Monday, August 14, 2017

Salt Blog Tour: Excerpt - Salt by Pauline Creeden

Title: Salt - a mermaid tale
Author: Pauline Creeden  
Genre: YA Fantasy/Myth
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Blurb:
Her kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.

Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.

However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.



Author Bio:
Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author of inventive fiction.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel. Chronicles of Steele Raven won the 2015 Grace Award and IndieBrag Medallion.




















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Excerpt:
Bryce shot out an arm in front of Logan, stopping him from his search. “Wait. Alex told you, right? Or were you completely fooled?”
Logan glanced toward Alex whose eyes were downcast, cheeks burning red. Logan spoke through his teeth. “Told me what?”
Now he had Logan’s attention, Bryce stepped toward Alex and slapped him on the chest with the back of his hand. “That whole neighborly deal was all part of the plan. I told him to make sure you came to the party no matter what.” He offered a hyena-like toothy grin. “And here you are.”
Blood rushed to Logan’s own cheeks. This was a set up? So what was the rest of this plan? His hands fisted. “Yep, here I am. What now?”
Bryce pushed on Alex’s shoulder, forcing the boy to sit, and then sat on the cushion next to him. “What now? Nothing. Enjoy the trip. Recognize what a tool you are and how I always get what I want. Oh…and stay away from Jessica.”
It took all Logan had not to roll his eyes. His interest in Jessica was non-existent, but there was no way he’d tell Bryce. In some ways, it was a relief the alpha in this town only wanted to play games and give warnings. It was better than some of the beatings in alleys Logan had endured in middle-school. Things could definitely be worse. His lip pulled up into a half smile. “Whatever you say, Bryce. Awful expensive way to send a message. What did it cost you?”
Alex’s gaze still had not risen from the deck of the boat. The slump of his shoulders and the way he squeezed his hands around that sorry beer can kept Logan from feeling angry with his new pseudo-friend. All he felt for the guy was pity.
Bryce shrugged and pulled a plastic bag from his pocket containing an old-style pocket watch. He eyed it and gave a mock-frown. “It was fun carrying around this old thing…”
The sudden lift in Alex’s shoulders and gaze made it clear the item was something he cherished. The lanky boy couldn’t take his eyes off the glinting silver.
Bryce tossed the watch to Max with a laugh, causing Alex to start from his seat in the same direction. He dropped his beer can when Bryce gripped his shoulder and pushed him back down. Alex’s eyes dropped momentarily, but rose again as if drawn to the item. He whimpered. “Give it back.”
“So you were holding that thing hostage until Alex agreed to get me here?” Logan asked.
Alex’s eyes met Logan’s, wide and pleading. “It was my grandfather’s.”
Bryce shrugged. “It’s not like I stole the piece of junk. Alex lost it in a bet.”
“I did not,” Alex cried.
Bryce smacked him in the back of the head. “Nothing I hate more than a liar.”
Alex whimpered. “I did…but I didn’t mean to.”
They had probably forced a bet of some kind on Alex. It wasn’t surprising. Thugs came in all sizes and social backgrounds. It didn’t matter the size of the town…or the island.
Logan took a step toward Max who held the bag between two fingers and tossed it toward Ben when he saw Logan coming. The tack Logan was taking needed to change. He rocked back onto his heels and crossed his arms over his chest. “Are you a man of your word, Bryce?”
Bryce’s smile faded, replaced with a frown. “Are you calling me a liar?”
Logan shrugged. “Well if you made a deal with Alex to return the watch, why does Ben have it?”
The left side of Bryce’s lip curled as he nodded toward Ben and raised a hand. “Toss it here.”
With a laugh, Ben lobbed the bag underhand toward Bryce’s upraised hand. The sneer on Bryce’s face grew into a smile that would make the Grinch proud as he lowered his hand just before the watch got there. The bag flew over the railing of the yacht into the darkness below.
A yelp went out as Alex scrambled across the bench seat toward the railing on his knees.
Several people lunged in the same direction, all looking over the railing. Logan was surprised to find they’d developed an audience with their little skit. The low hum of the motor and the music both cut off. He shook his head and joined the group. Someone produced a flashlight and shone it across the dark waves. The silver on the watch glinted, several yards away.
“There it is!” Bryce declared and smacked Alex on the back. “Now you just have to hop over and go get it.”
Alex backed away from the railing, his shoulders shuddering and his voice cracking. “But I…I can’t swim.”
The spectators all spit out in various fits of laughter. Bryce literally slapped himself on the knee before he could get a hold of himself. “No worries.” He grabbed a flotation device and tossed it in the general direction of the watch.
“There you go,” snickered Ben.
Laughter erupted in the crowd.
Alex hugged himself with his arms. He had broken out into a panicked sweat. Logan had seen this look before, dozens of times in dozens of towns. Poor Alex had fallen into the trap of being a victim of this alpha over and over again, but this time, he was on the verge of breaking. Tears welled in the lanky boy’s eyes. His grandfather’s watch. If Alex’s grandfather had meant half as much to Alex as Mama Wend meant to Logan, the watch would be worth more to him than just about anything. But if he couldn’t swim, Alex was powerless to recover it.
“I’ll get it.”
Alex’s head shot up and his wide eyes met Logan’s.
Logan was as shocked to hear the words come out of his mouth as Alex was, but he was already pushing his Vans off his feet.
Alex blinked.
The rest of the crowd had grown quiet, but Bryce laughed harder. “You’ll get it? Seriously? Alex put on an act to be your friend just to get you on this boat and now you’re going to get wet for him? What kind of idiot are you?”
Logan pulled his socks off and then his shirt.
An audible gasp went up from several of the girls when he bared his abs. Logan smiled at Bryce’s glare and pushed his shirt and cell phone into Alex’s hands. “Since you spilled beer on it anyway. You can wash it for me.”
“Are you for real?” Bryce leapt to his feet.
“I’ll be back in a minute,” Logan said and nodded to the guy with the flashlight. “Keep that on the watch for me, will you?”
The guy nodded and concentrated his beam on the silver gleam.

A light drizzle started, and Logan decided he’d better hurry before the storm really kicked up. With a laugh and two steps forward, Logan leapt over the railing and down into the darkness.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Release Blitz: Salt - A Mermaid Tale by Pauline Creeden


Title: Salt - a mermaid tale

Author: Pauline Creeden

Genre: YA Fantasy/Myth

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Lady Amber's Reviews & PR

Blurb: Her kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.
Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.
However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.




In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: Silver Flame (Vampire Girl #3) by Karpov Kinrade

Silver Flame (Vampire Girl, #3) 

Book: Silver Flame (Vampire Girl #3)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult/New Adult
Source: e-book - Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
"TWILIGHT MEETS OUTLANDER" 

"Fast paced, action-packed and a total page turner... Mind blowing!" - Tilly ★★★★★ 

"So freaking awesome!" - ERIN E WOLF ★★★★★ 

From USA TODAY bestselling series Vampire Girl, comes the next book in the saga: SILVER FLAME. For fans of TwilightA Shade of Vampire, and Outlander, experience a fantasy romance with an original twist on an old tale. 

I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until I sold my soul to save my mother. 

Now, I am trapped between two worlds. Between the vampire demons who own my contract, and the Fae whose bloodline flows in me. 

Between the prince I'm falling in love with, and the race his kind has enslaved. 

Scroll up and click the buy button now to continue the journey... 

"Karpov Kinrade's words are magic, painting a picture in your mind that stays forever." - Courtney Cole, New York Times bestselling author 

My Review: 
First I have to say if you haven't started reading this series you should start now. You will not be disappointed! I feel like I have not stopped reading between books. I love that the story seems to keep an even flow, the next book picks up where the last one pretty much left off. This book and this series so far has been a real page turner.

Fen and Ari find themselves kidnapped by none other than Fen's evil brother Levi. He is trying to take over Stonehill and the other realms. He wants to rule all of Inferna. Levi is really evil too, he has such a darkness that sometimes I felt was a little too much. There is so much to be said for this book. 

Fen and Ari's relationship. They love each other but he does not want to be King. She must choose one of the seven princes to become King and she will be the Queen. Asher has his own issues that need worked out. Then there is Dean, he definitely lives up to being the prince of lust. I really liked getting to know more about Dean and there is more to him than just his title. I also liked that Kayla had more of a presence in this book. I really like her and I want to know more about her mystery man Tavian. We still don't get to really know any more about the other brothers as they don't really play much part in this installment. 

This book was a bit darker I thought than the previous two books. But it all ties into the story and what is happening. There is non stop action, romance and edge of your seat suspense. That said I have loved all three books so far and am excited to start reading book four!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: Midnight Star (Vampire Girl #2) by Karpov Kinrade

Midnight Star (Vampire Girl, #2)

Book: Midnight Star (Vampire Girl #2)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book (purchased)

Summary from Goodreads: 
From the USA TODAY bestselling series Vampire Girl, comes the next book in the saga: MIDNIGHT STAR 

I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until I sold my soul to save my mother. Now, I am forced to choose between my heart and my conscience. 
Either way, someone I love will die.

My Review:
Midnight Star is an incredible sequel to Vampire Girl. Once you read the first book you will want to read the next book right away. I know I did. The characters are so well developed and the story will draw you in right from the beginning. It has lots of action, suspense, romance and so much more. It is a real page turner. I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of this series!

The story pretty much picks up where Vampire Girl left off. Ari knows who she truly is and wants to find a way to make peace between the Vampire, Fae and Shades. She is spending her month with Asher but as things happen they don’t always turn out the way she would like. There is a war about to start that Ari doesn’t want to happen. There are still those out there who will do anything to destroy her and those who just want to protect her at any cost.

I love Ari and Fen’s relationship and their love for one another. Ari knows that Fen doesn’t want to be king but she must choose one of the princes to be the new king. I also really like Asher, he is funny and mysterious in his own way. We haven’t really had a chance to get to know the other princes yet which I am looking forward to. I love Yami too, he is so cute and adorable. 

So much exciting turn of events happen throughout the story. The ending will shock you with the cliffhanger it leaves. My mouth dropped and I sat stunned for a few minutes after finishing the book. I will be continuing on to reading book three because I have to know what happens next. I recommend it if you love stories with Vampires and or Fae you will love this series!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Lady Serra and the Draconian by Catherine Banks

Lady Serra and the Draconian

Book: Lady Serra and the Draconian
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Turbo Kitten Industries
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: E-ARC (Review Copy)

Summary from Goodreads:
Serra’s life has been planned out for her since her conception. Attend the Elite school, Brevard, marry the Marquess Barnaby, and produce heirs. She wanted none of that, but with no choice in the matter she had resigned herself to her fate. Until Hadyn, the brooding, hot, ace of Brevard starts talking to her and trying to convince her that she is capable of much more. Can she escape the clutches of the Elite society, or will her life be defined by how many heirs she can produce?

My Review:
WOW, what a story!  Every book that I read of Catherine’s it seems that she has outdone herself from the previous one.  I absolutely loved Lady Serra and the Draconian!  Honestly I almost didn’t read it because I thought it was going to be contemporary or historical.  It is neither of those.  It is full of magic, love, and plenty of action.

Serra is part of the Elite’s and attends school at Brevard.  Her father is part of the King’s council.  Her mother is very powerful with her magic.  Serra will soon be married, although not with someone that she loves or even likes.  It is her duty as a “Lady” to have her marriage arranged.  She is not your typical “Lady” though.  She is when she needs to be but she also just wants to be herself. Serra dreams of not being a “Lady” all the time and wants to see the world.  She wants to fall in love with someone that she chooses.

Hayden is this incredibly hot, good looking guy that Serra attends school with.  He is like the perfect guy, he excels at everything but is also somewhat mysterious.  No one seems to know who his family is or where he ranks in the Elites.

While at school one day, Serra sneaks away to take a nap only to find Hayden following her.  She has been having nightmares about her upcoming marriage.  Hayden wants to know why and to protect her in any way he can.  While at a ball, when Serra’s life is in danger it is Hayden who comes to the rescue again.  What will their families think of them spending so much time together?  Will Serra’s dreams come true or will she live her life married to someone she despises?


This story is so good, and I do enjoy reading pretty much anything by this author, who is one of my favorites.  It is a fantasy with a bit of historical mixed in.  It is different than other books that I have read from Catherine Banks.  The characters are well developed and the story is well written.  I loved this one and recommend you read it too.  I am hoping that there is a sequel and more to follow!

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