Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fiction Letters Giveaway!

Adulting is hard, ya'll.

Nothing fun is ever waiting for you in the mailbox. 
Occasionally, the mailman might bring something that you ordered, but for the most part? 

Junk, junk, and BILLS. Ugh.


via GIPHY

What if you could get something more exciting in the mail?

That's where Fiction Letters comes in!


I just learned about Fiction Letters this week and I am so excited to be sharing it with you! 


Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom for your chance to win your own series of Fiction Letters!





What is
Fiction Letters?

Fiction Letters is great fiction sent to your mailbox as series of 8 personalized letters over 2 months (one letter per week). 


Each series is from an old "friend" that tell an amazing story.
As each of the 8 letters in the series arrive in your mailbox your friend brings you along on a real adventure.
There are currently 4 series options available: The Seeking Justice Series,  The Whistleblower Series, 
The Phantom Cruise Series, and the Scavenger Hunt Series.

The Seeking Justice Series Overview

  • 8 letters sent one per week over two months
  • Letters are from your old friend Jen
  • In Jen’s first letter, she tells you some shocking news - her neighbor was just found dead.  The police say that he killed himself, but Jen doesn’t buy it.  She thinks he was murdered.
  • Over the course of the 8 letters, Jen brings you along on her quest to bring her friend’s murderer to justice
  • Seeking Justice is filled with an amazing cast of characters with twists and turns, action and adventure 


Friday, February 22, 2019

Kingdom of Ash and Soot (The Order of the Crystal Daggers #1)




Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018
Genre: YA/ Historical Fiction/ Adventure

I want to be free.” 

The words came rushing out of me before I could think through their implications and consequences.
There are two things you need to know about yourself if you want to be free—what you stand for, and what you stand against.” Lady Penelope held up her hands, brandishing a pair of daggers that had been hidden in her skirts. “This world lives enslaved to its destruction, and so long as you are living, as long as you are fighting, you will be free.”
I gazed at the daggers, transfixed. Each blade was clothed in a leather scabbard, but the silver and obsidian of the daggers’ hilts winked at me, as though it was calling for me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea,
twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.



Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

I'm completely enamored of fairy tale retellings, especially when they are done with a sinister twist. After all, original fairy tales tend to be darker and deeper than the Disney-fied versions that they have become. If you don't know the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, essentially a King had 12 daughters. Each night, they were locked into their bedroom. Yet, in the morning, their shoes were completely worn out. The King promised the choice of his daughter's hand in marriage to the man who could figure out the mystery. The House of Salt and Sorrows takes this and gives it a wonderfully creepy gothic flourish.

For a debut novel, this is an incredible offering. It's a dark fantasy threaded with almost whimsical mystery and peeks of horror elements. Erin A. Craig weaves this eerie world with its own set of mythologies so perfectly, that you even begin to question whether what's happening is real. The horror components were the best part for me. Unexpected and gruesome, with a gratifying nightmarish quality, those little moments of disturbing terror play out in a way that any horror fan will adore.  Yet, her overall storytelling vibe is hauntingly beautiful and almost poetic.

Even though there are only eight sisters living, the reader is introduced to each in turn. Each sister presents her own distinct personality and traits, even those that are now among the dead. The characters were so well done. You are drawn to have strong feelings about each character, which shows how well written they are. Annaleigh's father as the inattentive, almost neglectful father and of course, with all fairy tales, there's an evil stepmother...or is she? Of course, then you have the handsome love interest and the best friend pining for the MC. All are written in such a way that your estimation wavers throughout until you don't know who is being truthful. When you think you have it mastered, something else occurs and confounds you again. The ending was like being hit by a sledgehammer. 

House of Salt and Sorrows is my #1 read this year, paws down! I'll be saving this one to reread again later. In fact, I kinda want to read it again right now. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next!




About the Author

Erin A. Craig


Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories.

After getting her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, in Theatre Design and Production, she stage managed tragic operas with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky.

An avid reader, a decent quilter, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in Memphis, TN with her husband and daughter. She watches entirely too many horror movies.

Her debut novel, HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS, will be published August 6, 2019 by Delacorte Press.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cold Blooded by Kendall Grey


Series Ohana Book Two Genre Adult Supernatural Suspense Publisher Howling Mad Press 
Publication Date February 19, 2019

As the toughest son with the fewest morals, Manō Alana promised his mother that he’d protect his siblings. Since her death, he’s embraced his role as the family heavy, but killing is the one part of his job he hates. And the awful nightmares driving him to commit violence aren’t doing him any favors—nor is the sinister, ancient magic calling to him from under the slopes of a dormant volcano.


A shakeup in power between rival drug lords reveals a half brother Manō didn’t know he had, complicating the Alana family’s plans to take over the marijuana trade on Maui. Not only that, but one wrong move could turn the sexy cop he’s involved with against the family.


When a crime the Alanas fought hard to bury is exposed, their whole cartel is in danger. Now Manō’s blood has him trapped between two clans: the siblings he’s loved since they were kids, and the ruthless, shadowy kin he just learned he has.


Manō can either succumb to the darkness threatening to drag him under or tap in to its power and embrace his role as a cold-blooded killer.


Monday, February 18, 2019

It's Monday. What Are You Reading? #19


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date
This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Glasgow Kiss by CS Duffy - Author Interview and Giveaway

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Glasgow Kiss Episode 1. (Publication Date: February 7th, 2019) Genre: Thriller/ Serial Killer

How Far Would You Go To Catch A Serial Killer?


Glasgow Kiss by CS Duffy cover
Haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to tell best friend Lorna that he loved her before she was murdered, Ruari sets out to track down the man he saw her with the night before she was murdered - the man police are certain was her killer.

Forensic psychologist Amy Kerr has been watching prominent Glasgow lawyer Alec McAvoy for months, certain that he is the so-called Dancing Girls Killer who evaded capture in London five years previously.

Now Ruari and Amy are closing in on the same man - but every step they take draws them deeper into the killer’s web.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Vacation From Hell by Kathy Dinisi - Tour and Giveaway


Hell Bound is the first Novella in a post-apocalyptic series.


How far would you go to save your family?



Sam and Mathew finally get a chance to go on a train ride to the Grand Canyon-- alone. Leaving their two kids back in California, they are excited for a weekend of rest.



When a zombie Apocalypse breaks out, the couple must try to fight their way back to California to see if their kids are still alive. In this harrowing story of love and survival in a world that is crumbling by death and destruction, we follow Sam and Mathew through their struggle to reunite with their children.



Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey book cover

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.

All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.



Available February 20th!


Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Break An Undead Heart by Hailey Edwards

Grier finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: Boaz Pritchard. Too bad her dream boyfriend is keeping her up nights, just not in a sweaty or fun way. Boaz has dialed down the Southern charm and stopped returning her calls. His job forces him to keep secrets, but his radio silence is cranking up her suspicions. He’s a shameless flirt, but he’s her shameless flirt… right? 

Soon an attack on Woolworth House leaves her with bigger problems than he loves me, he loves me not. Vampires are on the prowl, and they aren’t the only predators circling. A new threat has emerged, one with blood rights to Grier. With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose her allies, and the decision could make or break her… and her heart. 



Warning: This book contains a buttload of zombie parakeet poop. Like grab a poncho and thank me later. Watch out, y’all. It’s about to hit the fan. Hearts will break, and heads will roll. Literally.

Chronicles of a Hero Book Tour and Giveaway



Prelude to a Hero
Chronicles of a Hero Book 1 by Jaime Buckley 
Genre: YA Fantasy


Nerd. Introvert. 
He was the hero they never knew they wanted.

All Wendell hoped for was a decent job, a hot new car and a girlfriend to match. 

What he got was the mantle of a legendary hero, the heart of a girl who had no idea who he really was…and a diamond bigger than his fist.

What could possibly go wrong?


Prelude to a Hero is book one in the Chronicles of a Hero series, by Jaime Buckley. If you enjoyed Tiffany Aching, Harry Potter or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then you’ll love this humorous, original epic fantasy, packed with magic, mystery and sharp kicks to the funny bone.

"I'm already a HUGE fan of fantasy fiction, this book appealed to me as I

felt it would be something new and unique... I wasn't left
disappointed!"

**only 99 cents**



My Thoughts

Prelude to a Hero is a short, quick read. I think it has a lot of potential as a great fantasy series for younger, male readers. There are great characters, an interesting new world to explore, and plenty of humor to go around. The storyline is pretty straightforward: geeky, unassuming guy discovers that the world has been waiting for a hero...and he's it! 

The first chapter is a bit confusing as far as an introduction to the world building goes. There's even a pronunciation guide in the back, but don't let this dissuade you from continuing. We meet our MC soon enough and once we do, we're off on an epic adventure with plenty of laughs along the way. The narrator often interjects with quips, which adds to the enjoyable writing style. I found it quirky and often funny, but I'd imagine being a prepubescent boy would find it downright hilarious. 

The author is a fantastic illustrator so you can easily imagine how this would play out as a comic. I'd love to see more of it.


Race to Til-Thorin
Chronicles of a Hero Book 2

Dream girls. Fried snails. A 30” bodyguard with pink ponytails.

Being a hero comes with learning curves.
The curve of a hip. The curve of a sword. The curve of a sucker punch as it connects with your face.

It wouldn’t be so bad if Wendell had professionals to help him.

Instead, he’s stuck with a feisty gnome, a senile old wizard and a green skinned, cigar-smoking babysitter to guide him. Is it too late to quit?

Fans of epic fantasy will cheer Wendell on as the Chronicles of a Hero series continues in book two. Those who enjoy the world building skills of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Brandon Sanderson willsurely get addicted to this original new world.

Feed your fantasy needs and grab your copy today!

"I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I don't KNOW how long it's
been. Just when the tension is about to make my heart pop, Chuck or
Dax or a situation will pop up and make you laugh."



Into the Fire

Chronicles of a Hero Book 3


Stranded, alone…with a tree sticking out of his bellybutton.

Wendell’s task is simple: get to Til-Thorin Keep.
No problem.

Add to that no map, no help and no flippin’ idea where he is and you have a day in the life of our hero.

Oh and—we forgot to add the army of cannibals now nipping at his heels. It just might be the death of him.

Elemental magic and nail-biting action are what you can expect in book three of 
Chronicles of a Hero. Fans of Dragonlance and The Hobbit will love this new addition to the series.

Don’t wait to grab your copy—buy one today!

"I think this book will be well-liked by those who like Harry Potter, but I think it goes to a new level where those who didn't like Harry Potter can still love this book!"


Trench Wars
Chronicles of a Hero Book 4


Wizards. Elves. Giant Robots with Automatic Weapons.

Wendell is dying for a change of scenery, but Clockworks City has a ban on all outsiders.

It’s a law punishable by death.

So how does a 5’ 10” human hide among 1.5 BILLION gnomes? 
By competing in the #1 televised extreme sport in the country, of course.

Enjoy bullets, babes and a bowl of mushroom soup as this series jumps from humorous fantasy to comical science fiction! If you enjoy a good
laugh, intense action and unexpected endings, you’ll love book four in the Chronicles of a Hero series.

Grab your copy and keep the epic buzz going!


"(got yelled at by mom to put my Nook away all week....*sigh*) It was that good." 


Second Chances
Chronicles of a Hero Book 5




Fame. Fortune. Thrown into the City incinerator.

Wendell’s chance at the title was always a long shot. Since then he’s been on TV, Radio and even has the attention of The Church.

Fact is, he’s more popular than ever.

So why are people trying to kill him?
(It’s the cheesy goatee, isn’t it.)

Second Chances is book 5 in Jaime Buckley’s Chronicles of a Hero series. Laugh, cheer and bite your nails as this epic fantasy takes you on a crazy ride, twisting down ramps and out a back window! 





Pick up a copy today!



"You know you have found a great book when you want to slap the author and

give the author a hug at the same time, when you take some of the
plot turns personally." 


The Truth About Lies
Chronicles of a Hero Book 6



Caught. Tortured. Scheduled for execution. Any Questions?

Wendell and Dax are exposed and the gnomes of Clockwork City are freaking out. 

Are they spies? Is this an invasion? Was this all just a terror tactic to get gnomes to pay their taxes?

Now with Wendell under arrest and Dax under armed guard, it’s going to take a pardon from President Shrub to set them free.

Good thing Chuck’s planning to kidnap his kids.



The Truth About Lies is book six in the Chronicles of a Hero series by
Jaime Buckley. The series that makes you laugh, squirm, grit your
teeth and has you begging for more.

Make sure to grab yourself a copy!



"I loved this book because it takes a misfit who was never really liked
or appreciated and it shows the beginning of the process of him
unlocking his potential and becoming something greater than anyone
would have imagined for such a small, insignificant person."




The Price of Fame

Chronicles of a Hero Book 7



Honest Politicians. Humane Terrorists. Religious Devils.

Then it gets confusing…

Wendell’s learned that gnomes are just as irritating and dangerous as humans…they just come in smaller packaging.

Citizens are rebelling, the government’s collapsing, the Church is selling off the poor and Dax’s head on the chopping block.

All Chuck needs to get everyone home is a city wide diversion, a flying S.L.A.G., four lawyers, a hand grenade…and a tiny bit of
string.

It feels good when a plan comes together!

The Price of Fame is book seven in the Chronicles of a Hero series by
author Jaime Buckley. If you love a good laugh and incredible plot
twists to keep you guessing, this book will curl your toes and put a
smirk on your face!

"…packed with wild imaginations and inspirations. It’s a rarity that a YA
book contains the combination of those three things but Wanted: Hero
has them. Seriously, you don’t want to miss reading this book in
your lifetime."


**Special Tour Promo!!**
Get all 8 books + 2 Wallpapers for only $9.99!!

Jaime Buckley married young, winning the heart of a beautiful Samoan

princess and together, they had 12 amazing children.

One of the original ‘lost boys’ of Peter Pan, Jaime never truly grew up. Though he is
respected as a traditional father figure, he still enjoys late night
conversations with Santa Clause, flirting with the Tooth Fairy and
has an occasional beer with Bigfoot. Wizards and warriors seek
his counsel while monsters tremble at the mention of his name.

An accomplished writer and illustrator of all things fictional, Jaime has a passion
to entertain and uplift. He loves God, his country, his family and
continues to expand his influence and friendships by stepping
onto the Twitch platform as a Creative streamer. Jaime can always be
found through Wanted Hero, his greatest project, and
passion.



Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!





Three amazing prizes!!!

#1)A one-of-a-kind full color HD character sketch from the books--of ANY character the winner
wants, created in a live stream session and autographed to the winner
by name. (a $300 value)

#2) a PDF copy of the first 5 unedited chapters of Chronicles
of a Hero, Book 8: Howling Shadows 
(scheduled to be released fall 2019)

#3) A digital copy of 'An Unsolvable Problem' (any format)--the Origin Story of Dax, one of
the main characters of the Chronicles of a Hero story (not available
for sale).