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Guest Post Medusa’s Desire

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I’m happy to give my blog to E.B. Black, the author of Medusa’s Desire, a fantasy romance novel, for today as a guest blogger as part of a book tour.

Guest Post

When reading a novel or pretty much anything for that matter, the most annoying thing someone can do is read over your shoulder. The words blur on the page as it becomes difficult to concentrate. They’re intruding on your imagination and making it hard to focus.

The words might contain something intimate that you don’t want them to see, like an emotional or romantic scene. I used to hate when my Dad read the back of the books I was reading growing up. I loved romance novels. I was certain he was judging me based on my reading choices. He might make fun of me for them later!

So when I decided to become a writer, this fear came that all writers have. I’m letting a bunch of people see into my imagination. The things I write about, they may judge me for! I’m inviting them to look over my shoulder as I write! Maybe I should hide away the words and never let anyone see.

If I was embarrassed about my Dad reading the backs of romance novels I wanted to read, imagine how I’d feel if he read a romance novel I actually wrote!

I have judged writers based on their novels. I’ve always imagined Janet Evanovich as a happy-go-lucky, energetic woman . J.K. Rowling, I imagine as someone who loves children. Stephenie Meyer, I picture as a very religious individual based on some of the stances her characters took in Twilight. I’ve never met any of these people, but I have certain images in my head of them based on the things they write about.

What will people think of me?

It took me awhile to realize that it really doesn’t matter. Stories are meant to be shared with the world and people will make all kinds of judgments and stereotypes about me no matter what I do with my life.

If it wasn’t for writers, I would never have gotten to escape the drama of high school through words on the page. I wouldn’t have something to read while relaxing in the bath tub. I would need new ways to unwind.

Writers have given me so much, so it’s time I gave something back as well, which is why I wrote my novel, Medusa’s Desire, and plan to write many more stories.

Medusa’s Desire

medusadesireTitle: Medusa’s Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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“It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.

Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.”

Author Bio

ebblackE.B. Black lives in southern California with her family and two rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and about new fantasy worlds she can throw her characters into.

December 29, 2012 at 12:12 am Leave a comment

Book Review More Than I Wanted

morewant-cover1-200x300Title: More Than I Wanted

Author: Ava Catori

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kate Tanner sees everything she wants in Austin. After falling for a charming and handsome military man, Kate realizes he may not return her feelings.

Will Austin fall in love with Kate, or has he hardened from past hurts? Just as he starts to warm up, things are turned upside down. Kate and Austin have to decide if their feelings are worth fighting for, or if walking away will be beneficial to them both.

With the threat of being separated, can Kate and Austin find a way to make things work? Having Austin in her life is more than Kate ever wanted, but she’s learning he’s all that she needs.

Kate’s last boyfriend still stalks her, and she’s decided she’s not good with guys. Either she gives too little or too much. Maybe she should go without guys for a while. But then she sees charming and handsome Austin, and her reservations melt. She longs for him and she wants him. But Austin is a soldier back from going on tour, and even though he yearns for Kate as well, he has trouble written all over him. Dark secrets from his past come back to haunt him night and day, making their relationship difficult if not impossible…

I enjoyed reading about Kate and Austin’s dynamic and unpredictable relationship in this sweet but short romance novel. Austin is a good guy, and I liked that about him. He’s still Alpha though, no worries, but he has a kind heart and is willing to help others in need. Kate is good natured as well, but a bit more passive than Austin, hence why I liked him more.

The story wasn’t that original, but I liked the writing, and it was a fast, enjoyable read.

December 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm 1 comment

Release Day Party Compulsive Desires

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We’re happy to celebrate the release of Compulsive Desires, an adult contemporary romance novel by author Ava Catori!

Compulsive Desires

YCompulsive Desires: Is it Infatuation or Love?  — by Ava Catori

Sophie Samuels was in love. Well, okay, maybe it was lust, but who wouldn’t be? Bear Trevor, the Bear Trevor, famous adventurer and male model had just fallen in her lap.

It started with a conversation, and then a wicked one night stand, but now Bear was asking for more. The only problem was that Sophie was confused by what she was feeling.

Were her growing feelings real, or was she simply infatuated with the handsome star? Sifting through the details of their fling, Sophie is forced to admit her new obsession may be just that – an obsession. Can Bear convince Sophie that they could be much more together, or will Sophie realize it’s not love after all?

Author Bio

nov2012-240x300Ava Catori spends her days tied to her keyboard, being happiest there. With a passion for storytelling, she gets lost in the details of building characters and analyzing their thoughts. With a conversational tone, she entertains with fast, fun reads. There’s nothing she likes more than putting a couple together, only to tear them apart so they can find their way back to one another.

Ava resides in New Jersey, but sneaks away to Florida as often as she’s able. She’s happily married to a patient man, who has the ability to sustain long hours of rambling thoughts spilling from her non-stop. With the company of three dogs and a cat, she sets her writing schedule around their inability to coordinate their potty breaks.

To see what’s next, be sure to visit AvaCatori.com

Read an Excerpt!

Checking my watch, it was now fifteen minutes past ten o’clock, and Bear was a no show. I felt like a fool, and wondered how much longer I should wait. I was both annoyed and depressed that my big moment with a celebrity was a bust. I should have known; I’m just some girl he met on a plane.

As I stood, I adjusted the skirt portion of my dress, shrugging it over my hips. About to turn around, I glanced at the doors just as he was coming in. The smile that hit my face was embarrassing.

“You look smashing,” he said, and then kissed my cheek. He kissed me!

“Thank you,” I couldn’t hide the flush spreading across my cheeks. I realized I was over dressed. He was in a pair of old jeans, a short sleeve button down, and loafers.

 

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Amazon:

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December 21, 2012 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Book Review Medusa’s Desire by E.B. Black

medusadesireTitle: Medusa’s Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance

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It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.

Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.

Medusa’s Desire is a fantasy romance novel that’s at times romantic and heart-warming, and at times utterly devastating. It was so touching that at the end, I was left on the verge of tears. We all know the tragic story of Medusa, but author E.B. Black comes up with original twists to the classic tale, making it all the more complicated, the gods all the more vengeful and superficial, and the monsters all the more human.

Medy is a beautiful, strong-willed girl whose mother boasted to anyone who wanted to hear she was even more beautiful than the goddess Athena. But one night, Medy is raped by the God Poseidon, thus invoking Athena’s wrath. She turns Medy and her sisters into the Gorgons: monsters with snakes growing on their heads. Whoever Medusa lays eyes upon, will turn into stone. While her sisters are immortal, she is mortal, but can’t die by her own hand. After spending years traveling the underworld, a young hero by the name of Persues comes to slay the monster Medusa and extract Athena’s final vengeance. But the moment Persues sees Medusa’s reflection, he falls in love with her. Not only with the beauty she once possessed, but also by the strength in her eyes, and the hardships of life she didn’t succumb to.

Instead of killing her, Persues saves Medusa from the underworld and falls in love with her. Together they make a plan to rescue Persues’ mother, who’s being held captive. But along the way, they run into a town slaughtered by a sea monster. Medusa turns to look at the sea monster, forever turning her into stone. Then it turns out the sea monster is Medusa’s mother. It’s one of the most heartbreaking scenes in this book, and had me on the verge of tears. I wish the author would’ve dwelled a bit more on Medusa’s sorrow, but the passages about it, made it feel very real and honest.

Medusa is a strong, complex character. She battles the monster within, which is becoming stronger every day. Her love for Persues grows as well, but she knows she can never truly have him. Not only because he can’t see her true form, or look her in the eyes, but also because of Andromeda, a young woman Persues rescued earlier and who’s fallen for him ever since. Medusa must make some choices: some heart-breaking, some brave and impossibly strong. These choices make her intriguing, how she keeps shedding of the monster, and battles it until one’s forced to think about who the true monster is. Persues was an interesting character as well, although at times I felt like slapping him around the head.

The book was great, and I liked the spin on the Medusa and Persues story. My only concern is that it skipped certain things too quickly, not fully explaining the situation and the emotions to go with it. It all went rather fast, and I would’ve preferred a slower build-up. But this book did make me experience a wide ray of emotions from happiness to sadness, and that’s only possible when a book is well written, which Medusa’s Desire definitely is.

December 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

Release Day Oceanheart

We’re celebrating the release of Oceanheart, the first novel in a new and exciting YA fantasy series called The Enchanted Pages today. Purchase Oceanheart from Amazon!

Read an Excerpt

Soran was already waist deep, waiting for me. The shark’s tooth shone white against his brown chest and he sparkled from the dusting of salt on his face. He was an ocean boy who belonged in the water. Unlike me.

‘Wynn.’ He held his hand out and I took it. His grip was strong and I was surprised by the rush of energy that went through me. I felt like I could do anything.

‘Take these and put them over your eyes.’

He held out a pair of goggles with fish skin straps attached to them. I examined the lenses.

‘They are made from shells that we polish until they are clear. Take them, I can see without them.’

I put the goggles on and took a deep breath before submerging myself in the water, never letting go of Soran’s hand. We pushed out into the lagoon and I shut my eyes. It only made things worse so I opened them and looked at the bottom. It was amazing. There was so much life, so many creatures moving about in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours. It was too beautiful to be afraid. We drifted like stars in a liquid sky with a whole world lying beneath our suspended bodies. Soran held me as we floated and his strength flowed through me. I felt as if no harm would ever come.

We found a shallow patch of sand in a gap between the coral and stood to take a breath. My heart was a balloon floating in a summer sky. I laughed and splashed water in the air. I watched the falling droplets reflect sunlight like a spray of diamonds before the water fell and ran off our skins in molten silver. Soran’s withdrawn look was gone and his tawny eyes flashed in delight.

‘You’re shining!’ he said.

I looked at my arms. Glittery bits from the sand were stuck on my skin and making it shimmer. They were on him too and the vision made us both laugh. I realised it was the first time I had seen his smile, a real one, one that transformed his face. Like this, Soran was a different person.

Soran flipped down and under the surface. I watched his body moving beneath the clear water, impossibly fast, as swift and sure as a fish himself. He stayed under far longer than any normal human being should and when he broke the surface the water seemed to part to let him through. He wasn’t the slightest bit out of breath and I almost wondered if he could breathe underwater. Then he held my hand again and we drifted off further down the lagoon, lost in wonders. The coral throbbed with colour, fluoresced and glowed. I found myself following schools of patterned fish, being drawn to the next clump of sea-fans, the next crevice filled with delicate shells.

I went further and further, more confident in the water than I’d ever been. But as we floated down the bay, things began to change. The coral wasn’t so bright and then the colours grew dull and sludgy. Patches of murky looking seaweed appeared and the branching corals no longer formed an underwater forest. They lay in shattered pieces on the black sand, white and bleached as the bones that lay around the village. Soon there was nothing but rubble with lurid green algae all over it. I looked sideways. I had been so focussed on the changing landscape that I hadn’t noticed myself drift close to the drop off, out where the deep water shaded into darkness. A trench lay ahead and it led to a pass in the reef. There was nothing between me and the open ocean.

About Oceanheart

Title: Oceanheart (Book One of The Enchanted Pages)
Author: Pen Clements
Genre: YA Fantasy

An oceanic world where the stars are going out. Saltwater people and a shark that stalks in dreams. A girl with a nightmare, a mischievous guardian and a boy with a secret.
Meet Wynn. She thinks she’s a misfit and hates showing weakness. Only one person really touches her heart and that’s her little sister, Stella. But Stella is in a coma and it’s all Wynn’s fault.

As Wynn creates a journal of might-have-been memories for her sister, she finds herself pulled into a magical island world and sent on a journey through danger and despair. She’s never been in a jungle and she’s terrified of water. Then she meets Soran. He reads nature like a book and can survive anything on land and in the sea. What Wynn doesn’t know is that Soran’s secret could destroy her.

The island could destroy her too. It’s no paradise. Paradise doesn’t have poison masters called the Teeth. It doesn’t have Sorrowmaker patrolling the reefs. And in paradise, you don’t have to face your greatest fear to fix your biggest mistake.

Winner of an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Award 2011 and an Olvar Wood Fellowship Award

Author Bio

Pen Clements would like to be a botanist, a Shaolin monk or an anthropologist in a galaxy far, far away. She’d also like to have wings, breathe underwater and meet an angel. Unfortunately she hasn’t managed all of that yet, but being a writer lets her pretend.

Pen lives in tropical north Queensland with her husband, two sons and a traditional wooden sailing boat. She loves exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and is inspired by the natural world.

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December 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Release Day Rise of the Retics

We’re celebrating the release day of Rise of the Retics, a YA fantasy novel by author T.J. Lantz today. You can read an excerpt from this exciting novel below.

On top of that, there’s also a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card and 5 print or eBooks (if the winner is from the US) or 5 eBooks (for an international winner). You can participate by entering your information in the Rafflecopter form below!

Read an Excerpt

“Hey, Wayde, do you see what I see?”

“I believe I do, Bull,” answered the second boy. “I thought those things weren’t allowed at the market unleashed?”

“As did I,” Bull responded. “What is this city coming to when half-bloods can just walk around unchained and free? It’s like a zoo out here.”

Jaxon Miniheart clenched his fists. If it was just Bull, he might have been able to take him with Rigby’s help, but the large minotaur had two friends with him today.

“Tough words, Bull. Especially with Wayde and Fhart standing behind you.” Jaxon glared at the three of them. Fhart, a small green-skinned goblin placed his right hand inside his vest, revealing a small, black knife handle.

Seeing the weapon, Rigby bared her teeth, lowered her front paws and let out a low growl. She was ready to attack if her master might be harmed.

“You think I need these two, Mongrel?” Bull snapped in response. “I should rip that tail of yours off and choke you with it just to show you how to treat a pureblood retic.”

“Go ahead and try it, Bull.” Jaxon responded with a smile. “She’ll tear your oysters off before you can even touch me.” He pointed to the dog, her hair raised along her back, as he stared up at the minotaur. Bull was at least a foot taller than he was and probably outweighed him by a hundred pounds. While Jaxon tried to act calm and collected, his heart was pounding with nervousness.

“What’s going on here, boys?” The deep voice of Deputy Copperbuckle snapped them all to attention as each boy tried his hardest to look innocent. The large centaur limped gingerly down the road towards the boys, careful not to put much pressure on his front right leg.

“Oh nothing, Deputy,” replied Bull. “We’re just giving Jaxon directions on how to go back where he came from. Apparently he didn’t realize he didn’t belong here.”
Bull’s two companions tried unsuccessfully to stifle their laughter.

“That’s enough. All of you get out of here. We don’t need any of ya’ hanging around causing trouble. Especially you Miniheart. I’m not in the mood for your antics today.”

Bull, followed by his two cronies, nodded an agreement and slowly walked past Jaxon as he left, making sure to roughly nudge his shoulder as he passed him.

As he went by, he leaned in and whispered into Jaxon’s ear. “You’re lucky Deputy Lame-leg was here to save you. Next time, you might not be so fortunate.”

Jaxon took a deep breath as he continued his walk into the market, trying hard to maintain his composure. There was no one in town he hated running into more than Bull and his friends, and it had put a large damper on his mood. As he walked, his thoughts of revenge and vengeance were interrupted by a loud gurgle from his stomach.

He had skipped breakfast this morning, and was starting to greatly regret that decision. It wasn’t that there hadn’t been food in the house, quite to the contrary actually. His foster mother, Saan, always made sure the pantry was well stocked with his favorite items and she had a standing order for one of the town bakers each week for a plethora of fresh baked delights. No, food options were definitely not the issue.

The real problem was that he couldn’t stand to be around his house for any longer than he absolutely had to. Everything about the place irritated him. First, there was the horrible odor of the building, like what it would smell like if a barnyard and an outhouse got together and had a disgusting little baby. He had tried constantly holding his breath for the first few weeks he was living there, but he got sick of losing consciousness every few minutes.

The smell wasn’t everything though. He might have been able to figure out a way to make do with the place if that was the only problem. No, he also had to deal with the sounds. Mostly it was the unnecessarily happy voices of his foster parents as they aggressively tried to talk to him about his day. His step mother, especially, was always asking him such stupid questions like “How are you?”, and “Would you like a snack?” Jaxon breathed in deeply, getting annoyed just thinking about their incessant interrogation.

But even that part wasn’t the biggest annoyance about living there, not by a longshot. No, the absolute worst had to be the flowers. They were everywhere! Saan had them outside in the garden, inside in ceramic pots; she even tried to put a few in his bedroom. He hated them more than anything else. They were always so perky and colorful, constantly taunting him with their patronizing blooming. Jaxon wished he could just go around and slowly pick the flower petals off each one, chew them up really well, and spit them right back out. They all deserved it. Actually, they probably deserved much, much more, but Jaxon didn’t want to take things too far.

Needless to say, pretty much everything about living with the Hoofstomps made him sick to his stomach. He’d been with them for three years now, about two years and 364 days or so longer than any of the other fourteen foster families he had lived with over the years. For all the bad things people say about satyrs, and there certainly was a lot of it, Jaxon had to give them some credit. They were, without a doubt, a magnificently stubborn people.

Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven The Hidden City #1)

Title: Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven The Hidden City #1)
Author: T.J. Lantz
Genre: YA Fantasy

For almost a millennia humanity has been making a concerted effort to eradicate the worlds retics, an eclectic collection of non-human, intelligent species. Recently, those efforts have been strengthened and far more successful than ever, though the Council of Rosehaven, the retic’s hidden sanctuary city, cannot figure out why.

No one realizes the danger of this this more than eleven-year-old Tyranna Wolfskin, who is ripped from her boring, everyday life in the middle of the night by a vicious group of retic hunters. Thrust into a struggle for her own survival, Tyranna must find a way to accept what she is and learn to acclimate herself to a world she never knew existed.

Author Bio

Though new to the world of professional writing, T.J. Lantz has been a world class storyteller (a.k.a. liar) for many years. Originally forging his craft by creating backstories for each of the lawn gnomes he managed to liberate from the prisons his neighbors called the “front yard”, he now uses that ability to entertain his wife and six four-legged furry children. Prior to writing the Gnit-Wit Gnipper series and Rosehaven: The Hidden City, T.J. worked as an elementary school teacher in York, Pa., where he happily resides.

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One lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. If the winner is from the US, he/she will also get 5 print or eBooks (winner’s choice) and if the winner is from outside the US, he/she will receive 5 eBooks. The giveaway runs till December 31st.

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December 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment