Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FREE AGENT by JC Nelson: Excerpt and Giveaway

In one of the pitch contests in which I mentor, I came across JC Nelson. After reading the excerpt for FREE AGENT, I knew I'd read something that an editor would snap up in an instant. And I enjoy being right. Today is the book birthday of a new urban fantasy series fans are not going to be able to get enough of and...trust me, I'm going to be right again.
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About Free Agent
When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Monday, July 21, 2014

LOVE IS... A Charity Anthology by 40 Authors: Cover Reveal

On August 5th, the LOVE IS... anthology will release at e-tailers near you! A collection of 300,000 words, and more than 40 authors, covering all heat ranges and genres, there's something in here to appeal to everyone. And all of the proceeds are going to charity -- specifically, to: 

Reach Out and Read which prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Today, we are celebrating with a cover reveal for the anthology webring style. Participating authors are revealing the anthology cover, and ALSO sharing their individual story covers. (Individual stories may be released on their own at a later date.)

Anyone who comments on each of the blogs (listed here, at http://daynahart.com/coverlist/) will be entered to win a copy of the anthology when it's released. And one commenter here at my blog will ALSO be entered. So please, when you're done looking at the covers here, click the link for the next author's blog: 
http://keriford.com/2014/07/18/2727, or continue to The List to find more authors to visit. Thanks!

So, here they are:

a collection of more than 40 authors and 300,000 words.
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For the anthology, Yelena and I are releasing a new short story spinoff to our award-winning urban fantasy A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. To us, Love is...

A Key Series Short Story
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After a hellish ordeal suffered at the hands of evil, Zoey wants only to live a normal human life. Yet, demons haunt her every step and a power grows inside her that she does not understand and cannot control. If she is to win her life back, she’ll need to trust in a fallen with a hidden agenda.

Rafe’s war with the hellspawn of Las Vegas has dragged on for centuries. He needs an edge to take out the demon boss once and for all. The girl may be the answer, but to gain her trust, he’ll have to use all of his powers of seduction and stop at nothing to win her heart…even if it means losing his own.

Now, as the stakes rise, Zoey and Rafe must put their faith in each other to heal the wounds of the past and overcome the challenges in the present. Only by discovering their strength together can they find peace, not by running from the night, but by embracing darkness. 

Please also feel free to visit our Facebook page, where covers will be posted throughout the day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

PAINTING THE MOON by Traci Borum: Book Review

If you've been following the blog for awhile, you know that I rarely write book reviews. However, after reading PAINTING THE MOON by Traci Borum, I needed to put my feelings into words. I cannot begin to express how much this book moved me, but I make the attempt below. 

About Painting the Moon
When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England. 

When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.

Brilliant, beautiful, and heartwarming story about love in all it's wondrous facets. Borum's use of color and imagery, inspired by the snippets of painting advice laced throughout the book, make the novel rich, vibrant, and alive with feeling. Each quote of artistic instruction to start the chapter resonates as a kind guide about life as well as art. I rooted for Noelle the entire time, looking at her through the lens of a big sister and wishing her to succeed. I connected with best friend Jill and adored love interest Adam. Borum's characters are as rounded and three dimensional as her incredibly evocative settings. Five stars isn't enough. I'm hooked on this series!
Rating: 5 Ninja Stars!