Giveaway: A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn

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Title:  A Place Halfway

Series:  SYNSK Series Book 3

Author:   K.C. Finn

Published:  October 24th, 2014

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Page Count:  229

Genre:  YA Historical Adventure

Content Warning:  Mild Violence

Recommended Age:  16+


Synopsis:  A struggling psychic girl steps out into the big, wide world amidst the murky depths of racial segregation in England, 1961.

As a teenage psychic, Josephine Fontaine knows what it’s like to be different. At Peregrine Place, a school full of youngsters with gifts just like hers, sixteen-year-old Josie is growing tired of her life and looking for excitement beyond the grand manor house’s walls. When an opportunity arises to work in a local music bar, she jumps at the chance, learning to balance her new job with the pressures of studying the ways of the Synsk.

There she meets the charming Tommy Asher, a fellow psychic with a talent for music, and Jake Bolton, a handsome, surly stranger with coffee-coloured skin. Throw in the return of her old crush Dai Bickerstaff, and Josie finds herself embroiled in a drama much bigger than she could have imagined, especially when certain parties take issue to her developing a friendship with a boy who isn’t white-skinned. When a mysterious record mogul offers Josie help to improve her psychic gifts, her world turns totally upside down, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her family, and even herself.

Coming of age was never so intense as it will be for Josie in the winter of 1961.


“When you’ve quite finished mumbling, young man,” Miss Cartwright said in her clipped tone.

A few people giggled as the boy sank into the seat beside me. He was smaller with the guitar absent from his back, and he seemed much less sure of himself here than when he’d been trying to convince Frost to let him play at Halfway. I reasoned that he must have recently come to the village ready to start school here and spotted the club on the side of the lane just like us. Miss Cartwright cleared her throat, commanding utter silence from the assembled kids.

“Answer me when I call your name,” she instructed. “Let’s make sure we have no dunces who have come to the wrong room.”

The boy looked down at his desk skittishly.

“Thomas Asher,” Miss Cartwright said.

The boy suddenly looked up again, eyes widening. “Oh, um. Yes, Miss,” he replied, “I mean, here, Miss.”

Miss Cartwright gave him her best glare, but said nothing more on the matter. She began to move across the room as she called out names, studying every face in the rows before her.

It’s Tommy actually, a voice suddenly said in my head. Only my nanna calls me Thomas.

I took a deep breath, pushing my mind towards his. Did I give you permission to speak in my head? I asked him.

Although I was tuning out of the room to speak with him, I could still see the outline of his face as he smiled at me; I was caught somewhere partway between reality and full psychic concentration.

Sorry, Tommy answered, but I certainly wasn’t going to whisper out loud with her staring at me. Scary woman, that one.

I tried my best not to giggle. You have no idea, I answered. She’s been teaching me for six years.

Not cool, Tommy replied.

A book suddenly slammed down on my desk. I leapt in my seat, my old, wooden chair rattling as I looked up into the thunderous face of my teacher. “Josephine Fontaine,” she said, her teeth gritted. “Are we in such a state of distraction that we can’t answer our own name on the register nowadays?”

I gave Tommy a withering glare, watching him bite his lip to hold back a laugh.

“Sorry, Miss,” I answered. “But you do know I’m here. I mean, it’s not as though we’re strangers.” I regretted adding the bit after the apology immediately.

“Oh no, we know each other very well,” she answered primly. “I suspect you’re going to be repeating this class until we’re both white-haired and wrinkled.”


 photo KC-Finn.jpg About the Author:

Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade.

As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.


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Review: It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, #10)

It’s in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor #10) by Jill Shalvis

Published: August 26th 2014

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Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?


This was a five start book for me! I mean I really like this series but this book just hit it out of the park. I hated having to put it down for just a second; I wanted to see what was going to happen next. Humorous at times and touching as well, this is an enjoyable book about love, friendship and of course family.

The small beach town called Lucky Harbor has a new resident: Becca Thorpe. Her new apartment may not be much but it does offer an amazing view. There is a boat charter company across the street and the owners seemed to like to walk around in their swimsuits. All of them are very easy on the eyes but one in particular, Sam Brody, well there is just something about him…

It’s in His Kiss is the tenth book in the Lucky Harbor series. No, you don’t have to read the first nine books in order to enjoy this one. I just think that you will fall in love with this book so much that you will wish you had! Needless to say I can’t wait to read the next book; He’s So Fine, as soon as I possibly can!

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh


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Squealing with joy!! One of my favorite authors has a book that is about to be released!! Squealing with joy!! Check it out…

Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7)

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh

Published: October 28th 2014

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In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Oooooh! I am such a fan of this series and this book has already been preordered… Can you tell I am excited!!

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Audio Excerpt: Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones

Published: October 21st 2014

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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

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Giveaway: The Nysein: Release by Beth Mikell

Title: The Nysein: Release
Author: Beth Mikell
Genre: Paranormal Romance – Vampires
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Kendra, the Mistress of Water, finds herself sinking within an ocean of heartbreak as Destiny lands her once again on the Isle of Serey. Nothing is going right—from her awareness to the island’s most prominent Nysein womanizer to the desire he shimmies over body. She can’t fight the pull he has on her, but she suspects he’s tipping more than smooth banter with one of her sisters. Jealousy slashes the darkest recesses of her heart, yet she’s tired of waiting for him. Either he’ll give her what she wants, or she’ll finally walk away…

Maxim Korden, seneschal to King Darién, has always loved the female sex. The scent, texture, and visual stimulation of beautiful woman makes him crazy with need. However, he carries a deep secret—one impossible to believe. For nearly one hundred years, he can’t touch a woman without sickness, though one caress upon Kendra’s skin and the sweetest nirvana engulfs him. Fate has tilted a deadly trial against their brief happiness as a sinister force traps his newfound love.


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Beth Mikell spends her days writing and blogging all the while taking care of her family of five. She’s a native Floridian, born and raised and she’s as American as the apple pie she learned to make about ten years ago. At thirteen, her family moved to Alabama and as the years turned into several, she traveled to many countries around the world, including the Middle East. She fell ‘in love’ with love at a young age and continues to believe that love really does conquer all…or at least leave her blessedly happy by the end of a book. She adores alpha males…the my-way-or-the-highway-take-no-prisoners kind of heroes, especially when they screw up and land themselves in ‘hot water’ with the heroines. Her husband of ten years is her personal hero, forging a path of true love along the road called life.



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Giveaway: Hotwire by Cindy M. Hogan


Hotwire by Cindy M. Hogan A Christy Novel #2

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Genres: Action / Adventure, Contemporary, Young Adult

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Division spy Christy Hadden can’t wait for her latest assignment posing as a student at a prestigious New York City academy and car thief extraordinaire. The best part of the mission is her attractive handler, Jeremy, and her new team. The worst part? The sociopath masquerading as the academy’s most popular guy. But soon she realizes the car thieves are much more than they seem. Her simple spying mission becomes more dangerous than anyone imagined. If the organization discovers her true identity, they won’t hesitate to kill her, and if she fails, others will suffer the same fate. Young Adults, teens and adults will love this exciting suspenseful adventure with a dash of romance. You won’t want to put it down.

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Cindy M Hogan is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips, and the first in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush, the 2nd of which, Hotwire, is due out in Oct. 2014. She graduated with a BA in education and is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

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Excerpt: Long Way Home by Neve Cottrell


Long Way Home by Neve Cottrell


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Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life.  His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back.  He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance.  Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again.  He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it.  Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

The excerpt:

After a seventeen-year absence, Alexis MacAdams has returned to Mangrove Island and entered the bar where Tyler Barnes works.  Tyler wastes no time trying to get reacquainted ~

Tyler paused to let the memory in.  Even as a teenager, he’d admired her focus.  She’d had a fiery determination that other girls lacked.  He’d found her sexy as a teenager and he definitely found her sexy now.

“Fire in the belly?” she repeated.

“You were always on the go.  Could never tell whether you were running toward something or away from it.”

She smiled wryly.  “A bit of both, I would say.”

“So what do you do now?”

“I’m a whore,” she announced after a dramatic pause.

Tyler raised an eyebrow, waiting for her to elaborate.  He was confident that Alexis MacAdams had not turned to prostitution.

“Well, I screw people for money.  Same thing.”

He wagged a finger at her.  “Ah, you must work for the government.”

“Close.  Greedy, fat cat lawyer at your service.”  She tilted her chin thoughtfully.  “Actually, I’m not at your service, unless you own some multi-million dollar conglomerate that I’m not aware of.”

Tyler leaned forward and rested his elbows on the bar.  “You had me at whore.”

Alexis’s faint smile broadened, her first genuine smile in a long while, and Tyler was glad to see the scowl dissipate.  God, he remembered that smile.  It was all he could do not to lean that little bit further and close the gap between them.

“So do you actually tend bar or are you here for window dressing?”

He snapped back to reality, drawing himself up to his full six feet.  “I’m sorry, I’m neglecting your alcohol-related needs.  Let me guess,” he said, assessing her.  “Some kind of ‘tini.  Appletini?”

“Isn’t that a risky way to ask for an order?  Potentially insulting customers?”

“Am I wrong?” he asked, with a crooked smile.

“Whiskey, please.”

He doubled over as if wounded.  “Ouch.  You’ve destroyed my average.”

“I’ve heard that a lot in bars.”  The lie slid from her lips with ease.  The truth was that Alexis rarely spent time in bars, even in her twenties when she was flush with cash and single.  It suddenly dawned on her that, not only was he flirting with her, but she was flirting with him.  In a bar.  In her hometown.  The moment felt surreal.

“No chaser?” he queried.

She cocked an eyebrow, challenging him.  “I like to feel the burn.”

“An actual fire in the belly,” he mused.  “I like it.  Is Jameson all right?”


He poured her drink, added a drop of water, and slid it across the bar to her.  “I have to admit, I’m relieved.  I hate making those cocktails.  Thankfully, most people on the island have simpler taste.”

“I’ve never been a cocktail girl.  Too sweet.”

“Are you trying to tell me you’re not sweet?” he teased.

Alexis tasted the whiskey.  It burned through her core and warmed her from the inside out.  “I may be a lot of things, but I don’t think sweet has ever been on the list.”

Tyler didn’t doubt it.  For him, her aloofness had been part of her charm.  She may have been the girl in the next neighborhood, but she was far from the girl next door.  He’d walked around in awe of her, which is probably why he’d never gathered the courage to ask her out.  She hadn’t been accessible, partly because she seemed to exist in her own reality, and partly because he’d built her up in his mind to mythic proportions.  Back then, simply spotting Alexis from a distance had turned him on.  Seeing her seated directly across from him now had Tyler’s entire body humming.

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Neve Cottrell is the author of contemporary romance novels.  Long Way Home is the first book in her series on the residents of Mangrove Island.  Neve began weaving tales as soon as she could talk, walking away with the coveted “Best Storyteller” award in preschool and she’s been writing ever since.  When she’s not crafting sexy heartthrobs and happily-ever-afters, she can be found indulging her need for reality TV and wistfully flipping through home and garden magazines.  Neve lives near the beach with her family. 

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