Promo & Giveaway: Bound by Spells-Stormy Smith

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BOUND BY SPELLS (Bound 2) by Stormy Smith
Mature YA Paranormal Romance
Release: March 19, 2015

cooltext1790897456 copyAidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethan, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.
Will Aidan get to Amelia before it’s too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?
“Featuring a cast of mages and shapeshifters with unique magical abilities, one destiny-shaping prophecy, a genocidal megalomaniac, and a budding, heated romance (or two!), this book is paranormal gold! Read the first book in the series first, of course, but once you finish this one you’re sure to be salivating for the next release in this not-to-be-missed romantic paranormal series.”
~Serena Chase, USAToday’s Happy Ever After blog, author of The Ryn
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Book One, Bound by Duty

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Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly that stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.
 
Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.
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Cover Reveal: Proven-Kristen Day

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cooltext1889161239 copyThe thrilling last installment of the Daughters of the Sea series is the culmination of a breathtaking saga that will steal your heart and enchant your soul.

 
As the Atlantean Games draw near, every Order will descend upon the magical island of Atlantis; resurrecting an ancient tradition and setting in motion a fate determined centuries earlier. In her relentless search for retribution, Selene uncovers the one vulnerability capable of destroying not only Stasia, but all fifty of the Nereids. Traitors will emerge and old rivals are reawakened as Stasia discovers the shocking end of her elusive prophecy.
 
With Fallon and Olivia still missing and an Army of Auras preparing for battle, Stasia and her Council must unlock the secrets of the Nereids and find a way to save their world before destiny intervenes. But like the Nereids themselves, even destiny is vulnerable to the sands of time.

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I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

ARC Review: Wind Catcher-Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef

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Winner – Awesome Indies Seal of Approval

“Wind Catcher is a suspenseful, wonderfully written story that will capture your attention and hold it prisoner. A book that you won’t want to escape from. Brava!” ~ Stephen Fisher, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average—could never be average.

Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.

“This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers.” ~ Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Evolved Publishing.

Wind Catcher is a tantalizing blend of Native American folk beliefs and the paranormal. Part murder mystery, part science fiction, Wind Catcher crosses genres, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality.

PROS:

  • Wind Catcher is a breath of fresh air-an intoxicating and unexpected shift from current YA trends. Native American folklore and spiritualism permeates throughout the story, a living, breathing entity that is so much more than a mere story aspect, it’s a lifestyle. From memories to life lessons, the Native American way is one of nature and spirit. It was fascinating and beautiful experiencing the purity of faith in spirit and how much Native American elders rely on guidance from the elements. There’s something wild yet wholesome and clean about Wind Catcher despite the underlying ritualistic killings and paranormal surprises. I found myself completely enthralled by the story, thirsting for symbolism and folktales. Everything is interconnected and intricately plotted. It flows so naturally that when a twist suddenly appears it’s utterly unexpected.
  • Wind Catcher is NOT driven by a romantic subplot. Love is found in many forms, predominantly in the love between friends, family, and within themselves. While there is some tension, it’s fairly subtle with no blatant flirting. You might be asking why is this a positive thing? Sometimes the story gets lost in the relationship between main characters and the focus shifts from a main arc to a minor one, evolving from say, a paranormal to a romance with paranormal elements. Wind Catcher stayed true to its original plot, one of self-discovery and empowerment.
  • Juliet is torn between the old world and the new, between her heritage as a Native American and giving into the materialism of the white man’s way. Juliet used to value spirit, signs, and superstition, her grandfather’s stories filled her with wonder and joy but now she wants security and all the luxury that money can buy. Juliet loses sight of who she is and has no idea how to balance. When Juliet’s heritage is thrust upon her, she fights with everything she has. Juliet’s growth is astounding, she’s headstrong and when put under pressure, she finds strength within when others would have crumbled in fear. No matter how dire and dismal the situation, Juliet overcomes her doubts and regains focus, sacrificing her happiness for the fate of her people and her loved ones.
  • Troy is protective, loyal, and there for Juliet every step of the way. Their friendship is made of laughter, history, and sticking up for each other with fists if it comes to that. They’re playful, adventurous, and their dialogue is so fluid, they feel like old friends you can interact with. Troy is a muscular, gorgeous Native American guy and he’s crazy swoon-worthy.
  • Mystery drives the plot. The murders, the strange ritualistic clues, the finger pointing and the weird connection to medicine men all collide in a heart-stopping puzzle. Danger is around every corner and as Juliet and her friends dig into the past, violence escalates. You’ll scramble to piece the clues together and rally Juliet on to solve the mystery before it’s too late.
  • The Wind Spirit is an enigmatic force of nature. The connection to Juliet, to animals, and Earth runs deep. Intuition and meditation play a huge role in deciphering the knowledge passed down and what Juliet is supposed to know. What the Wind Spirit wants and what’s at stake is more terrible that you can imagine and there’s a twist that will leave you reeling well after the last page is turned.

CONS:

  • Some scenes were stereotypical and predictable. While including the stigmas and prejudice that Native American’s face, the villain was an expected one and often there was so much foreshadowing and foreboding leading up to these scenes that they were anticlimactic.
  • Small subplots felt unnecessary and incomplete. For example, the issues with Katie’s father, the romance between Ella and Marlon, and the whole animosity towards Lisa weren’t critical to the plot and detracted from real appreciation of these characters, instead they became defined by these tiny stories.
  • Juliet’s issues with her grandfather were frustrating. By not having the courage to confront him, Juliet pushed for answers and stirred up trouble, avoiding the issue and upping the drama. There wasn’t a span of time or scenarios that illustrated how quickly Juliet changed from the girl who worshipped her grandfather to a prep school conformist.

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ARC Review: Bound by Spells-Stormy Smith

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Bound by Spells (Bound, #2)-Stormy Smith

YA Paranormal

cooltext1790897456 copyAidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it’s too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

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***I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

PROS:

  • Amelia is not perfect. She’s real, honest, and has doubts about what she can do. She doesn’t pretend to know what she’s doing, she’s not entirely confident and she makes mistakes. She’s flawed and that’s what makes her so relatable. Amelia sacrifices her heart to protect her loved ones, faces her fears, and puts her life at risk, diving into one precarious situation after another to save the AniMages. Amelia battles the force within her; a magic that is so potent she knows it has the power to destroy her and those around her. This power is also the salvation for her people. When Amelia discovers the truth, her heart breaks with each victim’s story. Amelia grows into a deadly fighter who embraces the Keeper within to rescue the women Queen Julia has abused for years. Amelia is confused, she doesn’t know who to trust, and her destiny is even cloudier than she expected. Her feelings are like the average teenage girls with magic and fate thrown in. It’s a hot mess of emotional turmoil that would throw anyone for a spin. Amelia’s heart is a wreck, sorting out her feelings is half the journey to her self-discovery.
  • Aidan’s love for Amelia is the one thing he can be sure of in this messed up new reality. He’s riddled with memories that haunt him and a past that is full of dark truths. Aidan struggles to deal with who he is and who he must be to save Amelia and the fate of the AniMages. Aidan sometimes falls prey to introspection and a defeatist attitude but his heart always rekindles with thoughts of Amelia. For her, Aidan will do anything and fight anyone.
  • Micah is a surprise. He’s brooding and crafty. Michal has the weight of the world and the sins of his mother on his shoulders. He’s been wronged and hurt others but never lost faith that one day, he’d help temper his mother’s wrath. Micah’s relationship with Amelia is a complicated one. Though it doesn’t feel entirely platonic, there’s a connection between them that is more than romance, it’s a joint goal to make the world a better place.
  • Bethany is a delightfully refreshing BFF. She’s a beautiful Southern girl with a take-charge attitude and feisty personality. She has wonderful Southern colloquialisms that will win you over and have you falling in love with her charms. Full of sass and determination, Bethany won’t take no for an answer and will stop at nothing to save her best friend, Amelia.
  • Queen Julia is a wickedly sadistic mastermind. Her methods are sinister and despicable. She has no regard for humanity, has a single-minded goal and doesn’t care who she has to crush to achieve it. Just when you think you have her figured out, there’s another layer of her personality to sift through that will have you second-guessing her motives. Is Queen Julia truly evil or simply misguided? Stormy Smith is a master of suggestion. She insinuates just enough for your imagination to run wild without going totally graphic in terms of violence and bloodshed.
  • Secondary characters were memorable and each had a fascinating backstory. Cole, Dillon, Baleon, Joran, Will and Rhi had distinct personalities and strong interactions.

CONS:

  • Each form of magical being is distinguishable by the color of their magic and unique talents. What each color represents, their stories, and what their capabilities are were left unexplored. There were some facts strewn throughout but I would have felt more comfortable and understood the stakes had the history been more in-depth and the roles of each group explained. When Amelia gets sucked into her Keeper magic and all the colors are represented, knowing precisely what each was and how it worked would have made combinations and Amelia’s potent power all the more deadly to the reader.
  • For all of Queen Julia’s supposed sense of urgency, the impending doom of the prophecy, and the need for Amelia and Micah to mate, she gives Amelia a lot of time to plot. There are big chunks of time when Queen Julia is missing from the story. Sure, the threat is an ever-hovering gloom over Amelia and Micah’s heads but there’s enough time for cross-country trips, days of planning, and rest. I kept asking myself when Queen Julia would be back to enforce her rule and make Amelia live up to her ultimatums.
  • The diary. There’s a whole scene frantically searching for the hidden pages and then, nothing. A couple pages read and there’s no big revelation or earth-shattering knowledge to help Amelia out. The diary’s importance was forgotten during the rest of the drama.
  • The battle scenes were a little anticlimactic. There wasn’t enough of an emotional build up to mourn some of those who were lost.

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Cover Reveal: Unbroken Beings-Kristina Circelli

 
Title: Unbroken Beings
Author:  Kristina Circelli
Series: A Fragile Creatures Novel, #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: Mid/Late 2015
 
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“Promise me, little elf.”
 
Evangeline Frost had a plan, once. Attend a prestigious art school, become a renowned painter. It was a dream she shared with her father, one that was ripped away in the car accident that claimed his life.
 
At California’s Kindred Hides Wildlife Preserve, Evangeline thought she had finally grieved for her father and moved on. But now, halfway around the world in Zambia at a new sanctuary for animals, Evangeline finds herself haunted by old memories … and a promise she has yet to fulfill.
 
Nightmares plague her dreams. Caster’s flirtations confuse her. And when poachers invade the preserve, they leave behind a devastation that threatens to break her apart.
 
Now Evangeline lives for a different dream: to save the lives of every animal who calls the preserve home, no matter the cost. A crusade that strains her budding relationship with Caster, a mission taking her further away from dreams of the past ‒ and gives her an orphaned elephant calf to call her own.
 
Evangeline Frost has a new plan. Protect the preserve and keep a promise that will finally heal her heart … or put her very life at risk.
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Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is theauthor of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby. 
 
Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature. 
 
A descendant of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.
 
She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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Release Day Blitz: Scarred by Vengeance-Valia Lind

 
Scarred by Vengeance (Titanium, #2)-Valia Lind 
YA Thriller
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This is the mission: Save. Protect. Destroy. 
Everything in Anastasia’s world came crashing down when the one person she decided to trust failed her. On the run, now more than ever, she’s trying to piece together the life she doesn’t remember. With Blake still missing, she sends the rest of the family away, hoping to keep them out of danger. But being alone is a lot harder than it used to be and she blames herself for allowing Logan into her heart. He’s gone now and she must let him go. Even though her perfect memory continues to play out the time they’ve spent together, much like a broken record. 
 
But Anastasia has no time to dwell on the mistakes of yesterday; her mission isn’t over. Kallos Enterprises continue their experiments, as the death rate goes up, and Anastasia has no choice but to fight. However, she’s not as cold blooded as she used to be and that proves to be a problem when the people she cares about are once again put in danger. With her strength—and memory—failing and Blake’s time running out, Anastasia must tap into parts of herself she never knew existed, hoping that in the end, it will be enough to save them all.
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I had to leave Chicago, even for a little bit. I didn’t go far, but the pressure of the big city was getting to me. I felt like I was being watched on every corner. At least here, I can hide away until my wounds have stopped bleeding. 
 
I lay down on the bed, stretching out my sore muscles. It’s been three days. 
 
I should be better by now. 
 
I should be getting back to work. 
 
I should be hunting those bastards down. 
 
But I can barely breathe without my ribs protesting in pain. I hate feeling this helpless. The ever present rage within me burns hotter and hotter. Each passing moment, my mind runs over all the ways I’ll make Foster pay.
 

~ TITANIUM SERIES ~

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Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at https://valialind.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.
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Release Day Blitz: Burnt Devotion-Rebecca Ethington

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It was supposed to be the final battle, the one to end Edmund’s line, his life, and free the magic Edmund had taken from the world. That was how it was foreseen. The end of the battle that has raged for centuries, unbeknownst to the mortals around them, the battle that would end with Joclyn’s death.
 
But it did neither.
 
The battle still reigns, Joclyn still lives, and the sight that was given eight hundred years ago is broken.
 
And it’s not the only one.
 
Sights that were once thought infallible have become nothing more than scattered glass, with broken pieces shattering into incorrect visages. Sain clings to the magic that he knows to be true, but there is something else, something that he is not saying. And what he does say is no longer adding up.
 
Something is wrong.
 
Ilyan and his people move through the caves, following a sight they hope to be correct, fleeing a battle that should have been the end while the battle within each of them grows with each step.
 
Ryland fights the monsters his father has infected him with.
 
Wynifred fights the confusion of who she is.
 
Dramin fights to live. 
 
Prague may not survive this battle, it may be ripped to shreds… or burned to ashes.
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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.
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