Monday, June 18, 2012

Blog Tour..... Whisper Cape by Regan Walsh


Synopsis:
A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?
Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.
WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.
Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road--a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?
Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father's death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities--a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie's heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she'd left for dead.
Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he's also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them both in end?

My Review:
Whisper Cape is the first book I’ve read by Regan Walsh.  The description quickly drew me in and I was very anxious to read this book.  I was worried that like some other books the description gives away too much or the book turns out to be nothing like it.  I was pleasantly surprised when the books turns out extremely better than the description.  This book was very hard to put down.  Regan Walsh writes with great passion and detail that you can’t help but get caught up in the story.  She has a great way of developing not only the main characters but others as well.  I hope the book leads to a series, but this book definitely is a great stand alone book.  I highly recommend the book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  

Interview: 
 
1.       Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

There are so many different things that inspire me. With Whisper Cape, my inspiration came from music, vacation spots I’d visited, and plain old imagination. I can’t listen to music while I write, but whenever I was in my car or jogging or even cleaning, (a yucky task, I might add) my iPod crooned with the voices of Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum singing songs from Phantom of the Opera. I’m a huge Gerry Butler fan. In fact, my character, Gerry Briden, in Whisper Cape and Reflections (the second book in the series) is very similar to Gerry Butler.

The archway on the cover of Whisper Cape is a real place and helped inspire a few scenes in the book. I took the picture while on a very romantic anniversary excursion. My mind was instantly swept away.

2.      Did you have to do any research for your books? If so what?

I actually did a ton of research for WC. After I wrote the first draft, I wanted my descriptions of the Oregon coastline to be realistic and although, I’d been to the coast before I wanted to get a better feel for the landscape. I was lucky at the time we had a wedding to attend in Arch Cape, Oregon, which is the town I used to model Whisper Cape. I’d also visited Bora Bora where Cael whisks Addison off to.

Aside from the location research, I also did studies on supernatural abilities, kinetic energy, telekinetic and telekinesis. This is a topic that I continue to investigate and I am always learning more about.

3.      What are you working on now?

I just completed the first draft of Reflections, the second book in the Whisper Cape series. It’s mostly Gerry and Maia’s story, but there is still a lot of Cael and Addison in there.

4.      What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Getting the words right. I wish I could say that I’m the type of writer who can get the right words down the first time, but I’m not. As I write the first draft, it’s all about the story and what’s happening, the second, is more about checking the flow and changing around words and finding more exciting and interesting ways to say things. 

5.      What can readers expect next?

As I mentioned above, I’m hoping to meet the deadline for a November release of Reflections. I’m also working on a young adult novel, Allusive Aftershock. As the title might suggest, there is a lot more going on here than just an earthquake.


6.      What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?

This is a very hard question and to be honest, I’m not sure how to answer it. It would be easier to tell you what questions I wouldn’t want to be asked, LOL. But after thinking about this a little more, I’d love to be asked if I’m enjoying the ride. At that, I would say absolutely. I have met so many wonderful people over the past couple of years since I wrote Whisper Cape. I am amazed at how many there are that are ready to jump up and support me just because they liked my book and I am so very grateful for all of them. Just to mention a few: Anna Dase, Read Between the Lines, Anne Carter, author of the StarCrossed series,  Michelle Green, my editor,  Kristie Haigwood, author of Save My Soul, and Rachael Wade, author of Amaranth and Preservations. These are my “go to ladies” and they have been there for me every step since I’ve met them.  

7.      If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Spontaneous (subject to change at any moment).

8.      Who is your favorite author?

I have to say J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts is number one on my list. As I sit here looking over my bookshelf to pick out a few, I find that I love them all. But a few still stand out. Steven King, Michael Crichton was always able to hook me from the first page, Michael Grant, Nicholas Sparks. Wow, those are all men. Here are some females:  J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Carly Phillips, Anne Carter, and E.L. James. There are so many and new ones pop up almost every day. I have a huge TBR list now of new authors to read and I keep adding more. Writing a novel is a tricky task. It takes a lot of self-discipline and I admire every single author who has ever written a book.

Thank you, Mary, for this lovely interview and I wish everyone Happy Reading!
Authors Bio:
I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.  The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again. Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre. My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running. I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Sak√©. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, six grandchildren and another on the way. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners. I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes. 

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blog Tour..... A Justified Kill by MaryLynn Bast


Synopsis:
Amber will go to any lengths to avoid the werewolf council who hunts her – even leaving behind the one person she cares for the most. Traveling across the US, she avoids other packs and remains on the run by working in backwoods bars.
Always alone, she never gets involved. One day she overhears a conversation by one of the bars patrons.  With her senses on high alert, Amber cannot ignore the warning signs. Following the man to his campsite, she finds out why.
Amber must decide if she can allow herself to be drawn in to rescue the person being held hostage. Or should she stick by her rules of not getting involved? With the impending first shift to werewolf, her blood lust will take over. Can she go against her personal rule of not killing a human, and if so, would it be A JUSTIFIED KILL?

My Review:
 A Justified Kill is set as a “prequel” to No Remorse (which is the first book in the Heart of a Wolf series).  {Side note: You don’t HAVE to read one to understand the other, although they are great books and I would say if you read one you should read the other.  A Justified Kill is a great story outside of the series, but is a great addition to it.}   
MaryLynn has done it again.  A Justified Kill gives readers a look into Amber's past and helps understand more of the why’s about her.  Struggling with her past and dealing with her present, Amber finds herself at a crossroads in her life and has to decide which path to take.  Should she do what her instincts are telling her or do what she’s always done and move on.  She doesn’t realize that her decision will change her future forever.  MaryLynn is a brilliant writer, who writes with such passion that it’s hard not to feel something when reading her books.  She does an amazing job of writing with such detail that you feel like part of the story.  She develops the characters wonderfully, which makes them easy to connect with.  I love her characters and can’t wait to read more in the series.  I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5. 



Release Date:  June 8, 2012
Publisher: Werewolf Tails Publishing
ISBN: Paperback – 978-1477620298
ISBN:eBook - 978-0985754600
Genre: PNR – Short Story






About the Author:
MaryLynn Bast moved to Las Vegas in 2012 from Texas, where she grew up. She works as a consultant with a contractor for the US Military, traveling from base to base across the US and around the world. Whenever possible, MaryLynn enjoys spending time with her husband, children and friends. In her free time she writes paranormal fantasies, loves to read and travel.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Infinite Sacrifice by L.E. Waters {Read June 2012}


Infinite Sacrifice is book one in the Infinite Series.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  The book quickly catches your attention right from the beginning.  I had never thought I would enjoy historical fiction however, it is written in such a way that it flows within the story and is very realistic.  She must travel back thru her past lives in order to move ahead and rejoin the ones she loves on the other side.  This book is a great spin on the afterlife. I really enjoyed the stories and thought it was greatly written.  The epilogue to me was a little confusing, but others may find it interesting.  I felt it hard to put the book down and would definitely recommend it.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Blog Tour Spot...The Realm Between Heaven & Hell by J.S.Turner

The Realm Between Heaven & Hell
 By J.S. Turner 
 
Excerpt:
Pregnancy was fun for Dawn.  She transformed her extra bedroom into a nursery.  She painted the walls bright yellow and the borders light green.  Her mother bought her a mahogany crib and a jungle-themed crib set.  When money allowed, Dawn bought stuffed baby animals and soft, plush, pastel blankets.  What she enjoyed most about the pregnancy was that it was Tucker-free.  After a few weeks in prison and finding out about the pregnancy, he wanted nothing more to do with Dawn.
            She turned around, smiling after hanging a cloud, sun, and moon mobile on the side of the crib.  She happily wiped her hands on her yellow sundress with satisfaction on finishing another project.  Her calico cat meowed by her bare feet; she carefully bent over and picked him up.
            “I feel like my life is finally turning around, Jimmy Bean,” she whispered into the scruff of the cat’s neck.  He pawed playfully at her banana-shaped earrings before she bent over to put him back on the nursery floor. 
“Ughh,” she grunted as she tried to push herself back to her feet.  Ughh,” she said as she collapsed onto her knees.  It felt as though someone had punched her in the stomach, and in an instant, a stomach cramp brought her down onto the floor.  She felt the inside of her thighs grow warm.  She brought her shaking hands to her face and screamed when she saw they were covered in blood.  She knew she was going to lose the baby.
 
 

I was 25 years old before I figured out what I wanted to be when I grow up. I am not sure why it took me so long to take my love for writing seriously. After all, I have been at it for as long as I can remember. I remember the day I received my first journal and how great it felt to have someone finally understand me!  I have a desk full of binders and folders packed with the beginnings of stories, ideas and tidbits. Writing is who I am.  I guess the idea of doing what you love was a foreign concept
to me, but not anymore!  ~Jessi
 
 
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just Released.....A Justified Kill by MaryLynn Bast


Synopsis:
Amber will go to any lengths to avoid the werewolf council who hunts her – even leaving behind the one person she cares for the most. Traveling across the US, she avoids other packs and remains on the run by working in backwoods bars.
Always alone, she never gets involved. One day she overhears a conversation by one of the bars patrons.  With her senses on high alert, Amber cannot ignore the warning signs. Following the man to his campsite, she finds out why.
Amber must decide if she can allow herself to be drawn in to rescue the person being held hostage. Or should she stick by her rules of not getting involved? With the impending first shift to werewolf, her blood lust will take over. Can she go against her personal rule of not killing a human, and if so, would it be A JUSTIFIED KILL?



About the Author:

MaryLynn Bast moved to Las Vegas in 2012 from Texas, where she grew up. She works as a consultant with a contractor for the US Military, traveling from base to base across the US and around the world. Whenever possible, MaryLynn enjoys spending time with her husband, children and friends. In her free time she writes paranormal fantasies, loves to read and travel.

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