Monday, February 20, 2017

The Remnant {+ Giveaway}


It’s a pleasure today to be a part of author William Michael Davidson’s tour featuring his new novel, THE REMNANT, which was released earlier this month by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.

You can follow Davidson’s tour schedule HERE for reviews, excerpts, interviews, features, and more chances to win a copy of his book.

◊THE REMNANT
◊by William Michael Davidson
◊Dancing Lemur Press L.L. C.
◊Release date: February 7, 2017
◊$15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 242 pages
◊Science Fiction/Christian Futuristic Fiction
◊Print ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3
◊eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9
◊Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
◊$4.99 eBook available in all formats

One nation, without God...

          Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety.  Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
          But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
          Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?

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Be sure to add THE REMNANT to your bookshelf on Goodreads.


Here are my thoughts on this intriguing book.

Author William Michael Davidson created interesting, realistic and likable characters for his latest release, THE REMNANT. He also created a protagonist, Colton Pierce, that most readers will despise and won’t be able to relate to at first.

But Davidson’s unique storytelling abilities will draw readers in where they discover characters grow and evolve as the story unfolds. Maybe the protagonist isn’t what he first appeared to be after all.

In addition, Davidson tackles the issue of religion and where it might have and might not have a place in the world. Readers who let the faith aspect of this book keep them from reading it will miss out on a truly exceptional and well-balanced story.

The futuristic setting may not be as far-fetched as some, but it offers a thought-provoking look at how things could be. The story flows smoothly and at a good pace.

THE REMNANT is a tantalizing tale that will make you stop and ponder the what ifs of life and how you would react in the same setting. A fascinating read you don’t want to miss.

The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C., @2017, ISBN: 978-1939844309, Trade Paperback, 242 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Author William Michael Davidson
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.

A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.

For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 26. You can enter to win at each stop of the tour.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located HERE.












Saturday, February 18, 2017

Autumn’s Dance {+ Giveaway}


It’s a pleasure to be a part of the AUTUMN’S DANCE by Sarah Gai Blitz with Xpresso Book Tours.

As part of the blitz-wide activities, Sarah is giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Please see the end of the post for more details on the giveaway.

◊ Autumn’s Dance
◊ by Sarah Gai
◊ Publication date: February 14, 2017
◊ Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

“A story that captures your heart and continues you thinking about it long after you fall asleep.”

          Autumn Nash lives a nomadic existence with her harvest-travelling father, except every summer when they return to one place like clockwork…Ligonier, PA. But this season, Autumn meets a young man who changes her world and makes her long for more.
          Eric Foster has been sent to stay the summer in Ligonier with his grandfather in hopes of altering his path as his life spirals downward. His direction changes the moment he sees Autumn; he knows his very reason for breathing is solely to be with her.
          When Autumn is ripped away from Ligonier, she leaves Eric confused and devastated that their time is over. Both teens struggle through the years gone by without the other. Will Autumn ever see the boy who changed her life again? Will Eric wait for her? Will Autumn ever make it back to Ligonier? And what will happen when buried secrets surface?

Discover a love that takes you back to what it’s all about—the confusing, yet simplistic, beginnings of falling in love and watch it evolve into something that takes your breath away.



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Author Sarah Gai
So this is me in short. I'm plus size and completely adorable (or so my husband tells me) A momma of three princes who light my world. I drink way too much coffee, chocolate is a staple. I love to write after midnight and my love for short stories will never fade. With such a limited amount of time to enjoy quiet writing, I have mastered the skills of fitting a lot into a small amount of pages. Humour keeps me smiling and well.. if you've read my books you'll know that I put a lot of myself into the characters.

And to answer your questions. My best friends and I forgot the part about growing up and love every minute of it. Aside from writing I also run a publication IndieLove Magazine, promoting Indie Awesomes from a range of fields and professions. Check it out at www.indielovemagazine.com

In 2017 I will be saying goodbye to Chick lit for a while and heading into Contemporary Romance. I hate to be put in a box! Join my street team at www.sarahgai.com and come have some fun!

Love to all xo.

Wanting to write for all the women out there who want a good short read about strong friendships, romance and body positive, love the skin you're in kind of fiction. Check out http://Facebook.com/sarahgaiauthor or www.sarahgai.com


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Thanks for stopping by today during Sarah’s blitz. Did you as a youngster or do you now go to the same place every summer?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Draw and Color Your Way to a Younger Brain


Draw and Color Your Way to a Younger Brain: Dogs, Cats, and Wild Animals by Anastasia Catris
◊ Paperback: 176 pages
◊ Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (January 24, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1455543616
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1455543618

SYNOPSIS:

Go beyond the calm coloring craze: Train your brain and enhance your memory as you copy, complete, and color a series of 90 beautifully complex animal creations--from cats and dogs to elephants and zebras.

Research shows that drawing keeps your mind focused and your memory sharp. DRAW YOUR WAY TO A YOUNGER BRAIN includes 90 intricate line drawings of cats, dogs, and safari animals to boost your brainpower using proven art therapy techniques.
Train your brain and enhance your memory as you copy, complete, and color in outlines, doodle in the gaps, and progress to forming your own artistic designs. Line by line, heal your mind, spark your creativity, and improve your cognitive function as you fill in the pages with art and color.


Anything you can do to stimulate your brain and keep your mind sharp is a good thing. Bestselling illustrator Anastasia Catris has created a fun way to accomplish both.

Catris takes the adult coloring book craze to a new level in her recent release, DRAW AND COLOR YOUR WAY TO A YOUNGER BRAIN: Dogs, Cats, and Wild Animals.

While coloring can be calming, relaxing, and fun, just image the exhilaration of copying and designing your own interruption of drawings. Using art therapy techniques, you not only get to color but you also get to complete and enhance the 90 intricate line drawings of wild animals, dogs, and cats.

This beautifully crafted book of amazing creatures will keep you spellbound from the first page to the last. You can let your imagination run wild with colors as you copy the details from one image to another.

This is way more than a coloring book. It’s a book that could help you train your brain and enhance your memory while relaxing as you color.

This book is not designed just for artists to enjoy, but anyone who enjoys art and wants to try their hand at it. Novice and professionals alike will be delighted by the drawings in this enchanting book.

Draw and Color Your Way to a Younger Brain: Dogs, Cats, and Wild Animals by Anastasia Catris, Grand Central Life & Style, @2017, ISBN: 978-1455543618, Paperback, 176 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. What do you do to help stimulate your brain and keep your mind sharp?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mission Impawsible {+ Giveaway}


MISSION IMPAWSIBLE by Krista Davis
◊ Series: A Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 4
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (February 7, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1101988568
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1101988565

SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Murder Most Howl comes the fourth Paws & Claws mystery...
 
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there’s no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer...
          Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart.
          Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold—dead cold—and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly—with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat—must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!  


Author Krista Davis has a genuine talent for crafting eccentric characters that draw you into her stories and hold on to your imagination long after you’ve finished the story.

MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the latest release in her Paws and Claws Mystery Series, is a prime example of Davis’ crafty characters and tantalizing storylines. Combining lovable pets, an amiable pet-friendly town, a dash of romance, a murder mystery, and the love of family and friends makes this a well-balanced tale.

The characters are realistic, likable and well-developed. Their unique interaction is captivating. The story flow smoothly and at a good pace.

The twists and turns of the story will keep you on your toes. Even if you guess the killer’s identity, the path to their unveiling is well worth the read.

This is a charming story that will delight mystery lovers and hold a special place in the hearts of pet lovers.

Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis, A Paws & Claws Mystery (Book #4), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-1101988565, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of MISSION IMPAWSIBLE by Krista Davis to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Feb. 24.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy stories that include pets as characters? Do you live in a pet-friendly community?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Me Tarzan – You Jane {+ Giveaway}


It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for ME TARZAN – YOU JANE by Camelia Miron Skiba through Xpresso Book Tours.

As part of the tour, Camelia is sharing the ‘Top 10 Books Would Not Read to Her Four-Year-Old Daughter.’ In addition, you can enter the tour-wide giveaway to win 1 (one) 7″ Fire Tablet (U.S only) or a $50 Amazon Gift Card (international entry). Please see the end of the post for more details on the giveaway.

◊ Me Tarzan — You Jane
◊ by Camelia Miron Skiba
◊ Publication date: December 6th, 2014
◊ Genres: New Adult, Romance
◊ 2015 DREAMS Awards Finalist
◊ 2015 RONE Award Finalist

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

          Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4-year-old daughter, is her whole world.
          When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.
          Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.


Now please join me in giving a warm welcome to Camelia as she shares her Top 10 list. Welcome, Camelia.

Dear Mason,

Thank you so much for hosting my virtual book tour for my latest novel Me Tarzan—You Jane. I loved the request for a top 10 books Jane would read to her four-year-old daughter, Ella, but instead of approved books, what if we talk about what Jane would not read to her? Why change the list? Well, allow me to explain:

For anyone who read Me Tarzan—You Jane they’d know that Jane is extremely protective of her daughter and tries to instill in her high morals and values, same ways she was raised. Her protectiveness is higher than usual and it stems from the fact that Ella became an orphan even before she was born; there was no way Jane would add unnecessary heartache.

There were also stories Jane heard as a child that marked her childhood in a negative way, therefore she didn’t want Ella to experience the same. For instance, there was no way she could explain to Ella why a huntsman would want to kill a princess. Or why a stepmother would hate her stepdaughter, demanding she spent her days cleaning on her knees. Why beautiful girls are locked in a tower. Or allow Ella to grow in fear of the woods because of witches living in houses made of cotton candy or human-eating wolves. Or send Ella to a sleepover where she’d jump from one bed to another and eat from people’s plates. Or tolerate her lie or steal or treat people disrespectfully. Or accept her turning the house upside down. You see the pattern here?

Sure, the final message in those stories is similar (good beats evil / love conquers all / truth always comes out / some villains redeem themselves, etc.). But the characters in these stories go through life-altering and tragic events, which is what Jane tries to exclude from her daughter’s life, even if it means avoiding certain classic stories.

So, without much further ado here the stories Jane would not read to Ella:

1.      Beauty and the Beast
2.     Goldilocks and the Three Bears
3.     Hansel and Gretel
4.    Little Red Riding Hood 
5.     Pinocchio
6.    Pippi Longstocking
7.     Rapunzel
8.    Snow-White and the Seven Dwarves.
9.    The Three Little Pigs
10. The Ugly Duckling

Thank you for having me over!

Camelia, thanks for stopping by today and sharing Jane’s ‘would not’ read list. I understand why these books aren’t on Jane’s list to read to her daughter. Some classic tales are tragic.


Ever since I began writing and publishing books I’ve been on the run, always trying to write the next page, the next chapter, the next book. Every story was another journey, another discovery of what I could do and another evolution. All these years my motto was it doesn’t matter who I am or where I come from, but what I leave behind is. I thought I have it all figured out.

Socrates, one of the biggest philosophers to ever grace humanity once said, “I am talking a crock of s***.” I had no idea this expression dated hundreds of years ago and belongs to him, but who am I to argue with him? Needless to say, after some soul searching I realized my motto was a . . . pot of smelly stuff. I had a meltdown because, if you think about it, why would what I leave behind matter more than who I am here and now in this very moment? How will I ever know if what I left behind mattered with no way of seeing it? How am I gonna enjoy it? Think Socrates; does he know how much he touched humankind? Does he know people still remember him centuries later? And if he knows, does it make a difference?

I’m not sure. Frankly I doubt with all my heart it makes any difference to him. He’s gone, like I’ll be gone one day and instead of beating myself up to leave something behind me, I’m going to learn how to live here, now and totally enjoy it. No more worrying about tomorrow, but live today. No more five-year plans, but rather let the sun soak my skin, the air fill my lungs and the grass touch my feet. After all, I only live once.



This tour-wide giveaway is for 1 (one) 7″ Fire Tablet (U.S only) or a $50 Amazon gift card (international entry). To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks for dropping by today during Camelia’s visit. What are your thoughts on her Top 10 wouldn’t read list? Do you have a Top 1 book you wouldn’t read to your child?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Royal Affair {+ Giveaway}


I’m delighted today to be a part of the Launch Day Blitz for Parker Swift’s ROYAL AFFAIR. What’s better than a sexy, new series launch on Valentine’s Day!?

To celebrate that launch, Parker is sharing an excerpt from the book. In addition, you can enter to win 1 of 15 free eBook downloads of ROYAL AFFAIR! Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details.

◊ ROYAL AFFAIR
◊ by Parker Swift
◊ Royal Scandal series, Book 1
◊ Forever Yours eBook
◊ February 2017, $3.99

One seriously sexy son-of-a-duke . . .

Behind the posh British accent, Dylan Hale possesses a down-and-dirty sexiness. Off-the-charts gorgeous, a ruthless architect . . . and did I mention he's a future duke? Every time we touch, it's wildfire. All need and lust and heat.
But Dylan has rules: just sex, no one can know, and in the bedroom, he gets complete control. All I have to do is follow the rules, because falling in love with Dylan Hale is all it would take to screw everything up . . . royally.

ROYAL AFFAIR is available to purchase at the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Google.


Now here’s an excerpt from ROYAL AFFAIR for your reading pleasure.

We weren’t a foot inside when he closed the door behind him and said, “Turn around, damsel,” indicating I should face away from him. I complied, and he slowly came up behind me, running his hands along my bare upper back and down my arms. He unzipped the dress and pulled it off my shoulders so it pooled at my feet. I was naked except for my insanely high heels. Grabbing my hips, he pulled my naked ass into his front, and I could feel his hardness pushing against the seam of his trousers. “Can you feel how much I want you? How much I want this?” he said firmly, increasing his grip on my hips, pulling me even closer.
I tilted my head back and to the side to try to steal a glimpse of him, and he rested his chin on my shoulder. His hands wrapped around and palmed my breasts. He pushed them in and up, molding them in his palms, and he began to tug at my nipples, rolling them between his thumb and finger, teasing them to the point where pain met pleasure.
“I’m breaking all sorts of rules for you, aren’t I?” He was kissing my neck, sucking my skin, nipping it gently between his teeth, devouring me in motions that mimicked what he was doing to my breasts.
“What rules have you broken for me?” I asked, practically whispering, searching for steadiness in my breath.
He spun me around and lifted me by my ass in one swift move. I locked my ankles behind his back. “For starters I rarely sleep with the same woman twice, at least not in the same week. I don’t spend the night. Ever. And neither do the women I see. And I don’t invite women into my office. Ever. But I couldn’t resist with you. I’d been dreaming about having my mouth on that pretty pussy on that table for weeks. Picturing you just as you were.”
“Did it live up to the dream?” I nuzzled into his cheek, desperate to get to a place where he was naked, where I could feel his skin on my skin.
“The dream didn’t stand a chance.”
“Well, I wouldn’t want you breaking any of your rules, would I? I mean, maybe we better stop now, and you could sleep on my sofa. Or you can get back on your horse—”
“Not on your life, smartass.”


Parker Swift grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and then grew up again in New York, London, and Minneapolis and currently lives in Connecticut. She has spent most of her adult life examining romantic relationships in an academic lab as a professor of social psychology. Now, she's exploring the romantic lives of her fictional characters in the pages of her books.

When she's not writing, she spends her time with her bearded nautical husband and being told not to sing along to pop music in the car by her two sons.

For more on Parker and her writing, connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Be sure to add ROYAL AFFAIR to your shelf on Goodreads.


This blitz-wide giveaway is for one of 15 free eBook downloads of ROYAL AFFAIR.

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Thanks for stopping by today during Parker’s Blitz Launch. Do you enjoy stories about Dukes and Duchesses? Are you giving or getting books for your Valentine’s Day gift? Happy Valentine’s Day!!