Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Antipodes


by Michele Bacon
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life on her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. Years ago, a mission sounded like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s itchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories at a time. As she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world, she finds that when life turns your world upside down and you’re far from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.

Review: I absolutely loved this book! Such an interesting and emotional story. Erin can’t seem to win for loosing, so when she gets the chance to leave it all for a time to study abroad, she takes it. I loved the way this story is written, and the pacing is perfect, the characters are real, and the setting is beautiful!

Michele Bacon writes novel-length fiction for young adults and older adults. When she’s not writing, she’s skiing, playing tabletop games, traveling, or dreaming of travel. She lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for over a year, and is eager to return. Today, Michele lives in Seattle with her partner and three children. She is also the author of Life Before.

Blog Tour: Magnetic

by Carissa Miller
Genre: YA Mystery/Romance
Release Date: September 2017


When Elle Christiansen’s rebellion leads to her father’s expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in…

Maverick slowly gains Elle’s trust and coaxes her out from the seemingly impenetrable walls of self-protection she erected around her heart when her mother was murdered. He convinces Elle to confide the secrets of her tortured past: that she saw her mother’s murder before it took place, and she was the one who found her, bleeding to death at the end of a lonely dirt road. Together the unlikely pair begins to unlock the secrets of not only Elle’s sordid past, but her mother’s and grandmother’s as well, to uncover decades of greed, corporate corruption, lies, and murder. Quickly, the sobering realization hits: if they do not solve her mother’s murder, Elle will undoubtedly suffer the same fate. As she continues her journey toward truth alongside the boy she is magnetically drawn to in a way both frightening and uncontrollable, Elle finds the road she is most afraid of going down—that one lane dirt road where her mother was murdered—just might be the only place she can truly find redemption.

Magnetic tells of the enduring pain of living with unsolved violent crime. Inspired by debut author Carissa Miller’s true-life events, it’s a haunting account of a young girl’s struggle in the aftermath of shattering loss. With an unraveling love story, puzzling mystery, unexpected twists and turns, and a gripping pace that will keep you turning pages, our heroine takes you on her journey as she learns one of life’s great lessons: facing your fears instead of running from them, is the only way to truly find freedom.

A Note from the Author

Carissa Miller was inspired to write her debut novel—Magneticbecause of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted rape and murder that remains unsolved to this day. Carissa never intended to publish Magnetic until her children found it on her computer, started reading it, and fell in love with the story and the characters, Maverick and Elle. With her children challenging her and cheering her on, telling her that she couldn’t give up because the world needed to read Elle and Maverick’s story, Carissa finally edited and published Magnetic two years after they found it on her laptop.

Review: Such a fun read! I loved Maverick’s character, and the romance and mystery in this one is well done, and kept my attention from the start! I loved the story and the plot is unique and fast-paced.

About the Author

Carissa Miller writes a lifestyle and design blog called CC and Mike, where she and her husband blog about their experiences designing, building, and flipping houses in the Midwest. She was inspired to write her debut novel–Magnetic—because of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted murder. When she’s not writing, blogging, or designing, Carissa loves Oklahoma summers on the lake with her husband and three children, going to Oklahoma State sporting events and cheering on the Cowboys, and traveling cross country with her family in the RV she and her husband renovated. Carissa laughs loudly, loves with her whole heart, tells it how it is to a fault, and enjoys living life to the fullest, every moment of every day.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blog Tour: Storm Raven

Storm Raven
by K. Hanson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 15th 2017


YA Fantasy with Pirates!

Captain Nereyda and her first mate, Brynja, lead a band of pirates as they seek out grand adventures and loot vulnerable merchant ships. However, when they attempt an overly ambitious raid, Nereyda and her crew are captured by Commander Erhan of the Imperial navy and separated. Nereyda is pressed into service aboard a ship to patrol the treacherous waters of the Shattered Sea. Meanwhile, Brynja and the rest of the crew are sent to a life of hellish labor deep in an Imperial mining prison camp.

While serving her sentence, Nereyda is shipwrecked on an unknown island. As she explores it, she stumbles into some ancient ruins and finds…something. Whatever it is, it wakes a part of Nereyda that she had not felt before. Something that could help her free the rest of her crew and return to life on the sea, if only she can learn to control it. Unfortunately, Commander Erhan is also on the island. Nereyda must escape him, get off of the island, and rescue her crew before the commander can stop her and before her crew withers away in the oppressive mines.

Read the first three chapters here:…

Review: Such a fun read! I loved Nereyda’s character from the start, and enjoyed seeing her as her crew on their adventures, and seeing how she would rescue her crew when they get captured and separated after a raid goes wrong.

About the Author

K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Release Blitz: Dominion


I am so excited that DOMINION by Julie
Hall is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you haven’t yet heard about this
wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a giveaway for
a complete signed paperback set (4 books), a $10 Amazon GC, and Life After Swag,
US Only, courtesy of Julie and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance
to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:
Title: DOMINION (Life After, #3)
Author: Julie Hall
Pub. Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Julie Hall
Formats: eBook
Pages: 365
Find it:  Goodreads, Amazon
After defeating the red dragon’s legion of
bloodthirsty demons, Audrey can finally settle into the afterlife with the
knowledge her family is safe. But her quest for a perfect existence shatters
the moment Logan is kidnapped in an attempt to bend her to Satan’s will.
Audrey must now travel to the one place no
hunter has ever ventured to save the man she loves . . . Hell.
Savage demons, desiccated corpses, life sucking
zombie trees, and a land of death and rot await Audrey and her friends as they
battle through the fiery realm.
But Logan’s freedom comes with a price . . . the
destruction of Audrey’s happily ever after.
As Satan schemes for dominion over all the
realms, Audrey learns that some acts may be beyond redemption.
Title: HUNTRESS (Life After, #1)
Author: Julie Hall
Pub. Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Julie Hall
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 351
Find it:  Goodreads,
Amazon, B&N,
No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as
Audrey’s―at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her
memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity.
She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss
the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.
It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as
infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to
developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their
hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.
Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an
ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting
the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself.
With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living
looms in the shadows.
Title: WARFARE (Life After, #2)
Author: Julie
 June 13, 2017
Publisher: Julie
Formats: eBook
Pages: 273
Find it:  Goodreads, Amazon, B&N,
The battle
is far from over.
When the
lives of her loved ones are put in peril, who will Audrey turn to for help? On
the surface, Audrey’s existence in the afterlife is coming together. Her quirky
new mentor guides her on the path to becoming the demon hunter she always
hoped. She has great friends and even a kinda-sorta-maybe new boyfriend. But if
things are so wonderful, why is Logan never far from her thoughts?
learning that her family is the target of an unprecedented demonic siege Audrey
puts all she’s gained in jeopardy by defying heavenly authorities and returning
to Earth. Stranded at the place she once called home with the one person she’s
been desperate to forget, she’ll face vicious monsters, betrayers, and a legion
of demons with an insidious weapon that even her celestial sword can’t defeat.
Audrey’s mistakes in the afterlife be what destroys the lives of the ones she
loves the most?
Title: LOGAN
(Life After, #2.5)
Author: Julie
 December 26, 2017
Publisher: Julie
Formats: eBook
Pages: 143
Find it:  Goodreads, Amazon, B&N,
warrior has his weakness.
Logan has it
all—friends, popularity, girls—but his perfect life isn’t all he imagined.
When one
mistake leads to his untimely arrival in the afterlife, he becomes a weapon
against the evil that lurks on Earth.
When a
mission goes awry he emerges with a secret superpower, but is broken in mind
and body. He cleverly hides his scars, until the day he’s assigned to train an
unlikely new demon hunter. Even though Audrey is as fiery as she is alluring,
this beauty may be the one to tame his inner beast.
Now the only
thing he’s sure of is that his existence will never be the same.
Fans of The
Mortal Instruments, Supernatural, and This Present Darkness, won’t want to miss
experiencing the beginnings of this epic love story.
LOGAN is a
companion novella to the bestselling and multiple award-winning LIFE AFTER
series. It can be read as a standalone, or as Book 2.5 in the series.
Exclusive Excerpt
We sat on his bed, tucked up against the headboard, Logan
sitting with one knee bent and an outstretched leg, and me curled into a ball
against his chest, practically cuddled on his lap.
When my tears were spent, I let out a shaky breath of
“Audrey, I can’t—” Logan’s voice caught on something. His
head rested on top of mine. When he continued, his voice dropped an octave,
thickened with emotion. “I can’t imagine what you went through down there. I’m
so very sorry. I should never have bonded with you.”
I savored the warm thud of his heartbeat on my cheek for
several seconds before what he’d said sunk in. The leakage from my eyes along
with a bad case of the feels must have dulled my reactions.
I jerked to a sitting position to stare at him in
disbelief—and anger. My face was crusted with the salt of dried tears. There
was no doubt I was a hot mess and a half. But that was nothing compared to the
mess he’d just spewed.
He reached for me again, but I put a hand up to ward off his
movements and curled my upper lip.
Where to even start?
“What I went
through? Are you insane?” His gaze jumped around my face as if he couldn’t
decide on a safe place to land. “Logan, I actually felt an echo of what you
went through. I even experienced some of it in a dream or a weird out of body
experience where I was you. What I
went through was
He opened his mouth to speak, but I slashed a hand through
the air to stop him. “Nothing compared
to what had been done to you. You were torn to shreds. Literally, in some
His face paled. I shouldn’t have gone there and instantly
regretted bringing it up—but I couldn’t handle his concern for me when he had been tortured. We’d get to the
“should never have bonded with you” comment next.
“You experienced some of . . . of what I went through?” he
Shoot, I gave him another reason to beat himself up. Rookie
mistake. “Never mind about that. And what’s this business about regretting
bonding with me? Frankly, that’s kind of—hey!”
He grabbed my upper arms and held me still as I tried to
push away even farther. His blue eyes flashed, and his face was hard as stone.
“If bonding with you caused you to feel even a second of what I endured in that
place, then yes, it’s something I deeply regret and would do anything to take
Buried under the caveman response was something sweet, but I
wasn’t feeling it.
“Argh. You . . .” I pointed a finger at his face. “You just
. . .”
As I sputtered to find the right words, the corners of
Logan’s lips just barely tipped up. I stopped talking when I spotted his
involuntary reaction. Of course I’d find a guy who thought it was cute when I
got mad. Actually, that was probably pretty lucky considering I did tend to
have a short fuse.
I pressed my lips together and narrowed my eyelids before
performing another visual sweep of his body.
Yep, he looked to be relatively healthy.
I launched myself at him and grabbed the sides of his face,
and then I planted my lips right over his.
Just like the first time I’d
surprised him with a kiss, he was momentarily stunned.
I gently but firmly bit down on his full bottom lip in a
silent demand for him to get with the program. Then I pulled back a fraction,
just far enough that my lips grazed his when I spoke.
“Less talking, more kissing,” I ordered.
I’d gone to Hell and back for this guy. I wanted to collect
my reward . . . with interest.
Julie Hall is an
award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of young adult fantasy
Before writing her first novel Julie
worked as a film publicist and rubbed elbows with the rich and famous . . . as
in she would gently nudge them to let them know their meal had arrived during
press interviews.



She now spends most of her “office hours” with her two furry writing
buddies, Bear and Coco. Her daughter thinks that mommy’s superpower is
“sleeping all day,” but that’s because she’s often awake until the wee hours of
the morning weaving tales of adventure in worlds of her own creation. When
asked in an interview what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’s quoted to
have answered, “to never have to grow up.”




She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her four favorite people–her
husband, daughter, and two 
fur babies (because dogs are people too).  
Connect with Julie here, or on social media.





Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a a complete
signed paperback set (4 books), a $10 Amazon GC, and Life After Swag, US Only.



Monday, March 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Dracula Hearts

Hearts of Stone
Dracula Hearts Book 1
by AJ Gallant
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
A tale of magic, romance and fangs.
New York City is under attack.
Dracula is suicidal in a world where evil vampires are in the early stages of
taking over. The Master has lived too long and can’t find a reason
to face another day. Nasty vampires are feeding on vulnerable mortals
and causing chaos. Years ago he trained valiant sheriffs and expects
them to defend the humans but they are being overrun. Piers Anthony,
the author, is now a vampire. He spends his days attempting to get
the Master to snap out of it and to defend the humans, without losing
his head.
A 12-year-old girl is a rare hybrid, half human and half vampire; she
was conceived the normal way, with her mother a mortal and her father
a vampire. Jenny is slowly discovering that she may be a blood
wizard. She’s already an accomplished vampire killer and can cast
spells, but an underground figure has noticed the girl. Some believe
that she might be the one of legend that tips the scale toward good.
Sheriff Alexander and his vampire German shepherd stand and fight for
Will the red sheriffs be overrun? Will Michael finally get the courage to
ask out the sheriff?
Hearts of Fire
Dracula Hearts Book 2
Dracula: Hearts of Fire continues with more adventure, more romance and plenty
of fighting. Jenny tries to find herself; she ventures out in search
of training to become a better wizard and help save the world.
Dracula is happier than he’s been in centuries but he’s now aware
that big trouble is on the horizon. Things become even more
complicated for Moon Diamond, the vampire cat. Humor abounds in
Hearts of Fire.
Hearts of Glory
Dracula Hearts Book 3
Dracula: Hearts of Glory.
Come along for the adventure with Dracula, Piers Anthony, Jenny, Michael
and Lauren, Alexander and his German shepherd vampire dog Tessy,
90-year-old Annie and her new pet and even Keith. And of course the
Siamese cat Moon Diamond. Did I mention zombies?
Hearts of Ice
Dracula Hearts Book 4
Dracula, his daughter Jenny and wife Allison, Moon Diamond and Piers Anthony
are all off to Egypt for another epic adventure. Jenny seeks a
powerful book to keep it out of evil hands but a witch already has
her sights on it.
Hearts of Magic
Dracula Hearts Book 5
Deceit, revelations and romance. It’s all in Dracula: Hearts of Magic. And
a peek into Dracula’s origin.
Something strange is happening in the Big Apple and it’s not good.
Wolf-vampire hybrids are killing people and they may even be a match
for Dracula.


Jenny is sixteen and dating, or at least trying to but it’s not easy with
the king of vampires for a father. And how do you discipline a
4-year-old wizard? Are there evil vampires out trying to kidnap
Dracula’s boy?
And Dracula’s daughter has a showdown with a witch as the spells fly.
 Review: This is such a unique and unusual series! I wasn’t sure what to expect, so when I started this, it took some time for me to get used to the writing style and characters. Parts were darker and sometimes down-right gross, but the whole series is over-laid with a humorous tone. I enjoyed Dracula’s character most of all, and the bad guys were easy to hate, but there were so many of them, I found myself loosing track of who was who at times. Still, this series was an enjoyable read.
A. J. Gallant is a best selling author who has written over a dozen
books, mostly fantasy but some mystery as well. He has written the
“of Knights and Wizards” series, Olivia Brown Mysteries, and the
Dracula HEARTS series. He writes seven days a week and has written
over a million words, some of them pretty good. Gallant has two cats
that he dearly loves who get him up at five every morning, Sun-Jade
(tabby) and Moon Diamond (Siamese).


The “of Knights and Wizards” series involves a coming-of-age tail of
a young boy accidentally transformed into a sorcerer, and he must try
to become adept in order to save his kingdom, and so far, things are
not going too well.


The DRACULA HEARTS series (book 5 to be released in February/March 2018.
In the first book Dracula is in a deep depression and must snap out
of it if he is to help save the Big Apple from the evil vampires.
Romance, humor, adventure and magic in a nice mix.
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!