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Vision (Blog Tour)

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I’m so happy to be part of the blog tour for Vision!  (Note: I work for this company, although I have not worked on this book in any way.)

About the Book

Title: VISION

Author: Lisa Amowitz

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Pub. Date: September 9, 2014

Find it: Goodreads|Amazon|Barnes& Noble

The light is darker than you think…

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High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer’s next victim.

Now let’s get to the guest post!

I asked Lisa to share her favorite scene from the book.  Here’s what she picked:

“I think my favorite scene in the book is when Gabe (Gabriella) visits Bobby on the porch of his family’s decaying and abandoned house with three hamburger dinners from the restaurant.

It’s not a scene where Bobby comes off as remotely likable, but hopefully it illustrates his conundrum. He’s attracted to this beautiful and unattainable girl, who oddly, is clearly attracted to him. But he can’t accept this possibility. Instead of taking the risk of putting his fragile heart on the line, Bobby pushes her away. It’s much safer to deny himself. He’s lost too much in his life and he’s too broken to risk losing anymore.

I love the imagery—the blue wildflowers that Gabe innocently picks on her way through the overgrown meadow down to the house—the way the dog Pete scampers happily beside her. The chemistry and electricity between Bobby and Gabe is palpable—almost painful—yet what does Bobby do? He pushes Gabe away. After she leaves, he notices the blue petals he’d crushed that have stained his palm blue.

I think this scene tells you everything you need to know about Bobby Pendell. He’s hurting terribly, but he will always deny his own needs. It’s not until someone he loves is in danger that he finally takes bold action to change that.”

About Lisa:

Lisa

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

 

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

To contact Lisa try:  
Website |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | PinterestGoodreads
Giveaway Details:

2 Signed copies of Vision and swag for 2 winners US ONLY.  Click here to enter.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/1/2014- Word to DreamsInterview

9/1/2014- Books Complete MeReview

9/2/2014- Suzy Turner, YA AuthorGuest Post

9/2/2014- Her Book Thoughts!Review

9/3/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview

9/3/2014- The Bookie MonsterReview

9/4/2014- One Guy’s Guide to Good ReadsGuest Post

9/4/2014- Reader GirlsReview

9/5/2014- Realm of the Sapphired DragonInterview

9/5/2014- Amaterasu ReadsReview

 

Week Two:

9/8/2014- The YA Lit ChickGuest Post

9/8/2014- Buried Under BooksReview

9/9/2014- Anonymous Interests – Interview

9/9/2014- In Between The Lines – Review

9/10/2014- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post

9/10/2014- Dalene’s Book ReviewsReview

9/11/2014- Avid Reader MusingsInterview

9/11/2014- Operation AwesomeReview

9/12/2014- kellyvisionGuest Post

9/12/2014- Reese’s Reviews- Review

 

 

Hunt for Valamon Cover Reveal and Excerpt

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Hunt For Valamon is by DK Mok and will be out April 7, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

Deep in the heart of the Talgaran Empire, Algaris Castle has been breached. No one knows how, why, or by whom. The only thing taken is twenty-eight year old Crown Prince Valamon.

Seris—a young cleric caring for the ramshackle and happily book-infested Temple of Eliantora—finds himself unexpectedly recruited to the rescue mission. His sole companion is Elhan, a cheerfully disturbed vagrant girl with terrifying combat skills, who is rumoured to be under a dangerous curse.

Far out of his depth, Seris has no fighting ability, no survival skills, and no charisma, as Elhan keeps pointing out. All he has are a stubborn streak and the conviction that unless he returns with Valamon, dire consequences await his foster family.

Chasing rumours of rebel camps and rising warlords, cursed fates and the return of the vanished sorcerers, Seris and Elhan discover a web of treachery and long-buried secrets that go far beyond a kidnapped prince.

As enemies rise from both beyond the empire and within it, Seris and Elhan must confront their own bloody pasts, and rescue Valamon, before simmering tensions in the empire erupt into war.

EXCERPT:

Tomorrow, everything would change.

Valamon, crown prince of the Talgaran Empire, stared at the crisp speech in his hand. The rest of the castle lay deep in slumber, but in Valamon’s bedchamber, the candle had burned down to a crater of wax.

There was nothing extraordinary about the speech, aside from the fact he’d finally been entrusted to deliver one. It was covered in copious notes from the royal speechwriter, including “remember not to smile” and “look regal”.

Valamon glanced at his reflection in the mirror. His dark hair kept falling into his eyes, and while he was reasonably tall, he had the inconspicuous build of a worried philosopher. Judging by the portraits in the banquet hall, “looking regal” involved brandishing a bloodied sword while crushing a corpse beneath your boot, which Valamon had always hoped was artistic embellishment.

Valamon wondered what would happen if he deviated from the script and told the crowd what he really thought of his father’s expansionist policies. It would probably involve a very high, very cramped tower with a deficiency in doors.

Still, Valamon was twenty-eight this summer, and something had to be done. He folded the speech into a small, intricate lotus and left it beside the dying candle.

When he looked up again, there was a contorted shape in his bedroom window, pressed against the glass. By the time Valamon lunged for his sword, it was already too late.

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AUTHOR BIO:

DK Mok lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy novels and short stories. DK’s debut urban fantasy novel, The Other Tree, was released in 2014 by Spence City (an imprint of Spencer Hill Press), and her short story ‘Morning Star’ (One Small Step, FableCroft) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award.
DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds, populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour.
She’s fond of cephalopods, androids, global politics, rugged horizons, science and technology podcasts, and she wishes someone would build a labyrinthine library garden so she can hang out there. Her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale.
I absolutely love this cover and cannot wait for the book to come out. :)
(Fun fact: I am the publicist!)

Books I’m Excited For

I feel like one of the best and worst things about being a book blogger is the fact that there are always new books coming out.  It’s awesome because there’s always something exciting to read.  And it’s horrible because no matter how much time you have, you’re never going to be able to read everything.

So here are some books that have been out for a while that I haven’t read that I sincerely hope to get to soon.

1)  Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (I loved the first two books and am really excited to get to this).

2)  Carsick by John Waters (a Baltimore must!)

3)  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (the only book of hers I haven’t read)

4) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (so many people have loved it and I’ve even met the author)

5) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (I feel like it’s obligatory and I haven’t read it)

This is by no means a complete list.  My TBR stacks are actually so out of control that I’ve decided to not preorder books unless I’m going to read them right away.  (Because I tend to buy books when they first come out and then not read them.  For example, I bought The Storyteller when it first came out for $15 on my Kindle.  It’s currently on sale for $5. So.)

Dangerous Boys Release Day

Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

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Three teens venture in to the abandoned lake house one night; hours later,
only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful
of faces…

Purchase Now!

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 Early Praise

“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.”

Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author.
This is the kind of storytelling and writing that sticks with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog

“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted
smile on my face
. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil
creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.

“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in a nd keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Flawed Release Day Blitz!

Title: Flawed (Perfection #2)

Author: J.L. Spelbring

Release Date: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Click here for the chance to win an ARC!

FLAWED

Synopsis: In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father’s work didn’t die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20823207-flawed?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1939392187/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1939392187&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/flawed/id898166895?mt=11

 JL Spelbring

Author Bio:

J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Her novel, Perfection, released in July 2013 and the sequel, Flawed, releases August 2014.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://jlspelbring.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlspelbring
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/j.l.spelbring.perfection

Breathe For Me (and giveaway!)

Title: Breathe For Me

Author: Rhonda Helms

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Breathe For Me

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

GIVEAWAY:

Also, Spencer Hill is giving away a copy of Breathe For Me! Click here to enter!

EXCERPT:

English class. I can’t stop my eyes from sliding casually across the room every few minutes to stare at Dominic. He has one lock of hair that flops onto his forehead. For some reason, my fingers itch to push it off his face.

When was the last time I touched another person? I can barely remember what it’s like. Even a small gesture, like brushing the small hairs on someone’s arms with the tips of my fingers, is forbidden to me.

Dominic looks up from his notebook at that moment. I tear my gaze away, cheeks flaming from almost being caught staring, and turn my attention back to my assignment. We’re supposed to be working on a poem, which is usually one of my favorite activities. For some reason, I’m having a hard time concentrating.

Okay, I know why. But it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to think about him or our talk in the library. I’m going to finish this poem. I’m going to finish school today. And then I’m going to retreat to the sanctuary of my apartment, where I can shed these layers of clothes and be free of my constraints, if only for a little while.

I reread what I’ve written so far:

Alone on a shore, I am swallowed

By a stillness, body


Bowed over, hair like a tree willow.

I skim the water surface


With my fingertips, as


Sand engulfs my feet, my ankles, my calves.

The water licks


Closer—


Sighing shores beckon me


To dance upon the swirling currents.

I can feel Dominic looking at me. Emboldened, I lift my eyes and stare right into his. The blue of his irises remind me of the body of water in my poem. Dark. Tempting. Heavy with an unspoken awareness.

Everything falls silent except the rush of blood in my ears.

The rest of the poem’s words come to me out of nowhere, and I spill them out onto my paper:

I close my eyes,


Fall into my escape, where

The tide’s fingers

Drag out my air.

Tug me closer,

Fill me,

Absorb me—

I gasp I freeze

I am no longer alone.

The bell rings, jarring me out of my hypnotized state. I slip my poem into my notebook and stay seated, waiting for the room to empty before I leave to go to my next class. Girls cling together in tight groups, laughing and talking to each other as they pour through the doorway into the hall.

I stay back and watch.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breathe-for-me/id898166413?mt=11

Author Bio and social media links:

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Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhondahelmsbooks

Bone Deep Cover Reveal

Title: Bone Deep

Author: Kim O’Brien

Release Date: March 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

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Synopsis: When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.

But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.

The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.

Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.

Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22757321-bone-deep?from_search=true

Author Bio and social media links:

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Author Bio:

 Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

 Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.kimobrienbooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimobri

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-OBrien/210477652325110

Breathe For Me release day blitz!

Title: Breathe For Me

Author: Rhonda Helms

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 Breathe For Me

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

Excerpt:

“You’re such a good girl—even studying on your lunch break,” a whispering voice says as Sitri settles into the seat across from me. Speak of the devil.

I ignore my surprise at seeing him, forcing my heart rate to steady by drawing in slow breaths. I can’t concentrate anymore, but I pretend to read. Why is he here?

He leans over and plucks the book from my hand, then scans the cover. “Really?” he asks me, curiosity apparent on his face. “I never would have guessed.”

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me,” I say, then instantly wish I could take the words back. If Sitri feels I’m being secretive, he’ll close off again, and I’ll have to work harder to regain the trust he’s shown me so far. I can’t lose that hard-earned ground. “I mean, I’ve learned a lot in school.”

A smile creeps across his face, and his eyes warm to a rich, dark grey. “I look forward to hearing more about these things that interest you.” He pauses. “I hope you’re behaving yourself,” he continues. His voice is low, soft, but the thread of seriousness beneath his words is undeniable. “And that you remember your time is coming to a close.”

“How can I forget?” I say, fighting to keep the edge out of my voice. Stay calm. “I’m reminded every day.”

“Isabel?” Dominic’s voice floats into the library as he enters. Oh, God. Oh, God.

I stand. A wave of nausea sweeps over me. I wish Dominic would go away. Or better yet, Sitri. But that’s not going to happen, because Sitri is studying my face with a keen eye and drinking in Dominic’s presence, no doubt wondering who he is to me.

He misses nothing.

“I’m in the middle of something right now,” I say to Dominic. “I’ll see you later in class.” I mentally plead for him to leave, even as my heart aches for having to push him away.

Sitri stands. “No, no, I’ll leave you two alone.” His eyes suddenly glow like hot black coals, and he smiles again. But this time, there’s nothing close to warmth in his face. It chills my blood. “I’ll see you later, Isabel.” With that, he moves by Dominic, brushing oh-so slightly against his arm, and leaves the room.

I exhale sharply, not realizing I’d been holding my breath. My head spins from dizziness and fear. This is a mess. I can’t do this. I can’t let Dominic get in the middle of something he can’t ever possibly understand. Sitri would tear him up in ways even I can’t imagine.

“Who was that?” Dominic asks. His face is unreadable, his voice a little tighter than usual.

I shake my head, unable to speak. If I do, I know I will cry. And I’m barely holding on to myself right now as it is.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

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Author Bio and social media links:

 

Author Bio:

 

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

 

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

 

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks

 

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