Book Trailer & Excerpt: Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin

losing logan banner   Losing_Logan_Ebook1-200x300Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin Releases May 6, 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, was the one thing you couldn’t let go of? Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

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excerpt “Who would want me dead?” he whispers. I raise my hand. He glances up and laughs…. “Why am I not surprised by that?” Lowering my arm I pick at my fingernails. “Well, you do irritate me.” “Yeah, but did I annoy you when I was alive?” I think about that for a second. “No, I suppose not. It’s hard to annoy someone who doesn’t even orbit the same planet as you. Or maybe you’re just annoying dead?” He smirks, “Well I never had any complaints while I was alive so, maybe. Then again, maybe you just bring out the best in me.” I pucker. That’s entirely possible. Lord knows Carlos has called me abrasive more than once. Changing the subject I stab a piece of chicken and hold it out to Logan. “Ok, experiment time.” Continue reading

Excerpt: Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino

BlessedAretheDeadFor her debut novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD (Witness, on sale 6/10/2014, $2.99, ISBN 13: 9780062338907), Kristi Belcamino relies on her knowledge gained from working as a crime reporter at newspapers in California, specifically in her experience with a serial killer who police and FBI agents liked to several kidnappings and murders. Belcamino’s personal past colors this smart, thrilling novel with a unique new voice.

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD pits Italian-American Bay Area Crime reporter against a serial killer who preys on children. When they were little girls, Gabriella Giovanni’s sister was kidnapped and killed. Twenty years later, Gabriella spends her days on the crime beat flitting in and out of other people’s nightmares and then walking away unscathed. That changes when a little girl disappears and Gabriella’s quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper who reels her in with tales of his exploits as a longtime serial killer and promises to reveal his secrets to her alone. Meanwhile, Gabriella’s passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper also killed her sister. Gabriella won’t hesitate to risk her life to garner justice for the dead.

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of an extremely likeable protagonist.  The novel sets up a new series featuring Gabriella Giovanni, an Italian-American Bay Area crime reporter.  BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, the second book in the series will be published in July.






Excerpt & Giveaway: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

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At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives.

Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents.

The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.


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Excerpt & Giveaway: The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

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WILLIAM MORROW is thrilled to publish Hazel Gaynor’s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A Novel of the Titanic

Her story is inspired by true events surrounding the Addergoole  14—members of a church parish in County Mayo, Ireland that set sail together on RMS Titanic, all hoping to find a brighter future in America. It is believed that the losses suffered by the parish in the Titanic disaster were the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality.

Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy feels bittersweet about her journey across the Atlantic  Ocean. While her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in the country with Séamus, the sweetheart she is leaving behind. Maggie is one of the fortunate few passengers in steerage who survives on April 15th, 1912. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that night again.

Weaving in and out of Maggie’s voyage and Chicago, 1982, Gaynor introduces the reader to twenty-one year old Grace Butler. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those thought to be lost long ago.

Gaynor’s poignant tale seamlessly blends fact and fiction, exploring the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. With snippets of actual Marconigrams—telegrams sent through the Marconi Company between Titanic and Carpathia
and between Carpathia and the White Star Line office—THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years, and a real source of fascination for history buffs and Titanic enthusiasts. Continue reading

Review: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

This week, I am highlighting new releases from some of the fabulous authors I stalk follow faithfully ever since last summer’s UtopYA conference. Pretty soon I will explain just how UtopYA has ruined me for all other author/reader conventions… but first: let’s talk BOOKS!!

One of my very first blog posts was my declaration of love for Chelsea Fine’s YA paranormal series, Archers of Avalon.  It is among my favorite trilogies & if you have not read it, please do!  SO GOOD!  It’s original and thrilling and much of the dialogue is hysterical.  It’s truly a #mustread for fans of YA.

Best Kind of BrokenLast month, Chelsea released her first contemporary NA romance, Best Kind of Broken.  Here’s the scoop:


Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can’t. And the damage is done. She’s hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there’s a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more–until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he’s right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she’d long buried . . .

Levi can’t believe he’s living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple “sorry” won’t suffice–not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie’s better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she’s so close, Pixie’s heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear–he can’t live without her. Continue reading

Review: Reap by Casey L. Bond

This week, I am highlighting new releases from some of the fabulous authors I stalk follow faithfully ever since last summer’s UtopYA conference. Pretty soon I will explain just how UtopYA has ruined me for all other author/reader conventions… but first: let’s talk BOOKS!!

If you enjoy YA Dystopian fiction, you need to read Reap by Casey L. Bond.


Book Summary

The remnants of the United States of America have been divided. From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers.

In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greater’s engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.

Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew? And if she chooses Crew, will she lose her best friend? Continue reading

Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Evolution: SAGE by S.A. Hutchton

Before the Cover Reveal of Book 2 in the Evolution series, here’s the scoop on Book 1, Evolution: Angel

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Release date: March 6th, 2014

“Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she’s wanted.

Now 18, she’s finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn’t tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits.

With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart.”

… and now for the COVER REVEAL of Book 2, Evolution: Angel

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Must Read: Locked by Eva Morgan

LockedI am a fan of all things Sherlock. When I heard there was a new YA book about him as a high school student, I got excited. The book was getting rave reviews, and I made a point to read it asap. Believe the hype!! I sincerely loved this book, and my favorite part is that the cover page says “Book 1 of the Locked Series.”

There have been many versions of Sherlock Holmes, and my favorite is the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch. Like the TV show, Locked takes place in modern times. While reading the book, I easily imagined Benedict barely tolerating his senior year as the new kid in school. The premise is fun and original, and the tall, lanky British genius the author creates is most definitely a younger version of the sleuth we all know and love. Continue reading

Must Read: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Before I begin my public declaration of love for this book, I have to share something special that happened to me:

mr_t_april_fooOn April 1, 2014, I was certain some friends hacked into my WordPress account to orchestrate an April Fool’s Day prank of epic proportions: the site had logged over 200 page views before Noon EST.  This blog is 10 months old, is mostly read by my friends and family and does NOT clock anywhere near so many views a day.  It wasn’t until later that afternoon that I learned author Kresley Cole shared the link to my Poison Princess review on her Twitter and Facebook accounts.  I fangirled like a champ, for true.  Not only did Kresley-Freaking-Cole READ my review, she liked it and shared it, bringing record breaking “eyeball numbers” my way.  On Tuesday, 25,344 people saw the post (through sharing) on Facebook and 786 people visited my site through the social media links.  I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge this and thank her for it.  I still can’t believe it, and the number of views continues to grow.  Incredible!

In that post I mentioned that my review for Book 2 of the Arcana Chronicles, Endless Knight would be next.  Here we go: Endless Knight

If you have not read Book 1, Poison Princess, no worries!  There is time to remedy that: go grab the first 17 Chapters for free HERE and then treat yourself to the rest of the story.  In the words of Captain Obvious: read Book 1 before you read this review of Book 2.

Endless Knight picks up right where Poison Princess leaves off (I love it when authors do that).  No “…six months have passed since…” and they summarize the previous book for you before moving the story along.  This book starts exactly where the other one ends, and it is a seamless transition that I, like many readers, appreciate in a series.

Evie & Company are forced to take stock of all that happened in the final chapters of Poison Princess, but they do not have much time to catch their breath. Guess what?  Neither do you, Reader!  Cover to cover, this book is crafted from fast-paced action, shocking events, momentious decisions and stunning revelations.  The characters could not believe what was happening or imagine what’s next, and I could totally relate. The first book is intense, and this one is exponentially so… in a really awesome way.   Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Shady Bay by Casey L. Bond

This is a beautiful palm tree sunrise in Myrtle Beach SC
Shady Bay 871KBThank you so much for checking out the cover of Shady Bay. This is a short, beachy read but it’s not small on emotion.
Shady Bay:

Sometimes the hardest thing for a proud person to do is lean on others.

Since her father went to prison, Mercy Taylor’s life has been crap. With forty dollars in her pocket, and a determined look on her face, Mercy decides to do something about it. She hitch-hikes her way to Myrtle Beach to start fresh.

Never say it can’t get worse, because for Mercy, it does. For her, rock bottom consists of eating out of a trash can. But, once you’ve hit bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up.

Jaxon Harrison left Devil Creek, West Virginia for a new start. He’d fallen in love and had given his heart to a woman who had chewed it up and spit it out. He doesn’t need that kind of heartache again. The problem is, there’s a sweet, stubborn girl who refuses to get out of his head.

The moment when you get your feet firmly set on the ground, life tends to throw something else your way. What will the future hold for Mercy and Jaxon?

Releasing May 2014!

Let’s take a look at the full cover!
Young couple lying and embracing in secluded spot at beach