Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tour Sign-ups Open: TRUTH IS RELATIVE by J.J. Lyon @Jensenborger6

By: J.J. Lyon
Pages: 275
Publisher: Gem Cache Publishing
Genre: Who Dunit-Mystery PI (Fiction/Mystery)
Anthony Blackwell’s “gift” compels people to confess their deepest secrets.

It corrupts his relationships, derails his career and drives him toward eviction—until he becomes Anthony Bishop, private investigator. 

His first case drops him into a deadly family drama that will save him financially, if it doesn't kill him first.
Who can resist a great first line: "The Monday before Thanksgiving, my car disappeared...

Anthony Blackwell’s “gift” compels people to confess their deepest secrets. 

It corrupts his relationships, derails his career and drives him toward eviction—until he becomes Anthony Bishop, private investigator. His first case drops him into a deadly family drama that will save him financially, if it doesn't kill him first. 


From the readers:

"I love the premise of this book, it's like PI Morrow meets Liar Liar."

“This book reminded me of the stone movies Tom Selleck was in. It has the rough feeling of the west but is written smoothly so that it's hard to stop reading. I'm hoping there is/will be more. Stefanie Andersen - Logan, UT 

“A very interesting and innovative plot.” Billie H - Lamesa, TX

From the author:

The world didn't have enough mysteries with a sense of humor, so I wrote one. 

From other authors:

"What a fun, great read! I loved the characters and the concept was one I'd never heard of. Reading was an absolute pleasure."
--Rebecca Belliston, author of Sadie and Augustina 

"Even though Anthony’s "gift" makes him an effective detective, it is almost impossible for him to establish meaningful relationships. Anthony finds himself in situations fraught with danger, but tinged with humor. His charm and good looks draw people to him, but they quickly regret revealing their darkest secrets. I found myself laughing out loud and reading to find out what happens next. It’s easy to get caught up in the fresh and intriguing story. Lyon has so much imagination and skillful writing, I look forward to reading whatever she comes up with next."  

--Carole Warburton, author of A Question of Trust and Poaching Daisies 

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 J.J. Lyon is a wife, mom, public relations professional and recovering journalist.

Her passion for prose and love of the American West are so intertwined; she doesn’t think she can separate them. When J.J. runs out of words, she reaches for her camera, takes off on a back road and returns home with a bucketful of inspiration.

She lives in a mountain valley with her husband, three children, some cats, two goats, a bird and a basset hound. 
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Tour Sign-ups are now open for JJ Lyon's novel, TRUTH IS RELATIVE. This book is read as a stand-alone/first in a series. The review copy will be provided via eBook and there will be plenty of unique guest posts from the author if requested.
So what are you waiting for?? Join the tour TODAY (HERE)!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SPECIAL PROMO SALE: SAFE & SOUND by @TS_Krupa #safeandsound #kindle #eBook

Safe & Sound by T.S. Krupa
Release Date: January 1st 2014
Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction

When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces.

Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.

In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.

Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.
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“Sir, my husband of two years is lying in a hospital bed, brain dead. In a couple hours they are going to take him off the machines and cut him up in small pieces.

The tears streamed down my face blurring my vision as I continued. I know I'm not supposed to be here. But I woke up a little while ago from a nightmare and I needed him. This is the last chance I'm going to get for him to be there for me.”

Check out Deb's original review for SAFE & SOUND HERE!

Safe & Sound is T S. Krupa's first novel, which was published by
Advantage Media Books on January 1st, 2014.    

T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, CT. She was raised in a blended Polish-American household. She has one younger sister who currently lives abroad with her husband and daughter.

T.S. Krupa earned her Bachelor's degree at Franklin Pierce University; Master's at Texas Tech University and will earn her Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She played field hockey at Franklin Pierce University for four years and is in her sixth year of coaching a local club team.

She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and dog.

Re-Release Blast: CHOSEN ONE by Stephen Sutherland [Giveaway] @ChosenOneSSUTH

Be amazed and see with your own eyes…

 Sir Stephen along with lifelong friend Sir Brent take off on a dream adventure to find the promise land and to live significant moments. The journey begins to tear their hearts and hopes as they begin to contemplate retreating. They encounter a vision, Kelcey, whose gifts reveal the possibilities and promise to arrive at the land they always dreamed of. She captures their hearts and minds and is in accord with her mates. They unite in search of this land following the light and The One, the giver of every breath they receive. The three pledged friends meet their greatest enemy – darkness - which presides in their own mind, hearts and desires. They encounter darkness beyond their beings with darkness allies-soul-mates in wrath that slashes at their significant moments to own, conspire and possess forever.

 Can their hearts desire lead them to where they want to go, or does it already? Will they discover if they are a
Chosen One or not? You will climb the highest mountains and weep with them in their lowest valleys. Prepare yourself today, for The Chosen One.

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Steven Sutherland has a passion for his characters. 

He loves giving them the opportunity to come to life and takes his readers away from reality for a while.

Steven is the author of Courage To Win as well. He currently resides in Chicago.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blog Tour: GUARDIAN (Proxy, #2) by Alex London -- Review + Giveaway [Debbie]

GUARDIAN (Proxy, #2) by Alex London
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Philomel
Genre: YA / Dystopian / LGBT

The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, James Dashner's Maze Runner, Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu's Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.

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This was such an amazing book, told in perfect writing detail. I loved the fact that there was FINALLY diversity within the writing and the characters.

Very rarely, I come across a book that manages to surprise me.

From the first sentence, I knew that all of my assumptions and hesitations were going to be irrelevant, and what followed was one of the most exciting and surprisingly multi-layered works of YA fiction I have ever read. 

The most interesting and unique plot is the proxy system, introduced in this book. When rich kids (patrons) in the Upper City break the law or do something punishable, they are forced to sit and watch the punishment (usually some form of electrical shock, though forced labor also comes into play) be taken out on their proxy. The proxies never see or meet their patrons. In one of the novel's best written and most memorable scenes, we watch as a patron experiences psychological suffering while watching his proxy's physical suffering during punishment. This book goes to some very dark places, and this is a scene that will stick with me for a long time.

Alex London shows no fear in the writing of this novel. He goes places that most writers hesitate to bring up. He tells his story his way and doesn't let society pressures or what might be popular deter him from getting his voice heard. 

This book was five stars all the way!  

Chapter One – GUARDIAN by Alex London

At night, they disposed of the bodies. There was no ceremony, no ritual, no remembrance.

“They’re human,” some argued.

“They were human,” said others. “Now they’re meat.”

“We have to study the infection,” said the doctor.

“We have to contain it,” said the counselor and gave her orders. “Burn the bodies.”

A work detail was tasked with the burning. One by one, in the dead of night, green uniforms with white masks hauled corpses to the pile. The corpses were webbed with black veins, their entire network of blood vessels visible through the pale skin. Dried blood obscured their faces and each had a single hole in the temple by the eyes, where the killing bolt went in. They were put down like livestock, burned like sacrifices.

As the bodies crackled, the doctor watched the flames, her face half in shadow, half dancing in firelight. “I believe there is a cure for this,” she said.

The counselor, standing beside her, nodded, but did not turn to look her way. “Your cure is worse than the disease.”

“You believe that?”

“It’s the truth. Your way is treason.”

“You’re in denial,” the doctor said. “This is going to get worse if we don’t stop it.”

“It’s a new world, Doctor,” the counselor replied. “We can’t turn back the clock.”

“Even to save people’s lives?”

“These”—the counselor gestured at the bodies—“are not people.”

“If it spreads?”

“Is it spreading?”

The doctor watched the young members of the work detail tossing the bodies on the pyre. They moved with the assurance of youth, the kind of attitude that allowed them to stare infection and death in the face and believe it would never touch them. “I don’t know.”

“It is your job to know.”

“I can hardly understand it. The blood turns against the body. Itching, burning. Then, expulsion. Half of them bleed out.”

“And the other half?”

The doctor clenched her jaw. “They haven’t bled out yet.”

“They are in pain?”

“They can’t communicate, but we have to restrain them to keep them from scratching their skin off with their fingernails.” The doctor sighed. “So, yes, they are in pain.”

“Put them out of their misery,” the counselor ordered.

“But, we can still learn—”

“Those are the orders.” The counselor walked away, two green uniforms trailing her into the jungle. The doctor took off her white smock, pulled the blue gloves from her hands with a loud synthetic snap, and stood before the flames. She watched her latest failed experiments turn to smoke and ash in the bonfire, every bit of blood boiled away, with all the information it might have contained.

She had ideas, dangerous to share; but if she didn’t find a way, she feared, this sickness would go further than any of them could imagine. She would record a message in case she failed. She hoped that someone would still be alive to receive it.

Read the Exclusive 3 Chapters from London’s new release, GUARDIAN here: 
You can read the short story PUNISHMENT, the PROXY prequel on Wattpad for free right now! Meet Syd, Knox, and Liam (from Guardian) at 15...

C. Alexander London grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He's an author of nonfiction for grown-ups (under a slightly different not very secret name), books for teens (as Alex London...see above), and, younger readers. He once won a 12-gauge skeet-shooting tournament because no one else had signed up in his age group. He's a Master SCUBA diver who hasn't been diving in way too long, and, most excitingly, a fully licensed librarian. He used to know the Dewey Decimal System from memory.

He doesn't anymore.
While traveling as a journalist, he watched television in 23 countries (Burmese soap operas were the most confusing; Cuban news reports were the most dull), survived an erupting volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a hurricane on small island in the Caribbean, 4 civil wars (one of them was over by the time he got there, thankfully), and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand. The bite got infected and swollen and gross and gave him a deep mistrust of lizards, even though it probably wasn't a lizard that bit him.
Although he has had many adventures, he really does prefer curling up on the couch and watching some good television or reading a book. He enjoys danger and intrigue far more when it's happening to somebody else.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


August 7th - Book Chic Club – Review/Interview

August 8th - Cheryl Rainfield ~ Guest Post

August 9th - Bookish – Spotlight

August 9th - I Read It & Wept ~ Review (Proxy/Guardian)/GP

August 9th - Like A Bump On A Blog – Spotlight

August 10th - Book Escape – Top 10/ Spotlight

August 11thA Leisure Moment ~ Review (Proxy/Guardian)

August 11thReads All The Books – Review (Proxy/Guardian)

August 12thDebbie Bookish – Review (Proxy/Guardian)

August 13thUnconventional Librarian – Review

August 14thWord Spelunking ~ Review (Guardian)

August 14thKate Tilton's Blog – GIF Interview

August 15th - Fangirlish – Review (Proxy/Guardian)

August 15th - What A Nerd Girl Says – Review (Guardian)

August 16th - Books To Remember – Review (Guardian)

August 16th - A Bookshelf Full of Sunshine – Review (Guardian)

August 16th - The Reading Date ~ Review (Guardian)

August 16th - Reading Fictional ~ Review (Proxy/Guardian)

September - Bookish Tiffany – Review (Proxy/Guardian)

September - Bookish ~ Review (Proxy/Guardian)

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