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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Cover Reveal- A SPECTACLE OF SOULS by @jjulienauthor



Today Jessica Julien, Bleeding Ink Publishing, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for A SPECTACLE OF SOULS, the first book in her New Adult Paranormal Series, which releases July 7, 2020! Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $5 Amazon GC!

On to the reveal!





About The Book:
Title: A SPECTACLE OF SOULS (Circus of the Stolen Book 1)
Author: Jessica Julien
Pub. Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon,  Kobo

Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.

When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.

Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.

About Jessica:

Born in the picturesque state of Washington, Jessica Julien is the marketing director of a boutique publishing company, a stay at home mom, wife, and wanderluster. When not drafting marketing plans or doing laundry, she spends her time writing young adult and new adult novels focused on the paranormal and supernatural inspired by her love of all things dark and twisty. With her vivacious imagination, witty personality, and ability to bring sarcasm to a new level Jessica creates unique worlds and characters that readers can't help but hate to love and love to hate.

In her free time, Jessica can be found enjoying a cup of dark roasted coffee while snuggling under a blanket with a good book. When the weather is right she hops in the car with her husband, son, and dogs to road trip across the country where she delights in eating red vines, drinking iced lattes, and singing loudly in the passenger seat.


P.S She loves pumpkins, her dogs, the rain, eating food, being snarky, and staying away from all people if possible...but she won’t tell you that because her bio is already TOO LONG so find her on social media to learn more...

P.S.S Jessica Julien loves coffee so much she mentioned it twice, it does not mean she has a problem. She can stop anytime she wants (*whispers) she doesn’t want to!




Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, International.


Monday, April 6, 2020

Blog Tour- ATTRACTION by @rubyleighporter A Playlist & #Giveaway! @text_publishing,  @RockstarBkTours 




I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ATTRACTION by Ruby Porter Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Title: ATTRACTION
Author: Ruby Porter
Pub. Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter’s debut novel.

Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island, their relationships with one another and New Zealand's colonial history. Our narrator doesn't know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite-girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She's haunted by the spectre of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period's now weeks late.

Attraction is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves. In lyrical fragments, Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.

Attraction peels back the landscape to reveal deeper truths. The writer is right inside her material – a road trip that delivers a political and sexual coming-of-age narrative. The book is a slow-burning fuse that brims with intensely felt experience. Porter is an exciting new talent.’―Lloyd Jones

Attraction abounds with sharp imagery, intergenerational relationships and the natural, historic and domestic environments of modern New Zealand. Ruby Porter is a gifted new writer.’―Patricia Grace

Attraction is an exquisite story…The prose is emotive and artistic…Attraction is impossible to put down…It is a brilliant, beautiful novel.’―Booksellers NZ

‘A coming-of-age story that is full of evocative sketches of the North Island’s landscapes.’―Traveller magazine

‘Tackling a complex, fraught topic – the very essence of what it is to be a New Zealander – with courage, style and insight.―Stuff New Zealand
‘Not a word is wasted. Imagery is of the sharpest level. There is so much to love about this angry, meditative novel that reading it is almost an act of catharsis.'―The AU Review

'Porter's style is spare, immediate and pared back...[A]n intriguing new voice.'―Overland Literary Journal


Playlist:
Grimes – Flesh Without Blood/Life In The Vivid Dream
Grimes is the first mention of music in Attraction. She’s described as “saccharine and sultry” and the only artist all three main characters like. It’s an upbeat place to begin – the sort of song you play in the car at the start of a road trip.


Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer
Attraction is set in early 2016 – summer in New Zealand – and there’s a sense of riding a hangover from 2015. Songs like “Cool For The Summer” are just starting to slide back down the charts. It has that sense of impermanence that I think Attraction does too: things which can’t last, people who will leave.


Beach House – Myth 
The characters are all off to stay in a beach house (in New Zealand, we call this a “bach”) so a song by them is mandatory.


DIIV – Doused
The tension builds, in Attraction, as the relationships between Ilana, Ashi and the narrator shift. The frenzied, insistent guitar in “Doused’ captures this well. 


Cat Power – Nude As The News
Attraction moves between the past and the present – so it would be wrong not to have some older songs in this list. This is one I listened to a lot in the year I wrote my novel.


Fur Patrol – Lydia
This is a New Zealand song, one that would’ve been on the radio when my characters were growing up. Romantic jealousy also plays a big part in Attraction.


Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
I imagine this song playing in one of the (few) tender moments between the narrator and Ilana.


Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach
Self-explanatory, really.


Cigarettes After Sex – Affection
On first listen, this is a simple love song. But there’s an undercurrent and it’s darker – it suits the kind of relationships in Attraction.


Mitski – I Bet On Losing Dogs
A beautiful, defeated song, for when your optimism is waning.


T.A.T.U. – All The Things She Said
A certifiable gay banger, even if the women in T.A.T.U. are straight.


Brian Jonestown Massacre – Fingertips
Another song I listened to a lot the year I wrote Attraction. There’s something almost hypnotic about a lot of Anton Newcombe’s music.


The Strokes – Is This It
The Strokes taught me to keep my expectations for my twenties low. An anthem for disillusioned millennials (i.e. my characters).


Banks – Fuck With Myself
Because let’s be honest, the narrator does fuck with herself more than anybody else.


Bonus Track:
Ocean – The Velvet Underground (Live from The Matrix, San Franscico)
The title says it all; a perfect companion to my cover.



About Ruby:

Ruby Porter is a tutor of creative writing at the University of Auckland. She has been published in Geometry Journal, Aotearotica, Spinoff and Wireless, and a selection of her poetry is available on NZEPC. In 2018, she also won the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest.











Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours, International.






Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/6/2020
Excerpt
4/6/2020
Guest Post
4/7/2020
Guest Post
4/8/2020
Guest Post
4/8/2020
Guest Post
4/9/2020
Guest Post
4/9/2020
Excerpt
4/10/2020
Review
4/10/2020
Excerpt

Week Two:
4/13/2020
Excerpt
4/14/2020
Excerpt
4/14/2020
Review
4/15/2020
Review
4/16/2020
Review
4/16/2020
Excerpt
4/17/2020
Review
4/17/2020
Review

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Release Week Blitz- COURT OF SAVAGES by @christysloat With An Excerpt & #Giveaway!



I am so excited that COURT OF SAVAGES by Christy Sloat is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Christy Sloat, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for an eBook from Christy’s collection courtesy of Christy. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:
Title: COURT OF SAVAGES (The Savage Hunt Series Book 1)
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: March 31, 2020
Publisher: CHBB Publishing 
Pages: 180
Formats:  eBook
Find it: Amazon Goodreads

High atop a mountain crest sits the grand Gahana Royal Hotel. The world’s most elite are dying to see what lies beyond its iron gates, yet only a select few earn an invitation.

How do they find themselves on that VIP list? By being truly monstrous human beings capable of the most fiendish acts. Once an invitation is extended, the evaluation begins. The Court of Savages thrive off the hunt, the thrill of the chase and the delight of the feast. Yet they adhere to a strict code. Never will they harm a human who is innocent, good, or reformed. Their beastly pallets require the most vile of beings and an invitation to the secretive resort has just been extended to London Stiles.

Can she prove there’s enough goodness in her to save, or will her check-out date be postponed indefinitely?


Excerpt:
The last to speak was Nola. When she spoke, everyone listened intently, her presence commanded silence. Especially when it came to Lathan. His dark eyes constantly watched her, even as she was just merely watching others. Whether she knew he was looking her way was never known.

She pulled her red hair out of her face.

“And these humans you hired as staff, they’ll keep our secret?”

Amon nodded.

“How can you be sure?” she urged. Amon smiled at her. She was his favorite, not because he was in love with her like Lathan was, but because he respected her more than the others.

“Do you doubt me?”

Without hesitation, she said, “I do not trust humans, Amon. Do you not remember how my family died? How the humans hunted us down like we were the monsters. All we killed then were their livestock and they killed my family like they were killing their children. All we took from them was their food. What would the humans do here, if they knew we were killing their own kind?”

A good question for Amon, who didn’t look shaken by it. Still, she didn’t trust Amon’s plan. He leaned forward and touched her cold cheek.

“My dear Nola, you must understand that I have this under control. I am older than all of you put together. I have seen the earth before humans inhabited it. Before they became the kings and queens that ruled. My life has given me one thing, and that’s an understanding of how they work.

“I know what makes them tick. What they desire. And that is to see their kind suffer. Not the ones who are innocent, no. The humans who deliver nothing but cruelty. The hatred they have for their kind that do bad onto others. The evil they hold in their hearts for those who have hurt them. It’s delicious. Can you not taste it, my friends?”

Amon pressed a button and the door to their room opened. In walked fifty humans, dressed in Amon’s strict uniform as the new staff of the hotel. Their fear apparent on their faces and in the air.

“Taste it, friends,” Amon said quietly before he addressed his staff. “Humans, tell my court here how much you hate the humans who have hurt you. But, do not use your words. Use your mind. Think of how they damaged you inside and how badly they deserve to die by our hands. Go ahead, you are safe with us.”

With that they closed their eyes, or stared at the monsters who sat in front of them. And Nola sniffed the air around her, her teeth-baring and she rubbed her throat as the familiar feeling of hunger clung to her senses. Mariet’s teeth chattered as she gripped the table in front of her; hunger boiling in her belly.

Lathan stared at Nola as he had learned to control his hunger, but not to control his desire for Nola. God how he’d love to pull her onto the table and undress her. He wanted nothing more than to stare down at her bare pale body and treat her like the goddess she was.

The twins writhed in their seats, barely able to control the burning rage in their bones. They were born to deliver justice to these people. The Sister’s Karma, they were sometimes called, but sirens of the sea they truly were.  For them the hunger was overpowering, for they truly only fed on humans who did the worst. Siren’s often got overlooked the most.

“Do you believe me yet?”

As they all anticipated feeding, now more than ever, Amon dismissed his staff. He addressed his friends once again.

“Well, what say you? Are you to be in my court? To trust me in taking care of you and delivering justice to those humans who have been wronged. I assure you, you will be treated as the royalty you are.”

Lathan smiled at Amon, and gave his nod of approval. The twin’s both said, “Aye,” in unison. Mariet made Amon promise that the humans who resided in the sleepy town some miles away would never know what was happening. Once he did, she seemed content.

It was Nola who was the hardest to convince. There were too many what if’s for her to consider. She’d seen too much horror in her life and she wanted a peaceful existence.

“Nola,” Lathan said, addressing her from across the table. “You lost a family, let Amon give you that back. With us you’ll have safety. Out there, there are no promises.”

Something struck a chord within as she seemed to relax a bit more. Lathan was known to calm many. Perhaps it was his dashing good looks, or maybe his deep voice. But whatever the reason, she said, “I’m trusting you here. Do not make me regret it.”

“Oh, I won’t,” Lathan assured her. He meant it.

“Well then it’s settled, we are the Court of Savages, truly and surely. Welcome to your new home.” Amon said.

About Christy: 

I am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads












Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win an eBook from Christy’s collection, International.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Tour- STEEL ROSE by @vodriel With An Excerpt & #Giveaway! @RockstarBkTours 



I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the STEEL ROSE by Kathryn Ann Kingsley Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:
Title: STEEL ROSE
Author: Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Pub. Date: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 436
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle
READ FOR FREE ON KU!

The commander of the East Wind Dominion is a terrifying man. He leads an army of automatons. He can control lightning itself. And now, Rose Calder is his prisoner of war.

All Rose has ever known is fighting. When the invading forces of the East Wind Dominion take away her friends, her family, and her home, she takes to the skies to battle for her freedom. For hope.

When the war comes to a sudden end at the hands of commander Viktor Lang, she is certain that she is about to die. When he discovers her impossible secret, she becomes a mystery that he is desperate to solve and that may be worse.

The war may be over, but now she stands to lose much, much more.

_____________
Authors Note: "Steel Rose" is what I consider to be a villain romance. My male characters are often not very kind or gentle. This story has a HEA, but it may be a tough ride getting there. This story has mature themes and content.

Excerpt:


“Steel Rose”
The Cardinal Winds Book 1
Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Teaser Excerpt

Tap. Tap. Tap.
The end of a cane on the tarmac heralded his approach. He had climbed out of the commander’s black vehicle. He was dressed in a perfect, immaculate military uniform. The insignia on his collar wasn’t a rank—not like the others.
It was a compass rose with only the E written on the righthand line. It was the symbol of the East Wind. The symbol of the Cardinal.
I’m dead. I’m absolutely dead.
It took Rose forever to pull her gaze away from the pin on his lapel and up to his face. His eyes were the color of topaz, yellow and flecked in what looked like gold. It was unnerving at best. At worst, it was terrifying.
As was the expression he wore. Or lack thereof. He was handsome—he would turn heads anywhere he went, if it weren’t for the freezing coldness there. It made him so utterly unwelcoming that it turned his beautiful features into something frightening. The exacting, demanding, regal expression he wore looked as though he saw all the world around him and decided it was something small.
He had neatly cropped blond hair. Everything about him, down to his shining black boots and silver-topped black cane—was immaculate. Every detail was perfection.
The only thing awry with him was the slight limp he had. He leaned on his cane to smooth out his steps. It didn’t seem like it slowed him down, but as it was the only thing about him that wasn’t otherwise perfectly tailored and in its rightful place, it stood out to her immediately.
It didn’t stop the fact that she felt so very tiny in front of him.
There was no doubt in her mind who this man in front of her was. He was the East Wind. He was the Cardinal of the East Wind Dominion.

And now, she was very, very dead.



About Kathryn:

Kat has always been a storyteller.

With ten years in script-writing for performances on both the stage and for tourism, she has always been writing in one form or another. When she isn’t penning down fiction, she works as Creative Director for a company that designs and builds large-scale interactive adventure games. There, she is the lead concept designer, handling everything from game and set design, to audio and lighting, to illustration and script writing. Also on her list of skills are artistic direction, scenic painting and props, special effects, and electronics. A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, she has a passion for unique, creative, and unconventional experiences. In her spare time, she builds animatronics and takes trapeze classes.


Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.




Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/31/2020
Excerpt
3/31/2020
Excerpt
4/1/2020
Excerpt
4/1/2020
Excerpt
4/2/2020
Review Repost or Excerpt
4/2/2020
Excerpt
4/3/2020
Review
4/3/2020
Excerpt

Week Two:
4/6/2020
Excerpt
4/6/2020
Excerpt
4/7/2020
Review
4/7/2020
Excerpt
4/8/2020
Excerpt
4/8/2020
Review/Excerpt
4/9/2020
Review
4/9/2020
Review
4/10/2020
Review
4/10/2020
Review
4/11/2020
Review
4/11/2020
Review


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