Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tour & Giveaway: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves

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Jack Templar 4Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves. But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles to survive the new vampire blood in her veins. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self. From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group with not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do. But they are monster hunters of the Black Guard… and they will do their duty, come what may.

Excerpt 

The stench hung heavy in the air. There was no other smell in the world quite like it. First came the stink of grease fires from the wall torches, the heavy black smoke that roiled through the air like a foul fog. Then a moldering, musty base layer came to the senses. It reeked of decay and seeping moisture that grew black mold on every surface. The mold clung on the rough-cut rocks lining the dungeon tunnels. It covered the thick iron bars holding the prisoners in place. It even grew on the tattered rags covering the miserable creatures in the cells and likely on their skin as well. That final smell overlay the symphony of stink. 

The Creach prisoners. Werewolves, harpies, blind mad-worms, blinderwursts, fangpiercers, even some demons held with the special pure iron chains required to keep them in place. Many of these creatures were pungent under the best circumstances, but locked in the deepest dungeon underground, sometimes for decades, they took on an odor so ripe, so awful, that visitors to the dungeon often had to hold their breath to enter. Even then, the smell would make their eyes sting and well with tears. 

Immediately after leaving the dungeon, visitors were allowed a bath or a shower in the castle. As they washed the stench from their bodies, they would feel an overwhelming sense of thanks that they were not a prisoner wallowing in the horrifying conditions they’d just witnessed. 

No one, human or Creach, wanted to be a prisoner in the dungeons of Ren Lucre. 

Far away, at the end of one of the long, twisting corridors, came the creak of a massive door opening. The prisoners stirred at the sound. Their reactions mirrored how long they had been in their cells. 

The newer arrivals looked up with expectation, still hopeful their punishment was going to be short and that someone was coming to tell them their nightmare was over. 

Those who had been there longer knew that hope was useless in this dark place. They simply cowered farther into whatever dark corner they could find in their cell, desperate not to be noticed by the Master. 

Then there were those who had been there the longest. They simply looked up with mild interest, knowing that nothing they did made any difference. Their spirits were broken. Worse, they knew this to be the dark truth, and they simply didn’t care. 

One single prisoner reacted in none of these ways. He simply stood, and the rags that had once been his clothes hung on his bony frame. Unbroken by years of starvation and torture, he still squared his shoulders in the direction of the sound and raised his chin, his eyes glistening in the torchlight with defiance. What he saw would have brought a normal man to his knees, but this man was no more normal than the monster approaching. 

Ren Lucre, the five hundred year old vampire, filled the hallway as he strode through it, his cloak billowing behind him as he rushed past the stinking cells. His pale, narrow face looked pinched and concerned. His blood-red lip pursed in a straight line, and his eyes glowered like embers in a fire that might at any time combust into new flame. 

He came to the thick set of bars that held the proud man, stopped, and stared him down. 

“Well, if it isn’t the Lord of the Creach,” the man said. Even though his voice was course and weak, he still managed an edge of bitter sarcasm. “You look like you’re having a bad day.” The man spat on the floor. “Good.” 

Author Jeff Gunhus
jeff Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blast & Giveaway: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves

Jack Templar 4 Tour





Jack Templar 4Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves

Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves. But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles to survive the new vampire blood in her veins. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self. From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group with not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do. But they are monster hunters of the Black Guard… and they will do their duty, come what may.

Excerpt 

The stench hung heavy in the air. There was no other smell in the world quite like it. First came the stink of grease fires from the wall torches, the heavy black smoke that roiled through the air like a foul fog. Then a moldering, musty base layer came to the senses. It reeked of decay and seeping moisture that grew black mold on every surface. The mold clung on the rough-cut rocks lining the dungeon tunnels. It covered the thick iron bars holding the prisoners in place. It even grew on the tattered rags covering the miserable creatures in the cells and likely on their skin as well. That final smell overlay the symphony of stink. 

The Creach prisoners. Werewolves, harpies, blind mad-worms, blinderwursts, fangpiercers, even some demons held with the special pure iron chains required to keep them in place. Many of these creatures were pungent under the best circumstances, but locked in the deepest dungeon underground, sometimes for decades, they took on an odor so ripe, so awful, that visitors to the dungeon often had to hold their breath to enter. Even then, the smell would make their eyes sting and well with tears. 

Immediately after leaving the dungeon, visitors were allowed a bath or a shower in the castle. As they washed the stench from their bodies, they would feel an overwhelming sense of thanks that they were not a prisoner wallowing in the horrifying conditions they’d just witnessed. 

No one, human or Creach, wanted to be a prisoner in the dungeons of Ren Lucre. 

Far away, at the end of one of the long, twisting corridors, came the creak of a massive door opening. The prisoners stirred at the sound. Their reactions mirrored how long they had been in their cells. 

The newer arrivals looked up with expectation, still hopeful their punishment was going to be short and that someone was coming to tell them their nightmare was over. 

Those who had been there longer knew that hope was useless in this dark place. They simply cowered farther into whatever dark corner they could find in their cell, desperate not to be noticed by the Master. 

Then there were those who had been there the longest. They simply looked up with mild interest, knowing that nothing they did made any difference. Their spirits were broken. Worse, they knew this to be the dark truth, and they simply didn’t care. 

One single prisoner reacted in none of these ways. He simply stood, and the rags that had once been his clothes hung on his bony frame. Unbroken by years of starvation and torture, he still squared his shoulders in the direction of the sound and raised his chin, his eyes glistening in the torchlight with defiance. What he saw would have brought a normal man to his knees, but this man was no more normal than the monster approaching. 

Ren Lucre, the five hundred year old vampire, filled the hallway as he strode through it, his cloak billowing behind him as he rushed past the stinking cells. His pale, narrow face looked pinched and concerned. His blood-red lip pursed in a straight line, and his eyes glowered like embers in a fire that might at any time combust into new flame. 

He came to the thick set of bars that held the proud man, stopped, and stared him down. 

“Well, if it isn’t the Lord of the Creach,” the man said. Even though his voice was course and weak, he still managed an edge of bitter sarcasm. “You look like you’re having a bad day.” The man spat on the floor. “Good.” 




   Author Jeff Gunhus 


jeffJeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Masquerade Tours Review: Aranya by Marc Secchia



Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating:  4.5 stars

Here's why:

This book started out slow and almost made me stop reading. Once I hit around the  15% mark on my Kindle, the plot and action picked up and I consumed the book. I'm glad I hung in there because this was a fantastic fantasy novel. I've not read too many of late that have captured my interest but this one certainly did.

The world building, politics, character development and plot were woven together rather well and kept me vested in the story. There were also some twists that I didn't see coming but completely enjoyed when they came about.

The romances (yes there are more than one!) were all believable and paced well. I liked the heroine's spunk as well as her emotional growth as the story progressed.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! Yes! Yes! I plan on reading the sequel.


Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.





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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MORTAL ENCHANTMENT Review Tour


Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” 
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating:  4 stars

Here's why:

This book has a bit of everything: angst, love, adventure and political intrigue. The politics that exist among the four elemental courts (Air, Water, Fire, & Earth) help drive the story and gives the reader some interesting world building to enjoy.

Entwined with the magical realms is are own and the foray back and forth between the two gives readers a nice change of pace and perspective.

I like Rowan and mostly like Kalin. The budding romance between the two was believable and the depth of Rowan's secrets and feelings were insightful and added depth to the story. Kalin drove me nuts because there were more times when she got on my nerves than when I actually liked her as a character. I know angst is the name of the game when we write YA but sometimes too much angst is a bad thing.

Overall, though, this was a fun read.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. I'm enjoying this series tremendously and look forward to the next novel in it.


The Series


FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2)

It’s been a week since all hell broke loose…

Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. 



Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court?

Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause.

Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?

Fragile Reign: Goodreads  |  Amazon



THE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)

"Filled with betrayal and intrigue, THE SHADOW PRINCE is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!" --Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

If you would like to see my review for the prequel, you can find it here.

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ABOUT STACEY O’NEALE

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.



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Friday, October 3, 2014

Masquerade Tours: Aegis Rising by S.S. Segran





Guest Post: Creating Characters You Can Relate To

There’s something I call the LEF—the Living Entity Factor. It is when the characters are so real that the reader is convinced that they are actual living individuals. Many fantastic authors have harnessed this skill of creating such realistic and relatable characters and I myself am learning it as I write. What great books do is that they make you not only relate with the protagonist, but with the antagonist as well.

To make the LEF happen, these are in my opinion some of the main ingredients from the recipe of creating a relatable character: Provide a history for them; give them unique characteristics (a certain quirk they have, or gesture they use); give them a clear physical appearance; throw them into a few everyday situations (misplacing keys, late for school or work, dealing with siblings, etc.); expound on their flaws and shortcomings; show them doing some everyday thing they love (playing a video game, walking the dog, going for a run); show them interacting with family, friends and pets; depict them as loyal and doing the right thing, even though doing what’s right may not always be the easiest path. I am certain that there are many more ingredients to creating good characters, but these are techniques that I use and I hope to expand on them as I grow in the art of writing.



Over a remote northern forest, a small plane carrying five teenage friends flies into a freak storm. Struck by lightning, the aircraft crashes and the passengers find themselves cast into a life-changing adventure.

In a hidden valley, a mysterious people gaze at the stormy sky as a glowing object with fiery wings disappears behind a mountain ridge. The astonishing sight reignites an ancient prophecy foretelling the arrival of five chosen ones destined to become bearers of light against a dark storm gathering on humanity's horizon.

In a distant city, a secretive organization led by a shadowy figure initiates a sequence of cataclysmic events designed to wreak havoc across the planet, beginning with a remote mining site in northern Canada.

As the three worlds collide, unlikely heroes arise. Armed with powers entrusted to them by the ancient prophecy and the resilience of their life-long bond, the five teens take a stand against a malevolent foe.




S.S.Segran is the bestselling author of AEGIS RISING, the first book in the Aegis League Series. In crafting the premise for the novel, she drew from the inspiring imagery of the Pacific Northwest, the intriguing potential of the human mind and above all, her abiding love for adventure, science fiction and mystery stories. She enjoys drawing, horseback riding and is an ardent fan of parkour and freerunning. S.S.Segran is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in British Columbia.


S.S.Segran is also the founder of Aegis League (www.aegisleague.org), a non-profit organization whose goal is to support youths living in places and conditions that deny them opportunities to grow. The mission of the organization is to provide life-skills training and micro-loan funding to help them launch small businesses in the communities where they reside. Partial proceeds from the sale of her books go to this cause.


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Sending by Jandy Salguero

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Excerpt

The First uncovered the bowl, and—at least in this—she knew what to expect. They each leaned in to the intoxicating odor of the paste that clung to the inside of the bowl. She exhaled and inhaled again, taking in several more lungfuls of the penetrating, cloying scent.

It burned in her chest and wound its way through her veins. A light-headed semi-consciousness settled around her, and she no longer felt the soles of her feet where the floor touched them. Long accustomed to inducing the trance, Mara slid into the void where she united with the First.

His voice rumbled, pitched low as if he intended it to be calming. It wasn’t.  “Clear your mind of everything except him. Remember, the Sending will work without a focus on the other end, but to find your target, you need to anchor yourself to him.”

His words rolled around her in the void, smothering her with a sickening, oily residue of fear. She cringed away from it, from the First, and couldn’t understand why his presence in the void would affect her so.

She launched herself in the opposite direction to escape it, picturing him, the target. She saw his long, lean body, the strong features of his face, and the dark blue eyes that anchored them.

But before they could meet, she felt a new sensation. A deep, insistent pressure both surprised and disturbed her. It began in her upper arms, as if angry hands gripped her there. The sensation heightened and the hands became hot, hateful brands that singed her flesh. Her body shook. Mara felt one tentative push before she was thrown violently toward the target.  As she flew forward, the snake-like connection that had formed between her and the man reappeared, bright and fluid as before.

Then she screamed in agony and was gone from herself.


The Sending A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence. Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught. While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.  

 Praise for The Sending

"The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed." ~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal

"The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book!" ~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship

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  Author Jandy Salguero
Jandy Growing up in southern Louisiana, Jandy Salguero's life was full of friendly smiles, good food and tall tales. She holds a BA in French from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband in the midst of the great Rocky Mountains. She now resides in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. Her days are full of grade-school antics and underfoot toddler toys-- courtesy of her two handsome boys. She is currently working on Book 2 in the Senitha's Light series, due out in early 2015.  




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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rewind to You by Laura Johnston

  Rewind to You Tour

EXCERPT

I close the door behind me, shutting out the muggy Georgia air and the acrid smell of fireworks. A chill sweeps over me, and I welcome it. I’m not scared anymore.

Another firework flashes, casting a red glow on the kitchen cabinets. I walk to the stairs, feeling my heart thud faster and faster, the palpitations Dr. Kovac told me about.

The ground shakes, sending a tremor up my legs. It takes me back to the Jeep, to the smile on my dad’s face as we zipped down the highway exactly one year ago tonight. That was the last of his smiles I ever saw.

I let myself think about it. Make myself think about it. Difficulty breathing, a cold sweat…I feel it all in full, doing nothing to prevent this seizure. As ridiculous as it is, I want to see Austin, the Austin I met under a sky of fireworks who made life feel right again.

I kneel beside my bed, burying my head in the down comforter as the aura of light fills my vision. At last, I feel that same spark I did on River Street when the light gives way and I see him.



Rewind to You CoverOne last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away. But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street. When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…





Praise for the Book 

“Johnston’s debut spotlights romance and familial relationships, including themes like grief and self-sacrifice. It’s an ideal story for readers looking for a deep-rooted YA love story with the emotional ups and downs and poignancy of a Nicholas Sparks contemporary. There’s also a touch of wit and a sigh-worthy hero – a definite on your TBR list.” – RT Book Reviews   

“This is contemporary YA fiction at its best! –Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton   “Rewind to You will steal your hear away.” –Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga     


Laura Rewind to You AuthorAuthor Laura Johnston Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU is her debut novel.



 


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Masquerade Tours: Into the Arms of Morpheus Tour




Ms. Nichols was kind enough to indulge our curiosity as to her top ten fantasy/sci-fi films she likes.

I am sorry to admit this, but I really don’t watch a lot of tv as when I get time I spend it with my kindle.  BUT these films I love and have watched more times than I can remember.

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (I was blown away, completely enamored when I saw this in the theatre.  I can remember sitting there awestruck.  It pulled me into the books.  The other two films followed suit…)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Stardust (It’s romantic, it’s entertaining and well acted.  I really love Claire Danes)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I enjoyed all of them, but this is probably my favorite.  It held the correct balance between the incoming darkness and fading innocence)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (So, technically this is horror.  Sensuality, violence and history pulled me in from the beginning and it never let go).

High Spirits (This is really a very silly movie, but it’s a childhood favorite of mine.  There is a castle in Ireland, there are ghosts, there’s lots of cheekiness and an amusing little drinking scene between Steve Guttenburg and Peter O’Toole).

Splash (Another childhood favorite.  In my girlhood memories, Daryl Hannah had the coolest job ever.  She got to pretend to be both a mermaid and a ghost).

Twilight (I know some folks who really wince about Twilight.  Whatever.  I was lured.)

The Mummy (This is just a fantastic, action adventure fantasy film.  It’s like a ride.)



Sylvia has always harboured a solitary obsession with Morpheus, the Greek God of Dreams. She's brought it with her from her adolescence in a village of Northern England where she grew up, to the university in Manchester where she now studies.

Nyx is the Goddess of Night, and has spent the centuries stewing in an ancient, unrequited love. Not easily pleased, her attention is drawn to a voice chanting its devotion and desire for her, and she seeks the source of it.

She is not the only god playing in the realms of men, however. When the God of Death, and Morpheus himself become aware of Sylvia and this new devotee, the stage is set for the gods to secure their worship, or for a mortal to become one of them.








Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois.  She lived in Manchester, England for just over ten years where she studied and had her children.  She now lives in the Middle East with her husband and two children.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Masquerade Tours: Operation Owl by Tara Quan #OOTour




We enjoy top tens here because it always amazes us at what inspires authors. Today is no exception. Let's take a peek into Tara's favorite top 10 romantic shows.

My Top 10 Romantic TV Shows
After making this list, I begin to realize why I’d cut my writing teeth with fan fiction.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’m in love with both Angel and Spike.

2. Angel – Because of Wesley and Fred (*sniff*)

3. Dollhouse – I won’t give anything away, but the love story is swoon-worthy, and the show’s premise rocks.

4. Bones - Brennan is one of my favorite nerdy heroines, and having Angel *cough* … I mean Agent Booth around is icing on the cake.

5. Castle – A tall dark and handsome writer who solves crimes, played by Captain Mal (Firefly reference). Need I say more?

6. Heroes – Despite how it ends (and it’s relative brevity), the Sylar-Elle arc stayed with me long after the show ended.

7. Fringe – Olivia and Peter really had to work for that happily ever after, but I rooted for them all the way.

8. Charmed (The earlier seasons) – Because a witch and a White Lighter deserve to be together. We will not discuss the other couples…

9. Elementary­ - I can’t believe I’m typing this, but… If I wait long enough, I’m sure Watson and Sherlock will get together.

10. Grey’s Anatomy – It’s my guilty pleasure…



Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”

After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.





Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

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