Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Chat With Book Reviewer - Sharon from Obsession With Books

This lady is one of my favourite reviewers. She writes such great reviews and I love the things she points out in a story.

It is my total pleasure to have her on YAlicious today :)

When did you first discover your love for reading? I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love and enjoy reading; I was a very nerdy child (nothing’s changed) and always had a book in my hand – my mother is constantly telling me I drove her crazy because I was off in fairy land with my books and she couldn’t get me to do anything or go anywhere.

What is your favourite genre now and why do you like? I enjoy a variety of genres and tend to change depending on my mood, at the moment it is Young Adult to include Paranormal, UF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Dystopian and Sci-fi – all must have romance though.

How do you like to feel when you finish a book? It depends on the book, if it evokes a lot of emotion it tends to stay with me for a long while after but I always like to feel a sense of fulfillment and happiness whether it was from the characters getting a HEA or an issue being resolved. I’m not a big fan of books that make me feel down, confused or angered, I love a happy, euphoric and content feeling.

What do you like most about reviewing books for authors? Promoting a book I have read and loved by sharing my thoughts and encouraging others to hopefully pick it up and enjoy it as much as I have.

Where's your favourite place to read? I can read anywhere and everywhere J we have a few beautiful parks near my home which are so peaceful so on a quiet day I will take my book there to read otherwise I am snuggled up on our comfy lounge, at the moment it so cold so it’s with the heat going & usually a hot drink in hand.


A traditionally published author you love: Karen Marie Moning, Jennifer L. Armentrout

An indie author you love: M.R. Merrick, Marie Landry, Yourself!

One of your favourite YA books: Can I cheat & choose series ;) Covenant & Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

One of your favourite Adult books: The Sea of Tranquility

A book you've read more than once and the reason why: I am obsessed with the Fever series by KMM so they are my go to books when I am in a slump or just want to revisit the amazing characters and story.

Thank-you, Melissa

It's my total pleasure. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us a little about yourself :)

If you'd like to connect with Sharon online, you can follow the links below...

Monday, June 24, 2013

New Release - Rourk by Julia Crane

Julia Crane is an amazing author. It is my total privilege to feature her latest novella: Rourk.

Rourk Kavanagh is an elite elfin warrior, and a member of a human Special Forces team. During a routine mission in Afghanistan, he crosses paths with a dark supernatural creature—a d'jinn. 

His world gets turned upside down when the unthinkable happens: Keegan, his one true love, is kidnapped by an evil d'jinn. The d'jinn is seeking revenge for the death of his brother at Rourk's hands.

Fueled by fear over the potential loss of his wife, Rourk has only one thought—embrace the rage.

Purchase on AMAZON or BARNES and NOBLE.

However, because I like this lady so much, I am running a giveaway. I am gifting 5 digital copies of Rourk to anyone who'd like to enter.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Indie Inked Solstice Sale - Friday's Books of the Day!

HAPPY SOLSTICE EVERYONE! Today is the final day of the sale and your last chance to enter the amazing signed paperback giveaway.

Entry details are on the Rafflecopter form below.

We have an awesome line up for you today.

SET IN STONE by Beth Balmanno

Fifteen year-old Valerie is used to losing things–she lost her dad to his job ages ago and her best friend moved with no warning...and hasn't been heard from since. During a weekend camping trip with her emotionally distant parents, she stumbles upon a hidden, mysterious stone and she finds herself desperate to keep it, to possess it. Two strange and beautiful boys have other plans, however. They follow her home–Leo, warm and seductive, who covets the stone and will stop at nothing to get it; and Noel, dark-haired and wise, who pledges to protect her and keep her safe.

As she delves deeper into the magic of the stone and the Celtic lore that surrounds it, Valerie realizes that she's losing. Again. But this loss might involve more than a magical stone – this time, she just might lose her heart.


FREAK OF NATURE by Julia Crane

Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.



Elizabeth DeVille doesn't belong at a party like this—one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.

Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and blackmail.

When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter's den of vices, she's a light in the darkness, a flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn't have, and she's come up with a foolproof way to get it.

Follow Elizabeth—code-named Scarlett—to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life.


RECALLED by Cambria Hebert

Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?

And then you died.

And you were given another chance. A better chance.

This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.

It never is.

And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.

Love or Death?


Also: today is the cover reveal for the second book in the Death Escorts Series - Charmed. Check it out!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Indie Inked Solstice Sale - Thursday's Books of the Day!

For the next week, we are going to be doing daily highlights for the Solstice Sale. Remember, we are also running an amazing signed paperback giveaway.

Entry details are on the Rafflecopter form below.

We have an awesome line up for you today.

UNKNOWN by Melissa Pearl

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.



Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.



He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect... We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.



Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved.

One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira.

To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world.


Forged by Magic: Origins is a collection of FIVE Young Adult (teen) fantasy short stories, featuring the characters from the Forged series. This is the first of two prequels to the series. Each story is told from a different character’s point-of-view.

Find out how the Amulet and the Dasht-e Kavir have been created, and how the powers of the Universe opened the gates to other dimensions, inadvertently releasing unworldly supernatural creatures into the Human World.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Indie Inked Solstice Sale - Wednesday's Books of the Day!

For the next week, we are going to be doing daily highlights for the Solstice Sale. Remember, we are also running an amazing signed paperback giveaway.

Entry details are on the Rafflecopter form below.

We have an awesome line up for you today.

IMPOSSIBLE by Komal Kant

Ashton Summers is on her way to becoming the most popular girl in school and nothing—or no one—is going to stand in her way. Especially not Luca Byron, her freak neighbor, with his tattoos, loud music, and distracting green eyes.

Luca Byron has three goals in life: get through high school with a low profile, make sure his garage band becomes something more than a hobby, and try to forget about his insufferable ex-best friend, Ashton, who he can’t get out of his mind.

The last thing Ashton and Luca want to do is rekindle their friendship, but when Ashton takes a tumble down the social ladder, Luca—with his new makeover—is the only one who can help her rise up again by pretending to be her boyfriend. At first, being together is unbearable and annoying, but things start to change as Ashton and Luca discover the real reasons they drifted apart seven years ago.

Now, keeping their hands off each other seems impossible.

Purchase on AMAZON.

THEIR PROMISE by Brina Courtney

One moment can change your life forever.

One moment to find love.

One moment to lose it.


FLUTTER by Melissa Andrea

As Sara and Adan struggle to overcome their own separate battles -
There is a far more determined evil that is stalking the shadows and waiting to annihilate them both.
Sara will figure out that not everything is what it seems and knowing what she can and can not trust will be the key to finding out the truth to what happened to her, the reason why she had been buried alive and who she really is…

Sara and Adan will discover the hidden meaning to why she was the reason he existed and why he would be the reason she survived & together they will fight to change the rules and rewrite their fate.

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Purchase Ever Shade on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.
Purchase Ever Fire on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.
Purchase Ever Winter on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Indie Inked Solstice Sale - Tuesday's Books of the Day!

For the next week, we are going to be doing daily highlights for the Solstice Sale. Remember, we are also running an amazing signed paperback giveaway.

Entry details are on the Rafflecopter form below.

We have an awesome line up for you today.

WICKED FATE by Tabatha Vargo

What if you lived in fear of yourself?
For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.
Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she's more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.


DARK SUMMER by Lizzy Ford

A school for Witchlings...

The ultimate choice between Light and Dark...
Where the price of a your soul.
Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again. In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she notices Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday.
When she learns that this special school has attracted others with magic in their blood, she is hopeful that this time around, things may be different. Besides, she can’t deny her interest in Decker, and when he rescues her one night from the dark forests of the Rocky Mountains, their connection is instant.
Yet a relationship with Decker may prove to be Summer’s downfall, forcing her to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.
One choice. One soul. One price.


DESCENT by Cameo Renae

In the beginning…the start of it all.
The Fall.
Take a journey back in time, to a place where Emma’s lineage begins, and where answers lie in unraveling secrets of the past. This is a story of forbidden love, an unbreakable bond, and the start of a dark adventure that will fill your heart with many emotions.

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It was just a little white lie.
I never thought it would spiral out of control.
But I didn’t have a choice. Asher was close to learning the truth about me, and I couldn’t let that happen.
But now everyone hates me. Well, everyone except for Asher. He believes in me even after what I’ve done.
And when I’m with him I feel like I’m falling.
I just hope if I do, he’s there to catch me.

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Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she’s expected to fulfill.
However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she’s always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own.
Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Indie Inked Solstice Sale!

Summer Solstice. It isn't just the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In Celtic lore, it is also the day of the epic battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. Brothers—twins—who symbolically battle each year to gain control of the seasons. The Oak King, fair and golden, rules until Midsummer, the day of Summer Solstice. The darksome Holly King reigns until Winter Solstice, when the Oak King—and daylight—regains his power.

Celebrate the solstice with us! Enter to win two fabulous prize packs: The Oak King prize, a collection of luminous covers and enchanting stories, and The Holly King prize, a bounty of haunting covers and enthralling tales. Each paperback will be signed by the author.

Entry details are on the Rafflecopter form below.

Throughout the week, we will be highlighting these amazing books, so keep an eye out for blog posts and further details.

If you'd like to grab a copy of these books, here are the purchase links. One purchase equals 10 POINTS in the Rafflecopter draw.

Set in Stone by Beth Balmanno
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
Forever Fae by LP Dover
Falling to Pieces and Dazzle by Amber Garza
Impossible by Komal Kant
Their Promise byBrina Courtney
Tragic by JA Huss
Recalled by Cambria Hebert
Selling Scarlett by Ella James
Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo
Forged by Greed and Forged by Magic:Origins by Angela Orlowski-Peart
Descent by Cameo Renae
Ever Shade, Ever Fire and Ever Winter by Alexia Purdy
Unknown by Melissa Pearl
Flutter by Melissa Andrea
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NEW RELEASE - Unknown by Melissa Pearl

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

You can pick up a copy on AMAZON or SMASHWORDS.

If you'd like a chance to win a paperback copy, you can check out the new release giveaway here.


It feels so good to have the first book in this trilogy out there for you to enjoy...and the best part - book 2 and 3 are not far away!! 

As you know with any project, there are so many people involved. I have listed you all in the back of the book, but I wanted to make special mention to:

My critique readers - thank you for your awesome feedback. Your suggestions and honest opinions were gold.

My editor - Laurie - thank you so much for your hard work. You brought my writing to life.

My proof-reader - Brynna - you are a legend. I can't believe how many things you picked up even after all my read throughs :D

My graphic designer - Brenda - you are the best. I love you so much, chick. Thanks for being awesome. 

My street team - thanks for your support, your encouragement and your awesome reviews.

Indie Inked - you guys are one of the highlights of my year. Love hearts and cyber hugs to you all.


Monday, June 10, 2013

COVER LOVE - featuring Mae I Design

A few authors I know have used this talented lady for their covers and every time they do a reveal I am blown away by how beautiful the covers are.

So I thought I'd get in touch with Regina Wamba and see if she'd like to visit YAlicious and tell us a little about her awesome work.

Welcome to YAlicious, Regina. It is so incredibly cool to have you here :)

1. When did you discover your passion for photography and graphic design? 
Oddly enough. I've always been an artist. Started taking pictures in high school, did friends, seniors, and weddings through college, and then in 2009 I re-discovered my love for reading and kind of fell into cover design which is now a whole new creative venture. :D

2. What is your favourite part of the process? 
Designing. I love taking a flat image and adding in the effects, and making a story come to life. :D

3. What types of questions do you ask authors when you are designing a cover for them? 
What kind of story is it? Anything special I need to know about? Do you need a wrap or just e-cover? Do you have a vision?

4. Do you have a weakness for certain types of images, fonts or colours on your covers?
I have a weakness for color. I love color. I am a very NEON kind of person. haha. BUT I only use colors on a cover that will convey a certain message to the right audience. :D

5. Could you share one or two of your favourite covers - the ones you are most proud of and tell us why you love them so much.
Well, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is a favorite for a whole list of reasons.
1. The photography is my own. 
2. My brother is featured (Kayden).
3. I got a one sentence line from Jessica about the book. "there is a kissing scene in the rain" is what I got. :D
4. The passion on the cover is realistic and classy. I love that you FEEL that PULL of love, and desperation from the cover. :D
5. I love that it is got a small grunge appeal to it. This helps convey that it has a very realistic story line. Talks about some very deep things.
6. It will be available in like 12 different countries, and on the shelves in August. Which I am extremely proud of. :D

It's hard to  pick a second, as this one happens to be the closest to my heart. :D

6. Who are some graphic designers you look up to?
Well, not necessary a graphic designer.. but Bob Ross was a huge inspiration growing up! I could watch him for hours. :D

7. Who are some of your favourite authors to read?
Love Brynn Meyers, JR Ward, Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, Lauren Kate, Cambria Hebert, Charlain Harris, John Corwin, Libba Bray

8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with family (three kids and a hubby) and friends. Love to travel, take pictures, draw, paint, and learn (oddly enough, I crave learning)

9. Where is your favourite place to work?
When it's warm, outside. :D

10. What are your favourite types of pictures to take? (Faces, nature, sunsets - that kind of thing) :)
People. LOVE people, their story, their emotions, it's just personal. :D

If you'd like to find out more about Regina and her Mae I Design business, you can follow the links below. 


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review - Skin Deep by T. G. Ayer

Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her. 

Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures
called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.

But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms
with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans. 

The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people.
When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?

Whenever I write a review for this lovely lady, I always start with the same thing... T. G. Ayer writes beautifully. I love the way she crafts her text. Her language and descriptions always make me smile. She paints a vivid picture and I appreciate this about her writing.

Skin Deep is a great story. The world T. G. Ayer has created is alive with conflict, tension and dark creatures. I could picture it all so clearly and was immediately drawn into Kailin's problems. Poor Kailin, she has a tough battle on her hands and things just keep going from bad to worse. Thankfully she can kick some serious butt and has the ability to become a panther. A panther! How cool is that!

Logan is a great love interest. I liked his character and as always, I wanted to see more of the two of them together. I like that Kailin calls on him and doesn't constantly push him away which sometimes happens with strong, self-sufficient females.

The only thing that made me wrinkle my nose when reading this book was the violence. I found some of it a little too much for my tastes, and that is simply a matter of opinion. Because T. G. Ayer is so good at describing everything, the scenes really jumped out at me and there are some pretty full on things that happen in this story. 

If you're looking for a novel set in a dark world, with a plethora of fascinating characters and a healthy dose of other worldly magic, then you should definitely check out Skin Deep.

4 stars from me.


Monday, June 3, 2013

COVER REVEAL - The Working Girl by Morgana Black

Before I reveal this very saucy cover, I just wanted to say that I'm not sure this book will be my cup of tea. I'm not sure, maybe it will be, but it looks like it could be a little raunchy for my tastes.

However, I know there are many of you out there who love a hot New Adult novel, and from what I can tell, Morgana Black will definitely deliver ;o)

So here it is people....

 *This book is not suitable for readers under the age of 18*

When college brainiac Juliette joins a friend on a casting call as a dare, she gets a lot more than she bargained for. After her audition she's asked to join a list of women as part of an elite escort service. Suddenly she's thrust into a world of luxury and fantasy. But while her wildest dreams are becoming a reality, her nightmares also creep into her life. Juliette must now find a balance between the light and the dark or risk losing everything.
Expected Pub August 2013

Morgana Black is a hair stylist by day and hottie writer by night. She walks her dogs in high heels and never leaves the house without red lipstick. She firmly believes in the power of Zen, and does Yoga freely in her backyard, in her favorite set of pumps.

If you'd like to connect with Morgana online, here is her FACEBOOK PAGE.