Friday, January 31, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Stone Warriors by D.B. Reynolds-GUEST POST

The Stone Warriors Book 4 
by D.B. Reynolds 
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until.... Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face.... you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare. 

Dragan Fiachna, born to a life of loneliness, cast into stone by a sorcerer’s curse and imprisoned forever in darkness. He is freed at last, only to discover his enemy still lives and is plotting the death of millions in his quest to rule this new world. 

Maeve Collins, brilliant, courageous, and compassionate enough to believe a stone statue can have a soul. Shocked when her beautiful winged man breaks free, horrified at the torment he’s endured, she dedicates herself to reuniting him with the warriors he calls family. 

But she never planned on falling in love. 

Racing across half the country in search of the only man who can stop their foe from fulfilling his merciless scheme, Dragan and Maeve discover they’ve unwittingly stolen the one artifact that can defeat their enemy. And he wants it back. Pursued by assassins, they fight their way to Dragan’s brothers, only to discover the war for this world has already begun.... 

The Stone Warriors Book 3 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until. . . . 

Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood. 

Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her. 

Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both. 

Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years. 

The Stone Warriors Book 2 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Kato Amadi . . . born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy.

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner . . . and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them . . . 

The Stone Warriors Book 1 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all. 

D. B. Reynolds is the RT and Epic Award-Winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. D. B. currently lives in a flammable canyon near the Malibu coast, and when she's not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else's. You can visit D. B. at her website 

Q—Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

A—I was a voracious reader, even as a child, and that led me to writing. But it’s difficult to earn a living that way, so off I went to university and a proper job for many years. But then I decided to take a German language class, mostly because it was one of my darling husband’s SIX fluent languages! While perusing the local college’s night school offerings, I happened to see a writing class being taught by an editor whose name I recognized from her many years at all the big Syfy publishing houses. I’d read so many of her authors’ books and just had to meet her. So, I enrolled in her class instead. During that class, I wrote a couple short stories as assignments, and she told me I should really be writing seriously. So I did.

Q—Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

A—I’m lucky to have travelled all over the world, which I love. I’ve been to many interesting places, seen history being made, but the one trip that was truly a dream come true was my trip to Antarctica two years ago. It was alien and exciting, everything I’d always hoped it would be. We went out on heavy-duty Zodiac rafts every day and saw many different species of whales within touching distance. We crossed the Antarctic Circle, visited the Ukraine science station, and were nearly swamped when a HUGE ice formation collapsed almost right on top of us. It was exhilarating, thrilling, and something I’ll never forget!

Q—If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

A—First, I’d quietly put my affairs in order to make it easier for my family. And then, I’d take a lovely bottle of wine and a bunch of junk snacks and sit in my yard, reading while I enjoyed the sunshine and listened to the birds sing. And when it was too late for that, I’d go to bed and read anything I wanted, as long as I could.

Q—Who is your hero and why?

A—A lot of people talk about the heroes in their lives, but I don’t really have one. There are people I admire—my wonderful husband for surviving a hellish childhood, before going on to become a good and compassionate man; my mother, who overcame personal demons to become the strongest woman I’ve ever known; and certain public figures who have risen to the responsibility of making (or at least trying to make) the world a better and safer place that they were born into.

Q—What kind of world ruler would you be?

A—I don’t want to rule the world, or even a country. That’s a terrible job. I love my solitude far too much to live such a public life.
Q—Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

A—Tall, blonde, intelligent, introverted, with a rebellious streak that got me into lots of trouble when I was younger.

Q—Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

A—I think my Vampires in America would make a great TV series, but here’s the thing…I worked in television/movies for many years, and I’ve also watched a lot of movies. Screenwriting is very different from book writing, and movies/television are very, very different than books. Unless you’re very powerful, like J. K. Rowling, you have very little creative control over the casting and dramatic presentation of your work. Some authors have contracts that specify the series, for example, must follow the books for the first season, but after that the script writers can go anywhere they want. A good example is True Blood, which was based on Charlaine Harris’s brilliant Sookie Stackhouse series. IMO, the producers absolutely destroyed that series, and I’m not the only one who feels that way. Would I like the money and increased sales that would come from a series based on my books? Hell, yes. But I’d probably have to force myself not to watch it.

Q—What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

A—Hmm, I had to think about that one, but the answer is none. I have gone on historical pilgrimages, though, because I’m a huge dork who loves history.

Q—As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A—A dragon, just because I love them, even though I’ve never written about them. I have several throughout my house, though.

Q—Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

A—I have many, which I write as Vampire Vignettes and post on my blog. They never stay there long, however, because they end up in print and e-book anthologies.

Q—How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

A—I’m terrible with titles. I couldn’t come up with one I liked for RAPHAEL, and so I simply went with his name, and I’ve been doing it ever since with subsequent characters. That was also true with my Syfy Romance, Shifter Planet. That was never supposed to be the final title, but it stuck.

Q—If you could spend time with a character from your books who would it be? And what would you do during that time?

A—I love all my characters, each in different ways. But if I’m going to spend time with one of them, I’d want to have fun. I’ve always thought Rajmund would be the best guy to spend an evening with. He’s smart and very handsome. He has a dry wit, likes to have a good time, and isn’t too terribly neurotic. No drama.

Q—Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

A—I sometimes base a character’s description off a real person, but for the most part they’re from my imagination. I have very vivid mental images of my characters. The one exception is that the personality and personal values of all my male characters are based at least in part on my darling husband.

Q—Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?

A—I always have control of my stories. That doesn’t meant they don’t change as I’m writing, but it not because of anything the characters do/don’t do, or become.

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Heart of Space by Cendrine Marrouat

The Heart of Space 
by Cendrine Marrouat 
Genre: Poetry 

"The Heart of Space" is a collection of 38 pieces that delve into several major topics, including solitude, the importance of embracing pain, and the lessons one can learn from self-discovery.

"Every single poem is utterly endearing, imbued with a careful sense of introspection, philosophical musings and above all a genuine feeling of hope that, no matter what happens to us in our lives, in the end things will turn out all right." - David Ellis, Author of "See A Dream Within: Found "Poe"try Based On The Collected Poetry Works Of Edgar Allan Poe" 

Thank you for your interest in my work! 

My name is Cendrine Marrouat. (It is pronounced as “san-drEEn mar-wah”. The “t” at the end is optional.) Originally from Toulouse, France, I moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 2003. I am a dual citizen. 

I am a photographer, specializing in nature, black-and-white and closeup images. My photography seeks the mundane to capture the fleeting, but true beauty of life in its many forms. 

I approach photography in the same way as I write poetry. It's not about the tools. It's about the moment when my eyes catch a story that needs to be told. What happens next, is a spiritual yearning to describe the scene with my camera. However, it is during the editing process that my poetic background comes into play. Every photo must achieve two goals: simplicity and serenity. I use the pure black and white format to convey timelessness. Occasional tinges of sepia are for added depth. Finally, colors stand for romanticism. 

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Violet Spirit by Abbey MacMunn

Violet Spirit 
The Evoxian Legacies #2 
by Abbey MacMunn 
Genre: Fantasy Romance 

A half human, half alien.
A violet-eyed shapeshifter.
Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world.

Ever since free-spirited Lexie Mills learned she was half human, half alien, her life has been far from ordinary. But living a privileged life in a Cotswold manor with her over-protective family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not helped by her confusing feelings for her best friend, Drew.

Evoxian shapeshifter, Drew Morgan, longs to tell Lexie he’s her destined soulmate, but until she embraces her alien heritage, he must wait. Trouble is, staying in the friend zone proves harder than he thought.

Tensions sizzle and chemistry sparks between them, but as their friendship blossoms into something magical, Lexie uncovers a heart-breaking truth about Drew and she must make a choice...

Forgive Drew and accept her destiny, or decide her own fate? 

Violet Souls
The Evoxian Legacies #1 

While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.

Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.

At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half- human daughter... whatever the cost? 

Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children. 

When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies. 

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Flow Series by Clare Littlemore-GUEST POST

The Flow Series Book 1 
by Clare Littlemore 
Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction 

A flooded future. A relationship torn apart.

When 16-year old Quin's best friend Harper fails The Beck's assessment, will she ever see her again?

Regular appraisals are part of life in The Beck, a walled-in community constantly threatened by floodwaters. But when the shocking results of the most recent test are revealed, Quin knows her world is about to change forever.

Wrenched from Agric, where she has lived and worked for years, Quin finds herself thrown into the unfamiliar Patrol Sector. Yearning for her lost friend, struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she begins to question the society she thought she knew.

And then she meets the mysterious Cam, who seems willing to break the rules for her. Determined to find Harper, Quin enlists his help. But when she discovers the horrifying truth, it might just destroy her.

If you devour fast-paced, addictive stories with compelling characters who inhabit intriguing futures, you’ll love The Flow Series. 

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The Flow Series Book 2 


It’s been three months since Quin transferred to Patrol and discovered the terrifying truth about the community she lives in. Citizens of The Beck are disposable and those in charge are capable of terrible cruelty. Vowing to protect those around her, Quin has joined the Resistance. But she knows she is risking everything.

Rebellion of any kind must be secretive and clever. Gathering enough people to fight seems like an impossible task. When those closest to her are directly threatened, Quin knows she has to act. But time is running out. Governance will stop at nothing to protect the world it has worked to build. In the end, Quin must decide how far she is prepared to go to rescue the ones she loves.

Break is the second in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she struggles to carve out a future in the harsh regime she was born into.

The Flow Series Book 3 

She wanted freedom. But freedom comes at a price.

Quin believed that a life away from The Beck would make her happy. But when a cruel twist of fate forces her to leave sooner than planned, she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. Haunted by memories of the people she left behind, she finds herself wishing she was back in Patrol, with Cam by her side.

Cut off from The Beck, the escapees carve out a new existence on a small island. Tentative bonds are formed, but as disputes surface and rebellion is threatened, Quin quickly realises that their new home isn’t the sanctuary she had imagined. And when one of her fellow citizens is willing to go to desperate measures to save those he loves, he puts the entire community in danger.

As they hatch a daring plan to save themselves, Quin is faced with a terrible choice: protect her friends or follow her heart.

Drift is the third in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she battles to forge a new life in unfamiliar territory without the man she has come to depend on.

The Flow Series Book 4 

One battle. One chance to change the future. 

Having survived the deadly virus that endangered her new community, Quin is devastated to learn that the same sickness threatens The Beck. With Adams and his Shadow Patrol in charge, Cam and her friends are in mortal danger. 

The rebels know they’re not strong enough to take on The Beck’s government alone. The only way to succeed is to join forces with The Ridge. But their alliance is built on tenuous threads: one wrong move could destroy their hopes forever. 

As Quin steels herself for the final battle, a shocking revelation leaves her wondering what she is willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom. 

Quell is the fourth and final book in the Flow series, which follows Quin and her allies into the ultimate battle to save The Beck. 

Clare Littlemore is a young adult dystopian and sci-fi author who thrives on fictionally destroying the world in as many ways as she possibly can. 

She was born in Durham, in the UK. Her parents were both teachers, and she grew up in a world surrounded by books. She has worked for most of her life as a teacher of English at various high schools in England, where she has shared her passion for books with hundreds of teenagers. In 2013 she began writing her own fiction, got totally hooked, and hasn’t stopped since. 

Clare lives in Warrington in the North West of England with her husband and two children. 

My Top Ten Favourite Books:
  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I read this at university and was horrified, yet fascinated by the idea of women’s rights being so horribly curtailed, yet the plausibility with which Atwood presented it. Looking around today, some of her ideas weren’t far wrong…

  1. The entire Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I actually lined up at midnight to be among the first to buy The Half Blood Prince, and read The Deathly Hallows with a month-old baby alternately feeding / sleeping in my lap.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’m an English Literature teacher, so I have to include at least one classic! I began reading this when I had to teach it, and to be honest I found the first section pretty hard-going, but by the time I’d finished it, I’d fallen in love with the characters, especially the spirited female ones. I was fascinated by the idea that someone writing in the days when women were largely second-class citizens could present characters like Elizabeth and Jane Bennett who were so determined and brave.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There should be no surprises that I enjoy good dystopian fiction, and The Hunger Games has now become a classic, in my opinion, at least! The entire series was enthralling, and I love the fact that Katniss is such a flawed character who often gets it wrong.

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian book that I loved. I found Divergent a real page turner, and the relationship between Tris and Four was very compelling. The rest of the series, I was less enamoured by. Though I wasn’t one of the fans who swore never to read one of Roth’s books again after she killed off a certain key character… 😉

  1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – lesser known than Twilight, but Meyer’s stand-alone book is a great dystopian read. I love this book for the way it combines romance with sci-fi, and for Meyer’s intriguing take on the love triangle. You think it can’t be resolved, and then she manages it. I wasn’t sure the ending worked as well in the film though, for obvious reasons. No spoilers though, in case you haven’t read it.

  1. The Grant County / Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter – as well as dystopian literature, I love a good thriller, and anything Slaughter writes is gripping. She has a real knack for creating characters I want to root for, despite their very real flaws. I adore the relationship she has created between Special Agent Will Trent and Coroner Sara Linton, both damaged people who struggle to be together. Their pain and frustration is so real. It’s this, and not the crime they’re investigating, that keeps me coming back for more.

  1. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (in truth, any of the Cormoran Strike series) - Though I know I’ve kind of featured Rowling twice on this list, I can’t help it: she’s a total hero of mine. And moving from fantasy to thriller, plus changing her target audience, hasn’t made her books any less compelling. Like Will Trent, Cormoran Strike is a very flawed hero, but it makes me root for him all the more. (I must be a sucker for a damaged male protagonist…)

  1. The Gruffalo (or anything) by Julia Donaldson – it would be remiss of me not to mention some children’s books in my list of favourites, partly because reading was such an important part of my own childhood, and partly because I adore reading to my own children. And although Julia Donaldson wasn’t writing in the 70s and 80s when I was a child, she became a major part of my life from 2007 onwards, when my son was born. I have yet to bring myself to part with any of her books, though my children are long past reading them now. I bought one of her latest offerings, The Smeds and the Smoos, for my niece for Christmas and couldn’t resist taking a peek at it before I wrapped it up. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet for 2-3 year olds (with a happier ending), and I almost wept at the beauty of its words.

  1. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Madow – Another children’s book, though this one is aimed at a slightly older audience and contains some pretty distressing scenes. Some people believe that children should be protected from disturbing things, which to some extent is true, but I feel like books are a healthy way of introducing children to some of the darker aspects of our world, especially when accompanied by an adult who the reader can ask questions of when they’re finished. I have taught Goodnight Mister Tom (along with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, for that matter) in high schools for years now, and they never fail to bring about a healthy, interesting discussion.

  1. Oops! I said ‘Top Ten’ didn’t I? I could go on all day, but perhaps I’d better leave it there…

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*Book Tour & Giveaway* Passarinho and the Highlander by Fran Connor-GUEST POST

Passarinho and the Highlander: 
Adventures in Love and War 
by Fran Connor 
Genre: Historical Romantic Adventure

A privileged young woman in 1730s Boston sets out on an adventure to rescue her father from a debtor’s prison in Jamaica. A dashing Scottish soldier offers to help her in return for her help in exposing a traitor.
Shipwreck, spies, murder, war and a rival for the Highlander’s affections combine to thwart her mission.
She finds the darker side of life in the Caribbean is a far cry from her sheltered upbringing. To survive and succeed in her rescue she must adapt and, on the way, she discovers a secret about herself that could have disastrous consequences for her future.
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I live in SW France for the lifestyle after a career in a UK Police Force. I have six published novels, three more in the pipeline and six plays that have been produced on stage. My screenplays portfolio contains seven feature length scripts with one about to go into production. 

I write mainly Historical Fiction but I do other genres too. I don't do cop stories, I had enough of the real thing. 

Fran Connor – Author – Screenwriter - Playwright
Fran grew up in the North of England among those ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ surrounded by the brooding Pennine moors that forged the Brontë family of authors. While he would be the first to admit he doesn’t quite reach such literary heights he does claim this area created his love for the wild landscapes and romance of desolate places that sometimes find their way into his work.
After employment on the railways and in the dreaded Inland Revenue Tax Office in London he moved south to join the police force where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector before retiring after thirty-three years to move to South West France.
During his time in the police, he has seen people at their best and worst. He doesn’t write cop stories but draws on that experience to craft his characters and situations to give them authenticity.
Here in France among the ancient fortified villages once occupied by the English in the Middle-Ages before being thrown out, he has found an idyllic lifestyle with his wife, dog and chickens. The French seem to have forgiven the Brits for the marauding antics of the Black Prince and Henry V! He’s hoping Brexit will not upset the apple cart again.
Fran’s novels include Romance in ‘Sophia and the Fisherman’; Fantasy in ‘The Devil’s Bridge’; tongue in cheek Thriller in ‘Her Man in Havana’; Drama in ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’; Historical Romance in ‘Honourable Lies’; and the three series Political Thrillers in the Artemis series, ‘Operation Hydra’, The Genesis Project’ and ‘The Alcazar Code’. He also wrote the War Drama ‘Dunkirk’.
Passarinho and the Highlander’ is Fran’s latest novel set in 1730s Boston, Georgia and Jamaica. It’s an action-packed Romantic Thriller that will have you cheering for its flawed heroine, Susannah, as she overcomes her prejudice and grapples with a shock revelation about herself. Get it from:
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