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Sep 16, 2014

The Bone Whistle by K.B. Hoyle - Review

 The Bone Whistle
by K.B. Hoyle
 
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Release Date: September 18 , 2014
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION/Fantasy/Magic & Family/General
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-279-2
 
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 
 Summary:


Darcy burned with the pain of knowing she’d failed. What happened when a prophecy didn’t come true? It must not have been much of a prophecy in the first place. And if they couldn’t trust in that, then they couldn’t trust in anything at all.
Five years ago, Darcy first received the prophecy of the Six, which stated she and her friends would save the land of Alitheia from a shadowy foe. For five years, she hasn’t known what the end will look like, but she certainly didn’t expect this. Thrust back into Alitheia through unexpected means, Darcy winds up alone, scared, and without her recent memory. As she struggles to regain her lost memories and reunite with the ones she loves, she pieces together the prophecies and the oracles to find they all converge into one story¾a story that tells her just how much she’ll have to give to save both worlds, and everyone she loves. Pursued through Alitheia by forces desperate to kill them, Darcy and her friends take a journey fraught with danger that will lead them, inevitably, to the final confrontation with the Shadow. Armed with newfound knowledge of how the prophecy of the Six will play out, Darcy and the others must have faith in the face of mounting odds and adversity. Ultimately, the greatest courage of all belongs not to those who give something of themselves, but to those who let go of what they could never control. Filled with stunning losses, heart-wrenching reunions, unexpected twists, and the power of love and sacrifice, the conclusion to The Gateway Chronicleswill leave you breathless and begging for more from author K. B. Hoyle.

 
Praise for The Bone Whistle

In the final book of the Gateway Chronicles, Darcy finds herself living in Tennessee in her Aunt’s house.  Her parents are refusing to let her go back to camp in Cedar Cove.  She knows she has to find a way there, but she doesn’t want to leave things unsettled with her family.  She knows she won’t be coming back.   The prophesy reveals that she has to die in order to stop Tselloch.  When she makes her way through the gateway, she doesn’t remember how she got there.  She enters onto a battle field covered with blood.  She is disoriented and the gnomes have to direct her to safety.  It is a bittersweet return and she needs to find her friends, hoping they made it through all right.

Her escape is perilous and she is bitten while being rescued.  The madness sets in and takes a hold lasting weeks.  Tselloch’s forces are converging, building the gate to her world and readying themselves for his transfer.

It takes all of Darcy’s wits and strength to continue on her journey to stop him.  With the help of her friends, the fight of their lives is on.

I am sad to see this series end.  I have enjoyed reading about the six and their adventures.  Watching them grow from the beginning to the end is what I truly like as a reader.

However there were parts of the story that were difficult to read.  Darcy had to say good bye to good friends along the way.  Darcy was devastated to lose those people around her on top of the fact she was going to die herself.  You could feel the pain she and the other characters felt.  It brought tears to my eyes.  It is an excellent series and an action packed way to end it.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

 

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Jun 19, 2014

The Hot Corner by Amy Noelle- Blog Tour

 

20th June- Delighted Reader Review
21st June- Kidnapped By Fiction Review
22nd June- Sarah Says Read Romance Review
23rd June- Common Novel Review
24th June- Book Lovin' Junkie Review
25th June- She Reads New Adult Review
26th June- Babs Book Bistro Review
27th June- 3 Chicks After Dark Promo/Excerpt
28th June- Jeannie Zelos Review
29th June- Wyndy Dee Promo/Excerpt
30 June- Shelf Life Guest Post
1st July- Bookaholic Babe Review
2nd July- Lorenz Font Spotlight
3rd July- Books And Fandom Spotlight
 

Summary:
Professionally, Danielle Pierce is making a name for herself writing biographies of famous athletes. Her personal life isn’t going as swimmingly, and she’s back on the market after calling off a recent engagement.

Her agent throws her a curveball she never saw coming when she’s assigned to cover the hottest baseball player—on and off the field—Bradley Reynolds. The Dodgers’ third baseman spends as much time on the covers of tabloids as on the sports pages, dating a string of famous models and actresses.

Dani never thought she’d have to see Brad in person again after he broke her heart in college. Seven years later he selects her to write the story of his life, and she’s stuck. If she refuses, she looks like a coward. If she gives in, he wins. She doesn’t know what his game is, but she hopes she’s strong enough this time to play without getting burned.
 
 
Jun 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: As Darkness Gathers by Emma Elliot

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As Darkness Gathers
by Emma Elliot
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Release Date: September 9, 2014
 
SUMMARY
 
When their plane goes down in the Canadian wilderness, Finch Rhodes’ and Clay Gandy’s lives become entwined. Together they face the unforgiving elements of unfamiliar terrain in winter, wild animals, raging rivers, and their own growing weakness from hunger, shock, and exposure. With their lives at stake as well as the lives of those depending on them to find help, Finch and Clay are forced to rely on one another, and they forge a bond that lasts even after they are rescued. Finch’s struggles to adjust to normal life upon returning home are hindered by her broken engagement, her friend’s disapproval of her friendship with Clay, her parents’ marital issues, and her brother’s uncharacteristic belligerence and suspicious request. And by the seemingly harmless mishaps that soon escalate into brutal attacks. After she is injured, Finch once again comes to rely on Clay. But as the connection between them deepens, the threat against her grows. With her life in jeopardy and danger blurring the lines between friend and foe, Finch must decide if those she loves are the ones she can trust, or if the greatest peril lurks closer to home than she could have ever imagined.
EXCERPT
  “Ladies and gentlemen,” I said, “the captain has advised me we’ll be making a precautionary landing.” The elderly woman started sobbing. The front of the plane yawed back and forth, the movement sharp, bouncing, and disorienting. When I glanced out the window, we were just breaking through the cloud cover, and the forested ground was rushing closer. I pointed out the exits and the escape path lighting, and then explained the brace position of crossing their arms, placing them on the seatback in front of them, and resting their foreheads on their wrists. “I’ll help you if you need me to,” said the man in 1A. I swallowed and felt the hot press of tears. “If I’m unable to, make sure it’s safe to open the door, and then get everyone out and away.” “I’ll do it. And I won’t leave you behind.” The plane groaned, the yawing becoming violent. We swayed back and forth so forcefully that I had to hold on to my shoulder harness to avoid being pitched sideways. The father and son yelled apologies and I love yous at one another. The elderly woman continued weeping. A businessman recited a Hail Mary. My lips trembled and I pressed them tightly together. “What’s your name?” I asked 1A. With a rumble, the landing gear extended. His eyes were blue, I realized. “Clay. Clay Gandy.” Clay in 1A. I almost laughed at the rhyme, but then the captain shouted, “Brace, brace, brace!” I repeated the command over and over until my voice was hoarse. I wanted to close my eyes but found I couldn’t. The plane jarred with the sound of snapping, the movement so wrenching it felt as if someone were trying to yank my bones from within my skin. We whipped to one side so quickly my neck cracked and my vision swam. Dark shadows rushed by the windows, and the splintering sound escalated. We hit the ground with such force the oxygen masks fell from the panels above the seats and the overhead bins burst open and spilled luggage into the aisle. Both passengers and metal screamed. There was a horrific grinding as the plane shuddered and bucked. Then the world exploded.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DSCN3850_2 Emma Elliot first developed a love of suspense when she was six years old. She was hiding from her cousins and sister in a closet in her grandmother's house when she discovered a passageway, though not so secret, linking to another closet. She stumbled upon a stack of worn Bobbsey Twins mysteries in that seeming labyrinth, and she spent much of her childhood there, by choice, reading mystery novels by flashlight. Her love of reading and writing grew simultaneously. Soon she was creating her own variations of the stories she read and penning her own tales. Through bouts of working as a tutor, an editor, an apple- and peach-picker, a waitress, a dog walker, a nanny, a retail associate, and a reservationist at a ski resort, writing has remained her passion. She currently lives on the eastern seaboard and considers herself a wandering homebody. She travels often for work, which provides fodder for the imagination and plentiful hours to write her next novel while sitting in airports.  
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Jun 10, 2014

How To Get Ainsley Bishop To Fall In Love With You by T.M. Franklin BLOG TOUR

Ainsley Blog Tour


7th June Amber Lynne Johnson Interview
8th June This Girl Reads A Lot Review
9th June Kelly P's Blog Interview
11th June I Heart Books Review
12th June First Page To The Last Review
12th June Lilly Mac's Blog Review
12th June Biblio Junkies Interview
12th June Writer For Misfits Guest Post
14th June Paradise For Pages Guest Post
14th June The Avid Reader Guest Post
15th June A Thousand Words A Million Books Guest Post
15th June Kimberly Faye Reads Guest Post 
17th June Zee Monodee Blog Review
18th June The Sarcastic Palm Tree Review
18th June Mich's Book Reviews Guest Post
19th June Books And Fandom Interview
19th June Babu's Bookshelf Review


Ainsley

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother's name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he's different. He's quirky, awkward, and he's okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it's "How to Get an A in Chemistry" or "How to Get Accepted to MIT," he has a process, and it's worked for him so far. He doesn't even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver's got his eye on the prize.
So when he decides it's time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it's only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.
Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He'll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

 

Ainsley is available now!

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Giveaway


T.M. Franklin T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.
In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake andWindow, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.
TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.

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May 28, 2014

Just Sing by René Gilley- BLOG TOUR

Just Sing
Book One of the
Seven Oaks Series
by 
René Gilley
BLOG TOUR
 
31st May Behind The Pages Interview
1st June Katie Teller's Stories Guest Post
1st June Between Dreams and Reality Review
2nd June Ink in the Book Interview
3rd June Under The Book Rainbow Review
4th June Reads and Thoughts Review
4th June Fictionally Yours Review
5th June Books By Night, Mommy By day Interview
6th June The Quirky Reader Interview
7th June Tressa's Wishful Endings Character Interview/ Dream Cast/ Playlist
7th June The YA's Nightstand Interview
8th June The Book Geek Excerpt 
10th June A Pen Named Brock Guest Post
10th June The Story goes... Review
11th June Bibliophilc Madness Review
12th June Biblio Junkies Excerpt
12th June On The Broomstick Review
 


 
“Follow you dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing."

Release Date: 5th June 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

Author Bio: 


By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and fourdogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 


Connect with René Gilley on: 
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Praise:
 
Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog

With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog
 
Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review