Thursday, June 27, 2013

Precipice: The Beginning by Kevin J. Howard Official Blog Tour‏

* A special “Thank You” to Kevin J. Howard for making this tour possible.

The End is only the Beginning.... It wasn't the first time Lieutenant Travis Daniels had been far from his wife and son. Leading an elite team on countless missions, dodging death at every turn-it was what he was trained to do. And returning to his family was always his driving force... but this time might be different. Imprisoned for an unsanctioned intrusion into a hot zone, Travis and his elite team took a deal to assist in the colonization of Mars to evade the death penalty. While stationed there, Travis' only source of sanity were the brief video conversations he was allowed with his family. When the last transmission received showed choppy images of the city in darkness and blurs of humanoid creatures running through the streets, Travis and his team must decide to either stay on Mars or find a way back to his family-unknowing of the hell that Earth has become.

Review:This book pulls you in from the beginning. I LOVE multiple POV but I ADORE male POV and he nails it with both of these! Everything about this book pulls you in and keeps you reading. 

We meet a lot of interesting characters and obviously there is the main and boy do they make you fall in love. You feel as if you are there, the smells and sounds are as real as if hearing them yourself. I can't say enough good things about Travis, god he is amazing. Everything he does is for his family, friends and his country and his wife is an amazing heroine, she doesn't back down she stands up and does what needs to be done.

This science-fiction will not let you down, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting book 2 immediately. I am not usually a science fiction lover but this has me hooked!

Kevin J. Howard was born in Mission Viejo, California, moved to Seattle at the age of twenty-one, and now lives in Puyallup. He hand wrote his first novel in the fifth grade and has been writing ever since. His first published novel, Faithful Shadow, is a return to the classic horror novel. Since writing Faithful Shadow he has completed four additional horror novels that will soon be published. In 2012, he won an award in the Las Vegas International Film Festival for his screenplay, Identical Opposites. Kevin's latest novel, Precipice: The Beginning, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The sequel, Precipice: The Retrieval, should be released in the summer of 2013.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe Official Blog Tour

Since he drowned, Henry has remained isolated with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?
Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.

David Pandolfe has been a bartender in Seattle, the front man for an alternative rock band in Los Angeles and a college writing teacher in Richmond (among other things). 
One day, it occurred to him that sometimes these experiences felt like completely different lives altogether. Which got him to writing Jump When Ready, a novel about of bunch of teenagers trying to get over their past lives while getting ready to jump into their next.
While he’s still writing about himself in third person, David Pandolfe should probably mention that at one point he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had short stories published in Millenniumand the Georgetown Review. Jump When Ready is his first YA novel but he’s currently working on another, to be released in the fall of 2013.

Guest Post :

Defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer.

I would love to know more about this with regard to other writers, if many had sort of an epiphany moment where they just totally knew they wanted to be a writer. Or, if it was more of a gradual process of wandering toward being a writer. The thing is, for me it went more that way after years of dabbling with stuff. I was always a creative person, definitely, but writing (at least writing fiction, particularly novel-length fiction) wasn’t something I imagined myself doing years ago. As a kid I loved to draw and paint, mostly (but, when you think about it, pictures tell stories). Then, when I was a little older, for a while I really got into making movies, particularly these clay animations that took a ton of patience (but, again, I was telling stories). Later, as a teenager and in the years to follow, I was pretty much completely a musician. I played guitar and fronted bands and that’s what I thought defined me. Even as I went to college and majored in English, I still thought of myself as being a musician. I was just going to school because it seemed like the thing to do at the time. I still considered myself a songwriter (you know where I’m going here—songs are just another way of telling stories). I was always a big reader too. I loved books and totally admired writers. But, to me, they were these sort of elevated people, these intellectuals who could create worlds with words, not a basic person like me.

​Then, as more time passed, I started dabbling with writing short stories. That felt somehow doable. A few pages, longer than a song for sure, but nothing like a novel. Then, one day I decided to go back to school, so I applied to some writing programs, not really thinking I’d get in. But I did get in and one day I found myself in my first fiction workshop, sitting around a table with a group of writers all about to critique each other’s work as they tried to move toward publishing either a novel or group of short stories. I guess that was when I had the defining moment that I not only wanted to become a writer, but over time had gradually become one. Yeah, it was a pretty cool moment.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nerd Blast "More" by Clare James

One summer.
One chance to forget the past.
One opportunity to make things right.

There’s no denying the heat between Jules Taylor and Foster Sutton. They are two wild souls with a fire burning inside. Together, they create a hot and dangerous mix of emotion and lust.

But after a terrible accident leaves one friend dead, Foster is bound by a secret that keeps him from getting closer to Jules. And he’s left with only one thing to offer her – friendship.

For Jules, her relationship with Foster is getting old. He falls down and she picks him up, but they never move forward. Their occasional hook-ups are no longer enough, and Jules vows that this is her summer to forget Foster and find love. If it were only that easy.

It seems fate is pushing Jules and Foster together at every turn. And it’s only a matter of time before they give up and give in.

MORE is the highly anticipated companion story to BEFORE YOU GO. It can also be read as a stand-alone book.

Clare James spent her childhood writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don’t even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU GO is her debut new adult novel.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez Blog Tour

* A special “Thank You” to Jenny for making this tour possible.

Jenny Torres Sanchez lives in Florida with her husband and children where she currently writes full time. Before her debut novel The Downside of Being Charlie she taught high school for several years, where she credits her eclectic students for inspiring her to write young adult novels.

Frenchie Garcia can’t come to grips with the death of Andy Cooper. Her friends didn’t know she had a crush him. And they don’t know she was the last person with him before he committed suicide. But Frenchie’s biggest concern is how she blindly helped him die that night.

Frenchie’s already insane obsession with death and Emily Dickinson won’t help her understand the role she played during Andy’s “one night of adventure.” But when she meets Colin, she may have found the perfect opportunity to recreate that night. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez’s sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.

Review : An emotional fast read that really pulls on the heartstrings. Frenchie is dealing with the loss of her crush and how she thinks she helped him die. She is not really but it is tough and the guilt is coming through the pages and you just want to hug Frenchie and tell her it will be alright.

Sanchez pulls you so far into this book, you don't know what Frenchie is feeling without feeling it yourself. She creates a great character who some can relate to in ways. You have to finish it in one reading to know what is going to happen to Frenchie there is no way to get out of it once you have picked this book up!

I really enjoyed everything about this book! 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Revamped Blog Tour

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulentpast, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

Review : This is a creative , fun new spin on vampires that you will fall in love with.  Ada made easily relatable characters who you can't help but love.

Dawn is amazing. She is strong, independent and ready to be out on her own. She wants to see the world, meet new people and fall in love. But be careful what you wish for right?! Not all is rainbows and butterflies but Dawn wants to stay positive.

When something or someone is after her she isn't going to bak down she will meet it head on. Add in Ethan and Sebastian and she is way out of her league when it comes to love. Ethan is too good to be true, and Sebastian is broody and mysterious but they both have secrets.  But when secrets and betrayals come out will she be able to get past it to find the threat and stay strong?!? 

This book made me fall in love. It is a fun read that had you hooked from the beginning. I couldn't help but fall in love with Dawn and her misfits.

Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit. 

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—orsomething—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

 Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.

“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.” As a writer and an actress, Ada spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the kick-butt female characters she enjoys writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Masters of Science in Education. Ada began her writing career at the age of three with a string of short stories that only a mother could love, and has been inventing quirky characters and imaginary worlds ever since. She is an editor-in-chief of VEUX Magazine ( and a passionate advocate for the arts. A self-proclaimed book and TV junkie, she also loves animals, chocolate, and bubble tea. Ada lives in Toronto, Canada. When she's not writing, you can find her on an adventurous nature hike with her puppies, Caramilk and Oreo. Or, more likely, deep in a jar of Nutella...

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