Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cover Reveal for Konstanz Silverbow's ONLY HALF ALIVE

Konstanz Silverbow. Do you know her? She's a fun, kind-hearted, generous, positive, and all round super cool person. She's squeeed over my teasers and covers and books many times, so I am now OVERJOYED that it's my turn to squee for her -- because today is the big reveal of the cover for her very first novel!

So here goes ...

The world's darkest creature
will be their brightest hope

While darkness haunts her, she craves the light. Christina is a demon, but she doesn't want to be. She is willing to sacrifice everything to change it. Only one person stands in her way, and he will stop at nothing to keep her the way she is.

The greatest battle of light vs dark threatens every living creature, a battle that could destroy all. And the demon in love will only have one chance to save everyone.

Title: Only Half Alive
Author: Konstanz Silverbow
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: September 27, 2013
Cover Designer: Steph's Cover Design
Cover Reveal Host: LadyAmber Tours.

Konstanz Silverbow has always been a dreamer . . . but not a writer. Being an author was something she was dragged into. But since that day, she hasn't stopped. It has become more than a hobby, it is a passion.

During the day Konstanz works, making jewelry, playing the violin, collecting dragons, and learning all she can about medieval weapons. But at night she creates made up worlds and places where those dragons come to life and the weapons are used in battle."

Young adult fantasy, paranormal with a dash of romance author, Konstanz Silverbow; Proud Creator of magical worlds, fictional creatures, ideal super heroes and sarcasm since 2007!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown are "here" today to show off the covers for the follow up stories to their novels  Givin' Up the Ghost (Gwen) and Neverlove (Angela).

And heeeeeere they are!

*cue drumroll*

by Gwen Gardner 
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An Angel Among Us
Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently, things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit, complete with Spider Man pajamas and a set of faux angel wings. The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum. The driver was never found.  Now the gang must solve the mystery of his death in order to send him back to heaven.  But where to start when the trail is three years cold?
Indigo Eady
Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks fly in more than one direction.


by Angela Brown 
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Abby and Basil: New love reaches new heights as they finally give in to their lust and desire for each other.

Q: Consumed by the Devourer within and his base need to claim Abby as his own.

The crave: What it all boils down to. A crave for souls. A crave to keep love intact beyond betrayals. A crave for a second chance. A crave for power and The Fall of mankind.

“Love can conquer all” is put to the test and salvation may be impossible when it’s “ashes, ashes…they all fall down.”

About Gwen

Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face - but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate - not necessarily in that order.
Haunt at the following: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

About Angela

Angela is a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Haunt at the following: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Blitz for BREAKING THE REINS by Juliana Haygert

Breaking the Reins
Release Date: 08/19/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

**New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel**

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Praise for Breaking the Reins:
 “Breaking The Reins by Juliana Haygert is a real treasure. It’s a sexy, heartbreaking and romantic ride you won’t want to miss.” —Sawyer Bennett, USA Today Bestselling author of Off SideOff LimitsOff the Record, and Off Course.

“A breath of fresh air in the New Adult market. Juliana Haygert’s new contemporary novel is one not to be missed!” —Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception

“A swoonworthy love interest and a fantastic backdrop make Breaking the Reins a New Adult read you don’t want to miss!” —Alyssa Rose Ivy, bestselling author of The Crescent ChroniclesClayton Falls Series, and The Hazards of Skinny Dipping.

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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EXCERPT from Breaking the Reins

After greeting Blaire and Andrea, who I wasn’t too close with, we ordered tea as the conversation continued. They talked about shoes and the latest Roberto Cavalli creations. I spoke a bit here and there, though I would have preferred talking about Country Outfitter instead. Suddenly, the subject changed to trips. Carmel, Aspen, Paris, Rome, and other fancy places.
And I was bored.
My gaze drifted from side to side, and I noticed Sandra had left, but I wasn’t really looking for anything.
Until I found him.
The first thought on my mind was, what the heck was he doing here? The second, damn, he looked good. The third, I shouldn’t be thinking that.
Dressed completely inappropriate for a polo club—in jeans, a blue T-shirt, and cowboy boots—Leo walked up the path to the right of the tennis courts, flanked by three guys and a girl. They talked animatedly, smiling and touching each other’s arms or shoulders occasionally. A few feet behind them, a couple holding hands followed. By their similarities, I would bet they were all related.
The girls kept talking and giggling about whatever, but their voices were a buzz in my ears as I strained to catch anything, any word, from Leo and the ones with them. They were too distant, and even the few words I heard were spoken in fast Portuguese.
A few steps from the main house, Leo looked at the courts, following the game closest to him for a couple of seconds, before his gaze continued on.
Until he found me.
His eyes wide, Leo stopped in his tracks, and the guy behind him bumped into him.
“Hey,” the guy said, taking off his baseball cap and sunglasses. He looked familiar, somehow.
“Why is that guy staring at our table?” Megan asked, giggling.
I averted my eyes and pretended I didn’t know what she was talking about.
“What guy?” Blaire asked, turning in her chair. “Oh, he’s cute. All four of them are.”
“Look at them,” Andrea said. I didn’t, but from her eyes, I noticed they were moving again. “They must be the team playing against the Knight House.”
I knew Eric was going to play against an international team, but in all his dealings with France, it never occurred to me the team could be from somewhere else.
Could it be? Eric playing against Leo? And why did I care? Leo was nobody.
“Oh yeah,” Megan said. “Ohmygosh, I’ve seen one of them here before. He was an exchange player, with a team from Florida.”
Really? So that was why one of them looked familiar. Or it could be because they all looked like each other, and I’d taken my time observing Leo the other day. The urge to peek in his direction was strong, but I avoided it at all costs.
“True,” Blaire said with a big smile. “What’s his name again? Oh, Ricardo Fernandes. He was swoon worthy. I bet he still is.”
The girls giggled, and I forced a smile so they didn’t notice how disturbed I was.
“Maybe we should go welcome them to the club,” Megan suggested, wiggling her eyebrows. Then she patted my hand. “Lucky you. Practically married to a gorgeous man while we have to chase potential dates around here.”
I was lucky, wasn’t I? Eric was handsome, educated, generous, kind, and a great polo player. He was a little too jealous for my taste, but I reminded myself that was because he loved me so much. What else could I need?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Indie Life: Amazon Author Pages

Indie Life is a monthly feature hosted by the fabulous Indelibles where we get to share something related to indie writing life.

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Okay, so I am obviously EXTREMELY  unobservant, because I only just noticed that Amazon author pages have a "like" button on them. In fact, I didn't even notice it myself. Someone else's blog post pointed it out to me!

Then I did a little Googling, and it seems as though some people believe that getting higher numbers of likes increases your visibility in Amazon searches. Anyone know if that's true? Well, whether it's true or not, it's always great to get more likes because, you know, potential readers can see that people like you as an author :-)

So ... Here's the link to my Amazon author page, in case you feel moved to clicky the little like button. And if you leave your author page link in the comments, I'll happily click on over and do the same for you (and maybe find some awesome books I didn't previously know about!)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

THE FAERIE WAR Cover Reveal! #CreepyHollow

Here it is! The cover for the final novel in the Creepy Hollow trilogy! This might possibly be my favorite of the three covers. I love how it sort of feels like glowing embers or sparks from a fire.

The fate of the faerie world is in her hands...

Title: The Faerie War
Series: Creepy Hollow, Book Three
Author: Rachel Morgan
Cover Designer: Morgan Media
Publication Date: Oct 2013

A GINORMOUS thank you goes out to all 
the blogs helping me reveal the cover today:

Random Things In Action | Sanguine Musings | melanie schulz | A Bookish Escape | Refracted Light Reviews | Some Like It Paranormal | The Rest Is Still Unwritten |  Raver's Rants & Raves | Krista McLaughlin - YA Author | Alex J. Cavanaugh | Juliana Haygert | Cally Jackson Writes | Making My Mark | Cathy Keaton Writes | Sydney Aaliyah | Books Mystify | Libby Heily | Here's What I Think | No thought 2 small | ericaandchristy | Books & Sweet Epiphany | Write Stuff | In Between | Queendsheena | The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl | Buried in Books | The Peasants Revolt

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Review: The Venetian Violinist, by Marcio Goncalves

Title: The Venetian Violinist
Author: Marcio Goncalves

Drake Kingsley, widower and former best-selling writer finds himself afflicted with a terrible bout of writers block. Despite his foul-mouthed agent and close friend Alice's best efforts, Drake just can't seem to escape the troubles that follow him as he tries to come to terms with his loss and rebuild his life.

A brush with death lands Drake in hospital and his gardening-obsessed neighbour, Mrs Phyllis, advises him to go on a writers retreat in Venice, the place where he had gone on honeymoon with his wife Anne. He goes, in the hopes that by reliving some of his happiest memories, he will be inspired to overcome the writers block and move on with his life. Thus begins a journey that changes Drake's life beyond his wildest expectations...

THE GOOD: It isn't often that I read books by South African authors and/or set in South Africa, so it was refreshing to see familiar settings in this novel. Our main character, Drake Kingsley, is doing a fantastic job of messing up what's left of his life when we first meet him. He's had writer's block since the death of his beloved wife, and nothing can seem to pull him from it. After reaching rock bottom and attempting suicide, he takes a second shot at life by heading off to a writers' retreat in Venice.

Ah, Venice ... I loved catching a glimpse of this beautiful city I've always wanted to visit! It's here that Drake meets a small but eccentric group of writers who provide him with a number of entertaining moments throughout the novel. It seems at first that Drake still might not be able to find the words to write his next bestseller (what with his broken heart always turning to thoughts of his deceased wife, and mindless distractions like the seductive Elza in the room next door), but then he hears the music ... the enchanting melodies of the Venetian violinist on the street somewhere below his window ... and the words start to flow.

With the music unraveling the bonds of heartache and loneliness that have kept Drake prisoner for so long, will he finally be able to find love once more?

THE BAD: The writing itself could definitely be improved. Numerous typos. Frequent misuse of full stops and commas.

THE BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for your happily-ever-after fix and can look past grammatical errors, this sweet romance about two broken people learning to love again might just be your thing.