Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Blitz: Steamborn by Eric Asher

Steamborn by Eric Asher 
(Steamborn, #1) 
Publication date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult


Jacob, a tinker’s apprentice and sometime thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by the city walls. These towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at bay, but the monsters move higher into the peaks every year. More and more, they breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.

A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may not be natural. With help from Jacob’s closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one of the city’s elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.

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Jacob ran. He heard the shouts of the market guards as they chased him through the muddy cobblestone streets of Ancora. Their armor gave away their position as the metal plates clanged together and their boots fell heavy on the stones.
“There!” a guard said.
Jacob dove under a peddler’s table, scattering rugs and crates as the woman hissed at him to run faster. Jacob grinned when he realized the peddler was rooting for him and not the guards. The armored guards would never be able to dip under the thick stone tables that rested across the ancient troughs. They’d have to go around, or over, and Jacob knew their armor was too heavy for that.
“Get back here, you Lowland maggot!”
Jacob glanced back. The enraged armored forms were momentarily frozen in front of the brightly colored tents and tables before Jacob vanished down an alley. They could still catch him on the next street if he wasn’t careful, or if he wasn’t fast enough.
Something sizzled in a large metal pot near the last stall he sprinted past, and for a moment, Jacob wished it were food in his pocket instead of the loot he’d been lucky to take. He slid around the corner of an old brick house with a tiled roof and slipped into a narrow alley most people never would have noticed. The Highborn guards, used to the wide streets behind the city wall, didn’t have a chance of tracking Jacob through the maze of dim back alleys.
He eased farther into the shadowed space as the shouts and curses of the guards grew louder and then faded as they passed him by. He caught a glimpse of the polished silver armor as two of the men rushed onward. None of them glanced at the small alley. Jacob smiled and felt his pockets. Still there, his fingers met the reassuring bumps of his prize. He forgot the smell of food as he imagined finishing the pistons he’d built with Charles for the new boiler. With a good cushion, they could run for hours, or more. They’d just have to—
“Jacob Arthur Anders,” a voice said from behind him, deeper in the alley.
Jacob spun, knocking his elbow on an uneven brick in the wall and cursing as he stumbled back a step. “Alice! What are you doing here?”
Alice leaned forward, her gray wool dress barely clearing the wet ground. Her red hair hung in curls, brushing her shoulder as she looked down at Jacob’s hand and frowned. She raised her eyes to meet his, and he could still tell they were blue, even in the dim light of the alley. “What did you steal now?”
“What are you talking about?”
“You have your hand over your pocket.” The amount of accusation in her voice startled him. Alice pointed at his hand and said, “You only do that when you’re hiding something.”
“None of your business,” he said, squaring his shoulders and standing up as straight as he could. It left him a fraction of an inch taller than Alice.

“Oh, I think it is my business,” she said.


Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Author Spotlight/Interview: Sharon Hamilton

Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense since the end of 2012.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun. Honeymoon Bite, Book 1 of the Golden Vampires of Tuscany Series, has earned the Amazon designation of #1 Gothic Romance. It and Book 2 in the series, Mortal Bite are both available on audio as well.

Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class. All three books in this popular series are also in print and audio formats.

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Interview With Sharon

What is your favorite writing snack?

I drink lots of coffee when I’m editing. I drink wine or water or margaritas when I’m writing.

Apples, celery, carrots. I stay away from chips or cheese or salty things when I’m writing,
Because sitting in one place for so long makes me retain water, so I avoid those foods.

If I’m frustrated, M&Ms and Junior Mints or milk chocolate bars.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

Kind of a hybrid. I plot out loosely, not chapter by chapter. I know where the arc of the
Story is going. I do sometimes change it.

What are your must have writing accessories?

Scented candles, good spa music, or movie soundtracks (no words).
My favorites are Secret Garden, Two Steps From Hell, Ritual Cello, Paul Cardel
(Now playing The Martian soundtrack all the time) – Thomas Bergensen,
and I often play the same track all day while I get through certain scenes. 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Most the problems of being a writer go away if you keep writing,
Along with keep learning. Great idea to switch editors if you want a good licking.
Being a successful writer is a marathon, not a sprint. Others may pass you up
Temporarily, but you want long sustained growth to achieve your financial goals.
Make sure you stay connected with your readers, other authors, but don’t be
Running after each new fad.

If you could work with any author who would it be? 

I’d like a day with E.L. James, JR Ward, Diana Gabaldon, talking plotting, writer
Strategy. Bella Andre and Barbara Freethy too for unstoppable business sense.

How did you come up with The Guardian series?  

My house burned down in 2008. It was the worst time for us financially, too. There
Was a slowdown in my principle business, real estate, and we had lots of hurdles to
Go through with the insurance, the county for our rebuild and our lender, who was in
The process of being taken over by the Feds. A few other more personal things also
Happened. I kept feeling the presence of Guardian Angels, like there were angels
All around me, protecting me.

And then I wondered what it would look, taste, feel like to be a guardian who fell in
Love with her human charge? What if he was a gorgeous Brazilian painter tormented
By a dark angel? What if a guardian longed to be human? I began writing on December 15, 2008
And finished a rough draft of this book by January 15th 2009. That was Heavenly Lover,
And it finaled under another name in several contests, but the first one, surprisingly, was
An erotica contest, and within 6 months I had a small press contract I turned down. I
Realized two things: I could write and finish a story and still love it after 57 rewrites, and
I could write decent sex scenes.

Out of all the characters you've written who is your favorite? 

I always fall in love with the hero I’m writing at the time. I think T.J. Talbot is still my favorite (SEAL’s Promise), although I’m still a little hung up on Jameson Daniels from Nashville SEAL.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? 

Can I help you sell audio books?

In my opinion, there aren’t enough review sites and Audio book reviewers. There are some, but because they are so few and far between, these sometimes “hold court” and others only review for audio publishers. There are millions of Audio listeners, and growing every day. Many people of foreign tongues listen to English audio books. I would love discussions on audio listening, meet other audio fans.

What are you working on now?

Just completed Nashville SEAL. Will be working on True Navy Blue series, a novella for Fredo in The SEAL Brotherhood series, and then the next Band of Bachelors. My next full-length book won’t come out now until 2016.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I value and cherish the interaction I get to have with readers. Would love to stay connected, but the only way I can do that now is to send out a Newsletter. I have a wonderful website at: which has links to all my books, audio books, snippets, interviews. I blog every Sunday on my personal blog, and once a month on two other group blogs. I’m always available for a character interview, or bloggers can repost my blog posts at any time and use them. Make sure you send me the link so I can promote you too.

I have an active street team, and am accepting new people, but not writers or would-be writers, please. We all do support each other, but I’m growing my team of bloggers and readers, mainly.

If you like to beta read, and read Romantic Suspense, Military Romance or Paranormal, be sure to contact me.

I get to live the life of my dreams because I write for you guys, the readers. Without
You, I wouldn’t have a job. So, thank you for making the decision to buy my books and audios.

Love to you all, and have a wonderful Holiday Season. Stay safe. If you see something, say something, PLEASE. Let’s take some of the pressure off our vets.


Claire, an unconventional Guardian angel sent to save a sexy Brazilian-born painter from killing himself, discovers Daniel has been preyed upon by a powerful dark angel posing as his best friend and agent. Although successful in saving Daniel’s life, Claire is in danger of losing her own when attraction to her handsome charge blooms into a forbidden love.

The dark angel offers her what she’s only dared to dream about—an eternity with Daniel. Will she sacrifice her soul, or sacrifice a lifetime with a man she knows she was created to love?

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Joshua Brandon, a legendary and powerful rogue dark angel, meets a human woman whose soul he cannot take, and finds something he has not experienced before: love. At the same time, a new director comes to power in the Underworld, who asks for a test of Josh's loyalty by delivering this very woman to him. 

Melanie Worthington is back among the living, after reeling from the suicide of a close friend. She has no idea she is to become the pawn between two powerful dark angels, one who would command her as his personal concubine, and the other who would set her free. 

Will their love survive the battle between the two dark angels, or will Joshua risk his own immortal life to protect the woman he loves? 

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Audray has just assumed the title as first-ever Queen of the Underworld. As she attempts to consolidate her rule, characters from the past threaten to destroy her and the love she shares with Jonas Starling, a 300-year old dark angel. When she discovers she has been the recipient of a miracle, suddenly their whole immortal lives are changed forever. Will they survive the coming war or get snagged in the power struggle over not only the underworld, but the human world as well? 

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Book Blitz: There We’ll Be by Alla Kar

There We’ll Be by Alla Kar 
(Together, #3) 
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 27th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Respect your elders.

Stay off Sawyer property.

And don’t even think about that Sawyer girl…

Boone Cross was raised with three simple rules, and falling for Josie Sawyer broke every one of them. That is, until a year ago, when he ​did the unthinkable and she moved away.

Josie Sawyer never thought she’d be on a plane, flying back to Arkansas for the summer, only a year after her heart was crushed into a thousand pieces by the boy her parents forbade her to love. But ​her father is dying, and being stubborn isn’t an option.

In a town this small, it’s only a matter of time before she runs into Boone Cross.

A lot’s changed since she last laid eyes on him, but some things have remained exactly the same. Boone’s got designs on her and he won’t give up until he gets what he wants.

​But as they give in to the need to be together once more, ​secrets ​come to light ​revealing​ a ​history of a hatred between their families that runs ​so ​deep that even the strongest love may not be able to survive.

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  Something tickled my feet, but I was too tired to move. I had stayed up most of the night, crying into my pillow. Once I realized I wasn’t going to sleep anytime soon, I packed my suitcase. I’d only fallen asleep three hours before.
“Josie,” someone whispered.
I knew by the smell of cigarettes and that raspy voice that it was Samantha. Opening one eye, I stretched my arms above my head. Samantha’s face was coated in glitter from brow to chin. Her belly shirt and go-go boots told me she’d just gotten in. Go-go dancing wasn’t her first choice to pay the bills, but neither of us complained when those tips started rolling in.
She threw her purple wig to the floor, revealing a nest of brown curls. “What the—” she said, picking up one of the wads of Kleenex that littered my bed. “Is something wrong with my Sookie?”
I sat up straight, feeling my puffy eyes with the tips of my fingers. “Yes,” I said, looking into her eyes for the first time. Bags hung underneath each painted eye, and her frown told me I looked as bad as I felt. “I’m going home. My mom called.”
Samantha arched a brow. She knew the relationship between my mother and me was rocky.
“My dad is dying,” I choked out.
Samantha’s arms flew around me. “I’m so sorry, Sookie. Are you okay? God, that’s a stupid question. When are you leaving? Do you need me for anything?”
I relaxed into her arms. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. When I moved from Arkansas to California, I was as lost as a damn goose trying to get around. But then I met Samantha in freshman calculus. She took me under her wing and, three weeks later, rented me the empty bedroom in her apartment. We’d been best friends ever since. “I’m leavin’ at two. I just need a ride to the airport.”
She nodded against the crown of my head. “I can do that. In the meantime, how about some pancakes?”
I pulled away. The thought of eating made my stomach turn but I couldn’t say no to that hopeful face. “Pancakes sound nice.”
Fifteen minutes later, after I called the diner and told them I had to take some time off, we sat at our small kitchen table eating buttery pancakes.
“How long are you going to be gone?” she asked. She’d taken off her makeup and looked like an actual person now. Her high cheekbones and full lips were bare, and she’d never looked prettier. She was one of those girls who didn’t have to try to be gorgeous—she just was.
I shrugged, pushing the pancakes around on my plate. “They said he has a month. So I guess I’ll be gone a month.”
Sam’s frown deepened. “Sweetheart, I’m so sorry. So, so sorry. I can’t believe this is happening to you.” She kept her eyes on mine and I could see she wanted to ask something else.
“Go ahead and ask.”
The corner of her lip rose into a small smile. “I know you have to go, of course, but wasn’t there a reason you hadn’t gone back in the first place? I mean, you never really told me why you didn’t want to go home.”
More pain assaulted my chest, and it took everything in me not to burst into tears. I hated feeling so weak and helpless, but the memories were dancing at the corners of my vision, taunting me.
And all because of him. Because I’d fallen in love with a person that unlovable. Heartless. That’s the only reason I could think of why he would leave me. Alone. He’d been my anchor for an entire year. I’d spent a year in the woods, each night letting him hold me in that deserted treehouse of his.
Until one day—he vanished. Not literally, but emotionally. All those memories, stories, kisses—his touch. Those eyes. Everything had vanished from my life without as much as a goodbye. And as many times as I’d lain there, waiting for him to come back, he never did.

“It’s a long boring story, Sam. You don’t want to hear it.”


My name is Alla Kar. I live in the deep south with my fiancé and Chihuahua. I love to write about alpha males, southern gentlemen and swoon-worthy men! :)

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Book Blitz: Redemption by Alla Kar

Redemption by Alla Kar 
(Huntsville #1) 
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


His second chance may cost him his sweetest addiction …

The truth about NEVEAH’S cheating fiancée hit hard—but not as hard as her right hook to his jaw. After ridding herself of him she travels back home to Huntsville, Texas to her father and his boxing gym where she grew up. When she finds a beaten man in the woods beside her home, her entire life changes and things get—complicated.

Ex-con RAGE only wants two things—for the man that set him up to release his sister, and for him to burn in Hell where he belongs. After being released from prison, he heads straight to the man that put him there, only to be beaten and tossed in the woods for dead. When he’s found by the most beautiful girl he’s ever met, he knows he’ll have a chance to rescue his sister even though she doesn’t realize she needs saving.

Neveah and her father, nurse Rage back to heath, offer him a job at their gym and quickly find out that he’s amazing in the ring. Without them knowing who he is, he knows he’s been given a second chance to live his life. The only condition is that he has to stay away from Neveah, which is a promise he soon realizes is hard to keep. The feisty southern beauty normally gets what she wants, and Rage wants to give her everything.

With the truth lurking in the shadows, Rage must decide if his sweetest addiction is worth giving up his second chance.

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I ate in my room like a sulky teenage girl because I was too embarrassed to face Cooper. The smartass smile on his face when I told him I didn’t have a fiancée anymore told me he knew something went wrong. And that’s what he told me would happen if I moved off by myself.
And the number one assumption is cheating, and that was it. I was cheated on. I hoped Cooper was happy. Dumb bastard.
 My fingertips wrapped tightly around my windowsill. Cooper went to check on Declan an hour before and was already snoring from our spare bedroom across the hallway.
I knew it wasn’t a good idea to go look but some invisible force pushed me forward. Groaning, I shoved my window up and the humid breeze nearly sucked the breath from me.
Lucy sat at my side, but I didn’t want to risk her barking and waking up the house so I put my finger up. “Stay.”
She whined but didn’t move as I slid through the window to the muggy ground. The lights were off in the guest house, but I could see the nightstand lamp was dimly lit.
Adrenaline soared through me. I had no idea why I needed to take a look at him, but I did. The window blinds were pulled up a couple of inches, and it gave me enough space to see into the room.
The room was quiet, but the hammering of my heart beat loudly in my eardrums. It took my eyes a minute to adjust but when they did I saw him. The way my heart jumped to my throat sent waves to no man’s land. Good God. He was lying on his back in the small twin size bed. His arms and legs hung loosely over the sides since the bed was way too small for him.
The lamp gave me enough light to see his glistening skin. He had to be hot because that damn guest house only had one small window unit. The ridges in his stomach tightened with every breath. The waves down below had suddenly turned into a raging fire. He was so real and raw that it made me ache to get closer. I needed to see him.
Biting my lip, I grabbed the windowsill when Lucy let out a loud bark from my bedroom window a few yards away. I froze and tossed her a don’t you dare do it again look.  When I glanced back inside, Declan stared at me from his bed.
The fire erupted inside of me. I was so embarrassed that he’d caught me looking but couldn’t make myself turn away from him. Our eyes were focused on one another. A low steady hum of electricity burned bright in the pit of my stomach. He was beautiful. His square jaw was locked tight, and his hands clutched the sheets beneath him. Lucy barked again, and I jumped back and sprinted into a run toward the window. God, how stupid could I get?


My name is Alla Kar. I live in the deep south with my fiancé and Chihuahua. I love to write about alpha males, southern gentlemen and swoon-worthy men! :)
Author Links:   Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Blitz: The X Factor: Confessions of a Naive Fashion Model by Ivan Sivec

The X Factor: Confessions of a Naive Fashion Model by Ivan Sivec 
Publication date: August 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


It takes three mistakes to be swallowed up and spat out by the fashion industry.

You trust the wrong people.

You think you know everything there is to know about life.

You take drugs.

Maja started off as a regular 17-year-old high-school kid, fighting her inner insecurities while dreaming to become an actress like Marilyn Monroe.

At a party her boyfriend Klemen introduces her to a renowned modelling agent. He sees a special X Factor hidden insight her. And a great business opportunity for himself…

Fast forward a few weeks later. Maja’s charm and talent land her a modelling contract in the trendy and exciting fashion capital of Milan. She’s completely enchanted and determined to make it in the fashion world.

But things don’t turn out the way she had planned.

Exhausting long photo shoots, stressful fashion shows, strict dieting and wild parties start taking their toll on her soon enough. In desperate search for help Maja reaches out to her agent and other false friends from the fashion industry that emotionally and physically exploit her to the point where ‘Maja the Great’ is merely a shadow of her former self.

She starts battling drug addiction that ends up in a tragic event.

Maja has been finally swallowed up and spit out by the fashion industry with its endless traps. What price will the girl with the X Factor have to pay for her naivety?

The young adult novel The X Factor by the bestselling Slovenian author Ivan Sivec is based on a true story and takes the reader on a frightening journey into the world of drug addiction among teenager fashion models.

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          It started like this:
          “I’ll give you a fourteenth of an ounce,” Monica was unusually generous and understanding. “For extremely difficult times. Stop by if you need more. But be careful not to get used to it too much. Heroin, for example, is only meant for critical moments, but can otherwise ruin a person.”
          At the time she didn’t know the director was a drug trafficker. A true drug dealer. By selling drugs to models she lured their hard earned money into her own pocket. Business is business, of course.
          Everything in the world is about business.
          And exactly because of this Maja was now even more convinced that this was the first and the last time she would resort to the white powder.
          But destiny had other plans for her.
          Maja felt lost after the incident. She thought everyone was talking about her behind her back, that everyone was judging her. At the time she didn’t have a hunch about the fact that she was only an insignificant speck people can crush easily without any bad conscious.
          However, it all depended on whether this insignificant speck would allow others to crush her.
          But time ran by relentlessly.
          9th June 2004.
          A gala dinner.
          All the Crème de la crème of Milan society was invited. The models were keeping the guests company, but also the whole fashion show staff gathered.
          The fancy invitation that had a big red rose on the cover page said:
          After the very successful, attention-grabbing fashion show, our great fashion designer Riccardo invites his dear guests and co-workers for a gathering. The reception will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2004.    “Wow, you’re Riccardo’s co-worker now!” Svetlana sincerely hugged Maja, after she showed her the invitation.
          They both knew the only reason why the great designer Riccardo was organising this reception was to easier sell his new designs. Amongst the cream of society in Milan were mostly moneybags that liked to show off with Riccardo’s creations in theatres, luxurious receptions and other events.
          Maja felt awkward because Svetlana wasn’t invited to the dinner party.
          “I’m not going anywhere without you. I don’t know anyone there.” “What do you mean?” Svetlana tried to comfort her. “You know the great designer himself! And the whole of Milan, actually the whole of Italy knows you, after all you were on the cover of the Italian issue of Bravo.”
          “They also know me because I stumbled at the fashion show,” she added bitterly.
          “That’s publicity as well.”
          Despite Svetlana’s convincing, Maja decided not to attend the gala dinner. Out of solidarity to her friend, but mostly because she was afraid that the reason why she fell was written all over her face, even though everyone accepted her stumble as if it was nothing special; as if things like that happened a thousand times before.
          And then the phone rang.

          “Hello, this is Monica.”


In his rich and thriving career the writer, poet and publicist has written in many genres. His broad ‘repertoire’ includes historical novels and stories, biographies, psychological novels, adventure novels and travelogues, books with sporting themes, youth book series, picture books and books for the youngest readers as well as humorous stories.

He published over 125 books and is one of the most popular Slovenian authors.

As a poet he has written more than 2,500 lyrics for ethnic and entertaining music for which he received many awards.

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