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Monday, December 31, 2012

T.G. Ayer "Dead Radiance"

 "That day I knew for sure. I'd lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe. I finally knew what the glow meant. I was a freak and Joshua was going to die." Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras - Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead. The new foster kid, Aidan, isn't helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she'd never belonged?
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BIO:  I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

EXCERPT of "Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus"

Welcome to my tour stop of Russell Hasan's "Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus"
A magical curse has been unleashed and Connecticut teen Sorcerer Rob Seablue’s best friend has been seduced by evil magic. To save his best friend—and to save the world from his best friend—Rob will fight magical duels, decipher an ancient riddle, and help sad, depressed teenagers to be happy and self-confident so that the curse can’t destroy them. And he will wage a war against the evil magic all while seeing heavy metal rock shows, going on dates with his girlfriend, doing his homework, and avoiding getting grounded by his father for staying out late! A unique novel at the cutting edge intersection of teen urban fantasy and libertarian/objectivist fiction, this novel can be described as “Atlas Shrugged” meets “Harry Potter.”
Professional review:
"What more could a libertarian novel reader want? . . . The book is ingenious throughout and most ingenious at its end -- ingenious, I might add, without losing plausibility. Actually, the story continually becomes more plausible, as well as more exciting." - Stephen Cox, Editor, Liberty Magazine


EXCERPT


I understand Hugs’s plan now. I see what he’s doing. His plan is to go after the kids who are weak, the ones who suffer, the ones who are outcasts, losers, loners, the ones who are depressed, lonely, uncool, the ones we all laugh at. The kind of teenager who thinks about suicide, the kind that is common, even though we’re trained to believe that people like that are rare, even though they don’t show up among all the pretty, shiny, plastic-wrapped posers. He thinks they are all like him, full of sadness simmering into a desire for revenge, revenge against society, against normalcy, against what people hold holy and sacred, revenge against everything and everyone. He thinks those are the ones most likely to give in, to give up, to let their sadness turn to anger and then to hatred, making them into his pawns. Then, with them at his side, he’ll have his gang, he’ll be the bully, he’ll rule the school… and the world. But he’s counting on me not doing anything. And he’s wrong. I’m not going to let him win. I’m not going to let him and his crazy Eye of Tantalus get one person, no, not even one. And you know why I’ll beat him? Because the kids in my school are good. We’re good kids. Not that we always obey the rules, or get everything right, not that we don’t stumble and fall every once in a while. Not that we don’t try too hard sometimes, or not try hard enough other times. Not that there aren’t some bad seeds. But by and large, we’re just trying to do what’s right, as difficult and confusing as it is to even know what right is. We’re just living our lives, that’s all, and just trying to manage and cope and to be happy. These are my classmates, my friends, my fellow human beings. And they’re innocent. They’ve done nothing to deserve Hugs attacking them, trying to corrupt them and destroy them. Nothing. So I’ll be their guardian angel. I’ll be their superhero. I’ll be that someone, that something, invisible, but there, something they can feel, someone they can rely on. I’ll save them, I’ll rescue them—by showing them that their legs are strong enough for them to stand on and that they don’t need me or him or anyone else to save them. I won’t let Hugs get to them. I won’t let him get to even one of them, not one! Each one of us is just trying to live his or her life, be a good person, and get some satisfaction—and I’ll protect that, I’ll protect them. I’ll prove that being human isn’t weak and stupid, like Hugs thinks, but that humans are good and noble, and that we can be happy, and that we’re not hopeless pathetic little nothings. I’ll prove it to him and then he’ll see, and then I’ll get Hugs back too. The evil magic won’t win. I’ll find a spell capable of defeating and destroying the Eye of Tantalus. And then, with my best friend at my side, I’ll be happy again. If I can. If I’m not too late. If I’m really even strong enough to do this. If I really am a hero. If humans really are good, if we really aren’t ugly nasty horrible things like Hugs believes. And if Hugs doesn’t get to me first….

BIO:
Russell Hasan lives in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a lawyer/novelist/philosopher. He is politically libertarian (socially liberal, economically conservative). He is also a fan of the New York Yankees. More information about him (as well as free short stories) can be found on his website: http://russhasan.blogspot.com.

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Twitter  @RussHasan
Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15707287-rob-seablue-and-the-eye-of-tantalus
The author’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Russell-Hasan/e/B008BU3OA4

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Welcome to a guest post by author Nancy S. Thompson

BLURB: Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn't know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell. With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
The Guest post:  The First Line in My Novel
I was recently asked how I came up with the first line in my novel, The Mistaken: 

“I don’t know how I missed it, that moment I changed, when I somehow became a different man.”

Simply put, that’s the whole premise behind the book, its very essence.  You see, I was inspired by lyrics of a song, Hurricane by Thirty Seconds To Mars.  Those lyrics—“Tell me, would you kill to save a life?  Would you kill to prove you’re right?”—made me wonder what could make a truly good man commit a violent crime, and, if afterwards, he could return to the man he used to be. 

In that first line of the book, the character, Tyler Karras, is looking back and wondering where it all went wrong, how he’d changed into a different man, one he no longer recognized, a monster, an abomination. 

My first drafts didn’t actually start with that line.  It came about as the book evolved and matured, once I truly understood what it was about.  I needed Tyler—who had always thought of himself as a straight arrow who followed every rule—to reflect on his mistake and ponder the moment he betrayed his own values. 

Tyler always insisted on obeying the letter of the law, but when his pregnant wife is killed, the victim of a reckless woman’s greed, and the authorities are unable to prosecute her, he sinks into a deep depression, macerating his guilt in alcohol.  And from the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  Better still, he uses the means of his revenge to free his brother from the clutches of San Francisco’s Russian Mafia, promising his quarry to these sex-traffickers as repayment for his brother’s debt. 

Trouble is, Ty mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim, and all his plans go straight to hell.  He can’t turn over an innocent woman, but the Russians are holding his brother as leverage to force him to do just that.  So he has a decision to make: turn over the girl and save his brother, or do the right thing and save the woman he’s endangered and abandon his brother to the villains he’s tried so long and hard to free him from.           

Realizing the stark reality of his mistake, Tyler strives to make amends, but no matter what he does, someone will have to pay for his error.  He can’t believe he’s sunk so low, and he desperately needs to understand how he could have let himself do the things he’s done.  So that moment, the one where steps over into the dark side, is everything, for if he recognizes it, it may well define whether he truly is a monster or simply a man driven too far, and the answer to that may determine who he chooses to save. 


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BIO:
Nancy Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken.  She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.  
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Feature & Follow



It's that time again!
Another Feature and Follow hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can read.

This is a great way to find other blogs and for other blogs to find you. This is a "follow for a follow" type meme so make sure to comment on the blogs that you've visited to let them know how you're following (GFC, RSS, Linky, g+, Networked blogs, etc...) so they can do the same. Oh! and you must also follow both hosts as well (requirement to play) Make sure to pay attention to the post and read it all the way through as each host has a featured blogger and a question for all who participate to answer in the comments section of the blogs that you visit and follow. Thanks for joining in and have fun making new friends!.

If you would like to get free E-Books in exchange for an honest Amazon review I have many to choose from. 

 Please visit  http://innovativeonlinebooktours.com/ & http://innovativeonlinebooktours.com/Coming_Soon_Tours.html and then email your book request and I will send it to you. vickie@innovativeonlinebooktours.com

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 Q: Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common?

A: the first character that came to Mind is Natalya in Christine Feehan's Dark Demon.  She is a Mage and warrior and can turn into a tiger. Whats not to like?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stacking the Shelves with FREE E-books!

 
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Guidelines:
  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
  • You can set your post any way you want, simple book list, covers, pictures, vlog, sky is the limit!
  • Feel free to post yours any day that fits you.
  • Visit other participants link to find out what they added to their shelves!

 FREE E-BOOKS TO REVIEW NO BLOG REQUIRED!!!
 I.O. Book Tours Now offers E-books to readers without blogs so that they can participate too!

They teach you how to send E-books to your kindle.
All you need is a reader, Amazon account and willingness to write positive reviews on any of the books you like.
Send an email for more information: vickie@innovativeonlinebooktours.com
 
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My new books this week: 
I Get Free books From Innovative Online book tours to read and write reviews on.  
What did YOU add to your shelves?

 Nancy S. Thompson "The Mistaken" Romantic Suspense/Thriller {2 out of 5 sex rating}
E-Book available for Review

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn't know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his
plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his
brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mommy Bloggers Blog Hop

From 10/25/12 to 11/23/2013
This is a hop for any and all Mommy Bloggers who want to join in the tours of these wonderful children's books.

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Share this on your blogs with your friends and spread the word!

Karen  is Giving a grand Prize to one blogger host of all 3 books signed by her!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Killing Time - Elle Chardou

Killing Time – Elle Chardou

 BLURB: A Murder Mystery… Aurélie Segler-DeMarche is a smart, independent woman who works as a journalist for a top rated news network, engaged to a wealthy blue-blood and living a life most women would dream of when she learns her sister, catalogue and runway model Trésor DeMarche, has died under mysterious circumstances. The police are quick to rule the death a suicide but she knows there is more to the story than meets the eye. Wrapped in a Love Affair… Trésor's lover, Rory Krieger, is dangerous for all the right reasons: he's wealthy, successful, drop-dead gorgeous and owns some of the most exclusive BDSM clubs in the country. Aurélie is shocked to find out her sister was part of this sub-culture but she soon realizes in order to solve a mystery, she will to have to infiltrate a closed community where reality is an altered state of mind. Of Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism… Aurélie quickly finds out not only is she no match for the multifaceted and intelligent Rory, his life with Trésor was a lot more complicated than imagined. An indecent proposal leads to more than a night of passion, and raises more questions than answers. What happens when there is nowhere to go but deeper before the truth is revealed?

 
Chapter One

 I HATED THESE PARTIES BUT in my line of work, they were not only a requirement but a necessity if one wanted to stay relevant and up to date on what was going on in the industry. Unfortunately, Ray Charles wasn't blind enough to see what was and wasn't happening to print media and journalism. We were on our knees in the death throws and nothing could save us. If video had killed the radio star then internet had killed the star reporter, full fucking stop. It was another charity event, hosted by my cable news network, CNW and I despised almost everyone in the room. We didn't really give a shit about providing clean water to Africans in some country no one could find on the map. Everyone in that room was hobnobbing because it had come down the pike they were going to lay off five reporters and no one wanted to be one of them. I loved my job but I couldn't do it sufficiently at Cable News World. It considered itself "fair" and "honest" but seemed to be chasing Fox News' coattails and that was never a good thing. Fact checking had gone out of the window and if another news network reported it, it was good enough to end up on CNW, even if it turned out to be a rumor or better yet, untrue. That wasn't why I had majored in Journalism and managed to get a double Masters degree in the subject at both Sciences Po, a grandes écoles—or the French equivalent of an Ivy League university—in Paris and Columbia University in New York City. It wasn't the reason why I was one of the most respected and upcoming investigative news reporters after Soledad O'Brien. I always fact checked and I loved stories that took me into dangerous situations a la Christiane Amanpour. Of course, I was considered the success of the family while my poor sister, Trésor, definitely caught hell for being a catalogue and runway model. My parents never gave a shit when she graduated from the Newport News catalogue to the much more prestigious Victoria's Secret—to them it was all the same. She was an intelligent young woman who was wasting her life as a clothes horse. They'd cared even less when she told us about how she had been asked to appear at Paris Fashion Week by the Jean Paul Gaultier. It should have been impressive. My mother was American but my father was French and we'd been raised primarily in France though we'd grown up speaking both French and English therefore we both lacked the "sexy" French accent. They could care less. Jean Paul Gaultier, Target—didn't matter as she was still wasting the opportunity to get a real job instead of acting like a skinny airhead gracing the catwalks or showing off her gorgeous body on the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. If I was the exotic one with my dark wavy hair, olive skin and green-gray eyes, Trésor was every waking man's fantasy. Tall and lithe, she had the most beautiful skin the color of ripe peaches with just enough cream, pale green eyes and chestnut hair she could blonde out or darken and she was still beautiful. I tried not to think about her much because it wouldn't grace me with a phone call from her and I saw more of her on the cover of and in various magazines than I did in person. Grayson Compston, my fiancé, sat beside me and smiled as I met his gaze. "Jesus, Aurélie, you have got to snap out of it. Every time I bring you to one of these, your eyes glaze over. It's not that bad, is it?" He was sweet and good looking if not a bit arrogant. 6'1", one hundred and ninety pounds with the body of Adonis and the face of a catalogue model, he was perfect. Honey blond hair, clear ice blue eyes which could hold so much warmth but most of the time remained either neutral or cold. Grayson was also the son of Eldridge Compston, owner of CNW and a host of popular magazines sold at newsstands across the country and world. One of the only WASP families in the media market, they belonged to all the right country clubs, knew every ex-President and were hard core Republicans though their family was more of the fiscally conservative type who wanted low taxes and didn't give a shit about ideology. I'd had some very fun debates with Grayson's father and found the man charming if not abrasive. I patted his hand as he was one who did not care for public acts of affection. "I'm sorry, dear. I was just thinking about my…sister." Grayson's blue eyes changed from annoyed to his idea of sympathy. His eyebrows drew together and his mouth whitened as he pressed his lips together. "Sweetheart, I'm so sorry. I didn't want to say anything because I knew you would bring it up…when the timing was right of course." I raised a perfectly manicured eyebrow. "What are you talking about?" He attempted a genuine look of sympathy now and all that did was manage to piss me off. "You mean you don't know?" "Know what, Gray?" I inquired in a slightly cool tone. "It's on CNW now. Beautiful supermodel found in the home of BDSM club owner, Rory Krieger. He's relatively low profile and no one knows much about him but apparently he owns one of the most exclusive clubs here in New York." My heart thudded in my chest and I tried to control my breathing. "So, what? Are we talking like a Fifty Shades type of thing? What is he? The Christian Grey of the BDSM community?" Grayson's annoyance returned with a vengeance. "You and I both know those books weren't a fair representation of the BDSM community. Look, I didn't want to tell you but Jay and Kaysa are into that kind of thing." Jason was Gray's older brother and Kaysa was his beautiful, icy Swedish-German wife. "What do you mean when you say they are into that kind of thing?" "Listen, Kaysa was an extreme submissive and in a relationship with someone else when he fell in love with her. They have this strange slave-master relationship where they act all vanilla and in love in public but in private, it gets really bizarre. She sits at his fucking feet when they have dinner, bare-assed—as in not a stitch on and all their servants know and act like nothing is going on. You know that gold ropy choker-chain she wears? That isn't decoration—it's a fucking dog collar around her neck and when they go to Club X-Tasy, he adds a leash and makes her walk around the club naked attached to said leash. So, no, we aren't talking about a Fifty fucking Shades thing and I would think you would have more class than to make jokes about your own sister's fucking death!" The champagne flute in my hand slipped and dropped to the floor where it shattered. I suddenly heard the rush of blood to my ears and the beating of my own heart. I stood and looked around but too many people were staring at me and they tossed me strange looks as if I had lost it. They all knew and yet I didn't? Did my parents' know about the death of their youngest daughter? Grayson said it was all over the news. I tried to keep it together but I felt like a rubber band stretched too tightly and any moment I would snap and have a real nervous breakdown along with an anxiety attack for good measure. Oh yeah, I was going to lose it any moment. My feet seemed to carry me outside and I stood outside the awning of Tavern on the Green. I'd promised Grayson I would quit but I had never been happier to have an emergency Camel Crush in my handbag. I lit up and took and deep inhale before exhaling and allowing the nicotine to flow through my veins. I wanted to taste something but I couldn't detect the flavor of the cigarette or smell the carcinogenic smoke. My whole body felt numb. It had to be a mistake. My sister couldn't be dead and why the hell was her death on CNW before we, the family, had been notified? I immediately pulled out my cell phone and voice dialed my parents' home. They lived in France and there was a six hour time difference. I was waking them up at the ungodly hour of two in the morning. Never-the-less, my mother answered the phone, "Aurélie? What's wrong?" "How did you know it was me?" My voice sounded thick with saliva and unshed tears. "Well, you're the only one we know with a two-one-two number who actually calls us. Trésor has so many different mobiles, the numbers never seem to be the same. One moment, she is calling from Germany, the next Los Angeles, and the next time from somewhere in Paris. We don't know what she has involved herself in but it's likely to get her killed," my mother explained with a failed parent's resignation. They thought they were the reason why she behaved in the manner she did. Or had as she was dead and would never be able to tell us anything about her lifestyle. The tears came and tumbled down my cheeks as I tried to close my eyes and stop the heaviness in my chest. My head pounded with the aid of one too many Cosmopolitans and a nicotine rush. I was officially starting to fall apart. "Maman, Trésor is dead." "What did you just say?" "Ma sœur est morte. Your youngest daughter is dead!" I exclaimed though my voice hardly raised an octave. "Mon Dieu. Oh, Aurélie, say it isn't so. Do they know what happened?" "I don't know anything right now. I just wanted to talk to you because they are broadcasting her death all over CNW and we weren't informed yet. Grayson told me at one of these charity events no less. He said they found her in the house of Rory Krieger. I don't know who that is…" I trailed off as I felt a pair of hands touch my shoulders and give a slight squeeze. I looked down at the cigarette in my hand and threw it to the pavement. "Rory Krieger? As in Johann and Lorelei's son?" "Who? I don't remember them." "They own a plentiful share in one of the most successful German automobile companies in the world. Heinrich's great-great grandfather founded KWB Automobile Group but they use the initials KAG." "Oh, that Krieger family." I felt like a fool and my face burned with embarrassment. "Do you and Papa know them?" "A bit. They frequent the same social circles we do. They are decent people despite the dubious Nazi past in both their families. Anyway, their son, he owns a string of nightclubs for people who are into bondage. You know, the usual type: sadists, masochists, slaves, masters, subs and doms. I'm surprised you haven't done an investigative story on him yet." Okay, this was a bit surreal. One minute my mother and I were discussing my sister's death and the next, we were talking about my career? I didn't like where this was going one bit. "I haven't yet but I will now. Listen, I'm going to get Gray to drop me off at the police precinct that is investigating Trésor's murder. I'll try to track down the detectives and get some info. As soon as I know more, I will call you tomorrow at a decent hour, okay?" "All right, sweetheart. And Aurélie?" "Yes, Maman?" "It wasn't your fault. I know we always thought you two should be closer as you were sisters but you are in no way responsible for what your sister decided to do. Am I making myself clear?" I nodded though I knew she couldn't see me through the phone. "Yes, I understand that but perhaps if my career wasn't the only thing I seemed to care about, she would have been comfortable talking to me about what was going on in her life. How do you live a life like that? Model by day and kink by night? I may not know anything about Rory Krieger but when I am through, he'll wish he'd never been born." "Je t'aime. Be safe and do me a favor: don't take on the Krieger family. It will only destroy you in the end. Just…let it go. What ever happened, I'm sure there were no signs of foul play and everything, including Trésor's death, is entirely her fault." I was a lot of things but I wouldn't allow my sister's reputation to be sullied by our own mother. Before I could retort, there was a click and I stared at my Android phone. My mother had ended the call.






          BIO: Elle Chardou is the alter-ego of Danielle Blanchard. As Ms. Chardou, she has written Darkness Rising, The Dawn of Darkness, Darkness Awakened, The Cloak of Darkness and The Theft of Darkness in The Supernaturals, a paranormal erotic romance series. She has also written Lara & the City of Angels in the Superstar Marriages series and Love Voodoo: Book I from the DeGeneration series. She is currently working on Cling to Darkness in The Supernaturals series, Killing Desire in The Ties That Bind Trilogy, and Troubled Hart: A Novella in the The Hart Family Saga. Elle Chardou is a world traveler and author of several different series. Ms. Chardou is the author of The Ties That Bind Trilogy, The Hart Family Saga, The Vamp Saga, The Supernaturals, Beginnings: Book I (The Plague) series. She is currently working on Killing Desire, Atonement, Jenna & the City of Light, and several novellas for her paranormal series. Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.   ONLINE LINKS:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/dblanchbenz007
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Author.Danielle.Blanchard.Benson Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4883227.Danielle_Blanchard_Benson
     
Ten Things About Danielle
1. Your genre(s)?
My genre will always be romance or some form thereof though I have been known to do contemporary, erotic (not erotica as there is a difference), paranormal, dystopian and even -- grasp! -- horror. I am an artist so I don't limit myself and as a reader you don't have to buy everything I write. I assume most of y'all will cherry-pick anyway.
2. How many books have you completed?
I love serials and series so I have completed one long damn serial, The Beautiful People (which consisted of eight novellas), Death Wish and Better Off Dead in The Vamp Saga (and a novella, Death Lair), Beginnings inThe Plague series, Love Voodoo in the DeGeneration series, The Catalyst in my other serial, The Pop Stars, and Forever 27, a novelette in The 27 Club series.
3. How many books are you working on now?
*Breathe* Okay, I am almost finished writing Queen of the Undead in The Vamp Saga (72k and counting),Hart Attack, the first novel in The Hart Family Saga (another paranormal series), Apocalypse 2012 in The Plague series, The Making of a Star in The Pop Stars serial and Love Game in the DeGeneration series. Plus, I am co-writing a novel with a writer friend of mine, a horror-thriller, Ties That Unbind. I'm tired just thinking about my year...
4. Are you a linear or chunk writer?
I try to work on one project at a time so it makes it easier for me to maintain consistency. That list above, that is the order of the books with the exception of the one I am co-writing. I write that one when I get it back from my co-author, write my part and then send it to him via email and Drop Box.
5. The POV (= Point of View) you're most partial to?
I'm not. I love first person though it can definitely have its limitations. I usually stick with third person though. The HUGE exception to this rule is The Vamp Saga. The first novel is written in first person but the rest are a mix of first and third person. There are some people out there this irks but what can I say? I love Manon and I *can't* write her in third but I also love some of the other characters and thought they should get a word in too. Hence the bastard project it has become involving both POVs.
6. The themes that keep cropping up in your books?
Female empowerment, strength, change and staying true to one's self. None of these are ever easy but nothing in life worth fighting for ever is so there you have it.
7. How many days a week do you write?
Everyday. There is no such thing as writer's block for me. I began Apocalypse 2012 but my Vamp Saga muse didn't want to let go so I began the third novel. Due to my schedule, I write at least 2k each day and can finish a first draft in anywhere between four and six weeks.
8. What time of day do you get your best writing done?
The evening. I have two children under the age of ten so when they are sleeping or are about to go down, I find myself most creative. Plus, I can have a glass of wine while I write... yes, I sometimes write toasted but I do all my revisions dead sober and I have an editor just to make sure she catches all the mistakes I don't. Plus, I have some great writers who act as beta readers and guinea pigs for those other pesky mistakes neither of us catch. I will upload and re-do a book that isn't perfect countless times. I do it all the time as it is a bit easier with the e-books than print but there is no such thing as "done" for me if mistakes are found.
9. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
I'm a child of Generation X and I listen to everything but when I write paranormal/horror, I need some hard rocking music. My favorites: Deftones (Diamond Eyes and Best Of albums are classics), Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals, and Eat Me, Drink Me are two of my faves but I have every album ever made), Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein...I also listen to a lot of French hip-hop (Sinik, Diam's, MC Solaar) and French music in general (too many artists to count!). And I love some good pop music so Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Madonna are never far away...neither is Mylene Farmer for the matter, my favorite French pop star.
10. What the hell is up with your love affair with France?
Yeah, la Belle France gets mentioned a lot in a myriad of my novels. Better Off Dead and Queen of the Undead take place there as does most of Beginnings and Apocalypse 2012 will be a revisit (yet again). TheDeGeneration series takes place almost entirely in France. My other love affair is French influenced even if it is in the States. Hart Attack takes place in New Orleans.
I just love France, French culture, the language and desperately can't wait until I can live there for a couple of years and write. I have lots of French friends and am partial to the Ile-de-France area of the country (though it is often cold, rainy and overcast). Plus, who wouldn't want their children to be bi-lingual? And did I mention the wine and the cheese and the food? Everything is better with a French accent! ;-)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Review of Scorpio Rising

Welcome to my Review of Scorpio Rising.

Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio Rising takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes.

There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves.

Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser.

Monique Domovitch’s debut novel, Scorpio Rising, is a compelling tale filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio Rising promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.



Monique Domovitch is the author of Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio. She also writes under the pen name Carol Ann Martin for Obsidian, an imprint of Penguin. She is represented by Natalie Fischer of the Bradford Literary Agency, and lives with her husband and her three dogs in La Jolla California.
Monique Domovitch was born the first in a family of ten children in a small town in Northern Ontario, and maintains to this day that she was not harmed by the experience. She attended The Sacred Heart Convent, an Ottawa boarding school where she learned to keep her hands folded neatly in her lap and to smile vaguely when people use profane language around her. Her first job was in Montreal as a fashion model, and she is credited with inventing the famous pouty pose that is now used by top models everywhere. She has turned thirty nine again this year and pledges to do it over and over. Just like everybody else in the world, she is working on a new novel, this one, her fourth.


ONLINE LINKS:
Website http://moniquedomovitch.com/
Blog http://moniquedomovitch.com/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monique-Domovitch/257672814265720
Twitter https://twitter.com/Moniquedomovitc


My Review:

This is a very well written, complex story about coming of age.  Many coming of age stories are unbelievable and unrealistic, not this one.  

The characters are brought to life on the pages of this incredible book, with crisp dialogue and a depth of details reminiecent of all the literary greats.

Monique Domovitch is often compared to Danielle Steele, Barbara Taylor Bradford,Early Sidney Sheldon, and Jeffrey Archer

This is a fast paced quick read so be ready for a ride.
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10/29  Understanding Shae  Review  
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10/29   Proses, Verses and Conversations  Review
10/29  Celestial Reviews  Review
10/29 T B R Review
10/29  Kindle Fever Review


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Join the Street Team :)

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I am Vickieann and this is the first ever Kimberly Kinrade Street Team blog hop brought to you by Kimberly Kinrade,  T B R and Innovative Online Book Tours.
 Kimberly is giving away a Signed poster of the Forbidden Trilogy Cover!!!!
This is designed to:
1) Meet your team members {be sure to follow each others blogs}
2) Introduce the Lovely Kimberly Kinrade and her books to all your friends.
3) Invite New Street Team members to join the fun.
If you are not already a street team member please email me and I will get you some cool stuff.
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And Answer this Question in your blog hop post...
Q:  If you could have any special Power what would it be?
My Answer:  I like the Lie detector idea because I would like to know when someone is lying but not everything they are thinking. That would give me a complex. also the teleportation thing like in the movie jumper. There are so many places I want to see!
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Feature and Follow #2



It's that time again!
Another Feature and Follow hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can read.

This is a great way to find other blogs and for other blogs to find you. This is a "follow for a follow" type meme so make sure to comment on the blogs that you've visited to let them know how you're following (GFC, RSS, Linky, g+, Networked blogs, etc...) so they can do the same. Oh! and you must also follow both hosts as well (requirement to play) Make sure to pay attention to the post and read it all the way through as each host has a featured blogger and a question for all who participate to answer in the comments section of the blogs that you visit and follow. Thanks for joining in and have fun making new friends!.

Leave a Comment and Follow me and I will Follow you back.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different? 

A:  Pure fun  :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Blogger Hop (9/21-9/27)

Book Blogger Hop
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! A place to connect book bloggers and readers every week!  Hosted by Crazy For Books

The One Thing You May Not Know About Me Is…

My Answer:  While Growing up I had a horse named Rusty.

Betrayal Review

Welcome to my Review and Giveaway of Betrayal!



Scythe must save his brother's soul before the next full moon, Heather is determined to prove her sister's innocence, but to do this, they must trust each other. Heather Bowen, a drug and alcohol counselor, has always been able to see auras, but now she's being haunted in her sleep by a red-eyed man who's peddling a psychotic drug to her clients.After her sister becomes his next victim, Heather is determined to prove her sister's innocence. Life as she knows it becomes more unpredictable when the new counselor, Scythe Angel, arrives. It doesn't take Heather more than a first meeting to determine this larger than life man is commanding, pushy, determined and downright sexy. However there's something about him she's not sure she can trust, no matter how she finds herself drawn to him. Scythe knows he can clear Heather's sister's name, but to do it he must confront his elusive and dangerous brother who seems to be bound to the dark side. With his own wings on the line, Scythe has to discover a way to save his brother's soul before it's too late. An arduous task for Scythe becomes even more complicated by his unearthly attraction to Heather. For both of them to succeed they will have to learn to trust each other or fail; losing everything they hold dear.
BIO:

ML Guida writes contemporary and historical paranormal romance.  She is published with Passion in Print.  Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Art in Creative Writing through Regis University.  She lives in beautiful, colorful Colorado and enjoys going to the mountains.  Skiing, walks and scuba diving are her favorite past times when she is not writing. 

ONLINE LINKS:

·         Website  www.jlbowen.com
·         Blog  www.jlbowen.com/blog/
·         Facebook  http://facebook.com/#/jl.bowen.18
·         Twitter  jlbowen2. 
·         Goodreads  www.goodreads.com/authorblog

·         Book trailer on Betrayal. http://youtu.be/e5vRgbvpd3I


Review:

How freaked out would you be if you started having horrible dreams of people you know dying and they are actually true!  And now you are a suspect in these horrible events.  That is what is happening to Heather. 

Enter the angle of death Scythe, who also turns out to be Heathers angle-mate.  Scythe has an evil twin brother Blade who is causing all these deaths and he must be stopped.


I liked the fact that Heather was not happy at all about being claimed by Scythe without any say in the matter which I found very realistic.  This was a very enthralling read that kept me turning pages and now I am forced to wait for the next book.  


I recommend this book to all mature readers. 


Be sure to visit these other fine bloggers
9/21  The Book Maven  Review, Interview, and Giveaway  
9/21   Night Owl Reads  Guest Blog
9/21   Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books   Review, Bio/Book Synopsis, First Chapter, and Giveaway 9/24  I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!  First Chapter, Guest Blog, and Giveaway  

9/25  SnifferWalk  Review
9/26  My Cozie Corner  Review and Giveaway  
9/27 Just Another Rabid Reader  Review, First Chapter, Guest Blog, and Giveaway
9/28  Wolf Majick Reviews  Review  
9/28  Once Upon A Book  Review  9/28   T B R  Guest Blog, and Giveaway   


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno MY REVIEW

     Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy, the Veil.
     Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Skye’s job gets even trickier when she clashes with intimidating rival witch Jane and meets charming new classmate Drake.
     Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.
     Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.
     Going on a date has never been harder.

Fabio Bueno: 

Fabio writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world’s slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies.
He’s also: author of YA paranormal WICKED SENSE, family man, gamer, “runner,” geek, kindle hugger, coffeeholic, x-men hopeful, district 3 tribute, hufflepuff, daydreamer.

Where to Find Fabio ONLINE:
·         Website http://fabiobueno.com/
·         Blog http://fabiobueno.com/
·         Facebook http://facebook.com/FabioBuenoAuthor
·         Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/@_FabioBueno_
·         Amazon http://amazon.com/author/fabiobueno
·         Pinterest http://pinterest.com/FabioBueno/


REVIEW:
     I really hope Fabio Bueno is a fast writer because I want to read more from him!  
     I honestly could not put this book down and found myself up reading into the wee hours of the morning.
     I really like it when an author tells you at the beginning of a chapter who is speaking and narrating it. Fabio does just that in the title of each chapter so there is no guessing. He gave each character depth and personality, so you really got to know them and cheer them on. In Jane’s case you want to push her bike over!   Drake is so sweet and such a wonderful young man, if I had a daughter……ok enough being a match making mom.  Skye is strong and resourceful and just a sweetheart.  Boulder, Chase and Priscilla are great side characters and add so much to the story. I still am not sure how I feel about Connor, you will have to read the book and tell me what you think of him, man slut with entitlement issues comes to mind.  Fabio has provided a complete and complex cast of character for us to enjoy.
     The only thing I was disappointed in was the lack of explanation in Drakes mom leaving the family.  I have a sneaking suspicion that she may come into play in the next book and there will be a really good reason she left.  Perhaps Fabio and give us some tidbits from the next book to ease our minds *grin* hint hint.
     This was such a new and unique view on witches and magic.  The world building around the covens and the school scene was amazing.  I really felt like I was there in the story and I love a read that can get me this involved.
     I recommend this book to all YA readers’ young and old, you will love this one!

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