Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Degrees Closer to Hell blitz

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Two Degrees Closer To Hell
Genre: Horror
Cover Artist: Airicka's Mystical Creations
Publisher: Staccato Publishing
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Speculative fiction writer, David Fingerman, is back with a series of short stories guaranteed to curl your toes and raise your hair. If you're looking for some quick thrills, let these stories take you on a ride that will bring you two degrees closer to Hell.

Travis Crowder did not see himself as evil. Unfortunately for him, the judge, prosecutor, witnesses, and most importantly, the jury, did. 
People in the gallery sitting behind the prosecutor applauded and cheered at the reading of the verdict. The ones behind the defense table were escorted from the courtroom.
“Order!” Judge Alvin Baker pounded his gavel. Silence ensued. “Travis Crowder, you have been found guilty of murder in the first degree by a jury of your peers. Do you have anything to say before sentencing?”
Travis stared down at the table without getting up. “It was an accident.”
His attorney did stand. “Your Honor, I request that you hold off on sentencing until I can file an appeal.”
The remaining crowd booed.
Judge Baker glared at the audience.  “None of that, now.” He motioned to the deputy who then cuffed Travis’ hands behind his back and guided him to the front of the bench.
“Look at me, son.” Baker spoke in a soft, calming voice.
Looking up from the plastic sheet on which he stood, Travis tried to focus on the judge, and then he heard the click.
Travis stood next to his attorney behind the defense table and watched as one deputy holstered his gun, two others wrapped the plastic around the body while another wiped blood splatter off the front of the bench and removed pieces of skull lodged into the wood.
“What the hell!” Travis grabbed at his attorney’s arm. His hand went right through. Confused and nearing panic, Travis screamed. No one reacted.
“Damn, I love watching the life go out in their eyes. I tell ya, that’s what being a judge is all about.” Baker pounded the gavel. “We’re in recess, people."




During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds are singing, David is perfectly content to sit in his office, with blinds drawn, typing away at the computer. His favorite day of the year is the first day toward the end of summer that’s cool enough to pull a flannel shirt from the closet. 

As a student at the University of Minnesota, David realized that if he switched his major from journalism to speech, he could graduate that quarter. It was a no-brainer. After 24 years of working in the court system, he walked away to write full time – another no-brainer.

Two Degrees Closer to Hell will be his second collection of short stories. He has also written three other novels.

David is married and lives in Minneapolis.

TWITTER (@davfin23)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Violet Hours Book Review Blogaversary

To the Wonderful
Becca & Andrea at

To celebrate Becca is putting together an amazing interview and giveaway with the very sexy Maxwell brothers from Octavian's Undoing by Airicka Phoenix.

About Becca:

So Becca  is an English major, 22 years old, enjoys walking along the beach–but not really, this isn’t a dating site, and I’m most likely not interested unless of course you are one of the many, many, many, many boys in books I’ve fallen in love with and has ruined any chance for real flesh and blood men. So back to what I was getting at, I like to read–no, that’s not right, just ask Andrea; I am obsessed with reading. Do it instead of homework–it’s a problem. I am a hardcore–maybe to the point of a problem–paranormal fan. I love sci-fi, and on rare, very RARE occasions do I read contemporary fiction. I do enjoy the classics. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. I am an English major so I have those books forced upon me and sometimes we find winners. A few of my favorite authors, and mind you I said a few, are Quinn Loftis, Amy Bartol, Jennifer Armentrout, Wendy Higgins, and Erica Stevens … I should stop or I will go on forever. Some of Andrea’s favorites are shared favorites so don’t feel left out ;). And NOW IT’S ANDREA’S TURN (also I will probably not write in all caps; it bothers us English/Creative Writing Majors).
Becca Quote:
So as you know, probably. I love LOVE LOVE LOVE Airicka Phoenix, i love her writing, i love her characters, i love her as a person. She is a good friend, and I am soosososoo honored she agreed to do this with me. 

So for the surprise for the Blog-a-versary 
I got to do an exclusive, all access, (and yes alll access ladies) 
Interview with the Maxwell Brothers. 
So please do join us on December 21st, both here (, and on my blog (, for the interview. Oh did i mention I will be giving away a paperback of Octavian's Undoing?  
Be there or be square — with Airicka Phoenix Author and Kimberly Schaaf.

Meet the Maxwell boys:

Octavian's Undoing:

No good deed goes unpunished.

Riley Masters learns this the hard way when she finds a wallet and decides to do the right thing. But returning it will cost her much more than she bargains for.

Abandoned by her mother, raised by an indifferent father, Riley has accepted the fact that she would be alone always. She has no idea that a single act of kindness would propel her into a world where creatures that shouldn’t exist guard the human race from the demons that lurk in the shadows. That it will cost her the lives of those she loves while unearthing a destiny she never imagined with a man who is forbidden to love her. She finds passion, romance and the family she’d been searching for her entire life, but at what cost and what is she willing to sacrifice to find answers and happiness?

Octavian Maxwell has always known his place. He is a Caster, a Son of Judgment. His job is to protect the mortal world from the creatures plotting to destroy it. Instead, his world is shattered when a human girl walks into Final Judgment, a girl he has been searching for his entire life, a girl he is forbidden to ever touch. Being with her will break the oath he’s sworn to never love a mortal. But his heart has already found its mate and it refuses to let go.

Final Judgment… a place undetected, a gateway to evil and a legend that will undo everything anyone has ever known about our world.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rockin the Heart cover reveal

ROCKIN the HEART by Gracen Miller
NA Contemporary
Expected release date: January 21

(unofficial blurb – official blurb will release along with the book on January 21, 2014)

If music nourishes the soul…

Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.

A man can desire nothing else…or can he?

Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?

Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…

Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have her, he will have to risk it all.

That might be responsible for Rockin the Heart!

Author bio

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society.  When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She is convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs. To learn more about Gracen and her writing or to leave her a comment, visit her at the following sites:


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Revealing Kia blog tour and giveaway

Revealing Kia
By Airicka Phoenix

The events of Claudia’s party were nothing more than a distant memory as far as Kia was concerned. She was ready to resume her life as though that night had never happened. But it’s a slippery slope keeping a secret and Kia’s about to learn just how hard when she’s faced with the truth and the consequences of her decision.
Adam Chaves was no stranger to girls wanting him. He was no stranger to breaking hearts, although never intentionally. What he didn’t understand was how Kia could undress him, touch him, burn him with her eyes and still keep him at arm’s length when it was evident how much it cost her. But what Kia didn’t realize was that he had never given up on anything in his life and he wasn’t about to start now. He would have his girl even if it meant he had to kidnap her to do it.


“You  better  hurry.” The  low,  lazy  drawl had me turning back to the room. Adam lay on his back, arms folded beneath his head. “I think I’m beginning to doze off again.” Stifling my laugh, I stole a peek up and down  the  hall  before  slipping  inside  and shutting the  door. I  crept  across the room,  careful  not  to stir Kenny who snored like he’d swallowed a blow horn. “I don’t know if I want to wake you,” I murmured, stopping when my knee bumped the edge of the mattress. “You might throw me into a snow bank, too.” There  was something intense  about the  way  he  watched me. I  didn’t  know what it was, but it had my heart galloping and my body reacting in  a way that brought a flush to my face. “The only place I’m going to throw you is right here.” He had my wrist before I could catch his meaning. I was yanked onto the bed, still warm and rumpled from his body. I might have squeaked or gasped or something, but it was a distant memory  when  his  mouth  took  claim  of  mine.  It wasn’t  a  kiss.  It was  war. It  was  cruel  and  hot  and demanding.  It was  his  hands  ripping up my body, fisting in my clothes, in my hair as his body restrained
mine, pinning me to the mattress. He kissed me as though he would die if he didn’t consume me. My legs were roughly thrown  apart  and my  thighs were filled by the  pressure  of  his  hips settling  into  place. A sound between a whimper and  a cry left me as his body aligned with mine in a way that sent fire racing through my veins. I was only barely conscious of anything except how much I wanted him to keep going. It was only due to the snort­grunt from the other occupant in the room that I tumbled down a notch from the  heights  he  was  taking  me.  “Kenny,”  I  gasped,  my  body  bowing  into  his.  He snarled.  His  fingers tightened in my hair, making me cry out as sharp slivers of delicious pleasure ripped through me. “Adam!”he hissed. “When you’re in my bed, it’s only Adam.” “Adam!” I obediently complied. Then he kissed me again.

Book Title: Revealing Kia
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Series: The Lost Girl Series, book #2
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: Nov 2013
Genre: Young Adult contemporary, coming of age romance
Warnings: Language and sexual content
Formats: eBook & Paperback

The first book in the series:

“Maybe you should avoid me tonight.”
His arm slipped around my waist and I was drawn into his chest. “If I only have this one night with you, the last thing I’m going to do is stay away.”

Kia Valentines had always accepted the fact that she was a nerd, a nobody. It was a badge she wore with honor, until the day she saved Claudia DeLorenzo’s life and lost herself.
When offered the chance to shed her identity for a single night, Kia never believed it would change her life. It was one night. It meant nothing, or it shouldn't have. But that single night turned out to be her undoing when she finds passion in the arms of the one person she can never have.

Adam Chaves was more than just a gorgeous face, he made her laugh, but more importantly, when he looked at her, she felt like the most beautiful girl on earth. But Adam has no idea that Kia was the girl behind the mask and Kia has no intention of telling him. But a secret could only be kept if no one else knows about it. Claudia knows and she wants something Kia isn't willing to give in order to keep it.

Will Kia succumb? And just how far is Claudia willing to go to get what she wants?

About the author

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her husband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she's not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.
Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGA, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGA, THE LOST GIRL SERIES, and GAMES OF FIRE. Her standalone novel, BETRAYING INNOCENCE will be published Oct 2013 and the conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, REVEALING KIA, will be out Nov 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, Dec 2013.
Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out Dec 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana's debut novel will be released Fall 2014.

For more about Airicka, visit her website at:

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My review:
I'd like to start by saying thank you to Airicka. I recieved and ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

I LOVED Finding Kia but it was just one of those books that I couldn't write a review for. I hate spoilers myself so I try not to give anything away when writing reviews and I just couldn't do it. Nothing I wrote sounded good enough to describe such a great book. So after about an hour of typing, deleting, typing, deleting I just gave up knowing I could never do it justice. With that said I am going to try my hardest to write this review. 

Okay it may be short and sweet but here it goes.

As always with Mrs. Phoenixs' the book was amazing! I sat down and read it in one sitting. I shouldn't have since it kept me up until three in the morning but I couldn't help myself I just couldn't put it down. It's funny because I haven't read a book in one sitting since Betraying Innocents which is also an wonderful book by Airicka Pheonix.

The first book in the series, Finding Kia, was a great book with a nasty cliffhanger. So I impatiently had to wait to find out what the heck happened next. Revealing Kia picks up pretty close to where it left off. The first chapter was such a great way to continue the story. It reminds you of just how great Kia and her best friend Vanessa are together. They are so opposite that they compliment each other the way only best friends can.

I like reading books that have more than one point of view it gives you more depth to the story. Revealing Kia is told from two: Kia and Adam. Thinking about it now it would have been nice to have had some of Vanessa's point of view as well. She goes through alot in this book and I would have liked to get inside her head a little. 

I love Kia. She's not a cookie cutter beautiful girl who just "doesn't know it" like alot and main female characters out there. She has flaws and embraces them. She's not a girlie girl either, she love jeans and sweaters, loves cupcakes and isn't afraid to admit it, and she really doesn't care what other people think of her. She's "real".

Kia's best friend Vanessa is the exact opposite. She knows she's beautiful, she loves to pamper herself and is never seen less than perfectly put together.

Adam is Vanessa's brother and Kia's love interest. The problem is that being loyal to Vanessa also means that Adam is off limits. He's very sweet, swoon worthy and determined to make Kia his.

The story flowed very nicely. Like I said before I couldn't put it down. I love the way Airicka touched on very real problems teenagers deal with. With every kid out there glued to their cell phones every second of the day it makes you realize just how cruel and out of hand kids can get with just a touch of a button. I also really enjoyed the tender moments between Kia and Adam. They are so sweet with each other.

Well I think if I don't stop talking now I'm going to give too much away. If you haven't guessed it by now I LOVED IT! As always Airicka did and amazing job.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Song of the Wolf

When the lone wolf howls, you fight or die

Her soul cruelly ripped from her body, Alison cowers in her cell, unable even to call forth her inner wolf as comfort, her dreams of a mate and pups crushed. For who would have her now, even if she could escape alive?
Dax is a lone wolf, operating on the fringes of his pack. No one messes with him, and that’s just the way he likes it. Rescuing Alison from the High Lord’s vile clutches is all he cares about, because there’s something that calls his shattered soul to hers.
As their world faces its biggest threat yet, the fragile bond between these two damaged creatures rallies the pack to fight the ultimate battle…for their souls and their very survival.


Extended Synopsis
In the depths of England, a Kingdom lurks beneath the confines of normality. 

A hierarchy of supernaturals run by the strict council fight daily to keep their world a secret from the humans that appear to rule the world. With the Councils structure changing and the Kingdom struggling to keep up, the rest of the community must keep their heads down and do their duty. Or face the ultimate penalty. 
Shifters and Vampires have the hardest task of them all, fighting in the war against the Circle, a deadly band of rebels, practicing blood magic and capturing souls in their wake. With the new high lord in control, life has never been more dangerous.
A day will come little wolf when you must decide which evil you fight for.
Alison Jenkins has been born and bred into one of the Councils leading front line packs. She’s had a life of glitz and glamour and has loved every second of it.
That was of course until the deadly circle kidnapped her… and bound her soul against her will.
Now she faces a fate worse than death, with her body rotting and her soul held captive she faces the gravest of choices, give up her afterlife to save this one?
Or die early and let her soul walk the grey plane alone for the rest of eternity.

When Dax, the White Wolf packs resident moody genius finds out Alison has been kidnapped he gives up everything he has to find her, nearly killing himself in the process. He is a lone wolf by nature and when he finds himself falling in love with a female who not only is the sister of his Alpha, but seems to be slowing dying with no hope of salvation, he finds himself changing the very fiber of himself and his morals. Dax will use every available resource to try and help her, even if it means asking a favour with the very darkest creatures of the night.
Is death truly the only way to save her?

It is the second book in the Call of the Wilderness series, though you don’t necessarily need to read them in order!

Silence of the Wolves is the first book; 

silence of the wolves

Fate is calling… After a strange encounter in a dark alley, journalist Tamriel’s life is turned upside down. She’s missing days, developing odd new abilities, and being followed by mysterious Leyth.
Dark, dangerous – and too gorgeous for his own good –Leyth’s determined to teach Tamriel about her new life – as a werewolf! And just as intent on keeping their relationship strictly business.
But as their simmering bond grows, Tamriel and Leyth face a bigger challenge; Tam may be their kind’s strongest weapon against the Circle, a deadly group of paranormal creatures gone rogue. That is, if she’s ready to give into her destiny and put up the fight of her life...

About the author:

I am a born and bred wild child. (Or I like to think so anyway!) I moved to sunny Folkestone to escape and find my feet as, well whatever I was destined to be! But alas, my short attention span made finding that destiny a little difficult! One day I came across a diary entry that made me laugh so hard; I actually fell off my chair. (Yes, this can happen!)
I decided that the entry was so funny; it needed to be shared with the world! So I started writing, and attempted to turn it into a novel. Though to this day, that novel remains unfinished, it will always be the novel that got me started, and showed me what I was passionate about. Honestly? I have aspired to be everything from a Private Investigator to a Zoo Keeper with my career; my interests change so quickly that I could never stick with one! Writing gives me the freedom to choose; I can be a cold-hearted assassin in love with a poet one day and the secret lesbian lover of a politician the next!
All my life, I have had a strong, unwavering passion for anything supernatural, spiritual and slightly unexplainable, I love the idea that there can be something completely fantastical lurking beneath the confines of normality. So of course, mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes dominate most of my work!
In a nutshell, I am a creative crazy bean, living with my lovely husband and a house full of too many animals! I’ve always secretly wished I were a werewolf of some description, but have come to realise that I will have to settle for writing about them instead! I’m happiest in the sun with my head in a good book!
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Both books are on amazon;

Silence of the Wolves is currently on a promotional sale to celebrate the upcoming launch of Song of the Wolf! 
UK- 59p!! US – 95c!!

They will also be available in all the awesomely usual places;
Kobo, Nook, Waterstones, WHSmiths, ITunes, Google Play Store, Mills and Boons website- (yes, I know :P – perks of being published through a Harlequin imprint lol!) etc. etc.