Thursday, December 13, 2018

Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott - Book Blitz + Giveaway

Captive Rebel
Erin McDermott
(The Allegiance #1)
Publication date: July 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner struggles to survive.
Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family will suffer.
When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel captivity vowing to hunt down rebel spies, Marylyn realizes her only hope is to escape Allegiant territory.
While on the run, Ariston captures Marylyn, preventing her from any chance of returning home. Desperate, she knows she needs to escape her alluring captor or risk the safety of her family.
But Marylyn can’t keep herself from falling for the mysterious prince as she finds that he can empathize with her troublesome past – a past no ally has understood before.


EXCERPT:
Moist hands wrapped around my lower arm. “Excuse me, you’re that rebel girl aren’t you?” I turned to face a boy with sweeping black hair and piercing gray eyes. Unfortunately for him, he struggled to stand and his breath was repulsive.
“Who else would I be?” I bluntly responded while attempting to rip my arm from his hold. He only squeezed it tighter.
“I say you shouldn’t listen to these people who are talking poorly about you. I don’t think you’re a bad person. Not at all,” he gave me a weak smile and stumbled toward me.
I took a step back, weary of this boy. “Well, they’re probably right,” I said, trying to persuade him to back off. He continued approaching me with a sloppy grin plastered across his face. Clearly, my words did not dissuade him.
He held tighter on my arm as his face came increasingly close to mine. Before I knew what was happening, I reacted.
The moment his lips brushed against mine I pushed him away with my free arm. He went staggering to the floor. His one hand still firmly held onto my arm, dragging me down with him.
My body fell against his and my hair cascaded around his face. Before I could react, he slammed his hands against my chest, tossing my unprepared body onto the wooden floor next to him. My shoulder slammed onto the ground and I moaned in pain.
I reached for my shoulder and gripped it tightly. Before I could make another move large hands wrapped around my waist, pulling me up to a standing position. Bulky arms wrapped around me and I was pulled back into a man’s chest.
“Walk away before I hurt you,” Ariston’s warm breath tickled my ear as he spoke with a protective voice.
The boy in front of me was unrelenting, “She’s scum. Why are you protecting her?”
The pub went silent and all eyes were on the three of us. Ariston’s grip around my waist was unusually comforting, and I had a burning desire to ask him not to let go.
His deep voice echoed through the silent pub. “As your prince, and a man tortured by her kind, she is rightfully mine.”
“Rightfully no one’s,” I aggressively whispered only loud enough for him to hear and no one else.
“After spying on my family, you are mine.”

Author Bio:
Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college with a bachelors degree in History. If she's not in her room writing, you may find somewhere on the Jersey Shore with her family. She has been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first book, CAPTIVE REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).
During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek Mythology, which she incorporates into The Allegiance Series. She is incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.

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Princess Malina of Gieria by Mindy M. Mather - Book Tour + Giveaway


Princess Malina of Gieria
Unknown Islands Series Book 1
by Mindy Mather

Genre:
YA Fantasy Romance

Malina is the princess of her great island home known as Gieria. As such she
knows she must fulfill certain duties, but she happens to be in love
with the one guy that her mother, the queen, hates. Together they
must overcome that obstacle and stop the threat of Malina's would be
suitor who only wishes to become king and to do away with her.



Malina paced before her mother’s throne, lost in thought. Occasionally, she would cast her glance to her mother, before lowering her orchid eyes to the marble floor of the throne room that she had seen many times before. She focused on it as though she had never taken in the details of it before. Her long purple gown complimented her light blue skin in the low candlelight that surrounded the throne. In the dim lighting, her dark blue spikes appeared darker then they usually were, and in her frustration, she flicked her tail back and forth wildly.
“Mother! I am only eighteen, I cannot be wed yet.” She blurted out. “Not only do I have no one I wish to wed, I have much more for my life then all of this.” She explained, her pacing increased. She wished she could get her mother to see that she wasn’t ready for ruling, wasn’t ready for any of her mother’s expectations.
Her mother let out an aggravated sigh. She knew that she was being stubborn, but she was just like her mother so why wouldn’t she be? Queen Shema shook her head and Malina watched the shadows of it.
“You’ll not be able to fulfill your duties to Gieria if you do not marry and produce an heir for our people. It is our custom. You are the rightful ruler of these people. Do they mean so little to you?”
Malina felt the weight of it all. She didn’t want it. Her mother couldn’t be dying. “The medicine will work, so we don’t even have to worry about that.” She tried. It appears her mother did not hear her though because next she was asking about potential guys.
“What about Scepter? He is cute. Outside of that, he just seems like a great possibility in your suitor search.”
What suitor search. She thought. There is only one person she would consider, Rex, her secret boyfriend that she had to keep from her mother’s knowledge. She didn’t want to marry anyone else outside of him, but her mother would never let her marry him because of something he had done as a child. The thought of Scepter made her skin crawl. As the weight of her mother’s suggestion sank in, she froze. Fixing her eyes on her mother, she was sure the irritation showed.
“Mother...” she huffed, “I’ll give it to him, he is cute. But, looks are not what getting married is about. You taught me that, and now just because Scepter is cute, you want me to marry him?” She grumbled under her breath about how her mother knew she couldn’t stand Scepter. She shook her head. “It’s out of the question.”
Her mother sighed heavily. “He is a suitable choice though, it is a good point that he is cute though. It means your babies will be cute. I’m going to be here forever, Malina.”
“No.” Malina responded. “Now, did you take your medicine today?”
“Yes.” Malina knew that it wasn’t working, but she couldn’t face that. It meant her mother would be gone, it meant she would be expected to marry and present an heir. It was too much to take in.
Malina sighed. “Good. I will see you later, I’m going out now.” She headed for the exit.
“Where?”
Malina didn’t want her mother trying to control her life, she was old enough to make her own decisions. By her mother’s attitude anyway, she wouldn’t be looking to her for approval much longer. It pained her to think of it like that. “Just going out, I’ll be home shortly after sunset.” She responded as she left.
The palace guards granted her passage and pushed the heavy wooden doors open for their princess to go out to the city. She walked freely among the streets of the city, no guards with her. The beloved city sprang to life around her. There were birds calling, the whisper of the wind through the trees, vivid fabrics being waved before her, and food choices of every sort being presented to her to try. She just pushed through the crowds and wound her way through the numerous roads between houses until she finally came to her destination.
Rex. After the conversation with her mother, she needed to see him.


My name is Mindy M. Mather,
I have always enjoyed writing, ever since I was a young girl. As I got
older I took a liking to Romance Novels specifically and decided that
I wanted to write my own.
My first novel, A Tragic Miracle, actually started out as a Sims 2
Machinima series that I made in 2008 and later decided to turn it
into a book. It is one of my best stories, but I have many more that
I am in the process of finishing.
I hope that all of you will enjoy my books and if your interested in my
sims 2 videos, they are on youtube. My youtube name is TMP200000.




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Sugar Lane Vol. 1 by Harlow Hayes - Book Tour + Giveaway


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Women’s fiction/Suspense
Date Published: November 19, 2018
Publisher: Harlow Hayes Books

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The night of Christmas Eve changes everything for Rhema Clark, a 36-year-old housewife living on quiet Sugar Lane. One day she is hosting a birthday party for her 9-year-old son, Julian, the next she is watching her neighborhood become the backdrop for the perfect murder.

To gain power, Rhema inserts herself into the lives of the residents of Sugar Lane. She knows they have secrets, but none of them run deeper than her own. On the outside she is a kind and caring neighbor, but on the inside, something sinister lurks beneath. The media storm surrounding this murder could destroy her secret life and expose her for what she is.

But will her lust for power override her desire to keep her secrets?

Excerpt

It’s not the dress. The thought kept repeating over and over like a broken record. Whatever it was, she couldn’t pinpoint it, but she couldn’t escape the feeling that she was about to sell her soul to the Devil.
She fidgeted with the dress. The emotion was disappointment. She didn’t look like the other brides. The ones she saw all over magazines or even the girls she went to high school with on Facebook. They looked perfect. Perfectly slim, dress perfectly fitted, hair perfectly coiffed, and groom perfectly in love. It was expected for the husband to look upon his bride with loving eyes, but Elsea knew that Peter had never looked at her that way. The wedding was tomorrow, and all she could do was question Peter’s love.
The thought didn’t linger when she realized that she was about to be moving out of her parents’ house, getting away from them once and for all. Her heart felt like it skipped a beat in its excitement. The abuse was wearing her thin, and she tired of hearing the same thing over and over about how she never did things the right way. How she could have been anything in life but settled on being a checkout girl. She enjoyed her work there, but everyone else wanted to shame her for it.
A husband. It was the best Christmas present she could have gotten. It was a way out of that house. She looked forward to her honeymoon, but unfortunately for her and Peter, they wouldn’t be able to leave for it until after Hannah’s graduation party. That was the last request that she was going to grant her parents. She dreaded the whispers.
You know that could have been you. That should have been you. Those were the words that her parents had whispered in her ear almost a week ago at the graduation ceremony while she watched her perfect little sister Hannah walked across the stage to receive her B.A., with her law school boyfriend cheering her on like she was a rock star. Oh, Hannah is so mature, they would say. Hannah is so beautiful. Hannah is so smart. Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. She was her little sister, but she outshined her in everything from smarts to beauty. She was confident with her perfect teeth, pouty lips, and natural blonde hair. All Elsea had was a tarnished smile with teeth that didn’t look like they fit in her mouth, adult acne, and mousy brown hair. She was plain. A nothing in everyone else’s eyes except Peter’s, and tomorrow would be her day, and no one could take that from her. She had found a man, and she wanted her due credit for accomplishing such a task. But as she thought about it, the doubt returned.

About the Author

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Harlow Hayes was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the author of fiction and non-fiction books. She has always had a passion for writing and storytelling in its many forms. When she’s not immersed in her writing, she enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, watching classic movies, and listening to jazz with her dad. She is the author of 27 Revelations and You Got to Believe: A Guide to Managing Negative Influences and Expectations As You Prepare to Self-publish Your Book.
She currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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