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Blog Tour: Undertow by Leigh T. Moore (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

UNDERTOWUndertow (Dragonfly #2)
written by Leigh T. Moore
published by Leigh T. Moore

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads

About the book: Falling in love will pull you under…

 -Bill Kyser has a plan to take the sandy farms of his hometown and turn them into a world-class tourist destination–and become a billionaire in the process. 

-Alexandra “Lexy” LaSalle has a plan to change her life by becoming a world-famous artist. 

-Meg Weaver has a plan to hold onto Bill no matter what she has to do.

Three friends, three dreams.

One fatal decision will change all their lives forever.

In Dragonfly, Bill Kyser gave Anna the three journals that held the story behind the powerful developer’s seclusion and the damaged lives of his family members.

Anna hopes to find a way for Julian to know the truth, but as she digs deeper into the tragic events of the past, she realizes silence could be the only option.

Now she’s in an alliance with the man she formerly feared. And if Julian finds out what she knows, she could lose for good the boy she’s starting to love.

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Please enjoy the following excerpt from Meg’s diary in Undertow.

I walked over to the desk and took the top off my husband’s decanter of scotch. I’ve never been much of a drinker, so I poured a tall glass to the brim.

My first big gulp burned all the way down, past my shredded heart to my trembling stomach. I coughed and continued looking for evidence of the traitor in my life.

On the table at the foot of the stairs was a shot of the two of us wearing sombreros in Tango Sol. I threw it as hard as I could, smashing a plate-glass mirror.

Upstairs I dug through my husband’s bedside table. I was looking for a letter, a picture, any evidence of how long this had been going on right under my nose.

The one person I trusted most in the world.

The world’s biggest liar.

I found his journal and tore it open. A scrap of paper fell to the floor. “I’m pregnant. –A.”

I picked it up and read it. Then I blinked and read it again. All at once the truth slammed into me like a medicine ball straight to the gut. Julian’s father… Julian’s mystery father… Those bright blue eyes…

The pain ripping through my chest felt exactly like a hook had been inserted, twisted around, and jerked out fast. Never in my life had I hurt like this, not when Daddy died, not when Mama left, not even when I thought I’d lost Billy after the twins.

I dropped to my knees as a low moan forced its way from deep inside me, as tears flooded my eyes, as I slowly curled all the way to the floor.

She stole everything I had. My only dream.

I will never forgive her as long as I live.

Leigh Talbert MooreAbout the author: Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

Find Ms. Moore here: FacebookAmazon Author pageTwitterTumblr, Goodreads

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Spotlight: Cherokee Talisman by David-Michael Harding (spotlight, interview, giveaway)

cherokee talismanCherokee Talisman
written by David-Michael Harding
published by Q&CY Books

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: They were blood-thirsty savages – superstitious, dirty animals. They were thieves and killers who burned houses to the ground and kidnapped women and children.

They were protectors of a Nation – guerrilla fighters serving their country. They were husbands and fathers who built homes in lush valleys for their families.

They were – the same men.

In 1775 perspective came with the color of your skin.

An orphan boy, Totsuhwa, is taken under the wing of legendary Cherokee war chief Tsi’yugunsini, the Dragon. But even under a dragon’s wing isn’t safe when a covetous nation forms around them.

Amid the battles, Totsuhwa fights the reoccurring pain of loss until he meets Galegi, who becomes his wife. Trying to raise their son in a peace the new world won’t allow, they teach him the strictest Cherokee traditions while white assimilation, encroachment, and treachery grows. General Andrew Jackson wages war against tribes across the southeast and the toll is high. With his people gradually losing everything, Totsuhwa must find a way to save his family — and the Cherokee nation — before all is lost.

Cherokee Talisman recreates the neglected history that existed when one nation was born and another almost died.

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome David-Michael Harding, author of Cherokee Talisman, to the blog today. He has answered some questions for all of you.

Who is your favorite author?  John Steinbeck –  He has a unique voice.  There is a clarity to his characters that is simple at first blush, but deepens in conjunction with the story line.  There is always more to a character than he reveals.  Steinbeck leads readers imperceptibly into the conflict through hints of his characters’ ethics and standards.  Then as the story gains its legs, our perspectives of the characters are pitted against the complications and layers of the conflict, much like the characters themselves – their turmoil becomes ours.

What do you think makes a good story?  Conflict – always, always conflict.  Good vs. evil; Right vs. wrong; Man vs. nature; Black hats vs. the white-hat-wearing cowboys.  Conflict can take shape internally (drama) or externally (action).  Then the conflict is seasoned with caring – if the reader doesn’t have concern for the characters as they work toward resolving the conflict, the story has no dimension, no depth or surprise, and the results are predictably flat and void of passion.

What are you passionate about these days?  The 80,000 words on my desktop!  My next release, due out in the Summer of 2013, consumes my time and energy.  The research, crafting, creating, and editing, editing, editing is that marvelously painful process we call writing.  The passion is in figuratively holding the pen as I eavesdrop on my characters and jot down what they say and do.  I love the surprises that come from the creative process.

What do you do to unwind and relax? Sail (and think of the dialogue in the next scene…)  If a person is truly destined to be a writer – COMPELLED to be a writer, they quickly discover it to be both blessing and curse.  The nature of the process is such that it seldom leaves you.  Mr. Hemmingway wrote of always leaving something in the well, stopping when you knew what would come next, so as to never face ‘writer’s block’ when looking at a blank page.  Because there was always something “left in the well”, the story was forever with him.  There is a danger in not being able to turn that switch that controls the process ‘off’.

Do you have any special routines or rituals?   Yes.  Whatever the era, genre, etc. of the story I am working on is mirrored by the top of my desk.  When I wrote How Angels Die, set in occupied France during WWII, I had photos of my father and uncles as young men in uniform taken in Europe.  I also had several pieces of WWII memorabilia scattered about. I even had a German Luger pistol.   For the most recent work, Cherokee Talisman, set in America at the turn of the 19th century, I had authentic Cherokee arrowheads, stone knives from 1775, and a Remington statue of an Indian on horseback.  These pieces become touchstones of sorts that ground me in the writing and serve as historical reminders, some with their own real history.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?  “This ain’t my first rodeo.”  I’ve been bucked off many, many times (rejected by publishers…) and keep getting back in the saddle.

David Michael Harding final headshotAbout the author: David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose last novel, How Angels Die, received critical acclaim.  A former semi-professional football player, his writing is hard hitting and passionate.  He holds a master’s degree in education and is an adjunct professor of writing. His respect and admiration of Native American culture inspired this novel. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

Find Mr. Harding here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn

 

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Blog Tour: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

RomancingBookworm_CoverRomancing the Bookworm
written by Kate Evangelista
published by Omnific Publishing

find it here: Barnes & Noble, AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book: Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It’s spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Rony, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she’s wrangled into waiting tables with Rony at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick’s Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational’s organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he’s concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he’s convinced it’s a risk worth taking. What he hasn’t planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

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Please enjoy the following excerpt from Romancing the Bookworm.

The stare down of the century lasted about ten seconds. Then Xavier tilted his head back and laughed like he’d never laughed before. The sound spread warmth in my chest and stomach like a good solid hug. His tension seemed to melt away. When he finished, he breathed a sigh of relief and bent down until his lips touched my forehead. For a second I wished his lips were a few inches lower, but I’d take what I could get. Then he did something I didn’t expect in a million years. He reached out and tucked me into his side.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good tongue lashing,” he said, amusement in his tone. Then in a whisper that felt like an intimate touch he added, “Thank you. I needed that.”

“Anything to get you out of that funk.” I looked up at him and smiled. “I get that Zander bothers you. I don’t understand why, but don’t let him ruin your night. Poor old Melvin there is doing the best he can.”

Xavier smirked. “If I didn’t know better I’d think you’re worried about me.”

Of course, but I wasn’t about to admit to that. Instead I shrugged and forced myself to listen to the names being called out. A couple of pairs had already made their way inside. The screams that followed curdled my blood.

“I don’t think I can do this.” I burrowed deeper into Xavier’s side. “You didn’t say I had to walk through a freak show to get to the prize.”

Xavier winked. “You didn’t ask.”

“How was I supposed to know?”

Melvin pulled out another name from the bag. “Zander Fitzpatrick.”

At Zander’s name being called, Xavier tensed beside me. Of its own volition, my hand rubbed soothing circles on his back like he did for me in the kitchen this morning. Even Ronni got really quiet. We watched as Zander pushed his way to the entrance of the forbidden forest of death. The screaming continued within, chilling my spine despite Xavier’s warmth against my side.

“And Zander’s partner will be…” Melvin fished inside the sack again. He took out a small square and unfolded it. “Tamara Winters?” he sputtered.

“Son of a bitch,” Xavier hissed, his hold tightened around my shoulders like he wanted to fuse me to his side.

Zander’s gaze found me and he winked. That was the worst thing he could have done to amp up Xavier’s building anger. I used the open hand I had on Xavier’s back to grab a fistful of his shirt. I pulled down as hard as I could until he broke the death stare with his brother to look down at me.

“Xavier, chill,” I said again. “It’s fine.”

“To hell it is.” His nostrils flared.

Kate EvangelistaAbout the author: When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. Ms. Evangelista lives in the Philippines.

Find Ms. Evangelista here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, YouTube

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Review: When Girlfriends Make Choices by Savannah Page

when girlfriends make choicesWhen Girlfriends Make Choices
written by Savannah Page
published by Pearls and Pages

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I have read the first two books in this collection – When Girlfriends Break Hearts and When Girlfriends Step Up. So, when the author asked me to also review When Girlfriends Make Choices, I jumped at the chance. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
I did enjoy this book. It took a little longer to finish than I wanted but it was a good read.

So, I really didn’t like Lara in this book. She was self-centered, self-absorbed, a bit childish, borderline crazy, and making horrible choices. However, I really enjoyed Lara’s story. I never would have guessed that she – the rock, the leader, the go-getter, the “mother” – would be the other woman. That she would become obsessed with a man she could not have. That she would abandon her girlfriends because of some guy. That was surprising but that’s what made me want to read more of her story.

Lara was real in this book. She was such a strong young woman in the previous books yet because of a man that she shouldn’t have fallen in love with, she changed. These situations happen. How she dealt with it was not normal or rational but very believable. I think just about every young woman goes through a phase of “stalking” someone they think is “the one.” It may not be a married man, but it is usually some guy that is perfect for them – even if that perfection is in their eyes only. It’s a destructive phase that most women overcome and grow stronger from.

The other friends were present in this story to some extent. Robin, along with baby Rose, Jackie, and Emily were the major players. Claire was kind of there and Sophie really wasn’t a part of this story. However, all of the girlfriends were strong and level-headed and tried to talk some sense into Lara. They gave her that wonderful tough love and advice.

One thing that I’m enjoying with this collection of books is seeing what the other friends are/were doing during the time period of the previous book or books. With When Girlfriends Make Choices, the time frame overlaps with When Girlfriends Step Up and it also shows you what happened beyond what happened in Step Up.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book is you are a fan of chick lit and you like the slightly less “light” side of chick lit.

Will I read it again: I probably won’t but I will be reading When Girlfriends Chase Dreams for Ms. Page’s upcoming blog tour (my posting date is July 24th, so stay tuned!) and I will also read the fifth book in this collection, When Girlfriends Take Chances.

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About the book – from Goodreads:
A novel about forbidden love, the choices you make, and discovering what’s important in life.

Lara Kearns has it all. She has her MBA, a successful career in advertising in Seattle, and she’s even living with her best friend and single mom, Robin. Reliable, dedicated, and eager, Lara is the resident go-to-girl, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lara’s that girl who has everything going for her…everything, that is, except for true love. With the big 3-0 on its way and no man in sight, Lara wonders if she’ll always be married to her career, or her cat, and never find the One.

But then, when she least expects it, a handsome and suave executive at her firm, Paul Mackenzie, makes a pass at her. Hesitant at first about striking up an office romance, Lara eventually finds herself falling for her charming colleague. And the best part? Paul is falling in love with Lara, too!

What happens, though, when the man of your dreams loves you…and his wife?

Battling with what the head and the heart want, Lara finds herself in a precarious situation. Life is spiraling out of control, but with the support of her therapist and friends, Lara must make a choice. Is she really prepared to chase after love…at all costs?

This is a provocative story about struggling between right and wrong. About what you will or won’t do for true love. About what happens when girlfriends make choices.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

 

Kindle Fire Summer 2013 Giveaway

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This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7″.


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Blog Tour: Catching Liam by Sophie Bleu (review, giveaway)

Catching Liam CoverCatching Liam (Good Girls Don’t #1)
written by Sophie Bleu
published by Sophie Bleu

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I enjoyed most of this book. It kept my attention and I wanted to see how it ended.

Jillian has a secret that she won’t share with anyone but a very select few people. When she brings Liam home for a one-night stand, she expects him to be gone by morning like all of the other one-night stands she has had since arriving at college. However, Liam didn’t go. Instead, he made her waffles. Jillian is a distant person. It’s not that she only cares about herself, it’s that she doesn’t care about much of anything. I get the reason why once it is revealed (and I won’t reveal it here) but I think she could have a different outlook and make a few different choices.

I loved Liam. I could hear his Scottish accent while I was reading this book. Very nice. 😉 He was a catch, that’s for sure. I can’t believe he hung in there with Jillian, especially with all of her stubbornness and meanness towards him. He’s a great guy and a great match for Jillian, just what she needed.

Their relationship was an interesting one. I wish it wasn’t quite so almost-insta-love though. Their falling in love felt rushed to me. They suited each other well. They needed each other. They complimented each other. But the relationship felt rushed, like they had to get to the love part to make the whole story work.

I loved Jillian’s roommate Jess. She is the greatest roommate ever. To have to learn how to help,  mangage, and deal with Jillian’s secret (again, I’m not going to reveal anything in this review) is beyond amazing for a 21 year old. I was impressed by Jess’s strength and devotion to Jillian. Cassie was a great friend as well. She was the humor and light-heartedness in this book that had some heavy issues. And Jillian’s interpersonal communications teacher was fantastic. I really enjoyed his character despite the “humiliation” he put Jillian through.

And the story did work as a whole. It was a good read. Like I said, it kept me interested and invested. I wanted to see what would happen. However, I have two issues with this book. The first is the very graphic sex scenes. The scenes were very well written for an erotica novel,  not for a book being marketed as a New Adult Contemporary novel. A little too much detail for this genre in my opinion. Like I said, the scenes were well written, just too much for this genre. The other issue I had with Catching Liam is the title. I’m not sure if I agree with it. I think it would have been more fitting if it were called Catching Jillian. But that’s my opinion.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like the New Adult contemporary romance genre. But watch for some graphic scenes. Definitely an 18+ audience.

Will I read it again: I will not. I am interested in reading the next book in the Good Girls Don’t series, Teaching Roman.

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About the book: 
Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn’t just a game for Jillian and her friends, it’s a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you’re bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn’t want to be another notch on Jillian’s bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa’s set expiration date means he can’t promise her forever. That doesn’t mean he’s going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

Sophia BleuAbout the author: Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between.  In real life, I’m likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is.  Life is pretty good.

Find Ms. Beu here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Blog Tour: Warpworld by Kristene Perron and Joshua Simpson (review)

Warpworld ebook cover - Perron and SimpsonWarpworld
written by Kristene Perron and Joshua Simpson
published by Mint Publishers Inc.

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Tribute Books(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
Yes!

As with most sci-fi there was a bit of a language learning curve, but once I figured out who all the races were and how they related to each other, I couldn’t put it down (I may have given up a movie night with Husband to keep reading).  There were enough classic elements to keep things comfortable (think: interstellar travel, culture clashes, secret missions, interspecies love), and enough corkscrews to keep me reading.  I won’t give any of the unique bits away, but I will say this:  it took me almost as long to figure out what was going to happen as it took the protagonists (and they were the ones deciding, after all)!

I’ve read other reviews that compare this book to Stargate, The Hunger Games, even Harry Potter.  I’d say… it’s all of those plus a bag of awesomesauce.   

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Would I recommend it: I already have!  I have this weekly Girls’ Night thing where my lady friends and I all sign on to Mumble and chat about life, liberty, and why our SO’s are currently annoying us.  Last week, even though I was barely half-way through Warpworld, I recommended it to my girls.  We’ve passed around books like The Name of the Wind, The Lord of the Rings, and The Princess Bride, so it’s no small thing to recommend a book to my gals.  🙂

Will I read it again: I’ll definitely review it before I read the next one… I’m addicted to Seg & Ama’s story!
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About the book: 
How far would you go…

On his first crossing through the warps, Seg discovers a world rich in vita – fuel to save his dying world. Cold, brilliant and desperate to prove himself as a Cultural Theorist, Seg breaks away from the recon squad sent to protect him, to scout out prime vita sources. But to find his prize he must face his biggest fear: water.

Fiery and headstrong, Ama receives an ultimatum from her people’s tyrannical overlords: betray her own kind or give up the boat she calls home, forever.  When a wealthy traveler hires her as a guide, Ama thinks her prayers are answered – until a violent murder reveals Seg’s true identity.

On the run, over land and water, hunted by a ruthless and relentless tracker, and caught in the schemes of a political powerhouse, Seg and Ama will have to strike an uneasy truce to survive.

The fate of two worlds is in their hands.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout the author: Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward) and self-described ‘fishing goddess’. Pathologically nomadic, she has lived in Japan, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands, and a very tiny key in the Bahamas, just to name a few. Her stories have appeared in Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2010 she won the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award.

Kristene is a member of SF Canada. Her novel, Warpworld, is the first in a five book adventure science fiction series, penned with her Texan co-writer, Joshua Simpson.

She currently resides in Nelson, BC, Canada but her suitcase is always packed.

Find Ms. Perron here: blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

JOSHAbout the author: A career nomad, Josh Simpson has driven trucks through the lower forty-eight states, treated and and disposed of hazardous waste, mixed mud as a stonemasonry laborer, failed abysmally in marketing, gotten on people’s nerves as a safety man, and presently gets on their nerves even more using nerve release techniques in musculo-skeletal pain relief.

He lives amidst the scrub and mesquite of West Texas, cohabiting with the requisite writer’s minimum of two cats.Warpworld is his first published novel.
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Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

 

Blog Tour: An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

an endless summerAn Endless Summer (The Summer Series #2)
written by C.J. Duggan
published by C.J. Duggan

find it here: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.

“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”

After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:

Boarding School.

Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.

How had her dad let it come to this?

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

Please enjoy the following excerpt from An Endless Summer.

“How old are you now, Amy?” he asked. “Eighteen?”

I straightened. “Nineteen.”

He nodded, in deep thought. “So you’re nineteen, it’s Friday – soon to be Friday night – and you’re basically the gatekeeper of the local pub and yet there’s nothing to laugh about?”

“It’s a burden,” I said, “not a never-ending party.”

Sean sealed the lid on his esky and tapped it into place.

“Well, that’s because you’re not doing it right.”

“So what? What would your advice be, hmm? Invite some friends over, get hammered, have a lock-in and pash someone in a dark alcove somewhere?”

Sean smiled and exposed a brilliant line of straight, white teeth. “Exactly.” He gathered his esky and started to walk towards his car.

“See you tonight, Henderson. I’ll be the one loitering in a dark alcove somewhere,” he teased.

“Very funny.”

cj dugganAbout the author: C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.

The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

Find Ms. Duggan here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Release Day Launch: Found by Alyssa Rose Ivy (spotlight, giveaway)

I am so excited to be a part of this release day launch hosted by Inkslinger PR for the third book in The Crescent Chronicles series. I really enjoyed the first two books – Flight (see my 3 star review here) and Focus (see my 4 star review here).

 

Found-ARIFound (The Crescent Chronicles #3)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

About the book: Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it’s not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.

Allie’s tired of being left with more questions than answers. She’s tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she’s tired of her life spinning out of control.

Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.

Find Flight (The Crescent Chronicles #1) here:

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Find Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) here:

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AlyssaAbout the author: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Find Ms. Ivy here: webFacebookTwitterGoodreads

 

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Spotlight: Fadeout by Christina J. Adams (spotlight, interview, giveaway)

FADEOUT Cover 1Fadeout
written by Christina J. Adams
published by Christina J. Adams

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Goodreads

About the book: Every Carillian only exists for one purpose to provide a source of energy to the greater classes. Yet for thirteen-year-old Silas he does not fear the day the guards will come for him as much as he fears the day they will come for his older sister, Malina. And this day is rapidly approaching if her frequent bursts of emotion are not controlled.

Even though an escape has never succeeded before, Silas is determined to make it work and he begins to form a plan. However, just as Silas’ plan is about to start the owner comes to visit which throws all of his carefully memorized guard schedules into chaos. This is only made worse when Jamar, the owner’s bored son, picks Silas as a sparring partner.

 

Time is running out as the owner’s reason for visiting reveals a deeper threat to Silas from without and the growing fear and frustration of the other Carillians threaten to destroy his hopes from within. If they don’t escape soon he will lose all that he loves and this is not a result he is willing to survive.

 

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Christina Adams, author of Fadeout and The White Lilac, to the blog today. I read The White Lilac last year. (See my review 4 star here.) I can’t wait to read Fadeout. Ms. Adams has answered some questions for all of you.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Fadeout is an entertaining, dystopian adventure of a boy willing to do anything to protect his sister from a fate worse than death and his fight against the society that believes some people aren’t worth the air they breathe.

 

Where did you get your inspiration for Fadeout?
My inspiration for Fadeout came from a poem idea I had where there were these classes of people, each with their own focus and societal ranking. At the very bottom was a class that no one cared about and this class was destined for the Machine. I didn’t know what the Machine was or what it did, but it triggered a whole new possibility for me and the story grew out of that as I began to answer questions for myself: What was the lowest class like? What did they think of the Machine? What would the rest of society do if this class tried to stop it?

 

Fadeout is book 1 in a series. Why did you choose to make this a series?
I’ve always known I wanted to write a series one day, because of the challenge this would present. Some stories can be told with minimum word usage and others can’t. This obviously depends on the writer’s vision for the story, but we’ve all read stories where we wanted to have more. An ending can’t just happen. All of the best endings I’ve loved were a product of everything that came before it. With a series all of the prior books have contributed not only to the ending but the way it makes the reader feel at the close of the last book’s cover.

 

Fadeout was actually not the first book I thought of in the series. I originally wanted it to be a stand-alone for adults which morphed into a trilogy and then I realized that Silas, the main character, would have had some very fun teen years to write about, like how he escaped from prison and learned how to fight, and I turned it into a series. One of the things I have loved about series in general is the chance to watch a character grow and learn. In keeping with this I decided not to start this story with a well-chiseled marksman, instead I’m starting with the lanky boy who has a seed of greatness hidden deep inside so that everyone can watch how it blossoms. Right now I’m thinking there will be 7 or 8 books total. It could be more or less depending on how the stories flow, but I’m not going to add more just because I can. It has to fit and be important to the natural growth of the characters and the plot. However I definitely have enough plot points for 7 or 8 books if I’m going to give the story the time and flow it needs.

 

Besides the Fadeout series of book, any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Right now I’m working on Remembered the sequel to Fadeout (which will be available this summer), but I will probably always have other books in the works. My ideas binder has over 40 different possible books waiting for me to have the time to sit down and write them. Some are more ready than others. I have two more books for The White Lilac world that I’m still working on plot points and outlines, a YA mystery/thriller stand-alone about a subway terrorist attack and a possible New Adult fantasy on war and love. On my goals: I’d love to be able to come out with three books a year, but right now my plan is two and to eventually build up my stamina to three.

 

In your opinion, how has your writing grown from The White Lilac to Fadeout?
When I was writing The White Lilac it was my first book and I wasn’t really sure who I was as a writer. I was still figuring out what worked, and more importantly what didn’t work, for me. By the time I finished The White Lilac I had sorted out a lot and knew more of who I was as a writer. Then with Fadeout I could just focus on the story and was able to start my process the right way from the very beginning.

 

There was also a big difference in confidence. With my first book I didn’t really think it would be any good. So I had this doubt floating in the back of my mind as I was writing my first book. But with my second, I had already seen the reviews from my first and knew there were readers who liked my stories, or at least didn’t completely hate them. J Writing the second had its own pressures, because now I had to be just as good as I was, however, dealing with this was not as overwhelming or uncertain.

 

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the opportunity to grow a character through events that are sometimes more exciting than any I’ve had on my own. They can also be often much harder than anything I’ve gone through and still these characters manage rise above all the challenges to become a different person, hopefully better. In a way it’s a chance for me to experience it too, because in order for me to write about it with any realistic accuracy, it first has to be real to me. Plus it’s fun to dive into a different world where I can just create and interact with different characters.

 

What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read is definitely YA. Subgenres are a little bit more difficult. It really depends on the writing, themes and characters. If it grabs me, I love it. If it surprises me, I could be looking at a new favorite author.

 

Who is your favorite author?
I have so many but the longest author in this category is C.S. Lewis. I’ve read his books since I was a kid and I still enjoy reading them.

 

In your opinion, what is one book that everyone should read?
One book? That’s really hard! There are so many I could name and to pick only one is impossible, because then it seems like I’m picking sides. I would just say to read them all.

 

Tell us three things about yourself that cannot be found on the internet…at least not found easily.
I’ve heard grass growing on several occasions. (That is, the noise leaves make when they pop open.)
I love the beach, but I don’t like going more than knee deep in the water. I’ve seen too many movies.
Every time I start a new book there is still a part of me that doesn’t think I can finish writing a whole new book from 0 words to 60k+ and yet, somehow I still do.

 

CJAAuthorAbout the author: Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves writing and reading books for children and teens and is the author of dystopian novels The White Lilac (a quarterfinalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award 2013) and Fadeout, the first book of the And Carillians for the Machine series. In addition, she has also written several short stories and posts for her blog: Writing, Editing and Other Adventures.

Find Ms. Adams here: web/blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

ChristinaAdams-WhiteLilac-WEB-mediumThe White Lilac
written by Christina J. Adams
published by CreateSpace

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book – from the author: Fifteen year old Caryn Tobin is willing to sacrifice her life to save the world, and to atone for her part in the death of a friend. Kai Garrett will risk everything to discover his past and why he was abandon. When their paths join, they form an unlikely friendship that could change everything. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

See my review here.

 

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