THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS

Author: Joe M. Solomon

Pub. Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: NES Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 538

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKobo

March Madness has begun and college basketball playoffs are heating up, not that Robert Walker—a graduate student from Texas—particularly cares. He has decided to skip classes for the day, sleep in, and get some rest. Unfortunately, a brief spat on the phone with his fiancée makes that impossible. Hoping to take his mind off of it, he scans through TV channels in search of entertainment and instead finds one news report after another that warns of violence erupting in the streets.

People are randomly and savagely attacking one another all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Some speculate it may be related to strange lights that have appeared in the sky above the outbreaks. Before any solid conclusions can be drawn, however, the brutality spreads, sweeping across the country until it hits Houston, then proceeds on to the West Coast. Robert, a handful of classmates, and a few others manage to survive the first wave and find themselves in the midst of civilization’s blackest hour, surrounded by pandemonium, bloodshed, and masses of people who have been stripped of their humanity. Hours later, as those strange lights continue to dominate the sky, the vicious horde undergoes a new transformation.

There is no escaping the horror. Unable to reach his fiancée by phone, Robert sets out to find her, joined by a small ensemble of fellow survivors. The thirty-five miles they must cover are fraught with danger, and their terror grows with each step they take as they witness the genesis of a new Earth. Can they find a way to stop it? Will they even survive it? 

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Excerpt:

Puffy house shoes. “Ma,” Robert said, then raised the phone to his ear. “Ma, what’s going on?” Static swelled over the line. “Hello? Ma? Ma!”

“I’m here, Bobby,” Ms. Walker said, barely audible above the static. The alarm and urgency infusing her voice frightened him more than everything that had happened thus far.

“We have to get outta here!” Alex shouted.

“Quiet!” he shouted back at her. Then, in a calm voice, he said to his mother, “Talk to me.”

“My father called from Chapel Hill—”

Static.

“—that people had gone mad, killing each—”

Static.

“He said it was happening all along the East Coast. The news didn’t know what—”

Static.

“The president was attacked by two of his own Secret Ser—”

Static.

“He—”

Static.

“—beating him and—”

Static.

“—if he’s alive or dead.”

“We have to go,” Big Walt said and hurried to the window to survey the area. “I think we can make it if we go now. Right now!”

Robert raised a hand and motioned for Big Walt to stop speaking for a minute.

Alex moved to stand in front of the door and curled both hands into fists. Kicking off her house shoes, she bounced like a boxer waiting for her moment to knock out an opponent.

Static.

“—ad,” she said softly. “Robert.” Her voice rose a bit.

“What happened, Ma?” Robert asked as he placed an index finger in his other ear.

Big Walt unlocked the window and raised it to its full height. He looked toward the sky. “Humph.”

“Ma, I can’t hear—” He broke off. “Wait. Big Walt, what are you doing?”

“I have to live, my friend,” Walt said. “Good luck.” He pushed the screen outward with both hands, letting it fall into the flowerbed four feet beneath the window. In one fluid motion, Big Walt dove outside.

Alex glanced over one shoulder. “Where’s Big Walt?” She dashed over to the window with Robert on her heels.

Big Walt ran toward the parking lot where a female student had rammed her car into the automatic gate. With tight fists, two male students beat on the semiconscious woman. Her tired sobs and weak battle against the duo proved fruitless.

Bellowing a war cry, Big Walt struck both students with his fists and knocked them backward. They looked like the crooks in the old Batman TV show when they tumbled almost exaggeratedly over the curb.

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About Joe: (No author Photo)

Joe Solomon earned both master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University and is a writer, a director, an independent filmmaker, and a composer.  His first novel—a supernatural thriller entitled The Darkness: Giger, Texas—reached #2 on Amazon’s Best Seller list and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. His next novel—The Light: Houston, Texas—will release June 11, 2019. He has also completed a collection of short stories that arose from the macabre and will release next year.

An award-winning screenwriter, Joe has completed seventeen screenplays and nine stage plays. He has also been very active in the independent film industry, directing four short films, one feature film (post production), and six music videos. His screenplays have won Best Screenplay at the Mediterranean Film Festival (Cannes, France), been Official Selections at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards, won the Final Draft Screenwriters Award, won the Screenwriting Showcase Award, reached the Second Round in The Sundance Feature Film Program, and been a Finalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. His music videos have won Best Music Video at the Honolulu Film Awards, the Silver Remi Award for Creative Excellence at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, won the Maple Leaf Award at the Canada International Film Festival, been an Official Selection of the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema—Milan, been an Official Selection of the Switzerland International Film Festival, won Best Director—Music Video in the Honolulu Film Awards, and been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards. They have also been Official Selections of many additional international film festivals.

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Giveaway Details:

4 lucky winners will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Giveaway Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2946/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/4/2019- BookHounds– Interview

6/5/2019- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Excerpt

6/6/2019- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

6/7/2019- Tyto Forest– Excerpt

Week Two:

6/10/2019- fictitious.fox– Review

6/11/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

6/12/2019- The Tired Buyer– Interview

6/13/2019- Burgandy Ice– Excerpt

6/14/2019- Two Chicks on Books Interview

Week Three:

6/17/2019- Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review

6/18/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

6/19/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Guest Post

6/20/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

6/21/2019- Bookbriefs– Review

Week Four:

6/24/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

6/25/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Interview

6/26/2019- KayBee’s Bookshelf, A Literary Blog– Spotlight

6/27/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/28/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

Week Five:

7/1/2019- Reads & Reviews– Review

7/2/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

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BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers Release Day Blitz



I am so excited that BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Melissa Landers, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book, US Only, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: BLASTAWAY
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: July 9,2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 304

Kyler Centaurus isn’t your typical runaway. All he wanted was a quick trip to the legendary Fasti Sun Festival. Who wouldn’t want to see new stars being born? Um, try Kyler’s entire family. They couldn’t care less about mind-blowing wonders of science.

When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is cut short by two space pirates determined to steal his ship. Not happening!

Luckily, Kyler bumps into Fig, a savvy young Wanderer who makes a living by blowing up asteroids. She could really use a ride to Earth and Kyler could really use a hand with the pirates.

But when Kyler learns the truth about Fig’s mission, the two must put aside their differences long enough to stop the threat of astronomical proportions racing towards Earth.


Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep. And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?

Right.

An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

About Melissa:


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”










Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a finished copy of BLASTAWAY, US Only.




Queen of Ruin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

About the Book:

Title: QUEEN OF RUIN (Grace and Fury #2)

Author: Tracy Banghart

Pub. Date: July 2, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover,  eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleAudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that “breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

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Review:

I’m going to make this a down and dirty review because I really want you to pick up the book. 🙂

This book ROCKED with Girl Power! and it had me pumped! Nomi and Serina really found themselves in this sequel and I was here for it. I loved them in the first book and loved them harder in the second. They found had their character arc and discovered what they were capable of and who they were supposed to be. It was nothing short of amazing.

The second half of the book was so action packed that it went by quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I would have liked a minor/short epilogue chapter to give me ultimate closure on the characters I’d bonded with over the two books.

This book was full of all of the ships: sister relationships and love relationships. I wanted all of the ships! The way the sister relationship was written was brilliant. This wasn’t the Katniss/Prim type of relationship where one always needed to be protected. Both girls were strong, fierce, and a force to be reckoned with. The romance ships were also really good, but I’m not going to spoil anything for you.

I cannot get over how many feels I have for this book. It was just as good as the first book and I hope you read it, if you haven’t already.

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About Book 1:

Title: GRACE AND FURY (Grace And Fury #1)

Author: Tracy Banghart

Pub. Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.


Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.


Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

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About Tracy:

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of QUEEN OF RUIN, US Only.

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Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review

7/2/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

7/3/2019- Jena Brown Writes– Review

7/4/2019- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

7/5/2019- It Starts at Midnight– Review

Week Two:

7/8/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

7/9/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

7/10/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

7/11/2019- Starlight-Reads– Review

7/12/2019- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review

FOR THE HUNT by Debbie Cassidy Blitz: Excerpt & Giveaway



I am so excited that FOR THE HUNT by Debbie Cassidy is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Debbie Cassidy, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Debbie and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: FOR THE HUNT (For the Blood Book 4)
Author: Debbie Cassidy
Pub. Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Debbie Cassidy
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 107
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
READ FOR FREE ON KU!

There is no pixie dust in faerie…

In faerie The Hunt is the top of the food chain, and me? I’m the head of the viper, or so they tell me. But that’s a lie. Something is rising, a dread, a fear that cannot be named, and I’m about to dive right into the thick of it. Now, if only I can get the guys and The Hunt to work together then maybe we can all come out of this unscathed.

Join Eva and the guys as they adjust to life in faerie in this sequel novella to the For the Blood Series.

Buy the first 3 books!
Excerpt:
I moved atop Elias, the tempo of my rhythm increasing as I approached climax. He thrust his hips up to meet mine, his fingers biting into my hips with pleasant intensity. I tipped my head back, and one of his hands relinquished its hold on my hip and moved to my breast. He was rough, kneading and tugging just the way it worked with us.
Close, so close.

Oh God.

Awareness rippled through me, a tugging of a different sort. The Hunt. The dead. I had to… Oh God… The orgasm ripped through me, accompanied by Elias’s moan. Green flashed before my eyes and Caister’s voice cut through my groan.

“If you’ve quite finished.” He stood at the head of the bed dressed in his inky-black Hunt gear, leather and cotton and more leather. His emerald gaze swept over my naked form with something akin to arrogant ownership. The heat of passion died as anger flared to life in my chest, along with the bite of something else that I couldn’t define.

“Get out.” Words that should have been clipped came out breathless, which annoyed me more.

Elias cursed colorfully and attempted to pull out of me.

I placed a hand on his chest to hold him in place. “Not you.” I glared at Caister, ignoring the flutter in my belly at the way his eyes blatantly roved over my body. “You. Get out now.”

He crossed his arms and raised his attention to my face, slow and leisurely. “We have a calling.” My horn materialized in his hand. “Blow this for a change.”

I glared at him, resisting the urge to take the horn even though every fiber of my being wanted to. “The dead can wait a few minutes.”

His jaw clenched and his eyes flashed emerald. “Your orgasm can wait a few hours.”

“Fuck you, Caister.”

A dark look flashed across his eyes and his lip curled. “You wish.”


About Debbie:

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head – in a totally non psychotic way of course. She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.

Connect with Debbie via her website or Email her at debbiecassidyauthor@gmail.com
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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $15 Amazon Gift Card, INTERNATIONAL.




THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway



I am so excited that THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gillian French, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for FOUR signed copies of the book, Us Only, courtesy of Gillian and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About the Book:
Title: THE MISSING SEASON
Author: Gillian French
Pub. Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 304
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

From the author of Edgar Award finalist Grit and The Lies They Tell comes a tense, atmospheric novel for fans of E. Lockhart and Marieke Nijkamp, about friendship, truth, and the creeping fears that can’t be outrun. 

Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the kids in the old factory town of Pender know what is really behind it: a monster out in the marshes that they call the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town. Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing. Spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war. And magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler–not like Kinkaid does. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to bring the stories to life.
Excerpt:
“It’s sad, you coming here.” Kincaid takes me in, his smile fading. “Now you’ve got no chance.”

No chance. Like he read it in my tea leaves or the lines of my palm. “Why?”

“Because he only takes Pender kids. Likes our taste, I guess.” Kincaid drops his board, glides backward on one foot, never breaking eye contact. “Like . . . hopelessness.”

“And Steak-umms from the caf,” somebody says, making people snicker.

“Liver.” Trace shows his teeth. “God, I love that shit.”

“What about Gavin Cotswold?” Sage says. “Have they figured out how he died yet?”

“Mumbler got him.” Trace.

“He OD’d.” Bree gives Trace a withering look. “He went out in the woods, got fucked up, and died. His own mom thinks so.”

“I heard the animals didn’t leave enough of him behind to be sure.” Trace says. Then, to Kincaid, “Tell her about the first boy. Ricky Whoever.”

“Sartain. Ricky Sartain.” Behind Kincaid, most of the activity has stopped, everybody pulling up some concrete to listen. He’s holding court, a storyteller who knows his audience. “It all started, like, twenty years ago. Kid went missing two days before they found him on the banks of the marsh, way out by the railroad bridge.” Kincaid nods slowly, easing into it. “Somebody put their hands all over him.”

More covert laughter, Trace’s whisper: “Loved to death.”

Kincaid entwines his fingers, working his palms together in sinuous rhythm. “Squeezed him, crushed him. Mashed his spine, smashed his belly.”

A voice speaks up: “My mom said that kid got hit by the train.”

“Of course she did.” Kincaid doesn’t turn. “She also told you that Santa Claus is real and honesty is the best policy and if you’re good, you’ll get into heaven, right?”

Snorts. Somebody mimics, “But my mommy said,” whacking the boy who interrupted with a baseball cap.

“He was folded in half.” Sage grips Trace’s forearm. “That’s what I heard.”

“No.” Kincaid’s hands are tai chi slow. “Lengthwise.”

“Stop.” Bree says it under her breath; I’m the only one who hears.

“Ricky disappeared right around Halloween. That’s the pattern.” Kincaid skates a circuit around us, dismounts, and slaps the tail of the board so it pops into his hand again, all one smooth movement that I wish I could watch again frame by frame. “Truth. After, Ricky’s friends told everybody how they’d all gone out to the railroad bridge to smash pumpkins one night, and there was somebody hiding under there. Too dark to see, but they heard him, mumbling and yammering away.”

Yip, yip, yip! I look up to see audience participation, lumbering shapes aping around the others, sounding like a zoo after hours—Ahhh-ah-ah-ah! Mwaaa-hoohoo!

“Next time anybody saw Ricky, he was red guacamole.” Kincaid pauses, smiling faintly, but he’s not really seeing me now. “Ever since, Mumbler’s been around. Takes a bad kid every few years, always in October. Grown-ups have some bullshit excuse for what happened to them, but we know.”

Nods pass around the circle. I watch for inside looks—they’ll drop the act when they see I’m not taken in—but the quiet drags on. “What’s the Mumbler look like?” I hold
Kincaid’s gaze, willing him to let me in on this, let me prove I don’t scare easy. “So I’ll know him if I see him.”

Kincaid looks to Trace, again with the smile that creases his eyes into merry slits, a kid showing his little sister where Mom hides the Christmas presents. “We can take you to him.”

About Gillian:


I’m a ridiculous, sometimes cranky, often hungry, frequently writing flibbertigibbet who really hopes she can keep doing this for a living.

My debut novel, GRIT (HarperTeen), was an Indie Next List pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

My other novels include THE DOOR TO JANUARY (Islandport Press; Bram Stoker Award Finalist), THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen; 2019 International Thriller Award Finalist, 2019 Maine Literary Award Finalist, 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection), and THE MISSING SEASON (HarperTeen, coming 5/21/2019; preorder giveaway happening now). My short fiction has placed in Writer’s Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such publications as Weirdbook and Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups.

I hold a BA in English from the University of Maine, and I’m a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Currently, I still live in my native state of Maine–shocker, I know–with my husband and sons, where I’m perpetually agonizing over my next novel (in the best possible way, of course!)



Giveaway Details:

4 winners will win a signed finished copy of THE MISSING SEASON, US Only.




Blinding Night Audiobook Tour: Review and Giveaway

Book Info:

  • Publisher: The Parliament House
  • Book Title: Blinding Night Audiobook
  • Series: Blinding Night Book #1
  • Author: Chantal Gadoury
  • Narrator: Dollcie Webb

http:// https://www.audible.com/pd/Blinding-Night-Audiobook/B07QR24RYY

What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

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Review:

This story surprised me in a good way. I enjoyed the original story of Hades and Persephone. While this seems to be a well loved classic tale, this author did a wonderful job of giving it a fresh spin.

I am going to try very hard not to give anything away. Know that the character development was very well done, the world building was lush, and the pacing was exactly where it should be. There was some delightful humor sprinkled throughout the story so I wasn’t just listening to a retelling drone on. I can tell you, with a smile on my face, that there were no love triangles and no insta-love. Hooray!

I do recommend this book so please check it out. Links to the audio book are above.

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Author Bio:

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published several novels including, “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Between the Sea and Stars,” “Blinding Night,” and “WinterDream” with Parliament House Press, with other titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

Author (@chantalgadouryauthor) (@daydreamingdollcie), (@adornedbyaisha) FB: (Chantal Gadoury) (Daydreaming Dollcie -Actor-) Twitter: (@cgadouryauthor)  Website: (https://www.chantalgadoury.com/)
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Publisher

Instagram: (@theparliamentpress) Twitter: @parliamentbooks

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Giveaway:

Prize:

– Greek inspired ring and headband from @adornedbyaisha

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– Must be following @theparliamentpress @chantalgadouryauthor @daydreamingdollcie and @adornedbyaisha

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TAKEN BY THE PHANTOM by Isabella King Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway


I am so excited that TAKEN BY THE PHANTOM by Isabella King is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Isabella King, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and also this framable art of Phantom of the Opera, International, courtesy of Tempest Books and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: TAKEN BY THE PHANTOM (The Phantom of the Academy, #1)
Author: Isabella King
Pub. Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Tempest Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
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I’ve never felt at home at Juilliard. My stagefright always makes me choke when I’m under the spotlight, something my classmates enjoy watching. But when I’m dragged into a new world—where singing is more than a talent, it’s magic—I can’t hide my voice anymore. This new power is tempting, but terrifying forces swirl around the kingdom of Cantus.

Missing girls, rivals at my new academy, Rebels, demons slaying people in the street—and it all leads back to him.

The mysterious, powerful Phantom, who lurks beneath the school and demands he be my teacher—demands which soon grow into something deeper, darker. But if I want to survive this place, or have any hope of going home, I may have no choice but to give in to him… and all he desires.

Author’s Note: Taken by the Phantom is the first book in a Magic Academy Romance series that will set your heart–and other parts of you–on fire. 


Excerpt:
Phantom.

And for once, I cannot help myself.

I am scarcely more than shadow, not nearly as full in form as she or Suzanna. Perhaps she will not notice or name the sensation of touch. Perhaps she will believe it a cast of the magic. Perhaps, perhaps, she will know it is me.

Just her hair. A touch. It is all I need.

I lean close to her, alight my fingertips upon her arms. I am not fully man, but half in shadow, and yet I can feel the rain soaked into the cloth, the heat of her skin just beneath. She inhales sharply when I touch her, lips parting further, eyelids fluttering. Shh, I think. A moment more. One touch.

She grants me my wish, her eyes remaining shut, and leans back ever so slightly, almost imperceptibly, into me. I draw nearer still, savoring the ripple of her hair, stirred by my breath. I am close enough I could press my lips to the vital curve of her neck, close enough I could slide my hands over her breasts, pull her flush against me, test the fit of her curves against mine.

What pleasure is there in that?

She arched herself against me when we met in the Hall of Mirrors. She consumed her own fear like the snake’s tail and came out stronger for it. Yet now her eyes remain closed.

I suddenly want to scream at her to open them. To look at me, to touch me, to want me. And yet she does not. She is little more than silk, supple against me, shaped by my contours. I press myself closer, my body against hers, and brush my fingers along the length of her arms.

Still she remains in the rhapsody of Suzanna’s closed-eye song, and still the darkness swells between the light in heady thrusts.

But Krissy does not sober. She rests her hands in my palms, her thin fingers like porcelain, dainty and fine, mine in black leather, monstrous beside them. With me beside her, she is a sun in eclipse, half-swallowed by darkness.

Her breathing has deepened; it matches mine, step for step. We are in tandem as I press myself to her, the curves of her hips, fuller in contact than in sight. That hunger inside of me stirs once more. Against the swell of her body, I harden and smother the alien urge to gasp.

Then her fingers tighten on mine, and at once there is silence. 


About Isabella:


By day, Isabella King is just another small-town gal hiding behind her Mac.

But by night she’s a fire-breathing, sword-wielding, ass-kicking heroine—just like the ones in her books. She’s determined to better the world, with her sword or with her pen, one adventurous love story at a time.


Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a and also this framable art of Phantom of the Opera, INTERNATIONAL.