Friday, August 28, 2015

Blood Sky by Traci L. Slatton Interview & Giveaway




Blood Sky

The After Series

Book 4

Traci L. Slatton



Genre: paranormal romance



Publisher: Parvati Press



Date of Publication: August 24, 2015



ISBN: 978-1-942523-02-4

ISBN: 978-1-942523-03-1 eBook

ASIN: B012TXZ4OC



Word Count: 67,000



Cover Artist: Gwyn Snider



Book Description:



In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test… Deep in the badlands of Outpost City, in the Dark Horse saloon, a poker game is being played. The stakes are life and death—for the world.



What can Emma afford to lose? Will she gamble on herself, or on Arthur?



Will love find a way when the apocalypse closes in? A mystical odyssey, a haunting love…






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About the Author:



Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels, including IMMORTAL (BantamDell) and BROKEN; the award-winning dystopian After Series which includes FALLEN, COLD LIGHT, FAR SHORE, and BLOOD SKY; the bittersweet romantic comedy THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE; and the vampire art history romp THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. She has also published the lyrical poetry collection DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE and THE ART OF LIFE, a photo-essay about figurative sculpture through the ages. Her book PIERCING TIME & SPACE explores the meeting ground of science and spirituality.


Interview

BLOOD SKY author Traci L. Slatton
Where are you from? Around. My father was in the Navy and we transferred around the country a lot when I was a kid. I was born in Great Lakes, IL and subsequently lived in Norfolk, VA; Groton, CT; Millington, TN; and Olathe, KS. I attended college in CT and now live in Manhattan. I guess I can say I’m a New Yorker now.
Tell us your latest news? The latest news is the publication of the 4th book in my dystopian After Series, BLOOD SKY. The saga of Emma and Arthur, and the apocalyptic mists and the psychic human biomind, continues….
When and why did you begin writing? I began as a little girl, writing poetry in second grade. In first grade I went from reading “See Spot Run” to reading novels in a few months, and then I was off and running, devouring books. In second grade I started writing poems and soon thereafter stories. Stories and words bubble up from within me, they’re woven into every angstrom of my being.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? Good question, and it has two answers. One is that from the moment I read my first novel, I wanted to be a writer, and from the time I finished my first poem, I knew I was one. On the other hand, I am constantly striving to become a “writer,” constantly pushing myself to deepen and improve the art and craft of my writing. Right now I’m reading a lot of Joseph Campbell as part of my evolution as a writer. So, in one sense, I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, but also, it’s an evolutionary journey with no tangible end in sight.
What inspired you to write your first book? The burning desire in me to tell stories!
Do you have a specific writing style? I try to write with great clarity and with sensual acuity, that is, with visual and tactile depth. I began as a poet and studied poetry in college and graduate school, so the music of language is important to me, though I often don’t achieve the lyricism to which I aspire.
How did you come up with the title? BLOOD SKY has a primal, elemental feel to it, which works for my paranormal dystopian series.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Well, there are a few ideas that matter to me. For one, I know that we have greater abilities than the concrete senses that Newtonian science acknowledges, and I try to share that with readers. Also, BLOOD SKY turns around Emma’s choices. She has to come to understand that she is making a choice at every turn. I think facing our choices is part of maturation.
How much of the book is realistic? Human emotion and human action, those parts are realistic. I have tried to create a speculative world that is plausible.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Just my sense that we are, in many ways, already living in a dystopia.
What books have most influenced your life most? In terms of novels, I have been very influenced by WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY by Richard Powell. I am always reading, so there are always new books influencing me.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Richard Powell, because I read that novel a thousand times, and it taught me a lot about the structure of story.
What book are you reading now? Currently I am reading books by Dave Richo, a Jungian therapist. His books HOW TO BE AN ADULT, THE POWER OF GRACE, and HOW TO BE AN ADULT IN RELATIONSHIPS are just amazing. They are about love and maturation and what it means to be a whole human being.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I am reading everything I can find about the Cathars as research for a historical novel. I’ve found this strange and wonderful British psychiatrist named Arthur Guirdham who writes about being a Cathar revenant. I’m all over his books like stink on a skunk.
What are your current projects? Having finished BLOOD SKY, I’m currently working on a novel called THE YEAR OF LOVING. It was entitled THE YEAR OF LOVING A YOUNGER MAN, but then the protagonist went and got herself involved in a love triangle with a younger man AND an older man, and her best friend has cancer, so I realized it was THE YEAR OF LOVING. I’m also researching the siege of Montsegur and the Cathars for a historical novel.


What would you like my readers to know? I hope they read with joy.








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The Spaces In Between By Gavin Ough Review


The Spaces In Between
By Gavin Ough
Publisher: Serealities Press
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 978-0615987736
ASIN: B00MK9UDEM
Genre: Fantasy
What makes a hero a hero? Courage? Honor? Determination?
Young Gremlaw has these qualities in spades, but he wouldn’t call himself a hero—these days he mainly plays the role of a thief, doing whatever it takes to survive.
But when the dangerous narcotic Forever begins infiltrating the kingdom of Trathlain, Duke DeLarouge decides Gremlaw is just the thief to help him discover who is smuggling the drug across their borders. And DeLarouge will do whatever it takes to ensure that Gremlaw agrees.
Forced into a dangerous mission, Gremlaw unknowingly takes the first steps of his hero’s journey, willing to risk his life in order to protect the only two people he loves.
The Spaces in Between is a fantasy adventure full of magic and intrigue, testing the boundaries of the human mind and the complexities of the heart.
Along the way, Gremlaw discovers that he has a remarkable ability: he can see negative space, allowing him to slip through gaps that others overlook. But he soon learns that gifts can also be curses, and when he is abducted and imprisoned by the Lavashians, his power may in fact be the end of him.
A solid read that surprises and inspires, Gremlaw’s tale will keep you guessing and hoping until the final page.
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My Review:
Gremlaw has been put in a very dangerous position. He is just a thief, isn't he? One that is willing to do anything to live and survive. He has been recruited against his wishes to find out how a drug called Forever is being brought into Trathlain where he lives. He has to put his own life in danger for others. This is a wonderful fantasy with suspense and danger. Gremlaw has a gift that he will soon realize. Is it going to help or hurt him and others he cares about? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a   review. These are all my opinions.

Riding by Cassia Cassitas Review & Giveaway


Book Description for Riding:

Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational narrative. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

When he is born, Andre propels his mother's life in a new direction. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn't know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.

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Author's Bio:

In my mind, words came in strides. They aligned themselves in arguments that were ready for combat after rebelling themselves - and that was just inkling. Where was my certainty to support the new image? And where were my emotions, with their brushes to bring color to life?"

Born in the interior of the state of ParanĂ¡, Cassia Cassitas accumulated various degrees throughout her career in Information Technology. The author of three novels, her texts convey ideas accumulated amidst the smell of coffee plantations, shoe factories, and the technology of the 20th century. These texts deal with life-altering episodes, in a path lit by a harmonious blend of memories and imagination.

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My review;

"Riding" by author Cassia Cassitas is not the kind of book that I usually find myself reading. I decided to read it because it looked interesting. I am glad that I did. I enjoyed the storylines and the characters. Andre has a unique story to tell. He needs more than one person to help him realize his dream. Each story is different. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review. These are all my opinions.


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Heart Dancing by Kathryn Eriksen Review & giveaway


Book Description:

What if your heart stops dancing?

Brian, his wife Christine and their 14 year-old daughter, Savanna, are a typical American family. Their lives begin to unravel when a dark secret from their past threatens to destroy them. Divorce seems imminent unless they discover a miracle.

Savanna refuses to stand by and watch her family self-destruct. A mysterious young woman and her dog show Savanna how to look past the physical and see the spiritual side of her situation. A leap of faith and willingness to change her perspective gives Savanna a new view of her life, her values and her purpose.

But can the adults give up their stories about the past that are tearing them apart?

Brimming with inspiration, transformation and empowering messages, "Heart Dancing" is life changing. It also introduces the 4 step process called Story Alchemy, which is used to transform the stories that threaten the Hartt's peace and happiness.

As you cheer on the individual choices made by Brian, Christine and Savanna Hartt, you will also reflect on your own stories that keep you playing small.

Heart Dancing - It's the Only Way to Live!

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Author's Bio:

Kathryn Eriksen is known as the "Story Alchemist." She has touched many people with her inspirational books, blog and articles about living your best life. A lawyer by training, she transformed her own life story from anger and frustration to love, joy and peace through the use of the same techniques that she shares in "Heart Dancing."
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Author Note:
One of Kathryn's characters develops the concept of Miracle Tokens.  To learn more about these tokens, please visithttp://miracleincome.com/. You can also sign up to receive Miracle Tokens .

My Review:
This is a great book about how much love is in a heart and how important it is to keep your heart in a loving place. I also thought that this was a really important book about what happens to children when their parents get divorced. This was also a feel good book that left me smiling long after I was done reading. The author also introduces Story Alchemy. I think that this is a great tool for anyone to use. It seems like it would be helpful in a lot of different situations. I am giving this book a 5/5 I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

What Lainey Sees by Laura Tobias Giveaway, Interview & Excerpt

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – What Lainey Sees AUTHOR – Laura Tobias GENRE – cross genre: time travel, romantic suspense, Native American romance PUBLICATION DATE – March 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) - 110 K PUBLISHER – Laura Tobias COVER ARTIST – Angie-O Creations
PLEASE NOTE: What Lainey Sees is in Kindle Select. And it will be part of a Kindle Countdown August 26, 27, 28 during this three day promo run. - What this means is the book will be on sale at Amazon during this three day blast! It'll be on sale on AMAZON.COM/.UK ONLY. Sale price: .99 cents all day August 26 and until 6 pm PST August 27. Then up to $1.99 for the remainder of August 27 and all of August 28th. It goes back to its regular price of $3.29 at 8 am PST August 29th.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Centuries ago, the passion they shared as Native American lovers ended in tragedy. Together again and unaware of their past, can they claim the love that’s rightfully theirs?
Seattle newspaper reporter Lainey Hughes is desperate to find her mother who has disappeared into a doomsday cult sequestered somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. She teams up with Gage Stuart, a jaded cop whose young son is also being held there. As they race up the coast in a kayak searching for their loved ones, Lainey’s visions show her the past . . . the present . . . and the future.
Lives are on the line. Love is within reach. And trust is hard to come by.
What Lainey Sees may help two wounded souls embrace their future . . . but only if they’ll learn from past mistakes.

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EXCERPT

She interrupted him. “Hold me, Gage. Just hold me. We could have died back there. My God, what would have happened to my mother?”

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AUTHOR BIO

By the time she hit Grade Four, Laura Tobias knew she was going to be a writer. So did the teachers. It was the persistent daydreaming and invisible friends that tipped them off. The question was: how could she daydream for the rest of her life and get paid for it? The answer: Trade the crayons for a computer and write those stories down. Oh, and grow up first. She’s managed the first two. She’s still working on the growing up part.
Laura Tobias lives with her family, including two Shetland sheepdogs, in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not reading or writing she’s either playing in the garden or spying on people at the grocery store. Laura is an award winning author of 19 books for teens and children written as Laura Langston.

Interview:
Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I’m happy to be here!

Where are you from?
I’m from the Canadian west coast: Victoria, B.C. I grew up in Vancouver and spent my early twenties living on the frigid prairies until I got tired of the cold weather and moved back to Vancouver Island.
Tell us your latest news?
I just handed off my latest YA novel (written as Laura Langston) and I’m about to jump into revisions on my next Laura Tobias novel. The working title is ‘Girls Who Dish’ but I’m pretty sure that title will change. It’s about three women who work in a restaurant and it revolves around a ten million dollar lottery win. It’s a romance but there’s not a paranormal element in sight!

When and why did you begin writing?
I wanted to be a writer when I was in Grade Four. I was a daydreamer, an avid reader and I loved making up my own stories. I remember getting a gold star on a short story I wrote about a girl who was trapped in a box. It was a macabre read but I was thrilled with it and the good mark.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Growing up, I didn’t know any writers so I didn’t know how I could ‘become’ one. I became a journalist instead. I suppose the first time I considered myself an actual writer was when I had my first article published. But my biggest thrill was when my first novel was accepted.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I literally was writing as a child. I remember writing a picture book about a turnip and a tomato. They were so different and their love was doomed.  I wrote my first romance novel when my daughter was an infant. I’d snatch whatever time I could while she slept. That novel is under the bed where it will remain. I think of it like the first pancake you cook: not meant for human consumption but necessary to season the pan.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been told I have a distinct voice but I’m not sure how you’d describe my style. And to be honest, my style varies depending on whether I’m writing romance, YA novels or books for younger readers.  

How did you come up with the title?
It took a while and some help from a writer friend. Originally the book was titled Soul Surrender but that felt too generic. What Lainey Sees works on multiple levels and is absolutely perfect for the story.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I like to think so but I’ll leave that for the readers to decide.

How much of the book is realistic?
Every book I write is real. Even the parts that are paranormal or fantasy. I even talk to my family about my characters and what they’re going through. Half the time at dinner they don’t know if I’m referring to a physical person or a book person.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are a couple of scenes in What Lainey Sees that were inspired by actual events. When Lainey and Gage race up the coast in a kayak, they encounter a large whale within touching distance of their kayak. We were boating on the west coast once when a very large humpback whale breached right near our boat. It was both frightening and awe inspiring.
As well, the conflict between Lainey and Gage is loosely based on a running conflict between me and my husband. I was born and raised in a family where anything paranormal was considered normal. My husband (aka Mr. Petrol Head) has no use for what he calls ‘woo-woo, fruit-loop stuff.’ That made developing the conflict between Lainey and Gage a lot of fun.

What books have most influenced your life?
I’m not sure you have space for all of them!  Seriously, I’ve been a voracious reader from the time I could sign for a library card (you had to be able to print your own name to qualify) and so many different books influenced me at different times of my life. When it came to writing What Lainey Sees I was heavily influenced by some of the big names in past life fiction: Susanna Kearsley, Barbara Erskine, Diana Gabaldon and Jojo Moyes. Moyes doesn’t do classic time travel but her books often have dual story lines.  I also relied on a series of non-fiction books about past life hypnosis by Michael Newton to give me an overview and understanding of reincarnation.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That’s another very hard question. The authors I mentioned earlier certainly inspire me when it comes to writing dual story lines or time slip romance. I also adore Barbara O’Neal for the richness of her storytelling and the depth of her characterization; I admire Jodi Picoult because her books often tackle difficult subjects sensitively and she’s an excellent writer. And when I need a light entertaining read with a guaranteed happy ending, I invariably find myself inspired by reading Kristan Higgins or Meg Cabot.  
What would you like my readers to know?

I hope they enjoy reading What Lainey Sees. And if they’re Amazon.com customers, the book is part of a Kindle Countdown Deal for one more day: http://www.amazon.com/What-Lainey-Sees-Laura-Tobias-ebook/dp/B00UZK92M2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1439587941&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3ALaura+Tobias

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