LORE Review Tour

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Xpresso Book Tours is hosting a review tour this week for LORE: TALES OF MYTH AND LEGEND RETOLD. If you haven’t heard about this fantastic YA/NA anthology of myth retellings, check out this awesome tour. Be sure to click the link every day this week to see who’s reviewing LORE and what their impressions are.

THERE’S A GIVEAWAY TOO!!!!!! (You could win 1 of 2 B&N gift cards and swag from some of the authors.) 😉

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I’d also like to give a huge THANKS to all the folks who took the time to read and review LORE. *hugs*

My novella, SUNSET MOON is about a snarky delinquent, Eloise, and how she gets reacquainted with her Native American roots.

Description: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

Here’s an excerpt:

Eloise doesn’t bother sneaking in. Her mom’s probably passed out from drinking anyway.

She pads to her room, flicks on the light, drags the duffle from her bed and lets it slam to the floor. The next nine months of her life are in there, reduced to a few bits of clothing. She kicks off her shoes and wanders to her desk, gaze locked on the photo of Micah and her. Her vision blurs with fresh tears. This was their last night together, and he’s being such an ass. He should be thanking her for what she is doing. So should Jimmy.

She picks up the frame and removes the picture, then carries it to the bathroom. The sour odor of beer clings to her like a heavy reminder of her fight with Micah. She tucks the photo into the wooden mirror frame on the medicine cabinet and turns on the tub faucet.

While the tub fills, she peels off her damp shirt and throws it in the hamper. She tugs off her jeans, then her underwear. Naked, she shivers, though the house is warm, stuffy even, from the mid-summer night’s air.

Her tremors aren’t from being cold. They are from a vacuous emptiness that hollows out her insides, turns her heart to ice, and chips away at her soul with each ragged breath.

She grips the sink with both hands and steadies herself. The gush of water echoes in her ears, sloshes in her skull, and drowns her mind. Her head pounds from the surge of blood coursing through her brain with the rapid beating of her heart. The row of bulbs blazing above the medicine cabinet stabs her in the eyes, coring out her orbits.

It’s too much. She needs something to take the edge off.

Now.

Here’s a couple reviews of SUNSET MOON:

“Sunset Moon: This was my favorite in the bunch. I really liked Eloise – and, of course, her sarcasm – and I was glad her character grew in the end and she strayed from such a destructive path.” ~Goodreads reviewer

“Sunset Moon by Laura Diamond is based off a Blackfeet Indian myth. I really wanted this story to be longer. Eloise, the main character, is a totally stupid twit who is putting up this fake attitude of indifference. She’s in an abusive relationship, just like her mother was years ago. Her mother is a drunk and doesn’t mother Eloise at all. Micah is a useless piece of trash as is Jimmy and here is Eloise taking the fall for two losers. She gets the choice: jail or group home. Her lawyer chose group home for her and she’s shipped off to Montana to her uncle’s house. There she recognizes little symbols from her grandmother who always tried to give her a piece of Blackfeet history/mythology with every present, every lesson. As Eloise begins her group home work of sitting with an elderly patient, she learns that her weird dream with the spiders cocooning her is actually a legend, a living legend. Again, this is one story I would LOVE to read more of and see the story fleshed out in more detail with what happens with Eloise, her mother, her loser of a boyfriend, etc. Sure, I disliked Eloise, but that intensity of dislike shows how well written she is!” ~Barnes and Noble review

 

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New Release CHASING LUCK by Brinda Berry

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Chasing Luck

By Brinda Berry
a Serendipity novel

$2.99
New Adult Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-0-9916320-2-2

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Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor…

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.

A loner wearing emotional armor…

Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn’t risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?

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Excerpt:

Ace

 

“My attraction to you runs fiery hot. It consumes my every waking thought. I burn for you, baby. Don’t stop this attraction, baby.” ~ Jelly Bean Queen

 

The text from John Toombs directs me to a table near the center of the main room. I enter and can’t believe my mixture of good and bad luck. Good because Ms. Smokin’ Hot is with Toombs. And bad because Ms. Smokin’ Hot is with Toombs.

He looks up at me and nods as he rises. I lean across to shake his hand and I can smell the girl. Something subtle like stuff from the bath shops. A sweet, vanilla scent advertising innocence.

But she can’t be innocent hooked up with somebody old enough to be her father. He has money and she’s too young to be whoring herself out. My stomach clenches at the thought of them together in bed.

“Ace, I’d like to introduce my niece, Malerie.” Toombs waves a hand in her direction.

The scales definitely tip in the direction of bad news. She’s not his trophy wife or barely-legal mistress. She’s his niece — the number one spot on the dateable-but-off-limits list. The girl looks at me and her gaze makes a slow run down the length of my body. I’m beyond screwed. Goodbye Miss Innocent, hello Miss Seductress.

The air sparks between us and her eyes say she feels the electricity, too. “Hi, Malerie. Nice to meet you,” I say, wishing she’d given me this look earlier instead of the one like I was some psycho perv who hangs out near restrooms.

Malerie has an exotic look that I can’t place. Her honey-brown eyes, huge in her pale face, remind me of some hot anime character with bottomless eyes and dangerous curves. The chick probably has guys lining up to take on her rockin’ body and the attached load of money.

I tear my gaze away from her and meet the Clint Eastwood glare of John Toombs. With one look, Toombs gives me the hell-no warning. It’s a warning that rubs me like running a hand against the fur up a cat’s back. I don’t like it, but I’m not stupid.

I can almost hear the whomp-whomp of his protective radar. If I were him, I’d bar the door and clean the rifle.

 

Learn more about Brinda by checking out her website HERE.

 

 

LORE Book Blast Update

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I’d like to give a big thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting a LORE book blast. We had over 1420 entries! Woot!!!

Rafflecopter chose SIX winners. Each will get a $10 Amazon gift card. Each author will contact their winner to give the prize.

Thanks for participating!!! And if you grab a copy of LORE, I hope you enjoy it. 😉

 WINNERS:

Angie Dubisher

MaryAnne Hart

Beppe DM

Anastasia Falling

Alison Flores

Amanda Sakovitz

 

If you’re interested in purchasing LORE, check out these sites:

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YA Bound Book Tours is hosting a book blast this week for LORE: TALES OF MYTH AND LEGEND RETOLD. Read on for the deets and for an excerpt from my story, Sunset Moon. 😉

 

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Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

by Brinda BerryKaren Y. BynumLaura DiamondJayne A. KnollsTheresa DaLayneCate Dean

Release Date: 03/2014

 

Summary from Goodreads:

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20804029-lore?ac=1

 

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Tales-Myth-Legend-Retold-ebook/dp/B00J6064O6/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

 

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***Author Bios:

 

Brinda Berry:

 

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good

Find Brinda at www.brindaberry.com .

 

Karen Y. Bynum:

 

Dragons, unicorns, genies…oh my! NA/YA author, coffee-lover, olive-hater, tea-drinker, music-listener. Random becomes me. Easily distrac— Blog

 

Laura Diamond:

 

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and multi-published author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

 

Jayne A. Knolls:

 

Jayne A. Knolls lives and works in New York City.  The Maker is her first published work of New Adult Fiction. Jayne can reached at JAKnolls@optonline.net

Theresa DaLayne:

 

My name is Theresa DaLayne and I’m a new adult author with Bloomsbury Spark, an amazing digital imprint of Bloomsbury publishing. Website

 

Cate Dean:

 

Hi there – thanks for checking in. My name is Cate Dean, and I write romantic suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy thrown in. I love to write, and I have been doing it most of my life. I’ve made up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be able to write them down and share them with you. If you want to be the first to know when the next book is released, or be in on some fun, exclusive contests and giveaways, join my list here: http://catedeanwrites.com/join-my-list. You can learn more about me and my books at my website: http://catedeanwrites.com

 

 

***EXCERPT:

 

Sunset Moon by Laura Diamond:

 

Eloise doesn’t bother sneaking in. Her mom’s probably passed out from drunk anyway.

 

She pads to her room, flicks on the light, drags the duffle from her bed and lets it slam to the floor. The next nine months of her life are in there, reduced to a few bits of clothing. She kicks off her shoes and wanders to her desk, gaze locked on the photo of Micah and her. Her vision blurs with fresh tears. This was their last night together, and he’s being such an ass. He should be thanking her for what she is doing. So should Jimmy.

 

She picks up the frame and removes the picture, then carries it to the bathroom. The sour odor of beer clings to her like a heavy reminder of her fight with Micah. She tucks the photo into the wooden mirror frame on the medicine cabinet and turns on the tub faucet.

While the tub fills, she peels off her damp shirt and throws it in the hamper. She tugs off her jeans, then her underwear. Naked, she shivers, though the house is warm, stuffy even, from the mid-summer night’s air.

 

Her tremors aren’t from being cold. They are from a vacuous emptiness that hollows out her insides, turns her heart to ice, and chips away at her soul with each ragged breath.

 

She grips the sink with both hands and steadies herself. The gush of water echoes in her ears, sloshes in her skull, and drowns her mind. Her head pounds from the surge of blood coursing through her brain with the rapid beating of her heart. The row of bulbs blazing above the medicine cabinet stabs her in the eyes, coring out her orbits.

 

It’s too much. She needs something to take the edge off.

 

Now.