Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When Stars Die Anniversar​y Blast - Giveaway @AmberSkyeF


“Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars. When people die, they leave the same impact with the footprints they leave on people's hearts. Even the ones who feel insignificant go out, leaving behind dust that can nourish the world anew."

Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?


Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Alisse Lee Goldeberg (author interview & review) @AliLGoldenberg

Celebrating the release of The Dybbuk’s Mirror (book 2 in The Hadariah Chronicles) I am presenting a review for book one, an author interview and a spotligh for the new book. Keep reading to know more...

It has been nearly two years since the events in The Strings of the Violin, and Carrie has adjusted to life as a university student far from her friends. However, when the path to Hadariah is sealed, she starts to fear malevolent forces may be behind the other strange occurrences around her. Trying to contact Lindsay and Rebecca to get help in unraveling the mystery, Carrie discovers that her friends are in fact missing. With no way of knowing who to trust, Carrie must find a way back to the land she once saved to rescue her friends from the dybbuks’ clutches.
Reuniting with the dybbuk princess Emilia, and finding a new friend in the mysterious farmer Mikhail, Carrie must once again do battle with Asmodeus’s forces, and help stop the chaos that threatens to overtake the land while striving to save both Lindsay and Rebecca. For the first time, Carrie is working without the two friends who have helped her through every major decision in her life. Carrie must learn to rely on herself, and find her own strengths to save those she holds dear.
Find The Dybbuk’s Mirror on Amazon and Prizm Books.

Ruty: What inspired you to write the first book? 
Alisse: I wrote the first book as a tribute to my grandmother. While most children I knew were raised on stories like "Little Red. Riding Hood" and "Snow White", I heard stories of the town of Chelm and of dybbuks. I was told that if my bed were positioned a certain way, the dybbuks could steal my soul during the night. There is a rich mythology and history of folklore from my grandmother's homeland and culture, and I wanted to write a story that made it accessible to today's readers of YA Fantasy. 

Ruty: How long did it take you to write it? 
Alisse: It took me over a year to research and write the first draft. It took me several months after that to edit it to a point I was happy with. 

Ruty: How many books have you planned for the Hadariah Chronicles? 
Alisse:  I had it planned as a trilogy, but I have some ideas for a prequel as well. 

Ruty: Was Carrie inspired in you or any other real person? 
Alisse:  She is an amalgamation of several people I know. I don't know if I would say that she is like me entirely, but she does have my unfortunate sense of direction. 

Ruty: What is like to create a fantasy world? 
Alisse: I don't know! I've always had several worlds rattling around in my head. I have Hadariah, and the world around Colonodona from my Sitnalta series. As long as I have been able to speak, I have been creating stories. My friends and I have always been creating and inhabiting worlds as we played and wrote together. 

Ruty: Did you have to do a lot of research to write this book? 
Alisse: I did. I wanted the mythology around the creatures in Hadariah to be as accurate as possible. At times, it was difficult, as many stories differed from one another. 

Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario? 
Alisse: I am a mother of three-year-old triplets, so my favourite scenario is one when they're all asleep or at nursery school! That way I have several uninterrupted hours at my disposal. 

Ruty: Are you working in the next book in the series? 
Alisse: I have finished writing and editing the third book. It's going to be called The Dybbuk's Revenge. Hopefully I'll have more news on that soon! 

Title: The String of the Violin
Author: Alisse Lee Goldenberg
Series:  The Hadariah Chronicles #1
Release Date: 12th 2011
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Prizm Books
Source:  complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old Carrie is lying in her backyard ignoring all the looming responsibilities in her life, when a fox makes a mad dash across the grass in front of her. After she manages to keep her dog from attacking the frightened animal, the fox turns to Carrie and seems to bow in gratitude before he disappears into the bushes. All Carrie knows in that moment is that something has unexpectedly changed in her life.
Carrie has been best friends with Lindsay Smith and Rebecca Campbell for years. During a summer when they should be focused on choosing colleges and career paths, the girls suddenly find themselves swept away on the adventure of their lives. The fox reappears three days later and reveals to Carrie that he is Adom, emissary to the king of Hadariah. With his land of music and magic in peril, Adom has been sent to seek help from Carrie and her friends. In the blink of an eye, the three teenage girls go from living an average suburban life to being the champions of a world where they must contend with giants, witches, and magical beings.

On their quest to save a people from destruction, Carrie, Lindsay, and Rebecca are pitted against Asmodeus, the powerful and cunning king of the dybbuks. Now, only time will tell if the three girls will prevail against Asmodeus and somehow find their way back home.

The Strings of Violin is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. A magical world is in danger and the ones chosen to save it are a trio of teenage girls. Magical creatures, talking animals and adventure are the recipe for a fast book.

The book is aimed for a YA audience and not only because the characters have around seventeen years old. However, for moments the book seems more a Middle grade read than a YA, this is not a bad thing because I think MG books are great.

The dialogues are simple, the scenarios are well described and there are a lot of elements of folklore and magic. The characters are nice and likeable but somehow they seem too simple for moments. I couldn't sense a real growth in them; it's like they just went to this adventure and never really experience it.

The story has a good rhythm, steady but without being boring. It has a good outcome and an easy to read language.

If you are a careful reader there are things that will come as obvious and the surprise will be ruined before it is revealed. But for young readers the book has good surprises and twists prepared.

Overall, it is a good fantasy book. It’s fast to read and despite being a trilogy there is no cliffhanger.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Souls by @ednahwalters (review)

WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series and there are currently three other books published in this series. SOULS (Grimnir book 2 a side story to the RUNES series) and WITCHES book 4 will release 2014.  Read more about this series and the world she's created here

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or

Warning: this book is part of a bigger series, the review might contain spoilers for other books.

Souls is the second story that has Cora and Echo as main characters and of course the story is set perfectly after Seeress. This is an exciting, sexy, addictive and phenomenal story that will leave you speechless and gasping for air.

Cora continues evolving into a strong, fearless, powerful and loving woman. With Echo by her side she still tries to use her gifts to helps souls while trying to remain sane.

Their relationship is so stunning. Their love keeps growing and becoming more marvelous. They are the perfect example of two people being like one soul divided in two bodies without losing their independence. Each one is amazing on their own but together they are a force to reckon.

The action and adrenaline is present during the entire book and this time the evil forces are meaner and have no limits on their actions. They will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

The book moves really fast and the new characters are great additions. As usual the one we love as Raine and Torin make regular appearance without taking the spotlight of our sweet Cora. And there is one character that will make you laugh a lot and it definitely will make you like him.

One thing I love about Cora’s story is how real and natural it is. It has a more mature and sexy atmosphere and it’s true that the temperature rise a bit sometimes. I say this because but I don’t understand why there has to be a Clean Version. She is whole different person from Raine and her relationship with Echo is different and the scenes (which are great) that have a higher temperature are part of who she is, there shouldn’t another version because it would be like creating a new Cora, one that is not true to herself.

Anyway, this book is as great as its predecessors and Runes fans will love it. It’s a great paranormal romance with a great plot, good background, excitement all over the place and likeable characters.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IMPOSSIBLE Release Day Blitz by @AuthorCAGray

IMPOSSIBLE is the final installment in the Piercing the Veil trilogy.

The Shadow Lord has the Philosopher’s Stone, and therefore an army of invincible penumbra. He also possesses the fragments of Excalibur, the legendary sword prophesied to be the instrument of either his own destruction, or that of the Child of the Prophecy. The sword, he knows, requires blood to be reforged… and he knows exactly whose blood he wants.
Meanwhile, the Watchers are desperate to steal back the fragments of Excalibur and find out how to reforge them before the Shadow Lord does. Isdemus places Peter and Lily in Carlion’s sister cities for safe-keeping until the war begins. But Peter and Lily have an idea that might enable the Watchers to steal back the fragments, in spite of the Shadow Lord’s invincible army. Their plan requires them to travel halfway across the world, to an island largely believed to exist only in Greek mythology. Along the way, however, the Shadow Lord uses a pawn to convince Peter and Lily that they are powerless. Without their gifts of the Ancient Tongue, will either one of them stand a chance?
In this gripping conclusion of the Piercing the Veil trilogy, the Watchers and the Shadow Lord both amass their ranks, the battle begins, and the true identity of the Child of the Prophecy is revealed—to the shock of all.

C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.
She still wants to be everything when she grows up.
She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Bridge of Deaths - Spotlight @M_C_V_Egan

Title: The Bridge of Deaths
Author: M.C.V. Egan
Release Date: June 13th 2011 
Format: Paperback & Ebook


M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your is a story of real love, triumph and search for self." - Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

5 out of 5 stars:  "An unusual yet much recommended read." - Midwest Book Review  

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.
With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "one of those mysteries that never get solved." Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.
Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
About the author

M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo--mostly the story of how he died.
She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

The celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and online.