Thursday, 30 July 2015

RELEASE BLITZ - THE RINGER's MASQUERADE BOX SET BY SARAH J PEPPER

Title: Ringmaster's Masquerade Bks#1, #2, & #3
Series: Ringmaster's Masquerade
Author: Sarah J Pepper
Release Date: 30th July 2015

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Secrets can kill. I know theirs. They created us. But they can't control him.

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The Ringer's Masquerade features all three full length novels in the series. 
Devil's Lullaby, Death's Melody and Angel's Requiem. 
Sebastian's world is laced with inconvenient truths; mine is saturated with sweet, beautiful lies. He promises me nothing of a happy ending. Even so, the demonic spawn with an angelic voice derails my only reason for existence, but still I can’t tear my gaze away from him. His haunting stare penetrates my very being, revealing my secrets, fears, and desires. My name rolls off his tongue, tempting me to take exactly what I hungered for. Him. My curiosity will certainly be my undoing—but then again, death is inevitable….For he reveals the Ringer's most guarded secrets—secrets they kill to keep.


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Title: Devil's Lullaby
Series: The Ringer's Masquerade
Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Release Date: 15th May 2013

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The countdown to my death has begun... Created by the unorthodox hospital known as the Ringer, Catherine's fated to die on her next birthday. As a soulless spawn, her only purpose for existence is to be the perfect organ donor for her terminal progenitor. Although they have never met, an unexplainable bond ties their lives together forever. Catherine waits patiently for death, until Sebastian gives her a taste of something more, something worth fighting for. The uncontrollable, consuming passion they share begins to grow dangerous as he reveals the Ringer's most guarded secrets - secrets they'd kill to keep.


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Title: Death's Melody
Series: The Ringer's Masquerade
Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Release Date: 15th May 2013

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A fate worse than death…
All of Catherine’s dreams ended with her progenitor’s sacrifice and the loss of her beloved. Surrounded by a scornful family and friendships built upon lies, she’s never felt more alone. The Ringer denies her plea to be an organ donor yet monitors her relentlessly. She is unable to live a life free of the hospital’s control. Her future unravels as disturbing questions arise and hidden lies surface. However,what’s even more troubling than the Ringer’s dangerous secrets are the torturous punishments they deliver to those who defy them.


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Title: Death's Melody
Series: The Ringer's Masquerade
Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Release Date: 15th May 2013

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What was a life worth? It couldn't be measure as currency or in time, yet it was priceless. The man I loved saved his brother’s life by giving his own. Countless others benefited from his death when his organs were harvested. The recipients still had their dreams. Their families were not torn apart because of disease. His life was measured by the number of breaths each recipient took. Closing my eyes, I could still hear his voice, encouraging me to be strong. 
"The Ringer created miracles," I said. My voice wavered. The pain harbored in my broken soul threatened to stop me from speaking the truth, as I saw it. “They gave me my best friend…and then they killed him."

Abide by the Ringer’s masquerade or suffer the consequences…

Renowned as the Ringer’s medical miracle and a politician’s daughter, Catherine is pulled into a bureaucratic conflict. Battle lines are clearly drawn. Sebastian firmly believes the truth must be told, while James relentlessly promotes the hospital’s practices. She must choose to speak her voice and unveil the Ringer’s wickedness, or play by their rules to insure nothing unfortunate happens to her loved ones. The Ringer might not kill her, but they threaten to tear her life apart, one spawn at a time.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, 
bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

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RELEASE SPOTLIGHT - AWAKE BY NATASHA PRESTON

Title: Awake
Author: Natasha Preston
Genre: YA, Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 4th August 2015

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Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.


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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

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BOOK BLITZ - DANGEROUS GAMES - SECRETS & LIES BY D'ANN BURROW

Title: Dangerous Games
Series: Secrets & Lies
Author: D'Ann Burrow
Cover Design by: Okay Creations
Publisher: Three Owl Press
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 28th September 2015

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Kennedy Thatcher is leaving Piney Bluff, Texas. In September, she wanted nothing more than to go back home to California, but things have changed.
Two weeks ago
Kennedy broke Rule #1. She used her gift to save a life. Her secret is no longer secret. Her mother once tried to warn her – using her ability was dangerous. No one could know what she could do. Now Kennedy is paying the price.
Two days ago
Tanner Shields helped Kennedy rescue a friend by skipping school and driving to New Orleans. His entire future is at risk when he’s benched during the most important football game of his life. He’s lost the chance for a scholarship and a way out of town.
Two hours ago
Kennedy made a bargain to save Tanner’s future. When she agrees to return home with her father, she’s forced to ask herself the most important question of all – who can she trust?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m a fan of things that go bump in the night—at least I like to read and write about them. I write both Young Adult and New Adult romances, frequently with a paranormal twist. (No vampires or werewolves allowed…I see enough of them when I watch The Vampire Diaries, and can any other vampire really compare with Damon Salvatore?)

My preschool teachers began to worry a bit when I said that I wanted to be a witch when I grew up and my favorite color was black. Thankfully, my imagination still gets a good workout when I write about the secrets people keep. And don’t we all have a few secrets?

When I grow up, my dream is to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.

I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marshal Lyon Literary Agency.


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REST OF THE SERIES SO FAR
Title: Playing By The Rules
Series: Secrets and Lies
Author: D'Ann Burrow
Release Date: 29th January 2015

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Piney Bluff, Texas. The absolute last place seventeen-year-old Kennedy Thatcher wanted to spend the last few weeks of summer vacation. But when her father's work means he has to disappear, she ends up living with her aunt in the middle of nowhere.

Some secrets are good.

Kennedy wants to go home, especially before she breaks Rule #1 - Never tell.

Some secrets are bad.

Kennedy has a gift, even though she calls it a curse. She's a Finder. She can find anyone…any time…anywhere. But using the gift comes with a price.

Some secrets are deadly.

Kennedy's dad is tracking a serial killer who has just chosen a new victim. The girl is still alive, at least for now. Kennedy could find her, but that would mean breaking the most important rule of all.

Will Kennedy make the choice to change her life forever?


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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

COVER REVEAL - THE AFFILIATE - THE ASCENSION SERIES BY K.A. LINDE

Title: The Affiliate
Series: The Ascension Series
Author: K.A. Linde
Publisher: Inkslinger PR
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: 15th September 2015

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On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.
Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...
King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.


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“It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason.
“Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.”
When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond.
“She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…”
Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze.
“Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire.
Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.”
“And do you think that?”
“I…”
“Yes?” he asked, stepping closer.
“I think you have your queen,” she breathed.

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USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series.  As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books.  She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on.  She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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SERIES PROMOTION - THE VIRTUOUS FEATS OF THE INDOMITABLE MISS TRAFALGAR AND THE ERUDITE LADY BOONE - TRAFALGAR & BOONE BY GEONN CANNON

Welcome to the world of Trafalgar and Boone, a world where airships battled in a Great War that was fought by soldiers who utilized magic and summoned monsters to do their bidding, a world that they must defend by working together to stop an evil far greater than either of them could ever have imagined.

Title: The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite                     Lady Boone.
Series: Trafalgar & Boone
Author: Geonn Cannon
Genre: Steampunk
Release Date: 1st September 2015

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In 1899, a secret society tried to use a young woman to bring an ancient evil into the world. Twenty years later they will return to finish the job.

After the Great War, London is settling once more into the gentle routine of peacetime. The airships that once protected England's coast now ferry people back and forth across the Thames, the magically-inclined are free to return to their normal work, and those who seek treasures left behind by ancient civilizations are again free to explore. Dorothy Boone shunned a life of luxury to follow in her grandmother's footsteps by uncovering the mysteries of "the worlds that came before ours." When a package explodes upon delivery to Lady Boone's townhouse, she is drawn into an unlikely alliance with her nemesis, Trafalgar of Abyssinia, to find the culprit.

They soon find themselves unraveling a plot that has left many of their allies dead and the rest in fear for their lives. A group of treasure hunters with a fiendish plot to take over England has begun eliminating its competition in order to fund an expedition to retrieve the last item they need for a summoning that will bring an ancient evil into our world. With no one else to trust, Trafalgar and Boone must put aside their differences and forge a partnership to stop their mutual enemy. If they fail, a world that still bears the scars of the Great War will be once again thrown into turmoil.


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What made you decide to write a book in the Steampunk genre?
 I love steampunk! I think my first real exposure to it was probably Cherie Priest's novel "Boneshaker", but the love really set in with a SyFy series called Sanctuary. It had a kickass heroine who used cool gadgets to fight creatures from the Victorian age until today. The idea of a woman brought up in a very proper society running around and chasing monsters really made me want to explore that genre.

Do you have the whole Trafalgar & Boone series planned out now or is it still a work in progress? Do you know how many books there will be in this series?
 I try not to plan it out too much. I know a few things that will happen later on, but I want to leave room for the next book to surprise me. I don't know how many books there will be! At least two at this point. ;)

Who/What/How did you get your ideas for your Trafalgar & Boone Series?
 I actually talked about this in the dedication! I had a dream that was either really short, or I only remembered a snippet of it when I woke up. Two women got onto an elevator with a man. They were all bloody, muddied, and beaten up. Their clothes were torn and they were completely dissheveled. The women looked at each other and started to laugh, and the man just rolled his eyes at them as the doors closed. I knew their names were Trafalgar and Boone. I mentioned it on Twitter and, with the help of three friends, I formed the basis for the novel.

Did you have to any of research for the Trafalgar & Boone Series? If so what/how did you do it?
 Oh, so much of all kinds. The 1920s Dorothy and Trafalgar inhabit is different from ours (airships and magic are commonplace) so I can squirm by on a few of the facts there, but there's research for the artifacts they seek out and the creatures they discover, etc. Google is your friend! ;)

How long did it take you to write The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone in comparison to an individual book from one of your other book series?
 It took about a month (just over, actually) for the first draft, and then probably another week for editing and revisions. That's a little longer than normal for me, due to the research required to get everything right so I wouldn't have to go back and fiddle with it.

Will there be any novella’s as part of the Trafalgar & Boone Series?
 There already are, in a way! I've written a handful of shorter stories featuring Dorothy and Trafalgar (and their friends, rogues, and allies), but those stories aren't part of the overall novel series. Dorothy meets Trafalgar in a completely different way, they have a different first adventure, and a completely different arc than they have in the novel. Same characters, different road.

How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone Series? Who designed the Cover of your books? Did the same designer do all of your other series too?
 The title grew from a desire to invoke penny dreadfuls and dime novels, the kind of popular fiction that would have been around in the time the novel takes place. "The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde," and "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe," and "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders" get shortened to just the character names for convenience. I thought it would be fun to mimic that style to give the novel a bit more flair from the very beginning.
 The covers are designed by a variety of people (Heidi DeCausemaker has done the vast majority), but I wanted something special for this novel. Again, to bring to mind penny dreadfuls with covers that were almost like movie posters. I knew that it would have to be something that was actually drawn, so I found an artist named Rita Fei who does simply marvelous work. Hopefully we can get her for future T&B covers!

Which character would you choose to be in the Trafalgar & Boone series and why?
 Tough question, but out of this book I think I would want to be Beatrice Sek. She gets to go on all the adventures Dorothy goes on, plus she can do magic. Gotta love that!

Are the character names and place names decided after creation? or do you pick a character/place name and then invent their personality/traits?
 A lot of times it's a bit 60/40. I'll have the idea for a character, then name them, and then let them figure out who they are from there. Trafalgar and Boone, like I said, came from the dream. But characters like Riley Parra and Claire Lance got their names first and everything built up from there. Giving the character a name and casting them helps me form them in my head (I cast all of my novels, but I try not to share too much so people can come up with their own ideas. In one novel I cast a brunette, and someone told me they saw the character as a blonde).

Are there any plans for the characters from your other series to feature in the Trafalgar & Boone series?
 Never say never! But it would be tough with this one, since it takes place in such a different world (and a different time frame) than the other things I write. It would be hard to explain how Claire Lance ended up in London fifty years before she was born. ;) Most of my novels do exist in a semi-shared universe, however. Almost all of my standalone novels take place in what I call the “Squire’s Isle Universe,” with characters crossing over here and there. Underdogs takes place in a world separate from Squire’s Isle. And the “Radiation Canary Universe” bridges the Squire’s Isle and Underdogs worlds (Radiation Canary exists in both, but the two are separate from each other). It can get complicated.

Which of the book series you have written is your favourite? And why is it your favourite?
 Hard to say, but I think it has to be Underdogs. I love the characters, I love their evolution, and it’s fun seeing what they get up to in every book. My past series (Riley Parra and Claire Lance), I set up a clear ending after five books. I figured that was a good place to end any series. After five, you start getting unwieldy and bloated with backstory, so it just seemed right to give them an ending rather than stringing readers along. With Underdogs, I wanted to keep them alive, so I decided the series would be made up of arcs. Books 1, 2, and 3 have a distinct arc that comes to a satisfying conclusion. Then with book 4, you can jump in with no foreknowledge and enjoy it just as much.
 I also love it because it came so close to not existing. I wrote the first short story with the characters as a sort of obligation to a website for Halloween. I wrote a few more stories because they were fun, but then I put it on a shelf for almost six months before I decided to go back and see if there was anything there. I’m so glad I did!

If you had to choose to be a character from any of your series, which would you be and why?
 I keep harping on Underdogs, but I’d be Ariadne Willow. The ability to turn into a wolf at any time? Absolutely! Plus she lives in Seattle, has a cool job, and her girlfriend is sexy. What’s not to love? ;)

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