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Mar
22

Cover reveal Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine

Cover reveal Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine Today I have the privilege of revealing to you the cover for Harbinger by Philippa (Pip) Ballantine. This is the fourth and final (*sobs*) story in her marvelous Books of the Order Series. Without further ado…. May I present to you Harbinger… The cover artist for Harbinger is Jason Chan. Once again, what perfect imagery for this exciting series! I cannot wait to read it! Harbinger (Books of the Order #4)ACE publishing, July 30, 2013 The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves… After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him. Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing… About the Author: New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, VA with her husband, daughter, and a mighty clowder of cats. You can find Pip online … Website Twitter Facebook Reviews in the Books of the Order: Geist (October 2010) Spectyr (June 2011) Wrayth (August 2012)...
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Mar
14

Author Guest Post: Renita Pizzitola

Author Guest Post: Renita Pizzitola Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Renita Pizzitola. Renita writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children. Renita is here today to share a bit about her new release Dream On (March 4, 2013, Lyrical Press). Please help me welcome Renita to That’s What I’m Talking About.  First off, thanks for having me on your blog! I’m excited to stop by and get a chance to talk about my new Urban Fantasy Romance, Dream On.  Dream On features a dreamwalker named Emory. Basically, a dreamwalker is someone who can separate their spirit from their physical body and enter the dream realm. Emory has taken this ability and turned it into a lucrative business. She spends her nights entering the dream realm and ending nightmares. Of course not all nightmares are the scary kind, but there’s not much she can’t handle. When a man enters her dreams asking for her help, she’ll face her most difficult challenge. Turns out he’s a fellow dreamwalker and has been body-snatched. Another spirit has taken residence in his body, leaving him trapped in dreams and he wants her help to lure the other guy out. Emory is used to taking on bad guys in nightmares, but this job crosses into her physical life, and eventually her emotional one as well.  I thought I’d share an excerpt from Dream On. This scene between Grayson and Emory takes place shortly after she’s met Alex, the spirit residing in Grayson’s body.   Excerpt: Closing my eyes, I practiced what to tell him, reminding myself not to mention the kiss. Over and over again, my mind replayed what I planned to say, all while envisioning a park. Sleepiness settled over me and I drifted off. I walked along a sidewalk and stopped, laughing at a funny squirrel. It was huge. I’d never seen such a large squirrel. “Interesting.” I turned at the sound of Grayson’s voice. He walked up beside me and tilted his head to the side, observing the chubby squirrel make his third attempt to climb a tree. “Do you think this is your subconscious way of telling you people should stop feeding the...
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Mar
10

A Wreck of a Blog Tour with Shiloh Walker

A Wreck of a Blog Tour with Shiloh Walker Shiloh’s A WRECK OF A BLOG TOUR! Enter to win a date with Shiloh Walker**  (drinks at RT 2013 or Lori Foster/Duffy Brown RAGT) She’s out to wreck her life…he’s out to remake it…check out Shiloh Walker’s WRECKED. Excerpt “What in the hell just happened?” Zach’s lips touched the back of her neck. “Well, I’m no expert, but I think you kissed me,” he said, his voice teasing. “And I’m pretty sure we both enjoyed it. But maybe we should try again.” And then she found herself on her back, staring up into a pair of dark blue eyes that she knew very, very well. They’d always seemed to glint with mischief, or trouble . . . but she’d never realized just how much they glinted with that kind of trouble. Not until now. As his mouth came down on hers again, Abby barely had time to catch her breath. Then she was wondering why she’d even bothered. He stole the oxygen right out of her with his kiss. His tongue stroked along hers, moving into her mouth with an easy assurance that belied his words. I’m no expert. Oh, yes. Yes, he was… A WRECKED OF A BLOG TOUR mini interview by Shiloh Walker and VampBard Shiloh’s responses to the questions are preceded by SW and in BOLD ITALICS.  Cuz she’s more important, and more interesting, and, frankly, no one wants to hear about me.  🙂 Q: Do you have a tattoo? SW: Yep…it’s a feather quill on the back of my right shoulder.  Quills…writers.  Made sense to me. VB: Certainly.  I’m a tat junkie. I have 3 – my momma tramp stamp, my freedom tat, and one representing Mr. VB, myself, and our kids.  It looks like one big piece – and it is my Twitter avi.  Next tat:  an orchid ribbon, representing Mr. VB’s victory over cancer. Q: How do you feel about friends to lovers romances? SW: I’m very partial to them…I married a guy I’d been mostly friends with all my life (I say mostly because I’d had a crush on him since I was 11.) VB:  Friends-to-Lovers is a completely believable romance for me.  Like Shiloh, I married (the second time…) a guy I’d been friends with for awhile (He was married to my best -girl-friend. They divorced, and we ended up together – with her blessing).  We are inseperable.   Q: Have you ever used the WRECK THIS JOURNAL thing? SW: I bought one…it inspired the idea behind WRECKED. VB: I have never...
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Nov
20

Author Interview & Giveaway: Larissa Ione

Author Interview & Giveaway: Larissa Ione Today I have the honor of bringing to you one of my all time favorite authors, Larissa Ione. I had the privilege of meeting Larissa last summer at the Authors After Dark conference. Larissa, an Air Force veteran, traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge… just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe. Larissa’s final chapter in her Lords of Deliverance paranormal romance series, Rogue Rider, releases today! Keep reading for information on how you can win a set of all four Lords of Deliverance books, courtesy of Grand Central Publishing. Please help me welcome Larissa to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Larissa, welcome and thank you for stopping by. It’s always a pleasure to chat! Larissa: Thanks for having me! It’s always fabulous to be here, and now that I’ve met you in person, it’s even better! Twimom: First, I need to ask… How did Demon Ducky start? Larissa:  I’ve always loved ducks. So much so that I even used to hatch them in an incubator in my bedroom (I grew up on a farm.) So one day I saw some rubber duckies that had little demon horns, and at the time I was working on the first Demonica book…and, well, it just all came together. Demon duckies!!!! Twimom: Yea! Okay, let’s start with the current series and Rogue Rider. What can you tell readers about the series and particularly this story? Larissa:  The series is a continuation of the Demonica series, though it features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as the main characters. The first book, Eternal Rider, kicked off because of events in the fifth Demonica book, Sin Undone. Rogue Rider is the fourth book in the Four Horsemen (Lords of Deliverance) series, and it’s all about forgiveness and recovery. The hero, Reseph, who was a bad guy named Pestilence for the first three books, must find his way back to being a good guy…and he must also work hard to right the wrongs committed against his family — and the world. Twimom: Oh yes, Pestilence was very, very bad! You’ve...
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Oct
23

Review & Giveaway: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

Review & Giveaway: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang A Trace of Moonlight Author: Allison Pang  Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012 Publisher: Pocket Books Abby Sinclair #3 ISBN: #978-1439198360 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (400 pgs), e-book Book Source: Book Tour About the book: Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems. Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all. What B is talking about: Trapped in Faery with no memory of how she got there or the destiny that still awaits her, Abby Sinclair finds herself at the center of a brewing unrest between the different paths of the Crossroads. Although dying (and coming back to life) certainly puts a new perspective on the happenings around her, Abby has to learn to trust in those dearest to her before time runs out, and any hope of a world worth living in is lost forever. Abby is back in the third, and final, installment of this wonderful series from Allison Pang, and is just as much a danger to herself and others as ever. As a TouchStone, Dreamer, and KeyStone, Abby has had to shoulder enormous responsibility, and has made some disastrous mistakes along the way. Caught between the arrogance of powerful immortals and the impatience of her own mortality, Abby has often caused more trouble than she could possibly solve. But, the Abby in A Trace of Moonlight has changed. She is more cautious, less self-assured, as well as more giving. She is a better, wiser Abby, and more deserving of the dedication and sacrifice...
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Aug
17

Bound By Decency Blog Tour with Claire Ashgrove

Bound By Decency Blog Tour with Claire Ashgrove Hello Readers! Today I welcome author Claire Ashgrove. Claire has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction’s Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.  Claire lives in Missouri with her two toddler sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family’s constant support and endless patience.  Claire is touring with her Bound By Decency Blog Tour during the month of August. You can enter to win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card by visiting the participating sites. Keep reading for details on this awesome giveaway. Also, keep reading for more about Claire’s newest release, Bound by Decency, and check back later today for Una’s review. Please help me welcome Claire to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Claire… The Three Most Surprising Things About Self Publishing Hi all!  Thanks for having me here today.  I’m so very excited to be on tour with my debut historical, Bound by Decency.  As you know, this is an independent venture.  And while I researched independent publishing for a long while before dipping my toes in the water, there were still some things that I didn’t anticipate. The Fear I used to get nervous about querying agents.  I used to be uncomfortable letting published authors read my work.  I used to forego eating before pitching to editors, and would sit on pins and needles while my agent waited for an editor’s response.  Let me tell you… nothing compares to sending out that 1st book that isn’t backed by a traditional house.  Sending it to my peers most especially made me quake in fear.  I shook in my proverbial boots when authors I look up to and admired agreed to read.  I bit my nails into dust when I submitted it for reviews.  This has been the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. The Time...
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Jul
11

Devon Monk Tin Swift Blog Tour & Giveaway

Devon Monk Tin Swift Blog Tour & Giveaway Today I welcome author, Devon Monk. She is here to share a chapter from her online-only novella, Hang Fire. Devon writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series, the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story. She has sold over fifty short stories to magazines and anthologies in five different countries, including a Year’s Best Fantasy collection.  When not writing, Devon is either knitting strange things, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration. HANG FIRE is a steampunk short story set in late 1800’s America. It takes place between the Age of Steam book #1, DEAD IRON and book #2 TIN SWIFT. The story is broken into 20 “chapters” and posted, one chapter at a time, on 20 awesome blogs. To read the whole story, start at chapter 1 at www.candacesbookblog.com and follow the “read the next chapter” links at the end of the post. GIVEAWAY: One luck commenter will win a special prize put together by Devon and the folks at ROC/Penguin Publishing. Details are at the end of the post. …read chapter 17 at: Dark Faerie Tales   HANG FIRE – Chapter 18 The only problem Cedar had was his brother. Wil limped out and stood in front of him, telling him by the lowering of his ears and hunch of his shoulder that he was not going to let Cedar hunt the gunman. Cedar scanned the trees where the shooter should be. He didn’t see anything, but he heard a cracking of underbrush and the distant rhythm of horse hooves fading off. Was the shooter riding off? He supposed it was possible Rose had hit the gunman, though Cedar didn’t smell blood in the air. It was possible the man had tired of trying to shoot them. But not likely. “Hurry, Mr. Hunt,” Rose said. “And bring Wil.” The curse put Wil in wolf form for much longer stretches than Cedar. And while the curse carried a much quicker healing time, Rose was right. Wil would not be able to run out of this forest on his own.  Cedar slung his rifle on one shoulder then bent and picked up the wolf, muscling him across his shoulders. Wil whined, but didn’t struggle. They made their way quickly out of the trees, Mae and Rose in the lead, both with guns drawn.  “Hold up there,” a man’s voice called out.  Both women pivoted, guns aimed at the speaker.   Bryn Madder, one of their...
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May
4

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Genevieve Graham

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Genevieve Graham Hello Readers! Today I bring you romance author Genevieve Graham. Genevieve graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky. The companion novel, Sound of the Heart, was subsequently released on May 1, 2012 (review later today). BLOG TOUR (plus Giveaway!) Readers: I am happy to announce that we are part of Genevieve Graham’s blog tour for Sound of the Heart. See below for more details! Please help me welcome Genevieve to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Genevieve… Expect the Unexpected I guess I figured that after I turned forty, I should kind of expect my life to settle in, be predictable, relax into my post-baby years. After all, I’d already done what I’d set out to do: I achieved a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, attained a Black Belt in Karate, worked for years in marketing and promotions, married the man of my dreams, brought two of the most beautiful, intelligent girls into the world … time to settle down, right? Wrong. Because my life has been filled with so many surprises over the past few years, I hardly know where to begin. In 2007 I was forty-three. After reading Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series a whole bunch of times, then following up with Sara Donati’s series, some books by Penelope Williamson and Jennifer Roberson, well, I thought I’d see what I could do with a story, all on my own. Never having written anything before, I had no idea where to start, so I just sat and stared at the computer screen for a while. I never expected Maggie to drift into my mind and start telling me the story of Under the Same Sky. I never expected her to practically take me by the hand and show me what to type. And I certainly never expected to be thrown onto a battlefield with Andrew. But okay, I went with it. And after that I couldn’t stop writing for 150,000 words (I eventually edited it down by...
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