Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes Giveaway Hop (INT)


I love Halloween time!
Your choice of one of the following wicked reads!

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)   Velveteen (Velveteen, #1)   I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)   The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)   Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)   Feed (Newsflesh, #1)   Warm Bodies   The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)   The Replacement   The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)  The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)    

Open INT as long as the Book Depository delivers free to your country.
Or if you can accept a gifted eBook copy.
All rules located in Rafflecopter's terms & conditions.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Release Day Launch ~ Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Dire (The Dire Wolves Chronicles, #1)
Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Release Date: September 15, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 191
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
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Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything. It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

Mary Anne and Gage are traveling through the snow to get home. Mary Anne has known and loved Gage all her life so when they end up stranded together it seems like a dream come true. But they are stranded and go for help and then it goes all bad. A crazy possessive group of guys finds them and demands they stay while the leader wants to keep Mary Anne safe at all costs. It was very different from what I was expecting. I've read lots of werewolf stories and there are different werewolf cultures and degrees of psycho possessive behaviors but I'd say this one really pushed on that. It was weird. The group was so creepy. The leader, Hunter, didn't care that Mary Anne was obviously into Gage. He wants her to be with him and thinks it will happen.

I love Gage and Mary Anne together but they are kept apart quite a bit throughout the story. They really can't catch a break. I felt really bad for them. Such a difficult situation. Gage doesn't want to leave Mary Anne but Hunter will not let her go. I'm glad Gage is not giving up. The ending has me really dying to see what the heck they will do next. They are so screwed. While it wasn't a totally enjoyable read in the way that most of the characters were psycho, it still kept my attention and I finished it in a day. I really enjoyed the romance but hated the werewolves and witches. This takes place in the same universe as the Crescent Chronicles but it was very different from that series. I am hoping Hunter will come around and redeem himself a bit in the next book. He seems to care about Mary Anne and not be completely evil but he obviously needs to let her decide things for herself.

Rating: 4/5


A single howl made me stop short. “The wolves!”
“Let’s hope they are farther away than they sound.” Gage tightened his hold on my hand and pulled me forward.
Three more howls filled the night. “They sound closer.”
We picked up the pace, and I chanced a glance behind me. That was a mistake. Several large grey wolves came into view. “Run!”
Gage didn’t need to be told twice. He broke into a run without letting go of my hand.
I ran as fast as possible over the frozen snow, but we didn’t get far before the wolves started circling around us. “Oh my god.” Could things get any worse?
“You have to make a run for it.” Gage’s voice quivered. “They’re going to kill us.”
“I’m not leaving you.” I tried to stay strong, and I kept my eyes locked on the wolves. There were five of them. All of them were massive, much larger than any wolf I’d seen before, but one of them was even bigger and had a large silver streak running down its back. That wolf seemed to be staring right at me.
“I’ll distract them. You run. I’ll catch up.”
I spotted an opening next to one of the smaller of the wolves and went for it. I didn’t make it far before one of the wolves stepped in front of me. I froze, paralyzed with fear, before my legs were knocked from under me. Suddenly, I was lying in the snow with a giant wolf hovering over me.
“We’re fucked.” Gage voiced exactly what I was thinking.
The silver streaked wolf stared down at me. It’s almost glowing eyes bored into mine. Was I really going to die as half-frozen food for a giant wild animal?
Then things got hazy and the air seemed to buzz. Moments later it wasn’t a wolf on top of me—it was a man. A completely naked man with a faint scar across his face.
“What the heck?” I tried to scurry back, but Hunter didn’t move. His very exposed parts nearly touched me. I didn’t want to notice his size, but I did. He was huge. He also didn’t look remotely concerned with the cold.
His lips brushed against my ear. “Were you going somewhere?”

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Raise Your Spear for the Silver Spear ~ Guest Post

I read The Violet Fox a couple years ago and loved it! Here is my review
The author has stopped by to share a guest post about writing the sequel.
There is currently an Indiegogo campaign to fund the second book that can be found HERE

Guest Post

Writing a Sequel: Getting Back Into The Groove

When I published the Violet Fox in 2012 I didn’t think that it would be nearly three years until I published its sequel.
But life got in the way, other books got published (the first two books of my YA science fiction series, the Sparkstone Saga), and I’ve moved around quite a bit since 2012.
I also didn’t think it would be so difficult to re-enter the detailed, sophisticated world I had created.
I was wrong.
When I first had the idea for The Violet Fox, way back when I was eight years old, it was just going to be a stand-alone book. Later, many years later, when I actually wrote the first draft using some of my childhood notes, I realized I had a bigger world in my hands than I knew what to do with. A world that I could explore in three books, if not four.
So when I started playing around with Book 2, The Silver Spear, I had some idea about where the plot would go. The ending came fairly easily. They usually do for me. I had a beginning, and a catalyst to get the action rolling. The middle I usually write last.
But the more I wrote, the less certain I became. What if this book didn’t live up to my readers’ expectations? The story is a lot different than The Violet Fox. The Violet Fox is loosely structured around the Cinderella fairy tale. The Silver Spear is about my protagonists going on an epic journey to find a powerful artefact.
The other troubling aspect of getting back into the groove of the world is you have to consider what your themes are. The Violet Fox Series is about prejudice, and a love between two very different people. Keeping that love story fresh and interesting is not only a challenge, but it becomes the crux of the second book. I can’t have them fall out of love, but I had to make something big come between them to keep the tension high.
I left the story alone for a long time while I mulled all this over. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I discovered exactly what was going to drive them apart. Not just externally, but internally. My protagonist, Kiera, is very strong willed, and once she is convinced of something, she will not let go of her beliefs easily. Keegan, the prince of the land, has many responsibilities weighing on his head and wants Kiera to be practical. He doesn’t want her to go on an epic adventure. He wants her to stay in the castle and fix the problems from there. But when they’re left with no choice but to on this epic journey, and he’s forced to go with her...this is what will keep their relationship interesting.
Everything is falling into place, and I’m working at a good pace to get a workable draft done. The book is due out in Fall 2015.

Now I’m finally ready to get The Silver Spear off the ground. I’ve kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the editorial costs of publishing The Silver Spear. Check it out here: http://igg.me/at/silverspear

If you can’t contribute, spread the word, and the cover! 

The Violet Fox (The Violet Fox, #1)
That’s what instinct told me.
But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.

There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.

The Marlenians, who live on the surface,

and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.

The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors’ hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.

Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity, before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides, and before she falls any more in love with the prince she’s supposed to hate.

More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?

That’s what the Marlenians are telling me.
But even with this crown on my head,
and my love at my side,
The war is only beginning.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Novel Fashion Week Giveaway

Celebrating novels & fashion!
Here are the looks I created inspired by novels!
The winner of the giveaway can choose any one of these books as a prize.

Open INT as long as the Book Depository delivers free to your country.
Or if you can accept a gifted eBook copy.
Not all books are released yet so you can choose a pre-order. 
All rules located in Rafflecopter's terms & conditions.