The Boy Next Door – Irene Sabatini

The Boy Next DoorPublished by Sceptre.  ISBN-10: 0340918837 ISBN-13: 978-0340918838

In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the son of Lindiwe Bishop’s white neighbour, seventeen-year-old Ian McKenzie, is arrested for a terrible crime.

A year later Ian returns home, the charges against him dropped. He is brash and boisterous, full of charm and swagger, and fascinating to fifteen-year-old Lindiwe.

She accepts a ride from him one day, despite her mother’s warnings, and something grows between them — becoming stronger and stronger in a world that wants nothing more than to divide them.

A secret that Lindiwe keeps hidden, and which Ian discovers years later, ensures that their lives will be irrevocably entwined as their country crumbles around them. 

 

I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It tells the tale of Lindiwe, who starts a relationship with the boy next door, who was accused of murder. He is white, she is coloured – half white half black. What happens in her teenage years impacts her later in life when Ian returns from South Africa to discover her secret, and he blows her life apart.

Following the turmoil of her own situation, is the growing tension in Zimbabwe where the story is set.

There is a line in the story, which I absolutely adored: “I should go to her grave. Maybe even David should come with me. But I don’t know if I can do it. Stand there looking at the tombstone with her name etched on it, with the parameters of her life fixed forever between two dates.”

I enjoyed Lindiwe, an intelligent woman in her own right, who struggles to cope with life with a white man, trying to understand his profound love for her while she fears that he doesn’t love her. Ian is a wonderful character, full of quick wit, love and devotion for the woman in his life.

A wonderful intelligent read, with history wrapped around it.

Cover Reveal – Retribution by T G Ayer

RetributionOne of my favourite authors has a new book coming out in March.  The Cover is just DIVINE!  Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

RETRIBUTION
Chronicles of the Irin #1
T.G. Ayer
Expected release date: 14th March 2014

Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.

Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?

Her Man with the Iceberg Eyes by Kris Pearson

Publisher: Kris Pearson (December 27, 2013) ASIN: B00CKF74WU

Iceberg EyesKate Pleasance is on her best behavior. Matthew McLeod is certainly not. She really needs the job he’s interviewing her for. He totally wants the unexpected candidate in his bed.

But is Kate spying for her famous father? Should Matthew trust her in the least? Join them in the beautiful New Zealand alpine resort of Queenstown, famous for its daredevil extreme sports.
Will Kate dare? And is Matthew the devil he seems to be?
Warning: Contains one tall tortured man who’s super-talented in bedrooms and boardrooms.

Kris Pearson is a wonderful NZ author, who showcases NZ cities and towns in her stories. This one was based in Queenstown, during winter no less, and focuses on Kate who has recently lost her mother and her boyfriend. In a bid to find something to take her mind off things, she applies for a job as a personal assistant. It isn’t until she arrived in Queenstown that she discovers the job involves working with a well known artist – and her cantankerous “husband”.

This story revolves around mistaken relationships – sounds odd, but when you read it, you will understand.

Another cracking good read by Kris Pearson

J A Huss – I Am Just Junco New Cover Reveal

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:


I Am Just Junco by JA Huss
NA Epic SF/Dystopian
Series: I AM JUST JUNCO
Books: Clutch, Fledge, Flight, Range, Magpie Bridge, Return

Synopsis:
Picture yourself standing at the edge of a dock.

Now picture being lost in your own head, utterly unsure of yourself, surrounded by people who want to use you, take you away, or simply kill you.

This is Junco Coot, aged 19, year 2152, daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. Assassin, semi-famous athlete, and on the run.

In front of you is your future…

A future filled with secrets so heinous and truths so outrageous, it will push you past the edge of sanity.

…and behind you is a life of lies.

Lies that will rip apart the threads of reality barely holding you together.

Congratulations, soldier. Your life is over, but your mission has only just begun.

Welcome to my twisted, messed-up life. No one’s getting out alive, so we might as well kick some ass on the way down.

I Am Just Junco is a dark, epic SF/fantasy that spans five full-length novels and one novella. It is NOT young adult.

The final book in the series, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.

Links:
I AM JUST JUNCO at

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AUTHOR BIO:

author_photo_JA_Huss200J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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T G Ayer – Valkyrie Series New Cover Reveals

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Dead Radiance, Dead Embers, Dead Chaos  by T.G. Ayer
(Valkyrie #1-3)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged…Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn’s not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin’s life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.

In the thrilling conclusion of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

Valkyrie series
AUTHOR BIO:
TGI have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain crosseyed.

Author links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5726831.T_G_Ayer

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Ghost Hold by Ripley Patton

The long-awaited second book of The PSS Chronicles is finally HERE! GHOST HOLD is now LIVE ON KINDLE and will be coming out in paperback in mid-October.

Buy it Now!

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Title: Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2)

Author: Ripley Patton

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: September 30, 2013

About the book:

Olivia Black is back. Only this time she’s not the one in need of rescue. Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers’ list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn’t expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

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Elements Trilogy – Melissa Pearl

Author Melissa Pearl thought that her Elements Trilogy books could use a makeover… So she asked Kelly Waker from indie-spired.com to help her do just that! Check out the awesome results below!

UNKNOWN

 One prophecy…Two seekers…A journey into the UNKNOWN.

 *****
 
Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.
 
Then a star begins to fall.
 
Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped trusting in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.
 
Then a star begins to fall.
 
Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.
 

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending these two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.


Purchase Link: AMAZON

UNSEEN

It’s hard to trust when the truth is hidden in the UNSEEN.

*****

Danger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.

Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come…their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.

In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.

Purchase Link: AMAZON

UNLEASHED

 A furious light is about to be UNLEASHED.

*****

 
The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.
 
But the light has been found.
 
Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon’s women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone.
 
But two sparks have been ignited.
 
Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon’s demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess…
 
But a furious light is about to be unleashed.
Purchase Link: AMAZON
And to celebrate this new reveal, I’m having a one day sale. All three books for only 99c each!!
 

Before – Melissa Pearl

RELEASE DAY POST FOR AUTHOR MELISSA PEARL!
 
BEFORE


 
(A Betwixt Novella #0.5) (Betwixt Series)
 
Book Description:
 
Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in
stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures,
he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and
feel free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no
going back.
In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as “scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING:
This book is intended for mature teen readers due to coarse language and mature
content.

 
Purchase Links:
*On SALE for only 99 CENTS for a limited time only!*
 
 
 
 
Excerpt:
The car horn sounded like a trumpet, making me laugh hysterically. Hugh was anything but subtle.
Jamming my feet into my Converse shoes, I tie the laces in a hurry and rush for
the door.
“Where are you going?”  My mother, one of the shortest people I know, tries to block my way. I gently nudge her aside as I zip up my hoody. “I’m going out,” I mumble.
“No you’re not.  It’s Friday night. You have youth group. Your father is expecting to see you there.”
“Well he’s going to be disappointed…again. How many times do I have to tell you guys I’m not interested? I don’t want to sound snarky, but I can’t help it. I hate youth
group. I hate church. I hate that my minister is my dad who is constantly harping on about it and forcing me to go to stuff that is as boring as hell.  It’s bad enough they force me to the Sunday morning snore-fest each week. I decided a few months ago, that my parents could stop stealing my Friday nights as well. I used to sneak out after youth group all the time, but it was getting tiring. The last few months of just skipping it have been much easier, although I could do without the arguments.”
“Dale, stop.”
I don’t bother holding in my sigh as I pause by the front door. My mother’s voice, usually so soft and sweet has taken on a hard edge. It’s been doing that a lot lately.
“You know the rules.”
Do I ever!
“You must attend youth group. How do you think it looks to the parishioners when their own minister’s son doesn’t even show up?”
“I don’t care how it looks.” I spin around to face her. “I don’t care what any of those people think. I’m not here to impress them. I never asked to be a minister’s kid.”
“Dale…”
“No! I’m going out.”
Her expression crests with sadness before bunching into a tight frown.  I race out the door before she can stop me. Her voice chases me down the path all the way to Hugh’s
car. I slam the door shut, trying to block out the, “Dale, you get back here right now!”
“Go, man, go!”  Hugh nods and screeches away from the curb, but not fast enough for me to miss the tears welling in my mother’s eyes. I shouldn’t have looked back.
I hate that. Why does she have to go crying about it and making me feel bad? Maybe if her and Dad would stop lumping so many rules on me, and actually listen to what I had to say, I wouldn’t have to cause her so much pain. This had been brewing for years, mostly without me knowing it, but at the end of my freshman year I just snapped. I couldn’t play the role anymore. I refused to keep following the rules I thought were stupid. They weren’t doing it because they loved me, they were just worried about what the damn church goers thought. It was all about appearances to them. I refused to follow some religion I wasn’t even sure I believed in. Hypocrites were the worst kind of sinners, and I wasn’t going to be lumped in with them.  No, I had chosen to swing to the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Having spent a lifetime living by the letter of the law, I was now doing my best to live as far from the law as possible. 
 
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The Elements Trilogy – by Melissa Pearl

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The Elements Series: Unknown, Unseen, and Unleashed by Melissa Pearl

Release dates: Unknown – June 2013, Unseen – July 2013, Unleashed – August 2013

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Some Interesting Facts about the Elements Trilogy by Melissa Pearl

The trilogy took me 6 months to write. I made sure all the first drafts were finished before publishing the first book, just in case I wanted to add anything into the first book. I totally did so I’m really glad I held off publishing straight away.

There are four cities in the Elements World. The northern city (Taramon) is based on an English medieval type city, the eastern City (Mezrah) has an eastern/Asian/Indian feel to it, the southern city (Doran) has a Scandinavian flair and the western city (Ravma) is now an army base for King Ashan’s army.

Most of the names in the book (characters and places) were derived from Hebrew and Arabic words that I adapted. For example – the Hebrew word for fire is ‘esh’. So I named the fire element, Eshron. It was fun coming up with all the names :)

Raquel (introduced in Unseen) was never planned. She appeared when I was writing the second chapter of Unseen and became a key character in Unseen and Unleashed. The same thing happened with Bordor and Nafeez. I love surprises like that.

Some of the bad characters actually became my favourite to write. Safeer was far more complex than I originally intended and I grew to really like him. Although he is a greedy, arrogant soul, he still has a heart and I enjoyed discovering his humanity.

Levi, Jethro’s younger brother, is named after my first nephew – a ten-year-old boy with a passion for storytelling.

Never did I imagine writing a fantasy trilogy. This series came to me as a complete surprise, but was so mind consuming that I had to write it straight away just to get it out of my system. I’m confident in saying this will be a one-off thing for me. I’ll return to the comfort of contemporary/paranormal romance now, but will forever remain proud of myself for pulling this off.

Writing the sword fighting and battle scenes presented a big challenge. I really wanted them to be realistic, although still maintain some magical elements. I spent a fair amount of time researching the art of sword fighting and watching some great duals on YouTube. Rob Roy, Lord of the Rings and First Knight came in very handy.

Throughout the writing of this trilogy I had pictures of actors that reminded me of my characters. It was great having the visual aides on my wall and made the characters so much more real somehow. If you want to see them, you can check out my Pinterest board.

My favourite creatures from this trilogy were the dragons and I fell in love with Flynt. He is just plain cute and if I could ever own a pet dragon, I’d want him.

The books

 UnknownUnknown

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Purchase Unknown through Amazon Smashwords -  Barnes and Noble - iTunes 

Unseen

UnseensmallDanger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.

Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come…their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.

In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.

Purchase Unseen through Amazon -  Smashwords -  Barnes and Noble

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The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.

But the light has been found.

Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon’s women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone.

But two sparks have been ignited.

Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon’s demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess…

But a furious light is about to be unleashed.

Purchase Unleashed through Amazon -  Smashwords –  Barnes and Noble

About the Author

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Author Social Media Links:

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Blogs: Melissa Pearl and YAlicious
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Tour Giveaway:

(3) eBook sets of the complete series – Smashwords coupon code (International) with an approx. value = $27.00 (USD)

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You can follow the tour to see reviews, guest posts, and excerpts by clicking on the Elements Trilogy Blog Tour

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Cover Reveal – Panic by J A Huss

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This cover is absolutely gorgeous – Rook and Ronin together, with Ronin looking ripped as.

I have just read Tragic, which I received as a gift from a friend, and when I first started to read it, I had about three stories I was reading all at the same time, so Tragic was left in the TBR (To be Read) pile.  But something made me return to it recently, and I couldn’t put the story down.  A wonderful story about a woman with a past who accidently ends up in the right place at the right time.  Rook and Ronin have invaded my waking hours ever since, and I have since purchased Manic to read, but keep putting it off, because I don’t want to get too wound up about reading it and having nothing to follow it up with – until now.  Panic is due out soon!

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author_photo_JA_Huss200J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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