Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tour: Midnight Queen by Jessica Penot (Promo Post!)

Title: The Midnight Queen
Series: The Gods of Morning #2
Author: Jessica Penot
Pub. Date: November 23rd, 2012
Genre(S):Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy / Dystopian


Aiela has spent her entire life sheltered from the world. Her only dream has been to escape the quiet island life she's know and find adventure in the world outside. After the death of her mother, Aeila escapes to the University, a world filled with technological wonders and exotic people. But her own history is dark and the secrets behind her birth may destroy everything that hold Aiella together.

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Check out Book 1 in the series here!

Guest Post

Mayan Prophecies as used in The Midnight Queen

When I began working on my novels, The Twilight Saint and The Midnight Queen, its sequel, I was deeply inspired by a trip I took to Chichen Itza in Mexico. I had heard that the Mayans predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012, but I didn’t know much more about the prophecy other than that it existed. My visit to Chichen Itza deepened my knowledge of these prophecies and inspired me to begin writing about a world after the apocalypse. Chichen Itza is one of the most monumental of a series of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan area. Its beauty and size are awe inspiring. Its history is fascinating. During my trip, we were lead through the sprawling ruins of the fallen city by an amazingly knowledgeable Mayan guide that explained Mayan prophecy to us. According to our guide, Mayan history came in phases and that the ruins were in layers depending on their period of origin. There were the Olmec, Toltec, and Classical Mayan phases represented in the ruins of Chichen Itza, none of which were surviving when the first Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World.

One of the most fascinating things our guide explained to us about the Mayans had to do with the 2012 apocalyptic prophecy. At the time we travelled, the 2012 prophecy was far less well known and no one expected to hear anything about it. Our guide told us that the Mayan calendar was cyclical and that the Mayan's believed that the world was born and died many times. He talked about the last apocalypse. He said that it was an apocalypse of water and that the earth was covered in a great flood. He said that when that age, the age of water, was brought to an end by the flood a new age was born, an age of fire. We are now in the age of fire. In 2012 our age of fire will end in fire and an age of ether will be born. The end of the world will also be the beginning of a new world.

In my book, The Twilight Saint, it is the end of the age of ether. In the second book in the series, The Midnight Queen, the age of ether is ending. In the last book in the series, the new age will be born. The world has ended and been reborn many times and it is going to end again. The post-apocalyptic landscape that is seen in my novels is filled with the ruins of our civilization. Scholars study us as we now study the Mayans. The cycle of life has come and gone again. It has been thousands of years since the end of our world and the new world is about to end and be born again.

About the author:

I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in the Valley Planet and White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.

I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press, Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I'm also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama.


*I am not affiliated to Amazon, B&N, or the Book Depository.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tour: River's Recruit by Charlotte Abel

Welcome to my stop in the River's Recruit Blog Tour! Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.

Title: River's Recruit
Series: Sanctuary #1
Author: Charlotte Abel
Pub. Date: November 12th 2012


Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin and his self-respect. He searches for redemption during a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.

River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan from certain death, wants to recruit him. He is equally determined to rescue her from her cult-like society — even if he has to kidnap her.


My Thoughts

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trailer Reveal: Eternal Hope by Frankie Rose

Check out the new trailer below!

Eternal Hope by Frankie Rose (YA Paranormal)
Series: The Hope Series #2
Publication date: October, 2012

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me

When your friends go missing and you don’t know if they’re dead or alive; when you tie your soul to the one you love; when you kill to protect and your family suffers, there’s only one thing you can do:

Move to Montana.

Farley Hope is special. She was prophesied to kill the forebears of her bloodline- a race of cold-blooded Reavers, men who steal the souls of the living to gain power. The Quorum had counted on Farley ending her own life in the process, but when Kayden came to her aid and helped save both her and Daniel, he undid their plans. Now the Quorum are displeased, not only with Kayden, but with Farley and Daniel too. Though her father is now dead, Farley’s troubles with the Reavers are far from over. An ancient Immortal, trapped for a thousand years, wants Farley for himself, and he will stop at nothing to claim her.

With secrets that lead to anger and pain, that turn friendship to dust, the group must overcome the problems within their own circle before they have a hope of fighting off the powers that threaten their lives.

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About the author:

Frankie Rose was born in the United Kingdom, but now lives with her husband in sunny Australia.

She officially makes things up for a living, and when she's not doing that, she is generally making paper birds out of receipts and old lists or taking photographs that make her smile.

Find Frankie on the web:
Website : Goodreads : Twitter : Facebook

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a great day and will continue to do so. Happy Holidays!

*I used the Winter Romance Digital Scrapbooking kit from Computer Scrapbooking.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Showcase Sunday #10

Showcase Sunday's aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Book, Biscuits and Tea. Click the link to find out how to join in.

Some books may not be free now

1. Duality by Renee Wildes
2. Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey
3. Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour by Julie Wheeler

4. Roselynde by Roberta Gellis
5. Extinction Point by Paul Jones
6. Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

7. Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
8. Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young
9. Scorched Skies by Samantha Young

And a few MORE...

For Review

1. Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell (Netgalley)
2. Manipulation by Jolene Perry (YA Bound)

*Clicking on the covers will direct to you their book page on Goodreads.

Friday, December 21, 2012


The winner of the Frost Fire e-book giveaway is:

Amanda S.


I have already sent her a message to let her know she was the winner.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? #7

"It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?" is weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I am currently reading:

1. Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
2. Abandon by Meg Cabot
3. The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

I recently finished:

1. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

I will be reading soon:

1. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
2. Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle

*Clicking on the covers will direct you to Goodreads and clicking on book titles will take you to my review of it if there's one available.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Showcase Sunday #9

Showcase Sunday's aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Book, Biscuits and Tea. Click the link to find out how to join in.

Some books may not be free now

1. Glimmer by Amber Garza
2. Soul Protector by Amanda Leigh Cowley

3. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
4. A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh
5. The Huntress by Dorothy McFalls

And a few MORE...

For Review

1. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz (Edelweiss)
2. The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power(Edelweiss)

Thanks to Random House for providing me with e-ARC copies.

I also participated on:

Cover Reveals
Dominus by Christine Fonseca
Timeless by Diana Paz

Beguiled by RaShelle Workman

And along with my "unnies" started a drama watching challenge
Drama Challenge

There's also a giveaway which will end on December 20th
Frost Fire Giveaway

*Clicking on the covers will direct to you their book page on Goodreads.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cover Reveal: Timespell by Diana Paz


In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.

Timespell will be released on April 1st, 2013.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tour: Beguiled by RaShelle Workman

Welcome to my stop in the Beguile tour!

Title: Beguiled
Series: Immortal Essence #2
Author: RaShelle Workman
Pub. Date: October 19th 2012
Publisher: Polished Pen Press

Venus has become immortal, just as she always wanted. In the process she hurt Zaren, lost Michael, and destroyed her family.

At least that's what she believed.

Turns out Ramien, the god of her planets' underworld, has her parents, and Michael. To save them, Venus makes a deal. She must complete three trials. They seem impossible. They certainly won't be easy. Worst of all, someone she loves won't make it out alive.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Not a bookish post!

As many of you know, I am a bit enamored of Asian dramas, especially if those are South Korean and even more if those have major eye candy.

Yesterday my unnies and I were working on our K website, K-Pop Invasion for which you might have seen the banner on my sidebar, and we noticed we mainly stick to the same genres of dramas. So, M. Kay brought up the suggestion of having a drama watching challenge and trying out different drama genres. And since 2013 is going to be all about coming out of the comfort zone for me, I said "Chua!" or was it "Call!". Either way, I agreed.

The challenge was inspired by the 2013 Genre Reading Challenge, which M.Kay and I will also be participating on next year.

To know more about the challenge click the banner at the top. I hope to see more drama lovers around. I already know there are a few.

Teaser Tuesday #12: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week I chose...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cover Reveal:P Dominus by Christine Fonseca

Today I am participating in the cover reveal of Dominus, Book three in the Requiem series, by Christine Fonseca!

Short Blurb for DOMINUS

“It’s been six months since my memories returned. Six months since Aydan was again ripped away from me. Six months since I broke a piece of my best friend’s soul. Six months...”

Nesy has found her memories, her life. Now all she wants is to forget and be human. Only human. But fate holds a different destiny. Forced into a war she wants no part of, Nesy is put to the test in ways she never thought possible as she seeks to fix the mistakes she has made. And the mistakes of her former master, Mikayel. Will she be the Sentinal she was destined to be and put an end to the fighting once and for all? Or will she fail and send humanity into slavery?

The future of three worlds depends on the choices, and sacrifices, she must make in this final installment of the Requiem Series.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Showcase Sunday #8

Showcase Sunday's aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Book, Biscuits and Tea. Click the link to find out how to join in.

Some books may not be free now

1. Death's Avatar by SM Reine
2. Hope's Betrayal by Grace Elliot

3. Significance by Shelly Crane
4. Thicker Than Blood by C. J. Darlington

And a few MORE...

For Review

1. Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife by Rebecca Kanner ((Edelweiss)
2. Maya's Notebook: A Novel by Isabel Allende (Edelweiss)

3. Seduction: A Novel of Suspense by M. J. Rose (Edelweiss)
4. Cuenta conmigo: Conmovedoras historias de hermandad y amistades incondicionales by Las Comadres Para Las Americas (Anthology) (Edelweiss)

*Clicking on the covers will direct to you their book page on Goodreads.