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Thursday, 28 July 2016

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
by Karole Cozzo
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance in this swoonworthy new novel from the author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

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He stays at my side until I’m in the Jeep. Before I close the door, he wheels close enough to lean against the frame, forearms resting on either side of my door. “Can we hang out again?”

I suck in my breath.

Before I can spit it out again, his face has twisted up. “Ouch. You hesitated.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Yes, you did.” He nods decisively. “And I know what went through your head in that split second.”

“No, you don’t!” I cross my arms over my chest and stare down at him in challenge. I’m pretty sure I don’t even know.

“Yeah, I do.” A half smile lifts his left cheek. “He’s really cute, no denying that.”

I laugh out loud.

“But what am I doing here?” he continues. “He’s in a wheelchair. He’s really cute for a guy in a wheelchair.”

The laughter dies, and I feel my cheeks grow hot as I recall having that exact thought back at the rehab center.

He reads my expression. “See? I told you I knew.” Pax shrugs and backs up minutely. “Hey, look—you can get past it or you can’t. I have, but I can’t get past it for other people.” Then he stares at me, eyes narrowed and pensive. “And really … it just seems like you could use a friend. I’d like to be one. No ulterior motives.”

Funny thing … Despite my earlier thoughts, once Pax limits our relationship to friendship, I’m suddenly remembering the feel of him taking my hands in his on the beach and how warm and steady his breath was against my forehead. It didn’t feel very friendly, at least not on my end.

A mental image of kissing him flashes through my mind, and I decide I’m really glad he’s not still playing the whole “I know what you’re thinking” game.

“Yeah, okay,” I say quickly, turning the keys in the ignition. “Friends. I’d like that, too.”

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KAROLE COZZO is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is her debut novel.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Lies and Lullabies by Courtney Lane

LIES & LULLABIES by Courtney Lane
Genre: Dark Romance | Thriller
On the weekends, she’s Sugar, a woman free of the pretty prison constructed by her domineering father, who combs the dangerous streets in search of something she never quite finds. During the week, she’s Simone, the good girl and the illegitimate daughter of the most powerful and hated man in Los Angeles.
Catch—aptly named for his “career” choice—is a man shrouded in mystery with one dangerous purpose. After a whirlwind encounter, Catch draws Simone into his dark and tangled web.

A dangerous game ensues, lives are lost, truths are exposed, and one man may shatter the foundation of a powerful organization on the brink of extinction.

The game of truth or dare won't end until Catch and Simone strip each other of their fa├žades and uncover the reality of who they were, and who they are fated to become. 



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COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old, she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper. 

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren't necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you'd encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren't easy to fall in love with. 

Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by Bioware), or spending time with her family.


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NBtM & #GIVEAWAY - City of Hope and Ruin by Kit Campbell and Siri Paulson


Fantasy (with LGBTQ romance)



Every night the monsters hunt.

A city that is the whole world: Theosophy and her companions in the City militia do their best to protect the civilians from the monsters, but they keep crawling from the Rift and there’s nowhere to run. Theosophy knows she’ll die fighting. It’s the best kind of death she’s seen, and at least she can save lives in the meantime.

They say the Scarred carve you up while you’re still alive.

A village in the shadow of a forest: Refugees from the border whisper about the oncoming Scarred, but Briony can’t convince her brother to relocate his children to safety. Briony will do anything to protect them. She owes them that much, even if it means turning to forbidden magic.

When Theosophy and Briony accidentally make contact across the boundaries of their worlds, they realize that solutions might finally be within reach. A world beyond the City would give Theosophy’s people an escape, and the City’s warriors could help Briony protect her family from the Scarred. Each woman sees in the other a strength she lacks—and maybe something more.

All they need to do is find a way across the dimensions to each other before their enemies close in.

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The spirit was beautiful, a tall, statuesque woman who had a hard glint in her eyes. Her hair was short, indigo blue through the glow and tightly curled, her skin a lighter shade over wiry muscles. One hand clenched a smallish item made of metal, the other a long tube with some kind of blade on the end. Briony had never seen anyone like her. Though she glanced around and held her body like someone expecting danger, her bearing was proud and strong, and every inch of her spoke of power and competency. A warrior. Briony had heard stories of them, left over from the Great War, but had never seen one herself.

Was that when this woman was from? The War?

“The trio—the monsters—where am I?”

Briony realized she hadn’t responded, and that perhaps this spirit had been looking for someone to talk to for a very long time, and maybe she would assume Briony couldn’t see or hear her either. “Don’t be afraid,” she said.

The spirit's eyebrows rose. "That's a...never mind. What is this place?"

“Well,” Briony started, taking a step forward. But her ankle buckled and she stumbled, managing to catch herself before she fell.

“You’re injured,” said the spirit. “Were you attacked?”

“Yes—you see, there was a Fracture back there, and—” Confusion crossed the spirit’s face. Maybe she was even older; maybe she didn’t know about the War.

4 out of 5 (very good)

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I'm having trouble writing my own blurby bit for this, its not making sense or giving too much away, so I'm jumping straight in to my review.

I am, for the most part, NOT a young adult reader. Had this book come with that tag, I will have undoubtedly said no thank you. But it didn't, and I am so glad of that fact! And I'm classing it as upper young adult, 15 plus. I'd let my 15 year old daughter read this. There is some swearing but nothing she won't have heard or even used before, and some violence, fighting the monsters and the Scarred but not too much. Almost clean too.

Because, I really REALLY enjoyed this! It surprised me and I don't know WHY it did, bit it did. The blurb makes you think of one thing, and the book goes a different way to what I expected, so maybe that's why, but I'm not feeling like it's that. I'm waffling, I know! Sorry!

Okay, so! Theo is in The City, and Briony, ...not, for wont of a better word. They make contact, across the plains between the two places and a string of events cause the two girls to actually meet. Briony is trying to save her world from the Scarred and Theo from The Monsters. But it appears both these creatures may be descended from the Old Ones, who built The City, who caused all the destruction in the first place.

It's written by two authors, and I did wonder how the work was split. After reading, I'm left thinking this. One author wrote for each girl. Because they are very different. Each girl (I keep calling them girls, but they aren't really, I just don't think ladies fits!) has a distinct speech pattern, thoughts and words used, they are very clearly different people, bought up in very different ways. And I loved that they were, but as soon as they met, that first time across the plains, the connection was instant and powerful. 

It's very well written, I saw no spellings or editing errors. Both girls have their say. As I said, some swearing and fighting, so upper young adult, but regardless of that fact... I DID enjoy it!  

It says it's A Fractured World Novel. Now, some searching has led me to think this is the FIRST Fractured World novel, unless the other books are not tagged as such, or I'm just rubbish at searching, either way, I would like to read more. Much more. Both of Theo and Briony, and of any others who popped up in this story, or new ones in future books.

Thank you, for NOT tagging this as young adult. It doesn't say it on Amazon, I'm just reading it as such but still.....

4 stars

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* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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Why Choosing Your Setting is Important

I want to thank the Archaeolibrarian reviewers for inviting me (and my cowriter, Siri) to come and talk to you guys today! The lovely women here have asked me to tell you guys why choosing your setting is important to a story.

Poor setting gets a bit maligned, I think. People seem to think it’s just backdrop when, in fact, your setting is vital to how your story plays out in many ways. Here are three major ways setting affects your story:
     Setting Provides Character Background
Your setting directly influences your characters. Someone who’s grown up on a space station knows different things than someone who’s grown up in a rainforest. Someone who is afraid of pigeons is going to react different if your story takes place in a city than someone who hates trees.

·    Setting Provides Conflict
    Your setting can provide conflict for your story. A story that takes place on a spaceship, where space is confined and the things you need to survive can very easily be taken from you, would not work the same way if you moved that story to a farm with wide open spaces and plenty of resources.

·    Setting Provides Plot Information
Your plot often directly feeds off your setting. Some settings lend themselves better to different kinds of plots. Or, if you’re trying something new, you can set your plot in a location that’s against the norm. Readers will also pick up plot information from your setting. If you read about someone going into a creepy old house, I bet you can guess what sort of novel you’re reading.

For City of Hope and Ruin, Siri and I lucked out, because we got to design and use two completely different settings. And the settings were one of the first things we worked out, because not only were they necessary for us to design our main characters, but we couldn’t put the plot together without doing so.

Our two settings are a trapped city, filled with monsters that come out at night, and a village on the edge of a dark forest filled with creatures and plants that aren’t what they seem. Can you see how they drive things? A trapped city filled with monsters—so there’s nowhere to run. How will people have adapted to protect themselves, to get the resources they need? A village on the edge of a dark forest—who knows what’s lurking there? How will that affect people’s thoughts about the forest? What stories will have developed? And would it be obvious if something new started skulking in the twilight?

Setting is important. It directly shapes your characters, your conflicts, and your plot. It affects your tone and can even affect your voice. The choices you make will have far-reaching consequences. Siri and I did some experimentation with our settings before the story really got started, tweaking things until everything felt right. And I’m pleased with our results.

Next time you read a book, you might take a look at its setting and how the author uses that to shape their story. And if our settings sound interesting, please check out City of Hope and Ruin! Thank you again for having us!

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It is a little known fact that Kit was raised in the wild by a marauding gang of octopuses. It wasn't until she was 25 that she was discovered by a traveling National Geographic scientist and brought back to civilization. This is sometimes apparent in the way that she attempts to escape through tubes when startled.

Her transition to normalcy has been slow, but scientists predict that she will have mastered basics such as fork use sometime in the next year. More complex skills, such as proper grocery store etiquette, may be forever outside her reach.

Kit can be found cavorting about the web at her blog ( or website (, on Pinterest (, and even occasionally on Twitter (

Siri Paulson writes all over the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, including (so far) secondary-world fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, Gothic, historical paranormal, and YA with spaceships. She is also the chief editor at Turtleduck Press ( Siri grew up in Alberta, Canada, but now lives in an old house in Toronto. By day, she edits non-fiction for the government. Her other current passion is contra dance, a social/folk dance done to live Celtic and roots music. Her favourite places in the world are the Canadian Rocky Mountains and a little valley in Norway.

Siri's short fiction and the anthologies she has edited can be found on Turtleduck Press, at . She blogs at and tweets at

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Need by S.L. Hannah


Erotic Thriller



Stood up by her boyfriend, she goes home with a woman…

Straight-laced coed Angie has never felt daring enough to…experiment. Until tonight. The skin around Heather’s lips is soft, unlike the stubble Erik lets grow in, and the night unfolds like an erotic dream, tapping into an unexplored part of Angie’s body and mind.

But Heather’s seduction turns into a nightmare when Angie wakes up tied to the bed and is told she can’t leave. Alternately seduced and tormented by her lover-turned-captor, Angie is pulled ever deeper into a twisted world of pain-for-pleasure and multimedia exploits. As the stakes rise, both women give into a desire for connections neither has had, and Angie’s struggle to escape becomes a bigger dilemma: Would she leave if she could?

Winner of the Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, this erotic thriller dares to explore the darker side of our fantasies and their sometimes unintended consequences.

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If for a moment I doubted she would take things this far, I know now that the dangers have always been real.

She saunters back to where we’re standing and places one of the daggers into Rachel’s opened hand. Rachel smiles wide, as if she’s been waiting to do this all along.

“Which brings me to you,” she says, thrusting the other dagger against my chest. It lands heavily and almost slips from my fingers.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that your problem is you’re not sure where your loyalties lie.” She retrieves the key from around her neck. “And that’s not good for business.” She takes a few steps back and hangs the key around Rachel’s neck. “Or pleasure.”

Moments later, she’s slithering behind me. The fingers of her good hand swim lightly across my shoulders and neck. Her lips brush against my ear. “I love you, Angie,” she whispers, “but I’m ready to let you go.”

The statement both crushes and relieves me. I almost don’t want it to be true. As much as I hate her for hurting me in so many ways, I still love her too. I’ve experienced more emotional and sexual highs and lows with her in one week than I have in my entire life. And part of me doesn’t want that to end. What is normal supposed to look like after this?

Interview Questions

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be

just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

When I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA) in 2011 I started understanding the business side of

being an author a lot better. I now get what it really takes to successfully go down the traditional path

(agent and publisher) as well as the self-published path. This organization and its local chapters provides

great support for budding authors, authors that have lost their way, and authors that want to take their

career to the next level. RWA made me understand the difference between writing for fun and how to turn

writing into an actual career.

Do you have a day job as well?

I started off my career as a pilot ferrying aircraft and then got into the airport planning and development

side of the aviation business. I continue to consult on select airport projects and will continue for a long

time as it’s a fascinating industry.

What was your favourite book as a child?

I loved all the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series as a child. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

was my favorite for a long time, followed by The Last Battle, but after re-reading the series as an adult

just a few years ago, I can champion my love for the entire series.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I am somewhere in between planner and pantster. I do love writing a great scene that suddenly pops in

my head with no rhyme or reason or affiliation to my current work-in- progress, but at some point, and

when I really need to finish a book, I jot down some kind of outline. It may be really loose, or more

detailed, but I do find that when I can see the big picture of where I am trying to get in a story, an outline

is key.

Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than other? Racy? Love? Action?

Love scenes can be challenging because to make it hot and compelling you have to make it about more

than just the love scene. You have to throw in a plot twist or a character arc while the characters are

physically entangled in one another, otherwise, it can feel very repetitive. The love scenes in The Need

were especially challenging because they all had to happen in the same setting, so I really had to dig

deep into my character’s motivations and get creative with the story arcs.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In Chapter 14 of The Need, Angie, our heroine, finally realizes that she can’t play victim anyone. Playing

victim is not going to get her out of the loft. She needs to be stronger, and take control of the situation.

“She wants someone to challenge her status quo. Not physically outpower her, or succumb to her every

fancy, but take her emotions by surprise. It hadn’t occurred to me, until now, that my best shot at getting

out of here may be to give her something that she needs.” – Angie, Chapter 14, The Need

At this point in the story, Angie goes from girl to woman, and I loved writing that transition because it’s

something that I believe we can all relate to; a situation in our lives where we really had to step up, take

control of our destiny, and become adults.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Every review counts, even if it’s just a sentence or two. The book market is so flooded and so

competitive, that if you want to see more writing from one of your favorite indie author, you need to

provide some kind of feedback on a publishing platform like Amazon or Goodreads. The more reviews,

the more discoverable a book becomes, so it’s one of the best ways you can support an author.

Do you read your reviews?

I do read my reviews, and there’s always some kind of take away from doing that. I really enjoy the

reviewers that you can tell spent time analyzing every bit of your story, for better or for worse. They’ll go

on for paragraphs, and it’s similar to feedback a beta reader would provide, so I’m always grateful.

What is your best marketing tip?

If you’re not getting the sales you want, change something. Change your cover, your price, your back

cover summary, run a sale, or offer your book for free for a week. Maybe even change your publishing

approach, i.e. get an agent and try to go the traditional path, or if you have an agent, drop them.

Writing and publishing is a tricky business and unless you get really, really lucky, you are going to spend

a long time figuring out what works for you. Keep reminding yourself, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

What is your least favourite part of the writing or publishing process?

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am currently working on an erotic novella called, Hard Trigger. It’s a story about an assassin that is

having a love affair with the son of a rival Mexican cartel only to discover he’s on her hit list.

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Quick Fire – please choose 10 – 15

1. Light or dark chocolate - Dark

6. Morning, noon or night? - Noon

10. Books or movies? - Books

14. Chocolate or vanilla? - Chocolate

18. Winter or summer? - Summer

29. Silver or gold? - Gold

42. Skiing or snowboarding? - Skiing

45. Fruit or vegetables? - Fruit

66. Grammys or Oscars? - Oscars

100. Fiction or non-fiction? - Fiction

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S.L. Hannah was born in Poland, grew up in Canada, and moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. The Need is her first erotic thriller. The manuscript won the 2013 Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, and is an adaptation of a screenplay about a woman struggling to free herself from her lover’s physical and emotional binds. Buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing…creepy as hell.” S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world.


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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

RELEASE BLITZ & #GIVEAWAY - Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3) by Jennifer Allis Provost

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Copper Veins by Jennifer Allis Provost
(Copper Legacy #3)
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy


Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man–make that elf–for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

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It’s been an interesting few months.

It all started when I cut out during my lunch break and took a nap in my car. I had the best dream of my life, starring a sexy man with silver hair. That man turned out to be Micah Silverstrand, and elf from the Otherworld. Even though I’d hidden who and what I was for most of my life, Micah had instantly known that I was an Elemental like him. Let me explain what a big deal that is. When I was a kid, Elementals and Mundane humans existed side by side, not quite in harmony but we got along well enough. Then there was a war, and the Mundane army won; ironically, they called themselves Peacekeepers. No matter what they called themselves, the Elementals still lost, and magic was declared illegal.

For me the wars were much more personal, since my father, Baudoin Corbeau, went missing and was presumed dead. A few years later my older brother, Max, was arrested for using magic and shipped off to some detention facility where we couldn’t even visit him. My dream man, Micah, helped me rescue Max. Along the way we learned that my younger sister, Sadie, was the Inheritor of Metal, as in the most powerful metal Elemental in existence. That was a shocker. We also discovered that the Elemental ruler, the Iron Queen, was in with the Peacekeepers. Together, Micah, my family, and I defeated the queen, and put a serious dent in the Peacekeepers operation, so that was good.

I also learned that my best friend, Juliana, was a Peacekeeper. That was not so good.

After the Iron Queen’s defeat, the Gold Queen was restored to power. Since the Corbeau’s were fugitives, my family and I moved into Micah’s home in the Otherworld full time—which meant that poor Micah went from living by himself to having a house full of in-laws in the blink of an eye. In addition to having more faces around the breakfast table, Max was hell bent on finding out what had happened to Dad. While Max was traipsing all over the Otherworld causing trouble, the Gold Queen held a grand event where everyone pledged a blood oath to her… Except Sadie, the Inheritor of Metal. It wasn’t Sadie’s fault. She just thought the blood was gross.

While Micah tried convincing the Gold Queen that the Inheritor wasn’t plotting against her, Max’s schemes to find Dad led us to the Goblin Market. We didn’t find Dad, but we did have a near fatal run-in with one of the Gold Queen’s henchmen. Micah almost died. I have never been so scared in my entire life as when I thought I’d lose him.

But Micah did live, and after a few weeks he was fully recovered. We celebrated by getting married, with Max walking me down the aisle instead of Dad. Then, in the strangest turn of events yet, Dad walked right up to our front door.

And here’s what happened next.

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Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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