Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop. Ends June 30th

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Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop June 21st to 30th

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Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books

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The Secret of Zoom

The Invisible Blanket

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Giveaway Ends June 30th

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Nothing but Drama

I once was an avid supporter of Indie authors. No more. I have received numerous books to read that were so poor, I have changed my policy so that I no longer accept electronic submissions, unless they are from the few indie authors I know are talented, or who have been professionally published and who have now gone “indie.” I do not condone games. I do not approve of attempts to ruin other authors or interfere in their marketing. If an author is so challenged by others, it is clear that author isn’t suited for the work. Writing is a profession where the person is supposed to challenge him or herself to write a better product each time, NOT spend time dragging others’ names through the mud. Time should be spent WRITING. Those on Street Teams who participate in such mud-slinging behavior should know better and should immediately distance themselves from such petty authors. Why would anyone want to help one author harm another? I only wish such people (authors and Street Team members alike) could be charged with a crime, such as libel or slander. That seems to be the only way this unprofessional behavior will ever end.

Don’t Ask Questions, Just Read It: RED RISING by Pierce Brown – Review + Giveaway!

I was selected as the winner of an autographed (personalized) copy of Red Rising from the author several weeks ago. It still has not arrived, so I’m thinking those in charge lost my information and the book is not going to arrive. Thus is my life. So, I am desperately trying to win another. In my generosity, I’m forwarding a copy of this in case you might want to try (please don’t feel that you MUST, since of course, I desperately want to win) as well. 🙂 I’ve read this book and plan to have the my own review review on the blogs (my other blog is The Book Revue) soon. I’ve overbooked myself on tours and reviews, so it could take a bit, though. In the meantime, if you get a chance, read this book. It is great. It is NOT a young adult read (remember, YA is an AGE GROUP, NOT a genre) – it is quite violent (which I like), so is more appropriate for those who are hopefully long past puberty.

COVER REVEAL – First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden

COVER REVEAL - First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden

First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

ISBN-13: 978-1495303944

ISBN-10: 1495303942

Expected Release Date: March 31, 2014

Author Bio:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. Her books have hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List and Armored Hearts won the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Award in Historical Fiction. First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal is her first mystery. It’s a dark urban fantasy and will be released March 31, 2014.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20618864-first-impression

Excerpt:

She rips my hall pass from her pad and points it toward the young man sitting across from her desk. “Chira Kelley, meet Ben Oscuro. He’s new here and needs someone to show him around. It just so happens he’s also a member of class 18B.”
I finally lay my eyes on the boy. He doesn’t look up at me, and his disheveled dark hair is just long enough that it hides his eyes. But he pushes himself up from his chair and his slim form towers over me. He’s at least six feet two and his uniform is almost as crumpled as his hair. He swings his backpack onto a strong, square shoulder and nibbles his full bottom lip. His smooth olive skin and dark hair make him look like a foreign rocker, and there’s something about him that seems vaguely familiar.
“Here’s a copy of his class schedule. When you’re not in the same class, I want you to leave a few minutes early and help him find the next class room. That’s your job for today. Got it?”
I swallow back and resist sniffling again. Taking the hall pass and the copy of the schedule from her, I say, “Um…sure.”
“Excellent. Robin, you’re off the hook.”
The office aide pumps a fist in the air before returning to file more papers in the cabinet. The secretary’s chair squeals a dismissal, and Mrs. Campbell picks up her phone, returning to her duties without another word.
Ben pulls open the office door and stands to the side to allow me to go first. The hallway that was empty only a short while ago is now full of students and their incessant conversations. With a shrug, I eye his class schedule quickly. Except for second and sixth period, we have exactly the same schedule. He’s in all of the advanced classes, too. Only he has gym for second period and Latin for sixth – opposite of my schedule, except I take French.
Piece of cake.
I glance up at him again, and his eyes meet mine. My breath hitches. His intense gaze makes me feel like he’s measuring me. The dark pools of his eyes seem deep and bottomless, but there’s something strange about them. They’re brown, but he has colored contacts. Why would anyone color their eyes brown?
My heart flutters. A sniffle escapes me before I can stop it. Ugh. I clear my throat and start in the direction of first period. “Follow me.”
We elbow our way down the freshman hall toward the second floor, but before we start up I point down the way. “Do you know what your locker number is?”
Ben nods and pushes his backpack up on his shoulder further.
I wait for a second and then smile. “What is it?”
“706.” He has a slight accent and his voice is deeper than I expect. I suppress a shiver at the jolt that the musical timbre of his voice sends through my body. I’m resonating like a tuning fork. I really want him to speak again with every fiber of my being. What’s with me?
“Uh…okay.” I swallow, trying to regain composure. And take him to the general area of the locker. “Here it is.”
He looks at it, nods, and returns his hard gaze to me. Is he always so stiff? Probably just nerves from being new.
“I know you don’t have any books to put in it, but do you want to try out the combination?”
He lifts one shoulder in a shrug and spins the combo quickly through the three numbers. I purposefully avert my eyes so he knows I’m not peeking. He opens the locker wide, nods toward me and then closes it again.
“Great. We have first period over here.”
“You and I have the same first period?”
My body vibrates again, and I blink hard. So glad my back was to him so he couldn’t see the effect his voice has on me. I swallow and face him. “Actually, yeah. Our schedules are very similar. It’s a smallish school so there’re only a few tracks that juniors can be on.”
He nods, and his eyes are half lidded as if he’s bored already.
I lead him toward our class room. “We don’t really have assigned seats, so you can pretty much sit anywhere you want. I’ll show you to the gym at the end of class. I have French next, but it’s not too far from there.”
I lead him to the front of the class, and my friend, Tasha, gives me a wan smile and raises her eyebrows, looking back and forth between me and Ben. She mouths, Who’s that?
I roll my eyes and put up one finger toward her to let her know I’ll tell her in a minute. Then I turn to the teacher. I hand him the schedule from the office. “Hi, Mr. Scott, this is Ben Oscuro, a transfer.”
Mr. Scott sets down the Mountain Dew he was drinking and offers Ben a wide grin. He puts a hand out for him to shake. Ben hesitates but takes the hand in what looks like a firm grip. Mr. Scott shakes his hand afterward. “That’s some grip you’ve got there.” He laughs and leans down to the bottom drawer of his desk and hands Ben a Geography text book.
With a nod, I return to Tasha and squeeze into the desk next to hers. Because I’m at Jackson Hall partially on scholarship and partially on my father’s insurance money, I’m somewhat of a social pariah. My only real friend is Tasha Brown, a pariah herself, being one of the few African-American kids in the school. Still she tends to be more popular than me, because at least her family has the money they’ve made in the night club and music business. But then there’s that rumor…
“So who is the new hottie?” Tasha hops up and down in her seat.
I shake my head at her. “You are one big hormone, you know that? Sure, he’s cute, but is there any guy in the room you don’t consider a hottie?”
Tasha scans the room, considering for a moment with her hand on her chin and a very serious expression on her face. Her hair is in the typical pigtail braids she usually uses to play up the uniform. She has on no sweater, and her shirt is one size too small, causing the buttons at the front to bow and expose part of her red bra. Finally she returns her gaze to me. “There’s only one guy in here that doesn’t rank hottie.”
“Really? Who?”
She leans in conspiratorially and whispers, “Mr. Scott.”
I nearly choke on a laugh as I eye the middle aged, balding teacher at the front of the room. But I have to admit, Jackson Hall is a prep school. And no one can afford to make their children look their best more than the wealthy. I guess if I take my father’s words to heart, it’s better to be the poor kid in the rich kids’ school…than the other way around. Right?
Tasha’s smile returns and I follow her gaze to figure out why. Ben Oscuro walks down the aisle between us and takes the desk right behind mine. The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. He smells like pine and mint, and it reminds me of the outdoors. When I open them again, Tasha’s smile has grown impossibly wider. She leans towards me and whispers, “What was that you said about hormones again?”
I shove my elbow toward her but she dodges me with a giggle.

SPECIAL ATTRACTION – REVIEW

SPECIAL ATTRACTION - REVIEW

Special Attraction by M.L. Ryan
Book Three of The Coursodon Dimension Series
Warning: This review may contain mild spoilers for the previous two books in the series.
Hailey Parrish’s life continues to become less and less ordinary. The days when she was a chinchilla milker are far behind her. She now works for her lover, Alex Sunderland. Her magical abilities are in better control and she can even shift into the shape of a hawk.
As bodies are discovered dismembered along a hiking trail near Hailey’s home, Alex, Hailey, and Sebastian are three of the magical investigators the Coursodon dimension is employing to attempt to find the murderer. Since the crimes are steeped in magic, the criminal must be found or risk exposing more innocent humans to something that cannot be understood by the human dimension, even if the Courso detectives can’t find a trace of Courso magic at the crime scenes.
Even Hailey, searching as a hawk, can’t seem to bring them any closer to the evil creature slaughtering hikers. Though they do discover a poor, dirty, very large dog abandoned on the mountain. He stinks of sewage. They take him home with them to try to determine if his owner is related to the killings in any way.
Once again, Hailey and her friends will be back and forth across the inter-dimensional border as they try to solve this perplexing crime.
M.L. Ryan continues with the Coursodon winning streak. This is yet another witty, engrossing, novel in the Coursodon series. Sebastian, Hailey, and Alex continue to have their personalities expanded upon, making them more and more complete. They are beginning to feel like old friends. The world-building continues. Soon, Coursodon will have a full-fledged map, with stores and complete town names filled in to compare with each large mirror town (or so it feels). I have enjoyed learning more and more about this world and its unique customs and traits.
Ryan has a way of writing that is not so informal as to be conversational, but is encapsulating, so the reader knows that each word is important and meant for the reader’s ears only. It is a completely engrossing and entrancing.
This series is excellent and one of those I encourage readers to experience for themselves. While there is romance, and it is a strong and beautiful one, there are always other plot elements to keep the reader entertained and lusting for more action.
I must give this book 5 out of 5 glittering stars, simply because there was so much going on, it was exciting, there was never a dull moment.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Buy Links (Please report any broken links)
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HBJ6340
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388212
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4574172

Author Bio
M.L. Ryan is a professional woman – which is not to say that she gave up her amateur status, but rather that she is over-educated with a job that reflects her one-time reluctance to leave school and get “real” work – and she spends a lot of time in that profession reading highly technical material.

She has many stories rolling around in her head, and she finally decided to write some of them. She prefers literature that isn’t saddled with excruciating symbolism, ponderous dialogue or worldly implications. She also doesn’t like plots so reliant on love at first sight that it makes her feel like her head might implode.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and teenage son, four cats, two dogs and an adopted desert tortoise.

Social Media Links (Please report any broken links)
Website: http://www.CoursodonDimension.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLRyan1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CoursodonDimension
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3384189.M_L_Ryan
Blog: http://coursodondimension.blogspot.com

SPECIAL REWARDS – REVIEW

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Special Rewards by M.L. Ryan

Book Two of the Coursodon Dimension Series

Warning: There might be spoilers for Book One within this review.

Hailey Parrish was normal once upon a time; that was before her body played host for a man’s spirit from another dimension. After that experience, and discovering that magic was alive and well, Hailey was a bit less normal. Then, she discovered that Sebastian, the very powerful magical being who had inhabited her body, left her with some sort of magical power as a result of his spiritual habitation.

On top of having magic, she and Alex are going to have to travel to Courso to defend Sebastian’s actions. Making the experience even more fun will be discovering information about Alex’s family, and adjusting to the decided lack of modern technology and magic as its all-around substitute.

Then there is possibly the most exciting development of all: Hailey’s magic isn’t exactly stable. When she gets upset, things have a tendency to get rather explosive. Hailey is nervous enough about meeting Alex’s family. He won’t talk about anyone other than his sister, so Hailey’s already terrified. Add to that her tendency to blow up things that annoy her, and this could be an even greater adventure than having a man’s spirit living inside her.

Once again, M.L. Ryan managed to create a story that is both entertaining and captivating. Special Rewards isn’t just about the magic, the family, or the potential for Hailey to humiliate herself. Ryan has included a few mysteries within the story.

Also, as the reader will notice in this second book of the Coursodan, the personalities of the three primary characters begin to blossom even more. They become multi-dimensional beings. The reader might even begin to think about them when not reading, as if they are real people. Ryan creates complete character constructs. The main characters are so real, their personalities so vivid,  readers learn to expect certain actions from them; it becomes these characters’ natures to act in certain ways because Ryan has created such realistic characters.

The world of Courso is also introduced in this book of the series, so we get to experience the author’s exceptional world-building skills. The world of Courso is well-designed and it is obvious this is only an introduction to this world; readers will get to learn more about rules, regulations, and terrain in the future.

I continue to be captivated by this series. Another 4 out of 5 sparkling stars!

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions were my own.