Friday, February 17, 2017

Blog Tour: The Travelers by K.L. Kranes with Giveaway! + Top 10 Book Boyfriends!

The Travelers
by K.L. Kranes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2nd 2016
Sanguaro Books

Summary from Goodreads:


Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn't involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.
This fast-paced debut novel by K.L. Kranes merges fantasy and romance and takes the reader on an exciting magical adventure.





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EXCERPT


     My room was exactly as I left it. My comic books were neatly stacked on a bookshelf in the corner. My laptop was on my desk next to a pile of textbooks. Nothing was touched while I was gone. This was the only place in the house I felt comfortable.
     I took the lei off my neck and held it out as I flopped down on my bed. I closed my eyes and my thoughts wandered to Dagny. I thought she’d fade like a sunset. I was wrong. She was like a great album. The kind you obsess over. She was the album all other albums would be compared to and they would not measure up. Her melody would linger in my ears forever.
     My eyes felt heavy. The last thing I remembered was the lei slipping out of my hands. I woke with a start. Remnants of a dream hung in the air. Horrible contorted wraith-like faces reached out for me. They were trying to warn me. It was like nothing I’d ever dreamed before.
     The red numbers on my alarm clock said 3:23 in the morning. Oddly, this was the exact time I was born.
     Trying to shake off the dream, I sat up. I thought, I wish there was some light in here.
     The lamp next to my bed flickered.
     That was weird. I had to still be dreaming. Maybe if I shut my eyes, I would wake up for real this time. 
     I lay back on the bed.
     No, this was stupid. I was awake. It was just a coincidence. I thought it again to make sure: I wish there was some light in here.
     Suddenly, every light snapped to attention. Blinded by the sudden return of so much light, I flung my legs on the floor and wished the brightness was gone. Blackness returned.
     I tried it again: Lights on.
     Brightness flooded the room.
     Jesus, I was like the telekinetic Clapper. Lights off.
     It was dark again.
     Was this a joke? Maybe I was talking out loud and someone was messing with me. This could just be a coincidence. Maybe my mind was somehow in tune with some sort of power surge.
     Lights on.
     Light again exploded, illuminating every inch of the room. My pulse raced.
     I’m going to lose it now.

Top 10 book boyfriends

  1. Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo
I remember reading this in a car driving down to Florida for Spring Break when I was probably about 11 or 12. The revenging count was my first bad boy book crush.

  1. Edward Cullen, Twilight
Yes, I know me and every other girl and woman who read this book would put him on this list. I’m not convinced there are actually any “Team Jacob” fans out there. I think they just made that up for marketing. (Kidding, of course Team Jacob fans!)

  1. Damon, Vampire Diaries
To be honest, this brooding babe is here more because of his portrayal in the TV show than the books. But, close enough? I have a thing for the bad boys.

  1. Eric Northman, The Southern Vampire Mystery series (aka, Sookie Stackhouse series, aka books that inspired the show True Blood)
I read every book in the series and watched every episode of the HBO show. While Eric in the show was definitely drool-worthy, I’m partial to the Eric in the books. (SPOILER!) I’m still angry Sookie didn’t end up with him!

  1. John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
Although some of the ideas about women in this book are antiquated, generally it’s about a very independent thoughtful woman and man who loves her for her intelligence. There’s something very sexy about that.

  1. Othello (of Shakespeare fame)
Alright, admittedly putting a protagonist from Shakespearian tragedy who murders his wife on this list makes me seem a little morbid, but is that any more so than vampires? (I just realized I picked 3 vampires. What does this say about me?) Even in immersed in manipulation and tragedy, there is just something about Othello.

  1. Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
I know it’s cliché, but who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy? In vain he struggled, but his feelings would not be repressed. (I’m going to swoon now.)

  1. Robbie Turner, Atonement
Lover of words and Cecilia, victim of circumstance, immortalized in fiction. He stole my heart on the page.

  1. Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon
This one may seem a little strange. But a cool, noir detective makes me tingle with excitement.
  1. Jamie, Outlander

Yes, I too fell for Jamie Fraser, even after that ‘punishment’ incident. His love is pure. (Swooning again!)

About the Author

K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and their adorable dog. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer.


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Cover Reveal: Humanity’s Hope by Pembroke Sinclair!

Today is the cover reveal for Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Humanity's HopeHumanity's Hope (Saving Humanity #1)
by Pembroke Sinclair
Genre: Zombie
Age category: Young Adult

Blurb:
Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*Trigger warning: attempted suicide


You can find Humanity's Hope on Goodreads

Excerpt:
Caleb’s extremities tingled with adrenaline, his footsteps thumped rhythmically on the hard, dry ground. He sucked in long gasps of air, but his lungs still burned for oxygen. He caught glimpses of the other two out of the corner of his eyes. The undead drew nearer. Their arms outstretched, waiting to snag their prey. Caleb zig-zagged across the field. He ducked under a pair of arms, then shouldered a zombie out of the way. Its bones crunched against his shoulder, teeth gnashed close to his ear, driving him forward with more urgency. The house grew larger with every step he took. Almost there.

A short yip followed by a grunt sounded behind him. He risked a glance over his shoulder. Len stumbled then fell. Caleb’s heart leapt into his throat. He skidded to a stop, turning to help his friend. Caleb was about to step toward Len, but he was stopped in his tracks. The action caused him to lose his balance. His arms flailed through the air to keep Caleb from falling over. An incessant, strong tugging kept him from moving forward. He turned to see Nina jerking on his backpack. Her eyes were wide and glistening with tears. She bit her bottom lip and shook her head violently. Caleb glanced again at Len, who reached for Caleb, his mouth open in a silent plea, tears running down his cheeks. Caleb reached toward him. Len’s plea turned into a scream as a zombie bit into his calf. A dark ring of blood stained his jeans and grew larger. Another zombie latched onto the fingers of his extended hand. The crunch as it bit through his bones rattled in Caleb’s skull. He pulled his hand into his chest.

Caleb turned at that point. There was nothing more he could do. His sister grabbed his wrist, and they ran into the house. They took the stairs two at a time and headed into a bedroom on the right. After closing the door, they scanned the area, checking under the bed and in the closet. Clear. His sister collapsed face first onto the bed. From the way her body shook, Caleb could tell she was crying. He leaned back until his pack connected with the door. His legs gave out, and he slid to the floor. Pulling his knees to his chest, he wrapped his arms around his head and tried to disappear into himself.

And then there were two.


Pembroke SinclairAbout the Author:
I am an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in my books). Since the first time I watched Night of the Living Dead, I have been obsessed with zombies and I often think of ways to survive the uprising.

I have written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world, along with adult novels in the sci fi and fantasy genres. I have also written kids' books under the pen name J.D. Pooker.

I have written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films under my real name.

For more information, please check out my blog at pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com or email me at pembrokesinclair[at]hotmail[dot]com.

You can find and contact Pembroke here:
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