Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: Blue - Darkness Falls # 3 by @IvoryQuinn_

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covergifTitle: Blue
Series: Darkness Falls # 3
Author: Ivory Quinn
Audience: Erotica
Genre: Romance/BDSM
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Ivory Quinn
Cover by: Kande's Pixels
Editor: Rivka Spicer
Expected Date of Publishing: Aug 30. 2014

If you love something, you let it go, right? If they love you in return, they’ll come back.
A year ago, Blue let Noelle walk out the door into another man’s arms and he’s done with waiting for her to come back. She’s his. She’s always been his. She just doesn’t know it yet.
The only thing that stands between them is his past and the woman that almost broke him. Does he love Noelle enough to face his demons and can he trust her to bring their love full circle? Finding out might just kill them both.


Unable to face the look he was sure would be on their faces, Blue stumbled blindly from the room and headed in search of somewhere less confusing.
“Blue!” Noelle had followed him out, but he ignored her. “Blue! Stop!”
“I need to be alone.” Shame made him sharp, but he should have known better than to think that would stop her.
“No, you don’t.” A tiny hand slipped into his, entwining their fingers. “You need to be reminded who you are in the here and now. You need to talk about it. You need to trust me.”
“I…” He didn’t even know who this version of himself was. He stopped in the hallway, uncertain where to go. Nowhere felt like it would be the sanctuary he needed more than anything else.
“Chloe, can you give us an hour and then bring breakfast for two to my room, please.” Noelle took over, seeming to know what he needed better than he did. The sub standing behind the reception desk nodded once, flashing a concerned glance at Blue. He couldn’t believe he was letting anyone see him like this. “Come on.” He followed her up the stairs, meek and trusting. She seemed so certain and he felt so numb, like his brain was full of cotton wool.
They entered her room and she pushed the door shut behind them, hitting the lights and drawing the curtains. Her hands went to the buttons of her blouse and he swallowed. “What are you doing?”
“Giving you something to lose yourself in until you’re able to deal with this.” She shrugged, dragging the blouse from her shoulders and letting it pool on the floor.
“You said you weren’t ready.” He replied automatically and she nodded.
“I did. But you need this.”
“How did you know?” He reached for his own buttons, only then realising that his hands were trembling.
“Know what?” She was shimmying out of her jeans, kicking her shoes across the floor.
“That you’re the only place I feel safe.”
She blushed, the warmth radiating over her creamy skin. “Because you taught me that.” She took over removing his clothes. “Home isn’t always a building. Sometimes it’s a person or people. Sometimes there’s more sanctuary in someone familiar than there is in a house you grew up in. Let me be that for you, Blue.”

Ivory Quinn is an author of indeterminate youth, living in a land where the sun rarely shines but the mist makes everything magical. She likes men and books, but doesn’t think either makes a great sandwich filling. Unmarried and living with other creative types, she has a healthy relationship with her bed. She wishes that writing was her day job, but sadly has a large percentage of non-writing time, made bearable only by classic rock and lots of caffeinated things. Her favourite things are fan mail, cake and men in kilts. She does not see these things as mutually exclusive.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Series Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Blood & Guitars Series by @theedgeofwords


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COVERGIFTitle: Fangs And Fame
Series: Blood And Guitars, #3
Author: Heather Jensen
Audience: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Heather Jensen
Cover by: Indie Designz
Pages: 350 pages
Date Published: August 25, 2014

Trey and Aurora have hit the road with Catalyst for the Until Sanity Tour. For Trey, adjusting to life as a vampire while getting on stage in front of screaming fans every night proves difficult. The limelight forces him to do things he swore he wouldn't, like feeding from the occasional fan. Keeping his secret from the band is harder than Trey expected, and the dull ache of hunger is always with him. Aurora tries to help Trey adjust while attempting to further her career from the road. She continues to paint, determined not to lose herself in the media maelstrom that comes with being married to Trey Decker.
But strange vampires are popping up at concerts, and the newlyweds realize they may be in over their heads. They owe a powerful vampire a favor, and he’s come to collect. But the price is too high, and Trey’s band mates are at risk of becoming collateral damage. Will Trey and Aurora be able to thwart the forces working against them and ensure that everyone they love is still around to share in their success in the end?
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(Trey's Point of View)
I hadn't been on stage for all of five minutes when I felt the little buzz of power vibrating in the back of my skull. I was careful not to let it throw me off my game as I casually searched the crowd for the source. My first thought was that my vampire stalker was back, but she hadn’t generated a power buzz like this one. Aurora was backstage tonight – not like I’d mistake her power signature for anyone else’s – but it was clear that at least one vampire was standing in the crowd. When the song we were playing ended, I took my guitar off and walked back to the stand Chase and his drums were perched on. I grabbed a bottle of water and took a big drink, just to give myself some time to think. O’Shea started telling the crowd a story – leave it to him to fill in the silence – and I turned back around to scan for potential vamps again while he spoke. It took a moment, but I spotted him. He was sitting in the third row from the front, off to the left. He was even wearing a black suit, kind of like the ones the Emissary wear, but I couldn’t tell whether it had their emblem embroidered on the breast pocket or not. I met his gaze and held it, letting him know that I’d found him. He stared right at me in that way that vamps do when you just know they’re trying to read your soul, one wispy layer at a time.
He wasn’t just here for the show. That much was obvious. If he was Emissary, what on earth was he doing at a Catalyst concert? Certainly the Emissary had more important things to do than check up on Aurora and I, like tracking down Malena, for one. And if he wasn’t Emissary, well, that was even more confusing. I wished Aurora were sitting there in the front row. At least that way I would know she was trying to decipher the same questions I was. At least that way I would know she was safe. Instead, she was enjoying the show on a screen from the backstage lounge tonight, while simultaneously snapping pictures of several paintings to upload to her website so she could ship them back to The Waking Moon.
Then I realized there were two of them.
The second one was dressed like the first and was sitting in the lowest section off the floor to my left. He met my gaze as well, and I had to force myself to look away so the camera wouldn’t catch my stare-down on the big screens. O’Shea’s voice broke through my thoughts, and I heard him asking the crowd if it was okay if we slowed things down for a minute. The cheering that resulted was my cue to at least try and forget about the vamp in the crowd.
Like that was going to happen.
I set my water bottle down by my mic stand and leaned into the mic. “Let me see those cell phones in the air,” I said as the guys starting playing the intro to “Sweet Disguise.” I strapped my guitar back on and waved one hand back and forth to direct the crowd until the verse began. As I sang, I scanned the crowd again for the mystery vamps but they were both gone. I tried not to worry about it, not to wonder where they had gone and why they’d left in such a hurry, but it was easier said than done. I couldn’t for the life of me imagine why they were here. Even if I’d wanted to warn Aurora, I wasn’t capable of sifting through all the thought trails in the building to find hers. I’d tried on several occasions, but I could never quite manage to hone in on her specifically through all the energized, almost frantic thoughts, coming my way – more than half of which were about me.
The rest of the set seemed especially long after that, which made me feel like crap. The crowd was really into us, and I did my best not to be distracted. I’m even pretty sure it worked, but I was more than relieved when we finished the last song before the encore. I made my way to the dressing room at last. Aurora was sitting at her laptop, and jumped up when we all came into the room.
“I’m ready, I swear,” she said, hurrying over to the makeup chair as Chase plopped down in it for his zombie makeover.
I changed into my tattered suit, suddenly feeling more than a little ridiculous about the paranoia that had rattled my brain throughout the show.
Aurora was here. She was fine. In fact, everything seemed fine.
I started to wonder if I’d seen the vampires in the crowd at all. It didn’t make sense, anyway. Why would a vampire make an appearance in the crowd just to completely vanish moments later? Maybe I really had imagined the whole thing. Maybe I was in worse shape than I realized. I made a mental note to down some blood from the stash first thing after we finished here. I couldn’t help but scan the crowd again for the vamps when I took the stage as a zombie for the encore. No buzzing power, and no Emissary-looking mystery vamps. I was mostly relieved, and I focused on giving the fans the best zombie performance I knew how to give. Aurora was waiting for me in the lounge and we headed for the bus together. It wasn’t until we were about to climb the bus’s steps that we both felt it at the same time.
A power signature.
Aurora froze, her foot hovering just above the bottom step. She looked over her shoulder at me and said, “We have a visitor.”


hardbackstandingstraight_890x1110Title:   Blood And Guitars
Book # or Vol #  1           
Pages: 358 pages    
ISBN-10: 1463511884 and ISBN-13: 978-1463511883
When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood.

Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.

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Title:  Immortals And Melodieshardbackstandingstraight (4)
Book # or Vol #  2      
Pages: 264 estimated      
Catalyst frontman Trey is no stranger to chaos, but even the life of a rock star couldn't prepare him for the consequences of loving a vampire. Trey's life is in danger; threatened by the very group he must join to stay alive. His struggle to continue his career and release a new album with the band is marred by events that force him to ask a powerful Synod Elder for help.
Aurora has to keep Trey alive until she can make him a vampire, but her own kind will stop at nothing to prevent it. The head of the Emissary is having her followed, and if she can't figure out who is behind the violent attacks, Trey might not make it to the full moon. As Aurora battles her own kind, she's also plagued by the risk she's taking by changing Trey. Will her moon-given power be enough to carry Trey through the change, or will he be left floating in the wake of destruction?
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Full name: Aurora Evins
Species: Vampire
Age: 23, but technically I haven’t aged since I became a vampire at 19.
Nationality: My father was Caucasian and my mother was Egyptian.
City or town of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Currently lives: Clearwater, Florida
Height: 5’8’
Weight: 115
Hair color: Black
Hairstyle: I wear it long and straight, or in big waves
Eye color: Green (Trey says they are the color of old-fashioned 7-Up Bottles.)
Personality: I’m a bit of a recluse. It just comes with the vampire territory. Maybe it’s partly because I’m an artist. I’m an observer. I’ve always been more into watching things unfold around me than jumping right into the middle of them. My OCD kicks in when I’m at work, whether it’s organizing my paints, mixing up a fresh batch of varnish, or arranging the way my work is displayed on the walls at my gallery. I don’t have a lot of friends, but being with Trey has taught me to open up a little. I’ve adopted the rest of the guys in the band as brothers They’re sort of stuck with me now whether they want me or not.
Likes: I love rain, which is convenient when you live in Florida. I also love Root beer (there’s just something nostalgic about it.) I love painting, and not just because my livelihood depends on it. Painting is therapeutic. I also apparently have a thing for guys who play guitar.
Dislikes: Alcohol. Not just because it tastes awful to my vampire taste buds, but because my parents and brother were killed by someone who was driving drunk.
Fears/phobias: I have a fear of death. I know most people probably do, but I think being immortal was the biggest thing that attracted me to being a vampire. There’s just something about the idea of not existing on this earth anymore that totally freaks me out.
Favorite color: Red.
Hobbies: Painting, hanging out at the local vampire hot spot called Club Sanguin, giving my best friend Mark a hard time, and more recently, sketching Trey while he works in the recording studio and beating all of the guys in the band at Guitar Hero.
Taste in music: Anything Trey sings. Lol. But seriously, I have eclectic tastes. I have a soft spot for pop rock and alternative music, though.
Talents/skills: Let’s talk vampire skills, since that’s more interesting. My moon-given talent is to be able to block my thoughts from the prying minds of other vampires. I’m able to ask for other abilities at each new full-moon cycle, but this is the one skill I have with me any time the moon is out. I’m also super fast, strong, and a bit on the sarcastic side.
Current job title and description: I’m the owner of an art studio/gallery called The Waking Moon. I named it after one of the names for the full moon in April because that’s the month I was made a vampire.
Full name: Trey Decker
Age: 22
City or town of birth: I was born in Clearwater Florida, and I still live there today.
Height: 6’ 0”
Figure/build: Slim, Athletic
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Light Blue
Tattoos: I have a tattoo of the band’s name and logo, Catalyst, on my chest on the right side.
Personality: I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t fall easily, but when I have someone that I love, I want to spoil them and give them my heart completely. Living like that opens you up to getting hurt, but the rewards are worth the risk. I like to think I’m spontaneous. I’m pretty laid back and easy going, except for when it comes to my music and the band. I feel responsible for every note and every word I write in a song. I’m a bit of a control freak in that sense, so I like to be involved in the details in as much of the creative process as I can, from the moment we start writing new songs for a record, right down to designing the stage we use.
Likes: I like dogs. Cats make me sneeze. (Sorry cat lovers.) I like the ocean. I used to spend a lot of time surfing, but the band takes up most of my spare time these days. I like writing songs and being on stage. There’s just something about being able to tell a story with my guitar and my voice. I’m completely addicted to every aspect of my job. I’m the luckiest guy in the world that way. I love Legos. I’m like a 10-year-old. I even have a working guitar a fan made me out of Legos. It’s the coolest thing ever.
Dislikes: Fake people. Tabloids. Paparazzi that hide in my bushes in my front yard. (You know who you are.)
Fears/phobias: I used to worry that I was never going to find someone who could deal with my crazy life and my career choice. Aurora has changed all that for me…. Oh, Spiders! I don’t do spiders. They are pure evil.
Favorite color: Old-fashioned 7-Up bottle Green. ;)
Hobbies: Music, pretending that I know how to paint with Aurora, playing with my miniature pinscher Cowboy, hanging out with my bandmates.
Taste in music: I play rock, so I tend to listen to rock. I’m a big fan of Mayday Parade, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, The All-American Rejects, and a bunch of other bands like that. I also love some of the classic bands like Kansas, The Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. My iPod has a weird combination of bands on it.

Favorite food(s): I love pizza and pasta. And Chinese takeout.
Disliked food: Sushi. I just don’t get it. I really don’t.
House/home: My house is huge. Too big, really. I went a little overboard when I was house shopping. Aurora calls it the mansion. I wish I could say that is an exaggeration. The pool is the best part, though. I did it all for the pool.
Current job title and description: Leader singer and rhythm guitarist in Catalyst.
These are just a few of the songs that I used to set the tone while writing scenes in Fangs And Fame.
Good To You – Marianas Trench feat. Kate Voegele
Whispering – Alex Clare
Back To Me – The All-American Rejects
My Hero – Foo Fighters
Without The Bitter The Sweet Isn’t As Sweet – Mayday Parade
A Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope
All About Us – He Is We, Owl City
Playing The Blame Game – You Me At Six
The Last Song Ever – Secondhand Serenade
The Best Of Me – The Starting Line
The Memory – Mayday Parade
Black Ink Revenge – Automatic Loveletter

Did you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, but I was never told by a career counselor in school that writing for a living was an option. I remember going through the motions and listing normal career choices, but never really being passionate about anything else. It wasn’t until I was in high school and I discovered Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (She was published at 13) that I was inspired to open up about my writing and share my passion with the world.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

Probably when I finished my first novella. I self-published it when I was 20. For the first time I had a paperback book to hold in my hands and something I was proud to let other people read.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

 I’ve had lots of other jobs. I’ve worked as a relay for the deaf, I worked at a preschool more recently, but my favorite job was at a recording studio after college. You couldn’t get a degree as a music engineer at that time, so I did a program that was basically an internship with textbooks and curriculum and tests to pass to get a certificate. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had a blast!

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

 Fangs And Fame (Blood And Guitars #3) Trey and Aurora are touring with Catalyst, but they owe a powerful vampire a favor, and he’s come to collect.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

I self-publish. I like to have control over every step of the creative process, right down to approving the book cover and writing the blurb on the back of the jacket. Traditional publishing was never for me.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

 I don’t expect that I’ll ever stray too far from the Paranormal Fantasy genre. It’s my favorite to read. My favorite TV shows are even in this category, i.e. Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Smallville. I have some ideas floating around for my next work, and you can definitely expect more of the paranormal from me.

What genre would you place your books into?

Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

 I just write what I would like to read. I didn’t have to categorize the books until I published the first one, which led me to those genres. There wasn’t even a New Adult label when Blood And Guitars was first released, but it’s nice to have that genre to throw out there to let people know my characters aren’t teenagers. Fans of YA enjoy my books, but YA just doesn’t describe them very well.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

 I used to carry around notebooks and write with a pen or pencil. My school notebooks were always full of stories. Now I like to be at my computer and have Spotify up so I can listen to my writing playlists. I have very specific music I listen to in order to set the mood. Each of the three books in the Blood And Guitars series have their own playlists. I love having a Raspberry Dr. Pepper, Blue Coconut Dr. Pepper, or Mango Mountain Dew to sip on while I write, too.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

 Yes! I love reading reviews. Authors are sort of removed from readers, but social media and receiving reviews gives you a little insight into what your readers are thinking, and helps you connect with them. I love talking with readers on my facebook page and on Twitter, too.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

 Usually I write first and choose the title later, but with Blood And Guitars things were different. I thought of the titles for all three books in the series after I wrote the first book.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

 Baby name websites are a great tool for finding names. Some names are just sort of inherent with the character from the moment you develop them in your head, and others you have to search for.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

 I like to sketch out a character bio in the beginning phase of writing. That way I can develop the character on paper and really flesh them out. I find that they are more believable as people that way.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I still love paperback books, but I’ve grown to appreciate my kindle. I’m a bit of a clutz, and I’ve ruined more than one book while reading in the bathtub, and I love that I can stick my kindle in a ziplock baggie and read away without much worry ( a great tip my sister gave me!) I’ll always love the feel and smell of a real book, but eBooks are amazing for different reasons.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

My favorite book as a kid was Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. I’ve read it over and over. I still have the original copy I owned as a kid, and you can see that it’s been very loved. I even read it to my son, which was a whole new experience that made the book mean even more to me. Bruce Coville was the first author that introduced me to the idea of normal people in the modern world having fantastical, and often supernatural or paranormal experiences. He’s definitely inspired my writing in that way.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

Some book to movie adaptations have been done really well. I love the Harry Potter movies, although they can’t compete with the books, they did an amazing job bringing that world to the screen for a whole new group of fans to enjoy. One movie I really wish could be erased completely and redone is Eragon. Chris Paolini created such an amazing world with uniquely rich characters, and the movie just didn’t do that world justice. Someone please, we need a do-over! (Hey, it happened with Spiderman, Superman, and now the Ninja Turtles…. Just sayin’.)

Your favorite food is?


Your favorite singer/group is?

 A few bands that I love right now are Mayday Parade, The Material, and Marianas Trench. If I’m going to be completely honest, though, my favorite group will always be the Backstreet Boys. I’m not even ashamed to admit it. Lol. I see them on tour every other year or so when they come to Vegas. Just got back from a BSB show a few months ago with my best friend!

Your favorite color is?


Your favorite Author is?

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

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about the author
imageI write fantasy for teens and adults. I've been creating stories for as long as I can remember. I'm also an avid reader, and I blame Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and her book "In The Forests Of The Night" for my vampire obsession. I absolutely love vampires and anything paranormal, but I enjoy fantasy of all kinds.
 I'm addicted to Oreos and Raspberry Dr. Pepper from Swig. When I'm not writing I enjoy traveling, playing board and card games, killing zombies on the Xbox with my hubby, and spending time with friends and family.
 Music has always been a passion of mine. I've been playing drums since I was 12. I also love playing guitar, singing, and going to concerts.
 My favorite color is green, and the uglier the shade the better. I get bored of my hairstyle easily which has resulted in me having many looks in the last ten years.
 I live in Southern Utah with my husband and son. I'm currently preparing for the release of the third installment in the Blood And Guitar series, Fangs And Fame, which will be out August 25, 2014.

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