Gavin, and he will be within seven days permanently unless Marley helps bring him back from the dead. Gavin can only exist in limbo for seven days surviving off of Marley's soul.. Marley's reality is a lot of peoples reality, that we don't talk about. Here is someone who it seems tried to kill herself but that is simply not true.  Marley has to convince everyone around her, she did not try, and she is okay. Everyone is walking on egg shells, trying not to re-traumatize or trigger her which puts her on edge. This is the first book in the Lost Soul Series, and I cannot wait for the next book. My rating 4/5
*I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Press in exchange for an honest review. **
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About Mikki Noble

Mikki Lynne Noble has been writing since the age of eleven. She has always wanted to tell stories in one form or another, whether it be poetry, short story or full novel.

She came in second place in the first paragraph contest at the Windsor International Writer's Conference 2016.

Mikki enjoys everything paranormal, from witches to vampires to mermaids. In her spare time, she reads Young Adult paranormal books, romance of any kind, and textbooks.

She enjoys learning new things, taking pictures, and playing with her animals, 4 cats and 3 guinea pigs.

Mikki is working on a few projects currently. Her first novel, Piggybacker is available at multiple retailers. Don't forget to ask your libraries and book stores if they carry it.​


I used to daydream in school. Now I daydream for a living. - Mikki Noble



#ReleaseDayBlitz:: COLDER THAN SIN by Toni Anderson

The next book in Toni Anderson's Cold Justice: Crossfire series is here - pick up your copy of COLDER THAN SIN now!

 

 COLDER THAN SIN (Cold Justice: Crossfire #2)

Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.
Top FBI negotiator Quentin Savage is hurled into his worst nightmare when a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel propels him from esteemed keynote speaker to powerless captive.
Haley Cramer is co-owner of a private security firm and prides herself on her independence, but she is shaken to the core when gunmen attack a conference she is attending. She survives, but only because Quentin Savage pretends she’s his wife.
Together Savage and Haley plot their escape from a ragtag army of brutal but efficient thugs while struggling to figure out exactly who the enemy is. Why was the conference attacked, and why was Quentin a specific target?

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Excerpt from COLDER THAN SIN:

CHAPTER ONE  
Saturday August 8th. Nabat Island in the Flores Sea, Indonesia.

Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Quentin Savage, leaned against the bar near the exit, wondering how long before he could reasonably escape. Unfortunately, not only was he meeting an old Army friend for a quick drink but, having delivered the keynote speech at the closing banquet of this symposium, he was duty-bound to stick around for a while in case people had questions.
     People always had questions.
     They always wanted to talk to negotiators. They assumed negotiators possessed some secret spiel that enabled them to get their own way and influence others.
       It wasn’t true—if it were, he wouldn’t be here.
       It did take some special qualities to be a good negotiator. Patience was definitely a virtue, as was the ability to think on your feet and not get emotionally invested. And, sure, there were specific techniques to influencing the actions of others, but the single biggest factor to being a great negotiator was the ability to listen. To hear what people said, verbally and non-verbally.
       Being a negotiator was like being a therapist, except the other person was almost always in crisis by the time the Bureau arrived on the scene.
       Quentin glanced at his watch impatiently. He wanted to check on the latest updates regarding a female volcanologist who’d been abducted off a remote volcanic island in the Banda Sea a few days ago. He was so close to the location where she’d last been seen, he itched to fly out to examine the area for clues. But if this was a straight kidnap for ransom and the kidnappers heard about the FBI’s interest, they’d either jack up the price, or kill her to eliminate any larger potential problems.
        He pushed her out of his mind. He had to retain some professional detachment, else he’d compromise his ability to rescue anyone. Burnout wasn’t something he courted, even if he didn’t have much of a life outside the Bureau. Not anymore.
        He wasn’t exactly roughing it here in Indonesia. The hotel, a large old Dutch colonial that had been tastefully modernized, was pure colonial splendor, complete with that indolent atmosphere that catered to the supremely wealthy. But even in the cooler evening, with the trade winds blowing, the air conditioning units and ceiling fans struggled to keep up with a room this large and this full of people. Delegates lounged on rattan furniture, drinking and eating complimentary finger food served on silver trays by uniformed staff.
       Quentin made a face into the contents of his glass.
       The setup reminded him of when he’d been a waiter at a country club many years ago. He’d grown up in SoCal, one of five brothers, and they’d all pulled their weight to support their mom after their dad left them for a younger woman. Quentin found it hard not to notice the people who were supposed to disappear into the background, probably as he identified with them more than he identified with the rich elite, or with the politicians or powerful CEOs.
       He received a government paycheck and the sort of responsibility that would make most of them choke. He knew his own worth, and it wasn’t measured in dollars or cents. It was measured in the lives of the people he saved and the prison terms of the criminals who failed to beat the system.
      Quentin paid for two beers, adding a decent tip. He didn’t like crowds. Didn’t like taking time out of his busy schedule to give presentations, even though it might ultimately save lives. He really didn’t like being the center of attention.
       Unlike some people.  
       Holy cow. 
      An elegant blonde goddess came in from the gardens. The woman wore a gold dress with a plunging neckline and spiked heels that had her towering over the locals and most of the delegates. She made her way to a group near the bar, catching his gaze as she glanced around. He’d seen her a few times over the last two days, although he hadn’t been introduced. Pity. He was pretty sure she was staying in the room next to his.
      When she didn’t look away, he raised his beer in salute, and she raised her champagne flute in response.
      “That’s Haley Cramer, in case you didn’t know.”  

   

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 COLD & DEADLY (Cold Justice: Crossfire #1)

Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dominic Sheridan is an accomplished expert in the Crisis Negotiation Unit. Practiced, professional, used to dealing with high-stake situations under tense conditions, Dominic is a master at manipulating people. Everyone, that is, but the headstrong rookie agent bent on destroying her fledgling career.
As a child, Ava Kanas put her life on the line when the mob executed her father. Now someone has killed her mentor, the man who inspired her to become an FBI agent—and she’s the only one who recognizes it was anything but a tragic accident.
When another agent is murdered and Dominic nearly dies, it becomes obvious a serial killer is targeting the FBI. Together Dominic and Ava search for clues in the investigation, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when the predator sets their sights on Ava.

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About Toni Anderson

Toni Anderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® nominee, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Originally from a small town in England, Toni studied Marine Biology at University of Liverpool (B.Sc.) and University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog, and two laid-back leopard geckos. Toni started writing while pregnant with her first child and never stopped. Her greatest achievements are mastering the Tokyo subway, climbing Ben Lomond, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and surviving fourteen Winnipeg winters (fingers crossed). She loves to travel for research purposes and was lucky enough to visit the Strategic Information and Operations Center inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and she also got to shove another car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. Watch out world! Toni’s books have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and the Top 10 on Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Her novels have won many awards. If you want to know when Toni's next book will be out, visit her website (http://www.toniandersonauthor.com) and sign up for her newsletter. If you want to read other fascinating stories about life in a city that, during winter, is sometimes colder than Mars, friend her on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/toniannanderson).

#ReleaseDayBlitz:: BISHOP'S QUEEN by Katie Reus


We are so excited to be bringing you the release of BISHOP'S QUEEN, the second book in Katie Reus's Endgame Trilogy. If you love all things romantic suspense, be sure to grab your copy today!


Return to the Endgame trilogy where blood is thick, but passion is thicker…
He doesn’t believe in fairy-tale endings…

They used to call Evan Bishop the golden boy. He had it all and was about to close the business deal of a lifetime, then marry the woman of his dreams. But everything goes to hell when a faceless enemy wants to destroy his family’s empire and see him dead. Except the bomb meant to kill him fails. He wakes up from a coma to find his face scarred and his brother missing and wanted for murder. Now that he’s damaged, he hides away from the world—including the woman he loves. He refuses to be a burden to her, so even though it destroys him, he sets her free.

She’s about to prove him wrong

Isla MacDonald isn’t walking away from Evan just because he’s decided to shut her out of his life. He blames himself for the bombing that got her father killed and nearly killed him—but he’s wrong. After all attempts to see him fail, with a broken heart she tries to resume her life and take over her father’s firm. Though it’s not her dream, she wants to honor his legacy. But when someone tries to kill her—twice—she needs a bodyguard. To her surprise Evan steps up and insists on protecting her, putting on a show as the caring fiancé. But he won’t let her back into his life or into his heart. To have any chance at a future together, they’ll have to resurrect the past and stay alive long enough to expose the man determined to see them both dead.

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About KATIE REUS

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.
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#ReleaseDayBlitz::BLOOD NIGHT by Heather Graham


We are beyond excited to be sharing this release from Heather Graham with you today! BLOOD NIGHT is part of her Krewe of Hunters series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. It just went live today! Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.


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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe of Hunters series

Any member of the Krewe of Hunters is accustomed to the strange. And to conversing now and then with the dead. For Andre Rousseau and Cheyenne Donegal, an encounter with the deceased in a cemetery is certainly nothing new. But this year, Halloween is taking them across the pond—unofficially. Their experiences in life haven’t prepared them for what’s to come. Cheyenne’s distant cousin and dear friend Emily Donegal has called from London. Murder has come to her neighborhood, with bodies just outside Highgate Cemetery, drained of blood. The last victim was found at Emily’s doorstep, and evidence seems to be arising not just against her fiancé, Eric, but against Emily, too. But Emily isn’t just afraid of the law—many in the great city are beginning to believe that the historic Vampire of Highgate is making himself known, aided and abetted by adherents. Some are even angry and frightened enough to believe they should take matters into their own hands. Andre and Cheyenne know they’re in for serious trouble when they arrive, and they soon come to realize that the trouble might be deadly not just for Emily and Eric, but for themselves as well. There’s help to be found in the beautiful and historic old cemetery. And as All Hallows Eve looms, they’ll be in a race against time, seeking the truth before the infamous vampire has a chance to strike again. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**   

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Excerpt:

“A cemetery? You want to visit another cemetery? Because of a murder?” Andre asked Cheyenne.
She stood at the counter in the apartment they’d just rented together in Alexandria, Virginia, and he couldn’t help but be reminded of the great day they’d had thus far. This morning, they’d brought in the last of their belongings, including their suitcases since they’d returned from Louisiana to make their cohabitation arrangements and had been living out of a hotel room.
The apartment was terrific—a beautiful kitchen with modern appliances plus upgraded bathrooms—and yet the building itself was early Victorian, one on a street of historic row houses.
They loved it. And since they both had apartments in the D.C. area but had been busy moving things out of those and then in together, they’d opted for the ease of a hotel during the transition. Now, at last, they had a few days of leisure before returning to work.
Cheyenne had been with the FBI previous to meeting Andre—or re-meeting him—in Louisiana. They’d been on a strange case that had delved into both Cheyenne’s and Andre’s pasts. Now, she had been transferred to the Krewe, as well. They had taken down a particularly heinous killer, and that called for a few days’ reprieve from the office.
Time enough to get into their new apartment.
The master bath boasted a fabulous Jacuzzi. They’d emerged from it recently, and while Cheyenne delivered information regarding her recent phone call, she stood in a big, white, fluffy towel.
Andre also wore a towel. He hadn’t expected the conversation to go in this direction. She’d hopped up because she heard her cousin, Emily, on the answering machine and wanted to let her know that she’d call her back.
“We have time!” she whispered.
“To go to England?”

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REVIEW QUOTES FOR HEATHER GRAHAM'S NOVELS:

"Heather Graham knows what readers want." ~Publisher's Weekly
"Graham deftly weaves elements of mystery, the paranormal and romance into a tight plot that will keep the reader guessing at the true nature of the killer's evil." ~Publisher's Weekly
"Suspenseful and dark." ~RT Book Reviews
"If you like mixing a bit of the creepy with a dash of sinister and spine-chilling reading with your romance, be sure to read Heather Graham's latest." ~Miami Herald



About HEATHER GRAHAM:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham has always been an avid reader, from classics to sci-fi, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, and all kinds of non-fiction. She’s fairly certain that her mom’s deliciously crazy family–arriving in the US a bit before her birth from Ireland–gave her the love of storytelling. She started out in theater and commercials, but once her children began to arrive, she stayed home and gave writing a try. She’s incredibly grateful to be doing what she’s doing for a living. Heather belongs to MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, HWA, and ITW, and has the recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Silver Bullet for charitable works, and this year, she will receive the Thriller Master title from ITW. She has over 200 novels in print, and has been published in 22 languages.   Connect With Her: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Bookbub

#ReleaseDayBlitz ::FAMOUS by Marie Force


Today we are celebrating the release of FAMOUS by Marie Force. This is the highly-anticipated conclusion to the bestselling Quantum series. Check out some teasers for the book below.

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FAMOUS by Marie Force

Available Now | Quantum Series, #8

I thought I’d finally met the man of my dreams...

Marlowe I’ve planned this night for weeks, down to the last detail. I want it to be perfect. Bringing someone new into my private life is not something I do lightly, having learned the hard way over the years that celebrity has a dark downside that I go out of my way to avoid whenever possible. But he is different. We’ve been together for months and the time is right to take this next step with him. It doesn’t take long for me to realize I’ve made a huge mistake trusting this man. Before things go from bad to worse, I have the presence of mind to know I’m in big, big trouble. Marlowe Sloane’s story, FAMOUS, is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Quantum Series.

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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and erotic romance. Her series include the indie-published Gansett Island, Treading Water, Butler, Vermont and Quantum Series as well as the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books.
Her books have sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 30 times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter.
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: Color Me In by Natasha Díaz

Color Me In
by Natasha Díaz
Random House Children's
Delacorte Press

Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz? 

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can't stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

 It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?


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We meet Nevaeh, we learn that her parents are split up and this leads to Nevaeh getting reconnect with her mothers' side of the family. I enjoyed the two different worlds, her mother's side, who is African American and her father who is Jewish.Two worlds collide in her and also set her apart, she’s not white enough because of her black relatives. And to her black relatives she’s too white. The book mostly deals with Nevaeh’s struggle with accepting herself and her identity, with knowing and understanding where she belongs when she feels she can’t fully be part of either culture.

The cast of characters and the backgrounds is awesome!!!! Honestly I am a sucker for poetry so my favorite part of the book is Navaeh's poetry that was my jam.Color Me in is an excellent book about racial identity and figuring out who you are in a world that constantly tries to tell you what they perceive you as. The characters are intriguing as hell and the romance was sticky sweet and a friendship between the main character and her best friend was adorable I  would highly recommend to Color Me In for anyone. My rating 5/5

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