Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas with the Oracles Giveaway!



Due to some computer issues and scheduling conflicts the giveaway has been extended! 

You may continue to enter to win 30 fantastic fantasy YA books (and one novella) until midnight on Christmas Eve!

I will post the winner at noon on Christmas Day! 
What a great Christmas present!

That's right, this Christmas you can cuddle up by the fire with Liv, Laith, Brayan and Meena and the rest of the Oracles while you celebrate the holidays. Not only that, but you'll have a chance to win titles by other YA Fantasy authors too. I will include a blurb and cover photo of each book in the giveaway as well as a link to the contributing author's website. At the end of the post you will be able to enter a giveaway for 30 incredible YA Fantasy reads! Can you believe it? That's a lot of great reading to kick off the new year!

Soulless: The Story of Shayan, The Soul Quest Trilogy Prequel 

(A novella) 
What could make a spirit fall from Arcadia, defy his creator and turn his back on his spiritual companions?

Shayan, the Oracle of Humanity, has done the unthinkable.

Learn what ails Shayan and has led to his evil descent into darkness. Shayan's quest to rule the world has prompted the inevitability of many of the world’s most horrific and historical disasters.

Mortal Defiance, Book Two in The Dark Betrayal Series by Nichole Chase

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One short week turned Ree McKenna's life upside down. Not only does she have the weight of the world on her shoulders, but she still has to juggle homework, a job, and a curfew. While Ree tries to find her footing amidst the chaos, the Dark Ones and their champion are busy hunting down any humans that have a touch of the gods running through their veins. Allies have turned into foes, and enemies have become stronger. The world is growing darker, but the passion between Ree and two irresistible guys blazes hotter. Romantic ties from a past life will threaten to break Ree away from the love of her life and will cloud her judgment. In order to follow her heart, Ree will break rules put in place by the gods, risking her life and the lives of her friends in an act of Mortal Defiance.

Book One is FREE on Amazon!

Blood Like Poison, Destined for a Vampire by M. Leighton

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Ridley Heller thought that all her problems would be over if she could have Bo back—back from the dead. But what Ridley didn’t know was that her wish would come at a price. Bo survived a condition that would have killed a lesser vampire, or any vampire for that matter. The only reason he didn’t die is because of who he is, someone Ridley doesn’t know at all. Someone Bo himself doesn’t know at all. As Ridley gets closer to finding out Bo’s true identity, she discovers that loving him could also come at a price, a price much higher than she ever could have imagined. The question is: is there any such thing as a price too high to pay for Bo? For his love, for his safety, for eternity in his arms?

Book One is FREE on Amazon!

Ephemeral, The Countenance Series, Book One by Addison Moore



In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive. The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely. Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma. In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says. Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?



The Dream Slayer, Demon Royal, Awakening Apocalypse by Jill Cooper



A Young Adult paranormal series that features two worlds, and two girls with a shared destiny. Vampires, Demons, and monsters lurk in the shadows where a group of chosen kids must fight to protect their city all the while struggling with love and lost with a mild sense of humor.


Soul Quest, Book One in The Soul Quest Trilogy




Beginning high school is a completely normal, human right of passage but how normal would it be for someone who isn’t entirely human?

Let’s say you’re special, capable of harnessing the Earth’s energy to defeat soul sucking monsters and you don’t even know it.

You go to school, meet new people and form friendships only to discover that you and your new click are something otherworldly. You’re life becomes a comic book cliché. By day you solve algebra problems and by night you rid the world of evil beings.

This is my life. My quest is to protect innocent souls... and pass the ninth grade.


Supernova by Elizabeth Sharp



On Cleo’s first day at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy, things get pretty weird pretty fast. After being confronted by a strangely hostile boy, she meets two girls and instantly bonds with them. Before long danger threatens the entire student body, in the form of a soul eating possessor fae. When her brother is savagely beaten and left in a coma, the girls decide to use their fae powers to become superheroes and stop the possessions. They quickly learn things are a lot more complicated than they had ever imagined. A government plot that had begun when they were infants endangers them all, and a demented former soldier bent on revenge is after them. The line between friend and foe has become so blurry, Cleo has no idea who she can trust. Will their superhero plot help them save the day, or just get them killed?




Lichgates, Grimoire Saga Book One by S.M. Boyce




Kara Magari can’t catch a break: her mother dies in a car accident, her grief therapists are useless, and her relationship with her dad gets worse. But during a hike-gone-wrong, Kara unearths a hidden world called Ourea, where magic is commonplace and monsters are real. Two enemies and a dozen close calls later, she uncovers an ancient secret that gives her unimaginable power. Overnight, she becomes a novelty coveted by the world’s elite. Her life unravels into a game of deciphering those she can trust from those she should fear. In this new world, a quick wit means survival. One mistake means an early grave. Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.





Inheritance, Book II in The Dark Gifts series by Willow Cross






It all started with a gift... When Sarah and her older brother received a house from an Aunt they never knew existed, they counted it a blessing. For the first time in her young life, Sarah had a real home. Within months, the once beloved dark gift revealed a hidden curse. As the full moon rose into the heavens, the only person she’d ever been able to count on had become a monster. Desperate to save her brother, Sarah embarks on a nightmarish journey into their lineage in hopes of discovering answers and a cure. If only she’d known beforehand...her brother wasn’t the worst monster out there. And he certainly wasn’t the most dangerous. To make matters worse, they’d been searching for her since the day she was born...


Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory by Amy Harmon




In 1958, a rumble goes down outside the brand new highschool in Honeyville, Texas. Chaos ensues, a life is lost, and Johnny Kinross disappears. But in 2010, someone finds him. Orphaned at the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie O'Bannon finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time as a school janitor, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old tragedy where nothing is as it seems and the boy of her dreams might vanish when the bell rings.

http://www.authoramyharmon.com


The Guardians of Souls, Book Two and The Soul Quest Trilogy by Amy Maurer Jones



The spirits are back with a mission and a militia for justice. Unfortunately, there isn't a single trace of the evil spirits who disappeared following their murderess rampage on Valentine’s Day.

The four teens are torn between the human world and Arcadia. While they’d much rather go to the movies or play video games they realize their friend’s safety is more important.

Lies and deception become the standard shield of protection when safe guarding their peers from evil. While their friends are momentarily safe from harm their social life is not.



Asylum, Book Two in the Casual Enchantment series by K.A. Tucker



Tucked away in Sofie’s wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she’s now hunted by a two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she’s in love with tried to kill her. Plus, she’s locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren’t looking good.



Imitation and Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand


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Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?
My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun.
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.



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The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.


Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…


http://www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com/



Book of Lost Souls by Michelle Muto


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When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before - that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic. Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history's most nefarious killers. Ivy's got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.


Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto

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I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead. I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, and get back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.


The Perfect Place by Elaine Fields Smith

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The Perfect Place is a supernatural plane of existence where knowledge is literally in the air. The place truly seems perfect—with no evil or need—only the pursuit of learning. What question would you ask Plato given the chance? Could one find the answer to a crucial inquiry from the sage words of Benjamin Franklin? What would Dr. Seuss say about the 21st century? Would Alexander Graham Bell like cell phone texting?


http://www.blazingstarbooks.com/

Soul Deep, Book Three in The Soul Quest Trilogy by Amy Maurer Jones



In the third and final installment of The Soul Quest Trilogy the teen spirits head to the Scottish Highlands in pursuit of evil. When they finally catch up with the fallen spirits they are unexpectedly met by another mysterious creature. Will this magical being be friend or foe?

The spirited teens face loss and betrayal in this epic adventure. They must choose between love and friendship, overcome deception and learn to forgive themselves and each other. They must embrace their gifts and accept their weaknesses if they are to defeat evil once and for all.

Afflictions of the soul wade deep. Will they sink or swim?


Winnemucca, a small town fairy tale by Laura A. H. Elliott

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As a freshman, Roxie just wants to fit in which is impossible because she barely runs into her friends at her huge high school. Adrianne’s disappearance and Hayden’s attention rock Roxie’s world. But nothing rocks it like the most gorgeous guy at school, Drew. And nothing is more important to Roxie than astral projecting back to Planet Popular to solve the mystery of the map. But that changes when Drew invites Roxie to homecoming. Hayden warns her that something’s wrong. Why would a guy like Drew like Roxie anyway? Drew must want something. Hayden’s right. Drew is…different. Planet Popular was just the beginning. Part of a bigger world, the Shadow World. There’s a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When the shadow invasion begins at Roxie’s high school, she’ll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends, when she discovers she’s the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. But, Roxie can’t even kill a spider. Oh yeah, there’s an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words too.

http://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com/


Veiled Shadows, The Age of Alandria: Book Two by Morgan Wylie



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Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled. Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria. Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends. Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give. The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side. The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come. Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.

Book one is always FREE on Amazon!

Dreamscape by Christie Rich


Dreamscape (Netherworld, #1)


Amelia's life is about to shatter into the Dreamscape, where Seth is her captor and anything is possible, except escape. Seth needs Amelia to break the curse that keeps him bound to the Dreamscape. He must convince her to join him for if Seth fails Earth will be lost to the Netherworld where the evil Erobos wait to consume human life force. If he fails, Seth will lose Amelia.


Rematch, Double Fault and Visited by Janine Caldwell

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The beginning of the trilogy, with the first two books, begin the journey that has readers breathless and squirming in their seats waiting for the final book. Esmerelda's life has been a lie up util her mother's death, from then on things change - even her reality. Magical powers emerge, evil crossbreeds hunt for her blood, and two brothers who try and steal her heart. There are five witches who can help, only problem is that they are dead. Can she learn how to harness her newly found powers and awaken them before it's too late? In book two, Esmerelda has accepted her fate as a witch and the one who must end Nicholas, but losing her friend over choosing the man who holds her heart was something she can't grasp. To make matters worse, the Death Keeper has made a deal for her soul and she must find a way to stay alive - and awake - as her dreams become real nightmares.


Wolfspell by M.R. Polish

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The beginning of the trilogy, with the first two books, begin the journey that has readers breathless and squirming in their seats waiting for the final book. Esmerelda's life has been a lie up util her mother's death, from then on things change - even her reality. Magical powers emerge, evil crossbreeds hunt for her blood, and two brothers who try and steal her heart. There are five witches who can help, only problem is that they are dead. Can she learn how to harness her newly found powers and awaken them before it's too late? In book two, Esmerelda has accepted her fate as a witch and the one who must end Nicholas, but losing her friend over choosing the man who holds her heart was something she can't grasp. To make matters worse, the Death Keeper has made a deal for her soul and she must find a way to stay alive - and awake - as her dreams become real nightmares.



Forbidden, Reckoning and Redemption by Amy Miles



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Forbidden: Roseline Enescue didn't ask to become an immortal, to have all of the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend. Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America, but her transition into the human world isn't easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Yet she remains relatively unfazed until she meets Gabriel Marston. As their lives entwine, Roseline realizes he is more than he seems. His ability to grind concrete into dust pales in comparison to the glowing cross tattoo that mysteriously appears on his forearms. Despite the forbidden bond between them, Roseline can't help wondering what Gabriel is. He's not human. He's not immortal. So just what is he?


Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross

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18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim. David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul he’d seen in centuries and he couldn’t let her die, so the fallen angel used his abilities to heal her—only he took it too far and changed Tessa forever. Now, he has to figure out a way to explain what’s happening to Tessa and somehow protect both of them from the consequences. His choice made them targets for the Hunters, who will use any means necessary to capture their prey. Only a desperate plan can help them escape, and sacrifices will be made. Time is ticking. Will they make it, or will they be lost to the echoes of fate?


Funny Tragic Crazy Magic by Sheena Boekweg


(Funny Tragic Crazy Magic) Keep your head down. Don’t make waves. Don’t let anyone know you’re a freak. Larissa Alvarez is a witch. Magic is useful enough to make her pretty, but beyond transformation runes, Larissa ignores her mom’s pleas to learn about her magical heritage on the grounds that it’s just too weird. But when her family is killed, and the powerful book of runes Larissa is supposed to inherit disappears, she realizes she’s not going to survive without magic. Worse still, she’s falling in love with her only ally, her best friend Joe, who has a secret that could kill them both. Now magic is the only way she can reclaim her heritage and save the boy she loves. Larissa dives into the world of magic she’s always ignored and finds herself caught in the middle of an age-old war between Witches and Mages. She may be poorly trained. She may not have anyone to trust. But it’s time to start making waves. (Alchemy)"Do you want me to be dangerous?" he asked, his voice husky and low. I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. "No. I don't." "Then I'm not dangerous at all," he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. "You've never been safer than you are at this moment." I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light. We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages. Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone. We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

http://www.boekwegbooks.com/


Barely Alive, Book One in the Barely Alive Series by Bonnie R. Paulson


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In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so. Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn’t earn the final death he longs for, he’ll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity. Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He’s not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don’t stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn’t know he needs. Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn’t develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather’s immunity, 
he gives Paul an ultimatum – deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul’s brother suffers the zombie fate. Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he’ll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Broken Pieces Cover Reveal by Dawn Pendleton



Today we share a cover reveal for author Dawn Pendleton's third and final book in her BROKEN series, Broken Pieces.

Also, the second book in the series, Broken Dreams has a new look! Check it out below! Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the new covers.





It’s been a rough year for Gabby Peterman. Her best friend’s dad died six months ago, her other best friend has leukemia and isn’t doing well, and her marriage? After three years, it’s more of a joke than a relationships. Despite all the odds, she’s managed to stay strong for the people around her, supporting them through all their trials. But when death strikes again and one of her closest friends disappears, Gabby loses it.

On the verge of a mental breakdown himself, Wolfe Landon will do anything to win Gabby over. But first, he’s going to prove to her just how much he cares and loves her, because losing her will rip out his heart and soul.




Release Date: December 24, 2013








Broken Dreams has a NEW cover!


Rainey Daniels has been keeping a secret since she left her hometown, three years ago. The death of a friend’s father, though, has her questioning whether or not running away from her past is what’s best for her future. Add sexy Chris Baker in the mix and she’s even more unsure. After all, life is short.

Baker is an all-around good guy with a great sense of humor struggling to keep his new bar afloat. And he always thought Rainey was hot, even when she carried a few extra pounds in high school. Hell, he thinks she’s too skinny now. He knows she’s hiding something, too, but when he pushes the issue, she pushes him away. He tries not to care; she only wants a summer fling, right? But when her life is threatened, he realizes he may just be in love with her… and then he learns her secret.

Can they find love together before it’s too late?


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas with the Oracles!


That's right, this Christmas you can cuddle up by the fire with Liv, Laith, Brayan and Meena and the rest of the Oracles while you celebrate the holidays. Not only that, but you'll have a chance to win titles by other YA Fantasy authors too. Each day we will celebrate a different book in The Soul Quest Trilogy series. I will include a blurb and links to the book on Amazon, Smashwords and B&N. At the end of the post you will be able to enter a giveaway for the featured book as well as other incredible YA Fantasy reads donoted by my wonderful YA author friends! Can you believe it, FIVE GIVEAWAYS?!!!

Here's the schedule!
December 19 - Soulless: The Story of Shayan, Prequel and Giveaways!
December 20 - Soul Quest, Book One and Giveaways!
December 21 - The Guardians of Souls, Book Two and Giveaways!
December 22 - Soul Deep, Book Three and Giveaways!
December 23 - The ENTIRE SQT SERIES and Giveaways!
*All books in this giveaway will be digital unless indicated otherwise.

I'm so excited! Aren't you? 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Soul of Asimina by Kristi Stong



Her parents were heroes of the realm, and when Sabina de Nespa found herself in a position to thwart grave evil, she had never been more determined to do what is right, or more terrified.

Cover by Once Upon a Time Covers

Coming this winter!

Soul of Asimina is the third book in the Land of Kaldalangra series, written by Kristi Strong.



Sabina de Nespa was content living in the shadow of her heroic parents, traveling the realm and aiding the less fortunate. As the child of royalty, she kept her intentions pure and her heart guarded, always aware that the crown may one day rest upon her brow.

When two strangers fall into her world, life as she knows it spirals out of control, and shakes her to the core. One brings with him an enemy that destroyed entire cultures in his old world, and the second is filled with hidden intentions and dangerous secrets.

It has been two years since the reign of the tyrannical King Verikhan has ended, and the realm of Kaldalangra flourishes.
When a decade old evil threatens to destroy the peace of Kaldalangra, it is up to Sabina to take the step into her parents’ footsteps, or let everything for which they worked crumble into dust.







Rhea Aralia lived an uneventful life in Virginia, until the fateful night of her kidnapping. Taken to a strange realm of destruction, despair, and mysterious people with dark secrets, the young woman must learn a new way of life to survive.

With the help of her new companions, Rhea discovers the courage to defy the tyrant King Verikhan and his heir, the cleverness to deceive the court, and the power within herself to transform this world of darkness into one of beauty and hope.

Will Rhea triumph over those who seek her destruction, or will she be forever lost in the darkness known as Kaldalangra?













Nyssa has taken her place as Queen of the realm, with her secret love, Sebast, now openly at her side. She rules with a fair hand, striving for justice and prosperity for all of her people.

Rowan and Rhea travel the realm, spreading peace and healing wherever they go. In Kylassame, they have formed a strong bond with friends and spread deep roots in the community.

The people of Kaldalangra are joyful, and life in their

world is better than ever before.

But a string of tragedies has the ability to bring Rhea to her knees, and with her, the entire realm. While Rowan struggles to recover the village of Kylassame from a devastating crime, Rhea’s faith in her own strength weakens, with dire consequences.


Re-enter the world of Kaldalangra, and join the adventure as Rhea and Rowan endeavor to continue upon their chosen destiny.



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About the Author
 Fixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating a world with a tyrant king, are all parts of the average day for Kristi Strong. While she has called Virginia her home for two decades, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and under far too many roofs to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, and their small zoo (consisting of a dog, cat, and chinchilla).                                                                                               Attending James Madison University gave Kristi the rare opportunity to work as part of an archaeological team on a variety of dig sites in Virginia. She now uses her extensive studies in human cultures (aka, Anthropology degree), to create her own world in her fantasy novels, beginning with her debut novel, The Lady of Steinbrekka, continuing with her second novel, Heart of Kylassame, as well as her upcoming novel Soul of Asimina.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Change of Possession by M.R. Polish Cover Reveal!

I am so excited to show you this cover! Change of Possession is the first New Adult, Romantic Suspense M.R. Polish has written. Early readers have come back saying it is a "Page Turner" and 
"A Book I can't Put Down!" 

Change of Possession
Twenty-year-old Keeley- Moison moves across the country for one reason: to escape the traumas of her past and start over at a new college. What she doesn’t expect is to be thrust into a dangerous future - one where the quarterback of the football team has set his sinister sights on her.

Loner Vahn Silver is an outcast and likes it that way. Living in the shadows, Vahn forces himself into the light to protect Keeley from the man who killed his best friend - even if that means risking his own life. 

But Keeley soon learns that the football team rules the school and everyone in it. When Vahn ends up in the hospital after a vicious attack and her quarterback stalker edges closer to his prey, Keeley must find the strength within herself to fight - and take back the change of possession.

So, without further ado.....the cover!

Cover Artist: Jenny Laatsch

Add to your Goodreads TBR list now! 


Change of Possession will be released November 3rd, 2013

Excerpt:


I slipped back into the shadows. If they knew I watched them, I wouldn’t be allowed to come back and then all my plans would be for nothing. Downing the rest of my drink, I crushed the cup in my hand before tossing it over my shoulder as I headed out. There wasn’t anything else I’d find out tonight; they were all too sloshed or tight lipped to do me any good. Damn parties anyway; I hated them, but it was the only way to scout out all the players and hopefully discover what I knew, deep down, happened to my best friend. Their secrets were the only thing that could crush them and bring justice to Christie’s death.
               Thinking back to how she spent her last year of life infuriated me. As seniors in high school we were supposed to have fun, live life, plan for our future, but all of those plans changed when she met Steve. Slowly, day by day, he fed her a world of lies and deception until there was no turning back. Now, a year later, I was still trying to prove her death wasn’t an accident, and that Steve was to blame. I owed it to her. Before all the lies and all the drugs, she was my closest friend. There was a time I even thought we might be more, but that wasn’t in her plans; she wanted someone different, someone who wasn’t me. I’d like to think the drugs made her stay with Steve, but the more I learned about him, the more I knew drugs weren’t the only thing that kept her from me.
               I fished around in my pocket for my keys . The room spun, and I had to close my eyes to stay standing. My heart raced. What was wrong? I took another step but lost all balance and stumbled out the door. 
               I pulled my phone out, squinting as I tried to focus enough to dial out. I held it to my ear and waited. “Dad,” I said when he answered. “Something’s wrong. I need a ride.” My voice sounded miles away and fuzzy. Silently, I prayed he would understand as I rattled off what I hoped was the correct address. I couldn’t even remember what house I was at anymore. He said he’d be there soon so I hung up the phone and  sat down in the yard to wait. 
              My parents were like everyone else and thought I was just in denial over Christie’s death, and that I wanted someone to blame. Damn right I wanted someone to blame. 
Ugh, my head hurt so bad that all I wanted to do was lay down. The grass was cool and begged to be used for a pillow. It took only seconds before the world darkened, and life as I knew it changed. 



About the Author

M.R. Polish was born in Idaho, a long, long, long, maybe not that long time ago.... Writing has always been there for her. Growing up, her mind was filled with stories, some she shared and others she filed away to write down later in life. It wasn't until 2011 that she decided to publish her stories for everyone to enjoy. Her first award and when writing became more than just an idea was in the 5th grade. She won the scary story contest for the school newspaper. It is one story she still has tucked away for memories. Her teacher told her she could be anything she wanted and that she had a talant for writing, being creative and drawing people into her stories. M.R. took that to heart and continued to write, although mostly in secret until recent years. 
Now you can find her enjoying life with her family - wrangling her four kids, setting traps in the house with toys for unsuspecting victims (aka, her husband) and writing down all her crazy and fun stories. 
"Life is too short to stand by and watch everyone else live your dreams. The bigger the dream, the bigger the adventure!" ~ M.R. Polish

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Curse of the Beast by Ashley Lavering!

I am so excited! 
Curse of the Beast is Free on Amazon, October 18-20! 
Don't miss your chance to grab this young adult paranormal 
romance and retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist. 


A dark  shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his. 
Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. **2012 Whitney Award Nominee**

Curse of the Beast (bk 1) 
Star Cursed (bk2) 
After Star (bk3) Coming April 2014
About the Author
In addition to being a mother and wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want to experience the world but will never be able to see it all so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story.  Oh, the places you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.
Books that are like mine: Beastly by Flinn, Alex;  Scarlette by  Davonna Juroe; Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Dragon Rose by Christine Pope,  Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time) by Debbie Viguié
Click your way into a great read and let the curse claim you!