Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cover design: Okay Creations 
Photographer: Jennifer Rush 


For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.



Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012
Goodreads 

About the Author:
J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Twitter https://twitter.com/JLArmentrout
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout
Website http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/





Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Grim by Joseph Spencer

Grim by Joseph Spencer
Paranormal Crime Thriller
Date Published: 9/1/12

Synopsis:
Grim is a complex, gritty, and often gory tale which follows a series of grisly murders in Prairieville. The blood trail leads to a reclusive millionaire Heath Grim, who wears a mask to hide his war scars from the world, but he harbors a darker secret on the inside. Virtuous detective Adam White almost always gets his man, but he's haunted by the one case he's never closed - his wife's murder. When White is pushed to the limits of his sanity from a rising body count and a criminal kingpin who has turned crooked cops and corrupt politicians against him, will he be able to collar the killer? Or will a plot to tarnish his image and the killer's information on a common enemy turn White into the type of man he's hunted throughout his law enforcement career?


Grim is a gory tale that was rather hard to put down. Heath Grim is a war veteran who wears a mask to hide his disfigurement. His best friend has been dead for about two years and he still has conversations with him in his head all the time. A murder investigation in Abbadon leads the towns only hope, Adam White to Heath Grim. Adam's wife also fell victim to these crimes so he is determined to put an end to this. These murders are similar to previous crimes. Heath is determined to deliver justice. Cryus Black is the ganglord of Prairieville and plans on expanding his business, which means he needs to take care of Heath since he owns property the gang leader needs. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I kept wondering how the next crime was going to go down, as no two murders are the same. This book is very descriptive and maybe not for those with a weak stomach. I highly recommend this to fans of the genre and give it 5 hearts!





Author Bio:


INTRO


Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013.


THE ROAD HERE


The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned Marino State Hospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades.


THE STORYTELLER’S STORY


As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.


Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.


Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

Website: www.josephbspencer.com
Twitter: josephspencer00

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Everlost (Mer-Tales Book 3) by Brenda Pandos

Everlost (Mer-Tales Book 3) by Brenda Pandos
Release date: March 14, 2013



Synopsis:
With one kiss, Tatiana has discovered a love for a man she’d hated—the prince of Natatoria. Through the botched rescue attempt by her father against this union, an army of rebels has revealed their identity and intentions—treason.

When the King is fatally injured, Azor takes things into his own hands. No one is safe as mers are forced to choose sides. Betamers take the blame, including Tatiana’s family’s closest friend, Badger, and the punishment is death. Caught between the bond and her true feelings, Tatiana, the future Queen, must overcome the promise to fight for what’s right and uncover the truths of the past or all will become Everlost.





Everlost (Book 3) picks up where Everblue (Book 1) leaves us, and along side the events of Evergreen (Book 2), when Prince Azor stole Tatiana's kiss and her choice. Everlost gives us a much deeper understanding of how the promise really affects the ones who have kissed and why.

Tatchi (Tatiana) is a very passionate, out spoken, aggressive woman except when she's around Azor. Ever since they were promised, it's almost like she's addicted and needs to be with him all the time. Unfortunately  Prince Azor is always extremely busy, running off to take down the rebels, and never seems to have enough time for her. Soon rumors start flying that even a week into their promising, they still haven't consummated the relationship. It feels like Azor is avoiding going to the next level with Tatiana, despite the promise, and the lies start piling up.

It was heartbreaking to see how the promise messed with Tatchi's mind and heart after having read Everblue and knowing how much she absolutely hated Azor. There were moments that had me just as confused as Tatchi. One minute, Azor was being a complete jerk and I felt so bad for Tatchi because all she wanted was to be with him. The next minute, he would act the way you'd expect a promised mer to act - sweet, loving. And then just as quickly, I was hating him again!

There were some new characters introduced in this book, like Jacob, Tatchi's bodyguard, whom I absolutely fell in love with. I loved the way he was tied in to several characters we'd already met in the previous 2 books in this series.

This was one of those books that I absolutely couldn't put down!! (Big surprise, all of Brenda's books have that effect on me!) There was so much action, heartbreak, hatred, and love, it was a complete roller coaster! A beautifully written end to an amazing series. Highly recommended to everyone! 5 hearts!


About the Author:

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household and herself.

Four years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy, Everblue, book 1 of Mer Tales, Evergreen, book 2 of Mer Tales. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.

You can follow her journey at http://brendapandos.blogspot.com or join her email distribution list for new releases and contests at brendapandos@gmail.com





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Released Today: Going Under by S. Walden




** New Adult fiction with mature themes. It contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual violence.




Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.


About the Author:


S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it. She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects. 

Author's Email: swaldenauthor@hotmail.com
Author's Facebook: www.facebook.com/swaldenauthor
Author's Twitter: @swaldenauthor


Monday, March 18, 2013

Guest Post & Excerpt: Shadow of the Wolf by S.M.Pace


Today we welcome S.M. Pace, author of Shadow of the Wolf, to Comfortably Read! Tell us, what is your writing process like?

My Writing Process
I’m a rather bizarre mix of panster and overplanner. In the past I’ve spent weeks creating an outline, then several months to a year not following that outline. Lately, I’ve settled into a new and more organized process that keeps me a lot more productive.
Step 1: Planning. I’m a huge fan of Holly Lisle, and I use her How To Think Sideways course, as well as her plot and scene clinics to plan out my novel. It’s helped me create scene ideas that are actually good, plot moving scenes, so I won’t end up discarding my outline, and wasting a lot of time meandering around three or four disconnected main plotlines.
Step 2: Writing. I can’t write by hand, except to brainstorm. Every part of the draft has to be typed, so my laptop is highly valuable to me. I use scrivener to keep my scenes organized. I try to write at least 1000 words a day, which can take me anywhere from twenty minutes to three hours. If I’m really stuck, I resort to
my Write or Die application to force myself to produce the words I need. I don’t like doing it too much, because the words I produce, while chock full of muse inspired strokes of brilliance, are an utter mess. They need to be revised before I can add them to the draft.
It takes me about a week to finish a short story, and three months to finish a novel. More often than not, the novel will disappear into my back burner file, because I’m not ready to show it to the world. Only if I plan to publish it will I continue to work on a novel after finishing the first draft. Short stories I work on sporadically,
though with a bit more determination if I have a place to submit them.
Step 3: Revision. Once I finish a first draft, I let the work breathe anywhere from a week to month, depending on how badly I want to start working on it again. I use Holly Lisle’s revision course for this part. It helps keep me organized and on track, so I don’t waste time doing line edits on a scene I later find out needs to be cut out completely.
Once I’ve produced a revised second draft, I go to my online critique groups. My favorite one is critters.org. I’ve gotten my most useful reviews from there, as well as made some awesome writing friends.
Once I have all my critiques, which can take up to two months for a novel, I compile everything and start making notes. Then I go back to cutting, rewriting and revising. I submit it for more critiques, and back again to cutting, rewriting and revising. My sixth draft is usually my final draft. I polish it as much as I’m able, submit it to my editor for a final proofread.


Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 11/28/12


Toby has always felt like an outcast in his village, but he thought winning a game at the Summer Fair was the answer to making friends. The local boys disagreed and literally threw Toby to the wolves. Stranded in enemy territory with a broken leg, he’s offered two options by the resident werewolves; death or permanent exile from his race.

Although Toby longs to return to his family, he chooses to live. But the werewolf children torment him just like the boys and girls back home. When he fights back and discovers he can wield magic, a crime in his old kingdom, he realizes he’s safer with the werewolves than he ever was amongst his own kind. He even finds happiness and acceptance, until his real sister contacts him with her own forbidden magic.

Fearing for her safety, Toby must decide where his loyalties lie; with the family he grew up with or the werewolves who took him in when his own people discarded him?




Excerpt:

It seemed impossible. Noah Cham, apologizing and offering to be friends. Toby hesitated, his mind unable to grasp such a rapid change. Too good to be true.

He shoved the caustic thought away and stuck out his hand. "Sounds good to me."

The corner of Noah's mouth twitched and he stared at Toby's hand for a second before accepting the handshake with an easy grip.

"Good game earlier," Toby added.

Noah flinched a little, his smile wavering then snapping back into place. “Definitely an interesting game.”  He shared a glance with his friends and lifted the bat he held.  “We're headed out to the perimeter, to hit a few rocks. You want to come?”

Toby thought about it for less than a blink.  “Sure.”

The other three started toward the road, but before Toby took three steps a hand clamped on his wrist, yanking him back.

Ora glared at him, eyes fierce.  “What do you think you’re doing?”

Toby tugged his arm out of her grip.  “Making friends. You should try it, just once.  You’re too paranoid."

Her eyes darkened, flicking to Noah, who had stopped to watch them.  “Paranoid or not, I’m no fool. He’s planning something.”

For a moment, just one small moment, looking into her eyes, doubt crushed Toby.  The knowledge that he was being foolish. He knew Noah would never change so easily.

He shrugged the weight off.  “Probably.  But I can handle it.  Tell Mama I’ll be home for supper.”

Ora reached for his hand again. He slipped away and left her clutching at air, staring at him with that Ora look, like she thought she’d never see him again. The weight crept back, but Toby shoved it away. He wanted friends. Someone besides his sister and little brother to do things with; even stupid things.

About the author:
Stephanie Pace is an avid reader of every genre, though fantasy is her favorite. She started writing at fifteen, and never looked back. She currently works as a pre-K teacher by day, and a determined self-publisher by night. When she’s not distracting herself with conlanging and world-building, she loves to do cross stitch or escape to the outdoors when the weather is nice. She lives in central Virginia with her boyfriend, and the rest of her crazy, amazingly supportive family close by.

Where to buy: Amazon - Kindle





Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!!

    



Friday, March 15, 2013

Excerpt: After the Ending (Book One of the Ending Series) by Lindsey Farleigh and Lindsey Pogue


After the Ending
Book One of the Ending Series
By: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue


The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my
boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with
the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear
off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—
broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The
aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers,
making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamil-iar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.


EXCERPT

Looking around apprehensively, I made my way toward the convenience store in hopes of finding a
bathroom. The vacant world around me was eerily silent. All I could hear was the creaking of a giant wooden billboard being assaulted by the wind.

How long has it been since anyone was here? Through the dark windows I saw a bathroom sign that looked
promising, but I couldn’t bring myself to enter. I wonder if it’s safe…

As I stood outside of the store, I noticed a newspaper box still filled with papers. I leaned closer. The headline read, BILLIONS DEAD, and the paper was dated December 9, right before everything had started to shut down. I inserted a quarter and snatched out a paper. Scanning its contents, my mouth grew dry and my body stiffened.
…the H1N1/12 pandemic…
…looting and riotous outbreaks everywhere…
…end of civilization as we know it…
…survivors losing their minds…
…governments can’t control…
…the Apocalypse…

The newspaper slipped from between my fingers. Frozen in place, I was suffocated by the reality of our situation.

This isn’t going away.
The world ended.

Thinking of the strange feelings I’d been experiencing, I once again questioned my own sanity. My thoughts were too loud to silence. My heart thudded, and I couldn’t swallow the lump in my throat. Looking out into the abandoned world around me, I realized how alone we really were.

I bent down to reclaim the paper and turned on my heels to head back toward the truck, completely awestruck as the words I’d read replayed in my mind. Each was a reminder that the only world I’d ever known had ended.





About the Authors:


Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book—as long as that book transports her to
a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel
and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure
and romance. When she’s not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and
trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and
confused cats.

Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on
her elementary school soccer field, compiled books of collages as a teenager, and as an adult,
expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world
around her—whether she’s traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next
storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey’s wrapped in blankets watching her
favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man.

www.TheEndingSeries.com


Where to buy: FREE on Kindle / Amazon, Barnes & Noble



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Everlost: Mer-Tales Book 3 by Brenda Pandos

Release date: March 14, 2013

Synopsis:

With one kiss, Tatiana has discovered a love for a man she’d hated—the prince of Natatoria. Through the botched rescue attempt by her father against this union, an army of rebels has revealed their identity and intentions—treason.
When the King is fatally injured, Azor takes things into his own hands. No one is safe as mers are forced to choose sides. Betamers take the blame, including Tatiana’s family’s closest friend, Badger, and the punishment is death. Caught between the bond and her true feelings, Tatiana, the future Queen, must overcome the promise to fight for what’s right and uncover the truths of the past or all will become Everlost.


About the Author:

Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household and herself.

Four years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy, Everblue, book 1 of Mer Tales, Evergreen, book 2 of Mer Tales. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.

You can follow her journey at http://brendapandos.blogspot.com or join her email distribution list for new releases and contests at brendapandos@gmail.com

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review of Redemption by R K Ryals

This book is currently FREE on Kindle! Keep reading for a direct link.

Synopsis:
A fateful car accident, a strange Abbey ruled by an even stranger Abbess, an
insane Demon, a world where right and wrong becomes dangerously twisted, and a
confident, rebellious teenager . . . .
Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed,
grief-stricken young woman forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt who
favors her moral older sister. But when Dayton’s life becomes intertwined with a
dangerous stranger, she suddenly finds herself at the center of a war fought
since the beginning of time.
Trapped between what she believes is right,
and a forbidden attraction, Dayton must come to terms with betrayal and her
surprising lineage to stop a war before it even begins.




MY REVIEW:
R. K. Ryals led me to believe that the place she has wrote about actually exists.  To my amazement after looking it up, there is no such place.  I have been sucked up into today through the eyes of Dayton (Day) who was told by her babysitter her parents had passed.  Placed through Social Services to live with their Aunt in an Abbey. Daytons friends are as interesting as the walls in the Abbey.

I fell in love with this book from the beginning with Daytons relationship with her sister Amber.  There is nothing I wanted more than to be close to my brother. She is caring, honest and her character is believable.  She goes through certain situations that we have all gone through and feel her pain as if it were our own.  There is a lot more to Dayton that meets the eye.

Monroe (Roe) is Daytons best friend and her character is set in the 50's.  Her clothes and car and I can just imagine having her as a friend, always there and sticking up for Day. Their friendship will have you turning pages because I know we all have a friend like Roe.

Daytons sister Amber seems to fit in well at the Abbey and Day tries to rekindle their bond. While Day hangs out with her school colleagues Amber seems to be with the clergy. Amber is kind to her and tries not to bite back.

Redemption is filled with many characters you can keep track of and you get a sense and adventure with them.  Each person has their own personality but still all together united. My most hated character would be Day and Ambers Aunt, never have I felt so angry towards a character in a  book in all my life. I feel I am falling in love all over again with Marcus, dark and secretive yet.... hmm I can't put my finger on it.

Whilst Day is the main character in the book my interest is with a character called Jessie Gray, the gum chewing girl who isn't popular but isn't hated either who says something to Day in the rest room at school which has Day thinking even more about what is going on around her.

This book had me in tears before the first chapter ended. I especially liked the description of social services room you couldn't of got anymore spot on.  The Abbey is pictured in my head as a very old building with symmetrical bushes and nothing out of place. This has been a 'don't put me down book'.  I am looking forward to reading the next book. 

I give this book 4.5 hearts!


A couple of my favourite quotes from the book are these:

"The thin coverlet was a blank canvas, the stories were the paint, and my mind was the paint brush".

AND

"I cringed as she moved toward me, her robes slapping softly against her legs.  I felt tempted to hum the Darth Vader theme music from Star Wars."

About the Author:
R. K. Ryals is a scatterbrained mother of three whose passion is reading whatever she can get her hands on. She makes her home in Mississippi with her husband, three daughters, a Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, and a coffeepot she couldn't live without.

Author's website: http://rkryals.com/book-links/
Other Books in series:Ransom (book II),Retribution (book III), Mark of the Mage and the Acropolis series
Where to buy: Kindle - Amazon,

~Kate

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: The Space Between (Book One in the Book of Phoenix) by Kristie Cook


When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between 

After a month-long dance tour through Italy, 20-year-old Leni Drago returns to Georgia to care for her great-uncle, only to find him gone, the home they shared empty and any evidence he ever existed wiped out. All that’s left is a journal she can’t open.
Jeric Winters has been searching for a piece of his past for over a year, only to reach a dead-end in Georgia. When an urgent and magnetic pull draws him out of his hotel room, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful dancer who’s been haunting his dreams day and night.
Jeric’s one to stay away from—a bad-boy, hit-it-and-quit-it type—but Leni can’t escape the fervent feelings between them. As their own existences begin to crumble around them and shadowy forms that are more monsters than men attack, they realize there’s more to the connection between them than physical fascination.
To solve the riddle their lives have become, they must embark on a journey that requires them to face their pasts and release their true souls. And they must do it fast—dark ones from another world are closing in, intent on killing them. Permanently. 



**Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.


Credit: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design

The Space Between
Kristie Cook
Releasing April 5, 2013

An Excerpt

LENI – The overhead lights fell dark for the last time as I opened the dressing room door. The back exit stood open at the end of the hall, allowing in enough light from the streetlamp outside to show my way. I inhaled slowly, cherishing the musty smell of an old theater mixed with the odor of dancers’ sweat and the fragrance of white roses. I silently said my goodbyes as my feet carried me outside.
“Thank you, Uncle Theo,” I whispered as I left the theater for the last time. Only because of him did I even have this opportunity. I couldn’t wait to tell him all about it.
A large, muscular body flew at me, swept me into his arms and twirled me around as though we were still on stage. Laughter bubbled out of my chest.
“You ready to celebrate, cara mia?” Alberto asked as he set me down.
“Celebrate that you’re finally getting rid of me?” I teased.
He clapped his hand over his heart, and his face fell into an exaggerated expression of pain. “Oh, Leni, you do not know how I will miss you and your mane.”
He swatted playfully at the bottom of my curls. He had no idea how I would miss the way he said my name, drawing out both syllables, “laaaay-kneee,” like only an Italian could do.
“But you won’t miss my heels on your toes or my arm in your face?” I said in mock disbelief.
He took my hand and danced me down the cobbled street toward the plaza at the center of town. “You are a stunning dancer, cara mia. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” He spun me under his arm, my duffle bag banging me in the butt the whole time. “Of course, you have become much better since becoming my partner. But everyone does.”
He winked at me before dropping me into a dip. My bag slid off my shoulder and a hand darted beneath me to catch it. Alberto swung me up and around so that I came face-to-face with the most unbelievably stunning vision I’d seen my whole time in Italy. Which was saying a lot. His eyes—blue, I thought, though the light from the corner post wasn’t enough to be sure—enraptured me. He held my bag out with a small smile that hinted at dimples.
Grazie,” I said breathlessly as I wrapped my hand around the strap of my bag. He gave me a nod almost deep enough to be a bow, his shaggy blond hair falling in his face. Then, without a word, he turned and walked away. My mouth fell open. “How rude.”
“Must be American,” Alberto said. I punched him in the arm.
“Who goes out of their way to catch a falling object and then can’t even say ‘you’re welcome’?” I asked absent-mindedly as I stared after the retreating body that rivaled Alberto’s. No, scratch that. It totally beat out Alberto’s even on his best day.
“What an ass,” Alberto muttered.
“Rude, yes, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.”
“No, I mean what an ass that man has.” He let out a low whistle.
I laughed and admired the view as well. “I can agree with that.”
“He’s going to Alonzo’s. Lucky us.”
~ ~ ~
JERIC – I flipped to the picture I’d drawn a couple of weeks ago during my search in Italy. I’d woken from a dream, one I’d been having for years, and as I had previously, I’d felt the need to sketch the girl who had me waking with a painful boner. Now that I’d met her in real life, I couldn’t deny the girl in my sketches was Leni—curly hair, exotic green eyes, full lips and breasts, her skin … as if the absolute best features of both African and European blood had been blended together and given to her. The Leni I’d just met would probably never wear the leather bra, miniskirt, and knee-high boots I’d drawn her in, but damn if she wouldn’t look hot in them. The vision came to me clearly. Too clearly. I had to place the book over my lap to hide the full-blown wood pressing against my jeans.

I needed a distraction. I needed to get her out of my head. I bought several little airline bottles of rum and dumped them in my Coke, but they weren’t enough to blur the image of Leni’s face in my mind. When the smoking hot flight attendant ran her finger over my arm then dropped a napkin with a message on my tray (“Meet me upstairs?”), I couldn’t resist. I snuck up the spiral staircase to the empty upper level and found her in the bathroom wearing nothing but heels and thigh-high stockings, tendrils of bottle-bleached hair barely hiding her fake tits. Flight attendants like this had made me a lifetime member of the mile-high club—they wanted nothing more than something to make the transatlantic flight more interesting. My perfect kind of girl.
Unfortunately, my eyes only saw Leni’s body under my hands.

About the Author
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 160,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between, which releases April 2013, kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

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