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Book Title: Revealing Kia

Author: Airicka Phoenix

Series: The Lost Girl Series, book #2

Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing

Release date: November 18, 2013

Genre: Young Adult contemporary, coming of age romance

Warnings: Language and sexual content

Formats: eBook & Paperback

Buying Locations:

Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Lost-Girl-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00GR26PG8/

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EXCERPT

“You better hurry.” The low, lazy drawl had me turning back to the room. Adam lay on his back, arms folded beneath his head. “I think I’m beginning to doze off again.” Stifling my laugh, I stole a peek up and down the hall before slipping inside and shutting the door. I crept across the room, careful not to stir Kenny who snored like he’d swallowed a blow horn. “I don’t know if I want to wake you,” I murmured, stopping when my knee bumped the edge of the mattress. “You might throw me into a snow bank, too.” There was something intense about the way he watched me. I didn’t know what it was, but it had my heart galloping and my body reacting in a way that brought a flush to my face. “The only place I’m going to throw you is right here.” He had my wrist before I could catch his meaning. I was yanked onto the bed, still warm and rumpled from his body. I might have squeaked or gasped or something, but it was a distant memory when his mouth took claim of mine. It wasn’t a kiss. It was war. It was cruel and hot and demanding. It was his hands ripping up my body, fisting in my clothes, in my hair as his body restrained mine, pinning me to the mattress. He kissed me as though he would die if he didn’t consume me. My legs were roughly thrown apart and my thighs were filled by the pressure of his hips settling into place. A sound between a whimper and a cry left me as his body aligned with mine in a way that sent fire racing through my veins. I was only barely conscious of anything except how much I wanted him to keep going. It was only due to the snort-grunt from the other occupant in the room that I tumbled down a notch from the heights he was taking me. “Kenny,” I gasped, my body bowing into his. He snarled. His fingers tightened in my hair, making me cry out as sharp slivers of delicious pleasure ripped through me. “Adam!” he hissed. “When you’re in my bed, it’s only Adam.” “Adam!” I obediently complied. Then he kissed me again.

My thoughts:

I am so infatuated with this story. While it is a great teen romance/coming of age kind of tale, the underlying messages are what really made me give it 5 stars. I think everyone should read this book if only to understand better how serious bullying is and what it can do to someone.  The bullying may appear to have been just a side element to the relationship between Kia and her best friend, I thought it was a very integral part of the story.

Ms. Phoenix does a great job of keeping us entertained with the troubles of two young lovers trying to come to terms with how they feel about each other without hurting those around them. I love that this book flows right from the first, Finding Kia, without throwing us into a headspin. We are given a glimpse into the lives of the main characters and a better feel for how and why they struggle with who they are becoming.

I am disappointed in that the story ends with Revealing Kia. The resolutions were quick at the end and I would have liked just a little more. That, and I secretly wanted Kia to kick Claudia’s… I really enjoyed this quick read and look forward to reading more adventures.

AUTHOR BIOAiricka Phoenix

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her husband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she’s not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.

Airicka is the author of the best-selling Touch Saga, The Sons of Judgment Saga, The Lost Girl Duology, Games of Fire and Betraying Innocence. She’s the writer of Young Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and on her website: http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/

Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out Dec 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana’s debut novel will be released Fall 2014.

For more about Airicka, visit her website at: http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/

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The New Year’s Masquerade by Elise Marion

Title:  The New Year’s MasqueradeThe New Year's Masquerade (Masquerade #2)

Author:  Elise Marion

Series:  Masquerade #2

Genre:  Romance

Synopsis:  Orlando Sanchez is a player. “No strings attached” is the motto of his life, and even when his best friend and wingman gets married, he doesn’t intend for that to change. Women are trouble and the only one he cares to spend time with is Sasha, who’s quickly become his friend and confidant. But a rash decision and a night of mindless passion makes their relationship complicated, causing Orlando to face his fears of commitment head on and to consider all he’s been missing out on in life.

Sasha is in love with Orlando and has been since they met. She knows she’s not his type. The bad boy would surely break her heart, yet she can’t help but want more than friendship. After Orlando calls their night together a mistake, Sasha is determined to show him that it wasn’t. At a New Year’s Masquerade party, Sasha throws her insecurities and inhibitions aside in one last attempt to show Orlando that they belong together. When the clock strikes midnight, Orlando will face a decision. Will his kiss ring in the New Year with the promise of a new future? Or will Orlando run, using his bachelor lifestyle and player ways as a shield against everything he thought he never wanted?

My thoughts:  I enjoyed this steamy story. Ms. Marion does a wonderful job of giving us both sides of the story in this second Masquerade tale. I will admit that I was totally rooting for Sasha as she dealt with her feelings about the playboy, Orlando. There were some moments when you can understand Orlando’s fear, but it didn’t stop me from wanting to smack him. We all know that fear makes people do crazy things.

The story moves along at a smooth pace and is well written. While this is definitely an adult book, the explicit scenes were not disturbing. Ms. Marion conveyed the passion and desire very well. I was intrigued to learn more about the characters, and Ms. Marion delivered. I encourage you to check out The New Year’s Masquerade.

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Ascension Blog Tour!

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From best selling and award winning author Stacey Rourke comes the heart-pounding continuation of the acclaimed Gryphon Series. 
SYNOPSIS:
The turning point of the Gryphon saga is at hand …

Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and a sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in the middle with nowhere to run.

Her trust wavers as she uncovers dark secrets of the Council, powerful enough to test her loyalty and turn her against those she swore to protect. Playing to the longing of her heart, a malevolent enemy uses her weakness against her to form an alliance.

With the trumpets of war about to sound, which side will the Conduit choose, and who will be left standing?

EXCERPT:

 Blood pooling.

Seeping.

Merging.

Swirling together to form a detailed map of carnage.

“Tsk, tsk, tsk.” The Countess pursed her full lips in a mock pout. “And to think he was trying to save you. You must feel simply dreadful right now.”

Anger quickened my breath making each word come out a breathless gasp. “Shut … up.”

“Why’s that?” She rested her palms on her ample hips and let her head fall to the side in a flowing curtain of scarlet. “Don’t feel like talking about it? Can’t say that I blame you. Here he was marching over here so gallantly to protect you while you called him names and berated him. That’s evil even by my standards and I make a viable vocation out of this.”

One stride into a forward charge toward certain death, I froze. My shocked heart lurched into an awkward stutter beat. The cause of my surprise? Rowan, rolling to his side and yanking the dagger from his gut. The Countess’s painted lips pulled back in a sneer.

Heels clicked across the floor with sharp snaps as she strode straight for him. “I hate it when people don’t have the courtesy to die the first time you kill them.”

With the stiletto heel of her boot, she pinned Rowan’s wrist to the floor … then stomped. Rowan howled and writhed as blood spurted from his wound. His injured hand loosened around the hilt. Before the blade could clank to the ground, the vile enchantress scooped it up. Flipping it in her hand, she arched back for the death blow.

Nooooo!!”  I channeled everything inside me. Pulling every emotion that ravaged me throughout this god-awful day into my core, I raised both hands and hit her with the full force of my telepathic fury.

The dagger flew from her hand as she pin-wheeled into the darkness.

I rushed to Rowan’s side and eased him to a sitting position. “Row? Rowan?”

It took a minute for his sleepy gaze to find me. Even then his dilated pupils hinted consciousness would be fleeting. In the distance came a soft thud. The Countess must’ve found the other side of this massive hall. My little stunt bought us seconds only.

“Row?” My fingers dug into his shoulders as I attempted to shake him awake. “Can you teleport? I don’t know any other way out of here and we need to go now!”

In place of an answer, his eyes rolled back and his head lulled to the side.

Like rapid-fire gunshots, her heels clicked closer, building around us in an ominous echo.

I slapped Rowan softly once, then a second time with more vigor. “Rowan! Come on! One little poof then you can pass out! I promise! Just get us out of here!”

He woke with a jerk, a protective passion rising on his face. His tensed features sharpened. Turquoise eyes blazed as his injured hand weaved into my hair and pulled me to him. Blood dripped down the back of my neck and dampened my hair, yet pulling away never occurred to me. His lips brushed mine with a tentative question—a plea for acceptance. I hesitated for a fraction of a second before consenting with a resounding mutual urgency. Locked in each other’s embrace, we disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

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ABOUT STACEY:

There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

Best selling award winning author of the Laugh-out Loud Gryphon Series and the nonfiction book I’m Not Crazy I’m on Lupron; a Journey Through Infertility. Learn more about Stacey’s books at www.staceyrourke.com or diaryofasemi-crazyauthor.blogspot.com. If you are a blogger or reviewer interested in reviewing any of Mrs. Rourke’s work please contact her publicist, Sara O’Connor, at info@gliterarygirlmedia.com.

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With the release of Ascension comes the newest edition of the entire series, complete with amazing illustrations of these dynamic characters. Here’s a sample:

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Illustrator Crystal Ord will be bringing some of your favorite Gryphon Series characters to life! 

Crystal Smalls Ord is a freelance illustrator and writer who resides in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Her art and stories have appeared in the macabre children’s lit magazine, Underneath the Juniper Tree. Last year she illustrated her first children’s book, Ethan’s Story; My Life with Autism which can be found on Amazon.com. Her art has also appeared in hitRECord.com’s musical short, Madamoiselle Noir.

In her free time Crystal plays with her kids, cleans house, teaches music in Sunday School, and lingers in the geekery corner of Pinterest.

Contact her at:

Website: wix.com/fynn47/author-website.com

Facebook: facebook.com/smallsord

The demonic and fantasy elements of the Conduit’s journey will jump off the page thanks to Robert Immings;

In 2000 Robert Immings graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a BFA in graphic design. Since then he’s done work in package design, web development and designed training applications and software interfaces. These days he’s a mild-mannered operations technician with an electronic trading firm in Alpharetta Georgia. Earlier this.year he had a chance to enter Sony’s “Treasures of Middle Earth” design contest which was a promotion for the hobbit movie. He came in as a runner-up. More recently he had the opportunity to do some sketches and collaborate on the cover for Emily Fogel’s wonderful fantasy novel Dragon Wars and created the cover for her soon to be released book “Chasing Flames”. Right now he’s excited to be working on a collection of illustrations for Stacey Rourke’s Gryphon Series.

He’s always interested in illustration and graphic design projects and can be contacted at robertimmings@hotmail.com.

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The Emersyn Newsboy Hat Pattern GIVEAWAY!

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Introducing my new Emersyn Newsboy Hat pattern!

I think it’s fair to say that anyone who crochets has what’s called a Crochet Nemesis. Could be socks, could be amigurumi, could be slippers, maybe a particular stitch that you just can’t figure out…well mine?? The perfect BRIM on a hat! I would try and try but something would always seem “off”. So I was thrilled when I worked up this brim on the Emersyn Newsboy Hat and it was PERFECT!… in my opinion at least 😉

Big thank you to my beautiful models ~ My good friend Amanda and her gorgeous daughter Hannah!

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Any of course Photography by Amy is amazing as usual. So blessed to have her! 🙂

This pattern is loaded with pictures to guide you through the making of the perfect brim! Instructions for the adorable flower pictured is also included. It comes in all sizes and is totally customizable for the perfect fit!

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Make it Mondays

Happy Monday, all!  I hope you had a great weekend and are not too stuffed from all the candy.  As the weather decides to get colder here in Ohio, I thought I would share some hats I have made.   Let me know what you think!

Butterfly Hat

Butterfly Hat! I made this hat because I thought it was cute.  I had my sister try it on my niece to see if it would fit her and I never saw the hat again.  I guess she liked it!

 

I made this hat for a gift exchange and decided to try out a cowl.  I added to the number of stitches at the bottom of the hat to figure out my dimensions and then just stitched away.  The receiver liked the hat, but I have never seen a pic of them with it on.  I could only hope it fit.

Santa Test

 

This was a fun pattern test I did for CrochetbyPalm.  They have an Etsy shop with some really cute patterns.

 

 

Scooby

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And last but not least, one of my all time favorite hats.  I made him for my nephew who loves Scooby.  Thinking about doing a graph-ghan of scooby for him.  But that will have to wait.

 

I have put the links to the patterns in the pics.  Just click the pic and you will be directed to where I found the patterns.  I hope you find something you like and make one of your own.  Would love to see your pics.  Feel free to share.

 

Betraying Innocence Blog Tour and Rafflecopter

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Book Name: Betraying InnocenceBetraying Innocence Front

Author: Airicka Phoenix
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: October 30, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Romance

Warnings: Contains language and sexual content. 17+
Formats: e-book, paperback

Buy Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Betraying-Innocence-Airicka-Phoenix-ebook/dp/B00GB3FTD8/

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Betraying Innocence Synopsis

October 31, 1983, seventeen year old Johnny Baits vanishes without a trace, leaving the slumbering town of Chipawaha Creek, British Columbia reeling with his mysterious disappearance. Twenty-nine years later, The French family moves into his home, never realizing they’re not alone in the house.

For seventeen year old Roseanna French moving to a strange new town is a problem she can handle. But even she’s not prepared for the evil that has been sitting dormant for years… waiting. When seemingly harmless noises and creeping shadows at night leads to the murder of the people closest to her, Ana has to find a way to stop the evil before it can consume her completely and she can no longer wash the blood from her hands.

Rafael Ramirez is battling his own demons. Unlike Ana’s, his has been haunting him for years. But running isn’t an option. He has a mother, a brother and a sister looking to him to keep them safe. He doesn’t have time for pretty girls with issues, even if the sight of her makes him hope for things a guy like him doesn’t deserve. But when Ana asks Rafe for help, what can he do except give it? But what happens when the evil comes after his family? Can they stop it before it’s too late or will it claim them the way it had claimed Johnny?

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Author Bio

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her huband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she’s not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.

Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGA, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGA, THE LOST GIRL SERIES, GAMES OF FIRE, and BETRAYING INNOCENCE. The conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, REVEALING KIA, will be out November 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, in December of 2013.

Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out December 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana’s debut novel will be released Fall 2014.

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Excerpt

“Where is he?” he growled, doing a circle. “Where is he?”

“I … I think he’s gone,” Ana croaked, fighting not to give into the fainting sensation beckoning her to sway into its arms.

Rafe hurried over to her and took her hand. “Come on!”

She let herself be dragged up the path to the house, positive she would never have made it there on her own.

On the porch, he stopped and faced to her, his eyes intense. “Get inside and lock the door.”

Ana wanted to laugh. If she could’ve stopped shivering, stopped her teeth from chattering, her heart from going crazy in her chest, she would have reminded him that a closed door didn’t apply to ghosts. That locked or not, it wouldn’t stop that thing from getting inside. But there was something else, another reason that going inside wouldn’t help.

“He’s in there,” she told him, tears suddenly burning her eyes. Her bottom lip trembled.

“What?” He yanked her away from the open door and thrust her behind him. “Where?”

She sniffled, wanting so desperately to just bury her face into the planes of his back and cry. “In my room,” she whispered, absolutely certain of this now. “He’s inside my walls.”

It no longer mattered if he thought her insane. Her problems were so much bigger, so much more frightening. Plus, was she crazy if he’d seen it too? If he’d fought it? Was she still insane?

Rafe didn’t look disbelieving. He looked horrified and angry. His eyes widened, darting between her and the door. “What was that thing, Ana?”

“I don’t know!” she cried, no longer able to stop the flood of tears that washed down her face, mixing with the pond water. “I don’t know! I don’t know! I thought I was crazy. I thought … I’m not crazy! You saw him. You saw him, didn’t you? I’m not—”

She was suddenly in his arms, held so tight it was almost impossible to breathe. But it wasn’t close enough.

“Shh,” he whispered into her temple. “You’re not crazy. I saw him, too.”

 

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