Monday, October 21, 2013

Announcing the Winner of the Signed Copy of Kill Me

I wanted to thank everyone for participating in this giveaway. It's a great feeling to see my book-baby getting passed around the inter-webs :-) I've let the Rafflecopter gadget select a winner and I'm thrilled to see who won!

The winner is... Janna W. !!!

I've sent email notification out, so Janna check your email!

Ciao'


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Freebie Notice and Contest for a Signed Paperback Copy of Kill Me!

Good news, then great news... ok?

 First, I had a few more promo free days available for Kill Me this month and I almost forgot to use them! So I set the novel free today (October 15, 2013) through Friday night at midnight. So, go on and snag your free copy of the ebook that has been called "wicked fun" and "not your daughter's paranormal" while you can!

Free on Amazon Now!
http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Me-ebook/dp/B007UPOLR6






Secondly, I'd really like to get the word out about the promotion, so I've decided to offer up a SIGNED paperback copy of Kill Me as well to one lucky winner. Check out the 'lil widget below and get your entries counted today :-)

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Fall Reading Binge

It's no secret I read a lot, but what you might not know is that I tend to binge-read over short periods of time. I might go a month without reading more than a news headline, and then life slows down for a second and I devour six books in five days.

Some might say books are my addiction (like the Hubs) but I say they offer a way for my mind to tune out the chaos of daily living and offer a mini-vacation for my soul. How do you see it?

A smattering of books I've read recently:

Falling Into You (Falling, #1)Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Superb... heart-wrenching, tragic, redemptive, poetic, and extremely well written. And it's steamy. What more could you ask for in a novel? If you like your romance with a bit of dark and twisty, this book is for you. And even if you normally go for something lighter, don't pass this book up. I promise, you won't regret it!



The Shoppe of SpellsThe Shoppe of Spells by Shanon Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a very creative, well-written novel with an interesting premise. In fact, it's one of the more creative and original ones that I've read in a while. I loved the magic / otherwordly aspect of it, the suspense kept me up way past my bed time and the central romance was electrifying ;-) Def. a recommended read!




Easy Bake Coven (Easy Bake Coven, #1)Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a great book-- fun to read, witty and complex. I loved the characters and how they all interacted. The magic elements are well done and inventive, and our heroine Selene can do some seriously cool stuff. The spice level is well-done and loved how the star-crossed history kept being revealed in bits and pieces. A great introduction to a newer paranormal series and to the author. I will be snagging book two this weekend, and check out Schulte's other works shortly too!




Hex and the Single Witch (Vehicle City Vampires #1)Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Hex and the Single Witch is a steamy, compelling paranormal / Urban fantasy. I enjoyed the setting, cast of interesting characters and, of course, the heat level. The "world" Ms. Rhoads has created is one full of magic and Otherworldly creatures, which live along side the normal humans-- so someone has to bridge the divide and try to keep the peace by being part of an elite police unit. And that someone is a witch with limited abilities (or so it may seem), a saucy best friend and Magic-Tech-nerd, an always-flirting partner and a make-you-melt Vamp with a sorrid past. Throw in a few randy hexes and you've got yourself all the trappings for a page turner.

Can't wait to read book two in the series!











Friday, August 9, 2013

My Novel Kill Me is Free today 8/9 !

Shoot, I meant to post this earlier today...

Better late than never, I suppose.

I honor of Kill Me's fancy new cover, you can pick up the ebook version for your Kindle today! If you don't have a Kindle, don't fret. The book is not "locked" so you can convert it to whatever program your ereader supports too!

Just click here to get your copy today! (And please, do share the link with your friends!)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop

Yay! I've been super-stoked for this blog hop to start so that I could share the news! As a thank you for stopping by, I've made my short story collection SKIN *free* on Amazon for the first day of the blog hop! You can snag your copy here be sure to check the price first! (It should go free around midnight 7/26 Pacific time or 3am EST.)

There are some fabulous grand prizes that you can enter to win on the main hop hub-page: http://splashhop.blogspot.com  AND each participating author has giveaways on their sites as well. So that's a whole 'lotta swag to be had, my friends.

BUT wait! Before you go a' hopping... don't forget to enter my giveaway below! 




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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Reading - Part Two

It's that time again... to show everyone what I've had my nose buried in this summer. Here are some of the books I've read this summer, along with the reviews I posted at GoodReads. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read the same books, or even if you have suggestions about what I should read next!

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Series, #1)The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It's no secret that I'm a paranormal freak, so when I saw there was a series titled Freak House I was all over it. True to its description, this Gothic tale is chock full of mystery, intrigue and freakish unnatural powers. As a side note, I adored the historical type details and found myself easily transported to another time and place while reading it.

It's well-written and the characters are perfectly developed. The Wrong Girl is a great choice if you want to spend the afternoon fully engrossed in a Gothic mystery with hints of a budding romance and more plot layers than an onion.

I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series!


Witch Bound (Twilight of the Gods, #2)Witch Bound by Eleri Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Although this novel is the second in this fantasy series, it stands alone well enough that I didn't feel lost. I will certainly go back and read the first one now, so that I can wallow in the details that were hinted at in this book.

Now, I'd call this fantasy with a historical (mythology) bent, with the added bonus of a neatly set-up love triangle. It's also the story of a young woman coming into her self and her power, so as such the novel has an uplifting quality to is as well.

Witch Bound is well-written and compelling. I loved the magic system and mythological details that were sewn into the story line. The romance bits weren't half-bad either. Especially the chemistry between the the ones who weren't supposed to be attracted to each other.

It's a must read!


The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The product description is apt-- fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it's multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I'd say the similarities end.

Once again, I've read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn't hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn't get too lost along the way, though I'm sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I'd read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the "olde tales" discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It's safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I'm fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)


We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Brilliant, just brilliant.

This book is Purr-fect, with a capital P of course. It's been a long time since I've read something that was the perfect amalgam of steamy, witty, humorous, blush-worthy and charismatic. I can't even come up with the right words to describe how much I loved this novel, and the characters within. I'm most certainly Team Peaches now, and probably Team Dalton, depending on how the next book plays out.

Above all, I'm a fangirl of Mimi Strong's now too.

That dame can write.

(And am I the only one who sees this book becoming a mega-bestseller and a featured film?)



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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot New Release-- Crow: The Prequel (and get the first 3 episodes free today!)

It’s live! Crow: The Prequel is now available on Amazon. While the rest of the Crow episodes are modern-day and told from both Beylin & Pia’s viewpoints, the prequel goes back in time by about a hundred years– to one of Pia’s past lives– and is told solely from Beylin’s perspective so that you can get to know him better! <3

(Keep reading to see how you can get the Prequel, plus Epi's 1 & 2 Free today!)



BLURB:
He’s loved her for thousands of years, but in this lifetime she doesn’t remember him… yet.
This prequel to the first episode of the Crow series is focused on giving readers a glimpse into one of Pia’s past lives and to show Beylin hard at work as a Memory Stealer and Soul Bearer.

SERIES BLURB:
Cassiopeia “Pia” Alexander is floundering. She can’t pick a college major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn’t feel like enough, though.
Beylin Callaghan belongs to the Brotherhood, who give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next and remove the memories from each soul so that they have a fresh slate in their new incarnations.
But he’s keeping a secret– a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia’s fate to his own. For better or worse.
***On a side note, I’d recommend reading this one first before going on to the first few episodes that are already available :-)

P.S. For two days only (7/14 – 7/15) the first three installments will be FREE on Amazon. That’s right, you can grab the new Prequel, as well as Episodes One and Two. Feel free to spread the word too!! :-) 

Amazon Links:
Crow: The Prequel
Crow: Episode One
Crow: Episode Two

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Adult Romance Giveaway (Amazon Gift cards and 15 BOOKS!)

I'm bringing good news to everyone today. There's a big New Adult Romance Author Giveaway going on right now, and by entering you could win one of three grand prizes (Including Amazon Gift Cards and 15 NA novels)

So what are you waiting for? Enter today!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Reading - Part One

It occurred to me that I love seeing what other authors are reading... It gives me a glimpse into the personalities behind the books, so to speak. Keeping that in mind, I decided to offer a sneak-peak into myself by showing you all while I've been reading this summer.

So here's a sampling of my Goodreads lists (Part One)!


Dark Child (Omnibus Edition)Dark Child by Adina West

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Overall, a well-paced, cleanly written paranormal/ fantasy with all sorts of "other-worldy" goodness. I actually started reading the first installments of this (Episode One) before I realized there was an omnibus (i.e.full novel) edition. As soon as I finished reading the first installment, I upgraded to the full edition knowing I wouldn't be able to read it in piece-meal.

The legends and lore of Dark Child were intricate and creative, and I like how details are revealed over time, rather than in large info-dumps. Despite the fact that this book was written by a non-US citizen, it has been Americanized almost fully. (Note that I don't read books written with foreign dialects, etc., but as an American myself it helps me fall into the book more if I can relate-- you know?)

I was hoping for a bit more in the romance department, as the book has all the necessary characters for a love triangle, and there is obvious attraction between the parties... but I'm guessing I'll have to wait for the second book to see where that leads. Please, let there be a second book!




Soul Stripper (Soul Stripper, #1)Soul Stripper by Katana Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I'm not sure how to label this one-- part paranormal suspense, part steamy romance, with a smidgen of historical romance is the best way I can think to describe it. The characters are super-complex and most are not-quite what they seem, which kept me guessing right to the very end.

Despite the fact that the main character is a succubus (and thus steals part or all of a human's soul to fuel themselves) I still found myself rooting for her. And like all good series, readers are given a few good men that she could possible end up with over the course of this series. So who will it be, the human with the pure soul, the Elemental Detective, or the Angel who has a hard time staying away?

Either way, I'm along for the ride after reading this first book. I can't wait to read the next one!




Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales, #3)Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book doesn't come out until the first of August, but I'm likely to forget to review it then, so I'll do it now!

I really like the world-building and the characters in this novel. The Tales (that's fairy tale folk, for you guys not in the know) have been transplanted from their realm to our world full of Ordinaries (you and me) and are just trying to fit in and fly under the radar.

Add some power-tripping jerks with badges, a psychotic vampire, fairy-dust trafficking, and a few other familiar surprises, and you have all the makings of a great paranormal read, even without the hotter-than-hot chemistry between the Spider and lil' Miss Muffet!

I definitely recommend this book for fans of paranormal action/romance!

**I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes. No monies were exchanged.**



Passion PotionPassion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I rather enjoyed this book. It was fresh, inventive and didn't take itself too seriously. Other than a few vague references to some steamy stuff (and one actually blazing-hot scene)the rest of this novel felt light and YA-ish.

I was hooked into the mystery and magic fairly quickly. The ferret was a trip and I loved his "character" instantly. For the most part, overall characterization was well done. The players in this novel did have their moments though... Dad was okay with his daughter doing something extremely dangerous, Jet was a little too flippant about the bad men chasing her, and the resolution was a little too convenient and easily committed.

Overall though, I enjoyed this book and the world of magic that the author built. I'll read more of her work for sure.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cover Reveal for Crow: The Prequel

I wanted to pop in here over the holiday weekend to wish everyone safe travels and to show off the cover for my upcoming release Crow: The Prequel.



I've also put together some pretty new covers for the episode collections too, but I'll share those another day. Enjoy the rest of the holiday!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crow: Episode Two Now Available!

This girl is on Fy-yer. Even though episode two of the Crow series isn't due for another few weeks, I managed to get it out way earlier.

First time in my life I've actually been early for something :-)

Check out the matching jewel-tone covers too.



@ Amazon now:

   Crow: Episode One

   Crow: Episode Two


As the part of Amazon Select, both episodes are only available through Amazon right now. But don't fret if your e-reader takes another format... the series is DRM free, so you can convert the file over to something usable for your device.














About the Crow series: 

Cassiopeia "Pia" Alexander is just your typical college student. She can't pick a major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn't feel like enough, though.

Beylin Callaghan is one of the Brotherhood tasked to give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next, and to remove the memories from each soul so that they can start with a fresh slate in their new incarnations.

But he's keeping a secret-- a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia's fate to his own. For better or worse.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Announcing My New Series (New Adult Fantasy)- CROW!

On a bad note, it's late Sunday night. Which means for many of us, tomorrow is Monday yet again.

I have news though, that I hope will brighten your day just a little bit!

While book two of the Blood Chord series is with my editor, I started working on another series called CROW. It's a little bit of a departure for me, as a New Adult fantasy with elements of reincarnation, history, celestial birds, light romance, and who knows what else (I'll get to that part in a minute) -- so no fangs this time guys.

For the Crow series, I've decided to release novella-length works at a much faster pace. To give myself a little bit of wiggle room and to give readers time to weigh in with their opinions (and thus influence the story arc) I've committed to a new episode release every month, but I'm shooting for every 2-3 weeks. When the series is complete (in seven episodes, or maybe nine) I'll bundle the complete set up with a heaping-helping of bonus material and release the complete collection as well.

Now, here's a little about Crow:

 

Cassiopeia "Pia" Alexander is just your typical college student. She can't pick a major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn't feel like enough, though.
Beylin Callaghan is one of the Brotherhood tasked to give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next, and to remove the memories from each soul so that they can start with a fresh slate in their new incarnations.
But he's keeping a secret-- a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia's fate to his own. For better or worse.
Crow: Episode One is novella length (approx. 9,000 words) and is the first installment in this new adult fantasy series. Subsequent episodes will be released on a monthly basis and fans are encouraged to visit Alex's website to influence the outcome of the overall story.

And the best news of all? Crow: Episode One is live on Amazon! Check it out!

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's Friday, and Other Things That Make Me Smile

Whew, it's been such a long week month and all I can say it that I'm glad it's Friday. I wish I could say that I have absolutely nothing to do this weekend other than lounge around, but alas, being a grown-up comes with five million things to accomplish.

Anyway, I wanted to share some things that make me smile (other than Friday afternoons). Have a great weekend everyone!














Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Radio Silence & Book Review

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while. We moved to a farm house right before Christmas and things still haven't settled down.

Oh, and I'm still lacking internet at home too :-(

A gal can only do so much from a tiny phone, ya' know?

Anyway, just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that in my internet silence, I have been working on the next Blood Chord series book, and I hope to have it into your waiting hands soon!

Meanwhile, here's a great book I just finished reading:


The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles, #1)The Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Exciting, first book in a UF/ post-apocolyptic type vampire series. Clean enough for teens, but compelling enough for adults as well. I liked the author's crisp, witty style of writing and found the setting fairly inventive and creative. The author's take on vampire mythology was fairly unique too. Having a kick-arse heroine in the novel doesn't hurt either :-)

All in all, a worthy read. I will certainly download the second one sometime today, so I can see where Book 2 takes me!



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