Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Rogue King by Aldrea Alien Blog Tour


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Title:  The Rogue King

 

Series:  The Rogue King Saga # 1

 

Author:  Aldrea Alien

 

Published:  April 22nd, 2014

 

Word Count:  65,000

 

Genre:  Fantasy

 

Content Warning:  Violence, Sex

 

Recommended Age:  16+

 

 

Synopsis:

Outside is dangerous.

Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.

When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.

Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.

This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.

With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King

 

 


 

 

Excerpt:

Shirain lifted her arms out towards the giant statue, the sound of her bracelets clacking together echoed across the ruins. ʺBehold our offering, Mighty Lord! Take his body as your own! Use him! Guide him in your ways so he may live to make you stronger!ʺ

 

The bowl slipped from his unfeeling hands to splash into the pond. Above, the statue's eyes glowed a deep red. Behind him, Koral heard Shirain continue talking, her voice faint and muffled. His blood grew hot, desire filling his body and fogging his mind. What had she done to him?

 

ʺYour gift is pleasing, dear child.ʺ The words tumbled out of a mouth Koral could no longer control. ʺThis body is young. Barely a man.ʺ Someone else flexed his muscles. His lips twisted into a cruel grin as his tongue ran over his sharp teeth. ʺHe will need much training.ʺ

 

ʺMy Lord,ʺ Shirain purred, giving him a low bow. ʺOnce more, you honour me.ʺ

 

Awareness of another's presence came crashing down on him, bringing with it an odd calmness. He knew little of magic or religion. Amelia's teaching on the subject had been sparse; most of what he had learnt came from the camp and no one had mentioned possession. Would he win if he tried to banish the intruder? Was this not his body?

 

A rough laugh escaped his throat as he unwillingly turned from the statue and waded through the blood to dry land. ʺHe fights me.ʺ

 

ʺHe showed promise as a fighter,ʺ Shirain said, sounding strangely proud. ʺI hope he pleases my Lord and proves more interesting to break than the others.ʺ

 

ʺYes, this will be… enjoyable.ʺ Again, his lips pulled back into something that resembled a smile in name only. ʺBy the time I've finished with him, everyone shall fear the very name of him—the name of Vengeance.ʺ

REVIEW

If you enjoy a good science fiction book the Rogue King will not disappoint you. This is a story about survival and finding yourself. When we are introduced to Koral, he is a child like creature living on a ship with  humans he refer to as his guardians. One in particular seems to have a maternal attachment to him. We soon learn that not everyone is at ease with the existence of Koral and that his very being may have been engineered but for whom and why is unclear. Koral overhears a conversation to end his life and that is when he decides to take off. Being raised by humans, he is not ready for what he finds outside the ship and must learn the ways of the land. In the process of learning the ways of the land he meets new people he begins to care for only to have it all snatched away from him again. Koral goes through another season of loss when he is given away as a gift to an evil master. It is during this struggle that Koral decides the type of being he is going to be. He knows that he has done some wicked things but still tries to maintain some level of goodness. It all starts to seem like things are going well for him when he establishes himself as the Rogue King but it is not over. Koral, now Vengeance's past come back to haunt him and deals are made that set into motion a sinister plan being orchestrated by Lorric, the evil master he once served. 

The Rogue King has to battle the demons within himself, others who would try to dethrone him, and the push and pull of falling in love. This story has a full range of emotions weaved into the fabric of a land where the creatures are reptilian and the land itself is harsh. This story continues with some unfortunate double crosses and back-stabbing that will have you crying and screaming throughout the second half of this book. The Rogue King gets 4 stars and will leave you wanting more.
 

 

 

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About the Author:

Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

• 2 Signed print copies of The Rogue King, 4 bookmarks, $10 Amazon GC

Giveaway is International.

 

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Title: A Tale of Two Pretties

Subtitle: Hopeless in Hotlanta #1

Authors: Dawn Pendleton & Magan Vernon

Release: May 19, 2014

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Blurb:
MacAllister "Mac" Barlow thought she was living the life she always dreamed of. When she catches her fiancé in the act with his secretary, she high tails it out of their apartment without looking back. Looking for a new life, she drowns her sorrows in a pitcher of beer at Tony's Pizzeria.
Darcy Pepper isn't one for long-term relationships. Bouncing from guy-to-guy to get what she wants isn't satisfying her anymore. Walking out on her current boy-toy, she finds herself at a tiny hole-in-the-wall pub. More disappointed in herself than she's ever been, she sees Mac, a girl she vaguely remembers from high school.
Left flat broke, the girls quickly enlist the help of a waiter at Tony's and before they know it, they've got an apartment, jobs, and possibly even love interests beckoning.
Maybe things aren't so hopeless after all.
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Dawn's bio:  Dawn Pendleton is a new adult author who began her writing journey in New England with her husband and their pup, though she now resides in Georgia and promptly became a Southern Belle (or so she likes to think). When she isn't staring at a blank page, willing the words to jump from her head to the screen, she's usually playing on her iPhone, reading a book, or taking pictures with her fancy camera (which she has no idea how to use).
Magan's bio: Magan Vernon is a New Adult author who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.
Dawn and Magan have been BFFs since they found out they weren't catfishing each other and decided to take a roadtrip together. Writing a book together seemed like the next logical step.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Holding On To Love by A.E. Neal Re-Release Blitz


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Author: A.E. Neal
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Series: Holding On
Release Date: April 29th, 2014 
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There is always a moment in your life when you have to break up with the past in order to move on...

Allyson Monroe has everything she's ever wanted out of life. She has a promising career, a brilliant best friend, and she's engaged to the man of her dreams. In one heart wrenching moment, Ally’s perfect world is turned upside down. As she succumbs to the heartache and tragedy that has left her utterly devastated, Ally relies on her best friend’s support more than ever. Eventually, she begins to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and move forward. However, the one thing she can’t seem to repair, is the huge void left in her heart.

Local hockey star and bar owner, Brody McCabe, has had many titles bestowed upon him in his life — "Nice Guy" was never one of them. After a horrendous childhood, the only kind of love he seems to be capable of, is that of material possessions and his three staples — women, whiskey and wealth. Brody is completely unaware that the universe plans on handing him the hat-trick of a lifetime.

After a chance encounter, Allyson and Brody are baffled by the heated connection they have towards each other. Will they be able to overcome the tragedies of their pasts, or can they grasp and hold on to a new love and a future together?


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A.E. Neal is the author of Holding On To Love & Trick Her, Treat Her. She has been writing since she was six years old, everything from short stories to poetry. Her debut novel released in September 2013 and she is currently working on the follow-up novel, Holding On To Us, which will be released May 2014. Her inspiration for the Holding On Series is her love of hockey, cocky bad-boys and true love. While she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys reading and catching up on her favorite TV shows. She currently resides in Colorado with her family, including two dogs, two cats and a goldfish. Be sure to visit A.E. Neal's Facebook page for exclusive teasers and updates.

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Title: Her Ride


Author: Rachael Orman


Genre: Adult Romance


Publication Date: June 2014





Being happy.  It sounds so simple.  Yet, it seems that it’s always just out of reach for Shannon Ryan.

After serving overseas for six years as a female United States Marine, Ryan is finally getting out the military. But coming home to live with her biker brother and his motorcycle club is more difficult than she thought it would be. Much has changed in the years that she has been gone, including Ellis, her brother’s best friend and childhood crush.

Ellis 'Dirty' Crane is the second in command for Tormented Souls Motorcycle Club. The only thing he lives for is the club, that is until Ryan comes home, no longer the wild little girl that followed him around. The two things standing in his way of getting what he wants are Patrick, Ryan's brother and leader of the club, and Jeremiah, Ryan’s boyfriend.

Can Ellis break through Ryan’s walls?  Burn them and Jeremiah down?  Prove to her brother that he’s the right man for her?  Or is Ryan hiding more than she’s letting on?

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Rachael is a stay at home mom with 2 young daughters and a husband that keep her constantly on her toes. She lives in the extremely hot state of Arizona, where she reads and writes away the blistering heat outside. She is a cancer survivor with a quirky personality. She’s been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and been writing since she was in high school. Her hopes of being a writer were crushed when she was young but one day she decided she was going to do what makes her happy and that was to write.




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Monday, April 28, 2014

How to Save a Life (Brown County #3) by Amber Nation Cover Reveal

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Synopsis

Mike Jameson’s world came crashing down around him and he has refused to let anyone else in since. Running through the daily motions of life he keeps himself busy, whether it was being the drummer for The Nation’s Capital, working on vehicles, or being a paramedic. His one goal in life has been to save lives, but he has no idea that it's his life that needs saving.
Sheridan Nichols makes an unexpected appearance in Brown County on her way out of the nightmare she was living. One fateful night, she is hit by a drunk driver and left injured and stuck in a strange town now without a car. Mike steps up to the plate and volunteers to let her stay at his house, and in the process, volunteers his heart as well.
Friendships form and chemistry ignites and after one passionate night Mike thought things between the two of them were about to change. But Sheridan hides a secret, one which is ultimately a game-changer. When her past catches up with her, will she have to rely on herself or will explanations and apologies be enough to salvage things? In the end, will they discover that by being together they save each other's life?

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   I was done pretending that there was absolutely nothing between us. I just knew that in the end one or the both of us would get our world ripped apart and our heart broken, but then there was that little chance that everything would turn out perfectly alright. I wanted to believe in that little chance. I wanted that little chance to expand into something amazing and my worrying to end up being a nonexistent glimmer of doubt.

            I felt completely stripped bare and all of my emotions towards this man were being brought to true light. I couldn’t hold back another second longer.

            This was finally it, the moment that I would give into everything that I had sworn against. The stage lights faded out and the house lights came on but dimmer than before and music began streaming through the strategically placed speakers once the band exited the stage.

            I didn’t know how long it would be until Mike came out and found me but I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it would happen.

            I left Tessa where she was standing and went to discard my empty glass back at the bar and as soon as I sat the glass on the counter, I felt a light tap on my shoulder and a warm breath at my ear that instantly made a shiver run down my spine, “I bet you could play this song much better on the piano.”

            I hadn’t even noticed that Faithfully by Journey had come on through the speakers, I was so into my own head trying to decide the next step between the two of us. I turned around and looked straight into Mike’s eyes, the vulnerability and raw passion that was reflecting back at me was enough to take my breath away. He was so unbelievably beautiful, every single bit of him down to his deeply hidden emotional scars. I pulled my bottom lip in between my teeth as he took my hand and led me to the center of the makeshift dance floor.

            He pulled me close to where one of his hands was curved around my waist while the other held one of my hands on his chest between us. “Dance with me, Sheridan,” he said huskily. It wasn’t a request, it was more of a command. You could tell that he was definitely feeling the effects of being so close to me. I wrapped my free hand around his shoulder and rested my chin up on it as we just swayed to the beat of the song.

            It really brought a smile to my face whenever he began softly singing the words in my ear while he drew tiny circles on my lower back. I would’ve never been one to peg Mike for the singing type, but he had a beautiful tone. To hear him sing about being only mine, it almost made me believe it. I closed my eyes and just enjoyed this time that we had, being enraptured by the moment.

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I am a wife, mother of two beautiful girlies, an avid reader, and a new Romance and New Adult author.

I was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but resided in Texas for five years while my husband was in the US Army. It was definitely a journey, but I am so glad to be back in my home state.

Whenever I'm not doing my motherly duties or at the soccer field I absolutely love to read whenever I have a moment to spare. My kindle is never far from my side.

My love of reading increased about a year ago and due to my love of books I decided to try my hand at writing. Already having a set of characters screaming to get out, my story took over and came to life.

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