Monday, March 30, 2015

See This COVER REVEAL for The Tour

The Tour by Shelby Rebecca 
(Phoenix Rising #2)
 
Publication date: Fall 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Mia, the saint

Kolton, the sinner

The Tour is the conclusion to The Stage: a Phoenix Rising Novel

After the finale of The Stage, Mia comes to terms with where she’s placed in the competition. But that night, Kolton and Mia come face-to-face with both of their biggest fears: fire and loss. Not everyone will survive, and the challenges that their relationship cause won’t end when the show does.

Kolton needs Mia’s trust, and he’ll do anything to get it—even exposing himself and what makes him vulnerable. He’ll do anything to keep her.  Knowing the choice is hers to make doesn’t make it any easier. The secret about the night of the finale, about the choices made in a moment of survival can’t stay hidden when a celebrity’s life is fodder for the masses.

In the midst of this chaos and loss, Mia has to balance her love for Kolton and the future of her career. Will she sign with him, letting him be her boss with control over her future? Or will she go out on her own, with a sup par record contract so that she stands on her own equal to Kolton in her own right?

When there are so many questions and decisions to be made, going on tour could either make things clearer or make all the weaknesses in their relationship pull to the surface. Those fissures either get stronger, or break so permanently nothing can repair them.

When loves burns so bright, is it sustainable?





AUTHOR BIO:
Shelby grew up between two mountains and a lake in Wasilla, Alaska. She used to run around in the tall grass, catch frogs, rescue dragonflies, ride horses, and ice-skate during recess. She still likes adventures and has even gone skydiving. Today she lives in Northern California with her husband, John and their daughter, Elise, their two dogs, and a fish named Jade. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Time for an EXCERPT - Orenda Blitz

Here's a little sneak peek.... A little taste of what's inside.... An excerpt from ORENDA by Ruth Silver!

Willow scoffed at the idea, grabbed his arm, and pushed him down onto his knees, her hand tight 
behind his back. “I think you’ve mistaken me for someone else. Don’t touch me, creep.”

“Got it.” Bray winced, relieved when she let go of him. He rubbed his sore arm where she'd death-
gripped him. “Who's Eilith?”

She stepped toward the stone door and bent down to examine the keyhole. “Of course, it's made of 
dead pixies!”

Bray watched, but he refused to approach her after what she'd done to him. “Dead pixies? As in 
fairies?” he asked, walking to the side window. He glanced outside to see the pink sun gradually setting.

“When silver touches pixies, they die. Their remains, in the form of dust, become a weapon that 
shields us from using our power. To answer your question earlier, no, pixies are not the same as fairies. It would do you well to learn that, should you ever come across one.”

“This isn’t funny, Lil.”

“I don't joke, and it’s Willow,” she said, correcting him. There was no hint of humor in her voice.  “Pixies and fairies do not get along. Come over here,” she commanded him.

“No way.” Bray hesitated. “I'm not falling for that again.”

“Just do it.” Her voice held an urgency to it. “I saw you earlier at the door.” She gestured toward the 
lock. “You were able to touch it. You're not from here, which perhaps means your blood is immune to dead pixies.”

“The name's Bray, by the way,” he said as he hesitated before he approached the door. “What do 
you want me to do?”

“Bray.” She paused, giving him a putrid look. “Put your palm to the keyhole and I can handle the 
rest,” Willow said. 

Bray did as instructed and pressed his palm to the lock. He masked his fear behind his eyes. 

“Good, you're immune. Now, let's try this.” She moved to rest her hand on his.

 “Is it working?”

Heavy footsteps erupted from just outside the chamber.

“Quick!” Willow pulled Bray away from the door. “Get back.” The door swung open and Bray 
stumbled backwards.

Bray glanced from Willow to the strange dark-haired woman looming over them in a black lace dress.  Her fingernails were dark as night with a strange translucent appearance. Her lips were a deep fiery red, and her eyes held no hint of color or light. Her skin was incredibly pale. Had she ever been outside?

“What's going on?” Bray asked once he’d steadied his heartbeat.

“Silence!” the woman said. She held up her hand, making it impossible for Bray to speak again. He 
struggled to breathe. She not only sucked out his voice, but also the air from his lungs. After a moment, she lowered her hand and Bray fell to the stone floor, gasping. He didn't bother to get up again. “Come now. If you wish to live, you'll do as I tell you. Understand?” his tormentor said.

It's All About ORENDA by Ruth Silver

ORENDA by Ruth Silver 
(Orenda #1) 
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.








Purchase (FREE on Amazon and iTunes right now):





AUTHOR BIO:
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories. 


She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. 



Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.


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Cover REVEAL for Discovering April

Discovering April 

by Sheena Hutchinson 
Publication date: April 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance



Synopsis:
April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.
Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society.
But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years.

What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

A new adult love story filled with drama, sex, death, and the complications of all of the above. 



You know you want to Pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V46MYJ4

Especially when you see this SALE ALERT:
Discovering April will be on Pre-Order sale for $0.99 until 5/1/2015!
--Starting 4/27/2015 The Seraphina Series will also be on sale until 5/1 in honor of April’s release!
Starting 5/1 Discovering April will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited 


AUTHOR BIO:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire. 
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website www.SheenaHutchinson.com.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cover REVEAL for Othello Station by Rachael Wade

Othello Station 
by Rachael Wade 

Publication date: June 22nd 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance

What's it's all about???


Every woman in my life is supposed to be like Othello Station – a last stop. Unless they know how to keep their distance. I’ve managed to maintain a routine, one that works for me and one I have no intention of ever changing. But this dove came along. Soft and delicate, tainting my thoughts. I can think of twenty different ways to get rid of her. I need this dove to take flight.

But she won’t fly away.

She won’t release me from her cage.

Her wings ensnare me.

And now I want to get off this train. I wish I never boarded this ride. Because I’m about to crash and take this dove with me. But sometimes you can’t stop the crash. Sometimes you just have to hang on and let the flames ignite. Let the fire burn.

Sometimes, the fire is what saves you.



AUTHOR BIO:

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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Learn More about AUTHOR Natasha Boyd

Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd 

(Deep Blue Eternity #1) 
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


AUTHOR BIO:
Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author with a background in marketing and public relations.  Her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer’s Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker on book marketing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cast of characters in her head.

Author links:
https://www.facebook.com/authornatashaboyd
http://pinterest.com/lovefrmlowcntry/
https://twitter.com/lovefrmlowcntry
http://www.natashaboyd.com

Want to know more about Natasha Boyd??

Natasha answered some questions for us - see what she had to say about herself and her writing:

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Book, Kindle, phone (with kindle app), pen and paper for inspiration, updated inspiration playlist.

If you had to sum your book up in 30 or less words, what would you say? 

DEEP BLUE ETERNITY is a deeply emotional book and while it deals with some tough issues, it’s about the aftermath and recovery of those things in our past. It’s about forgiveness and it’s about how falling in love changes us.

Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover? 

My son says the books he reads that he holds in his hands stay with him longer. I might be inclined to agree. But in the end, I just love books. For ease of transport and instant gratification (1-click buy anyone?) - eBooks.

And the really important questions....

White wine or red? 

White

Coffee or tea? 

Tea

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? 

Swirl

And don't forget to enter for your chance to win one of the amazing prizes that Natasha is offering in her Release Blitz Giveaway... Enter below!!! 



**And remember, you can enter to win a FREE E-book copy of 
DEEP BLUE ETERNITY simply by commenting with your 
full name and contact info between March 25-31, 2015 on any 
DEEP BLUE ETERNITY post here on this blog or on my Facebook Page! 
Winner will be announced on March 31, 2015**

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's a DEEP BLUE ETERNITY Giveaway!!

You Could Win!!!

Here on Ups, Downs, Ins and Outs you have the chance to win a FREE E-book copy of the brand new contemporary romance release from Natasha Boyd... DEEP BLUE ETERNITY!

It's super simple to enter = simply COMMENT on any DEEP BLUE ETERNITY posts here or on my Facebook Page between March 25-31, 2015 - make sure to include your full name in your comment and way to contact you.  

Then watch our posts - we will select and announce the winner the evening of March 31, 2015 (and attempt to contact by other means).  The winner must respond to apalusalight@gmail.com no later then 8:00pm (MST) on April 1, 2015 to claim the prize!!

And if that's NOT ENOUGH - Natasha Boyd is also having a giveaway with a few really amazing prizes... 
  • $150 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3 Signed Paperbacks of Deep Blue Eternity
  • 5 Infinity/Anchor Karma Bracelets
All you have to do is enter below:



Find Your Heart in DEEP BLUE ETERNITY

Deep Blue Eternity 
by Natasha Boyd 
(Deep Blue Eternity #1) 
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.


Reviews for DEEP BLUE ETERNITY by Natasha Boyd

"A captivating, heart-wrenching, beautifully written story about those who scar us and those who help us heal. I could not put it down and am still thinking about it!" 

Mia Sheridan, New York Times Bestselling author of Archer’s Voice


"Boyd skillfully navigates the scorching physical desire and personal insecurities of her protagonists, crafting a relationship that is tense, torrid and sure to keep the pages turning." 


RT Book Reviews


“Fans of the Sea of Tranquility or Mia Sheridan will absolutely love this story.” 


MissIngrid’s reviews.


“I can’t recall ever reading a novel that made me laugh, smile, cry… just, feel as much as this one did.” 

Books over Bros Reviews

Do you want a chance to win a FREE COPY of the DEEP BLUE ETERNITY E-Book???
For your chance to win, simply comment on any of today's 
DEEP BLUE ETERNITY posts! 
*** The winner of this free copy of the e-book will be selected on March 31, 2015 ***

Can't wait that long to read DEEP BLUE ETERNITY by Natasha BoydDEEP BLUE ETERNITY will be available starting March 26, 2015!  

You can purchase your copy at the following online vendors:


~~~~~ Wait!!! There are still more prizes!!!! ~~~~~~

As part of the release blitz, Natasha is also giving away:
  • $150 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3 Signed Paperbacks of Deep Blue Eternity
  • 5 Infinity/Anchor Karma Bracelets
Do YOU want a chance to win one of these amazing giveaway prizes??
Simply click on the following link and enter your info!!!

Are you ready for the DEEP BLUE ETERNITY??




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TUESDAYS TUNES: Take a Visit to Middle Earth With Me

Since the first Middle Earth movie was released 14 years ago in the form of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, both Heli-Dad and I have been rabid fans of the franchise. Every movie and every album that has been released has had a couple brilliant gems of music (both instrumental and tracks with vocals) and The Hobbit movies of the last couple years have been no different.  Peter Jackson and all his Middle Earth minions have provided my family with hours upon hours of entertainment in the form of both movies to watch, and music to listen too. 

In honour of the release today of the final movie of Jackson's Middle Earth sagas - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, this week we have two songs for Tuesdays Tunes!! 


I SEE FIRE by Ed Sheeran
(on The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug album)

YouTube link for music video: http://youtu.be/mllXxyHTzfg


THE LAST GOODBYE by Billy Boyd
(on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies album)


I'm posting on the go today, as I'm on the way to see my brand new neice (or nephew) and couldn't get the videos to post - please click the links to see and hear these 2 great songs!!!!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Suggestions and Recommendations

It's SUPER EASY to submit recommendations and suggestions for review, discussion, promotion and more!!

 
Book and/or Book Series suggestions can now be submitted by filling in the short form found HERE or by emailing apalusalight@gmail.com.
 
Movie and TV suggestions should be emailed to apalusalight@gmail.com - not all suggestions can be viewed and are subject to the local availability of the shows.

The Return of TUESDAYS TUNES

I took the kid crew (Princess, Gamer Boy and Angel Face) to see the new Cinderella on Friday and we all loved it – even Gamer Boy! 
 
Princess insisted this song was the very best take away from the movie.  Princess and Angel Face were enthralled by every single second of the movie and have already insisted that we must buy this adaptation of Cinderella as soon as it’s available. 
 
Actually Princess insisted we purchase the soundtrack album before we even left the theatre.  And then we had to listen to STRONG (sung by Sonna Rele) on repeat for a couple hours...  I guess it's a good thing I really enjoy the song too.
 
So here is the first song posted in the return of TUESDAYS TUNES...

STRONG by Sonna Rele
 


Enjoy friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Release: FORBIDDEN by Kiki Howell


Releasing March 14th, 2015,
available for a Limited Time at the
special Pre-Order price of $0.99 !


Blurb:


James Alexander Whitmore III, better known as Jaws as a joke among his co-workers, doesn’t even want to be on this cruise he’s been guilted into.


A rule-breaker in his CEO father’s eyes, he’s a software engineer who designs video games. Although, he’s not your typical geek, either, with his muscular body framed by long, dark hair and home to tribal tattoos from his latest successful game.


After traveling around the world to gain certificates as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, Samantha has finally landed her perfect job working on a cruise ship. As a staff member, Sam has the run of the ship. She can fraternize with the passengers, but being caught in flagrante delicto is grounds for immediate dismissal.


While an adventurer, she’s not a rule-breaker, so this poses a problem when she meets Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious. While she can’t imagine fitting into the world of a man who can rent a secluded cabin in the Grand Turks for the five hours they are in port, he just may prove to be her greatest adventure yet, in the bedroom and out.
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Available Now at AmazonAll Romance EbooksNNP Store


Reviews:

 “This book is sexy, sweet, funny and absolutely worth devouring! Watching Samantha struggle with her decision and Jaws flirting with destiny had me glued to the pages.” 
~5 Stars, Ava Mallory

“The romance that flourishes between them is swoon-worthy, and the narrative is far too good to not read all in one setting. I didn’t want to put it down! If there is one thing Kiki Howell knows how to do, it’s write a romance that is the perfect blend of erotic sensuality and passionate romance.
Your breath will catch, your face will flush. You will swoon, you will sigh. In the end, you will read the final word with a smile on your face. That’s how you know it’s a great romance.” 
~ 5 Stars from AP Bullard, Triskele reviews

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

It's a Cover REVEAL for Kinsey Taylor's new novel: CRUSHING MISERY


Crushing Misery

Kinsey Taylor

Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 3rd, 2015
Synopsis:

Have you ever lost the will to fight?

Kennedy Anderson has continually struggled with the crummy hand life has dealt her.  A failed, abusive marriage has left her worn, yet relieved that the past is finally locked away.  Unfortunately, the past has a way of repeating itself.  Once again faced with tragedy and despair, Kennedy’s anguish is multiplied by the fact that she doesn’t suffer alone; she now has a two year old daughter, Ashlynn.

Love has only served to complicate Corbin Nash’s life.

He’s focused, hardworking, and dedicated to regaining his middleweight title until the unlikely duo of Kennedy and Ashlynn enter his life.  While trying to help her fight her demons, Corbin finds his own resurfacing, steadily revealing the secrets he’s worked so hard to keep buried the last eighteen years.

Two beaten and battered souls, desperate to break free of the misery...

Will they cower to their plagued pasts, or will they fight through the despair and finally find the happiness that has evaded them their entire lives
?


AND THERE'S A GIVEAWAY!
 
Kinsey is offering a $20 Gift Card for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (INTL)
All you have to do is click on the link below and enter!!
 
You could win: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2ab81bf910/
 

 
Author Kinsey Taylor lives in the beautiful state of Washington. You'll find her running after her three crazy minions, two food-loving dogs, and a moody cat who believes he's the King of their castle.  Her inspiration for her books comes from deep in her heart, inspired by her soul mate and husbands adoring support. The everlasting romantic, Kinsey's writing is sure to give twists, turns, and plenty of drama that will leave you breathless.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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