December 19, 2014

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Pieces of Revenge by Valia Lind



Title: Pieces of Revenge
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA, Thriller

A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family's brutal murder and she's been on the run ever since. She's spent her life training and planning for the day when she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn't remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can't remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who's a memory she should have, but doesn't. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won't destroy the world forever.



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About Valia

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.


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INTERVIEW WITH VALIA

1.  How did you come up with the idea for Pieces of Revenge?

-  Being born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, I grew up with the history of the Romanov family and it has always held a special place in my heart. Even though Pieces of Revenge is not a retelling of that story, there are similarities that I couldn’t get away from.
-  Back before Clarity by Zedd became popular, it was a freebie on iTunes. I downloaded it, listened to it about ten times, and knew right then and there that I wanted to write a story about THAT relationship. The combination of those two things brought me Tasia and Logan.

2.  What scene was the hardest for you to write?

-   I think the raw emotional scenes are hard for me, especially in this book,  simply because they were so different from the scenes I was already writing. My mindset was on fighting and chasing and killing, then boom! An emotional scene to grow my character and I’m flailing trying to get myself out of the kill mode.

3.  If there is one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing a book in that specific genre, what would it be?

- Right now? I’m obsessed with Urban Fantasy. I’ve been reading the Written in Red series by Anne Bishop and I want to write something like that for YA. It may or may not be my next project :)

4. What's the one piece of technology you can't live without?

-   My phone. I need it, always. I keep notes on it, memos, and of course, all of the awesome social media. It’s basically my office at the palm of my hand.
  
5.   And here’s are some random things about me:
-   Cat or Dog? - BOTH!
-   Knives or sword? - Knives
-   Actual book or eReader - Book
-   Snow or rain? - Rain
-   Vampires or Werewolves? - Werewolves


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December 10, 2014

Book Highlight & Giveaway: SHOALMAN IMMORTAL by Toni Decker


Title: Shoalman Immortal
Author: Toni Decker
Series: The Shoalman Chronicles #2

Falling in love was never supposed to be part of the picture.

Kyrissa Spears was born with a powerful, and deadly, gift. When she paints, she captures emotions so strong they can kill. Desperate to find a teacher capable of helping her unlock and control her abilities, Kyrissa's search leads her to an artist who may be able to help her. And he's the one person she can't accidentally kill.

After five centuries of pain and loneliness, Robert Shoalman craves release from his immortality. He's all but given up hope until he meets the beautiful and intriguing Kyrissa. She could paint his death and break the curse, but at the cost of destroying her gift and being lost to him forever—none of which will matter if the demon hunting him finds them first.



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          "You keep telling me to trust my feelings." Kyrissa ran her finger along his lower lip. "Trust yours."
          His mouth sought hers, the taste of her lips more exquisite than the finest wine. He drank her in, wanting more of her intoxicating apples and mint flavor, as well as the one that was just her. The one found only in her kiss. Burying his face in her hair, he pulled her closer, lips trailing down her neck and across her collarbone.
          Pulling the fitted shirt from his jeans, her hands slid up his back and sides. Each touch on his skin left him burning. Reclaiming Kyrissa's mouth with his, Robert fumbled with the buttons on the front of his shirt, feeling her smile when she tried to help him, both of them making it worse.
          "Damn it to hell," Robert broke the kiss, pushing up to his knees to rip the shirt open. The patter of buttons danced across the floor like rain.
          "Robert!" Kyrissa laughed at his impulsive action.
          "What good is money if I cannot afford to ruin a shirt?" He grinned. "Especially if it is for the right reasons." He'd ruin shirts every day if she would look at him the way she was now.
          Kneeling in front of him, Kyrissa used her hands to push the shirt off his shoulders while her mouth trailed kisses along his chest. "You could have just pulled it over your head," she teased, fingers working to pull open the cuffs.
          "I thought women expected displays like that," Robert fumbled, distracted by her hands and mouth. In his day, affairs were slower, more reserved. He enjoyed these times better. The women were bolder. More passionate.
          "I could get that male bravado bullshit from any pickup in a bar." Her eyes devoured him. "I want you."
          "Good."



About the Author

Who is Toni Decker?
Two authors telling one sizzling story after another about twenty-somethings getting along in their own crazy, fantastical worlds. Both women are wives and mothers, sharing brain cells and characters as if they only exist with the other.
Toni, one half of the Toni Decker brain, is an avid reader of all things Young and New Adult while Kira, the Decker half of Toni Decker brain, devours fantasy for midnight snacks.

Together, their stories are one part New Adult, 
one part fantasy and 
three parts of holy hotness.


We leave it up to the readers to decide who writes which character.
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December 09, 2014

RELEASE ALERT: Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne & Giveaway!

HAPPY RELEASE DAY AUBRIE DIONNE!

SLEEP JENNY IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL BOOK OUTLETS! 





ABOUT SLEEPING JENNY...


As the daughter of multimillionaires, Jennifer has everything she's ever needed, except time. Diagnosed with a form of incurable cancer, she has only months to live, and her dreams of working for National Geographic to save African elephants and polar bears are shattered. Her only hope is an experimental cryogenic freezing program, which will keep her in stasis until doctors can find a cure. The cure comes three hundred years too late, and she wakes to a futuristic world where animals are all but forgotten.

Descendants of her brother adopt her, and she's thrown back into high school. Exara, the class beauty, calls Jenny the Neanderthal girl, and she becomes more of a sideshow than a member of the senior class. Only Exara's gorgeous boyfriend, Maxim sympathizes with her. Her developing feelings for Maxim are only the beginning of her problems. There aren't any more animals to save, so Jenny involves herself with a rebel group called the Timesurfers, explorers searching the galaxy for another planet to inhabit to clone long-dead animal species. Soon, she must choose between her blossoming feelings for Maxim and her lifelong dream.



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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

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