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Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Saturday Showcase with Guest Author C. Gockel ~ FREE Novel!


Welcome to

The Saturday Showcase

Wow, it feels quite a while since I last did one of these posts, in fact the last one was well over a month ago, how times flies when you're having fun!

So today my book loving readers I have a delicious novel for you to sink your teeth into, so let's get started...

I Bring The Fire

Part I: Wolves

by

C. Gockel


Publish date:  August 7, 2012    
Publisher: Self-published

Book Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Action and Romance


Book Blurb: 

In middle America, on Route 44, Amy Lewis has to get to her grandma’s house in time for dinner — but she’s being pursued by a very bad wolf. 

Galaxies away, when Loki wakes up in prison cell without a hangover he knows something has gone very wrong. 

Can a nice midwestern girl help a so-called God of Chaos? 

Can he help her...or even help himself? 


Book Links: 

I BRING THE FIRE IS FREE!



Author Bio:


C. Gockel got her start writing fanfiction, and she is not ashamed! Much. She received emails, messages and reviews from her fans telling her she should 'do this professionally.' She didn't; because she is a coward and life as a digital designer, copywriter and coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband's nagging wore her down: "You could be the next '50 Shades of Grey' and I could retire!" Unfortunately, the author isn't much for writing smut. She is sad about this; she'd love for her husband to be able to retire and just work for her so she could nag him.

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Book Excerpt:


Loki awakes with his cheek pressed to a cold stone slab, not sure where he is. This is not precisely unprecedented. What is strange is that he doesn’t reek of alcohol and his mouth does not taste like vomit.

Blinking his eyes, he tries to focus. There is light, wan and diffuse as though from a northern window. There is a dull pain in his left temple and the back of his neck is in agony.  That is not so worrisome.

What is worrisome is what he doesn’t see, feel, hear or taste. There is no magic in the room, no soft glow of light and shifting color, no slight tingle on his tongue and fingertips or murmur in his ear. He might as well be a dumb beast. No, it’s worse than that. Beasts have some sense of magic in their whiskers, feathers, and flicks of their tongues. He might as well be a mortal human, blind to magic, and with no magic tricks save one.

His magical abilities cannot be taken from him. But magic can be removed from a place, folded back upon itself, held back for short periods of time in places of great power. Loki knows of only one such place in all of nine realms. Which means...

Sitting up as quickly as he can with the pain in his neck, he looks around. The room he is in is lined with dull, flat, gray stones that stretch up to a high ceiling.  The light is coming from a single skylight. He knows without looking there is a door made of iron bars to his left. There will be at least one sentry on guard beyond.

He’s in his home, Asgard, realm of the Aesir, in the Tower. Again. But he can’t remember doing anything wrong.

Loki hears the footsteps behind him again. He recognizes them. Loki smiles bitterly. “Thor, what is the charge?”

The footsteps circle around, and there is Thor, towering above him.

“You will be told in due time,” Thor rumbles. Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer, hangs at his side. But behind the shield of magic, it is just an ordinary piece of iron.

As are Loki’s knives if...

Patting his body, Loki looks down. He is only in a shirt and breeches. His armor, boots and belt, and all his knives are gone.

“I don’t know all the hiding places of your toys,” Thor rumbles. “So I took away all the places they might hide.”

Rubbing his neck, Loki winces and remembers Thor’s fist connecting with his temple, and a blow to the back of his neck. “Surely I can know the charge?”

Tilting his head, Thor does not meet Loki’s gaze.

Loki scowls up at him.

Thor and Loki look so alike they could be brothers. They are both red haired, though Thor’s hair tends towards brown, and Loki’s towards a brighter strawberry blond. Both are blue eyed, but Thor’s eyes are as dark as a storm cloud, and Loki’s are pale gray. Thor has more generous features. He’s slightly taller with wider shoulders, an expressive open face, prominent nose, full mouth and raging eyebrows.  Loki is a bit more delicate, his chin a little narrower, his frame leaner. Loki keeps his face clean shaven and his hair shorter – though it tends to be uneven. Thor sports a red beard, and his hair is long, though neatly groomed.

The biggest difference between them is their skin. Thor’s father, Odin, leader of the Aesir, is half Jotunn, the race of the frost giants. Thor’s mother, Jord, is full Jotunn. Despite his dominant Jotunn blood, Thor’s skin is a lovely shade of gold.

Loki’s skin by contrast is so pale it is nearly translucent. He does not tan. Without ointments and spells he burns. By most accounts Loki is full Jotunn. Rumors in court say his mother was Laufey and his father Fárbauti, and he was abandoned to die as a baby after they were murdered by their own kind. There are some who whisper that while Laufey was his mother, Odin is his father, and that is why he was brought to the court when Odin found him. Whatever his origins, Loki has the ability to cast illusions like a fisherman casts line – when he has access to magical energy.

While Loki was raised by the servants of Odin and Frigga, Thor was sent away to be raised by the winged Vingnir and Hlora, and only came to court when he reached the end of his twenties. Thor and Loki were almost friends once.

That was a long time ago.

“I was told only to see you here. Not to discuss the reason for your confinement,” Thor says with vehemence that sounds forced.

“You’ve been following the rules since your brother Baldur died,” Loki says, gingerly getting to his feet. Smirking, Loki says, “Don’t you think if there was any real hope of Odin granting you the crown he would have announced it by now?” Poor Thor.

“Watch your mouth, Silvertongue,” says Thor.

Silvertongue is one of Loki’s favorite nicknames. It’s better than Trickster, Fool, or simply Liar. Thor isn’t terribly mad at him. Still, Loki can feel a chill of worry creeping into his bones. Last time he was in the Tower, things did not go well. Smiling despite his fear, Loki says, “I can’t watch my mouth, it’s attached to my face. As are my eyes, which...”

It’s a gentle jibe, but Thor’s hands go to the front of Loki’s shirt and he’s shoved against the wall so hard his teeth rattle. Too winded to speak, Loki just stares at Thor’s face, inches from his own. Thor’s lips are turned down and his eyes are narrowed in anger...or in despair.

Feeling dread uncoil in his stomach, Loki whispers, “Oh, Thor. Has your daddy made you do something terrible?”


I'm back tomorrow with C. Gockel 

on

The Sunday Spotlight


Get your free copy of this novel today, and the great news is, you don't have to wait to read the others in the series, Books II & III are all ready and waiting for you ~ Just click the links below (Amazon UK) to find out more.

Monsters : I Bring the Fire Part II (A Loki Story) 


Chaos: I Bring the Fire Part III (A Loki Story) 



Join us again tomorrow for Part II of my Weekend Author Showcase


Friday, 30 August 2013

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Blog Hop & Give-Away! Country Girls by Tressa Messenger


HOT OFF THE PRESS!


Welcome to

The Blog Hop

for

Country Girls

by 

Tressa Messenger


***Adult content***


Blurb:

Marissa left town as soon as high school ended, carrying with her deep dark secrets that she never intended to divulge, but once she went back home after twenty years for her high school reunion she knew that was exactly where she wanted to be.  Once back in her home town in North Carolina it all comes rushing back to her, both good and bad, even the uncontrollable desire for her first love, who happened to be her best friend’s husband.


Marissa and her three best friends could never have imagined the events that would take place once these once inseparable County girls are back together again or the hot nights that are sure to come.


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Author Bio:



 I am a small town girl with big dreams. I grew up in a small coastal community called Pamlico County in the town of Reelsboro, North Carolina. Growing up in such a rural area there wasn't much to do, so I developed a wide fantasy finding solace in writing poetry and songs. Being a gypsy at heart I left my little secure coastal town to discover other parts of the country, always looking for my next adventure. It was a sad and lonely time, but also a fun and exciting time in my life. I had too many emotions to process so I started to put it all down on paper. That became the start of my first novel, which I have yet to finish. 

When I was 30 I sat down and felt an overwhelming urge to write, even though I had no clue where to start. I spent that year writing nonstop until my first complete novel entitled Protector was finished. This novel was a dream come true, although I found out during the process, at 31 years old, I am dyslexic. Reading was always a struggle throughout my life and finding out why has really made a difference in me and my writing. 

Writing is such a wonderful and daunting process, but I have succeeded in doing something I never thought I would do. As of now I have 5 novels published: Protect, Protect Me, Protect Us, Too Close To Home and This I Promise You, with many more on the way. Writing is such a passion of mine and I hope my readers feel the love I put into my work and know that no matter your past, you can do anything.






Give-Away:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



I hope that you enjoy Tressa's new novel and have a look at her website ~ she's one busy author!

So, there you have the 5th fabulous Give-away of the week and there's still The Saturday Showcase & Sunday Spotlight to come...

See you on the morrow




Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Book Blog Tour ~ Author Interview ~ Excerpt ~ Give-Away ~ Hope's Decree By Angela McPherson




Welcome to

The Book Blog Tour

for

Hope's Decree
Book one in the Fated Series

by

Angela McPherson


Genres: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: August 15 2013
Untold Press www.untoldpress.com
Word count: 94 000
Pages: 284

Blurb:

When everything else is lost, there is always hope.
While most teens want an epic senior year, Trinity Whitebone hoped for a normal one. Being seventeen was hard enough. Having the emotions of everyone around you in your head made life more than a little difficult.
Until Blain Heros enrolled.
He screamed hot-god in jeans with just his walk. His intense stare warmed her skin like a thousand suns. Unfortunately, his interest in her seemed to run from blazing to freezing in the span of moments and left her nothing but confused. She could deal with things not being normal, but when life goes from strange to dangerous…
Trinity is the direct descendant of Pandora and fated to rectify the terrors released into the world by her curious ancestor. With powers she didn’t know existed and abilities she never wanted, Trinity tries to walk away from everything her life had become. She thought she could turn her back on her fate, until a band of rogue immortals discover who she is and will do whatever it takes to control her powers. Trinity is left with one decision…Embrace fate or die trying.

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Price:
eBook: 3.99
Print: 12.99- Coming soon!

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Amazon Smart Url: http://bookShow.me/B00EJ1O05M 


Author Bio:

Angela McPherson


Born and currently residing in Midland, Texas, Angela shuffles three busy children (not including her husband) all over the place. She works in a busy pediatric doctor's office as a nurse during the day, and writes at night. She is addicted to coffee——who isn’t? And firmly believes chocolate can fix all——especially chocolate ice cream. She laughs a lot, often at herself and is willing to try anything once (she thinks). When Angela isn’t rushing kids around, working or writing, she’s reading. Other than life experience, Angela turns to a wide variety of music to help spark her creative juices. She loves to dance and sing, though her kids often beg her not to. 



Twitter: @abt3mcpherson


Give-Away:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Excerpt:

Over an hour into my work out on the elliptical, sweat covered my brow and a few curls had broken free from my elastic band, making them stick to the sides of my face and forehead. When I grabbed a towel to wipe the sweat away, my legs felt wobbly and weak. I bought a bottle of water from a vending machine and headed out.
In the parking lot, I saw the sky had darkened considerably, elongating the shadows. As I walked back to my car I realized the birds in the nearby trees slowly became silent.
Stopping, I scanned the street. Not a single person was out. Even the cool breeze when I left the gym had stilled, almost as though everything had frozen in time.
Without warning, my stomach rolled. Almost instantly I felt nauseous as the familiar dread of darkness surfaced inside of me. The force became so overwhelming I doubled over, gasping for air.
As I focused on breathing, deep guttural laughter echoed in the stillness nearby. My head snapped up, my eyes searching for the man in my dreams. My brain worked in overtime, wondering how my dreams had finally crossed the barrier into reality.
The laughter came again, only closer this time. He wanted me, wanted me to surrender the light of life to dwell in the darkness of death. My panic increased as my heart thundered in my chest. I couldn't think clearly.
A few feet away, a man appeared, though he looked more or less the same age as me. Tall, well built with chestnut hair stopping at the hard angle of his jaw, and his eyes as black as a raven's feather. He didn't look like the same person from my nightmares. Not that it mattered–his presence still terrified me.
His lips twisted into a sinister grin, a mixture of evil and pain so clear I could taste it on my tongue. I tried to ease my panic and think clearly, but just like in my nightmares, I was losing.
"Who are you and what do you want?" Much to my surprise, my voice stayed even.
"You don't know, do you?" He tilted his head to the side, watching me with amusement in his dark eyes. He slowly held a finger in the air and then began making circular movements. The motion created his own personal whirlwind, lifting the hair around his face.
He continued to walk toward me, controlling the wind with his finger. My panic increased; my insides felt like they were being stretched thin, ready to snap in half at any given second.
"What do you want?" This time my voice quivered at the end.
"You have got to be kidding me, right?" He shook his head. "This is easier than I thought it'd be." He must have read the perplexed look on my face because he started laughing–hard. I would've been offended had I not been so freaking scared.

His thoughts and emotions become stronger with each step he took, overpowering my ability to shut off the inner darkness wanting to be set free. I wasn’t sure which way was up or down, left or right, and it didn't matter.




Author Interview:

Welcome Angela and thanks so much for talking with us today, so let's begin....

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
            I’m currently reading Warrior by Joanne Wadsworth. YES! I would absolutely recommend it, but start with the first book in the Magio-Earth series, named Protector. Joanne is an awesome author!

How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?
            My oldest daughter and I came up with Fated, the original title for Hope’s Decree. I think of what the story is about, and jot down different ideas until one pops out at me.

When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought: OMG what am I doing? 
            Like every other day! I’ll read over what I have and think, “What the heck am I doing?” Then I get to a really good part and remember why I started, and keep going.

Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so what is it?
            I’m a mom of three, so they keep me pretty busy. Two of them will be in junior high this year. ~sigh~ I’m also a full-time pediatric nurse. I work with a great bunch of people.

Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
            Someone once told me to write down what each character looked like, what was specific to their personality, and so on. It really helps.

If you were stranded on a distant planet: which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
            That’s a tough one. I think being stuck with any of my character would be cool, but since I have to pick, I’d most likely go with Morpheus...or maybe Crystal. They make me laugh and if I were marooned, I’d need to laugh. A lot.

Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
            Yes. We all looked around for the perfect picture (easier said than done). I found the picture of the girl. Sean Hayden took over from there and worked his crazy magic.

Who’s your greatest inspiration to date?
            All three of my children. They make me want to be a better person, mom, and creator of words.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
            I am a total night owl!

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
            Editing, but then when I go back and read over the changes, I end up loving the story even more. I have to send a huge special thanks to Jen Wylie for putting up with my craziness. ;)

How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
            As many as possible. With three kids, a full-time nursing job, and lets not forget the husband (kid #4), I usually end up with five hours or so a night.

Tell us one thing that no-one else knows about you – your darkest secret if you dare!
            I like to look in the mirror and make silly faces at myself. 



Many thanks to Angela for sharing with us today and the fantastic Give-Away.  This novel sounds great, the cover is to die for and in all honesty, if you love YAPNR ~ I defy you not to read this book. 

I'm going to the Kindle Store today and no-one is getting in my way! 

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I'm back tomorrow with another Book Blog Tour and hope you can join me then




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