Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Darkest Path Blog Tour

Synopsis : USA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

A civil war rages between the Glorious Path--a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier--and what's left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path's dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path's deadliest secret agents. Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal's loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.

I live in upstate New York with my wife and a small passel of animals. I used to write plays (I actually have an MFA in it, which is number 8 on US News and World Report's list of the top twenty most useless masters degrees) and now I write books for teens. I've written three, The Eleventh Plague, Magisterium and The Darkest Path.

A few random facts about me:
* I’m incredibly superstitious.
* I believe in baking as the ultimate stress reliever. I mean, sure, I write pretty good books but have you tasted my Triple Chocolate Espresso Cookies?
* I’m deeply obsessed with the work of Joss Whedon, Stephen King, Bryan K. Vaughn, Prince and Tom Waits.
* I started writing because of two women—Susan Cooper, author of the Dark Is Rising Series and Denise Stewart, my 7th grade English teacher.

“This or That” with Jeff
Paris Or Venice - Venice
Deodorant Or Perfume - Deodorant
Winter Or Summer - Summer
Vampire Diaries Or Twilight – Dracula. I’m pretty old school.
Angels Or Demons – Demons. Definitely Demons
Fall Or Spring - Fall
Lord Of The Rings Or Harry Potter – My head says LOTR but my heart says Harry Potter.
Ice Cream Or Sorbet – Gelato!
Coke Or Pepsi – Coke (More Specifically Coke Zero)
Cabin In The Woods Or Condo On The Beach – Cabin in the Woods (You mean the horror movie, right?)
Kisses Or Hugs –That’s awfully forward of you.
Cash Or Card - Cash
Print Or Ebook – Mostly ebook.
Voice Or Text – Text. Honestly, who wants to actually talk to anyone anymore?
Batman Or Superman – Superman when I’m feeling optimistic. Batman all other times. So…mostly Batman.
Wheat Or White - Wheat
Romance Or Passion – Both? Can’t I have both? Please?
Night Or Day - Night


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fool's Game Blog Post

At the request of the U.S. Government, Caitlyn O’Rourke faked her death years ago, only to be reborn as the Cat—a deadly black-ops agent tasked with working for the shadowy organization Chameleon and doing the jobs that can’t be done in the light of day. Now, on the verge of taking down a notorious drug lord and rescuing a captured Chameleon agent, Cat is targeted for assassination…from within. But who’s making the call, and why?
As she attempts to uncover answers and stay alive, Cat finds herself working alongside Cody Kingsley, the mysterious senator who broke her heart and betrayed her long ago. Along with an inner circle of fellow agents, Cat and Cody must untangle the web of lies that surrounds them before it’s too late.
From the sultry streets of New Orleans to a secluded plantation in Ecuador to Washington, DC, Cat must elude an agent hell-bent on her destruction while figuring out how high up the ladder the conspiracy reaches. At the same time, she must work through her tumultuous and conflicting emotions where both Cody and fellow agent Galloway—who may or may not have her best interests at heart—are concerned.
A thrill ride of emotions, suspense, and action, Fool’s Game intertwines matters of the heart and survival …and the only thing certain is that Cat will never be the same.

Review : I haven't read anything by Heather before and boy I am glad to have started with this one. I was in love right from the beginning.

Cat is a kickass character. She is just amazing, and when she has a hit put on her things get more interesting. Add in Cody who is someone who Brooke her heart. That's where things get tricky their backstory. But as they are searching for clues to unravel the lies surrounding them can they do it again?

This book is full of lies, action, scandal, love, heartache. The perfect mix for anyone. You will not be disappointed in this book! You will fall in love with every character.

Heather Huffman calls the beautiful Missouri Ozarks home. When not writing, this homesteading mother is cheering one of her three sons on at a sporting event, making dandelion fritters, or tending the family’s myriad of animals, which includes alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks. Heather’s optimistic and sometimes quirky view of life often finds its way into her novels.
Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise and Roses in Ecuador. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land on a small farm, as well as her writing and charitable work, on
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dead Girls Don't Lie Blog Tour

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. 
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth. 
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

Review : This book was love for me! The author draws you into this mystery and you can't stop reading until you find out where it all adds up.

The book pulls out the emotions. Her writing is dark but addicting. You can help but keep on going, Jaycee made some choices. She is thinking alot of what-ifs, but there is no going back. She is going to figure out what happened to her best friend, who to trust and maybe learn some more about herself along the way.

The police are all over the place with what happened. About half way through is when i started to realize who did it. There is still alot left to figure out which the ending about did me in! I couldn't believe it. I just love her style of writing, she pulls out every emotion you can think of, she goes to those dark places and make them come alive!

Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Kinslayer Blog Tour

The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.

Jay Kristoff is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author. His first trilogy, THE LOTUS WAR, was purchased in the three-way auction by US publishing houses in 2011. He is as surprised about it as you are. The first installment, STORMDANCER, is set to be published in September 2012 in the US, UK and Australia.
Jay is 6’7, has approximately 13870 days to live and does not believe in happy endings.


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Kin is probably the bravest character in the series. He was raised by the Lotus Guild—he had a very sheltered upbringing where dissent and disobedience simply weren’t concepts he was ever exposed to. But once he meets Yukiko, he realizes the fundamental injustices of the world he’s living in, and despite everything he’s been raised to believe, he joins the rebellion against the Guild. Unfortunately, things don’t work out quite the way he wanted them to. He has a rough time in KINSLAYER, which forces him to reassess where he stands and why on earth he’s standing there. Is he part of the rebellion because he believes in the rightness of their cause, or simply because he wants to be with Yuki?
I love writing Yoshi. He’s a new character introduced in KINSLAYER—a street-smart hoodlum, who loves his family and doesn’t give a toss about anyone or anything in the world. He doesn’t see himself as a hero or a rebel. He’s not interested in the big picture or the power struggle for the throne or what’s happening in the war—he just wants to protect his sister and boyfriend, to look out for them in a world getting darker by the day. He has a heart of gold, but he’s grown up so rough and so cold, its hidden inside steel armor a foot thick. He’s ruthless, and calculating, but not quite as smart as he thinks he is. And that ends up costing the people he loves dearly.
Another newcomer in KINSLAYER, Ichizo is the cousin of Hiro, the new would-be Shōgun.Ichizo is a young man, promoted to a position well above his station, simply because he’s related to Hiro. He has a conscience, but he’s also fiercely loyal to his family, and presented with the injustices of the regime and Hiro’s blinding desire for revenge, he’s walking on the razor’s edge. His affections for Michi, the Kagé assassin, might be the final drop that tips him over the edge into outright rebellion against his lord and beloved cousin.
Yukiko’s father, who was killed at the end of STORMDANCER. I really liked writing Masaru—a man tortured by the mistakes of his past. A man who loved his daughter and sought the best for her, even if he went about it all the wrong ways. His ghost still haunts the pages of KINSLAYER. Rage at his death is driving Yukiko to the heights of callousness, and her inability to properly grieve his loss is poisoning her soul. Will she be able to finally say goodbye to him, or will his memory stain her forever?
Everyone’s favorite, and probably my favorite character to write in the entire series. Watching him grow from a simple beast into this wise-cracking killing machine has been great fun. His ferocity is only matched by his love for Yukiko—he’d do anything to protect her. But at the heart of him, he’s still an animal, still unpredictable. What happens when the human side of Buruugets taken over by the animalistic side? Where does Yukiko stand when she looks inside her best friend and find only the beast? We get to find out in KINSLAYER.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Broken Destiny Blog Tour

Ava knows much more, and feels much more than she is allowed to. When she starts questioning her origins and the destruction of Earth, things go horribly wrong for her. She is saved by a Minoan boy from an attempted kidnapping on her life – the perpetrators are evil Zulus and their dark ancient magic. Humans and Minoans are forbidden to interact with each other, and as she is taken back to their village she finds out why – they know of her, her kind and her destiny to save a dying race. Ava must rid them from the Council’s ruling and free the galaxy of The Shadow. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, because within her soul is the key to an archaic weapon that has been missing in the mix of a genetic code since the time of the ancients. As the prophecy unfolds she learns of her bloodline – a bloodline that makes her less human than she could ever have imagined. She alone has the power to destroy or save, but the mind-shift is a horrible thing. Ava will become what she hates to save the ones she loves. Beaten, poisoned, possessed and betrayed by her own emotions, she has no choice but to rise above it all… for that is her Destiny.


REVIEW : This book had me from the beginning. I was looking to see if I would enjoy the sci-fi genre. And boy did I! I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters.

Tis author brings this book to life as you read. Ava is someone who doesn't know where she fits in, all she knows is she is the Chosen One. Tis could mean many of things, but saving an entire race puts a whole lot of pressure on a 16 year old girl trying to find her way. And the two boys are swoon worthy! I didn't know which one i loved more but god can this author create a world that is mesmerizing and charActers that are easy to fall in love with!

I can't wait to see where this book got next! All I know is I want more more more!!!!

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.
“My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”



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Cry Me A River Blog Post



Cry Me a River

by Devyn Dawson

Contemporary Romance

This book is intended for 17+ due to language, sexual situations, and drug references 

Caide thought he had a handle on his life...until he realized he doesn't.

He's 23, a professional chef, has his own TV show, a house at the beach, and a beautiful daughter; who can ask for more? That was his question until his ex-girlfriend (and mother to his child) dies from an accidental overdose. Caide is thrust into the courts and they order him to go to Al Anon meetings and parenting classes.

He has a foul mouth and bad attitude about being forced to go to a support group when he doesn't have a problem. He has a few drinks before he goes to Al Anon and comes face to face with River Murphy, the pretty group leader. She seems all together and doesn't fall for his gritty attitude like other girls do. One night, he finds her after being roofied in a bar, he takes her home to make sure she's okay. The next thing they know, River's life is being turned upside down and she doesn't know why. Caide steps in and the two find themselves in the middle of trying to repair their broken hearts.

Clean version excerpt.

Chapter One

We loved with a love

That was more than love

Edgar Allan Poe

August 7

My mind is wandering as the priest walks up and down the

aisle swinging back and forth an elaborate incense burner.  The scent reminds me of the last time I was

in church; it had to have been at least three years ago. I don’t go to church

because it isn’t my thing to sit next to liars, the same people who I’ve seen

in the bars, or wasted at the beach.  Not

much gets past people in our little town, Emerald Isle, North Carolina,

population 3800.  Most homes along the 14

miles of coastal Emerald Isle, are rental vacation property.  The tenants only rent the beach houses for a

week, just long enough to party, make false promises and move on to the

next.  Someone coughing brought my

thoughts back to the here and now.  Right

now, I’m in church with a massive headache and a hard-on.

My damn BLANK doesn’t care where it is, church, school,

sitting at Sunday brunch with my mother.

No, my BLANK pretty much has a mind of its own.  I take in a few deep breaths and remind

myself why I’m here. 

My daughter is sitting with her grandparents on the front

row.  Heather’s dad hates me for things I

didn’t do.  Heather’s mom hates me

because I walk the earth.  She’d sooner

see me six feet under than anywhere near my daughter, Lucy Marie.  I look over to where they are sitting and

Lucy’s standing up and pointing to the person in the pew behind her.  Her eyes are bright and her chubby cheeks

jiggle when she bounces around.  My heart

swells with love every time I look at her.

They don’t realize I’m here; I snuck in at the last minute.

Everyone stands and holds hands as the preacher prays.  The woman on my left has wiped her nose with

a tissue for the last forty-five minutes.

That’s all I can think about, her snot rag.  Maybe I am a germ-a-phobe, but is it wrong to

not want someone’s nasty germs all over my hand?  I have hand sanitizer in my pocket, which

I’ll use as soon as we part ways.  Until

I do, I’ll fixate on the fact, I have her snot all over my hand.  I try to focus on the preacher, my brain is

telling me to get up and leave before anyone realizes I’m here, but I

can’t.  I’m not leaving until I hold

Lucy.  I haven’t seen her since the week

of the Fourth of July.  Heather brought

her over and wanted me to keep her for the night so she could go out and

party.  She fell off the radar for five

days.  Her parents came over looking for

Lucy and acted as though I stole my own daughter.  They berated me because I didn’t call them

right away.  At least I called them.  The minute her mom saw a few empty beer cans

on my kitchen counter, she flew off the handle and started screaming at

me.  Did she bother to remember I’m

twenty-three and four beer cans doesn’t make for a drunken stupor.

Everyone stands and pew by pew we line up and walk to the

front of the church.  My heart races,

every step feels like I am one step closer to God and to reality.  I’ve never taken communion; it always scared

me to eat the body of Christ.  When

you’re a little kid, your thoughts are literal and I didn’t want to be a


There are two people ahead of me, my palms are sweaty.   I hear people whispering, I’m sure they’re

pointing at me and calling me names.  “Caide

is a douche”… “Caide is an alcoholic”… “Caide is a sinner”…  They’re probably not dropping

the f-bomb in church, since they’re all perfect.

Someone nudges me from behind, “You’re next,” she whispers.

I turn and I swear my heart stops.  The white casket is perfect for Heather.  The lining of the casket is pastel pink satin

and her blond hair is curled and cascades down over her breasts.  My heart suddenly starts and is pounding in

my ears.  My throat closes up and for the

first time since the day Lucy was born, my eyes fill with tears.  Heather is dressed in a pink floral dress

with a little white sweater.  Lucy’s

teddy bear is tucked up under her hand as well as a picture of the three of us

when things were better.

My heart isn’t prepared for the pain, the complete and utter

pain.  I’ve never been to a funeral

before and now I’m sure I never want to go to one again.  Her face is peaceful, something it hasn’t

been in months.  I know they covered her

arms to hide her track-marks and the make-up covers the dark circles under her

eyes.  We were in-love once upon a

time.  She’s the mother of my daughter and

she’s dead.  I can’t wrap my brain around

it all, how could she do this?  How could

she check out like that?  She was supposed

to always be in my life, but I wanted her happy and healthy.  I shouldn’t have turned my back on her.  If only I had tried harder, she’d still be


Without thinking, I reach over and brush my hand across her

cheek.  I almost came apart in front of

everyone.  Her skin was so cold and hard,

like a cement bench in the dead of winter.

“Oh baby-girl, what happened?  I’m

so sorry….I’m so sorry….I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you.  Heather baby, you were going to get

clean.  What happened?  How did it happen?”  I shake my head back and forth and I know my

tears are dripping on her dress.  It was

her present from me when she lost her pregnancy weight.  I bought the dress during my lunch break and

gave it to her when I got home that night.

She put it on and danced around the house like a little girl in a new

dress.  I loved her that night and we

made love until we both were exhausted.

Now she’s dead and I’m alive.  I

take a letter from my suit pocket and placed it next to her.  “I’ll always love you baby-girl.  Don’t worry about Lucy, I’ll take care of her

and she’ll know how much you loved her.

I promise.”

Someone clears their throat behind me and I take that as my

time is up.  As I turn around I make eye

contact with Heather’s mom.  She motions

for me to come over to her.  Lucy sees me

and her whole face lights up with excitement.

Her arms reach for me and I see how reluctant her grandma is to hand her

over, but she knows Lucy loves me.

“Caide,” She says curtly.

“Darla, I’m sorry for your loss.”  What else could I say?

“I don’t want to discuss our differences today; right now we’re

here to honor my daughter.  We’ll meet

you in the lobby, please take Lucy with you.”

Her eyes are cold, her hands clenched together.  Darla’s in her early fifties but could pass for

forty.  If I didn’t know her personally,

I’d think she’s good looking.  Unlike

Heather’s blond hair, Darla’s is short and dark auburn.  Darla and her husband, Alan, married right

after high-school.  They went to college

together and while they were still in school, Alan invested in a small company

called Wal-Mart.  They made their money

with blood, sweat and tears.  Alan is

notorious for telling his rags to riches story to anyone who will listen.  Today, both of them look ten years older than

they are. 

And like that, I have my daughter to myself for a few

minutes.  She reaches for my face,

placing both hands on my cheeks and leans forward, giving me the sloppiest kiss

I’ve ever had.  I wrap my arms around her

as tight as possible and tell her how much I’ve missed her.  Lucy is an eighteen month old

firecracker.  She has deep dimples in her

cheeks and bright blue eyes to go along with her dark red ringlets all around

her head.  Heather and I thought she’d be

bald forever, we actually asked the doctor if something was wrong with

her.  He laughed it off and told us she

was perfectly normal and right before her birthday, her hair started growing

like crazy.  Memories like these make me

realize that’s exactly what they’ll be forever and never again will we laugh

about our little bald pumpkin. 

Heather and I were together until Lucy was almost six months

old.  One day, I came home from work

early to find her and the next door neighbor, Joan, snorting cocaine.  Neither of them realized I was there and

after they did their line, they started to make out.  I was livid!

Thankfully, Lucy was asleep in her crib.

We fought about her bringing drugs into our house with our daughter in

the next room.  She tried to rationalize

that making out with another girl isn’t cheating, it’s a freebie.

 It was me who called Heather’s

parents and asked if Heather and Lucy could move in with them.  I would have kept Lucy if my schedule wasn’t

so unpredictable.  They agreed it would

be easier for them to keep an eye on Heather if she were living with them.  We officially broke up about a month

later.  She was doing harder drugs and

her parents were with Lucy full-time.  I

thought Heather would straighten up after she got the partying stage over

with…she didn’t.

A heavy-set woman with big hair comes over to me in the

lobby, telling me she is Aunt Josephine and she was asked to take Lucy back to

the house.  I’ve met her before at a

family function or two.  It’s time for

Lucy to have a nap anyway.  She shouldn’t

go to the graveside any more than I should.

I kissed her goodbye and promised her I’d give her a call tomorrow.  My parents are going to the graveside service;

they weren’t able to get coverage at the restaurant to make it here in

time.  I’ll text mom and tell her I’m

going home, she’ll understand,.

About the Author Devyn Dawson

Devyn Dawson is the

author of the best selling series; The Light Tamer Trilogy, The Legacy of

Kilkenny Series, and new adult book Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story. Her career

has included working for Fortune 500 companies, grave decorating, and

accounting. She enjoys spending her spare time riding on the back of her

husband's motorcycle to the beautiful North Carolina beaches, or cuddling her

new granddaughters. 

Devyn lives in New Bern,

North Carolina (about 2 miles from Nicholas Sparks)with her husband of twenty

years, two cats, three dogs, and two cockatiels (3 of her pets are named after

vampires, Klaus, Bella, and LeStat).

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