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Monday, April 29, 2013

Siege Book Blitz - Guest Post + Giveaway with Rhiannon Frater

Author: Rhiannon Frater

Series: As The World Dies

Number in Series: 3

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Genre: Dystopian/Horror/Urban Fantasy


Synopsis from Rhiannon Frater
Siege is the conclusion to Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead. Both The First Days and Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.

The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.

Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers. In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.
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Let Me Frighten You
Rhiannon Frater

I am inspired and intrigued by what frightens me. Writing about what I fear compels me to step outside my comfort zone and forces me to confront issues and themes that are not always easy to discuss. Creating an imaginary world where terrible things happen to fictional characters is an easier (and safer) way to deal with issues we must all face at some time in our lives such as loss of loved ones, overcoming adversity, and evolving in the face of hardship. But it also allows me as a writer to also delve into much more frightening and rare occurrences such as war, natural disasters, and apocalyptic scenarios.

When I sat down to write the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy, I wanted to address the zombie apocalypse in a realistic manner. Though the scenario of the dead wandering the earth and eating the living is highly unrealistic, I wanted the characters of the story to be everyday people who somehow manage to live past the first terrifying days of the plague. I didn’t want any Rambos or Ripleys in the mix. I wanted people who would resemble me and the reader.

Within each character in AS THE WORLD DIES there is familiarity. The characters are people we know or maybe even aspect of ourselves. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, personality flaws, and issues to overcome. Because I wanted my characters to be everyday folks, their reactions to their terrible circumstances are grounded in reality.

For example, Jenni is a battered housewife/trophy wife at the beginning of the first book in the trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS. After the devastating death of her children, Jenni is rescued by Katie. At first she is in shock, but slowly evolves throughout the series into a much stronger (yet not always stable) person. To make Jenni realistic, I drew on the coping mechanisms victims in abusive situations develop. The mind is amazing in its capacity to adapt to dire circumstances in order to ensure survival. Jenni’s ability to basically cut off her emotions and compartmentalize allows her to survive better than people who have yet to develop these coping skills. Also, Jenni is extremely used to living in a life-threatening situation on a daily basis, so the zombocalypse is not much different in some respects. Though sometimes readers get mad at Jenni for her immaturity (she was married at 17 and isolated from the world by her husband) and her bizarre actions, she remains one of the most popular, if not the most popular, character in the series.

Oftentimes readers of the series tell me how the characters in the book feel like friends. They worry about them, fear for them, and sometimes mourn them. I have also been told how readers feel so attached to the world and the characters they feel like they are in the action. I contribute this to the fact that they characters feel like people we know in our everyday lives, it is easy to slip into the dangerous world of AS THE WORLD DIES with them.

Though I love superheroes and magical/supernatural characters, in the end they are far removed from me with their abilities. I know I can’t do the things they can do. But I can easily imagine myself on a rescue run with Jenni and Katie, clutching a gun, sweating with anxiety, and feeling sick to my stomach with fear. Somehow this translates to the reader as well. I’ve heard so many stories of people having to put the book aside so their wildly beating heart could calm down. Honestly, I’ve stopped typing for the same reason.

There is a certain magic that sometimes happens in books that is hard for the author to explain to the reader, but after a lot of thought I do believe the reason why my books can be so terrifying is because the characters are not so far removed from you and me.

So when a zombie is moving relentlessly toward a character in SIEGE, the fast beating of your heart and the tremor of fear flitting through your mind is probably because you could be character facing uncertain outcome.

Now the question is…do you survive?
Rhiannon Frater Bio

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blood Flows Deep Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway: Blood Flows Deep In The Empire (The Szolites #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco

Author: N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: The Szolites
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: March 7, 2013
Pages: 210
Publisher: The Writer's Coffeeshop
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.

Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?

Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.

Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.

       YES!!!! Yes, yes, yes! Oh my goodness, this was so good. This is my kind of PNR read. I loved this book so much. This was like Larissa Ione's Demonica series, but with gods. The imagination and the dialogue used in this book made me so happy. I had a fun time with this book and I couldn't put this down even if I wanted to. Simply put...this book had everything I could ask for and more. This definitely is going on my favorites list.

      Ismini was a great lead. I instantly loved her and her friends. I related to Ismini the most. I felt sorry for her because it always seems like she is put on the backburner. He doesn't think she is good enough and given her fate, that couldn't be more clear. But I loved that even though she knows why she was created, she fought for herself. She didn't just lay down and wait to be the sacrificial lamb she was meant to be, I loved Dyletri. Oh my goodness, he was mouthwatering. He was also a character I connected with instantly. He has so much riding on his shoulders and has been waiting for a very long time to make things right. The chemistry between these two was explosive from beginning to end. Oh my goodness, the sex scenes were soooooo good.

      Not only are the main characters great, but the side characters are just as exciting. Ismini's best friend Evesse was a riot. When she shows up on the scene when she finds out what is happening to Ismini, she had me dying of laughter. This girl has a lot of fire to say the least. You never know what she is going to say next. I loved the push and pull between her and Zeniel. They were definitely fighting their feelings for each other in the most entertaining way. It was so much fun. I loved that the gods are thousands and thousands of years old, but they love the human world and how we are. They talk like regular humans and it made the book more fun for me. I just loved these characters. They will stick with you when the book is done.

      I love the idea of this book. Dyletri is the God of Fertility, but he doesn't want the job anymore. He fell in love with a woman and now she is dead. So he has made a deal. He won't touch a woman for eleven thousand years. He will wait until the woman that possess the right soul to sacrifice. That woman is Ismini. One he sacrifices Ismini, he will get back the woman he lost and to save Earth given the promise he broke. Dyletri is very attracted to Ismini, but that isn't even the half of it. Ismini has quite the reaction to Dyletri. They try to avoid each other, but that doesn't work out so well. But it may be more than they both bargained for. Dyletri has to fight to fix his mistake and an impending war that may be connected to him and Ismini.

      I love this book so much. It is action packed and loads of fun. The characters are amazing. They all have very distinct personalities that make them very memorable. You will love them all, especially the men. Oh the men! The dialogue was so much fun. The worldbuilding was innovative and engaging. I am going to read this again before the next book. It is impossible not to. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Everyone over the age of 18. This book is very, very steamy. A must read. Do not miss this book.


About N. Isabelle Blanco

N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At age 3, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she had already begun to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. An avid reader in her teens, a fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fanfiction.

Her on again, off again hobby for the next ten years, She amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fanfiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.

N. Isabelle’s first ebook, “Destructively Alluring”, came out July 2012, followed by "Addictive Lunacy" in September. The third novella in this debut series, "Allure Magnified," is due in November 2012 and her first full-length novel is due out next spring.

Certain not to disappoint, “Blood Flows Deep in the Empire” is a fast-paced, erotically charged thrill ride from cover to cover. Look for in both print and ebook formats on March 7, 2013.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cover Reveal + $35 Paypal/eBook Giveaway: All My Life by Rucy Ban

Author: Rucy Ban
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: ADS
Genre:New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Rucy Ban

Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.

But Kari doesn't know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache. 

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Excerpt from All My Life

Maybe I’ll forget this feeling someday. Maybe it’ll just be reduced to a memory made up of a flickering gas heater, the salty dew of his skin and the love in his dark, inky eyes. This feeling of pure unadulterated joy. Of reaching a high so potent that your spirit feels like it’s soaring across the universe…and falling from that glorious peak only to find yourself enveloped in someone’s warm caring hands. When you feel like you’ve just died or been born, right at the same time.

It could be that I’ll forget this feeling someday. But I’m sure it won’t be anytime soon. Maybe when I’m a hundred and looking forward to my lunch of mashed bread. Not one single day before.


About Rucy Ban

Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.  

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Friday, April 26, 2013

The Echo Tour - Review + Amazon GCs/Swag Giveaway: Blood Echo by Melissa Simonson

Author: Melissa Simonson
Format: ePub
Release Date: March 27, 2013
Pages: 212
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal/Thriller

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Iris Avery and her best friend, Estella, spend their time drowning in the empty excesses indulged in by their crowd of Upper East Side snobs until Estella’s sudden, shocking death.

Iris searches for answers in everything from philanthropy to hypnotherapy, feeling her existence is nothing more than a dark half-life full of guilt and repentance, but finds only endless questions. And several of them revolve around her when she discovers she’s connected to a high-profile murder.

When Estella’s voice whispering cryptic commentary in her head, Iris can’t help but wonder if the hypnotherapy has been helping or hurting. Is her friend trying to warn her about something?

Bizarre packages pile up on her doorstep, and their meaning is obvious: Iris’s secrets aren’t so secret after all.

      Blood Echo was quite the read for me. I personally have never come across something like this. It is an emotional thriller that really took me by surprise. Our main character is Iris. Her and her best friend Estella are rich beyond belief and spoiled. They are best friends and they have known each other for a long time. Their relationship is strained and dark at best. It all started with their drug abuse. They are both drug addicts. Well at least one of them is. Estella is dead and Iris is trying to cope with her death. She doesn't know how to handle Estella's suicide, but she is coping. I like that even with all she has been through she is still quite the fighter even though she is very tortured. On top of that, she is also a vampire. I love that Simonson doesn't say it outright. It is actually very subtle. This is a thriller with a tad bit of paranormal thrown.

      Another aspect I enjoyed about this book was the emotional rollercoaster. Iris is such a tortured soul, but there are those along the way that help her. I loved her relationship with Fred. Fred was a homeless man she met the night she was turned. He knows everything about her and only because she was high when she met him. I loved how unlikely their friendship was. Even though they were so different, they had a lot in common. I also enjoy her relationship with Darren. Darren was her boyfriend and he was the on that turned her. He cares about Iris and what she is going through even though she won't listen. He warned her about the Blakes, Estella and her family, but she won't listen.

      I loved the story. After Estella's suicide, strange things seem to be happening around Iris. A month after Estella dies, Estella's father is killed. No one liked the man especially Estella and her brother Adam. Someone killed him and dump Estella's secret stash on him. After that, Iris notices someone has been in her home without her permission. Then other tragedies take place and it all seems to be centered around Iris. She knows someone is stalking her. She knows whoever it is knew her and Estella due to the messages they leave her. Simonson does such a great job building up this mystery. I am really good at figuring out these mysteries. This really threw me for a loop. We get a huge reveal halfway in the book, but it isn't even the icing on the cake. There is much much more.

      I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful psychological thriller. I loved the amount of emotion that was put into this book. The relationships between these characters was dark and complex. This book could have easily been written without the little vampire twist because Iris is very much human. But her powers do come in handy (she has the ability to heal and kill with just the touch of her hands). This book will grab your attention from the very first page. I read it in a day. That ending, oh my goodness that ending. Wow! Check this out today.


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Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!

Melissa Simonson Bio

Melissa has been writing for four years and started mainly out of weekend boredom.  She’s a self-professed caffeine addict and a terrible driver; she has a weird fascination with rosary beads, complicated cocktails, and Diet Coke.
When she’s not writing, she can be found watching endless hours of Dexter and Weeds and reading dark, gritty fiction.
Since she saw him in her favorite movie Snatch, Melissa has wanted to marry Jason Statham.
She lives in Southern California with her four year old son, Liam, who is already smarter than she is.

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