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The Supernatural Pet Sitter by Diane Moat – Book Tour + #Giveaway

21/04/17

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The Magic Thief
by Diane Moat
Genre: YA, Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery
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Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in
charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A
familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome,
Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that,
despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different
from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their
people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down.
She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back
parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is
stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating
with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When
King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working
too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the
culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother,
Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.
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Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The
Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s novel. Diane is
assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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The Yellow Hoods Series by Adam Dreece – Book Tour + #Giveaway

18/04/17

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Along Came a Wolf
TheYellow Hoods #1
by Adam Dreece
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy
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Gripping adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk meets Fairy tale.
“…intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an
exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us,
and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry
Tee, Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become
entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans
from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret
society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick
maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?
The series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It
has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content,
and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both
audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and
Ranger’s Apprentice.
Awards and Accolades:
-Book 1 – Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult
-Book 1 – Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award
for grades 4-6

Book 1 – Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15Amazon #1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale

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The Yellow Hoods #2
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“A powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com
In an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the
completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another
kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the
game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their
own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have
started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the
return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of
Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find
the missing children before it is too late.
What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who are the Red Hoods?
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All the King’s Men
The Yellow Hoods #3
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More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses,
scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to
become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the
kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies,
the Tub and the Fare.
Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a
young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage
Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at
Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks
and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe
Creangle.
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The Yellow Hoods #4
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The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and
soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything,
except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the
rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her
friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any
longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the
unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for
the count?
Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men
and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in
angst.
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Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no
idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus
Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to
rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and
who will be murdered?
The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and
brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the
Yellow Hoods? Find out!
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Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling
steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a
chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the
former software architect put out two more young adult books, the
post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and
then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two
novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have
been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent
Author’s Network.
When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks
at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events
like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s
ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to
give a successful book signing.
Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his
Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless
with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic
abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a
symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is
an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public
speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
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Out of the Shadows by Ashlee Nicole Bye Book Tour + #Giveaway

10/04/17

 

Nobody ever said death would be easy


Out of the Shadows
Shadowlands
Book One
Ashlee Nicole Bye
Genre: Mature YA/NA Contemporary
Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Huntuzie Press
Date of Publication: 11 April 2017
Word Count:  106,000 approx
Cover Artist: James @Go On Write
Tagline: Nobody ever said dying would be easy

Book Description:

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the Reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.
Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.
Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the Reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, Faeries, soul-sucking Demons, not-so-grim Reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.
With a mix of heart, humour and hair-raising action, Out of the Shadows is the adventure of an after-lifetime, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Kresley Cole.
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EXCERPT

(Scene from Chapter 17)

A dragon. A freaking dragon! Even
through her pounding heart, the artist in Sachi couldn’t help appreciating the
creature’s beauty. It was enormous, reptilian, and winged, with gleaming
obsidian scales tinged with flashes of electric blue. As it studied her, one of
its forelegs began to stamp, making the timber fences on either side of the
laneway rattle. Smoke furled out from its nostrils and when it stretched its
wings Sachi gasped, her hand flying to her mouth. In the narrow laneway, it wasn’t
able to expand its wings to their full span of what Sachi assumed had to be at
least twenty metres, but instead flexed them upwards—a gesture Sachi was sure
was meant for intimidation purposes. And it was working. She was completely
frozen in place, her body ignoring every single one of the flight response
commands being sent by her brain.
            The
dragon folded its wings back down and began creeping toward Sachi, smoke
billowing from its nostrils. As it got to about five metres away, it reared up
and let out a burst of flame. Sachi just barely managed to duck before the
flames passed over her head.
            Oh
god, oh god, oh god, oh god. I’m gonna be eaten by a dragon!
            She
scampered back as far as she could get, knowing it wouldn’t be much good. What
was she going to do? No one was home, and even if they were she wouldn’t want
Nikko and Ella out here, it would be just as dangerous for them. Maybe she
could call the fire brigade? At least they had flame retardant suits… Yeah, she
could see that call right now:
            ‘Triple
zero, what’s your emergency?’
            ‘A
fucking dragon’s trying to kill me!’
            Yep,
she’d probably be fined for wasting the valuable time and resources of
Melbourne’s emergency services. And then the phone call would end up on one of
those reality shows: World’s Craziest Emercency Calls. So, triple zero wasn’t
an option. She was going to die, burnt to a crisp by this dragon, and on her
tombstone it would say She shouldn’t have opened the gate.
            The
dragon reared up for another attack, but it never came. Instead, a familiar
figure appeared out of the shadows, brandishing a sword and beating the dragon
back, away from Sachi.
            Sachi
watched, awestruck, as Griffin gracefully dodged and ducked the dragon’s fire
and weaved around its snapping jaws and thrashing claws before finally
thrusting his sword through its stomach. The dragon reared up with an agonised
roar and Griffin yanked the sword out, only to thrust it in once more, this
time through the dragon’s heart. The creature slumped to the ground with a thud
that merited a Richter scale reading. 
            Griffin
spun around to face Sachi, looking like a freaking knight. He was wearing that
cape thing again, and now she was seeing him up close she could tell the black
long-sleeved top she’d seen him in that first night at The Veil was actually
made out of gleaming onyx chainmail. It was all very medieval-chic.
            ‘Good
thing it was only a baby,’ he said.
            ‘That’s
a baby?’ Sachi squeaked.
            ‘Ay—near
grown, yes, but still a hatchling. An adult would not have hesitated to kill
you, love. Not very fond of humans, dragons.’
            ‘W-why?’
            ‘On
account of all the hunting—your Saint George and his ilk nearly drove them to
extinction.’
            Sachi
had never considered the situation like that. Of course, up until twenty
minutes ago she hadn’t even known dragons were real, but now that she did she
found she was sorry this one was dead. Naturally, in a choice between her life
and the dragon’s she would choose her own, but nevertheless, she was sorry.
            She
looked at the dragon’s body, with those beautiful obsidian scales. ‘It sounds
stupid, but I kinda wish you hadn’t killed it.’
            ‘I
didn’t.’
            Sachi
snapped her gaze back to Griffin to find him studying her curiously, sword
hanging by his side in a loose grip. It was an interesting weapon: thin and
slightly curved. It looked like it had been stolen from Jack Sparrow. ‘What?’
            ‘Only
two things can kill a creature of The Shadowlands—Celestial fire and beheading.
The blow to his heart has stunned him, however, so we have a few moments.’
            Sachi’s
head was spinning. ‘A few moments for what?’
            He
ran his eyes carefully over her face. ‘Do you trust me, love?’
            Well,
that was a loaded question if she’d ever heard one. He had saved her life, yes,
but something about him warned her to stay on her guard. After considering the
situation, she shook her head. ‘I’m grateful you saved my life and everything,
but no, sorry, I don’t trust you.’
            Griffin’s
eyes flashed, the corner of his mouth turning up with amusement. ‘Smart girl.’

 

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then all Sachi could feel was a cold, icy fire as Griffin’s sword tore through
her chest, burying itself in her heart.
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About the Author:

Ashlee Nicole Bye is a self-confessed bibliophile, sports fan and music lover. She also writes sometimes—when she’s not busy mastering the art of procrastination, that is. She writes mainly Fantasy, mainly Young Adult, although some of her current works in progress have seen her step firmly outside her comfort zone.
Her first novel is OUT OF THE SHADOWS, a mature young adult contemporary fantasy set in her beloved home town of Melbourne. It is the first installment in the five-book series, SHADOWLANDS, and will be released on Kindle on April 11, with paperback to follow shortly after.

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Purgatory Reign by LM Preston – Book Tour + #Giveaway

31/03/17

 

 

PURGATORY REIGN

Purgatory Reign
Book One
LM Preston
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal,
Adventure, Mystery
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Date of Publication:  02/16/2013
ISBN: 9780985025144
ASIN: B01N6ZTBNX
Number of pages: 307
Word Count:  79K
Cover Artist: Emma Michaels
Tagline: Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it Peter Saints awaits.
Book Description:
Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms. Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give, his blood.
Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race. On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It is the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world.
Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.
Purgatory Reign is Book 1 in the series including Deviant Storm, Fierce Tides and Kindle World novella Colliding Souls from Runes World.
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Purgatory Reign:
Peter took a
moment to catch his breath. “I left. I left the grounds. But something’s bad
has happened. Sh-she…Hanna died!” He coughed and his eyes watered. “Because of
me! My fault. It was my fault. You gotta help her! I always screw up. Always.
Please…”
Pastor Finn put
his hands on Peter’s shoulders and shook him. “Why’d you leave? I told you
never to leave here. You’ll put us all in danger. Yourself in danger. I didn’t
save your butt for you to screw this up, boy.” He yanked Peter by the shirt and
down the stairs. Then dragged him, practically running, all the way to the
cellar stairs where he pointed at the small door where Peter had escaped.
“Sixteen years old and you think you are man enough to make it out there?” he
grumbled. “This is where you got out?” He sighed. “You don’t understand.”
“It’s my fault!
Did you hear me? I killed someone! You gotta help her.” Peter jerked out of his
grasp and grabbed Pastor Finn’s shirt, facing off with him. For once in a long
while, he stared down the man eye to eye. He straightened up to his full
height. The older man’s gray crew cut and piercing blue eyes were filled with
fear. Peter’s hand loosened in shock that it was the first time he remembered
that Pastor Finn looked afraid.

 

“I can’t help
the dead.” He pushed Peter’s hands away from him. “But I have to help you. Come
with me.” Peter watched him, confused. His teeth clenched at Pastor Finn’s
betrayal. “I thought you were different. I have to go back. Bury her, like she
deserves.” Peter stumbled backwards.
 

DEVIANT STORM

Purgatory Reign
Book Two
LM Preston
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal,
Adventure, Mystery
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Date of Publication:  02/16/2013
ISBN: 9780996919500
ASIN: B016NU9CWC
Number of pages: 252
Word Count:  68K
Formats available: ebook
Cover Artist: Emma Michaels
Tagline: Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it Peter Saints awaits.
Book Description:
The battle is on. Peter Saints thought he’d killed It. But bad people never stay down. Now the jail of his enemy is weakening. Luck is running out for Peter and the girl he saved by wagering the Earth. Only now, with each second and secret revealed, his enemy gains the answers to destroy Peter and devour the world.
Expect FIERCE TIDES (Book 3 of 3) in Dec. 2017 and COLLIDING SOULS (Character Spin off: April 2017)
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Excerpt Deviant Storm:
He screwed up.
So bad, he didn’t think he could fix it. Peter tossed the ball against the wall
once more as he drowned out Kyle’s words. He never admitted everything that had
happened to him in the Stronghold to Kyle. Didn’t think he could. One thing for
sure, time was up. Peter was through waiting to be told what to do by the
Elders of at this dump who seemed to have their own agendas. Dealing with the
nightmares of what he’d done – possibly killing a man by pulling something
beyond evil out of him, plagued Peter every night. Those times when he wasn’t
careful, it pressed his thoughts, even when awake.

 

“We’ll go get
her.” Peter’s dark brown eyes landed on Kyle’s questioning blue ones.
 
About the Author:
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. They inspired the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
 

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Runes by Ednah Walters – Book Tour + #Giveaway

28/03/17

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Runes Series Book 1
by Ednah Walters
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
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Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s
disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of
her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St.
James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way
of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment,
until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is
different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine.
Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not
sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to
the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What
Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part
of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a
side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
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four different series–her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA
Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim
THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).
She also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald
Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this
series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES.
Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th).
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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo – Release Day Blitz

15/02/17

 

Chameleon
Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA Gothic/Multicultural
Date of Publication: February 15, 2017
Number of pages: 230
Word Count: 55,000
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Designs
Book Description:
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…
17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.
When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…
Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

Excerpt:

I cannot clearly say how I had
entered
the wood; I was so full of sleep
just at
the point where I abandoned the
true path.
–Dante Alighieri, Inferno 1.
11-12
Puerto Rico, 1973
Oak trees dripping with Spanish
moss embraced us from both sides, but not enough to shield us from the prison
that would be my home for the next seven months. The high stone walls and
neo-Gothic bell tower loomed over us as my stepfather drove his Mercedes
through the spiked iron gates and into the sloping, curving driveway.
A spider of dread crawled up my
back. Prison indeed.
I couldn’t believe it had come to
this. The way things had blown out of proportion. I’d only wanted to contact my
dead father. Ask his forgiveness.
            My
mother reached for my hand from the front seat without turning around to look
at me. I stared at her perfectly polished red nails and the glittery square cut
emerald on her ring finger. Her fingers flicked, silently pleading for my
attention, but I was frozen inside. Her hand retreated.
I stared at the convent, my eyes
studying the pointed arched windows, the worn, age-blackened stones. The place
looked haunted. Perfect for my state of mind. What was my mother thinking?
Something moved behind one of the
windows. A face. For an instant my pulse raced at the sheer paleness of it, at
the two dark holes that made up its eyes.
“What are you looking at?” Sara,
my six-year-old half sister, asked.
I pointed. “A girl.”
She followed my line of vision.
“Where?”
“There. High up. In the window.”
            She
dipped her head so she could have a better look. “I don’t see anything.”
            I
felt a shiver, but not from the cold. It’s white. It’s watching us.
            Then
the car moved too close to the building, and the face vanished from view. 
            “Is
this your new school, Paloma?” Sara asked.
            I
nodded. Sara was the child, female version of my stepfather. Her bottomless dark
eyes, framed by velvety lashes, stared at me with misery. “I don’t like it,”
she whispered, grabbing my hand.
            “It’ll
be okay,” I whispered back, and gave her hand a little squeeze.
            “You
promise?”
            “I
promise.”
            “Well,
here we are,” Domenico said in his strong Castilian accent, stopping the car in
front of the entrance. He climbed out and opened the door for my mother. Then
he proceeded to take out my suitcases from the trunk.
            My
mother was silent. She stepped out like a wooden mannequin, her eyes shimmery
with unshed tears.
            I
climbed out, followed by Sara, the gravel crunching under our shoes. The early
morning air was cool and a blanket of mist still lingered—not surprising, since
the convent was on the outskirts of El Yunque, the island’s rain forest. More
Spanish moss hung from the oak trees and rippled in the breeze like long,
shivering memories. I could smell the dew on the leaves and the rich perfume of
moist earth, redolent of open graves.
            I
glanced at the ominous clouds. “Beautiful morning.”
An ongoing distant hum resonated
all around us. One, two beats passed, before it struck me: Waterfall.
Something within me shut down—or
exploded, I couldn’t be sure.
I shut my eyes for a second,
wiping out memories of chilled water searing my lungs.
            I
repeated the eighth multiplication table in my head. This always helped.
“After you,” Domenico said,
interrupting my thoughts. 
I wanted to loathe him. Tried to,
anyway. I could see what my mother saw in him: a powerfully charismatic,
handsome man with the infinite skill to make people do his bidding. My mother,
with her small delicate features and petite frame, looked invisible beside him.
A mere spectre. But that was just a façade. I knew better.
            The
big oak door opened and a nun clad in black habit and a wimple came down the
steps to greet us.
            Sara
wrapped her arms around my waist. Her gesture both comforted me and heightened
my anxiety. Nuns in habit made me think of great black birds. 
            “Bienvenidos,”
the nun said. Like my stepfather, she also had a Castilian accent. “I’m Madre
Estela and I’m second in charge to Madre Superiora. You must be Señor and
Señora de Aznar.”
            They
exchanged small talk. Madre Estela sounded polite enough, but she didn’t offer
to shake hands with my parents, which I found strange. Maybe nuns weren’t
allowed to shake hands. I wouldn’t be surprised. I noticed the wedding band on
her ring finger. Married to God. Absurd.
            “You
must be Paloma,” she said tonelessly. 
            “Yes,”
I said. Wasn’t it obvious? I didn’t know what else to say.
            The
cross on her chest caught my attention. It had a crucified Christ on it and I
noticed the thorns cutting Christ’s forehead, the little drops of blood
glistening on His fragile body.
            “Welcome
to our school, Paloma.” Her critical gaze scrutinized my makeup, my tight
jeans. “I’ve heard much about you.”
I didn’t miss the hint of cold
disapproval in her voice. I wasn’t sure how much my parents had complained
about my behavior, but considering I had been kicked out—well, actually, kindly
asked to leave—from my previous school in the middle of October, it couldn’t be
good.
            “Are
you ready to resume your senior year of high school?” Stress on resume.
            “I
can’t wait,” I said. There was no point in being nice—or pretending to be. That
just wasn’t me. I felt miserable and couldn’t hide it. Besides, I could tell
from our short exchange that she’d made up her mind not to like me long before
meeting me, and I had the sinking feeling that no matter what I said or did,
her opinion wouldn’t change. I had already been stamped in her Inquisition
book, tagged a criminal. 
            Madre
Estela’s stony eyes moved to Sara. My little sister’s arms clutched my waist
even tighter. From the nun’s expression, I could tell she was wondering if I
had infected Sara with whatever plague ailed me. She dismissed us and turned
back to my mother and stepfather. “Madre Superiora is expecting you in her
office.  Let’s not keep her waiting.
Don’t concern yourselves with the suitcases. Someone will come for them
shortly.”
            They
thanked her and followed her up the steps.
            “I
don’t want to go in,” Sara said.
“It’ll be okay,” I said. I
glanced at the window. I wanted to see the pale face again. But there was
nothing.
            A
drop of rain hit my cheek and I wiped it off. Then I held Sara’s hand and
together we walked up the steps and through the arched doorway.
I felt my throat closing up.
            Seven
months.
Seven months wasn’t that long,
was it? Besides, Thanksgiving break was just around the corner. Six weeks, to
be exact. I had already marked my calendar. I couldn’t wait. I would go through
the motions, no need to make friends that I’d never see again. When you get
close to people, you end up getting hurt.

About the Author:

A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery. She lives amongst cats and books in Belgium, and is the author of the Cult of the Cat young adult fantasy series and the Retribution novella series for adults.
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Secret: In Wolf Lake by DK Davis – Book Tour

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Secrets: In Wolf Lake             secret-in-wolf-lake

Secret Series

Book 1

DK Davis

 

Genre: YA, sci-fi, fantasy

 

Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.

Date of Publication: 1/1/2017

ISBN: 9781772993899

Kindle: 9781772993905

WEB: 9781772993912

Print: 9781772993929

ASIN: B01N7O41FM

Number of pages: 120

Word Count: 41,200

Cover Artist: Michelle Lee

 

Secret: In Wolf Lake

Samantha discovers a gifted creature living in Wolf Lake; now his life depends on her saving him.

 

Book Description:

 

Samantha’s dealing with a lot of emotional blow-back from her mother’s new marriage. Then she discovers a gifted creature living in Wolf Lake, and life suddenly becomes all about keeping his existence a secret, earning his trust. That is until his life depends on her saving him. But she won’t be able to do it alone…

 

Secret Series

A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a Supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.

Excerpt

I stood at the end of his drive, thinking of previous conversations I’d had with Mom about Lisa. Mom defended Lisa’s rude and selfish behavior more than a few times.

But this time, nothing gives her permission to take off without a thought and leave me.

Stomping up the drive, I heard Lisa’s panicked voice coming from inside the pole barn. Hair prickled down the back of my neck and my heart pounded so loud, I could hear it. I sprinted to the closed door.

“Lisa.” My throat thickened as I turned the doorknob. Locked. “Lisa, you in there?” I hammered my fists on the door then pressed my ear against it. Lisa’s muffled voice and sounds of a scuffle or struggle came through.

“Ricky, I know you’re in there with Lisa,” I said. “I have a cell phone and I’ll call the cops if you don’t let her come out.” Another shuffle with a sound like material being torn and something fell close to the door, startling me to step back. The door jerked open. Lisa stood there, eyes glazed with tears, mouth red and swollen, hair in disarray, and her shirt ripped down from the shoulder. She held her bra in place. It must have been torn also. Ricky shoved her and she stumbled out.

“Don’t come back until you’re wearing your big girl panties.” He growled something else, unintelligible, and slammed the door.

Lisa’s whole body shook and mascara trailed down her cheeks. Ricky reminded me of the drug scum that killed my father. He was clean cut and good looking too, a good mask for the bad boy underneath.

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About the Author:author

DK Davis writes YA sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy with a good dollop of all the relationships woven in between. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, spending time with grandchildren or her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.

 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DKDavisBooks

FB – https://www.facebook.com/dk.davis.92

Website – http://suda788.wixsite.com/dkdavis

Books We Love Ltd. Author Page –

http://www.bookswelove.com/authors/davis-dk/

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7O41FM

TOUR HOST ONLY GIVEAWAY:

DK is giving away 2- $20 Amazon Gift Cards to tour hosts.

2 hosts will be chosen to win.

This is only for the blog hosts of the tour. Their names and email addresses will be entered into a drawing on the days they host. Winners chosen on the last day of the tour.

 

 

 

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