Monday, April 21, 2014

The Lost and Broken Realm (Things Forgotten #1) by Chris M. Arnone Virtual Book Tour and GIVEAWAY

The Lost and Broken Realm
Things Forgotten
Book 1
Chris M. Arnone

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

ISBN: 9780991397907
ISBN: 9781311266194


Number of pages: 325 print
approx 299 ebook
Word Count: 103,000

Cover Artist: Cassandra Whitney

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Book Description:

Gabriel Drake had royally fouled up his life. Before his wife died, he was wealthy, respected, and loved. He pissed away the small fortune he and his wife built, drove away his friends, alienated his family, and even took a few precarious steps on the wrong side of the law. He lost his way. The world had forgotten the man he was, and then a head-on collision between his Jeep and a tree changed everything.

Death would have been easier. Instead, he’s woken up in a strange place where all the lost and forgotten things and people of our world go to rest. The laws of physics seem to be driven more by magic than logic. Cats fly and talk into his mind. He’s in a place where real power has been trampled under the foot of a maniacal emperor, and Gabriel alone has the power to free these forgotten people from the emperor’s iron grip. Which will Gabriel save: these lost and broken people, or his own shattered life?

Chris grew up in Independence, MO. He attended college at Truman State University where he pursued his loves of theater, music, and the written word. Now, he makes his home in Kansas City, MO with his wife Christy and their four cats.

Aside from writing feverishly, he is an avid supporter of the Kansas City burlesque, performance, and arts communities. He is an occasional emcee, outspoken supporter of LGBTQ equality, and King of the Nerds. No, you didn't vote for him; that's why he's king, not president

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The Hunters and the Queen Book Blitz and Giveaway

The Hunters and the Queen by Virginia Vayna
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance; Urban Fantasy
Published March 20th, 2013
Published by Smashwords Edition

How do families become members of the aristocracy? Does the universe choose them? Have you ever wondered what happened to Constantinople? The Hunters and the Queen is a work of fiction in the young adult, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance genres. The story blends elements of romance, darkness, history, fantasy, aristocracy, and reincarnation.

Virginia Vayna was born in Dayton, Ohio. During 1999, she moved to Long Beach, California, where she lived on a sailboat for three-years. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and she is completing a Master of Social Science. She has worked as a policy researcher, a legal writer, and she currently works as a freelance copywriter. Virginia enjoys writing historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery, and YA. The Hunters and the Queen is the first book in her Element series.

The Dream
A deep sleep washed over Jolán. She was in such a slumber that she didn’t hear Crispus return home. Jolán didn’t hear the conversations held by her brother, mother, and father; and she didn’t hear them turn in for the night. The dream world had a hold of Jolán, and it wouldn’t let her go.
As she dreamed, Jolán saw images of extreme beauty; then, she witnessed pictures of extreme darkness. The darkness was so strong that Jolán began to sweat and turn while she slept in her bed. Her sweat drenched the back of her neck and dampened her hair. Jolán dreamed of beautiful winged men dancing around water fountains while doing arabesques and throwing red, pink, white, and deep blue rose petals into the fountains of rushing clear water. In her dream, Jolán walked over to the fountain, and she picked up a dark blue rose petal and held it in her hand. She watched the winged performers dance around the fountains splashing petals wherever they danced. The sun cast a sunbeam on to her cheeks. She felt a warm breeze blow all around her, and she enjoyed the warmth of the sun on her face. While Jolán held the rose petal in her hand, she smelled the petal and she loved the clean and lightly perfumed aroma it held. As she closed her eyes and enjoyed the moment, a rather short and round-figured man approached her by the fountain. The man had a pleasant face with a short and neatly trimmed moustache. He scooped up water in his palm, and the water turned a brilliant shade of purple. As Jolán stared at the water in his hand, she watched as the water turned black, and then turned to red, and then to yellow, and then finally the water turned back to a beautiful shade of purple. As the man had his eyes locked on Jolán, he studied her beauty, and he examined her curiosity.
When Jolán looked up and met the man’s eyes she asked, “How did you do that?”
The man didn’t say anything, but instead he reached behind Jolán’s left ear, and he pulled out a long willow branch with a beautiful white dove perched on its limb.
Jolán let out a vibrant laugh and said, “Oh, My! You’re a magician!”
The man slightly shook his head, indicating that he was not a magician. Jolán looked at the white dove, and she reached out to pet the bird’s head. The bird allowed Jolán to pet its head, and then the bird started to coo in a subtle manner. Jolán thought she had never pet a bird on its head before.
As the man allowed Jolán to continue petting the bird, he looked at her and said, “I am Voipele. I am the spirit of the forest. The Sky World created me to watch over all of the living creatures that dwell within the boundaries of the woods, but I am having a hard time protecting them right now.
Jolán thought to herself “Wow, this is an awesome dream,” but she didn’t say anything to Voipele. Instead, Jolán continued to pet the dove.
Voipele continued to say, “The sky world created you too, Jolán. We have the responsibility of protecting the elements and the good spirits on Earth.”
Jolán nonchalantly replied, “I have a hard enough time with my own responsibilities, Voipele. I don’t think a sky world would have much use for me.”
Jolán turned inward towards Voipele, and she thanked him for allowing her to pet his bird. She then walked away.
As Jolán walked by the water fountains, she started to see the fountain water turn brown, and then she watched the water turn to black. The dancing winged performers began to slow down, and then freeze in motion. Once the performers were completely frozen, they solidified into a concrete like substance. The once colorful rose petals were now all gray and dry, and they lacked color and vibrancy.
Jolán heard her brother’s voice in the distance, so she immediately began running towards his sound. As she ran, she felt her heart beat; and she heard screams and voices calling her name. Jolán ran faster to get to her brother, but she couldn’t see him, and she couldn’t hear him anymore. All Jolán could hear were the sounds of pain, and the sounds of awful screams.

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About the Book: Running on Empty by Collette Ballard Trailer Reveal

  Running on Empty by Collette Ballard

Published by Tulip Teen/Spencer Hill Press

Published May 6th, 2014

Genres: YA Contemporary/Thriller





What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the

pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because

you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until

her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends

come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind

and join in her escape.

The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out

of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find

evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her

ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for

as long as she can remember.
Colette grew up on a dairy farm in rural Kentucky. She survived the high school experience back in the

day when Aqua Net was bought in bulk and mullets were cool. That’s also when she realized that her

constant daydreaming wasn’t a curse, but a useful skill—one she used like a lethal weapon to combat

her frustration over the haunting question: What does the alphabet have to do with math anyway?

Unfortunately, her ninja daydreaming skills only increased her desire to write—not her algebra grade.

After surviving the hairstyles and torturous math classes of her high school years, she wandered a bit—

even moving to the farthest northwestern corner of the United States, then to the farthest southeastern

corner. She finally settled in the one red-light town she started in, where she continues to live today with

her husband and three children.




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Gabriel Stone and the Wrath of the Solarians (Gabriel Stone #2) by Shannon Duffy Blog Tour and Giveaway

Publication date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Shannon Duffy
Gabriel Stone is back from Valta, but the adventure is just beginning! His friend Tahlita is trapped in Willow Creek with no memory of Valta. Gabe, Piper, and Brent are determined to reunite Tahlita with her father. Yet even as they do, Prince Oliver arrives asking for their help. Menacing forces known as the Solarians have kidnapped the Empress and Princess and are threatening the lives of humans everywhere. Along with talking tracker monkey, Finley, the friends battle vampire mermaids and a living, blood-filled lake in their quest to save the Empress and Princess. Even with cool new powers, Gabe discovers their strongest weapon is their friendship as they battle the Solarians and rescue a cursed white witch—who may be the only one who can save Valta.

 Shannon Duffy grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and son, Gabriel. She’s mom to one boy, and several pets. Shannon loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions: shopping.
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“Hey, Tahlita,” he said, trudging up beside her. He plunked down on the grass beside 

Zigzag while Tahlita ignored him. “You’re a traitor, Ziggy,” he whispered to his dog, nudging 

her with a smirk. Zigzag sighed and rolled over looking for a belly scratch. Gabriel laughed and 

complied. “Whatcha reading?” he asked.

Tahlita grumbled and closed the book. “I was reading a story about an annoying boy who 

won’t leave a girl alone.” She smirked. “It was getting to a really good part where the girl was 

about to whack him on the head, and then you interrupted.”

“And the boy’s name was Gabriel. Got it. You’re funny.” Gabriel tugged aimlessly at 

some grass between his legs. “Look … ” He kept his eyes locked on the ground. “I, um, wanted 

to say thanks for helping me and Brent out yesterday. That was cool of you and um—magical.” 

He swallowed and peeked at Tahlita from the corner of his eye.

“You’re welcome. Now will you leave me alone?”

He sat straight up and widened his eyes. “So you admit you’re the fruit bandit?”

Tahlita lifted an indifferent shoulder. “I guess so.”

Gabriel twisted around on the grass and faced her. “You guess so? Did you just say that? 

Because, you know people from Earth can’t, like, just make fruit dangle in the air and fling it 

around without touching it, right?”

Tahlita’s eyes grew stormy. “What is it with you? Look, I don’t know how I did that. I 

admit it was kind of strange. That hasn’t happened to me before, but I don’t want to talk about 

it. Don’t you get it?” Tahlita’s cheeks flushed red. “I don’t remember anything from my past. 

I don’t want to remember anything either. I told you, if my parents hate me so much that they 

dumped me in Harmony and left me for dead, then I don’t want to remember them!”

Gabriel thought he saw tears spring to Tahlita’s eyes. She genuinely looked sad. The last 

thing he wanted was to make the girl feel like that. Nobody wants to feel abandoned. Gabriel 

knew what that felt like because he had once thought the same thing about his own mother.

“Listen. I’m sorry,” Gabriel said. “But your dad does want you. I promise he’s been 

looking for you.”

Tahlita stood and folded her arms across her chest. “My dad, huh? That guy Dane you 

mentioned from this other part of the universe you talk about? Valta?” She raised a disbelieving 

eyebrow and snickered. “Right. I guess that would make me an alien.” She stuck her face an inch 

in front of Gabriel’s. “Boo!”

Gabriel reached for his necklace, ready to pull it out and show her. His heart pounded. 

He wanted her to believe him so bad—needed her to. But before he could tug the Valtan emblem 

out, Tahlita snatched up her book and stormed off to the other side of the street to the safety of 

her home.

Gabriel sunk his hands in his jeans pockets as he watched her escape.

The city of Harmony …

If they couldn’t get any information out of Cedric or Tahlita, he and his friends would 

have to head into the city and start searching for Dane there. If that’s where Tahlita ended up, 

then maybe that’s where Dane was too.

Except, one of the biggest cities in the country was nothing like its name, ‘Harmony,’ 

implied. Harmony was anything but harmonious.

It was … dangerous.

The Labyrinth Wall Book Tour and Giveaway

TheLabyrinthWallbannerThe-Labyrinth-Wall-CoverAraina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall. The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free. Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free? Young Adult Fantasy Novel. Hit #2 on the Amazon Best Seller list in its category the day after release and hit #26 on the Top 100 Amazon Free Best Seller List.

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EmilyannLab2Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology's Musings and She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida. Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets. To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.

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Life in the Palace by Catherine Green 50.00 Giveaway

  Life in the Palace

Life in the Palace by Catherine Green “We need to talk,” Tal said. Then I knew it was going to go badly. ‘We need to talk’ is the conversational equivalent of walking into your basement without turning on the light, on a dark and stormy night, when a known psychopath is on the loose. You might as well cut to the chase and slit your own throat. Chloe Diaz assumed three things: that when Tal said that she was one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo;’ that the gorgeous Seth Wilks would never be her soul mate and that she’d never have to choose between them. Chloe was wrong. Now the future of the world is in her hands, but what if price is too great to pay?
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   After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.   Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.   Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.   Praise for Life in the Palace An interesting take on the paranormal romance genre. …..While other books in the genre have unrealistic buy in to the acceptance of someone from the outside entering a "new world" Life in the Palace handled it from both the main character looking in and the dwellers of the Palace looking out at this person trying to enter their world. …….I am so happy to hear that there are more books in the series! – Yonit on Goodreads I loved this world that Catherine Green created. I happily lost myself in the life & deep love between Chloe & Seth …..I loved the attention to detail, the fleshing out of the world around them, the obvious growth of all the characters... Even the heartbreaking choices made at the end. Book two I cannot wait to read! – Ebon Darkmyth on Smashwords Loved it, great story line, fun characters and after reading it and thinking deeply about the duality of our lives, it made my prayers come alive! – Rebecca Wittenstein on This book introduces you to a whole host of characters that you want to meet in real life. ….The action keeps you reading, while the budding love between Seth and Chloe makes you breathless. A great read. – Cypora Cohen on

Author Catherine Green Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she's not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.
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Making Happy by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott Review

by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
The Art and Science of a Happy Marriage
Every day thousands of lemming-like couples charge over the cliff into marriage, foolishly thinking their mate will make them happy. Then what? The Parrotts present a proven, three-week “happiness plan” that will dial up the happiness factor in any marriage.

Making Happy outlines seven factors that will elevate happiness in any marriage, including such strategies as: catch your spouse doing something right, laugh out loud, express gratitude, be second, try something new together, and celebrate one thing daily. Happiness in marriage is as easy as the decisions you make.

New York Times bestsellers Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of and the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their best-selling books include Love Talk, Crazy Good Sex and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Their work has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today and on CNN, Good Morning America and Oprah.
Cassandra's Review- I would recommend this book for couples of any age.  The facts included are very helpful and so by reading it you will learn enough to help out your marriage. Even if your not a married couple this is a great read so that you can be knowledgeable when helping out friends or other family members and is a great pass along book after you read it.  It is never to late to spruce up your marriage and with this book you might just get that chance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from worthy publishing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stamp the moment jewelry giveaway

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Coupon Crazy Mommy in partnership with our sponsor "Stamp the Moment Jewelry is proud to announce a Mother's Day Giveaway!
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I am one lucky duck this Mother's Day! I have just received a beautiful locket necklace with charms from "Stamp the Moment" jewelry! I have been wanting one of these for a while now I'm so excited to be reviewing it!
My locket necklace has birthstone charms for my 3 daughters, along with a charm that says "My girls" and an "S" initial for my last name. I also added the Girl Scout charm, just because it means a lot to me. The only problem I can foresee is that I'm going to need to buy another necklace because there are so many other charms I want! I have my eye on the wine glass charm (that is currently out of stock) and a letter "J" initial as well. There are so many to chose though, I'm sure I will need more! When most charms are only $3.99 a piece, I can see myself getting addicted!
I love the length of the necklace as well, not to long and not too short.
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