Monday, June 18, 2018

*Cover Reveal* Pricked by Scott Mooney

by Scott Mooney
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: Summer 2019
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Urban Fantasy

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twenty-something in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspect that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

*Book Blitz* Hard Love by Shana Vanterpool (Guns & Ink #2)

Hard Love
by Shana Vanterpool
(Guns & Ink #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.
Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more unhappy ending, might just do him in.
Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.
But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.
A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.
Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.
Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.



Life had a way of expunging your expectations.

But it also had a way of rebuilding them.

I met a hero the day I walked into Klayton's tattoo shop, broken and terrified. My heart was tattered, and my mental state was a plain of rubble in my skull. He wasn't your typical hero. But atypical was exactly what I needed. I needed strength to combat my weaknesses. I needed love to fight my terror. And I needed someone to look at me like I was whole, when I feared I never would be again.

I sometimes wished we could have a do-over. That I could walk into his tattoo shop smiling, clean, and glowing. But that would only erase the brutal, beautiful truth of us. I didn't walk into his tattoo shop smiling, I wasn't clean, and I was severely damaged.

But Klayton loved me anyway. Even when I was empty, even when I was broken.

Even when I was mad.

When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.

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R.L. Baxter

Gideon and the Crimson Samurai

Series: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ricky Lee Baxter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014

A timeless tale about friendship, family and betrayal

Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would
expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world
is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the
Crimson Samurai.


Only a few hours after the meeting, everyone is asleep, except the young Gideon who is bizarrely sitting outside under the night sky. Placing himself on a small stone step just in front of the house he looks up at the stars above, kept company by a single street lamp.
Gideon: (Wow, this is all turning into quite a journey. My father is a man who apparently saved this country. I never knew he achieved so much since he left, and yet… I can’t help but hate him. I know it may sound selfish but I would rather he stayed with mother and I, instead of leaving – three years ago. If he never had left, mother wouldn’t have gotten so sick. She would still be alive.) He brushes a slight tear from his right eye while still gazing at the night.
Gideon: (I wonder if he can see the sky where he is now? If what Jill says is true, can we really be sure he is safe? After all, Tetsue is an island where Kibishi and Ukyo came from. There are bound to be other warriors, countless in number whom father would have to go up against. Why do all of this and for what purpose? Oh that’s right, “to change the future” eh? If my father really does have the power to see the future, what did he see? At that moment, Gideon hears faint footsteps from afar – coming closer. Within seconds the crimson scarf samurai steps into the open. They remain silent waiting for the other to say the first word.

Kibishi: You’re up late, why are you standing here all by yourself? It isn’t safe.

Gideon: Sorry. I just needed to clear my head for a while before we get going. Kibishi shows a look of surprise, flinching in response.

Kibishi: Oh, so you still would like to continue your journey – after all that you witnessed and discovered today?

Gideon: Yes, more than ever! I am still determined to find my father using your help, even if it kills me.

Kibishi: Gideon, but what if you get hurt or worse? I cannot guarantee that I can protect you, especially knowing that the entire Tetsue army would like to see you killed. Heck, what if I lose control again, and end up killing you?

Gideon: I know that and it’s my choice to make, so I don’t want you to feel guilty if something does happen to me. Even if I don’t survive before meeting my father, I would die with relief knowing that I spent these short but eventful days outside the walls of my home city. You see, in Shen I never had a life. Everything was a constant continuum, nothing to ever look forward to. However, on the outside world, things are different. I want to live on the whim of destiny, the same way you do Kibishi; coming close to life and death.
After a slight pause Kibishi bursts into laughter.
Kibishi: Oh jeez, you’re so melodramatic! Your old man was just the same, spouting nonsense like: life, death and destiny. It’s not a privilege to live inside the web of destiny – moron. Why do people speak so highly of fate and such matters? There is nothing pretty about having your actions mapped out and determined by some mumbo jumbo.

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Other Books by R.L. Baxter

Check out the other books in the Gideon and the Crimson Samurai series by R.L. Baxter.


Savior (Book Two)

Thanks to Kibishi's help, Gideon was able to know the truth of his father. However, before they
have time to accept his fate, Kenoke appears - bringing to light a sinister ambition.

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About R.L. Baxter

R.L. Baxter

Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai and a slew of short novellas.
He is an avid blogger, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life.
Currently he lives in Tokyo Japan, where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer
since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent
short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier
passion of writing fictional stories.

Fun Facts:

  1. My creativity is most at its peak, during the late hours. As one can imagine, this isn’t very helpful when I have a day job. Thank god for coffee!

  1. Although I write fantasy, I prefer to read observations such as quantum theory or self-help.

  1. I once spent an entire year writing a novel, only to delete it midway through. I know, I am a horrible person. However, some sacrifices are necessary, when striving for a story that a writer can be proud of.  



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*Book Blitz* Not Her Gargoyle by Annie Nicholas

Not Her Gargoyle
by Annie Nicholas
Publication date: June 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


Ruby is done with jerks, dead-end jobs, and eviction notices. Everyone else she knows is finding ways out of this crappy neighborhood, so why can’t she? Since opportunities refuse to fall from the sky, Ruby makes her own. To hell with the little voice in her heart whispering about love. She never met a man she wanted to keep…then she met a gargoyle. Men were boring after all.

Nick was a con, a thief, and a rogue. He couldn’t keep a dime in his pocket even if it was glued. Then he met a ruby. Not one from the earth but one of flesh and blood. And ass. Let’s not forget the ass. Stealing her heart was now all he wanted.

He has a plan that could make both their dreams come true. It only involves an itsy-bitsy risk. All they must do is rob a witch.

Oh, and avoid the dragons.


Ruby and her dress attracted all sorts of wrong attention on the way home. The worst was still trailing her, keeping to the shadows. It looked like only one guy. She hoped. For all she knew, he was herding her into a trap.
She crossed the street. Maybe the creeper would take a hint and realize she was onto him. A few steps more and she glanced over her shoulder.
Of course, he followed.
The liquor store was closed. It was the only place that would have been open this late. She balled her hands into fists. Fine, they’d do this the hard way. She turned the corner and spun around, pepper spray in hand.
The stalker came around the corner. His eyes widened at the sight of her.
Hers went wide as well at the sight of the winged beast landing behind the creeper. The creature picked up the stalker and shook him. “Leave her alone,” he shouted and tossed him to the other side of the street.
Ruby pressed the release button just as the beast’s face was lit up by a passing car. She gasped. Oh no, she recognized him.
He howled and covered his face, wings beating the air aimlessly, forcing some of the spray in her direction.
Bending over, she choked on the acidic air. She fell to her knees. Dumbass, she couldn’t believe she’d gasped in the pepper spray. That was such a rookie move but—but… “Nick,” she rasped and crawled toward him. “I’m so sorry.” At least, she thought it was Nick. “That is, you, right?”
“Yes.” He collapsed next to her, eyes bloodshot and raw. “You pepper sprayed me.” He sounded so hurt. Like she’d kicked his puppy.
Her heart stopped beating at light speed and she slapped his meaty shoulder. “You scared the shit out of me.” He’d also saved her. She wasn’t sure what to say. No one had ever done that before.
“I was trying to help you.” He wiped his nose with the back of his hand. “Fuck, this stuff burns.”
She coughed some more. “I know.” Her lungs felt like she’d blown up a hundred balloons. All at once.
“I need to rinse my eyes before they melt.” He rose on wobbly legs and peered into the night as if looking for a source of water.
“Come on.” She grabbed his big wrist and tugged. “You can use my bathroom to wash off.” She sounded like a three pack a day smoker. “It’s the least I can do.”

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Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon's ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

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