Saturday, May 30, 2015

Book Blitz: Banish, by Nicola Marsh

Release Date: 05/26/15
264 pages
Summary from Goodreads:

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural...despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks? 



I screwed up my nose and reluctantly flipped open the screen. “Ronan sends me music clips he makes.” My finger hovered over the play button. “Tonight he said he’d composed a song just for me. It’s amazing.”


“At the end of the song, the camera panned into another room and that’s when I saw...”

My voice trembled and Angie’s lips thinned. “Show me.”

I hit play and braced.

The haunting melody embraced me, so familiar now I’d heard it repeated so many times over the last ten minutes. As the final notes faded, I stared at the screen, wanting to look away but unable to. Would Angie see it? Would she convince me I wasn’t going crazy?

I waited. Five long, excruciating seconds.

And nothing.

The screen went black.

I couldn’t look at Angie, my disappointment acute.

She jabbed a finger at the keyboard. “Play it again.”

Wanting to hug her, I hit the button. Another eight times.

All the while hoping the gruesome scene was on some weird cyclical repeat.


No girl, no body, no blood.

No freaking idea what the hell was going on with me.

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About the Author USA TODAY bestselling author and multi-award winner Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 54 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.
Her YA urban fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won the 2014 National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Young Adult novel.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: Forget Tomorrow, by Pintip Dunn

Forget Tomorrow
Release Date: 11/03/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been your future self.

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself. 

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About the Author
When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.
I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I'm a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I'm a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

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Cover Reveal: Soulshifter by Barbara Pietron

Sixteen-year-old Jack Ironwood knew exactly what he wanted. Until he got it.

Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track-star, Natalie Segetich, until he overhears her claim that something took her friend Emma. As a soulshifter who can cross into the underworld, Jack knows the human-stealing Enuuki—hell's messengers—are real and that a successful rescue mission would secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Working together, Jack and Natalie devise a plan to outwit the ruler of the underworld. Then on the eve of the quest, as Jack stands on the verge of seeing his dreams come true, he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants. But it's too late to back out. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead in a battle and barter for souls. In the end, Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive.


About the Author

After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up.  Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer.  Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication.  Her success encouraged her to complete a novel.  She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs.  In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher's Weekly.  A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.

 Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she's not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew.  She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Highlight: The Blackmail of Evelynn Faust by Shirley Anne Edwards

The Blackmail of Evelynn Faust
Shirley Anne Edwards
YA Contemporary w/Romantic Elements/73k

Evelynn Faust suffers from horrible insomnia and paranoia. The summer before her senior year of high school should be one of the best summers of her life. But she’s tormented by guilt and an addiction that haunts her every waking moment. Evelynn is a drug dealer who also craves the drug she sells. The money and the popularity that come with it aren’t bad either. But when she’s caught dealing on school property by Eric Wagner, the respected and admired police chief’s son, the game is over.
He won’t snitch on her, unless she gives him whatever he wants - her.
She’s being blackmailed.
Evelynn has no one to turn to for help. Not her parents who don’t understand her rebellious nature or her circle of friends who only care about partying and getting high. When Adam Tristen moves in across the street, and he wants to get to know her better, it all seems too good to be true.
She must make a pact with the devil.
Evelynn now looks over her shoulder wherever she goes, waiting for Eric to act on his threats. But Adam, the charming college sophomore, sees something special inside Evelynn, and he wants to help her fix mistakes. In order to do that she must confront a dark secret from her past that could destroy her family…her life…and her entire world as she knows it.

She must take a leap of faith.

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“You’re sure we can be in here?” Adam and I sat in the club’s kitchen each enjoying a plate of food. We used one of the stainless-steel tables while the staff moved around us, acting as if we weren’t there.
“Yeah. My boy, Lenny’s father, is the manager here. Remember when I told you to wait a minute in the hallway? I asked him for permission.” He smiled and finished eating the last of the Swedish meatballs on his plate.
During the hour, we ate to the point where I worried I might burst out of my dress.
Adam wiped his mouth and raised his glass in a salute. “I forgot to mention, but you look great in your dress.”
Whoa. Does he have ESP?
I put down my fork. “I was just thinking I ate like a pig and must be bulging out of it, and not in a sexy way. Sure you’re not physic and reading my mind?”
“If I were, I would know why you’re running away from a guy. So, what’s the deal? Why are you afraid of him?”
“I’m not scared of him.” I tapped my fingers on the table while a waiter placed crackers on a tray.
Adam’s hand dropped over mine. “Evelynn. I saw the fear in your eyes.”
I laughed, hoping he would take the hint and drop it. I finished the rest of my soda to give me more time. He cocked his head to the side, waiting for me to continue. I would reveal just enough to stop his questions. “Eric and I have a history. We were friends for a short time in grade school. But, he’s developed a massive ego because of his father, and his overall popularity at school. He has a hard time taking no for an answer.” I inhaled a shaky breath. “He thinks he’s in love with me.”
“And you’re not in love with him?” Adam squeezed my hand.
“Heck no. I’m sixteen. What do I know about love? He’s the least-likely person I’d fall in love with.”
“Sixteen is too young to be with one person in a committed relationship or to be in love.” He shrugged. “I’m twenty and never been in love with a girl.”
“How about boys?” These days I never knew with guys and wanted to make sure with Adam before we went any further with our new…friendship.
He didn’t seem offended by my question and took a drink from his glass. “Not into dudes. I’m 100 percent straight. But my parents would love for me to settle down with someone. They got married around my age and expect me to do the same, at least when I graduate college.”
“Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. My parents are hoping I graduate high school and grow out my hair.”
“Your hair? What’s the matter with it?” He tugged on a few strands, and my belly tightened.
“Ah, it used to be down to my waist. I cut off over six inches last month because I got sick of it. My mother wasn’t too happy. I thought she might disown me.”
His hand moved behind my head, and his thumb rubbed my ear. It tickled. I fought not to squirm in my seat.
“I think you look like a pixie, or a fairy.” He sounded huskier.
 I licked my lips as I stared into his big brown eyes. “Thanks. Since we’re sharing things we like about one another, you have nice eyes.”
His eyebrows lifted in surprise, and he dropped his hand, leaving me cold from the lack of heat near my neck.
“Guys can’t have nice eyes.” He frowned and chewed on an ice cube.
“My dad says—oh no, I totally forgot.” I jumped up from my seat. “I’m supposed to be working the party, I mean, I have to talk to people with Dad about donations for fixing the track at my school. I better get out there.”
“I should go, too. See what Edmund’s up to. It was nice sitting and talking with you, Evelynn.”
“You can call me Ev. Everyone else does. But not Evie. Only my seven-year-old sister, Olivia is allowed to.”
“Sure, no problem.” He kissed my cheek—something I didn’t expect. “Thanks for making me welcome here. I hope we can hang out again.”
“You don’t mind hanging out with a high school girl when you could be with a college woman?” I teased.
“Don’t sell yourself short.” His lips twitched, but he didn’t smile, although humor flashed across his face. “Age has nothing to do about it. You don’t act like some immature sixteen-year-old girls I’ve hung out with.”
“Thanks for the compliment.” I gave him a light punch on his arm and went to throw my plate in the garbage.
“Here, let me.” He collected our dirty plates to throw away.
“Thanks again.” I flicked my bangs away from my forehead. “Do I look okay? Maybe I should go to the bathroom?”
His stared with appreciation. I would have liked to say attraction also, but then again, I could’ve been mistaken. He gave me two thumbs up. “You look great.”
“I’ll catch you later.” I walked out of the kitchen, giving him a wave.
“You better believe it,” he said.
I skipped down the carpeted hallway. I was high, but an entirely different one from the other times I smoked up. Passing a mirror, I noticed how red my cheeks were. Adam was right. My dress did fit me in all the right ways. It had just taken someone like him to see it.

About the Author:
Shirley Anne Edwards is a Northeast girl who first found her love for books when she read Nancy Drew's The Secret of the Old Clock Tower at thirteen. Shirley found her love for writing at a very young age, and since then has let her imagination run wild by creating quirky characters and vast worlds in her head.

Shirley lives in New Jersey and works in the entertainment industry in New York City.

In the immortal words of Mark Twain: "Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile."

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