Friday, September 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Sacred Bloodlines by Wendy Owens

Sacred Bloodlines
(The Guardians #1)
by Wendy Owens

Wendy Owens, the fantabulous author of The Guardians series, has had the cover art for book one in the series, Sacred Bloodlines, revamped by the awesome Phatpuppy Art.
Isn't it stunning?! 
AND... to celebrate the upcoming release of book three, Wendy has made book one FREE on amazon for a limited time only. Grab your copy HERE 

Book Description:

Sacred Bloodlines, the first book in a young adult series called, The Guardians.

Tragedy has defined Gabe's short existence in this world. An ominous darkness lurked on the edge of his existence until one day in a subway, strange things start happening. A series of events lead Gabe into a new and fascinating life filled with angels and demons, but he isn't sure if he wants to be a part of it.

Gabe is thrust into the middle of this exciting world that is full of things he has longed for in his life but it comes with a price. This new life also promises constant terrifying dangers that Gabe fears he may not be able to survive.

Sam x

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) Teaser #3

Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4)
“Italian? You speak Italian?”
He nodded, appearing bemused by her question. “I speak Italian.”
“Do you speak any other languages I should know about?”
“French, German, Spanish and Arabic. A little Chinese and some Japanese, but not fluent. Oh and a little Russian.”
Ari’s mouth fell open with unladylike shock. “How did I not know I was dating Rain Man?”
“You’ve never seen Rain Man?”
“What is a Rain Man?”
“You speak one, two… eight languages but you haven’t seen Rain Man?”
Jai chuckled and took a sip of his water. “Are we really having this bizarre conversation?”
Ari pouted a little. “I only speak English.”
“And you speak it well, baby.”
For that he got a kick under the table.
Sam x

Monday, September 24, 2012

Darkness, Kindled News and Book Trailer

Dear awesome people,

My life has been pretty chaotic lately. That's not to say yours hasn't. I'm just letting you know I can sympathize with a chaotic life :p
Since the success of  my adult contemporary romance novel 'On Dublin Street' I've been well... overwhelmed. And in amongst all that overwhelmingness (<---- she is a writer, right?) I've been attempting to write and complete Darkness, Kindled, book four in the Fire Spirits series.

Something happened. Again. 

You see, when I started the Fire Spirits series I had pages and pages of notes and sticky notes and research and plans, and plans, and plans... I mapped out a six book series, which after the release of the first two books, I shrunk to a five book series that made more sense. The reason I mapped the book series out from the beginning is because it's a pretty complicated series and things unfurl throughout it and then piece themselves together like little puzzle pieces. No way I can finish a puzzle if I don't have those first pivotal pieces. Hence the mapping from the beginning.
That's not to say it always works out the way you plan it. For instance... like now. 

I started writing Darkness, Kindled and it quickly became clear that the rest of Ari's story was going to be spread too thin over two more books. Not only that but it was going to end in a weird place at the end of book four. Stopping places should feel natural, not forced by the writer, and the ending just didn't work. The bad news then is that DK will be the last book in the Fire Spirits series. The good news is that it will be epic, possibly the longest book I've ever written, and so full of action and drama you'll probably never get a chance to breathe until the end! :D

Changing the length of the series has caused a number of rewrites so it almost feels like going back to the beginning on this one. Not to worry, I am working my little (okay, somewhat voluptuous) booty off to get DK released for the original Nov 23rd release date.
Wish me luck!

So with that in mind, here's the book trailer to the epic conclusion of the Fire Spirits series...

Sam x

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The TBR Pile

I've been so busy lately I haven't really had a chance to dive into my book and kindle piles, and thus I haven't had a chance to read something reaaallly good and recommend to you. BUT that doesn't mean I've stopped downloading and buying books lol. I download and buy them in the hopes of one day getting to crack open their paper or digital pages. 

So... here's a couple of books I've bought recently that I'm looking forward to curling up with...

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

 Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King

Eighteen-year-old Kimberly gets the shock of her life when she learns the father she thought was dead is not only very much alive, but never even knew she existed. Angry with her mother for lying all these years, Kimberly flies to Colorado to meet the father she knows nothing about before heading off to college in the fall.

Her father’s world turns out to be nothing like she expected. Rather than the typical nine to five lifestyle, Kimberly’s father runs a summer foster camp that teaches young children skills to build their confidence and self-esteem. The Colorado Rocky Mountains are a different world than the sunny shores of California, taking Kimberly completely out of her element, and causing her to second-guess her spur of the moment decision.

Never being one to quit anything, Kimberly is determined to show her father that a surfer girl can fit into this rugged mountain wilderness. That is if she can deal with Mason, an arrogant nineteen-year-old guy who has made it his mission to point out every mistake she has made since her arrival. While she would love nothing more than to rub it in his know-it-all face, Kimberly can’t deny the feelings he stirs up inside her, or the chemistry between them, even during their verbal assaults.

When a tragic accident leaves them stranded in the mountains, Kimberly must use her shaky skills to save Mason and survive the elements. Suddenly, fighting is the last thing on their minds as they must rely on each other if they want to live. In their struggle for survival, they realize what they thought they knew about each other isn’t true after all.

Down to You by M. Leighton

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance- Please be advised that this book is NOT YA friendly, not even in a New Adult category!

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.

Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.

But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.

Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.

Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire.

She wants them both.

And they want her.

How will she ever choose between them?

Shallow (A Going Under Novel #2) by Georgia Cates

Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.

Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the "The Strip" in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.

Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren't what scares Payton the’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?

Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt
Evan Lennox is going nowhere fast. She's living with her grandparents after her parents bailed on her, she got kicked out of her posh private school, her ex-boyfriend proved to be the biggest sleaze imaginable, her former best friend is a back-stabber, and her current best friend is stuck in backwoods NJ. To top it all off, one teeny, tiny fire she lit to burn some memories of her ex goes a little out of control and winds up igniting a good piece of a very powerful family's pecan orchard.

Evan lands her pampered behind in court and gets sentenced to community service. Which she knows she deserves. But the hard labor and humiliation may be her undoing.

Until she meets Winchester Youngblood on the site.

Everything about him is tricky, confusing, not at all what it seems, and so sexy, Evan can't resist pulling closer. But every step she takes to get to know him gives her more of a reason to back up and put him as far out of life as she possibly can. Because Winch is one hundred percent complicated, and Evan isn't looking for that. At all. She needs to meet a nice, responsible guy, not share searing kisses with the charming hustler she met after they both got sentenced in court.

But Winch is so much more than what he seems, and Evan finds out that she's falling hard for the guy everyone underestimates and writes off. And Winch realizes that Evan is the one person who's ever challenged him to ask for more out of his life, and her courage inspires him to try to be the person she sees when she looks at him. With every single odd stacked against them, Evan and Winch need to find out whether they have what it takes to fall for each other.

I'm looking forward to diving into all of these... when I get a chance :) And can I just say how much I LOVE the cover to 'Fall Guy'. Awesome.


Sam x

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Winner of the Timber Wolves Giveaway!

And the winner of the signed paperback copies of the phenomenal 'Timber Wolves' Trilogy by the awesome Tammy Blackwell, is...

Ashley Green!

Congratulations, Ashley! I've sent an email and Tammy should be in contact with you soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered :)

Sam x 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Giveaway - Timber Wolves by Tammy Blackwell!

If you've stopped by the blog before you'll know I'm a HUGE fan of Tammy Blackwell's Timber Wolves trilogy :) So I am uber excited (yes, I just used the word 'UBER') to host a giveaway on the blog today in celebration of the release of FATE SUCCUMBS, the final book in the trilogy.

First off, here's my book recommendation of TW #3...

 Fate Succumbs (Timber Wolves #3)

OUT SEPTEMBER 11TH (today ;))

Book Description

Having narrowly escaped an unjust death sentence, Scout Donovan is on the run. But the more she discovers about the Alpha Pack and herself, the more she realizes she can’t run forever. Destiny is propelling her towards an unavoidable battle. Can Scout survive, or will she finally succumb to fate?

My Thoughts

Tammy, you knocked it out of the park! Need more exclamation marks… out of the park!!!!
Fate Succumbs is an engrossing, fast-paced, cleverly tied-up finale to a wonderful trilogy. In fact, it’s my favorite book of the three. After receiving the book as an e-arc, I thought I’d take a wee nose at it before I started work for the day. Well… that wee nose turned into me devouring the entire book in hours. As we catch up with Scout and Liam after his rescue of her in book two, we journey into a road-trip with a destination like no other - Scout’s life-altering fight for a new order among the shifters and seers. Without giving anything away, I’ll say as always Scout’s hilarious wit had me laughing out loud. As funny as the narrative is, I also found my eyes blurring with tears a number of times. Tammy Blackwell has a gift for writing credible, funny, poignant and truly authentic dialogue. With amazing dialogue on top of an intelligent and action-packed plot, sizzling chemistry between our awesome heroine and a certain shifter, and the promise of a spin-off series (yay!), Fate Succumbs delivers a finale that more than lives up to its brilliant predecessors.

Author Tammy Blackwell

Now it's time for the giveaway. Yay!

Here are the deets:

One Winner will win signed paperback copies of the entire trilogy!

Entrants: all ages
One entry per person + 2 extra entries for following Tammy's Blog and Tammy on Twitter (3 possible entries in total)
Open Internationally
Open from Tuesday Sept 11 until Tuesday Sept 18th.
Winners will be chosen by and announced Wednesday 19th.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1) is FREE!

 Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1)


When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.

When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.

 For a limited time only, Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1) is FREE to download in Kindle Edition!

Here are the links:

Amazon US 

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Amazon FR

Amazon IT

Amazon ES

Sam x

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Darkness, Kindled Teaser #2

Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) 
Teaser #2

Ari, duck! Jai yelled telepathically, and Ari’s reflexes kicked in instantly. She hit the floor, chin down, eyes raised as she watched the knife hiss through the air and imbed itself in the wall inches from Jai’s head. Ari rolled onto her back and jarred her hands forward, palm outwards, sending two bolts of defensive magic out toward the Qarin. The guy-next-door-looking Jinn whipped to the side to avoid Ari’s attack and stepped right into Jai’s magic. The handful of ember he’d sent, seconds after Ari’s, hit with the force of a freight train. The Qarin’s body lifted off the ground and slammed through the paper thin wall of the house in small town, Milwaukee.
Ari scrambled to her feet.
“You okay?” Jai asked sharply as he strode past her, his body automatically shoving her behind him despite the countless times she’d told him to stop doing that.

Sam x