Showing posts with label Innovative Online Book Tours. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Innovative Online Book Tours. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday (Non)Fiction: Vicky Finds a Valentine review #IOTours

Vickey Finds a Valentine 1

Vicky Finds a Valentine 2
Title: Vicky Finds a Valentine
Series: A Bird Brain Book
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Vicky is happy young lovebird with a great life as the Johnson family pet. When her human Marie starts making Valentine’s Day cards for her first grade class, Vicky is definitely intrigued.

“Valentine’s Day is very special,” Marie explains. “It only comes once a year, and when it comes, you have to tell everyone how much you love them. But most of all, you have to find a special friend to be your Valentine.”

A day about love? That’s fantastic! Now who can be Vicky’s special Valentine?

A search begins as Vicky asks anyone who will listen to be her Valentine. Unfortunately, the pretty dolly ignores her, and so do the people in the glass box—and she’s not sure she can trust the family cat’s intentions. Will the day come to a close before Vicky can find a Valentine?

There’s only one way to find out: join Vicky in her hunt for love in this special holiday edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books.

Review: Another cute story by Emlyn Chand. This time the book is about a Love bird named Vicky. She is a pet bird who absolutely loves her life. She actually feels sorry for the birds she sees outside her window because they don't have the loving family that she has in her home. She loves everything about her day, especially when her best friend Marie comes home from school. Marie always tells Vicky about her day and treats her like she's a well loved pet.

Well one day Marie comes home from school and tells Vicky about Valentine's Day while making valentines for her entire class. You remember those days right? Marie tells her how on Valentine's Day you give valentines to everyone you care about and you find a special person to be your valentine. The next day, Vicky goes in search of her special valentine. She tries talking to a doll (who obviously doesn't respond). She talks to the people on the t.v. (who obviously rudely ignore her). Finally she thinks that she has found her valentine in the house cat, but of course the cat nearly eats Vicky while she isn't looking. Marie saves her just in time. Disappointed, but glad to see Marie, Vicky listens like a good friend to Marie as she talks about her day. Marie then gives Vicky the one thing she was searching for, a special valentine because they are each other's special valentine friends. It's a cute children's story with wonderful artwork. I am a big fan of all the Bird Brain Books. I think these are great stories for children of all ages.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Kindle
Smashwords - Other Digital Formats


Tour Stops:
2/11 - Review - Jenn's Review Blog
2/11 - Review - GoingCrazy! WannaGo?!
2/11 - Review - 3PsinaPod
2/11 - Review - Andi's Kids Books
2/12 - Review - It's About Time Mamaw
2/12 - Review - Brooke Blogs
2/14 - Review - Marietta Homeschooling Zoo
2/15 - Review - Identity Discovery
2/18 - Review
2/19 - Review - Happy Green Baby
2/21 - Review
2/22 - Review - thrice the mischief
2/22 - Review - yours and mine are ours

This book tour is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Vicky Finds a Valentine Book Tour Starts Today! #IOTours



Vicky Fins a Valentine
Vicky Finds a Valentine by Emlyn Chand

Description: Vicky is happy young lovebird with a great life as the Johnson family pet. When her human Marie starts making Valentine’s Day cards for her first grade class, Vicky is definitely intrigued.

“Valentine’s Day is very special,” Marie explains. “It only comes once a year, and when it comes, you have to tell everyone how much you love them. But most of all, you have to find a special friend to be your Valentine.”

A day about love? That’s fantastic! Now who can be Vicky’s special Valentine?

A search begins as Vicky asks anyone who will listen to be her Valentine. Unfortunately, the pretty dolly ignores her, and so do the people in the glass box—and she’s not sure she can trust the family cat’s intentions. Will the day come to a close before Vicky can find a Valentine?

There’s only one way to find out: join Vicky in her hunt for love in this special holiday edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books.

About the Author, Emlyn Chand:
Emlyn Chand
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

ONLINE LINKS:


Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Kindle
Smashwords - Other Digital Formats


Tour Stops:
2/11 - Review - Jenn's Review Blog
2/11 - Review - GoingCrazy! WannaGo?!
2/11 - Review - 3PsinaPod
2/11 - Review - Andi's Kids Books
2/12 - Review - It's About Time Mamaw
2/12 - Review - Brooke Blogs
2/14 - Review - Marietta Homeschooling Zoo
2/15 - Review - Identity Discovery
2/18 - Review
2/19 - Review - Happy Green Baby
2/21 - Review
2/22 - Review - thrice the mischief
2/22 - Review - yours and mine are ours

This book tour is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Climax: Nate Rocks the World Review #IOTours



Nates Rocks the World 2
Title: Nate Rocks the World
Series:
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Description: *2012 GRAND PRIZE WINNER PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS
*2012 1ST PLACE CHILDREN'S CHAPTER BOOK PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous - what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan's life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.

Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.
*2012 GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD WINNER: PRE-TEEN CATEGORY
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST 1ST CHAPTER
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST COVER


Review: Nate Rocks the World is a children/YA book. I previously reviews Nate Rocks the Boat back in December which is actually the second book in the series. You get a glimpse at what will happen in book two of what happens in book one, but really you can read them in any order.

Nathan is the primary character in the story, but when he daydreams he becomes Nate Rocks. This happens pretty much any time he is writing/drawing. In this book, Captain Asteroid, the comic superhero he follows currently, shows up time and time again to get Nate to do things he didn't think possible. His imagination runs rampant creating scenarios where whatever he has been doing before the day dream morphs into a situation where a hero is needed and only Nate can solve the problem. It's your standard ten year old day dreams really. What makes the story unique is that by the end of the book, Nathan is actually called to save his sister and her friend from drowning in the ocean. Nate Rocks doesn't make an appearance, instead Nathan is all the hero that is needed. It's a cute story that a young boy will definitely relate to and love.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Tour Stops:
11/27 - GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! - Promo
11/29 - Good Karma Baby - Review
12/20 - Andi's Middle Grade & Chapter Books - Review
01/10 - Hooks and Book - review
01/10 - Geo Librarian - Review
01/31 - identity discovery - Review
02/21 - Stressed Rach - Review
02/21 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Review

This book tour is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tommy Goes Trick-Or-Treating Review #IOBookTours

Tommy Goes Trick or Treating 1


Tommy Goes Trick Or Treating 2
Title: Tommy Goes Trick-Or-Treating
Series: A Bird Brain Book
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens—people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy.

Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy’s knock-knocking beak and Michael’s quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children.

But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?

Review: Tommy the woodpecker lives to watch the humans. He watches a neighborhood every day from the comfort of a high branch in a birch tree. He loves to do this so much that he puts up with the taste of birch even though it isn't his favorite. While watching the neighborhood one day He sees the kids acting very strangely. They are all wearing costumes and shouting at the doors. His friend Michael the raccoon shows up and tells him about Halloween. The two of them decide they want to join in the fun as well. It takes them a few tries to figure out the rules (I.e. say "Trick or treat", wear a costume, and knock on the door) but eventually they get someone open a door only to be denied their hard earned candy. The only solution they have after playing by all the rules is to steal the candy. They steal all the candy and eat until they have belly aches. The problem is that b there's way too much candy leftover. The lessons they learn? They shouldn't steal. They should share. Halloween isn't for animals. Of course they also learned how to properly trick-or-treat. This would be a great story for early trick-or-treaters. The art is as always wonderful and the lessons are all of great value.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Nook
Smashwords - Multiple Digital Formats


Win one of three ebooks!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tommy Goes Trick-Or-Treating Book Tour #IOBookTours

Tommy Goes Trick or Treating 1


Tommy Goes Trick Or Treating 2
Tommy Goes Trick-Or-Treating by Emlyn Chand


Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens—people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy.

Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy’s knock-knocking beak and Michael’s quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children.

But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?

About the Author Emlyn Chand:
Emlyn Chand
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

ONLINE LINKS:

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Nook
Smashwords - Multiple Digital Formats


Win one of three ebooks!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordy Wednesday: Davey the Detective Review #IOBookTours



Davey The Detective 2
Title: Davey the Detective
Series: A Bird Brain Book
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.

Review: Bird Brain books all tell a story from a bird's perspective in order to teach some lessons. In this story, Davey finds a paperclip and hides it in his nest right before bed. This is a characteristic of certain birds where they hoard shiny objects. When Davey wakes up, he digs through his nest for his treasure only to find it missing. Instead of calmly looking for it he decides that his treasure must have been stolen. He uses this as an opportunity to become a detective, something he has always dreamed of doing. He acquires a sidekick and goes in search of his lost paperclip. During his adventure, they accuse a completely innocent deer of being a thief without any real evidence. They also assume a squirrel is guilty and sneak into his home at night, destroying his stacks of nuts and scaring him in his sleep. The result of these assumptions is that Davey's sidekick finds his paperclip in Davey's nest right where he left it. You may be wondering what lesson a kid might learn from this story. I see a couple of lessons here. When you assume you make...Oh you probably know the rest of that one. Never trespass. Never accuse someone of something you aren't certain they did. The end of the story tells us that Davey learns the value of a real friend as well. Of course if you haven't read a Bird Brain book before, you really need to check out the art. The illustrations are always cute and sometimes humorous as well.
Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Nook / Paperback
Smashwords - Multiple Digital Formats


Win one of three ebooks!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Davey the Detective Book Tour #IOBookTours



Davey the Detective 2
Davey the Detective by Emlyn Chand


Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.

About the Author Emlyn Chand:
Emlyn Chand
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

ONLINE LINKS:

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Nook / Paperback
Smashwords - Multiple Digital Formats


Win one of three ebooks!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Falling Book Tour Promo #IOBookTours



Falling 2

Falling (Book Series) by J Bennett


The intellectual challenge of college and the warm embrace of a serious boyfriend have given Maya the wings she needs to break away from her bookish and shy reserve. Her ideal life comes crashing down when she and her boyfriend are accosted by a stranger. A stranger with glowing hands.

Maya's boyfriend is killed. She is kidnapped. Changed.

A rescue comes, but not soon enough.

Maya’s senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras…beautiful auras…tempting auras.

And then there’s the song…

Now, Maya must struggle to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, accept her altered condition and learn to trust two vigilante half-brothers she never knew she had. As she joins the battle against a secret network of powerful and destructive beings that call themselves "Angels", Maya vows to find and destroy the one who changed her.

On the bright side, at least Maya's oldest half-brother has stopped trying to kill her.

Boilerplate for Falling Review

Week One of Blog Tour J Bennett is a copywriter and copyeditor living in California. Falling is J Bennett’s debut novel and book one in the Girl With Broken Wings series. J Bennett has also written a follow-up novella, Coping, and will be releasing book two in the series, Landing, on Jan. 10th.

To celebrate Landing’s release, Falling will be available for FREE on Amazon from Jan 10 – 14th. In addition, J Bennett will be hosting a book launch event for Landing on Facebook on Jan 10th, which will include several fun surprises and giveaways, including a $50 Amazon gift card. Visit J Bennett’s Facebook page to RSVP for the event. All readers are welcomed. Also, if you like your heroes a little flawed, your humor a little dark, and a good helping of action and Chuck Norris jokes, set yourself a reminder to download Falling for free Jan 10 – 14th.

You can also learn more about J Bennett at her blog, www.ShyWriter.com; her website, www.JBennettWrites.com; or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/jbennettwrites.

About the Author, author
J Bennett
J Bennett is a professional copywriter, as well as a novelist. She lives and writes in Southern California.

Some of her other works are Girl With Broken Wings, Falling (Book One), Coping (Novella, 1.5), Landing (Book Two, To Be Released Jan 2013), The Vampire’s Housekeeper Chronicles (#1 Employment Interview With A Vampire Short Story, #2 The Vampire Hunter Comes to Call Short Story, #3 Duel With The Werefrog Short Story).

ONLINE LINKS:

Buy the book:
Amazon - Kindle
Barnes and Noble - Nook
Smashwords - Many Digital Formats


Tour Stops:
01/02 - Review - Books, Books, and More Books
01/03 - Review - Books & Other Spells
01/03 - Review - Book Briefs
01/08 - Review - Lissette E. Manning
01/09 - Review - Michelle's Paranormal Vault Of Books
01/10 - Facebook Event, Promo - Andi's Young Adult Books
01/10 - Facebook Event, Promo - Reviewing in Chaos
01/10 - FaceBook Event, Promo - Identity Discovery
01/10 - Facebook Event, Promo - The Cover by Brittany 
01/10 - FaceBook Event, Promo - Rude Mom
01/10 - Review - The Reader's Garden
01/10 - Review - Just a simple mom
01/11 - Review - Reflections of a Bookworm
01/11 - Review - My Cozie Corner
01/11 - Promo - Andrea Heltsley Books
01/14 - Review - Everyone Loves A SiNner
01/14 - Review - FanGirl Hostess

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday Motif: Veiled Mist Review & Interview #IOBookTours

Veiled Mist 1


Veiled Mist 2
Title: Veiled Mist
Series:
Author: Eleanor T Beaty
Publisher:
Description: On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years. Ornella, the tribe's guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, she chooses death. She hates Gypsies and would rather die. What she doesn't know is that her death will destroy the entire tribe. What she also doesn't know is how persuasive Ornella can be. The nightmare begins.

Review: This is a very different book from the long list of books I have read. I have never read any stories about gypsies, but the paranormal and magical element of this caught my attention. I am glad that I read it too! Hannah is a spoiled rich brat living on the island of Maurray. She comes from a weird family situation. She was told her mother died upon her birth, which resulted in her being given to her father to be raised. Her family has married another woman and they have a son named John. Since they are rich, there is also a maid/cook by the name of Vani in the house. Her grandparents (father's parents) are both very much involved in the family and also live on the island. What is so weird about the family is that her parents seem to be like good friends and never appear to be in love. Actually they seem miserable with each other as far as love is concerned, but for some reason will not even consider a divorce. Both are pretty much absent from their children's lives leaving the real raising to be done by the grandparents.

In raising Hannah, her grandmother Elizabeth has put so many stories in her head about how terrible gypsies are that you have to wonder where this prejudice comes from. Her grandfather has never contradicted the stories other than to say that Elizabeth is going a little overboard. All of this is about to come back to haunt everyone though. A week before Hannah's 16th birthday she starts having weird dreams about being a gypsy and even finds herself dressed/smelling like one at random intervals of the day. To top it off, her mother's doll, which she has loved and cared for her entire life, has been broken. The doll becomes priority number one as she prepares for the day. Luckily for her a new antique doll store literally was constructed and opened over night. This is where Hannah's life will change forever. She meets Ornella, a "good" gypsy who's only goal in life is to find gypsy descendants and help them through their changes to become a member of the tribe. She really has a lot of work for her to change a spoiled brat into a caring and selfless person. She also has to undo 16 years of prejudice while breaking a spell put on her by an evil warlock set to destroy the tribe. What will become of Hannah? Will Ornella succeed in showing her that not all gypsies are smelly, dirty, evil, children stealers? Will Ornella succeed before the evil spell on Hannah literally kills her on her 16th birthday? And what will happen to the doll? You'll have to read to find out more.

Interview with the Author:
  1. Where did you get your inspiration to write about gypsies?

    I’ve always had a certain fascination with the gypsies. I love mystery and the mystical along with the spiritual, and gypsies have all three of these elements in their culture and history. Their nomadic ways have lasted for centuries. We don’t know where they came from, nor where they will go. Their belief in magic and their fortune-telling combined with their obsessions of amulets and gold just turns them into fascinating people. And they can be scary too. I’ve had a gypsy walk up to my aunt inside a hospital elevator, grab her hand and tell her something that would happen a few days later. My aunt was going through a tough time and the gypsy gave her hope. Most don’t do that without asking for money but some, like this one, do. And when they do, believe in them because they were sent by a higher power. I wanted to create a character to represent that gypsy we crossed paths with.

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  3. Did Hanna’s mother ever actually appear to be the type of gypsy that Elizabeth felt would destroy their family’s business, or did she just have some other bias against her?

        There was nothing about Hanna’s mother that said gypsy, as the tribe is meant to blend in with society. Elizabeth is a snob, very biased and even a racist woman. She herself wasn’t from high society. She bought her way into it by marrying John, and you’ll find that usually people who do that are the most prejudice of all.  Just the fact that Hanna’s mother was a waitress already made Elizabeth not want her near her son. Then comes Boris who tells Elizabeth Hanna’s mother is a gypsy from a horrible evil tribe, and that seals the poor girl’s fate.

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  5. Hanna was a spoiled brat in the beginning of the story. Was this because of her grandmother or something that her father and step mother had done?

      Elizabeth, her grandmother, was the biggest influence in Hanna’s life. She was very careful to marry her son John to Camilla, a woman whom she could manipulate and who would never interfere with her control of the family. Hence, Elizabeth is the only female role model Hanna has.

  6.    
  7. Ornella had a lot of unusual potion components, but the one that I noticed over and over was pee. She had pee from all different kinds of creatures (as well as a baby). Why did you use so much pee in the story?

      Because pee, or urine, has Urea and, in concentrations up to 10m, Urea is a powerful protein denaturant, as it disrupts the noncovalent bonds in the proteins. This property can be exploited to increase the solubility of some proteins in the potions.

      Kidding. I got that from Wikipedia because I loved your question. Potions have to have those weird and gross components so pee was a favorite option without making it too gross. Also, gypsies use many elements from nature in their potions. What could be more natural than pee? And my editor and I got carried away when reviewing. He added a few strange pees too.

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  9. How many of the rumors started at school about Hanna were actually Susan’s doing instead of Alistair’s?

                 Alistair was behind all the rumors involving Hanna’s visit to Vival. He wanted to humiliate her the way he believed she had done to Ellie, because of Ellie’s origin. He hoped to weaken Hanna’s power and influence over the other students. He would never use Hanna’s mother against her having lived through a similar situation with his. 

    Susan, on the contrary, doesn’t care that her mother is a kleptomaniac, as there are plenty of those in high society. She attacked Hanna’s royal ancestry, which Hanna rubbed into Susan’s face every chance she got, because she wanted Hanna’s throne. As Hanna says, there’s always rehab for vices but none for bad ancestry.

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  11. Shameless plug time! What can we expect from you in the future?

      Fallen Ruler, to be released soon. The novel differs from Veiled Mist as it mixes paranormal with Sci-Fi and plenty of adventure.

      Blurb:
    For sixteen years, Lya, has lived as a normal human, until her father, Walter, gets involved with the wrong people and puts Lya’s life at risk. During a visit to Miami, Lya’s older sister is kidnapped, and Lya and her father are subsequently taken hostage by Walter’s associates and forced to board a plane to India. When the plane lands in Delhi, Lya is rescued by three monks and taken to a Monastery. There her reality is shattered, when she learns the true identity of her rescuers and, even more surprisingly, herself. Lya is now faced with the toughest decision of her life. Can she live up to her ethereal destiny and save her family?

    Thank you for your fun questions!

Buy the book:
Amazon - Kindle / Paperback


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Tour Stops:
Tour Stops:
11/14 - The Cover by Brittany - Interview & Guest Blog
11/21 - Off the Page - Guest Post
11/26 - Blooding Book Reviews - First Chapter
11/27 - The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer - Review, Interview, & first chapter
11/28 - The Avid Reader - Guest Blog
11/30 - Brooke Blogs - Review, Interview, & Guest Blog
12/03 - Nomi’s Paranormal Palace - Guest Blog
12/04 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Review
12/05 - Hooks and Book - Review & Guest Blog
12/07 - Wicked Readings by Tawania - First Chapter
12/10 - Cristi's Reviews - Review
12/10 - Faerotic Prose - First Chapter
12/11 - Night Owl Reads - First Chapter
12/11 - My Cozie Corner - Review
12/12 - Andi's Young Adult Books - Review, Interview, First Chapter
12/14 - Window on the World - Review & interview
12/21 - Fictional Candy - First Chapter
12/27 - Krystal's Enchanting Reads - Review & First Chapter
12/27 - Lissette E. Manning - Review
12/28 - Reviewing in Chaos - Review
12/31 - DanaSquare - Review
01/01 - Rose's Book Corner - Review & Guest Post
01/02 - A Soul Unsung - Guest Blog & First Chapter
01/03 - Reader Girls - First Chapter
01/03 - Reflections of a Bookworm - Review
01/07 - Identity Discovery - Review & Interview
01/07 - U.P. Book Blogger - Review
01/08 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Guest Blog & First Chapter
01/08 - A Daydreamer's Thoughts - Review
01/09 - Everyone Loves A SiNner - Review
01/09 - The Cover by Brittany - Review
01/10 - Broad-Minded Books - Review
01/10 - Jennifer's Asylum - Review
01/11 - Head Stuck In A Book - Review
01/11 - Sweet Southern Home - First Chapter
01/11 - The Stuff of Success - Review
01/14 - Simply Infatuated - Promo

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Friday, January 4, 2013

"Gates of Rapture" The Guardians of Ascension Holiday Exposure Promo #IOBookTours

Gates of Rapture


As a vampire and a warrior, Leto Distra is deadly. But after years of being forced to drink dying blood, he is now part beast—a wild savage thing lurking beneath the surface. With war on the horizon, Leto is determined to help the Guardians of Ascension destroy the enemy who turned him into a monster. And there’s only one woman who can help him.

Grace Albion is certain that she’s meant to be with Leto, but their future may be cut short by the impending battle. Now Grace must embrace her obsidian flame powers—and bind her powers with Leto’s—if they’re ever going to survive. With the fate of the world at stake, they must tap into powers they never knew they had…and unlock their deepest passions.

Sexy and thrilling, Gates of Raptures is the breathtaking final book in Caris Roane's Guardians of Ascension series.

Editorial Reviews:

Praise for the Guardians of Ascension series by Caris Roane…
“Caris Roane powers into the paranormal romance genre with a sexy, cool, edgy, romantic fantasy that gleams like the dark wings and lethal allure of her Guardians of Ascension vampires. Prepare to be enthralled!”—New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

“Roane’s worldbuilding is complex and intriguing, and in addition to her compelling protagonists, she serves up a slew of secondary characters begging to be explored further. The Guardians of Ascension is a series with epic potential!”—Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

“A super urban romantic fantasy in which the audience will believe in the vampires and the Ascension…fast-paced…thrilling.” —Alternative Worlds

“A great story with a really different take on vampires. This is one book that is sure to be a hit with readers who love paranormals. Fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series are sure to love this one too.” –Red Roses for Authors Blog

“Ascension is like wandering in a field of a creative and colorful dream. There are many interesting, formidable, terrifying, beautiful and unique images. They surround and envelop you in a story as old as time.” –Barnes and Noble’s Heart to Heart Romance Blog

“Incredibly creative, Ascension takes readers to another level as you learn about two earths, vampires, ancient warriors, and a new twist on love. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, climbing until I hit the very top only to come crashing down at lightning speed. Once you pick this book up, clear off your calendar because you won’t be able to put it down. Best book I have read all year.” –SingleTitles.com

From the Back Cover 
The great battle has finally arrived, where love will be tested…and a world will be won.

A BATTLE FOR THE AGES
As a vampire and a warrior, Leto Distra is deadly. But after years of being forced to drink dying blood, he is now part beast—a wild savage thing lurking beneath the surface. With war on the horizon, Leto is determined to help the Guardians of Ascension destroy the enemy who turned him into a monster. And there’s only one woman who can help him.

A LOVE FOR ALL TIME
Grace Albion is certain that she’s meant to be with Leto, but their future may be cut short by the impending battle. Now Grace must embrace her obsidian flame powers—and bind her powers with Leto’s—if they’re ever going to survive. With the fate of the world at stake, they must tap into powers they never knew they had…and unlock their deepest passions.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tuesday Talk: Honey The Hero Review #IOBookTours



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Title: Honey the Hero
Series: A Bird Brain Book
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

Review: Honey is a parakeet living in Australia. She is a very adventurous bird who loved to watch everything around her. One day she sees a family watching a movie about a super hero and decides that she wants to be a super hero too. The adventurous bird flies around the outback trying to help other animals only to fail three times. However, the lesson of the story shines through here to show kids that you shouldn't give up and that even though you are small, it doesn't mean you can't help others. Honey is finally able to help a baby dingo making her the hero of the day. It's a cute story to help kids learn to never give up on their dreams, to be persistent, and size doesn't matter. As always, I love the cute art in these Bird Brain books.
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Monday, December 31, 2012

Honey the Hero Book Tour #IOBookTours



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Honey the Hero by Emlyn Chand


Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

About the Author Emlyn Chand:
Emlyn Chand
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday (Non)Fiction: The Darkening Dream First Chapter #IOBookTours

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The Darkening Dream 2

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin


The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Engelmann's life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.

With the help of Alex, a Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex's elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah's own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah's continuing visions reveal?

No less than Gabriel's Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.


First Chapter:
One: Agitation

Salem, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon, October 18, 1913

AS SERVICES DREW TO AN END, Sarah peered around the curtain separating the men from the women. Mama shot her a look, but she had to be sure she could reach the door without Papa seeing her. After what he’d done, she just couldn’t face him right now. There he was, head bobbing in the sea of skullcaps and beards. She’d be long gone before he extracted himself.

“Mama,” she whispered, “can you handle supper if I go to Anne’s?” Last night’s dinner debacle had probably been Mama’s idea, but they’d never seen eye to eye on the subject. Papa, on the other hand, was supposed to be on her side.

Mama’s shoulders stiffened, but she nodded.

The end of the afternoon service signaled Sarah’s chance. She squeezed her mother’s hand, gathered her heavy skirts, and fled.

***


The journey through Salem’s bustling downtown took only ten minutes, but the Indian summer sun left her corset sticky and cruel. A final two blocks brought Sarah to her friend’s pre-Revolutionary house, a kernel of which dated to the seventeenth century. Wings, rooms, and gables had sprouted during the past two hundred years, and in its present form the house and stables were large enough for five family members, seven boarders, a decent collection of horses, and a dog.

Sarah entered without knocking. Mr. Barnyard, the Williamses’ obese basset hound, rushed to greet her. After suffering his affections, she found Anne in the sitting room helping her mother with the mending. Several inches taller than Sarah, she wore her straw-colored hair in two looped braids, and possessed all the womanly curves Sarah found lacking in herself.

“What a nice surprise,” Mrs. Williams said. “Sarah, I know you’re not much for the needle, but some conversation would help pass the time.”

Behind her mother, Anne stabbed herself in the chest with an imaginary dagger.

“I hate to disappoint you,” Sarah said, “but I hoped to steal away your oldest daughter. Where’s Emily? Can’t she help?”

Mrs. Williams shrugged a padded shoulder. “Out back somewhere. If I hadn’t whelped that one myself, I’d swear she’s some sort of changeling. But take Anne, she’s all thumbs today.”

Anne set down the trousers she was sewing and tugged Sarah out the door.

“Thank God,” she said, leading Sarah upstairs to the bedroom she shared with her younger sister. “It was so stuffy in there I thought my stitches might melt.” She cracked the window, sat on the bed, and patted the quilt next to her. “What’s brought you here on a Saturday? Shouldn’t you be helping your own mother?”

Sarah pulled the door closed and sat next to her friend.

“I had to talk to someone. Your brother isn’t going to barge in?”

“Sam’s earning extra money at the cotton mill. Tell me.”

“My parents ambushed me at Shabbat dinner last night.”

“That sounds exciting,” Anne said. “Attacked you with candles and loaves of bread?”

“Papa brought a man home with him unannounced. Not one of his usual cronies, a gentleman. In his twenties. His name was Chaim Hoffmann.”

Anne squealed. “That’s a mouthful. Was the fellow handsome?”

“I don’t remember.”

“Extra, extra! Sarah Engelmann forgot something!”

Sarah had to smile at that. She replayed last night’s dinner in her head, trying not to grimace as the awkwardness returned with the imagery.

In her mind’s eye, her parents and Mr. Hoffmann hung before her as vividly as if they sat in the room. His skin showed little evidence of exposure to the sun, his bearded face was thin, and his spectacles were twice as thick as her own.

Sarah blinked and the memory vanished. “Not handsome, not ugly.”

“Then his manner was bothersome?”

She shook her head. “Gentlemanly enough. Clearly he was very bright. A student of Papa’s friend.”

“So what’s the problem? Your mother married at eighteen. With your birthday coming up on us, your father’s probably barely reining her in.”

“I have to finish school,” Sarah said. “And at least begin college. What’s the point of having studied my whole life if all I do is settle down and start a family?”

“But it’s exciting just the same. At least you have prospects.”

“What are you talking about?” Sarah said. “Half the boys in school would cut off an arm to court you.”

Anne sighed. “Even the thought of choosing is stressful. If it were all arranged it’d be easy. You’re lucky.”

Lucky? Sarah couldn’t imagine one of Papa’s friends’ sons allowing her the freedom he did. Or the respect. They’d only want their table set and six brilliant sons to make them proud.

“I know what we should do!” Anne said. “With this heat and with your, um, stresses, we need a break. My lummox of a twin traded for a new filly this week. Why don’t the three of us go riding tomorrow, take a picnic, make a proper outing of it?”

Anne was right. School had started only a month ago, and Sarah’s life was already dominated by study.

“What time?” she said.

***


The girls drifted downstairs to find Mrs. Williams and Emily entertaining a boy in the parlor. So close to becoming a man, he looked to grow four inches if you glanced away.

Emily’s pink dress was disheveled but she appeared luminous just the same. Sarah worried about what was going to happen when she came into her own. Anne could be bold and outspoken, but she had a fundamental prudence entirely absent in her little sister.

The new boy rose to greet them. He was about the same age Sarah’s brother would’ve been and almost as handsome.

“Charles Danforth.” He extended his hand. His hair was much straighter than Judah’s.

“Nice to meet you,” Anne said, shaking hands. “You’re a friend of Emily’s?”

Emily looked like she wanted to take a bite out of someone.

“We both study Bible with Pastor Parris,” the boy said.

“Charles is just leaving,” Emily said. “He stopped by to bring us some of his mother’s preserves.”

Charles offered Sarah his hand, and she took it. The late afternoon sun streamed in through the windows and threw their shadows against the wallpaper. A sound rose in her ears, slow and mournful like that of the shofar, the ceremonial ram’s horn blown to announce the New Year.

Sarah felt queer. Her mouth dry. Before her eyes the silhouettes on the wall contorted, human limbs and torsos shifting to form the shape of a leafless tree. The reddish hue of the sun — surely that’s what it was — made the tree look as if it was drenched in blood. The horn continued to sound in her ears, loud but seemingly blown at great distance.

She released Charles’ grip and the bloody tree vanished, in its place only the shadows of two young people who’d just shaken hands.

About the Author, author
Andy Gavin
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Climax: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name Review #IOTours



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Title: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name
Series:
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Description: Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

Review: I really enjoyed this story. I found it very interesting to see how Millie reacted to finding her diary turned into a blog. She was very lucky that in her diary she never used people's real names. You may ask yourself, "Why would a 6th grader not write real names in her own diary? It's not like she was planning to let someone else read it." That's a good question. It's one I have as well and honestly cannot answer other than when I was that age, I was always afraid of who might accidentally get a hold of my diary. I used real names in mine, but I can see how that fear just might make someone want to keep names out of even their private writings. Brother's are a strong motivating factor when they are in the same school as you.

I found it also very neat to think about a 6th grade girl with a blog. What would one write about? They probably would mostly write about the happenings of school. The idea that someone from school actually found her blog and then everyone in her grade began reading it was a little out there for me. I know I have had to work hard to increase my readers at times, so how did it become so popular within her own school overnight? The best part of this popularity though is what she actually does to help people with it. She learns a lesson on what it's like to be bullied and what it is like to be the bully. Seeing that both situations are wrong is a huge step for her. She discovers that bullies don't happen overnight and that there is normally a very real reason for their behaviors. This story is put into a perspective that I think will help kids understand how to deal with bullying a bit better than some books that just say, "Don't bully." I will definitely be keeping it in mind if I hear of anyone in need of that sort of help.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday (Non)Fiction: Poppy The Proud Review #IOBookTours



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Title: Poppy The Proud
Series: A Bird Brain Book Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

Review: Poppy the Proud is another bird book by Emlyn Chand that is designed to help teach children some lesson in a fun way. This particular story is about being too prideful. Poppy is a peacock. We mostly associate such words as regal, proud, elegant, and beautiful to peacocks because of their unique feathers, bright colors, and strut. Emlyn has used the image of a peacock to portray what happens when you are too proud and "expect" certain things to happen. Poppy was always adored and other animals in his park fawned all over him to give him whatever he desired. This had been the way things were his entire life until a solid white peacock showed up one day. In one day, all the other animals seemed to forget that Poppy existed. Well you can guess that Poppy was not happy about this. He decided that he needed to change his appearance in order to gain their attention once again. He tries a couple of changes that all result in him being a laughing stock, damaging his pride even more than being ignored. The result? Well Snow, the white peacock, eventually shows him that beauty is something that is really on the inside. He was beautiful on the outside before, but Poppy really needed to learn how to be beautiful on the inside. In other words, he needed to be less proud. Poppy learns his lesson and also makes a new friend. It's a very cute book. I love the art that appears in these books very much. I think kids of a wide variety of ages will find the story entertaining and perhaps learn the lesson as well.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Poppy The Proud Book Tour #IOBookTours




Poppy The Proud by Emlyn Chand


Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

About the Author Emlyn Chand:
Emlyn Chand
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday (Non)Fiction: Flight Excerpt #IOTours

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Title: Flight
Series: I Am Just Junco Dot Com
Author: J.A. Huss
Publisher: Science Future Press
Description: Lies and Luck, they’ll both get you in the end.

There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice – human or avian? Only one race will survive.

Lucan has secrets and the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.

The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too – secrets that change everything.

Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.

Chapter One

"Abso-fucking-lutely not, Lucan." I turn my back on him and shake my head as I take in his office. I've never been in here before and it's got my interest up. Focus, Junco. "I'm not gonna be stuck with those girls!"

He shuffles around some tech devices on his excessive desk and then answers a call on his com, spitting out short, curt responses that don't give me much of a hint at what he's actually talking about. My eyes scan the books on his shelf.

Mythology? Jasus fuck, you've got to be kidding me.

I pace a little and throw him a few dirty looks at being made to wait for his conversation to be over. Finally, I slump down in a chair. He doesn't even look up from whatever he's entering into his tech. I lean my head back and groan as he abruptly ends the call.

"Junco, I was on the com with the Archer of Clutch, please try and act like a grown-up."

I scowl at him and whine as my arms go up in the air in exasperation. "I want to be with a team, Lucan. Why are you doing this to me?"

"You don't need a team, you're going to Earth in a week and you'll have a team then. But for now, you'll babysit the girls and teach them what it means to be a warrior." He pinches the bridge of his nose and I know I'm giving him a headache. He looks up at me as if reading my mind. "Just to clarify, Junco – it's not you who is giving me a headache, it's them."

"Them? Them who?" I say, squinting my eyes.

He groans. "Those girls. Get rid of them."

I laugh. "What? But you promoted them so I wouldn't have to be the only one. Or the first."

He looks up and his eyes are dead serious. "Junco, you are the first, like it or not, that's the fact. Everyone knows it, there is no way around it. And these girls are complainers. They don't want to work, they don't want to fight, they don't want to get hurt. What good is a warrior who can't do those simple things? Test them, get rid of the ones who disobey or fail. There are only about a handful of good ones in that group, weed them out."

I just stare at him as he fiddles through the various tech items. "Here is your com back." He hands me the flexible little card. "I've coded it for access to the private quarters until your biometrics can be updated. Go find your room and get settled."

I don't move or speak.

"Get out, Junco. We're done."

"Yes, sir." I salute and leave.


Tier is down the hallway talking to a few guys I don't know. He smiles as he spots me and leaves the group.

"What did he say?"

"I'm stuck training the girls for a week, Tier. And I have to live at his house!"

Tier scowls down at me with his green eyes, a little glow of annoyance in there. "So he told ya no?"

I shake my head. "No, not really. He said he wanted me to get rid of the girls. He's not happy with them. I'm supposed to cut them down to a handful and then I'll have my team when we go to Earth."

"But ya can't come live with us?"

I look up at him as he directs me to start walking with a firm hand on the middle of my back. "Right. He said I'm to go to his place and find my room and settle in." I pout a little, I admit it. I was looking forward to moving in with Tier's team, my old Fledge team. To seeing Annun and Tessen again and settling in there for a week before we leave for Earth.

Tier just shrugs at me. "Well, OK then. Let's go."

"That's it?" I look up as we turn the corner of the hallway and start walking towards the elevator.

"Junco, you don't get to debate orders." He stops us to consider this for a moment. "It was an order?"

I shrug.

He laughs at me and pulls me in. "It's only a week, ya know I'll be on the Earth team, so–" The elevators open and he pushes me away. "Do you have credentials to get to Lucan's quarters?"

I pull out my com. "It's on here for now."

We enter the elevator and Tier waves my hand across the biometrics and asks for the top floor. "It's a nice place. You won't be unhappy there, Junco."

"He's punishing me for breaking up the 039, I know it." "You didn't do that, it was all Ashur and Braun. He knows that."

The elevator stops and the doors open. Tier waves me through and I stand in a giant lobby. "Where do we go now?"

"This is it, Junco."

"Oh, it looks like a hotel."

"It's the president's home. What did ya think it looked like?"

Not a hotel, obviously. It's furnished much like the 039 – minimal, reflective white tile floors, chrome. It's got a traditional estate home layout that I'd find on Earth. Large foyer that contains an elaborate stairway made up of thin cables and floating glass steps. On either side of the foyer are two large rooms, the one to the right a formal living area and the one to the left a formal dining area.

A cocktail party house.

I've been to a few of these with my father as I was growing up. He dragged me all over the world, not only for competitions and assassinations, but also social stuff. Probably to show me off for a possible future sale.

I peek into the living room and spy my black baby grand.

"What the fuck?" I look over at Tier who just shrugs. "Obviously he's had this planned."

"Come on, let's find yer room." He drags me up the stairs, which actually make me nervous because I don't care for the whole floating step thing, and then puts his palm out for my com. I hand it over and he starts waving it in front of biometric pads outside the various doors.

In the end we don't need to look so hard for the room because there's a small ankle-high servo standing guard at a door chirping Junco's Room over and over again until Tier swipes my com at it and kicks it out of the way. He laughs despite my scrunched-up annoyed face. "Feel at home yet, darlin'?"

"I don't get what this is."

Tier smiles and squeezes my shoulder. "Junco, there are worse things than being treated special by Lucan. Indulge him, he likes ya and he hates everyone. Let him spoil ya. He's treated me special my whole life and take my word for it, it's not a bad deal if ya can get it."

I'd forgotten about that. "Did he make you live with him?"

He shakes his head and waves my com in front of the biometrics on the door and it clicks open. "Nah, boys don't need protectin', Juncs. Only girls."

The lights go on as I walk in and it's my same room from the 039, only in a much bigger space and a much bigger window. In fact, the window is an entire wall on the opposite side of the room and it leads out to a terrace.

I smile and look back. "Well, if I must make do, then…"

He laughs and pushes me over to the bed. "And now, little snowbird–"

My com buzzes and Tier hands it over. "Hello?"

"Is Tier there, Junco?" It's Lucan.

"Yeah, he's here. You wanna talk to him?"

"Yes, put him on."

Tier takes the com and answers a bunch of yes and no questions, then says yes, sir and hands the com back to me.

"Yeah?"

"No visitors in the bedroom, Junco."

And the com goes dead.

I just stare at Tier. "Are you fucking kidding me? He sent us on a private vacation to have all the sex we wanted for weeks, and now you can't come in my room?"

Tier shrugs and makes for the door. "Orders, darlin'. I'll pick you up tomorrow at six, be in the lobby." And then he gives me a little salute and he's gone.


I go outside to smoke off my annoyance. It's actually a nice terrace and there's a porch swing off to one side near a fountain that is quite spectacular. I flop into the swing and let it move me by momentum only for a few seconds, then dip my foot down to make it keep going as I puff on my cigar.

The terrace wall is transparent so the view is uninterrupted. From this high up there's not much to see really. Just the tops of lower buildings down below. No traffic up here, and I suppose there wouldn't be. It's the president's house after all. Privacy is probably a concern.

What it does show is a pretty fair layout of the capital city proper. I can see the rows of tall buildings, like I've got a bird's eye view of a map.

I flap a little and fly upward, then settle on the roof and pivot slowly so I can look around. Aves headquarters, and by extension Lucan's quarters, is smack in the middle of everything on all sides. The city is big and spread out far enough so that the urban center is still sprawling as the torus-shaped habitat rounds out in the distance.

I don't even finish my stogie before I get the princess in the tower feeling. I go back inside and grab my com from the bed and leave the room before I get trapped.

Out in the hallway there is no one about, just the methodical hum of cleaning servos. I go back the way Tier and I came and make my way carefully down the damn stairs. They even jiggle a little as you step. In the lobby there are only a few options so I head for the piano.

I pluck out a few tunes that have stuck in my fingers for whatever reason over the years, then switch to what I always end up playing once I take a seat at the keys. Asgarth. Maybe there'll be time for an opera when I'm on Earth?

This makes me laugh out loud. Yeah, sure, Junco. Between rounding up the saviors of the avian race you can just slip into the opera. Wings and all.

I dip into the deeper notes of the opening sequence, then stop.

Why do I always play it from beginning to end? I can start wherever I want and I'm sick of the unhappy scenes. I hardly ever play long enough to get to the sweetest part of the tale. His salvation. I switch gears and begin playing the melody of the ascension and stop again.

Asgarth just isn't doing it for me tonight.

My mind goes back to the Enki and the World Order nargala and I begin the tedious recall of putting the notes from the Inanna scene onto the keyboard. It's a nice song. Of course I can't play all the notes the Ilat Nargalist sang, that was like an orchestra of instruments coming from her mouth, but I get a pretty good approximation going and before long I can almost play the whole thing. I am playing the high notes at the end that made me cry when I hear the applause behind me.

I jump a little and turn. "Shit, Lucan. You don't have to sneak up on me."

His face is bright and he looks happy. "I've been sitting here for thirty minutes, Junco. I didn't sneak up on you." He points to the piano. "You were engaged." Then he gets up and pushes me over and begins to play the song I just finished. "That's a pretty good approximation you did there, how do you do it?"

"How do you do it? I didn't know you played."

He grins but his fingers keep moving. "I don't, Junco. It's just a gift."

"Oh, programmed learning? My father wouldn't let me do that. He made me practice."

"Yes, I can see that. But your skill at finding the notes and putting them together is quite good. Why did he make you learn the hard way?"

I shake my head, but I know the answer so I say it anyway. "He always said, 'Things worth doing are also worth learning to do.'"

"He's right. No one cares that I can play this song. Because I cheat what it takes to really make it worthwhile. You, on the other hand, you just pulled it out from your memory and matched every single note with a key and then put them all together. That is something worth doing."

Yeah, I get it. "I agree."

"You will not see Tier this week, Junco. You will spend it with Ashur and the 039."

I scowl up at him. "Ashur is ignoring me, I've tried to call him a million times. He won't answer."

"I instructed him to stay away from you, but now you need to patch things up. He will be on the team for Earth. So you will spend this week with Ashur and the remaining 039."

"Well, I'm not sad about that." I smile up at him. "You're not going to get a fight out of me. I miss them."

He just points to my left hand. "Do you know why you can play with that disability and not hear the difference?" I look down at my missing fingers. "Why?"

"Tier gifted you this when he healed you back on Earth. It's a special gift, Junco." He stops and sighs a little. "One I would have preferred he saved for something bigger, perhaps. But nonetheless, this is what he gave you."

"What did you give him?" I look at him as he raises his eyebrows, maybe deciding if he will tell me or push it off.

"Too many to list. But I am an Archer, so I have more to give away. Tier only had the one gift to give away and he gave it to you at that moment." He looks away for a second, then glances back at me. "It must have been some special moment."

I think back to the hot springs and smile up at Lucan. "It was life-changing for me, really. I don't know what he thought about it, obviously, but everything turned for me in the time leading up to the nightdog attack. My whole world just – changed. It went from being one thing to being something completely different. And he told me the story of Inanna and her trip down below. And how she had the power of making decisions so she decided not to be a victim. That was my interpretation of that sequence, anyway.

"Plus," I add, "he washed the blood out of my hair for me. It was unexpected and nice. And then when we were fighting the nightdogs, I jumped down from a cliff and killed the one that had hold of his arm with my little boot knife. So," I shrug, "I helped him out there."

"You say that like it's nothing."

"He saved my life after, so we were even anyway."

He changes the subject abruptly. "Why did your father really make you learn things the old way?"

I shake my head and huff out some air. "Look, I know what you want me to say, Lucan. But I'm not going to. Maybe he did love me in some sick, twisted way, but it doesn't matter anymore. He ruined everything."

I tap a few keys and wait to see if he answers but he doesn't. "I'm not saying I'm unhappy here, because I'm not." I look up into his blue eyes that remind me a lot of Kush. "But I would've been just as happy being Charlie's wife and raising his child. And given the chance to turn it all back and have that be my life, I'd take it."

He puts his arm around me. "If I could gift you that, Junco, I would. But I can't. "Thanks. Things are going to turn out OK. The syrinx – I mean, Sera – said so. It's part of my payment for taking her to Earth. She promised me that I'd be 'if not happy, at the very least satisfied' when I meet my end and that's good enough for me."

We're quiet for a minute but then he grabs my elbow and I twitch a little at the sudden movement. He holds firm and stares down at me with a serious expression. "Junco, I would like you to consider the possibility that you don't understand what your father's intentions were when he did those inexcusable things to you."

I make a face at him. "Either they were inexcusable or they weren't, Lucan. Which do you think they were?"

He lifts a shoulder in a half shrug. "I have no idea, they were certainly not the best solutions, however I've never had the opportunity to meet your father, so I can't know. But let's move past the horrific way in which he handled the situation of your boyfriend. And then let's move past the barbaric abortion. And take a minute to ask why? Why would he do these things to a girl he raised with care for almost two decades?"

I look away as the chills climb up my arms. I hate that he mentions my baby. Hate it. "He wasn't that careful, Lucan. I think you've got him mixed up with someone else."

"He put a lot of effort into you. Not just as a soldier. But as a child. Why teach you that horse sport? Why teach you to play an instrument? Why give you a God? He took you to church? Every week?"

I swallow and nod as my face begins to feel hot.

"Men who want to kill their grandchildren don't do those things, Junco."

"I can't explain him, Lucan. He took me around the world to kill people, for fuck's sake."

Lucan nods. "Yes, and I've looked into every possible job. There was a pattern to it. They were all" – he stops to think – "necessary."

"I really don't want to talk about it, OK? I just want to forget it."

"Well, you will have to face your past when you go back to Earth, so it is better to be prepared. Consider the idea that your father had another motive. What kind of man was this Charlie? How long did you know him?"

I shrug. "Six months, I guess. He was a good guy, Lucan." I look up at him. "We had something nice."

"What if your father was worried about what the baby might turn out to be? Especially since he saw firsthand what was happening out at the Stag camp. You're not really human, Junco. Yes, you have parts that are biologically human, but who knows what would have happened to that baby. It might not even have survived."

I'm not really human. I say it in my mind, repeating it over and over. I'm not really human? There are no babies in my future, that's what he's hinting at. I swallow down the lump in my throat and look down at the piano keys, searching for a way to avoid this new revelation. "So I killed him for nothing?"

He shakes his head. "You can't change that, so just let it go. My point is not to make you feel guilty but to allow you to explore the idea that while he failed miserably by forcing you to submit to him, he might have had reasons for his actions."

I sit quietly for a second and begin to get angry. "The end justifies the means? Is that what you're telling me?"

"No. This is true for the avian. But that's not how it works on Earth. I learned my lesson with you, Junco. After the second fight when we came to get you for testimony. I had no idea you'd react that way – it's just the way it's done with us." He forces a smile and swallows.

I look away as he becomes uncomfortable.

"So, if that was his intention with you, justifying the means he used to achieve his desired result, he was wrong."

"So, why are we having this bullshit conversation then?"

"I would like to teach you a lesson in perspective, Junco."

"Really?" I laugh.

"You see, life is a challenge. It presents you with problems all the time. Big problems, little problems. In-between problems." He looks down at me to see if I'm listening.

I am.

"And you can deal with all problems in two ways. You can look at things objectively and make a decision based on logic and reason. Or you can look at things emotionally and base your decision on feelings. But no matter how you choose to deal with the it, the problem always stays the same, correct?"

I nod at him as my eyes watch his lips and his eyes.

"The problem doesn't change, only your reaction changes. So know that there are two perspectives to solving problems. And your success in dealing with problems depends on which perspective you choose to accept in the moment you make your decision."

"Which is better, logic or emotion?"

"Neither, they both have a place."

"So what's your point?"

"Why don't you burn wood infested with wheat beetles, Junco?"

I blow out some air as I remember our conversation outside of Fledge. The day he smacked me down to the ground for being unreasonable. I swallow. "Because it gives off poisonous fumes that will kill you."

"Why do some people burn the wood anyway?"

"They're freezing to death and they need to get warm."

"But they know they'll die if they stand there in front of the fire to get warm?"

"If they grew up in the RR they do."

"So they have two possible outcomes. Die or die. Which do they choose?"

"If they're logical they turn away and keep going. And if they let the fear take over they stop and burn the wood."

He smiles.

"I don't see the smile in this, Lucan. So which is better?"

"Neither. Sometimes life just isn't fair, Junco. And you have to either move on or stay. Either way can lead you places you'd rather not go or they can lead you to success. Maybe you find better wood just over a hill and get warm or maybe you burn the wood and there's hardly any beetles in it and you don't die."

"I didn't really need you to tell me this. I already know life sucks and sometimes you gotta fight for it. And that last part is just luck anyway. In most cases you won't be lucky."

"True. Most cases, but not all. So when you're down on Earth, Junco, always look at both perspectives if you have the time."

I groan loudly and look away. "What if I don't have the time?"

"Choose your heart. It knows what to do."

He pauses and I look up and meet his eyes. They are kind and I lean my head into his shoulder.

"You will spend this week learning, Junco. You have a lot to learn." And then he taps me on my shoulder and we're standing in a restaurant. A fancy-looking guy smiles at us and motions to follow him towards a private room in the back where the other Archers are waiting. I recognize most of them, but they all stand and formally introduce themselves, taking me by the elbow and doing that weird squeeze greeting.

"Junco rewrote The Lamentation of Inanna for the piano today," Lucan beams. They oooh and ahh at me and my mood improves immediately. Poor guys, they really need to get a life.

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