Blog Tour & Giveaway: The War of the Usurper by Elí Freysson

 

The War of the Usurper

By Elí Freysson

Genre: Space Opera

 

The War of the Usurper is the first in the Golden Throne series. It is my foray into creating my very own epic space opera universe, full of what I like about such settings: Casual space travel, many, many inhabited worlds, super-technology co-existing with magic, larger-than-life characters, a whole lot of backstory, and just sheer vastness of scale.

This first entry is a self-contained story about the titular nine-year war for the throne of the Realm of the Glorious Dawn. Power is seized by a power-hungry tyrant, who resorts to ever-greater atrocities to hold onto the throne, while loyalists secure the sole legitimate heir, twelve-year-old Princess Maraka, and begin the struggle to restore order.

Each chapter details a different flashpoint of the war, as important events must turn on the actions of wildly different people, spread far and wide across the social hierarchy and physical width of the Realm. Meanwhile, year after year, Maraka must grow up in the shadow of all of this, and learn to become both the steadfast symbol and the strong leader her subjects need.

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About the Author

 

I was born in Akureyri in northern Iceland in 1982. Aside from a brief spell spent in Norway in my very early childhood I have spent my whole life here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum in my teens, which explains a whole lot and makes me just eccentric enough to be a writer.

I graduated high school in 2004, after which I dove into my first attempt at a proper fantasy novel. I finished the first draft a year later, but it took me until 2011 to get it published. I followed with a book a year for the next four years, before deciding to move into the English-language market. I translated three of my fantasy novels into English and self-published on Amazon, and then started writing original material in English. And here we are.

My hobbies include swimming, weight-lifting, video games, tabletop games with my friends, nature walks, and wasting time on Youtube.

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Book Blitz: The Brother and Her Best Friend by JA LaFrance

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Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
 
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In book two of Curvy and Wanted: Cammy Ashe is in love with her best friend’s brother. After they share a mind-blowing kiss, one she thought might be a start to something special, but it seems to have only affected her when he continues on with his extra-curricular activities of jumping from girl to girl. 
 
Ross Matthews proves to be his own worst enemy when he messes up the best thing he could have had by keeping a tight grip on his heart. As his screw-ups has the one person with the ability to crush his heart for good walking out of his life, he’s left to realize that he is in love with his sister’s best friend. 
 
Has Ross’s own stupidity cost him a future? Or can Cammy push the hurt and Ross’s past actions aside and accept the love he only has for her?
 
Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences 18+. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content.
 
 
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Blog Tour: The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy

 

The Wolf MirrorThe Wolf Mirror
written by Caroline Healy
expected publication February 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

 

Interview

Describe your ideal writing space?

I was once fortunate enough to win an award to attend a writing retreat at Cill Rialaig in Ireland. It is a very special place in County Kerry in the townland of Ballinskellig.

Ballinskellig, historically, was a secular settlement for holy men and women who wanted to live a quiet life. They grew food for monks who lived on Skellig Micheal, which is a World Heritage Site and the location where they filmed the most recent Star Wars film.

This place in Ballinskellig consists of eight tiny cottages dating from the medieval period. The cottages are bare and only contain the essentials for visitors. No television, no internet, no distraction, lots of gale force Atlantic wind, sea swell and squawking seagulls.

This place was the most magic of places, a really beautiful setting. I was stranded here for two weeks. At the beginning I thought I was going a bit mad because it was SO quiet but I managed to write a huge amount because there were NO distractions. My ideal writing space.

What are your five favorite words?

I love the word actually. When I was a kid I used to add the word actually, actually to every actual sentence I actually said. It used to actually drive my brother mad. Actually.

Cretin is always a good word to have handy. Most cretin’s can’t really understand that you are insulting them when you use that word to their face.

Starlight (is that two words or one?) I love this word because it makes me smile when I think of it. I saw my first shooting star this summer and it was magic. So Starlight makes me think of magic and that always makes me smile.

Unicorn (see reasoning above).

Pajamas – who doesn’t like that word and all it brings to mind. Every now and then I like to decree that it is Pajamas Day . . . a day where I loll about in my pajamas drinking tea, reading, eating cake . . . in fact . . . I now declare . . . Today Shall Be A Pajamas Day! Continue reading

Book Blitz: Fighting For A Chance by Linda Oaks

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It all began with a secret.
A cross of paths that altered a life.
Iris Malone had a plan of revenge. She searched for the man known as “The Savage.”
Chance Logan was one of the most promising heavyweight contenders on the planet. Her plan was simple, to make a savage fall to his knees. She would break his heart like he’d broken so many countless others before her.
But sometimes even the best laid plans can begin to unravel.
What happens when you fall for the enemy?
When you’re in danger of losing your heart to the man you promised to make suffer?
When lines are crossed, and it’s to late to turn back, you have no choice but to live with the decisions you make.
Will Iris’s plan for revenge ruin the chance at a love of a lifetime? Will she fight for a chance to love a savage or will she lose everything when the truth is finally revealed?
Someone is going down.
Someone would pay.
Do you care to place your bets as to who will be standing at the end of the final round?

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Undead Must Die by Penny BroJacquie

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Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths. 


Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!

 

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life lover

 

After a long career working as a sports reporter for some of the largest media
outlets in Greece, she decided that life is more beautiful when you work
freelance.In 2014 Penny published her first book, a travel guide called City Break In Athens. Her first published
novella The Undead Must Die is Book 1
in The Order Of The Black Rose book
series.

When she doesn’t write, Penny pets her dogs, cooks new recipes, and takes
photos. You’ll find her somewhere in Europe enjoying a cup of coffee or
watching a movie.

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dream Catchers Series by Sandy Lo

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Dream Catchers
Dream Catchers Series Book 1
By Sandy Lo
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Dreams come true only if you believe in them…Haley Foster never bothered
to believe in herself or find her dream. Growing up with a silver
spoon in her mouth, her parents gave her everything she needed except
freedom. Fate steps in at the bus station when Haley bumps into
Jordan Walsh, literally. His unpolished manners and rock star
attitude rile her, though she is oddly drawn to him. Haley and
Jordan’s opposing personalities clash while on the bus-before they
wind up stranded together! Haley finds herself in quite a predicament
with no way to get home. Jordan challenges her to escape her wealthy
conformity and go with him to New York, despite their disgust for one
another. Haley is enthralled with the carefree, in control and
gorgeous Jordan, yet he remains a stranger to her in many ways. With
his help, Haley begins to discover who she is and what she wants. She
finds herself at a crossroads: go back to her old life where she
merely exists or take a stand and chase her dreams.

The DREAM CATCHERS series is not just a rock star romance, but it’s about
taking chances, chasing dreams, and finding yourself.
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Breaking the Moon
Dream Catchers Series Book 2
BREAKING THE MOON is the tumultuous tale of heartache and love, and how
sometimes it’s just not enough.
A follow up to 2010′s DREAM CATCHERS, Sandy Lo continues Haley’s
journey of self-discovery as she is faced with new obstacles all
while trying to understand the tormented past of her boyfriend,
Jordan.
In the beginning, love is as easy as breathing. After almost two years
of dating, Haley and Jordan are the perfect couple. They’re young,
carefree and on the brink of their dream careers. Life is perfect
until their world is turned upside down by unexpected news: Haley is
pregnant. The couple struggle with the news as well as Jordan’s
demons and concepts on family. Will they be able to pick up the
pieces after their world shatters?
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Expressions
Dream Catchers Series Book 3
EXPRESSIONS is the third installment to Sandy Lo’s DREAM CATCHERS SERIES. The
book is a series of vignettes written from the point-of-view of
various characters throughout the book series. From letters to blog
entries to song lyrics, EXPRESSIONS delves deeper into the minds of
the characters. Sandy hopes fans of the series will enjoy this
52-page companion book.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell

 

Contemporary Romance (RomCom)

Date Published: June 7, 2016

Publisher:  Kensington (Lyrical Shine)

 

It’s a long way from Seattle to Otter Bite, Alaska. But if one woman can survive the trip-and the locals-she just might find what her heart has been searching for. Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce is to die for. But right now, Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen-and without a fiancé. Unceremoniously dumped from her place of business and her relationship, Daisy sells her belongings, plus a few of her ex’s, and packs her bags. Maybe smashing all the china in her former restaurant was a bad move. Stripped of her Golden Spoon for “un-chef-like” conduct, she is now blacklisted all over Seattle. Her sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge…in Otter Bite, Alaska. Too bad Daisy can’t even get out of Dodge without incident. By the time she boards a ship for Alaska, she’s got a trail of new troubles behind her, and suddenly Otter Bite is sounding pretty good. But the vessel turns into her own personal Titanic when a series of close encounters confirms her terrible taste in men-including one very good looking bad luck charm named Max Kendall. She vows to dedicate the rest of her days to chowders and brulée. Yet even Alaska isn’t far enough away to shake the memories of the sexy shipmate who rocked her cabin-and her world. Thank goodness she’s done with surprises-but they may not be done with her…

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Excerpt

“I had apple strudel. I never have apple strudel. It’s not my usual.”

“You came here to tell me you had apple strudel?”

“The thing is…I liked it. For a change, I mean. Once. Not every day, of course.”

“Max–”

“The truth is…” He stepped toward her. “The truth is…I feel bad about giving you such a hard time at breakfast.”

“Ohhhh. This is an apology.”

“No, absolutely not.” Max retracted the step he’d just taken. “This is absolutely NOT an apology.”

Daisy huffed. Normally, she’d take great satisfaction in Max’s guilt and take equal pleasure in the banter that would surely follow. However, she was a woman on a mission, and she didn’t have the time, not with Otter Bite hanging by a manila envelope. “Fine. Thank you for coming here NOT to apologize and for that apple strudel thing. And–” She momentarily softened. “–the money. But I just don’t have the time for whatever this is.”

Once again he stepped toward her. “You’re making this extremely difficult.”

This? This what? What am I making–”

This.” The word melted into her mouth.

The two hundreds floated from her hand to the floor. Then, her arms wrapped Max’s neck, his body pressed hers, and Daisy was lost in a kiss she never expected to own.

 

About the Author

Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

Contact Information

Website: http://MaggieMcConnellRomance.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMcConnellRomance/

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tapped by Liz Crowe

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Tapped
The Brewing Passion Series #1
By Liz Crowe
Genre: NA Romance
When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn
Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot
hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it’s a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from
his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to
a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they
meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even
more erotic connection.
But three strong personalities don’t
always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple
misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to somehow repair
the tattered shreds of their relationship.
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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery
marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and
graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann
Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus
an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking
fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained
thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and
more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer
pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic
locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a
fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader
seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of
characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination
long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily
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Blog Tour: Blue Waters by India R. Adams

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Book Title: Blue Waters

Author Name: India R Adams

Genre: Young Adult/Romance

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“The blue water I sank through was angelic, quiet, peaceful…”

Whitney is a vivacious, highly spirited 17-year-old girl. Her motto, “Live life to the fullest” is derailed when the young man, who’s captured her attention, turns out to be the son of a drug tycoon- the same that provided the drugs that killed her brother. Whitney believes she simply need to heal from her first heartache, not knowing she is a part of a devious trade, one against human rights, and she has been… since the day age was born.

Blue Waters is the first Novella in a Tainted Waters, and begins a story of deception, corruption, self-discovery, and love with all that it demands you sacrifice…

“There was a beauty in dying that day…”

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India R Adams
is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.

India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.

Visit her at:

Website: http://www.indiaradams.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaRAdams

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheIndiaRAdams

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/India-R-Adams/e/B01BLPKULQ

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Blog Tour: Grow Up Messy! by Paromita Goswami

Title of the book: Grow Up Messy!
(A Hilarious Coming of Age Series Book1)
Author: Paromita Goswami
Genre:  Middle School, Teen and YA
Publisher:  Ficus India
 
Blurb 
Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old?
Misry, a naughty five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a B.S.F border outpost near Indo-Bangladesh border. But with no schools and friends she feels very lonely. She tries to befriend some local village kids. But they find her incompetent in their rural antics. They nickname her Messy as most of the time she messes up their plan. Can Misry really be a part of the gang?
Set in the early eighties, join Misry in the adventures of her life.
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  1. Misry’s character in the book Grow Up Messy! is that of an innocent child who depends more on her mother for her smaller needs. The best part is she expects her mother to be know everything just like the superwoman. She believes there is nothing which her Ma cannot do or hasn’t seen. So when she requests her mother to make Pinjiri, something which she had tasted for the first time elsewhere, it never occurred to her that Ma might not know about its preparation.

This particular scene from the book is very close to my heart. Although the entire episode is very funny but it actually depicts the trust of a child in the mother. Something which no one can ever challenge. I see my son in this episode sometimes.

 

  1. Children enjoy being dirty. We have done it so many times in our days yet as a parent if we see our child playing in the soil we try to stop him immediately. The same thing our mothers might have also done with us while we enjoyed. Isn’t it strange, when we grow up we follow our mothers so blindly.

There is an episode in the book where Misry plays in the muddy pool and ruins her fresh clothes. No doubt her mother is mad at her.

 

  1. Children have a very special place for animals in their heart. Whether they have pets at home or not but whenever they get a chance to pet an animal they will never stop themselves. I wish as we grow up we shouldn’t lose this emotion within us. It actually makes us more humane.

In the book, Misry befriends a sacrificial  animal as her pet what follows next is very         heart wrenching. Continue reading