Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Made Of Stars

Synopsis: When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they've never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then Chance's mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?


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About Kelley:

Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with
her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.

Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

Her first book, HUSHED, was released by Entangled Publishing in December 2011. Her second and third books, HOLLOWED and SUICIDE WATCH, were released in 2012, and her next Entangled book, MADE OF STARS, is slated for October 1st, 2013. She is currently seeking representation.


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REVIEW

There has never been a Kelley York book that didn't completely love and I don't think there ever  will be. Kelley always seems to take dark matter and make it into one heck of a story. She's not afraid to take topics that most people wouldn't write about because she takes them, sucks us in, and then usually rips my heart out in same way or another. Made of Stars is no exception, it's frightening, alluring, and yes, heartbreaking.

I love how Kelley doesn't just focus on a main character but gives us a journey with them all. Even though Chance is the main "focus" of the story, the view points are told between Hunter and Ashlin. None of these characters are anywhere close to perfect, they all have little flaws that make you fall in love with them. They all have secrets and issues that make you want to know them. With Hunter he struggles between the classic who do I really love? He has a "perfect" girlfriend, but is she actually perfect for him? Then there's Ashlin who is in love with someone who doesn't love her back. It hurts, but it's something I'm sure every reader can somehow relate to. Then finally there's Chance, whose secret is far worse. Chance has always been "different", but he has a reason behind it. It's always the broken characters like this that Kelley makes you fall in love with and then somehow breaks your heart.

With Made of Stars, Kelley takes true but frightening topics and makes us want to read about them. She makes her stories magnetic up until the very end and then I usually have to stop and curse her in some form or another. Overall, the writing is fantastic and the story is intriguing and haunting. Plus, you know just like these intense stories that Kelley writes and sucks into, we all are somehow made of these little stars that mold us into who we are today. (Pun totally intended).


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Review: Made Of Stars



Synopsis: When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they've never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then Chance's mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?


Thoughts: There has never been a Kelley York book that didn't completely love and I don't think there ever will be. Kelley always seems to take dark matter and make it into one heck of a story. She's not afraid to take topics that most people wouldn't write about because she takes them, sucks us in, and then usually rips my heart out in same way or another. Made of Stars is no exception, it's frightening, alluring, and yes, heartbreaking.

I love how Kelley doesn't just focus on a main character but gives us a journey with them all. Even though Chance is the main "focus" of the story, the view points are told between Hunter and Ashlin. None of these characters are anywhere close to perfect, they all have little flaws that make you fall in love with them. They all have secrets and issues that make you want to know them. With Hunter he struggles between the classic who do I really love? He has a "perfect" girlfriend, but is she actually perfect for him? Then there's Ashlin who is in love with someone who doesn't love her back. It hurts, but it's something I'm sure every reader can somehow relate to. Then finally there's Chance, whose secret is far worse. Chance has always been "different", but he has a reason behind it. It's always the broken characters like this that Kelley makes you fall in love with and then somehow breaks your heart.

With Made of Stars, Kelley takes true but frightening topics and makes us want to read about them. She makes her stories magnetic up until the very end and then I usually have to stop and curse her in some form or another. Overall, the writing is fantastic and the story is intriguing and haunting. Plus, you know just like these intense stories that Kelley writes and sucks into, we all are somehow made of these little stars that mold us into who we are today. (Pun totally intended).

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Red Dirt Road


Red Dirt Road by Annie Rose Welch
Adult romance
Expected Publication: September 24th, 2013

The Saving Angels Series continues…

A new cast is introduced, while journeys already taken start to merge with the present, leading you down the old Red Dirt Road.

Death has always seemed just one step behind Layla Hill, taking almost everyone she’s ever loved. After she loses the love of her life, Layla vows to never love again—how could she, when she’s a death magnet?

Trying to outrun fate traveling with her uncle Willie and his band, Layla meets Michael Roberts, a beautiful Irish boxer as gentle on the piano as he is brutal in the ring. He proves as relentless in life, fighting for a place in her world even as she pushes him away, trying to protect him from her killer tendencies.

But neither foresees the sinister presence waiting for Layla at the end of the Red Dirt Road.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Highlight: Colour Wielders




Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.

Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?

New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.







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Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, Book One, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Alchemy


"Do you want me to be dangerous?" he asked, his voice husky and low.
I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. "No. I don't."
"Then I'm not dangerous at all," he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. "You've never been safer than you are at this moment." I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light. 


We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.




Monday, September 9, 2013

Spotlight: September Indulgence

September Indulgence Spotlight

Reforming the Cowboy, by Marisa Cleveland

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durrant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.



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Hot Knight in Paradise, by Sofia Harper

Stranded in paradise with no way to get home, Leah Smith needs a miracle, and fast. Instead, she gets Marshall Jackson, surely the sexiest man alive. Too bad he’s got an emotional wall around himself–and her only hope of getting off the island …

Marshall has a strict no damsels in distress policy, but there’s something about Leah that makes him want to break his own rules. He agrees to let her work in his bar until she earns enough to get home. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the scorching attraction between them. Soon hot island nights provide balm to their wounded souls, but will these two flawed exiles make peace with the past in time to claim the future they deserve together–or will paradise be lost?


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Winning the Boss’s Heart, by Hayson Manning

Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new for his Japanese client, and then he’s getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay. Not even his temporary cook and secretary–the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod–will deter him. But there’s no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he’s felt in three years…

Billie has one dream: save enough money to attend culinary college. Thats why she’s agreed to work for hard ass, all-business-no-pleasure Mason Christian–a man who has every intention of destroying through modernization the town’s most cherished historical home. But before she can say see ya, she realizes she’s signed the dotted line and is contractually bound to be number Forty-Two for eighty-four days. But working with male perfection every day is awesome with a capital A–as long as they can stick to a hands-off policy that gets harder every day…


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Love Lost and Found, by Michele De Winton

Felicity Williams can’t remember the last five years thanks to an accident that wiped out her memory. She fled her old life in hopes of starting fresh and found refuge working on a cruise ship. But her past is coming for her…

Rick McCarthy awakens after a climbing accident to discover that his business partner and fiancĂ©e has quit her job and disappeared. He’s trying to accept that she’s run out on him, but now he needs her signature to close a deal that could literally be life or death. He’ll go to any extreme to get what he needs…even if that means becoming someone else to win her back.

But a little lie becomes a large mess when they’re stranded on a deserted island together, and old misunderstandings might ruin their chance at new love…