Saturday, 31 January 2015

Dreams - they do come true. And some get written into books.

I just spent the last 5 minutes trying to think of the perfect title for this blog post.

I wanted something catchy, fun, unique… nothing worked.

Then i thought of the reason i started writing my latest book. It was all because of a dream. I knew that it would be the perfect title for not only the book, but this blog post.

The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams actually came after that very first prologue in The Chronicles of Fire and Ice. Most of what you will read in the book… well, that was in my head from the very beginning just waiting for the perfect moment to get written. I think book 4 of my beloved series was the perfect time to write it.

In this book, you get to know my Dyston a little better. You get to see what happened when he recieved his Task - when he was told he had to find Scarlett and protect her at all costs. When i first dreamt of Dyston's backstory, when it finally came to me, it came it flashes.
The first chapter of Rain and Dreams, yeah that came after that infamous (am i allowed to say that?) prologue. After all, it was that prologue - along with the whole premise - that scored me an agent last year.

At the risk of sounding like i am talking myself up like a big egomaniac, i will stop.

But let me just say i am damn proud of this book, and this series as a whole. This book is my favourite of the series to date.

Because, If I hadn't met the guy who inpsired Dyston, this whole series would have never been born. So, I am forever thankful for that.

(For the record, no, he is not my boyfriend if you were wondering.  I am still single. This guy is just a good friend who has yet to make his move ;)

The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams is out now.


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I am throwing a release party to celebrate The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams' release, and would love you all to come join me! I will be giving away a signed copy of The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams to one lucky attendee!

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bye-Bye Baby by Morgana Pheonix - Cover Reveal

Title: Bye-Bye Baby
Author: Morgana Phoenix 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance Expected Release Date: Jan 21, 2015Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
Blurb: ​Love has no expiration. The morning Beth packed her bags and walked out of Cole’s life was the day he swore the only girl for him would be the six year old who called him daddy. He didn’t have time for love, not between raising his baby girl and trying to figure out what the hell he was going to do with his life. But fate has a funny way of coming around and kicking you when you least expect it. Cole’s new life was no exception.   As a product of a severely broken home, Beth Doan knew better than to ever get married. She’d seen what that commitment did to people and she loved Cole McClain too much to let marriage destroy them. But the minute she boards that bus she knew she was making the biggest mistake of her life. Only maybe she wasn’t, not when she goes running back home to the only man she ever loved and finds him in the arms of another woman.  When an unexpected accident throws them together four years later, the last thing either anticipated was to become responsible for a little person who needs them a whole lot more than they need their bitterness and hurt feelings. Can Cole and Beth forgive and forget long enough to save the life of a child neither one of them predicted falling in love with? Or are some wounds just too deep to heal?
International Bestselling author Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she’s not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring up evil villains, bad-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes to play with.  Airicka is singlehandedly responsible for her greatly anticipated collections, the Touch SagaThe Lost Girl DuologyThe Regeneration SeriesGames of Fire & Betraying Innocence. She also writes mature paranormal & contemporary romance under the dark guise of Morgana Phoenix. To date, she is responsible for the Sons of Judgment SagaMy Soul For You, & Kissing Trouble.
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Gilded Wings by Cameo Renae - Blog Tour




Title: Gilded Wings (Hidden Wings, 4)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Release Date: December 19, 2014
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design

Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours






Blurb:

As the final battle draws near, Emma finds herself bound under an unbreakable oath. She must seal the bond with Ethon before her transformation, or risk her life and the lives of those she truly loves. Who she wants is no longer an option.
Lucian has unleashed troops of evil beasts from the Underworld, making it impossible for Emma to leave the protective barrier of Alaine’s home. War is inevitable. The Guardians will need to stay and fight their ground, hoping Lucifer keeps his end of the deal and comes to their aid.
In this epic series conclusion, burning questions will be answered, lives will be lost, and sacrifices will be made.
But who will survive, and at what cost?

Tag:
You can choose your path, but your fate is sealed.


My Review:

Oh my goodness! What an epic finale! Hidden Wings was and is one of my fave series ever. There were so many moments in this book that made me cry out in joy and sadness, and laugh out loud and even grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Cameo has an uncanny ability to write magic and pull the reader in and ensnare them so they are hooked on her words forever. Everything I felt was tied up into one neat and perfect conclusion. 5/5 stars.



Author Bio:

My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while. :) Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wondrous adventures with them.

In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) will be released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) will be released June 1, 2013.

One day I will find my magic wardrobe, and ride away on my magical unicorn... ♥ Until then... I'll keep writing! ;)



Follow Cameo on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CameoRenaeFanPage
Blog: http://cameorenae.blogspot.com/
Website: http://cameorenae.com
Twitter: @CameoRenae

Links to the other book in the series:
Hidden Wings (Book #1): http://smarturl.it/HiddenWings
Descent (Novella 1.5): http://smarturl.it/DescentNovella
Broken Wings (Book #2) : http://smarturl.it/BrokenWings
Tethered Wings (Book 3): http://smarturl.it/TetheredWings
Gilded Wings (Book #4): http://smarturl.it/GildedWings








Thursday, 1 January 2015

Read the 1st chapter of The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams!

Its the 1st of January 2015! Which means its my birthday and it also marks 30 days until the release of The Chronicles of Rain and Dreams!

Just because it is my birthday, doesn't mean i have to be greedy and keep all the presents to myself. I am a caring, giving person, so i am giving you all a gift....

The exclusive FIRST CHAPTER from THE CHRONICLES OF RAIN AND DREAMS! You can thank me later.


Chapter One: Tasked (unedited and subject to change)

Seven years earlier

Dyston bowed his head. He hadn’t wanted to come to this place. To him, the Realm of Light was a place where an angel came to receive judgment or their Task. At the age of eighteen, the latter was now upon him, and he was petrified. Although Dyston considered himself a rebel, not a Mummy’s boy, he wished his mother had come inside with him. At eighteen, all Nephilim received their first ever Task, the one that would determine all other tasks for the rest of their lives. Dyston’s father had drilled into him that he was not to fail this one above all else, or he would ‘bring shame upon the family’ and probably be banished. Yeah, Zachariah was an extremist and often over dramatized things. Dyston rarely went along with what he said, unlike his older brother.
“Dyston Blackbell, are you ready to receive your first task?” Ariel, the Gatekeeper of the Realm asked him. As Gatekeeper it was her role to give each Nephilim their tasks. If it was a generic task, such as watch over someone, or retrieve an item of importance from the Michaelites, then Ariel gave these out. But if the task was of more importance, Nephilim was sent to the Realm of Fire, or Heaven, as it was named in the Michaelite bible. Dyston had no idea which task he was going to receive, but as he felt the presence of Ariel’s hand hovering over his head, his answer came right out.
“Yes. I am ready.”
There was a rustling of paper, and Dyston took that as a sign to raise his head. When he did, he saw Ariel unrolling an ancient looking scroll. She met his eyes before reading from it.
“Dyston Archer Blackbell, I gift you…” Ariel paused, squinted, then looked up at him. A worried look was apparent on her face.
“Is something wrong?” he asked.
“Uh… there seems to be a slight problem.”
“What?” He couldn’t believe this. His very first Task and there was a problem.
“It looks like I’ll have to send you up to the Realm of Fire.”
Dyston’s eyes widened. The Realm of Fire! He was going to the Realm of Fire. He couldn’t help but smile.
“Really? Is my task that important it needs to be gifted by God himself?”
“So it would seem. I am only following instructions. It says to send you to the Realm of Fire right away.”
Dyston stood and brushed off his knees. Kneeling really hurt his patellae. He hated it. “Awesome.”
As he was about to turn away and leave, Ariel stopped him.
“Give Uriel my regards.”
Present Day
Dyston shut his book and rubbed his eyes, sitting up straighter in his chair. He hadn’t realised he had fallen asleep, let alone dreamed. Dreaming was second nature to him, and for the past thirty- nine days he had been living in a dream drought. And he knew why. Because thirty- nine days ago he had left his soul mate to go off on his own. He didn’t want to, he had to. For protecting Scarlett was of the utmost importance. After all, God himself had asked him to watch over her. But he had broken his promise, not just to himself but also to God. He had sinned greatly. And he blamed his father. When Dyston was only an infant, his father had injected Demon blood into him, thus causing him to have black wings. And from that day onward he was tainted, cursed and broken. That was why he had to leave. That was why he had to make Scarlett think he was dead. Her thoughts earlier that day had told him as much.
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It hasn’t rained in thirty-nine days. The plants have shrivelled up and the grass is brown. The pavement is cracked and you can probably fry an egg on the road. Thirty- nine days of no rain. For thirty- nine days the world has suffered for our selfish love. It has been thirty- nine days since the boy who created rain, died.~
Dyston had woken up dripping in a cold sweat. “She thinks I’m dead.” He said to the darkness. “Well, I guess its better than the alternative.” The past thirty- nine days, Dyston had adapted quite well to shielding his thoughts from everyone. Especially Scarlett. To let her think he was dead was better than letting her find out what he had been doing these past thirty- nine days. “She’d hate me.”

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