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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Spellcaster's Grimoire Blog Tour - Review: The Spellcaster's Grimoire by Mark All

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Author: Mark All
Format: PDF
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Pages: 224
Publisher: Imajinn Books
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Bestselling witchcraft author Trish Sinclair has a shameful secret: she's a lousy spellcaster, and the spells in her books belong to others. So when a dying warlock entrusts her with an ancient and powerful grimoire, she runs for her life from his murderer, psychotic witch Kate Cavanaugh. Kate pursues Trish relentlessly to obtain the grimoire, which holds spells to command the fearsome power of a magic crystal hidden in town-and Kate is determined to have that power. 
When the town coven refuses to help Trish protect the grimoire, she is forced to turn to cynical warlock Aidan McCarthy, who has a secret agenda of his own, and Rain Devereaux, a novice witch whose spellcasting abilities are even worse than Trish's. As Kate unleashes the elemental might of tornadoes and ice storms on the trio, they desperately struggle to defeat her. 
But Kate is too powerful, and she manages to steal the grimoire and unearth the crystal. Trish knows Kate will use the stone's power to exact her deadly revenge on Aidan and the town coven unless Trish can manifest her latent magical abilities to save them.

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      The Spellcaster's Grimoire follows a woman named Trish who is at the top of the world. She is a best selling author who has written books about witchcraft. She is in a town of witches, her mother was a witch, but she doesn't have her mother's talents. Or does she? When Trish's second book is released and talks about the powerful spellcaster's grimoire, she gets some unwanted attention to say the least. No one was supposed to know the book still existed because of the power it can give. Trish is now thrown into the chase of her life with a teenage wannabe-witch and a loner that the town tries to avoid. What can possibly go wrong?

      This book was loads of fun. If you are looking for something that is fast paced and exciting, this is the perfect choice. I love that this book wastes no time putting you in the action. Trish is so caught up with her rising fame she gets by giving out forbidden information, she doesn't stop to consider the consequences. Those consequences come back and bite her on the ass big time. Due to her, a crazy witch named Kate is hunting her because she is now the guardian of the grimoire. She has to protect it with her life now. A powerful warlock and Trish's mentor, Benton, was the one looking over the book. But she indirectly got him killed. Her selfishness has now brought a lot of things to light. Trish now feels like a complete failure due to some dormant powers she didn't know she had that could explain her success. Not only is she in for the fight of her life, but she also has to face the fact that she is a fake.

      I really enjoyed Trish. I thought she was a great lead character because she was strong and very flawed. You might want to smack some sense into her every once in a while, but that is what made her human. At least she wasn't TSTL. Aidan was great as well. He definitely had some demons that I was curious about learning about specifically his past with Kate. Kate is a very powerful witch who wants all the power the grimoire gives. But I love where All goes with this. I had my suspicions about Kate and I was right. I love that we get to see things from her perspective, it added even more to the book looking through the eyes of the villain. I also enjoyed Rain. Rain is fresh out of high school and wants to be a witch so bad. She has power, but it doesn't do much. She can memorize spells like no one's business. She is the coven's database on spells. I love the story we are given about her. She is Goth and quite innocent. But we learn some things about her past that was quite scary and unexpected. I really enjoyed this trio. They had a chemistry that worked really well even though they couldn't see it.

      I won't spoil this story, but I will say it is definitely worth checking out. It is an action packed Urban Fantasy that was hard to put down. The characters and the story was a lot of fun. I loved how this ended. It is about more than just power and magic and I am glad the characters saw that especially Aidan. His past made him and cynic and a loner and I can see why. I really loved this book. I think any paranormal lover would also be head over heels for this book. Definitely recommended.
  

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About Mark All
Mark All is the author of paranormal thrillers The Spellcaster’s Grimoire and Mystic Witch, published by ImaJinn Books in trade paperback and eBook formats.  He has won two international writing awards and contributed to Computer Legends, Lies & Lore.

Mystic Witch received a 5 Star review from the Paranormal Romance Guild, and 3½ stars (out of 4½ possible stars) from RT Book Reviews.

Mark is a full-time author after a career as an instructional systems designer at a Fortune 16 company. Prior to his work in computer-based training, he held jobs ranging from gravedigger to FM radio announcer to professional rock guitarist.

Mark presents writing workshops and taught his “Planning Your Novel” course at the Spruill Center for the Arts.

He earned a Masters degree in computer-based education and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.

You can visit Mark All’s website at www.MarkAllAuthor.com.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Trickster's Totem Blog Tour - Top Ten List + $25 Amazon GC/Book Giveaway: The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus #2) by H.B. Bolton





Author: H. B. Bolton

Series: Relics of Mysticus

Number in Series: 2

Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Fantasy/Children's


Synopsis from H. B. Bolton


Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it.

Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends.

Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.

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Top 10

Imagine a character who laughs like a chimpanzee and rivals the Mad Hatter with his consistently inconsistent mood swings. He’s silly, but other times wise. He can be a hero one minute and a villain the next. Add that to his love of mischief-making and joke-playing, narcissism, and the fact he enjoys shape-shifting into your friends, and poof — there’s a character one could love to hate.
I dedicate my Top 10 List to legendary characters with Trickster-like qualities.


Mad Hatter ~ With his whacky ways and silly riddles, it’s no wonder Alice is confused … and he never does reveal why a raven is like a writing desk. 
 
Cheshire Cat ~ Alice never truly knows whether she can trust this mischievous kitty with his wide grin, large teeth and insistent need to steer her in every direction but home. 
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Q ~ He used to feel indifferent toward humans, but that changes the moment he meets Jean-Luc Picard. Q uses his “God-like” powers to test the crew of the USS Enterprise by transporting them across the universe, where they’re forced to escape seemingly unbeatable forces. 
 
Loki ~ He’s the shape-shifting Norse god who is helpful one minute, and everyone adores him, but then drastically changes. He desires, more than anything, to overthrow his father Odin and rule over Asgard. 
 
The Riddler ~ Riddle me this, “Why does this quirky character love to leave a gimmicky trail for Batman to follow?” Here’s a clue: The Riddler’s more interested in flaunting his intellectual superiority than committing the actual crime.

Willie Wonka ~ The Candyman can make the world taste good, but you’ll need a golden ticket to enter his magical, candy-making factory. Once inside, be careful not to drown in a chocolate river or swell into an enormous blueberry. 
 
Rumpelstiltskin ~ This mysterious implike creature can turn straw into gold, but at what price? 
 
Gremlins ~ When in their Mogwai form, these furry creatures are irresistible. Be warned: If they eat after midnight, they’ll change—really change. After being encased in a cocoon, they’ll hatch into “gremlins,” mischievous reptilian monsters with sharp teeth, and they’ll infest the entire town.

Gollum ~ Sweet one minute, but the next … watch out, he might hit you over the head with a fish. Perhaps he doesn’t look very bright, but looks can be deceiving. Ask the last guy who barely managed to outwit him in a game of riddles.
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Peeves ~ This quote from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix shows exactly why Peeves is the perfect Trickster (and sadly, he wasn’t in the movies):
Cackling madly, (Peeves) soared through the school, upending tables, bursting out of blackboards, and toppling statues and vases. Twice he shut Mrs. Norris inside suits of armour, from which she was rescued, yowling loudly, by the furious caretaker. He smashed lanterns and snuffed out candles, juggled burning torches over the heads of screaming students, caused neatly stacked piles of parchment to topple into fires or out of windows, flooded the second floor when he pulled off all the taps in the bathrooms, dropped a bag of tarantulas in the middle of the Great Hall during breakfast and, whenever he fancied a break, spent hours at a time floating along after Umbridge and blowing loud raspberries every time she spoke.


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 About H. B. Bolton

A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women's fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that's another story, altogether.


Books by H.B. Bolton:
The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, Book One)
Breaking Down (a short story)
Hungry (a short story)
Coming May 1, 2013
The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus, Book Two)




Check out The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus #1) here:


Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

The Serpent’s Ring is FREE for Kindle May 28th-June 1st.
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The Chemistry of Fate Blog Tour - Guest Post + $10 Amazon GC/Swag Giveaway: The Chemistry of Fate (Sary Society Series #2) by Meradeth Houston



Author: Meradeth Houston

Series: Sary Society Series

Number in Series: 2

Expected Release Date: April 25, 2013

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance/New Adult


Synopsis from Meradeth Houston

“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.
 
THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place. It is geared toward an upper YA, or New Adult audience.


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Amazon (on sale for $2.99 now)|  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks  |  MuseItUp Publishing 

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Introducing Tom from The Chemistry of Fate

Thanks so much for hosting me! I thought I’d give a brief introduction to one of the main characters from The Chemistry of Fate and all around nice guy, Tom.

So, in case you’re wondering, I’m not male. Telling Tom’s side of the story was, well, a bit interesting. Trying to get into the head of a college freshman guy is actually something I generally try to avoid. (Working with incoming freshman in some of my classes often has the potential to make me a little crazy, I’ll admit!) But, when Tom started sharing his story with me I had to get it down on paper.

One of the things that made this a little easier was that Tom’s a little obsessive about his studies. He’s a scholarship student at the local university, and while that’s great, the only way he’ll keep his scholarship is by keeping his grades up. For him, that means spending almost all of his time with his nose in a book. Which, I’ll be honest, was a lot like how I was in school. Even without the pressure of keeping my grades up now, I still find myself doing a whole lot of studying. It’s s sickness, I swear .

With that small thing I had in common with Tom, it became a lot simpler to get into his thoughts and concerns. I do kind of feel bad for the horrible things I put him through in Chemistry, but there is one giant bonus for him: Ari. While she may have been assigned to check him out and see what he may know about her kind (the Sary) it’s the chemistry they share that brings Tom to life, and gives Ari something to live for.

My other favorite thing about Tom: his pet mice. I’ll let you read the book to find out why!

I hope this small snippet into Tom’s character makes you a little curious about the rest of what goes on in The Chemistry of Fate!
 
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Meradeth Houston's Bio:


Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
>She has her doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: she sequences dead people's DNA and is a professional lab rat.
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>Her other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
I’m holding a giveaway that’s tour-wide, in addition to any that might be going on at individual sites. It’s for a really nice leather journal, which fits with the story , and a $10 Amazon gift card. The link for the rafflecopter is below for anyone who would like to add it to your post.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alien Adoration Blog Tour - Character Interview + $25 Amazon GC Giveaway: Alien Adoration (Alien Next Door #1) by Jessica E. Subject






Author: Jessica E. Subject

Series: Alien Next Door

Number in Series: 1

Expected Release Date: May 10, 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotic/Science Fiction



Synopsis from Jessica E. Subject 


Erotic dreams fill her with need…

Night after night, Rachel fantasizes about her sexy, playboy neighbor. But in her small town, no one changes, least of all the bad boy next door. But when Luke rescues her not once but twice from disastrous dates, she dares to believe her knight in black leather armor may be the right man for her after all.  

Until she learns the truth...

Life on Earth has never been easy for Luke. Stranded as a little boy, he struggled to craft an existence for himself, but he never forgot the first human he met--and he never stopped wanting to see her again. Returning to Hanton, Luke longs for Rachel. Yet, nothing goes as he plans, and Rachel barely notices him. Convincing her he isn't like all the jerks she's dated means telling her the truth, but can she handle it? 

Can she overcome her fears, or will she deny her alien adoration and leave him stranded once more?


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Life in a Small Town – An Interview with Rachel from Alien Adoration


Hi Rachel, thanks so much for joining us today. Please, tell us a bit about yourself.
Rachel [sits in her chair, hands folded together on her lap, not making eye contact]: Um, I live in Hanton, and I work at the bank as a financial services representative. 
 
Can you tell us about Luke?
Rachel [glances up at the mention of his name, cheeks flushed]: My neighbor, Luke? He’s, um, my neighbor, owns his own construction company, and drives a Harley. Has a much more interesting life with all of the women he has over there all the time.

What was your first thought when you saw him?
Rachel: I thought he was hot. Still do. But I don’t stand a chance with him. He goes for skinny women with big boobs, who wear high heels and drive sports cars. 
 
What is your favorite thing about him?
Rachel: I don’t know him well enough. I’ve never talked to him. But, I do enjoy looking at him.

What is your greatest fear?
Rachel: Being alone for the rest of my life. 
 
What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
Rachel: My greatest strength is determination, I guess. Determination not to lose my house, and to not end up like my parents. My weakness would by my hope for romance in a relationship.

What is your favorite color?
Rachel: Green.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Rachel: Anywhere far away from Hanton sounds good to me.

If you could spend a whole day with Luke, where would you go and what would you do?
Rachel: A whole day? Oh, gosh, I really don’t know. I’d love for him to take me for a ride on his Harley. If he actually wanted to spend the day with me, I’d let him decide.

Boxers or Briefs?
Rachel: I wear bikinis or thongs.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Rachel: Nothing beats chocolate.

Thank you for visiting with us today!
Rachel: Thank you. I was nice to talk to you. None of this is going to get back to Luke, right?



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Excerpt from Alien Adoration

Need a lift?”

The voice was deep and masculine, one she didn’t hear very often, but would recognize anywhere. Luke. Wonderful! He wouldn’t talk to me before, but now that I’m topless and sopping wet, he notices me.

She circled slowly to stare at the leather-clad figure sitting atop his motorcycle. The visor of his helmet covered most of his face, leaving only his luscious lips and deep, jutting chin, covered in light stubble, exposed. What would they feel like against her lips? Between her legs? Her body tingled.

Earth to Rachel. Do you need a lift, or should I leave you here in the pouring rain?”

Oh God, he knows my name. Since they’d never actually talked—she’d only heard him greeting his dates—her name on his lips came as a surprise. “Um, yes, I’d appreciate a ride.” On his Harley, and if she was lucky, in his bed. Anywhere. Her romance-first rule didn’t apply to him. He’d already seduced her plenty in her dreams.

Remaining on his bike, he yanked a helmet from his saddlebag and held it out to her. “What happened to your pretty blouse?”

Pretty blouse? He’d seen her earlier? “I….” Fluttering rolled through her stomach. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

She grabbed the helmet from him, fit it over her soaked hair, and buckled the chinstrap. Straddling the seat behind him, she fumbled with her hands, wondering where to place them, no bar behind her to hold on to. Oh, what it would be like to wrap her arms around him, lean against his wide back covered in leather. But what if he didn’t want her to touch him?

Luke pushed off from the curb. “I suggest you hold onto me or you’re going to fall off.”

The bike lurched forward with a roar. She clasped her hands around his waist, her fingers coming together temptingly close to his manhood, cheek pressed to his cowskin jacket. His deep chuckle reverberated across her skin.

I told you to hang on.”

And she could lean on him forever. Being so close to him with pure raw power between her legs moved her better than any fantasy she had ever created. But what is going to happen when he takes me home? Or will he invite me to his house instead?

She pressed her lips together. Sure, she wanted to know what lay under his tight pants, but she refused to be another conquest. I can’t handle it.

He drove into her driveway too soon, leaning the bike over enough for her to slip off. She removed the helmet and handed it back to him. “Thank you. I appreciate the ride.”

Tucking the helmet away, he nodded. “You want to come over for coffee?”

That and more. Though she refused to go anywhere in her state of disarray. “Um, no, I’m kind of wet.”

Another time, then?”

She nodded. Shit, why did I say no? They could strip down together and have all kinds of fun. But he drove away before she had a chance to retract her words.
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About Jessica E. Subject

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
Jessica is a member of RWA and the Toronto Romance Writers chapter, EPIC, and Savvy Authors. She blogs weekly at Backward Momentum, and monthly at Paranormal Romantics. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.
Other Works

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1Night Stand









The Edge






Elatia




The Challenge series




The Underground




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Coming Soon

Another Night, Another Planet (1Night Stand/Elatia)

Never Gonna Desert You (The Underground)



Indie Titles



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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

essica Subject will be giving away a $25 Amazon e-gift certificate at the end of the Alien Adoration tour. Plus, three other winners will receive Alien Adoration swag packages. No purchase necessary. Contest is international. Must be 18 years of age or older. Just sign in to Rafflecopter with Facebook or your email address on any post during the tour to be entered. Odds of winning are dependent upon how many people enter during the tour. Good luck!