#CoverReveal “Awakened: The Oracle Chronicles Book One” by Moni Boyce

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AWAKENED: THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK ONE

Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.

Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.

Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli’s apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn’t make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she’d always believed were myth.

That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can’t escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay in task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.

Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?

Fans of A Discovery of Witches will love the mix of magic, adventure and paranormal romance in the first book of the series THE ORACLE CHRONICLES from Moni Boyce.

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            A couple minutes later, she followed him. Whatever he’d prepared smelled delicious. He moved around the kitchen unsure. She raised her eyebrows while she watched him. He caught the gesture and looked embarrassed. “Most of the time, I cheat and use magic so I can do something else. I haven’t manually cooked in a while.”

            She looked at him wide-eyed, with her mouth gaped open. Even though he’d told her earlier, they were witches she still was having a hard time believing it. “You cook with magic, like they do in Harry Potter? That’s so cool. I know you told everyone not to use it, but just show me a little something. I won’t tell.” Awe and child-like wonder permeated her voice. “Cross my heart.” She made the sign of the cross over her heart.

            “You heard everything didn’t you?” His eyebrow quirked upwards, daring her to lie.

She gave him a sheepish smile and looked away before she continued talking about magic, in the hopes he’d forget her listening to their conversation. “I would be the ultimate multi-tasker if I was a witch. Say ‘Abracadabra’ and make the food magically appear on the plate or something.” Willow was giddy with excitement.

            Eli chuckled. “I’m not a wizard. I don’t say ‘Abracadabra.’” He shook his head.

            His explanation confused her. “What does that mean? I thought wizard was a name for a male witch.”

            He sighed and put down the pot he was holding. That comment appeared to get his undivided attention. “You watch too much television. First, regardless of gender, we’re known as witches, those of us that practice white magic. Warlocks are witches that practice black magic. Wizards are charlatans, posers. They don’t know magic, but are exceptional at trickery so they can give someone who doesn’t know any better the illusion they do.”

            She digested the information he’d just given her.

            “That’s why everyone went silent earlier when Matty referenced black magic, because none of you practice it?”

            He nodded and picked up the pot of noodles. “Yes. Now may I finish making dinner?”

            “So you’re not going to cook with magic?” She was expecting him to do tricks and wow her. Disappointment marred her brow, when he didn’t whip out a magic wand or say a spell.

            “You just said so yourself, that you overheard me tell everyone magic is off limits.”

            Her shoulders slumped in discontent and she pouted. “You can’t do even a tiny little spell?”

            “Nope.”

            She rolled her eyes. “Great. A witch who can’t do any spells or magic.”

            Eli looked offended. “I didn’t say I can’t do magic. I’m just unable to do any at this time.”

            “Uh, huh.”

            He bristled at her disinterest and she had to hold back a sly grin. “Wizard.” She mumbled under her breath, knowing it would get a rise out of him.

            “I’m not a wizard! I can do magic!”

            If she lit a match and threw it at him, he would have gone up in flames he was fuming so hard.

“Whatever.” Maybe she’d just…

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Moni BoyceABOUT MONI BOYCE

Moni Boyce is a writer, filmmaker, poet and author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels. She spent the last fifteen years working in the film industry and now creates characters of her own and brings them to life on the page. Moni has ghostwritten romance novellas and novels for over a year now and decided to put some of her own creations out in the world. She considers herself a bookworm, film buff, foodie, music lover and an avid world traveler having visited 32 countries and counting. She lives a bit of a nomadic life, but considers Los Angeles home. Which is the subject of her first travel book: Greater Than A Tourist – Los Angeles, California: 50 Travel Tips From A Local.

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#Review “Forever Desired (Vampire Brides)” by Ariel Marie

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3/5 Stars

Athena Chambers is the star performer in the nightclub of a luxury Las Vegas casino. Her voice draws the crowds in and captivates them night after night. She’s living her dream of singing for the masses.

However, not everyone shared her dream. Athena’s parents wanted her to get a college education and she didn’t want to disappoint them, but she wanted to sing more. Now they’re gone and her estranged sister never allows Athena to forget she never rose to their expectations.

But Athena isn’t alone. She has a support network in bestie, Pam; the small group of performers with whom she works, and the people who fill the seats to hear her sing. She’s making a name for herself and building a future.

Sorin Ludovici is a self-made billionaire, traveling the world adding treasures to his precious art collection and managing his holdings.

He finds the one treasure that has eluded him when he makes a rare visit to one of his properties—the Turin Casino in Las Vegas.

While watching Athena and listening to her golden voice, Sorin knows his found his mate. And, he has to claim her before he’s overtaken by blood lust.

Because Sorin is a 367-year-old vampire.

I liked Athena’s personality. She was her own person, determined to make and follow her own path. She wasn’t trying to rebel or make a statement—she simply had a dream and a goal.

Sorin was more complicated because he preferred going his own way managing his empire while searching for his mate, however, sense-of-duty came calling. Can he answer the call and take Athena with him?

This is a good story and premise, and both Athena and Sorin are strong characters with sizzling chemistry between them.

But the delivery fell flat for me.

The pacing was off for me and along with continuity—it didn’t feel fluid. Grammar errors, incorrect word usage, and redundancy dragged the story down. When vampire hunters kidnapped Athena, I wanted to feel the suspense and urgency of the moment, but it never happened.

The vampire hunters were disappointing—not that I wanted them to win—but they didn’t seem smart or clever enough to get as far as they did. They know vampires avoid the sun and can be killed by a wooden stake to the heart, but what are they doing? Shooting a gun at a vampire? Seriously?

I admired the way Sorin’s assistant, Devin, stood up to him about Athena and forced his hand, but she and head of security, Linkin, seemed diluted… not as badass as I’d expect those in Sorin’s inner circle to be.

I own twelve books and a boxed set by this author, and this is not the quality of her work I am used to. While this read didn’t work for me, I’ll continue to read new books by her, and I’m sure readers of paranormal romance will enjoy Forever Desired, it just didn’t work for me.

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Forever Desired is a novella featured in the Vampire Brides series. All books in the Vampire Brides series are standalone and can be read in any order.

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#BlogTour “Awakening the Trinity” by Brittany Elise

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In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.

Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.

When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.

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Meet Brittany Elise

Brittany EliseWhere are you from? I’m from a small town outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates? I am married, but the only children I have right now are of the fur-variety. I have two German shepherds, two cats, and a rabbit.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid? I’m traditionally published with Black Rose Writing, out of Texas.

How long have you been a writer? Gosh, that’s almost hard to say, specifically. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, so I’m tempted to say my whole life. Haha.

My love for writing began at a very young age–way before I could even type on a keyboard. I was always writing short stories and poems with a fan club of one (my mom.) I never stopped writing, but I don’t think I believed in myself enough to actually pursue it as a career. When I enrolled in college, I took as many creative writing classes as they offered and ended up graduating with a degree in photography and minoring in English. I enjoy art in all its forms, but writing has always been my first love. Even when I was pursuing other careers, writing was always my go-to comfort. I later became an animal obedience instructor and met a children’s author through my dog training. She helped me get my foot through the door, so to speak, and I haven’t turned back since. During the day, I manage an FBO at my local hometown airport, and by night, I dive into my writing with my husband and my four-legged children by my side.

How long did it take you to write your first book? If you don’t count editing time, I can usually knock out a novel (raw, rough draft) in about four-five months. It depends on what I’m writing though. My first book took me several years to complete because I was never satisfied. Truthfully, there are still things I would change if given the chance to go back. I think it’s the curse of the artist.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre? I love, love, love all things supernatural. I have the most fun writing  it. YA supernatural fiction is my favorite to write, but I dabble in all forms of fiction.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Supernatural/Romance

What are you reading now? Hailey Edwards wrote a series called The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy. I read the first four in a total of three days, and I’m anxiously awaiting the fifth. She’s phenomenal. Those stories are phenomenal.

Favorite beverage to read with? Tea and honey.

Where do you get the most writing done? Most of my writing gets done in the early morning. Especially on the weekends I don’t have to work. I’ll curl up with a blanket in the kitchen chair, and my cat, Boo, will sit on my lap while I write.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it? Honestly, I don’t “live” on social media, but I adore Instagram. Namely because of the photographs. That being said though, it would be impossible to do what I do without social media, so I’m immensely grateful for it.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest release? Who’s your favorite character? This is kind of strange to admit, but the inspiration actually came from a song by Aqualung called Strange and Beautiful. I probably live in my head more than I should, and I’m always inventing little scenarios or playing out scenes in my head. I listened to the lyrics and immediately developed this idea that started out as something small, and later became Awakening the Trinity. My favorite character in this book is Wren. He was so much fun to create, and I think he’ll speak to the heart of every high school girl who has had a crush on the “dangerous” boy.

What’s your next project or release? I’m actually working on the prequel to this novel, and also the sequel simultaneously, so I haven’t decided which will be released next, but I’m aiming for next fall. Maybe sooner depending on how editing goes!

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#Excerpt “The Convalescent Corpse” by Nicola Slade

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A story of Family, Rationing and Inconvenient Corpses.

Life in 1918 has brought loss and grief and hardship to the three Fyttleton sisters. Helped only by their grandmother (a failed society belle and expert poacher) and hindered by a difficult suffragette mother, as well as an unruly chicken-stealing dog and a house full of paying-guests, they now have to deal with the worrying news that their late – and unlamented – father may not be dead after all.  And on top of that, there’s a body in the ha-ha.

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Writers in the family & precarious family finances

Margaret Fyttleton aka Mother, who writes dull books about heroines of women’s suffrage, as well as far more profitable sentimental romances about hard-up young women who invariably marry into the peerage. Margaret is reclusive and the family prefer to keep it that way.

 I forged a letter from Mother to the bank, and Granny and I arranged for the lodgers’ potential rent money to be paid into an account we had already set up in Granny’s name, when Papa died. Mother has no interest in money apart from its power to buy books, so a sum each month goes into her own account and the rest of it, including her writing income, goes into what we privately call the Family Fighting Fund. Mother rarely engages with the outside world as she lives on a higher plane than the rest of us, which suits us very well. She has no common sense when it comes to money so God forbid she should ever find out what we’re up to!

Granny has a small private income, her sole inheritance from her parents, and twenty pounds a year that was all Grandpapa was able to leave her. That goes into the pot and I contribute as well with our latest source of income, the money I earn from writing adventure serials for boys’ magazines and annuals. This is a deadly secret known only to my sisters and grandmother.

It came about like this. When Bertie was at boarding-school he and I used to send each other parodies of Boys’ Own adventure stories, but a year or so ago I decided to submit them to a magazine. I rewrote them as yarns that might appeal to boys and young men at the Front and was delighted when they paid me. Wondering whether I could find a second income for my stories I contacted Mother’s publisher, using her name; we’re all expert forgers, the Fyttleton girls. Writing as Mother, I explained that Lt Jasper Crombie was a young relative, and would her publisher consider reissuing the stories as books? Happily, her publisher snapped up the stories and the first of Lt Crombie’s efforts had already come out as a short novel last October. The second one, serialised last summer, was due out at the end of April, and I was now three-quarters of the way through the third, which was being serialised as I wrote.

I felt under no compulsion to inform the magazine editor or Mother’s publisher that Jasper and Crombie were two of our hens. They had been named after gamekeepers at our grandmother’s childhood home, a crumbling castle not far from the northern coast of Aberdeenshire. So far, the hens have never complained about their masculine names and Granny had fond memories of the keepers who had taught her the excellent poaching skills that provide us with meat and keep down the rabbits in the park at the Hall. (She had acquired the skills deemed essential for a daughter of the nobility from her mother’s elderly governess who, crippled with rheumatism, had been pensioned off to live at the castle. Sadly, Granny’s shyness was a hindrance in Polite Society so her poaching skills have proved far more useful in our straitened circumstances.)

As soon as Granny and I had the family finances completely under our control, we knew where we stood, and very worrying it was too. It was a good job we had no idea that our lives were soon to be further complicated by murder.

 

‘I love it. A delightfully unusual mystery with wonderful characterisation and historical detail.’ – LESLEY COOKMAN BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE LIBBY SARJEANT MYSTERY SERIES

 

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Nicola SladeAuthor Bio

Nicola Slade lives in Hampshire where she writes historical and contemporary mysteries and women’s fiction. While her three children were growing up she wrote stories for children and for women’s magazines before her first novel, Scuba Dancing, was published in 2005. Among other jobs, Nicola has been an antiques dealer and a Brown Owl! She loves travelling and at one time, lived in Egypt for a year. The Convalescent Corpse is Nicola’s 9th novel. Nicola is also a member of a crime writers’ panel, The Deadly Dames https://www.facebook.com/DeadlyDames/

Social Media Links – www.nicolaslade.wordpress.com   www.nicolaslade.com

Twitter: @nicolasladeuk

https://www.facebook.com/nicolasladeuk/  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/nicola8703 (I have a board for each book)

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“The Death Of Matilda Brew (Canvas Carvers Book 1)” by Maegan Alexandria

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The Death Of Matilda Brew (Canvas Carvers Book 1)

by Maegan Alexandria

Genre: Teen & YA/Speculative Fiction

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When cowardly and shy village boy, Andrew Godfrey, loses the girl of his dreams to an unexpected death, he finds her soul captured in a household mirror. In an act of desperation, he flees the town with the mirror, escaping a long lasting fear of his cold mother and a grim looking future. He eventually stumbles upon the Larouche Hotel, which bears the whispered description of being the most sinfully wonderful place around.

At first, his newfound sanctuary offers him not only a roof over his head, but pleasures far beyond those he could imagine. Soon, he begins to spiral into a world where he no longer recognizes his own reflection and, in an attempt to rescue the imprisoned soul of the woman he loves, he realizes the person he really needs to save is himself. Through the eyes of the young man, we witness the hotel patrons fall into a world where good versus evil is so entwined, one begins to look like the other.

With the aid of a mysterious man in black who keeps his cursed daughter hidden from the guests, Andrew searches for the narrow path to goodness directly in the eyes of evil. It’s up to him to secure not only his own life, but the lives of his friends that have fallen into the darkness as well.

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“A Deadly Delivery: A Psychic Cafe Mystery” by April Fernsby

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A Deadly Delivery: A Psychic Cafe Mystery

by April Fernsby

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Paranormal/Psychics

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Karis Booth has had psychic abilities for as long as she can remember. But this is the first time she’s used them to solve a murder.

Things are changing rapidly for Karis. As well as filing for divorce from her unfaithful husband, she decides it’s time to make peace with her estranged sister, Erin. With trepidation, Karis visits the café which Erin owns. To her great relief, Erin welcomes Karis back into her life with open arms.

During their reconciliation, a young woman, Carmel, calls into the café with a bread delivery. As Karis watches Carmel, she experiences a strong psychic vision. She sees two shadows following Carmel. Only one of the shadows belongs to Carmel — the other belongs to the person who is going to murder her later that day.

With help from her sister and an old neighbour, Karis does all that she can to find out who murdered Carmel. It doesn’t help that the investigating officer is an ex-boyfriend who broke up with Karis because he couldn’t cope with her psychic abilities. Despite this, Karis won’t rest until she finds the killer.

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“Haunted Love (Free Short Story)” by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Haunted Love (Free Short Story)

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Genre: Teen & YA/Romance/Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror

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Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith— set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED. This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s latest novel, DIABOLICAL, which unites characters from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

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