Laura Howard: June 2014

6/26/14

Vote for Ull in #NACrushTourney14







Today's post is 90 % visual! I'd like to introduce you to my friend ST Bende and her series, The Elsker Saga. ST's hero, Ull is a contender today in the NA Crush Tourney sponsored by NA Alley

So, ST brought some super awesome pics of Ull to help you decide if you'd like to give him a vote :)  She's sweetened the pot even more by offering ALL 3 Books in The Elsker Saga to one lucky commenter!







Don't forget to comment below for a chance at ALL 3 Books: Ull, Elsker and Endre! And make sure to #Drool4Ull in the #NACrushTourney14

6/25/14

Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack



Title: BLOODLUST
Author: Nicole Zoltack
Genre: NA Epic Fantasy Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours




In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggle for supremacy.

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction. Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him her in return.




Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com.

Author Links:
http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com 
http://twitter.com/NicoleZoltack 

Buy Links: 
 http://www.amazon.com/Bloodlust-Nicole-Zoltack-ebook/dp/B00ILWAKPO/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodlust-nicole-zoltack/1118732222
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bloodlust-16

6/24/14

Feyland by Anthea Sharp

I'm thrilled to welcome Anthea Sharp to visit today! She has sold over 100K copies of her YA Urban Fantasy series Feyland worldwide. This is pretty impressive in a genre that is supposedly "dead" right now, isn't it? 

For all who comment, Anthea has a special surprise, so don't miss out!  

Come friend her on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/AntheaSharp.

The Feyland series:


       

Spin off Feyguard series:


 
 Royal is coming 7/2014


Faeries. Computer games. When realms collide, a hero from the wrong side of the tracks and the rich girl he's afraid to love must risk everything to defeat the treacherous fey.
  



What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie...
WHEN A GAME

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn't suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch -- or that she'll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries. 

TURNS REAL

Tam Linn is the perfect hero -- in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he's the only one who can help her. 

WINNING IS EVERYTHING

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen... before it's too late.


*FEYLAND: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY is now available! The Dark Realm, The Bright Court, and The Twilight Kingdom together in one epic digital bundle for only $8.99*




Now for some FUN! EVERYONE*who answers this question gets a copy of the first book in the Feyland trilogy, The Dark Realm...

What was the book or series that made you fall in love with stories of the fae?

Be sure to also leave your email so we can get you your copy!

*giveaway ends 6/29

6/19/14

Summer Book Crush is here! #SBCboyfriends



What would you say to over 80 titles with many undeniably-hot BOOK BOYFRIENDS that leave you wanting more? Yep, we've got you covered. The second annual SUMMER BOOK CRUSH event runs this year from June 19th through June 22nd. Don't miss it, or you will have to wait a full year for the next one! 

So many ways to fall in love with just a right BOOK BOYFRIEND! And the best part? You can purchase your dream Book Boyfriend for only 99¢ each, but for a limited time only.

      

We have guys who are brooding and complicated, or the perfect gentlemen, right next to the jock-a-licious beauties, and much much more for you, ladies to choose from!



Find your summer’s fling between the pages of a book. And don't stop on one - after all we have many BOOK BOYFRIENDS for you to mingle with.


Don't think twice - ONE CLICK it! Each book is only $0.99 but only for a few days, so don't delay before it's too late to flirt with ALL those hot guys.



* Let yourself get dreamily lost between the pages of these books *
** Our Book Boyfriends will take your hand and lead you straight into an unforgettable fantasy **



Come party with us on Facebook and Twitter during the event (6/19 - 6/22). Just look for the hashtag #SBCboyfriends


* HAPPY READING * HAPPY SUMMER *

Sea Monster by Amalie Howard



YOUNG ADULT
AVAILABLE TODAY
NOVELLA


They say that love is the death of duty …

Speio Marin is land-bound, tied to the side of the Waterfell queen-to-be, Nerissa. There's only one problem--she wants nothing to do with any of the Aquarathi or her undersea kingdom, preferring instead the freedom of pretending to be human. Torn between his own desires and his duty to serve his future queen, he spirals into an abyss of malcontent. Speio’s mistrust of humans is no secret, and he sees them only as a threat to the existence of his people.

Until he meets Anya Delmonico--a mysterious and enigmatic girl, teetering on the edge of survival. Anya is sedate and secretive, yet reckless enough to brave a hundred-foot cliff jump. Caught between a dark past and an ex-boyfriend who refuses to let her go, Anya knows that getting involved with anyone new is the last thing she should do. But when her past catches up to her, Speio turns out to be the only one she can trust, refusing to let her face her demons alone.

When Anya discovers the truth about Speio, putting her life in mortal danger from the Aquarathi as well as her own sinister pursuers, will he risk everything to protect her? Or will he choose duty above all?


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You can pre-order book 2, OCEANBORN today! 


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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

6/18/14

Return of The Ascendant by Raine Thomas

I'm super excited to welcome my awesome friend Raine Thomas. She's been a huge source of inspiration to me since the beginning of my writer's journey!

Raine's most recent series starts with Return of the Ascendant. If you'd like to win an e-book of ROA, leave a comment below including your name and email!


Blurb:

Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.


As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

Look for Book 2 coming July 21, Rout of the Dem-Shyr.


And now, it's Trailer Time! Turn those speakers up!!!

Trailer created by Flatline Films




Check out the covers all together. Don't they look amazing??

Grab your copy of Return of the Ascendant today!

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Barnes and Noble ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

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Author Bio

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.



Don't forget to enter your name and email in the comments to be entered to win an ebook of Return of the Ascendant!

6/14/14

Broken Angel Trilogy by L.G. Castillo


Today I'm welcoming author L.G. Castillo to my blog. I love the covers of her Broken Angel Trilogy, don't you?

L.G. would love to give a set of all three e-books to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email address. Oh, and make sure you stop by her Facebook page to say hello!


 

Kindle |  Nook |  iTunes |  Kobo
Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost faith in herself. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information    about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies. 

Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe. 

Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose.


Kindle  |  Nook |  iTunes |  Kobo


There's a Spanish proverb that says, "From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born." Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel.

Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns that life as an archangel isn't easy. 

When secrets of the past are finally revealed, tempers flare, brother is pitted against brother, and Naomi and Lash face the greatest threat to their relationship: choosing among love, family, or duty.
Kindle |  Nook  |  iTunes |  Kobo

Lash remembered what Naomi's grandmother once told him long ago: "There is always light where there is love."


He kept those words close to his heart because they meant that the love between him and Naomi was destined. With the binding ceremony behind them, Lash and Naomi have even more questions about their past lives as memories resurface and they discover that they were kept apart by the one person they had thought was their greatest ally--Archangel Raphael. When the other archangels finally reveal the mystery of their ancient past, they uncover a story of lust, envy, betrayal, loss and descent into darkness.

In the wake of these revelations, will love be enough to keep their family together?






Author Bio
L.G. Castillo is an experienced author who has published her psychological research in several professional journals and books. She is a licensed psychologist and currently works as a professor at Texas A&M University. The Broken Angel Trilogy is her first venture into publishing genre fiction and has sold over 36,000 copies in its first year of publication.







Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance at the Broken Angel Trilogy!


6/13/14

COVER REVEAL: Sanctum by Cameo Renae


Title: Sanctum (The After Light Saga #2)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photography
                            Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours



Blurb: 
The Arvy threat worsens each day. They continue to destroy the hive’s vital fuel resources, leaving us with one option— evacuate to the largest government bunker, located in South Dakota. The injured hive members are moved as first priority, but a disastrous event occurs on the way to our drop-off zone. We find ourselves in a ghost town, surrounded by spiteful, revenge filled Arvies. Chaos ensues and our death toll rises. Just when we think the end has come, unsuspected help arrives. We are rescued and brought to an underground bunker. They call it Sanctum. With no way of reaching outside help, we must depend on each other to reach our pick-up zone, thirty miles away. If we don’t make it in time, we will be left for dead.

Time is ticking. My name is Abigail Park. I am a survivor.


My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be. I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. :) Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wondrous adventures with them. In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) will be released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) will be released June 1, 2013. One day I will find my magic wardrobe, and ride away on my magical unicorn... ♥ Until then... I'll keep writing! ;)

Follow Cameo on: Facebook * Blog * Website * Twitter

6/11/14

Crimson Fire by Bella Harte

Title: Crimson Fire ~ Book II ~ The Seraphoenix Saga
Author: Bella Harte
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours 
Cover Artist: Jessica Allain Art




Book Blurb:
It was meant to be fixed… her destiny back on track, how wrong could she be…

Just when Scarlett thought everything was back to normal, well as normal as life can be with a posse of Seraphoenix Angel Guardians looking out for you.  She wakes to find her life plunged into a whole new nightmare, where time itself has changed and she appears to be the only one aware of it.

In this new reality everything has altered, Leo and the Seraphoenix are missing.  Even her parents are different, as they turn against her when she is unexpectedly framed for things she didn't do.  To make matters worse she is unceremoniously shipped off to a supposed reform school for out of control teens in the wilds of ‘god-knows-where’ escorted by someone she recognises and really wished she didn’t.

Nothing is what it seems at the new school and the pupils are less than hospitable.  Scarlett finds herself in one deadly situation after another at the mercy of all those around her, and there is no-one she can trust with her secret.

Can Scarlett escape the menacing clutches of evil in this new reality?

Will Leo come to her rescue?

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Book Buy link:
Amazon Universal Buy Link:  myBook.to/CrimsonFire


Author Bio:
Bella Harte has been writing for well over a decade, and completed several novels before deciding to go in a whole new direction and write for the Young Adult genre. 

Aside from writing, Bella has also worked as a fashion designer and interior designer. She lives in a quiet part of rural England with her gorgeous husband, who doesn't mind in the slightest if she vanishes for hours at a time into her writing cave.

Author Links:
Blog: www.bellaharte.blogspot.co.uk
Website: www.bellaharte.wix.com/author
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BellaHarteBooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BellaHarteBooks @BellaHarteBooks

Give-Away: 
The give-away runs from the until June14th 

Up for grabs: 
 1 x Gorgeous Sparkly Silver Feather Pendant & Chain ~
 1 x £10 Amazon Giftcard (UK only) ~
 1 x $10 Amazon Giftcard (USA only) ~ 
 4 x Gorgeous Silver Feather & Crystal Charm Bracelets ~ 
 4 x Fabulous Silver Feather & Crystal Bookmarks ~ 
 4 x Fantastic Silver Feather & Crystal Phone Charms ~
 4 x Funky Silver Feather & Crystal Handbag Charms ~ 
 4 x Crimson Fire Ebooks





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Heart & Soul by Lee Strauss

AVAILABLE July 7th! 
Contemporary Romance
Heart & Soul
By Lee Strauss



She's heartbroken. He's heartless.

Gabriele Baumann-Smith is deliriously in love with her young husband Lennon.

Except, it turns out that Lennon Smith isn't his real name. In fact, he's full of secrets: a cottage on the southern British coast, an old girlfriend and... an identical twin brother.

Callum Jones—not his real name—can't believe his brother's widow came to England. He'd warned Mick—Lennon—that an inheritance could put the girl's life in danger, and he was right.

“Mrs. Smith” is the last thing Callum needs to worry about right now. She's beautiful, sure, takes his breath away at times. But when she looks at him, who does she see?

Gabriele's heart is battered and bruised. Can one brother fix what the other left behind? And will they live long enough to find out?

About The Minstrel Series:

Every love story needs a song.

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each is a complete stand-alone story with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

The books include MP3 links to original music by talented Indie Artists, so you can hear the characters sing!

Books in the Minstrel Series can be read in any order, but are best enjoyed in sequence.

#1 - Sun & Moon (digital versions Free everywhere!)


#2 - Flesh & Bone


#3 - Heart & Soul (July 7th!)


- Peace & Goodwill (Christmas Novella coming fall of 2014)

http://theminstrelseries.blogspot.com





Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag :0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.

Lee also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss.

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