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Release Blitz Twisted Stars

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Prologue

All I can see are flashes, colors and shapes…

It’s difficult to tell what’s happening. I’m in a haze. I can feel my body being pushed around like a limp rag doll.

Suddenly I’m lying on something cold and hard. My arms and legs are strapped down, then my head.

The clean prick of a hypodermic needle at the top of my spine.

Icy liquid rushing through my veins.

My back jerking off the table out of my control.

The cold pain escalates, becoming unbearable. My head feels like its being torn apart from the inside out. I strain against the straps holding me down. My bones feel like they are breaking into a million tiny pieces and then reforming again, my skin stings and itches. I pull against my restraints again, but I can’t break free.

The shapes and colors around me suddenly become frighteningly clear. My mother stands beside me, uncaring as she watches my pain, my father right beside her, his face as blank as hers.

The agony surges until my entire body is affected. The icy liquid, making my veins ache. My back arches off the table again, snapping the restraints tight. I cry out, but no one helps me.

I’m alone.

“What have you done to me?” I shout hoarsely before the darkness consumes me and I slip into peaceful unconsciousness.

When I wake I feel different. My body doesn’t feel like my own. My senses are dramatically enhanced and I feel strength surge through my muscles. I pull hard against my restraints and they break. I look down at myself and nearly scream.

What have they done?

I leap onto the first person I see, my jaws sinking into his throat. His terrified face screams soundlessly up at me. I don’t care. I rip my fangs from his throat and he drops to the ground, dead.

I swing around looking for a new victim. Something solid hits me hard on the back of the head—I go down, hitting the tiles with a thump.

The darkness consumes me once again.

When I come to again, I’m lying in a damp puddle on the floor. I feel a little dazed.

What happened? Was it all a dream?

I slowly lift myself off the wet tiles and glance down. My body is back to normal, at least. The color of the floor catches my eye. Red, blood red. Someone is screaming. I look around. My father is lying motionless on the floor, covered in blood. My mother is kneeling over him, tears falling down her face as she stares at me, horrified.

But they did this to me…

About the Book

Twisted StarsTitle: Twisted Stars

Author: Dannielle Wicks

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Ashlee Reynolds couldn’t be more ordinary…

While most college freshmen are partying and going on wild adventures, nineteen-year-old Ashlee just goes to classes, works, and hangs out with friends. It’d be nice to have some excitement in her life—or even better, a little romance. When her wish comes true, a midnight rendezvous lands her in the hospital…

There was this boy. Isn’t that how every spiralling downhill story begins? It’s a little strange he wants to meet her on the edge of the woods at night, but she did want to spice things up, and an unconventional date is the perfect ingredient. But when he stands her up, leaving her alone in the dark, she’s attacked by a wild animal. The next day, Ashlee wakes up in the hospital, dazed, confused, and convinced she’s gone crazy.

When strange things begin to happen, she meets Jayden Ross, who brings crazy to a whole new level…

After her seemingly random attack, other beasts of the feline and canine variety are drawn to her—and we’re not talking housecats and lapdogs. When Ashlee bumps into Jayden on campus, her immediate attraction tempts her to get closer, but he wants nothing to do with her—until he realizes she’s had an encounter with one of the others.

Ashlee learns Jayden isn’t entirely human, and nothing is what is seems.

On the run and fighting for their lives, Ashlee and Jayden weave their way through a world of powerful corporations and their secret experiments, all of which revolve around Jayden’s past—and possibly, their future.

Author Bio

DannielleWicksDannielle Wicks is the author of the Hardest Mistakes series (Broken Sunrise, Book 3, coming soon) and the Reaper Mini-Series.

Dannielle lives in Kingaroy, Australia, with her fiance, 3 dogs and a bird named Torak. Since deciding never to become an adult, she has engrossed herself in the amazing world of young adult fiction and an unusual amount of TV. She adores Disney movies and cant get enough of classic fairy tales. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found sneaking a chocolate from the fridge.

Links

Website: www.danniellewicks.com

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Cover Reveal Golden Dawn

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Title: Golden Dawn

Author: Aldrea Alien

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Family and blood.

After 1100 years, these simple words mean everything to Herald. His life has been ruled by keeping his siblings safe, keeping them from becoming prey whilst feeding on the weaker. His failures have been many and measured by those he has lost. People like his twin brother.

There has always been another enemy.

Just who the enemy is comes into question when Herald meets the dangerous, angelic creature he is to guard. Wondering where his true loyalties lie is a dangerous thought. No matter whether he chooses family over the heart, it will mean death.

Only the right choice will ensure the life taken is not his.

Author Bio

Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals, most of which are convinced they’re just as human as the next person. Especially the cats.

She discovered a love of crafting other worlds at the age of twelve when she first conceived the idea of The Rogue King. Since that that fateful day, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind, all of them clamouring for her to tell their story first.

It’s a lot of people for one head.

Links

Website: http://www.aldreaalien.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AldreaAlien

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aldreaalien

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Cover Reveal Party Whereafter

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About the Book

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Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Publisher: Mictlan Press

Number of Pages: 345

Genre: Paranormal / Contemporary Fantasy

Stuck on an island encircled by fire and hunted by shadows bent on trapping them there forever, Irene and Andras struggle to hold onto the last vestiges of their physical selves, without which they can never return to the land of the living. But it’s not just external forces they’ll have to fight as the pair grow to realize they have different goals. Irene still clings to the hope that she can somehow return to her old life—the one she had before she died—while Andras would be only too glad to embrace oblivion.

Meanwhile, Jonah desperately searches for a way to cross over to the other side, even if doing so means his death. His crossing over, however, is the one thing that could destroy Irene’s chances of returning home.

Too many obstacles, too many people to save, and the thing Irene most desperately wants—to return to her old life—seems farther away than ever. Only one thing is clear: moving on will require making a terrible sacrifice.

About the Author

Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

Contact Details

Email: tbruce@terribruce.net

Website/Blog: www.terribruce.net

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/TerriBruce

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Book Excerpt

Andras grunted, the sound filled with suspicion. Irene bent down to tie her shoelace, as much to avoid eye contact as anything. When she straightened up, something in the distance caught her eye, shimmering like a mirage. She squinted, not sure she was really seeing what she thought she saw.

“You know, now might be a good time for you to tell me what it was like to live in a castle,” she said.

Andras shook his head, sadly, as if Irene had disappointed him. “You cling too much to the past. Forget the trappings of life. Free your mind from these longings, and so, free your soul. Only then will we be able to escape these shackles and enter Heaven to rest at the side of God.”

Why did he always have to argue about everything? “For God’s sake,” she said, exasperated, “just answer the question!”

“Wherefore?”

Irene pointed to the hulking structure in the distance. “Because,” she said as Andras whirled around to see what she was pointing at, “correct me if I’m wrong, but that looks like a castle.”

“Wow!” Irene said, her eyes roving over the dark, crenellated structure hulking in the far distance. It gleamed dully, the color of burnt blood in a fading afternoon sun. “What the hell do you think that is?”

Andras grunted. “As you said—Hell.”

Irene frowned at him, but her lips quirked in amusement. “Why do you have to be so negative? It could just as easily be Heaven. God is supposed to live in a palace, right—the whole ‘my father’s house has many rooms’ thing? A castle is just a type of palace.”

Andras gave her a dry look. “Does that look like Heaven?”

Irene was on the verge of agreeing that the castle did not in any way look how she imagined Heaven when it shimmered, as if the fading sunlight had been redirected by mirrors. Light rippled across the castle’s surface and the dull, dark, burnt-blood color transformed into gleaming, bright, silver-white. Crisp white pennants flapped from the corners as if whipped by wind. Irene thought she could hear them snapping crisply.

Irene looked at Andras, and he looked at her. His expression made it clear that he had seen the same transformation she had. It was as if the building was trying to trick them into coming closer.

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Guest Post Shadow People Tour

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I’m hosting a guest post today by Alec John Belle, the talented author of “Shadow People”, a YA paranormal novel.

10 Tips For Becoming A Better Writer

Because I became an author at such a young age, many of my friends and readers want to know tips on how to become a better writer. Over the last year, I’ve learned many important things that I’d like to share.

1. No writer is perfect.

This is a concept that was always a bit hard for me to accept, because I have struggled with perfectionism a lot for most of my teenage years. Once I was able to accept that no writer can be perfect, it made writing a lot more fun. As you write, you’ll find that your skills will grow along with you. Readers have definitely noticed changes from my first book to my third.

2. Keep improving your craft.

This sort of goes hand-in-hand with #1. While you need to write as much as you can, try challenging yourself to do things differently. Write shorter sentences. Try using bigger words (but not too big, because then it’s really noticeable and clutters your work). Try playing around with more metaphors, personification, and other figurative language. As you write, you’ll find what writing style works for you.

3. Don’t listen to the myths.

One of the biggest writing myths I always hear is that books should take a year or longer to write. There are many authors who do not take a year to write a book, and some can even write a book in a month. Another myth is that you need to plot before you write, and that’s not always true. You write at your own speed. You plot if you WANT to plot. Don’t fall into the traps of myths, because when you do, you’ll feel as though you’re doing something wrong. Writing is an art, and you do whatever you need to do without following a specific step-by-step rule book.

4. Write what you want to write.

This may sound obvious, but it’s the truest thing I can say. Write that you’re comfortable with and don’t try to write something just because it’s “in.” If you’re not fully engaged with your story, it will never be as good as you want. Follow your heart. Write what you love.

5. Don’t be afraid.

When I wrote my debut novel, Before I Break, I was absolutely terrified of writing it. It was a story that I knew needed to be told, but didn’t want to deal with the pressures of outside forces telling me I was wrong and causing controversy among readers. Thankfully, my family pushed me to write the book, and I am still very proud of it to this day. A lot of times, banned books turn out to be the best books. There’s a reason for that.

6. Don’t focus on word count.

Obviously word count is important when writing a book, but it’s not what is most important whatsoever. Sure, if you’re looking to go the traditional publishing route, you’ll want to stick to guidelines as much as possible, because agents are picky. But if you’re self-publishing or are with a hybrid publisher or small press, it’s not that important. Write as much as you need to, whether it’s 50,000 words or 120,000 words. It’s all up to you.

7. Don’t think traditional publishing is the only option.

When I started writing, I attempted to find an agent. After getting a ton of rejections (some quite rude), I decided to look elsewhere. I discovered the world of self-publishing and realized there are some truly amazing indie authors out there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it much longer due to financial reasons and discovered Booktrope, a hybrid publisher. There are so many options out there. If you want your book out there, you can make it happen. Don’t limit yourself to one place.

8. Do let other people read your work (and accept criticism).

When you’ve finished a draft, good chances are you’re going to think your book is the best thing that’s ever been written. When you allow other people to read your work, it allows you to have the opportunity to hear things from a reader’s perspective (someone who isn’t so attached to the book and would catch potential problems). These people are not your editors, but rather friends, family, and other writers who can give you the type of criticism you need to make your work better. Often times, writers want someone to pat them on the back and tell them how perfect the book is. But the truth is, what good is that if it’s not true? In no way am I saying your book is going to suck, and in fact, it might be really good. But every writer needs feedback and every writer, no matter how good, is not perfect (see #1). These people will help you realize the mistakes in your work and will help make it better, and believe me, you want it to be the best that it can be.

9. Edit, edit, and edit some more.

After it’s been critiqued, it’s time to tear through that manuscript. Rip it apart (not literally, although if you do, I suggest you have another copy saved on your computer). Rearrange things, insert new scenes, take out the unnecessary stuff, etc. This will better your writing in the end and applies for all kinds of writing, not just for novels. Once you’ve done that, you can polish it up with revisions. Note: You as the writer should do some of your own editing, but you can’t edit it all. It’s impossible for a writer to edit their own work. Believe me, they’ll all tell you the same thing. You need a professional editor (not a teacher or your mom) who probably has a degree of some kind. Yes, it may be costly, unless you go the traditional publishing or hybrid publishing route, but it’s definitely worth it.

10. Read more.

Reading is what helped me become a better writer. It wasn’t an English class. It wasn’t an editor. It was reading. Reading opened my mind as to how quotations worked, how sentences should be structured, and also showed the the “five sentence” paragraph rule doesn’t really apply in fiction. It showed me that writing can be whatever I want it to be, but grammar, sentence structuring, quotations, etc. are all an important part of writing. The more you read, the better writer you’ll become. If you take any of my advice, I hope this is the one, as this is what helped me the most. Reading and writing go hand in hand, and it takes a reader to be a writer.

About the Book

ShadowpeopleTitle: Shadow People

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.

Author Bio

Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

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Release Party Shadow People

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About the Book

ShadowpeopleTitle: Shadow People

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.

Author Bio

Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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https://www.facebook.com/alecbellefanpage

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Release Day Party In Shadows Waiting

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in-shadows-waiting-by-stewart-bintTitle: In Shadows Waiting

Author: Stewart Bint

Genre: Paranormal, Horror

Young Simon Reynolds lives a bucolic life at his family home, White Pastures, surrounded by a loving family and a charming community. Simon finishes his A levels and looks forward to unwinding while his sisters work on their tans.

Meanwhile the tiny community of Meriton has been plagued by a spate of burglaries, and White Pastures seems to be next. A shadowy figure stalks the house, but the police can find no signs of an intruder.

Inspired by the author’s real-life experience with the supernatural, In Shadows Waiting recounts a summer that changes the Reynolds’ lives forever. As the summer progresses, the shadows take on an altogether more sinister implication, and White Pastures begins to reveal a terrifying secret.

The epicenter of an event that has scarred an entire community, White Pastures grows more and more dark, possessed by a shadow that yearns, a shadow that will not be denied. At White Pastures, someone will die — but love never will.

Author Bio

Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife Sue in Leicestershire in the UK, and has two children, Christopher and Charlotte. As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking barefoot on woodland trails.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorsjb

Website: http://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StewartBintAuthor?fref=ts

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Character Interview Whispers in Eternity

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Interviewing characters from books is so much fun! Today I’m having Noelle as my guest, one of the characters from “Whispers in Eternity”.

Character Interview

1.) Tell us about yourself

My name is Noelle. As you might have guessed, my birthday is on Christmas Eve. Though I’m 16 when the story first begins, the reader gets to enjoy a couple of birthday celebrations with me along my journey. The first of my birthday celebrations in the story is when I turn 17, and of all of the places to celebrate a birthday, I have to spend it in the hospital, but actually, it turns out to be the best birthday ever. Yes, crazy I know—the best birthday ever spent in a hospital. I don’t want to give anything away, though, so you’ll have to read the story to find out why it was so special. My 18th birthday also tops my favorite-birthdays-ever list because it was spent with the love of my life, my soul mate, Gavin. And oh my God, on that birthday he sure proved just how romantic he truly is!

2)   What is your greatest skill?

It’s funny you should ask. If you had asked me two years ago what my greatest skill was, I would have told you, without question, that it was long-distance running. I was the state champ of the 3,200 meter race in track, and if I hadn’t gotten sick I would have prepared to run a marathon. My heart condition took over my life though, and after my life took a sharp turn, I discovered that I had acquired an amazing new talent for singing—not just singing—a capella singing. I still think it’s amazing how many crazy vocal and instrumental sounds someone can make with their mouth. I still miss running, but now I couldn’t imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t discovered the love of singing.

3)   What is surprising about you?

Surprising about me? Hmm… Well… I met my soul mate last year. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily love at first sight, but there was something about him that drew me in right away. Like I’d known him forever, you know? Over time, I fell in love with him, but we were definitely friends first. Most people would be like, “No relationship is that perfect. Something had to be wrong with him.” To that, I would reply, “Well, yeah. No relationship is perfect. He was pretty awesome, though.” And truly, I loved everything about him, except, well… He was a ghost, so there’s that… The whole not-having-a-physical-body factor kind of put a bit of a damper on our relationship.

4)   What is the most important thing that you learn in Whispers in Eternity?

Oh, that’s an easy one! I learned that life is too short. Every day needs to be lived to the fullest like there’s no tomorrow, because really, no one knows how long they have to live. Each day is a gift and it’s up to us to make each day the best it can be.

5)    What else can you tell us about Whispers in Eternity?

Readers have told me that they needed a box of Kleenex when they read the story. I’m just sayin’… You’ve been warned, LOL 🙂 Seriously though, the author, Jacinda Buchmann, wanted to write a heartfelt love story that would be appropriate for teenagers, but at the same time would also be enjoyable for adults. And as with all of her stories, she wanted to write a book that makes the reader see the world in a new way. That’s what “Whispers in Eternity” does—it presents a fresh voice with characters, like me, who seem to take on a life of their own.

About the Book

whispers-kdpTitle: Whispers in Eternity

Author: Jacinda Buchmann

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Life—the existence of truly living—doesn’t begin until you close the door on the past.

My post-high school goals had been right on track—literally. But when the doctors said that I could no longer run, I was faced with two choices—give up or change direction.

Unexpectedly, singing became my new passion—a passion fueled by the most gorgeous guy I had ever met.

I can’t say that I believe in love at first sight, but after meeting Gavin, I can now say with certainty that I believe in recognition at first meeting.

He was unquestionably my soul mate.
Only one obstacle stood in our way.
He was a ghost.

Author Bio

profile pic christmasJacinda Buchmann lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. She graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, with a B.A. in elementary education and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, in school counseling. After spending several years as a teacher and later a school counselor, she now spends her time writing, any free chance she can get, that is, when she’s not spending time with her family or creating a new concoction in the kitchen.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacindaBuchmann

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091467.Jacinda_Buchmann

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