FreedomInk365 All Hallow's Eve Blog Hop - Exclusive Excerpt: Amplified Chapter One

Hi everyone! I decided for my post for the All Hallow's Eve Blog Hop, I'd post something from my upcoming Dark Paranormal Fantasy: Amplified (Reign of Blood #3) This is Chapter one and it is UNEDITED and does contain some EXPLICIT language, so please, read on under caution and have an epic All Hallow's Eve :D

Amplified
(Reign of Blood #3)
By: Alexia Purdy
Release Date: November 30th, 2013
Exclusive Excerpt: Chapter One

Blurb:
Who wants to be the prey in a world full of hunters?

In the aftermath of the end of her world, April Tate decides that it’s high time to leave the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas. After learning the origins of the Zompire Plague, she risks her life to steal the antidote, makes the decision to separate from Jeremy for a while, and joins a small band of new and old comrades on a trip to the Pacific Coast. There they search out a legendary hive of Zompires who are more than just wild, blood drinking creatures.

On a mission to save the last of humanity, April will use the antidote to save some from eternal damnation, but will her decision bring hope for the future or create an ever bigger, unforeseen devastation?

Chapter One 

Narrow Path 

SLOT CANYONS AND sand. All over the place. In my boots, sticking to my fingers and clinging to the sweat on my face. So I wasn’t a girly girl or anything, and thank goodness it wasn’t muddy at the moment from the torrential rains which had been pouring down the last few weeks unrelenting like the sky had to take a major bathroom break. I just wasn’t a fan of being dirty. 

Stomp, stomp! Everyone turned around to see Elijah doing a funky dance, kicking up dirt, clouding up the air with flying sand. Great. 

“What the hell?” I hissed, throwing him a nasty glare. “Not like my damn allergies aren’t bad enough already without you kicking that shit up!” I covered my face with my shirt, sending daggers in his direction to let him know how much he was on my shit list for doing that. 

“Fucking snake!” He pulled his shirt down, kicking the corpse of a snake he’d just pulverized to the side, he cursed even more under his breath. 

I heard a stifled giggle from Sarah, who followed close behind me as she attempted to choke it back with a faked cough. It was amusing, to say the least, to see a big guy like Elijah lose his cool over a snake. Let’s not take into account that we’re in the middle of a barren, sun blasted desert. I swear God meant this to be hell on earth. I would’ve joined her in a chuckle if I hadn’t been in such a foul mood from the constant barrage of dust in this pit of nothing. I used to work in a pet shop and snakes didn’t bother me as much as spiders did. Those made me shriek like a banshee and sent me sprinting faster than an Olympic gold medalist. 

“Focus guys.” Christian’s agitation flashed across his face and everyone quieted down. If someone would’ve told me I’d be in the middle of the desert with nothing near humanity in site and stuck in the overbearing but gorgeous slot canyon with him leading a group of human hybrids alongside two vampire Hybrids, near sundown…let’s not forget that…to find another secret facility which supposedly housed experiments on everything you could think of, I’d call the bullshit. Yeah, it was bad enough it had been my stupid idea to come here for some answers about my mother’s suicide; the heat was sweltering and the lack of wind only made it worse. 

Rye huffed behind me. Not a fan of Christian, whatsoever. 

Who could blame him? Rye had a jealous streak that I tended to ignore, but it got downright annoying enough that I threw him a warning look. He threw me an innocent smile, one that made me smile back and roll my eyes at the ridiculousness of it all. We all didn’t want to be in this way, but finding the notorious Rick was my mission, no theirs. Still, I was relieved I didn’t have to do it alone. I was done with being solo, it’d been far too long stuck in a bunker alone with just my mother and an un-relatable brother for company. Human connections kept me from losing my mind. 

Christian…being my supposed ‘blood mate’ didn’t make things any easier. He tried to kill me once, when he was the deranged and sick leader of an enemy hive. But, unbeknownst to me, he’d been cured and imprisoned alongside me in the city of Vida. Katrina had been the Hitler leader there and had hoped he’d munch on me for a little snack since he’d been starved for a while in the cell when I’d arrived. I had to give it to him, he had resisted it like a champ. I was thoroughly impressed. But, when we’d touched, it’d ignited a bond between us that was more than unwanted. It meant I was his one and only, and all the bullshit that went along with that. Damn vampire virus had more than one issue about it, and this had turned into a nuisance for all of us, especially when he was near me. 

The bond created between us had turned us each into some sort of pheromone drug to each other and keeping away was the only thing that kept it at bay. Unfortunately, we both had to be on this mission, which sucked for every party involved. 

Alright I admit it, it didn’t suck for me or Christian as much as it royally bummed out Rye, my vampire hybrid boyfriend. I still didn’t actually call him my boyfriend, but it was close enough. When the world has swirled down the toilet, you pretty much avoid thinking about any luxuries, including love.. 

Jeremy, my brother, had stayed behind at the hive, our headquarters underneath the Las Vegas McCarren International Airport. It was home for now, even though we’d been spending tons of time in the underground city of Vida, where the last of the unmutated humans lived. 

I wasn’t sure yet, but Jeremy had been hinting that he wanted to move permanently to Vida. There were more human children his age there, so I couldn’t very well disagree. Still, the crowds made me nervous and jumpy. He’d already adapted to it like he’d been there the whole darn time. Me, I stuck out like a thorn embedded into someone’s thumb when I walked down the city’s streets. Yep, it was mighty painful. 

If mom were here, she’d know what to do about Jeremy. Well, there’d be no decision to make, he’d be with her. No if, ands, or buts. I wasn’t maternal material, and I knew that, was totally cool with it. Each time I decapitated another vampire or dragged myself home with vampire guts and blood sticking to my skin, I really couldn’t picture myself as the vision of domestic. 

“Keep your eyes sharp and weapons out. We’re entering the monitored area of Asylum Fortress.” Christian yelled back at everyone. “There’s traps, by the way, and they’re changed all the time to keep out intruders. I can’t tell you where they’ll be, so be careful.” 

I pulled out my dual machetes, ready for action. I didn’t need to be told twice. This was what I lived for. I’d been stuck inside for a while, heading out only to clear out infested casinos or guard posts of invading Feral vampires, duly named Zompires by the hybrid vampires due to their lack of humanity and lust for blood and flesh. This particular mission was dangerous, only because Christian hadn’t returned to his hive’s home base in the Valley of Fire in several weeks. 

They had probably assumed he was dead and gone. New leadership was probably in command now. Christian’s second in command had not been at the Stratosphere when Blaze’s hive, our hive, had blown it to hell. He’d lost a major part of his troops, hybrid and mutated zompires, but his second in command, Mercer, who from the sound of him, was as cold as a vampire should be. Christian had described him as absolutely emotionless, stiff and perfectly calculating. I wondered how someone like Christian, who had a warm heart under his hardened exterior, had picked someone like Mercer as his second. 

There was a lot I didn’t know about the other hive of the City of Las Vegas. 

“Hey,” Rye stepped up beside me, his long sword held in his hands and guns strapped to his waist. He wore all black with long sleeves and a cap, which Blaze and Christian also donned something similar. They looked paler than they usually did, even though I knew they had fed today. The sunblock fifty thousand or so they had smeared on made them look like painted aborigines. I couldn’t even see his grey eyes underneath the heavily tinted sunglasses propped on his face. 

“Hey.” I wasn’t a big talker lately. Losing family can do that to someone. 

“Listen, I’m still not sure you and the other humans should be coming along. It’s a hive full of vampires and I don’t think humans are part of this one.” He suggested softly. His voice was harsh, just above a whisper. I didn’t bother looking at him, fearing I would just snap at his unsolicited advice. 

“Sarah and Elijah are here. I wouldn’t let them go without me.” I muttered. He was so overprotective of me, it got downright annoying. Sucking in a breath, I tamed my inner beast and threw him a soft smile. “Plus, you’re here too. I wouldn’t let you go without me either.” 

Rye’s face brightened, as if I’d told him I loved him. It was nice to see him smiling rather than frowning, which from my constant moping about lately surely had him doing that a lot. I had good reasons to be sad, I’d just lost my mother. Dying in an explosion I believed she caused herself, I’d been devastated and it hadn’t left me much room for happy thoughts. She’d been so together, tough and resilient. That is…until Christian’s hive had stolen her and my brother and experimented on them. It had left her broken, in body and in mind. So irreparable that I’d been left to care for my brother most of the time before her death. 

She’d feared she’d turn into a vampire, the one thing she could not tolerate. She’d had symptoms yes, but I had assumed she’d become a Hybrid vampire, not a Feral. Well, the explosion she’d rigged while I’d been trapped in Vida had made sure she wouldn’t become either of those. I’d been too late, and it had left us, Jeremy and me, utterly alone. 

I swallowed the bad taste the memories left in my mouth. Keeping my eyes focused on our surroundings, I felt the sun disappear below the mountains where the slot canyon began. The tall orange and smooth rock curved as it sent us around several corners, narrowing into walkways too small to fit more than one person at a time and threatening to swallow us in, bit by fleshy bit. 

This was an unusual place for a fortress, but at the end of times, who would visit this popular tourist attraction now? It was a perfect funnel to pick off enemies one at a time. It made me nervous as we rounded the constant turns and nooks that littered this area. Flicking my eyes up toward the towering walls around us, I was sure sooner or later, a perched Feral hiding in darkness or Hybrid would drop in from above and slaughter us all. 

Pessimistic was my middle name lately.

Copyright October 2013 Alexia Purdy

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Teal Haviland's UNDONE Cover Reveal!!!

UNDONE by Teal Haviland has a cover and we get to share it with you today! Check out how amazing it is and then look below to read all about the title and Teal Haviland!


Isn't it gorgeous and mysterious?!? UNDONE is a Young Adult Fantasy and is Book 2 in The Reaping Chronicles Series. It is scheduled to be released in February 2014.

About UNDONE:

The best plans come undone. The best angels do, too.

Gabrielle, the Angel of Karma, chose to live in a human body on Earth in hopes of learning what she needed to know to do her job better. She had no idea what she would discover, and she certainly didn’t expect things to go so wrong.

But that was then.

Now, she knows that Ramai and the Fallen have a much stronger hold on humanity than she first believed; that the Book of Barabbadon not only still exists but is now in the hands of the enemy; that demons are becoming more powerful; and that her new love, Lucas, has a terrifying path ahead of him—a path that could make him her worst enemy.

Now, she has to fight through more obstacles than she had before, and she has to do it while watching the clock—constantly reminding her, with each revolution around its face, that time is running out to make things right, to turn the tide toward Light in the Great War.

Gabrielle’s original quest has become more perilous. It’s not just about understanding what motivates humans anymore, she also has to figure out how to keep everything and everyone she loves from coming to an end. Soon.

Other than losing the War, Gabrielle doesn’t think the circumstances that have unfolded since coming to 

Earth could get much worse.

She’s never been more wrong.



ABOUT TEAL HAVILAND:

Teal Haviland lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her four-legged friends. She enjoys photography, travel, reading, music, cooking, daydreaming, writing (of course), and above all spending time with her family and friends. 


Teal grew up with a love for anything fantastical or outrageous. After years of dreaming of worlds where fairies, angels, demons, and shape shifters (to name a few) exist, she finally decided to begin writing her stories down. Inception, book one in her series The Reaping Chronicles, is her first published novel.

Book 1 of The Reaping Chronicles Series, INCEPTION, Buy Links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

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Cover Reveal 'Almost Matched' by A.O. Peart

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This novella is approximately 39k words. It is scheduled for publication on November 8, 2013. The cover was designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography.

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$.99 Cent Book Sale! Oct 21st-25th Only!

$.99 Cent Book Sale!
Oct 21st-25th Only!


The eBooks listed below are just 99¢ from October 21-25. They represent some of the best work from a dozen diverse authors. Click on each ad to be taken to the US Kindle store for that book. There are many different genres to choose from, so be sure to scroll all the way down to see them all. Enjoy!


Deals are from the following Authors:
Tara S. Wood
Alexia Purdy 
Penelope Childs 
Michael K. Rose
C.L. Withers 
Scott Colbert 
David Bain 
Benjamin X. Wretlind 
Micheal Rivers 
Craig McGray
JD Curry
Wodke Hawkinson 

Click on Each Cover to link to Amazon.




























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Indie Inked 2,000 likes Kindle & More Giveaway!

 Indie Inked just had a 2,000 Facebook Likes milestone!

We've come a long way since January 2013!

These authors are amazing and so generous, we're giving away A KINDLE FIRE 7" HD WIFI, ebooks and paperbacks galore! Check this out!

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Beyond by Melissa Pearl Release Day Feature!


BEYOND
(A Betwixt Novella #1.5) (Betwixt Series)


Book Description:

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?

Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.

But, when Dale is rejected from Colombia University in NYC, due to a police report that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.

There's more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.

Add BEYOND to your Goodreads TBR List

Cover Designs By: Eden Crane Design

Edited By: Allison from Potter's Copy Editing Services 

Purchase Links:


AUTHOR BIO:

“I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.

My first trilogy came out in November, 2011. It has been a wild ride swimming in this indie river and I have loved so much of it. I have learned so many amazing things and met so many great people. It has totally solidified the fact I want to be a writer for as long as I possibly can!

I now have five books published and am working on a new YA Fantasy trilogy for 2013. I am having so much fun with it and can't wait to share it with everybody.

I am from New Zealand, but am currently living in China with my husband and two sons. It has been a culture shock, but it's pretty cool living in such a different country.” ~Melissa Pearl



AUTHOR SOCIAL LINKS:
Blogs: Melissa Pearl  and YAlicious
Pinterest

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I Am Just Junco Series New Covers!

New Covers for an EPIC Series!

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
I Am Just Junco by JA Huss
NA Epic SF/Dystopian
Series: I AM JUST JUNCO
Books: Clutch, Fledge, Flight, Range, Magpie Bridge, Return

Synopsis:
Picture yourself standing at the edge of a dock.

Now picture being lost in your own head, utterly unsure of yourself, surrounded by people who want to use you, take you away, or simply kill you.

This is Junco Coot, aged 19, year 2152, daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. Assassin, semi-famous athlete, and on the run.

In front of you is your future...

A future filled with secrets so heinous and truths so outrageous, it will push you past the edge of sanity.

…and behind you is a life of lies.

Lies that will rip apart the threads of reality barely holding you together.

Congratulations, soldier. Your life is over, but your mission has only just begun.

Welcome to my twisted, messed-up life. No one’s getting out alive, so we might as well kick some ass on the way down.

I Am Just Junco is a dark, epic SF/fantasy that spans five full-length novels and one novella. It is NOT young adult.

The final book in the series, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.


Links:
I AM JUST JUNCO at Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/series/85208-i-am-just-junco

CLUTCH B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/clutch-i-am-just-junco-1-ja-huss/1114848059?ean=2940016241692

Trailer link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24oF6AKFeU


Giveaway:
JA is hosting a giveaway for a 15$ gift card to celebrate the cover reveal! Don't forget to Enter!

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AUTHOR BIO:

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

Author Links:

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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Bold Tricks by Karina Halle Review Feature

Review of Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Blurb:
With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.


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The Valkyrie Series New Covers!





Dead Radiance, Dead Embers, Dead Chaos by T.G. Ayer
(Valkyrie #1-3)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged...

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn's not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin's life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.

In the thrilling conclusion of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/75439-valkyrie

AUTHOR BIO:
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves - it works wonderfully...

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain crosseyed.

Author links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5726831.T_G_Ayer
Website: http://www.tgayer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TGAyerAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TGAyerAuthor

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