Friday, January 30, 2015

Deceived~ Soul Keeper by LA Starkey w Giveaway!

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Deceived blog tour brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours. I have some goodies to show you! :) 

Deceived (Soul Keeper, #1)
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Deceived by L.A. Starkey
(Soul Keeper Series #1)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.


My Review

I don't know what I expected when I signed up for this blog tour. I heard this was a cool series but I didn't know anything except what was in the blurb. Well, let me tell you I think I'm hooked, I am dying to know what's gunna happen, and yes I have totally picked a team and I will be devastated if something happens to him LOL Yes, it's a YA story, but boy is it serious, so don't think you won't enjoy it if you aren't an adult. And the whole Greek Pantheon, well I love and hate most of them. I have decided Poseidon, Themis, Persephone, a few Titans I won't name, and the lovely Fates are the only good ones. Zeus, Aphrodite, several others, hot damn, they are some spiteful kids. The writing is fantastic and that alone should have you jumping for this book. The plot of this story is one that still blows my mind a little bit so I am still in shock and I STILL don't know how it's gunna turn out. I know, I've read the first two books. So let's talk characters. 

Sam is a girl who was adopted by a nice family after spending her life in an orphanage. She still has her best friend from the orphanage, who was adopted by a different family, but they are like sisters. But she won't let anyone close. She knows that if her own mom could abandon her, then everyone else is just going to leave her too. If she doesn't let them get close, they can't hurt her. And that's a whole lot harder than it seems. And some strange things happen, like she has these vivid dreams that leave her feeling things she doesn't understand because she can't remember her dreams or who were with her in them. And just when she's getting a steady stream, her life is devastatingly changed, and I understand her feelings. She lost the one person she always relied on. And then two gorgeous young men appear and she is trying to unravel her whole life worth of mysteries while trying to not fall in love with not one, but two, who seem to be twin brothers, and not think of the best friend she lost. 

I won't talk about the boys, because I think you need to read the story and pick your own team. You're going to learn that both have good and bad sides. You're going to learn that they feel the same, just different, and you're going to learn WHY that is. :) So, yes, I have a team, and I am rooting for him, because he's awesome. And no, I will not say who. LOL 

The mysteries and plot surrounding this damn prophecy, I wanna slap everyone. Seriously, you can't talk about it, you can't tell anyone, you can't even give knowledge to the one it's about. How ridiculous. AND it's all over a really stupid fight that Zeus is just too damn jealous and stubborn to admit he's wrong. WEH. The thought process behind this is crazy, but I can't help it, I am sooo hooked, because I NEED to know what's gunna happen! AND let me warn you- A BIG WARNING. If you get book one, just get book two, because you are going to scream with the cliff hanger and you can't get your hands on book two asap. Like I did. And I had book two, but I still said some curse words LOL. I know a lot of people don't like cliff hangers. I say they kill me but I know why it's done :) Anyways, I am saying get this one, it's awesome. 5 PAWS!! 

Destroyed (Soul Keeper Series #2)

Destroyed by L.A. Starkey
(Soul Keeper Series #2)
Publication date: November 15, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

From the second book in the Soul Keeper Series… 

Now I lay me down to sleep, 
Whom shall I trust my soul to keep? 
If I should die before I wake, 
I leave to fate my soul to take. 

The seal has been broken and the Soul Keeper Prophecy set in motion. Marcus and Nicolas are battling for the heart of one woman, Pandora’s only daughter; however, not everyone is playing by the rules. With interference from both sides of the lines and too many deities with hidden agendas, the trio must take matters into their own hands and look for another ending, one that removes control from fate. 

Can they find the missing page from the prophecy that has the ability to change everything? 

Will the new stranger they’ve been given as a guide assist or mislead them? 

Will Samantha make a decision on who it is that she truly loves, saving one and destroying the other? 

What if her choice is no choice at all?

My Review

So we have a continuation, finally of the ending at book one. Yes, we finally know what happens from book one, only to be DESTROYED at the end of this one. HAHAHA Yes I am warning you at the beginning that there's a crazy seriously devastating cliff hanger at the end of this one too. And I am sad because now as I wait for book three to come out, it's the end. This is not a long series but a trilogy. So low and behold, we're ALL gunna know what's to happen to Sam, Marcus, and Nicolas. And I am still on pins and needles to know how it's gunna play out. Devastated, you hear me. I want my team to win, but NOW, there's a little twist, if my guys wins, the guy I DON'T want to win will. yes I know that's confusing, but you see, we are finally learning what the prophecy means and how it happened. How it affects these three teenagers. Well, Sam is a teen for real LOL. And who had their hands in who's pockets. And who is just a mean old man. :) Yes, I know, I am calling the powerful Gods meanies, but they are. And all of them surrounding each other need to get a damn life instead of messing with others who can't control things. 

But Sam is also learning about the prophecy, and she is figuring things out, no she isn't crazy, she is somehow connected, and she's a powerful person, she just didn't realize how crazy powerful. And she's learning who her parents are. WOAH!!! I think I peed my pants when I found out about her mommy, and JUST WAIT til you catch on who her daddy is. Oh Yeah, it's gunna get seriously crazy! Like, I wanna chew every pencil in sight waiting, since my nails are already chewed. :) And Sam is finally getting to spend time with Nic and Marc and figuring out who and what they are. I loved their uncles having a bigger part in this one, and that you get to see all of the "behind the scenes" players, like who exactly started the war, the prophecy, the guardians, and how they are all intertwined. Greek mythology can make me crazy LOL. I don't know who she is going to chose, or how this new little "exit" is going to play out, and now with everything is Sam will even be able to stay alive and save herself. I don't know how to say this, but I seriously need book three. I have so many things I want to say but I know they would ruin something with spoilers, so with that, I say just get the start of this series, because it's pretty darn awesome :) 5 PAWs 

Descent (Soul Keeper Series, #3)

Descent by L.A. Starkey
(Soul Keeper Series #3)
Publication date: Coming January 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

From the final book in the Soul Keeper Series…

The path of truth lies hidden deep,
To find the light the climb is steep.
But in despair resolve is sound,
What once was lost will now be found.

All is lost and the prophecy seems null and void. Samantha is dead to the living world, and Marcus and Nicolas completely destroyed, but things aren’t always as they seem. To save the one they love, the boys will have to traverse the Descent, a darkness that all will enter and few will ever leave. The interference of gods and goddesses on the chessboard of blood has left the door open for a new player to enter the scene, and she holds the most powerful gift of all—sacrificial love.

Will the exit clause be invoked, dissolving of the chain that binds the trio together?

Will the Descent be the final setting for their love story or will they rise again?

As the curtain draws closed on this tale of old, who will rise and who will fall?

And what if their choice is no choice at all?

I can't wait to get my hands on this one!! I am dying to know how it all ends :) 


Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

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State of Alliance by Summer Lane Blitz w GIVEAWAY!!

Hi everyone! Thanks for Checking out the State of Alliance by Summer Lane book blitz with Xpresso Book Tours. We have some great stuff to show you and a wonderful giveaway!!! 
State of Alliance (Collapse Series #5)

Book & Author Details:

State of Alliance by Summer Lane
(Collapse Series #5)
Publication date: January 30th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

There is no such thing as safe.
For Commander Cassidy Hart, staying alive is only one of her day-to-day problems. As a newly minted Senator of the State of California, she must travel to Monterey Bay with the hope of bringing an agreement between the militia forces and the Pacific Northwest Alliance as the United States desperately battles against the shadow invasion forces of Omega.
But Monterey is not what it seems. The threat of another Omega attack looms on the horizon, and Commander Chris Young – the love of Cassidy’s life – is not the only important person in Cassidy’s life who is keeping secrets. Assassinations, betrayal and startling revelations lie ahead.
The war is now. Fight or die.
Choose your side.
The fifth installment in the international bestselling Collapse Series, a YA/NA post-apocalyptic romantic adventure.

On the Subject of Men (Collapse Series Leading Men)
By Summer Lane
Cassidy Hart is surrounded by many strong, capable female characters in The Collapse Series, but there is no lack of male protagonists, either. I want to make sure the kick-butt female heroes were balanced out with a nice cast of male heroes. The main hero, of course, is Chris Young. We’ve been with our handsome, former SEAL since State of Emergency, and it’s been a pleasure to continue to develop his complicated character. The male protagonist besides Chris whom I enjoy writing about the most is Uriah True. He was (is/could be?) a brief love interest for Cassidy Hart during State of Pursuit, and I loved his character. He’s quiet, dark and brooding. A bad boy gone good scenario. His presence in State of Alliance is not so much as a love interest but as a friend – but you never know what the future could hold!

Another male character that I absolutely love writing about is Harry Lydell. In State of Alliance we have the opportunity to learn more about Harry, specifically his relationship with Cassidy Hart, which can be traced back to State of Chaos. I have always pictured Harry as a Tom Hiddleston-esque character. Tall, handsome, and refined. But like Tom Hiddleston, he has the ability to be the most charming and wicked villain.

I love creating characters that are flawed, and the male cast of State of Alliance allows me to better develop some of the main players that have been with Cassidy since State of Emergency.  


Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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  • 13 eBooks:
    • The Soul Thief, Majanka Verstraete 
    • Trigger, Jill Meengs 
    • Dead Girl Walking, by Ruth Silver
    • Spirit Warrior, by DEL Connor 
    • Fractured Dream, by KM Randall
    • The Green Dagger, by Kelly Hess 
    • Jacob, King of Portalia, by Casey Cubb
    • A Reaper Made by Liz Long 
    • The Road by G. Michael Hopf 
    • The Death, by John W. Vance 
    • Last Woman by Jacqueline Druga 
    • Realm of the Unknown by James McPike 
    • Element Wielder, by Cesar Gonzalez 
  • 1 paperback of The Lost and the Wicked by Cesar Gonzalez
  • 1 signed copy of Day Zero by Summer Lane
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dark Prophecy by Ann Gimpel Review!

Dark Prophecy (Soul Storm, #1)
Dark Prophecy
Soul Storm
Book 1
Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Dream Shadow Press

Release Date: 12/11/14
Available for pre-order early December

Genre: Urban Fantasy

When the dream world spills its murky contents, everyone’s worst nightmares run free.

Book Description:

Dr. Lara McInnis reads auras and flirts with an elusive ability to foretell the future. Ambivalent about the magic within her, she’s done a fine job ignoring other aspects of her power—until now. After several patients—and a student or two—describe the same cataclysmic dream, she uncovers ancient evil intent on draining her power. Lara knows next to nothing about her psychic side, but it will destroy her if she can’t come to terms with it.

Trevor Denoble has secrets, but he shields them well with a stunning body and a boatload of British charm. The airline he works for folds because there’s no fuel for the planes, and Lara’s changing into someone he barely recognizes. Though he doesn’t know it yet, the rest of his carefully crafted life is about to come crashing down too. 

Living in a world teetering on the edge of anarchy, Trevor and Lara are faced with a series of painful decisions. Is the love between them enough for Trevor to swallow his distrust of Lara’s burgeoning paranormal ability? Will their personal demons tear them apart in a world gone mad, as shortages of everything from electricity to food escalate?


…Hours later, Lara let herself out of her office, reached back in to activate the alarm, and then locked the door behind her. Arabel had gone home at six. Normally her receptionist left a note if there was something she needed to communicate. Tonight there hadn’t been any notes because there weren’t any patients she needed to call. But there had been a few zucchinis from Arabel’s lovingly-tended garden. Lara was grateful, both for the organic produce and for the lack of patient-related affairs to attend to. She was tired and hoped nobody had a crisis that evening.
She double-checked the pager that lived clipped to her belt. As she moved away from the front door of her building, she stumbled. The outside light was out—when had that happened?—and it was very dark in the shadows of the cavernous front porch. She made a grab for the railing to steady herself and took a tentative step toward the street.
“Stop right there,” a familiar harsh voice boomed from behind her.
“Mr. Beauchamp. That is you, isn’t it?” Alarm ricocheted through her, but she knew intuitively it was important to hide her fear. “What do you want?” Though she aimed for nonchalance, her voice sounded thin and shaky. Is it Ken? Aw, Jesus, who else could it be? She closed her eyes, gathering data from an unseen realm she knew well. Once her energies were focused, she discerned his twisted energy field throbbing against the darkness. Better the devil you know flashed through her mind. Not necessarily came close on its heels, as she realized, with a sinking feeling, that Ken Beauchamp really was dangerous. She’d known it the first time he walked into her office, but drawn in by his wife’s soft helplessness, she’d ignored her concerns, compassion overriding common sense.
“I want to talk. No, don’t turn around.” The man’s voice held menace as it sliced into her tumbling thoughts.
“What do you want to talk about, Mr. Beauchamp?” With effort, she kept her voice steady. “Surely whatever it is can wait until tomorrow. You really do need to call my office and make an appointment.” There, that seems like about the right amount of bravado.
“What did you tell my wife today? When you were in the bathroom. You’d better tell me the truth.”
“Are you threatening me? Because if you are, I’ll call the cops and have you thrown off my property.” Anger was rapidly displacing her fear—or at least coexisting with it. She reached a hand into her bag in search of her phone.
“That wouldn’t be smart, Doc, not very smart at all. Take your hand out of that purse.”
Ken Beauchamp’s voice was mild, but an ominous undertone chilled her. Sweat gathered in her armpits and dripped down her sides. Think! she commanded herself. There’s got to be a way out of this.
“Well, Doctor?” Ken’s voice oozed sarcasm, with undercurrents of something darker and far more primal. “I asked you a simple question. Answer it and we can both go home.”
What was he doing? Lara dug deeper with her hyper-honed senses. His breathing seemed…uneven. Was he getting off by intimidating her?
Something clicked ominously. The snick of a gun’s safety mechanism? What else could that cold metallic snapping sound possibly be? Fighting fear that threatened to paralyze her, Lara asked, “How’s Bethany, Mr. Beauchamp? She’s all right isn’t she?” Despite her concerns for herself, Lara was suddenly frantic about Bethany.
“That’s none of your business anymore. We won’t be back. I just want to know what you told her today.”
“Why is that important to you?”
“I ask the questions around here.” Yes, Lara thought as she listened intently, he was practically panting. Oh shit, this guy’s a pervert on top of all his other less-than-stellar attributes. She flirted with flying down the porch steps and trying to outrun him, except she had dress shoes on and her heavy shoulder bag. What if he really did have a gun? She hadn’t heard the metal click again.
A car pulled to the curb in front of her building and she started, heart beating like a mad thing. Christ, is it one of his henchmen come to help out? Practically moaning aloud, she wondered what Ken Beauchamp had in mind for her…

My review
So take everything you're thinking this book might be about and throw it out the window. I had many pre thought concentrates from reading the blurb and I was wrong on all accounts. Hell, I was wrong half way through the book lol. And I was way too hooked to care about being wrong. I've been a fan of Ms Gimpel for a while but this is one of her greats. First it feels so real. Lara is a doctor of psychology, though it's a little more in depth and complicated but you get the gist. Then you start to understand why she does the things she does. And the oil shortage Trevor keeps freaking about, well that could happen. This is the events before the apocalypse happens :) 

Dr Lara spends the first good part if the book reeling from her actions. Like a domino affect because she took on that one client, a lot of things start unraveling around her. She's usually calm and collected but she can't help this. And though she has a gift she keeps trying to make it almost scientific, except visions and seeing auras aren't really science-y. 

Trevor is her husband without the marriage license. Lol they are there for each other and they love each other. But Trevor doesn't always understand her gift yet he supports he use and encourages her about it. I love that he makes it seem just fine to be different. And he's really worried about the fact that literally the world seems to be falling in chaos around them and how could Lara really not notice. And there's more going on than it seems because some supernatural happenings are about the be uncovered. 

The first part of the book is more realistic and the second part is more fantasy because things become apparent. I'm trying do damn hard not to spoil things but let me say this. Sidhe. Oh and my favorite is Raven and no it's not a lady :) the writing is flawless and I loved how though it's a series Ms Gimpel never leaves me with a big cliff hanger. She wraps things with pretty bows lol amazing 5 PAWS -I can't wait for book two!! 

About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent.  Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.  A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014 and beyond.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.


The Reflective Cause by Tamara Rose Blodgett Cover Reveal!

Hi everyone, Thank you for checking out the cover reveal for The Reflective Cause by Tamara Rose Blodgett. Lemme show you some pretties!! 


The Reflective Cause by Tamara Rose Blodgett
(#2, Reflection)
Publication date: July 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy

Could you find your soul mate in thirteen worlds… would you survive long enough to claim them?
From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Tamara Rose Blodgett
Beth Jasper, a rare female warrior Reflective, has been momentarily freed from the brutality of Sector One, only to discover her home world of Papilio has been reshaped into chaos by Reflective Ryan. A flesh trade has ruined the female Reflectives who were unprotected while their male counterparts were held on One under Slaver Dimitri.
Her soulmate has been revealed, yet another fills her mind. Beth cannot forget Slade, the prince of the bloodlings. Their tie is undeniable. Can Beth forsake The Cause and her home planet’s ruination to forge answers to the questions raised during her brief stay on One?
Will the dissenting Reflectives find a way to exterminate the one threat to their plans of absolute control over the thirteen sectors? Can Beth, along with Jeb Merrick, save their world and uphold The Cause. Or will ancient blood ties rule Beth’s destiny….


Tamara Rose Blodgett is the author of over forty titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling novel, A TERRIBLE LOVE, written under the pen name Marata Eros. Tamara writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance and erotica. She lives in South Dakota with her family and enjoys interacting with her readers.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Commitment Test by Amanda Aksel Cover Reveal!

The Commitment Test

The Commitment Test
(The Marin Test Series: Book Two)
By: Amanda Aksel
Release Date: February 4th, 2015
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction

When a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t come with an engagement ring, Marin Johns begins to wonder if she and James will ever get married. As her closest friends begin to move forward with their lives, she refuses to be left behind.

Hope is restored as she devises a plan to get James down on one knee by becoming the ideal mate. Everything seems to fall into place until her college boyfriend resurfaces after a decade with his own ideas about their future. Will Marin be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the diamond ring she’s always dreamed of?

Amanda Aksel Bio
Amanda Aksel

Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time. 

Social media links
Twitter: @amandaaksel

Link to buy Amanda's first novel The Man Test (The Marin Test Series: Book One
The Man Test  (The Marin Test #1)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast (The Escaped #1) Cover Reveal!

Hi everyone! Thank you for checking out the cover reveal for Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast. 


Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast
(The Escaped #1)
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication date: June 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal


The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed.  Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back.  He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets.  First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life.  Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.  Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.



Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the young adult House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits, and a thriving t-shirt line. The first book in her new adult paranormal romance series releases June 9th, 2015!

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Distractions by Bianca Dean Distractions #1 w Giveaway!

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by Bianca Dean
Distractions #1
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?
*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series.
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Bianca Dean
Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She's a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can't hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.

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