Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers: 

Fissure Free (The Schasm Series)"Count backwards to twenty.  That should do the trick," he instructs. "Good luck, kids."

8% on kindle ~ Fissure Free (The Schasm Series #2) by Shari J. Ryan  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beyond The Pale Virtual Tour: Excerpt


 





Beyond The Pale is a YA/NA fantasy/paranormal anthology

Here is an excerpt from:

"The Children of the Shark God" by Peter S. Beagle


Once there was a village on an island that belonged to the Shark God. Every man in the village was a fisherman, and the women cooked their catch and mended their nets and sails, and painted their little boats. And because that island was sacred to him, the Shark God saw to it that there were always fish to be caught, and seals as well, in the waters beyond the coral reef, and protected the village from the great gray typhoons that came every year to flood other lagoons and blow down the trees and the huts of other islands. Therefore the children of the village grew fat and strong, and the women were beautiful and strong, and the fishermen were strong and high-hearted even when they were old.


In return for his benevolence the Shark God asked little from his people: only tribute of a single goat at the turn of each year. To the accompaniment of music and prayers, and with a wreath of plaited fresh flowers around its neck, it would be tethered in the lagoon at moonrise. Morning would find it gone, flower petals floating on the water, and the Shark God never seen—never in that form, anyway.


Now the Shark God could alter his shape as he pleased, like any god, but he never showed himself on land more than once in a generation. When he did, he was most often known to appear as a handsome young man, light-footed and charming. Only one woman ever recognized the divinity hiding behind the human mask. Her name was Mirali, and this tale is what is known about her, and about her children.


Mirali’s parents were already aging when she was born, and had long since given up the hope of ever having a child—indeed, her name meant “the long-desired one.” Her father had been crippled when the mast of his boat snapped during a storm and crushed his leg, falling on him, and if it had not been for their daughter, the old couple’s lives would have been hard indeed. Mirali could not go out with the fishing fleet herself, of course—as she greatly wished to do, having loved the sea from her earliest memory—but she did every kind of work for any number of island families, whether cleaning houses, marketing, minding young children, or even assisting the midwife when a birthing was difficult or there were simply too many babies coming at the same time. She was equally known as a seamstress, and also as a cook for special feasts; nor was there anyone who could mend a pandanus-leaf thatching as quickly as she, though this is generally man’s work. No drop of rain ever penetrated any pandanus roof that came under Mirali’s hands.


Nor did she complain of her labors, for she was very proud of being able to care for her mother and father as a son would have done. Because of this, she was much admired and respected in the village, and young men came courting just as though she were a great beauty. Which she was not, being small and somewhat square-made, with straight brows—considered unlucky by most—and hips that gave no promise of a large family. But she had kind eyes, deep-set under those regrettable brows, and hair as black and thick as that of any woman on the island. Many, indeed, envied her; but of that Mirali knew nothing. She had no time for envy herself, nor for young men, either.


Now it happened that Mirali was often chosen by the village priest to sweep out the temple of the Shark God. This was not only a grand honor for a child barely turned seventeen but a serious responsibility as well, for sharks are cleanly in their habits, and to leave his spiritual dwelling disorderly would surely be to dishonor and anger the god himself. So Mirali was particularly attentive when she cleaned after the worshippers, making certain that no prayer whistle or burned stick of incense was left behind. And in this manner did the Shark God become aware of Mirali.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) by K.C. Blake, Kasi Blake

Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) 

Book: Vampires Rule (The Rule #1)
Author: K.C. Blake, Kasi Blake
Publisher: K.C. Blake, Kasi Blake
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:

They don't call him Jackpot for nothing.

Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world?

Jack gets caught between his old friends and new, hunters and vampires. He wants to stay loyal to both, wants to protect everyone. Unfortunately, both sides are determined to kill the other. In the end, he'll have to make a choice.

My Review:

Vampires Rule had me interested right from the start. It has vampires and werewolves all with a twist. This is a must read!

Ten years ago Jack was a human who was attacked by a werewolf but then saved by vampires who turned him. He lost his parents in the attack. After living as a vampire for the past ten years he is attacked again by another werewolf, but this time he is turned back into a human. After getting this second chance at living life as a human all Jack wants is to be normal.

After returning home Jack finds his younger brother Billy who now is the "older" brother is well surprised in a unique way to see him. He wants to go back to high school and just be a normal teenager. But the girl, Silver that he meets the night he is turned back human tells him that he is part of a destiny. Now Jack and his girlfriend Silver, who is a hunter, find themselves in the middle of a destiny that if they can fulfill it, will save the human race. They must figure out who the head werewolf is and kill it. But things and people are not always what they seem. Silver's parents are too keen on Jack once being a vampire. Then there is Jack's old vampire friends and ex-girlfriend/vampire Summer. When both vampires and werewolves wanting you dead things get really out of control fast.

I loved how they both are very strong willed. They always are looking out for the other one and continually putting themselves in some sort of dangerous situation. While there is romance, action and suspense there is also humor which just adds to this great story. By the end we are left with unanswered questions and a somewhat cliffhanger ending.

I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to what is next. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers: 

"I'm a hunter, and you're a vampire.  What do you think I'm gonna do about it?"

Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) 
60% on Kindle ~ Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) by K.C. Blake 

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Last book I read: 
Schasm (Schasm #1) by Shari J. Ryan

Schasm (Schasm, #1) 

I'm currently reading:
Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) by K.C. Blake

Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) 

Next I'm going to read:
I'm still deciding on this :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tortured Souls Blog Tour




 Tortured Souls
The Orion Circle #1

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

YA Paranormal Romance
June 29. 2014
Sea Dragon Press

Amazon * Goodreads

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.





About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

Website Twitter * Goodreads Author Page
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Top Ten Fairy Tales
1) Fitcher’s Bird –Delightfully creepy!
2) Cinderella – It’s so nice to see mean people get their comeuppance.
3) The Snow Queen – And I love Disney’s version Frozen, which is very loosely based on this tale.
4) Little Red Riding Hood– Never talk to strangers, especially wolves.
5) Snow White – Innocent young girls should never be left alone. They’ll believe anything an old    hag says!
6) Hansel & Gretel – If the candy house looks too good to be true, it probably is.
7) The Little Mermaid – Quite different from the Disney movie.
8) The Fisherman and His Wife – Don’t be greedy!
9) The Robber Bridegroom – Trust your heart and instincts.
10) The Twelve Brothers – Siblings should stick together.





Excerpt from Chapter One ~ Something Wicked


Deafening music shakes the walls, vibrates the floor, and pounds a rhythmic beat in my skull. Gyrating bodies turn every bit of space into a dance floor. Sweat breaks out on my forehead, and my heart races. Strobe lights flash, teens dance with wild abandon. Shrieking laughter bubbles around me.
“Gotta take a leak!” my dance partner shouts over the music.
He races off, weaving through the thick wall of bodies. Mike or Mick or something—I didn’t catch the name he yelled when he asked me to dance. Doesn’t matter, he wasn’t my type at all. I mean, the guy guzzled beer while dancing. After grabbing a diet soda from a nearby cooler, I’m about to search for my friends when a dark feeling washes over me. My feet refuse to move, and I stand rooted in place.
The once loud music is now hollow in my ears. I gasp for breath, choking on the lack of air around me. Tiny hairs on the nape of my neck rise to attention. Something wicked is behind me. I know I’m the only one here who feels a difference in air pressure. An oppressive weight presses against my skin, making me feel as though I’m underwater. I blink a few times, watching the people around me continue their manic dancing—oblivious to the bogeyman that just entered the room.
Afraid to turn around, I stand my ground, sipping my soda. I pretend I’m unaware of the shuffling noises behind me, sounds I shouldn’t be able to hear over the blaring music. Swaying my hips, I hum along with the music, trying to ignore the ominous presence crushing me.
Whatever it is, I can’t let it know I sense it. Evil pours off it in waves, blanketing the entire room. I close my eyes, willing the creature to go away, return to whatever mausoleum or grave it calls home. Malevolent spirits feed on fear. I must control mine at all costs.
When I open my eyes, I’m gazing into the face of an angel. Not literally, but he may as well be in my book. Logan glances behind me, and I know he sees the spirit. He doesn’t gasp or scream or faint dead away. His golden eyes narrow as though he’s in a staring contest with the specter.
“You’re not welcome here,” Logan says to the presence behind me. He meets my gaze again. “You know it’s there.”
It’s not a question but a statement. I nod, a weak bob of my head, unsure whether this intimate moment with my dream guy is a good thing or not. Meeting over a nasty phantom is not my idea of romantic. And yet I can’t stop staring at the way his blue t-shirt hugs his broad shoulders and chest—how his light brown hair curls around his earlobes. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. For six weeks I’ve wanted out of the friendship box with Logan, but I was hoping for girlfriend, not crazy girl.
“Kassandra,” a voice rasps behind me.
 
 





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