Giveaway: Angus MacBain and the Agate Eyeglass by Angela J. Townsend

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Title:  Angus MacBain and the Agate Eyeglass
Series:  Angus MacBain Series #2
Author:   Angela J. Townsend
Published:  October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count:  132
Genre:  YA Fantasy
 
Synopsis:
When Angus MacBain finds that a Sea Hag has cast a deadly spell on Vanora’s father, he must once again set aside his life in the outside world to plunge into danger to save his friend’s father. But when he seeks out Fane, advisor to the MacBain Kings, Angus discovers that Vanora’s father is not the only one in dire peril. Now with two souls in mortal danger, Angus and Vanora must face the unknown challenges of Fingal’s Cave alone this time—without the aid of his trusted advisor. But what new and dreadful dangers lurk in the Hall of Kings? Armed with only the ancient weapon of the MacBain Kings, the heirloom amber eyeglass, Angus is about to find out.

 
Excerpt from Angus MacBain and the Agate Eyeglass:
Vanora’s eyes went wide. She turned slowly and pointed a shaky finger at the empty chair. “I just sat on someone’s lap.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I mean, there’s someone sitting in that chair!”
Angus sighed. “This was no time for joking around. I think you need a new prescription for your glasses.”
“See for yourself.” Vanora patted the chair. “Feel right there. A perfect set of legs.”
Angus hobbled closer, cautiously leaned forward, and touched the seat. Beneath his fingertips, he felt a warm pair of legs covered in a fleece material. Angus jerked his hand back.
Vanora crossed her arms. “See, I told you.”

 

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About the Author:
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, she grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, she became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full-time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulation, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, she divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s Young Adult novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Since that time, she has published three books with Clean Teen Publishing: Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, River of Bones, and Moonflower. Angus MacBain and The Agate Eyeglass, the second book in the Angus MacBain series, will be released by Clean Teen Publishing in October of 2014.
Angela also has two of her horror novels in pre-production for motion pictures—River of Bones and The Forlorned.
 
 
 
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Review: Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood

Christmas with a Billionaire: Billionaire under the Mistletoe\Snowed in with Her Boss\A Diamond for Christmas

Christmas with a Billionaire: Billionaire under the Mistletoe\Snowed in with Her Boss\A Diamond for Christmas by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood

Published: October 7th 2014

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Synopsis:

An embarrassment of riches: three sweet and sexy tales of holiday romance!

Billionaire under the Mistletoe by Carole Mortimer
When softhearted Sophie pulls off a last-minute Christmas miracle for a family in crisis, she wins the gratitude—and heart—of wealthy Max Hamilton. But at what cost?

Snowed in with Her Boss by Maisey Yates
Dutiful Amelia is stranded on Christmas Eve. (Bad.) She’s at a five-star Aspen resort. (Good!) She’s posing as her handsome boss’s girlfriend. (So bad it’s good!) But is she pretending…or practicing with Luc Chevalier?

A Diamond for Christmas by Joss Wood
Headstrong Riley’s holiday run-in with hot gemstone tycoon James Moreau is unsettling to say the least. But she soon discovers that the only thing better than resisting temptation is finally giving in!

Review:

Christmas with a Billionaire is a book with three very short romance novellas that take place during Christmas make up this book. The sad thing is not one of these stories stand out to me. They were all super quick reads that while enjoyable just seem that the romance happened a bit too fast for my taste.

Billionaire under the Mistletoe by Carole Mortimer

What a quick romance, in fact it was a little too fast for my liking. A brief summery would be: they met, it was Christmas and then they got engaged, the end. Like I said it was a quick romance, one I was able to finish in 30 minutes.

Snowed in with Her Boss by Maisey Yates

This one I like the most but it still was a bit too quick for my liking. If this story had been a bit longer and had a bit more meat to it; well it would have been a real hit for sure!

A Diamond for Christmas by Joss Wood

Now this story was my least favorite. I found Sophie irritating and Max’s insta-love to be a bit over the top. I did like the plot even though it too was really short.

Over all if you are looking for something fast to read that has some Christmas romance in it, pick this one up. It can be finished in an afternoon and will help you get in the Christmas spirit.

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

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Coming Soon: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith

 
Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

 
Summary:
Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.

Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land.

Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.

Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.

As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?

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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
“Not only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie

The Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled


About the Author

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores.

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Giveaway: The Gateway Trilogy by Christina Garner

 
Release Date: 06/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

 

 
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Release Date: August 2014

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**Description Contains Book 1 Spoilers**

 

Two months have passed since Ember Lyons nearly died killing the powerful Root Demon threatening the Los Angeles Gateway. Physically healed, images of the day still haunt her and she can no longer access the power she once wielded. She can’t talk about it with anyone at The Institute–not even her handsome, demon-hunting boyfriend, Taren. Besides there are bigger things to worry about: Gateways around the world are weakening, Keepers’ Marks are fading, escaped lesser demons are populating Los Angeles, and it looks like the Root Demon wasn’t alone.

When the Institute sends Ember and a team to Europe, she hopes to find answers and security on the journey, but another attempt on her life reminds her she’s never really safe.

Then she’s thrust together with the mysterious Alexander. Ember can’t be sure if this charismatic man is her most formidable enemy or greatest ally. Either way, she needs him, because he’s the only one who can bring her to… the Chasm.

 
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Tether (The Gateway Trilogy Book 3)
Release Date: 09/23/14
 
Summary from Goodreads:
**Description Contains Book 2 Spoilers**

Ember was only trying to keep a promise when she jumped into the demon world. But instead of saving Cole and his people, she found herself just as trapped as they are. She lives and learns with the Daemon survivors while the demon threat grows every day.

Meanwhile Taren struggles with his guilt for not stopping Ember. He’s desperate to know she’s alive, but there’s been no sign of her except in his own vivid dreams.

As they struggle to reconnect, the Gateways around the world weaken, and the demons begin to amass for war. The end is near and Ember must face her fears if she has any hope of saving the world – or herself.

With everything falling apart, her only hope is to find…her Tether.

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About the Author
Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her first–about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture thieves–was a huge hit with her mother. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then, she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2006, she began writing screenplays. A year later, she even got paid for one. In May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway, became an Amazon Bestseller. Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy, did the same.
When she’s not writing novels, Christina spends her time working in the movie business, traveling, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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Review: Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber

Published: October 7th 2014

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Synopsis:

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.

Review:

Such a sweet and easy peasy book to read! I enjoyed it so much I finished it in one morning. Then when I found it is being made into a TV movie, well that is something to look forward to!

Harry Mills is finally getting to do what he had wanted to do for some time: be a guardian angel on Earth. He has to learn to deal with human emotion but with Celeste’s help and guidance he will hopefully be able to complete the task he has been given with positive results.

I really did enjoy this book. There are a lot of interesting characters beside the main ones and while the story isn’t exactly deep, it is a nice one to put you in the holiday spirit.

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

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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.

Excerpt:

“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.”

  

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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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Synopsis:

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER
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?

Review:

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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