Monday, October 27, 2014

RBTL presents Mirrored Time by J. D. Faulkner & Giveaway!

 
 
 
Novel Description:
 
First it was water.

Then blood.

And finally smoke.

Gwen Conway never knew there were so many ways to die. Honestly, it was something she would have been happy not knowing.

Maybe, they really are just dreams. Nightmares. But they won't stop. And dreaming of her death is getting old. Then there's the sleepwalking. She'd like to pass on that too.

Gwen's pretty sure the dreams have something to do with her new job. Which of course, is definitely not just a 'job.'

Don't get her wrong, working for the Archiver of the Time Streams has its perks. Having the power to travel to any past or future time is fantastic. Plus, there's Rafe, the ex-gladiator from the future. She'd like to keep him around too. Not that she would tell him that. It'd go straight to his head.

But she's less than pleased to find herself in the middle of a time travelers' war. Especially against a crazed half-god who has the power to obliterate the existence of any time or place. And the Guardians, her so called allies? All the help they offer are strict rules and smug superiority. Plus, they seem convinced she's already lost, that she's already died.

Gwen is starting to wonder whether she should have read her employment contract more carefully.

Borrowing themes from Greek and Roman legends such as Pandora and the war between the Titans and Olympians, lovers of mythology and fantasy alike will enjoy this mind-bending romp through different times and universes. Well-grounded in the world of today, this urban fantasy stands out from the pack with its complex theories on time travel and unique brand of quirky humor.

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Mirrored Time by J.D. Faulkner
 
Characters & Cocktails Guest Post
I asked author J. D. Faulkner to helps us get to know the characters in her upcoming release by sharing what cocktails best match their personalities. Below, meet her character and their preferred drinks!

Gwen - A little sweet, and infinitely sunny, it’s a warm little drink to chase away the shadows.
  • Tequila Sunrise: 4 oz orange juice, 2 oz tequila, ½ oz grenadine, pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice and Maraschino cherry


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Rafe- Honestly, he would just prefer a pint of something dark, but the little umbrella pisses Alistair off every time he orders it.
  • Mai Tai: 1 ½ oz spice rum, ½ oz coconut flavored rum, 1 tsp grenadine, 3 oz pineapple juize, 2 oz orange juice, garnish with a maraschino cherry … And a little umbrella, thank you kindly.
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Alistair – If you won’t let him have his Scotch up, at least the honey sweetness of the Drambuie compliments the smoky flavor.
  • Rusty Nail: 1 ½ oz Scotch,  ¾ oz Drambuie, serve on the rocks with a lemon twist garnish

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Maggie- Too much rum in the cabinet, seems like a great reason to throw a party.
  • Jamaican rum punch: 1 cup Bicardi 151 rum, ½ cup Myer’s dark rum, ¼ cup Malibu coconut rum, 2 ½ cups pineapple juice, 2 ½ cups orange juice, ¼ cup lime juice, 3 tbsp grenadine, throw it in a punch bowl over some ice and let’s get this party started.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Midway is LIVE! Ready for the zombie apocalypse?

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Yes! Just in time for Halloween, I have a treat for you! Midway, my Harvesting Series tie-in novella, is LIVE on Amazon and available for just .99 cents! Ready to enter the world of The Harvesting? Well, it's time to meet Cricket, my resident carnie girl, in this zombie/dark fantasy genre mashup!

Novel Description:

***Midway is a tie-in novella that compliments The Harvesting, Book I in The Harvesting Series.***

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end.

Carnie. Ride jockey. Roustabout. White trash. Tilt girl. Gypsy. Cricket has been called a lot of things, but she never thought survivor of the zombie apocalypse would be one of them. One day she’s barking on the midway, and the next day, the world is eating itself alive.

Cricket, along with Vella, a tarot reader, and Puck, Cricket’s mangy mutt, find themselves running for their lives, but where can you hide when mankind has fallen? Cricket will need help if she hopes to survive.

Luckily for her, we were never really alone, and apparently, magical forces want to keep this tilt girl alive.


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Nancy Gideon's Haunted Open House Blog Hop & Giveaway!

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Ready for a fright? I'm excited to participate in Nancy Gideon's Haunted Open House! For this spookytacular event, I have two scary reads for you:

Dead Trees by Eli Constant

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Novel Description:

Subterranean humanoids, existing since the dawn of man, arose from the belly of the planet. Humanity was unprepared. The undergrounders came with nails and claws and speed to kill people in the night, dragging bodies downward into dark tunnels teeming with rabid life. Civilization is now a ghost of yesterday and the remaining humans fight for survival.

One thing’s for sure- a scientist mommy battling beasties better be handy with a scalpel.

Elise Swanson is a widow and mother. She fights and prays that she can keep her little, broken family safe. She drives and drives, day after day, trying to escape a threat that seems… inescapable. Her hope fades, food is scarce and she watches her eldest daughter’s attempts to soothe the younger babe. Then she meets Jason- a father mourning the loss of his son, masking his pain with bravado and charm. He’s strong, despite his sadness, and love re-grows within him. Weeks pass and Jason’s singular desire becomes the continued safety of Elise and her daughters.

Bloody fights with beasties define the survival-road the companions travel. Even a few moments of safety and relaxation elude the group; time and time again, Elise must kiss her children goodbye, just in case tomorrow never arrives.

Against all odds, they reach a government safe zone. Even there, Elise finds that there’s no rest for the weary.

Doctors O’Toole and Peters have been studying the beasties under lock and key, trying to find an answer, but the doctors aren’t interested in saving humanity. Forced to lead two lives, Elise assists the good doctors in their pursuits while working secretly in sublevel lab 8 with her own team, Nick and Jamie. Their combined knowledge may be the key- the only hope humanity has of reclaiming the planet from the beasties. As long as they can keep their research secret, safe from O’Toole and Peters, they might discover the way home, the formula to click Dorothy’s sparkling red shoes three times and begin to recreate Earth as it was… before the humanoids came out to play on the surface.

What will happen when Elise, a neural engineer, Jamie, a medical researcher, and Nick, a computer wizard, are humanity’s best hope? The answer might be surprising. Wrapped up in all the uncertainty, violence, science lingo and beasties, they will find a strange solution to a new Earth.

And her name is Margaret.
 

Odium by Claire C Riley

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Novel Description:

It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.

Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

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Snarkology Halloween Hop; Lady Macbeth Preview & Giveaway!

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I love this time of year! There are so many terrific Halloween hops going on. Many thanks to Melissa Snark for organizing this hop! For this hop, I am going to give you a sneak peek at my forthcoming Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens! The novel will be released on December 3rd, but for this hop, I want you to see how Lady Macbeth (called Cerridwen/Gruoch in my novel) celebrates All Hallows. Here we have a sneak peek at an ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain! Enjoy!

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Chapter 21: Samhain


            It was sundown when Druanne finally emerged from the forest. She wore long, black robes and carried a vial of red liquid and a small wooden goblet. Her face looked very pale, and her eyes had a faraway look. Her arrival marked the beginning of the night’s ritual.

“Where’s Sid?” I whispered to Uald who was standing beside me. I had recovered from the vision the blood had prompted early that day, but Aridmis’ words and the tenor of the day left me feeling shaky and on edge. It was as if I could feel the worlds thinning between us as we moved toward midnight. What was real, what was past, what was present, all were starting to get confused. I was beginning to feel like I was losing control, and I hated the feeling.

“Gone.”

My stomach dropped, churning with worry. “Gone where?”

Uald shrugged.
We gathered at the center of the coven, standing in a circle around the star we had laid with stone, the five fires at each point, the center cauldron fire burning brightly. Druanne came to stand in the middle. Once she was in place, we began.
“Once the wheel has gone around,” Druanne called.
“Once again the year has come and gone,” Balor echoed.
“And with time, we too shall fade. And with time, we too shall die,” Epona called.
Her words chilled me. I glanced sidelong at Banquo. What did Aridmis mean that our love would result in one of our deaths? Was she right? Already she had prophesied that I would wear a crown, but what crown? But was she right? Could she be trusted?
“But not this night,” Druanne answered.
“This night we live and bid you spirits rise!” Bride called.
“By the Morrigu, by Scotia, by the Crone, join our feast,” I called.
Banquo spoke next: “Ancient ones, cross the divide. Join us on this night.”
“In peace,” Bergen called out, striking a cord on his harp. The discordant sound carried across the night’s sky.
“In goodwill,” Ivar the bard added then began beating his drum rhythmically.
“With our thanks,” Druanne called. 
“So mote it be,” Balor intoned.
“So mote it be,” we all answered.
As Ivar beat his drum, Druanne began her progression.  One by one, she went to each person and offered them a drink of the potion, whispering something in their ear. After, everyone stood in quiet contemplation. I saw Aridmis swoon, struggling to keep her footing. Behind Druanne, Bride followed with her basket of masks. Epona donned a mask with long silver and red horsehair, the face made from a horse’s skull. Seeing her costumed like that made me shiver. 
A moment later, Druanne stepped in front of me, blocking my view. I was surprised to see how . . . changed . . . she looked. Her eyes were very distant. Her skin was pale, the blue veins on her forehead protruding. She looked almost ethereal.
“Blood of MacAlpin,” she whispered in my ear. “Honor your ancestors,” she said, handing the potion to me.  Her voice sounded hollow.
Her hand was shaking as she held out a small wood cup full of the potion. I drank the sharp liquid then handed the cup back to her. It tasted bitter; my tongue caught the taste of mushrooms, berries, and acorns. There were other sharp, herbal tastes I didn’t. When the liquid hit my stomach, I almost vomited. Taking a deep breath, I held the liquid down.
With a smile, Bride handed me the raven mask. “Now, my sweet girl,” she whispered.
I pulled the mask on, again hit with that same dizzying sensation. I stared out through the slits in the eyes, and this time my vision seemed sharper. I felt like I could see from far away. I looked at Ivar who had, at some point, had put on some odd mask formed from a bear’s skin. I blinked. For a moment, it seemed like it was a bear standing in his place.
Once everyone had drunk the potion and donned their masks, we all walked around the circle counterclockwise, meeting again at the feasting table. Epona stood at the head of the table. Silently, we all stood behind one chair at the table. Banquo stood across from me. He was wearing the stag mask, looking out at me through the socket’s in the stag’s skull.
 “We call you ancestors. The walls between the worlds are thin tonight. Join us from the beyond. Dine and dance with us this night. Come amongst us. Take pleasure in these earthly things. Whisper your secrets and feel our love,” Epona called.
“Call your ancestors!” Balor ordered.
“Thomas!” Epona called.
“Aiden!” Bride called.
“Dorrit!” Uald called.
They went around until they came to me: “Emer!”  
“Brighid!” Banquo called. His sister, I guessed.
Once we’d all evoked our ancestors, Balor called out: “Ancestors, you are welcome. Eat! Dance and be merry so you may remember the feel of flesh and the pleasure of life!”
With that, we all filled the plates before us. I never knew my mother. I had no idea what she liked to eat. I knew nothing about her. Feeling miserable, I set her plate and poured her a glass of honey mead not knowing if she would have preferred ale or wine. Behind my mask, tears streamed down my face. In the end, my mother was a stranger to me. She would never come. I was alone in my misery.
“Come, my dear,” I heard Bride say, putting her soft hand in mine. She wore a dark mask that covered her face with black lace. She led me to the fires. There, the bards were playing  wild music. Aridmis and Epona began to dance. The place seemed to shimmer with glowing orbs and silver and while light. I looked around for Banquo, but he was gone.
I felt hot and very dizzy. The entire world seemed to be spinning. I looked out with the raven’s eyes and saw the world in double vision. The music clanged strangely. Everyone looked deformed in their masks. It was a strange sight. And suddenly, the coven seemed to be full of people. I sensed a great number of spirits lurking there with us. Intermixed in the crowd, I swore I could see the smiling faces of maidens, priestesses, and druids, who’d come before us. Their clothes, from courtly dresses to animal skins, hinted at ages past.  The dead, our ancestors, had heard our call. For a glimmering moment, I saw Epona standing face to face with the shining spirit of a young, handsome man. Their eyes were locked on one another: her wild boy. Had his name been Thomas? Was that who she’d called?
And then I felt someone very close to me. I turned to look for Banquo, but it wasn’t him. A woman had touched me gently then turned and walked into forest. I squinted with my raven eyes and studied her. She hand long, daffodil-colored hair and green robes: Emer. She turned and smiled at me, beckoning me to follow her. Like a fey thing, she floated over ferns and fallen logs deeper into the forest on feet that never touched the ground.
“Mother?” I called after her.
She turned and smiled at me but didn’t stop. She beckoned me forward, leading me deep into the forest. I moved swiftly after her. I prayed she would stop, would talk to me. I would have given anything to hear just one word from her. I desperately wanted to look at her face to face: my mother had come. I rushed deeper into the woods, following her. We passed through a thick stand of trees then came to a clearing. At the center of the clearing, bathed in moonlight, stood my druid: Banquo.

 

Intrigued? Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens, Book I in The Saga of Lady Macbeth, is available now for pre-order!

 

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Get Wicked with Entagled Blog Hop


I am pleased to participate in this fantastic event with Entangled and celebrate all things wicked! For this hop, I thought to focus on two wickedly delicious things: wicked reads and naughty nights!

For this hop, I have two prizes for you. First, a hot read in the form of an audiobook!

Prize 1: INT Giveaway (Prize gifted via Audible Amazon) 

The prize winner will be provided a coupon code for an Amazon Audible audiobook.

Prize 2: $10 Fredrick's of Hollywood Gift Card (US ONLY, SORRY)



Now for something a little different! Ladies often make excuses for why they don't buy something just for themselves. We can all use a little pick-me-up now and then! For this prize, I will purchase the recipient a $10 Fredrick's of Hollywood Gift Card to pick up a wicked treat just for you!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fright Night Blog Hop & Giveaway!


Join us for a little Halloween fun in the Fright Night blog hop! Stop by each blog to check out their favorite paranormal or spooky reads and enter their giveaways! Many thanks to Simply Angela and herding carts & burning soup for hosting this hop!

For my giveaway, I have three tales of Terror! How about Zombies and Vampires from best-selling and award winning authors?

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Novel Description: 

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meet The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

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Novel Description:

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?
 

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Novel Description:

"The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone."

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trick or Treat! Meet the Blazing Indie Collective ~ Massive eBook & Cash Giveaway!

 
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Ready for another fabulous giveaway? The authors of the Blazing Indie Collective have a something special in store for you! How about a massive giveaway? Connect with new authors, win books, win cash, and have fun! Sorry, no Almond Joys or Peanut Butter Cups, but books are so much better!
 
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