Promo & Giveaway: Storm of Arranon by R.E. Sheahan

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A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.

A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager’s home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.

Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey.

Aware of Erynn’s potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation.

Erynn’s secret may be her worlds’ only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn’s dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice.

Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.

Love.

Excerpt

Jaer sighed. “I will get you there, Erynn.” His hand stroked her hair.

I’m Erynn again. She angled her face to see him. “Why do you do that?”

He tipped his head. His hand stopped its soft movement and dropped. “I am sorry. I will not do it again.” His arms stiffened.

“No. I mean sometimes you call me Lieutenant, or Lieutenant Yager, but rarely Erynn. Why?”

“I guess the same reason you call me, sir, and not Jaer.”

She stared at the dark outline of his face, quiet for a long moment. “So if I call you Jaer, you’ll stop calling me Lieutenant?”

He laughed quietly. “Yes, Erynn.” His hand moved back to her hair, sliding around to hold her face. His lips brushed hers, tentative at first, then with more pressure, but still gentle.

Erynn put one arm around him and the other up to his jacket, grasping the collar and pulling him, returning the kiss. Electric blue tendrils wove around, slow and graceful, encompassing them in a soft light.

authorI have always been a reader. I’d come home from grade school with stacks of books every week, and during the summer, I’d get my fix from the library. I love books. Later, while working every day outside at the ranch, I’d listen to audio books on cassette with one of those Sportswalk players I’d hook to my belt. I could go through three or four books a week.

I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California.
Trust me, it’s not always like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for reading.

Writing got serious for me when I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. One hundred and twenty-two thousand words that desperately needed help, but it was a start.

The characters demanded their story be told, so I joined critique groups and attended writer’s conferences. I was on the fast track to learning what I needed to know to write well, and tell, show, an engaging story.

In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA, so I guess I had learned something! BTW, I’m still learning.

Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an “aha” moment. Brain storming sessions standing in dark, windy parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.

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Review: Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone

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In the year 2052, it’s not love but hate that unites the world.

Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities whose arrival on earth caused an environmental and biological crisis.

Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: she will do anything to ensure her freedom. But her resolution is soon tested when the son of a high-ranking human official is murdered and her home city becomes the center of the interspecies war, one that might see the Inborns purged. Desperate to find a way out of the city for herself and her family, Snofrid risks making a deal with the manipulative Inborn Commander, Hadrian, and his brutal cadre of soldiers. Her task is simple: take part in a historic hunt that will bring wealth and fame to all who survive. Unfortunately, Snofrid’s role is one in which survival is rarely seen—the bait.

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3.5/5 Stars

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

The world building is fantastic. It’s rich and complex, a wonderful blending of gritty and dark dystopia with a magical alien twist. There are many layers with epic technology and hierarchies. There are slums, and gangs, and shady traffickers, and all sorts of twisted, despicable characters that will haunt your nightmares. The price of magic is grotesque and horrifying. Seriously. This imagery will chill and sicken you. Graphic murders, gore, mutilation. It’s all there in its horrific splendor. 

Like with any extensive world building, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and a little lost as story takes over. The story of the extraterrestrials before Hatred Day is barely there. There are so many questions about the before that are never answered. Why the Inborns are so loathed and must keep hidden is another thing. There’s more back story in the blurb it feels like than the actual novel. There wasn’t enough for me to feel confident in the politics and to firmly state why the prejudice and anger were so strong. 

The introduction to characters is epic and strong. Immediately you’re drawn into this world. An urgent quest to find a love one who may or may not have been tortured, held captive, and potential sold into slavery? Is your heart pounding just thinking about it? A thrilling adrenaline rush from the first page. 

Some characters who seemed as though they should or would have a huge part fell out of the plot. Their parts were memorable while they lasted but fleeting and nowhere near enough. It came as a shock to the system and in some instances didn’t make sense. A big section of Snofrid’s past had to deal with the gangs from the slums and her particular relationship with one of the leaders. There’s a major threat. Terrifying, gruesome, bloody, the type of queasy anticipation that transcends foreboding. You can feel the nightmare becoming reality as one psychotic thing happens right after the other. AND THE NOTHING. POOF GONE. I feel like there should have been some sort of final confrontation or something.

Snofrid’s missing memory is another blank space that didn’t have enough back up.

Snofrid is likable and a little badass. She’s had a life full of pain, heartache, and all sorts of trials that no one should have to suffer through. She has prevailed and adapted well to every situation. Snofrid embraces her fears, so lets them consume her and then works through them. She makes hard choices, takes risks, and the past she’s forgotten only enhances the woman she’s become without it. 

The romance. When those memories come back. Holy emotional turmoil. Be still my heart. Those memories. A huge contrast from the current situation but the LOVE. When it hits, it’s like a tsunami. It knocks you off your feet. 

Secondary stories are just as interesting. Snofrid’s brother. WOW. What drama and heart. 

Some subplots I wish there was more of: Hadrian and his minions, the monster and why it is being hunted (the past, the creation, the vile woman…read and you’ll see) and the brutally militaristic way that Lycidius was trained as a child. GIVE ME MORE PLEASE. 

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Epic reading, 

Jordan

 

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: Lost In Starlight-Sherry Soule

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4.5/5 Stars

Starlight Saga, #1

“You know what I believe now? That the universe has no conscious will, only inevitabilities, and it was inevitable that we should be together. It was fated-written in the stars-that no matter what, I’ll never stop trying to make you happy or wanting to keep you safe.”

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Stolen kisses that make my blood run hot inside me. Forbidden fruit. Lust and desire. Moth to a flame. Human to hybrid. It’s so wrong but feels so wickedly right. Every part of his body-his lips, his hands, his scent-overwhelm my sense. I lean my whole body into his firmness, and by the feel of his passionate kisses, I know now there will be no turning back.

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High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien—even tougher.

Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life…

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  • To everyone calling for diversity in YA, this  is for you. There’s so much diversity going on it’s really refreshing. I loved that the main character was unconventional. She’s popular, loud, she has purple hair, she’s not skinny, she loves her curves, and it’s so refreshing. Honestly, I hadn’t realized how much I longed for a female protagonist that wasn’t a standard social outcast harassed by populars, for a girl who isn’t twiggy or hates her looks and suddenly finds out she’s gorgeous. Sloane is completely realistic. She doesn’t freak out about her body and while she does get picked on for her weight, this girl is fierce. She’s a fighter, she doesn’t let anyone get to her. I am in awe of how thoroughly Sloane knows herself and that she’s not feeling compelled to change because she’s what many would consider overweight. <3. There are people of color, there are gothic people, everyone is unique and while there are some stereotypical characters it’s not from who you’d expect. The nerdy kid is actually the skeevy pervert. Yes. This is exactly what I was looking for! I feel like so often characters are stuck in these molds that turn into what authors feel are expected images and mannerisms, so much so that they’ve become tropes. Sherry Soule’s characters are innovative, they’re fresh and funky, and bold but mostly they’re real, they showcase the variety you find in high school settings without sticking to traditional cliques. 
  • Sloane is hyper-aware of who she is as a person. She knows what she wants and goes out on a limb to get it. She’s observant, a little pushy, loud, like a quirky Nancy Drew with a horror film obsession and such a powerful, vibrant voice. She’s full of this fun, forward energy that kind of puts her at the center of attention. She’s incredibly likeable and has these wonderful catchphrases. Plus, her horror film pet peeves mirror my own. She’s a saucy, vivacious blogger who throws her opinion out into the world and doesn’t back down.  This girl is a magnetic, sassy heroine and fashionista. She’s a confident, powerhouse woman whose ready to achieve her dreams and is not intimidated by adversity. We need more female protagonists like her.
  • The chemistry between Sloane and Hayden is scorching. It’s a heady rush of steamy sexual attraction and angst. The way they look at each other is a magnetic bout of lust and heat. Their interactions are playful and laced with rich flirting, they get along so well it’s like they’ve been friends forever. Hayden is an expert at that amazing crowding, the way he closes in on Sloane, framing her body with his. It’s perfectly written and the feels.
  • Hayden is beyond sexy and his appeal goes well beyond his hot outer appearance. Firstly, the heterochromia. Wow. Those eyes you can get lost in and that faux hawk, he’s absolutely gorgeous but there’s also something dark and mysterious about his personality. He’s secretive, standoffish but when he opens up he’s compassionate, caring, a super nice and attentive person. He’s funny, he’s constantly teasing Sloane and playing off her attraction to him. He mocks her embarrassment and the way he draws out his nickname for her, Peaches, is incredibly yummy. If you’re looking for a new boyfriend on par with Daemon from Lux, check this out.
  • The story of how the alien-hybrids formed is complex and throughly plotted, the threat is very real and horrific. The small details are all there and build an underlying layer of suspense and danger to Hayden and Sloane’s relationship.The creepy feeling of being watched, the glares from Hayden’s brother, and the sketchy black SUVs are enough to keep the reader on their feet, apprehensive and expecting the worst.
  • That final fight scene. My heart broke. The agony and utter devastation is almost crippling. The transition from sheer torture and hatred to shattered hearts and harsh realities shifts the entire tone of the book and leaves the reader hunkering for more. 
  • A twist you’ll never see coming.
  • The villains are truly evil, they’re vile, gross beings (human and alien) who live up to their title. 

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  • The way Sloane is with Devin contradicts her character. She’s generally so independent and assured about what she wants and voices it but when it comes to Devin it’s like she collapses in on herself and backs down because she doesn’t want confrontation. This kills me. The way Sloane lets Devin harass her and the way his seedy eyes rove her body is disgusting. The final school scene made me so angry, I was torn between wanting to slap Sloane and knee Devin. I understand that she was feeling desperate and broken but omg, this was the moment to finally confront and put Devin in his place and she could have found a better way around it. Devin is kind of small, I’m convinced she could’ve taken him.
  • I would have liked to see more of Sloane’s friends personalities. It seemed as though when she got involved with Hayden, her friends fell into the background and they’re such cool characters, I would have loved to get to know them better.

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Quiz & Giveaway: Lost in Starlight-Sherry Soule

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Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new Upper YA / Sci-Fi romance series: the “Starlight Saga” with scorching-hot character chemistry, exciting suspense, and epic romance on June 26, 2014.

To help promote this interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.

Author Sherry Soule has a treat for all my followers today. Take this super fun quiz to see which character you’d most likely be besties with and score a $10 Amazon Gift card!

Take this quiz and be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

“Which Starlight Character Would YOU Most Likely Be Besties with?”

1. You have $200 to spend. Where do you go? 

a.      Forever 21

b.      Hot Topic

c.      Abercrombie & Fitch

d.      Urban Outfitters

 

2. It is dinnertime. What are you in the mood for? 

a.      Salad and diet soda

b.      Cheeseburger and fries

c.      Pizza and iced tea

d.      Vegie Burrito

 

3. What’s your favorite TV show?

a.      Pretty Little Liars

b.      The Tomorrow People

c.      CW’s The 100

d.      The Vampire Dairies 

 

4. Favorite type of movie?

a.      Romantic Comedy

b.      Horror / Suspense

c.      Action / Adventure

d.      Science Fiction / Fantasy

 

5. What is your favorite color?

a.      Pink

b.      Purple

c.      Black

d.      Blue 

 

6. Where would you hang out on a free afternoon?

a)   Hit the clothing stores with friends

b)   Go to the movies

c)    The library or bookstore

d)   Play video games

 

If you answered… 

Mostly a’s: You and Emma need to hang out soon! You’ll have a blast shopping together, catching up on the latest gossip, and painting each other’s nail’s pink.

Mostly b’s: Sloane is your new BFF! You guys will have fun dying your hair crazy colors, going to the movies, and chowing down on burgers.

Mostly c’s: Kaitlyn and you would have a great time together. You both enjoy pizza, hanging at the bookstore, and getting your nails done.

Mostly d’s: Tanisha and you are both cool girls that like to play video games, watch shows that are fantasy themed, and snack on healthier food.

BookCover_Lost_in_Starlight Please mark your calendars to buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT (volume one) on June 26th 2014!

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VOLUME ONE: Starlight Saga

High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life….

Places you can find Sherry Soule:

Official Blog: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter @SherrySoule: http://twitter.com/SherrySoule

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The awesome book cover was designed by the talented, Kristen Thompson-Oh of KCT Designs at www.kctdesigns.com

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If you skipped the synopsis for Lost in Starlight, seriously, go back and read it. I can’t wait for this release, it sounds like such a crazy, fun read. Hope you enjoyed the quiz. More to come about this release so keep your eyes open. I love that the main character has colorful hair and is curvy. Bring me more of this. Diversity in YA.

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Cover Reveal: Distant Desires-Cambria Hebert

Releasing June 14, 2014

Synopsis
An erotic tale of alien proportions…
Sophie Perez has
never believed the stuff she reads online about possible life in space. Aliens are
for the movies, for the weirdoes, and they most definitely are not real.
One night on the
way home from a late shift at work, her car breaks down. Stranded on the side
of a country road, with a dead cell phone, doesn’t seem like that big of a
deal.
Until strange
neon lights appear in the sky. She thinks it is her imagination.
When an
inexplicable circular ship appears overhead, she can’t deny what’s clearly
right in front of her. Especially when moments later, she’s taken onto the
ship, a human hostage among those who are most definitely not human.
About to become
a human guinea pig, possibly worse, the last thing she ever expects is to like
the things these otherworldly beings subject her to. In fact, it is unlike
anything she’s ever experienced.

Will Sophie find
her way back to her planet, or will she beg to stay where her pleasure is
literally out of this world?
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MeetTheAuthor

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

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