Sunday, October 30, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN *readers*~! Between now and midnight on Halloween, win a FREE eCopy of "Death Speaks" OR "The Savage Blood"...

Spook-A-Delic Halloween Celebration~!
Leave your comment about WHY Halloween is your fave holiday.
Win an eCopy of either "Death Speaks" OR (when released by Thanksgiving) "The Savage Blood"
*your choice*
Contest closes midnight on Halloween.
Winner chosen by Random.org
Happy Halloween!
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Book 2 of the Savage Series
The Savage Blood
Available Thanksgiving 2011!

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OR
Book 2 of the Death Series
Death Speaks
Available now!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hey Guys~! *stoked* Like a Chimney on Fire! "Romero's" HERE!

Contemporary Romance~

Check out the latest in the Moreno Brothers Series. Romero is gettin' his groove on :Romero by Elizabeth Reyes for $2.99

I've read two of the Moreno Brothers' books and LOVED them~! Don't miss the latest installment, available today on Amazon...

Monday, October 24, 2011

HiGh, DARK fantasy LOVERS come hither~! "Black Scars" by Steven Montano

.99 cents through Halloween~!
*treat yourself*

Something ancient has awoken. Primordial and wholly evil, a living shadow emerges from a prison made weak by the magical cataclysm called The Black. Now the Sleeper stalks the land in search of its old enemies, leaving a trail of madness and destruction in its wake. 

Eric Cross, a Southern Claw warlock, has been sent to find the Woman in the Ice, the only known means to stopping this evil. Aided by a grizzled ranger and a band of wardens and inmates from a sadistic prison, Cross’ mission will bring him into conflict with an array of foes: the barbaric Gorgoloth, vampire shock troops out of the Ebon Cities, and a cadre of mercenary nihilists called the Black Circle. On a mission that will take him from a lost temple once ruled by insidious wolf sorcerers to the vicious gladiator games of the vampire city-state of Krul to the deadly ruins of an ice city, Cross will play a pivotal role in an ancient conflict whose outcome will determine the future of the world. Return to the world of Blood Skies in this exciting military fantasy adventure!

Review by Tamara

I just finished book two in the Blood Skies Series and feel like I ate my supper...twice! Don't kid yourselves, guys, this is a main entree, no appetizer or dessert served here! Montano really understands how to deliver dark fantasy and make no mistake, it's dark.

In this adventure, Southern Claw Solider, Eric Cross, takes on more than he can handle and becomes a prisoner and gladiator-of-sorts for vampires. Wanting nothing more than to survive, save his comrades and find the Woman in the Ice/Lake he does just that...with the single-minded focus only Cross possesses. I am not a big high fantasy fan but what saves the genre for me is Montano's descriptive prowess. It may not be for all, but a less adept writer could never have managed the weighty material. Look at the following example:

~The undead exploded. Pale animated bodies and jagged skeletal weapons, razor vapors and icy claws, maggot hearts and grave dust, soiled black fire and cursed souls: all of it immolated within the onslaught of primal spirit matter like paper put to the flame~

The entire work is a scene-scape of words. In some parts I desperately wished to escape the vividness of his writing, especially in battles, my heart raced! But there is no escape. You are IN the battle, while the melee swirls around the reader. This is a heavily descriptive work with great pacing and action throughout. Fans of high, dark fantasy are going to love this second installment in the Blood Skies Series.

5 Stars!

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Sub-genre(s): Paranormal, Militaristic 
Elements: Strong Violence, some Profanity
Age: 16+ 

Purchase Link: Black Scars
Cost: .99
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: No

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"The Savage Blood" in paperback; available soon~!


Thanksgiving 2011

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 Matthew and Bracus of the Band travel alongside eighteen-year old queen, Clara Williamson, as she journeys to the sea to unlock the puzzle of her lineage.


Trouble strikes when the fragment absorbs Prince Frederic and undertake plans that involve Clara and her home sphere in a dangerous scheme of coercion.

It isn't long before Clara discovers the Guardians terrible secret through horrible circumstances she must escape from.

Can Clara protect herself from her own destiny?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Congratulations to the Winners of the "Death Speaks" Giveaway~!

Congratulations: Mary (paperback copy) &
Darlene and Krystal ( eCopies)

A HUGE "thank you" to Memrie, for hosting my giveaway on her BLOG
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Didn't enter? No problem. Becky at Book Bite Reviews will be hosting a new giveaway beginning tomorrow and ending on Halloween!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

REVIEW: "Demon Kissed" *5-stars*


The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss – he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now. Ivy is an anomaly—she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old. Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she's dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time—with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can't be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.

Review by Tamara

The author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next book.

I CAN'T WAIT! There's a reason this book is so popular. Ward's got it all goin' on here: suspense, romantic tension, intrigue throughout, not much not to love in this novel! This is the 5th book I've read with some kind of spin on angelic/demon themes and it is the very best. Tight prose and superb pacing make this an I-can't-put-it-down. Go ahead, I dare you, it was that *fantastic*. I read all but the last three percent (I know,I know, but I fell asleep on the last part and the Kindle hit my face...that happens sometimes). I finally finished the ending today and wOw!

Sophia has a guy she's great friends with that's a lady's man and it's just the way she likes it; "safe." Relationships have been a sore spot in the past and keeping everyone at arms' length really appeals. When Collin tries to get closer, she pulls away. In steps Eric, her lab partner, and he is the perfect foil for the relationship progressing toward intimacy. Soon, Sophia discovers who she really is and more importantly, what her purpose is. The entire novel pokes a dirty stick at trust in relationships, constantly forcing the MC to analyze her decisions at every turn. This alone made the novel a tense, page-turner. The premise was very unique in a sea of "sameness" in this little sub-genre and I was so pleased to try and figure out all the information and how the author tied it together.

I buy the sequel to books that have a series about half the time. Many times I'll read the first in a series but if it's pretty good or mediocre, I won't buy the second. I will be RACING out to buy "Cursed" ASAP. If you like a fast-paced, action-driven novel with an interesting premise, this is the one for you~! People that liked the novel, "The Soulkeepers," will love this. 

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Sub-genre(s): Angelic, Suspense, Intrigue
Elements: Some profanity, Mild violence
Age: 13+ 

Purchase Link:  Demon Kissed
Cost: .9
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: Paperback, $9.35

Thursday, October 6, 2011

*5-Stars* for "Forever Mine"~! FREE on Amazon.com Right nOw!!!





I picked this up for free but had been wanting to purchase it because of the reviews but the cover didn't "say" YA so I didn't get past that.

Wow! Wish I'd read it sooner! This author knows how to write the alpha-male. And I'm nuts for that type of male interest. That alone got the book shoved up to the four-star category. Do not spoon feed me the simp male, it will not work. Reyes crams Angel down our throats and I loved it! He's larger-than-life and never sugar-coats his feelings or intentions, not a game-player. He knows what he wants and it's Sarah...

But can Sarah commit to Angel? That is the strength of the story, there is a lot of intrigue about the past that causes Sarah to pause in desiring lasting relationships. She has one friend she can count on and one HUGE relationship that has failed. She needs to get back to what's familiar and not get entangled in something that may cause her further emotional torment.

Or so she thinks. Ha! Reyes weaves a story that has two or three mysterious sub-plots which float to the surface throughout, keeping the reader engaged for the entire read. I read this book in one sitting. I hear book two is even better and I can't wait to read it. If you like alpha-males, romantic tension with a dash of intrigue/mystery, this is for you! One additional thing is the author doesn't keep this book "clean." There is REAL dialogue that people would actually use. It is not a sanitized version; I really dug that. Keeping it real, keeps me reading.

Although the stories are not similar at all, somehow FM has the same "feel" as "Beautiful Disaster." People that liked that novel should like "Forever Mine."

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As an aside: I am really liking that "bridge" genre of YA that is moving into the adult realm but I don't see much of it (YA crossover/Mature YA). FM and BD are fine examples of a YA that is too mature for young teens but is perfect for teens that may not wish to read the "heaviness" of adult romance. FM fits nicely into this niche-genre. Reyes has written a series on the Moreno brothers and they mature with subsequent novels into the Adult Contemporary arena.

5.5 Stars~!

Genre: Mature Young Adult
Elements: Mild: violence, profanity, sexuality & reference  
Sub-genre(s):Contemporary Romance, Intrigue, Romantic suspense 
Age: 17+ 

Purchase Link: Forever Mine
Cost: FREE
Grammatical/formatting issues: Nothing significant.
Paperback: No 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tentative Publishing Schedule:

Hey everyone~!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Recently, I've had a few readers ask when I plan to publish future books in the (different) series' I'm writing. And while it's not "cast-in-concrete," I think it will be pretty close to the following:

2011:


The Pearl Savage Book 1, Savage Series, June 15
Death Speaks Book 2, Death Series, Sep 1



The Savage Blood Book 2, Savage Series, Thanksgiving 2011


 2012:
Death Screams  Book 3, Death Series, winter 2012


Blood Singers Book 1, 2012


Book 4, Death Series, Death Weeps
Book 3, Savage Series

Thanks for your interest and support in my stories!
My readers *rock*!