Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Vessel by Nancy Fraser - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway



The Vessel
by Nancy Fraser

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GENRE:   Sci-Fi Romance

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BLURB:

    Major Liam McGregor is a career soldier. Chosen by the leader of the United Republic to transport a government protectee to safety, Liam takes on a task that has cost his predecessors their very lives.

    Alora of Delawon is an alien princess who holds the key to the survival of mankind. With the women of the United Republic left barren by previous chemical warfare, Alora’s ability to bear humanoid children makes her the government’s most valuable commodity.

    Together, Liam and Alora make the trek from the government’s safe house back toward the current capitol, fighting off raiders, survivalists, and an unexpected attraction to one another.

    Will their desires put them in danger? Or, will their being together become more important than the mission?

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EXCERPT:

Liam McGregor crossed the embossed seal, pressed his hand to the encoded screen, and stepped into Cal Stewart’s office.

Cal, the leader of the military branch of the United Republic, sat behind a huge oak desk, his attention given to the older, rather gaunt-looking man who stood before him. Dressed in a dark, worn suit, his back bent with age, the man turned and raised his weathered gaze in Liam’s direction.

“Is this the guy?” the old man asked.

“Yes,” Cal confirmed. “Liam McGregor, this is John Barrow, Sciences Division Director.
He’s come to request our help, and I’ve assured him you’re the best man for the job.”

Liam nodded. “What job would that be, sir?”

“Sit,” Barrow said, waving his hand in the direction of the nearby chair. “I have some background information to give you. It will explain everything, and define your part in saving mankind.”

“Mankind?” Liam repeated in question.

“Yes.” Cal’s response was filled with conviction. “Our future depends on a successful mission.”

Liam lowered himself into the closest chair, his focus on the strange man who’d sought him out. Barrow shuffled across the room and perched himself on the edge of Cal’s desk. He drew a long, ragged breath and began.

“A little over eight years ago, the government discovered a small group of women who possessed a rare DNA string and previously unknown blood type. A very valuable blood type.”

Liam cast a glance in Cal’s direction. “Valuable in what way?”

Cal lowered his gaze, his robust voice a mere whisper when he admitted, “It allows them to procreate. To carry on with life.”

Liam thought about the childless couples he knew, and of how they’d suffered with sterility as result of the chemical war of 2150. “So, you’re saying these women are resistant to the radiation that left the rest of the known world sterile?”

“Yes,” Barrow admitted.

Liam bit back a curse. “And, I assume, the government has kept these women under lock and key since then.”

Barrow shot Cal a grimace. “Something like that.”

A shiver made its way along Liam’s spine, a well-honed warning all was not what it seemed. “Perhaps, you can enlighten me a bit more. For the sake of my mission, of course.”

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REVIEW

Earth is in trouble of their own makings.  Women can no longer bear children.  A familiar trope with a twist.  No-one should be forced to bear children and Liam is working hard to keep that from happening.  Look for tension, romance, danger and interesting world building.  The backstory is woven into the fabric of the plot and adds interest to the story.   Add two great main characters and you have a very nice story line.  A nice Science Fiction Romance with more romance that science. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-four books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:


July 10Long and Short Reviews
July 10Books, Dreams,Life
July 11Author Deborah A Bailey
July 12The Avid Reader
July 13Kit 'N Kabookle
July 13Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
July 14Readeropolis
July 17Fabulous and Brunette
July 17Two Ends of the Pen
July 18Christine Young
July 18Deal Sharing Aunt
July 19Mixed Book Bag - review
July 20Punya Reviews...
July 21It's Raining Books

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Withhold, Mosaic Chronicles Book Nine by Andrea Pearson




Withhold, Mosaic Chronicles Book Nine
by Andrea Pearson

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GENRE:  Fantasy

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BLURB:

In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.

With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.

Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life - it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she's happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.


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The author is offering a download bonus to readers who download WITHHOLD the day of the book blitz.  The bonus includes the first two books in the series, free books by other authors, illustrations, maps, and more.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Download bonuses:

Forward proof of download (a confirmation email or a screenshot) to withholdbonuses@gmail.com to receive the following:

Discern and Praxis (first two books in the series), Hope(less) and (Mis)fortune by Melissa Haag, other titles by other authors, bachelor of science degree from Katon University, coloring pages, word search, fantasy illustration by Andrea's husband (James E. Curwen, professional illustrator), maps illustrated by Andrea and her husband, etc.

Information on pricing:

Withhold will be $0.99 through the pre-order period, and until the end of release day, July 18. On July 19, it'll rise in price to $1.99. On July 21, it'll rise in price to $2.99. On July 22, it'll go to full price ($3.99).

Andrea will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant - Book Blast and Giveaway




The Bull Riding Witch
by Jamie Marchant

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GENRE: Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

Daulphina’s father, the king of Asteria, has always wanted a male heir. Unfortunately for him, Daulphina’s magic means that will never happen unless her bastard half-brother displaces her on the throne. But she’ll take on all the gods herself before she lets that happen. He isn’t nice enough to be a good king.

But apparently, the gods don’t like being challenged because she’s flung across the void and into the dumpy old trailer and chiselled body of Joshua Killenyen, a rodeo bull rider from Alabama. With nothing to eat but Frosted Flakes and no knowledge how she got there, she better find a way home before she gets her head stomped in by the bulls she must ride. Or her brother will take the throne and reduce her people to slavery. Remember, he isn’t nice.


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EXCERPT

And then, I woke up as a man. 

I stared at the warm water falling over me. It had to be magic. Somebody magicked me into a man’s body. Dear gods, did that mean this hairy man was in my body? Was body-switching possible? Granny had never mentioned any such thing when she taught me everything she knew about magic, not that I’d ever been anything but a disappointment to her. I never had the raw power she expected of her successor. Or was my body empty? Or dead?

I was still staring at the falling water when Jocelyn yanked the stall door open. “Joshua, I told you you had ten minutes. Damn it, what’s wrong with you? You still have your boxer shorts on. Have you even washed yourself?” She turned the knob, and the water went away.

I stared up at her. “Miss, you have to believe me. I’m not Joshua.”

She put her hands on her hips. “Who are you, then? The queen of England?”

“No, I’m not a queen. I’m the crown princess of Asteria. I’ve never heard of England.”

She put her hand to her forehead. “Joshua, just how drunk are you?”

“I’m not drunk. This isn’t my body. Somebody magicked me into it.”

Jocelyn stared at me for a second. “I don’t know what you’re playing at, but it isn’t going to get you out of going to Meemaw’s.”

I rose abruptly. “I’m not going anywhere until someone explains what’s going on! Just how did I become a man?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become her first novel. She writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.
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Twitter: @JamieMarchantSF



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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Jamie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 118 - A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns, Due Diligence by Sharon Lee, In Evil Times by Melinda M. Snodgrass

A New Leash on Love (Rescue Me, #1)A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This deals with some very serious issues that help drive the plot while still keeping the characters real and trying to live and love. The shelter at the heart of the story lets the characters tell some interesting and sometimes funny stories that help lighten the serious issue of what happens after the death of a child. Some of the issues facing shelters also work into the plot. This is a very good story with great characters and issues. First of a new series I will be looking for books two.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.

 Due Diligence (Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Book 24)Due Diligence by Sharon Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Due Diligence provides another back story for the Liaden series. Here we learn how Chi choose the pilot to give her a child. And the child - Dav. For me this was a sweet story with two interesting characters. For Gun, the pilot, is a new character to the series while Chi has been seen in previous stories that provide a background to the who and how of Clan Korval. This is a must read for fans of the series and it would provide an entertaining read for others.


In Evil Times (Imperials, #2)In Evil Times by Melinda M. Snodgrass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved The High Ground and was looking forward to In Evil Times. I was disappointed. Characters I liked before I really disliked this time. The action seemed to be going no where but is probably a set up for book three. Tracy is in a very big mess, Infanta Mercedes de Arango has turned out to be a real bitch and Boho is acting true to form. Hope all will work out in book three in a way I will like.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 119 - Arabella and the Battle of Venus and Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Arabella and the Battle of Venus (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby)Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arabella returns with a new adventure. This time she is off to Venus to save her her fiancé, Captain Singh who has been captured by the French. Set in the early 1800's there is a mix of fantasy and historical fact in the story. Be advised that the heavy duty backstory and world building were done in Arabella of Mars so for the most enjoyment read that first. I found Arabella and the Battle of Venus to be a much darker book than Arabella of Mars. When I read the authors notes I though I saw why. That said like the first book it is filled with interesting characters, a strong tension filled plot and exciting action.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.




Arabella of MarsArabella of Mars by David D. Levine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great heroine with an new take on space travel. Arabella starts on Mars, goes to Earth and returns to Mars. Her trips help develop the backstory and the world building. I loved Arabella and her take charge attitude. She lives in the 1800's and has many of the restriction that women of that time had to deal with. She never let that stop her. She wants to save her brother and takes a drastic step to warn him of the danger she is unaware of. Lots of action, tension and adventure set in a very interesting solar system.

I listened to this as an audio book and loved all the voices that the reader gave the characters.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Convenient Risk by Sara R. Turnquist - Blog Tour and Giveaway




A Convenient Risk
by Sara R. Turnquist

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Today I have author Sara R. Turnquiest visiting.  She is the author of A convenient Risk a Historical Romance set in the American West.  Check out the blurb and excerpt then see what a few of Sara's favorite things are and what she has planned for her next book.

BLURB:

He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch. Or the rancher.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out? 


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EXCERPT

A strong arm grasped Amanda, catching her upper arm and dragging her onto the horse. As soon as she was solidly on the animal, she grabbed ahold of Brandon as tightly as she could.

They took off. The bull pawed at the ground, making all manner of grunting noises, but as if by some miracle, he ran off to the left. All of this happened as if time had slowed.

The horse continued to push forward. And as they neared the edge of the fence, Brandon urged the horse to go even faster. Were they going to break through? What would happen to the cattle with the fence destroyed?

But as they approached the fence, the horse leapt. Amanda gripped Brandon impossibly tighter. Jolted when the horse landed, her teeth chattered.

Only then did Brandon slow the horse. He then placed a hand on her upper arm and pushed.

She released him.

He sucked in a deep breath and expelled it.

Had she been holding him too tightly? Her face warmed.

He took hold of her shoulders. “Are you all right?”

She nodded, and though their faces were but a breath apart, she was not quite able to meet his eyes, fighting tears in her own. Only then she found herself staring at his bare chest. Jerking her head away, she averted her gaze.

“Do you realize what could have happened?” His voice rose.

She nodded, still not able to meet his eyes. The force of his emotion hit her. Was he so concerned after her?

“I would have had to shoot that bull.”

What? Eyes wide, she tilted her face up to look at him.

“That bull is worth half my herd.”

So he was only worried about the cattle. Not her. His precious cattle.

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INTERVIEW with Sara R. Turnquist – A Convenient Risk

What are your favorite TV shows?

I really only keep up with a few: “Big Bang Theory” for the comedy, “Face Off” for the competition, and “When Calls the Heart” because I love Historical Fiction/Romance
What is your favorite meal?

Hands down, I’m a fettuccine alfredo girl. I have to try everyone’s. I have my favorites…mostly small Italian eateries (aren’t they usually the best?).

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

Funny you should ask. I am in the editing process with the sequel to my debut novel, “The Lady Bornekova”. This series is about the Hussite Wars in the Czech Republic (their religious civil wars in the late 1400s to early 1500s).

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

There are a few Historical Fiction/Romance authors I adore: Michelle Moran, Melanie Dickerson, and Tamera Leigh. They each have such strengths in their writing that I would love to emulate.
How did you come up for the title of this book?

The working title of this book was actually “Second Chances”. But I decided that it was a bit too generic/general a title. There were several other books with that title. I wanted something more unique. The inciting incident in the book forms around a marriage of convenience. Yet, the marriage is a risk that each is taking. I played with those concepts and words until I arrived at “A Convenient Risk”. And it stuck.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.