Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Dark and the Light - Release Day thoughts




As many of you may know, it's release day for my latest book.
And it wouldn't be release day without a blog post sharing my thoughts and random musings.

The writing of this book, The Chronicles of Light and Dark almost didn't happen. This book almost never got written. It was during the first draft that i lost two souls close to me - my beloved puddy tat Smokey, whom had been in our lives for almost 14 years, and my Nanna.
Smokey had the pleasure of knowing and growing up with 3 dogs and my family's lives now have a gaping black void in it. It's been 5 months to the day we had to say goodbye to our precious boy, who we nicknamed Prince Smokey, Momo and Yoghurt boy, among others. Hopefully soon we will introduce a new furry family member, when the time is right.

I don't want this post to be miserable. I want to relish in the fact that I'm nearly 28 and have published 19 stories.
I want to relish in the fact that this book has finally made it to the stores and your hands. It is out in the world and i couldn't be more proud.

But mostly anxious and a little nervous, because this book is a little piece of my soul and i chose to share it with you. I don't know if it's my best work to date. Some of you may beg to differ, but considering the hurdles i went through to bring this book to you, i am proud i made it this far.

I hope you enjoy my most recent release.

My next release probably won't be until feburary or march 2016 because i'll be taking a much needed holiday over Christmas and the new year and will get back to writing when i relaxed and refreshed.



So what can you expect next from me?

Feb/ March - Thirst

April/May - Third Eye

And my series of short story pieces for an Anthology where proceeds will go to helping animals in need. The anthology will be published sometime in the early new year. More info to come.

You can get your copy of The Chronicles of Light and Dark at the following retailers:

Amazon:  eBook    Paperback
iBooks
Nook: 
Kobo

More paperback retailers coming in the next few weeks.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

25 Days of Authors Christmas Giveaway!




I am so excited to be a part of this event.
There will be so many authors taking part and so many prizes i've lost count.

I'll be giving away some ebooks. There may even be a copy of The Chronicles of Light and Dark up for grabs.

The big prize on offer is a Kindle Fire and an Amazon gift card, the value i am not yet sure of, but it will be huge!

Make sure you enter the rafflecopter below for your chance.

And i'll be sharing the day (today i think) with the amazing Alivia Anders! Fangirl!


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Merry Christmas and good luck!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Keeper's Fate by Sabina Bundgaard - Release Day Blitz

Title: Keeper’s Fate
Author: Sabina Bundgaard
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Urban fantasy/paranormal Suitable for YA/NA

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
Blurb:

I thought the worst was over after the demon had killed three other Keepers.
I was wrong.
Two of my friends are missing and rumors about the Hidden Keys of Fate are resurfacing.
When the director of Protection of the Supernaturals Police asks me to help locate one of my friends, I jump at the chance.
My name is Anna Carringthon, and I’m the Keeper of the Invicto.
I’m on my way to Egypt to change Fate.
Sabina Bundgaard lives in Denmark with her husband and their two children. By day she races around the countryside, delivering mail and packages to people. By night… Well, that’s a different story.
While drinking one of her many flavors of tea, she delves into the mysterious realms of her imagination. Writing about everything from Elves and Dragons to Romance and Erotica, she tries her wings to see where they will take her.
Her favorite pastime when not writing is reading, making jewelry and speaking to her friends all over the world, celebrating their victories and happy times.
Author Links:
Buy Links:
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Keeper’s Fate Amazon: http://amzn.to/1QxeTFU

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Awaken by Cristy Sloat - Release Day Blitz

Title: Awaken (Slumber Duology, Book Two)
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre:  YA Fantasy/ Fairytale Retelling
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
“Happily ever after is hers for the taking.”
Once upon a time I found myself locked away in Spindle Ridge Asylum, punished for a murder I didn’t commit. It was all part of Maleficent’s evil plan. I didn’t remember who I was then … now I do. My name is Aurora, and I am the rightful queen of this realm. Armed with my memories, I’m ready to take charge of my kingdom once more. Happily ever after evades me, yet I long to claim it with my true love, Sawyer, beside me. That fairy tale ending seems impossible with him locked in the thralls of a sleeping curse. As much as I’d love to sit by his bedside and eagerly await a cure, I must first travel into the terrifying Dark Woods to stop Raven from stripping me of all that is rightfully mine. I am not only a queen, but a warrior who will fight for her kingdom. Some may die. Blood will be shed. But when this ending comes, I will settle for nothing less than a blissful ever after.
Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her other nine titles.
Twitter: ChristySloat
 Slumber Not all princesses get their happily ever after… They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane. I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend. I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under.  I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real. I’m crazy. I’m not a princess. They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right? They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am. When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me. Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth? Amazon US- http://amzn.to/1GwpYi5 Amazon UK- http://amzn.to/1C9ns1W Amazon CA- http://amzn.to/1HLuw5m Smashwords- http://bit.ly/1Cauntm

Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Chronicles of Light and Dark Cover Reveal

I'm beyond excited to share this cover with you. It is my favourite yet.

There is a bit of a story behind this and i've been dreaming of it since the idea for the Legend of the Archangel came to me.

The book itself is mostly about Lakyn and his journey thus far. It was very emotional to write and i really hope you don't hate me after you read it. i promise the events in the book happen for a reason and i do have big plans for certain characters in the last book.

I wanted to have Lakyn on the cover first and foremost. But the trouble was finding a model or stock photo that embodied him - nothing truly captured the essense of my Lakyn… until i met Daniel.

I met Daniel Ford through my cover designer, Regina Wamba. He is a musician, model and all round nice guy. He is also hilariously funny. Make sure you check out his Facebook page (and watch his short films. Did i also mention he's a ridiculously talented film producer?) and give it a like and say hi. Say i sent you.
Daniel had the 'look' i was after, handsome yet rugged. The best part was, he was thrilled to be a part of this project!

Daniel IS Lakyn.

So without further ado, i give you the cover for The Chronicles of Light and Dark.



What do you think???

I think the cover perfectly captures the story and the feeling i was after. All i wanted was the black and white feathers, and Lakyn's Trait shown (the ability to heal shown physically with purple/blue light.)  I didn't even give Regina many details. She is just THAT good.


The Chronicles of Light and Dark will be available November 30th.

You can pre-order your copy now:


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Keeper's Fate by Sabina Bundgaard - Cover Reveal

Title: Keeper’s Fate
Author: Sabina Bundgaard
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Urban fantasy/paranormal Suitable for YA/NA

Release Date: Nov. 20th, 2015

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
Blurb:
I thought the worst was over after the demon had killed three other Keepers.
I was wrong.
Two of my friends are missing and rumors about the Hidden Keys of Fate are resurfacing.
When the director of Protection of the Supernaturals Police asks me to help locate one of my friends, I jump at the chance.
My name is Anna Carringthon, and I’m the Keeper of the Invicto.
I’m on my way to Egypt to change Fate.
Sabina Bundgaard lives in Denmark with her husband and their two children. By day she races around the countryside, delivering mail and packages to people. By night… Well, that’s a different story.
While drinking one of her many flavors of tea, she delves into the mysterious realms of her imagination. Writing about everything from Elves and Dragons to Romance and Erotica, she tries her wings to see where they will take her.
Her favorite pastime when not writing is reading, making jewelry and speaking to her friends all over the world, celebrating their victories and happy times.
Author Links:
Buy Links: (Keeper’s Challenge)

Monday, 2 November 2015

Erin the Fire Goddess Series by Lavinia Urban - Spotlight


Book 1: The Beginning   


Erin Tait is a 15 year old girl, who thinks of herself as a freak. She's moves to her parent’s home town of Galladale, where all is not what it seems. On her first day at school, she meets Sean Jackson. Instantly she is besotted with him. But this results in her being targeted by a girl called Jessica Watson. She has one warning. Stay away from Sean! But he is everywhere she goes, even in her dreams. Which are soon taken over by Jessica's threats and actions against Erin are taken in school. Erin is scared, lonely and confused. Who can she turn to? Will Jessica stop this hate campaign? And can Erin control the fire within?

http://www.smarturl.it/erinthefiregoddess1 

Book 2: Betrayal  



Most 15 year old girls usually only worry about what clothes to wear, but not Erin Tait. Erin just has to try not to set fire to anything. Easier said than done when she can’t control it. Louise Clarke is a new girl who seems to have some type of seductive power and she says she can have any man she wants, but the only man she wants right now is Sean. After discovering the diary of her great grandmother, Elizabeth Tait, Erin realises that all is not what it seems. Or rather not everyone is who they seem to be. Who is the invisible man? And what secrets does he hold? Can Erin stay away from him? And can she keep Louise away from Sean?

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Book 3: Torment  



Erin ran away from Sean's birthday party after she witnessed Sean and Louise kiss.
Her world has since been torn apart by the pain caused by Sean's Betrayal and the fire is not only burning on the outside but from within, threatening to strip her of her sanity.
Can Erin handle the Torment that Louise and Sean are inflicting on her?
Can she fight the burning from inside?

Follow Erin on her emotional roller-coaster as she begins to learn to control her fire powers and a friendship soon starts to blossom when Erin begins to learn self-defence.
Her appearance begins to change when she starts fighting with those around her.
Everyone, but Erin, believes that Sean is under some kind of spell and they will go to extreme lengths to prove it.

What will happen in this third instalment?

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Book 3.5: Jo's Story  


*** THIS BOOK IS TO BE READ AFTER TORMENT ***

Jo Smith is not your normal human being. Half fairy and half witch, Jo grew up living with her aunt and uncle, along with her cousins. Life seemed to be going good for a change, that was until she met Dr Hammersmith and the life that was once normal is turned upside down when she agrees to go and work for him. 
Jo soon discovers that not all humans are the same, some are unique and special. 
She is given a mission to keep a close eye on Dr Hammersmith and look out for a girl called Erin who can help so many people. 
Follow the story of Jo and find out what she really does for Dr Hammersmith.

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Book 4: Changes


Could a simple 'I love you' really break a spell? 
Dr Hammersmith is angry and Erin and Sean have to try and escape. 
Can Erin deal with the Betrayal and Torment Sean put her through? 
Kate thinks she sees Helen and is confused. She thought she'd killed her years ago. 
Now Kate knows she's innocent. Will Charlotte believe her? Will she be able to prove it? 
Is Sean really back to normal? Is he truly completely free from the spell that bound him or has he changed? 
Jo is convinced she has found someone with a new power but can she convince his mother? 
Everything is changing fast. Can Erin and her friends cope?

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Book 5: Ripples

The village of Galladale is in mourning. 

There is a killer on the loose and they have one thing on their mind…..revenge. 

Erin dives to the depths of the lake to the Merpeople’s realm where she is shown an entrance to the Rock. But is Erin ready to discover what is really inside? And will the killer be caught before they strike again? 

http://smarturl.it/Ripples

Book 6: Destruction  


There is a war coming. 
Decisions have to be made. 
Lives will be lost. 
The end is nigh. 
Whilst Erin is taking her exams, the rest of Galladale is preparing for the army that is coming. 
A crucial discovery is the key to saving lives, but can it withstand the pending destruction? 
What does General Malcolm Roberts want? Will he be able to rescue Sophie before it’s too late? 
What will happen in this final instalment? 

About Lavinia Urban 



Lavinia originally grew up in Cheshire and now lives in a small village just outside of Edinburgh with her husband and two daughters.
Writing has always been something that Lavinia have loved since an early age but it wasn't until 2010 when the idea came to her to write Erin the Fire Goddess.
Lavinia chose to name the main character and her sister after her two daughters, who inspire Lavinia to write every day.

Connect with Lavinia


Facebook:

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/LaviniaUrbanAuthor
Erin the Fire Goddess Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ErinTheFireGoddess


Twitter:

@Lavinia_Missb
@Erinfiregoddess

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/laviniaurban/

TSU:

https://www.tsu.co/Lavinia_Urban

Website:

www.laviniaurban.co.uk

Google+:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LaviniaUrban/posts/p/pub

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/laviniamissb/

Blog:

laviniaurban.blogspot.co.uk

Instagram:

https://instagram.com/laviniaurban/


Amazon author pages
Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Lavinia-Urban/e/B0099KE47C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1422055953&sr=8-1

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lavinia-Urban/e/B0099KE47C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1422056015&sr=8-1


Friday, 30 October 2015

Do what's right for you

So lately, you may have noticed i haven't been myself.
If you haven't, then don't be alarmed. I am okay. Just.

I'll fill you in on what's been going on in my life.

You may or may not know that i've had a few losses in my life lately. My furbaby, my kitty cat Smokey passed away in July, and less than a month later, my Nanna went to heaven too. Both had very long lives and were lucky they reached the ages they did. (Smokey was almost 14, and Nanna was 90 years.) They both did amazingly well to get to where they were.
But old age caught up with them.
Anyway i won't bore you with my sappy story.

During this time i had been writing the fifth Legend of the Archangel book.
As any artist would know, a creative outlet is the best way of dealing with the pain of loss or any emotional event in one's life.
I tried. I wasn't dealing.
I was drowning.

There's also the matter of finanicial stresses that caused me to reach breaking point.
Book sales were slow and i was paying off a trip to Europe i wasn't sure was going to happen. (World Youth Day.)
Anyway, long story short, on Sunday after many tears i made a decison to cut the things that were making me upset and stressed, out of my life.

I pulled out of World Youth Day and separated myself from all situations which were causing me distress. (Let's not get started on bullies.) Bullies are real, people. As a good friend told me. They are real even in adulthood. But the good thing about adulthood, is that you have a bit more life experience to pull from to deal with these situations. (Sometimes it fails in the case of me, the most socially awkward person ever!) And let's not get started on the reasons why adulthood is bad. Sometimes adulting is hard. That's why i hide in my writing cave and play with my funko figurines.

But right now, today, i feel good.
My health is improving (something that has also been getting me down.) I've always been self conscious about my body, body odour and all that. TMI. Sorry.
But have you ever gotten a whiff of another girl or guy and had body odour envy, in a good way? Like, they're wearing the yummiest perfume or they just naturally smell amazing?
 I can't be the only one!
I have body odour envy all the time. How on earth do you girls stay smelling amazing all day? Is it your shampoo? Your perfume? Your body lotion? Do you just sweat candy or something?
Anyway, I've changed shampoo and now i have the most amazing smelling hair the first time in my life. I smell like a pina colada!

There was something else i was going to talk about…. what was it? Oh, yeah!

Stop listing to negative people telling you what you should do with your own life. YOU should do what is right for YOU! i've stopped listening to these people and my life is better for it. Don't let judgemental bitches rule your life! You own your body and life, not them.

In other news, book sales have also picked up. Yay! October has been amazing so far and i hope this momentum stays. Oh, and i am still going to Europe, but with my parents. I can't wait!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

His Lullaby Baby by Airicka Phoenix - Blog Tour + review





Title: His Lullaby Baby
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours

Blurb:
Nothing ever happens by accident.

Ex-combat search and rescue officer Toby McClain had seen all aspects of humanity in his ten years of service until friendly fire took him out of action. But bitterness was something Toby could never do. He was alive. He had his family and, after being ambushed by a door, he had his eyes on the sexy new innkeeper.

Adelaide Nixon had felt the burn of love once already. It was a mistake that cost her six years of her life. It was a punishment she never wanted to feel again, especially when there were two little people who depended on her to keep them safe. The last thing she wanted or needed was the attention of a guy whose family kept the gossip mills turning.

But no secret ever stays hidden in a place like Willow Creek. Even as Toby breaks through Addy’s walls, a new threat comes to town, leaving her no choice but to put more than her heart in Toby’s hands and trust him not to destroy her.

→ Goodreads: http://goo.gl/eylIc1




My Review:

This is the final instalment of the Baby Saga, and i think it's the best one yet! Toby and Addy are so cute. I like learning about Addy's past, which was just horrible. But the thing I know about these books is there is always a happy ending. I'm sad to say goodbye to one my favourite literary families. If you haven't checked out these books, I urge you to right now! 5/5 stars!



Author Bio:
Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She's a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance.

For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist—and tons of chocolate—visit her at:

Website: www.AirickaPhoenix.com
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bydTqz
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/gnWOAJ
Email: AirickaPhoenix@gmail.com

Buy Links:
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Excerpt:
“I’m sorry,” she whispered, not sure why. It wasn’t like it was her fault.
His chin tilted in her direction. Shadows played chase across that beautifully defined lines of his face from the kitchen lights breaking through the windows. They glimmered off the velvety surface of his breathtaking eyes and collected in dark pools in the hollows of his cheeks and temples. She stared hypnotized as he studied her.
“What are you doing, Addy?”
Having not been doing anything, Addy gave a start at the gruff demand. Her thought scattered as she tried to think.
“I’m not—”
Surprisingly warm fingers cut through the space between them and ghosted lightly along the side of her cheek. The feather light caress rocked her all the way to her toes.
“Toby…”
The light shifted and she could just make out the slow curl of his lips. “You just can’t seem to make up your mind which one to call me, can you?” The fingers drifted back and curled around the nape of her neck. She was dragged to him and positioned with her hips cradled between hard thighs. “If it makes any difference, the way you breathe my name, the way you say it with just a hint of pleading, makes me all kinds of crazy with the need to devour you.”
Shit.
His fingers tightened in her hair, locking her in place, helpless to do anything more than allow it when he pulled her closer. Her hands flew to his shoulders.
“Kiss me, Addy.”
She should have said no. Commonsense demanded it. Logic and rationality insisted. But his mouth was right there, a delicious, taunting sin begging her for just one taste.
Her fingers curled into the material of his sweater, gripping him like a life preserver even as he was the one pulling her under. Her body dipped into his, no longer under her control. His heady scent of man, soap, and cheesecake consumed what little sense she had remaining.
She kissed him.