Book Blast: The Island by Jen Minkman

Book Info-
Title-The Island
By- Jen Minkman
Publication Date-June 1, 2013
*Novella* (80 pages)
Genre- YA Dystopian

‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall.
Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?


Cover Reveal! Freefall by Tess Oliver

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Title: Freefall Author: Tess Oliver Genre: New Adult Book Description: After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander “Nix” Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he’s never met, Nix’s life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his obsession, walks into his shop. Ever since a tragic accident killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn’t spoken one word. Up until now she didn’t care that she had no way of talking to people. Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant, selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn’t hear her words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear her. Teaser:
I could see Nix swallow beneath the collar of his t-shirt. For what seemed like the hundredth time, he rearranged stuff on his tray, and it seemed he had a hard time looking at me. I’d pushed it too far. I was being way to forward with him, but I couldn’t seem to stop myself. I was not practiced at flirting, and it seemed that I’d been reading his thoughts all wrong. In my state of distress from the car ride, I’d forgotten to take off my sweatshirt. Feeling like a fool for rubbing my foot so suggestively up his leg, I hopped off the table and walked over to the hook on the wall. Now I wanted to get this done and fast. I unzipped my sweatshirt and slipped it off my shoulders. As I reached up to hang it on the hook, Nix’s stool slid across ­the floor, and before I could lower my hands, his arms snaked around my waist, and he pulled my back against his hard chest.
  About the Author Tess Oliver is a teacher and writer who lives in California with her husband, kids, a small pack of pampered dogs, and the recent addition of three ridiculously cute pygmy goats. She loves horses, chocolate and Jane Austen books. She has a BS of Nutrition Science, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also an author published by Barron's Educational Publisher. Website Blog Facebook Goodreads Twitter  


Cover Reveal! The Switch by Dawn Pendleton and Andrea Heltsley

The Switch
Dawn Pendleton & Andrea Heltsley


Honor and Faith haven’t switched places since they were kids. When Honor begs her twin sister to go on a date with her boyfriend, Cameron, Faith reluctantly agrees. The problem is that she lets things go too far. Now Honor and Cameron have broken up and he won’t stop calling Faith, claiming he felt something more for her than he ever felt for Honor. The scary thing is, Faith felt it too. She struggles to come to terms with her feelings for Cameron. There is one rule that sisters and best friends abide by, don’t date their ex’s.

Honor has her own problems. Breaking it off with Cameron was the right thing to do, she knows that. His best friend, Parker, won’t leave her alone and forces her to talk about her feelings about the break-up. They spend a lot of time together and Honor starts to heal. Suddenly, Honor sees Parker as more than just a friend who cares. She wants more.

Neither sister wants to complicate things further and cross those boundaries. They can’t stop their emotions for the guys in their lives. Turns out, the switch is the one thing that has changed them forever.


Review, Giveaway & Feature: Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden

Armored Hearts
By: Melissa Turner Lee & Pauline Creeden
Cover art by Marcy Rachel Designs
Model Photographer: WinterWolf Studios
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Book Description
When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.

Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.

Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

*This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of both genre will love what we’ve come up with.*
My Review:
I haven’t read a lot of steam punk novels, fair warning. The last being Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, which can fit right along the time period of this one. I absolutely loved Armored Hearts. It has steam punk and fantasy elements seamlessly fused to form unique historical storytelling at its best.

Tristan Gareth Smyth is a cripple, stuck in a wheelchair and unable to walk. He’s a grumpy guy, but he likes being alone and would rather keep everyone at arm’s reach. The only one he even listens to is his aunt Tabitha, who is a bit younger than him.

I loved the setting of this book, the old England feel of it felt authentic and the steam punk devices were an excellent touch. At first, I didn’t like Gareth and found him awfully annoying and grumpy. He was downright rude, even towards his aunt, whom he loves and is the only person who knows his secret. When Jessamine enters the picture, he is downright awful in how he treats her. I wanted to slap the guy around a few rounds for being so stupid.

When the fantasy elements come into play, frankly there were some surprises, especially with their housekeepers. I would’ve never guessed. Gareth is pretty observant of stuff but seems to shrug off other stuff that is begging to be discovered. Luckily, he does grow on the reader and softens his hardened exterior as time goes on. I really enjoyed how he develops as time goes on, though I wish he’d softened up a bit sooner. Jessamine was definitely intriguing. A tough girl who doesn’t take no for an answer seems to be the cure for Gareth’s annoying attitude.

It’s curious that he doesn’t know much about himself, just that his mother abandoned him and his grandfather doesn’t want much to do with him. One day, when he was 12, he rescued a young girl when she fell from a tree, revealing a huge secret of himself he had no idea about. Fast forward to seven years later, and he finds himself forced into a marriage with the lovely Jessamine, an American enamored of him, which baffles him at first. Discovering that someone mysterious wants him dead makes him want to be rid of everyone close to him, but events unfold which make secrets of the past hard to keep.

I highly recommend reading the prequel to this book called ‘Winter Fae’. Though it gives away some of the heritage that belongs to Gareth, you can view this story with a new light after reading it.

Awesome story, I can’t wait for the sequel.
5 out of 5 stars


Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.



Twitter: @MelissaTLee1975

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.



Twitter: @P_Creeden

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Sneak Peek! Read the Prologue of FEBRUARY AIR by Alexia Purdy

I've been in excerpt mode this week and I got another one for you! Exclusive Sneak Peek of February Air just for followers of my blog! Check it out. This is undedited btw. Fair warning. Enjoy!
February Air
Alexia Purdy
Genre: Literary Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: TBD 2014

Some things can never be undone. 

Victoria was running. From whom or what, she can’t remember. Returned to a husband she has no memory of, she embraces her old life with Josiah, who says they were madly in love before she disappeared. But, her ten year old son Matthew doesn’t even know who she is. Regardless, she decides to put the missing years behind her and tries to settle into her life once more with what little memory resurfaces. 

One day, a man named Gabriel arrives with a bubbly two year old in tow, claiming to be her husband and the child, their son Sebastian. 

Victoria isn’t sure who to believe and her life spirals out of control once more. If only she can remember what really happened all those years ago. 

The past runs away faster than Victoria can, and the pieces never seem to fit.

A TICKLE TO my nose woke me, and a chirping from birds rang in my ears, sending my eyelids flickering. The light of the clouded sky blinded me and I shut them tight almost as fast as I’d opened them. Shifting my weight, I found myself flat against my stomach, my face embedded in dirt with a mess of leaves stuck to my long brown locks tangled in the dandelions amidst a plethora of weeds peppering the ground.

Not where a woman like me should be. But where was I supposed to be? Who was I?

Not the sort of questions you’d hear often right? Neither had I, I think. Yet here I was, afraid to move from the warmth which the ground provided. The frosty February air wafted about, sending a sprinkle of gooseflesh across my exposed skin. My lips were dry, cracking and seemingly glued shut. A tongue of cotton wiggled inside my mouth and the ache of wind burn across my cheeks made me realize I had to get to some water, and some sort of help soon. The thirst was already unbearable.

“Uuh.” I mumbled. Shifting brought only pain hurling though my bones. I stopped to squeeze my eyelids together, biting my tongue as the arresting tenderness screamed down my limbs, reminding me of my less than functional condition. These weren’t pains my body remembered. They were new and their incessant hushing for me to lie still and relent to the elements as they ate away at my body, preparing me for vultures to satiate their cravings on my flesh. These thoughts left me colder inside than a winter storm.

No. I had to get up, despite the agonizing protest of every tiny cell I possessed.

Get up, get away. Run, run, run. The soft whispers of my subconscious thoughts woke me up even more and I desperately want to do as it says. First, I reached up to feel my cracked lips, the hard wrinkled skin sucked dry of moisture burned as I peeled my lips apart. It made me wince, a small high pitched squeal escaped them as I endured the opening of miniscule wounds across them. Bringing my arms forward, I pushed off the ground while yelling at the dirt and the empty atmosphere surrounding me. Grunting as my body struggled to rise up and not wither, not die.

Get up, get up, get up.

At last, I got to my knees, but this wasn’t comfortable at all. Despite the blast of cold air rushing about me, I’m relieved the feeling of wanting to curl up and die had faded with every move I’d made. It sobered me up enough to command my body to stand up. A scream accompanied every creak, stretch and torsion of joints. It’s the company of anguish which embodied who I was now, not a pleasantry of memories. This was the now.

How I got this way, I couldn’t recall. Memories felt foggy, like peering into darkened rooms of a house blasted with frosted window panes. As I stumbled forward, feeling as though my legs had also forgotten their use, I held my breath and clenched my teeth hard until my jaw joined the harmony of pain accompanying me now. 

Through the meadow and on to the ragged tree line ahead, I hoped someone would be nearby to help alleviate whatever was wrong with me and help. There had to be another soul nearby, somewhere. Wasn’t I here? Would I be so far from civilization in such a mangled state? I felt the ping of being utterly alone, but took reassurance in the fact there was still a blue sky above, there was still the dark, gritty earth under my bare feet. Though unscathed and not one bit ruined, as I was, we were all very much alive.

I had to find someone, or die trying.

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Say When by Tara West

Title: Say When

Author: Tara West

Series: Something More (#1)

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing

Release Date: July 19 2013


He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.

Christina Duval

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

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In my spare time, I loves to read, exercise and spend time with family and friends. I contribute the cover art for my Whispers Series and have designed covers for over 500 other books.

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Cover Reveal! His Boss Lady by Emily Walker

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His Boss Lady

Snow Flower Publishing

Emily Walker

Cover Art Done by Alexia Purdy

Blurb –

Emma Michaels gets off on people calling her ma’am and fearing the fear the sound of her four inch heels instills as she stomps by her employees’ offices. The intelligent female worked hard to make partner at Johnson, Franks and Michaels and will not let anything distract her from work. With her path set firmly towards the future she has no idea that a young intern is coming to derail her plans. Tyler Higgins is proving to be a distraction that creates chaos and anxiety in Emma’s world. Will the young and handsome Higgins take the exec to school or has she met her match?

Tyler Higgins is a shark. The master of everything he touches comes from a long line of CEOs and self-starting businessmen. Landing his dream internship was icing on already well-dressed cake, but shadowing a woman was not what he had in mind. Emma Michaels’ attitude about work drives him crazy, and he cannot help but test her every chance he gets. However, not wanting to shadow Emma does not stop Tyler from thinking of the naughty things he could do to the buxom brunette haired beauty. Yes, this is dangerous territory.

Author Bio:

Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. She is constantly losing her chap-stick, and has an obsession with the color pink. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view she writes mostly paranormal fiction, and horror. Her small family consists of her red bearded other half, a rat terrier named Rebel, and a cat called Mr. Creepy.

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Taming Cross by Ella James COVER REVEAL!!!



Cover Reveal: A Dark Faerie Tale Series Omnibus Edition

A Dark Faerie Tale Series OMNIBUS
Books 1-3 with 2 novellas
Releases August 2013


Cover Reveal: Forged by Legacy by Angela Orlowski Peart

The third book in the Forged series, Forged by Legacy: Beginnings is coming out on July 10, 2013. Look for it on Amazon first, since their publishing machine works the fastest. Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Sony will follow soon too.


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Spotlight: Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez

Title: Sweet Contradiction
Author: Peggy Martinez
Genre: NA Romance
RELEASE DAY on JULY 13th, 2013


When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.

There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating. #1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type. #2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal. #3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem. Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.

Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior. His own … Sweet Contradiction.

Author Bio:

Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls.
She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn’t too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.

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Spotligh & Giveaway! Broken Wings by Cameo Renae

Title: Broken Wings

Series: Hidden Wings Book Two

Author: Cameo Renae

Published: June 1st, 2013, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Page Count: 296 Pages

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance


Emma’s world is falling apart, and Kade, the only one who seems to hold her together, is missing. With death lingering right outside their door, decisions must be made before it’s too late.

The Midway has refused to send help, so they are left to seek out the only other who can stop Lucian.

A perilous quest sends Emma and a few Guardians into the Underworld, where the unimaginable abide, to beseech the Prince of Darkness himself. Lucifer.

Now, they must endure the deadly levels of Hell, which not one … mortal or immortal … has ever survived.

Prepare for love, loss, and the unexpected.

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About the Author: 

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, CA, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.

She loved reading from as long as she can remember, and it was C.S. Lewis' - Chronicles of Narnia – which sparked a fire in her soul and made her want to create her own wondrous, magical worlds and characters to go on adventures with.

Her published books are In My Dreams (A YA Paranormal Romance
Thriller), Hidden Wings (Book #1 in the HW Series), Descent
(A HW Series Novella) and Broken Wings (Book #2 in HW Series).

One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn... until then... she'll keep writing!

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Giveaway Details: 

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
GRAND PRIZE: Signed print copy of Broken Wings and bracelet inspired by the book.
Second & Third Place Winners will receive an eBook set containing a copy of Hidden Wings, Broken Wings, and Descent

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