Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Moribund by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Moribund
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.
If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.
High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.
With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.
Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.

My Review
 Moribund is a fascinating new take on typical fae stories. I have to say, the synopsis is what sucked me in, and the cover is gorgeous, so I knew I had to read this book.

Moribund is the tale of a shy, geeky sixteen year old girl named Syl who discovers a secret she didn't know she had. A secret her mom has been keeping from her for her entire life. She's one of the Summer Fae's Sleeper princesses, although she has no idea what that means. At least not right away.

Euphoria, Syl's glam-Goth crush, also happens to have a secret. She's a Dark Fae, but oh, so much more than that. Exiled by the Dark Fae, Euphoria is forced to join forces with a horrible person who not only convinces her to do bad things, but infects her with evil magic that turns her into one of the Circuit Fae. He does this because he has plans for her; plans she wants nothing to do with. He also has other nefarious plans that make him pure evil.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fun, unique, and adorable. I especially found Euphoria to be a great character. She may have drawn the short straw in life, but she didn't let that stop her from stepping outside of what she was expected to do/be/act like/etc.

I do wish there had been a little more world building when it came to the home of the Dark Fae. I was intrigued by Euphoria's original home, and I would've liked to have seen more detail with that. But hopefully there will be tons more in the sequel. I'm also curious about the Summer Fae world, and if that will play a part in Syl's life at all.

The plot of the story moves along at a decent pace, and there were times I found myself unable to put the book down, even though I knew I should so I could "adult" for a little while. That's how good it was. It sucked me in and didn't want to let go.

Overall, Moribund is an exciting, unique read that's LGBT friendly, but doesn't focus solely on that aspect. Nor is it a main plot point. At least not to me. Sure, both characters are crushing on each other, but their romance is sort of sidelined by everything else going on.

I highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, fans of stories about fae, and fans of LGBT friendly fiction. I give Moribund 5 well-deserved stars!
Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.


Giveaway



XBTBanner1

Branded Trilogy by Kat Flannery - Book Blitz + Giveaway

Now Available for PRE-ORDER
from award-winning author Kat Flannery
Check out the Special Promotion below!
BRANDED TRILOGY
Kat Flannery
Genre: Historical Romance, Suspense, Western, Paranormal
Publisher: Imajin Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Will courage, love and honor be enough?
LAKOTA HONOR (book 1): In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn't know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
BLOOD CURSE (book 2): Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
SACRED LEGACY (book 3): Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.
Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.
But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?
Kat Flannery is a very powerful storyteller and this series is a testament to her skills as a writer.
- Jan Baldocchi, Goodreads Reviewer
Ms. Flannery has crafted a deeply heartrending tale.
- Kristy McCaffrey, Goodreads Reviewer

Purchase Links

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PROMOTION!!!
With every pre-order of the Branded Trilogy:
- You will receive 3 novellas for FREE, courtesy of Imajin Books
- Your name will be entered into a draw for a ruby necklace (similar to the one in Blood Curse and Sacred Legacy) and author swag. (Drawing of winner will be on Oct 1.)
To collect your free eBooks, email your proof of purchase to kflannerybooks@gmail.com.
Pre-order your copy now now. Releasing on October 1, 2017.

Giveaway

WIN $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD
Contest runs from September 20 - 30, 2017.

About Kat Flannery

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.
A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat loves to teach writing classes and give back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career.
Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller twice. LAKOTA HONOR, BLOOD CURSE, and SACRED LEGACY (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s three award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.
Connect with Kat Flannery on social media:

In partnership with

Twilight Court series by Amy Sumida - Book Tour + Giveaway


Fairy-Struck
Twilight Court Series Book 1
by Amy Sumida
Genre:
Urban Fantasy RH Romance

From the Award Winning author of The Godhunter Series comes an exciting
new Urban Fantasy series!

Would you like to hear a real fairy tale? A story about the war between us
and them. A war which led to a truce and a truce which led to the
creation of a secret society. There are councils you know nothing
about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern
us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held
accountable to them. If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy
will come for you, but don't worry too much, it's hard to break laws
concerning things you don't believe in. Fairies tend to break the
truce more than humans and that's where I come in. I'm part of a
military force which monitors the Fey. When they cross the line we
extinguish their light... permanently. I'm Extinguisher Seren Sloane
and I can tell you a real fairy's tale, if you're brave enough to listen.


This is a slow building Reverse Harem series–multiple men with one
woman. The series becomes RH in book 6.







Fairy-Struck is free every 10th of the month!


Link to the whole Series:



Pixie-Led – Book 2


Raven-Mocking – Book 3


Here There Be Dragons – Book 4


Witchbane – Book 5


Elf-Shot – Book 6








Amy Sumida is the Internationally Acclaimed author of the Award-Winning Godhunter
Series, the fantasy paranormal Twilight Court Series, the Beyond the
Godhunter Series, the music-oriented paranormal Spellsinger Series,
and several short stories. Her books have been translated into
several languages, have made it to the top sellers list on Amazon
numerous times, and the first book in her Spellsinger Series won a
publishing contract with Kindle Press.


She was born and raised in Hawaii, and brings her unique island perspective to all of her books.
She doesn't believe in using pen names, saving the fiction for her
stories. She's known for her kick-ass heroines who always have a
witty comeback handy, and her strong, supporting male characters who
manage to be sensitive and alpha all at once.

All she's ever wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels. To be
able to do so for a living is a blessing which she wakes up thankful
for every day. Beyond her books, she enjoys collecting toys, to keep
herself young, and cats, to keep herself loved.


Sign up for Amy's newsletter and get a free short story: 
http://google.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=398603e0fc6b3876340e37356&id=3abd32edce




Website
* Newsletter
* Facebook
Group
* Twitter *
Tumblr * Amazon
* Goodreads






Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

The Four Clever Brothers: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTV37HD




a Rafflecopter giveaway









Adam by Ryder Lyne - Book Blitz



Science Fiction, Dystopian
Date Published: September 19, 2017

 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png

When the unearthing of the Ark of the Covenant results in the discovery of the bones of an angel, a government program seeks out descendants of the divine being. Scientists confirm the existence of Nephilim, descendants of the Divine Bloodline who exhibit unique supernatural abilities. These individuals soon find themselves at odds with society.

Sisters Piper and Wren knew they were different, but after the discovery, the two have evidence to explain their maturing abilities. But the government has the power to condemn and crucify Nephilim, locking them into ADAM compounds across the globe. The sisters are next, and Piper and Wren will need to act quickly to avoid being captured. In order to survive the two must embrace the stigma and master the very gifts that God has bestowed (or cursed) upon them.

Mysterious forces who have been plotting these events for decades shift the balance of power, and soon all parties involved will need to pick a side.



About the Author



Ryder Lyne was born and raised in the Grand Canyon State and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Her state has influenced many of her literary works including ADAM.


She enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, golf, and spending quality time with her husband, two shiba inus, and immediate family members. Ryder played collegiate golf and lived in the woods for several months in an extreme survival bootcamp. All of these things and so much more have influenced her writing.


Contact Links

Purchase Link



Reading Addiction Blog Tours


She's Like a Rainbow by Eileen Colucci - Book Tour + Giveaway


She's Like a Rainbow
by Eileen Colucci


~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE: Young Adult Magical Realism

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

“The summer I turned ten, my life took a fairy tale turn.”

So begins Reema Ben Ghazi’s tale set in Morocco. Reema awakes one morning to find her skin has changed from whipped cream to dark chocolate. From then on, every few years she undergoes another metamorphosis, her color changing successively to red, yellow and ultimately brown. What is the cause of this strange condition and is there a cure? Does the legend of the White Buffalo have anything to do with it?  As Reema struggles to find answers to these questions, she confronts the reactions of the people around her, including her strict and unsympathetic mother, Lalla Jamila; her timid younger sister, Zakia; and her two best friends, Batoul and Khalil. At the same time, she must deal with the trials of adolescence even as her friendship with Khalil turns to first love. One day, in her search for answers, Reema discovers a shocking secret – she may have been adopted at birth. As a result, Reema embarks on a quest to find her birth mother that takes her from twentieth-century Rabat to post-9/11 New York.

Reema’s humanity shines through her story, reminding us of all we have in common regardless of our particular cultural heritage. SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW, which will appeal to teens as well as adults, raises intriguing questions about identity and ethnicity.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Author’s Mission Statement: Author's Note: It is my hope that SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW will promote peace and understanding among people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. My aim is to stimulate discussion on everything we have in common as human beings regardless of our particular heritage. We are all connected.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

EXCERPT

We were not very strict Muslims. We did not pray five times a day, nor did we go to Mosque every Friday (though we did attend on all the Aids or Holy Days, to celebrate the Sacrifice of Abraham, the end of Ramadan, and such). Zakia and I emulated Mother and did not cover our heads. As she got older, Mother took to praying and began to wear a head scarf whenever she went out, removing it at home, leaving it on in her shop. She did not insist that we begin wearing one however. Since Zakia and I went to the French Mission schools, we did not receive religious instruction as part of the regular curriculum like our cousins who went to Moroccan schools did. To fill this gap, Mother hired a tutor who came once a week to teach us the Koran and to supplement the mediocre Arabic lessons provided at school.

Mother had several copies of the Koran. There was one, wrapped in gift paper that she kept in her room. I had come upon the sealed package one day when I was about seven and, not knowing what was inside, I had torn the golden wrapping to have a peek. Afterward, when I’d asked Mother why she kept an old Koran that was falling apart, she had scolded me severely and boxed my ears. She told me that Father had brought the holy book back from the Haj and had carefully wrapped it in order to preserve it.

Needless to say, we did not use this book for our lessons. Instead, Haj Brahim (he was addressed as “Haj” because he, like Father, had made the pilgrimage to Mecca) would take down the large, heavy Koran from the top shelf in the book case and try to help us understand the verses. When this failed, he would settle for having us memorize them.

Not content to just recite the words without understanding their meaning, I had convinced Mother to buy a version that had the Arabic on the left side with the French translation on the right. This was the book that I used for my private prayers and to search for an explanation for my multiple transformations.

I was not having much success however and decided I must talk to Haj Brahim about it. I didn’t want to ask him in front of Zakia, so I would have to choose my moment carefully.

One afternoon, Haj Brahim showed up a little early for our lesson. Mother showed him into the sitting room and asked Naima to make some tea. Zakia was having a shower because she had participated in a race at school that day (that she’d lost, of course). Seizing the opportunity, I slipped into the room and gently closed the door.

Haj Brahim was a portly man, in his sixties and decidedly bald. He was an old acquaintance of Father’s who had helped Mother settle the inheritance after Father died. Mother was in a predicament as a widow with only daughters. In the absence of a male heir, Father’s three brothers had tried to wrest as much as they could, but Haj, who was an expert in Islamic law and connected to one of the Mosques in Rabat, had made sure that Mother’s rights, however limited, were protected. (Those rights would have been even more limited had Father not already taken several precautions while still alive, such as putting many of the deeds and wealth in Mother’s name.)

I cleared my throat and Haj, who sat leaning back on the sofa with his hands folded in his lap, looked over at me and smiled. As always, he wore a little white skull cap that he only removed now. I began hesitatingly to describe my problem. Haj must have been aware of my transformations as he’d been giving us lessons since I was nine and still “Reema, The Palest One of All.” He had never mentioned anything about my “condition” though. He listened carefully as I timidly described my tormenters at school, mother’s failure to sympathize, and my personal doubts as to God’s role in all this. I stopped abruptly when Naima brought the tea and placed the tray in front of me.

Using the knitted mitt, I grasped the silver teapot and poured some tea into one of the crystal glasses. Then, I poured the tea back in the pot and served us both. I glanced at the clock. Zakia would be coming in any minute and my chance would be lost. Haj nodded subtly, as if he understood my urgency, and went to get the Koran from the shelf. He put on his reading glasses, then took them off and wiped them with the cloth napkin that Naima had given him.

He paused before putting them on again and recited to me, “’Endure with patience, for your endurance is not without the help of God.’ God presents us all with different challenges, Reema. You must have patience and His wisdom will be revealed to you. All in good time.”

“But, why Haj? Why is God doing this? Making my skin change color all the time like I’m some kind of freak. What have I done wrong?”

Without answering, he opened the book to the very end and read me a verse:
   
As time passes,
Everyone suffers loss
Except those who believe
and do good deeds and urge one another to be true
and to bear with courage the trials that befall them.

I could hear Zakia coming down the stairs. I quickly noted the page so that I could go back to it later.

Haj closed the book and said softly to me, “You are young, Reema. What seems like a great ‘trial’ today may not seem so terrible later on. You are a good girl. Just be brave – and patient.”

He patted me lightly on my hand. Somehow, it did not feel patronizing or dismissive. The butterfly touch of his fingers gave me hope.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Guest Post


RELEASING THE INNER IDEALIST:
Changing the World, Word by Word

Most of us start out as idealists. As adolescents and young adults, we hold tight to our shared mantra, “We can change the world.” But somewhere along the way to becoming grown-ups, we lose our voice and let go of our convictions, our commitment. Disillusioned by doubt and cynicism, our new refrain becomes, “One person really can’t make a difference.”

For me (and I imagine for many women), the reason for abandoning my commitment to idealism was simply that it was replaced by other, “real-life” commitments: to various jobs; to being a good partner; to raising a family. All worthy causes in their own right, but all-consuming and overwhelming to the extent that there remains no room for – dare I say it? – dreaming. Years later, if we are lucky, we may get a second chance. My chance at rebirth culminated in the publication of my first novel a month before I turned fifty-four.

Growing up, I thought I would join the Peace Corps or become a civil rights lawyer. I marched against the Vietnam War, wrote poetry, newspaper articles, and short stories, and kept a journal. Gradually, I lost my voice though. After college, I became a language teacher, a different kind of advocate. Through teaching, I touched lives both young and old and was truly fulfilled for a while. Then I traded the long, rewarding hours with my students for a job that left me time to care for my family. While translating can also be an illuminating career, it is the opposite of teaching. One works alone, preferably in complete silence, and retreats into a world where words are lord and master. Not unlike writing, except the words are someone else’s, not our own.

It was a teacher who lifted me out of my solitary confinement and gave me back my voice. At age forty-three, I returned to the classroom, this time as a student in a Masters of Education Degree program. The very first class was a Writer’s Workshop with a magical professor.  From her bag of tricks, I drew inspiration and began writing again. For her class, I wrote a short story about the bond between mother and son. When the story was subsequently published in a magazine, I gained confidence and wrote on.

A few years later, I answered an ad from Fodor’s in a local newsletter. The travel guide was looking for writers for its “First Edition” on Morocco. It seemed serendipitous. I had been living in Morocco for about twenty years by then with my husband, a Moroccan architect, and our two sons. I had raised my multicultural family here and for a long time wanted to share my experiences in this open and tolerant Moslem society. I submitted some of my writing and corresponded with the editor. However, I could not take time off from my translator job to go trekking around the country, rating hotels and restaurants, nor could I abandon my older son who was in his senior year of high school. The editor still sought my contribution and suggested I write an essay on Moroccan religion (Islam) and its resonance in the culture. When I finally held a copy of the published guide in my hand, with my essay and byline, it was truly a thrilling moment; not only to see my name and words in print, but also to have fulfilled my wish of sharing my connections to this country.

I decided I wanted to share more. I would write another article, this time more personal, about multicultural, interfaith couples. I designed a questionnaire and distributed it to friends in Morocco and the United States. My research provided great feedback and led to many enlightening discussions. But, as I delved into my own history and sought to treat the subject in an authentic voice, a story emerged and my article turned into my first novel, THE STRINGS OF THE LUTE.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, and in view of the current social and political climate, I believe there is a need for my stories, my perspective, now more than ever. It is my hope that SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW will promote peace and understanding among people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

I believe writing is an optimistic act. Even when describing loss and mourning, the writer is reaching out to others, be it in some therapeutic, cathartic sense or just in response to a basic, human need to share, to connect. When I hear from readers - some of whom live on another continent, on the other side of an ocean – who tell me that I have touched on some very personal story of their own, I know that, thanks to writing, the idealist in me has been reborn.

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A native New Yorker, Eileen Colucci has been living in Rabat with her Moroccan husband for the past thirty-plus years. She is a former teacher and recently retired after twenty-eight years as a translator with the U.S. Embassy, Rabat. Her articles and short stories have appeared in various publications and ezines including Fodor's Morocco, Parents' Press, The New Dominion and Expat Women. SHE'S LIKE A RAINBOW, which was recently published, is her second novel.

Colucci holds a BA in French and English from the University at Albany and an MA in Education from Framingham State University.

When not writing, Colucci enjoys practicing yoga, taking long walks and playing with her chocolate Labrador Retriever, Phoebo. Now that she and her husband have four grandchildren, they spend as much time as possible in Virginia with their two sons and their families.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

LINKS:



Buy links:




MISSION STATEMENT:

It is my hope that SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW will promote peace and understanding among people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. My aim is to stimulate discussion on everything we have in common as human beings regardless of our particular heritage. We are all connected.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GIVEAWAY
Eileen Colucci will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

blog header Goddess Fish w url copy.jpg