Friday, April 18, 2014

Serena shares the COVER REVEAL (+GIVEAWAY!) for Eyes of E'veria, book 3: THE SEAHORSE LEGACY!

I've been really excited to share this book cover with all you EIR readers! 

This cover has been, to date, the most intensive (and expensive!) and time-consuming book cover creation process EVER in the history of the Eyes of E'veria series. From multiple photo shoots to capture that perfect shots (Thank you Lincoln, Matt & Delaney!) to combing through Photoshop brushes for effects, to trying, with my non-artistic brain, to describe "my vision" to my ever-so-patient-even-when-super-pregnant graphic designer, this cover was a ginormous pain in the patootie to get "just right." BUT-- I am thrilled with the end result! 

Here it is, at long last 
*drumroll, please*


e-book version coming late May 2014
Coming to paperback late July 2014


And here is a little bit about the book!



a Pirate
bound by a centuries-old oath

a Knight
determined to prove her calling

a Legacy
demanding surrender

As Keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, Cazien de Pollis is a King among pirates, divinely appointed to dispense justice on the seas. Bound by the sacred oath of a long-dead ancestor, he must fulfill a contract to wed the green-eyed Oracle’s Daughter named therein—or risk losing everything he and his people hold dear. But at nineteen, with the identity of his betrothed only recently revealed, Cazien resents the contract—and the urgency within him to see it satisfied.

Erielle de Gladiel returned from the quest for the Remedy, changed. Not only are her formerly-blue eyes now a brilliant shade of green, but she must don gloves to hide inky evidence that her prophetically-bestowed title, the Oracle’s Daughter, demands more from her than the task already completed. Erielle’s dearest-held dream is realized when she is knighted by her King, but unbeknownst to her, that very honor jeopardizes the prophesied purpose to which she and Cazien have been called.

Just as Cazien summons the courage to collect his bride, dark rumors and darker deeds crawl up the coasts, calling its guardians, the Seahorse Pirates, into action—and Cazien away from Erielle. But even though the Oracle’s Daughter knows nothing of the contract to which she has been consigned, Cazien’s enemies have somehow learned of his interest in Erielle. And if they reach her before his ancestor’s weighty oath is executed, the Seahorse Legacy will be forfeited . . . and darkness will be given reign.

Subtly paying homage to several classic tales including Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid, Much Ado About Nothing, and even The Three Little Bears, THE SEAHORSE LEGACY begins an epic re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses which will conclude in Eyes of E’veria, Book 4: THE SUNKEN REALM.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Serena Chase lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and one very spoiled (but really adorable) dog, Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, she also writes for Edgy Inspirational Romance. Serena has served as a youth leader for high school students at her church, coaches her local high school’s Color Guard, and drinks entirely too much coffee between these and her daughters’ activities. You can find Serena on Facebook, Twitter @Serena_Chase, and Pinterest.  Visit her website www.serenachase.com


GIVEAWAYS!
This one (below) is just for EIR readers. Winner will be picked using random.org:


This one (below) is for ONE grand prize winner, picked using random.org, from all entries to this Rafflecopter from each participating blog on the Cover Reveal Tour!



Friday, April 11, 2014

NA* Cover Reveal! RESISTANCE by Jaye L. Knight

*for those of you who are not yet familiar with the category "NA", it stands for "New Adult" and generally refers to a story featuring main characters whose age is in the post-high school adult range, usually between ages 18-24, though that range is flexible a year or so in either direction.)

ABOUT THIS BOOK:
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Drum roll, please! 
Here is the promised
COVER REVEAL!


Kindle release date: May 20, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as
Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com
.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Stalking Katherine Reay: OUTSIDE THE AUTHOR'S STUDIO

Today we are crouching behind a potted fern chatting the author whose debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley took the world (and my story-loving heart) by storm! Let's give a warm, slightly-stalkerish EIR welcome to ... Katherine Reay!!

Serena: Welcome to EIR, Katherine! Our readers love stalking authors to find out what makes them tick. Tell us, what is the best book you’ve read (so far) this year? 

Katherine: So many… Which one do I pick? Which one do I pick?...  Really… Can’t decide…

Serena: Okay then... perhaps you could tell us where you like to read all these books from which you cannot choose a favorite?  

Katherine Reay's cozy library... and Trip.
Katherine: In my “library.” (see picture, right) Isn’t it perfect? The dog must be there too. That’s “Triple Grande Non-fat Extra Foamy Latte,” by the way, but we just call him “Trip” – thank goodness. J

Serena: Heh-heh-heh. Great dog name! I'll admit I wonder about the "foamy" part -- but I do NOT need you to elaborate, just in case it involves things people might step on in your yard. *winks* What is your favorite place to write?

Katherine: My desk. I will always work there if I have the chance. I think it’s the polka-dotted pig in the multi-colored boa that inspires me… (see photo a bit further down, left)

Serena: Do you listen to music while writing? 

Katherine: No. It would conflict with all the chatter.

Serena: Name the one place you insist must be kept clean: 

Katherine: The small bench in our shower. Drives me nuts when the kids don’t put their shampoo and conditioner back on the little shelf. Is it so hard?

Serena: Sounds like that could rank amongst your pet peeves! What is another? 

Katherine: When my kids say “yes m’am” but really have no intention of doing what I’ve asked – EVER J

Serena: Favorite Superhero: 

Katherine: Superman. 

Serena: Why?

Katherine: He can do anything. J

Serena: Quick! Name three things on your desk: 

Katherine's fave place to write.
Katherine: A polka-dotted pig lamp with a multi-colored boa. A small paper-mache bicycle with two happy riders from World Bicycle Relief and a few tubes of NUUN (electrolyte hydration tablets.) Love my desk!

Serena: Ice Cream, Fro Yo, or Gelato? 

Katherine: Gelato. Chocolate. Yum.

Serena: Chocolate: Dark, Milk, or White? 

Katherine: Dark. And by the way – “white” is not a chocolate. It’s an odd albino confection of little distinction.

Serena: AGREED!!! What’s your definition of a perfect day (besides unlimited quantities of dark chocolate, which is something that always figures into my definition of that day...)? 

Katherine: April 2. Not too warm. Not too cool. Perfect for a light sweater. (I completely stole that from Miss Congeniality and it still cracks me up.)

Serena: Oh, yeah. I love that movie! If you could hang out with one of your characters for one week, who would it be? 

(check out that review quote at the bottom!)
You can find Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay at Amazon
and other retailers of really awesome books
Katherine: Ashley Walker from Dear Mr. Knightley. She’d be highly entertaining.

Serena: She would be. Totally! What is your all time favorite TV show? 

Katherine: Lois and Clark. That’s probably where I decided Superman was the BEST!

Serena: Makes sense! Do you have a favorite DIY success story?

Katherine: I wallpapered the bathroom in our first apartment and was super proud until my husband pointed out that I’d hung the pattern sideways.

Serena: Oops. What matters is that you liked it, I say. Besides a professional wallpaper installer, if you could pick one of these helpful people to have on staff for a year, would you choose to employ a Housekeeper, Personal Chef, Personal Trainer, or Chauffeur?   

Katherine: A housekeeper, especially if she/he does laundry and windows.

Serena: Tell me about one lousy job from your past: 

Katherine: I spent afternoons in high school filing slides at a plastic surgeon’s office. Wow, those pictures really stay with you.

Serena: Ewwww. I bet! and... ew. What is the best writing advice you ever received? 

Katherine: Trust your voice; trust your reader.

Serena: Love it! Name three authors who have influenced or inspired you: 

Katherine: Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis and Susan Cooper.

Serena: I love all of those!!! I discovered Jane and Susan in adulthood, but ... YES! So speaking of books-gone-by, what is the most worn-out book from your childhood?

Katherine:  I can’t spell. I carried around a spelling dictionary in middle school. I found it at my parent’s house last week…. Good times, good times. J

Serena: What is your favorite technological advancement?

Katherine:  Spell check. I can’t spell.

Serena: What is your favorite ethnic food? 

Katherine: Indian.

Serena: I've been hearing that from several authors lately! Interesting... I just tried cooking a lentil curry for the first time and loved it, so now I want to try more Indian food! What is one place you dream of visiting: 

Katherine: Middle Earth.

Serena (laughing): and here I thought you would say "India" !!! If I went back in time and asked the 4-year-old YOU what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would she say? 

Katherine: Air Force Pilot

Serena: Cool! Adventurous! And speaking of adventure, where can other adventurous Author Stalkers can find you?

Katherine Reay
Katherine: My website www.katherinereay.com and also Twitter: @katherine_reay and Facebook: www.facebook/katherinereaybooks

Thanks so much for letting us stalk you! 

READERS! In case you haven't read Katherine Reay's insanely awesome debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, click HERE to check out my review.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

LAUNCH TOUR -- GIVEAWAY -- plus a feature! INSIDE THE CHARACTER'S BRAIN: Andriana from Lisa T. Bergren's REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER

IT'S A LAUNCH TOUR!
with GIVEAWAYS & a CHARACTER INTERVIEW!
When it comes to a new book from one of our favorite authors, we can't seem to hold back.

Some of you may recall the undying love I expressed *repeatedly* for Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time series (those books will remain on my keeper shelf "five-ever", as my teen daughter would say!) You can imagine, then, the Pavlovian-bell response that happened when I found out Lisa was writing more YA. *drools*

I had the privilege of reading an early copy of REMNANTS: SEASON OF WONDER, and let me just say . . . wowzers! LOVED. IT! I am dubbing Remnants an OFFICIAL MUST-READ. 

Here's a little about it:

click below to purchase
Remnants by Lisa T. Bergren at Amazon

Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri's feelings for Ronan--the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

Remnants does not disappoint. You will have to wait a week or so for my review to show up here at EIR (it will post at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog first--I will enter the link here when it is available!) But be sure to be watching for it (and more Remnants giveaways!) coming soon! For now, content yourself with getting to know the book's heroine, Andriana, via a little feature we like to call ITCB or...

And now, without further ado... let's jump inside the brain of ANDRIANA from Remnants: Season of Wonder!


EDITOR’S NOTE: Andriana had a bit of a challenge answering our interview questions. She’s 17, lives in the future, seven generations after the Great War changed everything. Few survived the war and many who did went on to dominate others, rather than to live together in peace. Andriana and her fellow Remnants were born together to bring humanity back from the precipice of demise, and on to a road of healing and hope. They are protected by Knights of the Last Order, since dark forces are bent on keeping them from their mission…So, all that’s to say, it took some doing (and some translation) to get answers from her!

Serena: Describe where you are during this interview:

Andriana: I’m in the Citadel, a fortress built into the granite wall of a mountain in the Valley. My room is deep within, and I write by candlelight. My knight is slumbering by my door.

Serena: What do you think about kisses in the rain? ARe they romantic or impractical and foolish?

Andriana: Do you truly think of such things? And yet…and yet…well, truthfully, I’ve never been kissed. But someday, in the rain would be nice. Because it would most likely mean I was at home, in the village, during Harvest. In my beloved Valley, with…well, never mind.

Serena: What is your hidden heartache?

Andriana: That I had to leave my parents behind to answer the call on our lives. I worry for them every day.

Serena: Are you an animal lover? If so, what kinds?

Andriana: Another odd question. We eat every animal we can find. Meat is precious and scarce.

Serena: Ooooh-kay... What do you find to be the most attractive feature of the opposite sex?

Andriana: Their eyes. You can always tell so much about a man if you take a moment to look into their eyes. Some are soulful, caring, deep. Some seem to see you better than you can even see yourself…

Serena: True. What’s your definition of a perfect day?

Andriana: Rise, bathe, and then eat with Ronan, then we would go for a run through the woods of our Valley with our trainer. During exercises, I would find a way to take Ronan’s legs out from under him and then hide so well he can’t find me. Then I would gloat over dinner around the fire that night. And if it’s a perfect night? Well, the stars would escape their cloud covering and we could lie back on a blanket and stare and stare at the wonders above us.

Serena: I love the relationship between you two! *sighs* If you don’t already have one of these and could pick one of the following to have at your beck & call, which would it be: Housekeeper, Personal Chef, Personal Trainer, or Chauffeur?

Andriana: I have no idea what any of those things are.

*Serena explains*

*Andriana stares in bewilderment*

I guess I would have to choose personal chef. I don’t mind helping to hunt and gather but I prefer to have someone else prepare it. My mother always did that for me. Oh, I wish you hadn’t mentioned it. Now we eat mostly we can pack dried. Or odd things in the places we visit. Now I’m longing for my mother’s stew…

Serena: What is your favorite kind of music?

Andriana: A man in our village plays the fiddle. He can play it so high, and so sweetly, that it makes me think of something we might hear in another world…

Serena: What is the worst advice you've ever received?

Andriana: “Pretend to not be as smart as you are to catch a man.” A girl in our village thought that and I thought her the fool. You must be all that the Maker created you to be. Any man worth his salt will not be intimidated by intelligence, but rather admire it in you.

Serena: I know things are a little scarce where... er, when you live, but what's your favorite food?

Andriana: Canned corn. It’s divine. You people of the past didn’t know what you had, in such plentiful supply.

Of course you should run over to your favorite retailer and grab this book, but readers can also find out more about Andriana (and Lisa T. Bergren!) in these places:


Remnants: Season of Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or at your local bookstore. 

BONUS: email Lisa that you ordered or purchased Remnants: Season of Wonder IN APRIL and she’ll mail you a signed bookplate! (Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com)

LAUNCH TOUR CLUE #3: 
MONTANA,

Collect all 26 clues, gathered from each of the Launch Tour stops this month, and you could win a Kindle Fire HDX ($229 USD) or an iPod Touch! Open internationally. At the end of the month, just go to LisaBergren.com and enter the completed clue stream in the Rafflecopter (available after April 30, 2014).

GIVEAWAY!!!
Comment below about what you like best about epic sagas and/or dystopians and you could win a copy of REMNANTS!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Megan reviews The Pelican Bride by Beth White

Find The Pelican Bride by Beth White on Amazon
Summary courtesy of Publisher: Revell

It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.


What I thought:

Random fact: I think The Pelican Bride’s cover is precious!

I dove right into the book and realized the “Pelican” was a boat…my eyebrows lowered. (My previous EIR review explains my feelings of books about boats.) Thankfully, there was more to the story. In fact, this tale blew the whole mail-order bride genre wide open. 

How, you ask? (I’m so glad you want to know.)
Non-stop conflict!
Marriages, and lies, and murders. Oh My!

Genevieve and her sister must leave France. Let’s just say it has to do with being persecuted for her faith, but that’s all I can say without inserting a spoiler. My lips are sealed. You’ll have to read about the rest. Upon landing in the New World, the only man Genevieve remotely wants to consider for her mandatory marriage is Tristan, who claims to not want a bride at all. 

Now Mr. Tristan, in my odd opinion, really needs to cut his hair. (Sorry, I have male-with-long-hair issues.)

*Serena Chase gasps and then takes a moment to pay homage to 80s Rock & Pirates by listening to “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi before *winks* handing the review back to Megan*

I eventually overlooked the long hair man thing.  When the story unfolded, I learned more about his past and character. (And the fact that there probably weren’t a whole lot of scissors available in the early 1700s.)

*Serena snickers. “That explains the pirate hair, too, I guess, since those swashbucklers were a big deal back then. Sorry for hijacking your review again, Megan. Back to you!*

My advice: Remember to put your thinking cap on in the beginning. There are a lot of character names to process. And just about the time you get everyone straight, the Indians show up, adding another list of names to remember. But I promise: it can be done.

The Pelican Bride is more than a Historical Romance. The suspense weaved throughout held me captivated. Not only did Beth White surprise me with how much I enjoyed this story, but I hope #2 in the Gulf Coast Chronicles is near completion, because Genevieve, Tristan, and I have some unfinished business and I must learn how it turns out!

Content: Almost Edgy
Story: 4.5 stars

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