Sunday, January 17, 2021

Audiobook Tour: The Bloodstone Quadrilogy by Calinda B.

Author: Calinda B

Narrator: Alex Black

Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

Series: The Bloodstone Quadrilogy, Book 2

Publisher: Calinda B

Released: Oct. 5, 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Magic is dark. Evil is mayhem.

I’m Siobhan Riordan, and my life is an unending nightmare.

I was living a fairy-tale, until I found my husband brutally slain. Ever since then I’ve been raising our three-year-old son on my own and just trying to get by.

But I can’t hide any longer. There’s a mysterious plague going around my town, an illness that causes people to go mad just before the end. Even worse, I’m being stalked, though I don’t know by who. Doctor Steven Breslin seems like the only one who can help, though he has secrets I’m not ready to uncover.

Then the worst happens - my son falls prey to this supernatural disease. If I don’t save him, death awaits us all.

Heart’s Blood is the thrilling second installment in the Bloodstone Quadrilogy - an exciting and steamy dark fantasy that’s dripping with horror and lust. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as you fall into this intense supernatural world.

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A New York Times, USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling, award-winning author, Calinda B writes kick-ass heroines who don't know their own strength. When she's not writing, she's been known to fall off ice cliffs; fire walk with Eastern Europe fire officials; or wake up from a six weeks coma, wondering how she got there in the first place. She's been stuck in currents at Deception Pass in her kayak, and loves to swim with sharks. She greets every day with gratitude and an openness to what might be around the next corner.

She's also an EMT serving her local community as a volunteer. Her tagline is, "Let's go save some lives!"

With umpteen books roaming the universe and more in her head, you can find her at www.calindab.com. Or, if you want to stay connected, join the exclusive mailing list! http://www.calindab.com/newslettersignup.html

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Narrator Bio

Alex Black is an articulate, engaging, and versatile narrator based in Cambridge, Vermont. He’s worked in theatre, film, audio production, and appeared on radio. As an accomplished audiobook producer with over 90 titles, he’s worked closely with independent authors and publishers.

He’s received more than 500 5 star reviews and specializes in Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Mystery & Thriller, LGBTQ+, and Memoirs.

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Reasons to listen to the Bloodstone Quadrilogy
by Calinda B
A couple of years ago, when I returned from Ireland, a place of magic, exquisite beauty, friendly people, and fascinating lore, I stumbled upon the myth of the female vampire of Waterford known as the Dearg-Due.

This myth is stated as:

“Centuries ago, in the area that is now Waterford, a young girl with beauty so astounding that men were besotted with her and women wanted to be her, was happily living day to day and had the love of a farm laborer. They made plans to marry and have children of their own.”

Her father, however, a cruel and greedy man, forbade the marriage. He wanted her to marry someone noble, wealthy, more in line with his plans. His daughter’s happiness meant nothing to him. So, he married her off to a “wealthy and notoriously atrocious” clan chieftain.

You can guess how this loveless marriage went. The young woman, whom I named Maggie in the Bloodstone Quadrilogy, sat apart from everyone else at her wedding and vowed to claim revenge on her father and her horrible husband.

After the marriage, she and her husband proceeded to live together at his home, but she was miserable, and he was miserable. Different endings have been assigned to Maggie. Some say she was killed by her husband. Some say she died of a broken heart. Still others say she simply failed to thrive and faded away.

But one thing is clear—when she died, she came back to seek revenge as a vampire.

This sounded like the perfect beginning for my tales of the Bloodstone Quadrilogy.

So, I began to write. Each time I sat at my keyboard I became immersed in Ireland. If you haven’t been there, you simply must put it on your travel list, whenever we’re allowed to freely travel again! It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. And when I was finished, I had four fine stories filled with intrigue, humor, murder, sexy fun and romance. Yes, there’s a vampire, but there are several other paranormal creatures that you might not know about. Give the Bloodstone Quadrilogy a try if urban fantasy, a murder mystery, and romantic intrigue are to your liking.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Audiobook Tour: Stolen Enchantress (Forbidden Forest, #1) by Amber Argyle

Author: Amber Argyle

Narrator: Lynn Bradford

Length: 14 hour 5 minutes

Series: Forbidden Forest, Book 1

Publisher: Starling Publishing

Released: Nov. 11, 2020

Genre: Romantic Fantasy; YA

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A beast. An enchantress. An unbreakable curse....

Deep within the sentient woods, Larkin uncovers a secret that puts her in dreadful danger. Worse, now that the beast has had his taste, he’ll never stop hunting her. But the forest has woken something inside Larkin; something that gives her the power to fight back.

Magic.

Using forbidden magic will get Larkin hanged. Not using it will leave her at the mercy of the beast's enchantment. But there’s a third option; one that scares her more than anything.

She could fall in love with the beast.

Fans of A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Court of Thorns and Roses will be spellbound by the fairytale re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and The Pied Piper in Stolen Enchantress. Buy now to find out why listeners around the world are getting lost in the Forbidden Forest!

“Moody, whimsical, and enchanting.” (Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen Series)
 

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4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Audiobook, Fairytale, Heart-Wrenching, Retelling, Romance, Royal-Court, Supoernatural, Suspense--

Larkin was supposed to be watching her little sister when she realizes that her sister wandered into the Forbidden Forest, the place nobody ever returns from. Understanding that she will not get help from the superstitious town, she plunges into the forest to try and find her sister, irrevocably changing her life in ways nobody could have predicted.

We start the book with Larkin secretly in love with her friend Bane, who seems like an ok guy (I guessed a secret about him from the start but overall he was not a bad guy per se) but once we meet Denan, the guy who basically kidnapped her, I was in love. No, Larkin was not a victim of Stockholm syndrome, she wanted nothing to do with Denan and still loved her friend (much to my chagrin, I seriously wanted to shake this girl at some points- her bad choices moved the book from 5 stars to 4.5 since I was so mad at her). But I still loved Denan. He gave Larkin a choice and options, respected her views and wants regardless of them being conflicting with his own and was overall a really decent person. Keep in mind that this is not a romance story (there is a teeny tiny smidge but not a ton), but I adored watching the two of them develop a relationship through many adversities.

I purchased this forever ago as an ebook when it first came out (I mean seriously, Beauty and the Beast meets The Pied Piper? Yes please!) because I was super excited to read it but never got a chance. When I saw it was an audio, I jumped at the chance to listen to the story. The narrator was perfect at bringing Larkin to life, giving her personality and spunk and having a clear precise diction, as well as doing a great job creating distinct voices for the other characters. I would love for the rest of the series to be on audio and be narrated by this same voice. Keep in mind I listened at 1.75x speed which was just about perfect.

I really enjoyed this read and can't wait to continue the series. While this did not end on a cliffhanger, I have so many questions and concerns about what will happen and the overall fate of Larkin and Denan. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves fairytales and retellings full of action, magic and surprises.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lynn Bradford. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Amber Argyle is the bestselling author of numerous fantasy and romance novels. Her award-winning books have been translated into several languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She's fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.

To receive Amber Argyle’s starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: www.amberargyle.com

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Lynn Bradford is a graduate of Michigan State University’s theatre program. She has always loved YA and Beauty and the Beast retellings, like this one, are her absolute favorite books to narrate.

In addition to her numerous stage credits, Lynn brings her experience from multiple diverse industries to her non-fiction narration with her background in computer programming, legal, medical, psychology, anthropology, and many others.

When not in the booth, Lynn prefers the great outdoors and loves running, traveling, and backpacking.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Audiobook Tour: Grave Stones (The Bloodstone Quadrilogy #1) by Calinda B.

Author: Calinda B

Narrator: Alex Black

Length: 8 hours

Series: The Bloodstone Quadrilogy, Books 1-4

Publisher: Calinda B

Released: Oct. 17, 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Blog Tour & Giveaway: To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman

Book Blurb:

To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: January 4th 2021

Entangled Teen

What if with every person you met, after just one touch, you have a vision of the last time you’ll see each other? Ever. Normally, these visions are innocent—two friends just drifting apart, a random stranger that brushed past you then never crossed your path again.

But not today.

When I accidentally touch him, within only moments of our first meeting, I’m bombarded by visions of his death.

And from what I can see, I’m the reason he dies.

Now I just need to figure out why, and how to stop this from happening. Because not only am I to blame, but his very last words to me are...I love you

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Teen--

Quinn has spent her life cursed with the ability to see how every relationship she has ends by a single touch, causing her to avoid any connections with others for fear of the end. When a new boy shows up in her life, Quinn ends up seeing how their relationship ends- with his death. Quinn will do anything she can to change the future even while all the odds are against her- and maybe she can protect her heart along the way as well.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was a mystery story. I started the book thinking this was a YA romance with paranormal elements but really this was a time sensitive mystery where lives were on the line and the main character had to put together clues to save a life while trying to deny her feelings. This story was suspenseful and twisty, having lots of dangerous encounters as well as intense emotions to experience. I figured out the villain and their motivations pretty early on so that was not a surprise but I was still completely invested in the read as well as the character's well-being... and I was 100% hoping for a HEA to show up.

I enjoyed the story overall and would love to read more from this author in the future, this was a fantastic debt book. The pacing and the plot were well done, at times I was frustrated by Quinn's choices even while I understood her motivations. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys mystery, romance, betrayal and suspense with just a dash of paranormal intrigue and the strange magic of curses.

Author Bio:

Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you'll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it's the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community. THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is her debut novel.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Hollis Timewire Series by Danielle Harrington

The Unseen Ones
Danielle Harrington
(The Hollis Timewire Series, #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

After the government’s brutal attack on the Diseased Ones, Hollis Timewire must wade through the carnage of her treacherous mistake. The survivors want justice, and now Hollis faces impending execution. Each day, she must prove herself to be a model community member. But chopping firewood for the new camp in the forest isn’t enough. Hollis longs to redeem herself, and this sparks an idea to rescue the little boy from the Testing Center. Stealing the government’s secret weapon might just be the perfect way to destabilize the system – enough to bring the whole thing crumbling down. But unseen forces are at work. The world is not what it appears to be, and society has a dark secret that not even Hollis is prepared to face.

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I look over my shoulder, and, as if in slow motion, I catch the last glimpse of the squat little lady running down the remaining stretch of hall . . .

I’m slammed into the handrail as the next bomb detonates. All of the air is sucked from my lungs. White-hot color blurs my vision, and pain attacks me. I try to breathe, but my chest refuses to comply. Blood pools in my mouth, and ringing fills my ears.

I can’t move. I can’t breathe. I’m dead. I must be dead.

Adrenaline is working to restore my senses, and as I sit up, my terror climbs to new heights. The hallway behind us is gone, and Liz Engel is nowhere to be found. Blood drips from the side of my face. I place my hand to it, and the slippery, warm sensation makes me vomit. I turn over, spilling the sick to my left.

Someone is shouting at me.

I wipe something hot from my mouth.

Someone is shouting my name.

I stare at my hands, my vision blurring in and out of focus.

“Hollis? Hollis!”

Firm hands grip my own, and I’m pulled to my feet. The second I’m up, a fresh spike of panic brings me out of the fog.

“Jonah.” I cling to him to stay upright as another boom shakes the flimsy metal stairway.

“Move!” he says. “Down the stairs. Quickly!”

I grab the handrail and begin the descent into the massive room.

Darkness overwhelms us as we drop lower into the chaos. Concrete and earth litter the floor below, and as we move deeper into the belly of the compound, the smoke and dust thicken, like the brewing of an ocean before a great storm.

I clutch the railing, squinting through the tumult. Chunks of the vaulted ceiling are missing, and the night sky, littered with stars, twinkles above us—as if freedom were at our fingertips, taunting us with an escape that’s just out of reach. The truth is, everyone is stuck in the pit.

Everyone is trapped, and the roar of military jets and the screaming of frenzied people stab at my bleeding ears.

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Author Bio:

Danielle Harrington is a high school chemistry teacher with a passion for the pen and a knack for storytelling. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Biola University, and although she’s a hardcore science nerd, she’s always been a lover of the arts.

She grew up acting and singing and has turned her love for drama into writing. Danielle lives vicariously through her characters and considers it great fun because she “gets to play all the parts”.

Danielle lives in LA with her husband, Steven, and her two cats, Moose and Turtle. She is working on a four book young adult dystopian fiction series, and she’s beyond thrilled to be launching her debut novel, THE DISEASED ONES, through Acorn Publishing.

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