Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Halloween #Cover & Title #Reveal! #paranormal #romance

It's here! It's cover and title reveal day for the Halloween-themed paranormal romance short I've been sitting on for the past year. But I'm not going to post it here. Oh, no! You'll have to hop along to one of my hosts listed below to see it in all its glory, and to grab your chance to enter the internationally open giveaway running from the 1st-31st October. But I will show you what you can win.


A Pentagram necklace and six jasmine-scented glitter tea-lights, to tie in with the story. Shiny, huh?
For your chance to win, visit any of my lovely hosts listed below and enjoy my gorgeous new cover. Have fun!

Liza O'Connor (review)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Scream! For the Cure is coming! #cancer #charity #event


Like paranormal, horror, UF and suspense? Want to help support a great cause and bid for some fabulous goodies? Read on...

What it is:
The first-ever Scream! For the Cure is a multi-genre, multi-author online auction to benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer, hosted on the official Scream! For the Cure blog.

Beginning October 5th readers will have an opportunity to bid for baskets. The categories are Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA & Adult paranormal romance, and Horror/Suspense. We’ll be showcasing the baskets the week they go up for auction—detailing what’s in each basket and the contributing authors—with the auctions taking place on that Friday. In-between, we’ll also have guest posts on the blog from different authors and bloggers talking about their personal struggles with cancer, some who’ve battled the disease themselves, and some who have witnessed the ongoing struggle through someone else. It’ll also be a forum for people to talk about their experiences and maybe share some uplifting stories as well. Check out the official Scream! For the Cure blog for more details!



Who it helps:
Stand Up 2 Cancer is one of leaders in supporting cancer research, and 100% of donations goes directly to research to end this horrible disease.

Auction Dates:
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31


Friday, 26 September 2014

When Dark Falls - Exclusive Cover Reveal @thgalaxyexpress


I'm so excited! My cover for alternative 1920s superhero romance When Dark Falls is being exclusively revealed over at The Galaxy Express today. So what the heck are you doing here?! Get over to The Galaxy Express NOW!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Upcoming - #Reveals, #Releases & More!

It feels like a non-stop rollercoaster of excitement since Tethered released at the end of July, followed by Restless In Peaceville in August, and now rushing toward my October release. Wow. But there's even more in the next month.

Blog Tour! The tour and giveaway for Restless is winding down. You can still visit and enter the rafflecopter by clicking on any of the links below, or there's a bonus giveaway at Aussie Owned and Read on the 26th. The rafflecopter is open until the end of September. PLUS, I received news that Restless will be coming out in PRINT! No date yet, but I'm anticipating 2015.



1st - Dana's YA Bookpile (interview)
3rd - Winter Bayne (Adorable Zombies)
4th - Mark of the Stars (The Appeal of Zombies)
5th - Paranormal Reads (excerpt)
6th - Rachel Leigh Smith (5 Facts about Restless In Peaceville)
8th - Liana Brooks (How To Date A Zombie)
9th - Rise of the Slush (excerpt)
11th - Cassandra Page (excerpt)
11th - Ryan Hill (interview)
12th - Celia Breslin (10 Facts you might not know about Zombies)
14th - An Author's Quest (review)
14th - My Creative Desk (Five Research Resources)
15th - Everyday Fangirl Why Teen TV Shows Rock
17th - Going from Nobody to Somebody (character interview)
17th - Kyndra Hatch (review)
26th - Aussie Owned and Read (interview)


Exclusive cover reveal at The Galaxy Express! I'll finally be showing off my cover for my November release--superhero romance When Dark Falls--this Friday!

Cover reveal! On the 1st October, my fabulous blog hosts listed below will be hosting the cover for my October release--a Halloween-themed paranormal romance short. Want to get a sneak early peek a day before anyone else? Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE. Visit any of the blogs listed to enter the international giveaway for a pentagram necklace and six jasmine-scented glitter candles. The rafflecopter is open for the whole of October.



Liza O'Connor (plus review)

News! Except I can't tell you it yet, bwahahaa! Stay tuned for an announcement.

Events!
October sees the start of Scream! For the Cure, a charity event where bundles of books and goodies will be auctioned off for a cancer charity. Check out the website HERE for details.
Visit the LRC yahoo group on the 14th October for Witches, Warlocks and Wizards where I'll be sharing an excerpt from my Halloween release, and there'll be lots of fun and giveaways.
Also Embrace Your Madness Facebook Party HERE on the 25th October for giveaways and fun. Unfortunately I'm away at BristolCon, but a copy of my Halloween release will be given away during the party.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday #Teaser - My Name is A'yen by @racheleighgeek #scifi #romance #giveaway


Thanks so much for having me, Pippa! I’ve picked one of my favorite scenes to share, from around the midpoint of the book. I had a ton of fun writing it. A’yen is teaching Fae how to swim. She grew up on a desert planet and never learned. A’yen grew up on a planet known throughout the galaxy for its beautiful lakes, and swimming is one of his favorite things.


I’m scared.” Whispered words, almost lost in the melody of water and birdsong.
Three steps and he stood in front of her, pulled her hand away from her mouth, stared into her heart-stopping green eyes. “So am I. Do you trust me?”
I want to.”
I won’t let you drown.” He held his empty hand out and she filled it with hers. Slowly he backed up, leading her further into the water. Her grip tightened every time the water moved up her body, until his fingers began tingling as it reached her ribcage. She froze, body tense, hands white from the force of her grip.
I won’t let you drown. Try to relax.” With a gentle tug, he led her further into the water until she froze again. “Relax, Farran.”
Her gaze locked on his face, her body began to obey. Except for her grip on his hands.
As long as you stay relaxed, you won’t drown.”
She nodded, gaze never leaving his face.
I’m going to help you float first. I have to let go of your hands, but I will not let you drown. Stay relaxed.”
A deep breath moved her chest up and she released his hands. He slipped behind her, settled his hands around her waist. It had been so long since he’d touched someone like this that his body’s reaction took him by surprise. Warm tingles flooded the ink, adding more cement to the growing bond he didn’t want.


To find out what happens next you’ll have to read the book.



Bio: Rachel Leigh Smith writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family and a half-crazed calico. When not writing, which isn’t often, she’s hanging with her family, doing counted cross-stitch, or yakking about life, the universe, and everything with her besties. There may also be Netflix binging . . .

She blogs sporadically at www.rachelleighsmith.com, can be found on Twitter @rachelleighgeek, and hangs out on Facebook, www.facebook.com/rachelleighsmithauthor. You can sign up for her newsletter here.

Buy Links:

Blurb:
They've taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeder's Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.



Question for readers: Who is your favorite romance hero?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The One with the TARDIS and the Grassy Knoll - by @SofiaGreyAuthor #timetravel #romance #giveaway


Why do we get so passionate about time travel stories? Is it the idea of people getting a peek into the past (sometimes the very distant past), or the excitement of getting to see what lies ahead?

If you could travel in time, where would you go? Back to revisit your own memories? Or to observe other people - or famous events?

In an episode of the sci-fi comedy, Red Dwarf, Kryten suggests: "We could go to Dallas in November 1963, stand on the grassy knoll, and shout Duck! "


Or further back? I grew up as a huge fan of Doctor Who, and come on, who hasn't ever wanted a TARDIS of their own? The ability to go anywhere - any-when - would be intoxicating. Even when it's heartbreaking. Do you remember the episode where the 9th Doctor (the dark and brooding Christopher Eccleston) takes Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) back to meet her father - right before he dies? Yep, that one involved a couple of Kleenex on my part.



So let's narrow it down a little, make some rules. You can only take 3 trips. They can be future or past, but cannot be during your lifetime (don't want to risk meeting yourself!). Where would you go?

The best 3 answers will win some Lila's Wolf swag, and yes, I will ship international :)

Excerpt

There was too much in my head to allow me to sleep at the moment. Thoughts of Jared. Memories of last time. I rolled onto my side and peered at Marc sitting up in bed. “Why did you train to be a ghardian?”

His eyebrows lifted and he ran a hand through his hair. “I believe in justice, which is why I became a soldier. But I trained as a ghardian because I wanted to specialize in time jumping.” His hand strayed down to tug at his beard in a brief, uncomfortable gesture. “I grew up when the jump process was being developed and, right from my earliest memories, I wanted to try it. I learned all about the runaways and how their selfish actions can jeopardize the timelines. I like fixing mistakes, I guess.” Dark eyes smiled down at me. “So, why did you become a historian? And why this period?”

“The official answer is that my family group were all trained as historians. Between them, they manage and administer archives around the world. But like you,” I found an answering smile of my own, “I was hooked on the idea of jumping.”

“And this period?”

“This period, the Dark Ages, is one of the least-known eras in our Archive. If I’m going to be a historian, I want to have a specialty, to make a name for myself.”

“Ambitious.”

My cheeks warmed. “A little.” 
~

Lila’s Wolf (Out of Time #1) is available 4 September 2014, from Hartwood Publishing

Genre: Dark time-travel romantic suspense

The only way to save him, might be to leave him behind


Blurb

When Lila Cammell is abandoned by her time-jump partner, leaving her alone in Britain in the Dark Ages, revenge is the only thing on her mind. She’d trusted Jared Grohl with her life and her heart, and bringing him to justice will be sweet.
Finding him captured and enslaved by the Saxons changes all her assumptions. Now it’s a fight for survival, but the only way to save him, might be to leave him behind.




Giveaway

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and a swag bundle to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment at whichever site you visit, and you’ll go into the draw. The more sites you visit, the more chances you get to win J

Links



Catch me blogging with Allyson Lindt at www.GeminiGirls.com


Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor

Blog Tour – find me here:


Date
Host
Blog post
8-Sept

Google & conspiracy theories
9-Sept
Vampire bonding & eye colours

10-Sept

Picture books & virtual streets
11-Sept

TARDIS & the grassy knoll
11-Sept
Solar powered fridges & the right dress

12-Sept

Battlefield & giant library
12-Sept
Richard Hammond & exotic food

13-Sept


14-Sept

Ghardians & timelines
14-Sept
Fluffy plans & dark ideas

15-Sept 
Time travel & love stories

16-Sept

Paradox & runaways
17-Sept
Beautiful society & Ghardians

17-Sept
Loophole & ideas file

18-Sept
Rosemary Sutcliff & history classes

19-Sept
·        
Tetris & good bathrooms
20-Sept

Giant library & dodgy Utopia

About Author
Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

Check out my playlists on Pinterest

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

#Zombies on tour continues #YA #paranormal #giveaway


There's actually no tour stop today, but that's a good opportunity to go back and check out the posts so far (and enter that giveaway!)

Zombie Heart Pendant

Tour dates (September):

1st - Dana's YA Bookpile (interview)
3rd - Winter Bayne (Adorable Zombies)
4th - Mark of the Stars (The Appeal of Zombies)
5th - Paranormal Reads (excerpt)
6th - Rachel Leigh Smith (5 Facts about Restless In Peaceville)
8th - Liana Brooks (How To Date A Zombie)
9th - Rise of the Slush (excerpt)
11th - Cassandra Page (excerpt)
11th - Ryan Hill (interview)
12th - Celia Breslin (10 Facts you might not know about Zombies)
14th - An Author's Quest (review)
14th - My Creative Desk (Five Research Resources)
15th - Everyday Fangirl Why Teen TV Shows Rock
17th - Going from Nobody to Somebody (character interview)
17th - Kyndra Hatch (review)
18th - YA Readers America
26th - Aussie Owned and Read (interview)

Friday, 5 September 2014

An Out-of-this-world Summer Summer





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Sorry, I just couldn't resist that intro! Hi, I'm Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. I do have stories set on Earth, but mostly I write SF, so summers take place on alien worlds where the seasons and the setting may not be anything like we experience here. For one of my young heroes, a summer party may not seem so out-of-this-world at first glance. But then, the party has only just begun...




   Merion Bay stretched its dunes out beneath the shadow of limestone cliffs. The golden sands had softened to silver by dusk under the fierce white of Terris’s large full moon. Groups of youngsters clustered around a handful of fires as they laughed and chattered over the rushing of the waves. Two music players fought for dominance in a rhythmic battle, but no one seemed to care. No one had drunk enough alcohol to feel compelled to dance, although a handful were already skinny-dipping in the sea and shrieking at the chill.
   Gethyon sat alone on the edge and stared into the heart of the fire, a bottle of cheap grade alcohol in hand. The acid taste of it churned his stomach but he still took the odd gulp from it for appearance’s sake.
   “Hello there.” The bright voice snapped Gethyon from his brooding, and he glanced up. A girl with silver skin and black tiger-stripe markings smiled down at him, her crop of red hair almost blood-colored in the twilight.
   He lifted a hand in silent greeting.
   “You’re Gethyon, aren’t you? Gethyon Rees?” Despite the blandness of his welcome, she hunkered down into the sand, wiggling her backside in an effort to get comfy and with a crooked grin on her lips. A sliver of unease coursed down his spine at her expression. It reminded him all too closely of another face, one with hair a paler shade of auburn and sapphire eyes. He nodded confirmation.
   “I’m Jinxuri Chei-har of the Veen,” she said.
   This time Gethyon couldn’t restrain a smile. “That’s some name.”
   The girl shrugged. “I didn’t choose it. But you can call me Jinx if you like.” At that she thrust out a hand toward him, and after a moment he took it. Sudden pain splintered through his arm into his chest, and he yanked his hand free to massage the feeling away. He stared at Jinx, but she seemed unperturbed as she continued to grin at him.
   “Are you a friend of Dephon’s?” he asked, with a trace of suspicion. Was this something his old rival had set up to keep him occupied?
   “Not really. I heard there was a party so I stopped by.”
   “You’re a gate-crasher?”
   Jinx leaned forward and whispered in conspiratorial tones, “Not going to give me away, are you?”
   Gethyon shook his head. Why should he care? It wasn’t his party.
   She leaned back and eyed him carefully. “You don’t seem very happy. Aren’t you enjoying yourself?”
   Gethyon shrugged.
   “Not your kind of thing, huh? I hear you’re a bit of a genius with technology.”
   “Who told you that?”
   “Oh, I hear things. I’m good at it.” She smiled. “You live with Professor Rees, don’t you? Heard a lot about him. Well-respected man. Your grandfather, yes?”
   “Yes.”
   “What about your parents, what do they do?”
   He stiffened and drew back. “Why do you want to know about my parents?”
   Jinx held up her hands. “I’m just trying to make conversation.”
   Gethyon mentally berated himself for his suspicions. Living with a grandparent was going to make new people curious. After all, it wasn’t the norm. “My father was killed in an explosion. My mother… travels. A lot.”
   “I’m sorry about your father. That’s kinda harsh. But your mother sounds fun! Don’t you get to go with her?”
   “No.”
   Jinx gave him a sympathetic look. “Bad choice of subject?”
   “Yes.”
   She chuckled. “You’re really making me work this conversation, Geth. What would you like to talk about?”
   “Where are you from?”
   She paused as if she hadn’t expected such a question. “No one place,” she murmured. “I travel a lot too.”
   Gethyon opened his mouth to ask more, but sudden alarm blazed across his mind. He scrambled to his feet.
   “What’s wrong?” Jinx asked... 

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday #Teaser - Lila's Wolf by @SofiaGreyAuthor #timetravel



Excerpt:

Marc returned an hour later, tapping quietly on the door in the signal we’d established. Two swift knocks. Pause. One more. Pause. Then another two. I threw back the bolt and practically fell upon him, needing the comfort of another person. Needing his touch. He gave a short, pleased laugh and pulled me firmly into his arms, while sliding the bolt back into place.
“It’s okay. They didn’t see me.” He draped one arm around my waist, the other across my shoulders. I felt his fingers stroking my neck and I buried my face against his throat. The intimate embrace felt strangely comfortable and it was a long moment before I realized Marc seemed equally happy with this. He dropped a soft kiss on my hair. “Lila, we need to talk.”
I snapped back to attention and wriggled free. “He was here.” My voice came out as a whisper. “Rowena brought Jared here. She wanted to know if I knew him.”
Marc’s eyes widened. He grabbed my hand and led me to sit on the bed with him. “Tell me everything.” I recounted the tale, and he listened carefully, prompting me when I hesitated. He held my hand as I spoke, his thumb brushing gently across my fingers.
“The way she said cellar,” I couldn’t hold back a shudder. “It sounded like some kind of punishment. How soon can we leave and get him out of here?”
His hand stilled on mine. “That’s where we may have a problem. I can’t be sure the signal went through. The communicator failed.”
“So that means…”
“It means we wait for the scheduled pickup in two weeks’ time.” He hesitated, and my heart plummeted to my feet. “It means we’re on our own.”





Book Title: Lila’s Wolf

Author Name: Sofia Grey

Name of series and book number in series: Out of Time series; this is book #1

Genre: Dark time-travel romantic suspense

Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

Date of Publication: 4 September 2014

Tagline:

The only way to save him, might be to leave him behind

Blurb:

When Lila Cammell is abandoned by her time-jump partner, leaving her alone in Britain in the Dark Ages, revenge is the only thing on her mind. She’d trusted Jared Grohl with her life and her heart, and bringing him to justice will be sweet.
Finding him captured and enslaved by the Saxons changes all her assumptions. Now it’s a fight for survival, but the only way to save him, might be to leave him behind.

Book links:

Amazon | AllRomance | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Goodreads | Taliesin Publishing


Author links:


Catch me blogging with Allyson Lindt at www.GeminiGirls.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6906923.Sofia_Grey
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sofia.Grey.Romance.Author
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sofiagrey1/
Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor   https://twitter.com/SofiaGreyAuthor 
Amazon author profile page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sofiagrey
Tumblr: sofiagreynz@tumblr.com


Author bio:

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.

Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

Check out my playlists on Pinterest

GIVEAWAY!!

Sofia is generously offering any single ebook of her backlist internationally - please leave her a comment with your email addy so we can contact you. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Restless In Peaceville - #Zombies on Tour! #YA #paranormal


The zombies are coming! Restless In Peaceville is on tour, and there's a suitably cute zombie themed giveaway if you follow along on the tour by visiting my wonderful hosts listed below. And today only (1st September), Restless In Peaceville is 30% off at All Romance eBooks HERE - $3.49. Grab it quick!


Zombie Heart Pendant



Tour dates (September):

1st - Dana's YA Bookpile (interview)
3rd - Winter Bayne (Adorable Zombies)
4th - Mark of the Stars (The Appeal of Zombies)
5th - Paranormal Reads (excerpt)
5th - Literature YA Fiction (10 Things That Inspired RIP)
6th - Rachel Leigh Smith (5 Facts about Restless In Peaceville)
7th - Ryan Hill Writes (interview)
8th - Liana Brooks (How To Date A Zombie)
9th - Rise of the Slush (excerpt)
11th - Cassandra Page (excerpt)
12th - Celia Breslin (5 Songs That Inspired RIP)
14th - An Author's Quest (review)
14th - My Creative Desk (Five Research Resources)
15th - Everyday Fangirl
17th - Going from Nobody to Somebody (character interview)
17th - Kyndra Hatch (review)
18th - YA Readers America
26th - Aussie Owned and Read (interview)

#Cover Wrap #Reveal - Dead New World by Ryan Hill (@j_ryan) #zombies #YA



Check out the cover wrap for the upcoming YA zombie novel, DEAD NEW WORLD, from author Ryan Hill (THE BOOK OF BART)! October 13 zombies aren't mindless anymore.




Blurb:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive. 

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

Excerpt: 

I ran my hand across the wall, groping for a light switch. After a minute I found one, and pulled it down. Nothing happened. I raised my rifle, and peered through the target sight, but forgot to turn on the scope’s night vision.

Breathe easy. 

Before I could use the feature, a fluorescent light flickered once, revealing a group of zombies.


Enter to win an autographed copy of DEAD NEW WORLD on Goodreads!

Find Ryan Hill at: