Book Blitz + Giveaway: Chained Melodies

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Welcome to the Book Blitz for Chained Melodies by Debrah Martin!
Chained Melodies: a startling transgender story to rival The Danish Girl:
Chained Melodies is the story of two men, three people and the meaning of love.
 

ChainedMelodiesEngland in the 1960s: Will Robinson and Tom Wilson are just two ordinary boys – best friends, But Will and Tom will grow up to be very different people to the schoolboys who scrumped apples and scraped knees together. By the time they’re in their twenties, Tom has experienced death and disillusionment whilst serving in Northern Ireland and is questioning everything he ever believed in. Will has discovered he’s living in the wrong body. It takes courage to face the truth, but it takes a different kind of courage to live with it. Tom and Will find that courage through each other – and an unexpected kind of love. Chained Melodies tells Will, Tom and Billie’s stories – an echo of Lili Elbe’s, and a foreshadowing of Caitlyn Jenner’s.

Chained Melodies was first released in early 2013 to critical acclaim as Chained Melody, but has been out of print for the last year. Reviewers commented on the first release:

“…a beautiful book about love, acceptance and self-discovery …”
“…truly a must read …”
“…it’s not a transsexual love story, it’s a love story that happens to feature transsexuals. The author did an amazing job making the characters three-dimensional and their self-discovery journey is transforming not just for them, but the reader too.”

It has now been updated and revised and is on release from 5th October 2015 under its new title, coincidentally close to the forthcoming limited release of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne – the story of Lili Elbe, the first male to female SRS, and also mentioned in Chained Melodies. The author worked with members of the transgender community to write the book, and was interviewed on radio with one of them following the original release, which was also linked to the nationally touring portrait exhibition of transgender people titled Living My Life, compiled by Sheffield NHS trust.



Debrah Martin is a British author writing under three different pen names and in three very different genres.

She plots fast-paced thrillers as D.B. Martin,  with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion. Her YA teen detective series is penned as Lily Stuart – THE teen detective; irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable. Webs and Magpiesare the first two books in the series. And as Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction. Her second literary fiction, Falling Awake, described pre-release as “In the best traditions of Audrey Niffenegger and Carlos Ruiz Zafón… will also be on release at the end of October 2015.

Debrah Martin can be emailed on info@debrahmartin.co.uk 
Her website is www.debrahmartin.co.uk 

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Net Galley reviewers can access an ARC of Chained Melodies there from 7th October, and all reviewers can obtain a copy and more information about Debrah’s other works by contacting her at the email address below.

For the first thirty reviewers to post a review of Chained Melodies on Amazon, if you email Debrah with a link to the review, she’ll send you a bumper bundle (digital) of her other adult fiction books, including the award-winning Patchwork People series. Reviewers are also invited to contact Debrah for review copies of any of her books.

GIVEAWAY:
Two signed print copies of Chained Melodies (INT)
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Release + Giveaway: Poet Anderson…of Nightmares

We are excited to announce that the young adult novel Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young is now available in stores everywhere!


From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.

Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

 

 

About the Authors:


Tom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. For the full experience of Tom’s work, visit www.tothestars.media.

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY.

GIVEAWAY:
Signed hardcover of Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares 
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Review + Giveaway: Clockwork Menagerie

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cover1000-678x1024Title: Clockwork Menagerie
Author: Karen Kincy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: September 2015
Length: 65 pages
Series?: Shadows of Asphodel #2.5
Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy

A companion novella to the Shadows of Asphodel series, from Konstantin’s point of view.

1914. Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.

To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.

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Review

The Skinny

All of Europe was a mess of alliances, each country eager to defend its honor.

It is 1914 and Konstantin is busy trying to dissect the clockwork dragon. However, he has orders to act as a scientific attaché in St. Petersburg. The mission must uphold diplomacy fully, but once Konstantin discovers a sinister and unethical technomancy practice in his Russian rival he begins to cross the diplomatic lines. Add into the mix Captain Himmel, who makes Konstantin’s cogs whir even though such a relationship is illegal, and it makes for a strained and secretive mission in more ways than one.

The Players

Konstantin – an archmage who specializes in technomancy

Himmel – naval airship captian; selected frequently to command zeppelins for travel missions

von Bach – Austria-Hungary ambassador to Russia; in charge of the diplomatic mission

Alexsandr – the Russian guide to von Bach and Konstantin

Zinoviya – dowager countess of Russia; owns the clockwork menagerie

First Impressions

I’ve already read the first two books in the series, so I wasn’t sure what was going to pop up in this short novella or where it would lead.

Second Thoughts

The book continues where the second installment in the series left off. It is still 1914 and the brink of WWI is about to come crashing down, despite the Hex that the Archmages created for protection.

Konstantin, an archmage of Vienna, is set off on a mission to Russia with a diplomatic ambassador. It becomes very clear to Konstantin that he is only allowed to look at the various technomancy workings in Russia. He is not to discuss them or touch them. For a man who lives for his research, this is a hard thing to keep from doing, especially when he finds himself a mere pawn in the game. He must come to terms that his own works have caused destruction and death just as his enemies’ creations have.

“Oh, dear, didn’t you know?”

Heat scorched his face. He had been trotted out like a pawn on the chessboard, ignorant of the bigger players. “Why you?”

“Tsar Nicholas finds my talents useful.”

“Your clockwork dragon killed dozens of men.” He hated how his voice shook.

“And your hands haven’t been stained by a drop of blood.”

In the Russian clockwork dragon Konstantin has discovered a new and unethical practice in technomancy: Siberian chrysoberyl. The highly unethical and restricted practice is a magnified version of pyschothaumaturgy – “a soul trapped in a diabolical mechanism.” This requires capturing a soul during its moment of death and imprisoning it, creating a beast that possesses an immense power. A highly illegal practice. As Konstantin struggles to prove to the world what he knows to be true, he must make sacrifices, perhaps at his very own cost.

He had never seen Siberian chrysoberyl outside of the latest scientific articles, since the Russian government kept a chokehold on its distribution. Whoever built the clockwork dragon needed approval from the Tsar himself. It would be marvelous to talk with the technomancer who engineered the dragon, but of course that would be consorting with the enemy.

I found Konstatin’s character to be very charming, even when distressed. He tries to always be proper and polite, but he is also very much a nerd and it shows in his own inner conversations with himself. The most comical moment was either when he pretended to be an American to avoid suspicion or wanted to set up a makeshift labratory in Himmel’s hotel room.

Konstantin stroked his beard. “I need to tinker with the temporal magic. Might I use your hotel room as a makeshift labratory?”

Himmel arched an eyebrow. “Try not to burn down the building.”

“I won’t.”

“Or electrocute yourself.”

I loved the initial description of the dowager countess. She is portrayed as something so delicate.

A slim young brunette tilted her head, listening to a gentleman, diamonds sparkling in her ears. Red and gold butterflies perched in her hair, as if she were the most delectable flower, wings quivering in the slightest breeze.  

I also loved the relationship that Himmel and Konstantin have with one another, despite their actual feelings for one another. They work together well and their romance must be heavily suppressed in order for them both to survive in their worlds.

I definitely recommend Clockwork Menagerie. It is a captivating story with intrigue, enemies and forbidden romance.

About the Author

Kincy-author-photo1-225x300Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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Release Event + Giveaway: The Dragon’s Future

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Welcome to the release event for Dragon’s Future by Kandi Wyatt! This is the first book of the middle grade fantasy series and it’s now available for sale!

About the Book:

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Every child of Woolpren dreams of becoming one, but only a few are chosen. Now, ten-year-old twin brother and sister, Ruskya and Duskya, have been selected to join an elite group of riders: dragon riders. Full of awe and excitement, the twins leave their mother, and their home, to train for their new lives.

Fifteen years later, dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. One day, Ruskya is at the general store in town when a man announces that he is recruiting new dragon riders. Ruskya goes undercover, and discovers that there is another colony of riders with their own agenda—a quest to find a mysterious plant that could restore the dragon population, or destroy it. When a battle erupts between the two colonies, it’s up to Ruskya and his friends to fight for their dragons’ future, and their lives.

Follow Ruskya’s quest as he finds courage and friendship in this exciting middle grade fantasy series by new author Kandi J Wyatt.

 

 

About the Author:

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Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit kandijwyatt.wordpress.com.

 

GIVEAWAY:
One (1) paperback copy of Dragon’s Future (US only)
Ends Aug. 25th
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Blast + Giveaway: Dragonlove

 

For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die…
 
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: Dragonfriend #2

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world.

Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World’s most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past.

Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history.

As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.

EXCERPT

There was no silence as profound as the space between Islands, no vault as large as the moons-lit sky, hoarding its treasury of stars, nor a loneliness as soul-shadowing as the loss of betrayal. This Hualiama knew as she piloted her Dragonship away from Fra’anior Cluster. She could not sleep. Instead, she searched the emptiness with the eyes of her heart, longing for a glimmer of moonlight upon gemstone scales, for a sign that all was not dust blown into the Cloudlands.

Flicker. Amaryllion. Masters Jo’el and Khoyal. The long-dead face of her Nuyallith tutor, his knowledge lodged in her mind, unforgettable. Sometimes, she felt as though she carried more ghosts than living flesh upon her diminutive frame. She yearned for her spirit to abandon what the ballads called her mortal coil, to roam the Island-World upon wings less substantial than the wind itself; faraway, flyaway, free.

If she listened with the ears of her sixth sense, tasting and experiencing the tides and times of the Island-World, could she not rediscover that bond she had felt between herself and the Tourmaline Dragon, and sing the melody of souls united by oaths stronger than death?

Softly, she poured her heart forth in tuneful lament:

O my Dragon, I search for thee,

My spirit flying far and free,

I call to thee, Grandion; I beg, I burn,

Wilt thou not hear?

Wind keened among the inner hawsers binding spirit to flesh, and flesh to bone. Lia felt a sense of straining, perhaps the Dragon fire of Flicker’s gift bound in the form of a Human. Her hands played upon the controls as in a dream, setting a south-westerly course for Erigar Island. The sails were fully deployed to gobble up a bellyful of the night breeze. The stove burned cheerfully. She topped it up with a few chips of dry jalkwood.

A dream seemed to creep over her, a darkness deeper even than the night.

A Dragon lay in his lair.

Nay, not a lair, but a cage of indestructible Dragon bone, bound with bands of magic-infused iron. The Dragon shifted restlessly, as if gripped by dreams of his own–or touched by hers. Anger had long since guttered into grief. Hope lay crushed beneath a burden of despair. The Dragon circled his cage one more time, dragging his steps, and no light of the Island-World entered his eyes. He was blind.
 

 

Marc is a South African-born author who lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.


When he’s not writing about Africa Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.



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Teaser + Giveaway: Claiming Valeria

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Welcome to the teaser tour for Claiming Valeria, A Fada Novel, Book 2 by Rebecca Rivard! The Fada Shapeshifter novels are sexy paranormal romances that feature the fada shapeshifters and their fae rivals. Right now the Claiming Valeria ebook is available for $1.99 (US) from Amazon for a limited time!

About the Book:

He wants a second chance—

Rui had everything he’d ever wanted. He was the Rock Run second in command and he’d finally found his mate, the sexy Portuguese shifter Valeria. But it all fell apart when he assassinated an innocent man, leaving the man’s young daughter an orphan. Sick at heart, he brought the girl back home to Valeria and then went out for a night of heavy drinking that ended with him ensnared by the sun fae queen.

But can she trust him with her heart?

It was hard, but Valeria forged a new life for herself and her adopted daughter. She even found a new man. Then Rock Run’s alpha is kidnapped by the sun fae and Rui steps in to reclaim his position as second. Now he’s determined to win back Valeria as well.

A dark secret threatens them all…

But Valeria’s new man is hiding a dark Gift. Soon Rui and Valeria find themselves in a fight for not just their love, but their lives—and that of the little girl they’ve both come to adore.

Only $1.99 for one week and free on Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

About the Author:

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As a teenager, Rebecca Rivard read way too many romances, little realizing she was actually preparing for a career. After a detour through various genres, she has returned to her first love. She has placed highly in a number of romance writing contests, including a first for sexiest scene in the Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest.

Like the river fada in her Fada Shapeshifter Series, Rebecca is happiest in or near the water, believes that the fae are beautiful but dangerous, and could cheerfully exist in a world without cell phones—although not without her e-reader. 

 
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GIVEAWAY:
–an autographed paperback of Seducing the Sun Fae (#1 in the Fada Shapeshifter series)
–$25 gift certificate to Amazon
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Ends Aug. 13th
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Release Event + Giveaway: Bachelor.com

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Welcome to the release event for Bachelor.com by Kathye Quick! Bachelor.com is a contemporary romance novel that released July 29th from the Wild Rose Press and is now available for purchase.

 

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Book Title: Bachelor.Com   Book 1 – Bachelors Three Series
Original / Regular Price: $4.99 Kindle
Jack Reeves has loved Kinley Adams since the day he rescued her computer from a fatal blue screen. In the two years since, the computer programmer has fantasized about a life with her.  Kinley, an Engineering Assistant, has come to think of Jack as more than just a friend. One night, just when each had finally decided to reveal their feelings are deeper than friendship, a terrible automobile accident puts their confessions on hold.

Doctors have no choice but to rebuild Jack’s face, and the result changes everything. Can Jack and Kinley overcome his transformation from geek to chic, a secret double life, and a horde of willing women who have discovered the new Jack Reeves? Will the frog ever become the prince and ride off with his princess to live happily ever after?

 

About the Author:
Kathye Quick has been writing since she used #2 pencils and Catholic School lined paper. She originally wanted to be President of the United States or an Organic Chemist, but somehow life got in the way and she got married right out of high school and had a set of twins two years later.  The Presidency seemed out of reach and night school to get her Ph.D. to create new molecule that would ultimately result in the betterment of humankind seemed a little time consuming while trying to raise twins, so she decided to write instead.
First published in 1999, she has 20 books in print in several genres, and is working on an Urban Fantasy Series as P. K. Eden with partner, Patt Mihailoff. Their urban fantasy, FIREBRAND, won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and has earned 5-Star reviews.  Kathye is a founding member of Liberty States Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. In her non-writing life, she works in county government, and is married to her real-life hero, Donald.  Kathye and Don have 3 grown boys, all happily married and having adventures of their own.

 

Giveaway:
Winner can either choose a backlist ebook or one $20 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends August 12th
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