Monday, 19 February 2018

Nature of the Witch by Helen T Norwood




Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.

This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.

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Thanks so much to Rainne for letting me visit her blog on my book tour. This extract is when Kiera and Mags, two important characters, meet for the first time. Mags is a mentor to Kiera and helps her to discover and learn how to use her powers. In this passage, Mags is trying to make Kiera believe in what is happening to her.



“I’m going to make you believe,” Mags whispered, “now close your eyes.”

Kiera sighed and then did as she was told.

“Before we start I should mention that technically I’m a novice at this myself. I may have read many books but, as I’ve already mentioned, due to a lack of witchcraft for the last couple of hundred years I haven’t exactly had chance to gain much experience in the field so to speak.”

“Noted,” Kiera said, feeling a little foolish and debating whether to open her eyes and put a stop to the whole thing.

“We’re not going to do any particular spell. We aren’t even going to concentrate on any particular purpose. The aim of this is just for you to become aware of your powers,” Mags spoke in hushed tones and Kiera had to strain to hear her, “to do that I just want you to shift your focus inwards. Forget about any other sounds, like the cars in the road outside or even the sound of my voice. I just want you to think about what’s going on inside you. Whilst you block out all the other external distractions I want you to visualise that you’re back at Tintagel Castle, I want you to see the sea and the crashing of the waves. I just want you to concentrate all your attention on the power behind those waves and then whatever it is you’re feeling I want you to release it.”

Kiera did as Mags said. She could visualise Tintagel clearly, she saw it as she had seen it the previous day. She pretended she was lying on the rock again watching the ocean beneath her. As she did so she became aware of a sensation in her body that started off as a slight tingle, but then gradually increased until it felt as though her whole body were vibrating. It was the same feeling she had experienced at Tintagel, as if something other than blood was coursing through her veins, making them throb. It took her breath away, it felt as though she was losing control of her body and she was frightened, worried her body might explode with the pressure. She cried out and heard Mags’s voice, “Release it.”

Release it how? She thought panic stricken.

She raised her hand and felt a force in her fingertips. She wasn’t even sure how she did it. One moment she was scared her insides were about to become outsides and the next she felt a sense of relief as the sensation left her. She opened her eyes. She was sweating and Mags was smiling proudly.

“What the hell was that?” Kiera gasped.

“Magic,” Mags breathed, “we just witnessed magic for the first time in two hundred years.”

She inclined her head upwards and when Kiera looked up she gasped. There was a crack running the whole length of her ceiling.

“Did I do that?” she asked in shock.

“It seems you’re more powerful than I anticipated,” Mags conceded, “certainly not bad for your first time.”

“I broke my ceiling,” Kiera said aghast, “my landlord will have a fit.”

“Actually I think you broke the building,” Mags told her casually, “and I’d bet you also knocked out the power in some of the surrounding estates. I’m going to suggest we evacuate. I’m not a qualified surveyor but you just split the building in two, I don’t think it’s safe anymore.”

Kiera frowned at her sceptically until she heard a cracking sound from above her as the ceiling continued to split. A small amount of plaster broke away and landed at her feet. She ran to the window and looked out. People were rushing out the front door and had started to congregate out the front of the building, looking up at it in horror.

“And since you’re now technically homeless and clearly in possession of powers you don’t know how to control I’ll ask you again, would you like to grab your things and come with me?”


Author Bio:

Helen lives in the UK with her husband, two children and one diva-like cat called Tiger.

Helen, like many others, was captivated in her childhood by books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton and any books which took her to new worlds and showed her places of magic and mystery. She has enjoyed writing and creating her own magical worlds from a young age. She is currently writing the second book in the 'Nature of the Witch' trilogy which will be out soon.



Sunday, 18 February 2018

Elite by Carrie Aarons


Elite
A Privileged Novel
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2018



If you’re in, you’ll never have to ask. If you ask, you’ll never be in.

Eloise Mason knows what it’s like to live among the privileged. Seeking a change from the upper crust society of Europe, she flies halfway across the world for a semester abroad in the one place guaranteed to toss responsibility out the window and provide some good, old-fashioned fun; college in The United States.

Except nothing at the picturesque, Ivy-covered university in Vermont appears as it seems. And after a mysterious invitation arrives on her doorstep, curiosity wins over the need to turn her back on games meant for the rich and ruthless.

Secret societies, risky tasks, and an inner circle to rival the royals. But it may just be one American boy who threatens to be the most dangerous endeavor of all.

Colton Reiter defines the word idolized at Jade Mountain University. In fact, he practically rules the roost from the three point line of the basketball court. The college’s star point guard, he is a god and treated as such; professional scouts at every game, teachers looking the other way when it comes to grades, and girls falling into his lap at the snap of a finger. He wants for nothing, or at least that’s what he wants everyone to believe.

But when he meets the sassy girl with the British accent who could care less about his status, her very existence threatens to unveil the skeletons buried deep in the back of his closet.

With stakes this high, and hearts on the line, can they turn their backs on power and popularity before the ivory tower comes crashing down on their heads?

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Author Bio:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.



Friday, 16 February 2018

Hungry For Love by Maya Sacher




Title: Hungry For Love
Author: Maya Sacher
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Family Drama
Publication Date: March 1, 2018


Elizabeth, a dentist in her late thirties, doesn’t have it all. She is coping with her husband’s coma, her unresolved grief over her mother’s death, her mixed feelings toward her stepmother, dissatisfaction with her job.

Unexpectedly, she falls in love with a musical zoo curator from Australia. He is divorced, he has a dog and a tween daughter who doesn’t want Elizabeth around.

When her husband wakes up, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into chaos. The choice before her is unbearable because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone, yet she wants to do the right thing, whatever that is. The expectations of her family and her men don’t make it any easier. What should she do? Can she have her cookie and eat it too?



Excerpt:

As they stepped onto the sidewalk, Aidan gripped her hand as if not to let it slip out. “I love you, Ellie. You know that, don’t you?”

How many times had she wished she could give up a second, a day, a year, half her life just to once more see Mother’s beautiful smile, feel her comforting embrace? But not now. Now she wouldn’t give up a single moment, even if that would bring back Mother. How could she give this up? This joy Aidan pulled to the surface so effortlessly. This energy which enveloped her as if it could lift her off the ground. Had she ever lived to the fullest? Was this how it felt? And all because of him? Those cutest of words?

She stopped to look at him. “I know.”

Aidan cupped her cheek and kissed her, all the while holding her hand. She couldn’t stop smiling, her teeth colliding with his, grazing his lips. She wished she could capture them in a photograph, one she could go back to when her memory failed her. But her mind would have to do. Her crazy happy mind.




Author Bio:

Maya Sacher is a writer, a law school graduate, an activist, and the author of a short story collection, God’s Sins, and a novel, Horny Girl, both published in Croatia.

 She travels on occasion, she watches a lot of movies, and she loves a good book, especially books that make her laugh and teach her new things.







Thursday, 15 February 2018

Mating Games by Nikki Jefford


Title: Mating Games
Series: Wolf Hollow Shifters, #2
Author: Nikki Jefford
Publication date: February 13th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


A FEMALE GUARDING HER HEART . . .

Hot-tempered, agile, and jaded, Jordan spurns the match her father is pushing between her and the swaggering mammoth, Raider. She’d happily let one of her fawning sisters take him, but her packmates are taking bets on who Raider will ultimately claim. Jordan wants nothing to do with the insufferable beast . . . until he saves her life.


A MALE CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF HIS PACK . . .

All brawn and no brains, that’s what most male shifters think when they see Raider. The females treat him as a strong, attractive prize they want to sink their claws into. Only one female avoids him, which is fine with him until they are paired up for patrol. The hot-blooded she-wolf doesn’t have to like him, but she’ll have to find a way to perform her duties.


ENTANGLED IN A WEB OF DECEIT . . . AND DESIRE

When Jordan’s life is threatened, along with several packmates, the mating games take a dangerous turn.

Something sinister is happening in Wolf Hollow and outside forces threaten the impassioned bond forming between two shifters fated to be together.

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Excerpt:

      At least Raider didn’t strip naked outside the glade to shift. With brisk steps, he led Jordan along the trail headed southwest, setting a pace that didn’t allow for talking. Even with her tremendous stamina and strength, Raider’s legs were longer, his body stronger, and by the time they reached the grassy knoll, Jordan was panting, but at least her sexual frustrations from earlier had been replaced by irritation.
      Raider strutted over to a boulder and pulled his shirt off, flinging it over the rock. “We’ll do a thorough patrol of the area first then get some sleep.” When he reached for his jeans, Jordan’s heart jackhammered, reverberating through her body as though it had been attached to a metal disc and struck by the gong’s mallet. The lust came flooding back down her body and throbbed between her legs.
      Fantastic.
      Regaining her breath, Jordan glowered at Raider’s muscled back. “Just so you know, I don’t want to be patrol partners.” What Jordan really wanted Raider to know is that she had no intention of mating or claiming him no matter how much he made her body quiver.
      He looked over his shoulder at her. “Tough shit. We’re stuck with each other night and day until the new pairings, so you’ll just have to put aside your grievances and do your duty.”
            Jordan hated the way her mouth gaped open. How can I be both cross and hot for him at the same time?
      Raider’s sneer turned into an amused grin as he turned to face her, thumb brushing over the button of his jeans.
      Jordan’s traitorous eyes zeroed in on his fingers unzipping his pants. Her throat went dry while heat pooled between her legs. Wet and dry. Cold and hot. Jordan placed a hand on her forehead. Maybe she did have a fever.
      Pants unfastened, Raider hooked his thumbs through the belt loops and tugged down—slowly.
      Jordan clenched her teeth. He was taunting her, toying with her. Somehow, he knew she was attracted to him just like every other she-wolf in the hollow.
      Folding her arms, Jordan sniffed dismissively to hide her agitation. “You need help or something?”
      Raider’s hands stilled on his jeans. “If you’re offering, I wouldn’t want to disappoint you by turning you down.” Jordan scowled, and Raider chuckled. “But it looks like you’re the one who needs help.” He stared pointedly at her pants then dropped his with one swift tug that made Jordan suck in a breath.
      Sweet mother of moonshine.




(Wolf Hollow, book 1, is on sale for $0.99 this month)


Author Bio:

Nikki Jefford is an adventure seeker, storyteller, and book lover. She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her French husband and their Westie, Cosmo. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys nature, hiking, and motorcycling.









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Guest Post by Nikki Jefford:

Five Ways to Woo a Wolf


With it being Valentine’s week in the U.S. and other parts of the world, here is some cuddly advice on how to woo a wolf. Note: Applies to humans as well!


1. Spend Extra Time with Her
She-wolves like attention. It’s that simple!

Example: In Wolf Hollow 1, Tabor bribes an elder to pair him up with Sasha so he can spend his entire day with her during patrol duty.


2. Present Her with a Tasty Morsel
Nothing like a fresh kill to get a she-wolf’s heart pounding.

Example: In Mating Games, Zackary leaves a dead rabbit for Elsie after she shares her dislike of fish.


3. Let Her Take the Lead
Big, strong, capable males are attractive, but doubly so when they trust their females to stand on their own four legs.

Example: Raider shows Jordan he’s not an old-fashioned brute by letting her take the lead during patrol duties.


4. Don’t Be a Mongrel
Wolfrik really blew it when he stormed out on Sasha in Wolf Hollow. Maybe in book three he’ll have a chance to redeem himself and win over a new mate.


5. Be Responsible
Immature pups belong in the den. To be taken seriously, show your she-wolf what you’re made of.

Example: Raider sticks up for the good of the pack, even when it means going against the elders and his own father.



Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland by Melanie Karsak



Title: Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
Series: Steampunk Fairy Tales
Author: Melanie Karsak
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Steampunk


To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.

Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.

Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.

Sometimes love is mad.


See how New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak re-imagines Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland, with a steampunk twist! Join us at The Mushroom in gaslamp Victorian London.



Excerpt:

      I approached the guards cautiously, stopping just short of the entryway.
      They looked from me to one another, unsure what to do.
      I stared at William who toked on a hookah pipe, blowing a ring of smoke in the air.
      The guards shifted uncomfortably.
      William, who’d been lounging on a chaise, sat up and looked out at me through the sheer fabric.
      He smirked then leaned forward. “Who are you?”
      His question silenced those around him. Everyone knew who I was.
      “When I woke up this morning, I was Alice.”
      He rose then moved closer. “But who are you now?”
      “That depends. Who are you? Which Alice is here depends on your answer.”
He came to the curtain. “Well then, that makes it hard to say.”

      “I’m sure it does, given how good you are at betraying your true nature.” I was trying to keep a lid on my feelings but was failing miserably. As he drew closer, I smelled the sweet aromas of jasmine and sandalwood that always clung to him.
      “You’re one to talk. So, what does Alice from this morning want?”
      I frowned at him.
“Don’t get too frustrated,” he replied then pulled the curtain open, beckoning me inside, “or the other Alice might peek out. Come.”

      I entered the semi-private enclosure. Inside, I spotted William’s chief bodyguard, the Knave. A tart lay naked, asleep in an opium stupor, on a chaise nearby.
      I nodded to the Knave.
      “Alice,” he said with a soft smile. I caught the lilt of his Irish accent in his voice. His real name, of course, was Jack. He’d been friends with William and me since we were young. As was the habit in the industry, Jack went by a pseudonym. If someone ratted you out, it was better that they had no idea what your real name might be. It’s a lot harder to track a man named Knave than it was Jack O’Toole or Caterpillar than it was to find William Charleston.
      “Have a seat, Alice from this morning,” William said.
      I sat on the chaise, gently pushing aside the legs of the intoxicated strumpet.
      “What brings you here?” he asked, rubbing a thoughtful finger across his chin. He’d grown a short, neatly-kept beard since I saw him last. It looked very handsome.
      “Rabbit stole a pocket watch from my employer. I want it back.”
      “What does that have to do with me?” William asked.
      “Cake?” one of William’s girls offered, holding out a tray on which sat a colorful selection of petit fours.
      I looked down at the small treats. I could smell the aroma of the frosting, nearly taste the sweet confections in a glance. I could see the game was truly afoot. They were my favorite. I raised an eyebrow at William who smiled.
      The stubborn part of me wanted to tell William, and the girl, to sod off. But the part of me who hadn’t tasted strawberry frosted, vanilla-sweetened, and raspberry-and crème-filled cake in months could say no such thing. I lifted a small cake and popped it into my mouth, feeling annoyed and enraptured all in the same moment. I closed my eyes, savoring the taste. They’d come from my favorite baker. William had remembered. Once more, angry and elated feelings swept over me.
      “Drink?” the girl then offered.
      I opened my eyes to see the girl was holding a bottle of absinthe.
      “Alice isn’t the type. Do you want some tea?” he asked.
      I shook my head.
“Run off,” he told the serving girl, waving her away.

      The girl turned to go, but before she could leave, I reached out and grabbed just one more petit four: pistachio and chocolate. I popped it into my mouth
      “I’m glad you like them,” William said, grinning at me.
      The warmth of his gaze made me angry. He didn’t have any right being this nice to me. “The pocket watch?” I asked after swallowing the last bite.
      “Alice from the morning is very business-oriented. Right, then. What of it?”
      “I hate it when you play coy. And you’re not very good at it. Rabbit entered this tent not a moment before me. I want that watch. Must I remind you that we have an understanding? You don’t tangle in my affairs, remember? It was agreed upon.”
      “You certainly are Alice from this morning,” he said with a frown. “Not that the outfit didn’t give it away. Crisp white apron you have there, Alice. But the blue maid’s dress brings out your eyes.”
      “We all wear costumes, don’t we, Caterpillar and his Knave?” I said, casting a glance at Jack. “Is he Jack or is he the Knave? Are you Caterpillar or are you William? Hard to tell what’s truth and what’s fiction, isn’t it?”
      William smirked then turned to Jack. “Find Rabbit.”
      “He shouldn’t be far. You waved him off just a moment ago,” I said.
      Chuckling under his breath, Jack left.
      “Why did you bring me here?” I asked.
      “Bring you here?” William replied.
      Now I was getting irritated. “Yes. Why did you bring me here?”
      “Chance brings you here.”
      “There is no such thing. Rabbit would never steal from me or mine unless you told him to.”
      “Really?”
      “William,” I replied, a warning in my voice.
      “Let’s just say that a pocket watch brought you here,” he said.


Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Immortal Reckoning by Tara Fox Hall



Title: Immortal Reckoning
Series: Promise Me Series # 18 (Origin Story)
Author: Tara Fox Hall
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018


Through the love and loss of the ages, immortality brings only one certainty: vengeance.



Disinherited and poverty stricken, bastard Danial clutches at the slim chance to earn a living as a guard, until a night attack leaves both him and his half-brother Devlin vampires. After finding true love with the aristocrat Lacey, Danial comes to the attention of James, the devious Vampire Lord of France. Enslaved by James, his love murdered, Danial plots to escape, his complex plan of years finally succeeding only to result in all of Europe’s demonic forces on the hunt for him.

After a reunion and subsequent falling out with Devlin, Danial travels to the new world of America in pursuit of a new life. Settling in the west, Danial forms alliances with native vampire Valerian and the witch Cheyenne to survive a game of cat and mouse with Devlin and protect his new love Kathryn amid his rapidly changing world. Triumphant yet nursing a broken heart, an undeterred Danial protects his friends and thwarts his enemies, determined to find a life of peace…until unexpected news comes of James’s presence, the one man on whom Danial has waited centuries to get revenge.



Other Books In The Series:

In the Promise Me series, Sarelle, a mortal woman, encounters a wounded (and sexy and handsome) vampire, Danial. Without knowing who he really is (a murderer for hire, for one), Sarelle begins a romantic relationship with him a little too fast. Interestingly, Sarelle also finds herself attracted to Danial's best friend, the werecougar, Theo. What will happen to Sarelle's relationship with Danial? Where does Theo fit in? Amidst new obstacles and relationship problems, Sarelle has to decide where her future lies.


Promise Me
Book one

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Broken Promise
Book two 

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Taken in the Night
Book three

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Author Bio:

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series.

Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on Childrens-Stories.net.




For more information and for tour dates visit the Immortal Reckoning page at Book Unleashed.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson



Title: Dark Wish
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Publication date: September 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


What do you get when you add free and dumb?
FREEDOM

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

~In Stars We Trust~

Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series.
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language.

Excerpt:

Why is it so cold or is his tingle inducing voice doing that?

“If you were wearing clothes, maybe you would feel, you know, less chilly?” Rose suggested, sounding uninterested in my current dilemma.

I panicked, glancing down to see myself wearing only a pink laced bra and matching panties. Karen had given me a spare set of clothes to change into that were more feminine, reassuring me I’d have more selection and school uniform by tomorrow.

I swear to starlight, I put something on before I slept…

“If you’re referring to the sheet that you grabbed off the side of the bed, wrapping yourself up like a caterpillar cocooning itself for hibernation, and face planting into the bed, then yes. You essentially put something on.” Lexi mused, enjoyment oozing off her usual mellow voice.

I groaned, putting my head into my hands. If I could die from embarrassment, this would be the moment. First night sleeping in a house filled with boys and I’d miraculously broke into one of the rooms, snuck myself into an occupied bed, and now was on full display like an underwear model.

Talk about first impressions.


Author Bio:

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone.