Monday, July 23, 2012

Contest for ~~ Love on a Killer Cruise!

Hello everyone!!!
  First off I would like to say thank you to everyone who has purchased, reviewed and supported me with my first novel Tempting Fate. You have all helped to make my dream of being an Author come true and it has made me so very happy.
  I have big plans for my next novel, Love on a Killer Cruise, and I am hoping to have it out in late September or early October. As part of my big plans I want to include you! So I have come up with a contest.
 First I bet you would like to find out a little more about the next novel. So.....

Love on a Killer Cruise
Happy Birthday to Sarah! Turning twenty-six and divorcing Brandon – her high school sweetheart – on the same day. With all of her plans for the future out the window, she tries her best to be content in a small apartment with her two cats.
Five months go by and her best friends, Tanya and Jenny, start setting her up on blind dates. After enough bad experiences Sarah refuses to let either of them pick a man for her again. When Jenny sees an ad from a local travel agency – a chance to win a ten-day trip on a single’s cruise – without thinking, or asking, she enters Sarah's name. Now Sarah is the winner of something she doesn’t want. With an enormous amount of pressure from her friends to go and nothing to lose, she packs her bags.
After dinner and a few too many drinks Sarah lets a handsome man named Gabriel into her bed; and soon she is falling for him. The next day two women are found dead on the ship, but both deaths are made to look accidental. Sarah is consumed by the new romance with Gabriel and not too worried – until she discovers a third woman, and it is definitely no accident.
      The bodies are piling up and the ship is not moving – broken-down in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Every time a woman is murdered Gabriel’s whereabouts are in question. Sarah finds herself hopelessly lost at sea with a killer. Could it be the man she has fallen madly in love with? Could she be the next to die?

Now, let me tell you about the contest. As you read in the synopsis Sarah is going to have a string of really bad first/ blind dates. I want you to tell me about your worst first, or blind date. I will pick one and it will be included in Love on a Killer Cruise. 

So here is what you have to do to enter:
   Like my Author page on Facebook ( ) and just leave your name in the comments section below (here on the blog), along with your bad date story and your email address. 

What will you win you ask, well...
  One story will be chosen to be part of the book, that person will receive
      - A first edition paperback copy of Tempting Fate that is signed by not only myself but also the editor, both cover models and the photographer that took the photo (1 of only 5 that exist). You will also get a Tempting Fate bookmark and a beautiful necklace. When Love on a Killer Cruise is released you will receive a free eCopy of it also!

  --Two people will be chosen at random to win a eCopy of Tempting Fate.
  --Three more will be chosen at random to receive a Tempting Fate bookmark.

 All six winner will receive a nice Love on a Killer Cruise surprise at the release of the novel!!

I will announce the winners on the 15th of August!! 

Good luck to everyone that enters!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My first book review: Island Shifters: Book One by Valerie Zambito

Hello everyone!!

In the beginning of June I was luck enough to win a signed paperback copy of Island Shifters: Book One, An Oath of the Blood by Valerie Zambito. First off let me say this .... I rarely win ANYTHING!! Maybe once a year, maybe. lol
Excitement over winning something aside... I loved this book so much that I wanted to post a review of it!

So, with that being said......

In the aftermath of the destruction of the exiled Kingdom of Pyrann, four young but powerful shifters ans a Draca Cat must travel back to the lands from which they were banished with news of an invasion. Born with magical prowess none has seen in over three hundred years, the surviving shifters become pivotal in a war against evil siblings Adrian and Avalon Ravener and their aberrant army.

In a race against time to save a people they hardly know-- but are sworn to protect-- the journey extracts a terrible price from Beck, Kiernan, Rogan, Arrion and Bajan as they battle demons, both real and personal, to save the Island of Massa.

Prophecy dictates that one will not survive the upcoming battle, but a centuries-old vow courses through their veins and resolve flows through their hearts. Whatever the chances, the shifters will fight.

The blood oath will have it no other way.

My Review:
It has been a very long time since I have read a fantasy book such as this. For a long time I gave up reading this kind of books because they all were becoming the same to me. Island Shifters was anything but just another shifter story-- And it was AWESOME!! The relationship between the charters was wonderful. Each of them had a quality or a part of their personality that I could in some way relate to. Sometimes I know where a book is going and I have to say that this did not happen to me once, every time I thought I knew what was going to happen it didn’t and I was shocked. Island Shifters had a little bit of everything from action to romance and everything in between all rolled into a wonderful plot line. For last couple chapters I honestly had no clue how it was going to end, and that for me, was great!! When I got to the end all I could think about is that I have to have the next book!!! I really really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading Island Shifter: Book Two, An Oath of the Mage and more from this amazing author in the future!!

About the Author:

Valerie Zambito is a graduate of Alfred State College and lives in
upstate New York with her husband and three children. A great love of world
buildings, charters creation and all things magic, have led to 
her first novel, Island Shifters, An Oath of the Blood

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