Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY {4/30}: Exciting Things are Happening!

I thought I'd do something a little different for this weeks Teaser Tuesday. Instead of focusing on just one thing, I'm going to give you a sneak peek at a bunch of different things--exciting things that are going to be happening!

1. JUNE 10th -- Release Day for DEATH OF A WATERFALL
 


2. JUNE 10th -- Release day for THE GEORGIA CORBINS




3. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win an eCopy of THE GEORGIA CORBINS. Enter here:
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4. ALI & THE CORBIN BOYS: A PREQUEL TO THE GEORGIA CORBINS -- This is a short story I wrote that shows how it all started between Ali and the Corbin boys. It will be available exclusively from Entranced Publishing for FREE! That's right, it's FREE! I don't have a release date yet, but, stay tuned. As soon as I have it, you'll have it =)



5. My first ever collaboration project. I'm working with the uber talented Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Ana Blaze on a book entitled LOVE AND OTHER GAMES. It's a collection of Olympic themed romance stories. My personal story contribution is entitled ICE GOLD. It's about an arrogant hocky player and the photographer who loves to hate him...or maybe she hates to love him...I don't know. I'm still working on that ;-) Stay tuned for more details as the project progresses.

6. I'm attending my first ever writers conference. The In Your Write Mind Workshop is being held June 27th - 30th. I'll be taking a lot of different seminars by a lot of talented writers and industry professionals. Friday night I'll be participating in a book signing event. I will definitely have print copies of THE GEORGIA CORBINS available, and if all goes well, I'll have copies of DEATH OF A WATERFALL, too. Saturday night I'll be attending a costume ball--how fun is that? Anyway, during the entire conference I will be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting all about it, so stay tuned.

Monday, April 29, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Awakenings


Awakenings will be available August 26!
 
 
 
Evie Shepard's nightmare begins when she finds herself buried alive, with no idea how she got that way. As she struggles to remember what happened to her, she begins to notice changes about herself. Her senses are heightened, her movements are quicker, she is incredibly strong....her heartbeat has stopped. It's then she makes a disturbing discovery. She wasn't buried alive. She was murdered. Somehow she has come back...

And she wants revenge.


 
About the Author
 
J. E. Shannon currently lives in Florida, but is a Missouri native. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and taking care of her small child and two crazy dogs.
 
You can connect with her on Twitter (@JEShannonauthor), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-E-Shannon/433304970085317) or at her blog (http://jeshannonauthor.blogspot.com.au/).

 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

I'm proud to reveal the awesome cover for Georgeann Swiger's Young Adult Paranormal Romance, ADORNED!
 
 
 

Title: Adorned (Book I in The Trinity of Souls series)
Author: Georgeann Swiger
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Length: 80k words
Release Date: 4 November, 2013

Blurb:

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.
Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light. 
With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya.  Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.
 
About the Author
Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

GIVEAWAY: IN STONE and KINDLE FIRE


 
IN STONE will be available July 29!

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post break-up meltdown when she happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.

Until Eighteenth century gargoyle, Jack, shows up and saves her.

Jack has woken from a century long slumber to tell Beau that she’s accidentally been drafted into a power struggle between two immortal races; Demons and Gargoyles. The knife she picked up is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau decides to go with Jack to Bulgaria in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is providing they can outrun the demons that are chasing them.


About the Author

 Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy, currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumoured pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. Avid collector of book boyfriends.
 
 
 




 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Isle of Man: Book Two of The Park Service Trilogy

Title: Isle of Man -- Book Two of The Park Service Trilogy
Author: Ryan Winfield
Publisher: Birch Paper Press
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Type of Review: Personal
Kara's Rating: 5.5 Kicks to the Heart

Blurb:  After discovering the horrific truth behind the Park Service, fifteen-year old Aubrey Van Houten has overthrown its leader with the help of his best friend Jimmy and his girlfriend Hannah. But their victory has left all three parentless and alone in a world where drones still hunt humans. And while the Park Service founder might be dead, he's far from gone. Now, Aubrey's quest to free his people will lead him even farther into a world where nothing is what it seems.


Kara's Review: Let me start by saying that I've been waiting so long for this book and it was well worth the wait! If I only had one word to describe this book, it would be FANTASTIC! Thank goodness I have a lot more than one word though ;)  

If you haven't read my review of The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy, then I suggest you take a moment to go do that. You can find it here. And before anyone points it out, yes, I gave this book 5.5 Kicks to the Heart, that isn't a typo, and this book deserves many more Kicks than that, but I don't want to be accused of going overboard or anything.

Okay, so now that we're all on the same page, let's get started.

I was hooked from page one--and not because I'd been waiting so long for this, but because of the opening line: "I never meant to kill Hannah's family." (Is anyone else's jaw hanging open like mine is?) I absolutely love it when an opening line jumps off the page and punches you in the gut. What a way to come out swinging, Ryan. Nicely done.

And it only gets better.

This second installment of The Park Service Trilogy takes us on a roller coaster ride full of plot twists, secrets, betrayals, and emotions. There was only one scene in the entire book that I guessed what was happening before it actually happened. (The scene in the cave with Aubrey & Hannah & the serum.) All the others--totally shocked. I did not see any of it coming, which just made it so much more enjoyable.

In the first book, Hannah's character was portrayed as a sweet, innocent, slightly naive girl who was Aubrey's potential love interest. I liked her, but I was a bit skeptical of her. Now I know why. Hannah did a complete 180 in this book, and by the end, I despised her. She's a lying, manipulative, sneaky little traitor who doesn't deserve Aubrey's affections. At this point, I'm not sure she's reedemable. She's going to have to do something really remarkable to change my opinion of her and even then I'm not sure I will be swayed--especially after that little stunt her and the professor pulled on the Isle of Man.

I'm still a little weirded out by the relationship between Aubrey and his best friend, Jimmy. There has never been any outward sexual attraction or any implication that there is any, but I can't help but feel as though it's brewing just under the surface. I get that they've been through a lot together, and that they've saved each others lives more than once, but...I don't know...I get the feeling there is a little something more than just friendship between these two. I could be completely wrong. Then again, I had a feeling about Hannah, which turned out to be spot on. Regardless of how this friendship plays outs, I'll be happy as long as neither of them die.

As usual, Ryan's descriptions are vivid (still a bit too long for my liking in certain spots), often times gruesome, but always handled tactfully and in a way that wasn't offensive. I still have an issue with the whole animal theme in these books, but that is just my own personal hang-up. I don't think I'll ever get over it, but I'll tolerate it for the sake of these books because they really are that good.

And O.M.G.! I'm rendered speechless with this ending. All that keeps going through my mind is: "I can't believe they did that!"


So many times, sequels fall short of the first book. That is NOT the case here. If anything, book two is miles better than book one. And I have very high expectations for the final book. Please don't disappoint us, Ryan =) Now if I can just figure out a way to make October get here faster...Oh, and while I'm at it, I need to see if there's a way I can get a signed copy of this book for my collection. Yes, I have a collection of signed Ryan Winfield books. Don't judge. ;) 

Be sure to stop by Amazon and pick up  your copy of Isle of Man. Grab The Park Service while you're there, too. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Krystalyn Drown

Fellow Entranced Publishing author, Krystalyn Drown is here today to answer a few questions and give us a look at her newest release SPIRIT WORLD.


Welcome, Krystalyn! Thanks for stopping by. Let's start by hearing a little bit about you.
I spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. I have a degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, that helped with myjob there. My various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, I do mad writing challenges with my sister, who is also an author. I currently live near Orlando, Florida with my husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.
 
Where did you grow up and what do you love most about your hometown?
I grew up in Newport News, VA. I loved the fact that we had seasons there. Plus, we were right next to Williamsburg and Jamestown. It was amazing being around all of that history.
 
What books/authors have most influenced your life?
The Harry Potter series, of course. The world building amazes me. I would also have to say the Twilight series. I know it gets a lot of flack, but after I finished that series, I had the drive to complete my very first novel. My absolute favorite book is Blubber by Judy Blume. That was the first time where I thought, "Wow, the author gets me. It's like she's peeking into my life."
 
How do you choose your character's names?
If a name doesn't come to me right away, I usually start combing lists of baby names. I'll also take into account the character's heritage. My characters in Legasea had recent roots in Ireland, so their names reflected that. I like unusual names. And I never planned it this way, but a lot of my character names end up starting with an A. I've had Aileen, Alsa, Adria, and even Riesa's last name is Adair.
 
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
I honestly don't have a lot of free time. I have a full time job and a 4 year old son who keeps me pretty busy. When I'm not working or taking care of my son or writing, I like to veg out and watch TV. I'm pretty boring, actually.
 
Tell us about your newest release.
SPIRIT WORLD started out as a wish for a tattoo. Then, I started thinking about what kind of character would have that tattoo. The result was SPIRIT WORLD.
 
All Riesa Adair wants is a normal life. With the end of high school only months away and an outstanding GPA to bolster her college plans, that doesn't seem like too much to ask. Unfortunately, the voices screaming in her head keep getting in the way. Somewhere between her summer in a mental institution and her stepfather's attempt at an exorcism, she's learned to keep quiet about her situation. But, pretending to be normal hasn't prevented the spirit world from taking notice of her. Both sides of an ever-present war have focused in on her. Now she'll need all the help she can get to escape a powerful Spirit threatening to fulfill a prophecy that endangers the entire human world.


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You can find Krsyalyn on her personal blog, her short story blog, and on Twitter.




Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY {4/9}: The Georgia Corbins: GIVEAWAY!



Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class. 

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin? 

She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.
 
 
 
 
Giveaway – Open Internationally
Add The Georgia Corbins to your Goodreads shelf for your chance to win an eCopy. The winner will be announced on Kara’s blog 06/10/13. Good luck!
 
 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY: Ali and the Corbin Boys



As many of you know, THE GEORGIA CORBINS is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2013 from Entranced Publishing. But, what you might not know is that I've written a prequel entitled -- ALI & THE CORBIN BOYS: A PREQUEL TO THE GEORGIA CORBINS. This is the story of how it all began. And it will be offered for FREE exclusively from Entranced Publishing!!! =)
So, today I'm going to share the blurb and the brand spanking new cover with you!
 
 
BLURB: Shy Alison (Ali) Philips hates school. The boys tease her and the girls ignore her--all except for Shelby Blake who has made it her mission to tornment Ali every chance she gets. Ali has no friends. Until she meets Levi and Tucker Corbin. The Corbin brothers treat Ali like one of the boys and make it their mission to protect her from her tormentors. Word quickly spreads through school that Ali is off limits and anyone who dares to taunt her will have to deal with the wrath of the Corbin twins.
The Corbins are Ali's saving grace and her two best friends--her only friends in the world. Then the unthinkable happens. Levi and Tucker's parents are getting divorced and the boys are forced to move away from the only home they've ever known--and away from Ali. Will Ali be able to survive without them?
 
STAY TUNED FOR THE RELEASE DATE!