Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NEW RELEASE ~ Against the Rules by Julia Black w/ Giveaway

Against the Rules

Liberty Cove, #1 
by Julia Black 
Publication Date: May 1, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Rule #1: Do not get emotionally involved with any men for the next 15 years. 
Rule #2: Do not bring any men home. 
Rule #3: Read rules 1 and 2 again because apparently they aren’t working … 

 The most important thing in Kiera Arlington’s life is Luana, her four-years-old daughter. Though Kiera feels her life is a series of mistakes and disappointments, she knows Luana isn’t one of them. And she will do anything to keep disappointments from her little girl for as long as she can. 
 After his harsh upbringing, Josh Wolfe has one rule: to make a name for himself after med school and enjoy his life–alone. No relationships, no marriage, no kids. But when he meets Kiera and Luana, everything changes. Kiera is like all the other girls he goes for–beautiful, smart–and yet it’s that glimpse of family that keeps her–and her daughter–on his mind. 
 But surrendering to their increasing desire is against Josh’s and Kiera’s rules. Unless, they can keep their hearts out of the game. 
 Oops. Too late. 

 **Graphic content and strong language (18+)



About Julia Black:

Julia is an author of sexy contemporary romance with strong heroines and even stronger heroes. She lives in a small town in the Carolinas with her husband and their two kids.

NEW RELEASE ~ Wine Not by D.L. Gallie w/ Giveaway

Wine Not

by D.L. Gallie 
The Liquor Cabinet Series #3 
Publication Date: May 7, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance 


Sarah Bryant had it all: great friends, amazing job, perfect boyfriend. Quickly everything changed; her friends suffered a horrible tragedy, she lost her job, her ever-loving boyfriend left her…for a man and kicked her out. She’s desperate and all alone, when along comes Victoria with an offer that’s too good to refuse. In a moment of desperation, she makes a deal with the devil herself. 

 Logan De Biers is a broken man; the love of his life was using him, his best friend has disappeared, and now he’s alone. Sure he has money, a lot of money, but he wants companionship without complication. By chance one night, he crosses paths with Sarah and sparks fly. Taking a risk, he reaches out and makes an agreement with the devil herself. 

Both Sarah and Logan are miserable until a chance meeting one night changes everything. Their worlds collide, sparks fly, and finally they are on the path to happiness. What they don’t count on is a hurdle named Victoria. She refuses to let her best girl go and she will do anything to keep her…even if means taking everyone down with her.


About DL Gallie

I’m from Queensland in Australia but I have lived all around the world. I’m currently living in Gladstone with my husband and two kids. I’ve been with my husband since I was 16, and even though we drive each other nuts at times, I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I got back into reading just after I had my son and with some encouragement from my husband I started to write, and now the voices won’t stop. I enjoy listening to music, drinking white wine in Summer, Red wine in Winter, beer all year round, I won’t say no to a cocktail either (specifically a margarita), reading and now writing.


STARR FALL by Kim Briggs w/ Giveaway

One Starr falls, and a killer rises
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Kim Briggs
Series: Starr Fall, Book 1
Genre: Young Adult, YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: November 4, 2016

On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.
Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.
When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.
Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.
By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.
Abandon whatever you are doing and read this book! I truly enjoyed it. It's such a quick paced book. You could easily read five or six chapters without realizing how much time has passed! The ending left me wanting more!
- Shakera Blakney, YA Insider

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Be sure to also check out Book 2 of the Starr Fall series:
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STARR LOST (Starr Fall, Book 2)
A Starr falls, and a family is found.
On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.
Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.

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"After reading Starr Fall I didn't think anything could top that at all. Then I read this book...I just loved it, and the ending was INCREDIBLE."
- Meggan Turner, Goodreads reviewer



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About Kim Briggs

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Kim Briggs once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17-year-old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017 and Starr Gone in June 2017. Her novella, Avalanche is part of the Valentine Kisses Anthology and released February 14, 2017.
When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snowdrifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.
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Written In Blood by Alex R. Carver w/ Giveaway

Written In Blood
Alex R. Carver
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller

A peaceful village torn apart by murder, mistrust, and a desire for revenge. 
When Oakhurst’s daughters begin to turn up, brutally murdered and with accusatory words carved into their skin, the residents of the small, close-knit community are unwilling to believe that one of their own might be a killer. Suspicion falls on the village’s newest resident, Zack Wild, attractive, charming, author of violent crime novels, and possessor of a dark history; he seems like the perfect suspect. As the investigation continues, the evidence against Wild mounts, but is prejudice against the newcomer affecting the judgment of Sergeant Mitchell, Constable Turner thinks so; she is determined to bring the killer to justice, no matter who it is, or what she has to do. Who will be proved right, and will they catch the killer before he can strike again?


The greeting that rose to his lips died there when he caught sight of the person on his doorstep. The first thing he saw was a pair of tanned legs, followed by a red micro mini-skirt that was only a little bigger than a belt, then a red top, cut low to show off the cleavage and so skin-tight he couldn’t help thinking that it must be at least one size too small. From the skirt and top his eyes took in the rest of the figure, which he liked very much – he could not remember the last time he saw someone in such a revealing outfit, at least not in person – before moving up to the face.
He quickly cut off his thoughts when he saw how young his visitor was. She had the body of a woman, but it was clear from her face that she was a teen, no older than sixteen. He couldn’t think why such a provocatively-dressed teen would be on his doorstep at any time, let alone at a quarter past two on a Friday afternoon, when he was sure she should be at school, and for a few moments he just stood there, staring.
“Hello,” he finally managed to say.
“You’re Zack Wild,” Lucy said excitedly, the last of her nerves gone now that she was there and she saw how he looked at her – the same way almost every other male did, regardless of their age.
“That’s right,” Zack agreed. He was still getting used to people reacting to him in that fashion, though he didn’t think he would ever become truly comfortable with the semi-fame that came with being a best-selling author. “And you are?”
“Lucy, Lucy Goulding, I’m a huge fan,” she declared breathlessly. Her nervousness might be gone, chased away by her usual confidence, but she wasn’t yet in complete control of herself – she was as attracted to Zack Wild as she suspected he was to her, and his looks were having an effect on her.
“Hello, Lucy,” Zack shook her hand briefly. “I wouldn’t have thought my books were the sort of thing a girl like you would read,” he said. He was not interested in such things, but his agent had provided him with a breakdown of his reading audience, which told him that it was mostly twenty to forty-five year olds that read his books.
“Oh I absolutely love them,” Lucy enthused. “I love them all. I’ve read everything you’ve written. I borrowed the first one from my dad, and just had to get the rest. Your true crime books are great, but I prefer your Inspector Deakins books. Would you sign them; I’ve brought them all with me.”

Author Bio:
Alex Carver has worked a number of jobs over the years, none of which provided the satisfaction he got from writing, and he has now given up the day jobs to write full-time. Primarily he writes crime fiction, reflecting his interest in the seedy underbelly of life, but science fiction and kids adventure have featured in his writing, with books in those genres on the long list of titles he is preparing for release. 



The Runes of Issalia series by Jeffrey L. Kohanek w/ Giveaway

The Buried Symbol (The Runes of Issalia #1) 
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Release Date: May 5th 2016 
Black Rose Writing

Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten...Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to an existence below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained. 

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock’s compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, becoming a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.


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A noise woke Brock, who sat up to find his clothes still damp. He rubbed the crust from his eyes and blinked to shake the cobwebs from his brain. 
Recognizing  his  surroundings,  he  remembered  the  cave  they  had found  to  escape  the  rain. Early morning light emanated from the entrance, shedding light on Tipper, who  lay asleep beside him. In the dim light, Brock noticed something near Tipper. 
He  leaned  close  to  get  a  better  look,  finding  bones  he  hadn’t noticed  in  the  dark  of  night. Near the bones, rows of four parallel lines marked the surface of the rock. His chest  constricted as he realized that something lived here, something large. 
A howl echoed in the forest outside the cave. 
Brock urgently shook Tipper. 
“What? What’s happening?” Tipper blurted, sitting up in confusion. 
“Shh.” Brock whispered. “Be quiet. There’s something out there.” 
Tipper rubbed his eyes. “Huh? What are you talking about?” 
A shadow eclipsed the  light at the  mouth of the cave.  As Brock turned toward the entrance, his breath caught in his throat. 
Against the light of the morning sky, the silhouette of a massive four-legged creature blocked the opening. Whatever it was, they were in its home and it was angry. 
A  low  growl  sounded,  its  ferocity  rumbling  in  the  small  cave.  The boys  backed  away,  and Brock stumbled  when  he collided with a boulder near the rear of the  cave. He scrambled to his feet  as  his mind  raced.  The  beast  blocked  the  only  exit.  Like  the  banshee attack  at  Glowridge Pass,  they  were  trapped  in  a  hopeless situation  with  no  way  out.  His  mind  drifted  back  to  that event and he reacted. 
Brock scooped a bone from the cave floor and began scraping a symbol on the  boulder: the same rune he had drawn on Hank. 
The creature stepped forward, and Brock noticed the beast’s eyes, glowing an angry red. The smell of wet animal filled the cave, mixing with the smell of fear from Brock and Tipper. 
Spurred  by  desperation,  Brock  closed  his  eyes  and  began pushing with  his  will.  He  felt  the same  force  as  last  time,  just  beyond himself.  Pushing  harder,  he  latched  onto  it  and  his  body grew  flush with  hot  energy.  A  storm  raged  within,  threatening  to  destroy  him. He  opened  his eyes and poured the energy  into the rune. It glowed bright red, pulsing as the  boulder  began to shake. 
Brock  backed  from  the  advancing  creature  into  the  rear  of  the cave,  against  Tipper’s cowering form. 
The boulder suddenly burst. Bits of rock pelted him, cutting hands held up to protect his face from the beast. The creature leapt back from the blast, dozens of small shards hitting its face and body. It growled in rage. Brock lowered his throbbing hand to see what had happened. 
The boulder moved toward the beast. The round headless body of the rock advanced on four legs made of stone, emitting crunching and grinding sounds with each movement. 
The  hairy  beast  attacked,  swinging  vicious  swipes  with  its  huge  paws.  Sharp  claws  scraped the  hard  surface  of  the  living  boulder  and  bounced  off  harmlessly.  The  beast  backed  away,  but the boulder continued to advance. 
The  beast  attacked  again,  with  little  result  as  the  boulder relentlessly  forced  it  backwards. Suddenly, animal was outside,  its red eyes squinting  in the pale light of pre-dawn. It  made one last swipe and then bolted. 
The  boulder  turned  the  corner  to  give  chase,  one  leg  stepping over  the  edge,  and  it disappeared.  The  rumbling  and  crunching sound  of  a  small  rockslide  followed  as  it  tumbled away. 
The cave became silent. 
“What in the blazes? Brock, what did you do?” Tipper shouted. “What was that thing? What’s happening?” 
“I don’t know!” Brock yelled back. He was breathing heavily, trying to calm himself. “I don’t know, Tipper. I had to do something, and it just came to me. I don’t know what it is.” 
“It’s like what happened with Hank. You did it again with that big rock,” Tipper said. 
“Yeah. I know,” Brock replied. “I wish I knew what it was, but I don’t.” 
Brock  grabbed  his  pack  and  headed  toward  the  entrance. “Let’s get  out  of  here  before  that thing comes back.” 
Stepping  outside  the  cave,  he  looked  down.  The  rock-thing  lay  at the  bottom  of  the outcropping,  its  legs  broken  off  with  the  pieces still  twitching.  A  shiver  went  down  Brock’s spine. 
“That’s creepy,” Tipper said. 
Nodding,  Brock  began  to  climb  down  as  the  first  rays  of  morning sun  streaked  across  the valley.

The Emblem Throne 
(The Runes of Issalia #2) 
Release Date: October 6th 2016

Journey on a magical quest to save the world... 

As they strive to become Masters within the Ministry, Brock and his friends resume their training at the Academy, an institution founded on magic, science, knowledge, law, and combat. They soon discover an expansive web of conspiracies and deceit within the Ministry, hidden behind a veil of benevolence and piety. The exposure of one of those secrets forces Brock and his friends to flee the institution with their lives in the balance. 

Joined by a fierce Tantarri warrior, the group embarks on a quest to locate a mysterious throne that has been lost for centuries. Guided by the cryptic words of an ancient prophecy, and backed by a forbidden magic that they are still learning to wield, they journey across the continent to save humanity from extinction.


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An Empire in Runes 
(The Runes of Issalia #3) 
Release Date: April 27th 2017

A Long Forgotten Magic That Might Save the World...Or Destroy It

Led by a boy named Brock, a small team of teens urgently assembles a force to confront an army of monsters, one that ravages and destroys anyone or anything in its path. 

In a race against time, Brock attempts to train a group of recruits to wield the powerful magic known as Chaos, a magic that he himself is still learning to master. All the while, they must remain vigilant against a secret organization within the Ministry that will do anything to prevent the return of Chaos. 

As foretold by an ancient prophecy, the human army must face and defeat their ancient enemy on the Tantarri Plains. For if they fail, all will be lost.



Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota, where comic books sparked his young imagination and inspired fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics, featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the writer’s imagination. 

Now residing in southern California, Jeff uses that imagination to weave tales of engaging characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all. His first book series, The Runes of Issalia, began in May 2016 and will conclude in Spring 2017.

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