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Sep
23

Review: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

Review: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion Forged in Dreams and Magick Author: Kat Bastion  Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+, 5 stars What I’m Talking About: It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that completely captivated my attention like Forged in Dreams and Magick.  As the first title of Ms. Kat Bastion’s self-published Highland Legends series, readers are certainly in for a pleasant surprise. I went back and looked at my Goodreads updates while I was reading this title.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so up and down and all around emotionally for a dudes-in-kilts title as I was while reading this one.  Which is a good thing.  Ms. Bastion’s writing is tight, and able to transport the reader to 13th century Scotland or to the ancient Pict villages with her vivid descriptions and her attention to details needed to bring the reader into the time periods in question. In reflecting on Forged in Dreams and Magick, there’s nothing that irritated me.  Which. Is. Amazing.  Most of the time, even when I’m reading a fabulous book, something just doesn’t sit right with me.  You know, that one thing that makes you go, “Hrmmm…”  Additionally, I spent days revising this review just so I could write it spoiler-free.  VERRA difficult.  Here’s what I came up with. Characterization and setting were the primary focus, for me, while reading Forged in Dreams and Magick.  Without ever having been to Scotland, I felt as though I were riding through the woods on a trusty steed, wind in my face, the smell of the sea filtering through my lungs.  I could nearly smell the aromas in both time periods.  The tactile experiences were nothing short of amazing.  I could practically feel the fabrics and furs beneath my fingers.  I relished the experiences of Isabel, which can be two-fold.  The reading experience is EPIC.  Sometimes, however, vivid experiences such as this, throw me into the dreaded book hangover.  Not this time.  Ms. Bastion expertly resolved everything to my satisfaction, for this storyline.  Gently bringing her reader out of author-induced story hypnosis, and sending us on our merry way, with a smile on our faces.  A spoiler-free passage needs to make its way into my review; however (and seriously, I marked MANY passages I loved…this was the only one that was spoiler-free).  The illustration of emotion Ms. Bastion has masterfully crafted should convince any reader of the genre that this is a must read: Iain masterfully orchestrated every note of...
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Sep
3

Book Blitz: The Protected by Shiloh Walker

Book Blitz: The Protected by Shiloh Walker

Today is the release of THE PROTECTED by Shiloh Walker. This is the fourth book in her amazingly great FBI Psychics series. The series is gritty, action-packed, suspenseful and full of romance. Get your copy of THE PROTECTED today!

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Aug
28

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Alexis Hall

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Alexis Hall Today I am pleased to bring you debut author Alexis Hall. Alexis was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret. He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car. He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way. You can also find him all over the internet, on his website, twitter, and goodreads. Today Alexis is here to talking about his new title, Glitterland (B.’s review HERE), and introduce us to the game of Nabble. Please help me welcome Alexis to That’s What I’m Talking About… From the Author Hello, and welcome to my first ever blog tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of my first ever novel, Glitterland. Yay! Thank you so much to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by. If you’d like to come with me and keep me company on my virtual wanderings, you can find a full listing of when and where I am here. There’s also some kind of contest type thing happening. The truth is – and already I reveal the rather limited scope of my imagination – quite a lot of the incidental things in Glitterland have a little bit too much reality to them. In the sense that they’re, cough, in my house. Occasionally about my person. One of the things that absolutely isn’t about my person, and has always been solely decorative, is the peacock feather Venetian mask Ash has in his bedroom. I, too, rather admire the beauty of artificial things. If you’d like to win this slightly random souvenir, answer the three questions below (answers in the book) and drop me an email. I’ll announce the winner a handful of days after the end of the tour on the 3rd of September. What other peacock feather themed item does Ash own? What does Darian have tattooed on his hip? What is the name of Chloe’s boutique? The Least Dangerous Game “Nabble is the opposite of Scrabble. Basically you can only play words that aren’t in the dictionary. It’s really simple....
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Jul
30

The Unwanted Spotlight Tour

The Unwanted Spotlight Tour Today I am helping celebrating the release of The Unwanted by Shiloh Walker.  The Unwanted is a novella in Shiloh’s FBI Psychics’ series (#3.5). And today is the release day for The Unwanted!! Shiloh is celebrating the release of The Unwanted with a spotlight tour. The tour runs from July 21st to August 3rd; tour stops are listed at the end of this post. Not only can you learn more about The Unwanted, but there is a tour-wide giveaway for an ARC of The Protected: FBI Psychics’ series #4. Giveaway details, below. The Unwanted Release date: July 30, 2013 Amazon | BN  | Indiebound | iBooks | Kobo | Samhain Sizzling, suspenseful, and very, very dark—THE UNWANTED is a sexy, fast-paced thriller that will leave you breathless!-Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author A Novella of the FBI Psychics Destin Mortin’s psychic gift comes with an ugly twist—she excels at tracking down violent rapists. But it’s rough on relationships. Once, her partner Caleb was her everything: filter, shield, rescuer, lover. The only man who didn’t think her a freak. Then he walked away. Destin turned her back on the FBI to work for a private agency, but now a particularly horrendous case has come up, and her boss wants her paired with only the best. For Caleb Durand, leaving Destin was an act of self-preservation. Every time she flung herself headlong into dangerous situations, every time he nursed her through soul-crushing visions, he’d died a little more inside. Now they are forced to work together one last time. Tragedy has changed them both, but Caleb knows if he lowers his shields for an instant, he won’t have an icicle’s chance in hell of resisting the temptation to lose himself in her wild power. But to catch the rapist, it’s exactly what he’ll have to do. Read an excerpt HERE A little about Shiloh:  Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.  She writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels. Website: http://www.shilohwalker.com/website/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorShilohWalker Twitter: https://twitter.com/shilohwalker Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/96909.Shiloh_Walker Here is your chance to win an ARC copy of the upcoming title, The Protected. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form below. NOTE: If the Rafflecopter form does not...
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Jul
1

Author Guest Post: Kait Ballenger

Author Guest Post: Kait Ballenger Today I have the honor of bringing to you debut author, Kait Ballenger. Kait is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014). For more information, please visit www.kaitballenger.com or follow her on Twitter @kait_ballenger. Kait is here today to talk about inspirations for her writing. In addition, she tells us about her debut title, Shadow Hunter, the first story in her new Execution Underground series, found in the After Dark anthology. Please help me welcome Kait toThat’s What I’m Talking About. One thing readers often forget about writers is that, like them, we started out as readers and lovers of the genre we write. Paranormal romance is one of my three favorite genres to read—the other two being young adult and urban fantasy. Needless to say, as a reader of the paranormal romance genre, as well as many other eclectic genres, I’ve been exposed to a large variety of writing that inevitably influenced my own work. To credit one source of inspiration for the Execution Underground series and the characters would be like crediting one person for the work of hundreds.  Inspiration for the series came not only from my love of the paranormal romance genre and books in general, but of course, from my own life experiences as well. While that may sound odd considering the genre that I write, unlike most paranormal romance novels, my main characters are almost entirely human. Naturally, people I know and love influence their characterizations, though none of my characters are based on people I actually know. For example, my husband is a lot like Damon in how introverted he is with his emotions. Likewise, I’m a lot like Tiffany with how extroverted I am with my emotions—I wear my feelings on my sleeve.  Since there are so many factors that influenced the inspiration for my novels, rather than listing one main inspiration, I’d like to share with you this list. These are several things I love to see in writing and T.V, which I try to emulate in a unique way in...
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May
30

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Ursula Sinclair

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Ursula Sinclair Hi, my name is LaVerne Thompson. I also write romantic suspense as Ursula Sinclair and I’m happy to be here today as part of Decadent Publishing’s A Buck A Book Win A Nook blog tour.  I’m a romantic at heart so no matter what genre I’m writing in I do so love my HEAs and I hope you do too. Although nothing comes without some sort of price. I’d like to introduce you to Noah and River. They have a long history together.  Something Blue– The Guardian Agency Series Book 2 By Ursula Sinclair (Decadent Publishing, only $1 – limited time)  What happens when dreams come true, but it’s not all it was supposed to be?  River Blu’s music has made her the stuff of legend, she’s every bit a rock star who dominates the pop charts. But through the years a secret haunts her, making it impossible to give her heart to anyone or anything other than her music. When River’s life is in danger she turns to Noah for help. They have a history together, one he’d like to repeat, with a different ending. But first he has to figure out who from her past is trying to kill her. About the author: LaVerne Thompson is the author of several works in the contemporary, fantasy and sci/fi genres. She also writes romantic suspense with an edge under her alter ego Ursula Sinclair. She loves to hear from readers. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Blog GIVEAWAY: Decadent Publishing is hosting a giveaway to win a NOOK ND 7” tablet. For details on where to enter, daily, visit the Decadent Blog. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below! a Rafflecopter...
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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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