Friday, May 29, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Blitz & Giveaway: A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah

Book & Author Details:
A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah
Publication date: May 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy


Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…



Archer Kay Leah was raised in Ontario, Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, it has been this diversity that has inspired Archer’s love of toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and crazy situations.

Archer started writing stories at age six and became “that kid” with their nose in the books and a pen in their hand, pursuing the challenges of writing novels at age thirteen and conquering the dread of poetry at fifteen. Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged.

When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek who has too many hobbies, keeping busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along, especially if it is in technological form. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

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Book Blitz: Eternal Light (Few Are Angels #3) by Inger Iversen

Eternal Light by Inger Iversen 
(Few Are Angels #3) 
Publication date: June 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Ella has accepted her fate of fifteen years with Aleixandre, but does not consent to his plan of using her powers to eradicate the Chorý race. In a last ditch effort to sway her, Aleixandre offers an early release of her debt and to allow Kale residence in the garden house.

Will this be enough for Ella to take the deal?

Enlisting the help of Kale, Sola, and Jace—Ella sets off to look for the Zdrowy, a mysterious group of Chorý, thought to have been cured of la Luxure.

Join Ella and Kale in the final installment of the Few Are Angels series, as they are set on a path that not only leads to a possible cure to the Chorý status, but may also offer Kale something he has been chasing his entire immortal life—absolution.


Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Blitz: Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez

Book & Author Details:
Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez
(Dirty Secrets #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sinthia Michaels has nearly lost everything. Unwittingly, she’s signed over the majority of her couture fashion line and lost the support of her retailers in one fell swoop. Behind it all is the one man she is undeniably attracted to.

Core McKay, a wealthy and legitimate businessman, is after one thing only—his mother’s murderer. When his intel leads him to a corrupt politician connected to Sinthia, Core will stop at nothing for his own version of justice—even if that means using Sinthia to get what he wants.

Continuing the story of twisted lies and dirty secrets, Core and Sinthia both have an end game, but their feelings for one another could be their undoing.

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Excerpt 1:

     The challenge in her eyes filled me with a need I’d never even known I possessed. My hands tightened and unclenched before I caught her by the arm and pressed her against the wall. In one swift move, I pressed my lips against hers. Moving my mouth on hers, I forced her lips open and I plundered inside, one hand tightening on her waist and drawing her even closer. My tongue swept into her mouth while my other hand released her arm, reaching up to wrap itself in her hair, tilting her head back.

     Her hands fisting my shirt, she leaned up into me. My mouth devoured and stroked her with a controlled sensuality that made my cock jump to life, straining against my pants to break free. I growled when her mouth widened and she pushed her tongue into my mouth. I groaned, tasting a hint of mint 
and coffee. 

     My head spun out of control as she kissed me back with unleashed anger and passion. The ache within my throbbing balls grew. I knew I wouldn’t last much longer until I needed to bury myself inside her cunt. 

     Sinthia’s breath caught as my hands went around her, pulling her away from the wall and flush against me. My fingers traced over her buttocks. She tried to remain motionless, her ass cheeks tensing in reaction. Blood raced to my cock, stiffening it to near pain as I imagined her voluptuous tight ass clamping down on my cock as I fucked her from behind.

Damn, I burn to have her.


Sedona Venez is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby—hooah—and their furbaby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy complex stories about strong but broken characters who push boundaries, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

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Excerpt 2:

     “Damn. Shit just got real,” I muttered under my breath. 

     The throng moved again. McKay was checking me out with unveiled interest. 

     I tried to calm my beating heart, but to no avail. Biting my bottom lip, I drank him in. Jesus. He looked smoking hot. If you looked fuckable up in the dictionary, McKay’s name would be right there next to it. He sizzled in a shawl-collared tuxedo paired with a crisp tailored white shirt, black silk bow tie, 
black leather shoes, and a Panerai watch. Ram was looking flawless in a white tuxedo. It was masculinity at its finest. 

     McKay’s eyes flashed as he arched his eyebrow at me. I stopped and turned so I was facing Jade and my back was toward McKay. 

    Jade curiously looked at me. “What’s up?” 

    “Don’t look. That’s McKay by the bar,” I hissed. 

    Of course, Jade did the exact opposite of what I’d asked and stared boldly in his direction. 

    I wanted to choke her. “Really? What part of ‘don’t look’ was unclear?” 

    Staring over my shoulder, Jade whispered loudly, “Which one?” 

   “In the black tux with the black silk bow tie. He’s staring at me like I owe him money,” I responded. “Because I do.”

     “Damn! Look at that face.” Jade blinked and then blinked again. “He’s crazy hot.” 

     “No. He’s just crazy.” I turned back around, glaring at him. Okay, he was hot, but I’d be damned if I acknowledged the way my cunt pulsed under his scrutiny.

Excerpt 3:

     I turned around to find Core McKay staring at me with no smile. He was standing under the bright moonlight, looking delicious, dangerous, and just plain fucking gorgeous. 

     “Making trouble everywhere you go,” he drawled in that ridiculously gruff tone.

     My cunt clenched like it recognized its master’s voice.

     “What can I say? I’m a very bad girl.” I batted my eyelashes almost comically before sashaying toward him. 

     Stopping before him, I tilted my head, and my eyes traveled up his well-built tall body. He had discarded the tuxedo jacket he wore earlier. Muscles bunched against his crisp tailored white shirt, and his rolled-up sleeves displayed the tattoos on his forearms. His collar was unbuttoned, and all I could focus on was the all-seeing eye tattoo on his neck.

     Damn. This didn’t bode well for me. I was a sucker for men with tattoos.

     He crossed his muscular arms. “Hmm… that happens to be my favorite type of woman.” 

     He was sexy—well, hot and scary. His dark hair was cut short on the sides, but it was stylishly longer on top. His searing steel-gray eyes made me visualize seriously wicked, naughty things.

     Shit. Shit. Shit. Sin, focus.

Excerpt 4:

     I tilted my head, kind of enjoying the sarcastic ruthlessness of McKay’s demeanor. “What can I say? Obviously, what’s between my legs is really memorable.” 

     McKay laughed, and it was a full-on sexy sound, which sent a zing to my cunt. 

     “Apparently.” He silently eyed me. 

     I squared my shoulders and took a deep breath. “Why are you gawking at me like that?” 

     He shrugged one massive shoulder. “Just trying to figure you out.” 

     I knew he was toying with me, but I was in no mood for games.

     “There’s no riddle to me, McKay.” 

     “I beg to differ.” His lips tilted into a brief small smile.

     I pasted a smile on my face and delivered my next line in a saccharine tone. “So are you going to continue to eye-fuck me?” 


    He smirked, and my heart skipped a beat. 

    I started to fidget, and then I forced myself to stand still. This man was fucking unnerving.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights Book 1) by Melissa Foster

NEW HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

“Catching Cassidy was laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” — #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet – Rachel Van Dyken

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. 

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe or her personal website.Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.
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COMING IN 2015 the full Harborside Nights series...

Catching Cassidy (Het)
Discovering Delilah (F/F)
Tempting Tristan (M/M)
Chasing Charley (Het)
Breaking Brandon (M/M)
 Embracing Evan (Het)
Reaching Rusty (Het)
Loving Livi (Het)

Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.

My Review:
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I have been wanting to read a book by Melissa Foster for awhile now and finally got the chance to read Catching Cassidy, the first book in the Harborside Nights Series. Now I know why I have seen Melissa Foster's name on most of the blogs I visit! Melissa's writing is incredible, I was hooked by chapter one. I fell in love with both Cassidy and Wyatt fast. There was a lot of will they? won't they? in this one. I also loved all the other characters, (I have a soft spot for Tristan) and I especially look forward to finding out what happens in the next book, Discovering Delilah, which focuses on Wyatt's twin sister. (There was a sneak peek of chapter one in the back of Catching Cassidy and it sounds fantastic!)

Catching Cassidy is an emotional roller coaster, and I definitely recommend it to anyone - especially anyone who has grown up with a best friend and has mixed feelings about them. You heart will pump throughout this book so make sure you have plenty of time to read it before bed or any of your preferred reading times. The romance will grip you in this novel.

I love this series and I look forward to reading every book! I am looking forward to being able to see how the characters progress behind the scenes of the other characters main stories. 


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Blind Love by Kishan Paul

Title: Blind Love
Author: Kishan Paul
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.
At twenty nine, psychologist Lauren Baxter has a successful counseling practice. Since becoming legally blind at fifteen, her world has been a blurry mess of colors. Her greatest fear is also her ultimate reality. One day that fuzzy realm will forever turn black. Refusing to let blindness define her, she builds a life for herself with her dog, Jack Sparrow, and best friend, Sunny Daye.

Lauren has no tolerance for pity or for Superman swooshing down and rescuing her. She is capable of saving herself just fine. That is until Gabe, the great smelling, former Marine, from Texas moves in next door. Her attraction to him is immediate and, unfortunately for her, mutual.

When Lauren’s ex-husband shows up begging for another chance, she is confused and fragile. She also finds herself in the arms of her secretive neighbor. Little does she realize that her decision for a steamy roll in the hay with Gabe will suck her into his mysterious past, thrust her ex-husband back into her life, put her in the middle of a murder investigation, and place her life in danger.

Gabriel Briggs has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Short term flings are all he can afford for more reasons than one – reasons he never plans to share. Until he moves in next door to the beautiful, green eyed, feisty, Lauren. One night with her and he’s reconsidering promises he made almost a decade ago. When a woman from his past is murdered, his world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and innocent lives are threatened. Can Gabe win Lauren’s love and save her life before it’s too late?

Product Warnings: Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch.
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From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the “on” position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would have graduated with honors.
Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over seventeen years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.
Her novella, Taking the Plunge, is currently available in the Love Least Expected Anthology on Amazon.
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Note from Kara: I feel in love with Kishan's writing when I read a short story she did for the anthology Love Least Expected. You can read the review here

Book Blitz, Q&A & Giveaway: The Allnighter by C.J. Lake (My New Stepbrother #1)

The Allnighter by C.J. Lake
(My New Stepbrother #1)
Publication date: April 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


*Story contains explicit/steamy scenes that are intended for mature readers.
Cady is still reeling from her one-and-done night of passion with a sexy guy she met at a bar—she’s still overwhelmed just thinking about it!—when she unexpectedly comes face-to-face with him again. It’s bad enough that Mick lied about who he was, but now Cady discovers he’s about to become her…what??!
*Note: The Allnighter is a continuing story. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!


     “I technically can get a taxi myself,” Cady said, shivering.  “If I couldn’t do 
that, I’d really be hopeless.” 
     “Of course,” Mick agreed.  “I just wanted to walk out with you.”  Predictably, the night had grown colder, and now the wind was biting.  Mick boldly put his hands on Cady’s upper arms and gave them a rub through her jacket.  “Let’s warm you up,” he said. 
     Appearing cautious, Cady asked, “After I go, are you going to meet Quinn and your friends at that party?”
     “No.  Definitely not.”
     “Not your scene?”
     “Nope,” he told her truthfully.
     “Yeah, actually I’m surprised your friend, Quinn, wants to go,” Cady 
mentioned.  “Those parties are usually BU and BC people.  Since he’s twenty-
four…”  Again she shivered and Mick put his arm around her.  She seemed 
momentarily flustered.  “I, um, guess I assumed he’d be over hanging out with 
college students.”
     “Quinn’s very immature,” Mick said—also the truth.  “Listen, Cady, there’s 
something I want to say…”
     Before he got to tell her that he wasn’t really twenty-four and that he didn’t 
work in private security—that it was a stupid line Quinn used and could they just start over?—he got distracted by Cady reaching up and placing her hand on his
chest.  She did so tentatively, and didn’t retract when Mick froze for a second. His pulse sped up and his chest tightened as she curled the fabric of his shirt into her fingers, silently inviting him closer.  
     The action sent a signal straight to his cock, which was already stiffening 
in anticipation. 
     “This is probably a mistake,” she whispered, obviously trying to talk 
herself out of what she wanted.  Mick let her talk—though he inched slightly 
closer, and she didn’t back away.  “It’s just…” she began, her soft voice drifting off for a moment as the wind loudly tousled the trees.   
     Mick waited, not sure where she was going with this.  And definitely not 
expecting her to say:
     “It’s just that I have no fun.”
     After a careful pause, he said, “Are you saying that you want to have fun?”
     “With me?”
     She dropped her eyes toward the sidewalk, but clutched his shirt a little tighter.  “Yes.”
     He could see a shy grin tugging at the corner of her mouth, so he slid a 
hand under her jaw to tilt her face up.  When their eyes met, Cady gazed at him for a moment, almost fascinated, then murmured, “Let’s just kiss first and see how it is.”
     He might have been mildly amused by her awkward seduction style—if 
only she didn’t have him totally aroused instead.  “Sure,” Mick agreed, stepping 
even closer and lowering his head.  Soon both hands were on his chest, gripping the front of his shirt, as their mouths came together…


C.J. Lake is a storyteller who is passionate about art, surfing, and skiing/snowboarding. Residing near the coast of Massachusetts, C.J. is currently working on a new book. Readers can get in touch via email ( or follow C.J. on Twitter @brightbluesurf.

Q&A with C.J. Lake

  • What makes Mick & Cady from The Allnighter such a great couple?

For them it’s very basic: he’s generally laid back and she’s a bit repressed. That
might sound like a clash, but actually it’s perfect, because Mick can get her to
relax. To lighten up—and even be uninhibited. They are physically attracted to
each other from the beginning, and Mick has a way of drawing out Cady’s hidden passion, and disarming her with his confidence.

  • What should readers know?

The Allnighter is a continuing story.  You will definitely want to stay tuned to see how Mick and Cady’s intense relationship evolves.  What starts as a passionate 
hook-up, turns into a tension-filled “platonic situation” as they face their parents’ upcoming wedding and try to stay away from each other...

  • What’s next?

My new book, Sky High, was just released!  Sky High is Book 3 of my Attraction 
Series.  It’s a standalone novel - an upbeat, sexy story that features Jamie Bardo (a lovable secondary character from Books 1 + 2), and his new neighbor, Sky Dirente, a cynical girl who has had her ski career cut short.  To say sparks fly between them is an understatement!
Next up is Part 2 of The Allnighter, coming this summer!!

  • How can readers reach you?

For quick updates on new releases, follow me on Twitter @brightbluesurf.  Also, 
readers can always drop me a line at:


     “Cady, all I can say is I’m sorry.  Just tell me this: were you ever going to 
use my number?” 
     Suddenly it was hard to breathe.  She’d stared at that number a thousand 
times.  Maybe it was pride that made her lie, maybe it was self-preservation.  
Maybe it was knowing that their parents were dating and possibly—albeit 
insanely—might get married, and that this whole thing with her and Mick needed to disappear.  But, unapologetically, she said, “Of course not.  We agreed, once and that was it.  Now we need to honor that.”
     Apparently her prim tone didn’t scare him off.  In fact, Mick surprised her 
by giving a gruff laugh—and leaning his face even closer.  “No, we don’t.” 
     “W-what do you mean?”
     “Cady, come on.  That one-and-done crap was never going to work with us; 
I knew it as soon as we started kissing.”  Did he have to say it all sexy and 
confident like that?  She could feel stirrings she didn’t want to feel.  Her mouth 
suddenly felt dry, while another part of her was getting wet…
     Suddenly Mick’s mouth was by her hair.  “Damn, you smell so good right 
now,” he whispered.
     “Oh, God…” Cady eked out weakly, feeling like they might start kissing or 
something right there.  “Mick, stop—we can’t do this here.” 
     “You’re right,” he agreed on a short breath.  “So, your apartment later?” 
      “No,” she insisted, putting her palm between them and giving his chest a 
shove.  Too bad it reminded her of how hard and strong his body was, which 
reminded her of how good he was with his hands.  “I mean that we can’t do this now or at all,” Cady stated firmly.  Someone had to stay in control here.  “Our 
parents are dating,” she said emphatically.  She didn’t reveal that her dad was on the cusp of proposing.  Instead, she shrugged and said vaguely, “Hey, they could end up married or something.  Which would obviously make anything with you and me unacceptable.”
     “Sorry—but it’s not obvious to me.”


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Official Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy

by Barrie Summy
Official Blog Tour
Hosted by MMSAI Tours

Author: Barrie Summy
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher:  Delacote Books For Young Readers


A girl who can see the past tries to save the future in this compelling tween mystery.

A girl is missing. Three girls are lying. One girl can get to the truth.

Emily Huvar vanished without a trace. And the clues are right beneath Raine’s fingertips. Literally. Raine isn’t like other eighth graders. One touch of a glittering sparkle that only Raine can see, and she’s swept into a memory from the past. If she touches enough sparkles, she can piece together what happened to Emily.

When Raine realizes that the cliquey group of girls making her life miserable know more than they’re letting on about Emily’s disappearance, she has to do something. She’ll use her supernatural gift for good . . . to fight evil.

But is it too late to save Emily?



"The Disappearance of Emily H. has everything--a quirky, believable heroine, a complex mystery that keeps you guessing, and even a touch of the paranormal. Readers won't put this one down until the final sparkle." ~Gordon Korman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery." ~Kirkus Reviews

"In this mild action-adventure, readers will value the captivating, emotional roller coaster young girls experience with friendships and new beginnings." ~School Library Journal


Barrie Summy grew up in Canada on a steady diet of books and tobogganing. She tries to read a book a week and always breaks for tea and cookies at three oclock.
Barrie lives in California with her husband, their four children, a veiled chameleon, and Dorothy the Dog.

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I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
I loved this book! I read it so fast in under four hours, and despite it being for tweens I think it is great for any age group! I really hope this one is even made into a movie, I think it would be awesome!

Raine is having another fresh start, thanks to her mom. I knew how Raine felt as I often moved around myself a lot as a child. Also, Raine is an only child just like me! Raine was very easy for me to relate to. Then Raine finds out that Emily H went missing, and was bullied by the same girls who bully her.

This is a great book for teens to read about the effects of bullying, especially bullying in cyberspace. Also there are some great feelings of friendship. Raine sticks up for her friend Shirlee, day in and day out.

This book was very well written, I could feel what Raine was feeling. I also loved the paranormal aspects to this book. Unfortunately for Raine usually her gift makes her seem more awkward than help her. Her gift does come through for her though at times. I think it would be so interesting to have a paranormal gift, even if it made me look terribly awkward.

I would definitely read this book at any age, it reminds you all about the pesky time of middle school, and the mean girls most girls have to deal with. Also, this book is great to give someone courage if they are being bullied. If I had a daughter this age I would buy it for her if she was bullied and/or being bullied. Sometimes if we can find a character to relate to during a tragedy it makes such a big difference in our lives.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Blast & Giveaway: Star Child by Vacen Taylor

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade science fiction series "Starchild" by Vacen Taylor (May 8 to 10, 2015). There is so much to celebrate: not only do the books have NEW covers, but the third book in the series, "The Healing Stone" has just been released!

Starchild collage  

About the Books

Book 1: The Age of Akra

The Age of Akra
Title: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book 1) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: March 6, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 150 | Recommended Ages: 10+ Summary: When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength. Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual. The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.
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Buzz About Book 1

"The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series ... I'm salivating." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn't make it. I couldn't put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. I went through a range is emotions with these characters where I wanted to hug them, love them, give them a good slap, protect and spend time with. I cannot wait for book 2. Highly recommend this series of books and hope they make a movie from it would be a blockbuster!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Dannielle S., Goodreads
"Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series." ~ 5 Star Review, C. Bullard, Amazon

Book 2: The City of Souls

The City of Souls by Vacen Taylor
Title: Starchild: The City of Souls (Book 2) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date:October 14, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+ Summary: In The City of Souls, the pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts continues. Having already triumphed against dangerous adversaries in The Age of Akra, the four children -- Mai, Long, Akra and Sahib -- now face the evil melkarie and must escape to the City of Souls. When they reach the safety of the land of Naroan, in a city hidden under a blanket of living green, the children are confronted with the challenge of locating the Singing Soul. But the underworld is searching for it too, and will do anything to stop the young pilgrims from finding it. The prophesy is at risk of being extinguished unless the children succeed in their quest.  

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Buzz About Book 2

"The City of Souls is the second book in a science fiction fantasy featuring an intricate and engaging plot, well-developed characters who are faced with new challenges, a well-described setting reminiscent of Star Wars with a hint of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones-style action and suspense. I’m in this series for the whole haul as I feel completely invested in what happens next as the prophecy continues to roll forward. I highly recommend this book as well as the series to science fiction aficionados ages 10 years and older looking for something a little different. ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"The author graciously sent a signed copy of this 2nd book in her series to my daughter Emily. Emily read Vacen Taylor's first book in the Starchild series: The Age of Akra. She very much enjoyed the adventure and getting to know the characters. Emily eagerly anticipated the next book! Emily was thrilled when her copy of The City of Souls arrived and did what she could do to avoid her homework so that she could sneak and read The City of Souls. She read the book with much interest and said that she loved every bit of it. As a parent, it's a big comfort and joy to me when my kids find stories written for their enjoyment! The Starchild series captured the heart and imagination of my daughter. And she very much looks forward to book three." ~ 5 Star Review, Vonda N., Goodreads

"Ms Taylor provides masterful descriptions that don't bore the reader. Thank you. I think the writing is at its best in the action, but the character building, backstory and forewarning is all there and relevant to the overall building of good storytelling. I'm assuming the introductions to some of the other multifaceted characters will have relevance in future books. I do hope so. Overall, a great read for children who are looking for something refreshingly new and unique." ~ 5 Star Review, Kirt T., Amazon

Book 3: The Healing Stone

The Healing Stone by Vacen Taylor
Title: Starchild: The Healing Stone (Book 3) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: April 10, 2015 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 10+ Summary: After finding the Silvershade and escaping the attacking forces as the Wilder Forest city was scorched to the ground, Mai, Akra and Kalin must now face the evil that has consumed Long. When they reach the land of Cruscar and enter the ice city of Algus, the children are confronted with an ice challenge to win an audience with Queen Isolda. A treacherous journey now awaits them if they are to reach the Healing Stone to save Long. But Piceptus, the underworld king, will not give up his search and he will do anything to bring the pilgrims' journey to an end. The children grow stronger as they begin to master their powers, but will this be enough to escape this danger and continue on their pilgrimage to fulfil the prophecy?  

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About the Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor Author
Vacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.

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