Monday, January 28, 2013

Phantom Book Blitz - Laura DeLuca





Phantom

Laura DeLuca
 
 
 

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


 

Excerpt:

The orchestra tuned for its virtuoso, and Justyn stood ready. But no one else was ready for the magical performance he began. Beside her, Carmen was rambling on about something mundane. Rebecca elbowed her to silence so she could listen to the perfectly thrilling tenor. As she listened to the song unfold, the world around her started to slip away. Gone was the high school auditorium. Gone were the rowdy teenagers. The Gothic stranger on the stage had become the embodiment of Erik, and Rebecca watched him in all his dark glory, belting out his tormented love through the words of his song. And she was as breathless with wonder as Christine herself must have been when the masked stranger serenaded her in the candlelit labyrinth of the opera house. In that moment, Justyn wasn’t just portraying the phantom. Justyn was the phantom.

                                               “Let the music touch your soul.

                                                 Let the darkness make you whole.

                                                 Do not fear what is unknown.

                                                 Your true path has now been shown.

                                                 Listen to the words I sing.

                                                 Embrace the peace that night will bring.”

As he continued to sing in his deep but somehow angelic voice, Rebecca found that she couldn’t tear her eyes away from him. With every line, her heart began to beat faster.  She truly felt the arms of night wrapping her in a warm embrace. She could almost feel the hands of the phantom glide along her body as the words poured forth. The music caressed her. It possessed her—mind, body and soul. Each word left her longing, yearning for more.

She was gawking so obviously, it was hardly surprising when Justyn felt her eyes on him and steadily met her gaze. She realized her mouth was hanging open in stunned awe, and she quickly snapped it shut. His lips moved into just a small hint of a smile. He never took his eyes off her while he sang the final verse, making her cheeks flush to the point that she felt almost feverish. But it wasn’t embarrassment but excitement, arousal even, which was sending her mind spinning in so many directions.

When the song was over, and Rebecca had recovered just a hint of her composure, she couldn’t help but burst into a healthy round of applause. A few scattered people joined in, including Debbie and Carmen after she nudged them in the ribs. But only Miss King seemed to truly appreciate the brilliance of his talent as much as Rebecca did.

 “That was amazing, Justyn!” the teacher gushed.

 “Lord Justyn,” he corrected as he stepped down from the stage.

A few others complimented him as well, but he took in all in stride. In fact, his serious expression never faltered as he stepped down from the stage. He seemed almost bored, like it was all he could do to hold back a yawn, despite the smiles and words of encouragement.

But not everyone in the crowd was pleased as Justyn glided down the aisle, so ethereal in his dark garments that he still resonated the spirit of the Opera Ghost. Miss King might have been excited about the newest male addition to her cast after being limited for many years, but Tom and his group of boisterous companions glared at him as he passed them by.  Jay sneered and tossed a balled up piece of paper in Justyn’s direction, but the Goth was quick, and caught it in his hand without missing a beat.

 “I think you dropped something,” he said.

His speaking voice was no less melodic than his singing voice, but something about his tone made Rebecca shiver. He tossed the paper back at Jay, who was nowhere near as coordinated as Justyn. He practically fell off his seat in his efforts to catch it.

 “Hey vampire,” Tom called when Justyn went to walk away. “Are you sure you can handle the competition?”

Justyn smiled, a cool, sarcastic half-smile, and crossed his arms over his chest. “Are you?”

Miss King didn’t notice the short confrontation, and Justyn vanished from the auditorium as quickly and mysteriously as he had appeared. Only Rebecca had noticed the very real tension between the two boys. She wondered if it was a bad omen for them to start off the production with hard feelings and envy. That could only lead to trouble. The kind of trouble that could end with someone getting hurt.  The kind of trouble that Rebecca would do whatever it took to avoid.


About the Author:
 
 
 

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan and Player.


 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bewitch by Felicity Heaton Book Review

BEWITCH 
Title: Bewitch (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #5)
Author: Felicity Heaton
Length: 211 pages / 64,000 words
Ebook Price: $3.99
Genre: erotic vampire romance
Release date: January 19th 2013
Series: Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series
Heat level: erotic romance, contains frequent love scenes, some light BDSM and submission / dominance themes.
Cover: 

Blurb:

A vampire with a past stained with blood and a soul tainted with darkness, he is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld threatens to reawaken long denied hungers and tempts him with carnal pleasure.

Payne despises the incubus side of his mixed genes and refuses to give it free rein, but when the wickedly sexy Elissa offers him a possible way to help a friend, he finds it difficult to resist paying the price, even if it will be his undoing—one night of passion at her command.

Elissa is a witch down on her luck until Payne comes crashing into her life. The dangerously handsome male is the key to fulfilling a promise she made, but he is also forbidden, and surrendering to the wildfire passion he stirs within her means risking ruin and death.

When one incredible night of fulfilling their deepest fantasies leads to more than just a pathway to keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?




MY REVIEW




Bewitch is Splendid in character development, vivid descriptions, and as per usual: an engaging storyline. Of course with the electricity coming right off the pages you will certainly be not only bewitched by this instalment of The Vampire Erotic series it will leave you wanting more!!

This story is set away from The Vampire Erotic theatre, and for me it was certainly a nice change in the storyline to be set elsewhere. Not that I don’t enjoy the Vampire Erotic Theatre aspects, but Payne and Elissa ventured into unknown territory to help others in need, and away from the Theatre. However we do see the characters from the previous books in this story.

Bewitch is filled with passion and forbidden love, loss, heartache and tortured souls.

Felicity always portrays her tortured heroes with such depth you can’t help but fall for them, feel sorry for them, as well as see the story behind them. We are given insight into Payne’s painful past but also into his future with Elissa and a journey not only of love but forgiveness and moving on.

Elissa is a little witch in more ways then one ;)

She not only tantalizes Payne but shows him her wicked ways.

I enjoyed her as a character and even at times the quirky banter. She is a strong female character , this I enjoy - not a whiny female you often read in romance stories.


This is Payne’s story – and it’s a little darker than most of the series to date. Felicity has also woven elements of Bsdm into this novel. Very mild but tantalizing and luscious none the less. It certainly has the heat cranked up in this instalment, giving the reader not only a taste of submission but also great interaction between the characters.

The chemistry between Payne and Elissa is off the charts, a witch – and an Incubus who refuses to submit to his nature. Elissa not only brings out the side of Payne he wants to hide, but has him wanting more than just passion.

Overall – This fifth instalment of this series is my favourite to date... But I’m sure I say that with every new instalment loll.

If you’re after smoking hot vampires, deliciously sexy scenes, and a storyline that will pique your attention from page one then this Vampire Erotic story is for you!

Buy your copy today you wont be disappointed !!!
Felicity Heaton

 Paranormal Romances with Passion Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk

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Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/ 

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 Author of: VET series -- enter Vampirerotique, a dark sexy vampire theatre 

Her Angel -- best selling acclaimed angel romance series 

Vampires Realm -- critically acclaimed paranormal romance series 

Sons of Lyra & Daughters of Lyra -- best selling science fiction romance series






Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Tiny Secret - C A Kunz - Cover Reveal and Giveaway !

CoCover Reveal for Adam Kunz latest 
book 


One Tiny Secretre

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Just one tiny secret…has the potential to ruin everything.
Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater between social circles at school, and up until now this has kept her out of trouble, but that’s all about to change. After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled as a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. Not to mention the resurfacing of an old flame, in the form of her ex-best friend’s swoon-worthy older brother, only makes matters more complicated. Then an elusive person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets if she doesn't cooperate. When she refuses to play along, the person’s actions take a violent turn, and the quaint town of Holden Ridge completely loses its false sense of security. Who can Dani turn to? Who can she really trust when anyone around her could be a suspect? One thing’s for certain though…never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Garden of Stones - Sophie Littlefield Book Review

 Garden of stones - Sophie Littlefield.
 
Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.

Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up — along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans — and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.

Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own.       
 
 
My thoughts
 
3 1/2 stars
 
 
Garden of stones is a story that will not only pull at your heart strings but have you blown away by the sacrifices for love.
There are many scenes within this story that will have you cringing in horror – cause your insides to do flips, and also cry with the characters for the love and scarifies they choose to make.
I’ve never read anything about the Japanese – and American rounding up before and this story surely does pait a vivid picture and portrays the United States in a very black and bleak light.
The characters within the story are very well described, and detailed. Making you as the reader believe all that is scripted within the pages.  Life isn’t easy at all for them. And with the book having so much depth within the characters you can relate to them from beginning to end.
As a reader one can only hope good things for the characters in this story. But it certainly wasn’t painted a perfect picture.
The end was not what I had wished for – but overall this story was intriguing and certainly interesting from the first till last pages.  I learnt a few things I never knew. aka as mentioned above.
It’s a serious and certainly very in-depth read, and with Sophie’s vivid descriptions you can certainly visualize the Manzanar camp and many more scenes within the story.  
Not really my kind of story after reading this book, but the book was certainly well written and I think being a mother it certainly brought to real life the things we would certainly do to save the ones we love.
 Thank you to Harlequin for suppyling this book for my honest opinion and review.
 
 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spotlight of LM Preston's Purgatory Reign






LM Preston
 
 

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Title: Purgatory Reign

Series: Purgatory Reign, Book 1

Release: ebook (March 2013) Print (May 2013)              

Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, SciFi

ISBN: 978-0-9850251-3-7

EBook: 978-0-985-0251-4-4

 

Blurb

Tagline: Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.

 

Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints' life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.

 

Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give - his blood.

 

On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It's the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

 


Excerpt:

 

A sickening thump made Peter jerk around. His face crinkled with

fury. The car threw the sparse girl’s body upwards into the air, and sped

off down the street. She bounced several times on the pavement. Peter ran

and knelt beside her. Blood dribbled from her lip. And he felt like gar-

bage, being the cause of her injury.

She smiled at him. “Petah. I…knew you would come.” Her dazed

eyes never left his face. “Take me home, Petah.”

He shook his head and searched around. Surprised the street was now

deserted. Tendrils of guilt filled his chest. Another one…my damn fault.

My fault.