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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Special Feature for today: The "The Garden of Eden" by LL Hunter Release Day Blitz!!!

Title: The Garden of Eden
Series: The Eden Chronicles #1
Genre: YA paranormal romance/ urban fantasy

Eden Daylesford is a sixteen- year old Nephilim girl stuck smack bang in the middle of a war between angels and demons. And the bad thing is, she shares both of their blood.
When her mother takes her to the Michaelite Sanctuary in London to try and get rid of the deadly trait that has started to appear - one that hasn’t been seen in a long time. It could stop Eden from forming any sort of relationship with anyone, including the tempting Asher. Eden has no idea just how powerful she is.
Will she learn to embrace her new ability and accept her new role, or go back to her old life of an ordinary human teenager?

Will she be tempted?

The enticing first book in the spin off novella series to The Legend of the Archangel. Set after events in The Chronicles of Fire and Ice.


I ran so fast I felt one with the wind. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.  Sooner or later my mother would track me down but until then I’ll enjoy myself. As I entered the arcade I heard my name.
“Yo, Eden.”
“Eden! You escaped.”
I smiled as I saw my friends approach. “Yeah I escaped the clutches of the evil demon.”
“You shouldn’t joke about that stuff, it could be real,” said Zoe innocently. Zoe was my best friend and still an innocent. Her boyfriend Mike thought he understood all. Even though they were Nephilim too, I couldn’t let them learn who my father was.
“It is real, Zo. If there are angels, there are demons. You can’t have one without the other.”
“Who says?” I defended as I retrieve the air hockey puck out of the slot and place it on the table. It begins sliding around in a small circle, waiting for me to hit it.
“Says I.” Mike took the position opposite me and waited. I narrowed my eyes and glared at him. Zoe always says I do this thing with my eyes that could make every boy swoon, but I don’t believe it. How could one person’s eyes make someone swoon? As I wacked the air hockey puck, Mike seemed distracted by something, so the puck sailed straight down into my goal at his end. The electronic voice announced the score to be one nil and that seemed to break his reverie.
“Mike, what happened? You were totally out of it.” Zoe placed a hand on his bicep.
“No, I wasn’t.”
“Yes, you were. You totally let Eden win.”
“It was just a lucky shot,” I said in defence. I couldn’t let them think that somehow I had something to do with Mike’s off-with-the-faeries moment. Did I? It couldn’t be possible. I didn’t just cause Mike to space out and act as if he and I were the only ones left on earth? Did I?
“That never happens, baby.”
“Okay, maybe this turn will be better.” Mike retrieved the puck out of the slot on his side and placed it on the table, ready to hit. I stood ready, but this time I was the distracted one. I couldn’t get the feeling out of my head that I had revealed one of my powers to him. My mother said to never do that. But was it even one of my traits? The air hockey puck sailed straight under me and landed in his goal. One- all.
“Oh yeah!” Mike hooted, but I didn’t feel like partying anymore. I walked away from the table.
“Oh, what’s the matter, Eden, afraid of being beat?”
“No, I just don’t feel like playing anymore.”
“Oh, come on! We were right in the middle of a game!”
I walked away ignoring their pleas as the allure of the hoop game called me over. I had just pushed a token in the slot and picked up a ball, when I heard my name. But it wasn’t from Mike or Zoe.
“So this is where you spend your runaway hours?” I glanced over my shoulder and saw the creep standing behind me.
“Who are you and what do you want?”
“Don’t you see the family resemblance?” he smirked.
I turned to take a good look at him, intrigued. The guy had to be about my mother’s age, maybe a little older and had the same grey- blue eyes my mother has.
“Uncle Adam?”
“In the flesh. Now lets get out of here.”
I chuckled as I turned back around and threw a ball at the highest scoring hoop. It went in. “I am not going anywhere with you.”
Adam clapped. “Good shot. But its not surprising, seeing whose blood you carry in your veins.”
“Do you mean yours and Mum’s, or…”
“Lakyn’s?” He finished for her. “Either way, you have so many abilities you are not even aware of, Eden. And some of them are quite dangerous.”
“How do you know this?”
“I was there from the moment you were born. Trust me, I know.”
I tossed another ball in, this time in a lower scoring hoop and it went in as well. “I’m still not going with you.” As I picked up a third ball and pushed it towards the hoops, it froze mid- air. I gasped and looked back at my uncle. He shrugged.
“Game over.”
As he walked away, the ball remained frozen.
“Wait, how did you do that?” I asked, glancing back and forth from the ball to him.
“If you come with me, I’ll tell you.”
“My mother sent you, didn’t she?”
“She might have.”
“So what you just did, can I do that?”
“Everyone’s traits are different, but probably. If you come with me, you can find out more.”
“I can’t just leave my friends.”
“Yes, you can. You can always make new friends.”
I stopped walking and looked at my friends playing the Daytona. Mike was showing Zoe how to drive, which was really cute. And then I looked at my uncle, waiting patiently outside the mouth of the arcade by a black town car. If I stayed, I would never know what my traits would be, I would never learn how to use them. But I would be a normal teenager, going to school and hanging out at the arcade with her friends. If I went with my uncle, I would no longer be normal. I wanted both lives. But the idea of having amazing powers intrigued me most. In the end I chose door two. Looking back I regretted leaving my friends. But I knew they would never understand. I knew deep down that I was made for a higher purpose.

L.L. Hunter is an Australian author who began writing when she was fifteen or sixteen, originally song lyrics, but then moved onto fanfiction when she was nineteen, having published over 20 stories online- One of which was nominated for an award. She has also written, directed and starred in two original plays entitled, “No Frills Airlines: Flight 123,” and the sequel, “No frills Airlines: Come Fly with Us.” The latter of which was a musical. 
She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science and dramatic arts but has always known her true calling to be writing.
Her hobbies include writing her books, reading, singing, acting, directing, watching movies, 50’s fashion and playing with her animals. When she is not writing she can be found reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her ‘furbabies’.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Very, Very Special Feature Today!!! The "King Hall" by Scarlett Dawn REVIEW!!!

I am pleased to announce….King Hall by Scarlet Dawn!!!

Name: King Hall
Author: Scarlett Dawn
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (July 25, 2013)

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution. 

Where do I start? The story leads in fairly quickly. I am very pleased with the connection between Lily and Dominic. There is so much love between them and the author does such a wonderful job helping you connect that. Then tragedy strikes. Lily is then left to endure the world on her own without her mate...but she doesn't even realize how close her saviors really are. And how close to them she is. 

The story progresses fairly quickly. There are a lot of twists and turns and surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat and makes it impossible to put the book down. Even when I was supposed to be working or taking care of the kids, I was still thinking about what was going to happen next!

The friendship between the future Mystical Kings and Queens develops rather quickly and the closeness they have is one to be desired. Man, I wish I had friends like them...or should I say like Ezra??? What were you thinking Scarlett?!?!?! Like I don't have enough book boyfriends tearing up my dreams!!! He is so scrumptiously yummy I want to devour him...but...what is the deal???? Scarlett, can there be anymore sexual tension between the two (and you know what I am talking about).???Just do it already!!! Man, I'm getting hot just thinking about it!!!

Then, all hell breaks loose as the Commoners open a can of whoop-@$$ on the Mysticals. Lets just say that there are two other people who are gonna feel what Lily felt when they regain consciousness and it is so sad!!! Why did this have to happen to both of them?? I know it is going somewhere, but WHY!!!???? My heart is breaking for them and there are tears rolling down my face as I write this...

Where does the story go?? I am unsure as the cliffhanger will leave you speechless...did I already mention I love, love, love, love, love this book??? Did I mention I LOVE it??? The banter between everyone (and I mean everyone) in this book had me balling tears from laughter!! I love the wittiness that Scarlett put in all of their characters! People probably thought I was nuts! But, I didn't care as secrets were revealed and I was rendered unavailable a number of times because I couldn't drag my eyes from the pages. 

I have to say, Scarlett, you have outdone yourself. I am really looking forward to the next book and I don't say that lightly. I don't normally look forward to followups or sequels because usually something gets lost in them. But, I don't fear that happening with your unique ability to capture your readers with your masterly written and flawless carrying out of this story. I simply am on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I can't contain it!! I so want some more of Ezra!!! (I am so a sucker for a yummy male vampire...get it? I crack myself up!!) This book gets a very, very, very well deserved 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Special Feature on the blog today: The "Life After the Undead/Death to the Undead" by Pembroke Sinclair REVIEW and Blog Tour!!!

Name: Life After the Undead Book One
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Genre:  YA Horror
Publisher:  eTreasures Publishing
ISBN:  ISBN-10: 1937809013
ISBN-13: 978-1937809010
Number of pages:  356
Cover Artist:  Jerrod Brown

The world has come to an end. It doesn’t go out with a bang, or even a whimper. It goes out in an orgy of blood and the dead rising from their graves to feast on living flesh. As democracy crumples and the world melts into anarchy, five families in the U.S. rise to protect the survivors.

The undead hate a humid environment, so they are migrating westward to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors are constructing a wall in North Platte to keep the zombie threat to the west, while tyranny rules among the humans to the east.

Capable but naïve Krista is 15 when the first attacks occur, and she loses her family and barely escapes with her life. She makes her way to the wall and begins a new life. But, as the undead threat grows and dictators brainwash those she cares about, Krista must fight not only to survive but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately those she loves.

Name: Death to the Undead Book 2
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Genre:  YA horror
Publisher:  eTreasures Publishing
ISBN-10: 1937809226
ISBN-13: 978-1937809225
Number of pages:  286
Cover Artist:  Jerrod Brown

The battle that began in Life After the Undead continues.

Zombies changed her life completely...

Tough teenager Krista escaped to the safety of Florida after her parents were killed by the zombie horde. She united with General Liet, a distant cousin, and moved with him to North Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West. Krista fell in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they freed the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.

But zombies aren’t the only enemy they have to face...

Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using the zombie apocalypse to control their people. Florida is ruled by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of the zombie horde to coerce their populace. Krista and Quinn hatch a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people revolt. Krista and Quinn, labeled as rebels run for their lives when the Families attack North Platte. The Families want them captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors want them dead. Caught in between powerful forces, they must survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into action, all while trying to solidify their new relationship and trying not to self-destruct in the meantime.

I write fiction under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, and I have had several short stories published.  My story, “Sohei,” was named one of the Best Stories of 2008 by The Cynic Online Magazine.  I have novellas and a short story collection forthcoming from Musa Publishing and eTreasures Publishing.  I have two novels, Coming from Nowhere (adult, sci fi) and Life After the Undead (YA, horror), that are available from eTreasures Publishing, as well as Death to the Undead (YA, sequel to Life After the Undead), which is forthcoming.  Life After the Undead was a Top Ten Finisher in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll in the YA category and the cover art category.

Under my real name, from March 2008 to January 2011, I wrote scientific articles for Western Farmer-Stockman.  I have a nonfiction book, Life Lessons from Slasher Films, scheduled for release in July 2012 from Scarecrow Publishing (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield).

I have my Master’s in English, and I am a freelance content editor for Musa Publishing, as well as a former content and line editor for eTreasures Publishing.

CHAPTER 1 “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” God, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that cliché. Dad was particularly fond of it when I had issues with homework or a dilemma in my personal life. I knew what his point was. He was telling me to be patient, to let things progress the way they were supposed to. But, I wasn’t good at that. I never had a lot of patience. I imagined my Dad reiterating the cliché after the North Platte takeover, wondering what he would think of what I’d done. What we’d done. We liberated Nebraska, but we still had a long road ahead of us. I knew Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I was pretty sure the zombies could destroy it in one.
 I stood in the guard tower, overlooking the field. My body pressed against the railing. Corpses still littered the ground, but there weren’t as many as when I first came to North Platte. The crews had done a great job of cleaning up, though there was little they could do about the atrocious smell.
 The sun sank beneath the horizon, casting hues of orange, pink, and purple onto the silhouettes of the undead. A bullet was chambered into a gun behind me. Quinn had been sitting in a chair behind me in the tower the whole time.
 “Quinn, what happened to your parents?” I turned so I faced him.
 Quinn rested the butt of his gun on the deck and wrapped his arms around the barrel. He sighed. “My mom died about seven years ago from cancer. I don’t know what happened to my dad.”
 I furrowed my brow. “What do you mean?”
 “Well, when we heard about the first zombie attacks, Dad wanted to help. Most of the neighbors lived within a few miles, so it didn’t take too long for him to move them onto the ranch. One morning, him and a few of the others decided to venture a little further, see who else might need some help, and he never came back.”
 My stomach felt queasy. I averted my gaze to the floor, then glanced back at Quinn. “Did you go look for him?”
 Quinn shook his head. “He told me not to. He said no matter what happens, I was to stay at the ranch and take care of the people.”
 “Yeah, but you must have been curious what happened to him.”
 Quinn nodded and stood from his chair. “Of course, but I did as I was told.” He shouldered the rifle and lined up his sights. He fired.
 I moved so I stood next to him. “Do you think he’s out there somewhere?”
 Quinn glanced at me. “Probably. But I doubt he’s anything like I remember.”
 “Doesn’t that make you sad?”
 He returned his attention to the sight. “Every day. But there’s nothing I can do to change it now.” He fired another round.
 I slumped against the rail. Tears welled up in my eyes, and I averted my gaze back to the field. I rubbed my sore shoulder. A breeze picked up, bringing a chill and the smoke from the funeral pyre. I wrinkled my nose.
 “We need to do something about that.”
 Quinn straightened. “Like what?”
 I shrugged the good shoulder. “I don’t know. Maybe we could put a building around it. It might help contain some of the smoke and smell.”
 Quinn nodded. “You should suggest it at the next meeting.”
 I opened my mouth to speak, but the sound of footsteps on the stairs interrupted me. It was Pam. She still wore her old guard uniform, a relic from Liet’s reign, but it was obvious whose side she was on. Thank goodness she was on our side. She trained me; I knew how tough and skilled she was. It would’ve been a battle to take her down.
 “Krista,” Pam said. “There’s someone who needs to see you.”
 I pushed myself away from the rail. “Who?”
 Pam motioned toward the courthouse. “I think it’s best if you just head over there.”
I looked at Quinn, who shrugged, then the three of us headed to the courthouse.
 My stomach fluttered as I pushed opened the door. Visions of Mrs. Johnson’s bodyguard flooded my mind, and I didn’t think I could stand another visit like that. I held my breath as I opened the door. The person stood at the end of the room, her head down as she chewed on her thumb nail. Excitement rose in my chest and relief loosened my shoulders. A smile crossed my lips. I held out my good arm and hurried across the room. Normally, I wasn’t one for hugs, but anyone besides guards from Florida in the office was a welcome relief.
 “Tanya! What are you doing here?”
 Tanya looked up. She balled her hand into a fist and swung it over her head. I flinched, and the blow hit me on the bicep. Tanya lunged forward, flailing her arms. I crouched and covered my head. I didn’t know what else to do. I was so shocked, I froze. I couldn’t react. Several more hits landed on my back and head before someone pulled Tanya away.
 “How could you?” Tanya yelled. “HOW COULD YOU?” She kicked and caught me on the knee.
 Pain radiated through my leg, and I rubbed at the minor injury. Anger replaced the shock. Who did she think she was coming into my courtroom and attacking me?
 “What are you talking about?” I tried to keep my emotions in check, common sense told me I needed to know what was going on.
  “Don’t play dumb with me! You know what you did.” She jerked her arms out of Quinn and Pam’s grasp.
 Really? Was she mad that we liberated Nebraska before we helped Florida? I didn’t think it was a big deal, but I guess it upset her.
 “I’m sorry, Tanya. We had to move quickly. We had to set the people of North Platte free.”
 She narrowed her eyes. “I’m not talking about the attack.”
 I stared at her for a moment. “Then what are you talking about?”
 “You sent zombies down in the truck of supplies! You figured if you couldn’t overthrow The Families, you’d overrun the state with the undead!” Tanya yelled, then attempted to attack again. Pam and Quinn restrained her and stared at me.
 I picked myself off the floor, staring at Tanya wide eyed. Zombies in the truck? What? When? Why would I have done that? I hate those things! I would have to get pretty close to put those in the truck, and I wasn’t willing to do that. But someone must have. Who would be stupid and conniving enough to do that?
 “Tanya, honestly, I have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe you should fill us in on some details.”
 Tanya snarled. “The truck showed up a few weeks ago, with Mrs. Johnson’s bodyguard behind the wheel. He said it had come from North Platte, and I assumed it had another shipment of guns. As usual, I was going to wait until night to collect the weapons. My father took the vehicle to the storage yard, like he always did. I was done working at the coffee shop, so I decided to see what you guys sent. I stood at the chain link fence, watching the guys work, when I heard my father scream from the trailer. The others ran to see what was going on, and a zombie lurched out of the vehicle. They ran.”
 Tanya continued her story, and I pictured the whole scenario in my mind. She was a bit lacking on details, so I filled in the blanks with my own imagination. It wasn’t hard, especially when you’ve seen as many zombies as I have. There were three creatures, buried under crates. Two men, newly turned with just the slightest hint of yellowed skin. Their clothes were dirty but not yet torn. The third, a woman, she had been a zombie for a while. Her stringy blonde hair was knotted, caked in mud, and falling out of her head, only wisps remained on the bottom and right side. Her clothes had almost completely decayed, tatters of a floral print dress clung to her the bones exposed in her chest and legs. Her gray, wrinkled skin looked like leather. They hid in the shadows, hard to see, and for some reason, they didn’t moan like the others when food was near. The workers didn’t know they were there and had unloaded almost the entire truck. They were almost finished when the attack started. Tanya ran through the gate, making her way to the back of the truck, just in time to see her father beating one of the creatures with a tire iron. The third one was still pinned behind a crate. Her breath caught as she watched the creature’s mouth snap for her dad. Her dad panted with exhaustion. He leaned against the side of the truck for support. Blood, brain matter, and bits of skull were everywhere, and the smell was overpowering. Tanya was about to climb in, find out if her dad was all right, but he told her to stop. He collapsed onto the floor, sliding down the wall. He cradled his hand. The zombie had bitten him.
 Tanya set her jaw. “The other one that got out of the truck attacked several of the workers before it was put down. I don’t know how many of them got bit, but within a few days, we had an epidemic on our hands. They got it under control, but thirty people got infected.”
 Pam and Quinn released her, and she pointed a finger in my direction.
 “You just couldn’t wait, could you? You just had to make all of us pay.”
 My throat felt tight and a knot developed in my stomach. I swallowed hard. “What happened to your dad?”
 Tanya snarled. “Instead of waiting for the plague to take its toll, he took care of himself.”
 I lowered my gaze to the floor. My stomach lurched, bile rose into my throat. I took several deep breaths, but the feeling never abated.
 “I’m sorry, Tanya.” I looked into her face. “I really, truly am. But I did not put zombies in the back of the truck. Why would I harm the people I’m trying to help?”
 Tanya shook her head and opened her mouth to speak.
 “Think about it,” Quinn interrupted her. “The Families were afraid of losing control. They knew about the rebellion here in North Platte, and they knew the people would soon hear about it. They had to do something to ensure the people wouldn’t revolt, so they planted zombies.”
 Tanya stared at him for a moment, letting the information sink in. “Maybe,” she spoke softly.
 I stepped closer to her. “Tanya, please, you have to believe us, we would never do anything like that. Smuggle guns to kill the regime, yeah, but we wouldn’t infect Florida with zombies.”
 Tanya took a deep breath. “Maybe.”
 “Didn’t Bill and Kyle tell you what was going on?” Quinn asked.
Tanya faced him. “They did.”
 “What happened to them?”
 She took a deep breath and averted her gaze to the floor. “After the attack and my dad’s suicide, guards, um, did random house searches and they were arrested.”
 Pam’s, Quinn’s, and my eyes grew wide.
 “What?” Quinn glanced from Tanya to me. “Arrested? Why?”
 “They were outsiders.” she responded. “I guess they felt they were a threat to The Families and Florida.”
 “Did they find out about the guns?” I stammered out the question.
 Tanya looked at me. “No. Those are still safe.”
 “How did you get here?” Pam chimed in.
 “After everything calmed down, I took the boat Bill and Kyle came in on and found their vehicle in Texas. I made my way up here to you.”
 “Do you know what happened to them?” Worry coated Quinn’s eyes.
 “I’m sure they’re not dead. I’m sure The Families kept them for interrogation.”
 Quinn rubbed his hand over his mouth, staring at me. “What are we going to do? Everything is ruined. I told you we had to attack simultaneously.”
Confusion and anger coursed through my body. “It’s a moot point now. We’ll figure it out. It’ll be fine.” What did he expect me to do? I couldn’t change the past.
 The room was silent for a long moment. The group glanced at each other out of the corners’ of their eyes, then averted their gazes to the floor. My head spun. When we first took over North Platte and found out there had been a spy, I felt like I was losing control then, but after Tanya arrived, I knew I lost my grip. An all-out attack on Florida was out of the question. They would know what was coming. Plus, we were grossly outnumbered by Floridian soldiers. Despite the tragic nature of the event, a zombie attack wasn’t a half bad idea. It would keep the soldiers busy long enough for our people to get in and take control. There would be some collateral damage, but in the long run, it would lead to the liberation of the people of Florida.
 I shook the idea out of my head. How could I even think of that? There were innocent people down there. Children. It wouldn’t work. Besides, three zombies had already done enough damage. I couldn’t believe Tanya thought we sent the attack.
 Quinn grabbed my arm and directed me away from Tanya and Pam.
 “We’ve got to evacuate the city.”
 “Don’t you see what’s going on? Florida sent men up here to investigate what happened. They planted zombies in the back of the truck and blamed it on us. They are trying to rally the masses against us.”
 “Yeah? So what else is new?”
 “The people they sent here were the dregs of society. They were causing problems in Florida. They are still causing problems. This is the perfect excuse to wipe us off the planet.”
 My stomach knotted. The color drained from my face. I didn’t want to believe it, but I knew Quinn was right. They were probably on their way to level the city.
 “There are two thousand and eleven people in North Platte.” I couldn’t raise my voice over a whisper. “Where are they going to go?”
 Quinn pinched the bridge of his nose between his thumb and forefinger and shook his head. “I don’t know. All I know is they can’t stay here.”
 “What about Liet? What are we going to do with him?”
 Quinn didn’t have the opportunity to answer.
 “Everything all right over there?” Pam asked.
 We faced her.
 “No. I don’t think it is,” Quinn responded.
 “Well, maybe you’d like to fill the rest of us in.”
 Quinn glanced at me for a second, then back at Pam. “I think you need to call a town meeting.”
 “For what?”
 “Just do it!” I didn’t mean to yell at her, but I had no control over my emotions. The room spun and breathing was difficult, it just slipped out.
 Pam hurried out of the room, and I sank to my knees. I lowered my head and closed my eyes. I felt light-headed and nauseous. I couldn’t believe it was this hard. It wasn’t supposed to be this hard. I felt Quinn’s hand on my back.
“You all right?”
 I looked up at him. “I’ll be fine. Just give me a second.”
 Tanya moved so she stood in front of me. Her knees popped as she knelt down.
 “What are we going to do now? Everything has been ruined.” She lowered her gaze. “I ruined it. I can’t believe I was so stupid to believe you would have sent zombies!”
 I took a deep breath and stared at her face for several moments. Anger clenched my chest. I wanted to tell her it was her fault, that she should have known we would never do anything so devious, but it wouldn’t get us anywhere. Her eyes were red rimmed and her shoulders slumped forward. She probably didn’t stop traveling until she made it to the city. Rage kept her moving. Her desire to see me dead or maimed fueled her journey. After she found out the truth, rage was replaced with sheer exhaustion. Sadly, her journey wasn’t even close to being over.
 Besides, I wasn’t mad at her, I was angry at the universe. I was upset that my luck had run out. The same rage that kept her moving was going to have to sustain me. We still had a job to do, we just had to rethink it.
 “You didn’t ruin it,” I told her. “You were just reacting to a situation you thought we created. It’s understandable.”
 She placed her hands on the floor and leaned forward. “I want to help you fix it. Please tell me what I can do.”
 “First of all, we’ve got to get the people to safety. Then, we’re going to disappear.”
 “And go where?”
 “The only place we have left. The West.”

When I first started reading this book, I was a little taken back. I have seen quite a few, if not all, of the zombie movies and am a HUGE fan of "The Walking Dead". That being said, it was really, really weird to read about zombies vs. watching them. 

The stories progressed fairly quickly. I like that in a book as I don't always have time to sit and read a huge novel. But, trust me when I say, that the shortness of the books does not take away from the awesomeness.

I love the story of the world ending. Of course it does, there are zombies!! How do you combat that? But, Krista doesn't hold back! I love her character! She is mean and nasty but so vulnerable at the same time. An outcast from a society without zombies, she knows that once inside the gates of the safe-haven in Florida, she is just as socially screwed. But, that doesn't deter her, or keep her from making a very good friend and a helpful enemy (you will see what I mean when you read them).

After making the decision that the safe-haven was not the place for her (for various reasons that you have to read to know about), she leaves to a place she thinks will be better because she has her freedom. But, little does she know that a tyrant in a uniform with a lot of power holds the key to her happiness. And he isn't very willing to let it go. Especially, when she meets Quinn. The handsome, caring, loving, man she meets that helps her find herself, her strength, and her heart. This lowly tyrant being her only surviving relative doesn't help the situation in the slightest. Man! It feels so good to loathe him!!

Things spiral out of control as her and Quinn's plans at freedom come to a screeching halt when their plan at over-throwing the tyrant Liet fails. There are a few surprises coming in here that I won't mention because I don't want to ruin it for the readers. But, OMG!!! I was so heartbroken, surprised, happy, and excited all at the same time!! 

By the time I got to the end of Book 2, I was wishing for Book 3. Even though I know the story had pretty much come to an end, I really wanted to see where it went with Quinn and Krista. I have to say that the story lacked their romance and I was really looking forward to that. But, then again, who wants to get jiggy with it when there are a bunch of zombies around? OK, Ms. Sinclair, I see your point. Still, I was a little disappointed.

But, do not mistake me that BOTH of these books deserve 5 out of 5 stars!!! They are masterly written, expertly carried out, and seamlessly flowing. What a fantastic set of fingers on Ms. Sinclair!! I loved both of them and would recommend them to anyone who loves a good horror book but with a touch of sanity!!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Special Feature Today: The "Beyond the Eyes" by Rebekkah Ford REVIEW Blog Tour!!!

Title- Beyond the Eyes
Series-Beyond the Eyes Book # 1
Author-Rebekkah Ford
Publication Date- June 3, 2012
Genre-YA Paranormal Fantasy

Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell.

Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.

And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.

Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.

This review is about the book Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford. This book is about a girl, Paige, that has gotten premonitions since she was young. Her mother isn’t around much but she meets a man named Nathan who turns out to be someone she never could have imagined.

Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents' Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator's League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO's. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. At one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a journalist, and although she enjoyed writing articles, she quickly discovered her real passion was writing fiction. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the 'Beyond the Eyes' trilogy.

The book promises a thrilling first book in a new YA series. It definitely holds up its promise. I could not put this book down. I am so glad there will be follow up books to this as I can’t get enough.

I did have some pitfalls to this book. Where I knew this was YA, the constant “feelings” between Nathan and Paige are distracting. I feel that it takes away from the plot and the book as a whole. I started to feel like I was starting to slide the slippery “Twilight” slope. Also, I am used to the change scenes being a little better notated. Whenever the scene changed, a new paragraph started. There should be a more noticeable break as some readers can get confused. There was a lot of redundancy as well. Paige had to be told quite a lot that she could die or would die, yet she never seemed to accept this and had to be told yet again. There was also an over-use of the word “shuddering”. And even though Paige constantly tells everyone how independent she is, she came off very needy; she was constantly seeking attention from the people around her. This can become a very unlikeable quality.

But, don’t get me wrong. This is a very good book and I would recommend it because even though I am picky, this was a very quick read and the plot wasn’t overdone. It was simple and sometimes you have to step away from the complicated plots and characters for a breath of fresh air.

I have to admit that when I heard YA, I instantly thought “Twilight”. I am so glad I was wrong. Where, yes, I felt like this book did tread those tracks, I didn’t feel the need to grab a rope and hang myself. Not that “Twilight” wasn’t good, I guess, if you are a teenager and feel like the whole world hates you and need supernatural beings to make you feel good about yourself. That series also was so redundant that I wanted to scream and hang myself. I, thank goodness, did not have that with this book. I actually felt it was a grown up story is a teenager’s body. The story has so much room to grow and become that bestseller that I know it can be.

To bring this to a close, don’t pass this book up. The story is great, the characters are good, and the writing is superb. I am overly critical so please read and get your own conclusions. I loved it and cannot wait to get to book 2.

Title- Dark Spirits
Series- Beyond the Eyes Book # 2
Author- Rebekkah Ford
Publication Date- February 23, 2013

Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.

Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?

Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.

Review to come as the book could not be finished in time. Keep your eyes peeled!!

Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator's League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. At one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a journalist, and although she enjoyed writing articles, she quickly discovered her real passion was writing fiction. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the ‘Beyond the Eyes’ series. Visit her online and read her blog at http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com


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