Happy Release Day to Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski


Hello and Happy Monday! Today is release day for Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski. Be sure to enter the giveaway for the gift card at the end of this post!

As a fellow fantasy author, I was curious to know what Terri enjoys about writing fantasy. With that, I will let Terri take it away!


My love of fantasy started as a child when someone read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to me. I decided I should have been born Lucy, that Narnia could be found in every closet. The farm house I grew up in, unfortunately, didn’t agree, and my spirits ended up sunk in the bottom of a cistern. Once I realized the fantasy world existed solely in my mind, I became a voracious reader and daydreamer, often staying up until after midnight to devour all of C.S. Lewis’s books—countless times.

In 8th grade, I decided to write a story of my own. Gundi’s Great Adventure was about a little gnome who went on a quest to save mythical creatures from the big bad guy…whatever his name was. Well, GGA never hit shelves, and I eventually gave up to focus on school and life. The writing bug bit once more while in my 20s, and I haven’t stopped since.

Although I’ve grown into a woman and have had children of my own, I still find myself getting excited when a Lord of the Rings is on TV. And, don’t even get me started on Game of Thrones! Sometimes a person just needs an escape, and I prefer medieval worlds with magic and intrigue.

When the need to escape reality hit you, where does your mind go?


Thanks for stopping by, Terri! I totally relate to the escape! It’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing fantasy, too.

As for Game of Thrones, gah! June better come around quick!

And now for the book details…

Eye of the Soul
Pool of Souls #1
Fantasy Novel By Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Keywords: Fantasy, Medieval, Adult, Novel



That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.


Purchase Links:
Roane Publishing: http://www.roanepublishing.com/product-p/eots-01.htm
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Soul-Pool-Souls-Book-ebook/dp/B01NCTFJJY
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eye-of-the-soul-terri-rochenski/1117005611

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Giveaway Information:
A $10 Roane Publishing Gift Card. Go here to enter.

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About the author:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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3 reasons to Read In The Beginning: Dark YA Retellings of Biblical Stories



Hi everyone,

I’m happy to be a part of the blog tour for In the Beginning: Dark YA Retellings of Biblical Stories. Today, we get the privilege to hear from Lori Palmer, one of the eight great authors that make up this intriguing anthology. I’m excited to hear three reasons why everyone should read this book, so without further ado, I’ll let Lori take it away!


Hi, Melissa,

I’m thrilled to be here today on your lovely blog to represent Month9Books’ IN THE BEGINNING Anthology. So, why should you snag your copy as soon as the book releases on October 25th? You definitely should, and here are three reasons why:

#1 – The stories, of course!

Eight authors, four established and four new, have come together to weave some amazing tales based on familiar Bible stories, with a dark YA twist. These stories come to life in new and exciting ways, and, oh, the power and emotion they contain make the anthology such a compelling read. I have loved reading each of the stories contributed by my fellow authors in the anthology and can’t wait for the book to be shared with all of you on release day!

Here’s the link to view a summary of the eight stories included in the anthology and to add IN THE BEGINNING to your Goodreads to-read list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25946627-in-the-beginning.

#2 –  The Month9Books team

Everyone from the Month9Books team, from the publisher Georgia McBride, to our editor Laureen Cantwell, has worked tirelessly to create a high-quality product. Laureen’s superb edits helped me fulfill the potential of my story, and I can see those same results in each story included in the anthology.

#3 – Check out the gorgeous cover! Doesn’t it pique your interest to read the stories within?



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That is a gorgeous cover, Lori! I’ve already added the book to my Goodreads shelf, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for joining me!



Lora Palmer

I’m a YA writer and avid fan of fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and dystopian stories. My debut novel THE MIRRORMASTERS, a YA sci-fi/fantasy, is now available from Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press). I live in beautiful Bucks County, PA, with my wonderful husband and our mischievous cat. In my spare time, I sing in a praise band, Chalice Sounds.

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In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books


In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

IN THE BEGINNING, ed. Laureen Cantwell and Georgia McBride

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master’s zealous defiance of the king’s law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she’ll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken.

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he’s meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O’Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah’s sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.


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Happy Release Day to In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales!


in-the-beginning-coverToday, I’m celebrating author Sharon Hughson’s YA debut in the anthology In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales. As someone who has already read other wonderful stories by this author, I can honestly say I’m looking forward to checking this one out, too! Sharon is one of eight authors in this book, and this is the blurb about her story The Demon Was Me:

Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he’s meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?!?

There was one thing I was curious about. As someone who also writes in multiple genres, I was wondering what Sharon loves about writing YA. I got back an interesting and insightful answer. :)


From Sharon:

I have been reading YA since my oldest son learned to love Harry Potter and Eragon. Working in a reading classroom at the middle school expanded how much YA I read. I had to be able to talk books with my students, right? I love writing YA because I was that girl who carried a book to every class and read by flashlight under my blankets. The idea that I might write something that impacts a teenager on the cusp of becoming an adult gives me goosebumps. Books saved my life when my parents got divorced (I was 12). I pray my stories will offer the same hope to those who read them.


And now, I can’t lie–I’m pretty psyched to share an exclusive excerpt from Sharon’s story below. Check it out, then go straight to Goodreads to add it to your TBR List. Or better yet, head right over to one of these places and grab a copy!

Purchase Links:

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Happy Book Birthday, Sharon!


            The demon moved through the dim corridors of town. We had nearly reached the end of the street when a man slightly smaller than me cut across our path. My fingers snagged his shirt collar and yanked him to a stop.

“Hey!” Coffee-colored eyes flashed in his sun-darkened face.

Our fist crashed into his nose. Blood spurted. Excitement flooded my mind, sending our heart galloping wildly in our chest. Our hand smashed the underside of the stranger’s pointy jaw. Pain flared through every bone in that hand. I hardly registered the ache in my fist through the haze of the demon’s fury and glee.

Inhio sighed. He relished the adrenaline rush of violence as much as the delicious pie and soft bread. The food and beer turned to stone in our stomach.

Stop. There’s no reason to hit him.

Heedless of my desires, the demon continued battering the man’s face, stomach and back. The stranger’s blood turned my fist red. When my hand released the man, he staggered and fell against the side of the cabin. Groaning, he slumped to the ground.

Euphoria from the fight whirled in my head with the alcohol buzz. I tried to resist the demon’s joy. Mind-numbing waves of ecstasy circled like buzzards around a carcass.



October Giveaway Time

Hi there. My name is Melissa and I have a slight problem. I seem to enjoy giving away copies of my book! This is my third Goodreads giveaway to date. It brings me joy to give people things, so why not make my day and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of COLLIDE?!?

You can enter anytime between midnight on Sunday, October 2nd through midnight on Friday, October 14th. But, since you’re already here, why not give this widget a clickety-click and go for it. It’ll only take a second if you already have a Goodreads account.

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Collide by Melissa J. Crispin


by Melissa J. Crispin

Giveaway ends October 14, 2016.

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My latest release: Drained


I have a new short story that was recently released with Roane Publishing. It’s a paranormal short story called Drained. Want to know the best part of all? It’s free! Yes. That’s right. FREE.


Go here and grab a copy today!

And now for some backstory…How many of you have ever had a horrible boss? Can I see a show of hands? I know I’ve had one, and I’m sure I’m not alone. In fact, a former one of mine is the one who inspired this story. She shared the same knack for killing plants as Melanie did, too. You know what they say… when life hands you lemons, write stories about how your boss is secretly a demon who lives to make you suffer!

I hope you download this story and give it a chance. In addition to my own story, there are a number of other free reads Roane offers by some other talented authors. If paranormal isn’t your thing, maybe you can give one of their stories a try. You’ve got nothing to lose, since they won’t cost you a penny. Here’s the link: http://www.roanepublishing.com/category-s/138.htm

Have a great Saturday! I need to get back to writing. Book 2 in the Collide series isn’t going to write itself. :)


Cover Reveal: One Summer with Autumn by Julie Reece with Giveaway



Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

One Summer with Autumn
by Julie Reece

Be on the look out for this upcoming release from
Swoon Romance!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!




Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.

Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.

Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”

At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.

Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.

Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.

Until it isn’t.

Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

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One Summer with Autumn
by Julie Reece
Publisher: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won.

Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down…

Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.

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Say what?? Another Goodreads Giveaway for Collide!

Happy Monday, peeps! Last month, I gave away a signed copy of Collide on Goodreads. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to have another go around.

Enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Collide between Aug 29th and Sept 9th. Click on the link below. Good luck!


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Collide by Melissa J. Crispin


by Melissa J. Crispin

Giveaway ends September 09, 2016.

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Collide is now available!



It’s finally here. I’ve been working toward this day for a very long time, and I am so happy to announce that Collide is now available for purchase.

If you want to learn more about my debut novel, I give three reasons why you should read it on Sharon Struth’s blog today. Collide is also in the spotlight at Iris St. Clair’s blog today. I feel so lucky to be hosted by two wonderful authors. If you have a minute, I hope you click through and check out their sites.

For all that are interested in grabbing a copy, here are some links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CZ2WPHQ

Evernight Teen: http://www.evernightteen.com/collide-by-melissa-j-crispin

Also, if you would like to add Collide to your shelf on Goodreads:


Exclusive Excerpt of Love’s Nectar by Jaylee Austin

Check out this exclusive excerpt of Love’s Nectar by Jaylee Austin below. Enjoy!

Love’s Nectar

By Jaylee Austin


What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.

Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.

One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?


“Good morning, beautiful,” he said, gulping the rest of his coffee.

She sat in the lounge chair to enjoy the early morning, the seagulls diving into the sea, hunting their morning meal. “Did Renee pick up the gala tickets at the Pageant of the Arts booth?”

“Yeah, there in the drawer by the fridge.”

He put everything in that drawer. Good luck locating the tickets anytime in this century.

Seth set down his sketch and pencil, and joined her on the chaise lounge. He pulled her down beside him and slid his hand inside the robe, cupping her breast.

Isabel moaned and opened her body so he could fully explore her hardening nipples. The murmur of voices from the beach below shattered the solitude. Securing her robe, she sat up and finished her coffee.

“I want to show you the portrait I painted.”

“Let me change into my bathing suit and shorts.”

“Good idea, I’ll set the easel and portrait in the living room.”

Isabel quickly changed and brushed her teeth. Stepping from the bathroom, she stopped in her tracks, dropping the hairbrush. “Grams. You painted Grams and me.” She glided her fingers across her grandmother’s image. A wave of tenderness for the man who’d painted it threatened to break down her resolve, and send her to her knees to plead his forgiveness for every poor choice she’d ever made.


About the Author:

Jaylee Austin lives in Apple Valley California with her partner and dog. Jaylee has a Master’s in Education and works to inspire young writers to take the challenge to find their creative mojo.

Jaylee loves to hear from readers, so please e-mail at JayleeAustin@yahoo.com  or follow me on twitter@jaylee_austin

Website: http://www.jayleeausiton.com

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Summer’s Sweet Embrace

A Sweet Romance Anthology
by Various Authors


Release Date: August 19, 2015
Genre: Romance Anthology (Short Stories)
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

Description: Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach.

Truly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler

Waiting for the right one can be torture.

Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy

Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald

Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance.

For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.

Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford

A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin

What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.

Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.

One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell

Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance?

Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his.

Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation.

Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin

Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back.

When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters

Executive Secretary, Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul, Garrett Reynolds.

A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer.

Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted.

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