Book Promotion: The Warrior Queen by Lavinia Collins

Today’s book promotion comes from Lavinia Collins and her book called The Warrior Queen. If you like Historical Romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Warrior Queen
Author: Lavinia Collins
Genre:
Historical, Romance, Arthurian

 

Publisher: Not So Noble Books
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
3/30/2014

 

Summary:

“The Warrior Queen’ is the first instalment of ‘The Guinevere Trilogy’, a new series of eBooks that reimagines the famous story of Queen Guinevere for a modern audience.

When her people’s army is destroyed in the war with King Arthur, Guinevere is horrified to discover that her conqueror has demanded to have her as his bride. She arrives at Camelot angry and resentful, but quickly finds that the king who defeated her people in battle is not the brute she expected. Slowly, she gains a fragile happiness in her new home, but this is threatened when war comes again. When her life is saved on the battlefield by a mysterious French knight, Guinevere finds herself caught between desire and duty, the longing for happiness in the new life she has, and her desire to be free and follow her heart.

 

This original re-imagining of a much-loved legend gives readers a new Guinevere; passionate, headstrong and fiercely independent. An immersive adventure through Arthurian legend, steeped in magic, passion and intrigue, this book won’t disappoint, ‘The Warrior Queen’ retells the classic narrative through the eyes of a queen determined to escape the bounds her society has placed on her, determined not to be ruled by the men who surround her, and determined to be master of her own destiny.”

 

 

The Author:

Lavinia Collins’s Website: Here
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 I want to thank Lavinia Collins for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Warrior Queen!

Book Promotion: Tracks by Niv Kaplan

Today’s book promotion comes from Niv Kaplan and his book called Tracks. If you like Mystery Thrillers, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:Tracks
Author: Niv Kaplan
Genre:
Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: Niv Kaplan
Format: ebook
Release Date:
4/28/2014

Summary:
A MAN’S LIFE TURNS TO TRACKING…
In a thrilling manhunt, a grieving father is tracking any clues, any traces of his kidnapped child while forming an international organization that tracks other missing children.
The suspense never ceases as the flesh trade, divorce disputes, and child slavery are all being probed by Sam Baker and his team across the globe. The mystery builds as deep in the Sinai Desert, amongst immortal granite cliffs and The Gulf’s breathtaking shades, there lays Sam’s greatest fears. Hate, corruption, and greed threaten his organization and he turns to a secret outfit for help. Then a horrible scheme to use children to spread terror is revealed and the tracks lead to an inevitably lethal confrontation with a merciless terrorist group.
This is a tale of modern terrorism, international intrigue, diplomacy, and sacrifice, all in hopes of finding one small boy.
Will Sam find his son?
“TRACKS”, Niv Kaplan’s second novel, is a riveting adventure of people who risk everything to track and liberate missing children.

 

I want to thank Niv Kaplan for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Tracks!

 

Blog Tour and Giveaway: My Missing Puzzle Piece by Kristin Hoepfl

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Title: My Missing Puzzle Piece

Series: A Creekside Falls Novel # 1

Author: Kristin Hoepfl

Audience: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Formats: E-book and paperback

Publisher: Kristin Hoepfl

Cover by: Got It Covered Book Designs

Editor: Staci Cranor

Pages: 295 pages

ISBN: 978-1497477292

ASIN: B00LQZM7XQ

Date Published: 11 July, 2014

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Sometimes making the wrong move ends up being the right one.

For Elle Davis, love seems like something that happens to other women. So when her heart flutters upon meeting Trevor Cavanaugh, she is surprised by the momentary glimmer of hope she feels—and appalled moments later by her inexplicably rude response to him.

Before Elle, Trevor has never had trouble with women. But she is a mystery, and now he can’t stop thinking about her. He’s mostly convinced himself it’s just because he needs her expertise to find out who’s sabotaging his business, but there’s more to it than that…

Does love really conquer all in the end?

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Elle blushed and said, “Oh, I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention. Are you okay?”

Trevor looked down at her and said, “It’s okay and I’m fine. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine.” She looked at her arm and noticed his hand there keeping her upright. He noticed at the same moment.

He removed his hand from her arm and stuck it out and said, “I’m Trevor Cavanaugh by the way.”

“I’m Elle Davis, nice to meet you.” Elle said as she shook hands with him.

“Nice to meet you too.” He paused for a second as if he was thinking, “Do I know you from somewhere? You look familiar,” Trevor said looking like he was trying to remember how he knew her.

“I don’t think we’ve met before but you do look familiar to me too.” Elle said, racking her brain to figure out how she knew him, but knowing there was no way to forget

a man like Trevor Cavanaugh.

“What are you doing?” Trevor asked dumbfounded as he stared at a half-naked Elle standing before him.

“Surprising you, I thought you could use a break from all your hard work.”

Trevor closed the thick wooden slated blinds and rounded his desk. When he met Elle he wrapped his arms around her waist to pull her in close. He slammed his mouth down on hers; in a mating of desire and need. He wanted to do this slowly but Elle was leading the

kiss and taking it to the level of fast and furious. He loved this woman; she knew how to pull one hell of a surprise!

Elle pulled back from the kiss with heavy eyes and dilated pupils, “I think you’re wearing too many clothes.”

She unwrapped herself from his arms and went over to his desk and sat on the edge.

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  1 x Signed Paperback of My Missing Puzzle Piece – USA Only

 

about the author

Kristin Hoepfl holds a BA in psychology for business and currently lives just outside of Philadelphia. Her love for reading blossomed into a desire to write her own stories, beginning with her debut romance novel My Missing Puzzle Piece. She enjoys interacting with her readers through e-mail, so send your comments and questions to her at author.khoepfl@gmail.com and keep up with her current writing projects at http://www.KristinHoepfl.com.

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Tour Schedule – One Week Blog Tour for My Missing Puzzle Piece, A Creekside Falls Novel # 1 by Kristin Hoepfl from Aug 18 to 24, 2014.
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Coffee Books & Art – Promo & Guest Post
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Bound 2 Escape – Promo
Aug 19
Sassy Southern Book Blog – Promo & Review
Deal Sharing Aunt – Promo
Aug 20
For The Love Of Books – Promo & Review
A One-click Addict’s Book Blog – Review
Breny’s Book Obsession – Promo & Review
Sinful Reviews – Promo
Aug 21
AKA the Book Harlots Review – Promo
Our New Generation for Reading – Promo
Aug 22
Cajun Book Lover – Promo
Eclipse Reviews – Promo & Author Interview
Aug 23
Clarissa Wild’s Blog – Promo
Portals to New Worlds – Promo & Author Interview
Aug 24
Book Hostage – Promo
Darkest Cravings – Promo & Top Ten

Book Promotion: 101 Healthy Vegan Desserts by Daniel Nadav

Today’s book promotion comes from Daniel Nadav and his book called 101 Healthy Vegan Desserts. If you like Cookbooks, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book: 101 Healthy Vegan Desserts
Author: Daniel Nadav
Genre: Cookbooks

 

Publisher: Daniel Nadav
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
4/25/2014

Summary:

“The most amazing collections of delicious vegan desserts for a healthy lifestyle

101 original, easy and delicious, healthy vegan recipes from all over the world (cakes, cookies and ice creams).

After the dizzying success of the two previous bestsellers, Daniel Nadav’s third cookbook is mainly for people who are crazy about desserts and, on the other hand, want to maintain a healthy and harmonious vegan diet.

Are you familliar with the claim that vegans do not have delicious desserts? Have you encountered the prejudiced belief that vegans have only dates as a dessert? I am personally very familiar with this prejudice, and the aim of this book is to show 101 original and easy ways to make dozens of wonderful, healthy, natural and nutritious desserts that will astonish your guests!

In 101 healthy vegan desserts you will find:

Chapter 1: 34 Vegan cake recipes

Chapter 2: 34 Vegan cookie recipes

Chapter 3: 35 Vegan home made ice creams

Three major advantages of this book:

1. An impressive collection of recipes that will help you maintain a healthy life and boost you and your family’s energy levels.

2. Extremely easy-to-prepare vegan recipes that are full of nutritional value.

3. Recipes that are based on products that can be consumed anywhere and that cost very little money.”

 

 

I want to thank Daniel Nadav for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read 101 Healthy Vegan Desserts!

 

Book Promotion: Nagamaru: The Cursed by P.G. Fogarty

Today’s book promotion comes from P.G. Fogarty and his book called Nagamaru: The Cursed. If you like Fantasy novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book: Nagamaru: The Cursed
Author: P.G. Fogarty
Genre:
Fantasy

 

Publisher: P.G. Fogarty
Format: ebook
Release Date:
4/29/2014

 

 

Summary:
“When his village is destroyed by a meteor, Nagamaru, a ten-year-old boy, becomes an unwilling host for Godi – an ancient and deadly spirit unleashed by the disaster.

 

Nagamaru will soon die unless Haz and Po, a duo of ragtag adventurers, can escort him to a temple with the power to seal the beast once again.

 

But there is a hunter on their trail; exiled Prince Seraphis, who seeks to regain the favour of his people, believes that if he can enslave Godi then he can win the throne. “

 

 

I want to thank P.G. Fogarty for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Nagamaru: The Cursed!

 

Promo and Giveaway: The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis

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A bad day spins out of control when Cadence finds herself in the middle of the Tulgy Wood with a grinning cat who can vanish at will and a renown Wonderland hero in need of a companion to the Red Queen’s court.

What happens when the hero who saved Wonderland from the destruction of the famed Jabberwock needs to find a worthy paramour before the Red Queen picks one for him? Devrel, the last of the Cheshire cats, has the perfect solution. He’ll just pluck one from the human world and gift her to him for his un-birthday.

Realizing her friends were playing a joke on her, Cadence is heading home when she sees the cat smiling at her. Next thing she knows, she’s in Wonderland and in the arms of a handsome man who thinks she’s slightly unhinged upon meeting her. Intrigued by Gareth, Cadence makes an offer to act as his companion in exchange for his protection as they journey from the Tulgy Wood to the Red Kingdom—a simple solution which endangers both of their hearts as the castle looms in the distance.

 

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“Devrel,” the man called out. His forehead scrunched up, and she wondered what troubled such a handsome man so.

The grinning cat appeared on the man’s shoulder, towering over him as he leaned down and answered, actually answered, with, “She’s rather odd, isn’t she?”

At this, Cadence lost it. She laughed, only to be forced into a fit of hysterical giggles when both the man and the cat glanced at each other and back at her.

“Mayhap I broke her,” Devrel said, smile faltering ever so slightly as he reached down and swiped at the air in front of her face with huge paw.

The man sighed and shook his head. The hair falling over his forehead bounced with the movement. “Why did you bring her?”

“Bring whom?”

He pinned Devrel with a glare.

The cat snickered. “I jest. It’s what I do. As for the girl…” Devrel faced her again. “Let me fetch her some borogove feathers. We can mash them up to powder and have her drink them with tea. I believe she’s befuddled.”

 

About the Author

Rebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed into a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.

If you would like to follow Rebekah on social media or contact via email, use the following information:

Website: http://www.rebekah-lewis.com

Email: lewis.rebekah@rocketmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RebekahLewisAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6537317.Rebekah_Lewis

Twitter: @RebekahLLewis

 

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In August, Breathless Press is turning 5!  To celebrate we are releasing a limited edition Hardcover collection of our special birthday Wonderland Tales and to make sure that you’re able to indulge in a little birthday fun, we are also having a month long 50% off sale across our site (www.breathlesspress.com).

 

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Book Promotion: The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called The Motel Room. If you like Supernatural Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Motel Room
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Supernatural Fiction

 

Publisher: Self-published title
Format: ebook
Release Date:
5/2/2014

Summary:
“The Motel Room is a new take on the classic ghost story, telling the tale of a haunted motel room from the perspective of the haunter, rather than the haunted.

 

Since his death, our Narrator has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never pay him any mind. Then one morning, a maid turns her head and the two lock eyes – the first time he has been seen since his death. Only then does he begin to discover the true power behind his ghostly form.”

The Author:

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Keeper VS Reaper by Jennifer Malone Wright

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covergifTitle: Keeper vs. Reaper
Series: Graveyard Guardians, # 1
Author: Jennifer Malone Wright
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Jennifer Malone Wright
Cover by: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Editor: There for you editing
Pages: 300 pages
Date of Publishing: Aug 12, 2014.

 

 

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When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.

 

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Inch by painstaking inch, the casket sank lower into the freshly churned earth.
The scent of lilacs floated on the breeze, along with the heavy stench of perfume and cologne, reminding Lucy of the fragrance aisle in a department store.
Lucy stood beside the grave, dressed in a modest royal blue sundress. She had chosen it specifically because her father always said the color looked the best against her hair, which was a mix of reddish brown that shone burgundy in the sunlight.
Tilting her head up, Lucy looked through the canopy of the aging oak trees that were scattered throughout the cemetery. The breeze shifted the branches, causing a few of the leaves to pull free and flutter off into the wind. There were almost no clouds in sky, allowing the sun to shine down over the funeral.
Her brothers and sisters surrounded the open grave opposite of her. All six of them also wore something fitting for a funeral, but nothing depressing enough to send their father into a rage in his afterlife.
Smiling, Lucy remembered the argument she and her father had during his last moments. “Lucy!” he had shouted at her. “Don’t you dare let them bury me in a suit. I am not going to spend eternity in a stuffy ass business suit. Make sure I’m wearing my khaki shorts and a Hawaiian shirt because I’m going on the vacation of a lifetime.”
That was toward the end, when the cancer was so bad that her dad spent most of his time in bed, moaning about how he should be up and about doing something. They both knew that the end was near, but Lucy had cried only in private. Her father wanted her to be happy he was moving on to the next life, but she couldn’t understand in what way, shape or form, his dying was a good thing.
So she shed her tears alone in her room until there were no more left to cry.
The fog of the memory lifted from Lucy’s mind and she looked across the grave at her brothers and sisters. The entire brood of Estmond siblings were born with the same color hair as Lucy had been blessed with. Each of them, as well as Lucy and Ethan, held a white rose in one hand. Later, before the grave was sealed, they would each take a turn throwing one down onto the casket, as a symbol of their wish for their father’s peaceful journey into the afterlife.
Just behind her brothers and sisters stood the mourners who came to pay their last respects. Most of them were town’s people whom they had grown up with, except for one group who stood close together, most of them around her father’s age. These were the Keepers whom her family had been closest to over the years. She could see Gloria and Edward White, the Keepers from one of the Napa Valley graveyards standing solemnly beside Ellen and Stanly Evans, who worked in the hospital in Santa Rosa. There were several other Keepers surrounding them who she recognized and made a note to speak to them later.
Beyond them, further out into the trees, the spirits began to show themselves. They appeared in the form of their human bodies, a bit transparent, but solid for the most part. It was harder to see in the daylight, but their misty blue auras swirled around them, helping form the solidity of their bodies.
The spirits were fascinated by funerals. When Lucy was little she used to think that they wanted to say goodbye to someone, but really it was because there wasn’t much else to do in a graveyard except talk to each other and attend burials.
Pastor Brown spoke solemnly, saying kind words and telling her father’s life story. Inwardly, Lucy cursed her father for choosing Pastor Brown, a man who had not known her father and she was sure didn’t give a flying fuck about him either. Her father hadn’t set foot in church since he was a child. Not because he didn’t believe in God, he just didn’t believe in organized religion.
Sensing her tension, Ethan squeezed her hand reassuringly. Turning to her left she looked up and met her best friend’s eyes through the tint of his sunglasses. Even through the dark lenses she could see the sorrow in his eyes. He had loved her father too, just as much as any one of the Estmond clan. In response, she squeezed his hand back and then turned back to stare at the grave again.
“And now, Lucy Mae, Gregory’s youngest child, will say a few words about her father.” The preacher cleared his throat, signaling to Lucy that it was time.
Lucy had no tears staining her face. She had cried all those tears long before the day of the funeral. Again, Ethan gave her hand a gentle squeeze and then released her so that she could reach down and withdraw the folded piece of yellow legal paper out of her miniscule handbag.
As Lucy unfolded the paper she felt like it was taking an eternity.
This day is never going to end.
Finally, the paper was open in front of her and she began.
“I know that this speech is going to sound like the speeches given for so many others who have passed on. But, when someone we love dies, we all feel pretty much the same way … so here it goes. My father, Gregory Estmond, was the best person I’ve ever known. Today, we stand here, not to mourn him, but to celebrate him. He didn’t want any one of us to be sad that he was gone. Because … he isn’t gone. He will always be with us. For those of us who spent each day with him, his teachings and his love will always be with us. He taught us love, he taught us respect, he taught us of our family heritage, and he taught us how to live.
“For those who are acquaintances of my father, you may have met him only once and you are here because he impacted you in some way.”
A few nods came from the crowd.
Lucy continued. “He had that effect on people because he had a genuine love and respect for human life. Which is not something all of us can say we have. He treated everyone the same, with kindness.
“Because my father had cancer, he knew that this day was coming and he had time to prepare for it. We had many discussions and the one thing he consistently told me was to embrace life. He didn’t say this because he was dying, it was his mantra. This man lived every day of his life like it may be his last. He didn’t wait until he was dying to find the beauty in this world or the people in it. He was always this way.
“Remember my father, not with sadness, but with the memories he left behind. Remember him with love, with laughter and knowing that he is exactly where he wants to be.”
Lucy stepped back, reaching out for Ethan to grasp her hand once again. She eyed her siblings, none of them were crying either. Daniel, the second oldest son, reached into his gray trench coat and pulled out a silver flask. Lucy sighed and watched as her brother didn’t even try to hide it and took a long pull of the whiskey she knew was inside.
Sadly, as inappropriate as her brother was being, she couldn’t help but wish she could take a giant swig off that flask too.
It’s almost over.
“Would anyone else like to say a few words?” Pastor Brown offered.
Sherriff Davis stepped forward, he had his Stetson clutched in one hand and hitched up his gun belt with the other. As always he was wearing his uniform. The Sheriff and her father had been pretty close … well, as close as a Keeper can get to someone without that someone thinking that they are out of their mind.
“I’d like to, if that’s all right.” The Sheriff looked down into the grave before his eyes swept across the crowd of mourners. Finally his eyes met Lucy’s and she flashed him a smile meant to encourage him to proceed.
“Greg was my friend … and an old grump like me doesn’t have many friends. Greg knew a lot of people in this town, but I feel damn sorry for anyone who lives here and never had the chance to meet him. No one, aside from my own wife, Darcy, could make me laugh like Greg could. He was loyal and respectful, even if he was a bull shitter. Good grief that man liked to tell stories. Also, any man who can raise a brood of children by himself and manage to keep them all out of jail is a good man in my book.”
Lucy could have sworn that she heard Principal Robertson blow air between his lips like he was blowing a raspberry. A few people looked his way and then back at Sheriff Davis.
“That is all I got.” Sheriff Davis stepped back into the crowd.
Evelynn Andrews, the librarian at the Summer Hollow library, raised her hand slightly. She was about seventy years old, but didn’t look a day over fifty five. Lucy hoped she would age that well as the years progressed.
Evelynn pushed her glasses up her nose and closed her eyes for a moment before she began to speak. “I don’t think I can say much more about how wonderful Gregory was, but I wanted to make sure to pay my respects by voicing them. I’ve known the Estmond family all the way back to when Kathleen was still alive, as far back as when she and Greg were high school sweethearts. No one, could have been a better father to these children. Sure, they have caused a fair amount of ruckus over the years, but he did it all on his own and they are educated, mostly well behaved.”
She paused to glance at Daniel who had decided that moment would be appropriate for another pull from his flask. “And above all, Greg gave these children a sense of loyalty. Anyone who knows these kids knows that if you mess with one, you get the whole bunch of them.”
A few people giggled, even Lucy, knowing how true that statement really was.
“This may not seem like a good thing in retrospect, but a family who stays together so closely is a rare thing these days. It is to be cherished. Greg gave them this sense of family and that is something to be proud of.” As she finished, she closed her eyes again looked Pastor Brown.
“Would anyone else like to speak?” Pastor Brown addressed the crowd of mourners.
Unexpectedly, Ethan released Lucy’s hand and raised it up a little bit. “I need to say something.”
Pastor Brown nodded and held his hand out beside him. Ethan moved over to the other side of Lucy beside the pastor. “There are very few people here who don’t know who I am.” Ethan began. “Gregory Estmond took me under his wing a long time ago, when Lucy and I were both very little. My parents, who have moved away now…”
He paused and took a breath, pondering if he should let out the deep dark family secrets. Well, secrets that the whole town knew anyway. That was how small towns worked.
“They were, drug addicts and alcoholics who barely took care of me. Greg came by the house one day to see my parents for some reason and what he found was a little boy locked in his room with no food or water and his parents passed out in their bedroom surrounded by drugs and trash. The story is a long one, a long sad story. But it ended with Greg and the rest of the Estmonds making sure I always had a place to go, that I always had food. Greg even went so far as to pay me for making good grades, just to give me incentive to do well in school.”
Lucy grimaced as he told the story, hating Ethan’s parents for what they did to him. Ethan had conveniently left out the part about how her father had beat the ever living snot out of Ethan’s dad that day he found him locked up in his room half starved. It was hard to believe Ethan’s parents came from a Keeper line, but sadly, not all Keepers were immune to addiction. Keepers were human, just like everyone else.
Ethan scanned the crowd through his glasses. “No one, except for maybe the Estmond kids, owes more, or loves that man, more than I do. He saved me and I will never forget that. I hope that none of you ever forget that either.”
Ethan lowered his head and hurried back to Lucy. She immediately took his hand again, knowing how hard it must have been for him to say all that in front of everyone. He never spoke about his parents. They moved away when he was fourteen and left him alone in the house. After that he came to live with the Estmonds for good. She and Ethan were friends long before the incident at Ethan’s house, but after he came to live with them, they were inseparable.
Pastor Brown closed up the ceremony with a prayer and then the bagpipes started on Amazing Grace. Lucy stepped forward with Ethan’s hand firmly in her grasp and looked down into the dark, deep hole where her father’s body would spend eternity. Luckily, she knew better than most that his soul would not remain in that body.
She held the white rose firmly over the grave. “I wish you peaceful passage.” She released the rose and it drifted down into the depths of the hole. “I love you, Daddy.”
Ethan mimicked her actions, familiar with the meaning of the ceremony from the many deaths of Keepers past. Her siblings had moved into a line directly behind her and Ethan, tossing their roses in as well.
The other mourners milled about, giving Lucy and the family some time before they headed over to her house for the wake. She caught sight of Gloria and Ellen chatting beside the giant wreath of flowers with her father’s picture inside. She wandered over to say hello. “Gloria, Ellen, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you.”
Gloria smiled, as did Ellen. “Yes dear,” Gloria greeted her. “It has been some time. I’m sorry we couldn’t make it sooner.”
“Or under better circumstances.” Ellen added.
Lucy nodded. “Well, I’m just glad that you could make it here now. I’m sure my father would be happy that you are here now.”
Gloria and Ellen nodded, they made a bit more small talk and then Ethan appeared beside her. “I think we had better get over to the house now.” He whispered just loudly enough for the older ladies to hear.
“Oh,” Lucy checked her watch deliberately. “You are absolutely right. I’m sorry ladies, I need to get some things ready over at the house.”
Gloria smiled again, a loving gentle smile of someone she had known her entire life. “You go on dear, we will see you over there.”
With a quick ‘see you later,’ Lucy backed away and then turned to join hands with Ethan again. “Thanks for saving me. I didn’t really want to talk to them, but I had to make sure to say hello to them.”
“You doing all right?” Ethan asked, rubbing the back of her hand with his thumb.
Lucy nodded. “I’m fine.” She turned her head to try and see his eyes through the dark tint of his glasses. “How bout you. Are you all right?”
He twisted his lip up a little and she knew he was giving slight eye roll. “I’ll survive. I just miss him and all this,” he gestured to the crowd, “actually makes it harder.”
She nodded again. “I know what you mean. I feel the same way.” Her gaze strayed from the grave and focused on her house. Their home sat on the edge of the cemetery, separated from the dead by a white picket fence and about thirty yards of grass. The yellow farmhouse had been in their family for several generations, and now it was hers, as was the family business.
“Let’s head over.”
She nodded. Of course they had to get to the house. But, it wouldn’t be for relaxing. There was food to get out and serve. People would come up to her and tell her how sorry they were for her loss, or how much her father meant to them, or some awesome memory they had of him. It was going to be a very long afternoon.
Almost over, she told herself again. Almost over.

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Hey everyone!

Keeper vs. Reaper was a very music driven book to write. There were so many songs that helped bring this work to life. I actually have a playlist for it on my Spotify account, but I will list ten of my favorite songs here for you so that you can check them out too.

1. House on a Hill by The Pretty Reckless: This song was literally on repeat for so many scenes. I don’t know what it is about this song that just brought out the pain and love and personality of my characters.

2. Demons by Imagine Dragons: One of my two main characters, Jack, is a man who has many demons inside and this song was one of his.

3. Put the Gun Down by ZZ Ward: This song one of my favorite to use for stand off scenes.

4. Playing for Keeps by Elle King: Love this song. It talks about how the reaper is playing for keeps and I just found that inspirational.

5. What Ya Gonna Do by Hinder: Yet another song dedicated to Jack, who loves to drown himself in his own sorrows.

6. Let Her Go by Passenger: Normally not my style of music, however, this song was perfect for a scene in the book and I listened to it on repeat until the scene was complete. When you read the book you will know which one. J

7. Times are Hard by Redlight King: My daughter always tells me I listen to the most depressing music when I write, and I have to admit that I do. This is another melancholy, yet awesome song.

8. Your Winter by Sister Hazel: I know, I know, another soft and sad song! Sorry …

9. Freak Like Me by Halestorm: There, a not soft and sad song. I love Halestorm and this song was awesome for writing some of the more fun scenes in Keeper vs. Reaper.

10. Till the Casket Drops by ZZ Ward: Well, this one isn’t soft and sad, but it’s not exactly a perky song either. I used this for the funeral scene at the beginning of the book.

Okay, there you have ten of my favorite songs on my Keeper vs. Reaper playlist. You can also look me up on Spotify as Jennifer Malone Wright. Smile

 

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about the author

imageJennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her vampire novel called The Birth of Jaiden. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse.
She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!
But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.
Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

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Tour Schedule – One Week blog tour for Keeper vs. Reaper, Graveyard Guardians #1 by Jennifer Malone Wright from August 18 to 24, 2014.

August 18

Sassy Southern Book Blog – Promo Blitz

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Bibliophile Mystery – Review

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Undercover Book Reviews – Promo Blitz

August 19

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August 20

Books Brownies and Barkers – Review

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Our New Generation for Reading – Promo Blitz

August 21

Breny’s Book Obsession – Promo Blitz & Playlist

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Catholic Kittie’s Litter Box – Review

August 22

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Promo Blitz

The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

August 23

iHeart Books by MiLo18 – Promo Blitz, Review & Playlist

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Dalene’s Book Reviews – Promo Blitz, Review & Playlist

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Portals to new Worlds – Promo Blitz, Author Interview & Playlist

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Book Promotion: 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Food by Daniel Nadav

Today’s book promotion comes from Daniel Nadav and his book called 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Food. If you like Cookbooks, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book: 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Food
Author: Daniel Nadav
Genre: Cookbooks

 

Publisher: Daniel Nadav
Format: ebook
Release Date:
4/23/2014

 

 

Summary:
Italian people love life and love to eat. Add to this the finest raw materials and deeply rooted tradition in Italian culture and you will have discovered all the reasons why Italy settled into the global culinary summit. However, while fatty cheeses and dough filled with oil make a delicious meal, both are very fattening and unhealthy. This book offers a rare and unique combination—healthy Italian cooking which is based on the healthiest diet in the world—a gluten free vegan solution! Yes, yes, you read right! 101 original recipes, nutritious, healthy, full of energy and, of course, insanely delicious from the various dining districts of Italy. Chapter 1: Gluten Free Vegan Italian Pizza Chapter 2: Gluten Free Vegan Italian Pasta Chapter 3: Gluten Free Vegan Italian Bread Chapter 4: Gluten Free Vegan Italian Desserts So, if you want to taste the abundance of flavors Italian cuisine offers while maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, this is the book for you!! Now, all you have to do is pour yourself a glass of fine red wine and enjoy the experience of healthy Italian dining.

 

I want to thank Daniel Nadav for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Food!

 

Review for Shiver on the Sky by David Haywood Young

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My Rating:  3.5/5

Author:  David Haywood Young
Title: Shiver on the Sky

Genre:  Mystery

Background:

Amazon Description:
Owen Tremaine is in more trouble than he ever imagined. 28 years old, the founder of a software company in Corpus Christi, Texas, he thought work-related burnout was a major crisis. After walking away from his company, he’s spent a year trying to reinvent himself as a private investigator, living on a houseboat. Which he realizes is a fantasy that’s not really working out, but he doesn’t want to admit that to anybody…yet. Maybe a few more months will turn the tide.

But then, on a lazy summer afternoon, a good friend gets killed on Owen’s houseboat, and Owen finds his body. The police think Owen’s girlfriend may be involved. She’s missing, and so is Owen’s former business partner. Who, judging from the blood left on his floor, may also be dead. Then there’s the kidnapping of a local child. And…it turns out that not everybody involved is, strictly speaking, human. Which Owen also never saw coming. Magic? Really?

Owen’s new skills get a workout. Now he’s dealing with what used to be his own cutting-edge software development company, a police detective who takes a personal interest, some downsides of recent anti-terror legislation, and…a surprising discovery about local Native American history. You know, the magic thing. Turns out extinction is more complicated than it first appears.

But hey. Owen’s still got friends. Too bad he doesn’t know as much about them as he thinks he does….

Opinions:

Narration: Multiple Third Person – Mostly through Owen

The story starts out fast paced as Owen stumbles upon a murder of his friend, Leon, on his boat. Owen has to deal with his friend’s death but also has to convince the police that he is innocent. His girlfriend is missing and so is his jeep. A little girl is kidnapped and there are more murders to follow. His old job is somehow connected to the recent crimes. Owen must discover what is going and clear his name. He gains some friends and help along the way to finding out what is really going on. What he finds out shakes his rational mind.

The story ends fairly well but leaves room for a following book. Owen is the most developed character in the story and mostly the voice for the book. The book also takes the views of other characters, including the villains. Although this story contains some fantasy, it has a strong mystery element which might appeal to different readers.

Standalone or Part of a Series: First book in a series