Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dark Reflections: Blog Tour and Giveaway




Dark Reflections

by Kelsey Ketch

Genre: NA Dark Fantasy

Release Date: April 2019

Summary:

Being possessed by a vampire sucks!

Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.

Sixteen dead . . .

However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.

Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.




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Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Chasing Hope: Review and Giveaway

CHASING HOPE
by
DANA WAYNE
  Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Date of Publication: June 10, 2019
Number of Pages: 295

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Max Logan longs for the joys of home and family he missed growing up in foster care. He fills that emotional void by becoming a kick-ass Marine, and for eighteen years, led his band of brothers from one hell-hole to another…until the one that nearly destroyed him. Sixteen months of therapy and rehab put his body back together, but some wounds can’t be seen. Some can’t be healed. Skylar Ward dreams of a life that includes someone beside her. Someone to share her life with, to be a father to her young daughter. But if she learned anything from her failed marriage it was that you don’t rush into a relationship. Options in her small town are limited, and those who approach her lack appeal. Only Max Logan sparks her interest. But the handsome, brooding war hero remains aloof. Intelligent and intuitive, seven-year-old Maddie overhears a neighbor tell her mother she needs a male companion, so she Google's it to see what it means. Convinced her mom needs a boyfriend and Max needs a girlfriend, Maddie sets out to make it happen. He needs a family. They need him. If she can make them see that. Can one precocious child be the catalyst that heals a wounded warrior’s soul and brings joy back into her mom’s heart? Or will ashes of the past bury hope once and for all?

PRAISE FOR CHASING HOPE:  "The pace was fast, the love was simple yet energetic, and the dialogues were lively enough to make me want to know more about the characters. To say that I loved this novel is not enough! Absolutely beautiful. It deserves these 5 stars." – Readers’ Favorite

"I could not put Chasing Hope down! From the first few sentences, I was hooked and read over half of it the first night finishing it the following night. The main characters, Sky and Max, intrigued me right off the bat but feisty little Maddie wormed her way into my heart immediately! What a breath of fresh air." - Mary McCormack, ARC reader

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Chasing Hope is such a cute read. It follows Skylar, a single mom that works for tips as a waitress, and Max, a veteran that suffers from PTSD. The two meet and sparks happen, and well, you know, a swoon worthy romance that you just can't put down. Chasing Hope was everything I hoped it would be and more. It's the kind of feel good story for a perfect summer read. 

Each character was enjoyable in this story, all except Cade of course. I really enjoyed reading from Max's point of view, but both him and Skylar had such hard lives and so much they deserved out of life. I loved seeing these characters not only grow themselves, but grow together. Another character that I just loved was Maddie, Skylar's seven year old daughter. She's whip smart and has a bit of smarty sass. I loved how perfect the three of them fit together, despite what was going on in their lives. 

I think the way the author handled PTSD was very well. I know that PTSD is very different from person to person. I enjoyed seeing Max seek help, get the treatment he needed, and find a way through his anxiety and panic attacks. And my favorite thing from this book is his friendship with Maddie. She certainly worms her way right into his heart, and the two share such touching moments that at times had brought tears to my eyes because they are so tender and warming to the soul. 

I enjoyed the message that this book conveyed as well, that despite what you've been through, despite the ugliness and the hardships... you deserve to be happy.  

Chasing Hope is a great, uplifting read. The romance is summer perfect and will lift you off your feet. Be sure to check it out!

My Rating: 5/5



Dana Wayne is an award-winning author and 6th generation Texan. She resides in East Texas with her husband (and biggest fan) along with a Calico cat named Katie, three children, and four grandchildren. She routinely speaks to books clubs, services organizations, writers’ groups, and other organizations on writing and publishing, and is a frequent guest on numerous writing blogs. 
"I grew up listening to my father read passages from the stack of paperback westerns beside his chair. I was fascinated at how someone could paint a picture with words so vivid, I saw it in my mind. That's when I knew that one day I would be a writer. It wasn't until I retired in late 2013 that I was able to devote the necessary time to achieving my goal. I published my first book in 2016 and never looked back. My stories are heartwarming, a little spicy, and all about the romance because I believe romance is more about emotion than sex, and the journey is more important than the destination."
A staunch supporter of new authors, she is a member of Romance Writers of America, Texas Association of Authors, and Writers League of Texas as well as several local writers' groups.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Open Portal: Review and Giveaway

THE OPEN PORTAL
Conquest of the Veil #1
by
MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal / Magical Realism Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication Date: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 337 pages SCROLL DOWN FOR THE GIVEAWAY! 
But with dreams, there can also be nightmares Lonely and plain-featured, Mona Parker is just another faceless teenager at Spring Hill High School. One day she runs afoul of Lady Anne Golightly, a beautiful and arrogant classmate who turns Mona’s colorless life into a hellish existence. Bullied relentlessly and with nowhere to turn, Mona considers suicide. One night, Thaddeus Finkle, her guardian angel, appears. He offers her a way out—swap lives with another.
The choice seems easy, and Mona takes the angel up on his offer. She awakens on Meredith, a parallel world of Earth where magic has replaced technology. Mona discovers she is Alexandria, a woman of breathtaking beauty, and the daughter of a Duke complete with servants and riches. Then she discovers the price of her bargain. Trapped behind the Veil, an impenetrable curtain of magic, the Duchy of Wheel is the last major province still unconquered by Marlinda, the creator of the enchanted barrier. Known as the Dark Queen, Marlinda’s cruelty includes a singular fondness for melding men, women, and children, with animals…and she has special plans for Alexandria. Tal, the Prince and Heir of the Empire of Meredith, burns with an intense hatred for Marlinda and her minions. The Dark Queen’s raiders regularly cross the Veil to prey upon the helpless citizens living near the magical boundary. Despite an elaborate system of Watch Towers along the enchanted barrier, it is impossible for the Empire to stop all the raids. Desperate to protect his people, Tal takes dangerous risks to prevent these attacks. Banished to a remote garrison for his reckless behavior, while on a routine patrol, Tal leads an elite unit that happens upon a group of raiders—one whose leader possesses the means for opening a way through the Veil. Thus begins the conquest of the Veil.
"The Open Portal is packed full of action from the time it begins in our mundane world, to when it jumps to another. It has all the elements of a good fantasy: a cruel queen; a frustrated prince; and beautiful girl with a pure heart. There are brave boys, werewolves, white priests, and watchtowers. I can't wait for the saga to continue." -- Abookanight
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The Open Portal is a fantasy that definitely takes you by surprise! It's set in modern day, but also has a parallel dimension that is set in another time with ogres and magical creatures, and a world filled with magic. A world that any ordinary girl would wish to be a part of. 

I enjoyed how complex The Open Portal was. It's definitely a story you need to pay attention to as it follows a few different POV's and each of them has very important parts to play and stories to tell. The characters are intriguing and each fundamentally different from each other. I adored Mona, she begins the story as a little shy and insecure and blossoms into something more confident and bold. 

When I finished The Open Portal all I wanted was to read more. I feel like Clifton has cleverly crafted such an extraordinary world and is building up to something truly spectacular. I can't wait to see where Clifton takes this story next, and to see what becomes of Mona/Alexandria and to discover more of what her purpose is in this alternate world.

The Open Portal reminds me a lot like The Chronicles of Narnia, only in the sense that Mona literally walks through a veil and enters a magical world, but unique as well, as the story is unlike anything I have read before. I know that Clifton has something huge in mind for this story and I can't wait to see the revelation. 

Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed about the book was the art work. It surprised me at first as I don't often see drawings in YA or fantasy novels. But it was also quite refreshing. It was nice to read something and see the picture that corresponded with the scene. 

I definitely recommend this book for any fantasy and alternate dimension fans out there! 

My rating; 4/5





Michael Scott Cliftona public educator for over thirty-eight years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie and family cat, Sadie. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys...action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novel, The Janus Witch, received a 5-Star review from the prestigious Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, and he has been a finalist in a number of short story contests with Edges of Gray winning first place in the Texas Authors Contest. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Open Portal, launches the fantasy book series, Conquest of the Veil. In addition, look for the YA novel, Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator, to be released soon. He is available public speaking.
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