Friday, 28 November 2014

REVIEW - THE SUPREMACY BY MEGAN WHITE

Title: The Supremacy
Series: The Supremacy Series
Author: Megan White
Release Date: 7th May 2013

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What would you be willing to sacrifice for a perfect life?
We had lost everything. We were desperate and all looked to our officials to help us, to save us from ourselves.
The Supremacy stepped in, seemingly coming out of nowhere. They were a government constructed task force set up to rebuild life and prosperity. They gave us homes, they gave us food, but they wanted something priceless in return.
We were the beginning, the first batch. We were the testers.


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INITIAL THOUGHTS
I really liked the sound of the blurb. The question right at the beginning "What would you be willing to sacrifice for a perfect life? certainly caught my attention. I do enjoy reading about all the different dystopic societies that authors create.

MY THOUGHTS
I purchased this one from Amazon UK, as I was hunting online for more dystopian books to get lined up to read.
The cover features a possibly sinister looking figure in a long black cloak. The building on the cover reminds me of an old factory or of pictures I have seen of old workhouse buildings. So the cover definitely gives you a spooky kind of feeling, makes the hairs on the back of your neck. The sky on the cover also looks overcast and oppressive, which adds to setting the atmosphere of the book well.
So would the cover make me pick it up from a bookstore shelf? I would if it was on a dystopian shelf. Though I'd be worried that this great book may get overlooked, which is a shame.
The book is set in dystopian/post apocalyptic world. Society has literally fallen apart, food is scarce, criminals run riot, citizens are struggling to stay alive. The Supremacy arrive and send in their Keepers to uphold new rules and regulations that the Supremacy have come up with to rescue everyone from their current state. Initially life seems great, the Keepers make sure everyone has food, a job and healthcare but life is about to take a sinister turn for Erin. Erin is the main female character in the book. Erin lost her mother at a young age, and her father remarries a woman called Corina, who seems to hate Erin and this feeling only increases when Erin's dad dies whilst protesting against the Supremacy, the Keepers and their laws. Corina believes in everything the Supremacy and Keepers say and do. Corina believes her husband a fool for speaking out against them and being executed for doing so. Naturally her feelings toward Erin just deteriorate even more as she believes she is stuck taking care of her.  Erin has tried to stay out of the step mother and classes her only family to be Trent her little brother, the product of her father and Corina's relationship. Erin and her father have always talked about her mother and that is probably why Corina resents Erin so much. The only other true friend whom Erin treats more like family is John. They have grown up together and survived together during the hardships of the new government. Food etc is scarce, the Keeper's give just enough to stave off starvation but not enough to be strong and healthy. As if the citizens were stronger and healthier they may rebel. Anyone that commits a crime or speaks out against the Keepers is either killed on the spot or is subjected to a slow long painful death of starvation. Erin witnessed her fist public execution at the age of 7 so life under the Keepers is a harsh and at times cruel world. The Keepers are wanting to bring in some new rules which say once a child reaches the age of 5 years old that they are taken away to be tested to determine what their career path will be. Before this new initiative can be implemented it is decided that all the tests will first be tested out on older children. They decide to target teenagers. Orders are given from the government/ head of the Keepers that all teenagers are to report to the main square and they are to be taken away, tested and "trained". Obviously as her father was a defector against the government, or Keepers as they are called, Erin is highly suspicious. It turns out she has every right to feel this way, as there is no choice about going to be tested. Once all the teens are in the square they are told to board the transport bus to take them to their new home. Erin notices the icy blue stare that one of the Keepers has, he seems to have singled her out for "special treatment" and she wonders if that is a good of bad thing. Upon arrival at the new testing establishment all the teenagers are fitted with a tracking device. So even if they could escape over the high walls and fences, they wouldn't get far due to the tracking device. The teenagers are then split into smaller groups and held in cold, dark, damp cells.
I don't want to go into much more detail as I think it would spoil the way the plot unfurls as you read it.
The conditions the teens are kept in are even harsher, with restricted access to water and food than before. The Keepers are basically "testing" different things on them. It seems the teenagers have something quite valuable that the Keepers want. The numbers in Erin's cell get rapidly dwindle. The initial "we are all in this together attitude soon changes to everyone just looking out for themselves. The only person to be taken out of the cell and then returned is Erin. I liked that even in the depths of despair Erin thought about the other teens around her and tried to help despite the punishment she would have to endure when the Keepers found out. Erin makes friends with a younger child that has somehow ended up in the same cell as her. Erin cannot resist comforting the child even though those around her insist doing so will get them all into to trouble. Erin becomes so weak and is almost beginning to think she is going to die when a very unlikely rescuer removes her from the cell. She is told she holds the very key within her that can bring down the Keepers and the government. Erin is eager to bring down the government and put an end to their harsh rules and regulations, but can she trust the Keeper with the icy blue eyes?
Just when Erin feels like she has a role to play and is beginning to think everything that has happened to her has been for a reason and a greater good her world is once again turned upside down. Is this the final straw for her fragile mind and body?
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I was certainly drawn in and hooked on the plot. There's plenty of twists, turns things you don't expect.
Would I recommend the book? Yes, its an interesting read.
Would I want to read another book in this series? There is so much more to learn about the Keepers, and we need to know if Erin is successful or even survives. So yes please!
Would I want to read other books written by this author? The descriptions within the book are detailed, and the plot is engrossing. It's really "different". It's not a "normal dystopian/post apocalyptic" read. Some parts of the book reminded me a little of Emily McKays's The Farm.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

PROMOTION & BOOK TRAILER - SOUND OF SIRENS - TALES OF SKYLGE BY JEN MINKMAN

The setting of Tales of Skylge is loosely based on the Dutch island of Terschelling, or Schylge in the island’s dialect. Although the names and places in this book will sound very familiar to people living on the island, the characters and events are, of course, entirely fictitious in nature.

Title: Sound Of Sirens
Series: Tales Of Skylge
Author: Jen Minkman
Release Date: 28th November 2014

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An ancient land protected by a Tower of Light,
its people ever tempted by Siren song,
and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.


On the island of Skylge, electricity is only for the Currents – the rich ruling class who once came from across the sea and brought the holy fire of St. Brandan to Skylge. Ever since, the light in the Brandaris Tower has protected the islanders. Heeding the Siren's call will drown your body and steal your soul, but the sacred light in the Tower will chase the merfolk away.

When Skylger girl Enna welcomes her brother back from a long sea voyage, he gives her a special present from the mainland – an electronic record only playable on a Current device. The problem is that Royce Bolton, Current heartthrob and the town’s most gifted pianist, wants it too. After she stubbornly refuses to sell the LP featuring his favorite artist, he suggests sharing the record by secretly meeting up in his private summer house. Taken aback yet thrilled, Enna agrees – and discovers that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Current society and the history of Skylge. Why do the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves up to the sea? And where does the Currents’ monopoly on electricity really come from? 

While struggling with these questions, Enna begins to fall for Royce, risking everything to be with a guy who is clearly wrong for her. She will learn that the sound of Sirens isn’t the most treacherous thing out there to haunt her dreams.


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

BLOG TOUR - REHAB IS FOR WITCHES ANTHOLOGY

Title: Rehab Is For Witches Anthology
Authors: Cynthia Valero, Elle J Rossi, J.A. Howell, Miranda Stork, 
                   Tara S Wood, Y Tyffani Clark Kemp 
Publisher: Sidestreet Cookie Publishing      
Release Date: 31st October 2014

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Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest. The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.
Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.
Little Raven is a town…for witches.
And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.
We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable.
We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her.
We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves.
We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs.
We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.
But this is just the start. There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.

The Authors & Titles-
Tara S. Wood - A Trunk Full of Peril
Tyffani Clark Kemp - A Diary Full of Names
Cynthia Valero - A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes
Miranda Stork - A Closet Full of Demons
J. A. Howell - A Basement Full of Secrets
Elle J Rossi - A Suitcase Full of Revenge


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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
&
TOP FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS!


Miranda Stork
I'm Miranda Stork, and I'm addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that's another issue - no interventions, please.
I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire [Ooo small world I live in West Yorkshire!], spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven't got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I've wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.

Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, "Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE." So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there's some nasty paranormal creatures where we're going), eat the cookie with 'eat me' tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork…

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TOP FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS

*Note: (I don’t know if these should be in any order or not, so these aren’t, really.)

ONE
Prehistory! Yeah, I know it sounds boring. I love prehistory though, and I’m currently studying to become a museum curator. There’s something magical and mysterious about all these people who came before us, but we know next to nothing about them, even though their actions shaped the world we live in now. Figuring it all out is a bit like plotting a book, so it’s not so different to writing.

TWO
My laptop – I couldn’t do ANYTHING without my laptop. I have all my work, all my secret Christmas gift lists, and all those useless ‘favourites’ stored that I always forget to look at for crafty stuff.

THREE
Pizza – I believe there is nothing more delicious in the world than a proper thin-crust (I hate deep-pan) margarita, tomato and basil pesto pizza. If I was only allowed to eat one food in the whole world, this would be it.

FOUR
It’s not a ‘thing’, exactly, but my friends and family. It sounds like a sappy answer, but it’s the truth; they really are up there on my favourite things (or people, rather). I’m really close to my close family, and we can talk about anything – same as my close friends, really, who are more like an extended family of mine. 

FIVE
Rainy afternoons and evenings – I love autumn for the rain (well, I love autumn, really!), as it means you can go outside in a fresh, cold wind and rain wrapped up in your coat and splash in puddles like a child, then come home to a warm house, hot chocolate, and a marathon of your favourite movies or TV shows. (And maybe pizza – that would really complete it!)
Tara S. Wood
Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

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TOP FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS

Hmmm…this is a hard one.
ONE
Books. Of course. I am a reader and a writer. I love all types of books. Fiction. Non-fiction, biographies…the whole kit and kaboodle. There’s something magical that happens between the pages of a book, and it’s a feeling I’ve never quite gotten over. And all kinds, too. Print, ebook, audio. Just bring me a book. And a nice cup of tea.

TWO
Anything British. I am an unashamed Anglophile. There is a tiny Union Jack flying in my heart at all times. Visiting the UK is on my bucket list, and I’m fairly certain that if I was given the opportunity to emigrate, I would take it.

THREE
Cooking. I love to cook. I love to feed people. It is a tangible expression of love. And if  you leave my house hungry, it’s your own fault.

FOUR
My circle of writing friends. It’s taken a bit to cultivate them (if I could grow them in a greenhouse, I would), but I’ve managed to garner the love and support of a fair few talented people who are simply wonderful. A few of them have even burrowed so far into my heart they’ve become family. Literary brothers and sisters who make this journey worthwhile. They are truly amazing.

FIVE
The untold story. Not a thing, per se, but a concept. One that keeps me going. This fevered little brain of mine is constantly dreaming up tales. I have a to-be-written list that rivals U.S. tax law, both in its length and complexity. My estimate is that I will be finished with writing all of them twelve years after I’m dead.

Elle J. Rossi
Elle J Rossi is a writer of Dark Paranormal and Fantasy Romance. Overly fond of the happily ever after, Elle lets her characters take control as they lead her down dark and twisted paths on their haunting journey toward love.

When not writing, you'll more than likely catch her hanging with her husband, two kids and a cat who truly does rule the roost, or stealing the mic from her friends as the duel over country karaoke.

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ONE
Music. Specifically country music. Raised on it and still love it. Something about it speaks to my soul. I think it’s because it’s so authentic.

TWO
Coffee. Buckets of it. All day long. The flavor, the aroma, the experience. All of it.

THREE
Books. I’m actually a pretty eclectic reader. From paranormal to literary fiction to comic books. Reading is such an escape from the real world. It’s a stress reliever, not to mention inspiring!

FOUR
Moonshine drinkin’ and tailgate singin’. Sometimes literally. I love to hang out with my friends, drive around in old trucks while singing as loud as we can.

FIVE
Nashville, TN. Best town out there. ‘Nuf said.

Cynthia Valero
Cynthia Valero is an award-winning author of three paranormal romance novels and two anthologies written with Beth Ciotta as CB Scott. Her newest solo novella, A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes, is one of six dark and edgy stories in the anthology, Rehab is for Witches. A student of Natalie Goldberg, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Writers Studio, Cynthia is currently writing a rich tale of forbidden love and deadly feuds set off the coast of 1904 America. You can visit her on Facebook at Cynthia Valero Books or at cynthiavalero.com.

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ONE
Hugging my son. Because there is nothing like feeling that little body, those baby ribs and shoulders, beneath your arm, safe, cuddly, and warm. And he’s still of the age where he lets me hug him whenever I want.

TWO
When a story hits its stride. Because it’s like slogging up the side of a mountain. You can’t see the top, but you have the faith that it’s there, and if you just keep climbing, you’ll reach it. Then eventually you can see the top, and it’s exhilarating because now you know you’re going to make it and you only made it because you kept climbing, when so many times you wanted to stop.

THREE
Hot fudge sundaes. Because ice cream. Hot fudge. Whipped cream. Cherry.

FOUR
Adult play dates. Because they’re not just for children. I adore talk and drinks and tomfoolery with friends as much as my five-year-old. Except that my talk is a little edgier, my drinks a little stronger, and the tomfoolery, well … he might have me beaten there. That’s why I need more adult play dates.

FIVE
The weekend. Because it’s the weekend. Home. Family. Possibilities.

J.A. Howell
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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Youtube
Amazon Author Page

ONE
Audiobooks. Lately I’m obsessed with them. I listen to them in the car, on the way to work, while walking around. Though it has to be a really good narrator that can portray the characters and emotions in the book though. Also, being dyslexic I tend to find it easier to follow along by listening. When I read a lot of times I have to re-read the same page or paragraph multiple times.

TWO
Animals. I love my animals. Both our forever family members and our fosters. My doggies are able to read my emotions and without saying a word can make a bad day better with some cuddles.

THREE
Good beer. I love trying new beers. Current favorite that I recently discovered is Magner’s Irish Cider.

FOUR 
Irish and Scottish culture. Not sure when they became my muse but I love my Irish and Scottish characters. My family asked me why I don’t write about Italians since I am one. I just like their accents better. ;)

FIVE

Writing of course! Nothing beats the feeling of creating a new world, new characters, and new mischief for them to get into.

Tyffani Clark Kemp

Tyffani Clark Kemp might be the quietest person in the room, but that just means she’s probably the biggest freak too. She is a multi-genre author with a gift for the written word and a desire to help all Indies reach their full potential. In 2012, she and her best friend Kimberly Fudge started SideStreet Cookie Publishing for authors who want to remain independent, but don’t have the time or the knowledge to do it all themselves. From the age of eleven she dedicated her life to writing and making sure she was good at her craft. Now, she passes that knowledge on to others. Her friends would describe her as determined and giving. She may be quite, but she always has a story to tell.

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Facebook
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TOP FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS

ONE
My Fiance

TWO
Writing

THREE
Reading

FOUR
Shirtless male models or chocolate

FIVE
Chewy sour candies



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - FRAGILE REIGN BY STACEY O'NEALE

Title: Fragile Reign
Series: Mortal Enchantment Bk#3
Author: Stacey O'Neale 
Release Date: 25th November 2014

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It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. 



Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?

Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.

Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.


Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

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EXCERPT ONE

#1 Rowan

After Marcus left, the lack of sleep and overuse of my power had finally caught up to me. My lids were heavy, making it hard to keep my eyes open. I laid down on the nearest bed, sinking into the softness of the vanilla scented pillows. I could rest here until tomorrow, and then meet Kalin on the beach at sundown. As I closed my eyes, I imagined her in that sexy sundress with the ocean breeze wafting through her red curls. My lips tingled remembering the raspberry taste of her kisses. With all this craziness going on, she was the one thing that made sense. The only person who could make me forget about everything for a little while.
Kalin was the one I wanted. The only one I needed. I shook my head. What was wrong with me? It was too soon to be thinking about this stuff, right? It had only been a few weeks. And what did I know about real feelings, anyway? Had it not been for Marcus, I would never even know what it felt like to care for someone. Love was never part of my life. My mother thought love was a weakness—a totally worthless emotion compared to power and control. 
But that still didn’t explain how I was feeling. Why everything seemed better when Kalin was around. Why my fingers ached to touch her. Why her pain shattered me to the core. I put my hands over my face. Or, maybe the lack of sleep was making me delusional. With a smirk, I gave in to the darkness that was overwhelming me and fell asleep.


EXCERPT TWO

#5 Kalin

Being betrothed totally sucked. Having powers I couldn’t control sucked. Not being able to help my ailing father sucked. Pretty much everything about my life right now sucked on an epic level of suckage. I forced a smile as I stood beneath the stone archway next to the council members, pretending to be excited to meet Sebastian. The same way I pretended not to notice my decisions were being made for me. Like everything in my life wasn’t out of control and falling to pieces right in front of me.
The mountain wind caught hold of the bottom trim of my yellow full-length gown. I pushed it back down with my gloved hands. The council insisted that our first meeting was to be a formal affair, so I had to dress like I was going to a prom. Ariel, of course, tried to make the best of it. She thought a princess makeover might improve my mood. Unfortunately, all of her efforts combined with the way-too-tight bodice on this gownjust added to my overall disdain.
After speaking with Dad, we decided it was best for him to keep Mom away from all of this. At the moment, I had to go along with the engagement. I was hoping I could gain my akasha powers and never have to tell her about this whole disaster. Although I understood Dad’s motives, I was still pissed that he never told me about the betrothal. There should have been a discussion between us. Lots and lots of them until he saw my side and then changed his mind. An overwhelming sense of despair lingered in the pit of my stomach. If I couldn’t ignite my akasha powers, would I really have to follow through with this and marry a stranger?