Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gemini the Heir by Kristen DaRay Cover Reveal




Book Info-

Title- Gemini of Emreiana
Gemini Series Book #1
By Kristen DaRay
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Blurb-

My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn't die in a car accident. They're not even dead. I'm not American. I'm not even human. I have strange powers, and I'm the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana.

If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I've loved since I was five. If I don't, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.

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Book Info-
Title-Gemini the Heir
Series-Gemini Book # 2
By-Kristen DaRay
Expected Publication Date- September 28th, 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb-
Just a year ago, I thought I was an ordinary human, and I gave up everything on Earth to save the people I loved. I have become the Lenai of Emréiana, making me the heir to the Emréian throne. It also makes me in charge of defeating the Bremoir, a race that has been consuming other worlds. If I can’t stop them, the universe is doomed.

Then there is Aaronmon, my betrothed. We have only known each other for a year, but our bond is strong. It’s that bond that makes it hard to know my true feelings. While I think I am ready for the ceremony, I wonder if I really love him like I loved Kyle, my ex- boyfriend who was murdered.

But none of my feelings matter. In order to rule Emréiana, I must go through with the bonding ceremony. If I don’t, then I risk losing the right as heir and I’ll have no power in the war against the Bremoir. Nobody wants them defeated more than me.





Author Bio-



Kristen was born in Alabama in 1991 and still resides there today. She has been writing since the 6th grade. However, she did not begin to write fiction until she was 15. In 2009, Kristen had an idea that would spark the concept for Gemini of Emréiana that she would later write in 2011. During that time, she met her husband. They married in August of 2012. When Kristen is not writing, she spends time watching Korean Drama's or creating SIM's 3 stories. Kristen continues to write the next novels to the Gemini Trilogy. She also plans to release a new series later on in the year.

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Wandering Blog Tour with Author Heather Sutherlin

Book Info-
Title- Wandering
Series- Wanderer Series Book # 2
By- Heather Sutherlin
Expected Publication Date- June 25th

Blurb-

When you’ve travelled between worlds, there’s nowhere left to go but home.

Rory has never been so cold in her life. But the biting wind only reminds her of another pain that grows more intense with each passing day. Each night Jaron’s beautiful voice sings in her dreams, and each day her footsteps draw her closer to his side. Danger and intrigue at every turn, no distance is too far when you’re returning for true love.

Rin has spent the last five years searching for Rory across two worlds. Now a series of visions have him convinced he’s growing closer to finding her. But when Rory slips through another portal, taking his visions with her, he finds himself back at square one. To find her now he’ll need the help of an old friend and a little otherworldly magic.  This time he intends to bring The Wanderer home for good.

Excerpt


Sometimes I think I've seen her face more times than my own.

 Tonight she stands on top of a snow- covered mountain with the wind in her hair.  Her eyes crinkle at the corners as she squints into the distance. She shifts her stance, leaning, her body reaching forward and I can almost feel the racing of her heart as the wind billows around her, lifting her cloak and whipping her hair into her eyes. It reminds her of something she once felt, something powerful.  Blood pounds in my ears and for a moment we are connected, The Wanderer and I. Her pain, her longing, they choke me. She holds her breath as the wind grows stronger. It pushes against her so that her footing slips. I want to shout to her, warn her that she might fall, but I can almost hear her thoughts. She hopes it will carry her away. To bring her back.  

The wind whips around her, swirling ice and snow at her feet and she begins to cry. Her tears freeze as they slide down her cheeks.  She doesn’t cry from fear or pain.  Not even the bitter, endless cold could cause her tears.  No, she cries because it is only the wind.

 I woke up, panting, covered in sweat.  Turning over, I clenched my eyes shut in a desperate attempt to bring the images back into focus. 

“It’s no use,” I groaned.  I knew it wouldn't work.  It never did.  She was gone.  That one little
glimpse was all I would get –for now.

The visions began the very day we returned home from Rutahn, the world beyond the portal. I fell
asleep on my aunt’s couch and probably hadn’t even started snoring when her face filled my mind. She was lying in the corner of a little hut, bundled in blankets and furs. I remember how she shivered, like she was trying to shake off her own skin. Her cheeks were flushed a bright red and she gasped for air, tossing in her makeshift little bed. An arm with skin the color of caramel reached toward her and wiped her face with a wet cloth. That’s when I realized she was sick. I woke up in a panic, my heart racing.

I had fallen asleep afraid she might be dead and now instead of feeling relieved that she was alive, I was more afraid than ever. We still didn’t know where Rory was, but now I knew she was very sick. I worried incessantly about her after that. I dreamed of her nearly every night, gathering bits and pieces of information, clues as to where she might be.  After that, the dreams gradually increased in frequency, and then grew more intense.  Now, instead of just seeing Rory, I could feel a little of her thoughts, her emotions.  Most of the time it was a relief.  I saw her safe. I watched her grow strong again. I even saw her smile once or twice. 

Then, there were nights like this one.  Nights where I could sense her terror, her despair, the aching loneliness or desperate longing for those she had lost. I would lie there helpless, watching her cry deep, heart wrenching sobs and I would wake up with my pillow wet, my face covered in sympathetic tears.

Those were the nights that weighed on me.  Visions like this one often forced me out of bed and back into my research. It was impossible to sleep knowing she was out there somewhere in pain and longing to find a way home. That’s why I keep searching. For five endless years I’ve searched and I’ll keep searching until I find her and bring the Wanderer home.


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Book Info-
Title- Seen
Series-  Wanderer Series Book # 1

By- Heather Sutherlin

Publication Date- January 9th, 2013


Blurb-


Rory has no idea what’s going on in the woods behind her house, but it’s driving her crazy. On the last day of her senior year she finds herself caught up once again in the curious happenings of the forest and walks away without any of the answers she was hoping to find. To make matters worse, she is sent to visit a sick neighbor and instead finds the hottest guy she’s ever seen. When she discovers his brother’s incredible secret she falls further into her own chaos and into a fate she never could have imagined.


Jaron is just counting the days until the summer is over and he can get back to his real life. Stuck with his little brother on a tiny farm in  

rural Oklahoma is not exactly his idea of fun. But when Rory shows up on his doorstep with an armload of pie, he knows his summer has just taken a sharp turn into new territory. He never expected the adventure they would discover next or the quest that would change their lives forever.


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About the Author-



Heather Sutherlin lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children.  She loves all things creative and enjoys the worlds she dreams up, longing to live the adventure alongside her characters. When she’s not at her writing desk, she is busy exploring and learning with her children or cooking big elaborate meals in the kitchen with her husband. You can see more of Heather at her website, HeatherSutherlin.com .

1999 – B.A. in Elementary Education from Harding University
2011 - 1st Place White County Creative Writers’ Conference First Chapter Contest
2012 – Debut novel, A Light in the Darkness, is released along with its sequel, To Light the Path.
2013 – Seen and Wandering, two books in a new YA fantasy series, will be released in the spring.
President - Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas
Featured Author – Arkansas Literary Festival


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Website-  HeatherSutherlin.com

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Book Review for Or Forever Hold your Peace By Heather Muzik



 Or Forever Hold your Peace
              By Heather Muzik              
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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle/paperback
Published:Heather Muzik
Source:Purchased Gene:Contemporary

About Book

Does loyalty trump everything?
When friends reunite in Atlantic City for the tenth wedding anniversary of two of their own, the summer sun isn’t the only thing that’s heated. Old perceptions die hard, and after a separation and almost-divorce, not everyone feels this is a marriage worth celebrating.
Over the course of one long weekend, friendships, relationships, and marriages are tested as secrets begin to surface…. In the end, these friends will have to face the truth about themselves and each other… or forever hold their peace.




My Thoughts

This book starts out about a group of friends, or couples, all making the trek to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of two of their friends. You go through each character in this group, how each one see’s themselves and what they really think about the couple in question and others in the group. Right away I connect with Sistle and her ex husband Grant as well as Ben and Tina, out of the entire bunch I seemed to like them the most and silently was rooting them on throughout this adventure.
As each character is described by themselves, their lives at that moment, you find your head shaking, or scratching your chin in wonder and often laughing out loud at what is going through their minds as they get ready. I personally laughed more at the men throughout this book, like when Jake is describing his sex life with his wife, or lack there of, after the birth of their daughter Olivia stating ‘his wife is closed for entire seasons at a time.’ LOL poor guy.
I honestly laughed so hard at how each person truly disliked the couple whose anniversary they were attending, for one reason or another, but wouldn’t ever think of saying it out loud. So for one reason or another they decided to attend this farce. I wondered what Linda and Mark would think if they both knew how everyone felt. I had a feeling this weekend get away was going to blow up into a full blown tropical storm and boy was I right – this was full force category 5 for sure.
This is one really messed up group of friends. Everyone keeping how they really feel just under the surface, on a low boil just waiting to flow over. Each one had issues with one another and as the weekend unfolds, and a new girl is unfortunately brought into the mix, things start to come out, the tight thread beings to unravel and oh lord the roller coaster ride from it is truly amazing.
I have never laughed so hard or so much reading a book as I did in this one. The drama is truly eye opening and outrageously funny. The underlying issues everyone has with someone else in the group, the secrets, the lies, the couple fights, the make ups, the total misunderstandings, all of it. Made for a perfect read.
My heart went out to Sistle when her ex showed up with Regina “GENIE” ROFL, and poor Tina when she falls victim to a rumor started by snarky Regina. Oh I so didn’t like her and the whole time I kept hoping someone, one of the girls in the group would just put that snotty under aged little twit in her place. The men all they could do was ogle her goods ROFL typical men.
This is a great story, a truly awesome read. I couldn’t put it down, I just fell right in and had to get the next dish in this 12 course meal – I can not wait to read more by this author.