Friday, August 30, 2013

Book Release: Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver

Great new cover! Here's what Dawna Raver has to say about the re-release of New Adult novel, Colour Wielders:

I'm happy to announce that Colour Wielders is back on the market with a pretty new face and updated content. It thrills me to be able to share it with you today. Thank you Jade Hart at Black Firefly for all her work, Michelle Johnson for my amazing cover, and Danielle Blanchard for all your hard work and help.

If you have time, please stop by Facebook tonight and party with us at 4:00 central https://www.facebook.com/events/314183782060128 hosted by the wonderful Leslie Whitaker.   Colour-Wielders   Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away. Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life. Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks? New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.
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Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.

 “You’re okay, yeah?” Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.

Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside had stirred to life, wanting to escape.

You know I love you. I’m sorry if it hurt.” He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers, as if he could take the ache away. “Say something, Quinn. Please.”

I love you, Thaene.” She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.

I want us together, always. Do you want that, Quinn?” Thaene’s eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn’t name.

We can have forever. You want that, don’t you?” Thaene asked.

Yes,” Quinn answered breathlessly, before realizing what she’d agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting. “Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you.”

Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he’d just won a major prize—he looked triumphant.

Being with you on your twenty-second birthday was very special to me. You’ve given me such a precious gift.”

I love you. I can’t imagine my first time with anyone else.”

Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?

Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn’t understand it, Quinn ignored it. She’d followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother’s dislike—or in spite of it— changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.

Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.

There’s something else I’d like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?”

The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she’d give him anything.

It’s the most precious gift of all. One I’ll cherish forever.”

Oh my God. He wants to marry me.

Yes,” Quinn said, drawing in a breath. “I’ll give you anything.”

Good.” Thaene nuzzled her neck. “I want you to show me your Magyk.”

What?” Quinn blinked at him, wondering if she’d heard him right.

If you want us to have forever, you must show me your Magyk.”

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About the Author:


DawnaFlowersDropShadowDawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, Book One, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.





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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Sport of Reading

Do you ever notice how people who play sports always need extensive gear? I mean, baseball players need balls, bats, a uniform, helmet, maybe gloves, special shoes, jock strap, and more. Not to mention the associated laundry and transportation.

Then here's tennis for you. My daughter just took up high school tennis and she’s needed money for tennis clinics, two specialty rackets, not run-of-the-mill, play-for-fun rackets (or is that three now?), special strings, practice balls, a bag for all her stuff and for the rackets. What else? Uh, sports bras in all colors, a uniform, cute shorts and athletic shirts to practice in, supportive tennis shoes (and of course socks to sweat in), a water bottle, but not just any water bottle, an insulated one to keep her water cold. But water wasn’t good enough, so we need Gatorade too. Then working in the sun for hours, she needs sunscreen of course. I’m sure I haven’t touched on everything, but you get the drift: doing sports requires gear and not just ANY gear. It has to be perfect and precision.

So, I’m here to say ENOUGH! You sweaty sports people need all this perfect and precision stuff for your sport; I need it for mine too, so here’s the list.

Sports Gear for Reading (minimum requirements)



  • Assorted paperbacks, hardcovers, and ebooks
  • An ereader...or two to get the best performance depending on conditions
  • Comfortable sweats or pjs. Probably both.
  • Comfy chair, couch, or bed. Best to have all three and if the one you have now isn’t quite up to standard, get a new one.
  • Slippers or warm socks. No, both. Can’t have any distractions if your feet are cold, taking your mind off the task at hand and reducing your performance.
  • Coffee or tea. Probably both. Maybe some cool drinks as well.
  • Coffee maker. Not just any old kind. Gotta have one that does cappuccino and the works to enhance the experience.
  • Sometimes coffee at home won’t cut it. You need a steady balance on your Starbucks Gold Card, especially for those days you might have trouble getting into it and need an extra workout, reading in public and all.
  • Library card
  • Book club membership
  • Bookshelf to store your reading collection
  • Supply of snacks to keep your energy up. A variety of chocolates is recommended.
  • Internet access to converse with other book lovers and exchange technique ideas. Hone your skills, people!
  • A cat, or two. Better have two, in case one isn’t in the mood to cuddle, you’ll have a backup.

I may have forgotten something, if so, feel free to add to the list, below in the comments section!

One, Two, Three. Let’s Go Team! GO READ! (read with a long, drawn out ‘go’) Whoo hoo!

Then we all fist bump and hit those books.

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cover Reveal: In Love by Design


In Love by Design
The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod

(Volume III)
By Tracy Ellen
Cover Art by Samantha Prudhon Falkowski



In Love by Design welcomes you back to Northfield, Minnesota and the life of Anabel Axelrod.

Its official--the sexy, blonde bookstore owner with a sassy attitude, a brain that never stops, and a reluctant penchant for helping her family and friends out of trouble has fallen madly in love.

Anabel doesn't get to prove what a fabulous girlfriend she'll make for more than eight hours before Luke disappears out of town. Instead of getting to enjoy being a girl passionately in love, Anabel’s shiny new feelings and trust in her boyfriend are immediately being tested.

Who is the darkly powerful and charismatic Luke Drake? What are his secrets? Does he really love Anabel, or has he been manipulating her to further an intricate plan of cold revenge in the making for over twenty years?

This third book in the series finds the confident Anabel desperately needing her sense of humor and all her understanding of human nature to deal with life. But Anabel soon learns the hard way she has even bigger issues to worry about than family problems and an incredibly hot, but very tricky boyfriend.

She’s made some bad enemies recently and someone wants her dead. After the first attempt on her life, Anabel and Luke team up to solve this mystery, but Anabel is beginning to wonder if she can trust her Dark Prince. Or Is this one fairy tale where love does not conquer all?

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*Mark your calendars!
Monday, August 26: The first book in the series, A Date with Fate, will be free for download
Publish date of September 12, 2013
Release Day event on Book Enthusiast Blog, September 12, 2013
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Meet Tracy Ellen...




When I was eleven, I got about a hundred bucks in cash between my birthday and Christmas presents. This was BIG money back then. I spent every red cent of it on five pair of darling shoes and a couple of heaving bosom / manly muscle romance novels. For all of my life, I've always had a thing for shoes that make me say "Oh yum", and a thing for reading books with plots centered on dangerously smart men and sassy, intelligent women. It's not an exaggeration to say I've avidly read everything I could get my hands on to find these jewels.

One day this past year or so, I realized that I spend more money on books now than I do on shoes. I was stunned. Should I be ashamed of this fact or proud? Then an even stranger thing happened. It was like a switch turned off/on inside me. All of a sudden instead of wanting to read about romance, I wanted to write my own stories about the building sexual attraction between a confident woman and a mysterious man.

So began my budding writing career. Then I made another happy discovery; I absolutely love writing! Since then, I've become a writing fiend. My self-published books include A Date with Fate and Courted by Karma in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. I'm releasing the third book in this series, In Love by Design, in September 2013.

For those of you who may want to know some pertinent facts: Don't worry--I still adore yummy shoes and always will, even when I have one foot in the grave. Also, I was born in Indiana, the third out of five hellions. (My mother wanted to go to work every day.) I've always lived in the Midwest, except for six steamy months in Florida when I was nineteen. Currently, I reside in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota with my family. The college town of Northfield featured in Anabel's Adventures is just down the road a jaunt.

I love, love, love connecting with readers. Reviews, comments, posts, and emails are always welcome. Follow my blog (although, I’m sorry to say it's boring because I'd rather write books than write posts in my blog) or like me on Facebook to be aware of events, giveaways, new books I'm publishing, or a rare posting of something that strikes my funny bone. (Hmm, for a woman who loves to connect, I'm actually quite unsociable in the social media forum...)

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: This Girl: A Novel by Colleen Hoover


This Girl is the retelling of Slammed from Will's POV and then some. The "then some" is the part I enjoyed most.

The majority of the book is Will telling his version of things from the day he met Layken. He tells this to Layken while they are on their honeymoon. She wants to hear it all. It's not just Slammed rehashed, but also tidbits of events that Layken knew nothing about at the time (and her sometimes immature response). It's also fun to hear Will's internal struggles with all the obstacles they had faced in Slammed. And he has his moments of frailty as well.

There's still poetry in This Girl.
"...respect the hand that I was dealt. And to be grateful I was even dealt a hand."
If you haven't read Slammed, I highly recommend it. It was touching, sweet, and made me cry. And, essential reading before picking up This Girl.

I loved this line:
"Then this girl completely shatters the window to my soul and crawls inside."

The best part of This Girl was the last 6% of the book. It is written more "traditional Colleen Hoover style" than the rest. Will and Lake return from their honeymoon, and instead of waltzing down memory lane together, they are "real time" and making new memories together, not only them, but Eddie, Gavin, Kel and Caulder. They are all delightful and funny.

I loved this line too:
"I guess in a way, we all changed each other's lives."

While I loved the first two books in this series more, this is a great addition to wrap it all up. Worth the read.

Four stars.

Links:

Colleen Hoover's Website
This Girl on Amazon
This Girl at B&N
More by Colleen Hoover

Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park


What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

MY REVIEW-


I have wanted to read Left Drowning since enjoying Jessica Park’s Flat-Out Love (highly recommend) and then learning she was working on a more edgy, mature work that involved religious irreverence along with sex and a broken, depressed college girl. I know that sounds weird, but I have my reasons. She’s a writer after my own heart.

Left Drowning is a well-crafted tale about two damaged souls. Chris Shepherd and Blythe McGuire meet during college in Wisconsin, yet neither of them grew up there. Blythe is barely existing when she sees Chris skipping stones at the lake and they come to form a friendship, Chis helping her out of her stupor by being the steady (sometimes), compassionate rock that she needs.

Chris has three siblings also at the college. They are a tight-knit family, almost too close, and it’s not long into the story before the reader gets a sense of why this might be, but the details don’t come out until close to the end, which is well worth the wait and build-up. That’s where I actually had to dry my eyes. Chris, his brothers, and sister form bonds with Blythe, enduring typical college angst as well as fun times. I particularly enjoyed Blythe’s blunt and honest inner self-talk, things many of us think, but rarely articulate. Jessica Park was a master at nailing these things. At one point, Blythe reprimands herself:
“Toughen up. There are people who have it much worse than you do. Stop being so selfish and...and...narcissistic. Fuck, the world doesn’t revolve around you and your grandiose sense of pain.”
Blythe also has an estranged brother, at the first, the estrangement caused by circumstances involving the loss of their parents. As Blythe is on her own healing path, she’s there for him as he deals with his pain, stuffing her own to be outwardly strong. She thinks:
“...I could really use a little fucking comforting myself. Life is not fair, but it is what we have to deal with.”
If you’ve read any of the buzz about this book, people are having a freak-out over the 69%-70% mark, so when I got there, I was really expecting the worst. Actually, I thought that Blythe and Chris’s brother, Sabin, might hook up, but that didn’t happen. What did happen was not nearly as jarring to me as some bits at around 71% and 72% where Chris’s sister, Estelle, gives Blythe a graduation gift and then Chris seeks Blythe’s comfort after hearing some news of his father.

There has also been chatter about a slow build-up and unrealistic situations. Here’s what I have to say about that. The beginning did have some slower moments to savor, but they all fed into the culmination of the book and were worth reading. I, also, found a few situations in the book crossing the reality line, but it is a work of fiction, where anything can happen, and I rolled with those few things, enjoying the story and I’m glad I did. Fate also had a role to play, and while some may dismiss the notion, I’m a firm believer: Fate happens. I’ve had Fate intervene in significant ways in my own life, way more often than normal. It can be real.

There’s a lot of sex and masturbation in this book. There’s religious irreverence, drunkenness, poor coping skills, a gay couple, and abuse in this book. There’s also a lot of friendship, love, healing, and a great story about good coming from bad (one of my favorite themes to read and write about).

I highly recommend this book. Five stars.
 

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MEET JESSICA PARK-


Well, ya know, I don't know if it's okay to go copying and pasting author bios and such since, well, we aren't officially pals, yet. And I'm kind of new at this. So here's a few links to find out more about Jessica Park and her other novels.