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Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)
Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.
The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.
Ragnarok is here …
In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.
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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan’s absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here …In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world.
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IP BT Banner FinalBy now, you know what a fan of the Periodic Series I am. Megan Curd has created a world unlike any other — a unique fusion of Steampunk and Dystopia that blends mystery and romance into a beautiful tale of adventure and intrigue. Here’s a quick synopsis:


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A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But a month can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

My Thoughts

This book, oh this book! Megan Curd’s story telling just keeps getting better and better. Wasting no time getting back into Avery’s story, we see a different side of the world, one where Avery is placed into the middle of a brewing civil war. She will face unspeakable loss and impossible decisions — and I still can’t forgive Megan for ripping out my heart a couple of times, but I also love her for it. Like its title suggests, Iron Pendulum swings back and forth Jax and Avery and the crew find themselves in over their heads more than once. Unafraid to explore the darker sides of humanity, Curd creates characters who are complex, compelling, and completely relatable. Even the hero, Avery, will realize there are far more grey areas in the world than we’d like to admit. Facing odds that would bring most people to their knees, Avery has to dig deep to take her heartbreak and rage and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. But, in typical Curd fashion, this roller coaster ride takes you through many twists and turns. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, something unexpected pops up. It’s a brilliant mix of realism and fantasy, and one I can’t get enough of. Do yourself a favor and check out this series, you can start now with this exclusive excerpt:


 Jaxon’s watch beeped, warning us we’d been gone three hours. Sari sighed, took a piece of chalk from her pocket, and put a big X on the cement wall. “Time to get back to headquarters. I’m marking this tunnel as a no-go. The Zeros will be back to hunt us sooner than we want to believe, and I don’t feel like heading into their lair.”

We headed to the labyrinth of tunnels that led to the Alliance Headquarters. After weeks of traversing them, we’d committed the turns to memory.

“I think I need a vacation from running around in crap,” Jaxon said as he took my hand in his. “We should go outside when we get back.”

My heart soared. We hadn’t been allowed outside since the day after I awoke. The UV rays were still dangerous, and we were right on the edge of Dome Four. We couldn’t risk being seen; or worse, being burned by the sun. All the same, the proposition was thrilling.

“Really? We could do that?”

“Why not? I think after being in these subterranean tunnels for a week, we deserve some sunshine. I’m sure Lexie won’t mind, as long as we don’t get turned into crispy critters in the process.”

About Megan Curd:

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Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

Find Megan Online:  Website ||  Twitter  ||  Pinterest  ||  Goodreads ||  IRON PENDULUM Goodreads

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Blog Tour Schedule:

August 26th

Book Lovin’ Mamas – Excerpt

Fabulous and Fun – Excerpt & Review

Once Upon a Twilight – Excerpt & Review

Coffee Books & Art – Excerpt


August 27th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Excerpt & Playlist

A Book Vacation – Excerpt & Review

Becky on Books – Excerpt & Review

Born To Read – Excerpt & Review


August 28th

Adventures in Writing – Guest Post & Review

In between The Pages – Excerpt & Review

Let Me Be Fictional – Excerpt & Review

Bibliophilia, Please – Excerpt


August 29th

Roxy’s Reviews – Excerpt & Review

A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt & Review

Paperback Cowgirl Reviews – Excerpt & Review

SassyCat’s Books Review – Excerpt & Character Playlist


August 30th

Book Sense – Excerpt & Review

Loves All Things Books – Excerpt & Dream Cast

Girl in the Woods Reviews – Excerpt & Review



August 31st

Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog – Excerpt & Review

One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads – Excerpt & Review

deal sharing aunt – Excerpt & Interview


September 1st

GenGen’s Book Blog – Excerpt & Review

Resch Reads and Reviews – Excerpt & Review

Shelfspace Needed – Excerpt & Review

This Redhead LOVES Books – Excerpt


September 2nd

The Revolving Bookcase for Young Readers – Excerpt

Dowie’s Place – Excerpt & Review

Istyria book blog – Excerpt & Review


September 3rd

Addicted Readers – Excerpt

Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews – Excerpt & Guest Post

K.R. Grace – Excerpt & Review

Mercurial Musings – Excerpt & Review


September 4th

Avid Reader Musings – Excerpt & Review

Bookinfatuation – Excerpt & Review

Out of Time – Excerpt & Review


September 5th

Fabulous and Fun – Excerpt & Interview

A Cup of Coffee and a Book – Excerpt & Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt


September 6th

The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Excerpt & Review

Write Away Bliss – Excerpt & Review

Racing To Read – Excerpt & Review


September 7th

Such a Novel Idea – Excerpt & Guest Post

The La La Land of Books – Excerpt & Review

paranormal book club ( PBC) – Excerpt & Review

The Book Beacon – Excerpt & Review


September 8th

Much Loved Books – Excerpt & Review

Life Between the Pages – Excerpt & Review

Reading on the Farm – Excerpt & Review

Shelves of Books/ Reading For Fun – Excerpt & Review


September 9th

Books for a Delicate Eternity – Excerpt & Review

The Bookie Monster – Guest Post & Review

Dizneeee’s World of Books – Excerpt & Review

deal sharing aunt – Excerpt & Interview

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You guys, I am super excited to be part of the release day blitz and the upcoming tour for Megan Curd’s Iron Pendulum, the second book in her YA steampunk fantasy Periodic Series.  I have so much love for this series and the book and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. (PS: It’s live on Amazon now). Next week, on September 3rd, I’ll have an exclusive excerpt and a full-length review. The short version is this: I love this book, and I think you will too!! Check it out.


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A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But a month can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.


Author photoAbout Megan Curd:

Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.




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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m excited to be part of the cover reveal for an exciting new title from Entangled.  The Social Media Experiment by Cole Gibsen will release on September 2, 2014 and after reading the teaser, I’m sure you’ll want to add it to your TBR piles! 

About the Book

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On the surface, seventeen-year-old Reagan Fray appears to have everything. She’s popular, Ivy League–
bound, and her parents are rich enough to buy her whatever she wants. Behind the scenes, Reagan is a girl with an anxiety disorder struggling to hold the fraying threads of her life together. It takes work to stay on top, and when that fails, Reagan’s learned from her politician mother that a little social espionage never hurts. That is, until the day Reagan finds all of her texts and private messages printed out and taped to every locker in her high school.

Finding herself ostracized from her friends and on the receiving end of the bullying she used to dish out, Reagan won’t settle into her new role as social pariah without a fight. Determined to get back in with her friends and reclaim her social status before her mother finds out and sends her to boarding school, Reagan has no choice but to team up with outcast Nolan Letner.

But the closer Reagan gets to Nolan, the more she realizes all of her actions have consequences, and her future might be the biggest casualty of all.

Find The Social Media Experiment online: Goodreads || Amazon || Barnes & Noble


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At seventeen, Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives.

FInd Cole online: Twitter || Facebook || Tumblr || Website

I’m super excited for this release! What upcoming releases are you most excited about?


ImageToday is an epic day, as Ian Doescher is here to discuss poetic feet. My love for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is not a secret. The series’ brilliance is in its blending of two things that seem not to fit to create something beautiful and new — like peanut butter and Fluff. Lest you think this is some silly mash up with little care for the source material, let me reassure you that Doesher has paid careful attention to both the nuances of Shakespearean language and the character quirks of the myriad people, androids, and aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. But enough of me, here’s the author himself to give you some insight to his craft.

#WriterWednesday: Exercising Your Poetic Feet By Ian Doescher

Warning: serious language geekery coming up… In my freshman year English class, as we prepared to dive in to Shakespeare’s Othello, my teacher Jane Bidwell taught us about the four major types of poetic feet, of which iambs of iambic pentameter are one—more on that in a second. (The picture shown here are my actual notes from that actual class, back in 1991.) For some reason, I found the whole idea of poetic feet fascinating, and took to it immediately. Maybe it’s because words have always held a fascination for me—I grew up in a family that would reach for a dictionary if we didn’t know a word’s meaning or etymology. As an adult I still do that, but these days I’m reaching for Google. Ever since I learned how to type, I’ve been fascinated by words that can be typed only by the left hand or only by the right, using proper typing rules. (My favorites are “reverberated” for the left hand and “polyphony” for the right.) I’ve always loved palindromes (“A man! A plan! A canal! Panama!”), anagrams (dormitory and dirty room, thank you), and acrostics (hint: look for one in William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return). So when Mrs. Bidwell told us about poetic feet, this was just one more thing to geek out about when it came to language. So, the poetic feet. The four most common poetic feet are iambs, trochees, dactyls and anapests: • An iamb is a two-syllable pattern unstressed-stressed. Re-LEASE. In-DEED. Be-RU. • A trochee is an iamb’s opposite, a two-syllable pattern stressed-unstressed. PRES-sure. HARP-ist. VA-der. • A dactyl is a three-syllable pattern stressed-unstressed-unstressed. HARP-si-chord. OB-vi-ous. EM-per-or. • And, an anapest is a dactyl’s opposite, a three-syllable pattern unstressed-unstressed-stressed. Un-der-STAND. In-ter-RUPT. Con-tra-DICT. Any of these words, if stressed on the wrong syllable, sounds incorrect. (Yes, some words’ stress changes depending on how the word is used, like RE-bel the noun versus re-BEL the verb.) When writing in verse, generally you have a certain number of poetic feet per line: dimeter (2), trimeter (3), tetrameter (4), pentameter (5), hexameter (6), and on and on. So, the number of syllables in a line equals the number of syllables in the food you’re using times the number of feet you are using: iambic pentameter is a line of ten syllables (iambs are two syllables times five in a pentameter line). Image Some famous examples: Shakespeare, of course, wrote in iambic pentameter—da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM. Homer wrote in dactylic hexameter—DUM-da-da DUM-da-da DUM-da-da DUM-da-da DUM-da-da DUM-da-da (so many Greek names are made for that final stressed-unstressed-unstressed ending, like Odysseus, Antigone, Perseus, etc.). A famous example of anapestic tetrameter is “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…” As I wrote the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars trilogy, it was a joy immersing myself in the iambic pentameter I learned about more than twenty years ago. Hopefully getting into poetic feet brings out the geek in you as well. If you want to know more about poetic feet, check out the The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms edited by Ron Padgett. You’ll not only learn about the things I’ve mentioned here, but also about all kinds of different poetic structures. Happy writing!

I’ve been feeling kind of guilty about neglecting my blog this past month; but, as these things go, it’s been a crazy end to the school year. I’ve been reading A LOT. Mostly student essays, but I’ve managed to sneak in a few great books. Stand outs include I Kill the Mockingbird and Article 5 – reviews for those will be coming later. I’ve also been writing A LOT. Again, most of that has been school related. Now that summer is just around the corner, I’m eager to get back to my semi-regular blog schedule. One thing you’ll notice is the new look of the blog – I haven’t been completely neglecting my little corner of the web. My Mercurial Musings is now hosted through WordPress. There was a little bit of a learning curve for me as I moved over from Blogger, but in all, I’m happy with the new digs. That’s just one thing I’m excited about as I head into the summer months.

In particular, I’m super stocked to be part of the blog tour for the final installment of Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. I’ve been a huge fan of this series since book one, so to be included as part of the tour was a huge honor. Ian will be here on the blog on July 2nd to talk about poetic feet, but you don’t have to wait until then for the fun—below is a schedule of the stops on his blog tour (presented by Quirk Books).


Blog tour kickoff! An interview with Ian about the challenges of penning a trilogy of books.


A post about the process of making the covers. Might be a discussion with Ian and the cover artist, or with Jason Rekulak, Quirk’s publisher. Or just Ian dishing about it with the interviewer.  


#WriterWednesday Lessons in Pentameter: A fun how-to post about writing sonnets and poetry. Ian will discuss how he first fell in love with the form, and how writers that want to experiment with it can get comfortable with that style of writing.

Thurs, June 26thGEEKY LIBRARY

SEKRETS: The hidden references smattered through out the trilogy of books. What are Ian’s top five, and where can readers find them?  


#FridayReads Inspiration from the Classics. A guest post about the top five Shakespearian books that inspired Ian while writing, or maybe got him into reading as a youth. Whatever made him fall in love with Shakespeare, here’s where we’ll talk about it.


Sci-Fi Reads: A guest post about other sci-fi books that Ian has fallen in love with, and would recommend people pick up.

Tues, July 1stTHE MARY SUE

PUBLICATION DATE! An essay about Ian’s favorite Star Wars character growing up, and what you can learn from that character. One of those “Everything I Needed To Know About Life I Learned From…” type of pieces. Only it would be about Yoda or Boba Fett.


#WriterWednesday Poetic Feet. Ian explains the different kinds of poetic feet and kinds of poetry.


Hitting the Road: A post about where Ian’s going on tour! He leaves on Tuesday, here are the dates where you can find him and say hello. Wrap up on the Quirk website.

Be sure to check out all the awesome stops on the tour and show Ian & his books some love :-)

I look forward to Book Expo America each year. This is when book lovers of all stripes gather together at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan to celebrate books. With only a few weeks left in the school year, BEA is a great way to recharge as I head into the hectic weeks of wrapping up curriculum and administering final exams and a time when I get to meet some of my amazing online friends in the real world. To be in an environment surrounded by books, writers, and readers is refreshing and renewing. Discovering new authors and new titles, standing on line to get an autograph from some of my author rockstars, sitting in on education sessions, there’s never a moment of boredom. And, of course, there are books. So. Many. Books.

Today’s Book Haul

Since I attend BEA as a teacher first and blogger second, I’m primarily looking for titles to share with my students. Of course, I’m a huge fan of YA, so these are usually titles I’ll love as well. I try to find books that cover a wide range of genres and readability. Today, I walked away with a great stack of books I’m excited for (as you can see above) but there are three books in particular I’m thrilled about. One, Evil Librarian, I had on my short list already but the other two were happy discoveries. 

Michelle Knudsen’s Evil Librarian (Candlewick Press, Sept. ’14) is about a high school librarian who, in addition to being super cute, is also a demon. It promises romance, humor, and horror — think Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is Knudsen’s first YA book.

Quirk Books always has awesomely unique offerings. Today was Grady Hendrix’s Horrostor, a haunted house tale that takes place inside an Ikea-esque furniture mega store. The book is laid out just like those iconic furniture catalogs and is equal parts snarky satire and creepy ghost tale. Seriously, you will want to pick this up in September when it hits shelves; better yet, place your pre-orders now.

Rory Fanning is a former Army Ranger who left the military as a conscientious objector. The death (and subsequent cover-up) of his comrade, Pat Tillman, left Fanning with a tornado of emotions and a desire to honor Tillman’s legacy. This book, Worth Fighting For, chronicles his epic walk across America. Fanning spoke about this book at a panel and I knew I had to read it. I think this will also be a hit with my students, several of whom devoured Jon Krakauer’s book, Where Men Win Glory.

What an amazing first day! For now, I’m going to read myself to sleep so I’m ready for more bookish delights tomorrow.

Happy Reading!

Happy Friday! Today I’ll be raving about The Eighth Guardian, an exciting new YA sci-fi novel by Meredith McCardle. If you’re a fan of time travel, espionage, and mystery, you won’t want to miss this. Stick around after the review, there is an awesome giveaway as part of this blog tour.

About the Book

The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape (Amazon)
Genre:  YA time travel/thriller

Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris. It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together. But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever. Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?

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My Thoughts

The Eighth Guardian is a cool story with a unique twist on time travel. Is it totally historically accurate? No. Is it firmly rooted in reality with an utterly plausible plot? No. But if that’s what you’re looking for why would you pick up a book about a time traveling teen who is part of a secret agency that may or may not be able to save the world?
I read this book in a single setting. It’s such a fun read. Amanda is a likable and (usually) strong female lead character. There is some romance, but not too much, and a great deal of humor to balance out the mystery. And, of course, time travel. We’ll find out what would happen if a contemporary 17 year old girl suddenly found herself in the 1800s. She’ll try on corsets, that’s what. (Seriously, why did it take women so long to revolt against the corset?) But all is not fun and games, there are some sinister dealings going on and Amanda has to figure it all out.  As the mystery unfolds, readers will find themselves furiously turning pages to put all the pieces together. You’ll be laughing on one page, gasping on the next, but you’ll never be disappointed.

About the Author

Meredith McCardle is a former lawyer who lives in South Florida with her husband and two young daughters. Like her main character, she has a fondness for strong coffee, comfortable pants, and jumping to the wrong conclusions. Unlike her main character, she cannot travel through time. Sadly. Her debut, THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, will be published by Skyscape/Amazon Children’s in Spring 2014.
Find Meredith online: Twitter || Facebook || Blog ||  Goodreads || Pinterest || Tumblr

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The YA Reads blog tour for Randi Cooley Wilson’s paranormal romance, Revelation, is stopping here today. We’ve got exclusive excerpts, the book trailer, and a great giveaway. Happy Monday!

About the Book

Revelation (The Revelation Series, Volume One)

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Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.
Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.
Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.
Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.
Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

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    “Cold?” A deep, cocky voice greets me.     I look up to see Asher leaning against a black Aston Martin DB9, my dream car. Damn if he isn’t looking every bit as delicious as he normally does. I really need to get my head examined.     My lips form a tight line. “Why do you care?” It comes out harsher than I meant it too.  Why does this guy get under my skin?     The unnerving guy holds his stance, his scrutiny still focused on me. I try to ignore the burning sensation his gaze causes as it settles into my skin. I’m definitely not cold anymore.     Asher breaks the awkward silence after a few moments. “Do I make you anxious, Eve?”    
     “No.” I shiver but for a different reason now. My name sounds like a prayer on his lips.     Nodding his head in understanding, he prowls over to me like a predator who has its prey in their trap. “You sure?” he whispers.     Holding my position, I lift my chin and attempt to show him he doesn’t affect me. “Yes.”      Asher stops in front of me, bends down and forces me to look him in the eye. My eyelids flutter just the tiniest bit at his body’s nearness to mine. Damn traitorous body.     The corners of his mouth lift smugly as moves closer. So close I can feel his minty warm breath on my lips. Chuckling quietly, he takes off his jacket and my heart begins doing back flips. His shoulders are really broad up close. Slowly, he leans forward,    wrapping his leather coat over my shoulders and engulfing me with warmth and his intoxicating scent. 

About the Author

Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.
Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.
Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.
“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”

Randi loves to hear from readers find her online: twitter || Facebook || Website

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Happy book birthday to Angie Stanton’s Royally Lost, a sweet love story with plenty of humor and a healthy side of mystery. This tale is sure to please fans of What a Girl Wants and The Princess Diaries and would make a great vacation read. In this post you’ll find a little bit about Angie and her books, get a sneak peek at Royally Lost, and a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway. Ink Slinger PR has put together an amazing tour to celebrate this release, click the banner above to find other tour stops full of reviews, guest posts, and more.

About the Book

Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Summary: Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

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Sneak Peek

Nikolai opened his eyes, chilled, as a cloud blocked out the sun. Next to him, Becca slept, her hand curled in his. She smiled in relaxed slumber.

He gently released her hand and looked around. A couple of people lounged on the distant beach and a lone man sat in the sand with a camera aimed straight at him. The hairs on the back of his neck stood up.

Nikolai turned his back to the beach and nudged her. “Becca!”

“Hmm?” She stirred.

“There’s a guy on the beach and I’m pretty sure he’s taking our picture.”

Her eyes sprang open. “What?” She sat up and spotted the man. “You think he’s paparazzi?”

“It sure isn’t a random tourist aiming a long lens at us. How the hell did he know I was here?” Nikolai slid on his shorts.

“Oh crud.” Becca grabbed her clothes and quickly pulled them on. “You think he’s been taking pictures of us sleeping?”

“That and more. Lord only knows how long he’s been here.” He didn’t notice him when they were in the water, but that didn’t mean he hadn’t been lurking in the trees, snapping pictures.

Nikolai stuffed their leftover lunch items into his backpack. How did this camera-wielding jerk find him?

Dressed, with everything packed up, they headed for the motorbike. Their path unfortunately forced them to pass the creep with the camera. Nikolai pulled his baseball cap low and hid behind his sunglasses. He led the way with Becca’s hand firmly in his.

“Prince Nikolai, why did you run from the palace?” The photographer, a short, heavyset man with cameras strapped across his chest moved closer.

Nikolai picked up the pace, but the man stayed with them, walking backward and snapping pictures. This was no official appearance where Nikolai owed the press a friendly smile and kind word.

“Do your parents know where you are?”

He ignored him.

“Your friend is beautiful. Is she the reason you fled? What’s her name?”

Nikolai bristled and fought the urge to shove the man to the ground and bust his camera. He glanced at Becca, her face pink with embarrassment. She didn’t need to be targeted by this oily loser.

“Have you heard that your sister, Princess Alexi, has gone missing?”

Nikolai hesitated for an instant, but then hurried on. The man was lying. He was sure of it, and he wouldn’t let this vile intruder ruin their day.

They reached the bike. He hurried and strapped on the pack and hopped on. Becca climbed up, hugging him from behind. Nikolai liked the feel of her body secure against his. It made him feel better able to protect her.

The photographer kept snapping pictures and wouldn’t back off. “There are rumors that you have renounced the throne,” he baited.

Nikolai stiffened, but didn’t give him the satisfaction of a reaction. He started the engine.

“Where are you going next?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know?” Nikolai grinned, revved the engine, and spun gravel as they raced away.

About the Author

 Angie Stanton never planned on writing books; she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural Wisconsin, with her brothers’ 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn’t work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history.
Angie is the author of six books including Royally Lost, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot. She graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a proud double finalist of the National Readers Choice Awards for Love ‘em or Leave ‘em.
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