Sunday, July 20, 2014

And Introducing...Micheal and Victoria Lindstrom

I am thrilled to be able to share this video with you today. Please sit back and enjoy the interview with Michael and Victoria Lindstrom. Michael and Victoria combined their exceptional talents and created a whimsical yuletide tale readers of all ages will enjoy.

Summary~
 Journey to the enchanted land of Scandinavia, where, nestled in the Nordic Forest, lives Santa Swanson. Each winter, this nephew of St. Nicholas has his own Christmas Eve delivery to make - but what that is, and to whom, has long been hidden. With the help of two mischievous flying polar bears, Gunnar and Ludvig; a rescued golden eagle, Lars; and a host of other whimsical creatures; Santa Swanson prepares for his annual sleigh ride down Viking Valley!
     Delight in this yuletide adventure, complete with a fanciful ice skating party, a rustic holiday feast, and an unexpected reunion with Santa Swanson's famous uncle. In the midst of all this wonder, the forest friends learn a heartwarming secret from a Christmas angel revealing the magic of generosity.

The Scandinavian Santa will be available in September 2014 in hardcover and ebook (Amazon, B&N, Apple) from Deeds Publishing.

You can learn more about the author here http://writofwhimsy.blogspot.com/ 
You can learn more about the artist here http://michaellindstromartist.com/



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cover Reveal...Fierce by L.G. Kelso

Today we’re excited to share the cover reveal for Fierce by L.G. Kelso, a New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance that releases August 2014!



Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.Add to your GoodReads 




L.G. Kelso is a fantasy and contemporary novelist. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, she inherited her passion for all things magic, paranormal and mythological. She also has a probably unhealthy obsession with martial arts, and as a boxer she strives to give readers an authentic view of MMA in her contemporary sports novel.




Saturday, July 5, 2014

Blog Tour...Last Ashes by Racquel Kechagias

Today I am excited to bring Last Ashes, by Racquel Kechagias, to you. It is book two in The Fire Of Soul series.

Chaos has descended on the Underworld, as promised. Anna is un-resigned to her fate as Christian's ideal wife. She refuses to be weak and submissive but she knows the power he holds over her; if she denies him, everyone she loves will die. However, when dismembered corpses start appearing on the castle grounds, Anna finds her courage to fight against the evil in the world, starting with the Overlord.

Published June 29, 2014

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Racquel Kechagias was born in Sydney, Australia in 1991. She is the oldest of seven children and although they drive her a little mad she loves them to bits. Racquel spent her childhood nose deep in a book, preferring their company to that offered by the outside world. At the age of 8 she had grown past the children’s section of the literary world and began to grow up with company of the greats such as Shelly, Stoker, King, Tolkien and Poe. From that moment she was inspired by the intricate worlds. She longed to share the knowledge and passion that it took those authors to create their worlds and from that moment on her life was transformed. Racquel Kechagias is the author ‘Last Ashes’ the second book in the ‘Fire of the Soul’ series.



You can find Racquel here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RLKechagias
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/rkechagias/

Website: rkechagias.wordpress.com



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Recently Read...Sleep No More and The Taking

First up, The Taking by Kimberly Derting.

The Taking was a little different of a read for me. I understand that it is a story about a girl that was abducted by aliens and returned to earth five years later. But besides that, I did not really get a sense of an actual plot.

Mostly we get a day by day account of Kyra's life and how she is coping with changes that took place while she was away. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing major did till act three.

But to tell you the truth, I still really liked this story. Even though the plot was not super engaging, the character development is fantastic. We really get to know Kyra and we feel everything she does. So by the time all of the excitement begins I really cared about everyone and was worried about what was happening to them.

I will definitely be reading book two.

Next up, Sleep No More by Aprilyne Pike.

Since I don't write negative reviews I do not have much to say. But I will say this. The writing itself was good, I loved the plot and I really like the characters. But the ending...it ruined the whole story for me.

It's weird, because both The Taking and Sleep No More had very abrupt endings. Where The Taking  left me wanting more, Sleep No More left me irritated. It made me feel like everything was a waste. I am assuming the ending we got was to entice us to read book two, but I did not get any satisfaction from the way it closed.




Friday, June 13, 2014

Cover Reveal...Beyond Time by Laura N. Anile


Time Shifters by Laura N. Anile
(Beyond Time #1)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:
‘My blood runs cold, and I see the horror etched in the boy’s reflection. Anxiety seeps into my chest, making my heart hammer. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know how I got here. But what worries me most is: I don't know who the hell is looking back at me in the mirror."

When you wake up in the wrong body within a futuristic world, being yourself can get you killed.
17-year-old Ryder is on his way to school when he experiences a pain like he has never felt before. He awakes in a mysterious lab to discover that, as a victim of an unauthorized transfer, he has been pulled into the year 2127.
Now Ryder’s life depends on him succeeding in making everyone believe that he is Ziron, the boy that swapped places with him in 2015. If he fails, he will be captured, imprisoned, or worse. Ryder only has to survive two weeks in this futuristic world he doesn’t understand. But two weeks is a long time when you don’t know who to trust, and when you have to keep away from a girl you have sworn to protect.
Kira refuses to stay away, so how can he prevent her from discovering his secret? And how can he be with her when she thinks he’s someone else?
Time is running out for Ryder to unravel the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the biggest question of all: Just why did Ziron risk everything to change places with him? And what exactly has Ryder been pulled into?
In a desperate quest to find his way home, Ryder will stop at nothing to protect the girl of his dreams, and the secret that could destroy everything.

The expected release date is June 16 (Amazon), with iTunes, Kobo and B&N to follow. For further information, please go to www.LauraAnile.com
View the book trailer: www.LauraAnile.com/trailer.html
Read the first chapter: www.LauraAnile.com/sneakpeek.html


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22238675-time-shifters

AUTHOR BIO:
Laura has had a lifelong love of writing, which she explored in a successful marketing career before penning her first novel. She is fascinated by the ideas of fate and interconnectedness, central themes in her story. She loves all things humorous, laughs too loudly and finds her own jokes amusing. She has a passion for traveling and exploring the world but has a phobia of suspect hotel rooms with questionable hygiene. And, oh yeah, she isn't clairvoyant and doesn't own any crystal balls.
In addition to 'Visions', she has also written a collection of short stories, entitled 'Unmasked Secrets'.
For more information, please go to www.lauraanile.com.

Author Links:
Facebook: Laura N. Anile, Author

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cover Reveal...The Scandinavian Santa

The Scandinavian Santa, written by Victoria Lindstrom, paintings by Michael Lindstrom

    Journey to the enchanted land of Scandinavia, where, nestled in the Nordic Forest, lives Santa Swanson. Each winter, this nephew of St. Nicholas has his own Christmas Eve delivery to make - but what that is, and to whom, has long been hidden. With the help of two mischievous flying polar bears, Gunnar and Ludvig; a rescued golden eagle, Lars; and a host of other whimsical creatures; Santa Swanson prepares for his annual sleigh ride down Viking Valley!
     Delight in this yuletide adventure, complete with a fanciful ice skating party, a rustic holiday feast, and an unexpected reunion with Santa Swanson's famous uncle. In the midst of all this wonder, the forest friends learn a heartwarming secret from a Christmas angel revealing the magic of generosity.

I love this cover and I am extremely excited to get my hands on this book! 


You can learn more about the author here http://writofwhimsy.blogspot.com/ 
You can learn more about the artist here http://michaellindstromartist.com/

The Scandinavian Santa will be available in September 2014 in hardcover and ebook (Amazon, B&N, Apple) from Deeds Publishing.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New To My Shelf / Cover Love

My name is Kriston, and I am addicted to beautiful book covers.

Yes, I admit, I am a cover whore. And yes, I bought these two books based strictly on the fact that I love the covers.

"But Kriston, that's pretty shallow."

*ponders statement* Whatever.

I have always loved the Splintered cover, and then when I saw the Unhinged cover I knew I wanted these books on my shelf. I love the artwork, the colors, the facial expressions, all of it. Plus, I am a sucker for a good Alice In Wonderland retelling. I hope they're good.

Maybe I will showcase the books I am glad I did not judge by their cover.  I have a list of books that I love with covers that do not appeal to me at all. So see. I'm not all bad.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Subscription Services...Are They Worth It?

With the every changing book industry I am amazed at the new opportunities that keep presenting themselves. Today I am going to talk about book subscription sites. Well, one subscription site in-particular, Scribd.

Book subscription services may not be new to you, but they are to me. But I love the idea. For $8.99 a month you can read unlimited ebooks!

I was given a one year subscription, and so far I have read two books. What I like about Scribd is that I am given the opportunity to read books that I have been interested in, but was not really sure if I would like them enough to spend money on. With Scribd, you can test drive as many as you like for one flat fee.

With over 400,000 books available—both traditional and independantly published—I bet there are many books that you will find to your liking. If you are interested I suggest you take advantage of the free trial.

And as luck would have it, Awakened is available for download!

Visit Scribd

* Scribd offered every Smashwords author that was willing to add their book the the Scribd library a one year subscription for free. But now that I have used the service myself, I will definitely continue on with it even after my free subscription ends. I was not compensated for this recomenedation. Scribd is a service that I like and wanted to make people aware of.*
 
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