Monday, April 15, 2019

Cover Reveal: Perfect Disaster by Samantha Calcott




Perfect Disaster is the debut novel for contemporary BDSM romance author Samantha Calcott.
Cover art by Mayhem Designs using stock from Adobe.

PRE-ORDER NOW FOR 99c!

Andi Roswell never wanted to be a rock star. After being accidentally discovered performing drunken karaoke, the Goth girl's life will never be the same. She's now the frontwoman for the heavy metal band Absolution, and is dating the sexy director Leo Black.
Jack Prince is the singer of the classic Goth band Babybat. When Babybat plays the same music festival as Absolution, he and Andi meet and become unlikely friends.
But their lives aren't destined to run smoothly, and when they both find themselves in emotional distress, they only people they have to turn to are each other.






Samantha Calcott is a secret lover of romance when it's done right, and after years of writing under
another pen name in the horror and paranormal genres, she decided to dip her toe into a brand new
genre.
She's a Midwestern girl who spent nearly a decade in the gritty heart of Los Angeles, where sex,
drugs, and rock n' roll reign. When not writing, she's reading, at a concert, or cooking.
She currently lives in Arizona with three roommates, two cats, and a dog. She also writes horror and
paranormal books as USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi.
Find her via her newsletter, where you can receive a free ebook and get exclusive content monthly.

http://instagram.com/samanthacalcott

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Release Blast: The Coven Rescue by Lily Luchesi





Some rules are made to be broken.

With peace restored in the Coven once again, Harley Sinclair is more than ready to turn twenty, leave her teens behind, and start moving forward from all the heartbreak.
But paranormal law enforcement captures and imprisons her boyfriend, and she will do everything in her power to get him back. Alongside her half brother, her cousin, and her father, Harley's going to test the limits of her powers and fight against the company who controls all paranormal creatures.
When she uncovers a plot so dark, masquerading under the guise of the Light, she finds that there is even more at stake than one man's freedom. The fate of the Coven is once again left in her hands, and this time she's not sure she can win.






EXCERPT:

Harley was suddenly feeling closed in, and the air in the room was oppressive. Knowing the signs of sensory overload, she needed air. Skirting around the room and avoiding the dancers, she spotted a little balcony and slipped outside, closing the door behind her. She took a deep breath of the cool night air and closed her eyes.
She was ashamed of herself for acting like a silly little girl. I told him I didn’t want anything exclusive, I told him I didn’t want to dance. So I have no business being upset.
“Then why do I feel like someone punched me in the gut?” she whispered aloud.
The door to the balcony slid open and she jumped, and her mind automatically made her think it was a threat. Magic sparked in her hand until she saw that it was only Caelum and she took a breath.
“I saw you leave. Are you okay?” he asked. His golden eyes shone brightly in the darkness.
She nodded. “You can go back to your guests. I just needed a minute and I’ll be going.”
Caelum waved his hand and the curtains on the inside closed, so no one could see them. “I only hosted this party so I could spend time with you in public.”
“Well, that backfired,” she replied. “But you have plenty of other people lavishing you with attention.”
Caelum sighed, running a hand through his hair. “Maybe I haven’t been clear enough, Harley. I don’t want their attention. I want yours, undivided and intense.” He walked closer, and she braced her arms against the wrought iron of the balcony, the cool metal soothing her anxiety as she felt it through the sleeves of her dress.
“I’m not going to fight anyone else for your attention,” she said. “I don’t want a public relationship so soon after James, and if you can’t handle that, I’m sorry.”
He cocked his head toward the window. “They can all go to Hell for all I care.” His hands covered hers on the iron balcony and he pressed his lips down on hers lightly, just a quick brush that sent shivers down her spine.
“I’m not used to feeling this way,” she said, her voice hushed. “Jealous, I mean.”
“There’s no need,” Caelum said. “I’m yours. Only yours as long as you’ll have me.”
He leaned down and kissed her again, and this time she believed him.

Chapter Four


That night, Caelum couldn’t sleep. He kept thinking about Harley, how sad and alone she had looked out on the balcony. He hated himself for letting her feel jealous. Initially he had only danced with Kimberly to get some emotion out of Harley, but it had backfired on him. He wanted to ignite her passion, not her sadness.
He got out of bed and went to his living room, where there were pictures of the people he’d loved on the mantle above the fireplace.
One of them was him and Draven, taken by Daphne the night Draven had proposed to him. Draven’s head was on Caelum’s shoulder, his arm draped across the other one. Neither of them were smiling, but they both had stars in their eyes.
“Draven, I’m sorry,” he said softly. “I don’t mean to hurt people, but it seems that’s all I’ve ever done. When Nick told me you were gone, I thought I was going to die … again. Being with her, with Harley, is the only time I don’t feel like there’s a knife in my heart. But I seem to be doing everything wrong.
“I probably don’t deserve her, especially not after all the things I did to Salem, but I want her.” He placed his head against the mantle, feeling tears slip down his cheeks. “I don’t want to hurt anymore, Fangs.”
Fangs was his nickname for his half-vampire fiancΓ©. Only he was allowed to call Draven that, and Draven had always blushed prettily every time he did so.
Caelum knew he wouldn’t be able to sleep that night. It was a sad side-effect he’d had since he was young. When he knew people were disappointed in him in any way, he’d get terrible insomnia. It was because of his perfectionist parents, that he knew, but it had a lasting effect on him.
He dressed and decided to go to the castle library that night and get ready to go and find faeries. At least that sounded like a fun job to do.
The walk wasn’t very long, and it was so quiet he could hear the small critters in the forest nearby, the sound of the wind in the castle battlements. His lynx abilities had always made him able to see, hear, and smell better than an average wizard, and many times they had saved his life.
Nights like this one, they helped calm his nerves. He walked slowly, along the forest edge, and breathed in the clear, crisp night air. There was a noise and he paused, head cocked as he let some of his animal instincts take over.
Faeries and elves talk, he thought. I wonder if any of the elves would be willing to answer some questions? Unless they remember me. Then they might bite.
As boys, he, Michael, and Robert Ainsley had terrorised the elves, chasing them and performing practice spells and charms on them. Elves lived for centuries, but perhaps they wouldn’t recognise him. It was worth a try.
Lux,” he cast, sending light ahead of him to light his way. He made sure not to make it be too bright, lest he scare the elves off. Leaves crunched under his feet, and he breathed deeply of the beautiful scent of the forest.
Magicians were most comfortable in nature, which was why so many Covens were in out of the way places like this one in Scotland. He remembered taking a trip to Chicago to visit the Grand Coven there when he was a boy with his parents. He’d hated it. It was all high steel and stone, pollution and violence. Maybe American magicians were different.
He wandered off the main path, as he knew elves were unlikely to linger where many humans walked. His generated light was just enough to see so he didn’t walk into a tree or trip on a root or fallen branch. Despite the twists and turns he took off the path, he knew he wouldn’t get lost. Shifting into a lynx would help him return back to the Coven without any hassle.
There was a noise up ahead and to his left, so he walked that way. “Hello?” he called. “Anyone there?” If it is a bloody deer, I’m going to be mortified.
A giggle. Did elves giggle? He knew faeries did, but if there were any faeries in here, he’d see them sparkling in the near blackness of the forest.
“Hello?” he called, sterner this time. “I’m not here to hurt you, I just want to know if you’ve seen any faeries lately.” Elves were talkative and helpful, which was why the UK PID often used them as couriers. The problem was, they had to trust you first. If they didn’t, they could play deadly pranks until you succumbed in the forest.
At least, that was the lore. Caelum had no idea if it was true or not, but tonight was not the night to take any chances.
The good angel on his shoulder, which sounded quite like Draven, was telling him to turn back. The evil angel, who sounded suspiciously like Michael, was telling him to keep going and see who or what was giggling.
I have seen too many human horror movies to think that this is a good idea, he thought as he continued on, toward the sound.
Scaip,” a little voice said. It was soft like a child, but had a gravelly edge that set Caelum’s teeth on edge.
It was a spell, that much he knew, but it was said in Gaelic. While Gaelic spells were an optional class at the castle, he hadn’t taken it. Latin was good enough for him.
His light spell dispersed at the utterance of the word, and he was left in nearly pitch white darkness. A shiver went down his spine, and he heard leaves rustling as something, or some things, moved closer.
Lux,” he cast again, sending the ball of light high in the sky to illuminate more of his surroundings. When his eyes adjusted to the light, he immediately wished he had stayed in the dark—literally.
In the trees, on the ground, all around him, were dryadali, the evil imps created by Robert Mor Munro when he subjected elves to Dark magic. Dryadali made whomever locked eyes with them relive a repressed memory, usually one that was frightening or generally unpleasant. When the victim was good and scared, lost in their own mind’s Hell, the dryadali would eat them.
Caelum swore under his breath and shut his eyes, but that would do him no good if he couldn’t see to fight them off.
Argentum ferrum,” he cast, sending shards of silver flying in every direction he could. Silver killed most evil creatures, and the evil elves were no exception. The silver hit a few of them, but there were at least eight more waiting to devour him. He needed a better game plan, and he needed one quickly.
Ego beatus,” he cast, a protection spell which helped guard one’s mind from the dryadalis’ magic. He repeated it, feeling his heart beat in his throat.
Crus moventur,” someone cast.
A grown person, speaking a known hex. It was a male, but that was all Caelum could gleam. He couldn’t see where the man was, or know why he’d hexed him.
Caelum fell on his back and looked up into the glowing, large red eyes of a dryadalis. Oh no, he thought, as the Dark magic consumed his mind.


Lily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.
Her Coven Series has successfully topped Amazon's Hot New Releases list consecutively.
She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing's Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Arizona. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she's not writing, she's going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.
https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/LilyLuchesi
Facebook (attach cover): πŸ’šπŸŒŸπŸ’š #NewRelease from USA TODAY #bestselling author Lily Luchesi πŸ’šπŸŒŸπŸ’š http://smarturl.it/TheCovenRescue Some rules are made to be broken. Read book one for #99c! http://smarturl.it/TheCovenPrincess #YAFantasy #youngadult #strongwomen #amreading #fantasy Published by CHBB Publishing Cover by Rue Volley Edited by EAL Editing Services Read book one for 99c for a limited time: http://smarturl.it/TheCovenPrincess Some rules are made to be broken. With peace restored in the Coven once again, Harley Sinclair is more than ready to turn twenty, leave her teens behind, and start moving forward from all the heartbreak. But paranormal law enforcement captures and imprisons her boyfriend, and she will do everything in her power to get him back. Alongside her half brother, her cousin, and her father, Harley's going to test the limits of her powers and fight against the company who controls all paranormal creatures. When she uncovers a plot so dark, masquerading under the guise of the Light, she finds that there is even more at stake than one man's freedom. The fate of the Coven is once again left in her hands, and this time she's not sure she can win. Instagram/Twitter (attach cover, add hashtags to IG if desired): πŸ’šπŸŒŸπŸ’š #NewRelease from USA TODAY #bestselling author Lily Luchesi πŸ’šπŸŒŸπŸ’š http://smarturl.it/TheCovenRescue Some rules are made to be broken. Read book one for #99c! http://smarturl.it/TheCovenPrincess #YAFantasy #youngadult #strongwomen #amreading #fantasy

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Psychonaut Release Day Blog Buzz - March 12



Psychonaut is the second book in Carmilla Voiez’s Starblood series. It’s a relaunch of the novel by American indie Vamptasy Publishing. The series contains four books and follows the lives of a group of friends: Star, Satori, Freya. Donna, Raven and Ivan, who are young Goths living in Bristol, England. 

In the first book, Starblood, Star breaks up with her lover, Satori, but he is unwilling to let her go. Satori is an adept Chaos magician and decides to cast a spell to keep Star by his side, but because of competing forces Lilith, mother of demons, uses this moment to come to Earth and enter their lives. The result is a tangled web of murder, madness and betrayal. 

The first book can be found at Amazon and other retailers – http://smarturl.it/Starblood

Psychonaut takes us beyond the urban lives of these ill-fated Goths and into other worlds full of demons, gods, magic and monsters. 

Psychonaut is available from March 12 and can be found at – http://smarturl.it/PsychonautVoiez 


Summary:

Satori is caught between two worlds. There is something he needs in one, but the other keeps drawing him back. However, he is in love and he isn’t going to let a little thing like death get in his way. To reach his goal, he must face unimaginable horrors, not least of which is his true self.
Star’s tortured and broken body awaits Satori, but does she really need him to save her? His rival, a rage-filled young woman, grows more powerful and becomes as twisted as the ribbons in her hair while the demon, Lilith, draws each of them inexorably towards her. Who will survive the coming battle?

Full of sex and magic, “Psychonaut” is an exploration into the human psyche and the second book in Voiez’s “Starblood” trilogy.

"Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life." Graham Masterton

“Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of...a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

The Amazing Author: Carmilla Voiez


Excerpt:

‘What do you need me to do?’ Freya asks.
‘I need someone to guide me through the planes. I thought Ivan would help me, but I think you probably know more about it than he does,’ Satori answers.
‘I doubt it.’
‘You’ve been up there though.’
Freya nods. ‘Yes.’
Satori blushes. ‘It was my first trip today. That’s where I was when you rang the doorbell. I’ve found where to start. But I have no clue where to go from here.’
‘What’s it like?’ she asks.
‘Huh?’
‘Your sacred space, at least that’s what Ivan calls it. What’s yours like?’
‘Oh, um …’
‘Haha, you’re embarrassed. What, does it have some huge tower like you’re compensating for something … oh shit, it does doesn’t it?’
Satori shuffles in his seat. ‘No. What have you got in yours then?’
‘A tree,’ Freya says.
‘And …’
‘Just a tree.’
‘What kind of tree?’ Satori asks.
‘A weeping willow,’ she answers.
‘How Gothic.’
‘Indeed, tower boy.’
‘I … okay yes I have a tower.’ He laughs. ‘But I’m not compensating. I like … towers. So your willow tree …’
‘Yes.’
‘Is it as beautiful as your hair?’
‘What the fuck, Satori? Where did that come from?’
‘Sorry. I’m just saying …’
‘And I’m just saying, forget it. There’s no way that’s ever gonna happen. The people you seduce have a habit of ending up dead.’
Satori looks away. His mouth moves as if he’s about to speak, but thinks better of it.
Freya watches the colour rise in his cheeks and feels embarrassed for him, embarrassed and awkward because she rejected him. Maybe he was simply being friendly, paying me a compliment? Did I misunderstand? Something clicks inside her and the awkwardness grows into nervousness, which morphs into anger. Why would he say that? Is sex all he wants from women? Perhaps he looks at me and all he can see is a pretty thing for him to pet? Am I not his equal? Of course I am. What then? Confused, she shakes her head and decides to change the subject. ‘So are we going to try to find your way tonight?’
‘Have you got somewhere else to be?’ he asks.
‘No, I’m good.’
‘All right then,’ Satori says, refilling the glasses. ‘But I haven’t left my … tower yet. Where should we meet?’
‘I haven’t left my Gothic tree. Shall we follow our paths and think of each other? Maybe our feet will lead us there.’
‘It’s a better plan than any I’ve come up with,’ Satori says.
‘Where?’
‘Mum will be home soon. Is … my bedroom okay?’
‘Well, I don’t actually need to be here, do I?’ Freya asks.
‘I thought it might help,’ he says.
‘It probably won’t. Not with the mood you’re in tonight,’ she answers.
Satori sighs. ‘I guess so. Ten o’clock then. That gives you an hour to get home and get ready. Will Ivan pick you up or shall I walk you home?’
‘How many fucking times? I don’t need your protection.’



Psychonaut is a story of redemption. In it the main characters learn their flaws and find ways to rise above them. Star, Satori, Lilith and Donna are all changed in profound and positive ways during the narrative. In this way Psychonaut is an uplifting book, especially after the desperate pain and suffering of Starblood.

Starblood was written during a difficult period of my life. I had given birth to my second daughter and was struggling to bond with her while keeping some sense of my own identity at the same time. In addition the business I had been running (with my then husband) for over a decade was failing, and my marriage was on the rocks. 

Star’s struggle to discover who she is, when all the layers of what others want her to be are stripped away, was very much my struggle. I was in a state of depression and suicidal. I honestly believe that writing the Starblood Trilogy helped me answer the questions that haunted me at the time and saved my life (although not my marriage).

I was shocked and surprised by the overwhelming positive reception the first three Starblood books received. It is a frequently painful read and more than a little “out there”, that it resonated with others amazes me. What I have realised over the years is that my story is far more common than people would like to admit.

Since writing Starblood I have read work by people like Thomas Ligotti, which has taught me that part of the appeal of Starblood is that many of us never feel as though we fit comfortably in this world. We all flounder about at times trying to find a way to fit in without compromising what makes us who we are. I realise that my instinctive feeling that the world is both cruel and insane is far from uniquely mine. 

On the flip side the message, I hope, that people get from the stories is one of self acceptance. So what if we don’t fit in? We are still important. We have value. Our dreams mean something, and as Lilith says in the first book, “There is no shame in love, only completion.” I hope people can see that Lilith is not only talking about romantic love at this point, but also love and acceptance of self and the multi-faceted, unique and marvellous people we have in our lives. 



The Starblood Series books 1 and 2 are also available as graphic novels with art by Anna Prashkovich.
Graphic Novel 1 – Starblood – http://smarturl.it/sgnebook
Graphic Novel 2 – Psychonaut – http://smarturl.it/Psychonaut 







Friday, February 8, 2019

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven

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This review was written by: C
Received: ARC from Publisher
Date of Publication: September 2018
Rating: 4.5/5

Official Summary:

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.

My Thoughts:

It's not every day that I come across an adult fantasy novel that's capable of taking my breath away. In fact, I wasn't even sure if I was going to enjoy the book at first. I've never read any of Draven's work before, so I was eager to see what was in store for me when this gem arrived at my doorstep. The book's summary seemed interesting enough and the cover is gorgeous. I didn't think I had anything to lose so I figured I'd give it a try.

The world that Draven created truly drew me in. I have to admit that I am an avid lover of fantasy novels, but I tend to stick to the YA end of that spectrum. I don't know why, but I feel that sometimes adult fantasy novels build magical worlds that can be confusing, especially with their magic systems, fabricated cultures, and complex societies. Some authors just don't do a superb job of easing the reader into unfamiliar lands and things get confusing very quickly, especially when there are a ton of characters or rules of the world to keep track of. Consequently, I was so happy that I was capable of easily diving into the world of Phoenix Unbound! Heck, I was hooked from the first page.

There are so many interesting cultures and lands to explore. However, I have to admit that this book isn't filled with rainbows and unicorns. There's quite a bit of dark content -- slavery, murder, and rape to name a few. I mean, the entire plot starts off with Gilene leaving her village to be sacrificed yet again for the Empire. She endures it every year and suffers the physical consequences of using her ability to survive and the mental anguish knowing that every other girl won't be saved. They're given to the gladiators to be raped the night before they're burned alive, so there is definitely a heavy atmosphere to this book.

Aside from Gilene, we have Azarion, the prime gladiator and one of the empress's favorite play things. He's capable of seeing straight through Gilene's magic, and he may know more about her origins than even she does. The two of them must face the odds of standing against the Empire and bring a new era. From this alone you kind of get the gist that there's definitely a romance in this book, and I loved how the author expertly brought the two together. Watching their romance unfold was spectacular, and I loved every second of it. Plus the banter was superb.

Overall, this book has a bit of everything for everyone -- magic, rebellion, love, and impossible odds -- all great aspects of a plot that culminates into a worthy read.


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Greyson Fox by T.L. Travis





This review was written by: C
Received: Ebook from Author
Date of Publication: September 2018
Rating: 4/5

Official Summary:

Greyson Fox, the man, the myth, the legend. The highly sought after, self-proclaimed permanent bachelor. Or so the rumor mill goes. Sure, I’ve heard it all – but the one that stung the most was being called a heartless bastard. Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that one in particular I found to be the most humorous since only one man had ever shared my bed more than once, and he’d long since passed away. 

I wasn’t the heartless bastard they all proclaimed me to be, but life had a way of kicking me in the teeth…Repeatedly, so I shut my heart off. 

For years I thrived, building my empire and living by my own rules. Until one day, the walls came crashing down around me. 

Potential trigger warning: 
This book contains brief descriptions of human sex trafficking, as well as two mentions of sexual abuse, including a brief description of oral abuse and an attempted sexual assault. There is some physical abuse by the syndicates hands and a drug overdose so if those are trigger points this may not be the book for you. 

My Thoughts:

I think everyone enjoys watching a romance unfold through the most unlikely of circumstances. You're simply drawn to the seemingly impossible situations, the drama, the twist of events that result in one spectacular miracle -- meeting the one person you feel you're destined for.

T.L. Travis' most recent publication follows the past and present of Greyson Fox -- a man who once lost it all, gained a precious person in his life, and then lost everything yet again. I appreciate a character's journey when it's filled with challenges -- life's never easy and I think Travis illustrated this perfectly. I also particularly love how Travis' work often delves into a character's history, allowing the reader to experience how it unfolded and get a grasp of who the characters are in the present due to the life they've lived. Thus, it's possible to follow Greyson on his journey through life and witness his growth as a human being. Greyson starts as a loving young man but becomes an individual whose heart has been closed off from truly loving another person in a romantic fashion. He's a fighter who hasn't had a smooth ride through the decades, but he's come out as a stronger person who perseveres through the worst life has to throw at him, until he gets thrown a curve ball he may not be able to dodge.

I was particularly drawn to the darker aspects of the story and the sad turn of events that Greyson went through in his youth. It was an emotional roller coaster, and I loved watching Greyson make something from his life and soldier on despite all that occurred. You're rooting for him the entire time, perhaps a bit sad that he doesn't value romantic relationships after a devastating loss, but you're also proud that he's made it to where he is.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book. You can see the hard work and love the author put into the story. And most importantly, you'll be able to witness a journey that you shouldn't pass up.



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