Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Stay by Jennifer Silverwood

Mark Your Calendars

4Word Press is releasing it's first title


by, Jennifer Silverwood

AVAILABLE Tuesday APRIL 29, 2014

 release day only $.99


Rona believes love is nothing more than a myth, a tale for little girls. Until the immortal ruler of the seas appears from thin air and she is swept into a dark and dangerous affair; turning myth into a dark reality.
Ordained a savior of true love, Rona realizes that love is just an illusion as grandiose as magic and after two-thousand years she is ready to give up. Until the night she is seen by a human, deep in the underbelly of the city that never sleeps. She recognizes him instantly, a lost love. Trouble is, he has no memory of her. 

Tasked with saving this man's relationship with another woman, Rona must to learn what it means to be human all over again when past and present come full circle.  
Does love transcend time or will Rona be forced to roam the earth alone, forever? 


jennifer04 Retouched croppedEveryone has to begin somewhere. I began my journey to becoming an author long before I published anything. Storytelling was something I did every night before bed with my father. We would create such wonderful tales together, far better than anything in books. It sprung from our imaginations. My mother ingrained a love for the written world early on. Then my grandpa gave me his first type writer when I was in elementary school. You can guess the rest.
But it was many years later, after dabbling in all the arts, that I realized writing was my greatest passion. I grew up on the far outskirts of the Metroplex of Texas, a busy world of cities within cities. It’s easy to get lost in a place like this. Some might argue that Dallas is the “New York” of the south and I might agree. Rather than worry about being a little fish in a big pond, however, I made up my mind long ago to follow my dreams. The funny thing about dreams is they have a tendency to come to life in unexpected ways.
My best friends were my twin next door neighbors. (Inspiration for the three main ladies in Silver Hollow) We made up our own little book club, complete with readings and brainstorming sessions. I loved reading to them and they loved “the story,” as we dubbed whatever project we were working on. As we grew up and went on to different careers and schools, and I tried three different universities. Needless to say, college didn’t pan out well for me. So I did the next sensible thing and decided to write “for real.”
By day I am personal assistant and simple childcare worker at the local Learning Center for preschoolers. But by night, I moonlight as an independently published author of Young/New Adult and fantasy novels. My hope is that you enjoy my books and are encouraged to follow your dreams as well.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Giveaway + Excerpt: Before the Storm by Claire Ashgrove

“Halle.” Kale sighed. “We can’t have this conversation here. There’s too many ears around. Come with me, and I’ll explain in private.” It was all I could do to not burst out with a derisive laugh. Seven years of living on the streets taught a girl that private encounters with would-be kindly strangers usually left girls dead. “Do you think I’m stupid? I’m not going anywhere with you.” “I’m afraid you don’t have much choice.” He rose to his feet, his voice strangely low and hushed. Instinct warned me to step back as he approached. My heart kicked several beats, and I reached for the knife I usually kept in my back pocket. My fingers fumbled with the button that held the pocket closed. Before I could work it free, Kale had invaded my personal space. One large hand reached for me. I whirled to run. He caught me by the wrist. I skidded to a stop after less than a foot. Panic infused me, and I jerked on my arm. I couldn’t overpower this guy, not like the skinny, crack-addicted street thugs who gave me trouble now and then. Everything clicked into place in one, heart-stopping burst of reality. He had been chasing me. Now he had me. And I couldn’t get away.I was not going to die out here in the woods, damn it! With all my strength, I kicked my leg back, hoping to connect with some vital part of his body and he’d drop to the ground. Instead, my heel jammed into his calf, but he’d moved so close I couldn’t have possibly done him significant damage. He didn’t even let out a grunt. Instead, he moved into me, wound both arms around my torso, and trapped my back against his chest. “Halle, be still,” he whispered, “Look.” Releasing one arm, he pointed at the hilltop in front of us. I lifted my gaze and met the unblinking stare of two, glowing red eyes. I had to be imagining things. Or the absence of light was playing tricks on my eyes. I blinked, shook my head, and looked again. Now, two sets stared down at us. Kale’s hand fisted around mine. His hushed voice filled my ears. “Run!” I stumbled as he jerked me sideways. But two steps later, I matched his ground-covering stride, my long legs an easy pairing with his. Sapling branches snapped against my shoulders, whipped alongside my cheek. I didn’t feel them. For the first time in my life, I was afraid.

She held no faith in magic. Now, fate is calling her…

Halle Rhoads has a terrifying gift--she can kill with the fury of the storm. 

She should have known that kind of power wouldn't go unnoticed. Thrust into a world full of dark magic with a handsome stranger who claims he can teach her, she struggles to master her abilities and stumbles onto a dangerous truth. She's a windwalker, the chosen vessel of the ancient dragons who once ruled the world. Many will stop at nothing to possess the power in her blood, should they discover her secret. With necromancers hunting her and Halle's closest allies guarding secrets, mastering her magic becomes a matter of necessity. 

But accepting her destiny is altogether different. For doing so means she must sacrifice everything. 

Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy--a must-read for speculative fiction fans. She also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance author Sophia Garrett.

In her non-writing time, she’s runs Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs.

Keep in Touch via:
Claire Ashgrove Website / Tori St. Claire Website /  Sophia Garrett Website / Untamed Spirit Blog /  Twitter / Facebook

As part of Before the Storm’s release celebration, Claire’s sponsoring a giveaway of a $15.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate.  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.  In addition, she have several other opportunities over the next two weeks to win more prizes.  To see complete tour dates, and the other release-week events, check out the BeforeThe Storm Tour Schedule!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Maliciously Obedient (Obedient #1) by Julia Kent

Maliciously Obedient (Obedient #1) by Julia Kent
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance


Getting caught reading Fifty Shades of Grey in the parking lot at work wasn't the best way for 25-year-old Lydia Charles to meet her boss. A boss she didn't know she had. Matt Jones now had the job she had been waiting to apply for (and win) for the past year, and to add insult to injury, he's the kind of guy her parents would adore.

Damn it.

The only kid of six to choose to run off to Boston and leave behind her idyllic family in Maine, Lydia's determined to prove herself in the big city, but she has to keep Matt at arm's length. After a steamy elevator encounter that leaves her missing her panties – and most of her resolve – she decides that maybe it's time to let him get inside her.

In more ways than one.

But when Matt suddenly closes off she's upset and confused. When he also acts like he owns the place, she decides that malicious obedience – following his every command to the letter – will prove how much the department needs her creativity after he insists he knows best.

What Lydia doesn't know is that “Matt” is really Michael Bournham, the CEO of the company, part of an undercover reality television stunt. Keeping his hands off Lydia's luscious curves was becoming an exercise in restraint, but what was harder? Keeping his heart from her.

For Michael, Lydia's malicious obedience ignited a night of unbridled passion in the office that made him forget everything – including the rolling cameras – until it was too late. When unscrupulous producers make their lovemaking viral, Michael pulls out all the stops and calls in every favor as Lydia...maliciously obeys.

Maliciously Obedient started with a memorable occurrence that got me hooked. It was almost nearly impossible for me to put the book down and to even notice the chapter headings going by. The story of a soon-to-be billionaire going "undercover" as a middle manager in his own company for a reality show, just about sparked my interest even more. That show idea was brilliant! But odd enough, it was hard for me to imagine a happy ending for our protagonists.

The characters of the book were actually really well constructed. It wasn't a book that was quickly written for the sake of easy money. It was written with  a lot of work and thought put in. Lydia is a hardworking admin who is trying so hard to go up the ladder but is always shut down by her egotistical, sexist boss, Dave. Mike/Matt was first an eccentric man who only thought of making money and becoming a billionaire by neglecting his employee's working environment, bonus', etc. But slowly you can actually read how he realizes the situation he put his employees in and how he forced them to hate him, the CEO. He begins to grow a conscience, thanks to Lydia.

I really liked how the romance wasn't too rushed. There were business talk and dialogue added in and that included in a lot of depth and a little bit more realism to the entire book. However, it seemed like it dragged on way too much on purpose. Like the author was just adding in fillers so she can end with the cliffhanger she already wrote ages ago. I wasn't too happy with the cliffhanger though!

Then there is the title. I spent almost the entire book wondering what has the story got to with the title. I had to stop and think about it when I was mid way through with the book, and it wasn't clicking. That is because the author didn't put in the 'Maliciously Obedient' bit until near the end. Go figure!

Overall, I loved the plot, I adored the characters and how the romance was sprinkled about. Though I wasn't too happy with how dragged out the book was, I still really enjoyed the book and it was definitely unputdownable.

3.5 out of 5 date trees