Monday, February 24, 2020

BLUE NOTE (The Fractured Prism #1) | by Holly Graf and Krissy May #ComingOFAge #Fantasy #Teen #YA #Excerpt #Giveaway #Bewitching






Blue Note
The Fractured Prism
Book One
Holly Graf and Krissy May

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: 252 Publishing
Date of Publication: 6/21/19
ISBN: 978-1-950753-00-0
ASIN: 195075300X
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 67,444

Cover Artist: Krissy May

Tagline: Everything has a price

Book Description:

Niels Poulsen, self-styled God of Rock and lead singer in a popular punk band, has everything he could want: family, friends, fortune, and fame. When his best friend and fellow band member, Jace, goes missing, Niels will do anything to get him home safe.

Niels discovers that their money and connections won’t help them on their journey. They will rely on a model airplane, a family secret, and a tangled magic that weaves the band into the fabric of other realms so tightly they may never make it home again. Their quest takes them across new worlds, through foreign dangers, and straight into the path of an ancient prophecy that wants Niels for itself.

If Niels and his friends survive long enough to find Jace and negotiate their way home to Manhattan, will it be worth the price? The magic says one of them will have to die…

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       As they walked away from the sketchy people, Niels leaned down close to Hattie’s face. “The liquor stall? Or do you think it’s a setup? Christ.” He leaned away. “I’m as paranoid as Rhyss now.”
       “No you’re not.” She side-hugged him as they walked. “I’ve got a bad feeling too.”
       “They pointed that way,” he gestured, “so let’s go this way.”
       “Good idea.”
       They passed several stalls. One had all kinds of colorful eggs on display. Another had a row of kids dancing in front with a sign that read: Ontriss Academy of Noc Thui. Another stall had fried dough smothered in cinnamon.
       Niels’ stomach rumbled again.
       They should’ve begged Kenzie for some money before she left, but Niels had the feeling she didn’t have much in the way of funds. Land pirates were still pirates, after all.
       Something just ahead of them started screeching.
       Places to go: not in that direction. Whatever was up there probably ate people. Niels steered them casually toward a stall with jewelry, but Hattie was having none of being steered around.
       “What is that?” She moved towards the keening, cutting off a pissy guy with a cart full of vegetables. Some of the food toppled off the cart.
       Niels almost reached for one, but two thoughts stopped him: One, he had no idea whether they were even edible; two, Kenzie said they executed thieves, and this didn’t feel like a good day for that. Dying wasn’t on his agenda.
       He let Hattie pull him across the road on her quest for death-by-screech, until they were in sight of the screeching thing.
“Is that a dragon?” Niels asked.
Holy shit.
Not just a dragon, but...a dragon. It was about the size of a teacup, or a gerbil maybe because teacups didn’t have tails, and this dragon did. It was covered with spines and opalescent scales in every pastel color of the rainbow.
Even though it wasn’t as big as the other dragons they’d seen in Sylem, it made the most god awful noise to make up for its size. Niels was tempted to screech back at it, see how it liked that. Or bring his guitar and climb into the higher notes, with an amp.
When the dragon saw Niels, it screeched even louder, rattling the side of its cage so violently Niels thought it might knock itself off the table.
“It wants you,” Hattie said.
No it didn’t. Clearly it wanted out so it could attack him. While that technically counted as wanting him it wasn’t the good thing Hattie’s tone made it out to be.
He stopped freaking out. What had he just said to himself? He needed to trust that Hattie was often more right than he was about shit.
He finished crossing the road with her and didn’t stop her when she asked, “Can we look at that dragon?”
The stall owner, a beefy guy who would have been a butcher - or a Mafioso, which amounted to the same thing - in any decent, clich├ęd movie, frowned at them. “You spoiled my dragon.”
He lifted the latch on the cage door and the little rainbow-tiled monster shot out of the cage, directly at Niels.
Niels backed away. He couldn’t die yet. He still had songs to write, Hattie to date, his mom to annoy…
The dragon landed on his shoulder, chirped once, and let out a huff of steam that condensed into beads of water on Niels' neck.
Okay, so not dying today. Not yet, anyway.
Niels allowed himself to breathe.
The dragon was kind of cute if he ignored its claws digging into his shoulder through his shirt.
“That’s three hundred Angmol.”
Oh yeah, Niels could just pull that out of his ass.
“We don’t have three hundred those things,” Hattie said.
“Or one,” Niels muttered so only she could hear. She laughed.

About the Authors:


Holly began her career as an accountant. While her sense of humor tends appropriately dry, her love for writing far exceeds the constraints of an office job. She attended four colleges across three states in pursuit of her BS in Accounting, while taking extra courses in philosophy, law, and writing. Between words, she spends her time immersing herself in the magic of life.





Krissy lives in a chaos factory, which is run by a merciless team of miniature humans and their pets. She enjoys music, foreign languages, noise-cancelling headphones, and the smell of fresh-mowed grass. She has a useless degree in Physics and part of another useless degree in Nursing, neither of which helped in the creation of this book.







NO CHANCE MEETING (No Chance Love #1) | by Jaye Elliot #Religious #RecentPublication #ContemporaryRomance #Military #BookReview #series #Giveaway #PrismBookTours #NCMPrism.


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No Chance Meeting
(No Chance Love #1)
By Jaye Elliot
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 393 Pages
February 11th, 2020 by Living Sword Publishing

Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.

Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.

Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?

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What an outstanding and feel-good-in-the-end book!  Two characters, both living a life other than what they had planned, both struggling emotionally.  One who's lost her job and a loved one, one who's been a Marine and done multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Both hurting yet meet by 'chance'.  Jaye Elliot did a fantastic job of setting up the perfect story then setting it on it's up and down trajectory.  Alex and Riley are so loveable and they move the plot along rather than the plot moving them.  I adored their love story and how they were able to help each other and the faith that finds it's way back into their hearts.  

There is a serious plot twist towards the end that could make or break the story and hearts. Jaye did a beautiful job with this and kudos for focusing on such a common and painful issue.  I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Christian Contemporary Romance lovers!

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received this complimentary book upon request and am leaving my review voluntarily.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author


Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight.


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FINDING FRANCES | by Kelly Vincent #RecentPublication #Teen #YA #RomanticMystery #ContemporaryRomance #WildRosePress #Excerpt #GoddessFish



My post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kelly Vincent will be awarding a $40 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. The more places you visit and enter, the more likely you are to win!

Retta Brooks thinks her life is on track after convincing her overprotective mom to stop home-schooling her and allow her go to Buckley High. She comes home from a night out with friends to find that her whole world has changed, and she has extremely hard decisions to make. Not to mention finding the answers to questions some people would rather she not know. Is she strong enough for what lies ahead?

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“Did he just hit us?” I asked, turning around. I couldn’t see anything behind us except the vague shape of a car with a silhouetted driver—it was so close the headlights weren’t visible.

“Yes!”

We were speeding up, already going way too fast for this road, but the car was still right on the truck’s bumper.

I clutched the dashboard as Jack tried zig-zagging a bit to shake the guy, but it didn’t work. Then the truck accelerated, and finally the guy fell back. Jack hit the brakes pretty hard, and I hit the door and was jerked to the floor as we took a corner sharply.

“Retta!” Jack yelled. “Are you okay?” He leaned over and gripped my arm, helping me back into the seat before speeding back up.

I put the seatbelt on before stealing a glance behind us. “I don’t see him.”

“No, I think he might not have made that corner. It’s what I was trying to do, but I never would have if I’d realized you didn’t have a seatbelt on!”

“I’m okay, it’s fine.” I shook my head, having to extricate myself from the top half of the seatbelt to pick up the phone off the floor.

About the Author:

Kelly Vincent wrangles data weekdays and spends the rest of her time playing with words. She grew up in Oklahoma but has moved around quite a bit, with Glasgow, Scotland being her favorite stop. She now lives near Seattle with three cats who definitely help her write her stories. She’s also working toward the Red Earth Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.

Website: http://www.kellyvincent.net
Blog: http://www.kellyvincent.net/blog
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

OUTPOST GYPSY TREE: THE NORTH PORTAL | by Dr. Dottie Graham #YA #Fantasy #Adventure #AuthorInterview #Giveaway #Excerpt #rabtbooktours #OutpostGypsyTree #DrDottieGraham



Outpost Gypsy Tree: The North Portal
YA Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: GISA Publishing

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Nestled within a thought-form in Earth’s vast realm, Outpost Gypsy Tree becomes home for six adventurous teenagers from various parts of the world. Charged by their own desire for peace and love for humanity, they are assigned to clear the earth’s light portals of the evils of mankind, starting with the North Portal. To do so, the teens must journey back in time to the winter solstice of 3107 BCE to decode an archaic sequence at Ireland's historic Newgrange that will unlock a Neolithic chamber leading them to the ‘other world’ of the gods of Erin. To prove their worthiness, courage, and commitment to battle the darkness, they must journey through the traitorous Cave of Damnation and face an encroaching inferno. At the core of this bizarre journey is the staff of Outpost Gypsy Tree: Eittod of Tulsun Minor, an ancient being with a rainbow-colored body, and Bezen and her son, Mingo, inhabitants of Early Earth.



This is a book for all ages.



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PROLOGUE

Zero hour had arrived. The first chink of sunlight streamed through the roof box. It slowly made its way down the passageway and illuminated the ancient triple spiral carving in the stone womb. With her eyes fixed upon the pinnacle of the three-foot-high obelisk before her, Drew Megan Campbell slowly rubbed a small white quartz stone between her hands. As Eittod had instructed her, she held the stone just inches above the tip of the obelisk’s pinnacle. She sucked in a deep, nervous breath; her heart pounded hard against her ribs; her face was tense, flushed. After all, this was what she was born to do; it was her task and hers alone, her great-grandfather had said. Drew had to trust, even though she did not yet know the outcome of her next action. Her fellow light travelers’ eyes were transfixed upon her. Their fate rested in her hands. As the triangular notch on the underside of the small quartz touched the capstone, three things happened in rapid succession: brilliant aquamarine lights flashed throughout the stone chamber blinding them; the earth began to tremble; and the heavy, scraping sounds of moving rocks deafened them. It can’t end like this, we’ve come too far, Drew thought, bracing herself as the ground below her feet shifted. Locking eyes with Patrick, they both instantly knew it just couldn’t end like this! The others stared at Drew with concerned eyes as the earth below their feet moved downward. It was as if the ancient chamber was devouring them whole. They reached for each other’s hands and gripped tight. The stone chamber began to descend like a modern-day elevator, but there was no light board indicating the number of floors below or above nor piped-in soothing music. Rather, ear-splitting scraping and groaning sounds of ancient heavy rocks vibrated through their bodies, rattling their bones and clattering their teeth. The aquamarine flashes became more intense, more tangible, surrounding them as if holding them all safely in place. An avalanche of thoughts spilled through their heads but no one made a sound. It was all happening in slow motion, freezing them speechless. Drew could feel their fear, hear their thoughts. Telepathically, she reminded them of her kinship with Patrick, hence this can’t be the end. Drew’s life flashed before her.


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1. Outpost Gypsy Tree - The North Portal is an adventurous journey into other dimensions where mystical characters and six teens, known as light travelers, united to save the world from the evils of mankind, starting at Ireland's famous Newgrange, 5,000 years in their far distant past. These characters will steal your heart!

2. What was the most difficult thing about this story?
    The hours of research required to be true to authentic people., places and things weaved within my fiction series.

 3. What surprised you about your book?
     The fact that I really am a good writer according to my readers.

4. Did the characters "talk" to you? If so, how?
    Yes! I can hear them in my head. At times when I am documenting about the book on my website, they want to help write to our readers.

5. Think Fast: Dark or Light Chocolate?
     Both!

6. What's next for you?
    Completing Book 3 - The East Portal. I am in chapter 20 of 33. Then on to Book 4 - The West Portal. And maybe adding a fifth book to the series, Book 5 - The Sacred Sites. After that, several other books have been demanding to be written - fiction and non-fiction.









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With the North Portal in Neolithic Ireland cleared of the evils of mankind, Drew Megan Campbell and the light travels are once again called into service. Charged with clearing the South Portal located in Peru—or as it was once known, Og—they must travel back in time to 10,500 BCE to the final days of the continent of Lemuria, to retrieve a sacred disk from the crumbling Temple of Illumination. Aube and Gar’s great-grandfather from the stars, Commander Auben Gou-Drah, and his crew of the Bintok must rescue the light travelers and the sacred disk from a watery grave. At the core of this bizarre journey is the staff of Outpost Gypsy Tree: Eittod of Tulsun Minor, an ancient being with a rainbow-colored body, and Bezen and her son, Mingo, inhabitants of Early Earth.







About the Author

Outpost Gypsy Tree, the North Portal is the first in a series of books for young adults. Dr. Dottie Graham first conceived of the series in the early ’90s. It has gone through many evolutions over the years as she stepped into her role as a storyteller.

Her inspiration for the series grew out of vast life experiences as a mother, grandmother, an RN, a Doctor of RoHun and a certified practitioner, mentor and instructor of the worldwide Healing Touch Program.

She believes that everyone needs to own their specialness and step into the true nature of themselves. Thus, the characters are mirror images of the greatness within everyone, especially the young.

Dottie’s goal for the series for young adults is to awaken their imagination and ignite within them a love for and responsibility to humanity.

This is a book for all ages.

Dr. Dottie Graham is the Founder and CEO of The Graham Institute of Self Awareness (GISA) and the Virginia Center for Healing Touch (VCHT), and is its primary teacher and clinician. A licensed health care professional for over 50 years, she received her doctorate in RoHun from the RoHun Institute, Delphi University, Georgia, in 1994. She is an Advanced Regression Therapist, a Hypnotherapist, and a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Instructor and Qualified Mentor. She is an International Field Instructor for the RoHun Institute, Delphi University, GA.


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Saturday, February 22, 2020

SLUMBER | by Becky Bird #FairyTaleRetelling #YA #Fantasy #BookReview #BeckyBird


SLUMBER
by Becky Bird
Published: July 10, 2019
Pages: 207
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, YA Fantasy



A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty

Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect.

The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself.

Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart.

Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride.

They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process.



Fairy Tales and retellings are totally my jam and Sleeping Beauty is my all-time favorite. Not because of Aurora and Prince Phillip but because of Maleficent! But I digress. When I saw that SLUMBER was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I could not get my hands on it fast enough!  I didn't care about the description. I just wanted to read it.

Come to find out, it's really not about Aurora and Phillip.  I mean, they're there and the kiss takes place and all but the story is about something completely different - what happens when we look past what we think we are SUPPOSED to want to what we REALLY want.  What a perfect concept to focus on in today's world!

It's a short quick read that turns the original story of SLEEPING BEAUTY upside down.  It has super likable characters like Lucy and her pal Jack and some that are less so like Thomas and Aurora.  The book is full of magic, girl-power (yay!), humor and true love - perfect for a likable Fairy tale retelling change of pace!

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received this complimentary book upon request and am leaving my review voluntarily.  All opinions are my own.



www.beckybirdbooks.com

Becky grew up in a small country town Australia.

Her favourite memories of her childhood involved weekly trips to the book store after Saturday sports.

Becky loves fast-paced stories, cats (most animals really) and strawberries :)

When she's not writing YA fiction, you'll find Becky bushwalking, at the movies, and chilling with family and friends.



Friday, February 21, 2020

ABSOLUTION (Grace Trilogy, Book 3) | by Autumn Grey #CoverReveal #Series #NewAdult #ContemporaryRomance #Free #Giveaway #GiveMeBooks





Title: Absolution
Series: Grace Trilogy #3
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photo: Lindee Robinson Photography
Models: Andrew & Angel
Release Date: April 24, 2020



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We made mistakes and betrayed our hearts, and in the end, everything went up in flames.
Walking away from the devastation is not an option. I am at the center of it all. 
There are three hearts on the line and only one choice to make.
One heart to keep and one to let go.
Love is like poison, and sometimes it’s the only thing that can save us.







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Autumn enjoys writing angsty romance, featuring flawed and quirky characters and hard-won happy ever afters. When she’s not working as a nurse assistant, you’ll find her behind keyboard writing stories, or curled up on the couch with a book. Her work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives with her two children and one fur baby, enjoys good wine and binge-watching TV shows whenever she can.


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