Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog tour" A Place Beyond (The Danaan Trilogy #3) by @LauraHoward78 with review and #giveaway

We've been fans of author Laura Howard ever since we participated in a blog tour for her first book in this series, The Forgotten Ones. Now as we bid adieu to the last book in the trilogy, we bring you the blog tour for A Place Beyond. Enjoy!

Title: A Place Beyond 
Author: Laura Howard 
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #3 
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy 
Expected Publication: October 27th, 2014 
The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan?

It's up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth. Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.

Purchase: Amazon

My reviews: The Forgotten Ones (book one) | Stone of Destiny (book two)

"It was then that I knew. I knew no matter what, I was going to make you mine. And I've never forgotten." When Ethan speaks those words to Allison early on in A Place Beyond, my heartstrings began to hum and I knew. I knew, like Ethan, that witnessing the end of Laura Howard's The Danaan Trilogy was going to be an emotional experience.

Saying goodbye to anything beloved is never easy but this third book offers readers a satisfying though quick ending to what our heroine Allison has to endure and what she has to do to stop a psycho fae named Aoife. I won't go into details because it wouldn't be fair to fans who have not read the book yet. Howard's writing is succinct, her emotional scenes dig in deep (I won't mention a certain heartbreaking scene early on), the fae of the Tuatha de Danaan we've grown to like only strengthen our feelings while others do their best to continue receiving our disdain. 

Allison has undergone the most change as many main characters do as does Ethan. This flirt has his moments which only made me love this couple even more. But at the heart of the story is Allison and her grim determination to stop Aoife and save her mom (remember what happened to Liam at the end of the second book?). Other characters will step up and surprise us, others will return, and Allison, despite the setbacks, will do her best to keep her family safe, no matter what the cost may be to herself. A main issue with these fae has always been about trust and now Allison has to think everything, everyone, and old beliefs through. Who can she trust? Should she?

The lovely and occasionally creepy settings of the fae world,  its intriguing mythology, and a cast of memorable characters continues to impress me. I've always enjoyed my trips to Tir na n'Og and this one will resonate with me for some time. I wished the story was longer and some sections did feel rushed but then again, when does real life ever follow a script? Time in Allison's world is always skewered when she travels and the author shows us this. I didn't want to bid farewell to a favorite fae series and after finishing A Place Beyond I would like to thank Laura Howard for sharing her stories with us. I've enjoyed my experiences in her books and so look forward to her future books with a smile.

Mystery, love, and romance combined with issues like dedication, family and trust, with human characters to admire, supernatural beings to be weary of, plenty of surprises and a mystical setting to get lost in are just some of what I've encountered in the world of the Danaan. A Place Beyond takes us there along with a strong heroine and her dedicated boyfriend Ethan. Questions are answered and I hate to say goodbye.

Rating: 4.5

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Book source:
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review.


About Laura

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Release Day Launch: I Belong to You (Inside Out #5) by Lisa Renee Jones #giveaway #INSIDEOUT

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 Today we have the next book in Lisa Renee Jones INSIDE OUT series, I Belong To You. I am so excited to share it with you!! Be sure to read all the info about the book and enter Lisa's giveaway!

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Blog tour: Malice by Amity Hope with guest post and giveaway

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MaliceMalice (Malice Trilogy #1) by Amity Hope
Young Adult Romance/Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
eBook, 269 pages

Samara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate.

Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.

Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.

Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog tour for Forget Me Not and Remember Me by @staceynash with excerpt and giveaway

Forget Me Not and Remember Me

Welcome and happy Monday! Our blog tour today is for an exciting YA Sci-fi series by Stacey Nash. Anamae and her world sound very intriguing! Read the thrilling excerpt and you just might get hooked on this new series like I did. Don't forget there's a giveaway too!

Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not (Collective #1) by Stacey Nash
YA Sci-f romance

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. 

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

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A sharp rap, someone knocking on the front door, echoes up the stairs. I duck into my room, unpin the brooch, and place both forget-me-nots in the jewelry box on my dresser. The rap sounds again. “Coming. I bound down the stairs, through the living room, and yank the door open.
A man in blue overalls carrying a toolbox holds a yellow box-like thing snug in his palm. “My name isThomas. I’m from the East Coast Natural Gas Company. There’s been a gas leak reported in this area, so I need to check the levels in your home. It won’t take a minute.”
A green flame and fancy words, the logo for East Coast Natural Gas, are embroidered on his loose, navyoveralls. He’s legit, so I unlock the screen and pull it open, letting him inside.
The man’s gaze meets mine as he walks past me, into the living room. He scratches his head of close-cropped dark hair, and moves his hand to his chin, rubbing it along the shadow of facial hair lining his jaw.
I scrape my palm across my forehead, suddenly recalling my recent vanishing act. He spoke first. I mustbe visible again. Phew.  I didn’t forget to take it off.
“Ignore the mess,” I say.
He holds the yellow gas meter out in front of him, his eyes never leaving the small flashing green light. He walks in straight lines across the living room. Crossing my arms over my chest, I tap my foot. Hurry up. I’ve got a neat trick to show off.
He nears the base of the stairs and the green light flicks to red. His pace quickens, and he strides up the steps two at a time. I rush up behind him. “What is it?”
The gas meter beeps when he reaches the top of the staircase. Coming upstairs seems kind of strange. I mean, surely gas leaks would have to be a kitchen thing. The beeping sets my teeth on edge, and I just want it to stop. Maybe there’s something wrong, but here in the upstairs hall?
“That doesn’t sound good,” I mutter.
“It means there is indeed…”
He twists, angling himself toward my open bedroom door, and his gaze locks on my dresser. The back of my neck prickles, a sure sign something about this just isn’t right. I step past him and pull the door closed, but he pushes me aside and slams it open. Panic shoots through me, but I’m fast enough to dart around him.Turning my shoulder and reaching for the box.
He lunges toward me, grabs me from behind, and his arm pins my neck to him with a shoulder crushing grip. He pushes me against the dresser, and the box falls open, its contents spilling across the top. Heartpounding, my throat burns with a scream. I’ve got to get him out of here. He must know about my pendant, the brooch. Dammit. I wriggle to escape his vice-like grip, but it’s no use—he’s too strong.
My hand darts toward the pendant. I snatch it, but he grabs my wrist. Adrenaline tries to pound my heartright out of its home in my chest. If only I can get the jewelry on, I might be able to make its magic work and hide.
“Tech breech confirmed,” he speaks into his collar in a matter-of-fact tone; then he turns his gaze to me. “Give me the pendant.”
There’s a tiny ripping sound, like Velcro torn open.
A young guy in a black leather jacket flickers into my bedroom. A sharp gasp leaves me. I can’t escapeone attacker, let alone two.
Where the heck are these men coming from? I’m not going down without a fight, so I kick at mycaptor’s shins. The leather jacket guy wrenches the man’s grip from my shoulders and punches him square in the chin, knocking his head to the side. Shaking his head, the gas man stumbles backward.
The jacket guy raises his knee and drives a foot into the other man’s stomach. The straight, hard kick makes a loud thud and forces the dude to double over and curl in on himself. The leather jacket guy crouchesand drives his fist straight up into the man’s chin. It knocks him flat on his back like a felled tree.
My chest rises and falls with my quickened breath. My heart thuds like booming drum.
The mysterious rescuer turns toward me, holding my gaze with intense, steady jade eyes. He grabs myassailant by the arm, and they both flicker out of my room.
My mind spins.
Legs, arms, body—I can’t move, but it doesn’t matter. Moving is the least of my worries.
Who were they, and what just happened? The meter seemed to lead him straight to Mom’s pendant. Gas man, my ass.
I clutch my head in an attempt to stop my mind spinning, but my hand slides off my sweaty foreheadand falls against my tightened stomach. They might come back. The guy in the jacket…
What was that? The brooch, the pendant…my disappearing reflection. They wanted it. Damn.
Sweat trickles down my forehead and into my eyes. I wipe it away with a trembling hand. Questionshurtle through my mind, all jumbling together as they race faster and faster in my mind. Seconds, minutes, hours I don’t know, but a single thought emerges through the haze of my mind.

Praise for the Book

"Forget Me Not is a tension-fueled, adventurous and brilliantly written novel that shows the dangers and powers of a controlling environment . If you are a fan of George Orwell’s classic “1984″ you will LOVE this book." ~ Heidi, Amazon "I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Aussie author Stacey Nash. The tension, the twists and turns throughout, the web of intrigue – all had me glued to the pages." ~ Brenda Telford, Goodreads

"Find a comfy spot to read Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash, I devoured this story in one sitting. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up the novel, however, I did enjoy the story. Technology, betrayal, and battle all shared equal parts in this debut novel." ~ Amazon customer

“I love the new world Stacey has created here which is right up with any other speculative fiction I have read. If you love a good conspiracy theory story, you will love this.” ~ Emmaly, Mundie Moms blog.

Remember MeRemember Me (Collective #2) by Stacey Nash

An exciting new adventure from Stacey Nash, set in the world of The Collective. 

When all is lost, she must remember... 

Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she's training to become an active resistance member and falling hard for resistance fighter Jax Belfry. But things never sail along smoothly - Manvyke wants retribution and Anamae's name is high on his list. 

After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location unable to remember the last few weeks. She can't believe the fascinating new technology she's seeing. She's the new kid at school, and although weapons training comes with ease, something feels off. Why does the other new kid's smile make her heart ache? 

And why does her gut tell her to run?

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Stacey NashAuthor Stacey Nash 

 Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.

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