Elyse Salpeter’s Flying to the Fire is out!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00069]Elyse Salpeter’s newest release is finally out and it sounds like a fascinating read. Second in The Flying series, Flying to the Fire is a young adult, metaphysical suspense novel that follows the story of Danny, a deaf teenage with a special power: he knows what happens after a person die. On a personal note, I think the covers in this series are visually compelling, and they alone would have made me click to read more.

Flying to the Fire: Book #2 in the Flying Series

An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie…because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister–before she is lost to him forever.

 

Elyse, who is the author of seven novels and a host of short stories, likes mixing “the real with the fantastic” in her books. She loves taking different scenarios and creating worlds where things just aren’t what they appear to be.

Her New Adult Dark Fantasy Series, The World of Karow and The Ruby Amulet take us to other realms filled with magic and evil. Her contemporary adult thriller, The Hunt for Xanadu is about a young girl on a mission to avenge her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu.

When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, working out, running after her twins and eating shock food in her Gastronaut Club. Please come on over and learn more about her at her webpage.

Flying to the Light: Book #1 in the Flying Series

flying to the lightSeventeen year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.

If you want to keep in touch with Elyse:

www.facebook.com/elysesalpeterauthor

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www.elysesalpeter.wordpress.com

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Clare Davidson’s Shrouded Soul is out!

ShroudedSoulKindleCoverOne of my favorite authors, Clare Davidson has just published Shrouded Soul, the third title in her Hidden series. I have read and reviewed the first two, Reaper’s Rhythm and Broken Bargain, and I can’t wait to read the new chapter in this compelling and intelligent YA story. Clare has posted a snippet of Shrouded Soul on her blog to give you a taste of it. She has also graciously accepted to answer a question of mine regarding her writing.

Me: In your stories, you don’t shy away from topics that are somewhat controversial in YA literature, although they are an integral part in growing up, like sexuality, drug use, and depression. It is refreshing to read a story about teenagers who act like ones, not like the shallow, one-dimensional puppets society would like them to be. How do you keep up with a generation that seem to evolve at such a fast pace? Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?

Clare: When I started writing the Hidden series, I knew I didn’t want to shy away from topics that affect teenagers. Right from the start of Reaper’s Rhythm, the heroine, Kim, has to deal with grief, under-aged drinking, boys and bullying.

These are topics that often make adults uncomfortable. We don’t want to think about our children (not even teenagers) having to worry about them. We all like to think our children are perfect, that they’ll never be swayed to give into temptation and try something they shouldn’t, such as smoking or drinking. But if we shy away from these topics ourselves, too nervous to discuss them, where are teenagers going to get their education in these topics from?

School teachers? Yes, to a certain extent. In the UK, all pupils are given citizenship lessons, which include sex education, alcohol awareness and so on.

From their peers? Definitely. Whilst this can happen in a positive way, it can also happen in a negative way. I’m sure we all know how strong peer pressure can be. Most of us experience it on a daily basis, either in school, at work or within our friendship circles. Peer pressure is not age exclusive and depending on how firm we are within our own identities, it can be hard to resist.

Teenagers are going through a period of self-discovery. They are starting to explore who they are and what they want out of life. As a result, peer pressure can be all too easy to succumb to. The desire to fit in and be part of a group, rather than an individual is a compelling one.

Another place teenagers turn to is fiction, be it books, TV or films. They look for role models. Not perfect teenagers, but those who make mistakes and learn from them. They look for role models who are human, believable and whom they can relate to.

That’s what I wanted to achieve when I began writing Reaper’s Rhythm. I wanted Kim to be a multi-faceted character who makes mistakes. A girl who could be the reader’s best friend, peer, or daughter.

Kim is far from perfect. She makes mistakes. She does things she regrets. She unintentionally hurts others. But she learns and changes. She becomes a better, stronger person as the series progresses.

Will she be perfect by the end of the series? Of course not. None of us are and, to be honest, that’s what makes us beautiful individuals.

Shrouded Soul Blurb:

Keeping secrets. Telling lies. Kim is protecting everyone. Isn’t she?

Kim’s secrets are pushing Sophie away, whilst AJ’s fears are damaging their fledgling relationship. Kim tries to reassure him, but she knows he should be worried. He should be running. She keeps telling herself they can all have a normal life, free from the influence of the Baneem—but it’s the biggest lie of all.

The illusion Kim is clinging to is shattered when AJ vanishes. But he isn’t the only one put in danger by the information Kim is hiding. How can she defend everyone from enemies who keep growing stronger?

About the author:

Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband. They now share their lives with their young daughter, their cats and Rukia the Finnish Lapphund.

Connect with Clare:

Website: http://www.claredavidson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareMDavidson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareMDavidson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ClareDavidson

Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/zpjGf

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The Immortal Greek is alive!

The Immortal Greek

The Immortal Greek is the second title in The Immortals series, and takes place one year after The Lost Centurion’s events. Alexander Drako, Marcus’s longtime friend and immortal himself, has lived a long and full life. Rich and famous, he is a carefree character until Ravenna, the Enforcer who brings the bad guys of the paranormal world to justice, enters his life. For Alexander, one day is parties and easy conquests, the next is death, deception, and unexpected love.

As for the previous title in the series, The Immortal Greek too is set in modern-day Rome, which makes it one of the few urban fantasy and paranormal novels that has The Eternal City as one of the characters. Alexander, Ravenna, and the rest of the immortals, vampires, and fallen angels populating the story have to deal with a crowded, loud, but ever so charming Rome as they try to find the truth about a series of suicides among the paranormal community.

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A. K. Michaels’s New Series’ Cover, Blurb, and Teasers!

untitledAuthor A. K. Michaels has just announced the release date for The Dragon and The Vampire, the first title in the Supernatural Enforcement Bureau series. Mrs. Michaels’s new book will be out September the fifth, but since I can’t wait that long I asked for an ARC copy. And if you take a look at those teasers below, you’ll understand why I must read it now. Plus, I love dragons.

Ronan teaser - old witchy

Sam teaser

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Decisions, decisions, decisions…

I have left people vote on my Facebook author page for a few days, and the majority seems to like the cover with the couple. Having taken in consideration several suggestions, here is another trio to vote for.

New Trio Alexander

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A Call To Arms: The Immortal Greek

Alexander Teaser 3 800x800The Immortal Greek will be out for the grabs on August the fifth, and I am looking for Facebook pages and blogs to advertise it. I will gift ecopies for your giveaways and any material you might need to run the event. Just fill the form. Thanks in advance!

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New Release Cover Dilemma

I am almost ready to release The Immortal Greek, second title in The Immortals series, and I am testing two covers. So far, the consensus on my Facebook author page is almost unanimous. I am curious to see if the blogverse thinks differently. I threw a third cover in the midst just to gauge reactions about two similar concepts.

Alexander #1 or #2

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