Book Excerpt Trinity Book Tour

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Skaric stepped forward onto healthy green grass and waited for a count of ten, long enough for Berend to get out of the range of his magic. He began to concentrate, narrowing his eyes so that he could focus on the portcullis: their only way in.

He slowly exhaled and then began to pull power from the earth. Energy flowed into him, warming from within. It wasn’t enough, but he had known it wouldn’t be. Skaric gritted his teeth and reached out with his mind, grabbing energy from the men behind him, from the willing sacrifices.

He could feel their life energy throbbing within him—like a dozen hearts beating beside his own. But faster. More desperate. He heard them all scream—sounds of terror that he tried to block out. It was too late to save them. They had wanted to die.

Power sizzled beneath Skaric’s skin, so intense that he felt his head would burst. He pushed it all towards his hands, readying himself to release it. He just needed a little more. Behind him, the screams died out as the body of each sacrificial Wolf thudded to the ground.

Skaric waited. He waited until he could no longer draw any more power, waited until he couldn’t bear the heat beneath his skin. Then, with a cry, he thrust his left hand towards the tower. Pure, deadly, devastating energy darted from his hand, stronger than a tumultuous wind. As it struck, the portcullis shattered into hundreds of lethal pieces that went flying in all directions.

Skaric heard the Wolves cheer, but it was distant, as though he was underwater. For all Berend’s strength and physical might, he couldn’t match the power that Skaric had just wielded. Not ever.

Unbearable pain coursed beneath Skaric’s skin. The sickening stench of smouldering flesh stung his nostrils. His flesh. Pain like he had never known devoured him from within. At the edge of his vision fire leapt hungrily. The price for his arrogance. His death didn’t matter. He was a hero. His name would be remembered amongst the Wolves.

About Trinity

website-fc-1400w-187x300Title: Trinity

Author: Clare Davidson

Genre: YA Fantasy

‘Trinity’, released July 2012, is Clare Davidson’s debut novel. It is an epic fantasy, targeted at young adult readers, with strong crossover appeal into the adult market.

Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.

Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.

Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.

Author Bio

ClareClare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.

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Book Review The Rose Red Reaper

The-Rose-Red-Reaper-ebookTitle: The Rose Red Reaper

Author: Kristi Loucks

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

Rating: 4 stars

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Lt. Commander Mason Cole never intended to follow his brother into law enforcement, but the murder of a loved one gave him the motivation needed to take a position as the head of Chicago’s Serial Crimes Unit. Along with his brother, Detective Devon Cole, former FBI Profiler and Technical Analyst Melinda Kade and Detective Piper Torello, Mason is tasked with finding some of the cities most prolific serial killers.

As a former Navy SEAL, Mason has seen some of the worst the world has to offer, but nothing could have prepared him for his initiation into the world of a serial killer.

Their first case came with a gruesome introduction from a man who has given himself his own press ready moniker. Known for his macabre signature and the white rose he leaves at the scene with a calling card signed in blood,

THE ROSE RED REAPER

Mason and his team will pursue the killer through the vast streets of Chicago, across the affluent suburbs of the North Shore following cryptic clues left at each crime scene and pointing them to a web of violence dating back to The Reaper’s own childhood.

Complications begin to arise when The Reaper makes a connection to the woman that Mason loves. Dakota Rose Shelton. The stunning, raven-haired beauty that has carefully salvaged Mason’s broken heart may also be the key to ending The Reaper’s bloody reign. Left blind by a childhood illness, she must help them to assemble the pieces of the Reaper’s past with no visual memories to aid her.

Can Dakota help the team put the pieces together before The Reaper targets one of there own? And will she be able to fight off a killer that she cannot see?

 

I love romantic suspense, and The Rose Red Reaper was no exception. The story follows detective Mason as he tries to catch his girlfriend’s killer, a notorious serial killer who leaves behind white roses stained with blood and cryptic messages. For a year, the killer kept quiet, but now he’s at it again, not only killing women, but men as well. There’s seemingly no connection between the murders, but Mason knows there is – why would the killer leave those messages if there was no connection?

Mason is an intriguing character. He wants to do the right thing, wants to catch the killer, but he’s too involved to see things clearly, especially when the killer starts targeting his new girlfriend, Dakota. I liked Dakota for the most part. She’s blind, and the author clearly thought this through. Dakota can manage well enough on her own, even despite being blind, and she doesn’t need help all the time either, but Mason likes to dote on her by walking her home and stuff. I thought it was all kind of cute, but I would’ve liked to see Dakota being a bit more independent. She’d always been independent until Mason showed up, and then she started to depend on him for nearly everything. Either way, I liked both of them, but I liked Mason best.

The novel was suspenseful from start to finish, and I loved the entire backstory about the serial killer and the blood red roses. I felt there was a connection between the murder victims almost right away, but was left in the dark as to what that connection was until the end. A great book and an even greater debut from a surprisingly talented author.

Review copy was provided by Enchanted Book Promotions to review during a book tour.

Author Interview with Daitoku Daiichi

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It doesn’t happen very often that I get to interview authors who write about foreign countries like Japan, so I jumped to the opportunity to ask some questions from author Daitoku Daiichi, the author of “Hot Spring”.

1) What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest part about being an author is appearing soft. Let me explain. As I am quite a private person nowadays, I rarely talk about my own life unless it necessary to the conversation. Most of the time people ask me questions for their own sake, and if I tell them about myself it becomes irrelevant. Some time ago this was considered tactful and considerate. I don’t do this in real life:

“How do I get to City Hall?”

“Yeah, I be going to the supermarket to buy some condoms, it’s really cool. Man, you should like, totally go to the supermarket. Like right now. It be awesome. They can fit right over your head!”

I am precisely that guy in the street whom people ask for directions when they are confused. I help them out, but I hardly ever see them again. Sometimes they even ask me directions in a foreign language. So in a group of people, I won’t talk about my new promotion or how my company is expanding, so I may appear soft or ‘unmanly’.

And as a novelist, the other occupational hazard is to talk about fiction, and fictional characters, as if they are real. To the average person, this is a sign of lunacy. Sometimes, if I’m with people who don’t look like they read, I just tell myself to smile and keep my mouth shut.

2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?

My website has a blurb meant for the back cover, but I’ll give a more personal synopsis here. Chucky, middle-ranking divinity in the Eastern Heaven, has been tasked with assisting Godfrey, supreme lord of the Western Paradise. Chucky is surprised by an upheaval in the Western Paradise, and soon Godfrey and Chucky make their mission to the mortal realm.

On earth, they appear in Langkawi, Malaysia and admire her pleasures. The beaches are perfect for inspiring love. Godfrey then hears of Singapore from a British tourist David White, so he takes Chucky along to see the excitement. Luxury hotels, fine dining, attractive women, grand casinos, mega malls, popular churches and orderly government; Singapore has it all despite her small size.

Singapore therefore attracts indecent people as much as she attracts decent people. An insidious plot is forming to rob Singaporeans of their wealth, including those who live there for work and tourism. Together with their local friends, Godfrey and Chucky save the island from the fraudulent scheme. The duo then leave after their work is done.

3) If you could have dinner with three random authors, which ones would you choose?

JG Ballard, Empire of the Sun, Sōseki Natsume, I am a Cat, and Cao Xueqin, Dream of Red Mansion.

4) How many hours do you write per day/week/month (choose time period yourself)?

I usually write most from January to July, because I get busy with tutoring in the later part of the year. The best I can do is 4 days a week, 5 hours a day. I really need the remaining time to rest and to run my personal life.

5) What is your favorite book?

Many, but I like any book that is sensational and innovative. My favorite read in the last two years has been The Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova.
Thanks for answering my questions!

About Hot Spring

god-chuck-ebook-cover-webuse-lgeThe Wonderful Adventures of Godfrey and Chucky

Godfrey is young, wealthy and able-bodied. He has all the women you can imagine, and unbelievably deep pockets. But Godfrey wants more. His Great Greatness wants to rid the world of a menacing scourge, and restore what is truly superior to an elevated position. Why would anyone stop him? Who could possibly stop him?

Chucky arrives as the new assistant, and tries to perform every duty that is handed to him. What challenges for a dull servant! Look at him muddling through! With passports of exclusive privilege, the two adventurers make a splash in tropical Langkawi, where the water is blue and the girls are brown. Then they rendezvous with the locals in Singapore, where pleasures are plentiful and multicolored. Food and money are found in piles. Life in a global city should be, possibly, one of uninterrupted leisure…shouldn’t it?

Desire is a seductively red piece of jade, which resides even in our dreams.

“I am a healthy, strong and sexy male with a life, most of it sex life.” – Godfrey Mann

“I did not know how to reply, since the words were difficult to speak.” – Chucky

Links

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17227290-the-wonderful-adventures-of-godfrey-and-chucky

Author Website: http://www.godfreychucky.com/

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Author Bio

I committed myself to writing playful and profound books for discerning readers of good taste. I hope to give to my readers delightful characters in moving scenes that will help all of us to appreciate life better.

I have lived in parts of Asia, USA and Europe, so I hope to combine these diverse experiences to craft some great literature.

Giveaway

If you can give an answer to one of the three questions below, you’ll be entered into a raffle for one of five eBook copies of Hot Spring. Please mail your replies to ddaiichi@gmail.com and put ‘Enchanted Book Promotions’ in your subject line.

If you can’t find your answer in the excerpt here, check out the other excerpts featured during the tour for an answer.

Godfrey and Chucky giveaway quiz
1. Chucky is Godfrey’s

  • a. Golf buddy
  • b. Temporary servant
  • c. Love interest
  • d. Page boy

2. What is Godfrey’s other name?

  • a. Godly
  • b. Goodness
  • c. Gawd
  • d. Godzilla

3. Where do Godfrey and Chucky stay in Singapore?

  • a. A Bed and Breakfast Inn called Geylang Eggs
  • b. A modern business hotel called Quickie Profits
  • c. A colonial style luxury hotel called the Raffles Hotel
  • d. A Chinese-themed luxury hotel called the Red Jade Palace Hotel

Book Review The Awakening & Other Stories

Cover ArtTitle: The Awakening & Other Stories

Author: Emma Meade

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: 4 stars

The Awakening & Other Stories by Emma Meade

Put on the kettle, close the curtains and curl up by the fire. Dive into 8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.

Ghost Story – Who is the shadow in the window of the abandoned house, and what or who is he waiting for?
The Awakening – It’s time for Sabrina to wake up and face the light.
End of the Line – Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
Milsa Loris – The once magnificent kingdom of Milsa Loris comes alive one night each winter. The King’s witch is brewing up a little magic, sure to make the soup all the tastier.
The Old Vampire – Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
The Knocking – Alison’s grandfather has one eye on the next life. After all, he’s heard a lot of rapping at his door lately.
The Boy on the Beach – Kate’s grandmother warns her about the boy with the green eyes. Will she pay heed?
Snowglobes– It’s busy at Calvin’s Cabins this Christmas. Eddie and Maggie are a young couple in trouble. Not to fear, Calvin is always ready to lend a hand.

I decided to read The Awakening & Other Stories because it was a short read. I’m not usually too keen on anthologies, but I thought: what the heck. I’m glad I read this one. All the stories were short and to the point, and I could easily read through them within my breaks. They were delightful and scary, but not that scary that I had to crawl under my bed and hide. Just more like fun-scary.

Instead of giving my opinion on each story, I’m going to talk about the most memorable ones, which would be “The Awakening”, “The Old Vampire” and “End of The Line”. “The Awakening” was brilliant from start to end, and for me, the most powerful and memorable story in the book. I thought about this story for a long while after I finished reading. “The Old Vampire” was another excellent read that haunted me for long afterward. I didn’t find this one that scary while reading it, but the more I thought about it afterward, the scarier the story became. “End of the Line” was a nice thrill-ride, and probably the story that scared me the most in the entire anthology.

“The Knocking” was my least favorite. It was predictable, and the story took a lot of build up to get to the end of what was basically, a very simple story.

I like the author’s creativity and writing style. She has a very to-the-point writing style, and that’s always enjoyable in short stories. If she has another anthology coming out, I will definitely pick it up since I very much enjoyed this one.

Author Bio

Author PicEmma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She loves vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track).

Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.

Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

Connect with Emma

Blog: Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural Fiction emmameade.com

Website: emmameadebooks

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Book Excerpt from Ganges Boy

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I’m happy to host an excerpt from coming-of-age novel “Ganges Boy” today. You can read the excerpt below!

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He worked the beater, battening the weft threads down tightly as his mother skillfully ran the shuttle back and forth. Together they orchestrated the movements of their hands and fingers in perfect unison, deftly weaving the intricate patterns as the shawl took shape. They had become a good team. Over and over, the rhythm of their movements stacked one layer upon another, making rapid progress as the beautiful design began to appear.

About Ganges Boy

Ganges-cover-5-4Title: Ganges Boy

Author: Archana Prasanna

Genre: Fiction / Coming of Age / Drama

Ganges Boy is a profound coming of age tale, set against the backdrop of the fascinating city of Varanasi, India. Kabir is an orphaned adolescent slumdog struggling to cope with the loss of his murdered mother. He tries to navigate the harsh reality of street life before getting submerged in a foreign world of luxury where he is forced to discover his own self-identity. The riches of his new life are overshadowed by the greed and immoral behavior he witnesses. This is the story of good and evil, riches and poverty, and the fight of a boy to keep his ideals no matter where he is. Kabir’s journey is emotionally engaging as his colorful experiences give insight into the lives of street children in Varanasi.

Author Bio

Archana Prasanna is a Washington, DC native, but has experienced living in England and India. Growing up around the world has been a source of inspiration for her writing. Archana has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from Syracuse University. She began writing news articles that appeared in The Washington Post, pr.com, and The Collegiate Times. Ganges Boy is her first novel.

 Links

archanaprasanna.com

http://www.koehlerbooks.com/books/ganges-boy/

http://www.amazon.com/Ganges-Boy-Archana-Prasanna/dp/1938467388

Book Review Succubus Rising

cover600Title: Succubus Rising

Author: B.R. Kingsolver

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4 stars

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Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

Succubus Rising is a thrilling, romantic, naughty read about a self-empowered Succubus woman named Brenna, who has no problems whatsoever winding men (and women) around her little finger. Brenna is confident and intriguing, and has a clear mind, which is a welcome bonus in the tough and complicated world she lives in. The story evolves around different clans (the telepathic clans) who have all sorts of problems and are sometimes even on the verge of war. I thought the idea of the clans was a good one, and it was executed great as well.

Rebecca was another interesting character, in particular because she’s very different from Brenna. She has a great sense of humor, and I enjoyed reading her scene as well.

The book is a nice mix of suspense and romance, with some truly heartfelt emotions at its core.

Cover Reveal Party Sunbolt

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Today we’re celebrating the cover reveal party for serial novella Sunbolt. The author was kind enough to offer 3 digital ARC copies for giveaway to 3 lucky winners! Scroll down for the Rafflecopter form to participate.

Here is the gorgeous cover for Sunbolt….

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About Sunbolt

Title: Sunbolt

Author: Intisar Khanani

Series Info: Book One of the Sunbolt Chronicles

Book type: Serial Novella

Blurb:

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she conceals her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to bring down the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she has to escape with her life.

Author Bio

Khanani_Runaway Pen PhotoIntisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar is hard at work on two new projects. The first is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife. The second project, The Sunbolt Chronicles, is a novella series following the efforts of a young mage as she strives to bring down her nemesis, a corrupt and dangerous Arch Mage who means to bring the Eleven Kingdoms under his control.

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Intisar’s Website: http://thornthenovel.com/
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