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[Archive] Spotlight, Review Interview and Giveaway with Houston Havens_7.30.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/30/14

Spotlight, Review, Interview and Giveaway

with…

Houston Havens

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[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway for the authors of Masters of Seduction_7.27.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/27/14

Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

for…

Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy

and

Masters of Seduction

Posted 3 days ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Past Release Review, Excerpt, Giveaway and CMC15 Promo for S.J Harper_7.25.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/25/14

Series Spotlight, Past Release Review, Excerpt, Giveaway and Coastal Magic Convention Promo

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S.J. Harper

Posted 4 days ago

[Archive] Backlist Spotlight, Reviews, Interview, Giveaway and CMC15 Promo with Brynn Myers_7.24.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/24/14

Backlist Spotlight, Reviews, Interview, Giveaway and Coastal Magic Convention Promo

with…

Brynn Myers

Posted 6 days ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway for Keri Arthur_7.22.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/22/14

Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

for…

Keri Arthur and Fireborn

Hello everyone!!

I am SOOOO thrilled to be back promoting for the wonderful Keri Arthur again today, this time to tell you all about her new series, SOULS OF FIRE and its debut novel, Fireborn.

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-eight novels. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

Her other incredible releases include books in the RIPPLE CREEK WEREWOLF, NIKKI AND MICHAEL, MYTH AND MAGIC, DAMASK CIRCLE, SPOOK SQUAD, HARRI PHILLECKI, PI and DARK ANGELS series.

Connect with Keri online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

If you’re not familiar with Keri’s work, I HIGHLY recommend everything she has written. Keri’s books are an auto-buy for me, even without reading the synopses because I know that I will enjoy them no matter what they’re about. Keri has an incredible voice, and knows how to write an incredible Urban Fantasy Romance.

For today though, let me tell you all about Fireborn…

Fireborn
SOULS OF FIRE Book #1

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From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:
—Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Fireborn kicks off a new UF series for the wonderful Keri Arthur, and it was so very Keri. :) What do I mean by that? If you’re a diehard fan of Keri’s series like I am, you’ll find another strong, independent heroine that needs sex to survive, romance partners that aren’t quite fated to be but work so very well, action aplenty, plot twists that surprise, world building that shows incredible promise to grow, and a character cast that you can’t help but love.

But while Fireborn had all of the things that I adore in a Keri Arthur book, it also had a new and interesting mythos - the Phoenix - which are cursed, an apocalyptic-type conflict in the form of a immortality virus gone horribly wrong, numerous ‘big bads’ that are exciting in their own right, and some surprises that are right there for the taking but never quite revealed. Yet. ;-)

I am really excited to see where Keri takes this series, and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

I would definitely recommend this book for ALL Keri Arthur fans and urban fantasy fans that like their story arcs broad and building, their heroines feisty and strong, a bit of conflict in the love department, and plenty of action and intrigue.

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EXCERPT from Keri Arthur’s Fireborn:
*As featured in RT Magazine

All of us dream.

Some of us even have pleasant dreams.

My dreams might have been few and far between, but they were never, ever pleasant. But worse than that, they always came true.
Over the course of my many lifetimes, I’d tried to interfere, to alter fate’s path and prevent the death I’d seen, but I’d learned the hard way that there were often serious consequences for both the victim and myself.
Which was why the flesh down my spine was twisted and marred. I’d pulled a kid from a burning car, saving her life but leaving us both disfigured. Fire may be mine to control and devour, but there’d been too many witnesses and I’d dared not use my powers. It had taken me months to heal, and I’d sworn—yet again—to stop interfering and simply let fate take her natural course. But here I was, out on the streets in the cold, dead hours of the night, trying to keep warm as I waited in the shadows for the man who was slated to die this night.
Because he wasn’t just a man. He was the man I’d once loved.
I shifted my weight from one foot to the other and tried to keep warm in the confines of the abandoned factory’s doorway. Why anyone would even come out by choice on a night like this was beyond me. Melbourne was a great city, but her winters could be hell, and right now it was cold enough to freeze the balls off a mutt—not that there were any mutts about at this particular hour. They apparently had more sense.
The breeze whisked around the parts of my face not protected by my scarf, freezing my skin and making it feel like I was breathing ice.
Of course, I did have other ways to keep warm. I was a phoenix—a spirit born from the ashes of flame—and fire was both my heritage and my soul. But even if I couldn’t sense anyone close by, I was reluctant to flame. Vampires and werewolves might have outed themselves during the peak of Hollywood’s love affair with all things paranormal, but the rest of us preferred to remain hidden. Humanity on the whole might have taken the existence of weres and vamps better than any of us had expected, but there were still far too many who believed nonhumans provided an unacceptable risk to their existence. Even on crappy nights like this, it wasn’t unusual to have hunting parties roaming the streets, looking for easy paranormal targets. While my kind rarely provided any sort of threat, I wasn’t human, and that made me as much a target for their hate as vamps and weres.
Even the man who’d once claimed to love me was not immune to such hate.
Pain stirred, distant and ghostly, but never, ever forgotten, no matter how hard I tried. Samuel Turner had made it all too clear what he thought of my “type.” Five years might have passed, but I doubted time would have changed his view that the only good monster was a dead one.
And yet here I was, attempting to save his stupid ass.
The roar of a car engine rode across the silence. For a moment the dream raised its head, and I saw again the flashes of metal out of the car window, the red-cloaked faces, the blood and brain matter dripping down brick as Sam’s lifeless body slumped to the wet pavement. My stomach heaved and I closed my eyes, sucking in air and fighting the feeling of inevitability.
Death would not claim his soul tonight.
I wouldn’t let her.
Against the distant roar of that engine came the sound of steady steps from the left of the intersection up ahead. He was walking toward the corner and the death that awaited him there.
I stepped out of the shadows. The glow of the streetlights did little to break up the night, leaving the surrounding buildings to darkness and imagination. The ever-growing rumble of the car approaching from the right didn’t quite drown out the steady sound of footsteps, but perhaps it only seemed that way because I was so attuned to it. To what was about to happen.
I walked forward, avoiding the puddles of light and keeping to the darker shadows. The air was thick with the growing sense of doom and the rising ice of hell.
Death waited on the other side of the street, her dark rags billowing and her face impassive.
The growling of the car’s engine swept closer. Lights broke across the darkness, the twin beams of brightness spotlighting the graffiti that colored an otherwise bleak and unforgiving cityscape.
This area of Brooklyn was Melbourne’s dirty little secret, one definitely not mentioned in the flashy advertising that hailed the city as the “it” holiday destination. It was a mix of heavy industrial and run-down tenements, and it housed the underbelly of society—the dregs, the forgotten, the dangerous. Over the past few years, it had become so bad that the wise avoided it and the newspapers had given up reporting about it. Hell, even the cops feared to tread the streets alone here. These days they did little more than patrol the perimeter in a vague attempt to stop the violence from spilling over into neighboring areas.
So why the hell was Sam right here in the middle of Brooklyn’s dark heart?
I had no idea and, right now, with Death so close, it hardly mattered.
I neared the fatal intersection and time slowed to a crawl. A deadly, dangerous crawl.
The Commodore’s black nose eased into the intersection from the right. Windows slid down smoothly, and the long black barrels of the rifles I’d seen in my dream appeared. Behind them, half-hidden in the darkness of the car’s interior, red hoods billowed.
Be fast, my inner voice whispered, or die.
Death stepped forward, eager to claim her soul. I took a deep, shuddering breath and flexed my fingers.

Sam appeared past the end of the building and stepped toward the place of his death. The air recoiled as the bullets were fired. There was no sound. Silencers.
I lunged forward, grabbed his arm, and yanked him hard enough sideways to unbalance us both. Something sliced across my upper arm, and pain flared as I hit the pavement. My breath whooshed loudly from my lungs, but it didn’t cover the sound of the unworldly scream of anger. Knowing what was coming, I desperately twisted around, flames erupting from my fingertips. They met the sweeping, icy scythe of Death, melting it before it could reach my flesh. Then they melted her, sending her back to the frigid realms of hell.
The car screeched to a halt farther down the street, the sound echoing sharply across the darkness. I scrambled to my feet. The danger wasn’t over yet. He could still die, and we needed to get out of here—fast. I spun, only to find myself facing a gun.
“What the—” Blue eyes met mine and recognition flashed. “Red! What the fuck are you doing here?”
There was no warmth in his voice, despite the use of my nickname.
“In case it has escaped your notice,” I snapped, trying to concentrate on the danger and the need to be gone rather than on how good he damn well looked, “someone just tried to blow your brains out—although it is debatable whether you actually have brains. Now move, because they haven’t finished yet.”
He opened his mouth, as ready as ever to argue, then glanced past me. The weapon shifted fractionally, and he pulled the trigger. As the bullet burned past my ear, I twisted around. A red-cloaked body lay on the ground five feet away, the hood no longer covering his features. His face was gaunt, emaciated, and there was a thick black scar on his right cheek that ended in a hook. It looked like Death’s scythe.
The footsteps coming toward us at rapid speed said there were another four to deal with. Sam’s hand clamped my wrist; then he was pulling me forward.
“We won’t outrun them,” I said, even as we tried to do just that.
“I know.” Sam’s voice was grim. Dark.
Sexy.
I batted the thought away and risked another glance over my shoulder. They’d rounded the corner and were now so close I could see their gaunt features, their scars, and the red of their eyes.
Fear shuddered through me. Whatever these things were, they weren’t human.
“We need somewhere to hide.” I scanned the buildings around us somewhat desperately. Broken windows, shattered brickwork, and rot abounded. Nothing offered the sort of fortress we so desperately needed right now.
“I know.” He yanked me to the right, just about pulling my arm out of the socket in the process. We pounded down a small lane that smelled of piss and decay, our footsteps echoing across the night. It was a sound that spoke of desperation.
The red cloaks were quiet. Eerily quiet.
A metal door appeared out of the shadows. Sam paused long enough to fling it open, then thrust me inside and followed, slamming the door shut and then shoving home several thick bolts.
Just in time.
Something hit the other side of the door, the force of it enough to dent the metal and make me jump back in fright. Fire flicked across my fingertips, an instinctive reaction I quickly doused as Sam turned around.
“That won’t help.” His voice was grim, but it still held echoes of the distaste that had dominated his tone all those years ago. “We need to get upstairs. Now,” he added, as the door shuddered under another impact.
He brushed past me and disappeared into the gloom of the cavernous building. I unraveled the scarf from around my face and hastily followed. “What the hell are those things? And why do they want to kill you?”
“Long story.” He reached a grimy set of stairs and took them two at a time. The metal groaned under his weight, but the sound was smothered by another hit to the door. This time, something broke.
“Hurry,” he added rather unnecessarily.
I galloped after him, my feet barely even hitting the metal. We ran down a corridor, stirring the dust that clung to everything until the air was thick and difficult to breathe. From downstairs came a metallic crash—the door coming off its hinges and smashing to the concrete.
They were in. They were coming.
Fear leapt up my throat, and this time the flames that danced across my fingertips would not be quenched. The red-gold flickers lit the darkness, lending the decay and dirt that surrounded us an odd sort of warmth.
Sam went through another doorway and hit a switch on the way through. Light flooded the space, revealing a long, rectangular room. In the left corner, as far away from the door as possible, was a rudimentary living area. Hanging from the ceiling on thick, metal cables was a ring of lights that bathed the space in surreal, violet light.
“Don’t tell me you live here,” I said as I followed Sam across the room.
He snorted. “No. This is merely a safe house. One of five we have in this area.”
The problems in this area were obviously far worse than anyone was admitting if cops now needed safe houses. Or maybe it was simply a development linked to the appearance of the red cloaks. Certainly I hadn’t come across anything like them before, and I’d been around for centuries. “Will the UV lighting stop those things?”
He glanced at me. “You can see that?”
“Yes.” I said it tartly, my gaze on his, searching for the distaste and the hate. Seeing neither. “I’m not human, remember?”
He grunted and looked away. Hurt stirred again, the embers refusing to die, even five years down the track.
“UV stops them.” He paused, then added, “Most of the time.”
“Oh, that’s a comfort,” I muttered, the flames across my fingers dousing as I thrust a hand through my hair. “What the hell are they, then? Vampires? They’re the only nonhumans I can think of affected by UV.”
And they certainly hadn’t looked like vampires. Most vamps tended to look and act human, except for the necessity to drink blood and avoid sunlight. None that I’d met had red eyes or weird scars on their cheeks—not even the psycho ones who killed for the pure pleasure of it.
“They’re a type of vampire.”
He pulled out a rack filled with crossbows, shotguns, and machine pistols from under the bed, then waved a hand toward it, silently offering me one of the weapons. I hesitated, then shook my head. I had my own weapon, and it was more powerful than any bullet.
“You’ll regret it.”
But he shrugged and began to load shells into a pump-action shotgun. There was little other sound. The red cloaks might be on their way up, but they remained eerily quiet.
I rubbed my arms, felt the sticky warmth, and glanced down. The red cloak’s bullet had done little more than wing me, but it bled profusely. If they were a type of vampire, then the wound—or rather the blood—would call to them.
“That blood might call to more than just those red cloaks,” he added, obviously noticing my actions. “There’re some bandages in the drawer of the table holding the coffeepot. Use them.”
I walked over to the drawer. “I doubt there’s anything worse than those red cloaks out on the streets at the moment.”
He glanced at me, expression unreadable. “Then you’d be wrong.”
I frowned, but opened the drawer and found a tube of antiseptic along with the bandages. As medical kits went, it was pretty basic, but I guess it was better than nothing. I applied both, then moved to stand in the middle of the UV circle, close enough to Sam that his aftershave—a rich mix of woody, earthy scents and musk—teased my nostrils and stirred memories to life. I thrust them away and crossed my arms.
“How can these things be a type of vampire?” I asked, voice a little sharper than necessary. “Either you are or you aren’t. There’s not really an in-between state, unless you’re in the process of turning from human to vamp.”
And those things in the cloaks were neither dead nor turning.
“It’s a long story,” he said. “And one I’d rather not go into right now.”
“Then at least tell me what they’re called.”
“We’ve nicknamed them red cloaks. What they call themselves is anyone’s guess.” His shoulder brushed mine as he turned, and a tremor ran down my body. I hadn’t felt this man’s touch for five years, but my senses remembered it. Remembered the joy it had once given me.
“So why are they after you?”
His short, sharp laugh sent a shiver down my spine. It was the sound of a man who’d seen too much, been through too much, and it made me wonder just what the hell had happened to him in the last five years.
“They hunt me because I’ve vowed to kill as many of the bastards as I can.”
The chance to ask any more questions was temporarily cut off as the red cloaks ran through the door. They were so damn fast that they were halfway across the room before Sam could even get a shot off. I took a step back, my fingers aflame, the yellow-white light flaring oddly against the violet.
The front one ran at Sam with outstretched fingers, revealing nails that were grotesque talons ready to rip and tear. The red cloak hit the UV light, and instantly his skin began to blacken and burn. The stench was horrific, clogging the air and making my stomach churn, but he didn’t seem to notice, let alone care. He just kept on running.
The others were close behind.
Sam fired. The bullet hit the center of the first red cloak’s forehead, and the back of his head exploded, spraying those behind him with flesh and bone and brain matter.
He fell. The others leapt over him, their skin aflame and not caring one damn bit.
Which was obviously why Sam had said my own flame wouldn’t help.
He fired again. Another red cloak went down. He tried to fire a third time, but the creature was too close, too fast. It battered him aside and kept on running
It wanted me, not Sam. As I’d feared, the blood was calling to them.
I backpedaled fast, raised my hands, and released my fire. A maelstrom of heat rose before me, hitting the creature hard, briefly halting his progress and adding to the flames already consuming him.
My backside hit wood. The table. As the creature pushed through the flames, I scrambled over the top of it, then thrust it into the creature’s gut. He screamed, the sound one of frustration rather than pain, and clawed at the air, trying to strike me with arms that dripped flames and flesh onto the surface of the table.
The wooden table.
As another shot boomed across the stinking, burning darkness, I lunged for the nearest table leg. I gripped it tight, then heaved with all my might. I might be only five foot four, but I wasn’t human and I had a whole lot of strength behind me. The leg sheared free—and just in time.
The creature leapt at me. I twisted around and swung the leg with all my might. It smashed into the creature’s head, caving in its side and battering him back across the table.
A final gunshot rang out, and the rest of the creature’s head went spraying across the darkness. His body hit the concrete with a splat and slid past the glow of the UV, burning brightly in the deeper shadows crowding the room beyond.

I scrambled upright and held the leg at the ready. But there were no more fiery forms left to fight. We were safe.

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Make sure to check out the rest of the Fireborn Tour for Reviews, Interviews, and more:

6/23 - SciFi Chick
6/24 - I Smell Sheep
6/25 - On Starships and Dragonwings
6/26 - Manga Maniac Cafe
6/27 - Fang-Tastic Books
6/30 - Tynga’s Reviews
7/1 - Ramblings From This Chick
7/2 - Urban Fantasy Investigations
7/3 - A Book Obsession
7/4 - Rabid Reads
7/7 - Wicked ‘Lil Pixie
7/8 - A Great Read
7/9 - My Bookish Ways
7/10 - Supernatural Snark
7/11 - Not Yet Read
7/14 - HEAs Are Us
7/15 - Live to Read
7/16 - The Book Pushers
7/17 - Paranormal Book Club
7/18 - Awesomesauce Book Club
7/21 - Nyx Book Reviews
7/22 - LITERAL ADDICTION
7/23 - Supernatural Snark

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CONTEST:
Would you like to win a copy of Fireborn? You can! We’re offering up a print copy to US Residents or an eBook copy from either Amazon or B&N to International Residents.
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget for the Event on our Book Blasts & More page during the Event period, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
Good luck, and as always…. HAPPY READING!

Posted 1 week ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway for Rachel Firasek_7.21.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/21/14

Series Spotlight, Review and Giveaway

for…

Rachel Firasek

Hello my lovelies, I’m back and ready to share some new book goodness with you all!

To start things off, I’m very happy to be promoting for the wonderful Rachel Firasek again today!

Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.

She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart!

Connect with Rachel at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Rachel is the proud creator of the CURSE OF THE PHOENIX, TEARS OF SIN, and PASSION OF THE SOUL series, as well as some great single titles.

I’m here today to help promote and celebrate her awesome CURSE OF THE PHOENIX series and it’s new bundle!

For those of you new to Rachel’s work, I highly suggest you check out her entire backlist, but for today, let me tell you all about the CURSE OF THE PHOENIX series…

Curse of the Phoenix Bundle
CURSE OF THE PHOENIX Series books #1-#3

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Book One: The Last Rising

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Book Two: The Last Awakening

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris gifts the phoenix her mortality and long-gone voodoo magic with a warning that she must save her next soul within a week without using magic, or she’ll lose her power forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him. Confronted by a waif of a woman who forces him to face the truth about his past, he runs fast and hard, fighting the need to prove himself worthy despite his perceived failures.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, the weak will find strength and the strong will fall. One will have to give up everything so the other can have peace, but will love’s magic withstand the loss?

Book Three: The Last Beginning

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.

Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:

This was a very enjoyable, quick read bundle. I actually read them as standalones, but back-to-back-to-back, and while they can be read out of order, reading them together and in order as they are presented in this Bundle would be my suggested way to enjoy them. :)

Curse of the Phoenix is a collection of three stories about strong, independent, beautiful women that have been made into Phoenix by the god Osiris and charged with saving destined souls by taking their place in death, while atoning for sins made in their previous lives. The world building was intricate and complex, yet beautifully crafted with deep, multi-faceted characters. The individual tales were slightly dark, but flowed with a wonderful tempo and ended with the HEA that we all long for in good paranormal romances.

Each book centered around one of the Phoenix, starting with Ice, followed by Arabella and Sadie, yet each was part of the others story and brought the entire bundle together.

There was a bit of an underlying ‘message’ in each book, as well. I felt that book 1 was full of hope, book 2 was all about forgiving yourself and book 3 showcased how opposites sometimes are the best partnerships. The dialogue was utterly intriguing and I loved the witty banter, the action - while not quite as in your face as urban fantasy - was perfect for the tales as they were told, and there was just enough intrigue to keep you guessing a bit.

Overall I really enjoyed the Curse of the Phoenix bundle. Book #2 was my favorite of the 3, but all of them kept me engaged and wanting more. I most definitely recommend this bundle if you’re looking for an engaging quick read that will allow you to get lost in fantasy if only for just a bit. :)
Sound awesome don’t they!? They are, and I’ve heard from several other Literal Addicts that they thoroughly enjoyed them, as well. Make sure to check them out along with the rest of Rachel’s books!

CONTEST:
In celebration of the bundle, I’m offering up a gifted copy to a lucky winner from either Amazon or B&N.

To enter, share about the bundle and/or Rachel wherever you like to share your book love - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc - and then come back HERE and let me know where you shared, along with the URL to your post (if possible) and your email address.

I’ll pick a random winner at the end of the Event period.

Good luck, and as always…. HAPPY READING!!

Posted 1 week ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Reviews, Interview and Giveaway with Regina Morris_7.21.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/21/14

Series Spotlight, Reviews, Interview and Giveaway

with…

Regina Morris

Hello my Literal Addicts! I’m baaack…. :)

And LITERAL ADDICTION is super thrilled to have the wonderful Regina Morris with us today to celebrate!

Regina Morris is the author of the humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. She loves paranormal romances featuring vampires, but her personal taste is light-hearted and humorous – not horrific and gory. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. She enjoys meeting with her monthly critique writing groups and meeting other writers in the Austin area through the WLT events.

She has lived in many different parts of the world. She graduated high school in Germany and she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a degree in computer science with a minor in math.

Besides writing, she is an amateur portrait and sports photographer. After enjoying a career in the software engineering business, she discovered that writing was in her blood, and had to put pen to paper!

Please connect with Regina Morris through various social medias which are listed on her personal author website http://www.reginamorris.com.

Regina is the creator of THE COLONY series.

For those of you not yet familiar with Regina’s work, here is some information to get you caught up on THE COLONY:

THE COLONY Series…

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some however want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

Eternal Service
THE COLONY #1

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When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?
Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human? Together, can they save the President?

—> Read an Eternal Service 1 page teaser HERE!!

United Service
THE COLONY #2

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Sterling, a half-breed vampire who works with a covert team of vampires to protect the President of the United States, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it.
His unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects has Sterling spending much of his lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling’s world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate, and he wonders if she’d ever consider loving a half-breed.
Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated - but has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Will she be willing to trust Sterling with her dark personal secret? Could she be able to open her heart to a bad-boy who’s never known true love before?
Together, can they save the children and find true love?

—> Read an United Service 1 page teaser HERE!!!

Enduring Service
THE COLONY #3

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Colony Agent Sulie Metcalf, the President’s private physician, has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years. She refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her feelings are unrequited by her human boss, Jonathan Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memories of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life are about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it’s too late?
Dixon has decided to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When Sulie is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?

Williams’s Tale
THE COLONY #3.5

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Fifteen years ago, Colony Agent William Wardell met his future wife Jackie Pearlman. She’s sexy, opinionated, and finds him to be a mockery of the American dream of equality for all. Can a past Freedom Rider and racial activist from the 1960s, now turned vampire, prove to the love of his life that he’s not a political puppet?

Reliant Service
THE COLONY #4

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COMING THIS FALL (2014)!

Vampire COLONY agent, Daniel Brighton, undergoes an identity crisis after being publicly shot while saving the President of the United States. After his fake funeral and altering his appearance, Daniel reluctantly accepts a sabbatical from his team to chaperone a young pop-star on a tour across Europe. She’s a struggling artist who knows nothing about the supernatural. Daniel realizes she is an undeveloped half-breed vampire and latent witch, with a dark past leading directly back to the presidential vampire team that can shake it to its very core.

*My first impression thoughts after reading…
My favorite of the series thus far. A totally different feel but with the same things that make Regina’s COLONY series so unique and captivating, some pretty serious drama, plenty of light-hearted moments, and a great HEA.
—Full review to come

They sound great, don’t they!? Make sure to check the available ones out and keep your eyes open for the new releases, as well.
For the rest of today, let’s see what Regina had to say when I sat down to chat with her…

INTERVIEW:

LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Regina! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us. I’m so happy to have you here today!

LITERAL ADDICTION: I always start by getting to know our guest V.I.P author a little bit better…

1) Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the internet?

REGINA:
1. My first job was as a bagger at a military department store overseas in Germany. I worked for $2/hour. I was twelve years old at the time.
2. I will never own a fur coat.
3. I have tendonitis in my ankles and some days it’s hard for me to walk.

2) What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to make you angry?

REGINA:
Smile – 1) Watching my dogs play together, 2) Visiting my Dad.
Angry – 1) Animal cruelty. 2) Someone who is untrained at their job, or just doesn’t care about doing a good job

3) When did you start writing? Can you share with us a bit about your first experience trying to get a manuscript out there?

REGINA: I started almost five years ago. An idea for a paranormal world came to me and I had to write the COLONY series of novels. I took several writing classes from the Writers’ League of Texas to find out how to write/edit/polish a manuscript. One of the instructors suggested I self-publish.

4) Was there anyone (or anything) that was directly involved with your drive to become an author?

REGINA: The drive came within me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I want to write the best novels I can.

5) If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – whom would you want to spend it with, and what would you want to do?

REGINA: My mother. She passed away just before I graduated college. I’d like to fill her in on how my life has been.

6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or a specific routine you must follow to begin your writing process?

REGINA: I write on the couch with my computer on a desk pillow. Before I start writing I have to take off my glasses and get mauled by my two puppies for kisses. I then wipe off their saliva from my face, put my glasses back on, and begin writing.

7) If we were to hop in your car or pick up your MP3 player and turn it on, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear?

REGINA: Right now it’d be a book recording of a novel from Sherrilyn Kenyon.

8) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the COLONY series?

REGINA: The series, no. The characters? Yes. Each one has specific attributes of me within them.

9) How many books do you ultimately have planned for the series?

REGINA: Well over twenty.

10) What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most (love, action, dialogue, etc) and why?

REGINA: I like writing what I call the “puzzle pieces.” I like mentioning something early in the novel and then having whatever it was realized later in the book. I also like putting hooks into a book and having the resolution of it in another book. For example, in novel #3 (Enduring Service) reference is made to how the character Jackie first sees the vampires feed themselves. You do not actually see that scene until a novella featuring her as the heroine (book #3.5 “William’s Tale). If you never read “William’s Tale” you do not lose any value from “Enduring Service.” But, if you read “William’s Tale” you get more out of the scene because you were told about it ahead of time. I hope that makes sense.

11) What was the most challenging thing about creating the series?

REGINA: Having enough time to write all the books I want to write.

12) Has there been a specific moment in your career thus far that you are particularly proud of?

REGINA: I spoke at the Writers League of Texas in February about how to write romance novels.

13) What’s up next for Regina Morris? Anything else in the works – or available - that you can share with us?

REGINA:
“William’s Tale” is out June 30th.
“Reliant Service” is out in September.
“Colony Christmas” is out in December.

14) Anything else coming up that you want to be sure your readers and fans know about – online events, signings, conventions, etc?

REGINA: I’ll be at the RWA convention in San Antonio next month.

15) Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

REGINA: Thank you for taking the time to read through this interview. :-)
My writing has been compared to Kerrelyn Sparks, Lynsay Sands and JR Ward, so if you enjoy their novels please try out my series. The Paranormal Romance Guild compared my suspense writing to Tom Clancy, so if you like suspense please take a look at my novels.

LITERAL ADDICTION: Regina, thank you SO much for being with us today. We really hope that we’ve turned some new readers on to your work, and we hope that people will go out, pick up, and love the COLONY novels.

CONTEST:
We’re offering up winners choice of COLONY eBook from either Amazon or B&N to a lucky winner.

To enter, share about the COLONY series and Regina wherever you love to share your book love - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc - and then come back HERE and tell me where you shared with a URL (if possible) along with your email address and desired book of the series should you win.

I’ll pick a winner at the end of the Event period and be in touch.
Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!

Posted 1 week ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Reviews, and Giveaway for Dean Koontz_7.1.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

7/1/14

Series Spotlight, Reviews, and Giveaway

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Dean Koontz, The Neighbor & The City

Hey gang,

LITERAL ADDICTION is very happy to be promoting for the amazing Dean Koontz again today!

When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date.

Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (One Door Away From Heaven, From the Corner of His Eye, Midnight, Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor,The Husband, Odd Hours, Relentless, What the Night Knows, and 77 Shadow Street), making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers in countries as diverse as Japan and Sweden.

The New York Times has called his writing “psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Koontz is, “at times lyrical without ever being naive or romantic. [He creates] a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O’Conner or Walker Percy … scary, worthwhile reading.” Rolling Stone has hailed him as “America’s most popular suspense novelist.”

Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: “I’ll support you for five years,” she said, “and if you can’t make it as a writer in that time, you’ll never make it.” By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband’s writing career.

Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Keep up with Dean online at his Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Dean is my absolute favorite author of all time behind Poe, so I highly suggest you check out his entire backlist, but for today, I’m helping promote his new novel, The City, and its prequel The Neighbor…

The Neighbor

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Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story—a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz.

The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other’s best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents’ unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:

—Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

What a great little teaser into the world of The City (coming 7/1).

In true Dean Koontz fashion, The Neighbor is a beautifully written glimpse into some of the characters and the world that will make up The City and will make the reader want the full length book immediately.

Written in first person from Malcolm’s point of view, it outlines a preternaturally charged event between him and his sister, and the neighborhood ghost. It was chilling, gripping, and emotionally charged. And honestly, it was chilling more for the fact of the evil that exists within human nature that was explored, than for the supernatural elements that were introduced.

This was a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what Dean has in store for us fans in The City. It seems like it’ll be different than anything he’s written, and I, as a diehard fan, look forward to that with each new Dean Koontz book I pick up and am amazed every single time that he can continue to do it. I always know it’s going to be a unique and precious gift from the mind of a true master. :)

The City

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Just released today - 7/1/14!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel.

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened … and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’S Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

I am a diehard Dean Koontz fan. Outside of Poe, I would read anything Dean writes - and have - and while The City was definitely not my favorite Koontz, I still felt it deep, riveting & powerful all the same… Would I have given it a 3-3.5 for a new-to-me author, maybe, but the beautiful writing style was enough to earn that extra 1/2 skull for me personally.

I actually started out this new journey by reading The Neighbor, the prequel novella to The City, and I absolutely loved it. After completion of that, I was chomping at the bit to get to The City. When I started, I was immediately reminded why I love Koontz. Everything he writes is so different, but it all has this magical lyrical quality that draws me in. The City was no different in that regard, but it was a much slower paced novel for Koontz. There were no big crashing moments, no huge surprises, but to me it still felt powerful.

Told from the POV of the character Jonah Kirk as a narrative of his youth, it is said up front that the story wouldn’t necessarily be entirely cohesive. In order to properly portray the ‘tale’ as Jonah saw it, he had to skip around. That statement was true, but I still found it compelling the way it was told. I can see some readers not liking that, however, and I think it did add to the slightly lagging pace, but I was still compelled to continue on.

As usual, Koontz’s protagonists are willful and painted with broad strokes. They’re well rounded and just special enough to make things interesting. What I sort of missed with The City was Koontz’s despicable, deplorable, and utterly hate-worthy big bads. In this case it was Jonah’s weak-willed dad, a semi-crazy yet utterly enchanting girl, an X-Files loving building super, and a professor, and while it was interesting how they all ended up playing into one another’s schemes, it just wasn’t the usual gasp-worthy antagonists I’ve grown to know and love from Koontz.

Bottom line, I enjoyed it. As a Koontz fan I’m glad I read it, and there were things that were utterly beautiful about it. Is it a Koontz like some of the others that I would read 2, 3+ times, no. Would I recommend it to first time Koontz readers, probably not. Do I think that there will be a subset of readers who will absolutely adore this book, yes. It’s not one of his fast paced, adrenaline pumped, nail-biter thrill rides, but it was, as I said, a lyrical, deep, and riveting read.


Giveaway:
Pub day giveaway for The City by Dean Koontz: One lucky reader will win signed copies of The City for their ENTIRE book club (maximum 20 copies), and Dean will give the winning book club a Facebook shout out to his 1.4 million Facebook fans! Below is the Rafflecopter giveaway code.

To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget provided by the Pub on our Book Blasts & More page during the Event, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.

Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!

Posted 4 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway for Molly Harper_6.30.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

6/30/14

Spotlight, Review, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway

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Molly Harper

Hi everyone, LITERAL ADDICTION is thrilled to have Molly Harper back with us today!

When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.

When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

Her husband worked nights and Molly was alone with their small child in the “The Apartment of Lost Souls.” A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book JANE JAMESON series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009. A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.

Molly continues stories in the Jane Jameson universe through her HALF-MOON HOLLOW series, Driving Mr. Dead, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, Undead Sublet, and A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses. Undead Sublet is a short story in The Undead in My Bed anthology. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses was released in June 2013.

Molly has been updating her popular NAKED WEREWOLF romance series in 2013. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf was originally released in February 2011, quickly followed by The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf. A third installment, How to Run With a Naked Werewolf, was released on 12/31/13.

Molly also launched her first-ever contemporary romance series, BLUEGRASS, with My Bluegrass Baby in December 2012. Rhythm and Bluegrass was subsequently released in October 2013.

Molly’s books are published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. They are available in print, as e-books and audio books at major book stores and on Amazon. Molly is a native of Kentucky. She lives in Paducah with her husband and children.

You can keep up with Molly online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

For those of you new to Molly’s work, we highly suggest that you check out her entire backlist, but for today, we’re going to spotlight her new book, Better Homes and Hauntings…

Better Homes and Hauntings

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Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha & Vivacious Valkyrie – Chelle & Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

We really enjoyed this! Light-hearted, sarcastic, and witty, with an intriguing para-mystery holding it all together, and different than the ‘normal’ paranormals out there. We really enjoyed the concept, the characters, and the plot.

A haunted house on an island, a family under a curse and a woman with a vengeful ex, now there’s a unique plot! I won’t go into too much detail as I think half the fun of this book was getting to know the characters and all their little quirks but I will say that for me Nina stood out as such a likeable heroine. She’s rebuilding her life and trying to get her gardening business on a firm footing so the idea of working on such an ambitious project is taylor made for her. Oh and obviously the fact that the owner of the island is smoking hot doesn’t hurt at all! The unfortunate thing is though that the rumours of the house being haunted might just not be rumours. There’s definitely something not quite right on the island but just how bad can it get!

Everything involved with the enjoyment of this book added up to make this a very entertaining read. While both of us did see the end coming, it was nevertheless a lovely conclusion. A haunted house and ghosts may not sound like the ideal base for a romance but this book utterly satisfies. Light and full of interesting characters we will both definitely be reading more from this author.

Sounds awesome, yes!!? Make sure to check it out.
For the rest of today, let’s see what Molly had to say when I sat down to chat with her.

INTERVIEW WITH MOLLY HARPER:

Chelle - LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Molly! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with me, especially right after a release. I’m so happy to have you here! It was so much fun with you at Coastal Magic this last year. I’m so happy I got a chance to meet you!

Molly: I had so much fun at the conference. Speed dating with bloggers was hilarious.

LITERAL ADDICTION: I always start by getting to know our guest V.I.P author a little bit better…

1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the internet?

Molly: I am a little obsessed with sushi, as in, wanting it at least twice a week. I could eat dragon rolls every day. And if I don’t get my daily recommended allowance of seaweed and rice, I get sort of cranky.
I swore off binge-watching entire seasons of TV shows when a Criminal Minds marathon convinced me that everybody was out to murder me.
(As a TV cop procedural aside, I have an oddly specific crush on Christopher Meloni, but only when he’s NOT playing Elliot Stabler.)
I started studying martial arts about a year ago. I started with Brazilian jiu jitsu and recently earned my yellow belt in karate. So I have the fighting skills of your average seven year old.

2) What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?

Molly: Always hilarious:
My husband being surprised by the spiciness of the salsa at our favorite Mexican restaurant EVERY TIME he eats it. And then watching him dab his sweaty forehead with a napkin.
My son’s choice in clothing combinations.

Pisses me off:
People who answer their cell phones during funerals.
Adults who pull those stupid “got your nose” tricks on my daughter and then seem offended when she doesn’t laugh.

3) When did you start writing? Can you share with us a bit about your first experience trying to get a manuscript out there?

Molly: When I was 22, I wrote a western historical. It was horrible. I used every terrible story cliché available. It never got representation. If there is a good and merciful high power, it will never see the light of day.
But the experience did teach me about the process of getting an agent. I learned how to use agentquery.com and how to perfect a query letter. And when I started submitting NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS for representation, I was used to receiving rejections, so it wasn’t so daunting.

4) Was there anyone (or anything) that was directly involved with your drive to become an author?

Molly: I had some wonderful English teachers in high school. In ninth grade, Mr. Werner asked us to write an introductory essay so he knew something about us as the year started. I wrote about dinner table debates with my dad. Mr. Werner loved mine and had me read it aloud to the class, which was something I’d never done before.
Mr. Werner told me I had a unique voice, like Erma Bombeck. And once I looked Erma Bombeck up in the library and realized he’d paid me a compliment, I started thinking about writing as a possible career. I’d always written stories, but it never occurred to me that I could be a writer. There weren’t many published authors from Paducah, Ky.
I read more of Bombeck’s essays and looked into degree programs that would help pursue a career as a newspaper reporter. I ended up getting a degree in print journalism and writing my own humor column for my local paper for six years.
Throughout high school, that little spark of writer’s hope was encouraged by Mr. Werner, Mr. Toy, Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs. Campbell – awesome English teachers who put up with a considerable amount of teenage smartassery to help me find my writing voice. I still live in the small town where I grew up. Every once in a while I see them, and I’m sure to thank them and tell them what a profound influence they’ve had on my life.

5) If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – whom would you want to spend it with, and what would you want to do?

Molly: I’ve made my crush on Christopher Meloni pretty clear. And never you mind what we would do.

6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or a specific routine you must follow to begin your writing process?

Molly: I have to have Perrier. Up until December 2013, I was a 5-6 Coke a day drinker. I went on a pretty serious diet and exercise program, and the first thing I gave up first was sodas. So I started drinking bubbly water like it was going out of style. And I have playlists set up for different series that I work on. For instance, I have a “vampire” playlist for my Half-Moon Hollow books, with lots of Pink and Kelly Clarkson. I have to have that music or if I’m picturing a specific actor as my hero, I’ll watch movies with that actor in them. Or at least, that’s the excuse I used to watch Tom Hardy movies over and over while writing A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES.

7) If we were to hop in your car or pick up your MP3 player and turn it on, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear?

Molly: My playlists are so random, you’d probably think I had multiple personality disorder. I’ve got everything from Enya to Eminem. I listen to a lot of ES Posthumous, Florence + The Machine, and embarrassing amount of dubstep.

8) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of Better Homes and Hauntings?

Molly: I love haunted house stories, but the reason behind the hauntings are rarely complex or scary enough to satisfy me. I wanted to write the biggest, best haunted house story I could manage, with a backstory that suited me. I hope I accomplished it.

9) I know that you have another book slated for this fall, the next in the BLUEGRASS series, can you tell us a little bit more about that?

Molly: Kelsey Wade, assistant extraordinaire to the staff at the Kentucky Commission on Tourism is known for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.
An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.
Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KCT, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?
SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS was the idea that got the series started. In January 2009, there was a huge icestorm that took out power to thousands of homes in the southeast. My cell phone was working, but the only people I could call lived outside of Kentucky, meaning my agent and editor. I was trapped in my inlaws house, sleeping on a mattress in front of their fireplace with my infant son and toddler daughter. I called my New York contacts just to stay sane and assure myself that there was a world out there with electricity and modern conveniences.
My agent, Stephany, was fascinated by my tales of cold and sleep depravation. In fact, she finds most of my stories about Kentucky bizarrely compelling. She suggested I write a contemporary series exploring the weird quirks of my home state, especially the ice storm episode. MY BLUEGRASS BABY was released in 2012, followed RHTYHM AND BLUEGRASS.

10) What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most (love, action, dialogue, etc) and why?

Molly: Dialogue. I have a strong ear for funny conversation, especially big group scenes with lots of characters. Something about the conversation bouncing between all of those people really clicks in my head. It’s so much fun.

11) What was the most challenging thing about creating Better Homes and Hauntings?

Molly: This was the first story I’ve ever written with more than one full love story. Besides Deacon and Nina, there’s a secondary love story between Deacon’s friend and an organizational expert brought in to clean and organize the house. Timing the arc of those two relationships was very challenging.

12) Has there been a specific moment in your career thus far that you are particularly proud of?

Molly: Receiving emails from people who tell me that my books helped them get through chemotherapy, grief, divorce, surgery and other ordeals. I know that my stories aren’t going to teach people any great life lessons, but I can make them laugh and forget their problems for a while. Knowing I’ve made a difference for someone makes me very happy.

13) Anything else in the works for Molly Harper outside of keeping sales going on your existing series and getting the new book into our hot little hands? Anthologies, compilations, etc…

Molly: I will be writing more Half-Moon Hollow spin-offs, including a full novel exploring the romance for Gigi started in I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS. THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE will be released next year.

14) Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers while I have you here today?

Molly: If you enjoy audiobooks, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS will be released by Audible on the same day that it is released in print and ebook.
Also, my Half-Moon Hollow Christmas short story, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, will be available in ebook on November 3, 2014.
And third book in the Bluegrass contemporary series, SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS, will be released on September 22.

LITERAL ADDICTION: Molly, thank you SO much again for being with us today. I really hope that I’ve turned some new readers on to your work, and I hope that people will go out, pick up, and love Better Homes & Hauntings!

Molly: Thanks!

But wait, there’s more! Do you want to meet Molly in person? You can! You can meet Molly, 49+ other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and tons of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opens 7/1/14 HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

CONTEST:
Want to win a copy of Better Homes and Hauntings in eBook? Share about the book wherever you like to share your book love - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, etc, and then come back HERE and tell me where you shared along with your email address for a chance to win.

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[Archive] New and Upcoming Release Spotlight, Reviews, CMC15 Promo & Giveaway for Carrie Ann Ryan_6.26.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

6/26/14

New and Upcoming Release Spotlight, Reviews, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway

for…

Carrie Ann Ryan

LITERAL ADDICTION is proud to promote for the incredible Carrie Ann Ryan once again today and help say goodbye to the Redwood Pack!

Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is a bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Feel free to stalk Carrie Ann at the following places online - Facebook, Twitter, Website, Blog, Goodreads, Amazon Author Page and Pinterest.

Carrie Ann has a lot of Series in the works (make sure you check out her entire backlist!) but today we’d like to celebrate the end of the series and tell you about the latest full length, Fighting Fate, and the upcoming novella, Loving the Omega. If you want a full series spotlight with all of the books, check our past Events with/for Carrie Ann.

THE REDWOOD PACK SERIES!!!

The Redwood Pack is a centuries old Pack of werewolves led by the Jamenson family. Throughout the ages the strongest of them – the eldest son – has led with power and dignity. They immerse themselves in their land yet integrate within society. Their secrets are held true through strength and trust.

Edward and Patrica Jamenson have six sons and one daughter. Each must find their mates and succumb to their fate. An evil shadow is coming and the Jamensons are on the front line. Will you be there to follow their journey?

There are seven books total with several extra novellas.

For all things Redwood Pack check out Carrie Ann’s Website page for her Handsome Alphas.

Interested in learning more about the characters? Check out the Redwood Pack Character Profile page.

Fighting Fate
REDWOOD PACK Book #7

JUST RELEASED 6/10/14!

*Add to your GoodReads Shelf

Buy from Amazon / B&N / ARe / Kobo / iTunes

With her blue-black hair and striking green eyes, Cailin Jamenson is the epitome of beauty and the exemplar of strength. She has fought the enforced boundaries of being the lone Jamenson daughter and Redwood Pack princess, but it is the potential future with the dark wolf in her path that threatens everything she thought she desired.

Logan Anderson’s own darkness provided the reasoning for his abandonment of his former Pack, the Talons. Now, newly accepted into the Redwood Pack, this jade-eyed wolf and all she represents could be his own undoing.

In this final installment of the Redwood Pack, unimaginable tragedy strikes, and the two wolves who have fought the longest for their independence now face the uncertainty of fate and the epic battle that could end the war… and their lives.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Bewitching Bella - Charity:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

How am I supposed to write this review, it’s like saying goodbye all over again to my beloved Redwoods, the first time being when I actually read Fighting Fate. So with tissues ready I will do my best to give this review my all.

Cailin was an ever present character throughout every novel and novella in this series. Always there fighting alongside each of her brothers with a fierce passion for her family and her pack. Never knowing where her duties lay within the pack, she has no real “gifts” like her brothers; she not only fights for a place to fit in but for her freedom from fate.

Logan has finally found a home, not one that he wants but one that makes his sister and nephew happy and that’s all he has ever wanted until he laid eyes on the Redwood Princess. Now with a renewed passion for life he is willing to lay his own down to save his new pack.

Sadly, I knew that there was going to be a devastating twist to this story with the end of this series coming near, I was prepared for it. It was needed in order for the Jamenson’s to fight till the death but even with knowing it was coming I was shaking with dread as I read word after word that broke my heart.

Each book in this series lead us closer and closer to the end and each Jamenson was instrumental in the end of the “big bad” but it’s Cailin and Logan who fulfill the prophecy and deliver the final blow and as always they did it in Jamenson fashion. With passion and love they face death and fate alongside their Pack. And I for one could not be happier with the ending.

Again I thought I was prepared for this book but I was nowhere near ready for it all to end but it did and through my tears, I couldn’t help but finally breathe a sigh of relief that even though my beloved Redwoods were all done telling their stories, they could finally live in a peace they hadn’t known for many years. And that made it all worth it.

To my beloved Carrie Ann, this may be the end (for now) of the family that rocketed your career but you have to know that as a reader I am so happy that throughout this series I was able to see you grow as a writer and you did so with beauty and grace. Thank you for sharing your Redwoods with us and allowing me to be a part of each and every book.

Loving the Omega
REDWOOD PACK Book #7.5

COMING 7/15/14!

*Add to your GoodReads Shelf

Maddox Jamenson almost lost his mate before he knew she existed, but his life is now exactly how he’d dreamed it. The war with the Centrals is over, and his family is healing one day at a time. Ellie is reveling in the simple perfection that is her life and family now, but that doesn’t mean she can shed the self-doubts and concerns that come with being a new mother, mate, and Redwood.

When a disturbance in their quiet life threatens to ruin everything they’ve fought for, Maddox and Ellie will have to learn not only to rely on each other more than ever, but find within themselves the power to forgive.
Author’s Note: This is a novella set after book 7 to give you a taste of Maddox and Ellie. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Bewitching Bella - Charity:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

This Novella was way too short and I wanted so much more but as a long time Redwood fan how could I not want more, but it did what it was suppose to, give us a taste of Maddox and Ellie and lead us into what Carrie Ann has planned for this world.

Maddox and Ellie have settled into a routine and are finding their peace after the war with the Centrals has finally ended, but their self doubt is still crippling. I love how we get a look into one of my favorite couples and how they are coping and it hurt to see that they weren’t doing as well as I had hoped but after reading further, I understood why.

When the one thing keeping them going gets “taken”, their world is on the edge of shattering all over again. BUT WAIT…..things are not always as they seem!

Carrie Ann has big plans for the world she has created within the Redwood Series and Loving the Omega just helps to open up her readers and give us a taste of the possibilities of where it can be taken.

I give Loving the Omega 4 out of 5 Stars and strongly suggest that readers immerse themselves within the Redwood Series from the beginning.

CONTEST:
In celebration of the finale of the REDWOOD PACK, I’m offering up winner’s choice of full length eBook in the series from either Amazon or B&N and some Carrie Ann Ryan swag (IF the winner is a US Resident. International winners will get their choice of full-length & novella eBooks [substitute for the swag & shipping]).

To enter share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc about the REDWOOD PACK and comment HERE with a URL to your post, your email address and your book of choice for the contest. I’ll check the posts and pick a random winner at the end of the Event.

Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!

But wait, there’s more! Do you want to meet Carrie Ann in person? You can! You can meet Carrie Ann, 49+ other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and tons of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opens 7/1/14 HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

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