Spotlight On: Elementals by Michelle Madow

 

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
by Michelle Madow
Release Date: January 26th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love! 

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

BUYLINKS:
“Elementalsis going to blow your mind!”
-CrossroadReviews, ★★★★★
“Fiveglittery stars for being such a compelling read!”
-AndreaHeltsley, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★
“Aperfect mixture of magic and mythology. An entrancing story of trust,friendship and well naughty boys. WITCHES are not the only thing walking theearth!”
– BenjaminOfTomes, BookTuber ★★★★★
About the Author
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Spotlight On: Devious Minds (A Shelby Nichols Adventure Series #8) By Colleen Helme

Devious Minds 
(A Shelby Nichols Adventure Series #8)
by Colleen Helme
 
Blurb: 
It’s been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time she’s faced one problem after another. She’s been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now she’s trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesn’t speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities won’t help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
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The first day of spring arrived,filling me with an overwhelming sense of freedom. Even though the temperaturewasn’t real warm, it meant that winter was officially over. Even better, a rideon the motorcycle behind Ramos was now a possibility.
I’d missed that and I’d missedhim. He’d been gone for two weeks helping Uncle Joey take care of someout-of-town business. I wasn’t exactly sure what that entailed and… believeme, I didn’t want to know. Jackie, Uncle Joey’s secretary and wife, told methey were both due back in the next few days, and deep down where I didn’t wantto admit it, I could hardly wait to see them again.
That probably made me a badperson, since I worked for Uncle Joey, and he was a mob-boss. Ramos was hishit-man and he’d saved my life a few times. I had to admit, it was a far cryfrom the first time I’d met Ramos almost a year ago, when he was thinking hemight have to kill me for the big boss.
I’d had to tell Uncle Joey mysecret that I could read minds to stop that from happening. Since then, myskills had come in handy for Uncle Joey, and gotten me into a lot of trouble.But he’d always been there to bail me out, both literally and figuratively.
So now I helped Uncle Joey, notbecause I was forced into it, but because I wanted to. That was just twisted onso many levels, and he wasn’t even my real uncle. But I couldn’t seem to stop,so I did my best to keep on the right side of things.
Ramos was another part of thatstory. He was one hot and swoon-worthy man any woman would fall for. I had tokeep reminding myself that I was happily married every time I laid eyes on him.He was the quintessential bad boy and, like a decadent chocolate dessert withwhipped cream and a cherry on top, something that I might want in the worstway, but would also be very bad for me.
If I wasn’t married with kids…well, who knew what could happen, but I loved my husband and children, andRamos respected that. Even so, there were still times when my heart seemed tohave a mind of its own around him, and I’d have to rein it in or lose control,which was not an option.
Only a handful of people knew Icould read minds, and I liked it that way. I told everyone else I hadpremonitions, and that mostly worked. I also had my own consulting agency,which included helping the police along with my own clients. Because of that, Imanaged to get into even more trouble, and that wasn’t counting the mob-bosspart.
Like now.
My husband, Chris, had asked formy help on a hard case. He was an associate partner in the prestigious law firmof Cohen, Larsen and Pratt. This case was the single most important event ofChris’ career, mostly because the partners were looking to replace the Cohenpart of the firm, and changing it to Larsen, Pratt and… Nichols.
This was a huge deal, and Iwondered if the fact that Chris handled all of Uncle Joey’s accounts hadsomething to do with it. Probably, but I wasn’t touching that with a ten footpole. This put a lot of pressure on me. Not as much as Chris, but still… Ididn’t want to screw it up for him.
That brought me to my problem. Iwasn’t sure I wanted to help Chris, mostly because he was defending a womanaccused of killing her husband, and ten million dollars from the life insurancepolicy was in the balance. To complicate matters even more, the husband’scompany was one of Chris’ biggest clients.
If they won, Chris’ firm would geta nice, fat share, and also keep the company as a client. But from everythinghe’d told me, she sounded guilty as sin. If I listened to her thoughts, I’d knowfor sure, and that would just ruin everything. It made me realize thatsometimes my ‘gift’ wasn’t so great. Not when I had to use it to get someoneoff who actually deserved some jail time.
But… wasn’t that what I did forUncle Joey? So how was this any worse?
In fact, I’d recently made a dealwith a government agent to keep Uncle Joey out of prison. In exchange for myhelp on one of his cases, he’d agreed to make any charges against Uncle Joeydisappear. When Uncle Joey found out what I’d done, he wasn’t too happy withme. Especially since he thought I’d told Blake Beauchaine I could read minds.
Once he knew I hadn’t, and Blakejust wanted me for what he thought were my mad interrogation skills, he’dcalmed down. Still, Uncle Joey told me he could have handled anything Blakemight have thrown at him without my deal. To be honest, it kind of hurt myfeelings. Then he made me promise to involve him if Blake ever came to collect.
So now on top of everything else,I had Blake’s phone call to look forward to, and Uncle Joey to involve afterthat. It was enough to give me an ulcer.
“Shelby? We’re ready for you,”Chris said, poking his head out of the conference room.

 

The Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
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About The Author

 

As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble… I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

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Interview with Mia Kerick, Author of Clean

 

Interview with Mia Kerick

Hello, and thank you so much for inviting me to you blog today to celebrate the release of my new YA LGBTQ Edgy Contemporary Romance, Clean.

  • What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?

Readers have said that Inclination changed their lives, as they never thought of gay Christianity in the way I suggested in the book. I have been told that somewhere inside me is the heart of a teenage boy, which felt like a high compliment.

  • Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?

I am a full-time author, which means that I spend probably 50+ hours each week writing—but I might be writing blog posts, interviews, promos on Facebook, or my novels. A lot of writing goes with being an author that has nothing to do with literature! I think if I didn’t have family obligations, I’d write and sleep, maybe eat a little something with my coffee, and then write and sleep some more.

  • What interested you about the theme of this book?

I think I was interested in portraying a journey that some teens take—a  road to disaster because they think they are taking the easy way out, and more importantly, how they find the road back out of the pit they landed in. Teens do a lot of incomprehensible and irresponsible things. Abusing drugs and alcohol, included. But I am interested in showing readers that even if you make very poor choices, with some hard work, you can change your life for the better. There is hope.

  • What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

Absolutely, the most difficult and terrifying aspect of my job as an author is using technology effectively and conquering social media, neither of which I have done.

  • Name your four most important food groups.

Coffee

Chocolate

Cookies

Candy Corn

 

Clean

by Mia Kerick

Release Date: December 1st 2015
Young Dudes Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
High school senior Lanny Keating has it all. A three-sport athlete at Lauserville High School looking at a college football scholarship, with a supportive family, stellar grades, boy band good looks… until the fateful day when it all falls apart. 
Seventeen-year-old Trevor Ladd has always been a publicly declared zero and the high school badboy. Abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by his legal guardian, Trevor sets his sights on mere survival. 
Lanny seeks out Trevor’s companionship to avoid his shattered home life. Unwilling to share their personal experiences of pain, the boys explore ways to escape, leading them into sexual experimentation, and the abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. Their mutual suffering creates a lasting bond of friendship and love. 
When the time finally comes to get clean and sober, or flunk out of high school, only one of the boys will graduate, while the other spirals downward into addiction. 
Will Lanny and Trevor find the strength to battle their demons of mind-altering substances as well as emotional vulnerability?
Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.

 

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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com.
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Spotlight On: Blood of My Blood, by RP Channing

240+ Pages
WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS

~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her
‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend
cheated…), and being labeled as
having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a
hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)
Or
2. Go to Starkfield
Academy
, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the
social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter…

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car
accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You
see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so
she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a
life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a
girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named
Bubba (he thinks…)
Or
2. Go to Starkfield
Academy
, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least
he’ll get an education.
He chooses the latter…
It’s at Starkfield
that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too.
As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him,
things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he’s always ignored.
Until now.

Genres:

Young Adult Romance
Paranormal Romance
High School
Vampires
Demons, Witches
Dark Fantasy
Horror

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Author Bio

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never
published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first
book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first
thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away
(most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading
anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy. If it has words in it, I’ll take it.

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Character Profile: Callie Taylor from Waking Up Dead ~ Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop

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Welcome to the weekly blog hop featuring paranormal stories. From witches to werewolves, vampires to berserkers, you name it, we have it. This blog hop is open to authors and writers whose work is published or unpublished. We also welcome works-in-progresses/WIP’s! Join us each week and check out all the cool stories!

This week, I’m featuring my novel Waking Up Dead! So check out the character profile below, then be sure to HOP back to check out the rest of this week’s entries!

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Character Profile: Callie Taylor

Age: mid-twenties when she died

Physical description from the book:

When I looked down at myself, I saw just me, wearing the clothes I’d worn the day I died. Black slacks, gray button-down shirt, black leather jacket, medium-heel black boots. Casual professional. When I’d managed to cast a reflection in the mirror, I’d still looked like me. Medium-toned skin, green eyes, dark wavy hair to my shoulders.

Quote that fits her personality:

I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife–and probably a Bad-Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.

Best quality: Loyal, kind, determined to make sure that things come out right.

Worst quality: Tends to repress the bad things that happen; doesn’t want to deal with problems unless she has to.

 

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She expected heaven or hell. She got Alabama.

When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to heaven, or maybe hell. Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she’s witnessed another murder, and she’s not about to let this one go. She’s determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?

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Kindle from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Dead-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HKQQRJA/

 

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About the Author

8fac8-margo2bcollinsMargo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

 

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Teaser, Week 7: Asleep by Krystal Wade

 

 

Happy Teaser Tuesday! Today is the seventh installment of ten weeks of teasers to get you ready for the release of ASLEEP by Krystal Wade. This spine-chilling YA psychological thriller is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, set to be released February 16, 2016, and answers the question of what happens when Sleeping Beauty meets Freddy Krueger. If you missed the first teaser, don’t worry! You can still find it and other great content on the Blaze Publishing blog. Pre-orders are available now from Amazon. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list!

 


“To cure fear, you must use fear.”

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.







ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

AUTHOR. CHICKEN (AND DOG) LOVER. MOTHER. WIFE. DREAMER.

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out http://www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

❤ Krystal

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Books with Heart for Teen and Young Adults
At Blaze, we’re committed to bringing you high-quality, hard-hitting books full of heart. Whether the story is a mystery, a thriller, horror, steampunk, or some goofy comedy, there will be a message woven into the pages for readers to find and fall in love with. We want you to walk away inspired, in awe, or just happy to be alive. Or maybe you’ll look at other people differently, in a less negative light. Whatever the case, you will find heart in our stories.

Our goal is to bring you four or five amazing works of fiction in 2016, and six in 2017 and each year after. We’ve already lined up a few and can’t wait to see what comes across our desks next!

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Spotlight On: Hy-Jinx, by CG Powell

12607105_10156435727805576_1298250579_nBeing an officer on the Miden District Police Force is not all it’s cracked up to be—particularly when your partner is a total jerk. When the chance comes along to move up in rank and lose her partner, Armindy Jinx doesn’t think twice about it, especially when she finds out that she’ll be looking for the detective she’s been fantasizing about for the last three years.

Undercover and in over his head, Detective Afintae Daedrik has spent the last five months trying to take down an intergalactic sex slave ring that’s responsible for a rash of kidnappings in the Miden District. Just as he’s on the cusp of finding out who the big boss is, he’s surprised to find Officer Jinx cuffed to the arrival table.

Desperate to stop the sex slave kidnappings, Armindy poses as bait to draw out the big boss. Embracing the sexual fantasies that await her, including the ones about Afintae, isn’t so bad—that is, until the head honcho shows up, and things go from fulfilling a curiosity to dangerous in the blink of an eye.

Can Armindy and Afintae hold it together long enough to nail their culprit, or will this risky business be the end of them both?

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Christine Powell Gomez (AKA- CG Powell) started writing in 2011, after much consideration, she decided that indie christinepubbing was the direction for her. Since then she has never looked back, Christine has written books and short stories in the paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and erotica genres all with a twist of romance.

Before self-publishing, she worked a plethora of jobs that only enforce her love of the written word such as: her adventures in the Navy, working for the USDA in the sugar cane fields of south Louisiana, Cisco Networking (CCNA), working for the French Air Force as a technical advisor on electronic parts and becoming a (GIA) Gemologist. Christine has taken her vast knowledge and insatiable appetite for learning and applied it to the stories she writes.

In 2012 Christine opened The Book Swag Shop, which caters to indie authors looking for unique swag items for their fans. This venture has helped her to understand branding, time management (still working on this one), and business management. It has also enabled her to meet other authors outside her usual circles.