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Friday, June 30

Book Blogger Hop: June 30th - July 6th




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte!

Name a book that changed your life.

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

 Wow! Great question this week. I would say the one book that changed me life would be Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine, aka the first published Goosebumps title. Well, it didn't really change my life, but it did lead me to start reading other horror novels. Reading Goosebumps lead me to the Fear Street novels and other Point Horror titles. Then I started reading Stephen King, John Saul, and Anne Rice.



Linky List:

Book Tour & Giveaway: Harmless


Harmless
by Katherine Dell
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Be careful what you wish for.

After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free. 

So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.

Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.


Book Tour & Giveaway: Soul Bound


Soul Bound : The Warrior
Soul Bound Series Book 1
by Jas T. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Releases June 13th, 2017!!

Death May Be The End...

But Love Doesn't Give A @&%#.

Murderer…
Jace Camden is haunted by his past. One that has many believing he got 
away with murder. He’s on the run from it, trying to start a new life in a new 
town. But his past won’t let won’t him escape, and it’s determined that his future will not long. 
Death will demand its due… and his dead wife will make sure that debt is paid in full.

Kitt Thomas’ life is in a rut, but that changed when she looked into the sad, haunted eyes, of Jace Camden. Something about his wounded soul called to her—like a like a whisper of a melody in a mysterious abyss she should have the sense to ignore.

But his past will make sure Kitt is no more part of Jace’s future than life is.
Because he’s Soul Bound – and that’s a shackle that can only be broken by death.
His.

It's not about the Happily Ever After...
It's about surviving the read. 

*Warning - this book deals with the subject of death, grief in a graphically realistic and dark manner*



Thursday, June 29

Book Tour & Giveaway: Forbidden Knight


FORBIDDEN KNIGHT
by Diana Cosby
Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 6/6/17




Deep within Scotland, a healer and a warrior join forces to protect Scotland’s future . . .

There is an intruder in the woods near King Robert Bruce’s camp, but when Sir Thomas MacKelloch comes face-to-face with the interloper, he is shocked to discover his assailant is a woman. The fair lady is skilled with a bow and arrow and defiant in her responses. The wary Knight Templar dare not allow her beauty to lower his guard. Irritated by his attraction, he hauls her before his sovereign to expose her nefarious intent.

Outraged Sir Thomas dismissed her claim, Mistress Alesone MacNiven awaits the shock on the arrogant knight’s face when he learns that she has told the truth. But it is she who is shocked, and then horrified, as it is revealed that her father, the king’s mortal enemy, has betrothed her to a powerful noble, a deal that could jeopardize the king’s efforts to unite Scotland. Robert Bruce orders Sir Thomas to escort Alesone to safety. As they embark on a harrowing journey through the Highlands, Alesone tries to ignore her attraction to the intimidating warrior, but as she burns beneath Thomas’s kiss she realizes this fearless knight could steal her heart.



Interview & Giveaway with Norman Green, author of Sick Like That




Being released on paperback on July 11th from Witness Impulse is the mystery SICK LIKE THAT, An Alessandra Martillo Mystery, by Norman Green.




The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule for a Q&A about his novel.


When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’ve always been interested in telling stories, it’s the most human activity there is.

What was your first book/story published?

‘Shooting Dr. Jack.’ 

What inspired you to write SICK LIKE THAT?

I’d resisted writing anything with a ‘private eye’ in it, but I wondered what would happen if you did it from a female perspective, especially a female who came from the inner city, who maybe isn’t the biggest proponent of law enforcement.

What character in SICK LIKE THAT is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Book Spotlight: Government 2.0 by Joseph Gorski







Government 2.0
by Joseph Gorski

Genre: economics, government

Publisher: BookVenture Publishing LLC

Pub. Date: February 2017

ISBN: 13-1-946735-05-8

Pages: 82
Word Count:  22581






What's the book about?

Government 2.0 explains in non-technical language how the banking system works, the media, the medical establishment and the government work against the common person. It explains how this model is falling apart.

The changing attitudes of people toward those in power, and the new technology which is helping to empower people is discussed and explained. There is real hope that power of the people will overtake the power of the elites.

It is important that the people understand this and embrace this change and don’t let themselves believe the fear mongering of the elites.

BookVenture       Amazon       BN


Wednesday, June 28

Book Tour & Giveaway: Pneuma Series


Pneuma
Pneuma Series Book 1
by Serena Kearney
Genre: SciFi, Supernatural Romance

Estelle Caldwell caused a war with her birth.

Estelle Caldwell has friends, family...everything a girl could ask for. But as she looks back on her life andher birthday approaches, weird things start to happen.

Questions are left unanswered. Her feelings are starting to become clear for the one she's been in love with her whole life.


People she knows start to become strangers to her.

She has to leave to protect them... to protect... him

pneu·ma

ˈn(y)o͞omə/

noun

the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person.

Do you know what it feels like to hold fate in your hand?

Was it fate that my whole life got turned upside down?

He was the reason I had to leave.

Making the sacrifice caused my heart to rip in two.

I wanted normalcy. I wanted my life to be my own.

But it's nothing without the people I love, and it's for

the people I love that I have to leave.
Fate. Please be kind.
Will he still remember me?
Will our first and last kiss be one and the same?
Please remember.
Please be with me.


Family is tested.

Memories are everywhere.

Love is one of the biggest reliefs and hurts you can have at the same time.


**FREE on Amazon!**



Surge
Pneuma Series Book 2

***The continuation from Book One- Pneuma***



Follow Estelle and Reed's journey in Book Two- Surge.

surge

/surj/

noun

1. a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep.

2. a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something.

Confusion.

Jealousy.

Possession.

When I find out our link isn’t complete, we have a whole other journey to discover. 

Through pain, sweat, and a full out war between the planets, it is laid, not only on my shoulders, but Reeds as well.

And when I find out who Vega has captured and what he has in store for us, I am going to need everyone’s help in the process.

Can I do what I am fated to do?

Will our love survive?

Or will it be a tornado destroying everything in it’s path?



Interview with D.D. Miers, co-author of Gravestones & Wicked Bones




Coming soon from authors D.D. Miers and B. Crow is the urban fantasy Gravestones & Wicked Bones, book one in the all-new Shadow Creatures series.


Half Fae. Half Demon. 100% Badass Bitch.

My sisters and I weren’t born with magic. No, we were forced into it. Betrayed into it by the one person who was supposed to protect us. Now we’re living in a shithole desert town at the mercy of a sexy-as-hell Fae named Bastian.

So far, I’ve been able to buy Violet and Jade time to live freely, without being held to Bastian’s constant call. I’ve been doing his dirty work for five long years, but my sisters’ freedom is wearing thin. Soon he’ll summon them, just as he did me—and I can’t let that happen.

Bastian’s latest assignment offers an escape for my sisters, and I’d be a fool not to take it. But my target is more powerful than any man I’ve faced before, and doubly seductive. He draws out my inner demons—literally—and evading this attraction might prove more difficult than finishing what I started.


D.D. Miers has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedules for a Q&A about her newest novel. 


When did you become interested in storytelling?

It sounds like the answer you always hear, but I love to tell stories. It hit a certain point in my life where I couldn’t get them to quiet down. These characters and ideas had formed and grown and they needed an outlet.

What was your first book/story published?

Dark Summoner, the first book in my Relic Keeper Series. I actually have it for free at the moment because book two is coming out next month!

What inspired you to write Gravestones & Wicked Bones?

You know, my idea started with a setting. I imagined some dumpy crap town where you’d least expect supernaturals to live. Then I imagined what kind of people would live there? Not anyone by choice. And so was born the concept for Gravestones & Wicked Bones. A story about our lack of choice and how we (or Ivy) faces that reality.

What character in Gravestones & Wicked Bones is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

$.99 Book Blitz Sale: Not His Dragon



Not His Dragon
Not This Series, Book One
by Annie Nicholas

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Annie Nicholas

Pub. Date: 7/2016

ASIN: B01FP2XSE2

Pages: 224
Word Count: 75,000

Cover Artist: Janet Holmes

Tagline:  Here be dragons.



What's the book about?

Eoin Grant hasn’t encountered a female of his race in decades, and this crazy person’s scent declares her unmated. Fate set her in his path, and he won’t let this opportunity slip through his claws. No matter how wary she is of him. After all, how many chances does a dragon have at finding love? But fate can be a crueler mistress than his perfect mate. Of all things, she thinks she’s human.

Business is taking off for Angie Weldon. She put her freakishly sharp nails to good use when she opened her back-scratching spa in downtown New Port. The local shifter community pounced on her skills and she’s knee-deep in shed fur. By the end of the year, if lucky, she could afford to move out of her crappy apartment.

Dollar signs flash before Angie’s eyes when a dark, brooding stranger books her solid for a week but she notices the possessive fury in his glare. She’s been around enough shifters to know the look, and she won’t go down that road again. Angie is literally swept off her feet by the intense shifter and he wants more from her than she’s willing to give. She figures it’s best to avoid eye contact and back away slowly. Until he changes her life by insisting she’s a dragon.

On Sale for 99 cents until 7/1/17



Here's a sneak peek:


Only one block separated Angie from her workplace. Her lungs burned. No matter how much air she sucked in, there didn’t seem to be enough oxygen.
A tall, slim man smoking a cigarette watched her from half a block away.
How did she notice him in her state of asphyxiation? Because his pale, blue gaze cut across the distance and met hers with such intense fury that it scorched her retinas.
She slowed her pace, glancing over her shoulder, but saw no one. Why was she the focus of his death glare? Maybe he was friends with the jackass in the truck who’d cat-called her and didn’t appreciate her attempt at sign language? If so, he could take a number and get in line with all the other things wanting to destroy her life today.
As Angie jogged closer, she couldn’t help but notice the brightly colored tats peeking out from under his long-sleeved dress shirt. His business attire looked out of place with his shaved head and a cigarette hanging from his lips. He’d never be the poster boy for GQ Magazine, but he sure fit her bad boy fantasies.
He strode into her path, blocking her way. “What are you doing here?”
She tried to brake, but flip-flops weren’t made to stop on a dime. The front ends folded under and she scraped the tips of her toes along the concrete sidewalk. “Mother fucker, son of a bitch…” She hopped on one foot to rub her bloody toes, then repeated the process on the other foot. “What’s wrong with you?” She planted her hands on his chest and shoved, propelling herself backward.
Pinwheeling her arms, she caught her balance. Great, a supernatural. She had a better chance of pushing the Hanover Tower.
He grabbed her upper arm and yanked her kissing-close. “Don’t do that again.”
Her blood smeared across his white shirt where she’d laid her dirty hands. She couldn’t help but notice a small blue symbol tattooed by his left eye. From this angle, she couldn’t see the design completely.
Try as she might, she couldn’t jerk her arms free. Her heart hammered. “Let go.” She glanced around for help, but no one seemed to want to meet her desperate stare. They crossed the street, gazes glued to the ground. The pedestrian population thinned out quickly as many of them found stores they just had to enter. The scent of fear filled the air and only some of it was hers.
“What are you doing in my city?” His whispered question sent chills down her spine.
“Your city? No one owns New Port.” Oh God, she couldn’t stop her mouth. All she had to do was apologize profusely for whatever imagined transgressions and he’d most likely let her go. Angie stared at the shaved dark stubble on his head, since she couldn’t take his penetrating glare. He kept his hair cropped real close. Almost like velvet. She caught her hand before she reached to touch him. Her senses said he was some sort of shifter, but she couldn’t tell what. She suspected she had a little supernatural blood in her lineage, so her skills were limited. Definitely not werewolf. Her ties to the pack were close enough that she knew them at least by sight.
Unfortunately, humans didn’t hold the monopoly on criminals. Supernaturals had them too and Ryota had shown her how to best defend herself. She slid her free hand into her front pocket. “I said, let me go.” She gave her arm another jerk.
He gave her a condescending smile that would have frozen the Eastern Ocean. “Or what?”
She withdrew her hand, aimed at his face, and pulled the trigger on her pepper spray, remembering at the last moment to close her own eyes and mouth.
He let go and roared an inhuman sound. The noise rattled the windows. She thanked God that she’d emptied her bladder before setting the kitchen on fire.
Shit, shit, shit.

She geared her ass to holy-shit-it's-going-to-eat-me speed and didn’t think the soles of her flip-flops hit the ground until she reached the door to her own little business.


Cover Reveal: Operation: Endgame











Operation: Endgame
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
by Philippa (Pip) Ballantine & Tee Morris










 
What's the book about?

Join Agents Books and Braun on their final adventure with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!

There is no time to rest for Eliza D Braun and Wellington Thornhill Books. The man who has haunted and hounded them since the fall of the Maestro, Doctor Henry Jekyll, is now on a killing spree, using bizarre, theatrical murders as a way to taunt their inability to capture the. It falls on Books and Braun to turn the tables on Jekyll and bring him to justice.

As Wellington and Eliza continue their pursuit of the madman Jekyll, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences stand against a recent surge in House of Usher activity. Agents Bruce Campbell and Brandon Hill discover more about the intention of Operation: Ragnorok, and the Ministry find themselves in a race to thwart Usher’s intent to plunge the world into chaos, despair, and a noticeable lack of clotted cream for Devon Teas.

The Ministry will not let this stand.



 

Book Tour & Giveaway: Rise of the Sea Witch


Rise of the Sea Witch
by Stacey Rourke
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. 

Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. 

When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.

Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips--Triton.


**Released June 19th!!**



What Should I Look For In A Wedding Jewelry Company?



Getting married is generally one of the most exciting and personally significant experiences of an individual's life. As such, it's not surprising to note that many people find it important to ensure that they select the perfect wedding ring. Remember that one big key to finding the perfect wedding ring is locating the right retailer. Read on to learn about some of the attributes that the best wedding jewelry companies will have:

1. Great Online Reviews.

One of the most important attributes to look for in a wedding jewelry company is great online reviews. This attribute is important because it proves that the retailer's customers think the services and products offered were excellent. Note that the majority of consumers now think that online reviews are at the level of credibility afforded to personal recommendations. If you come across a wedding jewelry retailer that almost always receives glowing online reviews, this is a good indication that you'll attain wonderful products from the company. On the other hand, be sure to think twice about doing business with a retailer that consistently receives negative or neutral feedback from customers.

2. Fair Prices.

In addition to seeking out a wedding jewelry retailer that consistently receives great online reviews, look for a team of professionals who offer fair prices. Good retailers know that many of their clients are on a tight wedding budget, and they don't overcharge just to line their pockets. Luckily, the internet makes it easy for you to do research and determine what the average asking prices are for specific brands and styles of jewelry. Comparing and contrasting the prices of at least three retailers will help you make cost-effective purchasing decisions!

3. Industry Experience.

Another attribute you'll want to look for in a wedding jewelry company is industry experience. This attribute is important because it empowers you to attain assistance from individuals who have extensive knowledge within the field. Note that a company that has been in operation for ten years or longer has likely maintained a good reputation as well. You can generally learn how long a wedding jewelry retailer has been operating by checking their website.

Tuesday, June 27

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Accidental Art Thief


The Accidental Art Thief
by Joan Scheighardt
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

For a quarter of a century forty-five-year-old Zinc has worked as a caretaker for a wealthy old man, living in a small casita on his ranch in New Mexico. She doesn't make much money, but she has the old man, her dogs, and gorgeous views of the mountains. She is basically a very content recluse who doesn't invest much time thinking about what she might do if her circumstances change. So when the old man dies suddenly, and his daughter all but throws her off the property, Zinc is forced to reinvent herself—and quickly. With a touch of magical realism and a collection of offbeat characters, The Accidental Art Thief explores the thin line between life and death and the universal forces that connect all things. 



"Zinc is an engaging, quirky, and utterly unique heroine, instantly likeable, with a hefty mixture of strong intelligence and overwhelming naivety…. While the novel is realistic, there is subtle magic woven in nearly every line, as coincidence and confusion come together into what might be termed the wisdom of time, spirit, and love." ~ Magdelena Ball, CompulsiveReader.com, author of Sublime Planet, Black Cow, and other titles.


"Schweighardt populates her modern-day odyssey through the southwest with fascinating, quirky characters thrust into a complex (and hilarious) web of emotional turmoil, poignant misperceptions, and downright lies. As laugh-out-loud funny as it is thought provoking." ~ Julie Mars, author of the memoir A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister, and the novels Rust, Anybody Any Minute, and The Secret Keepers.

"A sensitive, gripping, artfully rendered novel that kept me reading from the first page to the last." ~ Faye Rapoport DesPres, author of the memoir-in-essays Message from a Blue Jay.




Book Tour & Giveaway: The Rebel Vampires


Blood Dragons
Rebel Vampires Volume 1
By Rosemary A Johns
Genre: Urban Fantasy

How do you rebel in a family vampires? AWARD-WINNING URBAN FANTASY
"In a precarious world where vampires are both predator and prey,  Blood Dragons  deftly blends elements of paranormal thriller and passionate romance... A character-driven, sizzling-hot saga" -  Midwest Book Review
Escape into a supernatural suspense aflame with love, revenge and redemption.
There are three people in this affair...and two of them aren’t human.  In a divided paranormal London, Light is the rebel bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world, with a photographic memory. And a Triton motorbike. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows with Ruby - a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer. She burns with destructive love for Light. But he’s keeping a secret from her, which breaks every rule. When she discovers the truth, things take a terrifying turn.
5*  "Compelling" –  The Good  WriterMargarita Morris   
5*  "Completely gripping" –  Silver Dagger Scriptorium
For fans of  Night HuntressImmortals After DarkAnita BlakeFever  and  Blood Dagger Brotherhood  take a deep breath and dive into the spellbinding secret world of Blood Life. 
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE  MEETS  TRUE BLOOD
1960s London. Kathy is a seductive singer but she’s also human. Light is tempted by his desire and the danger, even though their romance is forbidden. When the two worlds collide, it could mean the end. For both species.
When Light discovers his ruthless family’s horrifying experiments, he questions whether he should be slaying or saving the humans he’s always feared. What dark revelations will Light reveal at the heart of the experiments? Will he be able to stop them in time? The consequences of failure are unimaginable. Unless Light plays the part of hero, he risks losing everything. Including the two women he loves.
A rebel, a red-haired devil and a Moon Girl battle to save the world – or tear it apart.

Blood Shackles

Rebel Vampires Volume 2

Would you sacrifice your freedom to save your family? 
AWARD-WINNING URBAN FANTASY… When vampires are the slaves, and humans are the monsters, it's a dangerous game to love your Mistress. “Tragic, triumphant, addictive…this is a novel everyone should read” –  Readers’ Favorite  5* 
In a divided paranormal London, Light is the bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world, with a talent for remembering things. And a Triton motorbike. Since Victorian times he’s been forced to hide in the shadows. But not now. Not since someone hunted him down. When he’s bought by his Mistress, Light fights to escape. If he doesn’t, he’ll never solve the conspiracy behind the Blood Club.
WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB
Who are these ruthless humans? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?
WHERE THE PREDATORS
London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the slaver’s daughter. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?
BECOME THE PREY
Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. To the dark heart of the Blood Club. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and whole species from slavery.
Maybe he can even save himself.