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Review of Of Fire & Roses by Danielle Belwater w/giveaway

Of Fire and Roses - Danielle Belwater

 

Of Fire and Roses

Danielle Belwater

 

Blurb:

 

Nathaniel West’s mother is dead, his father a lost cause. Anger has become a way of life, until he meets and falls in love with Cora Ewell. Only Cora has a secret, one that could kill them both.

 

An age old dark magic resurfaces and it becomes a race against time for Cora and Nate to find the long buried secrets to saving everyone they love and each other.

 

After a near fatal accident leaves Nate in limbo, he must find a way to get through to Cora before time runs out and she is forced into life eternal with the evil wizard, Elias Stafford.

 

 

Excerpt 3: 

I came to stand on the branch that I would jump from. Holding on to the branch above me, I edged my way out to the dangled rope. With one hand, I grabbed the rope and pulled it toward me. I inched back a few steps to give myself a decent amount of swing room. The rope was fraying, coarse, and rough in my hands. I could hear loud shouts and whoops of encouragement from below, but I blocked them out, shut my eyes…then jumped.

 

Free…Swinging out in the air, I forgot everything in that brief moment of peace. Letting go of the thick rope for that split second of suspension, I felt like I was flying. Then, I was no longer flying. I was slamming—slamming into the cold, glassy lake. The impact shattered every cell in my body as the pain of hitting a sheet of solid water turned me to jelly. Then I was under. I opened my eyes. Murky darkness surrounded me.

 

I don’t know how far I was submerged but I could see rays of sunlight piercing through the surface into the depths. I waited for the moment my feet would hit the bottom so I could push off and resurface. Feeling the sludgy sand between my toes, I closed my eyes again and prepared to launch myself skyward. I don’t know why, but my feet were stuck. Something cold and slimy had wrapped itself around my left leg, tendrils crawling like ants around my calf. All the air in my chest escaped in a single cloud of air bubbles making a frenzied dash for the surface.

 

Kicking and flapping about, I tried to dislodge whatever had caught my foot. I needed air but every time I opened my mouth it filled with the ceaseless rush of muddy water.

 

Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic! I crunched myself into a ball and stretched my arm down in a vain attempt to remove whatever it was that had the vice grip on my ankle. I wrapped my hand around the offending root that held me. Terror stopped my heart and froze my blood, and my eyes shot open. Clamped around my leg was a grizzly, white-knuckled hand extending out of the lake floor. I struggled and fought to pry the digits loose. It was no use, my ankle was locked fast, and I had nothing left.

 

Given the go-ahead, the murky liquid hungrily searched for any way to penetrate and take over my body. A thousand knives pierced through me as I battled for every last scrap of oxygen. My arms and legs spasmed once, then twice, then stopped fighting and went deathly still. An ethereal calmness took over. I knew right then I was dying. I thought of Cora, imagining her warmth and fire, and I found peace. I pictured her arms wrapped around me, holding me tight forever and never letting go.

 

bookreview

What can I say?  Harlie loves the Evernight Teen books.  This is my first PNR from them and I was impressed.  Paranormal is not my favorite genre to read at all.  I don’t like my vamps to sparkle.  I don’t understand the whole shifter culture either.  What I do like in paranormal are ghosts, demons, angels and gargoyles.  Yes, I know.  I’m weird.  This book had a creepy factor that revolved around a curse from a wizard and ghosts.  I’m so there…

From the first paragraph to the last I was hooked.  I will admit that the beginning of the book didn’t make a bunch of sense to me but once the story started rolling (see the above excerpt), I didn’t stop reading.  Ms. Belwater has a way with words.  Whether they are from a teenager or her descriptions of the surroundings.  If I had one thing to say…her Australian showed up in Georgia.  🙂  It was weird at first but I just went with it and it made the story that much richer.  Josh and Nate related better to me as a reader.  Their friendship was easy going and free.

Nate oh my Nate.  I felt for this kid.  Losing a mother and essentially his father at the same time.  He literally had no one but once he met Cora and Josh it was like he was home.  Watching him find himself again was a treat.  I did like how he and his dad interacted.  It made sense to me.  I just went back to how my brother and our dad interacted and it was perfect.  Mother or not.  The grunts, nods and actions…

Cora was a different kind of heroine.  You find out about her in bits and pieces throughout the story.  I didn’t understand what her age was until the end of the book.  Yes, it is never revealed until the end.  But I will say when it was I was floored.  Once her full back story was introduced, I didn’t know what to think of her.  She seemed weird but also, worldly.  Protective, too.  Of herself and the surroundings.  Again, I liked her a lot but it wasn’t until the end of the book that she made sense to me.

Josh and Annie are great secondary characters in the book.  They are mother and son.  I wish I could say more but I will let you in on a secret…Josh plays a HUGE role in Cora and Nate’s romance.  He never flinched when asked something and in the end he figured it out…in a way.  His plot twist…I NEVER saw coming and it made me….Sorry, you need to read the book.

I can not implore you enough to pick up an Evernight Teen book.  The authors that write for them are brilliant.  They don’t dumb it down for the reader and the plots/characters are always engaging and fun to read.  Ms. Belwater’s story is that type of YA book that I like to read.  Of course, her description of the librarian was sorta lost on me.  Don’t hate because I haven’t seen any of the Harry Potter movies.  My kid isn’t old enough to see them yet.  Soon…

4.5harlies

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Author Bio:danielle

 

Danielle Belwater adores the concept of true love and thoroughly believes everyone has their Prince Charming or Snow White out there somewhere, even if they have to fight demons, ghosts, and wizards to find it.
Danielle has been having a love affair with words since she was young and in primary school, writing some rather imaginative tales. This love has followed her into adulthood.

She lives in rural South Australia with her husband, young daughters and way too many animals to mention. She spends most of her time dreaming up characters, stories, ghostly tales, and watching Firefly re-runs.  She also cooks the odd meal for her family to avoid them looking like skeletons at official author functions!
Danielle is passionate about reading and her interests include pretty much anything with words from rolling four volume epics to the daily newspaper.
CONTACTS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Web: http://www.daniellebelwater.com
E: daniellebelwater@gmail.com
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Twitter: @DSevenwaters
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Book Blast for Bob at the Lake by R. Murphy w/giveaway

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Bob at the Lake

By R. Murphy

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BLURB:

 

Take a crabby woman of a certain age, move her to the wintry shores of a New York lake, and then throw in a martini-loving ghost from 1920s Manhattan. Last, stir in the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill. Now there’s a recipe for a potent screwball cocktail!

 

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Excerpt Two:

 

“At this point, it might be appropriate to interject a few words about me, your narrator. Decades ago, people used to have a phrase for me: a woman of a certain age. Back then, everyone knew what that phrase meant: ‘Young enough to want to (fill in the name of your favorite venial sin here); old enough to know better.’ The phrase implies a certain amount of polish, a certain amount of experience. A woman who’s been knocked down by life, still has the energy to get off the floor, and has learned lessons from her fall. Back then, women of a certain age were hard-bitten newspaperwomen, or glamorous, mysterious divorce co-respondents in courtroom dramas, who wore elegant hats with veils down to their chins. I associate them with words like peplum, and negligee, and I know they were all blondes who wore daring designer suits and genuine silk stockings.

 

I wish I could afford to wear daring designer suits. Instead my everyday clothes typically involve some form of denim. And, although my short, wavy brunette hair usually has some highlights of blond, the quantity of highlights tends to vary proportionally to my bank balance. The more money I have, the blonder I get.

 

I don’t know how to assign a specific age to a woman of a certain age in the twenty-first century. It’s especially confusing these days, when forty is the new twenty and fifty is the new thirty. I think it’s mostly a matter of mind and experience.

 

Anyway, back to our story…

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:MEDIA KIT roz murphy (2)

 

Roz Murphy is the pseudonym of a shy, retiring writer who doesn’t want her neighbors to know how nutty she really is. Brooklyn-born and Jersey-bred, Roz now lives on the misty shore of one of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. Prior to that, her business writing career took her to many locations, including Manhattan, where she worked for a number of years. As a freelance and corporate writer, Roz won several national and international writing and communications awards.

 

Now Roz is pursuing her first love—fiction. She’s writing the ‘Bob’ books, the humorous chronicle of a crabby ‘woman of a certain age’ who moves to the wintry shores of a New York lake—and gets a ghost. And not just any ghost, mind you. Bob’s a plump, middle-aged ghost from 1920s Manhattan who swans around in a silk smoking jacket and drinks far too many martinis. Stir the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill into this mix and you get a pretty potent screwball cocktail!

 

When she’s not reading, writing, hill-walking, staring mindlessly out the window at the lake or piling rocks onto her ever-diminishing lakefront, you can usually find Roz hanging out with her family, travelling, or exploring the amazing wines and wineries of the Finger Lakes.

 

‘Bob at the Lake’ is exclusively available as a Kindle download from Amazon. Please join Roz Murphy Author on FaceBook for updates on the many adventures of Roz, David—and Bob.

 

Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Bob-at-Lake-R-Murphy-ebook/dp/B00F3O9G4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388423123&sr=1-1

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roz-Murphy-Author/213668102110571

 

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Altered Frequency by Joya Fields – Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

Alright, there will be 2 giveaways. At each stop, Joya is giving away some trading cards for the book. Then there will be a Rafflecopter grand prize of a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card to one winner. The rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

Blurb:

After losing her father and brother in the line of duty, Missy Prescott vows never to get involved with anyone who has a dangerous job. Blessed with a golden voice, she takes a job as a disc jockey with her own late-night lovelorn dedication show on a popular radio station in Baltimore.

Blake Decker has never had a family. He has come to count on the only family he knows—his brothers on the police force. He’s a one-night-stand kind of guy when it comes to relationships.

Betty McAllister, the caring woman who used to live in Missy’s apartment, is now a ghost. She refuses to cross over until Blake—whom she viewed as her own son—is happily in love. She thinks Missy is the perfect girl for him.

Missy and Blake need to keep each other at a distance as they work together to help Betty find a way to cross over. But when danger lurks, will Missy and Blake lose everything?

 Ten Reasons Old Buildings Make Great Settings for Books

Thanks very much for hosting me today to chat about my newest release, Altered Frequency (Hauntings at Inner Harbor, Book 2). The trilogy is about a haunted Baltimore apartment building that’s over a hundred years old. Each story features a different couple, and a different ghost.

I loved setting this series in an old building because structures that have been around for a long time have so much character. There are floorboards that squeak when nobody’s there, tricks to get ancient parts to work, and a history of residents that you can almost feel when you step through the front door. And speaking of doors, that’s exactly what happens on the first page of Altered Frequency. The heroine struggles with the doorknob on her apartment door.

An elderly lady appears and instructs Missy, the heroine, to jiggle the knob to the left while she turns the key. Well, the trick works to open the door, but it turns out the lady is a ghost. A matchmaking ghost named Betty who makes it her mission to get Missy, who has a very good reason not to date cops, together with Blake, the sexy man across the hall who is a Baltimore policeman.

In honor of aging structures everywhere, here are ten reasons that old buildings make a great setting for ghost stories:

  1. Shutters that really work.
  2. Creepy cellars.
  3. 10-12 foot ceilings
  4. Architectural trim (on the ceilings and the base)
  5. Skeleton keys for doors. (How cool is that in a ghost story?)
  6. Drafty fireplaces that can blow out candles or create a sudden chill.
  7. Scary looking cracks in plaster ceilings and walls.
  8. Faulty electricity. (Comes in handy for romantic cuddling when the lights go      out.)
  9. Creaky floorboards.
  10. Hidden passages.

What do you think about old buildings and houses? Do you cherish them, or think they’re outdated? I’d love to hear from you. Thanks very much for stopping by!

Review:

As a reviewer/owner of this blog, there are certain words that I hate to use when writing a review.  I try to be professional in my review and yes, occasionally some cuss words come out and I’m sorry.  I could give you a list but the word that I’m going to use today that I hate is cute.  Yes, cute.  Cute describes an animal, a teenage boy when you are 14 or a pair of shoes.   It shouldn’t be used to describe a romance novel, but cute describes Altered Frequency to me.

I was smiling from page one until the end and I haven’t stopped. As most people know, I love a good ghost story.  Depending on the mood, it could be scary, horrifying (I did grow up devouring Stephen King), or funny.  Another thing about me, I believe in ghosts/spirits.  Whenever I see a cardinal (male or female) I feel as if my grandparents are watching over me.  Our family has a thing about cardinals.  🙂  Anywoos…

Missy and Blake are one of the cutest couples that I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  Each steadfast in their resolve to not get involved with each other but somehow its impossible with a matchmaking ghost.  They were honest with each other from the start about each other not getting involved and for this reader, I loved it.  Ms. Fields didn’t drag it out and the fun of the book was watching them try to deny it.  The scene in the car? Wow!  Yep, there is no denying the attraction after that.

But the main thing that I loved about the book was Blake and Missy’s relationship with Betty.  Betty was the mom that Blake never had and Missy had a friend that would talk to her after a day at the station.  Once, they realized that Betty hadn’t crossed over and wanted desperately to be with her Stanley, it was a race to get Betty there.  Betty was a perfectly written secondary character.  Try not to picture the earrings and track suit that she was wearing.  I swear, I felt like I reading about someone from the Miami, Florida area.  He he!

Once again, I’m amazed at the mind of some authors.  Ms. Fields painted a brilliant picture of the waterfront area of Baltimore for me and the building itself is a secondary character.  Plus, the world that she built is great, too.  Missy’s job was interesting and only added to the amazing twist at the end.  Who knew, right?  Oh that’s right…you need to read the book to find out what the twist is at the end.  😉  I would be remiss to not mention it but alas…read the book.  Missy can more than hold her own which only makes Blake fall in love with her more.

Altered Frequency is that perfectly cute book about a couple that didn’t want to fall in love but did.  A good-hearted ghost that wants nothing more to get to her beloved on the other side and needs our couple to fall in love to do it.  Oh, and finding her spirit guide, too.  She keeps missing him, too.

Again, I hate to use the word cute but I did.  Please forgive me.  But I can’t wait to read the first book in this series and bring on the third book, too.  Damn that building…

 

 

Author Bio: Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, was a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and was nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. She’s since released three more books. Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty-five years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere. www.joyafields.com

Find Joya:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=joya+fields

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5395700.Joya_Fields

Twitter: @joyafields

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