Posts Tagged: Xpresso Book Tours

$10 GIVEAWAY and INTERVIEW: Wishful Thinking by Elle Jefferson

$10 GIVEAWAY and INTERVIEW: Wishful Thinking by Elle Jefferson

  AUTHOR INTERVIEW Did you know that my life as a writer started when I was pregnant with my second child? I had just finished my fifth or sixth read through of Harry Potter and was left going “now what?” And thus I started writing. In the beginning I started reading all the books I could find on writing … on editing … on plots … on characters … on grammar. I took classes, mostly online, and then I plunged head-first into the world of writing. It was in the seas of writing while trying to tread water but mostly drowning that I learned of a forum. It was a magical forum where other wannabe writers talked, shared, laughed and mostly gave each other encouragement (I also happened to meet Colleen Hoover there long before Slammed became a NY Times bestseller). It was through this forum that I met some… Read more »

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$25 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: The Druid Series 9: Baird by Marata Eros

$25 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: The Druid Series 9: Baird by Marata Eros

EXCERPT Altho slides them up the bark of the tree, their clothing catching on the rough bark, his eyes latching onto each Were as they approach. It has been many a season since he was unlucky enough to stand face to face with a werewolf. Something calls them from their reclusive natures. Altho shifts Seraphina’s weight and his hand comes away with blood. Of course—Druid blood is a scent that would bring every supernatural who desires it. “Oh dear goddess,” Seraphina says. “I cannot subdue them.” Altho knows this. She is the natural complement to a Reaper or pure-blood Druid male such as himself. Seraphina can be used by the Were, but it would be sacrilege and the only gain would be an early genetic tie to the Were. Most Druid breeders have only vampiric lineage. However, a small percentage have an ancient tie to the cousin of the vampire,… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Come Back To Texas by K.K. Hendin

GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Come Back To Texas by K.K. Hendin

COME BACK TO TEXAS EXCERPT: Transcript, YouTube video uploaded by user ILoveHayley, entitled ‘Intro’. -camera, probably a webcam, turns on to show a 20-something year old guy sitting on a hospital bed. His face looks like he’s been through hell, his hair sticking up and a bandage covering part of his forehead and one eye. There is a faint sound of beeping, probably from various machines. ILH: Hi, Hayley. This is kinda weird, but this is the only thing I can think of. I don’t think if I sent a letter home anyone would send it to you. Can’t blame them for it, but still. So, hi. I’m just going to babble into this webcam, lookin’ like shit and hoping that maybe you’ll see this. So, I kind of got myself into a little trouble while I was… away, which kinda explains the shitty makeup I’m wearing. ILH *laughs*. ILH:… Read more »

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GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Battle Not With Monsters by Overton Scott

GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Battle Not With Monsters by Overton Scott

EXCERPT She sat, breathing in the medicinal odor, the smell of disinfectant. She took out the phone again. Deliberated for a few seconds, turning the phone in her fingers. She made her decision and touched the screen. Touched it again for speed dial. Scrolled through the list of names, until she found the one she wanted. Her finger hovered over it, then descended. Two thousand miles away in San Diego her mother’s phone rang. And rang. And rang again. Neen disconnected and punched in another number with the same area code. Her sister Jennifer picked up on the third ring. “It’s me,” said Neen. “Hey, stranger. Where are you?” “I’m in Dallas.” “Oh. I thought you might be here in town.” “Nope. Still in Dallas.” “What’s it been? Nine months? That’s practically a lifetime commitment from you. You must like it there.” A little bit less than yesterday, Neen thought…. Read more »

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$20 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Carrier by Ann Tibbets

$20 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Carrier by Ann Tibbets

, Welcome to my stop of the CARRIER Blog Tour!  I hope you enjoy the excerpt, the trailer, and the giveaway!  EXCERPT On a stage behind the man with the headphones were several girls wearing bikinis, decorated with fluorescent body paint. They were puppetlike as they danced and glistened off the strobe lights. I was briefly mesmerized by their movements. They danced the same routine in tight synchronized motions, and I involuntarily bobbed my head along to the beat of the music. Sonya caught me and grinned. “Cool, huh?” I stopped a moment, then nodded and let my head bob all it wanted. I liked it. The room’s power pumped me with false confidence. Deeper through the crowd we reached the dead center of the dance floor. Sonya stopped for a moment and lifted her arms over her head, dancing along with the rest of the crowd. I did the… Read more »

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$25 GIVEAWAY and  REVIEW: Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox

$25 GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox

REVIEW Division Zero is a special unit inside a futuristic police precinct where agent Kirsten Wren works hard taming wayward ghosts. This might lead you to believe this is a horror story, but it’s not. Not really. It’s definitely a cyberpunk-ish science fiction mystery that has plenty of noir elements to it. In addition to the horror elements, the mystery elements, and the science fiction elements, it’s also quite angsty. Kirsten has a dark past that she has been struggling to come to terms with ever since she was pulled from her mother’s care. Born a psyonic (someone with amazing mind posers who can not only read the thoughts of others, but also control matter to a certain extent) who saw ghosts and was raised under the care of a religious zealot of a mother, Kirsten’s entire childhood was filled with horrors. Her mother firmly beloved she was the product… Read more »

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$50 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: One, Two, Three… by Elodie Nowodazkij

$50 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: One, Two, Three… by Elodie Nowodazkij

EXCERPT The shortcut to the lake from our home is a dirt road that isn’t well lit, but I know the way by heart. I hurry down the path, tuning my iPod to Chopin’s happier music. But I can’t drown out Mama’s voice. It resonates in my head. It’s my fault! I know she’s wrong because she’s not the one who killed him. I did. If only I didn’t get into an argument with him in the car. If only I had warned him about the truck. I bite back a sob and rip off my knee brace to walk even faster. At first, my knee is stiff, but at least I can extend my leg much better now. Seeing the lake calms me down, soothes me. This place is always crowded in the summer, but on this crisp September night, there’s no one. The lights surrounding the area flicker,… Read more »

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KINDLE GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y Burgoa

KINDLE GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y Burgoa

EXCERPT I drenched the pancakes with maple syrup, took a bite, and moaned. “Amazingly good! I’m impressed. You dominate the kitchen like it’s your boardroom. Who taught you how to cook? Dan poured orange juice for us both, as well as a cup of coffee for him, and a glass of milk for me. He sat next to me, covered his own pancakes cautiously—not Becca style—cut a piece of pancake, and ate it. “Hmm. They are good, but they don’t seem to affect me the way they do you.” He chuckled. I awaited his answer curiously. “My last foster family.” He’d gone through more than one foster home? “My foster mother taught her surrogate children to fend for themselves. Our chores included cleaning, cooking, and washing dishes and clothes. No, she didn’t want cheap labor. She did it to teach us how a normal house hold functioned, and to care… Read more »

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$25 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: No Apologies by Sybil Bartel

$25 GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: No Apologies by Sybil Bartel

EXCERPT My perception of Carly was sweet and innocent and fragile. She was those things, but she was a whole lot more. And fuck if it wasn’t a total turn-on. Watching her ride today, with easy confidence, I got the impression she could do anything. She looked so fucking capable on that bike, like she’d been absent the day they dished out limitations and fears. I was almost intimidated by her. Worse, I liked her more every minute I spent with her. I pulled up to the restaurant, we walked in and grabbed a booth without speaking. Carly picked up the menu but was looking at me. “You’re quiet.” “I’m always quiet.” “No, you’re thinking about something. Spill it.” Why the fuck did I promise myself I’d be honest with her? “Why are you single?” “Being a cop’s daughter isn’t conducive to dating.” Yeah, not it. “He wasn’t that intimidating…. Read more »

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