Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Dominion by Lissa Bryan - Blog Tour


Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian




~~GIVEAWAY~~


~~EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT~~

Her eyes caught sight of a pine tree. “Hey. Could you go over there and get me a small branch from that?”
“Sure. What is it?”
“It’s a white pine.”
Dylan tilted his head. “Looks green to me.”
“The needles always look green, dummy. Get me a branch.”
He obediently took their small pocketknife over to the tree and cut off a branch about the length of his arm. He brought it over to her and held it out. “There you go.”
“Thanks. Can I have your knife?”
That he handed over, too. Taylor wiped off a rock and began to cut the green needles into small sections.
“You’re making something, obviously, but what?”
“Tea, if you’ll bring me some of that boiling water now. Use the small pot to scoop it out.”
He did, carrying the steaming pot over to her carefully. Taylor dropped in the pine needles and let them steep.
“What does it do?”
“Grace said it had something in it. I can’t remember what it is. But it had some kind of . . . thing in it that people need, and we don’t get it anymore because we don’t eat the fruit we used to.”
“Vitamin C?” Dylan guessed, but he sounded doubtful.
Taylor paused, her head tilted thoughtfully to the side. “I really can’t remember. But it was important. When I was growing, she made me drink this every summer while the needles were fresh.”
“From the way you said ‘made you,’ I’m assuming it’s not very tasty?”
“It’s not bad. It’s . . . weird. It’s hard to describe. But it’s good for you.”
Once she’d judged it had steeped long enough, she poured some of it into one of their cups. “Get me some of the honey.”
“Really?”
She nodded. “We deserve a treat now and then, right?”
Dylan snapped his fingers. “I just remembered something. Put it on your blister.”
“I’ve never heard of that.”
“I have. It prevents infection. Think about it. Honey doesn’t go bad, right? Bacteria doesn’t grow in it.”
“That’s true. Is this one of your book things?”
He smiled. “See? Reading comes in useful once in a while.”
Taylor put a little of the honey into the tea and then dabbed a dot of it on her wound.
“That cloth really isn’t sterile,” Dylan said.
Taylor grimaced. “Really? What is?”
“How about if I boil it first?”
If it would make him feel better. He was treating this stupid blister like she’d lost a limb. Taylor nodded. He took the cloth she’d been about to use and dropped it in the pot of water he’d boiled. “I’ll just make another pot later for our drinking water,” he said, apparently feeling really proud of himself. After the cloth had boiled for a few minutes, he hung it up on the spit to dry near the fire. “It will be done before you know it.”
“Thanks,” she said. It wasn’t about the cloth. It was about his concern and care for her. “Don’t throw that pot of used water out yet. I’ll use it to wash my clothes.”
He looked excited by the idea. “I can finally wash mine, too!”
“That’s fine. We need to wait a bit for the water to cool down, and then we’ll just toss them in.”
“No, I’ll do my own, thanks.”
“What’s the problem?”
“I’d feel weird having you wash my clothes.”
“We’ll do it together, then. Here, drink your tea.”
He took a cautious sip of the pine needle mixture. She was right. The taste was . . . odd. He couldn’t quite compare the strong flavor to anything he’d had before. The closest he could think of was mint, but that wasn’t quite right, though it had the same kind of aromatic power. 
“Good?” she asked him after he took the last swallow.
“Yeah, I feel healthier already.”
“You’ll thank me when you live to be a hundred and eight.”
He laughed. “Who do you know who was a hundred and eight?”
“That was the rumor about Old Bess, the Herb Lady,” Taylor said. “She was old, probably the oldest person around, but I don’t think it was true. You know how rumors are, though. Once they gain ground, they stick. But she was pretty spry for her age. She used to take me on long walks and talk to me about what the plants we found could do. We used to stop and snack on pine nuts. God, I loved those things.”
“I had no idea pines had nuts.”
Taylor grinned at him. “I would love to make a dirty joke so I could see you turn red. It’s cute.”
“I do not blush. I flush a manly, energetic red. But back to the pine nuts. Where do you find them?”
“In pinecones. You roll and crush the open pinecones on a stone, and they come out. They’re little tiny things, about the size of a water drop, so it would take a lot of them to make a meal, but man, they’re good.”
She poured herself a cup after he had finished his tea and took a deep whiff of the steam. The scent took her back to a time when Grace was taking care of her. When she’d felt like she had a mom even though her own mother was gone. Someone looking out for her and doing so by choice, not because she had to.
When had been the last time they’d shared a cup of this tea? Taylor didn’t know. The clearest memory was of her and Grace in their room of the motel. Grace slept on the narrow bed, and Taylor had a pallet on the floor, padded with sheets of cardboard. It got cold in there some nights when they didn’t have enough fuel for their tiny stove, an old rusty thing with a metal pipe for a chimney, fed through a broken pane in the window. But when they were sitting there, their chilled hands clasped around a mug of that hot pine needle tea, it had felt like home. Just for a moment, it had felt like home.



~~SUMMARY~~

A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.

When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.

Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.

They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.

Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.

. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”



~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.



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Praise for 
The End of All Things Series

Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews

The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads





Saturday, 19 November 2016

Dominion by Lissa Bryan - Cover Reveal



Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian





~~EXCERPT~~

She woke to the sound of screams and gunfire.

Taylor sat up, looking around her darkened room, holding her breath as she listened. For a moment, all she heard was the pounding of her own heart, and then there was another shriek, this one not far away. Taylor rolled out of her bed and crouched low, heading for the window. She used the side of her fist to rub away some of the grime that coated the glass on the inside, though the outside was still clouded so all she could see was an ominous orange glow and wavering shadows.

Oh shit, oh shit.

Feet pounded down the sidewalk in front of her room, and the shadowy outline of human forms darted past her windows. Someone was crying, horrible sharp sobs.

Taylor crept to the other side of the window where a hole had been broken out of one of the panes. She slowly pulled out the rag stuffed in the gap and peered through. A body lay in the parking lot outside her window, and she smothered a gasp by pressing a hand to her mouth. The bloodied head was turned away from her, but she recognized the tangle of blond curls and the green sweatpants the body wore. It was Grace, and she was dead. 

Tears burned in Taylor’s eyes, but she forced them down, swallowing hard. A loud bang drew her gaze, and she saw a man with a rifle kick in the door of a room on the opposite side of the parking lot. He charged in and emerged seconds later, dragging a kicking and screaming woman by her hair.

Time to go. Taylor didn’t know what was going on, but she could figure that out later.




~~SUMMARY~~

A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.

When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.

Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.

They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.

Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.

. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”



~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.


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Praise for 
The End of All Things Series

Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews

The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads



Thursday, 25 August 2016

Criminal by K.B.Hoyle


Release Date: August 25th , 2016
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH












 ~~SUMMARY~~

Following the horrors she discovered in the basement of Sanctuary at the end of Breeder, there is no longer any doubt in Pria’s mind that the Unified World Order is wicked. But convincing the rest of the world will be another story. When it’s revealed the files she’d stolen from Sanctuary are worthless, Pria and the other Free Patriots must scramble to come up with another way to convince everyone to rise up in open revolution before the UWO’s monsters destroy them all. But Pria’s tenuous grasp of human nature complicates her role in the rebellion as she finds herself torn between Pax, her ever-present protector, and Henri, her good-natured friend. 

A new scheme to infiltrate the seemingly impregnable UWO machine places Pria once again at the centre of the plan. This time, though, she must be willing to erase her identity, It’s a sacrifice she thinks she’s ready to make, but she has no idea just how difficult it will be.



~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

K. B. Hoyle is an author, public speaker, creative writing instructor, and classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative fiction for readers of all ages. She and her husband stay busy at their Alabama home with their four young sons.

She is a Readers' Favorite 5-Star reviewed author, a multiple recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, the winner of the Gold Book Award for YA Series (2016) for The Gateway Chronicles, her best-selling six-book Fantasy series, and the Silver Book Award winner for YA Science Fiction (2015) for BREEDER, the first book in her Dystopian Trilogy, The Breeder Cycle. She was a featured panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, and her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers worldwide.

Visit her website at kbhoyle.com


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Praise for Breeder
Book 1 in The Breeder Cycle Series

"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review



Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Happily Ever Alpha Paranormal Romance Boxed Set


Happily Ever Alpha Paranormal Romance Boxed Set
Sexy Shifters, Wickedly Cool Witches, Werewolves, 
Vampires, Gargoyles, Demons, Psychics, & More!

Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Available From: Amazon * Barnes & Noble



Giveaway








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Friday, 15 January 2016

The Sound of the Stones by Beth Hammond


The Sound of the Stones by Beth Hammond
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Available From: Amazon * B&N * Book Depository * Electio Publishing



Giveaway


Top 10 Heroines – Beth Hammond



10. Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre

9. Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice

8. Ygritte – A Song of Ice and Fire

7. Arya Stark – A Song of Ice and Fire

6. Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games

5. Vin – Mistborn 

4 Hemione Granger – Harry Potter 

3. Denna – King Killer Chronicles

2. Brianna MacKenzie – Outlander 

1. Claire Beauchamp – Outlander


Summary


The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key.

She doesn’t remember stopping at the used bookstore, but there she stands as if drawn by an unseen force. Anticipation wraps around her like a cocoon. When she opens the door, the wind nudges her through, and expectancy turns to purpose. The man inside, and the book he offers, changes everything. Unusual things happen when she begins to read:

In a time long forgotten, people are held captive by half human creatures. Ashra holds a secret close to her heart, and must discover the purpose of her gift before the oppressed human race is destroyed. An unlikely ally comes to her aid. Strangers bring her a message from a far off land. Ashra and her band of misfits set off in search of answers. Together, they find love, uncover mysteries from the past, face ever present danger, and hone powers they never knew they had.

Frankie and Ashra are separated by millennia, by fiction and reality, but in the end the barrier shatters.

***Honorable Mention at The Great Midwest Book Festival***




Author Bio

Beth Hammond, is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children's picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were spent serving in the military. Her middle years spent raising babies and figuring out her place in the world. She created stories for her book loving children and recently released "Do Your Toes Stink Good?", "The Blond Korean and the Blue-Eyed frog", and "Puppy Waits". Her YA fantasy novel "The Sound Of The Stones" is newly released and available now. Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through words and illustration.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Lion’s Den by Eliza Freed



The Lion’s Den by Eliza Freed
(Faraway, #2)
Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Available From: Amazon * Barnes & Noble



Blitz-Wide Giveaway (US only)





Excerpt


“I knew you were going to say that.”

He was standing next to me, but he may as well have been on top of me. His shoulder was so close to my face the smell of his skin was choking the words in my throat. I relived what it felt like the day I’d walked in on him in his office without his shirt on. I was suddenly terrified to remember more.

“How did you know I would say that?” My head turned slowly, and my body followed until I was standing only inches away, facing him. Trying to face this. Whatever this was.

I could have kissed him. I ached to taste him to the point of anger. The desire rose up inside of me and burned through the image of his sweet face, leaving nothing but outrage in its place. The colonel leaned toward me, and I needed his lips on mine. I forced my eyes closed to hide from that which I wanted more than air.

“What are you thinking? Tell me the truth,” he pleaded, and I knew it wasn’t the first time he’d demanded honesty from me.

I was flushed, and my emotions were overwrought. But I forced myself to look him in the eyes when I said, “I’ve lost almost an entire year, and the things that keep appearing in my mind, make me believe I don’t know myself anymore.”

“Like what?”

“Like wanting you to kiss me right now.” I wouldn’t turn away. “Regardless of the cost.” The physical pain of coveting him centered behind my eyes. “But that’s not who I am.”

Vince lowered his head. He groaned as he shook it. I waited. I stayed perfectly still, bracing myself for the truth he would share. “I just want you to be safe and happy.”



Summary

An injury stops the bleeding of Meredith and Brad Walsh’s fractured marriage. As Meredith recovers and tries to regain her memory, Brad fights to convince Meredith their marriage was perfect, even if it barely existed.

But with Meredith’s memory comes clarity, and Meredith is faced with the reality of a husband and a lover. A husband who will do anything not to lose—his family or anything else, and a lover who will set her free to see her happy. Breaking up her family is not an option, but neither is staying hidden inside her mind.

Sequel to:



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Author Bio



Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.



She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.



She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.