Friday, November 29, 2013

Innocent War - Book Blitz

Innocent War

Innocent War
Behind An Immigrant's Past Book 1 Susan Violante

Number 16 On the Cyrus Webb's Conversations Book Club Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles for 2009

Based on the taped memoirs Susan Violante received from Nino, her father, Innocent War is a boy's adventure showing a child's point of view through the war's hardships, dangers, and tragedies, combined with his own humor, innocence, and awakening as he grows up. Join Susan as she gets to know her father, and finds herself within the family she thought she knew.



Born and raised in Venezuela from Italian immigrants, Author Susan Violante completed a BA degree in Political and Administrative Cs. before moving to the US. Although she built a career as a Business Analyst / Accountant since 1987, she also kept herself active as a Freelance writer. Violante finally retired from Accounting and leaped to the publishing Industry; she currently works as the Managing Editor for Reader Views, First Chapter Plus, and I have Something to Say Press, LLC while dedicating the remainder of her time to her own writing.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Sound of Shooting Stars blog tour

Jamie Grey grew up tossed around between foster homes. At an early age he shut the world out, deciding he wouldn’t care. Whatever life had to throw at him, he would look the other way. Now his senior year is about to start and he’s been forced into yet another new home. This will be the last time, he assures himself. When an unexpected curveball comes his way in the form of a certain stubborn seventeen year old girl, Jamie soon finds out that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it.

Beckett Chase has been entitled her entire life. Living in the plush landscape of Palm Beach, Florida, she’s never wanted for anything. She’s always taken what and who she wants with no remorse. When she sets her sights on Jamie Grey and she’s met with rejection, her descent from the top begins.

With a twist of events causing Jamie and Beckett’s worlds to collide, will they be able to put aside their differences or will fate intervene offering an entirely different option?

Title: The Sound of Shooting Stars
Author:  Heather Allen
Genre:  Contemporary YA
Publication Date:  11 November 2013
Event organized byInto the Night Reviews

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Heather Allen is the author of The Just Breathe Trilogy, and newly released- The Sound of Shooting Stars. Heather finally realized her dream of becoming an author only recently with her mermaid trilogy. She savors every moment on this new journey and the wonderful friends she has met along the way. She has many more books planned. More ideas pop up than she has time to write about.

Heather currently resides in the scorching hot state of Florida with her husband and three children. She holds degrees in education from The University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University. She is a hopeless romantic who loves to read just about anything, coffee and Jelly Belly jellybeans. When she isn’t teaching, writing or reading, Heather can be found at the beach or out on the water boating.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Ahead of the Darkness

It has been a long, long time since I’ve seen your little face, chérie. Not once did you visit. That really hurt; after all, it was thanks to you I was convicted. That’s not something you forget.
I thought it was time— a visit was due. Seeing as you wouldn’t come to me, I thought it only right I come to you. Sadly, you weren’t home, but your furry feline was more than accommodating . . . 
I’ll be seeing you soon, monchérie. I’ll always find you . . . 
For six years, a letter has dictated Amelia’s future. She’s running from a past that refuses to stop, always trying to get one step ahead.  Amelia is clever and resilient, and refuses to slip up.

Relying only on herself, she’ll be anything and anyone she needs to survive. But everyone slips up . . . eventually. You can’t always stay ahead of the darkness

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Self-confessed chocoholic and undiagnosed crazy person, Simone can be found climbing Himalayan mountaintops like a ninja, sky diving backwards and rubbing shoulders with billionaires. She is also  full of crap, but can read backwards and upside down.
Simone loves all things Disney and alcoholic, and is rarely seen
  not reading, writing or wearing lipstick, usually of the red variety
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2,000 Likes Giveaway

Hey everyone! Recently my Facebook page reached 2,000 likes. How exciting is that? To celebrate, I have put together a giveaway with several donations from several authors. Each donation will come to you from the author. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. After the contest ends I will send your email info to the author and he/she will be contacting you concerning your prize.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Release Day - Mirage

Abbii can’t remember a time when Shadows weren’t chasing her.

Everywhere she goes they are there, hunting her down.

Since discovering the magical powers in her grasp, she has fought against members of the Forgotten- those pulled into Darkness willingly- and her friends have fallen into danger. Innocent people have lost their lives and the Shadows have spread. Abbii’s friends have fought to remain by her side, but something inside of her has changed.

She is filled with regret and pain of losing her best friend Jake, though she keeps it hidden well- not even Nate can see the damage. Her lack of emotion pushes him to leave and he is thrown into his own spiralling destiny.

Abbii has a choice- to stay by her friends’ sides and fight to protect their home, or leave the realm she knows and search for those that she has lost. Her heart is broken but her friends cannot help her. She has to choose between searching for Jake in the Dark, or whether to return to Nate’s side and keep the Light burning brightly.

The question is, will Light be able to save her from the Darkness within?

Clemy was born in the UK in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.
Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. She finished secondary school with high GCSE's and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.
With high expectations in herself, she immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping her art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel 'Purest Light,' allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As she was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.
Writing is now a part of her everyday and she has now started her newest project, The Mirage, which is book two of three. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Cover Re-reveal ~ When You're Ready

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he’s ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he’s unworthy of love…until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love?  Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all.

J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Twitter: @authorjlberg

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Release Blitz ~ Positive/Negativity

Positive and negative forces peacefully coexist within the lives of ordinary people every day.
Aria Cole has a desire to create beauty in whatever environment she is placed. The emotional toll of expending her heart diverts her to a new direction, and she flourishes while creating beauty in a new way. When a personal loss finds its way into her world, she experiences heartbreaking devastation. Her memories have compelled her to a place where she experiences peace and contentment.
Declan Sinclair’s occupation demands that he use his body as much as his mind, and it forces him to move in a fast-paced world. When the accelerated pace of his lifestyle encourages him to personally navigate the course of his professional destiny, he seizes the opportunity to retreat to his refuge and prepare a vocational strategy.
When positive and negative circumstances merge the lives of Aria and Declan, they find they have more in common than the love of a place of peace. Can the lives of two people, the events that unite them, the circumstances that surround them, and the attraction that draws them be enough to put their lives into balance and assist them in finding what they both secretly desire?

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Having Declan’s hand so close to my cheek ignited a potent desire within an emotional abyss that had only recently been full of sorrow. His touch only confirmed what had been a suspicion building for days—weeks. I wanted this man to kiss me. I could feel Declan’s breath on my upper lip. He was so close that I could feel the air that was created by the flutter of his eyelashes. I could barely breathe, and the breath I did take only served to fuel the fire that was burning inside. His aroma energized my desire further. I wanted to bury my head against him. He tucked my hair behind my ear and allowed his hand to drift to the back of my head where he pulled me in, close. When he asked me if I wanted him to come inside the house, I could barely breathe the word “Please” to him. But please to what? My desires were meeting my imagination. My lips were almost touching his, and I felt them draw me toward him magnetically. To say a man’s lips are “delicious” makes them sound sinful, but Declan’s lips were as wicked as chocolate, and once I had a small taste, I wanted more. At that moment, my cravings were met by Declan crushing his lips on to mine, and I knew that the pining I felt for him was equally met. I hadn’t been kissed in a very long time, and certainly never like this. Emotions of excitement and fear commingled, firing in my brain with each demanding glide of his tongue. I couldn’t think, and I couldn’t breathe. The kiss lasted just moments, but in that time I lost all sense and reasoning.
He spread his firm fingers through the back of my head, then pulled my hair, tugging me back. “Do you think we should go inside, or would you like to continue this out here?” He smiled at me with a roguish smirk.
I could feel the heat and color creeping up my chest and neck as I blushed and quickly opened the door.
Once inside, I felt the need for air and a bit of composure, so I attempted to put a bit of distance between us by inviting Declan on a tour of the house. He grinned at my clever ploy, but he took my hand as I led him, room by room, telling him stories of our family vacations on the Fourth of July. He patiently listened to my recanting tale after tale, through tours of the living room with its wicker furniture, dining room with a family size table, and the kitchen where I animated remembering my dad cooking. He laughed at some of the stories, and he was interested with regard to the history of the building. As we went up the stairs, he was impressed with the sizes of the bedrooms, each with their double and single beds. The one thing that piqued his curiosity was the closet. My Uncle Bill couldn’t bear to paint it because, every year, the kids wrote on the interior walls. We never thought that my uncle was aware of the declarations of “I love Matt”, “Rich loves Shirl”, “Debbie and Gary forever!” or “P luvs H”. There were writings of “Britt and Amber—BFF”, “Di loves Keith” and “Harv was Here, Summer of 2000”. Declan thought the little closet was like a time capsule. I told him that my uncle confessed to me that he knew, all the way back then, that we were writing on the walls in there, but he just kept reading the walls at the end of every summer. He thought it was endearing, really, that so many of us kids had such great vacations there; and we did.
As we walked back down the stairs, Declan still held my hand. I knew that if I didn’t want to end up in bed with him that night, I needed to end the date. I had to attempt to be firm, although I didn’t know if I could resist another of his kisses. I didn’t want Declan to think that I was a woman who took sex too casually. He was worldlier than me, and women threw themselves at him, but I was a person who invested my emotions before I invested my body.
We had almost reached the bottom of the stairs, but I had a strategy to see him eye-to-eye and be firm. I stayed on the second step to equalize our height difference so I could look into his eyes as I spoke.
“Thank you for today,” I said, and I continued to hold his hand.
He could tell what I was doing because he narrowed his eyes at me.
“You’re welcome,” he said as he slipped his arm around my waist, pulling me in to him. I could tell that he didn’t want it to end. He was onto my game, and he was trying to entice me. I could tell he was a man who was used to getting what he wanted.
“It was nice spending time with you,” I said as I looked at him with genuine appreciation and affection, but an attempted firm resolve.
“It was nice spending time with you,” he said in the lowest, growling, and sexiest voice I’d ever heard. “I want to spend more time with you.
His intentions were crystal clear. He wanted to play, and I was losing my grip. I was now convinced that Declan Sinclair could sweet-talk the panties off of a nun!

About the Author

DD Lorenzo is a fresh modern-day storyteller. Her stories reach deep into the heart of readers and engage them through the emotions of her characters.

DD resides in Maryland, The Land of Pleasant Living. She met the love of her life in high school and decided to look no further. Together, they have raised their children into fabulous adults. When she isn't writing stories of the impassioned lives of her characters, she is rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or the Baltimore Orioles. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with the great people in her life and riding with her husband in his classic Mustang to the Eastern Shore.

DD is currently working on "Selective/Memory", Book 2 in the "Depths of Emotion" series.

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Twitter:     @d_d_lorenzo

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Hallowed Ink Press Launch Blitz

From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the most beloved boy in literature whose journey led him to the Deathly Hallows, both terms have been a fantastical, mystical theme used in a wealth of phenomenal literature. Hallowed Ink Press was created to serve as ‘hallowed ground’ for our authors; a publisher they know will always offer their amazing ideas a home, and remain dedicated to everything their work stands for.
As a publishing house we strive to bring forth innovative and inventive forms of storytelling to the eager readers out there. With an experienced ‘team’ that brings the skill and knowledge of writing, designing and editing to the table - yet also offers a youthful exuberance when it comes to producing fresh, unique ideas to enhance the future of publishing—H.I.P. does it all!
We hope you enjoy being a part of our journey as we venture forth into this amazing industry.

We are currently OPEN for submissions.
We are looking to acquire an array of young adult and new adult literature. Our team is especially interested in unique concepts that break through the current stereotypes in the market, offering strong and genuine characters, innovative concepts, and ‘fresh’ voices to enhance the industry.
Both previously published authors, as well as those looking to debut with a strong support team behind them who will show them the ropes, are welcome. We understand the reality of this difficult-to-break-into industry, and we use the knowledge and skill we have gained in order to give each one of our authors the best chance of reaching a thoughtful, eager audience. With innovative techniques and an honest look at all sides of the marketing spectrum, Hallowed Ink Press will become the solid ground and perfect home base for talented writers everywhere.
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Meet Our Team

Emma Michaels entered the industry as a book blogger but soon found herself working with numerous publishers as an author, cover artist and marketing consultant specializing in customer trends and up and coming technologies. While her love of blogging has continued to live on ( she enjoys stepping out of her comfort zone and always exploring new facets of the ever changing publishing industry.

Amber Garcia started out as a simple blogger doing reviews, and then saw the need of help in the indie community, frustrated after seeing amazing books by some of the most talented authors not getting the recognition they deserved she decided she wanted to do something to help make a difference. Lady Amber’s Reviews soon expanded to Lady Amber’s Tours & Lady Amber’s Launch Party’s. As a blogger, tour coordinator, event host and now writer, Amber finds herself loving the life of a book nerd.

Amy Lignor began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion, an editorial house offering authors a range of services. The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love is books, and helping the debut or experienced author polish their stories and find success in the marketplace.
As an author, Amy Lignor has published titles in the genres of:
Historical Fiction: The Heart of a Legend
YA Bestselling Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege)
Thriller/Suspense: The Tallent & Lowery Series (Books I & II: 13 & The Sapphire Storm)
Romance/Humor: A Captivating Conundrum
Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, newsletters, companies, and review organizations: Authorlink; The Feathered Quill; Random House YA; Suspense Magazine and more.

Tanya Contois started as the creator of the blog All Things Books. Shortly after creating the blog which quickly became very popular, Tanya signed with the publishing company Trestle Press and had four parts of a serial novel titled Wicked Little Lies published through Trestle Press. She eventually came to the decision to break ties with Trestle Press as well as the blog she created to focus on other endeavors such as starting a new blog and offering editing and proofreading services under the name Starlight Editing and Proofreading.

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