Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Isla’s Oath (Isla’s Inheritance #2) by Cassandra Page

Today I have another amazing cover reveal for you. I loved the first book in this series, Isla's Inheritance, and I can't wait for book 2 to be released.


 

Isla’s Oath (Isla’s Inheritance #2) by Cassandra Page
Genre: Young adult urban fantasy
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Release date: 22 January 2014

Summary:
Australia is a long way from the Old World and its fae denizens ... but not far enough.

Isla is determined to understand her heritage and control her new abilities, but concealing them from those close to her proves difficult. Convincing the local fae she isn’t a threat despite her mixed blood is harder still. When the dazzling Everest arrives with a retinue of servants, Isla gets her first glimpse of why her mother’s people are hated ... and feared.

But Isla isn’t the only one with something to hide. Someone she trusts is concealing a dangerous secret. She must seek the truth and stop Everest from killing to get what he wants: Isla’s oath.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23460338-isla-s-oath 

Isla’s Inheritance – book one available now https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22549788-isla-s-inheritance

Isla was content to let her father keep his secrets, but now she can’t stand the touch of iron and her dreams are developing a life of their own. She must discover the truth—before it’s too late.

Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.

SHE IS NOT DEAD

Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22549788-isla-s-inheritance

Turquoise Morning Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Australia | Barnes & Noble

Author bio:
Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — which is ironic, as she’s allergic to cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?

Author links:

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Eleven Weeks by Lauren K. McKellar + GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to bring you this cover reveal!

Lauren is a wonderfully talented writer, and a gorgeous friend. And I had the privilege of designing the cover for Eleven Weeks. To see more of my cover design work, head over to KILA Designs.

Now, check out the awesome!


Eleven Weeks (Crazy in Love #2)
Release Date: 01/2015

Book blurb:
Seven shots.
Five siblings.
Two boys.
One heartbeat …

***

Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.

She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's life crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey's got a secret ...

And it's going to ruin everything.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21797067-eleven-weeks


Books in this series:


Praise for The Problem With Crazy

“Heartbreaking, life-affirming—one of my all-time favourites.” Glass Paper Ink Book Blog

“This story is beautiful, heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days to follow.” A.K.A. The Book Harlots Review

The Problem With Heartache will be released in February, 2015, and is the conclusion to Kate’s story.

About the Author:
Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. For more information on her editing services, click here. For more information on her YA Contemporary (Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia) Finding Home, or her NA Contemporary The Problem With Crazy, please click on the appropriate links. In her spare time, she likes long walks on the beach with her puppies and drinking delicious cocktails prepared by her bar-owning husband.
Author Links:

   

GIVEAWAY:


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Cover Reveal Organized by:

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Friday, November 14, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Fight For Me + Giveaway and Excerpt

If you have been following me on social media and my blog, you will know that my next book, Fight For Me, has been a long time coming. Too long for my liking, but the good news is, it’s finally close. This book has put me through my paces, tested my patience and mental stability, and made me bleed with not only hatred for it (sometimes) but also immense passion (all the time). It’s been a long and hard journey, one I wouldn’t change because I have learnt so much. One vital lesson it taught me was how to fall in love with my characters and their story all over again.

So …

I present to you the cover for the next instalment of The Tate Chronicles, Fight For Me:


Title: Fight For Me
Series: The Tate Chronicles #2
Author: K. A. Last
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Expected Date of Publication: January 17th 2014
Word Count: 73,000
Cover Artist: KILA Designs

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17561397-fight-for-me#

“How can I fight for you when I don’t know what I’m fighting for?”

When Grace Tate became one of the fallen to protect a vampire, it got her into more trouble than she’d bargained for. She’s angry at Charlotte for hiding the truth, and with Josh living in the city and Seth missing, life is harder than ever.

It’s about to get a lot harder…

Grace doesn’t want to leave Hopetown Valley, but when Josh ignores her calls she decides to go and search for him. She doesn’t expect to run into Seth as well.

When she reaches the city, Grace learns that Charlotte is the most hunted vampire in Wide Island. The city vamps want her blood, and the angels are after her soul. Grace gets caught in the crossfire of a battle she never wanted, but to win one war, she has to fight another.

Torn between the one she gave up everything for, and the one who sacrificed everything for her, Grace has to face Charlotte, and the past, if she wants to fight for her future. But how can she fight for someone who doesn’t want to fight for her?

Every choice Grace makes becomes a battle, and in every battle someone has to die.

Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Excerpt:
Ryan moved into the bedroom, keeping an eye on all of us. He had a stake ready in his hand.

I raised my eyebrows.

“What?” He shrugged. “Figured I might be able to help.”

The girl vamp turned towards Ryan and licked her lips.

I shook my head. “You’d be dust before you took one step.”

She didn’t listen.

I misted and landed in front of Ryan, taking a stake from my belt and driving it into the vamp’s chest as she approached. Dust fell to the carpet in a heap.

Ryan looked over my shoulder from behind me. “That won’t be easy to get out.”

“I did warn her.” I sighed.

The guy vamp stuttered and put his hands up, which only made Archer tighten his hold again.

“You want to end up like her?” he asked. The vamp shook his head. “Then talk. Why are you here? And what happened downstairs?”

I went to the window and grasped the curtain. “We can do this the easy way if you like. But I have more fun with the hard way.” I moved the curtains slightly and muted sunlight filtered through the crack in the middle.

“No, please. I’ll tell you,” the vamp said.

Archer pulled him away from the wall and threw him onto the bed. “Talk.”

“We’re just lookouts. Waiting to see if they come back.”

“Who?” I asked, twirling my stake between my fingers.

“You probably don’t know them,” the vamp said.

“You’d be surprised what I know.” I glared at him. “Do I need to convince you some more?” I ran the point of the stake down his cheek.

“Charlotte. Her name is Charlotte. She has another guy with her I’ve never met before.”

“And why are you watching them?” Archer clenched his fists at his sides.

Good work at being intimidating, I teased him.

You’re the one who ran a stake down his face.

“I don’t know about the guy, but Lucas wants Charlotte,” the vamp said. “Something about her blood.”

“Lucas?” Archer glanced at me over his shoulder.

“Charlotte’s creator,” I said.

Charlotte had told me Lucas was her creator, and he’d seduced her before he turned her. It was all lies. She’d asked him to turn her, but I didn’t understand why.

“Great, here we go again.” Ryan ran a hand over his face and sighed.

Charlotte had been an angel, and why she wanted to become a vampire was beyond my comprehension. I understood the fallen and the many reasons why an angel would choose to fall. But to become a monster … I couldn’t trust that what she’d shown me in the clearing after Seth had been taken was the truth. When it came to Charlotte, I had no idea what the truth was, or if her name and the word should be put into a sentence together.

“Didn’t Lucas send that trio of vamps after Charlotte? Wasn’t that why she came to you in the first place?” Ryan asked.

“I don’t know her true intentions,” I said. “There are a lot of things she held back.”

“That’s because you never gave her a chance to explain.”

“Explain what?” Archer asked. “That she’d lied to us? Whose side are you on, Ryan?”

“I’m guessing you want to be on her side,” the vamp said, pointing to me.

“All I’m saying … we need to focus on the real enemy.” Ryan ignored the vamp, frowning. “Yes, you’re both angry at Charlotte. I get it. And I’m angry at Josh, too.” I caught a glimpse of him remembering his time in the forest with Josh. “They’re our friends. We need to set things right. Doing what we do … we could die any moment.”

“Now you know how I feel,” the vamp said.

“Shut up!” Archer and I said at the same time.

“You’re not going to die, Ryan. I won’t let you. And you didn’t have to come,” I said. “I wanted you at home, safe. But you insisted.”

“Someone has to look out for you thrill seekers.” Ryan smiled.

Archer laughed and the sound made me smile as well.

“You’re all crazy,” the vamp said.

Archer rocked back and forth on his feet. “You don’t know the half of it.”



K x

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Illusion by S.M. Boyce

I'm a little late posting this because life has seemed to get in the way of everything lately, but ... here are the details for the fourth installment of S.M. Boyce's The Grimoire Saga, Illusion.


Illusion
by S.M. Boyce
(The Grimoire Saga #4)
Publication date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Synopsis:
The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.

Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His generals are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17202329-illusion?ac=1

http://www.amazon.com/Illusion-Book-Four-Grimoire-Saga-ebook/dp/B00N73HJ8I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414765378&sr=8-1&keywords=Illusion+boyce B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/illusion-sm-boyce/1120652049?ean=2940046350661

About the author:
S. M. Boyce is a lifelong writer with a knack for finding adventure and magic.

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Author links:
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Giveaway:
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Excerpt:
Deidre’s Recruits

Dozens of boots stomped up the stairs. Floorboards creaked. A rumble of voices slipped beneath the door. She took a deep breath—time for the fun to begin.

The handle turned, and the door swung inward. Andor paused on the threshold, eyes on her the moment he peered into the room. He closed his eyes and sucked in a breath, squaring his shoulders in either annoyance or preparation.

She smiled. “About time.”

“Leave. I won’t be taking you up on your offer.”

She pouted. “Pity. I was quite hoping you and I could get to know each other better.”

His Adam’s apple quivered. She smiled wider. Sucker.

He walked in and closed the door. “Deidre, I know you. You very well may be a little demon, even if the rest of us aren’t. I mean what I said before—I don’t trust you.”

“That’s what will make you so fun,” she countered.

He frowned, eyes narrowing. He stared at her with a gaze that almost stole the smile from her face. It bored into her, sending a flurry of nerves through her chest as he waited for her to crack beneath his gaze. She held on, despite his scrutiny. She’d successfully killed Niccoli this time. She absorbed a Blood. She would bring Niccoli’s remaining guild to its knees. Andor—of all isen—couldn’t shake her.

He inched closer, his boots thumping against the floor. Each slow step chipped away at her smile. He knelt on the mattress and leaned in, setting a hand on either side of her head. His fingers stretched against the wooden headboard in her periphery, cracking with his movements, but she never broke eye contact.

He inched closer until the world blurred around him and she could see only his eyes. He was turning this on her, calling her bluff. Maybe he knew her seductions were always a tease, that she never followed through. Perhaps he even figured she imagined Michael on the face of any man who invaded her space, who got too close.

Focus, Deidre.

“What are you up to?” His hot breath rolled over her cheeks and tickled her neck.

She grinned, letting the joy of her plan wash through her. “It’s quite elaborate.”

“You’ve always been a fool, woman. This will be no different.”

“Oh, but it will.”


K x

Friday, October 31, 2014

Haunting Halloween Hop - The Shining

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Welcome to the Haunting Halloween Hop, hosted by Aussie Owned and Read. To see what scares everyone else participating in this hop go HERE.

I’m supposed to be talking about what makes me scared, but I couldn’t bring myself to post anything to do with spiders. I squeal at the sight of the eight legged monsters, and I think I would pass out if I had to even attempt inserting an image of a spider into this post.

Instead, I’m going to talk about my favourite horror writer, and one of his scariest books.

When I was in college, all I ever read were Stephen King books. I was his number one fan (but not Kathy Bates style). I remember The Shining gave me the heebie jeebies for weeks. It’s been on my re-read list for a very long time, and has been bumped to the top since the release of the sequel, Doctor Sleep, but I haven’t mustered the guts to actually pick it up and read it again.


It scared me...

The thought of it still scares me...

And the memory of Jack Nicholson in the movie scares me even more.



Yep. Heebie jeebies.

The one thing that makes me feel better about the scare factor of this book is Joey.



I might have to make room in my freezer when I finally convince myself that re-reading The Shining is a good idea.

Some other SK books that rank as scary for me are Misery, Christine, and Pet Sematary. There are plenty more, but I would end up listing every book he ever wrote, and none of them have stayed with me quite as much as The Shining.

What book has scared you so much that you'd need to make room in your freezer for it?

K x