Friday, August 29, 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#ReleaseParty: Shimmer by Elena Dillon #ReleaseDayDiva

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Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying
in one place for very long. It’s just not safe.
When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. 
When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be
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#CoverReveal: Annie Crow Knoll-Sunset by Gail Priest #PromoBookTours

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Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives.

Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing.

 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

#BookExcerpt: Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso #PromoBookTours

LietenantHenryGallantbannerLT Henry GallantIn an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Bang!

The noise startled everyone.

The conference room door had been slammed against the wall with enough force to produce the loud bang—calling a halt to the proceedings and focusing attention on the arrival of a young slender blonde with a shapely figure, dressed in rugged outdoor hiking gear, who marched boldly into the room. She was about a year or two younger than Gallant, perhaps twenty.

She dominated everyone’s attention. It wasn’t because she was so shockingly belligerent as to require an immediate rejoinder, though she was clearly intent on being provocative—nor was she was so strikingly beautiful so as to inflame male passions, yet she was certainly attractive. No, she dominated the situation, despite portraying a rebellious joy of life, because of her defiant bearing, her air of resolution, and her dogged expression—all of which were so clearly evident—by marching, hands on hips, into the focal point of the room, thereby demanding the immediate and undivided attention of all present.

“Alaina, you are interrupting important state business. What do you want?” demanded Wolfe, standing up to express his annoyance with her theatrical appearance.

Wolfe’s carefully crafted mask of self-assurance had slipped.

“My grandfather is unable to attend, so he asked me to take his place, which is his prerogative. Certainly that’s allowed? Isn’t it?” she asked with an authoritative voice, shifting her gaze from one council member to another, causing them to fidget in their seats as her stare met theirs.

Clearly internal politics were at play, but Gallant was wary of how he should interact with this new dynamic in the room.

Wolfe heaved a sign of resignation and sputtered, “Well—of course—under those circumstances, you’re welcome. Please sit. Here, sit next to me.”

Alaina brushed back her long flowing blonde hair and walked toward Gallant instead. “Well aren’t you going to introduce me to this officer?” she asked.

Again Wolfe heaved a sign of resignation, this time deeper and more sustained. “Lieutenant Gallant, this is Alaina Hepburn, granddaughter of Professor James Hepburn, a leading citizen, a member of this council, and our leading expert on cybernetics.”

“I’m glad to meet you, Ms. Hepburn,” said Gallant, standing and offering his hand.

“A pleasure, Lieutenant.” Alaina bowed her head slightly, but kept her hands clasped to her hips.

A moment later, to Gallant’s surprise, she flashed him a luminescent smile and took the seat beside him, tapping her fingers impatiently on the top of the table. With her hair pulled back from her face, the creamy beauty of her skin was exposed.

Gallant took his place beside her.

She helped herself to a cup and filled it with the coffee-like beverage. She sipped slowly as if waiting for the meeting to resume, all the while studying him surreptitiously.

“Are you enjoying our local cuisine?” she asked, meeting his gaze.

“Very much so.”

“Here, try this fowl. It’s one of my favorites.”

“Thank you.”

Aliana took charge of Gallant, commandeering his attention right along with the meeting.

Gallant’s face grew rosy under her scrutiny. He felt self-conscious, because admittedly, he didn’t look his best—after all, he had recently been in battle and was forced to wear a ragged uniform.

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"The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush teenagerush.blogspot.com

"This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae

"Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH

"Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka



ABOUT H. PETER ALESSO

pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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#BookBlast: I’m Still Here by Kathryn R. Biel #PromoBookTours

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It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary. Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted. Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes.

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biel-8490 - Copy (533x800) (2)croppedTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather (kathrynbiel.blogspot.com ). She is the author of Good Intentions (2013) and Hold Her Down (2014). Please feel free to follow on Twitter (@KRBiel) or on Facebook (Kathryn R. Biel: Author)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#BookReview: The Sexy and The Undead by Charity Parkerson #PromoBookTours



Title: The Sexy and the Undead
Series: Sexy Witches, Book 1
Author: Charity Parkerson
Publisher: Punk & Sissy Publications
Description: Reading order for the "Sexy Witches" series:
The Sexy & The Undead
Wanted: Hexed or Alive
The Pixie & The Prince
Tasting Temptation
The Wizard & The Wanton

A potion gone wrong, or right?

Single, unemployed, and in charge of her very own pet zombie, Ella Perry is cooking up trouble, and it's raining men.

Ella has spent years searching for a cure for a zombie named Freddie. However, when an experimental concoction takes an unexpected turn, she gets a glimpse of the life she's been missing by hanging out with the undead.

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Review: I was immediately entertained by this book. The story is pretty short and to the point. You are introduced to a few immortals at first who are bantering about the "equipment" of the other immortals. It is quite funny. I honestly am not sure where they are though. The entire story teller about other realms but I don't know if they are based on any specific mythology. It doesn't impact the base story, but I am actually curious if it was real myth or author created. The importance is only when Samuel is sucked from his realm into Ella's realm, which I believe is on Earth. You see, Ella is a witch and she created a potion to summon her perfect guy for her for Valentine's day. She didn't expect an actual angel. Their relationship develops and Samuel gets annoyed being picked second in Ella's life by her zombie pet. You read that right. She has a zombie she is taking care of and trying to cute from his zombie curse.

It was really entertaining and I really want to read more by this author. Fast and easy to follow no matter how many interruptions I have from my kids. I highly recommend this book.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

About the Author, Charity Parkerson:
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora's Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

  • 2013 Readers' Favorite Award winner
  • ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
  • Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath
  • Named one of the top 10 best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Reads Reviews
  • Best Paranormal Romance of 2012- Paranormal Reads Reviews
  • Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as an authority on Independent Publishing.

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#BookBlast: Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso #PromoBookTours

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In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Midshipman Henry Gallant

Book Reviews for Volume 1:
Past Reviews of the first volume: Midshipman Henry Galant @2013

"The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush teenagerush.blogspot.com

"This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae

"Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH

"Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka



ABOUT H. PETER ALESSO

pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#BookBlast: What If It's Love? by Alix Nichols #PromoBookTours

whatifitslovebannerCover WIIL-M“Exceptionally entertaining.” -- 5 stars, Readers’ Favorite

“Stunning, beautifully written romance” -- 5 stars, Amazon reviewer

“I loved the relationship between Lena and Rob. What begins as a slow simmer quickly becomes molten between the two of them.” -- 5 stars, Amazon reviewer

>>> Can a Paris bistro heal a broken heart?
Charm, wit and poignancy abound in this gripping contemporary romance.

Introverted heiress Lena moves to Paris to nurse old wounds reopened by her neglectful boyfriend. Enter Rob, a charismatic and handsome Frenchman who waits tables at La Bohème -- a café on Lena’s street -- and has big dreams.

He makes her laugh and forget her insecurities. She stirs something infinitely tender in his soul. Before they know it, they’ve fallen for each other, even though both had good reasons to fight the budding love.

But their passionate romance is cut short when she discovers his dirty secret...

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WHAT IF IT’S LOVE? is the first book in the “Bistro La Bohème” series.

>>> Is the “Bistro La Bohème” series for you?
If you’ve enjoyed “Amelie” and “Friends” and like smart heroines, sexy heroes, witty dialogue and heart-stopping romance, then give this series a try. It will delight you with an unforgettable cast of imperfect and charming young men and women who work or frequent an ordinary yet special Parisian café. They fall in love, cope with heartbreak and chase their dreams with a passion that makes them endearing even when in the wrong.

Welcome to the Bistro La Bohème! Take a seat by the window, order your café crème and lose yourself in these deeply romantic and heart-warming tales of love, friendship and finding out where you belong.

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The books are interconnected, with a recurring setting and characters. But each story is self-contained, and you can read it as a stand-alone.

 

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About the Author:Alix_coffee_VS - copie

I am an avid reader of chick lit, romance and fantasy, caffeine addict and a badge-wearing Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fan.

I released my first book at the age of six. It had six postcard-size pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper. The book was titled “Eliza and Robert” and had atrocious mistakes in every single word. Some words were written in mirror image. Unintentionally. I remember being immensely proud of my creation.

Turns out there’s a remarkable constancy to my life: decades later, I still love the name Robert and the genre romance. As for my spelling and grammar, they are only marginally better than at age six (thank God for editors!).

I live and work in Paris, France. When not writing, I read romance (what else?) and spend time with my family.

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#FreeBook: Dream Killers by SM Blooding #PromoBookTours

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The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They’re disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don’t know how best to help, how to save those I’ve met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I’d been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn’t. Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.




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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!SM Blooding 2

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#FreeBook: Andreas - Dubai VOL I by Bella Ross #PromoBookTours

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GENRE: 3 part BDSM/Erotic Romance Serial

One determined Journalist….

Freelance journalist, Genevieve Parker, has just been handed the biggest story of her career. But there’s one problem…Going undercover as a submissive in one of the most exclusive BDSM clubs in the world was more than she bargained for. But that’s nothing compared to the man she meets there. Andreas Contos. Her assignment. Gorgeous. Powerful. Mysterious. Genevieve is fascinated…intrigued. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before sexually really have to do with writing her exposé? Feeling confused and overwhelmed, every instinct tells her to run before her professional facade comes crashing down…before she has to choose between obligation and desire....

One elusive billionaire…

Greek billionaire, Andreas Contos, is more than he seems. Between the powerful company he keeps and the secrets that lurk behind closed doors, trusting anyone is out of the question – especially the lush and sensual woman he just met. But there is something different about Genevieve – a guarded nature he’s anxious to penetrate. Unable to resist her, Andreas proceeds in taking her under his wing for the night to show her his world – a world of exquisite pleasure. As the two of them get deeper in exploring the eroticism of mind and body, danger watches them from the shadows….

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Bella Ross wrote her first book (a novel) at eighteen a la Jackie Collins. But back then, unbeknownst to her, life was about to take her on a detour. As she set off on her new course, her dream of writing took a backseat. But after many years of worldly pursuits, the urge to write returned.
With her love of travel, it is no surprise that her ‘Wanderlust Series’ & ‘Club Pluto Series’ take place in glamorous capitals or exotic locales around the world. Its the perfect backdrop/setting for her characters to explore and indulge their lusts and passions, loves and desires.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or gallivanting all over seeking new inspiration, or people watching while enjoying a latte at Starbucks and jotting down ideas.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

#BookReview: Panic by Ryan Ringbloom #PromoBookTours

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Title: Panic
Series: The Flaw Series, Book 2
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
Publisher: Ryan\Ringbloom; 1 edition
Description: Robin fell in love with Kent, the boy next door, a long time ago. Once their romance is rekindled, getting married and starting a family seems like the obvious next step. But fate throws a wrench in that plan. Now Robin is tempted to walk away from their relationship rather than settle for anything less than perfect with the man she loves.

Bailey is certainly not the boy next door, yet Shayna fell for his well-played act. But real love only exists in the movies. When a chance encounter binds them together, Shayna finds herself relying on Bailey more than she could ever have expected. And while their resources are slim and their circumstances are far from perfect, she and Bailey slowly discover that they do have something special to give….

When things don’t go exactly as planned, it’s hard not to PANIC.

MATURE CONTENT Strong Language/Sexual situations

Review: This is a story about two different couples. I wanted to say that first because I didn't full realize that until I was reading it. Part one is about Robin and Kent. They fall in love, screw things up, fall in love again, screw it up again, and fall in love again. This portion of the story focuses on the last time they fall in love and the hurdles they have to cross in order to stay together. Their story is about really being about to accept someone for who they are and not what they can give you. You'll feel a little heartache reading about them and maybe even wish you could reach into the pages to slap them a time or two. But I think Ryan Ringbloom probably accurately portrayed how people think they are broken when in truth they are survivors. You do what you have to do to survive and that doesn't mean you are broken if you come out missing a few pieces afterwards.

The second part of the story is about Bailey and Shayna. Shayna goes to Florida to live with her cousin and make a new life for herself. She's only eighteen but has been taking care of herself for a long time so she feels competent enough to take on this adventure. What she doesn't realize is that her cousin is madly in love with a guy that she is willing to just dump Shayna off with anyone in order to do whatever it is she does with her boyfriend. Bailey is the person elected to babysit Shayna immediately after she gets off the bus in Florida. Bailey is also only eighteen, but acts considerably older. This is probably due to having lost his sister in a car accident, having his parents mentally check out on him after the accident, and him having dropped out of school to get a job to survive. They don't hit it off the first night really, but both are kind of obsessed with thinking about each other until they meet again. Shayna lets romantic words spoken through pretend get to her and they sleep together on the local shores. Shayna ends up pregnant and they remainder of the story is their struggle to get by and with what to do about the baby.

I liked the story, but it isn't my typical read. The ending is happy, but a lot of it was rather depressing to me. Perhaps that is because I lived in Florida for eight years and still visit family down there from time to time. Shayna and Bailey's story hits a little too close to home for me (happened to a family member of mine). The character development is great though I think Shayna learns a lot a little too fast. She was described as being pretty smart so maybe I am just thinking of my family member too much in comparison. Overall it is a really good pair of stories that tell how people can overcome their flaws.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4

About the author, Ryan Ringbloom:
Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

#CoverReveal: Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alessa #PromoBookTours

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In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Book 1 available on Amazon :

Midshipman Henry Gallant

Book Reviews for Volume 1:
Past Reviews of the first volume: Midshipman Henry Galant @2013

"The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush teenagerush.blogspot.com

"This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae

"Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH

"Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka



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As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.
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#BookTour: Panic by Ryan Ringbloom #PromoBookTours

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Robin fell in love with Kent, the boy next door, a long time ago. Once their romance is rekindled, getting married and starting a family seems like the obvious next step. But fate throws a wrench in that plan. Now Robin is tempted to walk away from their relationship rather than settle for anything less than perfect with the man she loves.

Bailey is certainly not the boy next door, yet Shayna fell for his well-played act. But real love only exists in the movies. When a chance encounter binds them together, Shayna finds herself relying on Bailey more than she could ever have expected. And while their resources are slim and their circumstances are far from perfect, she and Bailey slowly discover that they do have something special to give….

When things don’t go exactly as planned, it’s hard not to PANIC.

MATURE CONTENT Strong Language/Sexual situations

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About the Author

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness... she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.

You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com. You can also find her on Goodreads and Facebook

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#BookBlast: Weird Criminal by Professor Birdsong #PromoBookTours

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More silly and unlawful conduct by women than anyone could ever imagine!

There’s a story for everyone in this book. You can read about the 6-foot, 400-pound woman arrested for fraud with $26,000 found stuffed in her very ample bra; stories of women who get naked and do disorderly things like steal cars, smash windshields and freak out in airports; the story of the dying woman who asked her husband to have a replica of her vagina carved on her tombstones which he could look at instead of chasing women after her death; stories of women teachers who have sexual affairs with high school boys; a woman who called New Haven police from a nightclub to give her a ride home; a story about a Texas women who asks her son to set a snake afire in her backyard and burns down her house; a story of a Japanese madam who specializes in providing 330-pound prostitutes to men who like women with “explosive boobs and butts”; a story about an Arizona lady who was the spokesperson for the State Department of Public Safety who was forced to resign when she learned that she was an undocumented alien living illegally in the U.S.; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminal stories about women in trouble that make this anthology worth reading. It is Professor Birdsong’s funniest yet!

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Professor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

#BookExcerpt: Blood Promise by Ashley Robertson #PromoBookTours

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Death brought them together…
…Now Death may tear them apart.

After a couple blissful months exploring their new relationship—while balancing their hectic soul-guiding jobs—Deacon and Mia are faced with their biggest threat yet. Fellow Death Dealers are being murdered and the one thing they know for sure is that no human is capable of such a thing. Their cryptic Death Angel boss has some answers, and discovering them could put Mia in more danger than ever before. The battle between good and evil wages on and time is of the essence to find the killer before another murder can happen. But learning their identity sends shock waves throughout the underworld, and the threat of an apocalypse looms. When Mia finally uncovers the reason her Death Angel boss saved her from dying, her life is turned upside down… and now the whole world depends on her to save it.

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Deacon saw red in his mind. He specifically remembered Abram telling him that after that last job with Drake, he’d “have some time with his lover.” Obviously not nearly long enough, though! Now, he was back in the damn spirit realm with yet another Dealer, Roni, guiding a blackened soul to the Dark Gate. Of course, emotions filled with anger and rage only attracted more demons. And based on how many him and Roni were currently surrounded by, he must be oozing rage through his pores.

This time the soul—a twenty-something girl that went by the name of Jennifer Beck—was hooked to Deacon’s belt, and it floated to the side as he and Roni got into a defensive stance standing back-to-back. “Three at my left, about a half dozen on my right, and around the same coming from straight ahead. Thirty yards. ” Her voice had a low, masculine lilt that didn’t match her features: four-eleven in height with an hourglass shaped body and honey-colored hair that fell in a mass of curls to just below her shoulder blades.

“What the hell are those things? Oh-my-God, this isn’t real! This isn’t real!” Unlike the last soul Deacon had transported, this one wouldn’t shut the hell up.

And now that the demons were coming into view, he could feel Jennifer’s panic escalating. “Relax,” he said as calmly as he could. “Roni and I are experts at fighting these things. But we need you to stay really, really quiet so we can concentrate. Okay?”

“But…I…”

Blood-curdling howls erupted like a violent choir, and the soul’s eyes shot wide, her mouth snapped shut. Deacon was thankful the fog wasn’t as dense, giving his advanced vision and other senses a better perspective. On his right were a few Bukarets—probably buddies of the one he’d killed. Ahead of him was what appeared to be a flock of scout—giant bird-like—demons, and according to Roni, in front of her was a half dozen of some other kind he hadn’t yet glimpsed. Not to mention the dog-like demons with what looked like a ridge of razor-sharp spikes down their backs moving in on the left. Intense was an understatement. Had Deacon fought so many at once before? Sure, that was an elite trained Dealer’s specialty. The situation was definitely manageable as long as that damn Archangel stayed the hell away.

Nocking an arrow to his bow, he focused his gaze on the Bukarets, which through his advanced abilities, he knew were the deadliest of the bunch. He could feel Roni’s subtle movement behind him and he knew without a doubt she was aiming her Kimber Eclipse Pro Target. To date, he’d never seen anyone work a handgun faster or more efficiently than Roni. She was the quickest draw he’d ever seen, and always hit her marks square-on with the lethal UV tipped bullets her guns packed. “Which way you pointing, Roni?” he asked.

“I got the doggies and whatever the fuck I’m seeing ahead of me.”

“The rest are mine then.” He glanced over at Jennifer who still floated beside him. “This might get a little…crazy. Can you promise to keep it down for me until it’s over?”

Though her phantom lips trembled, all she did was nod.

More howls, squawks, and now the ground began to rumble. Time was up. Either he and Roni act now, or these things were going to pounce. In an authorative low voice, he said, “Now.”

He loosed the bowstring and heard the pow, pow, pow of Roni’s gun from behind. With his advanced power, he controlled the arrow to curve against space and time, warping its path in the angle needed to strike all three cheetah-looking demons. Light erupted and a second later their bodies dropped. With ostrich-like legs, the scouts were already racing toward him and he released another arrow just as there was a burst of radiant light in his peripheral on the right. Something hissed. Weakened grunts sounded. But he didn’t take his eyes off the mega-sized bird demons that somehow just skated out of his arrow’s path. Pow, pow, pow. Yelps and shrieks filled his ears. He heard something thud as it hit the ground.

The scouts were closing in. With the soul in tow, he dove to the ground, rolled, loosed two more arrows toward the scouts, then grabbed the dagger at his boot as he rolled once more, sprung into a crouch then threw it. A plume of bright white flashed as he’d hit an ogre-looking demon straight between the eyes. So that was the other demons she’d seen! A handful of them too by looks of the couple dead ones amongst the other smoking, disintegrating bodies. Then he turned back to see his arrows had torn through all but one of the demon birds. Roni was crouched about ten yards out loading a fresh clip in her Kimber. Dead demon dog bodies littered the ground around her. Squawk, squawk. The scout was on him and pecked its sharp beak down. He lunged back, just missing the strike and landed hard on his ass. Which should have been enough force to crack his tailbone, but instead it felt like he’d crashed on a downy-like pillow. Jennifer. She’d caught his fall. “Thanks,” he said. Another arrow positioned at the attacking bird that had begun doing its infamous side-to-side dance, its massive claws scraping against rock. Its beady black eyes narrowed as it studied him.

That’s when he sensed more demons closing in from behind. A lot more than they’d originally counted.

About Ashley Robertson Ashley_Head

2014 Romcon Reader's Crown Finalist
2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
2013 Chatelaine Awards First Place Winner for Romantic Fiction
2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
2013 Paranormal Romance Guild Viewers Choice Awards Finalist
2013 Honorable Mentions for the Top Books of 2013 by A Girl And Her Kindle Blog
2012 Voted Best New Author by Popular Book Blog Nose Graze

Sagittarius Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn't have a singing voice. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, sharing personal training and nutrition advice via ExtremeMakeovers.com, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine.

Visit her website to learn about her upcoming releases, guest blog posts, and featured giveaways at: AshleyRobertsonBooks.com

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