Thursday, 29 January 2015

Coming of Age Book Tour & Giveaway & Interview : Rise: A Novel – Rejection is a lie


RISE cover by dokonkwo_72DPI (2)



Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/26/15 – 2/23/15
Genres: Mainstream, Literary, Spirituality, Coming of Age

Rise: A Novel - Rejection is a lie...
Rise: A Novel - Rejection is a lie...
Goodreads rating: 4.67 (3 ratin
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Blurb: Riana “Ria” Ofor is a gifted sculptress whose beautiful creations could draw crowds. But due to the childhood accident that left her facially scarred, she avoids selling her work publicly, instead scraping a living through online sales. However, when a home repossession notice arrives, both her love of sculpting, as well as her home, suddenly come under threat.
 
Now she is forced to step out of her comfort zone and enter the very public world of gallery showings. When she does land a gallery contract, she then finds herself the target of a rival artist after the very same contract. Using malicious lies about Ria, he intends to make her regret taking what should have been his. Now, Ria must look to find a truth that conquers all lies.

Excerpt:
Chapter one.
Ria appreciated the beauty of the headless female sculpture standing before her. A sculpture without its head has its own particular beauty. Strong sculpted legs, intricately crafted torso and powerful shoulders – the beauty of creation.
She squatted in front of the sculpture and ran a slender hand over its flanks. The modeling clay she had chosen had done its job; its durability ensuring the legs of the sculpture came out strong and smooth, the hips gently curved. Seven weeks into the making, this piece would be larger than any piece she had previously sculpted, and certainly more challenging.
Here in her art studio, which spanned the basement of her small house in London’s Island Gardens, clay statues of ancient kings and queens graced the long wooden shelves resting against ivory walls. A small sink sat at the far right end against the wall beside a large white storage cupboard, snug beside a two-seater. A small stereo, which she only turned on when sketching, rested on the table beside it.
Time to begin the head, she decided, as she rose gracefully to her feet. Creating the head was her favorite part. If the legs, shoulders, and torso possessed their own particular beauty, then how she created a sculpture’s head showcased its personality – laughing eyes, a slanted mouth, and a molded chin. These will bring out the figure’s humorous manner.
Ria got to her feet. A slim young woman with close-cropped, tightly-curled black hair; she had a dewy, dark chocolate complexion. And with a delicate oval face, even the faded pink burn scars that ran from the apples of her cheekbones down to her collarbone, her classic beauty couldn’t be marred. 
She reached for her apron and tied it around her long-sleeved white t-shirt and soft faded blue jeans. Sculpting was arduous and messy work, but one of the perks of being a full-time sculptress was that she went to work in her most comfortable clothes.
She moved to where the armature waited atop the worktable. Shaped like an egg, an armature’s rigid metal framework ensured effective structuring of a sculpture’s head.
Collecting an armful of old newspapers from the storage cupboard in the corner, she rolled the papers into balls then began to fill the armature with them. Once thoroughly packed, she secured the head in place with a small plastic bag. Now for the clay. She took a moment to relish the solid, yet light weight of it in her hand. Then, detail by detail, piece by piece, she began adding more and more clay to the stuffed plastic bag, melding and smoothing it against the bag’s slippery surface. She hummed as she worked, following the measurements she had set out when the idea had first came into her head. Her deft and skilful fingers, armed with her trusted sculpting chisel, manipulated the clay.
The sharp slap of the letter box upstairs stopped her. She stretched her arms high over her head, working out the stiffness in her shoulders caused by bending over the armature. She crossed to the sink and washed her hands, then proceeded to leave the studio, heading up pink carpeted stairs to the ground floor.
She plucked the white envelope lying on the doormat. Early morning sunlight shone through the glass panel in the front door, and the click of women’s heels sounded on the pavement outside as they carried a neighbour to work. Once the morning rush was over as everyone had either left for work or school, she would go for her daily morning walk and then fuel up with a green juice.
She broke the seal of the envelope and pulled out the letter.
Dear Ms. Ofor,
Account No: 17032007-55GM Property: 55 Garden Mews
 Please be informed that payment due on the above-referenced account has not been made. We have made several unsuccessful attempts to contact you. Our records show that your account is in arrears by £11,509.
 Please make arrangements to clear the outstanding amount within 28 days, otherwise the case will be escalated to our solicitors, whereupon they may be forced to take legal action resulting in the repossession of the property.
 If you have since made arrangements to clear the aforementioned amount, please ignore this letter.
 Ria’s stomach dropped somewhere below ground level, and the noose of the repossession notice only tightened further around her neck, almost choking her.


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About the Author:
D. U. Okonkwo was born and raised in London. An avid reader from childhood, she began writing her own stories at the age of ten. She holds a BSc Hons degree in Business with Spanish, and is currently working on her second novel.

Connect With The Author:
 Interview :

Can you tell us some about how you became an author?
 
I’ve always loved reading, but it was only when I was ten years old that I started writing my own stories. Event then it was only a hobby. It was only when, years later, when I got the idea for RISE that I realised that wiring was something that I could do and enjoy.

What inspired you to write your book Rise?
 
I was browsing in a book shop during my lunch break at work, and I suddenly had the random thought of seeing my name on the cover of a book. That night the idea for Rise popped into my head. The book chose me. Literally. The idea came into my head and refused to leave. 

Did you find the publishing process daunting?
 
When I decided to self-publish, I had to battle back loads of fears about how hard it would be. But honestly? It’s not hard at all. All an author needs is a good editor, a cover designer, a proof-reader, and then someone to convert your book to an eBook. Or you can do it yourself with software such as Scrivener. All of these are one off flat fees. And all of these services can be done in good time.

What are your thoughts on Indie/self-publishing?
 
It’s the most liberating and empowering thing that has been given to writers since…ever. I believe that writers past would have loved to have had the opportunity and choice that we writers are today empowered with. So many great writers never had their dreams come to fruition because they had to be disempowered by waiting for someone else to say: ‘We have decided to publish your book.’ Now a writer can empower themselves and say: ‘I’m publishing my book.’

What is the best piece of advice you could give to new writers?
 
1.       Write and read as much as you can
2.       Follow great industry blogs, especially indie / self-publishing ones
3.       Learn how the publishing industry works so you can make an informed choice on how to publish
4.       Read / Listen to books about great publishing strategies
5.       Treat writing as a business, because it really is
6.       Share what you learn with other writers



If you had to describe this book in 15 words or less, what would you say?
 
RISE is the story of how a facially scarred and reclusive sculptress discovers true self-esteem.


Any last words?
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Giveaway:
Win a $25 Amazon gift card on the Rise: A Novel – Rejection is a lie… by D.U. Okonkwo book tour! Open WW. Enter 1/26/15 – 2/23/15.





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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

REVIEW!!!!

13170607Title: Edge of Dawn 
Author: Lara  Adrain 

Series: Midnight Breed     

Date Published: Febuary 21st 2013







  Description:n this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Timesbestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.
 
Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. 
 
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
 
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts 




Review: 
Mira a Breedmate who has grow up the order as her family, taken in as such a small child.Now she is a grown woman and fights along side the order to deal with the rebels that want to destroy  peace between human and breed. Mia is dealing with a long standing heartache. a love lost to world 8 years earlier. She blames the rebels for his loss and makes it her mission to make them pay. But this leads to Mira getting benched from patrols and put on a private mission to see the safety of  a human scientist. but while on her mission she gets kidnapped along with the scientist. Mira is taken to Bowman the head of the Rebels. she gets a big shock when she see that a blast from the past is the one true love she thought was dead.


Kellen is Breed and once a part of the order. One day he finds himself there enemy when he becomes the leader of the rebel team. He gave up his old life to protect his love from a future that is for told by a vision.  on one of his missions he comes face to face with Mira again and there love takes off where its left off but things arent all rosey because one of Kellen's rebel team mates takes off with the scientist and holds him for ransom to the highest bidder. This creates great problems of Kellen and the order because the Scientist holds the key to a new weapon that could wipe out all breed. 


We get to see lots of the old characters in this book as well as some new ones Because we read that the order has a new otherworldly enemy and they all have to come together to take them down. 


I guess that better be all I tell you about the story, I dont want to give  to much away.But iv skimmed round the outline in hope that it draws you in to this wonderful story. 

Im a big fan of the Breed series and im always so happy when a new book comes out But I have to say I had my doubts about this one because its set in the future, 20 years on from the last book and I couldnt see how it was going to work. but I pushed through and read it and im happy to say I loved it. I loved seeing  that Mira had turned into a spunky young woman and that she was able to fight along side the men and hold her own.  and Kellen is no longer that geeky little boy, and oh boy has he turned in to a MAN!!.  I thought I would struggle with these grown up characters because I loved the kids so much but Know I could still see the kids there even with the changes. 

Lara is an amazing writer, I dont think there is many authors out there that could jump 20 years into the future and still keep you interested. She has managed to make me fall in love with the new characters but keep you loving the old ones. I find with some long series that the books loose something  along the way and I end up  falling out of love with them, but I really dont think this series is going to be one of them. there is some new characters that I really cant wait to read more about. 






RATING OF 5 LIPS 













Tuesday, 27 January 2015

RESCUE MY HEART BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY!!!


http://www.fireandicebooktours.com/contemporary-romance-tour-giveaway-rescue-my-heart-by-jean-c-joachim/







Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/6/15 – 2/3/15


Genres: Contemporary Romance


















This pug picture was graciously provided by the author.





Blurb:


*Pug

rescue is  a recurring theme in The Manhattan Dinner Club
series. The author’s experience as a volunteer convinced her of the
importance of saving dogs. To promote this cause, she has included
website addresses for about 80 pug rescues across the country in the back of each book.


*While walking her pug in Central Park, Rory Sampson is run down by a bike. She presses charges against arrogant biker, Dr. Hack Roberts,veterinarian. Horrified at the surprising sentence from the judge, Hack plans revenge, only to find himself attracted to the sharp-tongued, soft-hearted writer, who rescues pugs. Will he ignore a previous commitment and go with his true feelings or will he guard his heart?The judge turned the tables on Rory, thrusting the unwanted, smug Dr. Roberts into her life. Wary after a breakup, she protects her wounded heart from the handsome doctor with a barrage sarcastic come-backs,designed to keep him at arm’s length. Does she remain aloof or will loneliness force her to give in to her desires?Meet the members of the Manhattan Dinner Club, four women, all pug owners, who meet for dinner once a week. This is the first book in the series.


Excerpt:



“Baxter! Stop!” Rory screamed. Shoving Bruce aside, she raced full speed after the pug. In her mad dash, she didn’t see the bicycle traffic whipping around a curve and speeding down the hill. She pounced on the dog right before a bike crashed into her, sending her and Baxter flying. Rory landed hard on her arm. Pain shot through her body, freezing her. A loud yelp told her Baxter was injured as well. She tried to catch her breath, her gaze searching for her pet. She spied him nearby, spread out flat on the pavement. He was still breathing. “Baxter,” she called. A crowd began to gather. A pair of concerned, dark brown, male eyes stared into hers. “Are you hurt?” he asked. “No, idiot brain. I’m fine. Does it look like
I’m fine?” Attempting to push to her knees from the pavement, she grimaced and let out a moan. A long scrape on her leg was bleeding, her shoulder ached, and gravel was embedded in her thigh. Tears clouded her eyes. Bruce raced over. “Rory, you okay?”
“Baxter looks like he’s hurt worse than I am.” A patrolman appeared and asked Rory if she needed an ambulance. “I already called,” Bruce piped up. The wail of a siren in the distance drew closer. “This numbskull was doing sixty, I swear,” she said, pointing to the tall, brown-eye man. “That’s ridiculous. I wasn’t doing sixty.” The policeman turned to him. “Sir, can you confirm your speed?” “There’s no posted speed limit for bikes. I did kind of lose control around that curve.” “Kinda?” Rory muttered. She lay back down on the ground. “I.D., please.” The officer put out his hand. The man handed over his driver’s license. “Dr. Hanson Roberts,” the cop said, writing in his pad. “A member of the real estate Roberts family?” He looked up at the doctor. “Yeah. A ticket? What for?” Dr. Roberts shifted his weight. “Reckless biking, speeding, causing bodily injury to this young woman.”
Rory gave a half-smile. “Serves you right. What about my dog?” She turned worried eyes to Baxter, who lay still, whimpering. “I’ll take him,” the doctor said. “Over my dead body…which you almost have…” “I’m a vet…” “I don’t care if you were in Afghanistan…” “A veterinarian. Hack Roberts,” he said, extending his hand. “A vet? Save him.” She ignored his offer to shake.
“Without x-rays, I can’t tell the extent of his injuries, but he’s awake and alert.” “Dr. Roberts, you’ll have to take some responsibility for this young lady…what’s your name, miss?”
“Aurora Sampson.” “Aurora? What an odd name,” muttered Hack.
“Oh? Like Hack is normal?” she replied, hostility oozing from every pore. Bruce tried to help her up, but she crumbled under the pain. “Miss Sampson, I’m giving you his contact information. He’d better make good on these injuries. My card, in case he doesn’t. I’m considering criminal charges, Doc. You can’t speed like that in Central Park. You messed her up.” The patrolman gave Hack a dirty look. “Officer, would you mind helping with the dog?” Hack asked, looking away. “Where are you taking him?” Rory asked. When the ambulance drew near, the siren drowned out his words.
He whipped out a business card and handed it to her. “Here’s the address. Call later to find out how he’s doing.” “She’s going to be in the hospital, you jerk,” Bruce said. “We’ll keep him until
you can get him. Hey, I’m sorry about this.” “Yeah? Sorry and a
Metrocard’ll get me on the subway.” She turned an angry stare
toward him. Before she could continue her diatribe, the EMTs
approached. She answered their questions, craning her neck around
them to watch Hack and the policeman as they picked Baxter up
carefully and put him on the patrol car’s backseat. Her eyes,
blinking back tears, connected with Hack’s as the car drove away.
“Want me to go with you?” Bruce asked. He combed her hair back from her forehead. Rory shook her head. I
wanted you to love me. But you don’t. Don’t drag this out. One
sharp pain, and it’s over.






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About the Author:


Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America. The Renovated Heart was chosen Best Novel of 2012 by Love Romances Café, Lovers & Liars was a finalist for Best Novel of 2013 by Love Romances Café.
Her series, Hollywood Hearts was a finalist for Best Series of 2013 and Megan Davis and Chaz Duncan (from If I Loved You) finaled as Best Couple, 2013 by Love Romances Café. The Marriage List tied for third place from Gulf Coast RWA Chapter and, most recently, Lovers & Liars was selected as a 2013 Reader’s Crown Finalist in Contemporary Romance by RomCon. Jean has over 27 works of fiction published. She prefers to write series. Find her books at all retail online sites, read about them on her website: www.jeanjoachimbooks.com. Married and the mother of two sons, she lives in New York City with her family. Early in the morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black licorice. 




Connect With The Author:


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Amazon Author Page


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Giveaway:


Win a $25 Amazon GC on the Rescue My Heart Romance Tour & Giveaway! This giveaway will run 1/6/15 – 2/3/15. Open worldwide.





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Teaser Tuesday.

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1. Grab your current read.


2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page.
4. Add the title and Author's name too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR pile

Ok im cheating this week, because im such a slow reader at the moment and I dont want you all to et fed up of seeing the same book all the time. so my teaser comes from a book I cant wait to start reading. 


Then there was movement around me. Two men.
The men my attacker had been afraid of.
The first of them had sounded anxious. “He was fast. You’ll need to hurry, Liege.”
The second had been unerringly confident. “I’ll get it done.”
He pulled me up to my knees, and knelt behind me, a supportive arm around my waist. He wore cologne—soapy and clean.
I tried to move, to give some struggle, but I was fading.
“Be still.”
“She’s lovely.”
“Yes,” he agreed. He suckled the wound at my neck. I twitched again, and he stroked my hair. “Be still.”


This was my Teaser this week. I hope you liked it because I sure Cant wait to start reading it.