Sunday, June 16, 2013

Book Review for The Crimson Key The Visitor’s Series Book #2 by Christy Sloat Book




The Crimson Key

The Visitor’s Series Book #2
by  Christy Sloat

 4stars
Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle/Paperback
Published: Anchor Group Publishing
Source:Purchased Gene: Young Adult Paranormal

About Book

The truth can be deadly.
Brylee Branson’s best friend and boyfriend have fallen victim to a horrible curse that haunts her home. With the witches who cast it dead she has no choice but to rely on the ghosts inside the Brown house to help her find a cure. But time is not on her side, because Lynley’s illness is spreading rapidly.
Confused and scared, seventeen-year-old Brylee must confront a new ghost in the house she has never spoken to before. This spirit is not a Brown relative and makes no promises to help them … unless she can re-unite her with a loved one.
The fate of those she loves now rests on her. Can Brylee put the pieces of this puzzle together in time to save them? Or will the Brown house claim another victim?
The Visitor’s Series continues to scare and entice its readers with this gripping second book.

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Excerpt


Our favorite song came on as I was thinking this and Ephraim pulled me closer to him. I stood inside his arms, like he was a cocoon around me keeping me warm in the cool night air. I definitely had not dressed for a concert. He sang the words to the song in my ear. It was sort of our song in a way. We didn’t ever say it was, but if there was a song to choose this would be the one.
“Your touch will save me from impending doom. You will save me from the fears that circle me. Baby, you are my savior,” he sang in my ear. It gave me chills to think how close this song game to the life we were living right now. I tried not to cry as the band played the song, but the tears fell anyway. Luckily, Ephraim couldn’t see them from behind me, I didn’t want to ruin this moment. Instead I closed my eyes and tried to capture this moment for what it was; one of the best nights of my life.
We left the concert drunk on music and high from the love we shared for each other. We made it to his truck and he kissed me like he never had before. It was raw and passionate, something he had never expressed before. You see, here’s the thing: Ephraim is hot and all, but he is shy. He and I have had sex several times, but it was always sweet and careful. He never wanted to hurt me or make me scared. Instead he took his time and was romantic about it. But this kiss we shared was not romantic – not that that was a bad thing – it was lust. I kissed him back with just as much fervor. “Get a room,” someone called out. We broke apart, realizing that maybe we had gotten a little too carried away with ourselves.
“Hey, you have something to say?” Suddenly Ephraim went from loving to angry in the blink of an eyes. I had never seen him like that before. Sure from time to time he would get pissed, but this was a level of anger that I didn’t recognize. I pulled his arm back to keep him from annihilating the other guy.
“Ephraim!” The darkness and anger left his eyes. He snapped out of his state and looked at me. It seemed like he didn’t even know what he had done wrong. Worry was all over my face, I just knew it was. I tried to hide it, but this was a sign of the curse.

My Thoughts



Ghosts, Witches, Curses, not your everyday teenage drama filled life. No Brylee is different and you get that right from the very start of this book. She can see ghosts, cursed ghosts. And the most chilling part, they are in her very own home. I have to tell you at her age that would have freaked me out but she seems to take it in stride.

The curse was and old one and has been spread from family line to family line and no one has been able to break the curse or find a way to stop it. Every line since the curse began has always ended in the same way, death. Brylee though may hold the key, in fact she does hold a key, a special key, one that may help her find a way to break the curse, put a stop to it and save her best friend Lynley and her brother, Brylee’s boyfriend, Ephraim.
Ephraim and Lynley are first born and as such will suffer the curse and its eternal deadly effects. Brylee is desperately in love with Ephraim and Lynley is like a sister to her, she won’t allow anything to happen to them. But is someone out to stop her, to keep her from saving them. And their mother, Ephraim and Lynley – OMG (no spoilers sorry) you have to read to see what I mean but watch out for her.
It isn’t long before Brylee learns just who and what she is. And she learns so much more about the place she calls home and the secrets it harbors. I have to say this book had me on the edge wondering if Brylee could save them, if she could break the curse. With the help of someone Brylee meets she starts to learn more about her gift and what she is capable of doing. What she may have to do to save her friends. She will do whatever it takes to help those that love her.
I have to say some off her encounters that she has with these ghosts can be creepy and others just down right funny. No way though could I stand there face to face with the spirit of a dead person and not lose my cool. Bravo to her for not showing fear.
Brylee’s first experience at helping a ghost using her gift happens to be with someone she cared about very much. The moment was written so very well and I could feel everyone’s emotions, the love and the loss. Such a touching scene. Made me think of my mom and my grandmother and if they too saw the light and moved onto that better place.
As the curse continues to wind its wicked fingers around her friends Brylee is even more desperate to find a way to break the curse and put an end to all of it once and for all. Grab your copy today and find out if Brylee saves the day.










Book Cover Reveal ! Imaginations By Tara Brown





Book Info-

Title-Imaginations

By-Tara Brown



Blurb-

What price would you pay to be free of conflict and remorse? An arm? A leg? All of your memories? What if you had no choice? What if it was something that was taken for the good of the world? Fortunately for Gwyn that question has never had to be answered. She lives in a world free of sorrow, regret, misery, and guilt. A world based on the promise that everyday is a new one. A world where only the Memory Makers know what happened yesterday.
But the world is not as simple as they made it sound. She discovers the Club of the Unknown, where dark deeds are committed and supposed to be forgotten in the morning. There she discovers the promise of a new day was false. Finishing behavioral school and blazing her own path in the world, leads her to the realization that not everyone paid the same price for freedom.
She can’t stop herself from seeing the truths hidden in the corners of her mind.
Or the green eyes of the boy leading her down the dark hallway.



About the Author-


I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird. I am a Canadian author of Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing. I write New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!
I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.
I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis.  I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time.
Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride.





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Going Home by Rhonda R.Dennis Book Tour June 16th, 2013



Book Info-

Title-Going Home

Series-Green Bayou Book #1

By-Rhonda R. Dennis

Publication Date-August 3, 2011

Blurb-

Paramedic Emily Boudreaux believes New Orleans is the perfect place for a young trauma junkie to see some action. Things start out fine enough, but years pass, and the job brings nothing but strife. Emily decides to make a fresh start by returning to her roots. She moves to the small town of Green Bayou, Louisiana. Thinking she will find peace and tranquility, Emily quickly learns that her imagination steered her wrong. Small town life offers far more tumult than she remembered! Mystery, excitement, deceit, and passion run rampant along the murky waters of Bayou Assumption. She struggles with the decision of which man to love: her amazing, new Paramedic partner, Jacob Templet or her handsome, former high school sweetheart, Deputy Pete Bergeron. Her ultimate struggle won't involve the decision of which man to be with. It is a quest for her personal survival! Praying to get out of a disastrous situation alive, Emily hopes that going home won't be the wrong decision.


Amazon Kindle- http://www.amazon.com/Going-Home-Volume-Novels-ebook/dp/B0050I4LMU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1367565266&sr=8-3&keywords=Going+Home 

Excerpt



Going Home: A Green Bayou Novel Book One Excerpts

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                My head was killing me.  The last thing I wanted to do was to open my eyes.  I tried drifting back into unconsciousness, but my body refused to let me go to the place where I felt no pain.  I struggled to open one eye, and then finally, the other.  My eyelids felt like they were weighted with lead.  Finally, they stayed open long enough for me to register dim light, but focusing became another long, drawn-out process.


Author Interview



What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

First, thank you so much for the interview!!  I’m happy to be here!!  If I were the main character, I don’t think I would have stuck it out like Emily did.  I think would have abandoned Green Bayou sometime around “Awakenings” (Book Two).


What was your inspiration behind this book?

When I decided to write the story, I wanted it to be realistic and relate -able.  Being that I actually worked as a medic and experienced quite a few interesting calls during my time on the ambulance, I figured that having a main character who worked in EMS would be a good thing.

Why did you become a writer ?

I went back to college a little later in life and while there I took quite a few creative writing classes.  One of my instructors made a note on my final essay that I should consider a career change and become a writer.  I was flattered, but ignored it.  Once I graduated, I realized that I missed putting words on paper, so I sat in my office one day and started typing.  Over the course of a weekend, I had the skeleton of a full manuscript (Going Home).  I really didn’t think I’d ever accomplish such a thing again, so I tossed it aside.  Fortunately, more stories did come after that!

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

Absolutely!!!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love interacting with fans of the series.  I’m very active on Facebook and I can promise you, if you don’t get a response from me, it’s because I didn’t see it for some odd reason. It’s not only limited to social media, either.  I love that people approach me in the grocery store and start fussing about something one of my characters did.  It tends to draw confused looks from bystanders until it’s explained that the events are from a book series.



Do you have a favorite author or authors?

My taste in books is about as varied as my taste in music.  I love authors from Charlaine Harris and Anne Rice to John Kennedy Toole and Hemingway.  I also love supporting my fellow indie authors.  There really is a lot of talent floating around in Indie World!!



Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

Yes, I do.  “Going Home: A Green Bayou Novel Book One” was originally going to be a standalone.  After I finished it, I immediately came up with the concept for book two and figured it would be a duet.  Well....  here we are, five books and two novellas later, with book 6 to be released in December.  I say that as long as there is a story to tell, I’ll keep writing.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Shameless plug, but I think it would be Holden Dautry.  If I couldn’t have him, I think it would be a toss up between Marie Coulson’s Jared and EL James’ Christian Grey (minus all the dominating).  I like a man to be strong and confident, but not someone who is so aggressive that he treats women like they aren’t capable of making a decision on their own.


What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

My favorite books have a mix of romance and comedy.  I love to laugh.  I also love books that have scenes that literally make my jaw drop.  Generally, I’m not surprised when these big “shocking” scenes pop up because I see them coming from a mile away.  If you’re an author who can get me with one of those, kudos to you!!

Do you cry  when writing sad scenes?

Sometimes.  I find it easy to put myself into the situation that I’m writing, so I feel as though I’m actually experiencing some of what I write.  There were a few scenes that I had to temporarily put the manuscript aside because it was getting too intense.


Did you have a Cover Designer ?

I’m so fortunate to have two people who do my covers.  Brandi Money Photography does the majority of my photo shoots and she’s helped to design the covers for Going Home, Awakenings, Unforeseen, and Deceived.  Laura Hidalgo, of Bookfabulous Designs, has designed covers for Deja Vu, Between Four and Five (the first novella), and Connie’s Wild Night (the second novella).  I also have a beautiful model who has been amazing, Ramona Clement.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

Sookie Stackhouse.  Oh, the things I would do if I were in her shoes!

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

Charlaine Harris--shocker, I know! lol


Do just re-read your favorite books ?

I reread my favorite books very often, but I also keep an eye out for fresh, interesting new stories, too.

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

Absolutely!  It normally happens when I’m writing.  I try not to read other people’s work while I’m writing my stuff because I don’t want to jumble their story lines with the ones in my head.


What is the funniest book you ever read ?

It’s not for everyone, but “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole.  I literally laugh out loud at some of Ignatius’ antics.




Author Info-


Rhonda Dennis is proud to be born and raised in South Louisiana.  Her enthusiasm for the uniqueness of Louisiana’s culture is evident in her writing. Even though she loved writing, she put it on hold to work in the medical field.
After starting a family, she went back to college where her passion was reignited and Rhonda wrote her first novel, Going Home, Book One of the Green Bayou Novel Series. Rhonda lives in a small town in South Louisiana with her husband, Doyle, and her son, Sean. She appreciates the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and loves cooking.
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Can you tell us about your favorite childhood author?


Oh, it’s so hard to pick one.  I guess my favorite childhood author would be Roald Dahl, but I also adored Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judy Blume.  From a young age I loved books that drew me into unique and fun fantasy worlds, so that’s probably the reason I connected with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator, and Mathilda. 

With Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, my interest came from watching the television show Little House on the Prairie.  My mom was trying to figure out Christmas presents for me one year when I was about eight or nine, so she bought me the entire boxed set because she knew I loved the show.  I tore through those books.  In fact, I think those books were the first that I couldn’t put down.  I remember reading straight through the night on several occasions just so I could know what happened.

Judy Blume, well she was just a rite of passage.  She openly spoke about some of those uncomfortable things that girls might not feel inclined to speak to others about.  Her books were all the gossip when I was in late elementary/junior high school.  All the girls were running around asking each other, “Did you read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret!  Can you believe she wrote about that stuff?”  It’s kind of funny now that I think back about it.  She was kind of like the EL James of her time.


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Cover Reveal ! Trying To Get Over You by J.D. Rivera



   Title ~ Trying To Get Over You

  Author ~ J.D.Rivera 

 Genre ~ New Adult Contemporary

  Release Date ~ June 25, 2013

  Cover Design By ~ Emily Mah Tippetts



BOOK DESCRIPTION
 
College student Emily Reynolds has been in a three year relationship with Cooper Thomason but one awful night has left their relationship shaken. She soon finds out she is pregnant and Cooper can’t give up his partying ways. Emily leaves Cooper and tries to find a life without him. She finds out a life without Cooper is harder than she thinks. Will Emily be able to move on from Cooper and find a relationship with another man or run back to him?




About the Author


J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows and little league sports.  She loves Diet Mt. Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and of course reading.

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