A Midnight Clear Cover & Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

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COVER REVEAL FOR A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
JUNE 10, 2019

Publisher: Black Spot Books
Release Date: November 15, 2019

SYNOPSIS
 

Six stories of not-so-merry Yuletide whimsy from the authors of Black Spot Books.

A woman so cold she hardens to ice on a winter’s eve. Risen from his grave before his time, a winter god alters the balance between seasons. A wolf’s holiday season is interrupted by a strange curse. From a murder at the Stanley Hotel to demons of Christmas past, present, and future, and a mad elf and Santa’s Candy Court, the authors of Black Spot Books share their love for winter holidays in this collection of dark winter tales, destined to chill your bones and warm your heart for the Yuletide season.

Purchase Links

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A Midnight Clear

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Giveaway!

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive Selected Print Copies of titles by the Authors.

Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy novels about thing like tyrannical despots and the masked scoundrels who tickle them without mercy. He knows all the best swear words, though he refuses to repeat them because he doesn’t want to attract goblins.
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Alcy Leyva is a Bronx-born writer, teacher, and pizza enthusiast. He graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and an MFA in Fiction from The New School. He has been published in Popmatters, The Rumpus, Entropy Mag, and Quiet Lunch Magazine.
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Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area. She has a B.S. in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched turtles.
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Cassondra Windwalker is a poet and novelist writing full time from the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. She is supported by a tolerant husband, three wandering offspring, a useless dog, and a zombie cat. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, and having other people’s demons over for tea.
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Dalena Storm has lived in India, Japan, Germany, and on both coasts of the United States. She currently resides in a converted general store in the woods of Western Massachusetts with a rare Burmese temple cat, a purring black fluff-beast, a professor of magic, and an infant with an astonishing ability to resist sleep.
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Seven Jane is an author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. Seven is a member of The Author’s Guild and Women’s Fiction Writing Association. She also writes a column for The Women’s Fiction Association and is a contributor to The Nerd Daily.
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Thank you, JEAN VALLESTEROS for allowing us to be a part of this cover and trailer release. Click on the image below to find out more about this release and upcoming releases.

Happy Reading!

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*Trailer Reveal & Giveaway* Realm- Alexandrea Weis

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Realm.jpgPrint Length: 483 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (May 14, 2019)
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07NQC9RSY

Based on a true story.

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

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– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Alexandrea Weis.jpgAlexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

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*Release Day Blitz* Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault – Candace Robinson

I am a couple days late in posting this, but I am so excited that QUINSEY WOLFE’S GLASS VAULT by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Candace Robinson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Candace Robinson and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

GlassVault_FC2_A (1).jpgTitle: QUINSEY WOLFE’S GLASS VAULT

Author: Candace Robinson

Pub. Date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 242

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Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie and her friend August go on a pursuit for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with the disappearances?

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is the start of a thrilling duology full of magic, danger, and romance.

Excerpt:

Maisie takes Oak Street, which I have always found ironic. The street is lined on both sides with tall trees, each one reaching toward the other as if longing for their touch. For a town called Deer Park, I have seen more trees on a street corner than actual deer. Not. One. Single. Deer.

Suddenly, Maisie slams on the brakes and my chest strikes hard against the seat belt. Then I smash back into the seat just as hard. The only thing I can think is, are my organs still intact? Seriously, they feel like they’re bleeding profusely.

“What the hell?” August and I say at the exact same time. Maisie is staring across the street to the left.

“Look!” she exclaims.

Now I see what Maisie is pointing at. Across from us stands an enormous stone building, unbelievably tall, and its walls are lined with huge rocks all along the base. Among the rocks, it appears there are absolutely no windows of any kind. The entrance has an archway that frames one of the tallest wooden doors I have ever seen. It’s creepily unusual.

“Impossible,” I breathe.

“This has never been here before.” August appears flabbergasted.

He’s right. He’s beyond right. There’s no way this place was just magically built overnight. Even if it were possible, it’s obviously old. It has to be over a hundred years old.

“Maybe we never really noticed it before.” Maisie unbuckles herself and opens the car door, completely taken by the sight of this building.

I throw my hands up hysterically and wave my hands around like a lunatic. “Never noticed it before? This giant stone mansion?”

“Perrie has a point, Maisie.” August stares up at the building in shock.

Hesitantly, I step out of the car and August follows. We walk around to stand beside Maisie, completely speechless as we continue our staring marathon at the place. It’s really an unusual structure to be sitting in the middle of our town. One would think something like this would have drawn major attention from the locals.

“We should investigate!” Maisie is moving before either of us can protest.

“Just a quick look,” I say, falling into step beside her, fingers itching with curiosity.

We walk to the door at a leisurely pace, as if we have all night to see what’s going on. As we inch closer to the arched doorway, where overgrown grass meets a block of cement, two things pop into my line of sight. First, there’s a plaque on the door that reads:

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

It’s written in an elegant, yet outdated script.

Maisie tilts her head to the side, skeptical of the plaque. “Not sure what a glass vault is.”

I point at a sign to the right of the door. Moving closer to see what it says, I read it aloud:

The illustrious Quinsey Wolfe presents a wonder of the world, a true sight to behold in his infamous glass museum. A forewarning to onlookers and wonderers, beware of your imagination and curiosity. This is not for the faint of heart. 

About Candace:

CandaceMy name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter!

You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust

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Giveaway Details: All International

1 winner will receive an Amazon Gift Card, International.

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When Reality Meets Fantasy in Secret Keeper by Jane Alvey Harris ~Book Review~

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Title: Secret Keeper

Author: Jane Alvey Harris

Publishing House: Createspace

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Pages: 320

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Film 14 and Jane Alvey Harris for providing a copy of Secret Keeper! 


Secret Keeper Synopsis

secret-keeper-book-coverWhat if the worst thing isn’t that they don’t believe you?

What if the worst thing is that they just don’t care?

Seventeen year-old Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle…barely…but the war in her psyche still rages. The same day Mom is released from rehab and Emily finishes detox, Dad announces he’s ready to be a family again, throwing Emily into panic. Determined to protect her younger brothers and sister from Dad, she gathers the strength to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: speak her Secret.

But it isn’t enough. Nobody will intervene. Emily is more alone and helpless than ever. Her therapist suggests that the key to resolving her crises lies within the mysterious First Realm, where Emily has access to her Fae abilities and where she can find her Champion…the one person with enough power to end the destructive cycle of abuse and help Emily transform from victim to survivor.

Desperate for guidance, Emily returns to the First Realm only to discover the Seven Kingdoms in total chaos. She has just a few days to find her Champion before Dad comes for her. Can she complete her task and return to the Second Realm in time to save her family, or will her dreaded premonition turn out to be true: that she is her own worst enemy?

Check out the amazing book trailer below!


My Review of Secret Keeper

It’s always a great moment when you find a sequel to a book that is even better than the first. Secret Keeper is one of those books. Riven had me feeling all sorts of emotions, and Secret Keeper did the same thing, but this book seemed to make me feel those emotions twice as much. Secret Keeper did not disappoint!

The audience follows Emily as she continues to battle within her psyche, which is where the magic and fantasy aspect come into play. There is more of a darker presence in Secret Keeper than there was in Riven, but it portrays different concepts, mainly how one may react when some secrets come out and consent. The fantasy in this story is both engrossing and unique, and the author has such a way of getting you hooked to the story and the fantasy world. The epic battle scenes, the AMAZING maidens that know how to kick some hardcore butt, and the gripping social issues are all part of this beautiful story.

Jane Alvey Harris knows how to keep an audience captivated. She adds layer upon layer upon layer to this already intense plot, leaving the reader wanting more. Even though questions from the first book are finally answered, new questions arise and keep the reader enticed. Emily’s journey portrays a light for those who are struggling, for others to see how some teens may cope with harbored secrets and acceptance. She is such a complex character that it’s easy to get sucked into her story. This story addresses those unbearable social issues in a such a unique way; I usually don’t like to read books that deal with different types of social issues, but this book approaches those issues in such a light way that is powerful yet emotional.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Emily in the next book. That ending was something I was not expecting, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book. I already know it’s going to be fantastic!

If you haven’t checked out Jane Alvey Harris’s work, I highly recommend that you do. Her My Myth Trilogy is a gripping contemporary with a wonderful fantasy aspect that will not only keep you guessing, but also make you feel as if you are on Emily’s journey.


Secret Keeper is now available to buy on Amazon  and at Barnes and Noble  To find out more about the My Myth Trilogy, visit Jane’s website here.

To view more videos by Film 14, click here. And to find out more about how fantasy can be used as an escape, check out A Close(r) Read: Fantasy as Escape.

 

*Arc Review* Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Title: Ash Princess

Author: Laura Sebastian

Publishing House: Delacorte Books

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 432

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Please be aware, there are trigger warnings of physical and mental abuse.

My Review

Ash Princess was not a bad read, it just did not hook me in a way that made me feel apart of the story or made me care strongly for the characters. The story was well-written, and there were some scenes that gave me goosebumps or made my eyes widen. And even though that happened, it still was not a story that left me wanting more. Yes, I definitely want to see what happens next, but it’s not a sequel I am dying to get my hands on right now.

Fire Sparks Isolated on Black BackgroundOne of the reasons my rating is lower than planned is because of the love triangle. It’s such an overused cliché and, frankly, I have a hard time getting through stories with a love triangle. The love triangle in this story got on my nerves more than once, especially when I saw where the story was heading. I’m all for having one love interest; love triangles don’t just make it complicated for the characters, they make it complicated for the reader in the sense of if the reader wants to continue the story. Even though I was annoyed with this love triangle, I continued the story because I was curious about the plot and really enjoyed the uniqueness of the magic aspect.

I will also warn you, the story is a slow pace and if you love action-packed fantasy reads, this is probably not the book for you. There’s a slow pace mainly due to the fact of how Theo chooses to fight, and that’s by using her head. She is an exceptionally smart character when it comes to dealing with politics and working her way through getting the information she needs. The story does have some action, toward the end, but that action sets the pace and storyline for the sequel.

What I did like about Ash Princess was the concept of magic. To use magic, you must be blessed by the god or you basically lose your right into the peaceful afterlife. But what I found unique was if one spent too long working in the magic mines, they could become mad and their power would become unstable. This was a neat idea and I liked how the author intertwined it with the plot, especially with that mini twist toward the end of the novel that basically changed the game.

Even though I gave Ash Princess an average rating, I do look forward to the sequel, mainly because Theo was an enjoyable protagonist and I’m curious as to how the story will end.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian hits shelves tomorrow! And check out the awesome book trailer below!

♥Nikole

~Book Trailer~ Secret Keeper by Jane Alvey Harris

Happy April, book lovers! I can’t believe it’s already April; this year is going by so fast. I hope you all have made a dent in your reading and if not, that’s okay! You have plenty of time.

With that being said, I have a question for you: do you love book trailers? I love book trailers because it brings the story to life and provides a sense of intrigue in a different way than just reading the synopsis would. Which is why today I present you with an awesome book trailer and synopsis!

Secret Keeper by Jane Alvey Harris is the second book in the My Myth trilogy, the first book being Riven. I am super excited to dive into this series; look out for my reviews of the first two books later this month!


About Secret Keeper

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What if the worst thing isn’t that they don’t believe you?

What if the worst thing is that they just don’t care?

Seventeen year-old Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle…barely…but the war in her psyche still rages. The same day Mom is released from rehab and Emily finishes detox, Dad announces he’s ready to be a family again, throwing Emily into panic. Determined to protect her younger brothers and sister from Dad, she gathers the strength to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: speak her Secret.

But it isn’t enough. Nobody will intervene. Emily is more alone and helpless than ever. Her therapist suggests that the key to resolving her crises lies within the mysterious First Realm, where Emily has access to her Fae abilities and where she can find her Champion…the one person with enough power to end the destructive cycle of abuse and help Emily transform from victim to survivor. 

Desperate for guidance, Emily returns to the First Realm only to discover the Seven Kingdoms in total chaos. She has just a few days to find her Champion before Dad comes for her. Can she complete her task and return to the Second Realm in time to save her family, or will her dreaded premonition turn out to be true: that she is her own worst enemy?

You can check out an excerpt here. And last, but definitely not least, check out the book trailer below! I hope you love the trailer as much as I do!

Doesn’t that book trailer just give you the chills? I actually watched the book trailer first before reading the synopsis and I was immediately intrigued and drawn to the story. I had to know who that girl was and what made her story special. I knew this was a trilogy I was going to want to read.

Secret Keeper is now available to buy on Amazon  and at Barnes and Noble  To find out more about the My Myth Trilogy, visit Jane’s website here.

To view more videos by Film 14, click here. And to find out more about how fantasy can be used as an escape, check out A Close(r) Read: Fantasy as Escape.

♥Nikole