Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Harp’s Song by Cassie Shine

I’m thrilled to take part in the new cover reveal for HARP’S SONG by Cassie

Shine! Check out the cover below, and let me know what you think in the comments. Then be

sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of HARP’S SONG,

and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Harp's Song by Cassie Shine

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Date: November 5, 2013

In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high

school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like

home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her

mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy

her already faulty sense of self.

A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of

earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best

friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.

As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares

about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as

she can remember?

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Cassie ShineAbout Cassie Shine

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Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song in November 2013, finally

finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons

ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school

marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands,

she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything.

After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and

headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.

Giveaway

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Blog Tour: Faces on My Wall by Jesse Wilson

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A coming-of-age story and a comedic tour-de-force, meet Jamey Fuller, a cocky California kid who achieves his wildest ambition: admission to The Juilliard School in New York City, the country’s most prestigious acting school. Once there, he is sure, he will find fame and glory. He will dance on tables, as in “Fame.” He will take his place among the Great Actors of his time, freed from the fear of becoming just like his father, a director of Hollywood TV spots. But the reality proves hilariously brutal, as Jamey grapples with Shakespeare, lust, disillusionment, cut-throat classmates and imperious teachers. FACES ON MY WALL is a privileged glimpse into the bizarre hidden world of an actor’s training, a poignant father-and-son story, and the chronicle of a young man’s painful gropings toward maturity.

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ReviewFaces on My Wall is a wonderful coming of age story that gives a different perspective of life after high school. JameyFuller is an honest and hilarious young actor who dives head first into the wonderful world of Juilliard. His brutal honesty and somewhat carefree attitude is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield but with much less attitude and with much more purpose. Jesse Wilson gives the reader what seems to be a realistic glimpse behind the curtain of the prestigious performing arts school. As I read, I couldn’t help but picture some of my current students in the situations Jamey gets into. I recommend this book to all aspiring artists and anybody who has every chased their dreams. 

 

JESSE WILSON- headshotAbout Jesse Wilson
Jesse Wilson is a motivational performer, professional speaker, author, teacher, and visual artist. A life-long involvement with theatre and film as both performer and writer began early, growing up in Hollywood, CA. A theatre graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Jesse developed material for his one-man shows that have been performed across the country. His solo production, Face the City, written for high school and college audiences, combines visual and animation projections in a multimedia presentation of a young artist’s journey to find his voice in the “real world.” His children’s book The Night the Moon Ate My Room! written and performed for young audiences to experience self-discovery, is created with the support of The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District. Integrating the arts and especially the powerful tool of improvisation, a program that Jesse has developed entitled “Making Perfect Mistakes!” helps people (like educators, business owners, at-risk teenagers, and every one else a part of the human race!) overcome the pitfalls of perfectionism that so often hinder the creative mind. Please visit his website at http://www.jessewilsonproductions.com for more information on what Jesse Wilson is doing in the “community at large”.

Author Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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Grand prize:
Signed copy of FACES ON MY WALL with $30 Amazon giftcard (US/CA only)
Second prize (5):
ebook copy of FACES ON MY WALL (international)

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 3rd – A Book and a Latte

Wednesday, March 5th – Jennifer Tressen

Friday, March 7th – Book Blogger Mom

Monday, March 10th – Once Upon a Twilight

Tuesday, March 11th – Daily Actor

Wednesday, March 12th – Plain Talk Book Marketing

Friday, March 14th – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

Monday, March 17th –  Heather Reid
Wednesday, March 19th –  Lost in Ever After
Friday, March 21st – My Life in Books

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Blog Tour: Persefone Series by Michelle Gagnon Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway

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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.

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Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D’s horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.

Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa’s movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he’s desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.

Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.

This stunning second book in the critically acclaimed Don’t Turn Around trilogy raises the stakes to their absolute limit and will leave readers begging for the exciting conclusion, Don’t Let Go.

Don’t Look Now: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | iTunes

 Review:

I couldn’t put either of these books down. When I read  Don’t Turn Around,  I was on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. Gagnon immediately grabbed my attention and had me invested into the characters from the very first page. There were times in both books that I would think to myself, “Oh, I know where this is going” and then Gagnon would divulge a new piece of the plot that would throw me completely.

There are so many layers to the characters that I found myself lost in their world. I wanted Noa and Peter to be my friends. Even when they were discussing computer hacking terms, I didn’t get lost (like I normally do). I knew that every piece of information being given was going to big in some sort of way. And even with all the suspense and action, Gagnon finds a way to weave in a romantic relationship or two, adding even more complication to the situation. In addition, to the well-developed main characters, Gagnon makes the reader interested in all the minor characters too. I found myself completely involved in each character’s story. And while some sequels don’t develop the new characters to this reader’s high standards, the new characters in Don’t Look Now are fully developed and serve a purpose to the plot. 

What I liked most about the two books is that the story is told from multiple POVs. In Don’t Turn Around, we get the story from Noa’s and Peter’s point of view. In Don’t Look Now, Teo (a new character) and Amanda (Peter’s ex-girlfriend) are added to the mix. While this may sound overwhelming, Gagnon makes it work seamlessly. 

I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy. I’ll be sad when it’s all over (as I always am when a series end) but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. If you haven’t read these first two, go out and get your copy today. You will not be disappointed!

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Michelle Gagnon is the international bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. Described as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” her YA technothriller DON’T TURN AROUND was recently nominated for a Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writer’s Association, and was selected as one of the best teen books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Book 2 in the PERSEFONE trilogy, DON’T LOOK NOW, is on sale now. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY
Signed editions of both books!
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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, February 3rd – Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, February 5th – Fantasy Book Addict
Friday, February 7th –  A Bookish Escape

Monday, February 10th – Ex Libris
Wednesday, February 12th – The Book Monsters
Friday, February 14th – YA Bookmark

Monday, February 17th – In the Best Worlds
Wednesday, February 19th – Adventures of a Book Junkie
Friday, February 21st – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

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Blog Tour & Review: Song and Signal by ME Patterson

Song and Signal by ME Patterson

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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for SONG AND SIGNAL by M.E. Patterson

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* From the award-winning, bestselling author of Devil’s Hand and Burning Cards comes a universe-spanning science fiction adventure. *

Seventeen year-old genius Zakari Sharp has never stood on the surface of a planet, never seen a sun-streaked sky. He lives on a corporate-owned mining facility at the edge of the solar system, with a mute alien for a guardian and brainwashed, muscle-bound ex-convicts for company. The day his father vanished was so long ago that Zak thought he would never hear from him again.

Zak was wrong.

Now, chased off-station by a cabal of mythical assassins, Zak and his best friend Liz embark on a harrowing journey across the galaxy, to find his father’s hiding place and learn the universe-shaking discovery that hides with him. But their enemies will stop at nothing to steal the secret themselves.

Can a teenage boy change the fate of the universe? Or will a nanotech-wielding killer reach him first?


PRAISE FOR SONG AND SIGNAL:

“The kind of storytelling that makes a statement: M. E. Patterson is here to stay.” — Austin Post

“[Song and Signal is] WELL worth the read. Enjoyable and immersive.” — Michal
 
“Patterson’s work will blow you away… a page turning, roller coaster ride.” — ReviewsByMolly

 My Review:

This isn’t usually a genre I readily pick up, but the synopsis really drew me in. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of adventure Zak would get into. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s packed with nail-biting action. This is honestly the best sci-fi I’ve read in awhile. There were sections that got a little “techy” for me but I was still able to keep up with the story line. I found that the jargon was a little heavy in the beginning but served a purpose later and is worth reading. Don’t skip over it, no matter how frustrating it might be to some of use that aren’t as tech-savvy as Zach and the other characters may be.  Patterson’s ability to put the reader into the action is amazing. I became apart of Zak’s world immediately and didn’t want the adventure to end. I liked being whisked away to a different planet. Even if you’re not usually a sci-fi fan, I highly recommend Song and Signal. 

Pick up an eBook or Paperback of Song and Signal Now!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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M. E. Patterson is a bestselling author of highly-rated horror and science fiction novels for both teens and adult readers. His first novel, Devil’s Hand, was a Kindle bestseller in Horror, and was the winner of Kindle Book Review’s 2012 “Best Indie Horror Novel” award.

In addition to writing fiction, Mr. Patterson is also an accomplished web software engineer and software consultant, currently working with the video game industry. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family.

My Author Site — http://mepatterson.net
Twitter — http://twitter.com/mepatterson
Facebook — http://facebook.com/mepattersonauthor
Goodreads — http://www.goodreads.com/mepatterson

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Blog Tour: Vision of Shadows (Vision #1) by Vincent Morrone

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone. Vision of Shadows is published by Entranced Publishing. This blog tour runs from 30 December till 19 January, you can view the whole tour schedule on Vincent Morrone his website.

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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2013

Blurb:
Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life…or her killer?
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn’s life is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon sheíll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it ó and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.
And that’s not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they’re up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can find more about Vision of Shadows on the Entranced Publishing website.

You can buy Vision of Shadows on Amazon.

Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series? Well she has her own twitter account.

 

Excerpt: 

Journal of Bristol Blackburn

Sunday, March 17th

 There are times when being psychic really bites, and this is one of them. Here it is, three in the morning, and all I can think about is the boy who will eventually have his hands on me.

I have no idea what his name is. We’ve never met, but I feel like we’ve grown up together. I’ve had visions of him since I was six years old. Now, eleven years later, I know we’re getting closer and closer to finally meeting. I think it’s going to happen any day now.

And the thought scares the hell out of me.

I know what Dream Boy will look like. In a word: hot. Dark hair that falls loosely over his deep blue eyes. He has an angel’s face and the devil’s grin.

I know he’s got a bad boy attitude. Half the time, I get flashes of him getting hurt. Sometimes he’s playing the hero. Other times, he’s just being an idiot. Many times, it seems like there’s someone who enjoys hurting him.

What I don’t know is what he’ll be to me.

There are times when he seems to love me. Don’t ask me why. But he’ll look at me with nothing but love and contentment in his eyes. Earlier tonight, I had one of those dreams. One where he couldn’t keep his hands off of me. Weird that I know every inch of his body, yet I have no idea what his name is, huh?

Then there’s the other vision. It was the first one I had of him, and the one I have most often. It’s the one I woke from tonight, the feeling of his hands still on my skin.

In that vision, he doesn’t look at me with love, but with hatred. He has his hands wrapped around my neck as he slowly squeezes the life out of me.

So any day now, I’m about to meet the boy of my dreams —literally. Then I get to see if he’s going to be the love of my life or the end of it.

Funny thing is, I’m not sure which idea scares the crap out of me more.

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by Vincent Morrone

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2013

Blurb: Bristol understands secrets. She’s got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.
Bristol knows secrets can kill. She’s getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who’s prank might lead to someone’s death.
Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and let’s you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

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About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

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As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?

You can find and contact Vincent Morrone here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

Vincent also participates in a group blog called YA Rush which consist of YA and NA Entranced authors. You can find YA Rush here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Vision of Shadows.
Here is what you can win:
– 1 Vision of Shadows Pen
– 1 Vision of Shadows Calender
– 1 Vision of Shadows Pen & calender
– 1 Vision of Shadows Pen and calender in a Vision of Shadows canvas bag
– 1 Vision of Shadows Pen, calender in Vision of Shadows canvas bag and an e-copy Vision of Shadows

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Book Blast: Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Welcome to the Nerd Blast for Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic Purchase Links to Come Soon!!
In the meantime you can purchase Book One below:
You can purchase Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic at the following Retailers:
    

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1 Winner will receive an  E-Copy of  Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic
and Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge.
1 Winner will receive a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card.
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About Meghan Ciana Doidge
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Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.

Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2

Novellas – Love Lies Bleeding

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Blog Tour: Rebels by Scott & Judith Powell

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The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.
The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.
If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.

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EXCERPT:

But unlike the others, my parents have made me commit to memory the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America, a document outlawed by the State and every night my father pulls out a very old Bible hidden in a compartment in our wall and we listen to him read aloud its words.  If it is found out that we have such a book, the penalty is death, but we read it anyway.   Our government is called the State of America and consists of most of the civilized world.  I do not know what schools were like before the Great Fires but ours are old and moldy, full to the breaking point with youth and children.  The conditions have worsened through the years since the State has taken over and slowly broken down society much like strip mining, leaving nothing in place of what they have taken.  In many ways, we are no more than cattle waiting to be taken to the slaughter, only to serve the State and its needs.  It is here at school that my life changed forever and I could no longer sit and do nothing while others decided my fate for me.

Praise for Rebels

John has a lot of potential (especially for someone so young) in that he sees the flaws in this society. He wants to be like George Washington and knows a lot about the manner in which a government should be run… Highly recommended. ~Amazon Review

FREE DOWNLOAD FOR KINDLE TODAY ONLY! Get your copy of REBELS today for free!

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About the Authors

Scott Powell was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a father who was a police officer and a mother who emigrated from South Korea. He received a degree in marketing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Scott served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for his church. He is a mixed martial artist who continues to train with his father, a second-degree black belt in Tae kwon do and a kick boxer.

Besides being married to Scott for over seventeen years, Judith Powell is a stay-at-home mom whose whole life has been full of stories. Being raised by an Irish storytelling father and a Native American mother, stories have filled her life and her head until they finally had no choice but to flow out through her fingertips.

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Ends 12/29/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Book Blast: Backward Compatible: A Geek Romance by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

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Welcome to the Official Release Day Celebration Blast for
BACKWARD COMPATIBLE: A Geek Romance
by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

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Not too long ago,
in a town that,
depending on your current location,
is either not super far
or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.
Two nerdy gents
home for winter break
have discovered a female gamer
at a midnight release.

During the break,
the gamer trio manages
to reveal the game’s secret boss,
a hidden enemy
with enough power to destroy
anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers
who want to be the first
to beat this boss,
George and Katie race to level up,
and, in so doing, restore decency
and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

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Blog Tour: Mounting the Whale by Colleen McCarty

Mounting the Whale by Colleen McCarty  Official Blog Tour

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The self-made and affluent Pierce family is hurled into a seamy kidnapping plot when they receive a text message from Janine—the most troubled of all the Pierce children.

Cartel got me, tell mom

The siblings, drowning in their own problems, are forced to focus on the task at hand: a half-cocked rescue mission that involves a borrowed yacht, a favor from a notorious drug kingpin, and a shocking reunion none of them expected.

When the family decides to sneak into Mexico, mother Cybil is forced to deal with a rival CEO whom she’s developed feelings for in secret. Her only son, Tom, is willing to risk bodily harm to save Janine while his other sisters, Carlyle and Valerie, suspect that the kidnapping is less than legitimate.

The long sea voyage tests the limits of the family’s already frail bonds. Dark secrets of infertility, drugs, gambling and extreme taxidermy begin to float to the surface. But nothing compares to what they begin to learn about their missing sister.

If they’re going to make it out alive, they have to recognize they’re fighting the same battles and facing life’s greatest challenges: love, loneliness, and the struggle to find a place in the world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I think I always knew I wanted to write, but kept trying to talk myself out of it. In college, I enrolled as an English major, but quickly switched when I realized I had no idea how I would make a living as an English major. I switched to something business-y.

I became an entrepreneur, opening two restaurants and a publishing company before my 28th birthday. But I always felt a tug. It wasn’t that I didn’t love helping people publish their books, and it wasn’t that I didn’t love marketing for my husband and I’s restaurant (Mod’s Coffee and Crepes, bee tee dubs)—there was just something missing.

When I would tell a story to a group of friends, or get really into a great book for example, I felt more alive. Something inside clicked on. So, even though I had a brand new baby (EVA!) and two businesses to run, I started trying to tell a story that I had been thinking about. Most of my writing was done after everyone had gone to bed, between 9pm and 12am, usually. I had a lot of help along the way, but 8 months later it was done.

Now, almost 12 months later, I’m ready to put this baby out into the world. And, I hope you’re ready too. It’s happening December 5th, 2013. There will be lots of ways to get involved, stay tuned here, or sign up for the newsletter (in the top right corner) to get up-to-date info on the book launch.

Love to one, friendship to many, goodwill to all.

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REVIEW: I love the simplicity of the cover. The simplicity is anything but indicative of the storyline (and yet you’ll understand the cover after you’ve read the book). There is nothing simple about this book. It’s filled with action, adventure and comedy. I was drawn to this book because I’m always interested in all things cartel or organized crime; I was not disappointed.

The dysfunctional family makes the characters relatable, because whose family is perfect. There where times when I felt so bad I wanted to cry and others when I laughed so hard I did cry. The story line is fresh and the characters are interesting and somehow familiar.

Colleen McCarty’s first novel is a must read. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I was so invested in the characters that I felt a little sad that I wouldn’t be apart of their chaotic lives once I finished the book. 

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Giveaway: Kindle Fire

December Kindle Fire

I’m proud to be a sponsor for this giveaway!

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″.


The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

December Kindle Fire Giveaway #2 Sponsors

  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
  2. Feed Your Reader
  3. Darker Passions
  4. Author Talia Jager
  5. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
  6. Kelly P’s Blog
  7. Kelly’s Lucky You
  8. LeahSay’s Views
  9. Author Bella Street
  10. Author Bonnie Blythe
  11. Feed Your Fiction Addiction
  12. Blogging the Beloved
  13. Fae Books
  14. Author Kelli Beck
  15. Barb’s Wire – eBooks & More
  16. MumbleBee Inc.
  17. MyLadyWeb: Women’s History and Women Authors
  18. I Know That Book!
  19. NESSAROX
  20. The Reporter and the Girl
  21. My Story That I Like Best
  22. Jessica Loves Book
  23. Author Jennie Sherwin
  24. Candace’s Book Blog
  25. Attack of the Books!
  26. Author Elizabeth Seckman
  27. Author Rosanne Rivers
  28. Author Carole Lanham
  29. Author Jennifer L. Weil
  30. The Real Bookshelves of Room 918
  31. Author David Pandolfe
  32. Author Georgina Young-Ellis
  33. Author C.J. Burright
  34. Author Derek Rempfer
  35. Book Crushin
  36. Laloba Press
  37. Author Louise Caiola
  38. Author Becky Monson
  39. Write Story Editing
  40. Bookworm Lisa
  41. Author John D. Mimms
  42. Author Heidi Garrett
  43. Stanley and Katrina Pet Authors
  44. Author Carol Davis Luce
  45. Author A. Wrighton
  46. The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
  47. Immortal Ink Publishing
  48. Circus of Lost Souls
  49. Author Inger Iversen
  50. Author Tracy Jorgensen
  51. Author Christy Hayes
  52. Author Lisa C. Temple

Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Fire Giveaway:

http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

Ends 1/1/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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