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Cover Reveal: Something Wicked by Carol Oates

Happy New Year! It looks like 2015 is off to a great start for so many of our favorite authors, including Carol Oates, whose next book is due to be released on January 20th, but in the meantime, today we get to show you its cover! We’ll be sharing a couple of book teasers before its release!

Enjoy!

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From OmniFicPublishing a New Adult Novel

Historical/Contemporary Supernatural

Releasing January 20, 2015
Summary
Infected by the vampire virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a devilish sense of humor and a love of life.Amidst turmoil in vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once again active.When Henry meets a young American woman who sees past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers, Henry takes Ari into his home and under his protection.As their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn’t what she claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his wicked blood.

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About the Author 
Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge.
She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper. When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history, old buildings, castles, and tombs.
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Skygods by Sarah Latchaw – Happy Release Day!

The adventurous journey of Kaye and Samuel continues! Congratulations to our friend, Sarah Latchaw on the release of her 2nd novel, Skygods, which happens to be the sequel to Hydraulic Level 5

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Synopsis

Kaye Trilby and her ex-husband, world-famous author Samuel Cabral, vowed to fight for their rekindled love in rain or shine. They didn’t realize they’d be caught in a deluge so quickly.

A near-fatal skydiving accident shows Kaye how her reckless behavior affects the ones she loves. But while she knows Samuel is afraid to lose her again, she isn’t ready to give up the thrill of the wild backcountry.

Something darker is slipping into Samuel’s mind, though. Just as all of Hollywood is bracing for his blockbuster book-to-movie adaptation, his polish seems to be deteriorating. When he appears on Kaye’s doorstep late one night in a rumpled tuxedo, erratic and agitated, it seems that romance with her ex might be her biggest leap yet. A string of failed relationships has pushed Samuel to the brink, the fall-out leaving him in a dark place—a place where Kaye is powerless to help him. She is reluctantly drawn back into Samuel’s glittering and backbiting world of celebrity, all the while clinging to the steadfast peaks of home.

Can Kaye risk her heart with Samuel a second time? Will they ever find their blue skies?

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Shades of Avalon Blog Tour: Review, Exclusive Outtake and History of Hollywood in Ireland

Today we are participating in the Blog Tour for the new novel by Carol Oates, Shades of Avalon. It’s prequel, Shades of Atlantis, took the reader from Maine, where brother and sister Triona and Ben Pryor grew up, to England and then eventually to the author’s native country, Ireland. Shades of Avalon taps into the popular Celtic tales of Excalibur, King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, and Guinevere. The author enjoys her Irish heritage and exploring the history of Ireland, so her readers are fortunate to benefit from this and have so much of Ireland’s countryside and Irish myth weaved into her books.

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Here’s a little history of Ireland in Hollywood that Carol wishes to share today!

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Excalibur Drive and the Powerscourt Estate served as inspiration for a backdrop during the final chapters of Shades of Avalon. A journey took in some of the route, passed through the village of Enniskerry and ended at Powerscourt. As hard as I tried, I doubt I did the scenery justice. (A/N: Looks amazing to us!)

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The island of Ireland has a thriving film industry. One place in particular has proven extremely popular and adaptable for the screen. From granite peaks reaching 2,500 feet, to untouched blog lands, to beautiful beaches, quaint villages, waterfalls, lakes, forests, valleys, wildlife, and enchanting estates, Wicklow, known as “The Garden of Ireland,” has it all.

Also, with two film studios, it’s not at all surprising filmmakers have been coming to Wicklow from all over the world since the early days of film. Everyone who’s anyone has filmed here, including Fred Astaire, Richard Burton, Katherine Hepburn, James Cagney, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Liam Nelson…even this year’s Best Actor—Matthew McConaughey. But he’s not the only Oscar winner. Dozens of Academy Award winners and nominees have come from Wicklow productions. Ten years before The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola directed his first movie in Wicklow.

Productions filmed in Ireland include:

  • A Game of Thrones (Belfast)
  • Saving Private Ryan (Wexford)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Clare)
  • The Princess Bride (Clare)
  • Moby Dick (Cork)
  • Hellboy 2 (Antrim)
  • Dracula Untold (2014) (Belfast)

Productions filmed in Wicklow include:

  • The Crying Game
  • A Lion in Winter
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Braveheart
  • Becoming Jane
  • King Arthur
  • Vikings
  • The Tudors
  • Camelot

That’s just a fraction. And, of course, there’s the 1981 epic production of Excalibur, which brings us to Excalibur Drive, a 42 mile round trip that takes in dramatic cliffs, valleys, and loughs.

  • highest village in Ireland (Roundwood)
  • tallest waterfall at Powerscourt
  • 19th century Italian gardens at Powerscourt
  • oldest established seaside town at Bray

A/N: We’re hoping there’s one more series to be filmed in Ireland in the near future…

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Chick Kitt’s Review with Limited Spoilers

Because I loved Shades of Atlantis, I have always been thrilled about Carol’s forthcoming sequel. I wanted to stay longer in the world from this book! When it ended, I felt like I had just ‘met’ so many interesting characters and hated to say goodbye without getting to know them fully. But finding out that the POV was switching from Triona to her younger brother Ben’s POV for Shades of Avalon made me a little hesitant. I had enjoyed the love story between Triona and Caleb and diving into this world Carol created where the fringes of magic, myth, and legend had met and tied together for an engaging story. As a female reading a female protagonist, I was able to feel the love story a certain way, claim the experience. With the POV switched to Ben, a 19-year-old guy, in Shades of Avalon, I guess I wasn’t sure I would get the same amount of emotion and plot from the book.

When I began to read Shades of Atlantis, I was hooked immediately, knowing I was driven by my own heart’s desire to see the love story through and reach some kind of HEA for the female protagonist. In reading the sequel through Ben’s eyes, I found myself driven more so by a sense of adventure–the journey, thrill, and excitement! And that’s what you’ll find in this book–a fantastic journey of magical beings, Arthurian legend, a well-developed plot, and surprising interaction between all the characters, all the while, with  the underlying simplistic tenderness of the bonds of love–old, new, and renewed.

The next chapter in the Shades series begins with an elaborate act of revenge against Triona that results in Caleb being captured. Triona’s immediate and “extended family” is brought together to plan how to get Caleb back, even if it comes to a battle. I say ‘extended family’ because characters, old and new, are added along the way, each with their own specific skill set or knowledge playing a part in the planning. So why is the story told from Ben’s POV? Because ultimately, he has the most to learn and discover about himself, and everyone within his family has something to teach him. He’s like an older Percy Jackson but with Celtic roots. He’s a Celtic Luke Skywalker who must learn to use the force to prepare for the battle between good and evil. Ben’s self-discoveries are not limited to what he can do as a Guardian. He seems to inherently struggle with his new life as both a husband and Guardian, constantly protesting the extra effort and sacrifices it requires from him. It’s only when he is finally willing to accept his new life on Destiny’s terms rather than his own, that he is able to fully embrace all that he can do and claim his important role within his growing family.

And make no mistake, this book is about a family forged from lineage, sacrifice, strength, support, teaching and love. And at the heart of that family is the relationship between Triona and Caleb–soul mates who form a magical super couple. Though Caleb has been captured at the beginning of this book, later on Caleb and Ben share a very interesting scene that results in this:

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There are plenty of twists, drama and deeper levels of the relationships explored along the way that make Shades of Avalon such a fun and fantastic read! And with Carol’s beautiful writing, it’s a book that can be appreciated by all ages. Here is a small passage, no doubt inspired by the pictures Carol shared above, that shows just how pleasing her words are to read:

The sky had turned dark blue with dots of white light speckled across it. The sun dipped over the horizon, leaving only a pale streak of light behind. The surrounding countryside reflected off the still lake as though the liquid was black glass. Another time the setting would have been idyllic, an old English country mansion set into a picturesque valley, the fabricated attempting to dominate nature and coming up short. Right now none of us were in the frame of mind to appreciate it. In the absence of rain clouds, we created our own. The atmosphere around us sucked the life out of the air, leaving it stale and lifeless.

There is so much going on in this story with both a buildup to a mysterious final showdown and a continuus unraveling of details right until the very end! I’m certain you’ll love this book and that it will leave you hungry for the third one!

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EXCLUSIVE OUTTAKE from Shades of Avalon

(Triona Returns to London)

The door of the coffee shop creaked when I pushed it open. It probably wasn’t loud enough for humans to notice but the high pitched squeak made my teeth ache.

“I’m sorry. I was just closing up,” the young girl behind the counter said, annunciating each word in a smooth British accent. I wasn’t inclined to narrow the origin further.

The place was empty, but just how I remembered it. My eyes darted to the table I’d been sitting at the day I’d been convinced I saw Caleb across the street. The attractive man at the next table had noticed my distress and chased me outside. It turned out John wasn’t a customer; he owned the coffee shop.

Rain drizzled over London and had soaked my hair and chilled me to the bone during the walk from the Underground station. I hadn’t slept on the flight and it gave me time to reconsider. Perhaps Ben had a point and seeing John—allowing him to see me—was a bad idea. I couldn’t be sure what effect it would have on his memories.

I raked sodden hair from my face with both hands and bit my lip when another wave of anguish threatened to well up. The painful lump in my chest wouldn’t dislodge, but I ignored it as best I could. I refuse to relinquish control of this situation to some random Guardian watchdog. I’d exposed John to my world and he was my responsibility.

“I could make you some tea?” the girl offered, her ruby lips twisting up on one side. “Are you okay?”

A panicked laugh escaped before I could stop it. She came out from behind the counter. The shock of red slicing through her short black hair caught the light and gleamed. Fake eyelashes batted like butterflies fluttering their wings.

Some part of me must have thought something of Caleb would be here. Maybe that I could feel him here like I had that day. But I didn’t, and the hollow left behind by his absence caused a fissure to open in my heart.

“Do you need some help?”

“No, I can handle it.” I turned to leave. I had John’s address, although I’d never been to his home. It’d been one means of keeping him at a distance, of not allowing him to insert me into his life.

“That’s what everyone says…until they can’t,” she said and closed the door, smiling up at me. “Let me make you that tea.”

I nodded, but flinched when she touched my arm. The girl drew back and pointed over to a table. My entire body was a live wire, a bundle of nerves stretched as tightly as guitar strings.

The chairs were turned upside down on the tables and I spotted a mop and bucket in the corner. Obviously I’d disturbed her, but tea and a moment to gather myself sounded good. I pulled a chair down and sat while the girl busied herself behind the counter. A few moments later she placed a steaming mug of black tea in front of me and handed over a wad of paper towel.

“To dry off…” A dark eyebrow arched in question.

“Triona.”

Her expression shifted to surprise so fleetingly that I almost missed it. Her brown eyes narrowed as she stood back, her gaze passing over me carefully. She huffed, as though unimpressed with what she saw, before returning to the counter. “Emma,” she said, hoisting herself up to sit with her legs dangling. Thick-soled boots knocked against the wood.

“You’re John’s sister.” It wasn’t a question. Now she’d given me a name, I knew I’d seen those brown eyes before. Although painted in black and green make-up, they were John’s eyes. Her hair had been the same golden as his in the picture he’d shown to me. She’d been a few years younger too. It seemed she also shared his kindness to strangers.

“And you’re the girl who broke my brother’s heart.” There was more than a note of a challenge in her voice and I rose to it.

“I don’t think I did that.”

She laughed with a mocking smile and leaned back on her hands. “Oh come on, just us girls here now. No need to come over all coy. He pretends like he hardly knew you. Like it’s too painful to acknowledge all that time you spent together.

I looked down to the wisps of stream rising from the mug and recalled the dark mist descending on the Hill of Tara. He didn’t want to be a part of that world.

What, you thought I didn’t know about you. I was in boarding school in France, not on Mars.” Emma sighed. “I should warn you. He’s not what you remember.”

My head shot up. “What do you mean?”

Her nose scrunched and a ruby piercing on one side glistened. “You’ll see.” She paused and her brow crinkled. “That is what you’re here for isn’t it? You came to see Johnny?”

I nodded and she clucked her tongue, hopping down with a quiet thump. Emma dipped her head to one side. “Why do I get the feeling trouble is about to get very real around here?”

 

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As always, we wish to thank both Carol Oates and Traci from Omnific Publishing for giving us the opportunity to help promote this series!

Don’t miss out on your chance to win tons of fabulous prizes in this giveaway hosted by Carol and Omnific.

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Upcoming: Two Cover Reveals, One Series!

Would you like to join us?

We’re looking for book bloggers who would like to join us in revealing the new cover for the upcoming Shades of Avalon, by Irish author Carol Oates, the sequel to her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis published by Omnific.

Carol knows that we are big fans of her writing and immensely enjoyed Shades of Atlantis  *beams with pride* from the very beginning! We’ve shared this book with others in our real lives and her story has been well received! As far as we’re concerned, her sequel –due out April 15th–is highly anticipated. 🙂

Now we know, usually on this blog there’s a recurring theme that we like to talk about books that were previously fanfiction or books that are heavy in the erotica department. Carol’s books are neither, which is okay because we like to consider ourselves diverse here, too! Carol’s Shades series is paranormal romance in the new adult realm with Carol’s beautiful writing lending itself to a mix of mature characters that appeal to mature readers (like us!) as well as young adults! So far…the story has that  whole ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ concept when innocent characters suddenly find themselves up against dark forces, with a destiny love story or two (or three?) mixed in. Who doesn’t enjoy stories of this genre?

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As an added bonus, Carol and Omnific have decided to revamp the cover of Shades of Atlantis as well!  We always thought the original cover (seen above on the book shelf) was pretty and really set a tone for the Irish setting & myths found within the story, but times they are a-changing and we’re proud to have been blessed with some luck of the Irish that will allow us to help usher in the changes.

Won’t you please join us?!?!? C’mon, it’ll be fun!!

If you would like to be part of this double cover reveal on March 26th with us, simply sign up using this Google form!  Bonus: There will be giveaways for both your participation and your readers! 🙂

And for our blog readers w/o blogs, we insist that you join us on March 26th for the cover reveals, giveaways, and hopefully an exclusive interview with Carol! Did you know that even if you don’t know her writing (yet, that is…) you may know her work? In addition to writing, Carol is very talented at designing book covers, fan art, and even videos for other authors you probably know! Yep, she’s very supportive of her contemporaries, who will tell you that when it comes to her depicting their characters or stories, she always gets it right. One of her most recent projects she worked on was a book trailer for fellow Omnific author, Debra Anastasia, who has so much good to say about her!

 “Carol Oates is a stunning writer and a fabulous artist. Her keen eye has been integral in so many of my projects!! She is a genius.” -Debra Anastasia 

Here’s where you can find more info on Carol:

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Sincerest thanks to Traci from Omnific and Carol for getting us involved!

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Late Night With Andres by Debra Anastasia Blog Tour Stop

Debra Anastasia has brought a lot of characters into our lives through her writing, but perhaps the biggest one of all is Debra herself. We adore her and her lack of filter!

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In the midst of writing the long-awaited sequel to Poughkeepsie, Return to Poughkeepsie (see our post here), and working on an unbelievable interactive experience for fans of the Poughkeepsie world (see our post here), she also managed to write the novella Late Night With Andres. But of course that wasn’t enough. She had to go and up the ante. Debra, in conjuction with her publisher Omnific Publishing, is donating 100% of all proceeds from the sale of Late Night With Andres to breast cancer research (see our post here)!

Debra’s new novella is a fun, quick read told from alternating POVs of the two main characters, Milla and Gage. They are both scheduled guests on a TV show called…you guessed it…Late Night With Andres. Milla is a blogger who writes an advice column that gained popularity through her snarky tweets. Needless to say, you will find Debra’s brand of humor in her personality. Gage is a sexy rockstar tired of living his life in the spotlight, but he understands people don’t want to hear him bitch about it because he’s living the dream that he set out to achieve. When a man bent on revenge infiltrates the studio, Milla and Gage find themselves hiding in a room together and, eventually, having to figure out how to survive the “freak show” who shoots his way into their room. I know. I know. I said it was a fun read. And it is. LOL! Yes, there is some suspense, but it’s how Milla handles the situation that provides the levity. And you can’t help but fall in love with Gage.

So whether you’re a long-time fan, new to Debra’s writing, or somewhere in between, do yourself a favor and pick up Late Night With Andres. Laughter is good for your soul. Giving is good for your soul and the souls of the lives you touch.

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Price:   Starting at: $2.99

Speaking of gifts, be sure and enter to win one of the great prizes donated in support of the Late Night With Andres fundraising effort, which includes a $25 Amazon gift card from us. You can check out the complete list of bloggers participating in the blog tour and the list of prizes at Itching for Books here. Thanks Itching for Books for hosting, and thanks Debra for continuing to do what you do.

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Debra Anastasia has HUGE bewbs…er…news about Poughkeepsie!

Introducing the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition!

Debra and the peeps at Omnific have created an APP and EPUB that will be available this fall.

One word.

AMAZEBALLS!

We can’t begin to do justice to what all is included, so check out Debra’s announcement post here.

How sick is this animated cover?!

Debra’s been killing us with teasers from the brand new moments written exclusively for the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition. So if you haven’t been following along, be sure and check out her Twitter timeline.

The sequel in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series . . . Return to Poughkeepsie . . . is due out December 30, 2013.

Read that sentence again. We’ll wait.

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POUGHKEEPSIE BROTHERHOOD SERIES

Right?! Kyle is going to get to tell his story, and we’ll get more of the brothers and the women who love them.

We’re also taking part in the charity event the author is hosting. She’s written a novella . . . Late Night With Andres . . . and 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

We’ve donated a $25 Amazon gift card. Check out this worthy cause and get entered to win a prize here.

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Reviews of Divinity and Clarity by Patricia Leever

Today, Chick DJ reviews Divinity by Patricia Leever, as well as the novel’s short prequel, Clarity. This was another book that was won in the Omnific Publishing Supernatural Prize Pack! Instead of providing the synopsis, we thought we’d include the trailer, which sets the story up nicely!

Divinity starts right in the middle of the action. Usually, I’m not the sort of person who likes to jump right into a story like that without some background information first. What I didn’t realize at the time is that there’s a good reason for this. Brilliantly done!

Meet Evelyn Brighton…a kick-ass demon hunter with a foul mouth and an attitude to back it up. She’s determined to live her life her way and not let anyone else tell her what to feel or how to act.

Meet Daniel Summers. He’s the new guy on the block in the LA branch of the Labriga Corporation’s demon hunter group. He’s assigned to shadow Evie’s every move. She’s his boss, his trainer, and a royal pain.

As the story unfolds through alternating points-of-view, Evie and Daniel are drawn to each other, even more so while fighting demons. Their tattoos and spells used on the job add to their attraction in ways neither could comprehend.

This urban fantasy story took me by surprise. The humor and emotion, added by not only the main characters but the secondary ones as well, told a page-turning story. There wasn’t a moment where I thought I could put the book down and walk away. The intrigue of what was going to happen next always sat in my mind until the very end… And now I wish for a book 2, desperate to know what happens next with Evelyn and Daniel and the rest of the branch as they take on more demon clans.

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Synopsis and ordering information here.

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This is a free read! It’s a short story that tells us how Evelyn became the awesome demon hunter she is. In Divinity, her background was touched on, but this brings it into focus–from the first moments her family tries to fix her ‘demon seeing ability’ to meeting Tessa, her destined scout, all the way to Evelyn’s first assignment.

I do recommend reading this, especially if you’ve read Divinity. I would recommend you read Divinity first just so you may get the feel for the hunters and scouts before taking in this small backstory. (A/N: That answers our question!)

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