08 September 2012

Blog Tour: The Mosswoods by Astrid Yrigollen

Title: The Mosswoods
Author: Astrid Yrigollen
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Poppy Mosswood like most 17 year olds wants to lead a normal life. But the Mosswood family is anything but normal. Keepers protect the land from humans who would exploit it. For in the forest dwell wondrous creatures and dangerous beings. Beings that would love nothing more but to overthrow all of mankind.

Ruthless billionaire Preston Buckthorn moves to town planning to marry Poppy to his son Brad. Brad wastes no time trying to win her heart but his love is warped by the taint that runs in his blood.

As Poppy is taken in by Brad's charms the appearance of a handsome stranger from the forest awakens her heart even though it is forbidden by both their worlds. From his long dark green hair to his piercing eyes, Ashtel is beautiful and powerful. He feels the danger that has emerged to threaten both of their worlds.Torn between pledging herself as a Keeper, Brad and Ashtel, Poppy is unaware of the true identity of Preston Buckthorn and that his sinister plan includes much more then just owning Mosswood forest.

~From the Author~
Author Astrid Yrigollen has stopped by today with a guest post for The Mosswoods Blog Tour.

Many people have asked me where the ideas for my stories come from. I named my website “Dreams are written” because the majority of my stories come from my dreams. The Mosswoods story came from the forest scene in which the boarman confronts Brad and his friends. Of course dreams are more thematic in nature so it was very thrilling to be there and see this huge beast taunting these boys. The part where the boarman’s swine was running through the forest stampeding, seemed much more scary in my dream. I dreamt I was the one on the were cat helping those boys though. I developed The Mosswoods around that nucleus. Dreams are so neat because you can be a super hero one night or a flying creature the next. Some stories demand to be written and some stories gently nudge you from day to day. The Mosswoods was a gentle ‘nudger’, while my next book is a brute that harasses me everyday to be written and pretty much has a life of its own!

~About the Author~

Astrid Yrigollen is a self published author of Young Adult and Children's books. Astrid started her writing career when she begun work for the international video game giant, Sega of America. Working her way up the ranks, she began writing companion guides for games. With a love for writing fiction since childhood, she took her short stories out of storage and had her first story ever written published. It was only after that she found out that first stories are never published!

She has resumed writing full time and has succeeded in putting out the titles, The Doughnut Tree, Mysterious Pootkins, and The Mosswoods to name a few. Her short stories have appeared in the literary Threshold Press and Shock and Awe Magazine.

She finds writing for young adults both refreshing and challenging. She always wishes to provide examples of positive role models, conflict resolving methods and communication for young adults with their parents or guardians.

New Release
July 10, 2012

Her newest book release, The Zombie Playground: A Creature Compilation, is a collection of seven short stories geared towards young adults. In no way gory, but more realistic then her other works, Astrid attempts to magnify the human quality that we give some of our monsters and to let us remember that not all "monsters" are bad.

Future Releases

Upcoming releases this year include two book length young adult titles, His Black Wings and the sequel to The Mosswoods, The Uprising, due out in December, 2012.

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07 September 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fairyproof by Constance Phillips

Title: Fairyproof
Author: Constance Phillips
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.

Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.

A year ago, Daniel's fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He's ready to move forward with his life, but his mother's obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.

Daniel and Monique can't deny their attraction, but will the reason he's Fairyproof be too much to overcome?

~Book Trailer~

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~About the Author~

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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06 September 2012

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Pub. Date: Jan. 2013
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Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.

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~About the Author~

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

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05 September 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Man of Honor by Loree Lough

Title: A Man of Honor
Author: Loree Lough
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Dusty and Grace find love together, but will it be enough to pull them through tragedy?

On a steamy spring morning, Dusty Parker—part-time pastor, part-time search and rescue team leader, and full-time administrator at a school for troubled boys—joins the search for a missing teen girl. He partners with volunteer and inner city school teacher Grace Sinclair, and what they find bonds them in ways neither could have expected.

As they begin to build a life together, a visitor from the past causes Dusty and Grace to further open their hearts and home.
But a dark and dangerous threat looms over their seemingly perfect world, and in one terrifying night…

…everything changes.

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~About the Author~

With nearly four million 4- and 5-star books in circulation, reviewers and readers alike have called best-selling author Loree Lough “a gifted storyteller whose novels touch hearts and change lives.” The 3rd novel in her popular First Responders series, A Man of Honor (Loree’s 88th published book), reaches bookstore shelves this September. Loree and her husband live in the Baltimore suburbs and love spending time at their tiny cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she loves to show off her “i.d the critter tracks” skills. She loves to hear from readers (who can email her via http://www.loreelough.com) and answers every letter, personally. Website / Facebook / Twitter
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04 September 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Reflection by Jessica Roberts

Title: Reflection
Author: Jessica Roberts
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Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?

~Teaser Quotes~

Teaser Quote #1
“Calm down,” he said without bothering to hide his smile. “I won’t talk about him anymore.” Maddeningly, he was forgiven before he asked to be. “But will he come out here and rescue you from me?”

Teaser Quote #2
Rather lax for the circumstance, I greeted, “Hi.”
He smiled slightly and then scratched his head in such a way that I knew the “Miss Senseless” thing was right on. “Hi,” he responded.
“Hi,” I repeated. And then we both laughed.

Teaser Quote #3
“Friends again?” he said in the sweetest way. Unlikely, but I thought I sensed that for the first time he didn’t know the answer to his own question.
I nodded, my lips curling.
“Okay,” he said, and then he drew me closer, hugging my body into his. I leaned in, my arms unresponsive but my body responding as if it were descending a steep drop on a rollercoaster.
“Because I hate it when girls cry,” he added, right by my ear.

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~About the Author~

JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.

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03 September 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost

Title: Mad World: Epidemic
Author: Samaire Provost
Genre: YA Paranormal Dystopian
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The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong?

Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what's happening to their families.

Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they're forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost - even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death.

A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series.
Find out what's got everyone so terrified.

~From the Author~
Hello everyone! My name is Samaire Provost and I am the author of Mad World: EPIDEMIC.

I really enjoyed writing this book for a number of reasons. First of all, I wanted to write a plausible modern day adventure centering around what would happen if the real world was submerged in the paranormal. I wanted it to be logical and scientific and it needed to make perfect sense.

Second, I wanted to write about normal teenagers thrust into this paranormal situation, in a world that was slowly becoming more and more difficult to survive in. What would they do? How would they survive? Would the crisis make them stronger or would they fall apart?

Third, I wanted to write about a strong female characters who are heroes. Heroes that are real. Heroes that are imperfect reflections of YOU.

My favorite kinds of books are YA paranormal thrillers, so that’s my favorite kind of story to write. I strive to write the kind of books that make you stay up past midnight to finish. The kind of books where you take it with you to the bathroom because you want to keep reading. The kind of books that make you want to stay in and read all day. Books that are “unputdownable.” Books that scare you, thrill you, and make you feel good inside when your hero conquers the bad guys and triumphs!

Like the character Risa, I have a name that is difficult to tell how to pronounce. My first name is Samaire, and it is old Irish Gaelic for “Rising Sun.” It’s pronounced with an irish brogue: “sah-m’air-ah” and rhymes with Sahara. My last name is Provost, but it is French and the last two letters are silent, so you say “provo” like in Provo, Utah. And if you’re wondering about Risa’s name, it’s pronounced with a long “I” and a hard “s” and rhymes with the name Liza.

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~About the Author~

Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.

Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.

Mad World : EPIDEMIC her first novel. The second in the series is entitled "Mad World: SANCTUARY".

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