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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nobody's Damsel By: E.M. Tippetts *Book Excerpt & Review*

**Everyone who leaves a comment on E.M.’s tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Nobody's Damsel before May 20 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.** 

Book Blurb
Chloe has finished her masters degree and taken a job as a forensic scientist back in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only the press will not leave her alone. They follow her to crime scenes and report on her every move, eager to show that her marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, is on the brink of collapse. Millions of fans who dream of their own celebrity romance with him want this more than anything. This scrutiny comes at a particularly bad time as Chloe's first case is a crime against a child roughly the same age that Chloe was when she survived a homicide attempt.

Now that she sees the case from an adult's perspective, she realizes it's much harder than she ever dreamed. It's even worse for Jason, who is two steps removed from the crime. He must watch and try to support his wife as she battles with past demons and tries to keep up with a nameless suspect who evades identification and capture. Never has Jason been more frustrated with his job, its frivolities, and its lack of connection to the real world. When he storms off the set of his latest movie, the press goes wild with conjecture. Perhaps he never was anything more than a pretty face after all.

Together, Chloe and Jason must find their way past all the popping flashbulbs and through the dark maze of the criminal investigation to discover whether they can balance their professional goals with the demands of a celebrity marriage. The odds are entirely against them.

Book Excerpt

The first thing I heard when I walked into the lab was the police dispatcher’s voice coming from a police scanner set up on the counter.
“Okay… We’ve had a call in to 911 that someone heard popping noises at a house. Hernandez? Wolfson? Can you guys get over to a house in Volcano Cliffs?”
“Popping noises?”
“That might have been gunshots. It’s all I’ve got. Can you go check?”
“Not right now. We’ve got someone stalled out in the middle of Coors and then pretty sure we got a DWI. And two people just ran a stoplight.”
“Well, when you get a chance, here’s the address.”
“Yeah, okay.”
The lab was in a basement and had enough fluorescent light banks in the ceiling to make anyone look like a walking corpse. The place was still empty; I was the second person to arrive today.
The first to arrive, a man, straightened up when he saw me. He’d been leaning against a worktable at the back of the room and had his dark hair buzzed short. His gray green eyes looked me over and his mouth turned down at the corners. “Chloe Vanderholt?”
“Yeah, hi.” I debated holding out my hand for a handshake, but since he didn’t, I didn’t.
“Right… so…” He looked me up and down, in an appraising rather than lecherous way, and said, “Come back to my desk. We should probably talk. I’m the new supervisor here.”
“Miguel Gonzolas?”
“Yeah, that’s me.” He turned to lead the way. The lab was one large room with desks at the back, shelves of books in the corner, and equipment arrayed on counters and worktables throughout.
From his aloof manner, I got the distinct impression that this wasn’t a friendly, welcome-to-the-team kind of chat. Once at his desk, he hooked a chair from a nearby desk for me and sank down into his seat. “I’ve never met you before, which is kind of strange since I’ve been interviewing new applicants since before I got promoted to supervisor.”
“I was interviewed by the previous supervisor and the Police Chief-”
“I know. That’s not normal.”
Because this lab was under the jurisdiction of the police department, the Chief of Police was its director, so her conducting an interview was something she had the power to do, even if it wasn’t the sort of thing she ever, actually did. I wondered now if this new supervisor was going to terminate me on the spot just to get back at her. That idea did have a certain appeal.
“You went to a good school and got good references and all that,” he said. “I’m sure you can be a good crim.” “Crim” was short for criminalist, and was what most forensic scientists called themselves. “But, we haven’t had any job openings lately. Our budget is real tight. I mean, how did you even apply?”
It was all I could do not to squirm on the rock hard cushion of the office chair. “I was just offered an interview a few months ago.” Not my usual style at all. Jason and I had discussed it at length, since it was obviously a courtesy extended to the Vanderholt name. In the end I’d chosen to believe that it was just the APD’s way of keeping the whole thing under wraps. No one else in the lab would find out unless the Chief decided to hire me.
“So you’re saying you didn’t even apply?”
“No. The pay they offered was extremely low. They told me about the tight budget.” I also liked to think this meant the whole deal wasn’t corrupt.
He looked me over again.
“The pay’s kind of a non-issue for me,” I said.
His mouth quirked up at the corners.
“This is the field I want to work in. This is a city I know. Two years ago I was just another undergrad at UNM working my way towards a job like this. Now I’ve got a famous last name, but I’m the same person.”
No one ever believed me when I said that, other than the Vanderholts, at least.
“Listen,” I said, “if this is a problem, I can leave. I won’t ever breathe a word to anyone about it-”
“No. If Madame Chief says you have a job, you have a job. Let’s get you set up in your desk, get your phone line, stuff like that. The other guys, when they come in, they’re all going to know something’s fishy, though.”
And he made no offer to smooth ruffled feathers.

Author Bio:

E.M. Tippetts grew up in New Mexico and now lives in London, where she raises two boisterous toddlers, designs jewelry, and writes novels. A former attorney, she used to specialize in real estate and estate planning, specifically literary estate planning. She currently has five novels out, Time & Eternity, Paint Me True, Someone Else's Fairytale, Castles on the Sand, and Nobody's Damsel (Fairytale 2).

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*Will Be Posted Soon*

MAFIA SECRET By: Angie Derek *Review*

*Angie is hosting a TOUR WIDE Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card to One Randomly Drawn Commenter. Please make sure they leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS with their comments.*

Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her. 

Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa.

Book Excerpt:
He held a white envelope against the glass and spoke again. “I have a letter from your father.”

She relaxed a smidge. He had the wrong person. Her father had died when she was six. But she couldn’t completely relax. He was still a stranger, and after this afternoon . . . . Whoever had tried to run her over still hadn’t been caught. And maybe she’d heard him wrong. Her car was running and the windows were shut. 

She took her left hand off the steering wheel and cracked her window a quarter of an inch so she could hear him better. “I’m sorry, what did you say?” 

“I have a letter from your father.”

“I think you have the wrong person.”

“Alessandra Noelle?”

Lessa hesitated, her right hand tightening on the steering wheel. “Yes.”

“You’re the correct person.” His voice was low and soothing. 

But it had the opposite effect on her nerves. She shook her head. “I can’t be. My father died nearly twenty years ago.” 

He hesitated this time and she focused on his face. The security light cast him in harsh shadows. He wore a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a tie. No suit jacket. Probably a concession to the heat. His dark hair was brushed back off his face and his eyes appeared as dark in the night. 

His lips firmed into a frown before he spoke again. “No, he didn’t. He died two days ago.”

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Author Bio:
Angie Derek writes paranormal and romantic suspense. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and one pony (she thinks she needs another one to even out the number). 

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Available in multiple ebook formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Crossroads, Diesel, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony.
Available as an audio book through, Amazon, iTunes.
My Review
*Will Be Posted Soon*

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Space Between By: Victoria H. Smith *Guest Post & Giveaway*

Title: The Space Between
Author : Victoria H. Smith
Release date: April 2, 2013
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

Interesting Facts about THE SPACE BETWEEN

1. Drake’s struggle with his identity is quite common for international adoptees. To help with his development, I researched many stories of adoptees and actively participated in online discussions to portray his struggle as accurately as I could.

2. Drake is stated as a Korean-born adoptee in the novel. I chose this country of origin because many boys were adopted from this country in the 1990s, which is the decade Drake was born. At first, I considered China, but it is rare boys are adopted from this country due to the nations’ one child policy.

3. Drake calls Lacey his “angel of song.” I’m a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera, especially the song “Angel of Music,” which the Phantom sings to his heroine. Drake’s nickname for Lacey was inspired by that.

4. Cooper’s original name was Blair, but I decided to change it after realizing I had written another character (in a different series) with a similar name.

5. The scene when Drake first sees Lacey sing is inspired by the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.

About the Author
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Silencing Breath (Stealing Breath #2) By: Joanne Brothwell *E-Book Giveaway*

*Thanks for stopping by here today! One Winner will win both Stealing Breath & Silencing Breath, so check out the book descriptions & the giveaway below :)

Book 1 Description
Via Goodreads

Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning? Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence. Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

Book 2 Description
Via Goodreads

Silencing Breath, book two in the Stealing Breath series.

Just as Sarah Ross is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an Indigo Child and settling into a normal life with her beloved Evan, her entire world shatters when Evan disappears without a trace.

Desperate to find him, Sarah’s search leads her to a sadistic serial killer who confirms her worst fears are true; Evan has been kidnapped, and he is once again in the clutches of his abusive family of necromancers.

Sarah uncovers not only Evan's dark past he tried so desperately to protect her from, but also The Key of Solomon, an ancient text for summoning the dead.

Knowing her abilities are limited in the face of this ancient power, Sarah is forced to face the Malandanti in order to save him. However, one question remains: once he is found, will Evan be the same man she fell in love with?

About The Author
(From Goodreads)
Joanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis.Of course, her two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, make the safety of surrounding wildlife, at best, uncertain.

Nicknames are something Joanne has in abundance; most notably “Grumpy Bunny” (her husband), and “Princess with a Sailor’s Mouth” (her friends). She’s known to daydream, and ever since grade school has been accused of having a poor attention span. The truth is, Joanne has an alternate reality inside her head, where characters speak to her, sometimes so loudly (and incessantly) she just can’t hear anything else!

Joanne is thrilled to see her alternate universe finally become real with the publication of her novel, Stealing Breath, and her prequel novella, Vicarious. Now, with the sequel Silencing Breath on the way, you can be rest assured you will see much more of Joanne’s writing in the future, as those characters in her head, having tasted the sweet freedom of release, simply refuse to be silenced!

Giveaway Details & Rules
- This is an International Giveaway!
- Ends May 3rd!
- There Will Be 2 E-Books Given Away. The Winner will be picked by Rafflecopter!
- I will be Checking the Entries Regularly, so if there is Cheating, those Entries Will be Disqualified
- As you submit Entries, be sure to use an Email that you use Daily, as that is how I will contact you, if you Win.
- You will have 48 hours to Respond, or I will have to Choose a New Winner! Check Your Spam Folders, just in case it goes in there.
- And Good Luck! :)

*Come back to this post, when the Giveaway is over, to see who won. I usually do Facebook it as well*

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Different Blue By: Amy Harmon *Character Collage & Review*

Book Description Via

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Here Are Two Little Previews from the Collage :)

"The kissing was slow, sweet, languorous, like a cat stretching in the sun."

My Review
*Will Be Posted Soon*

About The Author Via
Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written four novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and coming March 29, A DIFFERENT BLUE. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Forty Days (Neima's Ark #1) By: Stephanie Parent *Author Guest Post & Giveaway*

Forty Days (Neima's Ark #1)
by Stephanie Parent
Release Date: 02/10/13
125 pages

Summary from Goodreads

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

Guest Post by the Author
(Thanks Stephanie!)


            Anyone who’s even slightly familiar with the story of Noah’s Ark probably remembers the important role the dove plays in the story.  After the ark lands on Mount Ararat, Noah sends out a dove three times to see how far the flood waters have receded. The first time, the bird returns to the ark empty handed. The second time it brings back an olive leaf, revealing that life has returned to earth. The third time, the dove does not return, showing that it is safe to leave the ark.  

Look closely at this picture, and you’ll see the olive leaf in the dove’s mouth!

Whether you’re viewing the story in a religious context or not (and in my novel, I chose not to focus on religion), I think the dove’s three trips are one of the most beautiful parts of the story. The dove’s journey feels almost like a fairy tale with the repetition, the symbolism, and the use of the number three.  Both the dove and the olive branch symbolize the return of peace and life after the long storm—in fact, olive branches have symbolized peace from as far back as the 5th century BC.  Dove symbolism also dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks, who associated the birds with wisdom and love.

I knew I wanted to make the dove an integral part of my novel, but when I began to research doves, I realized they’re basically the same species as…

…pigeons.  Or as some people call them, “rats with wings.”  But I didn’t despair, and I reread a favorite childhood book, Wringer by Jerry Spinelli, about a boy with a pet pigeon.  I loved Spinelli’s detailed descriptions of the funny ways pigeons bob their heads and move their feet, their intelligence and playfulness (the pigeon in Wringer is named Nipper because he loves to nip at his owner’s head).  And I realized writing about a dove/pigeon wouldn’t be so bad!  So I created my own slightly mischievous dove, Aliye, in Forty Days.  And seriously, if you ever see a pigeon and you’re not too busy, take a minute to watch the way they move…they’re funny and cute, even though they often look like they’re grouchy and complaining!

When you really look for dove symbolism in art and culture, it’s amazing how often you can find it and in how many contexts—a dove even appears in the sci-fi movie Blade Runner, at the moment when the hero accepts his death. 

My dove character, Aliye, play an important part in Forty Days and an even bigger part in the sequel Forty Nights, so I hope you enjoy reading about her!

About the Author
Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

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