Giveaway – Welcome to Sortilege Falls by Libby Heily @fireiceyabooks

 

Welcome to Sortilege Falls
by Libby Heily
Genre: YA Magical Mystery
Release Date: June 12th 2016
Fire & Ice Young Adult Books

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn’t right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape’s life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.

Grape’s life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy’s friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models’ parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.


  
 
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GUEST POST:

I Wish I Were A Shark
Let me start with a confession: I am terrible at job
interviews.  Some people say that but
what they mean is that they get nervous or they feel weird about selling
themselves.  I mean neither of those
things.  I have actually said these words
during a job interview, “It’s okay if you don’t give me the job.”  Why?
Because I wasn’t feeling great in the interview and, hey, why not be
honest?  Oh, because I have bills to pay,
that’s why. Ugh.
One of my absolute worst moments in an interview did, at
least, lead to an “aha” moment.  It
wasn’t quite an epiphany, but we’re not entitled to too many of those in one
life time.  Picture it, me with my
theater degree and background in customer service and film work, sitting at a
table with three lab technicians interviewing to be a…lab technician.  I had recently discovered a love of science
and a deep need to not deal with the general public anymore.  The two led me to a corporation who shall
remain nameless but let’s say that I would have been dealing with blood, urine,
and fecal samples.  Sounds gross but, at
the time, I thought lab work would be amazing.
The interview had seemed to go well.  I’d been engaging and forthright and had
spoken of my desire to switch careers and do meaningful work.  I thought I really had a chance.  Then they hit me with the last question:
IF YOU COULD BE ANY
ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I stared at them dumfounded.
This was something you asked your friends as a joke or to loosen people
up at a dinner party, not something a hiring committee used to find a new
potential employee.  Why not ask me what
books I would take to a deserted island?
Sheesh.
I sighed heavily, knowing that this was not meant to
be.  “I know I should say something like
I want to be a work horse, but honestly, I want to be a shark.”
The three ladies looked at me, their smiles sliding slowly into disapproving
frowns.  I had just admitted that I
wanted to be a predator, and not just any predator, but the one most feared by
humans.  Who doesn’t step into the ocean
and, at least for a brief second, think they’re going to be eaten?  Who doesn’t read the summer shark-bite
articles with enthusiasm, thinking they themselves had escaped such a fate?  If you’ve seen JAWS, you fear sharks.
The ladies thanked me for my time and I was released back out into the world,
jobless and a bit disappointed.

 

But, I’d meant it.
Being a shark would be so cool.
Sharks don’t sleep.  They’re
always on the move.  They live in the
ocean and travel miles and miles.  I like
all those things.  I don’t want to fly or
swing from branches, I want to swim and swim and swim.  Okay, I’m not super interested in eating raw
fish all the time, but I’d adjust.  I
like sushi.  Plus, sharks are
mysterious.  We really don’t know much
about them.  Except that they cost us
jobs.  We know that much.


About the Author
I was born during a blizzard. I’m told it was pretty cool, but I have no memory of that time. I grew up in two tiny towns in Virginia and spent most of my twenties moving around the US. I’ve lived in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Washington. I’ve settled down, for now, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I’m a writer and improviser. I studied acting in college but spent more time rewriting lines than memorizing them. My first play, Fourth Wall, was produced my junior year. Since then, I’ve written several full length plays, one acts, and screenplays. I started writing fiction in my late twenties. Now, I focus mainly on novels but still dabble in theater.
Fun facts about me: There are none. I’m sorry to disappoint you so soon. But, I do love to read, write, and run. My hubby is my favorite person on earth. Dogs are my second favorite. All dogs. Know that. I love orange juice, especially when it’s mixed with club soda. Carbonation is better than alcohol. Jaws is my favorite movie. Everything I’ve said so far is true. 

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Giveaway – The Last Great Race by Mark Morey @markmorey5 @GoddessFish

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Guest Post For the Last Great Race by Mark Morey

I love learning about covers and characters and this is what Mark Morey has to say about The Last Great Race

ABOUT THE COVER:  The Last Great Race is based upon the life and loves of 1930s Italian motor racing champion Achille Varzi, so the choice of cover was quite easy.  Achille Varzi was a heavy smoker at a time when the health consequences of that were not known.  His joining the Auto Union racing team in 1935 set in train a sequence of events which almost destroyed him emotionally.  A picture of Achille Varzi in an AutoUnion smoking a cigarette is not only typical of the man at the time, it’s also poignant that a few weeks after that picture was taken at Monaco in 1936, he was about to suffer two savage blows which took him years to recover from.

 

ABOUT THE NAMES:  I have followed Formula One car racing since the early 1970s, and through that I was aware of the story of Achille Varzi, a good driver of the 1930s, until his private life got in the way of his racing career.  When I looked into the facts about Varzi I didn’t realise that he was the best racer in a legendary era, certainly one of the best of all time, and that his love affair with Ilse was so passionate and ultimately so destructive.  I thought that passionate love, the tragedy that came out of it, and his recovery with the help of Norma who came back into his life, made a great story.  Norma Colombo was a woman against the odds.  She lived with Achille Varzi unmarried when women didn’t do that, and when Achille broke up with Ilse she came back to him.  That was just as amazing as anything that happened between Achille and Ilse.  One man and two women who adored him completely, totally and absolutely.

The names of most of the characters are real, except for the fictional characters Paul Bassi and PIa Donati.  Paul (real name Paolo) is a straightforward name for a straightforward man, while I thought that Pia Donati was a particularly attractive name.

Thanks so much for sharing Mark. Now…on to the info about the book:  The Last Great Race by Mark Morey.

I love reading about any type of auto racing and watch many of the races on TV. How about you? Are you a fan?

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The Last Great Race by Mark Morey

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GENRE: Historical Fiction

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This story is based around the life of one of the most fascinating and enigmatic sportsmen of his era, Achille Varzi: multiple race winner, twice Racing Champion of Italy and a hero to his many followers.  Told partly through the eyes of Varzi and partly by fictional Italian-Australian racing journalist Paul Bassi, we follow the many triumphs and tragedies of Varzi’s life: his passionate love affair with Ilse, his tragic morphine addiction, his recovery from his addictions, his marriage to Norma and his re-signing to race for Alfa Romeo.

Only war intervenes, and Paul and his wife Pia leave Achille to spy for the British at the naval base in Naples.  Paul and Pia endure hundreds of Allied air-raids, they join the partisans who fought off the German army until the Allies could rescue them, and then they survive in a near-ruined city as best they can.

By 1946 Italy is still shattered but life is returning to normal, and no more normal is Achille Varzi winning the Grand Prix of Italy that year.  Over the next two seasons Achille Varzi scores more successes, until he makes his only ever driving mistake and is killed in Switzerland in 1948.  Even though he died too young, Paul and Pia know that Achille Varzi would never have lived in his life in any other way.

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EXCERPT

“Achille crashed,” she said and drank some more.  “I have never seen anything like it.  He was the only driver taking the banked curve at the end of the straight flat-out.  Each lap I heard the exhaust note of his car never wavering as he took that curve with his typical, stylish precision.  And then on lap fourteen a sudden gust of wind came in from the desert, blowing dust and debris.  I held my hat and glanced at the Englishman nearby, just as the wind caught the front of Achille’s car and lifted the front wheels from the track.  The car rose higher and higher like an aeroplane, flying away from the track until the rear of the car hit the ground and then the front, and it rolled over and over with the most terrible noise.  Over and over until it stopped on its wheels in the middle of an orchard.  There were Arab men dressed in robes and they ran to the car.  I was on the wrong side of the circuit and checked that nobody was coming before I ran to it as well, and so did the Englishman.”  She drank more water.  “I thought he must be dead, nobody could survive a crash like that, but he climbed out of the wrecked car and brushed dirt from his overalls.  He looked around and saw me but I don’t think it registered.”

“Is he alright?” Paul asked, worried.

“He’s fine although shaken.  He didn’t even light a cigarette, and then he fainted. The Englishman Raymond Mays helped him, and he drove us back here.”

Paul contemplated what he heard, and that would have been a terrible thing to see.

“I have never seen anything like it,” Pia repeated and Paul hoped that Achille really was alright.  If he was taking that curve flat-out he must have been doing about 300.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheLastGreatRaceWriting technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades.  Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.

Once those books were published by Club Lighthouse and garnered good reviews I wrote in a very different place and time.  My two novels set in Victorian Britain were published by Wings ePress in July and August of 2014. These have been followed by a story set against the background of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front, published in August 2015. Australia’s contribution to the battles on the Western Front and to ultimate victory is a story not well known, but should be better known.

Staying within the realm of historical fiction, one of the most successful sportsmen of the 1930s, Achille Varzi, lived a dramatic and tumultuous life.  It is a wonder his story hasn’t been told before, beyond non fiction written in Italian.  The Last Great Race follows the highs and lows of Varzi’s motor racing career, and stays in fascist Italy during the dark days of World War Two.

Mark Morey

http://markmorey.blogspot.com.au/

@markmorey5

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Friday 56 #90 & BB #66 – A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava @AlexKava_Author

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and find any sentence or a few ( no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading along with you initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Please include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava

Alex Kava is a master storyteller that is on my hit list. I don’t even need to look at the book, just hear her name and I know I want it.

I was lucky enough to meet her a year or two ago and got her autograph for my hardcopy of A Perfect Evil. I love this cover and the story inside. This is the first book in the Maggie O’Dell series.

MY FRIDAY 56

“What makes you say that?” He was annoyed by her matter-of-fact attitude, She had been here only minutes and seemed to have it all figured out.

“You fell here when you tripped, right?” she said, pointing to the torn grass and the indent in the mud.

(page 56 in hardback)

MY BOOK BEGINNINGS

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned.” Ronald Jeffreys’ raspy monotone made the phrase a challenge rather than a confession.

Father Stephen Francis stared at Jeffreys’ hands, mesmerized by the large knuckles and stubby fingers, nails bitten to the quick. The fingers twisted – no, strangled – the corner of his blue government-issue shirt. The old priest imagined those same fingers twisting and choking the life out of little Bobby Wilson.

Uh, oh…What do you think happens next?

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A killer is watching . . .

The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What’s worse is the grim realization that the man recently executed for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morrelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again.

Morreli understands the urgency of the case terrorizing his community, but it’s the experienced eye of FBI criminal profiler Maggie O’Dell that pinpoints the true nature of the evil behind the killings — a revelation made all the more horrific when Morrelli’s own nephew goes missing.

Maggie understands something else: the killer is enjoying himself, relishing his ability to stay one step ahead of her, making this case more personal by the hour. Because out there, watching, is a killer with a heart of pure and perfect evil.

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I have never see this cover before. The colors sure do pop, but it looks too cheesy.

Which cover do you like best? Why?
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Giveaway & Review – The Eaters by Corrie Brundage @Corrie_Brundage

Eaters_Origin_BannerThe Eaters: Book One of the Origin by Corrie Brundage has an amazing cover and I was very excited to be a part of the tour and given an opportunity to review the book.

I am very curious about the story inside. How about you?

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MY REVIEW

The cover for The Eaters by Corrie Brundage is so eerily intriguing that I can hardly wait to share the marvelous story inside with you. What do you think of the cover? What do you think the story will entail?

Dr Mina Brice works with non human species. She has a special relationship with animals, a telepathy of sorts. She is heading into the dangers of Nigeria. I am right there with her, with the animals, with the people and with Jack MacConnell, a hot and sexy doctor. Her fantasies run wild when she thinks of Jack and so do mine. Will there be a romance? It sounds like they will make a great team, so…Let’s see what kind of trouble will befall them.

Mina is a klutz. It makes her very human to me, until…She dies in a tsunami, awakening 500 years later in Utopia. Now, she is a clone, but not a “normal” clone. How? Why? Did Jack make it? Are things too good to be true? The saying: If it seems too good to be true applies. There is always a cost.

Due to climate change, global warming and animal extinction, she wonders if anyone is “out there”, watching. We did this to ourselves, so why would they save us if they were?

The Eaters by Corrie Brundage sent alarm bells ringing in my head. I am always looking for conspiracies and The Eaters raises many questions making me wonder about my own reality. I am super curious about this series. I love when reality crashes into science fiction and fantasy. It makes we wonder what will become of us, considering how badly we treat our world. I can see where the main storyline is going, but the parts and pieces along the way twisted and turned and I am LOVING it. Aliens….clones….

I was engrossed early on, quickly involved and I believe much trouble is coming her way.  As my suspicions arise, so does my anticipation of what is coming. The pace picks up as the questions increase, my doubts growing.

I loved this original and creative world written by Corrie Brundage and can hardly wait to see where she takes the series. This 260 page paperback copy was jam packed with aliens and science fiction goodness, suspense, danger and romance. The characters…well…if you are like me, some you will love and some you will hate, but they all have their contribution to make to this fantastic story. The conclusion was abrupt, but I can live with it, even if it ended here and now….but wait…there’s more, so stay tuned for the next book in the series.

I received a copy of The Eaters by Corrie Brundage in return for an honest review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

About Origin, The Eaters #1

 So not your usual post-apocalyptic, clone vs. hybrid romance-adventure…

Brilliant, brave, determined, and just a little bit…distracted.  Meet Dr. Mina Brice, dedicated savior of species, and scientist with a secret. On a planet ravaged by climate change, her ability to mind-meld with earth’s imperiled beasts has made her a valued member of a team dedicated to saving as many as they can from extinction.

Unfortunately, Mina’s inability to connect with her fellow humans has kept most of them at arms length. Except for Jack—handsome, dashing-with-a-touch of goofy, totally distracting Jack. Dr. Jack MacConnell was never supposed to be part of Mina’s gameplan.  But when thrown together on a crazy-dangerous mission, both fate and a deadly tsunami seem determined to propel them down the same fraught—and occasionally delicious—path. Perhaps forever?

 But forever turns out to be a fluid commodity when both awaken 500 years into the future in a city called Origin. Presided over by aliens known as The Travelers, it is a world at once familiar and totally strange. And for Mina and Jack, it will become a battleground…against a hybrid race of predators loosed on the human population, against those whose dark side is so very carefully hidden,  and even, as fate throws a heartwrenching twist their way, against…each other?

Corrie Brundage kicks off The Eaters trilogy with an intoxicating tale of pulse-pounding action for fans of urban fantasy and science fiction to devour and savor.

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ABOUT CORRIE BRUNDAGE

Corrie Brundage is a former model, opera singer, and personal trainer who, out of sheer boredom and personal relief from planetary insanity, completed five novels in the space of twelve months. She pumps iron, is a political junkie, and is a dedicated animal advocate.

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Cover Reveal – Butterfly Bones by Rebecca Carpenter #Rebecca Carpenter

Butterfly Bones
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Lakewater Press
 
Summary:
Bethany should be dead, just like the doctors predicted. But along came the butterflies, altering the order of nature.

 

And now nature is hell bent on revenge.

 

Because when fate’s path is disrupted, it’s only a matter of time before balance must be restored.

 

 

 

 
About the Author
 
Rebecca Carpenter is a native of western Colorado. She is married with two grown children and has been blessed with four amazing grandchildren. She owns and directs a large childcare center where she shares her love for books. In her spare time, she freelances as a copy editor, helping others attain their writing dreams. She finds solace and clarity while spending time with her husband exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
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