Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Black Moon Draw by Lizzy Ford


Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Lizzy Ford and Black Moon Draw.

Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, is back with a fantastical novel, BLACK MOON DRAW, where we find out what happens when a reader gets sucked into the novel she’s reading.

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Lizzy has stopped by for an interview:

* When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about nine years old. I’ve always known I had a calling, and I figured it out at nine that it was to become a writer!

* What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m known for a couple!

First, I write super fast. When I’m not distracted by social media, I can write about two novels a month (up to 200k words.) When distracted my social media/life, I can write a novel in about three weeks!

Second, I also work on multiple projects at once. So if I have time to write 100k words, I’ll divide it among projects slated to be published and the projects I write just for fun (that’ll probably never see the light of day haha!)

* Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

I don’t really know. It’s hard to explain. I once wrote a post about how my process is what I call intuitive writing, in that, I don’t dictate what I write, what direction the story goes in, the characters, etc. I simply write, and wherever the story goes, it goes. I do sometimes build characters around neat or intriguing traits (both physical and intellectual) I find in people around me. Otherwise, I just let the Muses do their work!

* What books have most influenced your life?

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” taught me that flawed characters are better than non-flawed ones. It’s a seemingly simple lesson, but up until then, I had this weird fixation with creating the perfect character. After reading P&P I realized I didn’t have to have perfect characters, that what makes them relatable and strong are their faults.

* What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I don’t have a lot of down time. I travel with my husband whenever he goes to conferences, so that’s always really cool. I play with my animals, hang out with my sister and husband, watch cancelled TV series, go for walks.

* What is your favorite comfort food?

I have a weakness for bakery quality pastries, baked goods and chocolate. I love honey – alone, in tea, on anything! I also love crockpot cooked meat, roasted vegetables, anything my mom cooks … I’m a total foodie. I’m always up for trying new foods and local cuisine when I travel!

* What do you think makes a good story?

Relatable characters. Most of the times, it’s the characters people love, though sometimes, they fall in love with the worlds. I love reading epic fantasy, because I love disappearing into a new world and learning all about it and how it’s different.

* Who would you consider your favorite author and why?

Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats?

Dogs!

• Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea the rest of the day!

• Dark or milk chocolate?

When watching my weight, dark. Otherwise, milk!

• Rocks or flowers?

Both!

• Night or day?

Day

• Favorite color?

Pink-teal-purple

• Crayons or markers?

Crayons

• Pens or pencils?

Pencils

More About Lizzy Ford: 

Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Reader beware … A woman suffering from heartbreak wishes her life would change and wakes up in BLACK MOON DRAW, an unfinished book written by her favorite author, where she must seek out the hero and help him on his mission if she is to return home.


Synopsis: A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck - the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.
What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there. 
Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to complete her journey with the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Violet Midnight by Allie Burke



*About Violet Midnight*
Look into the world of the Enchanters, where water has a sense of humor, trees scare people, and love… is destiny.  Beautiful Jane is hovering at the edge of content in her life of solitude in the quiet town of Jasmyn Lake, but when her energy sends her on a journey to meet the man she has been dreaming about for months, she cannot resist. Meet sexy artist Elias, who moved to Hazel Grove, California to get away from the rain, his parents, and everything that was taken from him in Hayward, Washington. But he thinks he may be losing his mind when he starts seeing purple glitter in the air, the scent of rosemary is everywhere, and he is hearing a beautiful voice. But all is not flowers and ease for the newly joined couple. With a woman who prefers night to day and a man with heartache from his past, they must learn how to create their own world with grace and the occasional water feature. Written with humor and intensity, book one of the three part trilogy will leave you yearning for more and daydreaming shades of purple.


*About Allie Burke*
An American novelist from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.  Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales. From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel. Book 2 and 3 of the Enchanters series will be published by Booktrope Editions Spring/Summer 2014.  To learn more,visit Allie at 
http://allieburke.wordpress.com>https://twitter.com/allieburkebooks>https://www.facebook.com/#!/alliebthewriter>http://www.amazon.com/Violet-Midnight-Enchanters-Allie-Burke-ebook/dp/B00JYYMPG0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399072321&sr=8-1&keywords=violet+midnight>http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/violet-midnight-allie-burke/1100542119?ean=2940149462513>https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4566700.Allie_Burke?from_search=true>


Allie has stopped by for an interview:

? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Sometime in 2010, during my introduction to the YA fandom. I sought a mature book featuring the paranormal elements of a YA novel, and I couldn’t find it. So I wrote it instead.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
I was on my sixth job when I started writing.

? How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends what book it is. I’ve written a book in six weeks, written a book in three years, and everywhere in between.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I pace in my office, with music playing, mumbling to myself—in an effort to figure out what I’m doing mid-sentence.

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
From the most diverse people I can find.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?
It really depends on what characters I can visualize. If I see the characters of one book versus the desire of writing the other book just because I want to finish it, I’ll write about who I can see right in front of me.

? What books have most influenced your life?
The Rum Diary, Garden Spells, The Russian Concubine, On the Road, The Old Man in the Sea, Code Name Verity, The Fault in Our Stars, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, Slaughterhouse Five, Everybody Sees the Ants, The City & the City, The Red Scarf, …well. I read a lot of books.

? What are you reading right now?
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like to paint on walls. And I draw people with charcoal sometimes.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Coffee?

? What do you think makes a good story?
True characters that are genuinely good people and make intelligent decisions.

? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
Marni Mann, because she never holds anything back.

Fun random questions: 
·        dogs or cats?                            cats
·        Coffee or tea?                                coffee
·        Dark or milk chocolate?                   dark
·        Rocks or flowers?                    rocks
·        Night or day?                          night
·        Favorite color?                        blue
·        Crayons or markers?               crayons
·        Pens or pencils?                      pens

You can buy a copy of Violet Midnight by clicking HERE.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Highland Moon Rising: Cry Wolf by Sarah Makela


Highland Moon Rising (Cry Wolf, Book 4) 
Sarah Mäkelä

Genre: New Adult Shifter Romance
Publisher: Kissa Press LLC
Date of Publication: October 17, 2014


Book Description:

A kitten in a werewolves’ lair…

A Highland reunion...
After months of trying to rescue her werewolf half-brother Colin who was abducted by evil research scientists, wereleopard Caitlyn has come home to Scotland to console her sibling. But her problems are far from over...

Red in tooth and claw...
Still heady and wanton from the power of last night’s full moon, Caitlyn is in mortal danger. Werewolves have little respect for other shifters, and she’s trapped and caged at the Scottish Pack's HQ and at the mercy of Alistair—the vicious wolf who fathered Colin and abused her mother, and who’s capable of murder…

The sweet smell of arousal...
Her scent can save her, or kill her. Dougal, the Pack’s new Alpha, hungers to strip her naked and satiate his fiery lunar lust. But he also senses this beautiful feline with clover-green eyes that shine through the bars of her prison with burning desire is nearing the end of her strength. Will he deny his dominance, and the moon’s lingering power, to be the protector she needs?

Excerpt:

Hinges squeaked on a door that hadn’t seen use in several months. Months I’d spent struggling to rescue my younger brother. My attempts had been in vain. Not only had the scientists who’d captured him discovered my existence and fervently chased me, but no matter what I’d tried, their research facility had been nearly impenetrable for a lone wereleopard. The tall fences and heavy-duty searchlights would have been challenge enough, but the plentiful armed guards that crisscrossed the compound had made it impossible to proceed.
Fortunately, the werewolf Pack he’d transferred to had broken him—and the other shifters—free with their numbers and brute strength. However, I could only wonder how Colin had fared after all he’d been through. From the brief phone call we’d shared yesterday, I barely recognized him. He didn’t sound at all like the easygoing guy I’d known. He was weary and solemn.
But that was understandable. Whatever had been done had changed him and his beast.
With each minute, hour, day, I neared the brink of complete exhaustion. Sooner than later, I needed to rest up. The scientists had stayed so close on my tail for so long that I remained vigilant at all times. It was so hard to let my guard down.
While I was in Scotland to support Colin, I craved the comfort of home and the ability to run in my feline form without having to keep constant watch over my shoulder. Och, to feel the lush grass and dried leaves beneath my padded feet and to smell the forest air mixing and lingering with the soft undertones of early morning rain. My beast stretched lazily inside my chest, eager to unsheathe her claws and return to nature. But there was no luxury for that yet.
Colin would be arriving back any day now, and I wanted to clean the place up before his return. His absence had made the house a dusty mess. However, this provided me with a temporary place to stay, since I’d given up my flat and the majority of my belongings shortly after he’d gone missing.
Now that he was safe, I looked forward to rebuilding my life and getting back into a comfortable routine.
Tossing my duffel bag on the floor, I took a deep breath, trying to push aside the stress weighing on me. My brother’s scent still lingered in the air after all this time. However, I wasn’t alone. Another musky smell—of a wild beast—urged me deeper into the apartment, calling to me from just out of reach.
As far as I knew, Colin wasn’t expecting company.
A loose floorboard groaned behind me. I spun around, slinging my fist at the intruder as instinct took over. But the hulking man looming over me easily dodged my punch and landed a hard kick to my outer thigh. I stumbled into the living room’s leather armchair but jerked back to my feet, quickly regaining my balance. My cat-like reflexes suffered from being so bone-weary, but I needed to persevere.
Sucking in a deep breath, I scented my attacker’s lupine odor and my blood chilled. Shite.
Werewolves weren’t exactly fans of other shifters, especially felines. The dog and cat politics between us were as hairy as our domestic counterparts’ at times.
“What are you doing here, kitty?” The man snarled the words, sounding every bit the hungry wolf. Dark brown hair swept across his forehead, and he brushed it back with the swipe of his meaty hand. He stalked closer, invading my personal space. I didn’t dare to move away and show weakness.
Questions raced through my head. Who was he? Should I answer him? Something about him seemed familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Keep the secret safe.
He slid his blue-eyed gaze down my body, pointedly lingering on my curves. His momentary distraction was exactly what I needed to attack.
I leapt into the air, slamming both feet against his chest to knock him down in a fierce hit. My plan nearly succeeded—even if his massive chest was as solid as a brick wall—but he grabbed my ankle at the last minute, dragging me down with him. I twisted, struggling to land on my feet. Unlike my feline counterpart, I wasn’t that agile. Not with a werewolf holding onto me.
Air burst from my lungs as I smacked the floor with bone-rattling force. I gasped, struggling for each breath after the hard blow. A gentle gust of wind made the open front door creak a little. My gaze rose to the lush green outdoors. If I could just make it there, then I could outrun this wolf. Leopards were quicker, so I’d be safe from him.
Shame forced its way inside my chest. My life had become one giant race. Constantly running from one problem to another. That wasn’t me. The fact this wolf had even managed to gain an advantage over me showed just how desperately I needed to rest. If I were at the top of my game, he would be running from me.

About the Author:

NYT & USA Today bestselling author Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.




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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blog Tour: Hunting Desire by C.M. Dahl


Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature C.M. Dahl and Hunting Desire.


C.M. Dahl

C.M. Dahl has been writing romances since she was eight years old and wrote the story of forbidden love between a stuffed crocodile and a plastic doll in pink magic marker. The crocodile helped the doll cross a dangerous puddle in the backyard and earned the doll's respect. They fell in love after fighting off a legion of green army men.

Her storytelling and her writing tools have grown more sophisticated over the years, but her love for romance has only deepened. She loves writing strong, capable men and women, who have a burning hot attraction between them, learn to respect each other, and fall in love, all while fighting evil and saving the world, of course!

Currently, C.M. writes paranormal romances in the Shattered City series, including Hunting Desire (October 2014), Demon's Dance (November 2014), and Ian & Lilith's story (December 2014). Visit C.M. at her website,www.cmdahl.com, and sign-up for her mailing list to be the first to hear about her new releases here: www.cmdahl.com/mailing-list-sign-up/.

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Paranormal Romance

Date Published: October 23, 2014
   
Gavin Kincaid and the other Guardians have protected the Shattered City for centuries. But now he faces the one threat even his werewolf strength can't overcome alone: demons are attacking the city from within. His superior calls in elite Hell Hunter Nerine.

Gavin doesn't want outside help. But to his shock, he discovers he wants the beautiful tracker like no other woman he's ever met.

Nerine carries a secret that might just kill her. To protect it, she keeps everyone at arm's length, but her desire for Gavin may make that impossible.

Together, they fight the demons determined to destroy the Shattered City and seize the powerful, mysterious artifacts it holds, until a hidden enemy strikes. Now Nerine must face the demons within her to save Gavin, the city...and the world.



My thoughts:
Great story.  Fantastic characters.  I was intrigued by the beginning and couldn't put the book down by the time I met Nerine.  I fell in love with the characters and was truly thrilled with the originality.  The prejudice against the species was a wonderful play on our own tragic world.  It would be amazing if "real"people could see others for who they are and not judge based on bias.
I enjoyed every page; the growing respect and relationship between Gavin and Nerine was incredible to witness.  
The writing is creative, original and clever.  The wording is chosen to bring the reader vivid pictures that run like a movie in the mind while the pages seem to turn themselves.  The story is well paced and entertaining.  The characters are carefully built with a depth that was unexpected.  
I can't wait for the next book in the Shattered City series.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Scarlet Fury: World in Shadows Book 2 by Bridget Blackwood


It has been almost a year since mankind became aware of the world in shadows. It's been an adjustment, but life goes on and most have learned to adapt. There are some on both sides that are not ready to let go of their plans. Madalaina Bonvillian believed nothing could harm her; she's the daughter of the former alpha and the sister of the current alpha, who would dare? After surviving a brutal attack, Madalaina must try to move forward, but where do you go when you feel like you've lost yourself?
Cleary Neil has kept his feelings for Madalaina to himself. He's been her friend, and now that's what she needs more than anything. The only problem is he can't shut off the part of himself that wants to protect his mate from the pain and confusion he sees in her.

Together they will go on an emotional journey to find out if love can heal all wounds. Time is of the essence, because enemies are gathering.


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My thoughts:
This is an incredible, empowering story about triumph, discovery and survival.  The characters are amazing.  The depth of the emotional turmoil is as heartbreaking as the joy of living is inspiring.
Although the story centers around Mad's struggle, the author offers insight into the battles that everyone around her faces too.
To the casual glance, this book might seem to be about rape, violence and brutality; but once you start reading, you discover that it is so much more - it's a tale of love, loss, sacrifice, struggle, survival and accepting who you are while becoming the person you want to truly be.
I believe that we have all felt the victim at some point in our lives - situations vary, but overcoming that feeling and thriving is the ultimate goal.  This story shows us that it is possible, that although a person can believe they are broken - there is a chance to be more than just a damaged survivor.  
I can't wait to read more of The World in Shadows and other books by Bridget Blackwood.


Rising Shadows: World in Shadows Book 1

Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers. Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness. Enhanced with power she doesn’t understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?

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Check out my thoughts on book 1 HERE.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Written in Blood by Elaina Lee


Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.

Elaina Lee

I'm Elaina Lee, romance writer. Since given an assignment in the 6th grade to write a fantasy story, I knew writing was a passion I'd never be able to do without.  From that moment on my imagination took flight.  Over the years I've written everything from the Dark Ages to Science Fiction, all with romantic elements, of course ;-).
As a mother of two boys, a kindergartner and high schooler, life is never boring in my house!  When I'm not keeping a little one out of trouble, or trying to keep my sanity as a boy migrates into a man, I write.  I'm very fortunate to have met my remarkable husband who has supported and encouraged my dreams of being an author since the day we met. 
Thanks for taking the time to learn about me!   

Website:  http://www.elainalee.com/


Romantic Suspense

Date Published: Jan 1, 2011 (Re-published June 2014)

 Written in Blood: A dark and sensual, award winning, romantic suspense.

Lyndi Crisdean is assigned one of the hardest cases in her career as a defense attorney. A serial murder case. Investigating is Alek Trevian, the lead investigator for the district attorney, and a handsome and supremely dangerous man. Lyndi finds herself in over her head when she chooses desire for Alek over common sense. If they're caught, Lyndi will lose everything she's worked for. Circumstances beyond her control pull her toward Alek, for he turns out to be the only one who can help when threats start to mount against her.

Lyndi may be the key Alek needs to bring down a murderous cult running loose in his city. When her beach house is broken into and a man begins to tail Lyndi, Alek can't help but reason Lyndi may be next on the cult's hitlist. The question is, will he discover the identity of the cult, keep her safe, and still win the case against the serial killer she's defending, all while losing a battle against the strong, untamable desire she alone ignites within him?

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Excerpt:
Black hair framed his face and hung down just past his collar. Her fingers twitched at her side, gripping her purse tighter. What she wouldn’t give to find out if his hair was as soft as it looked under the pale lighting. With a quick shake of her head, she snapped out of her reverie. Coming here had been a mistake. Sin, like the man walking toward her, didn’t need another invitation to her front door.

 Before she could change her mind, she turned away from him and headed toward the entrance. The door to freedom seemed much farther than she remembered. She reached out; her fingers touched smooth wood. A cool, fresh breeze brushed the flushed skin of her face, beckoning her. She didn’t make the night wait. She burst out onto the sidewalk, sucking in air to calm her raging pulse. What was wrong with her? For whatever reason, though, something about that man had told her to run and not look back. 

Hair flitted across her face, and she pushed the stray locks away. Home was only fifteen minutes from here. Shouldering her purse once again, she turned and started in the direction of her apartment building.

 “Miss.” A deep, smooth voice sounded from behind her. 

Lyndi froze. Did she really want to look? Biting her lower lip, she glanced over her shoulder. Mr. Wickedly Handsome’s lips twitched in what she figured must have been his equivalent of a smile.

 “Do we know each other?” she asked, turning to face him.

 “Are you alone tonight?”

“Listen... I don’t know you, and I’m not going to answer that question, so have a good evening.” 

When she tried to turn away, his hand caressed her upper arm. Gentle and confusing, the touch left her too mystified to protest when he stepped closer. Leaning down, he whispered against her mouth, “Trust me when I say, you know me.”

 His warm breath brushed across her lips, sending a wave of heat to the pit of her stomach. Every muscle in her body wanted to move closer, wanted the distraction she knew that mouth could offer. But despite her earlier thoughts, losing herself in a man wasn’t something she could afford right now. 

Steeling herself against the tingle of desire he created, Lyndi lifted her gaze to his shadowed eyes. “You’re wrong and must have mistaken me for someone else.”

 A small smile curled along his lips; his fingers grazed along her jaw. Her breath caught in her throat, and she swallowed the whimper forming in her throat. “I know exactly who you are, Ms. Crisdean. You are unmistakable.”

My thoughts:
Fantastic story!  The characters are incredible.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions of Lyndi and Alek, as they traversed their feelings for each other.
Filled with suspense and intrigue, this story grabs the reader from the very first page and holds all the way to the last.
This was my first Elaina Lee read and it will not be the last - I can't wait for more from this author.