Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld, #13)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for:Thirteen, the epic finale of the Otherworld series.
It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans

It makes me so sad to be sitting here typing this review because it means that this series has come to a close. I couldn't be more upset to see a series go than this one. About 4 years ago I stumbled across the companion series to this one and then accordingly this Women of the Otherworld tales. Something about this series changed everything for me. It got me back into reading again and I couldn't be happier, in fact I wouldn't be sitting here on Goodreads and Blogger without these books. Without Elena Michaels and the werewolf pack of North America back in Bitten and Savannah Levine, witch progeny extraordinaire, I wouldn't be part of a community in which I consider a lot of you friends. I wouldn't have my book blog and have been in communication with so many of the wonderful authors that I have gotten to know over these past years, and I wouldn't in succession have picked up all the wonderful books I have read. My point is, without this series a lot of things in my life would be different.

As a reader, I understand when people talk about books being an escape for everything else in the world and I couldn't agree more. I am a bookworm. I am proud of that fact. I have no shame telling people that I'd rather curl up with a great book over doing something else. It is what I am, and that theme is definitely reflected in both Thirteen and the rest of the series. Whether they were witches and warlocks or vampires and werewolves, half-demons or shaman or druids, each character in this series brought something completely different to the pages and it made each book soar to new heights every time a new one was published and Thirteen did not disappoint. Even thought this book is told mostly in Savannah's POV, we closed a lot of doors on story lines that have been running the length of the series and I couldn't be happier with most of them. I do still think that there about 600 more questions that I could ask but for an ending, I have to say, I was comfortable with it. I felt like all these characters that I've grown to love got their Happily Ever After in one way or another. Not everything ended perfectly....but life never does.

I've read every novel, novella and short story from The Otherworld. I've read them probably 4 times over....each. I will never be happy with it going away but I understand why it was time to shelf it for now. To Kelley Armstrong, who I am sure will never see this, I just wanted to thank for letting everyone read the stories running around in your head. I loved them and they will always be a part of my life no matter what I go on to read or what changes in it. Without an author willing to put these stories down on paper, we wouldn't have all these books that move us to tears, compel us to hit something or even move us behind the ability to speak. This was one of those series for me and I am really heartbroken to see it end.- My Opinion- Buy and Read WHOLE SERIES!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Divergent fans you may want to check out this blog post:

I have to give it up to the Page to Premiere blog for taking this image and figuring out what the inside jacket says on the final book in the series, Allegiant. Nice work and I'm sure fans everywhere will thank you!!

Cover Reveal: Moirai (Aberrant #2) by Ruth Silver

Moirai (Aberrant )
Release Date: September 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home, in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.

With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she'll be forced to face.

A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua, as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.
About the Author
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Kasadya Hellhound Twisted by Karen Swart

Kasadya Hellhound Twisted
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN: 978-1301357192
Date Published: 15 February 2013

She fought against all odds and became the warrior she was meant to be … or so she thought. In a world where the rules have changed, can she embrace her destiny and become the hellhound she was meant to be?

Kasadya is back in Exsilium and finds her world a little different. Her half-breed fallen friends join her, and they are ordered to complete their apprentice training in order to obtain the right to be guardians. She must learn that her own fate cannot be denied and that others are set to follow. But most of all, she must learn that to trust is the greatest battle of all.

The tables are turned and Kasadya is put to the test. Will she be able to prevent her own death, or that of a friend? Or will her actions call forth the destruction of Earth and Exsilium?

For a Phoenix to rise, it must first die. —Chax De Luca

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“Do you serve because you want to gain access to Heaven? Or do you serve because you want to, because it is in your heart to?” I challenged them, and silence greeted me. The few eyes that had shown aggression now looked to the earth, shamed at the conclusion of my challenge. They serve themselves, for their own cause. They are not here because their hearts tell them that this is the right thing to do.

“These humans are out there every day, fighting to eliminate the demons, and they do this because they want to. They do this because it was their free willed choice to do it. You speak about honour and love, yet all of you are only doing this for yourselves!” I was pissed off, talk about hypocrites!

About the author:  
Karen lives in a small town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. She shares her live with her husband, two sons and daughter. If she isn't reading she is writing.
Her preferred genres are Paranormal and Urban fantasy. Karen specializes in payroll and HRIS systems analysis and development. At the age of 21 Karen's professional success reached it highest platform, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review + Blog Tour: The Warlord's Concubine by J.E. & M. Keep

Mirella often wonders what her life would've been like had she been born a princess, rather than the property of one.

When a dark warlord from the north conquers her princess' kingdom, however, he has plans for the dainty young future-queen. It makes the question all the more poignant, because now, more is at stake than just her rough treatment, but love and lust as well.

As an indentured servant and handmaiden to the princess for much of her life, the middle-aged Mirella sees the conquest of the land as an opportunity to elevate herself. Though as she earns the trust of their conquerors, she finds her own nature challenged as well. A life of callous disregard has made her hard, but as she battles the princess' will for the first time and finds new allies and friends, does she have what it takes to win the love and favour of the brutal warlord? Will love and friendship be her downfall? Or will her station in life yet again be her undoing?

Caution: The Warlord's Concubine is a dark fantasy novel that contains explicit scenes, and a twisted romance between a handmaiden and a God.

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The Warlord's Concubine is a dark, seductive tale of an older handmaid named Mirella who is very good at surviving. When a strong enemy barrels into the kingdom and takes over, her talents will be put to the test. However, what starts as a plot to stay alive quickly escalates into a much deeper and personal ploy to not just win the approval but the heart of the new conqueror. While finding out about magic and treason, we see who who she really is.....and how far she is willing to go for her love.

This might be a first for me to write about a book that I was completely enthralled with but HATED the main character. Not is a development way but just that I felt Mirella wasn't a good person! She was well defined and consistent, as well as someone you found yourself really understanding at points seeing as she is a middle aged servant who you can see being a heroine at first. The second the shit hits the fan, however, she is plotting a way to save her own skin and damn anyone that get's in her way. She is stone cold and brutal right along side smart and cunning. That is a deadly combination. Her character is actually brilliance in word form, a diverse character with a motive to turn a story on it's head. 

Pretty much I loved the story but thought the character was a horrible human being, which really made it an intriguing read.  The fact is I spent the whole story not wanting to Mirella to get her way, but still drooling over every moment and what was going to happen next. It is sexy, dark and will give you more than one surprise in it's pages. I finished reading in about a day and a half, and I am not a terribly fast reader so it was really easy to jump into and get lost in. Great story telling mixed with fascinating adventures along the way make this book a must read for me- My Opinion- Buy it!

About the author:
J.E. and M. Keep have a passion for all things sci fi/fantasy, and a desire to see what characters do when others fade to black. They set out to explore the most sexual, titillating and sometimes terrifying encounters. The plots are contemporary, fantasy, or science fiction, but they all have one thing in common: they’re hot.
From dark and taboo smut to coming-of-ages lust, from twisted love stories to tragic tales of self-destructive needs, they explore the fact that not all ‘Ever Afters’ are happy, and not everyone’s idea of happy is the same.
Come explore the limits of erotica and discover new desires from the smutty minds of J.E. & M. Keep. They can be found on their website at

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Cover Reveal + Spotlight: Love & Candy by Elizabeth Famous

Samantha Montclare is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she's knocked to her knees by an unexpected infatuation with the star of her local soccer team just as she discovers that her biological father is not the loving dad who raised her but a forbidding Italian aristocrat. 

Within the social hierarchy of a wealthy suburban high school, Delaney Troy is so superior to naive Samantha that she can't speak to him without provoking obscene taunts from his friends. 

Delaney is gorgeous, but much of Samantha's fascination stems from his brazen honesty and bristling wit. His air of confidence inspires so powerful an interest he draws her in without even looking at her.

But how could she possibly date a guy like Delaney who insists he only wants to hook up -- and doesn't believe in love?

Will the scandalous truth about the circumstances of her conception threaten her happy home life? 

Must she find a place in her life for an alarming new "father" just as she’s becoming an independent young woman?

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Praise for Love and Candy:
“A sweet, humorous and endearing coming of age story. Really something special!”

“Praise for Elizabeth Famous and this beautifully written and refreshingly unique coming of age story! It made me feel a plethora of emotions...borderline bipolar (and I loved every moment of it).”

“Well, I truly enjoyed it but was also greatly surprised (in a good way).” 

About the author:
Elizabeth Famous grew up on a family farm in rural USA before dashing off to the big city and going Ivy League.  Never satisfied with doing things the usual way, she married a man from the other side of the globe and won a doctoral fellowship in humanities.  Raising her lively and opinionated children is the greatest challenge of her life.  She likes to write about flawed characters dealing with challenging situations not touched upon in traditional romance novels -- such as losing one’s virginity in a not all-together spectacular fashion and yet getting together with the same guy by the end of the story, like in LOVE and CANDY.

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In her own words:
I would describe LOVE and CANDY as a contemporary NA/YA romance.  It’s about a young woman’s coming on age and takes place in the hyper-sexualized world of a posh high school.  It doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of her first serious relationship and deals with very adult topics.  In the end, it’s optimistic about Jane-Eyre-style romance and love.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Silver Heart by Victoria Green

Silver Heart (novella)
The Unspoken Collection #1
By- Victoria Green
Genre-New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication Date- July 25th

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…

For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents' carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.

So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.

But then her past catches up to her—in the form of world-renowned snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.

Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he's standing right in front of her, looking sexier than ever, bringing up suppressed feelings and bittersweet memories as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.

Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn't believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?

Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan's world will never be the same.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: All My Life by Rucy Ban

Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him. 
But Kari doesn't know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache. 

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“I can take care of myself,” I tell him. 
His lips twitch in response. “Oh, I’m sure you can, little shrub.”
“You are warned!” I take my voice down a notch and point my ring at him, “I’ll tunnel your leathery knighthood right out of this galaxy!” 
Neil suddenly halts in his tracks and pins me down with his eyes. “Batman vs. Green Lantern? Batman wins. Every. Single. Time.”
“Ohmygod! So not true. In the…”
He cuts me. “One word…yellow.” I stare at him with my mouth half-open. 
“‘Nuff said,” he says smugly and then tugs on my hand.

All My Life is a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with the wrong guy at first so that she can fall for the right one further down the road. Sounds cheesy and typical right? Wrong. What you'll find in this story is a girl who unfortunately is introduced to love with a slap in the face but has the most unlikely path to finding out what real love is all about. I thought Kari's story about pain and suffering was one that all girls will relate too, even if her story has never happened to them. Will Kari find her happily ever after with Neil? Or will her past cause her to run off the tracks forever?

I really liked Kari as  a character. I thought her transition from young and naive to paranoid and quite was something that I completely understood. Obviously considering her situation with Eddie, she had life really tech her a lesson in what trusting someone meant. I thought you could clearly see the change within herself right on the page, meaning there was a difference in the words written defined by what was going on within the story. That was refreshing. I always love to see a characters growth during a story and Kari went from good to bad and back again a number of times, and you could tell. That is not easy to accomplish. Plus, you can tell what her emotions are at all times during the story, which is a lot on insight into a character. Bravo.

Neil Mars is a male lead that I can really get behind, if you know what I mean (waggles eyebrows). No seriously, even though he is described as all tall dark and handsome, there is more to him than just looks. He brings out a side of Kari that was missing as soon as Eddie  screws with her. He understands Kari before he even realizes what she's going through and is the supporting friend she needs. He may have a few skeletons in his own closet but Neil is exactly what the doctor ordered so we could get Kari back on her feet.

As a story, I really liked All My Life. I thought it gave great detail about the lives of the characters we read about and does a nice job of teaching us a lesson about love, or loss. That supporting characters are a nice accent to the main and really moved the story along at a nice pace. I will have to say though, that this book is written in a stream-of-consciousness type of way an can be confusing sometimes. Everything in Kari's head is just tumbling out at once. If you ever heard a teenage girl talk or have a daughter, you can understand my point. It does get smashed together a lot and sometimes I had to re-read parts but I got why the author wrote it that way. You were front row to what was going on in the character's (Kari) head and really felt everything she felt. It was an effective way to bring emotion to a bunch of words and I can respect the choice. My Opinon: Burrow it!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Kasadya- Hellhound Born by Karen Swart

Book Info -
Title: Kasadya Hellhound Born
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Self Published
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MaryAnn Inabinet
Expected Publishing Date: 15 August 2013

Kasadya: Hellhound Born (Book #3 of the Kasadya Series)

In a world filled with evil, the Fallen prepare for the ultimate battle against the demon world!

Kasadya is ordered to unleash her crazed born transformation to complete her divinity. But there is a chance that her born will be uncontrollable, and she will be destroyed. There is just one person that can save her; her charm, her destined mate.  Left without a choice, she must surrender, and place her life in his hands.

In a race against time, the Fallen must stand together and fight the evil threatening to invade earth. If her divinity was in reach, victory would be theirs. That is until she starts having visions of the final battle, and her true destiny is revealed. She just found her love and place in the Fallen world; will she be able, and willing, to sacrifice it all?

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Bio -
Karen lives in a small town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. She shares her live with her husband, two sons and daughter. If she isn't reading she is writing.
Her preferred genres are Paranormal and Urban fantasy. Karen specializes in payroll and HRIS systems analysis and development. At the age of 21 Karen's professional success reached its highest platform, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Blitz: Money Didn't Buy Her Love by June Kramin

Money Didn’t Buy Her Love 
By-June Kramin
Publication Date-April 23, 2013

Trying to get his bearings on an unfamiliar street and not paying attention, Jeremy slams his breaks to avoid hitting the most beautiful bride he has ever seen. When Danielle climbs in his truck, he assumes she’s in a hurry to get to her wedding; he didn’t realize she was escaping one. He agrees to let her return to his apartment so she can call for help, only she refuses to leave.

 As the days pass, Jeremy finds it harder to fight off her passes and claims of falling in love with him. Besides having almost ten years on her, Jeremy discovers the family secret she had been trying to hide. How could the daughter of a billionaire settle for a plumber living paycheck to paycheck?

 Despite every tactic her father throws at her and an ex-fiancé who refuses to let her go, Dani stakes her claim to the only thing she has ever truly wanted in her life and fights to make Jeremy hers.

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“Exactly who the hell are you, Dani? Paris Hilton?”
She walked to a bench then sat down. “We’re doing this sooner than I hoped.”
“What’s your last name?”
Again she sighed. “Houseman.”
“You’re shitting me.”
“I wish I was.”
Jeremy sat down, afraid his knees would give away. “You’re… your dad is… Dani that’s…” He couldn’t form a proper sentence and opted to shut up.
“That’s pretty much how everyone reacts. It was nice while it lasted.” She went to stand up, but he held her hand and pulled her back down.
“First of all, nothing about this was nice, so cut the crap. You pretty much kidnapped and raped me… twice on that second one.”
She managed a giggle.
“I’m sorry I was a stammering idiot. I guess I’ve never been in the presence of a billionairess before. My humble plumbing and heating ass feels a little put to shame.”
She rested her cheek to his chest; he wrapped an arm around her. “I liked that you liked me for me, not who I was.”
“I don’t like you. What are you talking about?”
She gave him a playful slap on his chest. “You were starting to like me. Admit it.”
“Maybe I finally got to where I could tolerate your two a.m. jumpings.”
Again she laughed. “What Blake and I had was practically a medieval arranged marriage. His family is even more loaded than mine. I didn’t date much before him because I was always under lock and key. I was damn lucky I didn’t have a chastity belt put on me. If I was out with family without him, everyone swooned over me like a trophy. They wanted to date me because of who I was.”
“Don’t sell yourself short. You’re gorgeous.”
“You never said you like the way I look.”
“Am I dead? Come on, Dani. You have to know how beautiful you are.”
“I don’t think anyone has told me that – not anyone who didn’t want something from me, anyway.”
“Well then, I guess you can take my compliment off your list of firsts.”
“Why? You don’t want anything from me.”
“I wouldn’t go that far.” He moved her off his chest and stood up.
She followed him up. “You do like me. I knew it!”
“You are certifiable – a total nut job, one of the pickiest eaters I have ever known… but you drive me crazy.” She tiptoed up to wrap her arms around his neck, but he stopped her and held her by the wrists. “Nothing has changed, Dani. No, wait. In fact is has. It’s worse. We are even more of a mismatch than we’ve ever been. I’m still too old for you and you still need to wake up and quit your pouting. I knew I should have stuck to my guns about us. Nothing good is going to come to me for falling for you. There’s no way your family will tolerate anything less than this Blake.”

About the author:
Bio: Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order. 

"There is a fine line between genius and crazy... I like to use that line as a jump rope!"

June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai and is currently living “Happily Ever After” on a hobby farm in a small town in Southern Minnesota. 

She enjoys riding her Paint horse, Ringo, around the small ghost town they are playfully reestablishing with the neighbors and playing in Photoshop. Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets. 

Being hopelessly addicted to 80's music is her super power. 

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Cover Reveal: Gemini the Heir by Kristen DaRay

Gemini the Heir
Series-Gemini Book # 2 
By-Kristen DaRay
Expected Publication Date- September 28th, 2013 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Just a year ago, I thought I was an ordinary human, and I gave up everything on Earth to save the people I loved. I have become the Lenai of Emréiana, making me the heir to the Emréian throne. It also makes me in charge of defeating the Bremoir, a race that has been consuming other worlds. If I can’t stop them, the universe is doomed.

Then there is Aaronmon, my betrothed. We have only known each other for a year, but our bond is strong. It’s that bond that makes it hard to know my true feelings. While I think I am ready for the ceremony, I wonder if I really love him like I loved Kyle, my ex- boyfriend who was murdered.

But none of my feelings matter. In order to rule Emréiana, I must go through with the bonding ceremony. If I don’t, then I risk losing the right as heir and I’ll have no power in the war against the Bremoir. Nobody wants them defeated more than me.

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Gemini of Emreiana 
Gemini Series Book #1 
By Kristen DaRay 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn't die in a car accident. They're not even dead. I'm not American. I'm not even human. I have strange powers, and I'm the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana. 

If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I've loved since I was five. If I don't, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.

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About the author:

Kristen was born in Alabama in 1991 and still resides there today. She has been writing since the 6th grade. However, she did not begin to write fiction until she was 15. In 2009, Kristen had an idea that would spark the concept for Gemini of Emréiana that she would later write in 2011. During that time, she met her husband. They married in August of 2012. When Kristen is not writing, she spends time watching Korean Drama's or creating SIM's 3 stories. Kristen continues to write the next novels to the Gemini Trilogy. She also plans to release a new series later on in the year.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blog Tour: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy - Book #1)

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

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I caught a glimpse of my mother staring out the den window. She held her violin loosely under her chin, and the bow dangled from her fingertips. Her jaw was slack, her eyes locked on something in the trees beyond me. I knew that haunted expression. I froze.

I swallowed hard as her eyes shifted to me. The violin fell from her chin, and I could see her bottom lip trembling.

I should have been used to that reaction from her when she saw me during an episode. It happened every time. But I wasn’t.

I flew into the house as fast as my feet would carry me. The screen door crashed behind me as I came to a halt outside the den. My mother clutched fistfuls of her blonde hair, garbled words spilling from her lips.

“I have to. I have to go out there,” she said. “He’s waiting for me.”

She stood in the semi-darkness, mumbling, the only other sound the hum of the ceiling fan. I clung to the doorjamb as I watched my grandmother approach carefully. She placed her hands on my mother’s shoulders, and on contact my mother’s body stopped quaking. Gram crooned, rocking her back and forth, as she pulled her into her arms and led her away from the window.

My stomach tightened, and I backed away to leave them alone. If she saw me again, who knew what would happen.

I cringed as the floor creaked beneath me, and she jerked her head in my direction. Her eyes widened when she saw me, and the shaking began again. Breaking away from my grandmother, she stumbled backward toward the window. She raked her fingers down her face and hair as she moaned. “Liam…” Tears streamed down her cheeks, causing thick strands of hair to stick to her face.

I entered the room slowly, desperate not to step on another squeaky floorboard. Her green eyes burned into mine, and I locked my eyes on hers. No matter how many times she fought my attempts to soothe her, I had to keep trying. She was my mom.

About the author: 
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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