Giveaway: Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder by Julie Wetzel

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Title:  Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder
Series:   The Ancient Fire Series Book One, Part 1
Author:  Julie Wetzel
Published:  September 19th, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Page Count:  260
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Minor Violence
Recommended Age:  13+
 Synopsis: Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area.
 
 
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About the Author:
Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
Julie Wetzel is the author of Kindling Flames, Book 1 in The Ancient Fire Series. Kindling Flames is scheduled to release through Crimson Tree Publishing in the Fall of 2014.
 
 
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Giveaway Details:
There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • Reader’s choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook and bookmark swag pack. 

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Cover Reveal: The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

The Ghost of You
Release Date: 12/30/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.
 
A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.
 
The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.
 
Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

About the Author
Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.
 
Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she’s been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.
 
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Giveaway: Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz

Midnight Eclipse - Character Reveal Tour 2014

Midnight Eclipse Character Reveal Tour

The Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz is the saga of Broderick MacDougal following the soul of his true love through the centuries. There are six books planned for the series and this tour highlights the characters featured in the first three books and in the upcoming release Midnight Eclipse – Book 4 – which features Norse shapeshifting pirates. AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER OCTOBER 8TH for VIP Club members, October 15th worldwide.

Become a VIP Club Member for FREE to get the VIP pre-order pricing of 50¢ for Midnight Eclipse!!  You’ll also get Midnight Conquest, Book 1, for FREE if you join. CLICK HERE to read about the other benefits of being a VIP. Click to Tweet and help spread the news!

Midnight Conquest - Davina Stewart-Russell

Bio: Davina Stewart-Russell

    Not a lady born, but a lady raised…

    …Davina Stewart was born to Parlan and Lilias at Stewart Glen in the Lowlands of Scotland, just northeast of Aberdeen. Davina is the youngest of her and her brother, Kehr.

    Due to her loose connections to the crown through her father, she was betrothed to Ian Russell – a marriage that benefited her brother and father with wealth, while Parlan promised coveted contacts for Ian and his father, Munro. However, Ian has proven to use a heavy hand to rule over Davina. In spite of pleas toward her father to dissolve the marriage, she is forced to endure her union for the sake of their financial wellbeing. In a time where a woman is property to her family and spouse, Davina endures with a silent strength when she has exhausted all other avenues, and maintains her dignity in the face of oppression.

    But there is one image in her mind that has been her anchor through the years. The handsome Gypsy she met as a young girl – Broderick. He had warned her of the dark times to come when he read her palm, and said she would endure if she held to an image of strength. Little did he or Davina know Broderick would be that rock she would cling to, the light that would give her hope through those dark times.

    Most Popular Quote from Davina Stewart-Russell

    “Your name—MacDougal means Son of the Dark Stranger, if I’m not mistaken.” She pursed her lips and crossed her arms. “How appropriate.”
    Said to Broderick MacDougal in Midnight Conquest, Book 1 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesClick to Tweet 

    Fact About Davina Stewart-Russell NOT in the Books

    In Midnight Conquest, there is a scene where Broderick is being a bit of a peeping Tom and is mesmerized by Davina standing in a tub of shallow water, cleansing herself from the day. However, the scars on her body and the odd angle of her left arm take Broderick out of this sensual moment and ignite a protective anger in him over the obvious signs of abuse. Davina’s left arm was indeed broken, as Broderick had observed. She had gone to her father-in-law to inform him of Ian’s abusive behavior. Munro said he would speak with Ian on her behalf. Later that evening, Ian had a fight with his father Munro and, as punishment, Munro denied him funds. Ian became very drunk and took his anger out on Davina with his fists, then shoved her down a short flight of stairs where she broke her arm on the fall. This was the night of her first miscarriage.

    Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

    Book Blurb

    Broderick MacDougal follows the familiar yearning of his soul to a fierce warrior who is as seductive as a siren at sea – and she is just as deadly. The world of the supernatural opens to Broderick as he not only finds himself in the midst of an ancient war of shapeshifters, but the devious Cordelia Lynn Harley has re-entered his life and has a few of her own surprises.

    Born into a hated race of Norse wolf shifters, Celina Hunter knows all too well the dangers of trusting anyone other than her two brothers. And yet the survival of her family hinges on trusting the strangely familiar vampire, a natural enemy of her kind…yet her tribe’s Shaman advisers confirm he is her soul mate. Enemy or not, Celina slips into the spell of Broderick’s promises of eternal love, gambling with all she holds dear.

    Broderick and Celina are bound by a curse, but having come this far through the centuries, Broderick is not about to risk his chance at having his soul mate for eternity. The price, however, may be more than Celina is willing to pay as there is more at stake than just her immortal soul. Click to Tweet



    Giveaways!

    Arial Burnz is giving away a TON of stuff during this tour! Please use the Giveaway Tools entry widget to be entered into the drawing. Each button will earn you more chances to win and you can keep coming back to earn more entries! All entrants will automatically become members of Arial’s VIP Club, which is free to join and has many more benefits, such as exclusive contests like this one. These are the prizes for the Character Reveal Tour featuring the characters in Midnight Conquest (Book 1) – winners will be chosen on Sep 27, 2014:

      Bonded By Blood Vampire Coaster Set
    • Vampire coaster set
    • 1 signed set of Books 1-3
    • $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card (winner’s choice)

    Tour Grand Prize

    Arial is also giving away a single Grand Prize of…

    • A $100 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card – winner’s choice
    • A signed set of Books 1-4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

    Winner will be chosen on 11/21/2014. Everyone who participated in any stops on the Midnight Eclipse tours (VIP Club members or not) will be entered for the grand prize drawing. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. Use the Giveaway Tools buttons below to earn extra chances to win by tweeting, following and liking. For Official Contest Rules, click here.

    Arial Burnz – Author Bio

    Arial Burnz - Author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesArial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who’s taught her the meaning of true love, she’s helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Southern California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendant of Clan MacDougal.

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    Excerpt: The Christmas Women by Elyse Douglas

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    The Christmas Women by Elyse Douglas

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    Synopsis:

    When 38-year old Trudie Parks learns that her high school drama teacher is seriously ill, she immediately contacts her two best friends in high school, Kristen and Mary Ann. Together, they’d been known as “The Christmas Girls.” They’d produced and starred in the annual high school Christmas show, which their teacher, Mrs. Childs, had directed. 

    Determined to show their love for Mrs. Childs, they plan a 20-year reunion to recreate the Christmas show for her. What they don’t anticipate is the complicated emotions this provokes, as former sweethearts appear and rekindle romance, painful memories and the sting of unrealized dreams. All three women must reassess their lives and their friendships, while struggling to produce the show, even while Mrs. Childs seems to grow weaker by the day.
    As Christmas Eve approaches, The Christmas Women prepare for an event that will take them and the audience to the farthest reaches of the human heart and resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

     

    Excerpt:

    After she hung up, Trudie remained sitting, watching the wind stir the trees and create little cyclones that went spiraling off down the street.  She placed her chin in her hand, as a vast distance filled her eyes.  She wanted to be in that cyclone, being blown off to somewhere—anywhere but Deer Lake, Ohio.  Not that there was anything wrong with Deer Lake, except that her life here had not gone the way she’d thought it would.  Maybe it would be nice to be blown off somewhere else, over a rainbow or beyond a snowstorm. 

    But in truth, did anybody’s life go the way they’d hoped or dreamed or planned?  What about her best friends in high school?   Mary Ann had married an airline pilot and moved to Denver.  Last she’d heard, she was divorced with two teenage daughters.

    Kristen had moved to New York, studied for a law degree and married some rich investment banker.  Trudie remembered their address, having been very impressed and a little jealous that it was on West 79th Street, in New York, NY.  They’d gutted and remodeled a 3-story brownstone and Kristen had posted photos on Facebook.  It looked fabulous.  But the last time Trudie had heard from Kristen, she said her marriage was not going well and their only son was attending a private school in Massachusetts.  She worked fourteen hours a day and most weekends.  What kind of life was that?

    They spoke on the phone to each other maybe once a year.  Then there were the obligatory Christmas cards, with no personal news.  Kristen always sent a Christmas card with a photo of her now 13-year-old son, Alexander, who was rarely smiling.  From Our Family to Yours was printed across it, something Trudie struggled not to bristle at.  It wasn’t Kristen’s fault that Trudie had no family, but why couldn’t she be a bit more sensitive?  And why couldn’t she ever include a photo of her and her husband?  It was always just the cute blond-headed boy she’d never met, standing alone next to a spreading oak tree with blazing autumn colors.  How WASP.

    And then there was Mary Ann’s version of the Christmas card.  Although she didn’t like social media, she now sent an electronic Christmas card with the usual blah, blah, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth and little birds flying around.  Not that there was anything wrong with little birds or wanting peace on Earth, but there was no personal news.  No information about what was really going on in her life. 

    They’d been like sisters in high school —maybe even closer than sisters, at least for a time.  They’d shared everything, from family secrets, to backseat adventures with boys, to hopes for the future.  They had truly loved each other. 

    Trudie heaved out an audible sigh, missing them and their friendships.  The 20th high school reunion that could have brought them back together was cancelled last May after a tornado ravaged the town.  Part of the courthouse square, dozens of homes and most the junior high school had been demolished.

    Trudie padded off to the kitchen and put on the red kettle to heat water for coffee.  While the water hissed and steamed, she folded her arms and leaned back against the kitchen counter, blinking around at the spotlessly clean kitchen.  She scooped a spoonful of instant coffee and dropped it into the cup, pausing before she poured the water.  What had that young teenage girl said to her yesterday as she was cleaning her teeth?  They had been discussing some middle-aged movie star who had never married.

    “Have you ever been married?” the young girl asked.

    Trudie gave her the stock answer.  “No… never found a man I wanted to live with.  They’re all so messy, you know.”

    About the Author:

    Elyse Douglas

    Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse
    and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Columbia University.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a  speech-language pathologist.  She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.

    Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. His two detective books include Death is Lookin’ for Elvis and Death is a TapDancer. His great great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.

    Elyse Douglas live in New York City.  

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    Waiting on Wednesday: Broken by Laura Wright

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    I was looking at my wishlist of books that are coming out soon when I spied:

    Broken (The Cavanaugh Brothers, #2)

    Broken (The Cavanaugh Brothers #2) by Laura Wright

    Published: October 7th 2014

    Purchase: Amazon

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    Synopsis:

    The Cavanaugh brothers left behind River Black, Texas, long ago. But after their father dies, bequeathing them the Triple C, a cattle ranch that sustains their small town, they return—and confront the painful memories of their childhood home and the truth about their sister’s murder…
    For years, James Cavanaugh has traveled the world as a horse whisperer, but even the millions he’s earned hasn’t healed the pain he hides behind his stoic exterior. Forced to tackle old demons at the ranch, James throws himself into work to avoid his true feelings. Until he meets a woman who shakes the foundations of his well-built walls…

    Sheridan O’Neil’s quiet confidence has served her well, except when it comes to romance. Tired of rejection, she’s ready to swear off men. But after being rescued from a horse stampede by the most beautiful cowboy she’s ever met, her resolve wavers. Only, as Sheridan uncovers James’s belief that no woman is safe with him, she wonders if such a wounded man could ever give in to love, or if some hearts are too broken to be healed…

    I just loved book one and here is the second one due to arrive in my Kindle in less than a month from now! Squeal! If you haven’t rad “Branded’ please get it ASAP and enjoy!

    What books are you waiting for this week? Leave me a link in the comments!

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    Giveaway: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

     
    Release Date: 05/27/14
    Harlequin Teen

    Summary from Goodreads:
    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

    Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.


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    About the Author
    KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
     
    Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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    Teaser Tuesday: Bride Undone by Kate Deveaux

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    Title: Bride Undone Author: Kate Deveaux Genre: Erotic Romance Release Date: May 2013

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