Thursday, November 27, 2014

Who should play Raine?

We started an IF List for the Runes series! So far the nominees for Raine are the ladies above. What do you think? Who do you think would be the best actress to play Raine if it happens to make it to TV or Film?

Don't like the choices? Stop by and cast your vote here!

Remember Runes is FREE, so don't forget to tell your friends so they can get in on this amazing adventure! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Would he say yes?

Title:  Hunted
Series:  The Guardian Legacy [Book 3]
Length:  358 Pages
Genre:  YA Fantasy


Frowning, I studied him. Would he say yes? Just because women did the asking didn’t necessarily mean men said yes. I’d never attended a pactus, the mating ceremony performed in the temple of Goddess Xenia in Xenith—the Guardians’ homeland. Nephlings weren’t allowed in Xenith, and since my grandmother was human, that meant Bran and I would not be mated there.

Not liking the direction of my thoughts, I glanced at Kim, who was sipping her slushy. “Thanks, Kim.”

She cocked her right brow. “For what?”

“Talking to me about Bran.”

She shrugged. “I didn’t say anything you don’t already know.”

“True.” We exchanged a smile. “But I’m happy you did anyway.”

She shrugged again.

“Well, I’m going to read in the cabana for a while.” I nodded toward the one set aside just for us Cardinals.

“Remember, we’re leaving in one hour,” she reminded me.

“I know.” I reached for the book in my tote bag, my hand brushing against the strap of my dagger’s belt. Even on vacation, we carried weapons just in case demons attacked. Not that they would dare come after us on The Island.

A shadow fell over me, the silhouette of the wings reaching Kim. Squinting, I looked up at Bran and fought a blush when he studied me with twinkling emerald eyes.

Water droplets glistened like diamonds on his tanned chest, the scar of the Guardian amulet light between his pecs. Funny, I once thought the scar marred the perfection of his golden skin. Now it was a reminder of how much he’d sacrificed to leave the demonic world and join us.

“Done showing off?” I asked, smiling.

Monday, November 24, 2014

HOT NEW RELEASE: Happy Book Day, Melissa @imagine2live

It’s release day for (Un)bidden, the fourth book in Melissa Haag’s Judgement of the Six Series!  

Here’s a little bit about this amazing YA Paranormal Series:
For over a millennia, we thought we were alone.  Now, we’ve learned the truth.  Six women are born every one thousand years to bring us a message: We are being judged.

Humans have ruled the earth by the grace of the Judgements.  Their prosperity has been the downfall for the werewolves and urbat.  The urbat refuse to stand aside for another millennia.

The time for Judgement has come again.

As you all know, I’m an avid fan of her work.  If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, grab it today!

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If you haven’t started the series yet, stop dragging your feet!  Hope(less), book 1 is FREE.  The slow world building gave me time to get into the characters head, and Melissa did such a great job, I wasn’t ready to let go of Clay and Gabby by the final page.
It’s lonely being different, but Gabby’s adapted to it.  Really.  Then she meets Clay.  He’s unkempt, prone to mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his.
Delve into a riveting world of werewolves and young women with unexplained abilities, in Hope(less).
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Once you read it, come back and tell me what you thought of it!  I love talking about Thomas, Clay, and all of the lead men Melissa Haag brings to life.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

***THIS WEEKEND ONLY*** $0.99 Twenty books by Twenty authors

THIS WEEKEND ONLY! We will never be able to offer our twenty-book boxed set at this low price again. Amazon won't let us. We've been warned! So buy it for 99 cents while you still can. After this weekend, it will double in price, even though we don't want it to. What do you get for 99 cents? Hidden Worlds promo

 Enter the hidden worlds of humans who shift to beasts, perilous enchantments and stars uncounted. Awaken in secret laboratories or walk among gods. Appropriate for ages 13+: Devour, by Shelly Crane Inescapable, by Amy A. Bartol The Forgotten Ones, by Laura Howard Elsker, by ST Bende History of Fire, by Alexia Purdy Everblue, by Brenda Pandos Guardians: The Girl, by Lola St. Vil The Gatekeeper's Sons, by Eva Pohler From Gods, by Mary Ting Appropriate for ages 16+ due to language, sexual situations, and violence: First, by Alyssa Rose Ivy Darkness of Light, by Stacey Marie Brown Lark, by Erica Cope Catalyst, by Jennifer Snyder Promise, by Kristie Cook Redemption, by RK Ryals Return of the Ascendant, by Raine Thomas A Matter of Fate, by Heather Lyons Runes, by Ednah Walters Freak of Nature, by Julia Crane River's Recruit, by Charlotte Abel Get your copy for 99 cents now, between 11/20 and 11/23, before Amazon forces us to double the price!
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Touched by Love (12 Mind-blowing Paranormal Romance Tales)

Touched by LoveTouched by Love: 12 unforgettable tales by some of today’s best young adult paranormal authors, including New York Times Bestseller Shelly Crane.
The perfect mix of romance and suspense, with a generous helping of magic, vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters!
Over 3,000 pages of YA Romance and Teen Urban Fantasy to keep you breathless, sleepless and wanting more. These books have collectively received more than 30,000 5-Star ratings & reviews.
(Stay tuned at the bottom of this page to win free signed print copies of each book in the bundle) Kiss of Fire (Rebecca Ethington)
Some people say love is perfect. But, I know the truth. Love is dangerous, and sometimes love can change your life, or end it.
KissOfFireJoclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.
Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
RelentlessRelentless (Karen Lynch) 
Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.
In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.
Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.
HopeLessHope(less) (Melissa Haag)
Our world is being judged, and we remain unaware.
In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks that fill her mind and represent the people around her, confirm it.
Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight, Gabby struggles to find an explanation. A chance encounter leads her closer to the answers she has struggled to find and into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the intense werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her.
Gabby escapes back into her old life, but not quite alone. Clay follows her and silently makes a place for himself in her world. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, problems compound when other werewolves, ones with abnormally colored sparks, begin to stalk her.
Instead of gaining answers, her list of questions is growing. What do the other uniquely colored sparks mean? Is she not as alone as she thought?
Judgement has begun…
Broken (A Reflections Novel)Broken (Dean Murray)
Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys. At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her new school take an interest in her.
Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money. They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead display undercurrents she doesn’t fully understand. Rumors the pair destroys peoples’ livelihoods seem ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home. She’s increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.
RunesRunes (Ednah Walters)
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
Entangled (Nikki Jefford)
Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.
KindredKindred (Erica Stevens)
What do you do when the one you love is also you worst enemy? Trapped in a destiny she does not want, Cassie finds herself lost and adrift, until he walks into her life, turning it upside down and awakening her in ways that she never dreamed possible.
Cassie is stunned and devastated to learn that she belongs to a long line of vampire slayers known as The Hunters. A murderous rampage by a group of elder vampires has left the Hunter line decimated and the remaining Hunters scattered around the world. With her friends Chris and Melissa’s aid, Cassie struggles to rid the world of the monsters that murdered her parents. Though Cassie knows it is her fate, she chafes against her heritage, and is resentful of the shortened lifespan that has been placed upon her by the circumstances of birth. Struggling to get through every day, Cassie finds herself simply going through the motions of living. That is, until Devon arrives. Tall, dark, and mysterious his arrival turns the school, and Cassie’s life, upside down. Fighting against her fierce attraction to him, and the chaos he represents in her carefully ordered days, she is irresistibly drawn to him. Though worried that what she truly is will place Devon in danger, she is unable to fight her feelings for him. He is the one light, and the only source of hope she has in a world that revolves around death and fear. What she does not know is that Devon has some dark secrets of his own, secrets even more frightening and dangerous than hers. Secrets that threaten to tear them apart forever.
Ignited (Desni Dantone)
Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn’t know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her…sort of.
Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.
As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris’s piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe.
SignificanceSignificance (Shelly Crane)
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. Her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she meets Caleb.
She saves his life and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
Bound by Prophecy (Melissa Wright)
Aern’s only job is to protect the chosen. The trouble is, she’s the key to a prophecy and everyone wants her. Hiding a girl in the center of a secret war is tricky business, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off.
A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there’s something about Emily he just can’t put to rights. And it’s not her penchant for using hand tools as weapons or the fact that she seems immune to his sway.
Everything about her screams run. But when he discovers she’s working toward her own prophecy, he’s got no choice but to keep her safe. It might have been easy, if she didn’t think she was the chosen’s protector. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.
Deadly CrushDeadly Crush (Ashley Stoyanoff)
Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town.
Jade Shaw has spent the last two years avoiding the pack. But when Aidan Collins moves to town, avoiding the dogs doesn’t seem possible. The pack wants him just as much as she does.
Determined to keep him out of the pack’s grasp, Jade does everything she can to gain his attention. Little does she know, Aidan is in deeper with the pack than she could have imagined, and competing for his attention is a deadly game, one she may not want to win.
DeepBlueSecretDeep Blue Secret (Christie Anderson)
A sweet, mysterious teen romance with a refreshing fantasy twist.
California teen Sadie James thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name. Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her, but as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day…why does Sadie need one? As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.
Purchased the Touched by Love Bundle as an Ebook (just $.99):
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The Touched by Love Drawing:
In association with the launch of Touched by Love, the authors behind the bundle will be hosting a combination mailing list & Rafflecopter drawing. Once the entry period is over we’ll manually combine the Rafflecopter entries with the mailing list signups and pick a random winner.
If the winner is in the United States they will win signed paperback copies of each book in the bundle. If the winner lives outside the United States they will win free digital copies of the second book in each of the Touched by Love series and a $30 Amazon gift card.
Signing up for the Touched by Love Mailing List represents an agreement to have your name added to the mailing lists of each of the authors from the Touched by Love bundle. Your contact information will not be shared or sold with anyone other than these authors and they likewise promise to keep your information confidential.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gratitude Giveaway Hop! #Thankful #LoveMyReaders #Giveaway

Thanks to Kathy for hosting this Blog Hop.

What a year!!!  
This is the year an author stalked a reviewer to her house because of a bad review. Wrong move, lady. This is also the year an author went on a rant on Facebook about readers bugging her about what order to read her books and how they didn't pay her salary.
Seriously? Which planet did she fly from?

Why did I give the above examples? Because you guys have been amazing and supportive I don't know where to start. I wouldn't write and make a living without your support, my dear readers and bloggers. So thank you for being there for me. Thank you for supporting my work. And thank you for talking to your friends about my books.

RUNES, the first book was published in May 2013, and I just released my fifth book in the series:

Torin, Raine, and the gang will be back next year with more adventures. Eirik wants his story. From the moment he left for Hel to when we last saw him in Seeress, he's been through so much. Poor guy. And don't forget Andris, Ingrid, and Blaine. They all need to find their mates.

Now on to the  goodies.

First Giveaway:

1) A signed paperback of Runes
2) A signed paperback of Immortals

2 winners

In the meantime, if you have an e-reader, you can get an e-copy of Runes for free on:

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Second Giveaway:

These are bundles of books by some of the most talented YA authors out there.
5 people will be gifted e-copies of: Hidden Worlds and Touched by Love

To enter:
You can follow me on my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, then tell me in the comment whether you prefer Amazon/kindle or iTunes/iBooks.
Just choose one.
Easy, right?

Oh, before I forget, you can also win a signed copy of Grimnirs and Souls on GOODREADS

PHEW! That was long.

I will draw winners on December 1st.
Thank you and have a wonderful THANKSGIVING

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"That arrogant man didn’t just do that."


I love Torin St. James...
I need his strength…
But someone from his past wants me dead.

Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. With her mother gone, her father dying, and her best friend in Hel, she is not sure who to talk to.

But when the visions become more personal and she foresees her future with Torin threatened by someone from his past, Raine becomes desperate for answers. Just her luck two new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one problem: Torin forbids Raine to see the two girls.

Can their love survive without trust?


“Who said I’m playing.”

He braced himself on the door frame and lowered his head until he and I were on the same eye level.

“You told me to stay away from you. Unforgiveable. You implied our relationship might not last. Totally wrong and cruel. But the worst part, you said your feelings for me made you weak.”

His eyebrows shot up.

“Weak? Seriously? What in Hel’s Mist does that mean?”

He was serious.

“Are you forgetting what happened before I said those things?”

“So no apology?”

“No.” I was dying to, but he had to understand I wasn’t a breakable doll.

He stepped back and slammed the door in my face.

My jaw dropped. No, he didn’t. That arrogant man didn’t just do that.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Soul Journey Tour / Interview with Chase Taylor!

Book Title: Soul Journey
Series: Soul Series book 1
Author: Miranda Shanklin
Release Date: August 31, 2014
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began. 

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson. 

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache. 

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls' journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world. 

Interview with Chase Taylor

What is your preferred style of clothing to wear?
Jeans and t-shirts
What are you most hopeless at?
Cooking. I can’t cook at all.
What is your birth date and current age?
July 15, 1998 I’m 16
What, if anything, does your zodiac sign mean to you?
I think that every person has aspects that relate to their zodiac sign. For example I am a Cancer and I can be very impulsive and very intense.
How would you spend an unexpected day off?
I would spend the day with Annisa. We are always so busy it would be nice to have a day where we could just lounge on the beach or lay around on the couch.
Is your currently family close? Are they a source of support or stress?
My family is extremely close. We all support each other and help alleviate stress.
What is your relationship status as the start of the story?
Whom would you contact first to share good news?
What crisis are you facing at the start of the story?
I am facing a combined punishment. We have all been in an endless cycle of punishment and we have to find our way out of it.
What makes this crisis such a challenge for you in particular?
I am at the mercy of everyone else. Annisa is the one that has to make the choice and even though I know what the answer is I have to wait for her to come to that decision on her own. I hate to see her suffer and any time I try to help it only makes things worse.
What makes your blood boil?
Being manipulated or watching as someone that I care about is being manipulated and there is nothing I can do about it.
What was your first impression of the heroine?
From the moment I saw her I knew we were meant to be together. She was the most beautiful, caring and thoughtful person that I had ever met.
How accurate was this first impression?
Extremely accurate.  

About the Author

Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.
Miranda loves to hear your opinions and uses the feedback to improve. You can find her on Facebook at or email her at

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