Monday, September 30, 2013

#BookExcerpt: The Artificial Mirage by T. Warwick #PromoBookTours

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Title: The Artificial Mirage
Author: T. Warwick
Publisher: The Artificial Mirage
Description: A relentless pursuit from Vietnam to Saudi Arabia in which augmented reality distorts the nature of attachment and desire.

In a world where augmented reality blurs the line between the real and the computer generated, Charlie cherishes the reality of Lauren….

His life as a young American banker in Vietnam seems idyllic until a series of events precipitate her disappearance.

When her trail leads to Saudi Arabia, he must navigate a criminal underworld. The stakes grow higher as it becomes apparent that reality isn’t what it once was.

Excerpt: The harshness of spring had already eradicated the traces of emerging microbial life coaxed into existence from the rainy days of winter. Charlie made it to the CBD just in time to witness the departure of swarms of Indian and Filipino office workers from the polished oval glass hives. They managed to avoid a group of four Bahrainis standing in front of the building with shiny green Dragonflies the size of Hawks hovering above them, projecting some statistical information that they were swapping among their screens. Some of the office workers smirked at the antiquated technology as they passed before getting lost in their own AR. AR Lauren walked ahead of Charlie briskly, and the Arabic script with an adjacent English translation seemed archaic and quaint as it wisped its way through her. There were only occasional advertisements, and they weren’t overwhelmingly intrusive. The ads came sliding in from the periphery with colorful video slice-of-life depictions of Arabic family life. A young Arabic woman’s gleaming bleached-white oval face peered through her abaya as she examined some laundry and seemed to smile right at him. It was liberating not having a marketing profile. Commercial spots were flung at him randomly. He had no profile, so there were no marketing parameters targeting him. Freedom. And boredom. A clear connection in a sea of useless bandwidth. Lauren bounded forward in a scarlet dress shredded into tatters as she served as his directional beacon. She flipped herself forward and backward like a gymnast. He noted the display above her head, which indicated there were exactly 2.3 kilometers to be covered at the current optimal route.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Thor: The Dark World - TV Spot "Return of An Avenger"

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Friday, September 27, 2013

#BookTour: Two Brothers: Origin by Sofia Diana Gabel #PromoBookTours

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Two Brothers: Origin (A Ramtalan Trilogy)

Genre: YA

What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, and a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?

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Born in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Gabel now lives in the United States with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. She has dabbled in several careers, including archaeology and wildlife biology, but writing is her true passion. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, obtaining two bachelor degrees and has taken additional courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ventura College in Ventura, California, and is currently enrolled in graduate school for archaeology. Like writing, learning is a part of her life. She is a multi-genre writer, with a historical romantic suspense novel, a women’s fiction novel and a science fiction novella recently published, as well as several short stories published online and in print. Her latest novel is Two Brothers: Origin, A Ramtalan Trilogy, a young adult science fiction novel. Her favorite quote paraphrased from Sir Francis Bacon: Knowledge is Power.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

#BookTour: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad #PromoBookTours

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Age group: middle school

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

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Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Get a Discount for #Disney Live at Covelli Center, Youngstown, OH #USFamilyGuide

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With the end of summer comes the end of the Pirate and Princess emphasis on Disney Junior. I know that my toddler and I have watched something nearly every day and he has learned to love both Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Princess Sophia. I just know that if I can get my son to Disney Live, he will just LOVE it!

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it's off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It's danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into your hometown.

Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

Disney Junior Live: Pirate and Princess Adventure is coming to Youngstown, OH on October 26th at the Covelli Centre at 1pm and 4pm. My Readers can Save $4 off per ticket. Use offer code: FAM4 Get Your tickets Today!

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#BookBlast: Six Times A Charm Boxed Set by Liz Schulte #PromoBookTours

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Six Times a Charm Boxed Set

Six Fantastic Books All In One!

Haunted on Bourbon Street-
Jade loves her new apartment-until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade, to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help-and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own-to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

The Accidental Demon Slayer-
New York Times bestselling series! It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her. Of course that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin, needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work how dangerous could a little seduction be...?

Carpe Demon-
Retired demon hunter Kate Connor must go back to work when she spots a demon lurking in the local Wal-Mart. But she'd better not arouse suspicion. This kind of thing could really hurt her husband's political career.

Girls Guide to Witchcraft-
Which is more unlikely?

Meeting a single, straight, reasonably attractive, willing-to-commit man?
Or discovering a secret cache of magic books?

For good-girl Jane Madison, neither has a shot in hell of coming true -- until the day she finds a hidden room . . .

Now she's done a bit of experimenting and found a spell that makes her irresistible to men -- even those who have previously ignored her. And another that turns a cat into her witch's familiar (a snarky, critical, self-absorbed man -- pretty much a typical male). Though her impulsive acts of magic have brought a warder (sexy, grouchy, elusive and determined to stop her from using magic) down on her, Jane's not willing to let go of this fantastic new life.

Though she wonders about having things that aren't "real," she's having too much fun to stop. After all, no one ever said being a witch was easy.

How to Date a Werewolf-
Romance can be a hairy business--especially when you're a werewolf. As the owner of Get a Mate Dating Service, Rylie is more than happy to step in and lend a hand to lonely lycanthropic hearts all over town. No matter how hopeless Rylie might be in finding her own soul mate, she has a knack for helping others find theirs. Convinced that she is stuck with a family curse, Rylie is positive she will never find her true love. But when drool-worthy Jack Chandler shows up at her door, Rylie wonders if maybe the curse is finally broken. But Rylie's life is about to become complicated courtesy of the after-dark crowd. When she begins receiving strange notes and harassment from a jilted client, events careen out of control. Jack knows she's more hassle than he can handle. What he doesn't know is whether she's seriously in trouble . . . or simply delusional.

Easy Bake Coven-
For Selene Warren being a witch is no big deal. She dabbles in harmless magic with her friends and never thinks much about it. However, when a stranger who seems to know her shows up at her studio and her grandmother is brutally attacked, her simple life becomes complicated.

A world of elves, half-elves, fae—and one peculiar Sekhmet named Femi open up to her. She will discover that fairy tales are real, politics are ugly in any world, and there is a lot more to her life than she ever dreamed possible.

This new reality threatens swallow Selene whole, but with a forgotten past beating down her door, she will have to dive in to save her future.

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Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Book Hangover? #LiteraryAddicts

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This week's theme is: What was your biggest "book hangover"?
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Hangovers can be the result of a great evening or a really crappy one. I am going to say that my biggest book hangover was the result of a great book. Magical Creations by Nicola E. Sheridan is one that I can think of. After finishing reading this book, all I could think of was getting more of Sheridan's work. I didn't want to pick up any other books for a while because I was worried about being disappointed with anything else I picked up. You can check out my review of this book at

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lily of the Valley 2 Day Extravaganza #ReleaseDayDiva

Lily of the Valley
You met them in Forget Me Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.

Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex. 

When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.

Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?

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#BookReview: Dressed in White by Jessica Gibson

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Dressed in White
Title: Dressed in White
Series: Walk Down the Aisle
Author: Jessica Gibson
Publisher: Jessica Gibson
Description: Lorelei Peters had everything she had ever dreamed of. Amazing friends, a sexy boyfriend, and a job that she absolutely loved.

Dillon Brockwell was all she had ever wanted. Handsome, successful, and he loved her as much as she loved him. Life was going along the way it was supposed to, until someone from Dillon’s past shows up and shatters everything to pieces.

Can Lorelei and Dillon get through all the craziness and make it down the aisle? Or will lies of omission be enough to derail them forever.

Review: Lorelei knows that her life is about to change. In the beginning of this story, she knows that her four year anniversary with Dillon is either going to result in a proposal or the end of their relationship. She hasn't put any demands on him to propose, but Dillon's strange behavior has her worried. Everyone else in her life is convinced that they are meant to be though. When the actual day comes, the inevitable happens and Lorelei is happily engaged. This is where things start to go down hill. The very next morning, a woman shows up at their home announcing that she is Dillon's wife, a claim that Dillon cannot deny. What is Lorelei to do? Stay with the man she loves while his divorce is worked out or leave him for his dishonesty?

This little hiccup is not the only one that Dillon and Lorelei encounter. His soon-to-be ex-wife causes all kinds of trouble causing Lorelei to continually doubt how honest Dillon has really been. Lorelei's sister Kayla also moves in with them announcing that she is pregnant and alone. Their jobs cause continuous stress, but nothing that threatens their upcoming nuptials.

I gave this book four roses because I liked it, but the characters kind of drove me nuts. In reality, they probably acted exactly like two people put in such a stressful situation would, but I just didn't like how Lorelei seems to always run away from her problems. She tries to leave Dillon a couple of times. The last time she does, I wanted to scream at her because Dillon was doing everything he could to remedy their situation. Otherwise, it has an interesting story.

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#BookReview: Winter's Heat by Cristin Harber #PromoBookTours

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Title: Winter's Heat
Series: Titan #1
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.


Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.


When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

If they make it out alive, can he reconcile duty and desire?

Does Mia trust her heart to a man who willingly walks into kill-zones?

Review: I love the multiple meanings the name of this book has. The description caught my interest right away. While it isn't something I have been picking up to read as of late, it is something I would have read before I started writing book reviews. This is a story full of heat, adventure, excitement, and romance. It pretty much has a little of everything you could want in a romance novel.

Mia is a psychologist and Colby is an ex-military man out to do good. Mia just has some serious bad luck in getting caught up in an international incident. What was supposed to be Colby stopping by the airport to pick up a simple package ended up being him rescuing Mia from a Columbian team out for the same package. They end up spending days trying to get her to safety at the Columbian lord decides that not only does he want the package, but he also wants Mia just because she made his life difficult. You will be in love with the things that Colby does to keep her safe. In the midst of everything, they find themselves in each other arms. Is it all from the adrenaline and the stressful situations? Or will Colby and Mia find true happiness with one another. You'll have to read to find out.

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Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is an award-winning romantic suspense author. She lives outside Washington, DC with her husband, toddler, and English bulldog. Coming fall 2013, she’s expecting a baby and will debut her Titan series. Couple that with the holidays, and it’ll be a busy time of year. There’s a special place in her heart for the men and women who serve and protect. Since she can’t save the world alongside them, she’s content to write their happily ever after stories.

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