Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tour Mini-Review/Excerpt: Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire, by Adom Sample



Welcome to the blog tour for
Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire,
sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!

For my stop, I'm featuring 
an excerpt with mini-review!



Courting Moon: Vampyre's Desire
(Bloods Passion Saga, Book 1)
Adom Sample
Kindle/Paperback Editions, 356 pages
Publisher/Book Cover Artist: Adom Sample
April 28, 2017
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34763493-courting-moon?ac=1&from_search=true







How far will you go to be with the one you love?

Separation and control were all they had ever known. The laws set by the iron fist of the Coven of Vampyres passed down to the human reverts was what their worlds were built upon. Love, passion, emotional yearning and above all, human and vampyre fraternization–all strictly forbidden. Yet, a moment’s encounter would soon change all that. One single embrace would alter their worlds forever.

The young vampyre, Sebastian of Orias, son of a ruling member of the Coven, and nineteen-year-old Kyra Dunning, daughter of the Chief Councilman in the human regime, would soon learn what it meant to feel insatiable passion. This yearning engaged the forbidden fruit, causing it to consume their hearts with a hunger neither knew existed. To be apart was to die. Henceforth, they chose to break the rules, defy the Coven, and embrace this connection, regardless of the dangers that may unfold.


With marriages arranged, political power to centralize, and underground dissension to eradicate, both the Coven and the Council will stop at nothing to maintain order. And the love between Sebastian and Kyra, unbeknownst to them, may mean the end of everything they’ve ever known. 






Note
This mini-review is of the excerpt below, and
not the entire book.

This is such a sweet, romantic excerpt..... I love how tender the vamp, Sebastian, is toward Kyra, the young human woman. And the scene is so vividly described, too. The night air, the secrecy of it all....This author made me feel as I were there, too. I can't wait to get into the story of this young couple, to see how they manage to stay together in spite of the rules against such relationships, in the Vampyre society.
Adding to the romance is that AWESOME cover! I was very happy to learn that the author himself created it, too. He's definitely a VERY talented guy!






The dark meadows and midnight air blasted through her hair, giving off a scent that would attract any Vampyre for miles. It was there he sensed her. It was there he could no longer deny himself the pleasure of getting to know who she was. The rules were set, and the laws were written, but none of that could keep him restrained. Not anymore.

His emotions fluttered, leaving him no other choice. He must take that chance, regardless of the prospect of rejection. For months, he watched her, lurking in the shadows of their lands, never giving thought as to what would happen if he were to be discovered. It was a risk he was more than willing to take, if only just to get a second glance of her beauty.

He was, after all, the son of a count, and he knew the rules better than anyone. Fraternization between Vampyre and human was strictly forbidden. The rules were imprinted in his brain from birth, but he had to choose differently. Was it her human frailty or the smell of her blood that drew him there every night? Whatever this enchanting spell was that led him to her lands took total control, forcing him to do things he thought he’d never do.

Romantic love was forbidden and after months of obsessing over this human woman, he was beginning to understand why. All rational thought escaped his mind whenever he was near her. The erratic and irrational impulses that made him sneak out of his room, cross the neutral territory, and enter their lands each night had overwhelmed him. He’d lost control, yet refused to do anything about it. This was who he wanted to be.

Henceforth, that night in the dark meadows, basking in the midnight air, he made his approach. Would she welcome him or fear him? What stories would she have heard about his kind that could force her to be reluctant by his presence? He had no choice, for it was too late to turn back now. She was alone, and he would never have an opportunity like this again. He pushed back the bushes, taking slow steps toward her. Hesitant, he thought about turning around and forgetting about her. He knew where this would lead. Still, he interjected his reason and pushed aside all logic, giving in to his wanton desire.

“Hello,” he whispered softly from behind. She froze. She knew the end was near. She knew the Vampyre creeping up behind her would make her his supper if she didn’t run, and quick. Without thought, she took off, screaming for her life. Her action to his bold move didn’t surprise him at all; the only thing that entered his mind was how beautiful she looked when she ran away. He didn’t pursue right away. He stood there paralyzed, fearful that he would be discovered.

If anyone heard her screaming it would be the end of him. Before she could get too far, he headed her off, and in a flash was right in front of her. They had collided. She ran right into him. The touch of her soft warm skin sent a sense of inner peace and tranquility through his entire body.

They had their arms wrapped around each other like lovers in need. That sensual gaze he gave her forced the fear to melt away, only to be replaced with apprehension and embarrassment.

“I will not harm you,” he said in a passionate whisper.

“What do you want from me?” Her voice trembled.

“Simple conversation.”

“You mean to kill me?”

“Of course not. Far be it from me to make you my meal someday.”

“Who are you?” She gave him an uneasy glance.

He stared into her eyes and smiled, brushing his fingers through her soft, long hair. And thus that single encounter, that bold embrace set forth the path they would go through together; placing things in motion that would tear the very boundaries of everything they’d ever known. Forever.     




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Adom Sample was born in Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He holds an MBA from GMU, and an MHA from ATSU. He served in the United States Air Force from 2001 to 2008. He is an independent author who enjoys reading and writing romance, erotica, and paranormal stories. Writing is his passion, and he lives to give others ideas and inspire stories to push the limits of creativity.




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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 212: Girl In The Shadows, by Gwenda Bond



Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!



*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!


Here's my choice for this week!




Girl In The Shadows
(Cirque Americain, Book 2)
Gwenda Bond
Trade Paperback, 380  pages
Skyscape
July 5, 2016
   Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33413892-ever-the-brave?ac=1&from_search=true




My Thoughts About This Cover

From time to time, I enjoy featuring covers in which the typography is the main focus of the design. I find it very interesting that, in recent years, these types of covers have become more prevalent. This particular sample is one of the very best typographical covers I've ever come across!

The type of font used here harks back to very similar ones used in 19th-century advertising. It's just perfect here, as it recalls circus posters of the era, and this is right in line with the plot of this novel.

I LOVE the contrast with the way the letters were 'decorated' on the inside, for the title, while they were given a solid tone for the author's name. However, this tone is not the same all over the letters, but is softly gradated from darker at the bottom of each letter, to lighter toward the top. And this tone skillfully blends in with the mostly reds and oranges throughout the rest of the cover. 

I love the ornamentation around the title and author's name, too. It frames the typography very nicely, and it's just as bold as the letters. Besides, it, too, evokes that 19th-century poster style. All of those flourishes complement the typography, as well; they never overpower it. The overall effect is very striking, indeed!

Adding to this cover's charm and appeal are the small pictures placed at strategic points throughout the image. The poker cards at the top allude to the fact that the book's heroine has something to do with a circus or carnival, or perhaps a gambling casino. I'm really not sure whether this is a historical novel, but still, there's a feeling of some sort of show put on for the public.

The mask in the center of the cover, as well as the two knives flanking it, are related to the carnival or circus theme, as well. The heroine's father is a stage magician. Perhaps his daughter is also his assistant, and participates in an act in which he throws knives at her.

As for the heart at the bottom of the cover....this could be a reference to romance. I love that it matches the gradating tone of the letters in the author's name, too.

The whole image has a feeling of a gypsy type of scene, as well. And all that ornamentation seems to glow, like a carnival marquee.

The person responsible for this STUNNING cover is M.S. Corley, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who specializes in book covers. It looks like he's self-taught, as his bio does not mention any type of art instruction, whether with a private teacher, or at an art school. If he's self-taught, then his work is all the more impressive!

While looking through Corley's portfolio, I noticed that he seems to have a thing for covers in which typography is the star. 

Mr. Corley lives in central Oregon with his wife, son, and cat. He has created covers for such well-known publishers as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon Schuster, Henry Holt Mcmillan, and Penguin Random House. Other clients include Microsoft, Thomas & Mercer, Dark Horse Comics, Crossing, Skyscape, 47North, and Valancourt Books.




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Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 95: Disposing of (Shudders!) Unwanted Books


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by Billy @


For more information, and 
to find out the topic of next week's question, click HERE.


This Week's Question

What do you do with books you
no longer want? Do you donate them?
Do you take them to a half-price
bookstore? Does a friend or
family member benefit?

(Submitted  by Elizabeth  @ 



My Answer

GREAT question, Elizabeth!  And it's being answered by a longtime certified book hoarder! Lol. 

Quite honestly, it's really hard for me to say that I "no longer want a book". Lol. However, there have indeed been books now and then that I have REALLY wanted to get rid of. One such book is Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë. I used to own a couple of copies of it, but then asked myself WHY I had them, since I totally LOATHE this novel. So I donated them to a local Goodwill store.

Sadly, I was forced to donate a VERY large part of my collection when my husband and I moved into a smaller apartment, back in March of 2015. We had to sacrifice size in favor of location; we moved to a much nicer part of the city, with better security. Plus, we were no longer renting, but buying. So....with a very heavy heart, I found myself having to donate boxes and boxes of books to Goodwill. I was surprised at the titles I had accumulated over the years, too! Some of them were even easy to part with, incredibly enough. Others were not so easy....so I have them on one of my Amazon wish lists, for later acquisition. Where I'll put them, though, I have NO idea! Lol.

In spite of all of these donations, there were some books that I just could NOT bear to part with. So they're in public storage, and I'm paying a monthly fee for them. This might seem like a waste of money to most people, but what can I do? 

So, when the rare occasion arises that I really DO want to get rid of a book, I will usually donate it, either to a Goodwill store, or to my local library. Of course, when I donate to a library, I check out the books other people have already donated to them! Haha! So it actually turns into a trade type of situation. (Although one library I visit from time to time asks for a monetary donation when you pick up donated books from them.)

Another book I actually COULDN'T WAIT to get rid of was The Gift by Cecelia Ahern. OMG, I TOTALLY loathe that book, too!! If any of you reading this post have read and liked it, I hope I haven't offended you. But then, everyone has their own reading tastes. 

When I began reading that novel, I really liked it, but a certain plot twist had me wanting to throw the book against the wall! Honestly. Rather than do that, I quickly added it to my "To Be Donated" pile. Needless to say, I never finished the book. (I did peek ahead to the ending, and THAT was what made me see RED. Good thing I found out right away, though, so I didn't waste any more time. Lol.)

I don't give away books to any friends or family, sad to say..... My parents used to read years ago, but in recent years they've pretty much stopped. Besides, their taste in books is nowhere similar to mine, lol. They are very conservative folks, tending towards classics and nonfiction -- especially Catholic books. Me, I'm VERY eclectic and will also read stuff considered "non-kosher" by my family. Lol. I like classics, literary fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, historical romance, urban fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and nonfiction. In nonfiction, my tastes run mostly to art, psychology, and spirituality (Christian and some New Age). As for my sisters, they are not into books at all. So, no, I wouldn't give any of my unwanted books to my family.

As for friends.....woe is me....I don't really have that many real-life friends. There are a couple of fellow teachers at work I'm friendly with, but I really wouldn't call them friends, since we don't hang out outside of work. I actually spend most of my time with my husband, especially the weekends.

One of these teachers, whom I have dinner with in the teachers' lounge every evening (Monday to Thursday) does like to read. She especially enjoys reading Ken Follett. She actually gave me a rather dog-eared paperback copy of World Without End, which I've been meaning to read. Even though I don't like to own books in that condition, I will go ahead and read this one. If I really like it, then I'll buy my own pristine copy. If not, then I'll take it over to Goodwill, and not buy a new copy for myself. Lol.

Of course, I do have friends in the book blogging world, but alas, they all live far, far away from me..... I wouldn't be shipping any of my unwanted books to them, as this could get VERY expensive, even if I didn't do it that often.

In the past, I've also gotten rid of books through my own blog giveaways. This is how I got rid of my Fallen books. This is a series written by a YA author named Lauren Kate. I mentioned these books in last week's post. Well, I held my own giveaway, and was able to get them off my shelves that way! Of course, this was not an international giveaway. It was only for U.S. residents. There's no way I would be able to afford postage for an international winner!

I'm currently thinking of holding a giveaway for a book I didn't quite like -- A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas. I know that a LOT of people have raved about this novel, but there are some objectionable elements in it, in my opinion. Again, this was a book I started out liking, but the author really ruined it for me in the end. Maybe someone who would like to read it will be happy to win it in a giveaway on this blog. 

If any of you reading this have some unwanted books (and you probably do, even if you're a diehard hoarder like me), consider holding a giveaway with these books as prizes. What you don't like might be just the thing another book lover would! If, however, this doesn't appeal to you -- especially if you're not a fan of Rafflecopter giveaways -- then I think donating your books to a Goodwill store, or a library, would be your best bet. 

I would NOT recommend trying to get rid of your unwanted books on Amazon or eBay, in case you've thought of THAT option. Selling on either of these two sites can be a HUGE headache! I know, because I tried selling some books on eBay once. No fun at all!

 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 17: Amid Stars and Darkness, by Chani Lynn Feener




Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
   
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!



Here's my choice for this week!



 Amid Stars and Darkness
(The Xenith Trilogy, Book 1)
Chani Lynn Feener
Hardcover,  368 pages
Swoon Reads
July 18, 2017 
Romance, Science Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
  
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30063453-amid-stars-and-darkness?ac=1&from_search=true









Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.




Why I'm waiting on this one!

What first grabbed me was the AWESOME cover!! It TOTALLY ROCKS!! Then I read the plot and that clinched it -- I KNEW I had to get this book!! This looks like the start to a truly riveting new series!!






Chani's first traditionally published book will be with Swoon Reads, and comes out summer 2017!

She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging on TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of the teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the pen name Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.

  
Website/Goodreads 






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