Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Fractured Magic

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Fractured Magic (Unstable Magic #1)
by Emily Bybee
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 31st 2018
Wild Rose Press

Summary:

As the world’s worst witch, Maddie is mistreated by her own kind. She was born a Defect. Most of her spells blow up in her face, literally. While witches search for the long-lost power of the earth, Maddie spends her time in the science lab. There, she discovers a clue to the lost power. The only other witness is Jax, a smokin’ hot college bad-boy, who Maddie can’t decide if she wants to kiss or kill.

When she fails her magic final, the council orders her magic stripped. Maddie’s only chance to keep her brain intact is to find the power with the hope that it can fix her. Jax is her one true ally on the journey. The two of them must use their smarts to stay ahead of the witches while they follow a two-hundred-year-old trail to the power of the earth and the truth behind Maddie’s defect.

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About the Author

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Emily grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. Emily now lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and way too many animals. She still enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun.

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(I received a free Review Copy from YA Bound Book tours in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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I enjoyed reading this! I did struggle to connect with the characters, but the story and setting were interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how things would turn out. I read this one fairly quickly, and loved the spooky tones with a touch of science mixed with magic.

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Cover Reveal: Kill Code

Today Luna Kayne and Rockstar Book Tours
are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for KILL CODE, the first book
in her new Romantic Suspense Series which releases on January 22, 2019! Check
out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: KILL CODE
Author: Luna Kayne
Pub. Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Kayne Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 317

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU
LOVE?
 

THEN 

Ten years ago, a covert government operation
gone wrong separated Jack from Jessa, the girl he promised he would never
leave.
 

NOW 

Jack’s special forces team receives a tip,
leading them to a remote farmhouse in search of a group of hackers led by the
elusive Zane who work for the same person he holds responsible for Jessa’s
death, ten years earlier.
 

Past and present collide as what was once lost
is now standing in front of him and appears to be working for the very evil he
is trying to end.
 

But is everything as it seems as secrets begin
to unravel and pieces are put back in their proper places?
 

And will the last missing piece, the answer to
all of their problems, be found in time?
 

*** Due to some dark and explicit themes in this
book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. ***

* Kill Code is the first book in a trilogy.

Exclusive Excerpt!
Prologue: 10 years ago
– Jack –
 
“Wake up, Jack. We’re moving out. Your
assignment is done.”
 
My commanding officer barks his orders
out, jolting me awake. I open my eyes and try to focus as the dawn barely
lights the room around me.
 
“What do you mean, done? Last night we
were waiting on the search warrants. We had the whole family. It was going
down… today.” Propping myself up on my elbows, I shake my head, trying to
will myself to catch up.
 
Going over the last few days in my head,
this doesn’t make sense. I’ve been on the ground with my unit for months now
working special ops undercover with local law enforcement on a federal level,
collecting whatever evidence we could and rounding up witnesses. Everything
finally began to snowball together three days ago.
 
First one witness came forward, then a
second, then the third came in with solid proof. With Port Thomas being a
smaller city nestled near the coast in Oregon, law enforcement is always
underfunded so they were thankful for the additional manpower, as long as we didn’t
step on too many toes.
 
We had our mission in place for today,
but this wasn’t how it was supposed to go.
 
“It blew up. Shit went down a few hours
ago. Apparently, they knew we were coming. The Sparr family is gone. All of the
evidence against them is now speculative. Four witnesses are dead. Another two
are missing.” Then, as he opens his mouth, I see the hesitation in his eyes as
his body physically braces for a fight.
 
“Jack.” My commander starts then stops,
carefully considering his words with a frustrating pause. “It’s Jessa. Both her
and her brother’s bodies are missing.”
 
“What do you mean, missing?” Then the
weight of his words hits me. “Wait. What do you mean, bodies?” I bolt out of
bed onto shaky legs as I feel my world begin to crumble piece by piece.
 
He chose his words carefully. She isn’t
missing.
 
Her body is missing.
 
“Her family was in a car accident just
outside of town at the bridge. It looks like they went over the cliff. Her
parents’ bodies were recovered from the ravine along with the car. We don’t
know yet if it’s related but three other people from the company are dead as
well. It was a quick job.” He glances around my area as I feel panic begin to
flow through my veins.
 
“Maybe Jessa and Travis weren’t in the
car. Did you check their house?” I counter in a desperate attempt to think of
something they haven’t yet.
 
Thoughts quickly come to me. I just saw
both Jessa and Travis yesterday. We were all talking about how fast our high
school grad is coming up in a few months. For siblings, they are almost
inseparable. Twins who look nothing alike but finished each others sentences at
every turn.
 
When I started this undercover op, six
months ago, I never expected to meet someone like Jessa. I was just a kid
myself at 23 and I was five years older than her and her brother. But I fit
into their senior year in high school. No one knew my secret.
 
Everything about Jessa just fit for me.
 
And now they are both missing.
 
“We’ve been to the house and the
hospital. We retrieved the car an hour ago. The back side window was broken out
from the inside. We found her school bag in the back seat. And before you ask,
we already have over half the team in on the search. We’ve been working with
the local guys and they have all of her information. We’re checking the river
banks as well as the water. Anyone making it out will be found, unless…” His
voice trails off in realization that he said too much, but I pick up where he
left off.
 
“Unless they got pulled under and sucked
down the rapids.” I feel my empty stomach clench tight.
 
His eyes stay locked on me as I pause to
gather my thoughts then, without pretense, my body involuntarily spins to get
dressed and go after Jessa and that’s when I notice them.
 
Two men standing behind my commanding
officer.
 
“Look, Jack. We know you and Jessa
became close but you need to let the team handle it. Finding her and her
brother is their priority while we’re still here. Our mission still stands
though and your orders are to pack up and let them do their job.” His attempt
at pacifying me is beginning to speak to a part of me that I don’t want to show
as the way he trivializes my feelings for her ignites my fight or flight
reflexes.
 
We didn’t become close.
 
She was it.
 
She was everything.
 
She was mine and after the arrests were
made, I was coming for her. I was going to come clean about everything. I was
going to tell her I was undercover and older than she thought I was. I was
going to ask her to forgive my secrets and I was going to tell her I loved her.
 
Now she’s gone.
 
About Luna:

 

Luna Kayne is a
multi-published author in the romance and erotica genres. Her creative works
include novels, novelettes and a book of poetry and prose.
Within the romance
genre, her books and short stories are also listed under suspense, paranormal,
BDSM and contemporary.
The woman behind Luna
Kayne’s pen name has been writing for online publications since 2005. She
writes from her home on an acreage near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 
 
 
 
 


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win an eBook of KILL CODE,
International.

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Dec 12, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

It’s almost time to start really getting excited for 2019 titles! (*shh* Don’t tell, but I’ve been excited about most of them for almost a year!)

39943830 Pure Awakening

(Pure/ Dark Ones #6.5)

I have always loved him.

Though that love has evolved, metamorphosed, transmuted over time (and sometimes it felt a little—maybe a lot—like hate), what hasn’t ever changed is that I love him.

But I didn’t comprehend the depth of my love, the teeth and claws and desperate prayers of my love, until six hours ago:

They say he’s missing…

The Royal Zodiac—me and my inner circle—hasn’t been complete these past two years since the attack. Every time we get close to a potential candidate to recruit into our ranks, they disappear, the most likely scenario being that Medusa and her minions got to them first.

And now she has Dalair.

I won’t rest until I get him back.

My name is Sophia Victoria St. James. I am Queen of the Pure Ones.

This is my Awakening.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Release Day: Wicked Origins

Wicked Origins by Paula Black

I have no idea what’s happening to me.
When a tornado dropped my car in a land of short, wild people, I was shocked. With no way to get home, no idea where I was and no clue how to communicate with the muchkins, I was completely out of luck. Then I found out that my car had landed on someone and killed them. Supposedly she was the Wicked Witch of the East.
If that wasn’t bad enough, now her ruby slippers magically appear on my feet, and slowly, I’m becoming her.
Now I need to get to Emerald City and see the Wizard if I want to stop the transformation and return home. But the yellow brick road is no cake-walk, and I don’t know what I’ll find at the end of this journey. Luckily, I have three brothers I meet along the way to help me on my journey. Each of them is vying for my affection, as if it doesn’t matter that my skin is turning green.
Wicked Origins is a modern YA Reverse-Harem Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.

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Available in Kindle Unlimited

 

Paula Black is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wears many hats – and none of them is a night cap. Running on tea, Kpop, and sheer adrenaline, she battles monsters and witches with little to no sleep. She is the sleepy panda who loves to cuddle with boys, dogs, cats, and other pets. If you want to know her other identities or when she will release the next book in series, subscribe to her mailing list: http://subscribepage.com/paulablack

Blitz: Song of Sacrifice

Song of Sacrifice
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.

Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…

…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…

Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.

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EXCERPT:

LYRNESSUS

THRITY FOUR, Briseis and Mynes

1262 BCE

“YOUR KINGDOM SOMEDAY, little one.” Briseis rested her hands beneath her round belly, as the child stretched against her ribs. Leaning to the side, she attempted to avoid the uncomfortable tightness building at her lower back. The ache eased and she breathed easy again. Standing from the reclining couch, Briseis walked to the balcony overlooking Lyrnessus’ fields. If she squint her eyes, she could just make out the pale blue of the horizon across the Bay of Edremit. Much farther to the north, she knew Troy stood as the shining citadel of the East. “In another time, that would’ve been yours. I’d thought it mine, before―” Another pain doubled her and she gripped the banister. “By the balls of Zeus! What’s happening?”

Your daughter seeks the light …

Briseis looked around the chamber. “Who’s there?”

Have no fear, daughter, I am with you.

Another pain, this time much sharper and stronger, ripped across her belly and a gush of bloody water splashed at her feet. “Bree! Come quickly! Bree!”

The princess’ chamber door flew open, as the maid servant took in the scene before her. “My lady! By the gods, it’s your time!”

Briseis’ eyes widened in fear. “So soon? I’m not ready. I have―” Her knees buckled.

“My lady!” Bree swept to Briseis’ side, lifting the princess to her feet, half carrying her to the chamber bed.

“The pain. By the … balls of … Zeus. I.can.scarce.breathe.”

There is glory in your pain, Briseis.

“Bree, who else is here?”

“No one, yet,” she said, tucking a sheet about the princess. Bree ran to the door, yelling down the cavernous hall for the midwife. Within moments a gaggle of women flew through the door clucking about the impending royal birth.

Briseis’ scream startled them all. The midwife was at the princess’ side in the blink of an eye, pulling back the privacy sheet. Her hands firmly palpated Briseis’ belly. Without a word, she pushed Briseis’ thighs apart. Her eyes widened.

“What’s wrong?” Briseis asked, tears spilling down her hot cheeks.

The midwife pressed her lips together in a grim line. “My lady, this will be a difficult birth. I must put my hand inside of you to confirm my suspicions.”

“Do it!” Briseis screamed as another pain wracked her body. She groaned in agony as the midwife’s hand pressed into her. “By the gods …”

Bree pressed a cool cloth to her lady’s forehead and cheek.

“The child is breech,” the midwife pronounced, wiping her hands on a towel. A hush settled around the chamber. They all knew it was likely a death sentence to mother, child, or both.

Briseis wept. “No. No. By the gods, no!” Another pain tore through her.

Bree dipped the cooling cloth in the water basin again. “Can nothing be done? Can you save Princess Briseis?”

Briseis rolled back against the cushions. “Save my child, please.”

If that is your wish …

Yes, save my child. “Save my child. Take me instead.”

Bree’s face whitened. “What’s she saying?”

The midwife answered, “What all women say, when faced with such a choice.”

A dusty swirl of air blew into the chamber, snuffing out the oil lamps. The women froze, as a tall, glittering woman emerged from the small storm. Her gown flashed silver and gold. They fell to their knees, heads bowed, the goddess’ name on their lips … Eleithyia.

The goddess glided to Briseis’ side, stars blinking along the hem of her gown as she moved. She reached out a pale, cool hand to Briseis’ forehead. “Calm yourself, daughter. I’m here.”

Briseis smiled weakly. “Gratitude, Goddess.”

Eleithyia signaled to Bree. “You appear a strong maid. Help me set her onto her knees and place her hands on your shoulders.” She looked to the midwife. “Watch. Learn.”

The midwife nodded, as Briseis was placed into position.

The goddess moved her hands on either side of Briseis’ hard belly, running her palms flat against the lower abdomen. “Now, push your daughter to the light. Push like a warrior afield. Push for your life and for hers.”

Briseis cried out in agony, her limbs shaking with effort. Blood spilled as the child’s buttocks crowned.

“Hold your lady tightly.” Eleithyia’s voice was steady, as her hands worked calmly. Gently, she pulled each leg to length. “Push, Briseis.” The goddess, holding the babe with both hands, slightly turned the torso, releasing a shoulder blade and freeing the arm. Then, repeated the same for the other arm. The women gasped as the child hung half-suspended, face down, from Briseis’ body. Eleithyia positioned one hand on the baby’s chest, while the fingers of her other hand cradled the neck and head. “One last push, Briseis. Victory is yours with this battle.”

Briseis’ fingers dug into Bree’s shoulders. She screamed with her final effort, as the goddess guided the slippery child to the light. The princess collapsed against her maid, weeping with her exertions and aching body. Gently, Bree lay Briseis down.

Eleithyia handed the limp newborn to the midwife. “Rub the baby with clean linen, until she cries.” Turning to Briseis, she said, “You’ve won this battle, but you’ll lose the war.”

“What do you mean? What war?”

The goddess stood to her full height, sparkling in the dimly lit room. “The one inside of your heart, daughter.” With the ominous words still hanging in the air, Eleithyia’s image shimmered to nothing.

The midwife stared at the spot the goddess had stood. “By all that is sacred, I never thought in all my days to witness this. Blessed be our princess and her child.”

“Bring me my daughter,” Briseis said, proudly. Once the weight of her baby was settled in her arms, she smiled and joyful tears filled her eyes. “Phila, for love conquers all.”

 

Author Bio:

In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.

She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.

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