Saturday, May 31, 2014

An Earth-Shattering Story! An Eart-Shattering Giveaway!

Gray's Domain Release Giveaway
Twenty-four amazing authors have joined forces with Eva Pohler Books and over a dozen outstanding bloggers to raise money for Active Minds, a non-profit organization devoted to mental health awareness and suicide prevention in young adults. In addition to donating their books, swag, and gift cards, many of these participants have also given cash donations directly to the organization. This coalition of authors and bloggers wants to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and let young adults know there are people who care and to never give up. You can help, too! One of the entry options on the rafflecopter giveaway is to donate $1 or more to Active Minds. The link will take you directly to the foundation's website, and it's so easy to do! Here is the list of prizes you can enter to win! Mercy Amare and K.T. Smith's Legacies Casey Bond's Reap Jacinda Buchmann's Indigo Incite Nely Cab's Creatura Series, Books 0.5-2 Amy Evan's Clicks plus jelly bean kisses C.R. Everett's I Loved That About Her A.M. Hargrove's Tragically Flawed Susan Holmes's Deadly Ties: A Waterside Kennel's Mystery Laura Howard's The Forgotten Ones Amy Jones's A Zebra Like Me Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons's Uprising Carlyle Labuschagne: Winner's Choice of any of her books Quinn Loftis's Grey Wolves Series Quinn Loftis's Elfin Series Quinn Loftis's Call Me Crazy Kelly Martin's Big Is Beautiful Jo Michaels's Lily (Mystic Vol. 2) Jennifer Miller's Pretty Little Lies J.D. Nelson's Night Aberrations Alison Pensy's Custodian Novels Boxed Set Eva Pohler's The Gatekeeper's Saga C.W. Stokes's Second Chances Felicia Tatum's Intoxicating Passion Boxed Set Becca Vincenza's Damaged K.A. Young's The Nephilum Warrior Boxed Set K.A. Young's The Elise Michaels Series Deausha Kitty's YA Book Blog: $5 Amazon GC Lisa's Book Lair: Swag The Bookworm Blog: $1.99 ebook Supagurl Books: Swag Wicked Women Book Blog $3 Amazon GC Kat's Indie Book Blog: Rachel M Raithby's Lexia The Deadwood Hunter Series, Book 1
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Along with the rafflecopter for the prizes above is a tour celebrating the release of Gray's Domain, the second book in The Purgatorium Series. If you are need in therapy, this is the series to read! It tells of an island off the coast of California where Dr. Gray and her staff use experimental methods on clinically depressed and suicidal patients sent their by family members who have no other hope. Seventeen-year-old Daphne is their newest patient.   TOUR SCHEDULE: Kristi’s Book Readery Blitz June 8th A Book So Fathomless Interview June 8th The Power of Three Readers Blitz June 9th Escaping Life’s Craziness with Books Review June 10th My Bookopolos Blitz June 10th Literary Redemption Blitz June 10th Lissa Lynn's Reviews Blitz June 11th Purple Shadow Hunter Blitz June 12th Jen's Must Have Books 2 Read Review June 12th Lisa’s Book Lair Review June 13th Inside Bj’s Head Blitz June 13th Open June 14th Book Skater Blitz June 15th The Book Worm Blog Review June 15th Deausha Kitty’s YA Book Blog Review June 16th Supagurl Books Review June 17th Open June 18th Open June 19th Open June 20th Pure Jonel Review June 21st Kat’s Indie Book Blog Review June 21st Wicked Women Book Blog Review June 22nd Winners will be announced on June 23rd! Please enter the rafflecopter below:   a Rafflecopter giveaway Gray's Domain Release Giveaway Twenty-four amazing authors have joined forces with Eva Pohler Books and over a dozen outstanding bloggers to raise money for Active Minds, a non-profit organization devoted to mental health awareness and suicide prevention in young adults. In addition to donating their books, swag, and gift cards, many of these participants have also given cash donations directly to the organization. This coalition of authors and bloggers wants to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and let young adults know there are people who care and to never give up. You can help, too! One of the entry options on the rafflecopter giveaway is to donate $1 or more to Active Minds. The link will take you directly to the foundation's website, and it's so easy to do! Here is the list of prizes you can enter to win! Mercy Amare and K.T. Smith's Legacies Casey Bond's Reap Jacinda Buchmann's Indigo Incite Nely Cab's Creatura Series, Books 0.5-2 Amy Evan's Clicks plus jelly bean kisses C.R. Everett's I Loved That About Her A.M. Hargrove's Tragically Flawed Susan Holmes's Deadly Ties: A Waterside Kennel's Mystery Laura Howard's The Forgotten Ones Amy Jones's A Zebra Like Me Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons's Uprising Carlyle Labuschagne: Winner's Choice of any of her books Quinn Loftis's Grey Wolves Series Quinn Loftis's Elfin Series Quinn Loftis's Call Me Crazy Kelly Martin's Big Is Beautiful Jo Michaels's Lily (Mystic Vol. 2) Jennifer Miller's Pretty Little Lies J.D. Nelson's Night Aberrations Alison Pensy's Custodian Novels Boxed Set Eva Pohler's The Gatekeeper's Saga C.W. Stokes's Second Chances Felicia Tatum's Intoxicating Passion Boxed Set Becca Vincenza's Damaged K.A. Young's The Nephilum Warrior Boxed Set K.A. Young's The Elise Michaels Series Deausha Kitty's YA Book Blog: $5 Amazon GC Lisa's Book Lair: Swag The Bookworm Blog: $1.99 ebook Supagurl Books: Swag Wicked Women Book Blog $3 Amazon GC Kat's Indie Book Blog: Rachel M Raithby's Lexia The Deadwood Hunter Series, Book 1 GraysDomain3Along with the rafflecopter for the prizes above is a tour celebrating the release of Gray's Domain, the second book in The Purgatorium Series. If you are need in therapy, this is the series to read! It tells of an island off the coast of California where Dr. Gray and her staff use experimental methods on clinically depressed and suicidal patients sent their by family members who have no other hope. Seventeen-year-old Daphne is their newest patient. TOUR SCHEDULE: Kristi’s Book Readery Blitz June 8th A Book So Fathomless Interview June 8th The Power of Three Readers Blitz June 9th Escaping Life’s Craziness with Books Review June 10th My Bookopolos Blitz June 10th Literary Redemption Blitz June 10th Lissa Lynn's Reviews Blitz June 11th Purple Shadow Hunter Blitz June 12th Jen's Must Have Books 2 Read Review June 12th Lisa’s Book Lair Review June 13th Inside Bj’s Head Blitz June 13th Open June 14th Book Skater Blitz June 15th The Book Worm Blog Review June 15th Deausha Kitty’s YA Book Blog Review June 16th Supagurl Books Review June 17th Open June 18th Open June 19th Open June 20th Pure Jonel Review June 21st Kat’s Indie Book Blog Review June 21st Wicked Women Book Blog Review June 22nd Winners will be announced on June 23rd! Please enter the rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Soul Deep by Rose Morgan!


NEW RELEASE!


Soul Deep
After waiting for what seems like forever, Soul Deep is making its way out into the world. 
 

Excerpt from Chapter Thirteen

“She was too!” my mom insisted.
My dad shook his head.  “I think the treatment made you hallucinate.  Whitney is gone, she wasn’t here.”
My mom folded her arms.  “You have no faith.  She was here, in this very room.  I hugged her and told her I loved her.”
“Are they still arguing over you?” Brother Hendricks said as he walked into the room, chuckling.
I giggled.  “Yeah, it’s been almost an hour.  She’s not giving in.  And she already set up a meeting with some missionaries.  They’re coming to the hospital to see her.”
“That’s great news,” he said as he perched on the ledge of the window seat next to me.
I took in a deep sigh of relief.  For the moment, everything was okay.  “It is.  I think things are going to get better.  She’s going to fight and kick cancer’s butt.”
He laughed.
I cocked my head.  “What?”
“Nothing.”
I rolled my eyes.  “So, when does Trisha come back on shift?”
“Tonight.”  His eyes sparkled as he spoke.  “I double checked the schedule.”
“How many times did you double check it?”  I bumped shoulders with him.
“What, you think you know me or something?” He winked.  “Five or six times.”
Mmmhum.
Dave knocked on the door as he slipped into the room quietly.  His face lit up when he saw my mom.  “Well, for someone taking their fourth dose of chemo you sure are in a good mood.”
My dad threw his arms in the air.  “She’s claiming that she saw Whitney.  That’s why.”  He rose from his seat and paced.  “You talk to her, tell her it’s the medicine.”
Dave shook his head.  “No.  You know, that even in my business where I try to save lives, even Whitney’s, I know there is an afterlife.  I think the possibility of them being able to cross over to be with us for short periods of time is high. If I let myself think that they couldn’t live on after their death, then I couldn’t live with myself.  So many people die and the guilt would consume me. I’m on Ginger’s side.  I think it’s possible she saw her.  And, let’s not forget that she is very sick and when people get that close to death, they can see things we can’t.”
My dad threw his head back in disgust.  “You two are exhausting.  I’m going to get a drink.  The cafeteria has to have something other than this stuff they have up here.”
I laughed as he walked out.
Dave sat in the chair next to the bed where my dad was.  “This has been a crazy month.  First Whitney, now you. I don’t know what I’m going to do about Zane.  I used to go to my mom for advice, but even she’s gone.”  He ran a hand through his hair.
My mom smiled.  “Zane is depressed.  He loved Whitney so much that having her gone is almost unbearable.  I know.”
He hung his head.  “Yes, I get that.  They were perfect for each other.  When you think of soul mates, you think of them.  But, looking for her at the bottom of a bottle isn’t good for him, or the girls.”
I stepped quietly over to listen more intently.  Hearing Zane’s name made my heart go pitter-patter and I yearned to be with him.  Dave was right, I knew the moment I met Zane that he was the one.  He was my soul mate.  Even though I wasn’t with him, I still felt that. We were still meant to be together for eternity. I just had to get him to see that was possible.
My mom reached out and took his hand.  He glanced up with a sad smile.
“You know, while I saw Whitney she talked to me about some things.  I’m not sure how it works, but maybe after I figure it all out, I can help him, too.”
He covered their joined hands with his other one and stared at them.  “What if it’s too late by then?”
She sat up straighter.  “Then you, Uncle Dave, better make sure you have princess wall d├ęcor, because those girls will need you.”
My chest tightened around my heart, making it impossible to beat.  I needed to find Zane.  I needed to help my girls.  I threw my head back and groaned.  Why was dying so hard?
“Want me to come?” Brother Hendricks asked.
“How’d you know that I was going anywhere?”
He chuckled.  “Because I know you, and you can’t leave anyone alone; not when they need you.”
I nodded.  “Yeah, it would be nice if you came.  I almost wish Sarah and Brother Furtz were here, too.”
“We’ll be back there before you know it.”
“I know, it’s just strange because Sarah’s been there for me since I died, so going through this without her makes me feel almost empty.  Not that you aren’t great.”
He smiled.  “No, I get it. Brother Furtz is amazing and has helped me in so many ways.”
I met him at the door.  “I guess it’s time to spread our wings and fly.”
He raised a brow.  “Hey, speaking of wings.”
“Yeah?”
“Are we angels, or are we ghosts?”
I laughed.  “I don’t think we are either, but if I had to choose one, I think ghosts.”  Glancing at my mom and Dave one more time, I left the room for the first time since entering it.
Brother Hendricks gave me a sideways glance.  “So ghosts?”
I shrugged.  “Well, we’re here walking in the halls of a hospital, yet no one can see us.  Um, hello, that is creepy.  I don’t care who you are.”
A man in a white suit came around the corner.  He tipped his head our way as he passed.  I stopped and turned to see him enter the room with the old man.
“Yeah.  I’m definitely going with ghosts.”


 
 
 

Blurb

Following her violent death, Whitney assumed she’d go to Heaven, since good people don’t go to Hell. Or do they? Trapped in Spirit Prison and forced to face the man who killed her, Whitney realizes just how far from Heaven she truly is.
The Dark Ones, intent on having every soul share the darkness with them, gives Whitney an ultimatum that will determine the fate of her loved ones—both alive and dead. Tempted on all sides and crippled with guilt, she must learn to have faith for a chance at having an eternity in Heaven, or she will forever be lost in an inescapable Hell.

Soul Deep is a full length LDS Fiction novel
Buy it today on available online stores



Finding Keepers by Kristi Strong Cover Reveal!

What do you get when you combine the writing of Kristi Strong with the digital talents of Elizabeth Sharp? A brand new cover of awesomness!

Finding Keepers is Kristi Strong’s first Young Adult novel, and first non-fantasy novel.

Story Blurb: Starting a new life is never easy, but Alyssa Doe has turned it into an art form. Abandoned by her parents at age twelve, four years in foster care has taught Alyssa how to get through life the hard way. Now sixteen and growing desperate for a stable life, Alyssa finds herself puzzled by her newest keeper, twenty-five year old Jessica Sona. A feisty woman who does not accept no for an answer, Jessica’s insistence on safety, family, and unconditional love begin to break down Alyssa’s walls and bring her hope, a dangerous emotion. Can such a thing as family and love exist for a girl whose birth name is Doe, or will Alyssa be forever left finding keepers?
Excerpt “None of us stand a chance,” Alyssa mumbled as she pushed her eggs around. Jessica looked up from her plate, but remained silent, giving Alyssa time to process her thoughts. “The rules made sense,” Alyssa said, glancing up at Jessica, the lack of surprise on the woman’s face confirming that some of the memories had fallen from Alyssa’s lips as she relived the past, along with her reading Alyssa’s records. “I get it, especially now. The alarms were to make sure no-one snuck over to the other bedrooms, or tried to run away. A couple of the teenagers tried, because they were lonely, I guess. They didn’t even realize when Jenna did it, because she disabled the alarm, until they found the pregnancy test she stole from the pharmacy and questioned the boys ... The obsession with cleanliness and order a necessity, because with eight children in a house, things would become chaotic so quickly.” She felt a tear trickle down her cheek and rubbed it away angrily. “But I was just fourteen. I wasn’t trying to be bad when I set off the alarm. I just had a nightmare and was so scared. They didn’t believe me though, and so they sent me away the first chance they got.” “Do you still have nightmares?” Jessica’s voice was soft, low, her gaze on Alyssa’s hand holding the fork, the trembling causing the fork to vibrate the eggs where it rested. Alyssa nodded. “Every night. The police car comes for me, and ... ” The words were strangled, as if her heart was pushing them out, while her head was forcing them back in. Confessions were dangerous, ammunition to use against you in group therapy, proof that you were not right in the head and needed more intensive care, institutionalized care. “Alli,” Jessica’s hand slipped over Alyssa’s where it lay on the table, trembling like a leaf. “My door is always open, no matter if it is day or night. You don’t have to be alone in the darkness anymore. I’m here now, and forever.”
About Kristi's Novels
While Finding Keepers is her first Contemporary Young Adult novel, she also has three books currently published in her New Adult Fantasy series, the Land of Kaldalangra.
The Lady of Steinbrekka  (The featured fantasy book in the 2014-2015 LCPS Battle of the Books competition) 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?
   It has been two years since the reign of the tyrannical King Verikhan has ended, and the realm of Kaldalangra flourishes.    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.
In the land of Kaldalangra, one woman stands at a crossroads 
  Sabina de Nespa has known a life of freedom and peace, thanks to the actions of her heroic parents. As a child of royalty, she has kept her intentions pure and her heart guarded, always aware that the crown of the realm may one day rest upon her brow. 
  When two strangers stumble across her path, she finds her peace shattered as dangerous family secrets begin to emerge, along with a malignant force that threatens to destroy her entire world. These men have the ability to help her rise to brilliant heights, or cause a devastating plunge into darkness. 
  It is now up to Sabina to continue her parents’ legacy of honor, courage, and strength through adversity. With the fate of Kaldalangra upon her shoulders, she has vowed to follow the path of righteousness, or die trying.
About the Author:
Fixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating new fantasy worlds 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 far too many houses to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, cat and chinchilla.
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