Friday, November 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix- Excerpt and Giveaway


Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix
YA Paranormal 
October 6, 2012

When Zachariah and Matthew McCannon were young, their parents abandoned them, leaving Zack to take care of his little brother, Matt. Though they lived with their grandmother, she was always sick, so Zack was forced to raise him. This was not an easy task.
Zack had his hands full because of Matt’s unusual powers. He has visions and dreams that come true, and when he gets angry or upset, he can move things with his mind. Because of this, evil seeks him, keeping Zack on his toes as his protector.
As the brothers grew older, they became hunters, pursuing evil supernatural forces. After Matthew has a dream, it sends them on a hunt for cave, not knowing why, but realizing it is necessary. When they arrive, Matt finds the vision was a trap.
A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. The Darkness is named, Alanya, which means, The Destroyer.
Alanya hates the brothers. In the past, every time he tried to apprehend Matt, Zack would thwart him by protecting his brother. Alanya is incensed that a mere human boy can beat him, for demons are not to be defied.
When Alanya asks Zack, “How far will you go to save your brother?” Zack answers, “As far as I have to.”
Now, the brothers are faced with a deadly force they never had to deal with before. This demon is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear. If the McCannon’s are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

He roamed through the cave, listening to the sounds around him. Water dripped into an underground pool further down, the drops spaced several seconds apart and the splash echoing off the rocks. Sand and pebbles crunched under his feet, and wind whistled across the cave opening, all of it familiar. He’d walked that cave a million times for a million reasons. His domain — where he drew his strength — also became his weakness at times, for the cave was alive.

His name, Alanya, meant The Destroyer. He wandered the ages, seeking to slaughter people who held special gifts. He fed on them for their strength and power, each special power offering a distinctive flavor. Their cries resonated in the cave’s memory; their blood splattered on its walls and drenched its floors. If he closed his eyes and concentrated, he could still smell the coppery tang.

Strolling to the mouth of the cave, he looked at but

didn’t see the forest. His mind seethed in his hatred for the brothers Zachariah and Matthew McCannon.

Sheila Hendrix is a native of Alabama and resides there with her husband of seventeen years. Her only children are her six dogs. She works as a nurse for a nursing home and also does reviews for a magazine, although she hasn’t done that in awhile because she’s been busy writing her own Young Adult series.
Sheila has always wanted to write but never thought she’d be able to. It’s been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. She practically raised her little brother because her parents both had to work. She had to grow up fast and that was where she got the idea of writing about two brothers whose parents abandoned them when they were little.
The Dark Circle book series is her paranormal series she’s working on right now. She got the idea for The Betrayal after having a nightmare that stayed with her for days.
The Betrayal is the first book in the series and is now available where ever books are sold. The second book in the series is Head Games and then Darkness Falls. She doesn’t know how many books will be in the series but there will be several.
Her hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, traveling, hiking, camping and swimming. She is currently in school to earn her Associate Degree in Paralegal studies but her dream is to write.

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Follow Friday #50

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Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

A: Right now I would say that Isaac from Greta and the Goblin King is Yummy!!!!! And he is a bit of a bad boy with a good heart, protective, oh so manly! 

Colin O'Donoghue Nabs Iconic Role on Once Upon a Time

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore- Review

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Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Title: Rouge
Author: :Leigh Talbert Moore
Publishing Date: November 11th 2012
Pages: 300
Genre:  New Adult Historical Fiction Romance
Series: Cheveux Roux #1
Source: Kindle


Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.

Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.

Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.

I was so excited for this book. I love a good historical fiction and it's been a while since I found a really good one. My need to find one is over. This book was wow. I was in love from the first page with the everything about this book. The writing, the story, the characters, the romance... oh my it had everything I needed. I loved loved loved it.

Hale is a cabaret girl. She lost her mother when she was young and her father was gone ever before that. She is 17 years old about to turn 18 and she is living in the theater where some pretty rotten stuff happens to the girls who live there, some willing, some not so much. Hale is there to support herself and to support a younger girl, Teeny,  who she found at the door starving and filthy a few years back. Teeny is 12 soon to be 13. Hale is doing what she can to get away from the theater before the rotten stuff sneaks into Teeny's life. Her plan, marry the young and rick Paris man that is her greatest fan. Everything is going according to plan until Beau shows up and Guy, the evil villian of the story enters into the picture. She falls for Beau and now that Guy has his eye on Teeny, the need to get her out is on double-time.

Wow Wow Wow!!!! I loved every bit of this book. There were some really hard things to get through. The book was full of not nice things but the writing was so wonderful in this book, the bad stuff just seemed to fit. It felt so real! I was so involved in Hale's life, I wanted to scream at her to her and at others around her so many times throughout, I can't believe I was able to read in the library.

The setting was also amazing. In the 1890,s (which is a time I have always loved to read about) and in a cabaret theater. It was a fun setting, scary and dirty, but fun.  I loved to read about the songs, the dances, and the costumes. It add just the right amount of sass to the story.

Hale was an amazing character. She lived to see so much and leaned about horrible things at such a young age. She was a strong character and very selfless. She only cared about what was best for Teeny. She was kind of naive at times but for good reason. She has lived under the protection of the man who runs the cabaret for so long, she really thought she was invincible.. she never depended on anyone but herself. When the day comes she needs to ask for a little bit of help, she gets stubborn and learns the hard way that friends are good. I also loved loved loved Beau. There were a few time he angered me. He was a dumb man in a couple of scenes that I wanted to slap, assuming he knew all that was going on... but he didn't and he found out he really was s dumb oaf. But for the most part he was sweet and caring. A bit of a hero. Another character I absolutely loved was Roland, Hale's best friend, oh he was just amazing. Fun, charismatic, caring... just oh my.  Freddie is so sweet too. He really is quite a catch. He treats Hale good and he deserves  to be happy. So many wonderful characters!

I would recommend this book for anyone that loves a good romance full of suspense, hard times, and a kick butt heroine. I cannot wait, really I need now, book number 2. I need to see who it all ends. You just must read this book. Really... It's so GOOD!

Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

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Waiting on Wednesday #37 and W.W.W. Wednesday #27

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Deep BetrayalDeep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood
(Lies Beneath #2)
March 13th  2013

It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages, #1)Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr 

May 7th 2013

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters—wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds—all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history—because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids—led by Matt—will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

W...W...W.. Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.... I wold love to hear What you are currently reading, what did you just finish and what are you reading next...

What Are Currently Reading:

Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)Reached (Matched, #3)
What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)Time Between Us

What Do You Think You Will Read Next?

The DirtBZRK (BZRK, #1)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell: Review

Stealing Breath (Stealing Breath, #1)Title: Stealing Breath 
Author: Joanne Brothwell
 Crescent Moon Press
Publishing Date: March 8th 2012
Pages: 258
Genre:  New Adult Urban Fantasy 
Series: Stealing Breath #1
Source: Kindle 


Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning? Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence. Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

This is one of the few books, I admit, that I really grabbed for the cover. I think it is a gorgeous cover! I did read the blurb, but it really didn't influence me too much. I wanted this book because of the cover. The book didn't wow me as much as the cover, but it was a good reads. A very fast paced romance filled with lore, surprises, and suspense. 

Sarah lives in the woods where she runs a store and hangs with her friends. A very outdoorsy type. On a camping trip she hears a child's cry, gets spooked in an old cabin, and meets a good looking stranger. She soon learn this was the beginning of a very different life for her. She finds out she is a special type of soul and their are crazy evil soul suckers that want her soul. Sarah finds herself falling in love and on the run for her life.

This book was a very fast read and was written well. It felt a little rushed at times for me but it is a short a book and I find short books can often feel a little rushed. I liked the myth and lore that filled the pages. It was done well and I never felt lost. I was not familiar with the myths and lore, so it felt very new to me.

I liked the main character a lot. She had much to be whiny about but really she wasn't. She does jump in head first a lot, but it seemed that was not the norm for her and all the new stuff going on in her life had a lot to do with it. She didn't accept being treated badly and I really liked that. She stood up for herself when she needed to, which was a great change of pace for me. I wanted to like Evan, but from the beginning I had a hard time trusting him. He is one of those characters that fills your head with questions.. Is he for real? Should I believe this? He sounds like he is lying! But also seemed liked a really good guy that was sweet and caring. So... well I can't tell you which he is so just read the book.

The story was interesting and I was intrigued though out the book. There were things that were a little predictable but others that weren't The romance is rushed but I think it goes back to a short book and the story itself, the romance is important to the story. It definitely was a new story for me and it was pretty good. 

It was good, not quite what I expected and not quite as involved as I usually like my books but entertaining and fast paced.

Joanne BrothwellJoanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis.Of course, her two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, make the safety of surrounding wildlife, at best, uncertain.

Nicknames are something Joanne has in abundance; most notably “Grumpy Bunny” (her husband), and “Princess with a Sailor’s Mouth” (her friends). She’s known to daydream, and ever since grade school has been accused of having a poor attention span. The truth is, Joanne has an alternate reality inside her head, where characters speak to her, sometimes so loudly (and incessantly) she just can’t hear anything else!

Joanne is thrilled to see her alternate universe finally become real with the publication of her novel, Stealing Breath, and her prequel novella, Vicarious. Now, with the sequel Silencing Breath on the way, you can be rest assured you will see much more of Joanne’s writing in the future, as those characters in her head, having tasted the sweet freedom of release, simply refuse to be silenced!

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