Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Stacey Rourke

Meet Stacey Rourke! She is an award winning, best-selling author, yet her quirky writing style and personality has her better known for her irrational fear of garden gnomes and her insistence that pretty shoes actually call out to her as she shops. That said, if you like books with a heap of action, a swirl of suspense, a dash of romance, and a slathering of snappy one-liners, Stacey’s books might be the right recipe for you! Without further ado, let’s explore the works of this twistedly, fun ginger!
 
In the literary world, Stacey is probably best known for her Legends Saga. This suspenseful literary adventure dares to ask the question; what if the best fiction had dark roots of truth? It kicks off with Crane, a modern day spin on the Legends of Sleepy Hollow. Things delve into the macabre in Raven, book 2, where the works of Edgar Allen Poe are weaved together into an intricate tapestry. The third book, Steam, combines the writings of HG Wells and Nathaniel Hawthorne into a backstory filled with witchcraft and time travel.
Spiral into madness with this series today!
Crane: Amazon/Audio/B&N
Raven: Amazon/B&N
Steam: Amazon
 
In between writing the Legends Saga, Stacey admits to needing a “mental health” break from the dark and maniacal.  Her pallet cleanser came in the form of the light-hearted romantic comedy, Adapted for Film.
Set in Hollywood, we travel along with International Best-Selling Author, Aubrey Evans, as her blockbuster book is made into a major motion picture. But when she and the director begin butting heads over how to bring the book to life the studio takes drastic measures to save the flailing film. Will Aubrey find her happy ending in the City of Angels? Or will the credits roll on all she has worked for?
Stacey entered the literary world with this YA fantasy series filled with shapeshifters, dragons, pirates, demons, and the horrifying image of grandma in a leopard print bikini! Yikes. The lives of three siblings are turned upside down when they suddenly find themselves linked to the mystical creature known as the Gryphon; oldest brother, Gabe, takes the form of a lion, the youngest of the trio, Kendall, grows the wings of an eagle, and middle child, Celeste, becomes his Conduit—the Celtic warrior fated to save us all.
Together, they must battle the forces of darkness, all while getting on each other’s last nerve.
 
Conduit #FREE: Amazon/B&N
Embrace: Amazon
Sacrifice: Amazon
Ascension: Amazon
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Jordan

Cover Reveal: The Art of Persuasion-Heather C. Myers

Genre: NA Romantic Comedy/Time Travel
Expected Release Date: January 26th, 2016
syn Isla Barnes hates love, marriage, and commitment.  As a Millennial in her twenties, she’s focused on starting her medical communications carrier, moving out of her parents’ place and into a ridiculously expensive studio apartment in a semi-safe neighborhood.  After a bachelorette party with her closest friends, she wakes up in nothing but her party dress to an unfamiliar bedroom next to a man claiming to be a pirate from the Eighteenth Century.  While she attempts to figure out where she is and why she’s here with him, her new companion, Captain Matt Scott of the Crimson Wave, is on a mission to rescue his sister from the hangman’s noose.  Isla decides to tag along because he offers her free passage and she finds she feels safe with him – which is odd, considering the only man she trusts is her father.  This new adventure is completely unexpected, mind-blowing, and seemingly impossible, but Isla will learn that survival is easier with friends, magic is real, and love is beautiful.
authHeather  C. Myers Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I’m a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says ‘like’ more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I’m a 26 year old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I’m a writer. Like, for real.  

I recently signed with Anchor Group Publishing, which will see two of my series being published this year. I’ve self-published over 15 books, with more on the way, so I’m familiar with both a hybrid-traditional publishing method as well as self-publishing.

I don’t speak in third person (normally) nor do I wear glasses (except when I’m feeling particularly mischievous). I’m lucky to have found my soul mate at the ripe old age of 22, even though he frustrates me on purpose to get a reaction out of me. We live near Disneyland, have two rambunctious female puppies, and have a beautiful baby girl. He has two amazing boys, and has gotten me hooked on Smallville, watching soccer (okay, okay FOOTBALL – FC Barcelona, baby!), and Cancun Juice.

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Read on,
Jordan

Cover Reveal: The Society-Jodie Andrefski

Release Date: May 3, 2016
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Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
The Society.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.
Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.
All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.
Let the games begin.
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Jodie Andrefski has been passionate about reading ever since she was a little girl, when she used to climb trees to escape with a favorite book. She now lives and writes in a small town in Pennsylvania with her teenage daughter. Though still an avid reader, she now prefers a comfy chair over the crook of a tree. An unapologetic coffee fiend, she’s even happier if her java comes with pie. Jodie often draws on her background in education and mental health counseling to bring real world experience to her writing. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams.
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Jordan


Review & Giveaway: Eerie-C.M. McCoy

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“EERIE, full of voice and romance, is a thrilling and beautifully crafted story that had me up late, racing through the pages to get to the end.”

-Thief of Lies Author Brenda Drake

“5 stars! I felt there was a mash-up between Hogwarts, Xavier Institute for Exceptional Youngsters, and Beauty and the Beast, AND I LOVED IT! The creatures, the classes, the college, the Middle of Nowhere! How awesome!”
 - Truth About Books by A. Fae on EERIE

“I would definitely buy this series. I really loved these characters. It read very quickly, and the Alaska jokes really got me giggling.
 - Confessions of a Book Whore, Jamie S. on EERIE

“EERIE is Harry Potter meets Twilight meets the Bible with a little bit of the abusive/controlling 50 Shades male mixed in. This is a really fast-paced, exciting novel. There is plenty of drama, romance, mystical beings and mystery to keep you flipping the pages and promising yourself “just one more chapter” before bed. And then before you know it, ten o’clock turns into two in the morning…again.”
 - Amanda’s Own Little Corner Book Reviews

synBeing a ParaScience freshman is a nightmare come true.

Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid. When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year old beast is an equally terrifying creature who’s fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive a tunneling earworm, extract a carnivorous splinter, evade the campus poltergeists, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.          

review4/5 Stars

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author.

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for quirky and creative paranormal creatures.
  • You’re not squeamish. 
  • You want to spend the entire day (and night) reading.

Eerie is an unexpected, delightfully charming surprise. Equal parts creepy and inventive, there’s a light-hearted vibe that will keep you going til the bitter end. Romance, murder, mystery, and all things paranormal coupled with Fringe-worthy science, this book is perfect for fans of Eureka, Haven, Supernatural, and X-Files. 

PROS:

  • Hailey. Where do I even begin? She’s accident prone, awkward, and innocent. Her blushing and foot-in-mouth comments are enough to make anyone giggle. She’s Irish, she does dancing jigs with her sister, and she’s a spur of the moment, in your face kind of gal who will speak what’s on her mind, consequences no matter. She’s probably the most genuinely kind and thoughtful character I’ve read and extremely relatable. She had NO CLUE what she’s doing, it’s a mess, and it makes her incredibly endearing.
  • I adored EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. They were complex, funny, unique, everything you could possibly want in characters. I wanted to get to know then and discover everything they were hiding. 
  • There are a massive amount of awesome creatures. From Yetis to carnivorous trees to banshees and bookworms, each is a surprise and so intriguing. I was excited for every new discovery.
  • Giselle. The monster with hidden depth and a beautiful soul. I love her. She’s witty, sarcastic, perceptive, and deadly. She makes rude comments that you can’t help but laugh at and the more she pushes Hailey away, the more she’ll win you over. I laughed like crazy.
  • CHEMISTRY. It’s everywhere. You almost get that alien-vibe vs. the funny bff that made Twilight‘s love triangle work so well. 
  • I could not put it down. Unfortunately, I had to because life and edits, but I could not get it out of my mind. Trust me, you’ll enjoy the ride.

CONS:

  • The story seemed to get lost halfway through. There’s a big shift in location that completely alters the tone but that’s not the issue. The story becomes romance-centric, so much so that it distracts from the original premise. While the underlying goal is always there, there’s a substantial number of pages purely devoted to back and forth flirting and jealousy. 
  • While there are a ton of description when it comes to scenery and paranormal creatures, where it counted, particularly in details about the main characters, there was very little. I had no clue what Hailey or Asher really looked like (in Asher’s case other than a fleeting mention of his resemblance to James Dean). The description is limited to small tidbits, nothing graphic. I couldn’t get a handle on what they actually looked like other than the notion that they’re all pretty hot. 

NOTE: I’m using this as my book that deals with paranormal creatures NOT vampires, werewolves, or fae for the 2016 YA Reading Challengeteasereerie tease

Nowhere to Hide

“Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Hailey plunked her head on the desk and groaned. Why, why…why couldn’t she just tell Asher that she wanted out, that she was afraid—afraid of the others, afraid of dying, and even afraid of…of him. After all, he was planning to kill her. Only temporarily, but still.

She couldn’t believe she was even considering it, but she had no choice. If Asher didn’t kill her, one of the others would.

Permanently.

And Asher protected her. He cared about her. He loved her, right? Asher—an emotionless creature. Hailey wasn’t sure if he was even capable of love.

Oh, this made absolutely no sense. Kill her to save her? Was that love?

Freshman year at her dream college was turning into nightmare, and as she rolled her forehead on the desk, the library’s impossibly large ceiling clock echoed a thump with her heart. She simply had to pull on her big girl pants and tell Asher she was done.

That’s all.

She squeezed her eyes shut as a swarm of butterflies took flight in her stomach.

Lately, she felt an awful lot like Jekyll and Hyde: logical, rational ParaScience student by day—emotional monstrosity at night. Come to think of it, this was more like The Phantom of the Opera, and she was the naïve student who didn’t realize the secret and strange angel she’d come to know was actually a homicidal maniac…

“I’m not a maniac.”

Hailey jumped up. She didn’t mean to say that out loud.

Asher slid behind her, putting his lips next to her ear. “But I suppose I am homicidal,” he whispered, his breath on her skin sending goose bumps down her arms and legs.

She leaned into him and sighed.

So much for steadfast resolve.

Wrapping his arms around her waist, he pulled her closer.

 “How did you know I was here?” she whispered.

“You were dreaming, Hailey,” he murmured. “I’ll always find you when you’re dreaming.”

ExcerptA Guarded Girl

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

-Bertrand Russell

Hailey stared at the empty can on her tray, silently willing the caffeine to kick in. The last thing she needed was to fall asleep, dream of monsters, and have an “episode” in front of her 200 closest non-friends.

No way she’d let that happen.

Now if only her droopy eyelids would cooperate, because the hard plastic chair under her butt sure wasn’t. The dang thing was teasing her and feeling mighty comfy, like a puffy armchair, and she was sinking fast. Thankfully, though, just as her head bobbed, the bell rang, jolting her into a wide-eyed, full-body spasm.

Great. Real smooth, she thought, rubbing her face with both hands as a few gigglers shuffled past.

She groaned, rising with all the enthusiasm of a mushroom, not at all looking forward to another two hours inside the social torture chamber, or as everyone else referred to it, South Side High School.

She was so intent on avoiding the students there for the rest of her senior year that she rarely looked up from her books anymore, and those last two hours dragged. When three o’clock finally rolled around, she bolted outside, took the first open seat on the bus, rested her head against the window, and let it bounce there. She was just about to make it through another day of school very happily unnoticed, when Tage Adams smacked her on the back of the head.

“Ah!” she yelled, startled from sleep.

The bus was waiting at their stop, like normal, and Tage was waiting for her in the aisle, politely—not normal.

Tucking a wayward strand behind her ear, she hurried off the bus.

Tage followed.

“What’s up with you today?” he said nonchalantly, adjusting his pace to walk next to her.

He’d never done that before.

“Nothing,” Hailey said, surprised Tage was talking to her. They’d been catching the bus at the same stop for four years, and he’d never so much as looked at her.

“You’re usually not like that, that’s all.”

“Like what?”

“Nodding off in class, falling asleep on the bus…you know, slacking off. It’s just, you know, you usually have your nose in a book.”

He watches me?

“Oh,” she said, unsure.

“Guess you were working late last night…St. Paddy’s Day…”

“Yeah.” Of course she was working late. Her family owned the most popular Irish pub in Pittsburgh. Hailey pressed her lips together. Small talk was not her thing. Especially not with him.

Her mind went blank.

Searching the pavement for a thought, she chewed her lip as too many seconds stretched the silence. Finally the pressure forced her good sense aside and she opened her mouth to say…anything.

“What’s—”

“Well, see ya ‘round, Dancing Queen.”

She snapped her mouth shut and waved as he peeled off and trotted down Bridge Street. She tried to form the word, “bye,” but all that came out was “buh—”. Standing dumbfounded, she stared after him. She hadn’t realized Tage knew she existed, let alone the fact that she waitressed. And danced.

Stunned, Hailey walked, then jogged, then stopped dead to puzzle over what had just happened. Then she jogged again until she finally reached the pub.

Nobody at that school “chatted” with Hailey. Not since the fourth grade, not since the day a particularly mean girl concocted a particularly ugly rumor—that Hailey had started the fire that killed her parents. The whispers and sideways glances lasted close to a year, and in trying to defend herself, Hailey only made things worse. By the time she figured out that nobody else believed in pyromaniac-nightmare-monsters, it was too late. She’d already earned the label, “weirdo,” which, unfortunately, stuck.

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C.M. McCoy is an Irish dancer and former Air Force officer living in the Great White North. Though B.S.’d in Chemical Engineering and German, she’s far happier writing stories involving Alaska and a body bag (with an awkward kiss in the mix.) While working emergency dispatch for Alaska State Troopers, she learned to speak in 10-codes, which she still does…but only to annoy her family.

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Release Day Blitz: A Beholden Heart-M.L. Steinbrunn

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synHave you ever looked around at your life and thought to yourself, this can’t be what the universe had planned for me?

This thought enters my brain…Every. Single. Day.

I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing, but this isn’t it.

I don’t want extraordinary. I’ve never wanted extraordinary. I just want normal…whatever that is.

When I enrolled in Middleton High School, I was just looking to find some resemblance to the typical high school experience.

Then I met Matt Rhodes. He lives the life of envy: popular, athletic, top of his class. Yet he wants none of it; he would gladly give it all up to gain back everything that he’s lost.

Together we will redefine normal.

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What people are saying about A Beholden Heart…

“This book has taken my heart and changed it.” — Annette at Snugglebook Blog

“Why do we only get 5 stars? This book should get 10!” — Dani at Alpha Book Club

“This book is AMAZING! The message it gives and the emotions it brings out is worth it!” — Missy Meyers

JUST $.99 for release week.

Read on, 

Jordan

Cover Reveal: Love in Neverland-Heather C. Myers

Genre: Fantasy Romance Young Adult/retelling of Peter Pan
Expected Release Date: January 25th, 2016
synLove in Neverland is as hard to capture as fairy dust. Luckily, Magdalena Trainor has no need for either. Love has never been at the forefront of her mind. Her sole focus is to keep an eye on Captain Nicholas Grey while James Hook – the only person Magda trusts – has Remy Cutler in his clutches. She doesn’t expect the task to be difficult – Nicholas Grey may have brawn but doesn’t appear to have any brain – except he turns out to be more than she bargained for. And not in a bad way.
 
For Remy Cutler, love in Neverland is impossible and uimportant.  All she wants to do is get back home, back to her parents, her easy life, and even her undesirable arranged marriage with a man she has no passion for.  James Hook may be beautiful, but he’s cold, and while he does not raise a hand to her, Remy is constantly left alone, isolated from everyone save for her handmaiden.  Rey still has no idea why she’s so special, and James isn’t sharing what he’s planning to do with her either.  There’s a threat looming over her head, and James Hook plays two parts: captor and protector.  With no one left to trust but him, she puts her life – and heart – in his hand – and hook.
authHeather C. Myers

Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I’m a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says ‘like’ more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I’m a 26 year old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I’m a writer. Like, for real.

 

I recently signed with Anchor Group Publishing, which will see two of my series being published this year. I’ve self-published over 15 books, with more on the way, so I’m familiar with both a hybrid-traditional publishing method as well as self-publishing.

I don’t speak in third person (normally) nor do I wear glasses (except when I’m feeling particularly mischievous). I’m lucky to have found my soul mate at the ripe old age of 22, even though he frustrates me on purpose to get a reaction out of me. We live near Disneyland, have two rambunctious female puppies, and have a beautiful baby girl. He has two amazing boys, and has gotten me hooked on Smallville, watching soccer (okay, okay FOOTBALL – FC Barcelona, baby!), and Cancun Juice.

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Jordan



ARC Review: Teen Frankenstein-Chandler Baker

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synHigh school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost–Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

PROS:

  • Adam is adorable. He’s so socially awkward and odd that you can’t help but fall in love with him. His cheesy grin and complete lack of sense of humor plus the baby bird-like way he follows Tor around is too cute. Absolutely swoon-worthy, much in the same way that R is in Warm Bodies. 
  • The twist is creepy incarnate. Seriously, appalling, disturbing, horror films wish they had that level of crazy.
  • As a true retelling, it was spot on. The disquieting darkness and foreboding were there, the struggle with being a creator, the God complex Tor had, the obsessive fight to push her scientific discoveries, and the terror at what Adam was capable of were all part of the madness. There were some big gaps from the original Frankenstein, mainly the deep, philosophical questions and internal battles but other than that and the more sinister, poetic aspects of the monster, it was a fair spin-off Shelley.
  • Tor is fascinating. Incredibly driven, a genius when it comes to science, and a little arrogant, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. At the same time, it’s like she has no emotions. She forgets that people are humans and not part of her experiments and in doing so comes off as a self-absorbed jerk sometimes. The way she treats Owen is pretty terrible. But there’s something about her that draws you in and makes you want to listen, to follow her on her insane adventures. 

CONS:

  • Despite the fast start, after the first couple chapters the story drags and only picks up at the very end. The mundane school life was pretty boring and some days passed with clinched high school drama that the story would have been just as good without. 
  • The romance, if you could call it that, was kind of pointless and seemed to go nowhere. It only served to add more of that typical high school drama. 
  • Owen’s character was neglected. Other than being Tor’s sidekick, it felt like he had no purpose. He’s intelligent, crafty, clever, and one talented tinkering mechanic and yet, he only comes in when he’s being “useful” to Tor. I would have loved to see his true personality and a lot more of it. His lines are sarcastic at some points, and the slap in her face truth Tor needs to hear. 
  • One aspect truly bugged me. There’s a scene where one of the characters is given a *spoiler* date rape drug and it’s just shrugged off, like it’s her fault for being so stupid. I couldn’t get past that. 

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NOTE: I’m using this for my contemporary twist on a classic in the 2016 YA Reading Challenge.

Happy reading, 

Jordan