Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Red Threads (The Fateliner Series #1) by Stacey J. Mitchell


Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on the Red Threads Blog Tour hosted by Irresistible Reads Tour. Click here to follow along with the blog tour. :D 


Title: Red Threads (The Fateliner Series #1)
Author: Stacey J. Mitchell
Released: 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blog Tour organized by: Irresistible Reads Tours


~ Synopsis ~

Twenty-six-year-old Lily Robinson has her dream job in a museum, a great boyfriend, and is happy with her life - until the day she starts seeing red threads growing out of the chests of those around her. 

That same day, Lily meets a stranger who seems to know her and understand what she is seeing. Lily doesn't believe him when he says she has a special ability, and it's only when he saves her life that she accepts something very strange is happening to her.

Lily's life is rapidly turned upside-down when she gets thrown into the world of fate and meets the beings who influence it. 

Can she learn to control her ability to help herself and those around her who need it most? 

Will she actually want to when she finds out what she has to do?


~ Excerpt ~ 

"I'm here, and I've got supplies." Lily took a step back from the speaker, released the intercom button, and waited for her best friend's head to appear at the window. 

The window opened, and Georgia's head poked out, her highlighted hair dangling in front of her eyes. "You know no one's allowed in without Ben and Jerry's." 

Lily rolled her eyes and pulled a carton out of the bag on her shoulder. "Well, I have two flavours - Half Baked and Phish Food. Now let me in before it melts."

Georgia grinned and her head disappeared back into her flat.

"I hope you've kept your side of the bargain," Lily said when Georgia opened the door and stood aside to let her in. "I'm expecting films with Channing Tatum or Gerard Butler. Or both together, if such a thing exists." Lily walked through the living room and into the kitchen area, where she dumped her bag on the counter. 

"In that case, you'll love this," Georgia said, holding up two DVD cases. "Magic Mike and 300. Am I the best friend ever, or what?" 

Lily whistled under her breath. "We're in for a treat tonight." She knew her way around Georgia's flat almost as well as she knew her own house, and she grabbed two spoons and two wine glasses and cracked open the bottle of red that Georgia passed her. 

"So what's new with you, then?" Georgia asked, as they carried the wine and ice cream through to the coffee table in front of the sofa. She switched the television on and held the two DVDs up, prompting Lily to choose. 

"300 first." Lily took a sip of her wine. "Not a lot really, work's the same as ever, Nick's fine. Things are just ticking along nicely, you know." She shrugged indifferently. "Come on, you must have some news for me." 

"Me?" Georgia had put the DVD into the machine and was now settling down on the sofa. "Little old perpetually single me?" She rolled her eyes.


~ Meet the Author: 


I am a tea drinker and history geek who lives in south Wales. I love reading, being outdoors, cooking, and stand-up comedy - but I don't like bananas and insects. 

I have been writing stories ever since I could hold a pen. I have a degree in Egyptology, and I love writing so much that I even enjoyed my university coursework.

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Book Blitz ~ Almost Dead by Rebecca A. Rogers



Title: Almost Dead
Author: Rebecca A. Rogers
Release date: September 15th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Book Blitz organized by:  Irresistible Reads Tours


~ Synopsis ~

Seventeen-year-old Flora Mackey is not exactly thrilled to wake up from a car accident and find out she's a ghost. Making this lifelike hell even worse is being trapped with her arch enemy and collision partner, Laney Tipps. The two normally couldn't get along if their lives depended on it, but now they have no choice. 

After recovering from the initial shock of seeing their lifeless bodies - and that they can't escape each other - Flora and Laney have to find a way out of the twisted, gray realm. But they quickly learn that the farther they stray from their motionless corpses, the weaker they become. Luckily Sara, a spirit guide, shows up to help. Sara informs them they'll have to wait for someone in their city to die so they can take their place in the land of the living.

What's scarier than waiting in purgatory? Time. If Flora and Laney don't return to the physical world and leave clues for their families that they're still alive, they'll never be found. Which sucks, because once their bodies give out, their souls will be permanently stuck in the afterlife.


~ Guest Post by Rebecca A. Rogers ~

Halloween is right around the corner, which means autumn is in the air: sweaters, scarves, vibrant leaves, carved pumpkins, coffee and lattes with spicy aromas and flavors. The list is literally endless. Typically, Halloween evokes images of ghosts and things that go bump in the night, but it can also mean some really good (and really creepy) reading material. Here is a top-ten list of books-turned-movies to set the mood, in no particular order:

1. The Shining by Stephen King - REDRUM is one of the ultimate go-to expressions when someone brings up The Shining in conversation. And who can forget those creepy twins? 

2. It by Stephen King - The movie was enough to give me nightmares as a child. Clowns. Halloween. I'm already getting goosebumps. 

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker - A classic, that's all there is to it.

4. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - Who doesn't love a good demonic possession, along with split-pea soup? ;)

5. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris - Hello, Clarice. *shudders*

6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice - Okay, it's definitely not as creepy as some of the others, but Anne Rice is pretty much the queen of paranormal. Let's be honest, Halloween wouldn't be the same without the supernatural.

7. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin - I remember seeing bits and pieces of this movie as a child, and it freaked me out. What's better than horror? Psychological horror. 

8. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson - The fact that this was based on a true story makes it even scarier. 

9. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - I was disturbed by this movie when I was younger, and it still weirds me out today, but there's nothing quite like a creepy carnival coming to town. 

10. Psycho by Robert Bloch - Ah, Norman Bates. Yet another great psychological horror story. 

What are some of your favorite books-turned-movies? Are there any must-haves to watch on Halloween night?



~ Meet the Author: Rebecca A. Rogers! ~ 
                              

Rebecca expressed her creative side at an early age and hasn't stopped since. She won't hesitate to tell you that she lives inside her imagination, and it's better than reality. 

In short: I'd insert something here along the lines of living in the Northeast or Europe with my wonderful husband and our dogs, but these things haven't happened yet. Instead, I'll tell you I'm an avid gamer, chocoholic, coffee addict, animal lover, and own way too many books and shoes.

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Book Blitz: Excerpt ~ Ever Wrath (Dark Faerie Tale #4) by Alexia Purdy


Title: Ever Wrath
Author: Alexia Purdy
Series: A Dark Faerie Tale (#4)
Genre: Fantasy, Faeries, YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Lyrical Lit. Publishing
Release Date: September 15th 2013

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Synopsis:
There is no hope.

Only blood and darkness await.

Shade rules as Queen of the Seelie Summer Court with her love, a Teleen Faerie named Dylan at her side. But, the dark court of Unseelie faeries will do everything in their power to rule the earth, including enslaving the human world. Arthas, the Unseelie Ancient King, has shattered the boundaries of Faerie and the human cities are filling with his evil, unearthly armies.

Old enemies become allies. New friends bring old secrets and an ancient magic to light. Alongside the Ancient Seelie Queen, Kilara, Shade needs to harness this wild magic before the lines between human and faery are forever destroyed.


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~ Meet the Author: Alexia Purdy! ~ 

Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada–Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She loves writing paranormal fantasy and poetry and devours books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.

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~ Excerpt ~

No one moved, making her even more nervous. The merfolk guards flicked their tails to hover, weapons pointed toward them as they held their ground. Nautilus responded with the same resonating sound. It was unsettling, feeling the water echo around her, but it didn't hurt her ears any more. She focused her eyes on the one merman who was obviously their leader. His scales shone more crystalline, and his arms were plastered with an array of platinum arm bands which glinted as he moved, pointing at them. He looked quite intent on yelling at them, his lips moving in strange, haunting calls with echoing clicks, reminding her of dolphin speak. She hoped he wouldn't be using that long, sharp and dangerous-looking triton on them. From the sound of his voice, it wasn't looking good for them.

~ Other Books in The Dark Faerie Tale Series  ~

Evangeline (#0.5) Free
Ever Shade (#1) Free
Ever Fire (#2)
The Cursed (#3.5)

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Book Blitz: Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) by Mia Hoddell


Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell
Release date: February 2013

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN: BOOBDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

Blurb:
The world is dangerous - but love will kill you. 

Little did Serena Jackson know that one, simple flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn't know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet. His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her. 

What she doesn't realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life - and now the world wants her dead.


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Praise:
"I couldn't put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different." Brianna (Book Blogger)

"I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!" Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

"I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story... completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound." Kacii - The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)


About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still - despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series 'The Wanderer Trilogy' and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series 'Elemental Killers' before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.

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Happy with the amount of photos I had collected I started to head back out of the forest, still flicking through my shots. As well as close ups, I had taken a few landscapes and as I was almost at the edge of the forest I noticed something in one of the photographs that made me stop. 

In the left hand corner was a figure that looked mostly human, but was blurred as if they were moving on the spot. 

A cold shudder shot through me.

Looking over my shoulder I became slightly panicked and felt as if someone was following me. 

My eyes flicked and searched the shadows. Even though there was no sign that anything had ever been behind me, the forest looked different now - dark and threatening. 

Instinctively I broke away and ran, still clutching the camera that was displaying the freaky image. Surrounded by trees I didn't stop until I was free of the forest and back in the open light and sight of my house. 

Throwing open my door, I slumped against the inside of it, regaining my breath from the short sprint. Once I had recovered I looked down at the photo once more, just to make sure that I hadn't been seeing things. The old saying "the camera never lies," came into my mind and for the first time I wished it not to be true. Sure enough though, as I looked down at the screen, the figure was still there and this time I noticed a red and orange glow around where its feet should have been. The image almost looked like the person was on fire but I thought I would have surely noticed if there had been a burning man in front of me.

GIVEAWAY

Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a light twist: the more entries she receives, the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:

No matter what = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20

and so forth...
So if she gets 1000 entries, she will give away $100, there's no limit! 

To enter, all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It's only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries she gets, the bigger the prize for you so share!

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Book Blitz ~ Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair



Title: Leap of Faith
Author: Jamie Blair
Published by: Simon & Schuster BfYR
Publication date: September 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


~ Synopsis ~

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read. 

Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who's ever made her feel safe. And now that she's found him, there's no way she can tell the truth: 

Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She's seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn't hers - Faith kidnapped her.

Faith's history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris's aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it's time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she'll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?


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~ Meet the Author: Jamie Blair! ~ 


Jamie Blair spent most of her teen years choreographing moves for her dance team routines, kissing boys on the couch after her mom went to bed, and pondering the mood enhancement qualities of Lemon Heads when consumed with Diet Coke. Writing under Kelli Maine, she's the USA Today bestselling author of Taken. Leap of Faith is her debut New Adult novel.

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Book Blitz ~ Embrace & Hold Tight by Cherie Colyer


Embrace (The Embrace Series #1)
by Cherie Colyer
Release Date: 12/20/11
Omnific Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

~ Excerpt from Embrace ~

There was something in the way he'd said it that sent an elated shiver through me. Not because I was nervous to be alone with him, but because I had a sudden urge to cover his mouth with mine. That would be so unlike me, but at that moment I wanted to grab the front of his shirt and pull him closer. It took me a second to compose myself, and I had to focus on my words to get them out in something that resembled a calm tone. 

"Oh, really?" I glanced around his dungeon-like room. I'd happily be his prisoner. 

"Really." Isaac crouched down, one hand resting on the floor on either side of me, his smile devious. "Aren't you in the least bit curious why?"

My pulse raced in a mix of excitement and longing. His cologne combined with the scents of his room and made my head spin. My reply came out weaker than I meant it to. 

"Why?"

"First, it gave me an excuse to get you down here." He ran his hand over my ponytail, giving it a gentle tug before placing his hand back on the floor next to me. He was enjoying himself. "And second, now I can do this."



Hold Tight (The Embrace Series #2)
by Cherie Colyer
Release Date: 08/20/13
Omnific Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
What’s one little spell?

When you’re new to magic, one spell can be the difference between getting what you want...and ruining the lives of everyone you love.

Sixteen-year-old Madison has just embraced her magical powers. The trick now is learning how to control them. She and her boyfriend -and fellow witch- can’t even enjoy a simple kiss without getting shocked when their powers collide. Instead of mastering her new skills, though, Madison is stuck watching her kid brother and doing chores.

But being a witch does have its benefits. With a simple spell, Madison instantly conjures the help she needs around the house. Or so she thinks. Her idea of “help” invites trouble of its own as a pair of dangerous yet enticing beings enter her life. When a classmate disappears soon afterwards, Madison discovers she's the next victim of a threat she's powerless to resist...and there’s nothing it won’t kill to make her surrender.

Caught in the crossfire between two dashing but deadly creatures, Madison must figure out which one to trust and how to rid her world of the other—before one of them destroys her and everyone she cares about.



About the Author

A little about myself: I write young adult and middle grade novels. I love finding new stories that keep me up late reading. While my favorite genre is fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive I’m all over it.
My debut novel EMBRACE is now available from Omnific Publishing.




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Juliana Haygert Double Cover Reveal!


Soul Oath (Everlast #2)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Length: ~80,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.


Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.


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Cup of Life (Everlast, #2.5)
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Lenght: ~15,000 words

Summary from Goodreads:
His existence would mean nothing without her.


Book One:
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About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Resilient by Patricia Vanasse


Welcome to my stop on the Resilient Blog Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions. Click here to follow along with the tour! :D


Title: Resilient
Author: Patricia Vanasse
Publication date: August 24th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: CBB Book Promotions


~ Synopsis ~

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it's maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplained ability has manifested, and her life isn't about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he's the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia's accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he's not alone. 

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can't read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart. 

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.     


~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 4 / 5

I really loved Resilient! Patricia Vanasse made Livie's abilities seem so fresh and original. Livie is am empath and can feel everyone's emotions just by being relatively near them, which would be utterly exhausting. There were times Livie wasn't sure if the emotions she felt were hers or someone else's, which happens when she's around many people at once. Not only is she empathic, but every few years near her birthday, she develops new abilities. After the horseback riding incident, she discovers she has five abilities. 

Livie is very down to earth and relatable. I connected with her character right away, and Patricia Vanasee did an excellent job conveying how exhausted having Livie's main ability makes her. I felt exhausted for her! It's understandable that Livie would feel like a freak and just want to be normal, but I didn't want her to feel that way. She's such a good person - there isn't anything she wouldn't do for those she loves.   

I guessed correctly that Adam would grate on Livie's nerves from the beginning. He came across as snarky and arrogant, but as the story progresses, he shows different sides of his personality causing me to really like him. He's my book boyfriend now! I thought their interactions were entertaining and comical. He has surprising secrets but won't reveal them to anyone except his best friend, Kyle. I wanted Adam and Livie to confide in each other so they could not feel so alone and freakish. Every time they were about to tell each other, something caused them to continue keeping their secrets for good reason. 

Resilient has everything - action, romance, danger, excitement, and suspense - and will keep you engrossed until the very end.  I was on the edge of my seat and had to find out what the secrets were that Livie's family were keeping from her and if the people after Livie and Adam would eventually catch up to them. I was riveted and chose finishing this book over sleep, and I'd gladly do it again! 

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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength - believes that everything is possible. 

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