Release Day Blitz: Shadow of Deception by Amy Hale

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With the head of The Curators removed from power, a new leader has stepped in and relocated those imprisoned within its grasp. They will stop at nothing to get what they want, and they still want Jane and the power her gifts can bring them.
 
Jane and Colt’s next mission is to free the gifted, but this may be their toughest challenge yet. To win this war, they will put everything on the line. Even with the help of friends, what lies ahead will be difficult. Can Jane and Colt salvage their relationship while making personal sacrifices at the same time?
 
Book two in The Shadows Trilogy continues the story of Jane and Colt as they embark on a wild ride of raw emotions, danger, and determination in the face of overwhelming adversity.
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Amy Hale is an author, mother, and wife living in Illinois. She started her writing career in 2003 with non-fiction and educational pieces, but decided to take the leap to fiction in 2014. She’s always plotting new projects and writing down crazy ideas. She’s a hopeless romantic and adores all the various ways a love story can be told. Amy also loves mystery, humor, suspense, and other action filled stories, so her goal is to blend the action with romance and keep you on your toes.

Her husband and kids are the center of her universe, although her cat believes otherwise. She also loves reading, music, and photography. When she’s not writing or reading, Amy can be found watching MST3K movies with her kids, or enjoying the scenery fly by from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

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Read on, 
Jordan

 

Review: Pretty Dancer by Cora Graham

Blog Tour March 6th to March 12thPretty Dancer CoverAmazon/Goodreads

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Since she was a little girl, all she ever wanted to do was dance…

But what happens, when the ones meant to protect you above all others are the ones to hurt you the most?

For Lilly, it was easier to hide within herself and her dancing.

Until the right someone comes along and gives her a reason to fight back. He helps her trust again. She inspires him to dream again.

With one more performance, her dream is within her reach. Her past keeps her struggling for her future but will she let it stand in her way of her dream too?

Will her dream come true? Does she have what it takes? Can she overcome the demons of her past and find herself again?

Love, Humor, Passion, Artistry, a story of acceptance.

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation on this tour

+++Contains triggers: abuse, assault, violence

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You like feisty female protagonists with tons of fun lines and sensuality
  • Dancing is your passion
  • Your sibling means the world to you

PROS:

  • Pretty Dancer is a heartbreaking and emotional recovery story after horrible trauma. The fear, the flashbacks, the pain, and the mystery will all draw you in. There are secrets, terrible ones on the horizon and they pop up suddenly. Pretty Dancer does a stunning job of channeling the pain, hurt, and confusion into something beautiful, into an exploration of passion. When Lilly dances, it’s cathartic and uplifting, you feel her pain and past lessening, and her strength is just wow.
  • Siblings are everything in this story. The bond between Lilly and her brother is heart-warming and poignant. He’s her knight and she adores him. That love leaps off the pages. They care for each other so deeply; it’s like breathing for them, completely natural. It’s compelling. Their interactions are that perfect combination of teasing and fierce protectiveness. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love with their love for each other. 
  • Lilly is fabulous. She’s bold and fierce and passionate. She doesn’t take any animosity from anyone; she speaks her mind, and is unafraid to throw a few punches. Lilly is loyal above all else. Her past haunts her but doesn’t rule her. She’s terrified sometimes and it makes it so easy to connect with her on an emotional level because each pang of heartache, fear, and confusion are powerfully written. 
  • Carter and Lilly are adorable. The way he drawls out pretty dancer or pretty girl…Victorian-style swoon fest. When he calls her every night just to hear her voice…OMG it’s impossible not to fall. Carter has his own demons that make him feel unworthy and caused him to act out in the past. He’s a mystery that you can’t wait to solve. When Carter sings to Lilly. Speechless. Total, absolute adoration and love. 
  • Andrea. That Texan. Those Southern phrases. Be still my heart. 

CONS:

  • The “enemies” are the stereotypical cheerleaders and a bit cliché.
  • The pacing is off. So much of the story happens later in the book that some of the first half drags with nothing much happening. There is a build up of attraction between Lilly and Carter but even that is a little more muted than I’d expected. 
  • Secondary characters were interesting but fleeting. There were more of the bratty cheerleaders than the cool kids like Greg and their lunch crew. I would have liked to see more of those interactions. 

ExcerptMy heart thumps hard inside my chest. All I hear are my own deep breaths filling the darkness around me. I count them silently as I release and inhale.

One,
Two,
Three,
Four,

Soft blue lights come on, mixing with the white, giving my skin a blue hue. I know I have seconds before the music will start and I’m expected to move. To show everyone something remarkable, memorable, different. Personal, even if they’ll never know just how personal it is. I’m expected to pull emotions from them as I mirror those same emotions across the stage. Make them feel everything that I feel in that moment, sadness, hurt, struggle, and the moment when I realize that I’m stronger than the demons trying to pull me under. I’m expected to take them on a journey through my recovery. My own struggle to fight my way through the darkness of my past into someplace better, someplace I want to be, someplace where I finally break free of all that once held me down.

In that place, I learn that I can not only survive it, but overcome it. And so I do. I dance.

Just like I did when I was practicing in the studio, I mimic the girl I see dancing in my head.
The music ends abruptly. I hit my last pose and stop. For a few endless moments in time, all I hear again are my own deep breaths.

One,
Two,
Three,
Four…

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My name is Cora Graham. I live in Northwest Arkansas with my wonderful husband and two awesome children, our sweet dog Carly and not so sweet cat Mr. Gru. I am a stay at home mother of two very energetic, very handsome (not that I’m biased or anything), imaginative, keep me on my toes every second of the day little boys. The thing I absolutely love to do most in life is spend time with my family.

I’m a pretty boring, quiet person in reality. I have an unhealthy (what the husband thinks) addiction to coffee. I need coffee in a don’t talk to me until I’ve had my first sip kind of way. When I’m driving alone in my van (that I love) I happen to think I’m the best singer in the world and there is no song I can’t sing. Don’t laugh, you know you do it too. And to my husbands baffled amazement, I love love love martial arts movies. They’re my guilty pleasure.

What no one knows about me (until now) is that I’ve always had these imaginary conversations flowing through my head, with these imaginary people, telling me their imaginary stories. Since having kids of my own, I’ve discovered a bravery I didn’t know I had. I tell my boys to be brave in all things, there is nothing they can’t do or become. Of course with kids, those dreams can change daily. It’s their bravery and dreamful little minds of becoming a scientist, policeman, firefighter (I’ve even heard ninja) that gave me the inspiration to do what I’ve always done in my head. Tell stories. My hope is that people will love reading my stories as much as I’ve come to love writing them.

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

Cover Reveal: Zombie High Chronicles by Amy Miles

 

 Zombie High Chronicles

Book 1 Release Date: June 20, 2016
Book 2 Release Date: August 15, 2016
Book 3 Release Date: October 17, 2016
Book 4 Release Date: December 12, 2016
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My name is Roan Sterling.
I am seventeen years old.
I am not infected.
 
Three months ago my world went to hell and never looked back. I knew long before the others that we were all officially screwed. Growing up as an army brat had taught me a few things. Like when the military enacted martial law and forced you to leave your home, a normal day would be anything but. 
 
Life in the Safe Zone sucked. The soldiers could poke us like lab rats, load us up on buses bound for school and pretend like everything was normal, but I knew fear when I saw it and the soldiers manning the gates were gripping their guns just a little too hard for comfort. This place used to be a typical “last place on earth anything would ever happen” slice of suburbia.
Until they happened. 
 
Dead Heads. Stiffs. Lame Brains. We had a lot of names for them to replace dad, sister or son. Something flipped a switch in their brains and the lights went out, but I suspected that the blackout was only temporary. I’d seen things I wasn’t supposed to. The Dead Heads were starting to notice us for the first time.
 
Life at Zombie High was about to get a lot bloodier.
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       Amy Miles has always been a bit of a dreamer. Growing up as an only child, and a military brat to boot, she spent countless hours escaping into the pages of a book, only to spend the following days creating a new idea of how to twist up the story to make it unique.

       Since becoming a mother, Amy has slowly nourished her love of the written word while snatching writing time in the midst of soiled diapers, tumbling over legos and peering around mounds of laundry and dishes that never seem to go away. Oncer her only son started school, Amy was free to let her fingers dive into dark mythology, tales of betrayal and love, and explore human nature in its rawest form. Her love of seeing the world from a different angle bloomed.  

       Amy is the author of several novels, including her popular young adult immortal books, The Arotas series, which are an Amazon and iBooks bestselling series. Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she proceeded to flip over to sciene fiction/fantasy based idea with her Rising trilogy. She then dove into contemporary romance with her novel, Captivate and explored the depths of her faith with In Your Embrace. 

       She is currently working on completing her Immortal Rose trilogy, a prequel to her Arotas novels. She has also embarked on two new journeys this year, one in the form of a co-written banshee series, The Hallowed Realms, which is currently represented by GH Literary and she breached another  genre with her upcoming adult horror novel, Wither.

Pleasant reading, 
Jordan