Crane by Stacey Rourke (Cover Reveal)

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Title: Crane

Series: Legends Saga Book 1

Author: Stacey Rourke

Genre: NA paranormal

Audience: Older teens and up

Formats: eBook and print

Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Cover By: Najla Qamber Designs

Editor: There for You Editing

Expected Date of Publishing: May 26, 2014

 

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The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?
 
 
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authorgifThe Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.

 

Contact Info: Visit the author at www.staceyrourke.com
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V Card Alicia Michaels

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I’m pleased to be able to welcome New Adult, Romance author Alicia Michaels to the blog! She’s celebrating the release of her newest book, V-CARD, out today! Enjoy the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. Good luck! 🙂

Excerpt from V-Card

                My mission? To lose my stupid virginity by my twenty-first birthday … which is in two months. I can’t very well go into the next phase of adulthood with my v-card. How can I honestly call myself a ‘woman’ if I fidget, wheeze, and just about have a heart attack at even the thought of intimacy? Any guy I date is going to wonder what the hell is wrong with me.
So, it’s happening. I’m not sure when, or with who—since I’m not dating anybody—but I’m determined not to see twenty-one without shedding that one last thing keeping me at girl-status.
Drastic, much? I don’t think so. Maybe if you knew some of my history, you wouldn’t either. First, there was Jeremy …
My first attempt was as seventeen years old, senior year. It was like something out of a cheesy movie, making out in the back of a car after Homecoming at Lookout Point. Okay, so the place isn’t called Lookout Point, but The Ridge is a cliff overlooking my small Texas hometown and people do go there to make out. Me and Jeremy had been dating for six months—a lifetime in TDT. That’s Teenage Dating Time, by the way.
Anyway, things were getting pretty hot and heavy. The windows were steamed up and we had collapsed on to the backseat in a tangle of writhing arms and legs. Jeremy had me topless and was pretty much in teenage-dude heaven. I mean, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’ve got some pretty nice boobs. Not too big or anything; average size, but almost the perfect shape and symmetry. Although, with the lack of finesse Jeremy showed in handling them, I doubt he would have cared if one was three sizes bigger than the other, or if my nipples were two different colors.
That familiar tingle of horny teenage hormones was tearing me up inside, turning me into a panting, thoughtless animal. I guess that natural high was what made me bold enough to attempt my first B.J. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s not exactly rocket science.
At least, I didn’t think it was. Apparently there is a science to it, especially when you wear braces. In my enthusiasm, I might have gone in a little too hard. I slipped, my face landed in his lap, and I almost unmanned him. To be fair, the wound was superficial, but there was so much blood you’d have thought someone was stabbed to death in the back of that car.
After dropping Jeremy off at the emergency room, I pretty much ended our relationship by ignoring him until graduation. He didn’t seem to mind. After I mutilated his man-parts, I doubt he would have felt safe getting in the sack with me without some major life insurance.
Let’s see, my next attempt came during my first semester of college, just a few months after my eighteenth birthday. Somehow, I managed to catch the eye of a teacher’s aide. He was a graduate student working on his Master’s in Education. While he was officially considered ‘faculty’, the age gap wasn’t that much and he was too gorgeous for me to be put off with teacher vibes. Slender with long legs and broad shoulders, ginger colored hair and green eyes peeking out from behind sleek, rectangular glasses. Alistair: even his name was sexy.
We traded a lot of smoldering looks across the classroom. Those looks turned into short conversations in passing. Some flirtations where our hands touched as we exchanged papers. One of those hand-touching exchanges led to me being propelled into an empty classroom.
Once again, the moment played out like something from a film. Alistair grabbed my ass and pulled me up against him, his lips crashing down over mine in a seductive move that left me swooning like an idiot. We tore at each other’s clothes, and as soon as he had my pants off, he lifted me and threw me onto a desk.
And right onto a stapler.
You’re probably thinking the two staples I took to my left butt cheek would have been enough to end it, but apparently I’m a glutton for punishment.
“I’m okay, really,” I told him, pulling him in for a kiss.
“Yeah?” he asked, his smile crooked and sexy as he swept the contents of the desk aside to avoid any more injuries. “I’ve wanted this forever,” he said, his mouth tracing a path from my neck and down to places that made my toes curl. My only response was a whimper, as I allowed him to lay me back, struck dumb by his sex appeal as he rested his weight over mine on the desk.
This resulted in another trip to the E.R.
Who’d have thought those classroom desks were so flimsy? It splintered as if it were made of matchsticks, dropping me to the floor, where I cracked the back of my head open on the tiles. A concussion and a few staples were enough to dampen that encounter. Luckily, Alistair did a good job covering up what we’d been about to do and no one was the wiser. When no one questioned his story about how he’d perched on top of the desk I’d been leaning against, causing it to collapse, we were in the clear. I probably could have had a chance with Alistair after that if I’d wanted it. Especially if the longing looks he threw my way were any indication. However, by then I was so freaked out about sex, I just couldn’t bring myself to allow him to get me alone. At the end of the semester, he graduated and I never saw him again.
After that, I decided my first time was going to have to be more vanilla to avoid injury. Good ole missionary position, laying on a bed sex … that was the way to do it. My braces were long gone and office supplies couldn’t impale me.
The chance came my sophomore year when I met Geoff, a moody, brooding art student. He was sexy in a less obvious way. Thin, long, and tall, with an ethereal face framed by inky black hair. He drew pictures of me and called me his muse. He was a total weirdo, but in an artsy sort of way. At least, I thought it was only in the artsy sort of way. He had me fooled for about four months and I thought I we were on our way to a long lasting relationship. That was before he got me half naked in his room and proceeded to try to tie me to the bed with a set of very scary looking leather straps. I don’t think I even bothered to get dressed before I ran, screaming for the hills.
After that I pretty much gave up. There have been a few guys I was interested in, and even a couple of great first dates and kisses. Just a month ago, I went on a date with a guy from my Sociology class. He was cute, funny—and, most importantly—normal. Just the kind of guy I wouldn’t mind giving my virginity to. Unfortunately, when our kisses started to turn in to something more, the twitching and wheezing started and I panicked. If I’m not careful I’m going to develop a reputation for this crap.
No, actually, I’m not.
I’m not, because I’m determined to just power through and do it.
The countdown is on.
60 days.
Oh God, I think I’m going to barf.

 

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Jennifer Nolan has been unlucky when it comes to love; even more unfortunate when it comes to sex. In fact, the twenty year-old college junior is about to enter her senior year still carrying her v-card. All she wants is to be with that special someone without it resulting in a trip to the emergency room, runaway office supplies, or being scarred for life by someone’s weird fetishes. With several botched attempts under her belt, she begins to fear she’ll end up a lonely spinster or a crazy cat lady.

With only 60 days until her 21st birthday, Jennifer is determined to lose her virginity once and for all. Little does she know that her mission will lead her down a path toward love. She never expects that her mission will lead her to a discovery of what true womanhood is, and where true and lasting love begins.

 

Alicia Michaels

About Alicia Michaels

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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Review: Garden of Eden (The Legend of Eden #1)

 
Author: Kate Cowan [debut author]
Author website: http://www.katecowanauthor.com/
Published : October 13, 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Rating: Found here
Format: E-book (mobi.) *For Review*
Young Adult/Fantasy/Dystopian aspects

 

[Synopsis: Goodreads.com]

It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, ‘for their own protection’.


Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers – and this time, there is no escape. When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems. And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself – one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children – and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.

[Review]

The Garden of Eden is a debut novel about a girl named Eden and who she is to many people and/or groups in the book. To her parents she is the disappointment, Will wants to protect her, the catchers want to capture her.

This is a story of a girl trying to find her identity and where she belongs. This is also, a story about believing in magic, friendships and oneself. I see where the author wanted to go with this story and although the story does not consistently flow, the concept reminds me of one of my favorite series, The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. Like The Pledge, Garden of Eden has traces of dystopian and fantasy.  I am intrigued with the story to see what Eden finds at Jordan Hall about herself and about the secrets the island is hiding.

My advice to Kate Cowan is to keep writing and see where this story takes you, it may even take you down a few rabbit holes.

Favorite Character: Will 

because he has secrets of his own and I want to know what they are and why they affect the friendship between him and Eden so much.

 

~Authored by LeAnn

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Cover Reveal from Karen Pokras

Author Karen Pokras is pleased to announce her debut contemporary romance series

 

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Coming Soon: Book One: Ava’s Wishes

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About Ava’s Wishes:

Ava Haines had big plans for her life. Her short-term goals included passing statistics (on the third try), graduating college on time, and securing a job in the art gallery on Main Street. Her long-term goal was to one day own an art gallery of her very own. Oh sure, she would someday like to fall in love and get married, but all of that was secondary to making sure her other goals were in line. Fellow student Max Wallis and esteemed photographer Thomas Malloy were just minor distractions she was more than capable of handling. She was entitled to a little fun once in a while, right? But as reality took a tumble, Ava began to wonder if she really was able to manage it all. Could all her wishes come true?

 

About Karen Pokras:

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Karen Pokras writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen’s books include Chasing Invisible, and her soon to be released, Whispered Wishes series. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family. For more information, please visit www.karenpokras.com.


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Book covers designed by Najla Qamber Designs. 

Books 1-3 – Models: Models: Courtney Boyett and Willis Totten

Book 4: Models: Courtney Boyett, Sara Beck, and Brittany Weidman

Model Photographer: Casey Boyett

 

 

Kristin Clark’s The Chosen Blog Tour

chosencoverTitle: The Chosen
Author: Kristin Clark
Genre: Fantasy / Urban Paranormal
Audience: Young Adult
Formats: E-book, Paperback
Date Published: January 21, 2014 
Publisher: Anchor Group
Cover By: Katie Cowen
Editor: Melissa Ringsted and Christine Lairson
Pages: 248
ISBN-10: 0615957870
ISBN-13: 978-0615957876
ASIN: B00HZTSW8Q

 

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Synopsis

Chloe Caledone is a typical High School Senior counting the days until graduation when she can finally escape her boring small town life and experience the world.  She has purposefully managed to go through life unnoticed, and has only seen the world through other’s eyes.  On her eighteenth birthday, Chloe, awakes to a complete surprise, unaware that she has been Chosen and is the Descendant of the most powerful bloodline in history. Chloe will now embark on her true life’s destiny turning her world upside down with secrets, lies, danger, and an unanticipated love triangle, while she and five other Descendants of the original Chosen, fight to destroy a dark and powerful immortal.

 

Excerpt from The Chosen-

Drake got up from the table and walked over to me, putting my face between his hands as he always did. I looked sternly into his eyes.            
 “Chloe, I love you more than life itself. I will do everything in my power to get your life back to normal, but you have to trust me. I can’t tell you just yet. It is better this way, I promise. I will leave you alone so you can try to gather back some of your normal life again. There is no place for me in your world. I want you to be happy and safe. I promise I will make it better for you from a distance. This will all be over soon, and then you can get on with your normal, teenage life.” He was adamant; I could see that. I didn’t want to let him go, but I couldn’t handle anymore than I already had.            
 “Why can’t you just tell me what you know? How can you say you love me but want to leave? I want you – all of you. Please don’t do this. We belong together. I know it, and you know it.” I was crying on the outside and screaming on the inside. Why wouldn’t he fight for me?            
 “You deserve so much more than I can give you right now. Please don’t make this any harder than it already is.” Drake wouldn’t look at me in the eyes anymore.
I knew him well enough to know that meant he didn’t want this. It was hurting him and killing me. I did have feelings for Ethan, but they didn’t compare to the burning flame that was inside of me for Drake.            
 “Look at me, please. We can make this work; I know we can. When this is all over, we can be together and be a normal couple.” I grabbed his face and pulled it toward me. “Promise me you’ll come back for me. I don’t care what it is you have to go and do, just promise me, Drake. Say you’ll come back.” I couldn’t talk behind the tears anymore. I closed my eyes and prayed through all the tears. He kissed me on my forehead and lifted me up to face him.            
 “Chloe, if it is at all possible, I will come back for you. You know that. If I don’t, it is because I am not able to.” The look in his eyes when he said that sent chills through me and turned my stomach upside down. I knew what he meant now. He had been trying to tell me all along. If he couldn’t, it’d be because he was not able to. If he was not able to, that means he was not alive. I burst into tears in his arms. “I want you to live a long and happy life without me. I would prefer it to be with me, but you can go on without me. I always told you I would never let you get hurt. I will die for you, if there is no other way. If it means you are safe and protected, than that is what I will do.” His bravery was unbelievable. “Chloe I will destroy Aden. I won’t stop till it is finished.”           
 “I won’t let you die for me.” I watched his expression change from pure menace to upset and slowly back to the kind, caring Drake I had known.           
 “It has to be this way. Please just stay here where you are safe. Don’t go out there and do anything that could get you killed. I promise it will be over soon.” He kissed me.            
 “I love you,” I whispered.           
 “I love you more than you could ever know.”
With that kiss, we said good-bye. I memorized his face and burned it into my memory. I felt that would be the last I saw of him. The feeling in my heart told me so, but it wasn’t him that wasn’t coming back; it was I
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 “This isn’t how I expected death to be.  I imagined it cold, dark & lonely. This is nothing of the sort.  It is warm & light.  I feel everything except alone.  I feel brave & strong. And loved.” excerpt from The Chosen
 

 The fairytales are true.  Witches and warlocks are not just lore.  And you hold the power to prevent evil and darkness from controlling the world.  You are The Chosen One. Meet Chloe, your average high school senior just trying to navigate through school and escape small town life.  Then on her eighteenth birthday everything changes.  Suddenly she looks a little different.  Her reflexes have quickened.  She meets a mysterious guy in the school parking lot and instantly feels a connection to him. Oddest of all, she swears she sees a man watching her from the woods while in class.  Nathan, Heather, Sean, and Olivia are like Chloe.  Their lives all changed when they turned eighteen.  From them Chloe learns that they all have special powers and are descendants from the Originals.  However, one of the descendants, Ethan, is not with them and they must locate him to complete the task at hand. The villain of this tale, Aden, has kidnapped Ethan in order to get to Chloe and the others.  Aden’s goal is to destroy them and take their power. Chloe and the others must use their gifts to track, locate and free Ethan all while learning where their ancestors came from and why after centuries is the Originals bloodline needed again.

The Chosen is a great mixture of characters personalities. Chloe has a great standalone personality and very likable in the story. She is that typical teenager that walks through the halls unnoticed and then one day goes from nobody to somebody and has to deal with the new attention she does not really understand or like for that matter. The other descendants (characters) are Nathan, Heather, Sean, Olivia and Ethan; they are all strong characters and are very individualistic throughout the story, however, are very complementary to Chloe’s character. The two characters that are not part of the descendants are the mysterious and sexy, Drake, and Aden, the evil sorcerer, that wants nothing more than to have the chosen’s power for himself.

For the author’s debut novel, this reviewer thinks she knocked it out of the park.   I was swept up in the first paragraph of the prologue.  Kristin Clark took me on a journey with Chloe.  Her depiction came alive and danced in my head.  Author Kristin Clark writes with a maturity that is breathtaking especially discovering that this is her first published novel.   I absolutely look forward to reading future works by the very talented Kristin Clark.

 

Kristin Clark

 

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1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in El, Paso Texas and now live in a small town in Maryland. I am an army brat, and come from a long line of military service members. My Dad is retired Army National Guard, my Step-mom is still enlisted, my Step-father is a retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, my Grand-father was in the Navy during WWII, and my ancestor was the first commander of the US Navy during revolutionary war. I have three daughters, age 3, 7, 9 and struggle with the reality that it is inevitable; I will have three teenage daughters one day. I have always liked to read and write. My favorite shows are The Following, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, True Blood, and Sons of Anarchy. I love to read anything Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, and Romance. I love music and photography. I have a secret addiction to Dunkin Donuts coffee and sweet tea. When I read, I usually can’t stop, I have to finish, and I prefer to read a series when all of the books are available. I get disappointed when I have to wait for the next book to come out in a series.
 

2.  Please tell us about your book.

Chloe Caledone is a typical High School Senior counting the days until graduation when she can finally escape her boring small town life and experience the world. She has purposefully managed to go through life unnoticed, and has only seen the world through other’s eyes. On her eighteenth birthday, Chloe, awakes to a complete surprise, unaware that she has been Chosen and is the Descendant of the most powerful bloodline in history. Chloe will now embark on her true life’s destiny turning her world upside down with secrets, lies, danger, and an unanticipated love triangle, while she and five other Descendants of the original Chosen, fight to destroy a dark and powerful immortal.
 

3.  Who was your favorite character to write and why?

My favorite character to write was Chloe. She has an amazing gift and discovered so much about herself and what she was capable of after she discovered she was the descendent of the original chosen. She develops not only as a heroin but also personally, her relationships with the chosen and with her first love.
 

4.  Since this is Book 1 of a trilogy, what is the timeline of the remaining 2 books?

The second book in The Chosen Trilogy is near finished. You will be introduced to new characters and discover more about The Chosen and their history. I estimate it to be released this summer and the third book at the end of the year.
 

5.  What is your writing process?

I wrote The Chosen with pencil and paper first, then came back and typed it. The entire storyline played out right away and I had a hard time getting it on paper quickly enough. It all started with the title and the main character, Chloe and her gift. Nowadays, I am typing from the get go but you can find notes and sticky notes scribbled on all over the place when I think of something that I have to get out right away.
 

6.  What authors have influenced you?

One of my biggest influences would be J.K Rowling, her history and how she came about is very influential. Another influence would be Stephanie Meyer because she was like me, when the idea came to her, she wrote it with no intention of publishing it at first. She seemed to share the same feelings as me, shy about sharing her work with others.
 

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