Thursday, November 27, 2014

Local Author Review: White Horse Regressions

Title: White Horse Regressions 
Series: (Glen Wiley Mystery #2)
Author: Steve Lindahl
Genre(s): Mystery, Historical Fiction 
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The soul is eternal, and no more so than in Steve Lindahl's White Horse Regressions. It's the story of a group of individuals destined to share their lives with one another throughout time, be it in ancient China during the Han dynasty, in 19th century London during Jack the Ripper's reign of terror or in a small town rocked by murder in present-day Vermont.

It's been almost a year since Hannah Hersman's girlfriend was killed and the police still have no leads, no suspects and no one in custody. Undeterred and longing for closure, Hannah calls in Glen Wiley, a renowned hypnotist, as a last resort. Glen quickly discovers that in a past life Hannah was a prostitute in Victorian London named Rose and her girlfriend was Annie Chapman, a victim of Jack the Ripper. In fact, many of Hannah's friends and acquaintances were similarly connected to her, not just in then London but in multiple lives and multiple places throughout history. And, in all these incarnations, their existence is tied to a murderous plot that Hannah and Glen must uncover to ensure their future lives can avoid the pain and misery of losing their loved ones.


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Most of you don't know this (because I just started this year) but I run a small business called Gravel Road Tees! This is my new adventure in life and to get the word out there, I have been going to Pop-Up shows and local events selling my tees. While I was at one of these shows in Greensboro, NC I was lucky enough to meet local author, Steve Lindahl. It was a cold evening but he was toughing it out with the other vendors and promoting his Glen Wiley Mystery books. I picked up a copy of his most resent book, White Horse Regression, and agreed to review it for him, and I'm so glad I did! Note: You do not have to read these books in order.

    There are some very interesting concepts happening in White Horse Regressions, one of which being reincarnation. Hannah's girlfriend has recently been murdered and in an attempt to find her killer and gain closure, she hires Glen Wiley, who uses hypnotism to uncover past reincarnations. The thought being that souls tend to relive similar situations, thus helping to uncover their current lives mysteries.

    This book played on many topics that I personally find interesting. First, I have always wanted to know more about hypnotism and if truly works. While that is up to yourself to decide, it is a fun way to "realistically" travel back in time for plot purposes.  Second, I have always been open to the thought of reincarnation and the romanticism of souls finding each other over many life times. I also find Jack the Ripper to be a fascinating case, and have read books focusing on serial killers.

    While this book seems tailored to me, it also has well formed characters, an interesting story line, and enough mystery to keep anyone entertained. Steve's Glen Wiley series is definitely an undiscovered gem, that is well worth the read. I am very happy to get to review this local author and look forward to more of his books.


Find out more about Steve below

About the Author


Steve Lindahl has published short fiction in Space and Time, The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse, Ellipsis and Red Wheelbarrow. He served for five years as an associate editor on the staff of The Crescent Review, a literary magazine he co-founded. His formal education was in Theater Arts, so it is natural that his writing began with plays. Two of his works were produced at Drew University while he was a student there. He still enjoys acting and has had numerous roles in both professional and amateur productions. His theater background has helped nurture a love for intricate characters in complex situations that is evident in his writing.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Custom and Pre-Made Ebook Covers

Hello everyone! I haven't been on here for a long time but I would like to share some of my pre-made ebook cover designs with you. I have been playing around graphic design for a couple of years now and would love to work with you. If you are interested in any design, please contact me at deaton.cassie(at)yahoo(dot)com and we can play around with title design. 



The Curse




Original Photo By: Petr KratochvilModification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
Includes: Title design and modified 1,600 x 2,400px JPG, 1,200 x 1,800px JPG, in 300dpi
Price: $20.00
This model has multiple stock photos available, which would be great to work into covers for book sequels!







Candies

 

Modification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
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Night Owl




Original Photo By: George HodanModification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
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Price: $15.00
This model has multiple stock photos available, which would be great to work into covers for book sequels!







After Midnight 



Original Photo By: Jura-photography
Modification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
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Fallen



Original Photo By: George HodanModification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
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Price: $20.00
This model has multiple stock photos available, which would be great to work into covers for book sequels!








Oceans



Modification and Title: Shadow Kisses Designs
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Little Fairy 



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Crossed



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Keep checking back for more designs! Thanks

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Destiny Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!


Welcome to my tour stop on the Destiny blog tour by Cindy Ray Hale! Keep reading for my review, an excerpt and a giveaway!

Title: Destiny
Series: (Destiny #1)
Author:  
Genre(s): YA, Romance
Rating: 
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend. But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world? Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

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Religion is a touchy subject for everyone, and the most common protocol is to simply keep your mouth shut about it, so to read a YA that is highly focused on religion is a refreshing change.  Destiny is a likable character who has a hugh crush on a guy her family would not approve of, Isaac. He is handsome, sweet, romantic (sounds perfect, right?) but he is not Mormon. Not only is he not Mormon, but he just happens to have the perfect girlfriend already. 

When Destiny makes friends with Isaac's cousin she soon catches the eye of Isaac himself. While Destiny is fighting her feelings for Isaac, she is also being admired by another cute Mormon boy who her parents do approve of, but she thinks of more as a brother...(doesn't she?)

This book was a fun and easy read with teenage romance and tough decisions. Destiny may be tempted during the book but she also knows what she believes in, and isn't afraid to say it. It was so nice to read about such a strong teenage character. Truly a role model for my nieces to enjoy! I would have no problem passing this book along to my friends and their tweens!

I want to thank the author and Lola's Blog Tours for providing me with a review copy of this book, and I truly hope I get to read book number 2 when it comes out!

Excerpt

We neared my hammock spot, and Isaac stopped and peered at it through the remaining light that filtered through the orange leaves. “Wow, this is beautiful,” he said.
“This is my favorite place to come when I need to think,” I said quietly.
“It’s very peaceful,” Isaac said. “I can see why you like it.” He scrutinized me, his facial muscles fighting to find the appropriate expression. Confusion, worry…interest? Each battled for control of his features. “It must be really hard for you and your family, being the only Mormons at a school full of Baptists.”
I blinked in surprise. I hadn’t expected sympathy from the headmaster’s son. I imagined Dr. Robinson had been filling his mind with lies about Mormons since he was a small boy—especially after our family converted. There was a lot of anti-Mormon talk going around during that time, and Dr. Robinson hadn’t been the only person educating the congregation on what he thought we believed. Mormons hadn’t been the only ones being spoken against either. I’d heard plenty against Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“I’m surprised you even care,” I whispered.
“My dad may speak against your church, but I don’t necessarily feel the same way. The more he tries to convince me there’s something wrong with you, the more I want to learn about what you believe.”
I was stunned. These were the last words I’d ever expected to hear coming from Isaac’s lips in a million years. “I—I don’t know what to say.”
His eyes traveled across my face like he wanted to remember every feature, mud and all. “You know,” he whispered as he reached a hand up and tucked a strand of hair behind my ear, “Even covered in mud, sticks, and dirt, you are still absolutely breathtaking.” I couldn’t move. I needed to tell him to stop, that this wasn’t right, but I was frozen, immobile.
His voice grew serious. “I have a confession. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you ever since our practice. Your voice…I felt so connected to you.” His eyes were intense. “I’ve hardly been able to sleep.”
We stood face-to-face as I stared up into his warm brown eyes. My heart was beating so fast I was sure it was going to explode. How many times had I hoped for this moment? I never in a million years had imagined such words would come out of Isaac’s mouth. His perfect, beautiful mouth. This was unreal, beyond my wildest daydreams. It was so hard to fight the desire to be with him. All my most unreachable dreams were suddenly, so unbelievably, about to come true. But they were forbidden. The right thing to do would be to pull away, turn from him, run back to the house. My head screamed at me to flee, but my heart begged me to stay.
I stared at him, memorizing his every feature. His dark hair, a little messy from crawling through the trees. The strong, clean lines of his jaw. His brown eyes that regarded me like I was something to be treasured. His perfectly smooth lips. Even the little smudge of dirt under his left cheekbone.
Especially the smudge of dirt.
“Why are you so perfect?” I whispered. I shouldn't be encouraging him. I should be turning to leave. Walk away, Destiny. Now!
Isaac’s eyes softened like pools of melted chocolate. He leaned close. Too close. What if he was just playing with my heart? The lingering scent of his cologne mixed with pine enveloped me. My desire for him battled against my weakened resolve to keep the values I’d been taught. I’d promised myself a hundred times I’d only date good Mormon boys. When I’d watched Isaac from afar all those years, I’d thought it was harmless fun. I never thought I’d be in this situation.
Isaac reached up and slid the rubber band from my hair, allowing my hair to fall loosely around my shoulders.
“Beautiful,” he whispered. He traced a line down my jaw with his thumb. I raised my eyes to his. They were so dark, so full of promise, so forbidden. I wanted him to kiss me so badly my body trembled with anticipation. I lowered my gaze to his lips and decided in that moment to stop fighting. It was no use. I couldn’t do it anymore.
As though my focus on his mouth had encouraged him, he leaned forward and pressed his lips to mine, softly at first, and then with such fervor, such passion. I responded immediately, kissing him back as though my life depended on it. It was more potent, more perfect than any of my dreams. They didn’t even come close. His hands wrapped around the back of my neck, his fingers in my hair. He slid his arms down my back and wrapped them around my waist. We kissed until my knees went weak and I could hardly stand.
I pulled away, gasping for breath, but Isaac pushed me against the trunk of a giant oak tree and leaned in for more. He kissed me hungrily, like a starving man, desperate and wild.

 The blog tour runs from November 5 till November 25, you can view the complete tour schedule on the Destiny blog tour page on the website of Lola's Blog Tours.

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About the Author:

Wife. Mother. Writer. Cindy Ray Hale lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she’s an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. She’s obsessed with Les Misérables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.

You can find and contact Cindy here:
- Website
- Website for destiny
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Google+
- Pinterest

And there is also a tour wide giveaway, here is what you can win:
- A Destiny Swag Pack:including a signed copy of Destiny, a Destiny keychain, a t-shirt that says "I heart Destiny," a Destiny bookmark.
- a $25 Amazon Gift Card
- Camp Boyfriend Swag pack.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

PODs Blog Tour Review by Michelle Pickett

Title: PODs
Series: (PODs #1)
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Dystopia
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          Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.
             After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.
             Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
I may be just me, but there has been many times when my imagination has run wild, and I would think about what it would be like if I was forced to live in a bomb shelter, while the world ends around me. I thought about what I would take with me, who I would want to be with, and how I would survive! Pickett has managed to bring that world in my head to life, but make made it so much more interesting!

Eva is one of the few lucky people chosen to live in the PODs (Populace Obliteration Defense) and wait out "the virus" that has and will take out most of the worlds population. The PODs were created to persevere human life in the event of a world wide disaster, such as this. Unfortunately for Eva, her parents were not chosen to come and even though the chosen were supposed to be picked randomly, Eva and her POD mates soon realize this was not the case.

I REALLY don't want to give anything away about this book because it was so good, I rather the reader find out for themselves, but I will tell you some of my favorite things about the book. Eva is such a likable and brave character. Her emotions always seem sincere and so real. When she was separated from her parents, it was heartbreaking and bittersweet, because they were happy and sad to see her go at the same time. Later on, when romances start to spark between the people in the PODs, we get to see different emotions and even some hot-ness :)

As far as the environment goes, Pickett did a fabulous job! Everything you could think of was already thought out. She explained how they ate, cleaned, studied and even birthed a child in the PODs (YEP, one of Eva's POD mates is preggers!) You may be thinking this all sounds boring but I can promise there is plenty of drama before the PODs open back up to keep you entertained! Then, the real fun begins as you read about the world after "the virus".

I would highly recommend this book for your next read!

The cover is cute. I like the font of the title and the girl on the front is young and blonde like Eva. I would give this cover a B+

I would recommend this book to anyone because it really has lessons anyone could appreciate and it is plenty entertaining. 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Moirai Blog Tour and Giveaway! Read my Review


I want to say a BIG Thank You to Ruth Silver for letting me be apart of her Blog Tour and giving me review copies of her fabulous books! The Aberrant series has been a pleasure to read :) Please keep reading below for my reviews of both the first and second book and to enter in Ruth Silvers, Blog Tour Giveaway!


Title: Aberrant
Series: Aberrant 1
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Dystopia
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In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence.

Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system. With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

When I first got my e-copy of this book, I never realized how much I would love it! Dystopian's are so popular now, that they have become a dime a dozen. In a overflowing market, you really have to write something special to make a book stand out from the crowd, and Silver has done just that!

As a woman, it is hard to ignore reading about a world that takes away two of our most important pleasures in life.....sex and having a child. In the future city of Genisis no one ever learns about sex because it is no longer needed. After a drug was introduced to society many years ago, a terrible side effect started showing up in woman. They could no longer bear children. Now, when you come of age, the city picks your husband or wife and gives you a child that was created in a lab.

If you do not accept your spouse, Genisis kicks you out of the city to fend for yourself in the Gravelands where food is sparse and crazies run about. Even though her prospects weren't good, Olivia didn't want to lose the only life she had known and her mother. So, when she was match with her childhood friend, Joshua, she couldn't be happier. Only things quickly take a turn for the worst.

When Genisis finds out Olivia was born by natural means (a fact she didn't even know herself) she is thrown in jail along with her mother. It turns out, her mother has kept many secrets from her. When Joshua helps Olivia escape, they must set out on a journey across the Gravelands where Olivia learns just how much has been hidden from her.

I'm not going to give any more of this book away, so you will have to read it for yourself....but I promise, it's a true page turner! Joshua is the sweetest guy, and you start to think of Olivia and Joshua as one person. I can't think of a stronger team. The best part about their relationship is it didn't happen over a few days, (Am I the only one who gets tired of sappy love at first sight novels?) they have been good friends since childhood. After reading this book, I just had to contact the author and join her blog tour :) Keep reading for my review of the next book!


Title: Moirai
Series: Aberrant 2
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Dystopia
Rating: 
Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.
With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she’ll be forced to face.
 A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.

Olivia and Joshua are finally free to live life on their own terms, they can get married by their own decision, read any books they want (if they can find them), and even go kick some Genesis butt...which is exactly what they have to do if they ever want to stop looking over their shoulder, and show the rest of the world that they have been brain washed this whole time. 

No one should be forced to marry or punished for what feels natural to them, so Olivia and Joshua get help from their new friends in Shadow and make a plan to overthrow Genesis. Along the way Olivia runs into some hurtful reminders of her past and all the lies she was told, even if it was for her own safety, the truth always stings.

Ruth Silver has done it again, and I just couldn't put this book down. The Aberrant series has just the right amount of action, romance, danger, and comic relief to keep any reader happy. Their are also some very good lessons to be learned.



About the Author 


Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. You can visit her online at http://writeawaybliss.com




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