The Secret Lives of Rock Stars Author Interview

The Secret Lives of Rockstars: Book Two

by Suzanne Lazear

Summary:

Saving the world, one tour stop at a time.
Join Bitsy in the second installment of her attempts to stop a magical war threatening Arizona and all those who call it home. With the help of a human, a sexy dragon, and the members of her band, Bitsy must stop an angry mob of chaos demons before the band leaves for their next tour stop.

It’s nice to be needed, but Bitsy has no idea how to defeat the demons and she just might get herself killed trying. But then, at least one problem would be solved…

Fitting in doesn’t matter if you’re dead.

Extract from the book

Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS?

This was not a story I’d ever set off to write. Certainly, I didn’t expect to finish it. In some ways it wrote itself. I “accidently” wrote it one summer when I was in the middle of brutal edits while working full time with a two-hour commute each way. I hadn’t meant to write an entire manuscript. I just needed a side project to keep me from burning out.

When I finished it, I also didn’t know if it was any good, though I adored the world and characters I created. These rockstars were too fun to write. They had too much fame, money, and magic, and not enough sense—and it took place in my hometown in the middle of summer. It was fantastic.  Also, since this book was elf-punk, not steampunk, it presented a fun challenge in creating an entirely new type of world and writing in a new genre.

Since I had so much fun writing it, I was convinced no one else would find it interesting. It didn’t even have a title. I called it THE BOOK THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED for the longest time since I couldn’t think of a one.

Then one day, THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS found a home with Shine and was divided into two parts. Part one came out last year (https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lives-Rockstars-Book-One-ebook/dp/B01KN7POAU) and now, with part two releasing, (https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lives-Rockstars-Suzanne-Lazear-ebook/dp/B0777N31FR) you get to read all of it. Really, this is the little book that could and I’m really excited that it’s out in the world.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS series?

It’s been so much fun writing part one and part two of THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS, which mainly takes place in Tempe, AZ, my hometown. The Freakshow, Bitsy’s cirque-noir punk band, is on tour and it would be interesting to see the places they go, people they meet, and trouble they find as they travel around the world. If there is a next book in the series, it would take place in Japan and center around Bitsy and her bestie Jules, as we learn more about Jules’ past, start unraveling the mystery of Bitsy, and meet a Kitsune.

3. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS?

The main character, Bitsy Butler, is the ringmaster of the cirque-noir punk band THE FREAKSHOW, which is on their first big solo tour. She has magic that she doesn’t know how to use—and is a little afraid of it. When Jake-the-angel asks her to help him with his demon problem she literally doesn’t know how to do what he needs. However, she’s willing to try, because innocent lives are at stake.

Jules is the front woman for their band. She’s originally from Japan, half siren, and is Bitsy’s best friend. The other members of the band are Aiden, Matt, and Rocky, though Rocky is absent for most of the book because he is injured and Bitsy has to take his place as lead guitarist. Aidan is one of the Sídhe (an elf, because this is elf-punk), the bassist, and the brains of the band. He and Bitsy handled most of the business for the band before they got big—though the band was Bitsy’s idea. Bitsy has known Aidan the longest. Matt is the drummer and in incubus, he’s also really into computers and handles most of the band’s social media.

It was fun to write a rock band where not only where the characters not human, but they’re all fairly young for their respective species—basically college age. This is their first time really out on the road alone, and for Bitsy, especially, this is their chance to prove they can make it on their own as adults in the human world.

We meet some other great characters. My favorites are Eric and Phil. Phil is a human college student who works at The Underground, which Jules’ calls the nerd bar. She’s part of “The Brotherhood” – an ancient, secret society that protects the others, from the humans. Eric is her roommate, who is drakken—a dragon. They two of them help Bitsy in her quest to save Tempe from the chaos demons and unravel who is behind it before The Freakshow leaves town.

Another favorite character of mine is “Uncle Morty.” Now he’s a character I have been writing for a decade and I’m glad I finally found a home for him in this book. Because shouldn’t an elf-punk story have an elven mobster?

4. You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

I have so many favorite authors it’s hard to chose just one!

5. If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

Before I started writing elf-punk, I wrote Steampunk. I think it would be interesting to travel to the Victorian era to see what it was really like.

6. Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

We have a hamster named Mittens.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

Thanks for having me! I hope you enjoy reading THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS. Please take a moment to enter my giveaway (http://gvwy.io/8qhl67t).

~Suzanne Lazear

About the Author

Suzanne Lazear spins tales of the fantastic. She’s the author of the New Adult Elfpunk The Secret Lives of Rockstars (Leap Books) and the YA dark fairytale steampunk series The Aether Chronicles (Flux). Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter and husband where she’s trying to make tiny dragons out of wool. One day she’ll actually create a working cupcake cannon.

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The Moonstone (Enchantment series book 1)

I was sent this book by the author for my honest opinion. The book has recently been translated into English from French.

Summary from Goodreads:

I really enjoyed this book. Once I had got through the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. The world building is great and you get pulled right in. The magic system is well thought out and easy to understand. Apart from the typical, chosen one who is super powerful trope the storyline is great. I knew the story wouldn’t completely conclude in this book but I feel it ended in a satisfying way ready for book two.

My main complaint is that some of the chapters are too long and I feel they could have been broke up a bit more. I also didn’t like how both the romantic interests started off kind of pushy and domineering. Both characters develop to better suit the story it they both remain possessive.

I liked the characters. Lou is our MC. She has always felt she didn’t quite fit in and she gets to find out that’s because she is an enchanter. But not just any enchanter she is a moonchild which gives her an important mission. We watch her navigate the new world of magic and try to figure out what she really is human or enchanter in reality she is something in the middle. Lou is quick to trust which turns out to be fatal. Her interactions with the other characters are great. Apart from Flica we don’t get to know her team too much apart from there amazing abilities I hope we will get to know them better in the sequel.

Zach always raised alarm bells with me. He was just too nice especially after there initial encounter. I Blacks character he’s very complicated and has many layers to him.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I hope the sequel is just as good. 4 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Haunted Minds Book Box Club unboxing

This months theme was haunted minds and I was intrigued to see what book would be in the box. To start with we have this beautiful unboxing card

Raven boys tea towel by book box club. I love this tea towel. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it it is way to pretty to go in my kitchen.

there’s this lovely scented Heathcliff mini jar candle from Just Fribble. It smells of earl grey and leather and is really cute. I currently have this burning as I type.

Finish and Violet bath salts from The Glasgow Soap Company. These salts smell beautiful and is based on one of my favourite books. I can’t wait to put these in a bath.

The little book of more calm colouring by David Sinden and Victoria Kay. I will be pulling my pens out to colour this little book in. Colouring is great for mindfulness and for passing the time.

2018 new book preview. This is a cute little book full of tasters of YA books Usborne have planned for next year

And this months featured book is The Memory Tree by Kali Wallace. Description from book depository:

A darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home, from the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves.For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood’s whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople-especially their neighbors, the Abrams family-Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history.Then one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she’s ever known.Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. But it soon becomes clear that some of her questions have difficult-even dangerous-answers. And there may be a price to pay for asking.

This book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get reading

A Rock n Roll Love style review 

Synopsis:

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

I found the first few chapters hard to get through but after that I really enjoyed it. It is a fun romance and the perfect read for the time of year. At the start I felt there was too much info drop. There was a whole chapter dedicated to Jodie’s background which bored me and the chapter that randomly switched to Beth summed mum, was also boring and unnecessary. There where a few other parts like this that I ended up skimming over that would have been better spread over the book, or later on when it made more sense to reveal, or just much spring scenes that didn’t as much description I.e. When joyride and Beth met without realising it.

Apart from these few things I did really love Sukie’s character, she is strong, fun and caring. Pete comes off as moody to begin with but there is so much more to him. He is actually a very caring guy but very guarded. I loved their story. Their interactions were fantastic. They were exactly what the other needed even if they didn’t. Even though I could have done with less of them Jordie and Beth were still good characters and their story was nice. I think knowing a bit less of Eduardo plan would have been better so we wouldn’t know exactly what was going to happen but the parts from his point of view were good. It was interesting to see what went on in his crazy little head.

Overall it was a good hearted fun read, perfect for this he season. I give three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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About Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.

In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.

In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.

Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

She now lives her life around the following three quotes:

“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”

“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”

“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Website http://www.kiltiejackson.com

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Out of the Shadows Blog Tour

Out of the Shadows by Ashlee Nicole ByeGenre: YA Urban Fantasy Release Date: April 2017
Summary:

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.

Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.

Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.

With a mix of heart, humour and hair-raising action, Out of the Shadows is the adventure of an afterlifetime, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Paula Weston.

Character profiles for two of the main characters.

SACHI

Name: Sachi Manning

Date of Birth: December 12, 1998 Melbourne, Australia

Date of Death: Which one?

Height: Fun-sized! Otherwise known as five foot nothing.

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Brown—booorrrriiinnngggg

Occupation: Waitress at the Riverside Tavern—you want the best coffee in Melbourne? That’s where you need to go!

Nicknames: Shorty, Short Stuff etcetera—all very original as you can see.

Best Friend: Gabe. I don’t care if he’s been turned into a soul-sucking monster, he’s still my best friend. I mean, would you abandon your best friend just because his favourite snack is no longer a McDonald’s Big Mac? I didn’t think so!

Favourite Quote: ‘Do or do not, there is no try’ – Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Theme song: Definitely Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine—it’s my ringtone.

*Author’s note: The Riverside Tavern doesn’t actually exist—don’t go there looking for coffee

JULIAN

Name: Julian Hawthorne

Date of Birth: January 24, 1856 Herefordshire, England

Date of Death: October 11, 1876 London, England

Height: 6’3”

Hair Colour: Dark blonde

Eye Colour: Grey

Occupation: Reaper for The Order of Dark and Light, Tracker Tier

Nicknames: Moss calls me Jules—presumably because he knows I don’t like it.

Best Friend: Moss, although he’s more like a brother than a friend.

Favourite Quote: ‘Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall’ – Measure for Measure

Theme song: Well, I prefer classical music but Ashlee assigned me Demons by Imagine Dragons. Moss played it for me and now I feel as though Ashlee doesn’t care for me all that much. Although, perhaps given the amount of physical abuse I was made to endure during the first book that should have been obvious.

Excerpt From chapter one:

As Julian studied the mangled remains of the boy who had once been Campbell Locke, it was easy to see how the humans could have mistaken the death for a homicide. The latest in a string of vicious murders by the now infamous ‘Melbourne Slasher’, who had plagued the streets of this city for near on three months now—or so the papers said.

The teenager’s throat had been slashed with what, to human eyes, looked like a knife. But Julian knew better—that wound was the result of an incredibly sharp claw.

Julian had positioned himself on a first floor window ledge not ten metres away from the crime scene. It was the perfect vantage point, or would have been had his legs not been cramping from the awkward crouching position he’d been forced to assume in order to balance his tall frame on the narrow ledge. The preternatural eyesight bestowed upon him almost a century and a half ago allowed Julian to make out every detail of the narrow alleyway: the ground a peculiar patchwork of cobbles, concrete, and bitumen; walls the brick exterior of low rise buildings whose original colour could not be determined through the layers of graffiti—some of which, Julian had to admit, was quite remarkable. There was a blue industrial rubbish bin set up against the wall of the nightclub that backed on to the alley, overflowing with black bags and glass bottles. Julian could feel the vibration of the heavy bass from the club’s music thrumming through the walls around him. The song was something modern, with a powerful female voice interweaving through a thumping dance beat. He couldn’t say what it was called—it all sounded so similar to him.

At the mouth of the alley, a row of uniformed police officers stood guard over the crime scene, sending any curious onlookers on their way. Julian was tempted to move closer. To walk right up to the crime scene and stand amongst the mingling investigators. After all, with his invisibility glamour in place no one would be able to see him.

But it was a risk he could not afford. He was well aware of how far crime scene technology had progressed since his time amongst humans. They had something called ‘forensics’ now, where scientists could track a killer using the smallest piece of evidence: a drop of blood, a strand of hair, even the tread of dirt from a foreign location. Julian frowned as he glanced at his boots, the soles of which were crusted with the remains of the faery he’d disposed of three hours earlier. These humans would be baffled enough as it were with the lack of evidence to be found at this scene, he didn’t think it wise to confuse them further with the presence of an otherworldly substance. Not to mention that the invisibility glamour was somehow affected by flash photography—he was not in the mood to explain to Lord Mortem why there had been a ‘ghost’ sighting at the most recent ‘murder’ scene.

An awareness brushed across Julian’s mind and he immediately looked up, scanning the rooftop opposite. It didn’t take long to spot Moss; he had his hood down and even without Julian’s superior vision, it would have been difficult for him to miss that mop of bleached dreadlocks contrasting starkly against the midnight sky.

Julian swept his gaze over the crime scene one last time before letting the ledge fall away from him. It was a split second of dark emptiness as he passed through the shadows, and then he was standing on the roof next to Moss.

‘Crazy night, dude,’ Moss said in his Floridian surfer drawl.

Julian ran his eyes over his friend. They had gone their separate ways tonight, and it was clear by the smears of blood over Moss’s face and the tear in his sleeve he’d had almost as interesting a night as Julian. Moss always looked slightly rumpled, though; unlike Julian, who, even after killing the banshee that had been about to take centre stage in front of twenty thousand humans under the guise of a popular musician, a passionate kiss of gratitude from said musician (whose memory Julian had, most unfortunately, been obligated to alter moments later), and crouching on the window ledge for a good two hours, was still as tidy and well-pressed as usual, not a hair out of place.

‘You could say that,’ Julian said. Though a hundred and forty years had passed, he still spoke with the same accent and manner he had cultivated during his life as the son of an English peer. He would have liked to believe there was little else from that life that remained, though he knew this was not the case.

‘So, this one makes three.’ An uncharacteristically sombre expression crossed Moss’s face. ‘Any ideas?’

Julian shook his head. ‘Something with claws—which narrows it down to at least a thousand Shadowlanders.’

‘It’s hot.’ Moss emphasised the statement by rubbing the back of his forearm over his sweat-streaked brow. It was indeed. The Australian summer was only a week away, and Melbourne had been hit with a blast of the kind of humidity usually reserved for the northern parts of the country. ‘That should rule out an Infernal creature, yeah?’

Julian frowned. ‘I think it would be foolish to rule anything out at this stage.’

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Paperback:

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About the Author

Ashlee Nicole Bye is the author of the SHADOWLANDS series, the first book of which–OUT OF THE SHADOWS–was published in April 2017.

She was born and raised in the always amazing city of Melbourne, Australia. She’s a total history geek, a book nerd (of course!), loves watching sport, and is just a little but obsessed with anything fantasy and science fiction related.

She’s a doting auntie to three awesome little guys and the mum of a crazy fur baby, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Sadie. She’s also vision impaired and writes all her stories with the help of Apple’s awesome zoom commands and super-sized fonts.

Author Links

blog: https://ashleenicolebye.wordpress.com/blog/

twitter: @ashnicolebye

facebook: facebook.com/ashleenicolebye

Instagram: @ashleenicolebye

Praise for Out of the Shadows

“…it’s flawlessly written. Ashlee Nicole Bye really knows how to write a story. She has her own voice, the kind that pulls you in and really makes the world come to life.” – Bibliophile Ramblings

“…new authors can either be a smack bang hit or disappointing miss- Ashlee Nicole Bye is definitely a big old hit! Being her first novel, her writing is beyond amazing and I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with! The pacing flows, the writing is descriptive but not overly so, the world is unique and the characters are amazing.” – Bookishfix

“I loved Out of the Shadows. Sachi’s world is amazingly complex, full of supernatural creatures, competing factions and a complicated process for managing what happens to souls when they die.” – Cassandra Page, author of Isla’s Inheritance

“This book was fantastic and promises to be a brilliant series. It is a delightful read full of page-turning action and intriguing characters with a hefty dose of humour. A feisty heroine, hot guys, demons, reapers…Out of the Shadows has it all!” – Cheryl, Goodreads reviewer

“…the entire concept of this sic-fi/fantasy world is on point. The description and the writing style make for an enjoyable, hard to put down read. I can’t wait to see just what is in store for these characters.” – Jennifer Leigh, author of Incognito

“How come no one knows about this book? It would be a best-seller if they did!” – Malissa, Goodreads reviewer

“One successful debut for Ashlee Nicole Bye! Truly succeeded in captivating me into the Shadowlands world. I loved this book and the characters even more.” – Viridiana, Goodreads reviewer

Wolves and Roses Review 

I received the audio book of Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer for reviewing purposes
Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races–shifters,
fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life
template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or  woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness  of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy
hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies,
witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just  that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life
goes buh-bye. But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her  dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because hemakes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who–or what–she really is, it might cost both her
and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

I don’t listen to audio books usually so this was a new experience for me. It is very different to reading for myself. I felt like the story ended rather abruptly but that may be due to the fact I couldn’t see it reaching the end the way I can when I’m holding a physical book. The pros to audio books are my eyes don’t get tied and I can get on with other things at the same time. Also it was just nice to be read to.

Now to the actual story. The book contains two strong and feisty females. Bryar and Elle. They are best friends and both really smart and ambitious. Neither waits around for someone else to save them and are constantly actively trying to solve their own problems. At first I wasn’t keen on Knox. When he was first introduced I rolled my eyes at the guy of her dreams literally turning up but he ended up growing on me and his wolf is fun.

The basic story was good but I felt the writing style lacked something. It wasn’t terrible but it could have been better. There was too much explaining and a few times when the author told us things rather than showed them. She also recapped things a bit too much for my liking it was as if she didn’t trust the readers to be able to remember important detail (which I could and it got annoying).

Overall I liked the story. It was good but I feel like it has the potential to be even better.

About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling
Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena
and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than
500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now  available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes. Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts  for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release–the only one sent out on a  major wire service–resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by
over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.  Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English  along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her  husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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A Marchioness Below Stairs By Alissa Baxter. Genre: Regency Romance

Escaping from Bath and the news that her former love is about to marry another, Isabel, the young widowed Marchioness of Axbridge, accepts an invitation to her cousin’s house party. Yet, instead of finding respite, she stumbles into a domestic crisis of majestic proportions: The kitchen staff has succumbed to the influenza.

If that weren’t bad enough, her former sweetheart arrives with his fiancée, seeking shelter from the increasingly hazardous snow storm. Trapped inside Chernock Hall with a volatile mix of house guests, including abolitionists and slave owners, Isabel wishes she could hide below stairs for the duration. But, alas, she cannot. While helping in the kitchen, Isabel is cornered by her cousin’s disreputable friend, Marcus Bateman, who challenges and provokes her at every turn.

At last, the storm subsides. However, the avalanche of repercussions cannot be undone. Caught in the grip of the terrible winter of 1813, will Isabel’s greatest threat come from the weather, her abolitionist views, or from falling in love again?

If you love traditional Regency romances, you’ll adore A Marchioness Below Stairs.

About the Author

Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante, during her long university holidays. After travelling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England. Also the author of two contemporary romances, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons.

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Take a look inside the new book Jess Rising

Jess, Rising (Guardians of Salt Creek #1) by D.M. Guay
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Release Date: October 1st 2017


Summary from Goodreads:

Magic. Loves. Lies. Betrayal — High school is murder.

Seventeen-year-old Jess Flowers got more than she bargained for when she moved to Salt Creek, a podunk nowhere town with a dangerous secret. In Salt Creek, people aren’t what they seem, and it’s contagious. Jess is changing into something dark, something powerful, something more than human.

Will it be enough? A super-charged killer is closing in. She sees him in visions, slaughtering the helpless with fire and lightning, and she’s next on the kill list. Gorgeous outcast Billy Combs is the only one willing to help her, but his troubled past may be darker than he’s let on.

Can she tame the mysterious powers surging within her and identify the killer before it’s her turn to die? Murder, lies, betrayal and supernatural powers collide in this dark YA love story for fans of Beautiful Creatures, Twilight, and Vampire Diaries.

Winner, 2016 Romance Writers of America Joyce Henderson Contest for Young Adult romance. (Under its working title, Girl with the Sun on her Heart.)

Jess, Rising: Guardians of Salt Creek Book One will be on sale for 99 cents during the blitz, from Nov.13 to Nov. 18. Buy on Amazon

Book Two in the series, Jess, Resurrected, launches this week as well, at 99 cents during the blitz.

Excerpts:

Excerpt 1

Billy was close his breath tickled my face. He had blue eyes, flecked with green, that looked all the way through to the inside of me. “That’s the second time you’ve almost given me a heart attack,” I said.

The tips of his teeth emerged under a smile. “I can’t help myself. I’ve been waiting a long time to meet you, Jesse Flowers.”

Excerpt 2
Billy stood stone still, hair disheveled, head down. I stumbled toward him until we were face to face. He didn’t look at me. He didn’t speak. I touched his arm. His skin burned, like he had lava for blood.

“Are you afraid?”

“No.”

“Do you think I’m a monster?”

“No.”

“Could you ever love someone who’s like… this?”

“I already do.”

He finally looked me in the eyes. He pressed hard against me. A tingle of electricity ran up my spine. He kissed me, long and deep, and the sky cracked and popped as arcs of white lightning rained down around us.

About the Author


D.M. Guay writes about the intersection of real life with the supernatural. By day, she’s an award-winning journalist living in Ohio, a hobby urban farmer, a painter, and a retired roller derby player. Her favorite things—besides books—are Jeni’s ice cream, tiki bars, liquid eyeliner, the 1968 Camaro, the Mighty Boosh, 24-hour horror movie festivals, art by Picasso and Niagara Detroit, rock concerts, and most of all, people who make art, despite adversity, no matter what life throws at them.

A peak inside Valley of Time

Valley of Time

The Greatest Journey Ever Taken

A Mal Thomas Mystery Novel (Book #2)

By Jeremy D. Holden

If you could go back to a pivotal moment and change your fate, would you?

TIMELY NEW NOVEL TACKLES MASS PERSUASION AND CONSPIRACY IN A THRILLING ADVENTURE THAT SPANS SPACE, TIME & THE WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES!

In October 2016, author Jeremy D. Holden introduced readers to one of contemporary fiction’s most charismatic new protagonists with Sea of Doubt: The Greatest Story Ever Sold – A Mal Thomas Mystery. An “oddly believable […], swift, unusually entertaining journey through present-day public relations” (Kirkus Reviews), Sea of Doubtfollowed Mal and his team of mad men and women as they embarked upon an extraordinary assignment – promoting the alleged second coming of the Messiah at the behest of a powerful and mysterious industrialist – and brought to bookshelves a laugh-out-loud funny, eerily timely story about the media, alternative facts, and modern society’s endless obsession with fame.

On November 5, 2017 – not incidentally the day our clocks “fall back” per Daylight Savings Time! – Holden continues Mal Thomas’s adventures with the release of Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken [Clean Publishing], the second book in the ‘Mal Thomas Mystery’series.

A sequel that also works as a standalone novel, Valley of Time sees Mal approached by another enigmatic billionaire with an incredible proposition: Huw Hudson – think Richard Branson meets Elon Musk plus a dash of Howard Hughes – wants to position his company, Space Rider, as the leader in commercial space tourism.

Of course, there’s a twist: Hudson has evidence of an alleged UFO encounter, which he thinks could damage his business plans, and needs Mal and his team to investigate and manage the breaking news story.

Mal discovers a deeper purpose at work as he crisscrosses Sao Carlos, Miami, London, and Dubai in furtherance of Hudson’s audacious ambition while being forced to keep an unbelievable secret from the FBI, and even his closest friends. A page-turning thriller that follows the launch of a massive global PR campaign to promote one of the most seismic events in human history, Valley of Time ultimately corners Mal into confronting his deepest fears – and takes readers on a journey that will challenge the very core of our beliefs about space and time.

Valley of Time provides a window into the modern world of digital and social media-driven mass persuasion,” states Holden, who is himself an award-winning advertising executive who has counseled some of the world’s most recognizable names and brands.

“It also poses some crucial questions,” he continues. “What if you could go back to a pivotal moment in time that shaped your life? Would you try to alter your fate? And what if the conspiracy theorists aren’t actually nutty at all – what if they’re right?”

Fast-paced, full of wit and humor, and sure to delight fans of authors like Carl Hiassen and Nick Hornby, Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken is a truly original novel from one of contemporary fiction’s most thrilling new voices – and will be available for purchase in mass-market paperback and e-book editions wherever books are sold as of November 5, 2017.

Except from Valley of Time

I became aware of myself taking a deep breath, and then I opened my eyes and saw a beautiful young woman’s face staring directly at me, with a look of concern that gave way to relief as I gazed into her penetrating brown eyes.

As my eyes could focus more fully, I was able to see that this was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. Her looks and coloring suggested at first blush that she was South American.

She was dressed all in white, and I noticed that her features were in perfect proportion, as she turned her head apparently to speak to someone behind her, and I saw a touch of moisture glisten on her lips. Then I lost consciousness.

When I woke again, I cast my eyes around to try and take in my surroundings, as well as to search for the angel that that clearly visited me earlier. The room looked like a modern, sterile doctor’s waiting room and was decorated in gray shades without any distinctive objects of furniture.

Then she appeared again within my line of sight, as if from nowhere, and she leaned over me and smiled. I’ll admit that I was quite smitten. She put her hand on my forehead as if to check my temperature, then pulled out what looked like a sippy cup and put it to my lips to drink. It was cool water, and I realized how completely dry my mouth was.

“Who are you, where am I, and what’s happened to me?” I asked her. She appeared to look behind her again, and I tried to look around her to see who she was looking at. Then I heard her speak in a language I didn’t recognize, but which could have been Portuguese, presumably to whoever was standing behind her.

She turned back, smiled at me reassuringly, and said in pidgin English, “You okay, you well. Just need to drink now and wake up. Then we take you to him.”

“Who is him?” I whispered back at her, although I already knew the answer. “Him is Mr. Hudson,” said my lovely Brazilian nurse, I’d surmised, and she signaled that she would leave me now to wake up properly.

Half an hour later, I’d washed my face in the sink, brushed my teeth, freshened up with the toiletries left in the room, and put my clothes back on, which I’d found folded and laundered in a drawer. It made me start to wonder how long I’d been unconscious.

About the Author:

Jeremy D. Holden is the author of the Mal Thomas Mystery Series, which to date includes the critically acclaimed novels Sea of Doubt (2016) and Valley of Time (2017) – with a third release planned for 2018. An award-winning creative professional and accomplished author, Jeremy has earned many of the advertising industry’s top honors, including the prestigious “Gold Effie” (the Golden Globe of the ad world). His first book, Second That Emotion: How Decisions, Trends, and Movements Are Shaped [Prometheus Books, 2012], explores how movements are created in the political, cultural, and commercial realms, and received attention from national media outlets, including Fast Company, The Huffington Post, CNN, and NPR.

A UK native, Jeremy currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina where he is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Clean, an award-winning integrated branding agency. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Media and Journalism. A popular speaker and facilitator, Jeremy has run workshops with fellow authors Malcolm Gladwell and Professor Dan Ariely.

Find Jeremy D. Holden on Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads and at https://jeremydholden.com/

Valley of Time: The Greatest Journey Ever Taken [Clean Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9978970-1-2] will be available in mass-market paperback ($10.95 USD) and e-book ($3.99 USD) editions wherever books are sold as of November 5, 2017.

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars Review 

Synopsis 

Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people. Fourteen years on she’s a member of Mama Rose’s unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them: A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall… if Sante is to tell their story and her own. Rich in the rhythms and colours of Africa and glittering circus days. Unflinching in its dark revelations about life.


This was and interesting story and I loved that it ended. Sometimes it is nice not to have to wait around for a sequel to see what happens.

Sante is head strong and determined. She is very talented but dosn’t always think things through but who does at fourteen. Samta learns just how cruel the world can really be and though she goes through a hard time she come out better off. I loved Cobra and his snakes. He is odd but very loyal. Cat I didn’t feel one way or another about. She just was. Scarlet I hated. Her insta love/ obsession with cat was annoying. The way she kept lying and then claiming they didn’t understand and crying to get out of it. It was like we get it you went through something bad but how can anyone help you if you keep lying.

The story is mysterious and intriguing. I really enjoyed it but can’t quite give if 4 stars so 3.5 it is ⭐️⭐️⭐️