Monday, 14 July 2014

Second on the Right by Elizabeth Los + Giveaway

Second on the Right
by Elizabeth Los

Spawned from an ancient promise, treachery and intrigue follow the protagonists through our world and one lost to the waves. Bound by an invisible bond, they are thrust into a fantastical world of pirates and demons.

James Benedict is a just man haunted by evil. Pushed to the edge, everything stripped from him, a new man arises . . . a man whose name strikes fear into the hearts of all who hear it: "Captain Hook".

Eileen Davis was a timid woman. Through a fateful cruise she finds herself in the company of the Captain of the Mistral Thief. With his guidance, and the meddling of the local barista, she eventually finds her inner strength.

Will the two of them unite through time to fulfill the promise of their ancestors or will tempers ignite leading all to failure?
True love's magic is not to avoid changes,
But to navigate them successfully.

Genre:  Fantasy
Paperback, Second Edition, 506 pages
Published May 9th 2014 by CreateSpace

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Elizabeth uses writing as therapy, her release from everyday stress. At night, after work and once the children are finally tucked in bed, for the fifth time, she sits at her laptop and lets her imagination flow.

Elizabeth has produced short stories, one of which will be published in an anthology. She’s had fun writing a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction story, A Case of Need, based on the BBC’s Sherlock. By July 2011, her first novel, Second on the Right, had been completed. She spent several years polishing the story in order to provide a high quality product to the public. Second on the Right is her first professional novel.

She currently resides in California with her husband, children and two dogs: Black Lab (Raven) and Saint Bernard (Duke).



Eileen woke with a start. Carefully, she peeled back the privacy sheet. A lump caught in her throat. The cabin door was open. She frowned. In the dim moonlight, a shadow stood just within the captain’s quarters. It moved. Her heart raced. She blinked, then stared. The dark silhouette glided silently. She watched, unbelieving. The shape loomed over the captain. She released the sheet. 

 He doesn’t know. He’s still asleep. I have to do something. But what? Her thoughts rattled through her mind. She had to be quick. 

  As quiet as possible, she slipped from her hammock. Her stocking feet made no sound. She crouched. Her fingers slid down her leg until they found her dagger. She removed the blade. Her hand trembled as she pulled back the sheet. Squinting, she could make out the shape. She rose. The floor creaked under her shifting weight. 

  Red eyes stared at her from across the room. They seemed to float in midair. She held her breath. The hairs on the back of her neck rose. She blinked. The eyes grew larger. She looked to the door. When she looked back, the eyes were closer. She panicked. The shadow lunged towards her. 

  Eileen screamed. “Captain! Captain, wake up!” She stomped on the floor boards and yelled, “Smythe! Anyone! The captain’s in danger!” 

  The creature howled. 

  Eileen swung her dagger at the intruder. He slid to the right. She slashed. He slipped to the left. She thrust. Her blade met air. He moved with little effort. And now, he drew closer. She slashed haphazardly. She hit nothing. 

  The shadow hissed. She felt a rush of wind. The creature flew at her. A powerful blow to the chest, her back slammed into the wall. She tried to defend herself. Another rush of wind and her dagger was knocked out of her hand. Her head hit the wall. Sliding to the floor, she felt cold. She heard a raspy inhalation. Looking up she was met with red eyes that glared at her. A cold breeze wrapped around her. She tried for her dagger, but it was gone. As she struggled for breath, her hearing diminished. The shadow loomed over her. Eileen’s vision tunneled until darkness enveloped her and there was nothing.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

21 Days to Change Your Body by Helen M. Ryan + Giveaway

21 Days to Change Your Body
by Helen M. Ryan

Have you ever wondered why you don't lose weight on a diet? Is it the diet program itself that is ineffective? Or is it your mindset?

In this fresh, new approach to weight loss, 21 Days to Change Your Body (and Your Life) will show you how to lose weight by changing the way you think about dieting. Be healthier, be happier and enjoy a better quality life--while eating the foods you love.

Based on the author's own experience with losing more than 80 pounds, Helen M. Ryan shows you how to overcome the mental blocks to weight loss success, how to fit exercise into your busy day, and what you should doing and eating to fit into your "skinny jeans."

Finally, a real book for real people that offers a step-by-step guide that will help you win the weight loss war. It's real, honest, refreshing and engaging.

Are you ready to take back your life and lose weight? Let's begin your future. It starts now.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Real World Guides

I was once severely obese and living a sad life. I had no dreams or goals of my own, and just silently ate myself to death, hoping to one day to simply fade away and out of my misery.

In August of 2003 I was faced a life-changing experience. I sat next to my dad, who was riddled with cancer, and held his hand as he died.
 At that very moment I realized I was mortal and that some day I, too, would die....and I would die without accomplishing anything or helping anyone. My life would not have mattered.

So as my father took his last breaths I realized I had had a decision to make: Either stay with more of the same or make a change in my life. I chose change and became a certified fitness pro, speaker and writer.

My first book, 21 Days to Change Your Body (and Your Life, is a result of all I have learned, and I hope it makes a difference in your life.

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My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

21 Days to Change Your Body is a great source of information for anyone looking for a fresh start.  The author has gathered many helpful tips and ideas for a healthier lifestyle in this step-by-step guide.  The ideas she gives in the book are not radically new or different, most are common sense.  However, they are presented here in a new and fresh way, and set up so they are easy to follow through on.

Along with the tips for healthier living, the author also gives us insight into her own life, showing how these steps helped her to become a healthier, happier person.  I thought this personal touch brought a lot to the book, and I look forward to implementing some of the ideas presented in the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Eden Inviolate by Don A. Martinez + Giveaway

Eden Inviolate
(Phantom Squadron #5)
by Don A. Martinez

The Hidden-In-Plain-Sight Ranch celebrates the return of one of their own, resistance leader Alanna Sharpe, from her trip through Hell. With her comes her long-lost father, Cole, to fight alongside his family for the survival of all supernaturals.
Two tasks remain for Alanna and her friends, however. Her mother Ariel remains captive, and waits for revolution or rescue to set her free from her technological prison.
Alanna's supernatural brethren also remain under the thumb of the New Empire of America ... which is massing now for one final siege to commit the unthinkable: destroy Avalon with the fearsome power of the Damnation Blade, a weapon forged in Hell from the blood of Lucifer himself.
Will Alanna prevail, or will she ... along with all supernaturals and the entire world ... perish under the threat posed by the Regents, the SSA, and the New Empire's hellish rise to power? 
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Desert Coyote Productions

The Epic American Fantasy by

A multiple-book work crossing different styles and eras, the Phantom Squadron series tells a story of action, love, and honor, through the eyes of heroes whose flaws make them human. Follow the story of this special Black Ops team, designated CIBO #A13, and its descendants into the future.
About the Author:
The proud son of two 20-year Navy veterans, Don A. Martinez holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Writing and a Master’s of Arts in English from Buffalo State College, where his focus of study was myth and folklore. He works as a college professor in Texas, where he lives with his wife and four cats.

 About Desert Coyote Productions:
Originally founded in 2009 and based in Longview, TX, Desert Coyote Productions expanded its focus in 2011 to begin publishing books from authors writing unique, hard-to-define books that cross genres. Currently publishing seven books, including the flagship Phantom Squadron series of fantasy novels, DCP is pledged to bring to the audience nothing but the best in literary entertainment.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Possibilities of Amy by Jaye Frances: Giveaway

The Possibilities of Amy
by Jaye Frances

Amy is the ultimate trophy girl—gorgeous face, killer body, and a vivacious personality. But there’s something else about her, something that makes her even more special. Amy is new. A transfer student from out of state, she’s starting her senior year without knowing a soul. And that means she’s up for grabs, available.

Infatuated from the moment he sees her, David is determined to meet Amy, and if the fates are willing, to spend the rest of his life with her. But his shyness prevents him from approaching her—until his friends devise a contest to determine who will be the first to prove their manhood by seducing her.

This coming-of-age story about high school dating and relationships contains mature language and situations, and is best suited for a Mature/Adult reader.
Kindle Edition, 101 pages
Published March 17th 2012 by Redstone Press


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About the Author: Jaye Frances is the author of the adult erotica series, World Without Love. The first book in the series, “Jewel’s Reluctant Surrender” is scheduled for release in July 2014. Her other books include The Beach, a sci-fi supernatural tale about the possibilities—and horror—of wishful thinking, The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance, and Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, taking pictures – lots of them—and sipping a glass of merlot with a side of dark chocolate. Jaye lives on the gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, and several hundred pairs of shoes.

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The Possibilities of AmyThe Possibilities of Amy by Jaye Frances
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Possibilities of Amy was a fun, quick story that puts us inside the head of David, a typical teenage boy, as he obsesses over his newest crush, Amy, the new girl in town.

I thought the author did an excellent job getting inside David's head. She was able to portray his worries and fears over trying to work himself up to talk to his crush. I felt David's character was very realistic, and even though it was quite short, we were able to see him mature from the beginning to the end of the story.

I would have loved to have a bit more of an ending. I felt that the story kind of dropped off and we were left with a lot of questions. But, I love all the possibilities of Amy.

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh: Interview + Giveaway

Love Edy
by Shewanda Pugh
When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most. 

Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?

Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Razor's Edge

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Shewanda Pugh debuted as an adult contemporary romance author in 2012 with the Crimson Footprints series. Shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the prestigious Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013, she has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering.

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Q & A With Author Shewanda Pugh

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.  

A:  Edy's the ballerina with a perfect life ... flawless grades, prominent parents, zero money problems, and in with the in crowd by accident of birth. But how often are things ever what they seem? Falling in love with her best friend brings more than she can handle when the weight of her world seems ready to collapse. Then there's Hassan, the best friend turned obscene hottie: a bronzed bad boy with an ignition switch of a temper, dreams of the NFL ... and of Edy.

Q:  Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
Claudia McKinney of Phatpuppy Art Studios handled the Love Edy artwork. We began by discussing some of the overarching concepts in the novel, the transformations that Edy herself would undergo during the course of the book and how best we could splash that on canvas.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing? 

A:  For most of my life I've lived in vibrant, diverse metropolitan cities: Boston and Miami. My writing reflects this not just in the tale of romance, but in sights, sounds, and surroundings. I'm a city girl and it tends to show.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
"You're only in competition with yourself." However, I've found that I'm a pretty stiff competitor to contend with anyway.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
Unwind? Relax? Reading, of course!

Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer.

Q:  Which do you prefer, hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Ebooks. I mean c'mon. You can't beat the convenience of carrying around a few hundred books in your purse. Call it greed, I guess, since I know I'll only be reading one at a time.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
Mortal Instruments City of Heavenly Fire.

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