Giveaway: My Heart is Yours by Amanda Leigh

 
My Heart is Yours
Release Date: 05/18/15
169 pages
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’.
 
This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?
About the Author
Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer – named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking, listening to music, singing, swimming and art – particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her.




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Review: Merchant Master by Alvania Scarborough

Merchant Master (Lost Colony Book 1)

Merchant Master (Lost Colony Book 1)

by Alvania Scarborough

Published: March 9th 2015

Purchase: Amazon

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Synopsis:

They hold dangerous secrets… only trust holds the key.

The healer. Cheyna’s empathic, healing talent makes her the perfect person to return to her birth world and recover an ancient artifact for her adoptive people. It was meant to be a simple mission, only everything goes wrong when a dangerously imposing, battle-scarred warrior kidnaps her.

The merchant master. Bastard-born Drakthe Fachion has an opportunity to found his own house and erase the stigma of his birth. All he has to do is reopen the Agora trade route. Unfortunately, he must enter a trade marriage with a healer to gain access. If that means kidnapping a complicated, stubborn woman and forcing her into an agreement, so be it.

The Agora Stronghold. A strange place where nothing is as it seems. As they make the treacherous journey, wariness is no match for the passion that slips past their defenses. But an unseen presence stalks them. Drakthe and Cheyna have no idea a psychic trap has been laid or that a deadly, generations-old secret that threatens two worlds is about to be unleashed.

Review:

This book is a good mix of two of my favorite author’s styles – Jayne Ann Krentz (who also writes as Jayne Castle) and Robin D. Owens (Celta’s Heartmate series). Because of that I did enjoy the journey this story took me on. There were a few slow spots along the way but when it picked back up I found it too interesting to put it down.

I was impressed with the character development. While I don’t like our hero Drakthe Fachion very much, I do think he grew on my enough to respect him by the end of the book. I do wish that we could have explored Cheyna healing abilities a bit more though. I thought that the few twists and turns in the story were good and I have to admit that a few of them even surprised me.

Over all I found this to be an enjoyable story in a unique world. The romance was enough to keep me happy and the ending was just what I had hoped it would be. Merchant Master is the first book in the Lost Colony series and I would be interested in seeing where this series goes to next. I received this for an unbiased and honest review.

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Excerpt: Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone by Roy Huff

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Synopsis :

Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed.

Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way.

Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, will Owen’s acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?

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Excerpt:

“When I was younger and working as an apprentice to the Fron leader, Sako, we were sent on a mission here in Vortmore. We were instructed to find a relic hidden somewhere in the Library of Possibilities.

The library was in a distant village, beyond an ancient city of men not too far up ahead.”

“There used to be humans that lived in Vortmore?”

Jacob asked.

“Not just here, but in all the surrounding realms The Fourth Pillar | 139 of Everville. By that time, though, all men had vanished— or were sent away, I should say.”

“Why?” Jacob asked.

“From what I understand, humans, Fron, and all of the other creatures in Everville and the surrounding realms, had lived together for thousands of years.

Humans, though, tended to build small towns in each of the realms and congregate amongst themselves. A few other creatures lived with them, Marmooks and such, but for the most part they preferred doing things their own way.

“One day, one of the tinkerers in the town started blabbering on about how he had figured it out, the answer to everything, the solution to all knowledge, and that he was going to be rich and powerful.

“It turned out that he had just captured one of the eagles, and not just any eagle, this eagle, the same eagle that stood watch over the Portal of Infinite Knowledge, which was housed in the Library of Possibilities. The tinkerer wasn’t able to pass through the portal, but he knew that the eagle had been there since the library was first constructed.

“After a while, one of The Keepers learned that the tinkerer had captured the eagle, and had been torturing it and forcing it to use his beak to chisel bits of knowledge onto slabs of stone. The tinkerer was using the information to learn novel methods, build devices and contraptions, and then selling that expertise to other humans in each of the different realms for a price. All but a few of the humans took part in the deception, in the profit and torture.

“A group of humans told one of The Keepers.

They were allowed to stay in whichever realm they chose. All other humans were transported to Earth, near the Mediterranean Sea. It was said that those who were banished initially made great changes to the human way of life, but without the constant help of the knowledge from the Portal of Infinite Knowledge, that knowledge was lost over time due to war, drought, disease, and superstition. Their fall gave rise to what became known as your Dark Ages.”

Author bio:

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Roy Huff is the award winning author of Amazon’s #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar; InD’Tale Magazine’s Crème de la cover March 2014 winner, Everville: The City of Worms; and Readers’ Favorite 2014 young adult fantasy silver medal winner,

Everville: The Rise of Mallory. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

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Giveaway: Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

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Author:  Bobbi Carducci
Published:  July 26th, 2014
Publisher:   Open Books Press
Genre:  Creative Non-fiction, Memoir
Recommended Age:  13+
Synopsis:
Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law’s odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself – while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy.
A nonfiction that reads like a novel, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, is the story of a real family dealing with one of the fastest growing issues of our day. Caring for seriously ill family members at home. Meet Bobbi Carducci. Laugh, cry and pray with her as she does the hardest job she ever loved.
Every 26 seconds another person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the U.S.
 
Excerpt from Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver:
For fifteen years I’d known him as my gentle, henpecked father-in-law. A man who longed for a little peace and quiet and always seemed eager to please. As saddened as I was by my mother-in-law’s passing, I had believed that living in my home, free from the constant yelling and criticism, he’d come out of his shell and begin to enjoy life.
Sitting in a hospital parking lot so many years later, I was just beginning to discover how very wrong I’d been.
Had he been pretending all these years? Is the real Rodger the one who announced to the nursing staff that I’m useless and no damned good? Does the medicine he takes every day allow him to be himself, or does it mask his true nature? Who is this man who lives in my house and paces the halls late at night? .. .
Where did I go wrong? What did I miss and how can I make sure this doesn’t happen again? Those questions and more went unanswered as I covered the miles between the hospital and home, my mind and body too tired to cope with the guilt I felt at that moment. Despite all my good intentions, I’d let him down.
 
 

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About the Author:
Intrigued by TV doctors, Bobbi Carducci told everyone she was going to be a brain surgeon when she grew up.  When she couldn’t bring herself to cut up a frog in biology class she realized she had to find another way to get inside people’s heads and became a writer instead.
Bobbi was an in home caregiver for her serious ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is the first book in a planned Caregiver series depicting the true stories of people caring for loved ones at home.
Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for the Purcellville Gazette, a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper. Her short stories appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies as well is in print and online magazines.
Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.
For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes regularly on care giving for AgingCare.com and The Caregiver Space.
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Giveaway: Elementals A Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Anthology By Anne L. Parks Annie Rose Welch Lashell Collins Dina Haynes

Elementals

A Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Anthology

By

Anne L. Parks

Annie Rose Welch

Lashell Collins

Dina Haynes

Synopsis

Four sisters wielding the power of the elements.

Four men who have vowed to protect them.

One mother’s quest to destroy them.

Experience the power of love in season.

The Prophecy (Spring):

Escaping from her mother, Gaia, Creator of All, was only the beginning for Aria Spring. Staying hidden will require protection from the one man she doesn’t trust to save anyone but himself. Responsible for breathing new life into the dormant world, Aria is determined to save it, and her elementals sisters from her mother’s vow of destruction.

Disbelieving the tall tales his father and grandfather told when he was a child, Eiden refuses to acknowledge his family’s legacy as Protector of the Spring. The draw to Aria, however, is too great for him to resist, and he finds himself unable to stay away from her. When he sees her powers in action with his own eyes, he can no longer deny the fierce need to protect her – even if it costs him his life.

 


Bayou Bleue (Summer):

Été Munson is the fiery daughter of Gaia, the Creator of All, and the reason why the season of summer exists. But when Gaia decides the Earth is too ominous to keep, her plan sends Été into hiding in the mystical town of Bayou Bleue, Louisiana.

Enter Bear Glenn. A mysterious voyager who has come from Scotland to find Été before Gaia does. As she brings Bear into the Heart of the Swamp, a land filled with Bayou Trolls, Silent People, and the legendary Rougarou, their Fate will be tested, along with their will to survive.


Connected Souls (Fall):

Autumn Munson lives a simple life. As simple as a goddess in hiding can, that is. One of the four Elemental daughters of Gaia, Mother of All, she’s the very embodiment of the fall season. But when Mommy Dearest gets the crazy idea that the Earth must go, Autumn and her sisters scatter into hiding in a last ditch effort to save the world.

William Varian is an ancient soul. An immortal shifter who has been watching over Autumn for longer than she realizes. He holds the secrets to a past that she’s long forgotten – one where they meant everything to each other. But as he fights to keep Autumn safe, will they allow Gaia to use their centuries-old connection to destroy them, or will it prove to be a bond that not even the Mother of All can break?


Cold Awakenings (Winter):

Wynter Munson doesn’t belong in Los Angeles, but what better place to hide a Winter goddess. All that sun won’t melt her frozen heart, though, after the betrayal and loss of her cheating husband.

It’s her darkness that Morpheus is drawn to. He finds the girl of his dreams inside hers. But when the Mother of All threatens Wynter’s son, he must convince her that love not only destroys lives. It can save them too.


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Author Bio’s:

Anne L. Parks:

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Anne L. Parks has spent the last 25 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy – well a man in the Navy – Parks has lived in various places throughout the United States. Now she resides in the Washington D.C. area, and loves every minute. She has four children, and one spoiled German Shepard. 2013 marked her debut in publishing. Her first novel, Strangers, released on her 45th birthday. She was amazed at how many people fell in love with a story about two people dealing with grief, and finding love again. Abby and Bryce were the perfect couple to introduce Parks as an up-and-coming author. Since then, she has published the complete Return To Me series, which includes The Return, Return to Newport, Lauren’s Return, Returning Home, and RSVP: A Christmas Novella. This year, along with the anthology, she plans to publish another short story, along with the Demons trilogy. The first book, Of Demons and Stones, will release in July 2015. Always eager to talk to readers, so find her through the links below and say “hi.”

 

Website: http://www.alparksauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ALParksAuthor/info?tab=page_info

Twitter: https://twitter.com/almparks2012?lang=en

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Annie Rose Welch:

Born and raised in New Orleans, Annie Rose Welch has a habit of shortening her words and telling long stories. She speaks with a southern flair and cooks with it too. At the tender age of twenty-one, she hitched up her wagons (took her first plane ride) and moved out west to the big shake (California). Her writing career began one sleepless night when she imagined a gorgeous woman and a man with maniacal hair floating above her like lightening bugs falling from the sky. Curious about them, their story, and why they were floating around in her head, she sat down and penned (typed) her first novel, Marigny Street. A dream come true for her, she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves a damn good love story, always has, no matter what the genre. She is particularly moved by imperfect love that in its own unique way is perfect, the notion of love at first sight, soul mates, and things that are generally out of the norm. When she’s not writing she enjoys dabbling in photography and finding new, inspirational music to add to her collection. She currently (still) resides in the big shake (although her southern roots are calling her home) with her husband, daughter, and their two peculiar dogs, Boudreaux and Tabasco (who, call her crazy, bark with an accent).

 

Website: http://annierosewelch.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnieRoseWelch

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Lashell Collins:

Lashell Collins is an American author of romantic suspense, paranormal and contemporary romance. She spent the last twenty years of her life working in veterinary clinics and garden centers in her home state of Ohio, and is now living her dream of writing full-time. She loves a good love story, whether she’s watching it on TV, reading it, or writing it. In food terms, she likes to think of her own stories as sweet and spicy – sweet romance with spicy sex scenes! Lashell walks to the beat of her own drum, but that’s okay ’cause she’s got a pretty good sense of rhythm. Basically, she’s a geeky, quirky, laid-back, rocker-loving kinda girl who’s married to a retired cop, motorcycle-riding, bad-boy alpha all her own, and she likes to write about sexy police officers, werewolves and rockstars – or some inventive combination of the three! When she’s not busy tapping away on her laptop and living vicariously through her characters, she can usually be found watching Grimm, rocking out to Slash, stuffing her face full of Chinese food, or riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. Give her a shout, she loves to hear from readers!

 

Website: http://lashellcollins.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LashellCollinsAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LashellCollins?lang=en

Amazon: http://goo.gl/PJ5MXa

Dina Haynes:

Dina Haynes is the pseudonym for an author who has always called the San Francisco Bay Area home, though she currently resides in Southern California. Raised in a single-parent family household with her mother and sister, she aptly refers to it as “the house of estrogen.” And, not to be forgotten, the one male energy that stood out in her upbringing was a pet Pomeranian-mix named Theodore. He is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on in her heart and on the pages. And every dog she harasses on the street.

Website: http://dinahaynes.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/dinahaynow?lang=en

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Sunday Special: Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder

Today I thought I would show you the Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder .

 

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The Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder :

  • SAVE THOUSANDS in Losses and Headaches: What takes seconds to destroy. BE SAFE AND PROTECTED from Electronic Pickpocketing: Safe, Secure, Blocking protection from all RFID scanners and readers
  • ENJOY PREMIUM QUALITY: using High quality stainless steel from top manufacturer.
  • Easy click button for opening and closing,Latches safely and securely when not in use. Polished Stainless design looks shiny.
  • HAVE A PEACE OF MIND when Travelling: It is a must have when on vacations or traveling overseas. great for using on public transportation and crowded places – keep the worry away and be protected all the time.

 

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The best way to protect your cards from identity theft!

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Review:

As someone who has had their identity stolen twice last year, we are trying to do all we can to stop this from happening again. That is one of the reasons I was eager to try this RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder out.

My husband and I like the way it looks and I asked him to be the one to use it because it looked more like him than me. He carries it instead of his wallet and says it doesn’t bother him at all. He likes the way it feels, how solid and light weight it is. It opens easily and stays closed in his pocket. We both feel this was made very well and we feel a little bit safer now that he carries it.

This would make for a great gift for Graduation, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s day and even a Christmas stocking. I did receive this for an unbiased and honest review.

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Giveaway: The Violet Hour by Andrea L. Wells

The Violet Hour (The Violet Hour #1)
Release Date: 05/11/15
Infinity Publishing
309 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival.
Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.

The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the supernatural.
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I sat up and pulled my knees in close to my chest.  Electricity flared in the air as Luke inhaled.
“You know, Logan, you’re not who I expected you to be,” he said, taking a long thought-filled pause.  “I thought the next twelve months were going to be hell living with a California socialite, but you’re pretty amazing.  I guess I owe you an apology.”
“So, it’s a good thing that I’m nothing like you expected?” I asked.
“It’s a really, really good thing.”
As I started to smile back he craned his neck to look away from me.  His eyes focused.  Something black flashed across the road but I was more scared by Luke’s reaction.  The warmth had vanished from Luke in a heartbeat.  The object stopped moving toward us when it got to an opening between the trees.  Even though I could feel Luke’s concern, I leaned forward toward the window, curious.  It was a wolf – a really big wolf, staring directly at us with bright green eyes.  It was close enough I could see quick breaths escape into the crisp rain-drenched air.  I was startled when the engine roared to life.  Luke threw the car into reverse, and I nearly slammed into the dash as the sound of gravel scattered everywhere.  He quickly jockeyed around and pulled back onto the road heading home.  I kept my eyes on the wolf until he was no longer in sight.
“Was that a wolf?” I asked.  Everything happened so quickly, I had to be sure.
“Yes,” he spit.
“I’ve never seen a wolf before – that thing was huge.”
Luke immediately turned to look at me with an expression that I couldn’t begin to read.
“What’s going on?” I pressed, puzzled.
When he looked toward the road and didn’t answer, I knew my question needed to be more specific to get results.
“Why are you freaking out?  It was just a wolf.”  I was worried.  He had gone from warm and comforting to moody and distant over such a small thing and I second-guessed how quickly I had fallen for him.
“Because I need to get you home, it’s getting late,” he muttered, failing to control his tone.
“That doesn’t make any sense, Luke.  I have no curfew and you flaked as soon as you saw the wolf.”
“Wolves are dangerous.”
“We were in the car,” I countered.
“Doesn’t matter.” 
About the Author
The Violet Hour Series has been begging to escape Andrea’s subconscious for more than five years.  Focusing on a wonderful career, handsome husband and two beautiful children by day, she began feverishly penning the series by night.  Now a full-time writer, Andrea debuts The Violet Hour.  Available May 11, 2015.
 
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