1 2 3 4 5

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle Tour Finale Bookblast & Giveaway!


The tour of Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle has come to an end. In celebration of this unique tour of the Lancaster Mansion, we are giving away 10 eCopies of both books & sharing highlights from the tour. Yep!! Catch the entire tour right here...

On tour with Prism Book Tours...

2/11 – Unputdownable Books – Guest Post Paranormal

What inspired me to write a paranormal romance?

2/12 – I Am A Reader, Not a Writer – Guest Post Inspiration
The American Idol performance that inspired Lancaster House
2/13 - Fundinmental Guest Post by Taylor Dean
Lancaster House contains many secret passageways and hidden rooms.
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review of Lancaster House
thought-provoking romantic read that isn't afraid to confront darkness
2/14 – Oh,The Books You’ll Read – Review of The Middle Aisle
I didn't think that this book would be as good as the first one but I was wrong. Taylor Dean is a literary genius.
-          Proud Book NerdExcerpt
Luminous, bright green eyes were trained directly on her.
2/15 – LDS& Lovin’ It – Review of Lancaster House
I wanted to actually leap into the book and visit the place, old and damaged or not. I loved the idea of secret hiding places and staircases that go nowhere

2/17 - Phantasmic Reads - Guest Post Inspiration for the Lancaster House
The Hayes Mansion . . . is it haunted?
-          Lavender & Camomile Press Highlight

-     Colorimetry - Guest Post the Mansion

The mansion that served as inspiration for writing Lancaster House
2/18 – The Reading DiariesExcerpt
Reviews: Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle
2/19 -  Living a Goddess Life – Review Lancaster House
the imaginative Lancaster House within the novel really captured my attention.
-          Beck Valley Books – Guest Post by Taylor Dean
I Scared Myself!
2/20 – Living the Goddess Life –  Recipe from Lancaster House

2/21 – Passion and Life – Guest Post Excerpt
The doorway was gone.The room had been re-sealed and the wall, painted. There was no evidence it had ever been opened.
-          Books Mystify –  Review of Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle

2/22 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review of Lancaster House
Her story becomes even more alive in this follow-up to Lancaster House. It is a story woven with great detail and raw emotion.
2/24 – Christy’sCozy Corner – Review of The Middle Aisle
I give it 5 stars!

  - A Buckeye Girl Reads - Guest Post 1920's Slang
Dewdropper: young man who sleeps all day and doesn’t have a job
2/25 – Living a Goddess Life – Review of The Middle Aisle

The Middle Aisle... toyed with the question of Zoe's sanity, which I found to be the most compelling part of the books.
    - Icultgen – Guest Post Excerpt
“Excuse me, I need to iron my shoelaces. Can you help me?”
2/26 - FUONLYKNEW - Guest Post the Doctor
"I consulted my psychology-degreed daughter as I wrote Doctor Channing."
2/26 – Who’sThanny?  – Review of Lancaster House in Portuguese
A sequência de Lancaster House, The Middle Aisle, já está disponível. Aguardem pra saber mais sobre essa história!
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review of The Middle Aisle

Dean adds some great storytelling to the mix, turning the concept of an unreliable narrator so completely on its head that the reader is never quite sure what is real, what isn't, and how it will all end.
2/27 – Living a Goddess Life – Recipe from The Middle Aisle

2/28 – A Buckeye Girl Reads – Review Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle
This series just has a way of pulling you in and not wanting to come up for air.
  - Who's Thanny?  Review of The Middle Aisle

(...) But I'll never admit that he's here. Never again. I need him. I want him. I do not care if he's not real. I wish I'd never known the truth. The truth sucks. Delusions are fantastic. The world would be a happier place if everyone was allowed to live out their fantasies, live in a dream world where everything is butterflies and roses. (...)

Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle, available in print or eCopy from Smashwords or Amazon:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

Find & Follow:

Bookblast Giveaway!!
10 eCopies of Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle for 10 Winners!!!
March 1 - March 7, 2013

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Taylor Dean. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour-Wide Giveaway Winners on Rafflecopter:

5 WINNERS in USA will receive.... Signed copies of Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle, two Lancaster House bookmarks, two pencils that say, "Believe it, Know it, Accept it," and a cute little tote bag.

5 International Winners will receive... eCopy of Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Taylor Dean. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal - Finding Valor by Charlotte Abel

I'm pleased to bring you the cover for the final book of The Channie Series  by Charlotte Abel!

Expected publication: Spring of 2013
Channie has been kidnapped by her momma and Josh's memory was wiped clean. In this final book of the series, their journey doesn't get any easier. They must rely on all they've learned and all they've overcome just to survive. But as the mage war escalates, the choices become harder. It’s not just their lives and love on the line. The power hungry leader of the Veyjivik clan will do anything, including murder, to accomplish her goal of world domination. Josh must leave behind the boy he was and embrace his heritage to become the man he was meant to be, or all will be lost.

Download Kindle Bestsellers ENCHANTMENT and TAKEN by Charlotte Abel at Amazon
Get the new release, RIVER'S RECRUIT 

Charlotte Abel
Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.
She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!)

Also look for "River's Remorse," the second book of "The Sanctuary Series" in late 2013.

Where to find Charlotte:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My 2013 Challenges

There are so many great reading challenges out there for this year. Instead of bombarding you with several posts, I'm going to list most of them here. I'll be setting my goals low - that way, when I hit one level, I can move up another. For those challenges I'd like to track progress on, there will (eventually) be separate posts.  :)

Click on any challenge button to see the original post!

No levels with this one - just read one book for each letter of the alphabet.

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements counts.  My goal: Maiden: Read 6 - 10 Witchy Books.

For this one, the goal is to read at least twelve (12) legally obtained FREE e-books. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit.  My goal:  Coupon Clipper: 12 Books.

Three categories - Series started before 2013;  Series started in 2013;  Series rereads
 My goals:  Semi-Serious (1-6 books) in each category.

I'm a little ambitious with this one.  My goal:  Three Howls: Read 36 UF/PNR books in 2013.

Vampires, angels, demons, werewolves and fae. If you can’t pick a favourite, then that’s okay!  The goal of this one is to read at least three books featuring different species of immortals.

Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
  2. A book with something you'd find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
  3. A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
  4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire
  5. A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You're Sorry, Dreams of Joy
  6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches
The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

There are two categories for this one.  For Number of Series Caught Up On, my goal is 6-10: Series Lover. For Number of Books Read my goal is 11-15: Book Connoisseur.

The goal: To read as many sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you. My goal: 15 sequels.
The goal is to read at least one book featuring each of these paranormal creatures:
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves/Shifters
  • Fey
  • Angels/Nephilim
  • Mermaids
  • Dragons
  • Zombies
  • Demons
  • Witches/Wizards
  • Ghosts
  • Aliens
  • Other (ie: sirens, unicorns, centaurs, timetravel etc.)
And now for a few ambitious ones!

I've also signed up for the 2013 e-book Challenge and the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge.  Looks like it'll be a busy year!
Have you signed up for any of these? Are there others I might have missed? Let me know in the comments!

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge - March 1st-31st

No matter how hard I try or how many books I read, my TBR list keeps getting longer, not shorter. No doubt this is caused (in part) by all the wonderful books I see fellow bloggers post about - I just HAVE to add them!

Well, for the entire month of March, I'll be participating in the Take Control of Your TBR Pile challenge, hosted by Kimba over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Here are the rules:

  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account. 
  • Beginning March 1st, 2013 and ending March 31, 2013 at midnight read books from your TBR pile. ALL books must have been published before March 2013. 
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. 
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2013 at midnight and a winner will be chosen. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2013 release. I will do pre-orders as well. 
Also of note:
  • Every book you read earns you one entry into a Rafflecopter drawing to win a new 2013 release of your choice! 
  • You can use hastag #TakeControlTBR on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)
  • This challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.
So what are you waiting for?  Click on the image above and take control of that pile!!

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop! [INT]

Welcome to the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky is Reading.  Lots of thanks to these hosts!  :)

My winner will receive either a $10 gift card from Amazon or  their book of choice from Book Depository.  Check out the Rafflecopter below for details!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once again, there are many great blogs participating in this hop - see the list below.  Make sure you check out each of their rules & requirements as you visit.  Good luck and have fun hopping!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Ghost Light by E.J. Stevens (Ivy Granger #2)

I'm pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal for Ghost Light, the second book in the Ivy Granger series!

Here's the cover for the first book in the series, Shadow Sight:

And here's the cover of Ghost Light:
Expected publication:  July,  2013

This cover is amazing!  The colors, the detail, the setting...everything!  

Title: Ghost Light
Series: Ivy Granger #2
Author: E.J. Stevens
Imprint: Sacred Oaks Press
Release Date: July 9, 2013
ISBN: 9780984247592
Genre: Urban Fantasy

From Goodreads:

Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

You can learn more about E.J. by visiting http://about.me/EJStevens

Where to find E.J.:

Enter below to win an Ivy Granger "Private Eye" sticker and eye pendant necklace!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #1

*WAVES*  Hi everyone and welcome to my first Feature & Follow Friday! This is a weekly event/hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week's question:  
Q: We always talk about books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?

Honestly, other than my first few blog hop giveaways, I haven't given away many books lately.  But, a friend just got her first Kindle Fire, and I gave her an Amazon gift card.  Does that count?  :)

Feel free to poke around the blog a bit, leave a comment, say 'hi'. I'm looking forward to meeting even more awesome book bloggers!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway - His Allure, Her Passion by Juliana Haygert

His Allure, Her Passion by Juliana Haygert
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication date: February 2013 by Decadent Publishing

In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. And it isn't even with the cars his father produces. Because of that, his father forbids his presence at the ball that will mark the launch of the US plant of his company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.
Hayley Allen is a failing model with the worse luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Better than admit having a weak nervous system that always reacted during her gigs. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career.
Dylan shows up at her door, wasted as usual. Friends for a long time, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s bullshit, and he appreciates that, but not the way her heart wants.
Even though he doesn't believe in Valentine's Day, Dylan has an idea for his father's ball. When he suggests a deal to Hayley, a deal that could finally put her in the spotlight of success and help him impress his father, she doesn't hesitate. Even if it means hurting her heart a little more.

Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Amazon
* Note that these are not direct purchase links.  They link to Juliana's profile where the book will be listed as soon as it's released.  Expected publication date:  February 25th, 2013.

Dylan kissed Hayley, his lips moving slowly at first, afraid of getting her madder than she already was, afraid of falling under her spell more than he already had. But her scent burnt his nostrils and her sweet taste teased his mouth, and he lost it. His need grew, and he increased the speed and pressure of the kiss. Startling him, she matched his new rhythm, her soft lips moving along with his, her nails scratching the back of his shoulder, sending shivers down his spine, shaking his core. Wanting more of her, needing more of her, he slid his hands up her bare back, rubbed her silky skin, glued himself to her. He loved her skin on his, her warmth mingled with his. 

Dylan could have kissed her forever, and he would have, weren’t it for Dorant.

“Perfect,” the photographer said, destroying the moment. “And that’s a wrap. We’re done here, people.”

The kiss slowed, their hands drew back, and finally Hayley pulled her head back, breaking the kiss, her wide eyes on his.

Damn, he missed her lips already.

“Hayley, I-”

She walked away without hearing him. Perhaps, it was for the best, since he wasn’t sure what to say. He felt he needed to say something, to fix them, to fix their relationship.

Hayley, on the other hand, didn’t seem eager to fix anything.

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Where to find Juliana:

Website  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Twitter 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

[Blog Tour] Spotlight & Giveaway: Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Publication Date: June 3rd, 2012

Pages: 296

Website: Rebekkah Ford
               Beyond the Eyes on Goodreads

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” –Valentina Cano, Carabosse’s Library

“Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must-read.”–Charles Land, Judas Pistol

Paige knows evil exists in this world,  but she never imagined it would want something from her.

After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell.

Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.

And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.

Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.

Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the Directors of the UFO Investigators League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. At one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a journalist, and although she enjoyed writing articles, she quickly discovered her real passion was writing fiction. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes series. Visit her online and read her blog at http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop! [INT]

It's time for the Young Adult Paranormal Hop, featuring Young Adult Books with Paranormal elements!  Lots of thank yous to the hosts YA Between the Lines and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  :)

My giveaway is the winner's YA Paranormal book of choice from Amazon or The Book Depository - even pre-orders!  It's international as long as they ship to your country.  Check here to be sure.  Here are some ideas:


Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter, and then hop along to the next blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here's the list of others participating - get hopping and good luck! <3