Book Blitz & Giveaway: Darkness Fair by Rachel A. Marks

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I’m so excited to be participating in the release day celebration of DARKNESS FAIR (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks. Take a moment to check out this awesome Young Adult series, and while you are here don’t forget to enter the giveaway! (Coming soon to this blog – a review of Darkness Fair!)

About The Book

DARKNESS FAIR
The Dark Cycle #2
Author: Rachel A. Marks Pages: 333
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Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on. They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

About The Author

Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. Her debut novel DARKNESS BRUTAL is due out from Amazon/Skyscape July 1st. Visit her on her website:http://www.rachelannemarks.com/

 

 

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Book Blitz: Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is excited to participate in the release day book blitz for Joni Hahn’s Special Agent: Austin, a part of The D.I.R.E. Agency series. Please read on for exclusive content and a giveaway!

About the Book

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Title: Special Agent: Austin
Author: Joni Hahn
Series: D.I.R.E. Agency Novella
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 114 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Paperback ISBN: 9781522819257
Digital ISBN: 9781310781858

Synopsis:

Special Agent: Austin Rose

Objective:

  • Make the D.I.R.E. Agency

Credentials:

  • None

Twelve years ago, Austin Rose silently stood by while his mother sent his brother away from home and their stepfather’s abuse. Now that he’s learned the truth behind his family’s lies, Austin is a changed man, determined to make things right with the D.I.R.E. super agent – and himself – by making the elite security agency.

A hit gone bad changed assassin, Belle Mason’s life forever. Assigned to San Diego for a D.I.R.E. agent’s wedding, she’s determined to bring down D.I.R.E. while its vulnerable, and give her sisters a new life. What she doesn’t count on is interference from the distracting, forbidden Austin Rose, or his knack for dispelling her lifelong truths.

When Austin’s chances of making the agency hinge on going undercover with Belle – literally – he’ll do whatever it takes to make the team.

But, when Belle decides to put her own life on the line, only one truth remains, and Austin won’t silently stand by…

Exclusive Excerpt

He really hated bullies. Especially, assholes that bullied women.

Leaning on the bar, Austin Rose looked back over his shoulder, his grip tightening on the beer glass in his hand. The bully leaned down into the blonde beauty’s face, his hand slamming against the table with a resounding whack. She seemed unfazed by his aggression — her shoulders relaxed, her head at a patronizing tilt.

Her shaking leg gave her away.

She’d followed Austin into the San Diego airport lounge after he’d checked on Hope’s flight, learning he had an hour before his future sister-in-law arrived. The open bar was deserted except for the three of them and the bartender, who looked just as unfazed as the blonde wanted to appear. The early afternoon hour proved slow for the establishment, though with his plans, Austin found the early hour suited his spastic nerves well.

“I asked you a question.” The man spat his words, his arms braced on the square tabletop.

Straightening, Austin turned around on his barstool and tipped up the brim of his straw cowboy hat. Airline passengers walked to and from their gates beyond, the overhead announcements muffled from the buzz of hurried conversation. His brother, Jaydan, would’ve already been at her side. The D.I.R.E. super agent was a man’s man, someone that stood up for the underdog and faced any resistance with courage.

Austin wished he could say the same.

The woman stood to her full, leather-covered height, her heels and black pants making her legs appear a kilometer long. The man blocked her path, causing her to bend back over the table, her green-tipped curls falling to her waist.

“Get out of my face.” She pushed against the man’s chest, her black fingernails digging into his shirt.

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About The Author

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By day, Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered contemporary romance author. She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the world… or getting into his costume. Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing on earth more exhilarating than falling in love. A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and that country music is the other soul music.
Joni is a member of The Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America and its Published Authors Network. She is a member of several RWA sub-chapters and has served in numerous board positions with the San Antonio Romance Authors. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies and concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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Book Blitz: The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith

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I’m really excited to be a part of the  book blast for a Young Adult novel by K.N. Smith! THE URBAN BOYS: Discovery of the Five Senses is perfect for the young adult reader in your life–but don’t just take my word for it:

“The Urban Boys–an energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.” Kirkus Reviews

 

About The Book

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THE URBAN BOYS
Author: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292 Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing
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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further.

Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

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About The Author

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K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years’ experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

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Book Blitz: On Paradise Key by Sandra

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the release day book blitz for On Paradise Key by Sandra Madden. Read on for exclusive content & a giveaway!

About the Book

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Title: On Paradise Key 
Author: Sandra Madden
Genre:
Humorous Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 13th, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Print Length: 311 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Paperback ISBN: 9781509204953
Digital ISBN: 9781509204960

Synopsis:

Boston babe Kathleen Cassidy is down on her luck when she arrives in the Florida Keys. She’s lost everything but her inheritance, a go-fast boat, and a battered old bar on Paradise Key.

Joe Scipio promised to protect Kathleen and while doing his best, he’s losing his heart to the Boston beauty. The hot fishing guide needs Cassidy’s land and is determined to send her back to Boston where she belongs. But he risks breaking a sacred vow and falling hook, line, and sinker in love with Cassidy, the absolutely wrong woman for him. And then, just who will protect the headstrong redhead from him?

A series of events threaten both her life and livelihood, forcing Kathleen to question the circumstances of her dad’s death. Soon she’s searching for treasure under the watchful eyes of a rugged undercover ICE agent, a hot marine archeologist and perhaps…a killer.

Excerpt of On Paradise Key

Joe’s gentle whisper of a kiss started my body to tingle. At the moment I parted my lips his arms wrapped around me and the kiss grew warmer, deeper. Crushed in steel, feeling deliciously wanton, I savored the feeling – a longing, a desire more intense than any I’d never experienced before. Scipio had just shared his dream with me, something I knew he didn’t do lightly. I also knew that this strong, sexy man had protected me since I first stepped foot on Paradise Key. He’d teased and flirted with me and burrowed his way into my heart. This is what I had come to the Mico for, I’d come for Joe Scipio. I’d never been kissed the way he kissed me. And his were the only kisses that I wanted.

Gloriously lightheaded, I circled my arms around his neck.

“Cassidy.”

“Scipio.”

He carried me into his bed.

And dear reader, my Boston upbringing forbids me to share the details. Whatever you are imagining, take it one step further.

Available NOW: Amazon | Wild Rose Press

About the Author

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Sandra Madden is a former broadcast writer. She has had 12 historical novels published traditionally and two contemporary romances. She and her late husband, Dave Madden self-published his memoir “Reuben Kincaid Remembered” proceeds benefiting the MDS foundation. Sandra is a member of NINC, inc., The Florida Romance Writers, and The First Coast Romance Writers. Sandra’s family is her first priority and when she’s not writing she loves to travel– preferably on a cruise ship!

Connect with Sandra: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Book Blitz: Hickville Confessions by Mary Karlik

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the Book Blitz for Hickville Confessions by Mary Karlik. Please read on for exclusive content, a guest post from Mary Karlik, and a giveaway!

About Hickville Confessions

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Title: Hickville Confessions
Author: Mary Karlik
Series: Hickville High
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: December 3rd 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 357 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-0996155632
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9961556-2-5

Synopsis:

New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.

Senior, Justin Hayes is a good guy wrapped in a bad-boy reputation. He may have been kicked out of the Homecoming Dance for fighting, but it was his dead sister’s reputation he was defending. He did stay out all night with super hot Ryan Quinn, but it was after he’d rescued her from the Purity Club and all they did was talk. He lost his heart to her that night. But with his home life a complete hot mess, there is no way he could have a relationship with her. The trouble is, he can’t stay away from her.

Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He’s the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin’s home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?

 

Excerpt from Hickville Confessions

Justin Hayes didn’t care that he’d been kicked out of the Homecoming dance, but he was pissed as hell that they treated Eric like a victim. When Coach Graves escorted Justin out, he lectured him about his anger and how he needed to get control of it before he wound up in trouble with the law.

Jesus. How had he become the bad guy?

When they got to Justin’s truck, Coach Graves put his hand on Justin’s shoulder, all fatherly, and said, “Son, think about what I said. You have to learn to let things go.”

Justin opened the door and turned to Coach. He wanted to tell him he’d gotten it all wrong. But Justin had thrown the first punch and that was all that really mattered. He choked back all the things he wanted to say and closed the door.

His hands gripped the steering wheel as he fought the urge to slam down the accelerator. He didn’t need more trouble. He needed to wrap his brain around the truth that had been revealed tonight. One more thing to add to his big, stinking shithole of a life.

He made a right by the courthouse, where girls in their Homecoming gowns frolicked in the fountain. He pulled up alongside the curb and put it in Park. They’d soaped the fountain. At least someone was having fun tonight.

As he watched the scene unfold, uneasiness filled him. Those girls weren’t dancing in the bubbles. They looked like they were trying to drown someone.

Holy shit! They’re going to kill her.

He jumped from his truck. A deep growl erupted as he ran toward them. The girls screamed and scrambled like rats from a sinking ship. Macey Brown stared at him as she stepped over the rim of the fountain, hatred blazing in her eyes. She wasn’t scared like the other girls. She was mad that he’d interrupted.

He pushed past her. Ryan Quinn sat up and splashed water in her face. Her skin was raw and bleeding. He scooped her out of the water. She wasn’t crying—she was beyond that. She leaned her face into his chest and her body trembled in his arms. He opened the truck’s passenger door and slid her onto the seat.

Macey stood in front of the hood with a pair of shoes in her hand. “You can have the whore. Jesus doesn’t want her and neither do we.” She chucked the shoes at him.

He caught one. The other thunked onto the windshield. He grabbed the shoe and climbed behind the wheel.

Macey stood on the sidewalk with her hands on her hips. Her prom dress clung to her body and pieces of her hair had come unpinned, making her look even crazier than she was. Katie tried to pull her away, but she wasn’t budging. As he drove away, Justin took a last look in the rearview. Macey remained on the sidewalk with her middle finger pointed toward heaven.

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About The Author

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Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author, Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, country music, and small town diners. Although she has recently relocated in northern New Mexico, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.

Connect with Mary: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Guest Post from Mary Karlik

A Glimpse in to My Writing Process

In the writing world it seems that you’re either a plotter or a pantser. I’m more of a Plantser or maybe it’s a plotzer. I don’t really plot and I don’t really write by the seat of my pants. I do both and neither.

Typically, I have a plot session with critique partners. I love the wealth of ideas that a session like that generates. A story begins to germinate in my imagination and I pull out my trusted copy of Christopher Vogler’s A Writer’s Journey. I have read that book so many times the pages are practically falling out. I use the Writer’s Journey worksheet and go through each of the stages for both my hero and heroine. I don’t start with much of a character chart because I usually only know my hero and heroine. When all of those steps are done, I write.

I fast draft, meaning I write as fast as I can without looking back. Somewhere along the way I freak out and look at my Vogler worksheet. Usually, I’m way off of my original idea. So I rework the sheet. And I go back to writing.

As I go along, I begin to formulate my character chart. I learn more about my characters and I’m able to get into their heads and under their skin.

After the first draft, I look for areas to add description and emotion. Before it’s all said and done, I usually write around ten to twelve drafts.

With the first version of Hickville Confessions, the attack at the fountain was the dark moment. I spent more time on Ryan’s high school classes and her getting to know the purity club girls. There were some great scenes but the story didn’t have deep emotion. My then agent suggested I start with the fountain scene. It was excruciating to rewrite the whole thing. But in the end, I loved that book. I love the characters, their growth, and how even though as individuals they are strong, together they are stronger. Of all the books I’ve written, Justin is my favorite hero.

So that’s my process in a nutshell. I write Monday through Friday from 4:30 am to 6:30 am and on Saturday’s and Sundays usually from around 8:00 – 10:00 am. If I have a quiet weekend, or I’m on deadline, I write all day on the weekends.

I am looking forward to the day I can quit the day job and write all day Monday through Friday.

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