Friday, February 21, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Waking of Ghosts (Lost Souls Academy #1) by Lilliana Rose

Book Blurb:

The Waking of Ghosts

Lost Souls Academy Book 1

by Lilliana Rose

Genre: Teen, YA Paranormal Fantasy

There is an evil awakening.

At the Lost Souls academy, students aren’t your typical everyday alumni.

Rejects from clans, packs, and covens walk these halls, but there’s something more sinister haunting the academy.

A resident ghost has new student, Zarya, on the fight to banish it. Will her actions cause more enemies at her new school than friends?

‘I’m coming for you.’

A message from beyond has Zarya fearful. Her skills are underdeveloped, but as a ghost hunter, she must stand and fight this new evil.

Can Zarya grow to be the ghost hunter she’s destined to be or will forces overpower her and bring chaos and destruction to the Lost Souls academy?

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Confused, Zarya looked around. Leaves rustled on the surrounding trees in a chaotic movement, so she couldn’t see the direction of the source. The park seemed to darken in the afternoon light. Time slowed. Her senses sharpened as she engaged both her ghosthunting and witching abilities.

Another chilled rush of wind wrapped around her. Every muscle in her body fired on alert, ready to contract so she could spring into action. The problem was with nothing obviously there, she couldn’t fight back, let alone defend herself.

Adrenaline coursed through her body. Zarya ached to release the pent-up energy instead of being unable to do anything.

Snapping her head to the left, then the right, she scanned her surroundings, desperate to detect any anomaly. Her skin prickled as she realized she was the only person in sight. Zarya realized with a panic she was way too vulnerable there. That this might be some sort of trap, even though she was certain ghosts weren’t capable of that type of thing. The ghost was here somewhere, it had to be. It was the only logical reason why she saw nothing.

There was no vibe that this was a spell, so it had to be a ghost.

“Show yourself.”

Was that laughter in the air?

She glanced to the left where she thought the sound might’ve come from.

Nothing.

What the hell is happening?

“Chicken,” Zarya yelled out, struggling to keep her nerve. She summoned her magic, ready to block anything that might attack her, but again she was too slow.

A coldness wrapped around her neck. She gasped. Air pushed from her lungs. Unable to refill, she wheezed hard. Cursing herself for being so slow to react, she knew better than to have stayed exposed as she had on the ground.

Why didn’t I get up and run?

She knew damn well running wasn’t her thing. She was a fighter through and through, and her style was to stay and fight.

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Reckless Times by Michelle Hercules

Reckless Times
Michelle Hercules
(Paragon Society #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2020
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

A GIFTED ACADEMY DUET

Weak.
Useless.
Freak.

Those are the words used to describe me. I’m an Idol who can’t see, and in this savage world where power is everything, being born with a disability makes me an aberration. Idols are the direct descendants of the gods. We’re supposed to be perfect.

My parents kept me protected behind walls most of my life. They fear I won’t survive in the real world. They have no idea what kind of power runs through my veins.

Stephan Silverstone—the most perfect Idol I’ve ever met—does. He’s cocky, annoying, and pushes my buttons like no other. But he sees me, the real person behind all the preconceived notions. Without effort, he’s breaking all my barriers; he’s claiming my heart.

When I’m with him, sparks fly. I want to be reckless and forget everything. If only things were that simple. We’re both keeping dangerous secrets that could tear us apart. War is coming, and I’m not sure if what we have will survive.

*This is a spin-off of Gifted Academy Series. This is not an RH romance.

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EXCERPT:

The crowd is clamoring, calling my name. I can feel the vibration of their loud voices and violent energy from the locker room. I’m alone here. After so many victories in the pit, I’ve earned the right to privacy. Little butterflies flutter savagely in my belly. I’m not nervous; these are just the jitters before a performance. I curl my hands into fists, letting the power of my invisible chains run freely through my veins like a surge of electricity.

For a fleeting moment, I wonder what my parents would do if they found out their precious disabled daughter is fighting against the meanest and strongest Idols in the biggest underground tournament in Hawk City. They’d probably have a heart attack. For starters, my family is one of the most prominent and wealthiest in the country. We don’t mingle with the lower classes.

I snort.

Yes, they’d be appalled, but mostly they’d be worried sick. Despite me being a high-level Idol, they think I’m defenseless thanks to my blindness. They know nothing about me, but they never made the effort either.

I push thoughts of my parents to the side and focus on the here and now. I’m the current champion in the pit, and as such, I’ll only step foot in the small arena when all fights are done. This is something new that management implemented. I’m facing whoever wins the rounds.

A smile blossoms on my lips as I remember my first time here. They thought I was an easy target. My disability was all they could see, never mind that I didn’t try to conceal my powers then. Strategy was not in my mind that first night. It didn’t matter. The fight was over before I could break a sweat.

Heavy steps approach from outside my locker room. It’s Dick Santos, the arena’s manager.

He knocks once before he opens the door. “It’s time.”

I jump to my feet, shaking my arms to loosen up. “Who am I fighting tonight?”

“The Boulder. Mean fella. Level fourteen. He can con—”

“Let me guess. Rocks?” I raise an eyebrow.

“Yeah, and he’s faster than most despite his size.”

“What are the odds?” I stretch my arms.

“Six to one.”

“Six to one? That’s it?”

“In his favor,” Dick continues.

My jaw drops, and it’s not an act. I’m genuinely offended. “You’re kidding, right?”

“Nope. Our little performance last night worked. You’re the underdog again. But don’t worry, kid. He’s got nothing on you.” Dick puts his hand on my shoulder, which I promptly push off.

“I’m not worried. I’m pissed.”

He laughs from deep in his belly, grating on my nerves. “I’m not. Tonight, I’m making bank.”

Yeah, you and the guys.

I stride out of the room, focusing on the fire burning in the pit of my stomach. What did The Boulder do to make people think he can beat me? I only received a couple of hits yesterday from Stone Man, and that was because Dick told me to.

It doesn’t matter. I’ll show them.

The two security guys at the end of the corridor tense when they see me approach. It’s funny how I can pick up subtle changes in people more easily than those who aren’t visually impaired. Without missing a beat, they open the double doors for me. I usually take a deep breath to get rid of the jitters. Not tonight though. I’m more than ready to do some damage.

When I step out, the crowd roars, “Blind Fury! Blind Fury!”

I don’t bask in the glory. Only one out of six think I have a chance to win. I’m surrounded by traitors everywhere.

There’s only one person I can trust.

Me.

Dick announces my name as the defending champion, and once again, people go wild. But when he mentions the name of my opponent, the cheers are louder. I search for Leroy and Ezekiel in the crowd, my fan club. It’s easy to locate them as I’m already familiar with their auras. At least they aren’t rooting for the other guy.

I let my chains loose so I can get a sense of The Boulder but keep them invisible for now. That’s how I see the world, through my chains. They pick up on the vibrations of everything around me: people, objects, obstacles. It’s not a perfect view, but it’s better than being completely in the dark. Quickly, I understand why the majority of those present think I’m going to lose. My opponent is massive, almost seven feet tall, and packing muscles. Now I know where his stage name comes from.

“This is the famous Blind Fury?” He laughs. “I don’t know how I feel about fighting a helple—”

I shoot my right chain out, wrapping it around his throat and cutting his tirade off. He chokes, clutching at the links in a vain attempt to break free.

“You were saying?” I yank the chain hard, bringing the cocky idiot to his knees.

Dick remains outside the ring. The first thing he told me when I stepped into the pit for the first time was that there were no rules. Losers can either forfeit, pass out, or die, and the choice always relies on the victor. The Boulder’s grunts tell me he must be getting purple by now. I could easily kill him, and no one would think less of me. On the contrary, the crowd would love me more. I’m tempted, and my chains are as bloodthirsty as I am.

This is not who you are, Andy.

At the last moment, I retract them. There’s a collective gasp of disappointment.

The Boulder is still coughing as he staggers back to his feet. But instead of leaving the pit, he pulls all his energy to his core. He’s going to attack again, even though the fight’s pretty much over. Son of a bitch. Some people just don’t know when to give up.

Strong vibrations concentrate around the man just before the floor cracks right under my feet. A huge mass forms in front of him. The fucker created a rock, which he launches in my direction. I have ample time to move out of the way, but I hold my ground. My chains form a protective circle around me, and in the next second comes the sound of rock shattering.

“What the fuck is that?” he asks, shocked.

I can’t tell exactly what he’s seeing, but when my chains are in full display, awe is the most common reaction I get. They must look badass.

He doesn’t get another chance to attack before I send both chains in his direction. One pierces his right thigh, and the other wraps around his body, squeezing him in a bone-crushing hold.

“Aargh! My leg. What did you do to me, bitch?”

Slowly, I walk in his direction, stopping when I’m in front of his collapsed form. “You should have forfeited when you had the chance.”

“Never. I’d rather die.”

It’s the first time I’ve faced someone with a death wish. I’d never truly considered killing anyone for sport, but today, the temptation is huge.

“Careful, buddy. I’m feeling quite murderous tonight.”

My chains squeeze him until the first crack of bone breaking echoes in the pit. The Boulder screams and curses, but he won’t relent. I won’t have a choice. If I don’t kill him, I’ll never be allowed back. The crowd will boo me out of the pit, if they don’t do something worse like ask for my head.

Suddenly, there’s no more resistance coming from him. Ah fuck. Did I kill him? I listen closely, something hard to do when everyone around is talking and cheering. Then I hear it, the faint sound of his breathing. He’s not dead, simply passed out. Relief washes over me, but I can’t let anyone see. Maintaining the cold mask, I pull away and walk over to my side of the pit.

Dick tsks as he joins me in the ring. When his attention diverts to me, I sense the difference in his demeanor. He’s beaming, probably counting his profits already.

“What an evening, am I right, folks?” he addresses the crowd.

They respond with cheers and hollers.

“How about we make it even more exciting?”

The yelling goes up a notch, making me wince. Sometimes having enhanced hearing is a curse.

“Blind Fury has remained undefeated for five weeks straight. I’m doubling tonight’s grand prize. If there’s anyone here brave enough to challenge her, come forward now.”

Immediately, the noise lowers until only murmurs can be heard. I frown, glowering in Dick’s general direction. I didn’t agree to a final challenge. It’s not that I can’t do it. It’s the fucking principle. I’m not his bitch to do as he pleases. I’d storm out of the pit if that wouldn’t brand me a coward.

Minutes go by without anyone stepping forward. Dick keeps egging on the crowd. I don’t know why he wants another fight so badly, but my patience is wearing thin. I stretch my arms and fake a yawn, ready to get the fuck out of here, when I sense a familiar presence nearby. My blood runs cold. I came here to forget he exists, to unleash my wrath on strangers, wishing it was him.

“I’ll do it. I challenge Blind Fury,” Stephan declares.

A myriad of emotions washes over me. Rage, longing, shame.

Damn everything to hell. What is he doing here?

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would write a novel. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.

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Review: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace

Book Blurb:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

I am such a sucker for anything pirate and when I heard that this book was coming out I was so excited. It also didn't hurt that this is one of my favorite covers and I am a true cover snob. Not only does All The Stars and Teeth have pirates, but we have all kinds of magic (including some crazy death torture magic as well as fun happy magic), court intrigue, regrowing limbs and dissections, betrayal, lies, sirens, romance, fantastic sea beasties, more death, and SO MUCH ACTION!

One thing that I found different about this story compared to anything else was the fact that the main character had the darkest, most scary magic possible- the ability to torture and kill. In a world where there are all kinds of magics possible and you can choose what you want to have, the main character was forced into having death magic as a very young child in a terrible way (on purpose) so that way she could be next in line to the throne. In any other story, having this dark ability would make a character a villain, but here she was a princess, the champion for her people. And she was pretty kick ass, just saying.

I loved everything that was this book/world, I would not change a thing and I will try to keep my cool until the next book in the series (yep, this is a series) is released because the ending hurt my heart! Know going into the story that you will not want to put it down, blink and you might miss something, so set aside some time to just read and become fully immersed in this lush, detailed, dangerous and magical world. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes magic, court politics and battles for power as well as fierce heroines with a true moral compass.

Review: Don't Say a Word (Hometown Antihero #2) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Book Blurb:

Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.

When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school—as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways—runaways that didn’t really run away at all.

Because dead girls can’t run.

And they don’t say a word.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Teen--

Keep in mind this is the second book in a series and picks up where the last book left off, with basically no recap so make sure to read them in order.

I know everyone keeps comparing this series to Veronica Mars, but here I go, doing the same thing and comparing the series to one of my absolute favorite shows VM. And I mean that in a good way, in case you were worried. There was a hole in my life without the snoopy, crazy smart and braze VM girl sleuth in my life but Kylene Danners has filled that void perfectly. This series is dark, surprising, dangerous, twisty and basically all things wonderful. If you were looking for a stressful, high tension, edge of you seat read, look no further. I was so wrapped up in this story, completely engaged in Kylene's life, be it her personal drama or the mysteries that she finds herself investigated.

And yep, we have at least two mysteries per book, one that the book looks to tackle and one that runs the backbone of the series that deals with her dad. This is the first series that I have read by this author but I will gladly go buy all the backlist books by this author and binge them since I am now a complete fangirl. There is no current date for a 3rd book but know that when there is one (because there has to be based on this ending- no not a cliffhanger but with lots of loose ends) I will be first in line to get it in my hands and dive head first back to the danger and emotional roller coaster that is this world. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes realistic, gritty mysteries with a fantastic main character as well as detailed and compelling side characters.

Side note, I am team Dawson all the way (AJ is a very nice boy, don't get me wrong). It may not be a thing, but a girl can dream.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Cover Reveal: The Rightful Queen (Alinthia #5) by Siobhan Davis

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The cover for The Rightful Queen is revealed today! This is the fifth and final book in Siobhan Davis’ Alinthia series, a paranormal reverse harem romance series. And book four got a shiny new cover as well. Read on for more information about this book or preorder your copy exclusively from Amazon.

The Rightful Queen
The Rightful Queen (Alinthia #5)
by Siobhan Davis


Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age Category: New Adult

Book Description: Will good triumph over evil in the ultimate battle for control of the galaxy?

The day of reckoning has arrived, and with her beloved protectors by her side, Alinthia is ready to face her enemies and reclaim her birthright. But the dark forces haven’t given up. Arising from the shadows, they are determined to thwart the prophecy, and if Alinthia won’t bend to their will, they will eliminate her.

But Coop, Maddox, Beck, and Dane will destroy the world before they’ll let anything happen to the woman they love. United in their resolve, and strengthened by the powerful bond they share, they continue with their plans, winning new allies and preparing for the battle to end all battles.

Alinthia is destined to free her people from captivity and liberate the galaxy from General Arantu’s terrifying control, and as she leads the forces of good against the forces of evil, she knows she must prevail. Too many people have made sacrifices so she could reach this moment, and she refuses to let them down.

She will be victorious. Even if that means sacrificing herself to fulfil a legacy set in motion many centuries ago.



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New cover for The Chosen One
And the cover for The Rightful Queen isn’t the only one we’re revealing today. The Chosen One (Alinthia #4) also got a shiny new cover! Check it out!


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All books in the series:
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- The Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)
- The Secret Heir (Alinthia #2)
- The Warrior Princess (Alinthia #3)
- The Chosen One (Alinthia #4)
- The Rightful Queen (Alinthia #5)


About Siobhan Davis:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime!

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.


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