Book Blitz and Giveaway: Changling by Ari Harper

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Current Book Blitz is for Changling – Ari Harper’s second book

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Title: Changling
Author: Ari Harper
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Published October 30th, 2013 by Lyacon Press

 

Summary:

Sully has been struggling to find his place in the group while Nera and Bones fight to keep him safe from those that are hunting him as they did his forefather before him, the last Irish wolf. When they discover who it is, the race is on to allow him to change but protect him at all costs.

To complicate matters, a new family move in next door to Nera and she fears the worst. As they introduce them to the locals, Bones and Nera try to work out why they seem different.

In the meantime, Bones is invited for dinner and her mother falls under his charm and tries to match make, a situation Nera wants to avoid at all costs. With the battle to save Sully foremost in her mind, the constant niggling from her mother is the last thing she needs.

 
Excerpt:

“I think you’re a shape shifter, Sully.” His face was calm when he said the words.

We looked at him, and I think we were all stunned by what he said.

“Shape shifter. Seriously?” Sully asked. “What kind, exactly?”

“Witches and sorcerers who willingly transform into animals and back to their original form,” Bones said from the doorway in a deadpan voice.

I looked up at him, ignoring the way his lips curled into a small, secretive smile. His dark eyes met mine and he raised an eyebrow.

“Thank you, Bones. I couldn’t have said it better myself,” Jasper said.

Bones walked in and poured himself a cup of tea before coming over to sit at the table with us. We stared at him in disbelief. It was a change for me to be lost for words and I know he was enjoying it by the small smile making his lips twitch and the lights dance in his eyes.

“But you said witch or sorcerer,” Sully said. “I’m neither.”

“Actually, Sully, you are.” Jasper looked at him with a grin spreading across his face.

“If that is the case, then how come he can’t do anything?” I wasn’t sure that I believed this.

“Same as it is with you, girl dear. You came into your craft when needs arose or when your body was in the right place with your mind. These things can’t be rushed. We can try to educate Sully as we did with you, but if he isn’t ready… well, it’s up to him really.” Jasper shrugged his shoulders.

“What makes you so sure that’s what I am?” Sully asked nervously, locking his fingers together.

“Bones reminded me what skills my sons had. It stands to reason that they could have passed something onto you, even if it isn’t as strong as it was for them,” Jasper said. He watched the emotions rolling over Sully’s face and smiled.

Bones watched also, but it was me not Sully that was in his sight and I could feel him in my head. My mind was racing, working, quickly sorting out the pros and cons of Sully being a shape shifter and what it could mean to us as a group.

Get out of my head. My gaze bore into his before he looked away, a red tinge creeping up his beautifully chiseled cheekbones.

“Jasper, tell us how this is going to work for Sully,” I asked. “If he doesn’t feel it yet, how much longer will he have to wait to change and when he does, how does he go about it?” I flicked my hair from my face and held out my hands toward him. “Like for example, what does he change into, and how does he change back, and—”

“Slow down, girl dear.” Jasper laughed at me, holding up his hand, palm up. “One thing at a time.”

“What I don’t understand, Jasper,” Brie whispered, her eyes shiny and wide, “is how the shape shifter, you know, does the shifting.”

“Quite simple really, Brie. It’s much like Nera and her ability to move things. She thinks it and it is. The same with shape shifting. Think it and it shall be. Well, that’s the general idea anyway,” Jasper said frowning at his own words.

“Do you mean that if I decide that I’d like to turn into a horse, I would just have to think of it and it would happen?” Sully looked back and forth between Jasper and Bones.

“Not quite,” Bones replied, looking composed once again. “You need to find out what your animal is to start with and that could take a bit of work. Do you remember what Rogan’s animal was, Jasper?”

“Yes, it was the wolf,” Jasper replied, keeping his gaze on Sully.

“Does that mean that the wolf would be mine as well, or would I have a different one?”

“It would be fairly safe to say that you would follow in his footsteps and have the same animal as your ancestor,” Bones replied.

From Jasper’s son Rogan down through the ages to Sully. His skills had come to him from his mother, the Lady Leona, youngest sister of Mari, Queen of the Witches. It was a great surprise to find that Brie and Sully were related to Jasper, but to find that some of his son’s skills could had come down to my friends was extraordinary to say the least.

When we were trying to find Sully’s place in our circle, we hadn’t thought that there would be a connection other than the bloodline. If we had taken more of an interest in the history of our ancestors, we might have had an idea earli

“I think you’re a shape shifter, Sully.” His face was calm when he said the words.

We looked at him, and I think we were all stunned by what he said.

“Shape shifter. Seriously?” Sully asked. “What kind, exactly?”

“Witches and sorcerers who willingly transform into animals and back to their original form,” Bones said from the doorway in a deadpan voice.

I looked up at him, ignoring the way his lips curled into a small, secretive smile. His dark eyes met mine and he raised an eyebrow.

“Thank you, Bones. I couldn’t have said it better myself,” Jasper said.

Bones walked in and poured himself a cup of tea before coming over to sit at the table with us. We stared at him in disbelief. It was a change for me to be lost for words and I know he was enjoying it by the small smile making his lips twitch and the lights dance in his eyes.

“But you said witch or sorcerer,” Sully said. “I’m neither.”

“Actually, Sully, you are.” Jasper looked at him with a grin spreading across his face.

“If that is the case, then how come he can’t do anything?” I wasn’t sure that I believed this.

“Same as it is with you, girl dear. You came into your craft when needs arose or when your body was in the right place with your mind. These things can’t be rushed. We can try to educate Sully as we did with you, but if he isn’t ready… well, it’s up to him really.” Jasper shrugged his shoulders.

“What makes you so sure that’s what I am?” Sully asked nervously, locking his fingers together.

“Bones reminded me what skills my sons had. It stands to reason that they could have passed something onto you, even if it isn’t as strong as it was for them,” Jasper said. He watched the emotions rolling over Sully’s face and smiled.

Bones watched also, but it was me not Sully that was in his sight and I could feel him in my head. My mind was racing, working, quickly sorting out the pros and cons of Sully being a shape shifter and what it could mean to us as a group.

Get out of my head. My gaze bore into his before he looked away, a red tinge creeping up his beautifully chiseled cheekbones.

“Jasper, tell us how this is going to work for Sully,” I asked. “If he doesn’t feel it yet, how much longer will he have to wait to change and when he does, how does he go about it?” I flicked my hair from my face and held out my hands toward him. “Like for example, what does he change into, and how does he change back, and—”

“Slow down, girl dear.” Jasper laughed at me, holding up his hand, palm up. “One thing at a time.”

“What I don’t understand, Jasper,” Brie whispered, her eyes shiny and wide, “is how the shape shifter, you know, does the shifting.”

“Quite simple really, Brie. It’s much like Nera and her ability to move things. She thinks it and it is. The same with shape shifting. Think it and it shall be. Well, that’s the general idea anyway,” Jasper said frowning at his own words.

“Do you mean that if I decide that I’d like to turn into a horse, I would just have to think of it and it would happen?” Sully looked back and forth between Jasper and Bones.

“Not quite,” Bones replied, looking composed once again. “You need to find out what your animal is to start with and that could take a bit of work. Do you remember what Rogan’s animal was, Jasper?”

“Yes, it was the wolf,” Jasper replied, keeping his gaze on Sully.

“Does that mean that the wolf would be mine as well, or would I have a different one?”

“It would be fairly safe to say that you would follow in his footsteps and have the same animal as your ancestor,” Bones replied.

From Jasper’s son Rogan down through the ages to Sully. His skills had come to him from his mother, the Lady Leona, youngest sister of Mari, Queen of the Witches. It was a great surprise to find that Brie and Sully were related to Jasper, but to find that some of his son’s skills could had come down to my friends was extraordinary to say the least.

When we were trying to find Sully’s place in our circle, we hadn’t thought that there would be a connection other than the bloodline. If we had taken more of an interest in the history of our ancestors, we might have had an idea earlier.

~*~

Book One:
 
Witchling (Curse of Kin #1) by Ari Harper
Published November 29th, 2012 by Lycaon Press
 
 
Summary:

Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

Author Information:
Ari Harper never wanted to grow up. To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants. Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.
 
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Review for Cloud Nine by Melissa A. Smith

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My Rating: 2.5/5

Author: Melissa A. Smith
Title: Cloud Nine: A Paranormal Romance of the Guardians of Man (#1)

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
What happens when you receive a guardian angel?
What if you don’t believe you need one?
What if one wants you removed?

There are people out there that want either Sterling or Claire for themselves.
Someone who will stop at nothing to have Sterling.
Someone who will do anything to reclaim Claire’s affections.
Together, Sterling and Claire will dissuade them.
Someone will fall. Someone will hurt. And others will…

Opinions:

Cloud Nine is a story a seventeen year old girl, Claire, who meets a “guardian” one morning. The guardian, Sterling, is there to help this self-sufficient teenager, and they end up falling in love. However, their love does not go as smoothly with prior romances surfacing and putting a strain on their relationship.

The story is written in first person following Claire and Sterling. Claire is seventeen and considered to be a self-sufficient teenager because her parents are hardly ever home. Her prior boyfriend from months ago, Josh, dumped her, causing some trust issues with any new romantic relationships. Sterling is a guardian that has been working for around one thousand years (I can’t remember the exact century given.) When he first sees Claire, he falls instantly in love and makes Claire his charge. Eventually they fall in love. Although the characters are fine in their own way, I find some discrepancies with them. Considering that at the beginning of the story Claire’s parents are supposed to be working a lot and out of the picture – causing her to be self-sufficient, the reader sees a lot of them in the book and their concern about her new budding relationship. As for Sterling’s friends/relations, things mentioned at the beginning didn’t quite add up for me later on. For example, Sterling admits that Claire is making him do a lot “firsts” such as appear human. My thinking is: if he doesn’t appear as human until now, why would he have need of a house-even simply furnished? Just to feel connected? This didn’t add up for me. It seems as like it was written for convenience.

Within the plot, nothing much happens. There is a premise of a story—past relationships getting in the way, and the fact that Sterling and Claire is the first guardian/human combo to come about—but really nothing happens besides meeting the family and romance. I think if there was a little less kissing, blushing, and “You really love him/her, don’t you?” there would be more room for a better developed plot. The ending is abrupt; nothing is really tied up. We go from after Thanksgiving break to Christmas time without much description of what happened. I would have liked to seen more explanation about the grandma and her “keen”ness on the whole relationship. Also, a better explanation as to what went on with Josh. One final note, this book contains a lot of grammatical errors. The errors are distracting throughout most of the book. There are misspelling (ex. within the first chapter – guardian “angle” not “angel”), punctuation (ex. No comma when using the person’s name in the sentence “I am here to be of service to you Claire” not “to you,   Claire”), heterographic homophones (ex. “hear” and “here” mixed up), and the tense throughout the book switches from present to past tense.

This book is written for young adults. It is a clean book – only kissing (lots of kissing actually.) I think with some editing it could be turned into a great story.

 

Book Promotion: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton by Warren Woodruff

Today’s book promotion comes from Warren Woodruff and his book called Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton. If you like fantasies, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

[This book promotion was submitted by Kenneth John Atchity.]

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Book: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
Author: Warren Woodruff
Genre:
Fantasy

Publisher: Story Merchant
Format: Paperback and ebook
Released: June 25, 2012

Summary:

 

SYNOPSIS (by Woodruff)

 

   

Young Tyler Harrington has nearly lost faith that the mysterious dying words of his mother—“someday you’ll be doing something wonderful…I will send you a clear sign. A great teacher will guide you!”—will ever make sense to him. But while walking home one night from a friend’s in his small New England town, he passes a reputedly haunted vacant hilltop mansion—and hears music that halts him in his steps.

    It’s the very music his mother always played for his sister. Tyler musters up the nerve to creep toward the colossal house, peeps in a window, and sees a hair-raising sight:  a ghostly, transparent man playing the piano. Not sure if he’s hallucinating, and determined to capture proof, Tyler attempts to videotape the scene on his cell phone, but the moment he begins, the entire scene disappears. He runs home, certain this is the long-awaited sign from his mother.

    The next day Tyler talks Christina into returning to the mansion with him. Their first stop is to confide in his best friend Antonio Romero. Tyler persuades Antonio to meet him at seven p.m. At the appointed time, Antonio is already at the agreed location, with two other friends in tow, Kathy Goldman and her boyfriend Leonard Lang.

    Tyler’s story intrigues Antonio, and gives Christina hope; but Kathy and Leonard are skeptical. The band of friends finds their way into the mansion through a back door, much to Kathy’s disapproval, and become trapped in a nightmare of bizarre events. Fearing they will never escape, they finally reach the room where the piano had been playing. The music begins again, complete with the ghostly apparition and a set of magnificent Golden Doors beyond.

    The mysterious pianist gradually materializes before them, and introduces himself as Dr. Benjamin Erastus Fuddle, explaining that he has been waiting for them: they are “the Messenger of Music,” the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. The Golden Doors are a portal to the realm of Orphea, the land of eternal music, but Orphea is being destroyed by an unseen enemy who has taken possession of a legendary scepter of power, the Gold Baton, which magnifies beauty and gives a voice to every living thing. As a result, the world is filled with disharmony and cacophony. Dr. Fuddle asks the friends if they are willing to follow him into Orphea to reclaim the Gold Baton.

    Tyler leads them into Orphea, where they are immediately hailed as long-awaited heroes. All but Christina are presented with sacred instruments matching their vibrational energies, and told they must not only master the power of the instruments through hard work and practice, but must also master the power that resides within each of them. Christina’s purpose in Orphea remains a mystery.

    The dangerous quest to reclaim the Gold Baton begins. Dr. Fuddle’s arch-nemesis, Jedermann, and his fierce Seirens of Dis, employ every possible deception to get control of the sacred instruments one by one until only Tyler’s remains.

    Dr. Fuddle leads the Messengers across the vast bridge between Orphea and Dis to join the musical army of the Orpheans, When Jedermann and Dr. Fuddle and Jedermann meet face to face, a fierce fight ensues and Dr. Fuddle is destroyed before the eyes of this young protégés. Christina is captured by Seirens and Tyler’s instrument is stolen–leaving the Messengers with only Dr. Fuddle’s final words:  “Trust your hearts.”

    Tyler, dauntless, leads his friends into Dis, where they first battle to rescue Christina, and then wrest their sacred instruments from the Seirens. At the climax of the battle, Dr. Fuddle reappears to aid the Messengers leading the Orphean army to victory.     A grand celebration of the transformative power of music ends the epic adventure, with Christina wielding the Gold Baton, finally given her voice through music.

 

About the Author:

 

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1.  Why did you decide to write this book?

 

Because if wanted to create a fun adventure in a setting very different from anything used before. As a classical musician, I wanted to create an alternate world, one for the immortal composers, but one that, like our own world, has its own challenges and imperfections. How does this appeal to the reader? It’s nice for the classical composers but what does it do for the person who BUYS the book for money?

 

2.  Do you have any secret writing tips you want to share?

 

Absolutely! Don’t be afraid to re-write several times, and from the first draft, READ EVERYTHING YOU WRITE OUT LOUD!

 

3.  Tell us a funny, quirky or unexpected story about you?

 

It’s definitely not funny, but unexpected. Since age 13 I’ve been afflicted with a very rare auto-immune inner ear disorder, very similar to what Beethoven suffered. I did all my classical piano training in high school, college, and graduate school with one functioning ear. Since 2000, the other ear became affected and I’ve had to rely on a hearing aid in order to teach and perform. In the past decade the quality of my hearing has deteriorated, but using Beethoven as my inspiration, I continue for the sake of leaving behind what I feel I was destined for–to expose and inspire a whole new generation to the joy and excellence of classical music.

 

4.  What books are on your nightstand right now?

 

The Ninth, Beethoven and the World in 1824, by Harvey Sachs

A Wish Can Change Your Life, by Gahl Sasson and Steve Weinstein

RareEarth by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee

And of course, all seven Harry Potter books are proudly displayed on the shelf nearby

 

5.  What is you favorite quote?

As a writer, this is a no-brainer:  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”

 

6.  Who inspires you most?

 

Recent/Living:  Stephen Hawking, award-winning scientist

Dead:  Ludwig van Beethoven, immortal composer

 


WRITTEN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

 

1.  What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

 

The creation of the fantasy land of Orphea, because I’ve always loved mysteries and the possibilities of an afterlife. I don’t think this is compelling enough. I’d rather have it be something along the lines of “creating a world that would inspire young readers to achieve excellence in all they do—especially music!”

 

2.  How long did the book take you from start to finish?

Two years, nine drafts total.

 

3.  What aspect of writing the book did you find particularly challenging?

 

Learning the technical skills of writing, when my professional background is music.

 

4.  Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?

Both. Since I have a Ph.D. in Musicology, I have more information than anyone could ever dream of wanting off the top of my head, but there were some details I wanted to make sure were historically correct.

 

5.  What surprised you most about this process?

 

How difficult it is to get a book to tell a story and make it read like a “real” book.

 

6.  Did you have any notable experiences from writing your book?

 

Yes. There were times when I was working with my writing coach Mardeene Mitchell that I felt like I was no longer on earth, but that we were working on a spiritual plane.

 

7.  What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

 

Primarily, I want them entertained and feel as though they’ve actually been in Orphea with Dr. Fuddle and the Messengers of Music and that they’ve fought in the battle against Jedermann to reclaim the Gold Baton. Secondarily, I want to pique their interest in classical music. good

 

8.  What other projects are you working on?

 

The screenplay of DR. FUDDLE AND THE GOLD BATON and a sequel to the first book. I’m also working on re-writing my six scene play BEETHOVEN in Final Draft.

9.  Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?

 

No. Writing is like a second career. I’ve been teaching the art of classical piano for over twenty-five years and with the autoimmune disease threatening my musical career, I’m transitioning to becoming a professional writer, but will always teach as long as my hearing allows.

 

10.  When can we look forward to your next book?

 

Within one to two years, then one a year after that. I plan to make Dr. Fuddle a series of five to seven novels. I’m also envisioning a children’s picture book series entitled The Adventures of Dr. Fuddle, which would be more educational musically rather than fantasy adventure, but still entertaining, something like The Magic School Bus series.

 

I want to thank Kenneth John Atchity for bringing Warren Woodruff’s book to my attention and Warren Woodruff’s permission to promote it on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton!

Sunday Recap October 27, 2013

Books read:

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The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen (Ballantine Books) – Release November 5, 2013

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Heiress of Lies by Cage Smith (Amazon Digital Services) – Released February 11, 2012

This week’s published posts:

Book Promotion: Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood: Here

Review for Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart: Here

Cover Reveal: Duality (The Hitchhiker Strain #2) by Kellie Sheridan: Here

Review for Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples: Here

Next week’s postings:

Book Promotion: Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton by Warren Woodruff

Review for Cloud Nine by Melissa A. Smith

Review and Giveaway for Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood

[Possible book tour that is still pending this week as well]

Other Interesting News:

1. There is a review and Giveaway next week for Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood. Be sure to stop by Saturday for the link to enter.

2. It’s been a quiet book week for me, but I am back to my average reading for the week!

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Review for Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Jill Steeples
Title: Desperately Seeking Heaven

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Background:

Amazon Description:
Love always comes when you least expect it, at least that’s what PA Alice Fletcher tells herself as she looks forward to another Friday night of trash telly and wine-for-one. But what happens when the unexpected is daytime TV crush Jimmy Mack, and he’s sitting on your couch watching the news…of the accident that claimed his life? Soon, Alice finds her ordered life turned upside down by helping Jimmy right the wrongs of his life so he can cross over to the ‘other side.’ But most unexpected of all is Alice’s growing realisation that her gorgeous ghost has taken up residence in her heart as well as in her home.

Opinions:

Desperately Seeking Heaven is a story about a woman, named Alice, who stumbles upon a ghost of a famous daytime TV star, Jimmy Mack. No one else can see Jimmy but Alice, and Alice is somehow in charge of helping cross over into heaven. As Alice helps Jimmy Mack, she starts to fall in love with him. What will happen when Jimmy has to cross over? Will he cross over?

The story is written in first person following, Alice. Alice is kind of a loner, in that she doesn’t get out much. After a break up about three years ago, she has put a hold on her love life. Her only close friend is her sister who thinks she needs to go out and meet people. One day, coming home from work, she does meet someone. The only problem is that he’s dead. Jimmy Mack is popular television star – well, was. After a fatal car accident, he finds the only person that can see him is Alice. Taking up residence with her, he starts to fall in love as they try to solve the problem of why he is still on earth. Jimmy is a nice guy—chivalrous. Although not exactly sure why he is a ghost, he is making the best of the situation and having a little fun as well. I think I would have liked to see a few more characters/interactions in the story, especially when dealing with Alice’s work life, since her social life was limited.

The plot centers around Alice helping Jimmy find his way to heaven and why he didn’t move on. Jimmy is not your typical ghost but can appear solid to Alice only. He also needs eat and sleep, which is something new with ghost stories for me. He does have the ghostly ability of going to difference places within a blink of an eye.

Overall, I liked the book. If you like romantic ghost stories, then you might want to give this book a try.

 

Cover Reveal: Duality (The Hitchhiker Strain #2) by Kellie Sheridan

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Title: Duality (The Hitchhiker Strain, #2)
Author: Kellie Sheridan
Publisher: Patchwork Press

Release Date: December 31st, 2013

Summary: The end of everything came quickly, but the road back is endless and full of heartbreak.

 After months of only death and loss, Veritas may be the answer everyone has been searching for—a cure. Savannah wants nothing more than to begin rebuilding, but with both the Initiative and the United Militia vying for power, there are no easy answers. Ending the threat for good could mean becoming something far worse than the monsters she is fighting against.

 The infected will not go quietly. For Chelsea, the choice to step back into the world of the living is anything but simple. No miracle can erase the memories of the things she saw or the people she killed. While the girl she was struggles against the beast she became, Chelsea must make a choice—succumb or fight.

Duality on Good reads: Here
Kellie Sheridan’s Website: Here
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Review for Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Carolyn Hart
Title:  Ghost Gone Wild

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Background:

Amazon Description:
Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. Problem is, she’s a bit of a loose cannon as far as ghosts go—forgetting to remain invisible, alarming earthly creatures—so she’s far from the top of department head Wiggins’s go-to list for assignments.

That’s why she’s surprised when the Heaven-sent Rescue Express drops her off at a frame house on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma, where a young man is playing the drums. What kind of rescuing does he need—drum lessons? But when a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. When she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. What gives?

It turns out she’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt—Delilah Delahunt Duvall—to come to the young man’s rescue, which means she isn’t back on earth in service of the department. Wiggins has no idea where she is—and now she may be trapped in Adelaide forever. Unless she can help Aunt Dee snare the person who wants her nephew dead…

Opinions:

Ghost Gone Wild is a cozy murder mystery novel with its main character, Bailey Ruth, as a ghost. Bailey stumbles into to trouble when she leaves heaven to help out a ghost’s nephew, Nick Magruder. Unbeknownst to Bailey, this heavenly mission was not approved by Wiggins, and she is stranded on earth trying to protect Nick from murder. Bailey must use her sleuthing skills to determine who the attempted murderer is and why. She eventually teams up with his Aunt Dee – who sent Bailey on this mission. Can she solve the mystery and prove Nick’s innocence before it’s too late?

The story is written in first person following Bailey Ruth. As a ghost, she is able to disappear and reappear on earth, stay invisible or be seen, and move objects. She is…I shall use the word: quirky. She loves changing outfits and doesn’t mind breaking the rules that guide the emissaries from heaven. When she gets to earth to save Nick, she finds out she is stuck there because it was not a true mission from the Department of Good Intentions. Using her sleuthing skills and sweet talk, Bailey goes undercover in different disguises to solve the crime. Nick’s Aunt Dee joins up with Bailey. Although the two are different in the styles of their mission, they want to help protect Nick and find the perpetrator before the Department of Good Intentions/Wiggins finds out and takes them back to heaven. Nick is a young man who struck it rich with a video game. He was picked on in high school, and thus, doesn’t mind showing his influence as a wealthy man now. This, however, surfaces different targets that might want to hurt Nick. Add in an old historical treasure hunt to this mystery and there are more targets/motives to deal with.

I won’t go into the plot in much detail because this is a mystery novel. One thing that I would have liked to see was a little more background on Bailey Ruth – such as her husband, her life on earth, her children, etc. The reader doesn’t get too much of her background minus the quotes that her mama used to tell her. I would have also liked to see a few short stories from her prior missions to earth.

Overall I enjoyed the book. If you like cozy mysteries and ghosts, then you should check this book out.

 

Book Promotion: Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood

Today’s book promotion comes from Lauren Linwood and her book called Outlaw Muse. If you like historical western romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Outlaw Muse
Author: Laruen Linwood
Genre: Historical Western Romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: Exclusively on Amazon for the first 3 months as an ebook with paperback to follow
Release: October 9, 2013

Buy off of Amazon: Here

Summary:
 Separated from her twin during the Orphan Train selection, schoolmarm Serena Sullivan searched for her brother Bill over fifteen years. Just as she gets a lead on his whereabouts, she is railroaded by a crooked sheriff and set to hang for the murder of the sheriff’s best friend.

English playwright Daman Rutledge has come to the American West on business for his brother when he witnesses a woman about to be executed. On impulse he rescues the beautiful stranger and goes on the run with her. Along the way Daman finds the muse he’s been missing and loses his heart to the raven-haired beauty with haunting amber eyes.

As they try to outrun the long arm of the law, Daman seeks to prove Serena’s innocence before it’s too late.

.About the Author:

Lauren’s website : Here
Lauren’s Facebook: Here
Lauren’s Twitter: Here
Lauren’s Blog: Here
Lauren’s Amazon: Here
Lauren’s Goodreads: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The best thing about writing OUTLAW MUSE had to be getting inside Daman’s head. Like me, he’s also a writer (an English playwright), and he’s lost his muse. He can’t write – no ideas, no nothing! It was fun to let him – and not me – be the one with writer’s block. I then got to reward him by giving him his own, very beautiful, and very feisty Outlaw Muse!

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I got the idea for my story partly because I taught US History for many years. I already knew something about the orphan trains and cattle drives, so I took that knowledge, did some more in-depth research, and combined that information with two characters dancing in my head.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
I would advise aspiring writers to always read – even outside your chosen genre. Good writing is good writing, and you want to soak it in. And write no matter what. Give yourself permission to write badly. Having something on the page to revise is better than staring at a blank page with nothing on it!

I want to thank Lauren Linwood for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Outlaw Muse!

Sunday Recap October 20, 2013

Books read:

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Lovers and Liars by Sally Beauman (Ivy Books) – Released January 30, 1995

This week’s published posts:

Book Promotion: The Symbiotic Section by Tina Louise Brotz: Here

Review for The Blood of Titans by C. Michael Forsyth: Here

Book Promotion and Book Blitz: Changes Vol. 1 (Family Portrait) by Gillian Felix: Here

Review for Duality by E. R. Pierce: Here

Next week’s postings:

Book Promotion: Outlaw Muse by Lauren Linwood

Review for Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart

Cover Reveal: Duality (The Hitchhiker Strain #2) by Kellie Sheridan

Review for Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples

Other Interesting News:

1. Only read one book this week, but it was a long one at 590 pages – so that’s around my 2 book average in pages 🙂

2. Blog tours have started! Please be sure to check back all this month and next for new ones.

3. Want to participate in blog tours? Well, here’s one way:
You can sign up to be a host for CTC Virtual Book Tours (http://www.closedthecover.com/virtual-tour-host-registration.html)

CTC  (Ashley) wants you to know that:

  1. I never turn down an interested host because they don’t have a big enough following.
  2. I never restrict the number of stops on a tour so if you’re interested – you’re in!
  3. Sometimes I offer prizes for tour hosts.
  4. I promote ALL genres of books.  I know it has been mostly historical lately but there are more books (historical, romance, thriller, YA coming along in the not-so-distant future).
  5. I’m super easy to work with as I try to keep the stress down and since I use DropBox to send you files you aren’t drowning in a ton of e-mails from me.
  6. I promote YOUR post and YOUR site on my webpage, Facebook and Twitter.  Have you not seen my tweets during a tour?  🙂

Sign up through the link above and then e-mail CTC at ashley@closedthecover.com and say, “New tour host – referred by Book Hostage.”

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Review for Duality by E. R. Pierce

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My Rating: 3/5

Author: E. R. Pierce
Title: Duality (Cordelia Kelly #1)

Genre: Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
My name is Cordelia Kelly and I’m an empath. I know what you’re thinking. In fact, I know what you’re feeling, too. I could use your emotions against you or free you from their constraints. My choice, really, and depends on my mood. You see, I filter both light and dark emotions from humans, but which I chose depends on which side of me is in charge.

I’m not normal. I am the line walker and restorer of balance. A Royal. Think black sheep with red hair – not the blonde bombshell princess. I’m an aberration and unique. Not fully light, nor fully dark. Not accepted by anyone, but wanted by everyone. Mostly for their own amusements or nefarious purposes.

Except for Sol Winterborn. He sees the real me. When fate throws us together to unravel the mystery of my grandmothers death, we have to choose our destiny. Walk together… or continue alone?

The problem is I’ve been found by those who want me dead, and Sol has deep secrets of his own. My only choice now is to fight… or die.

The road is dark, yet I follow the light.

For now.

Opinions:

Duality is the first book in a series. The story is about an empath named Cordelia. Cordelia’s personality is split between light and dark (also referred to as Delia and Cordy.) Her light side helps eases pain, anxiety, anger, fear, etc. She can be naïve at times and seeks the good in all people. Her dark side unleashes the pain, fear, anxiety, etc. back into the person. This side is good at revenge or if Cordelia finds herself in a dangerous situation. Her empathic abilities also control the elements – although she doesn’t have much control over them. For example, when she cries, she can cause a flash flood. Cordelia meets Sol, another empath, at a bar. There is an attraction between the two, but certain events cause a strain in their budding relationship.

The story is written in first person following Cordelia. Cordelia can be confusing at times between the switch of her Cordy/Delia personalities – although she states she is one person despite the two completely different controlling personalities. Depending on which personality you get, will determine the traits. Sol is another main character in the story. Sol has had a tainted past, but seems genuine in helping Cordelia with her life. There are not too many characters in the book which shows how isolated Cordelia really is.

The story had an interesting premise. I think I would have enjoyed the story more with a little less sexual content and more explanation on the events/past of the characters and their abilities. The reader is given a brief history of the light and dark empaths as well as a few sentences here and there about Cordelia’s life, but that’s about it. I wanted to know more about the different abilities, Sol’s past, etc. The story also ends directly (and I mean directly) after the climax. There is no explanation or down time afterwards. I’m assuming the “I’ll explain…” at the end of the book will be part of the next one?

Overall, it was an interesting read. If you like paranormal reads that looks at both good and bad in one person, then you might want to try this book.