Monday, January 28

Tour: Ann Gimpel



 
 
 
 
 
~ Book Description ~
 
 
 Siobhan Macquire’s fortune has attracted a string of men who are out to drain her for everything they can get. Her last boyfriend was no exception. Furious at being used—again—she goes for a walk in the Highlands.

 
With the weather worsening, she wanders alone for hours. She’s soaking wet and starting to get scared when someone calls out to her. A striking-looking man emerges from the mist. Except there’s something wrong. His kilt is way too long and he talks with an archaic accent. Siobhan soon finds herself not only lost in the countryside but also in time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ Book Description ~
 
 
 Gabrielle McCallaghan just lost her job. Seeing the writing on the wall, she quit to spare her uncle the embarrassment of having to fire her. With her bond fairy on her shoulder, she strides through a crowded neighborhood contemplating her options.
 
Out of nowhere, a gorgeous, full blood magic wielder appears and makes a beeline right for her. Gabby knows her hybrid witch magic is no match for his, so she tries to evade him. The fairy does her best to help, but the contest is laughable. Even in his human form, the wolf-man is still stronger than she ever dreamed of being.
 
It doesn’t take long before Gabby is drawn into a deadly game of intrigue that started over a thousand years before. The stakes are high and the timing abysmal, but she finds herself falling in love in spite of herself. Can she and her full blood lover make a life for themselves? Or will the long-running battle between full bloods and hybrids pound the fragile bond between them to dust?


About the Author:


 
 
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent.  Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.  A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Two novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, and its sequel, Psyche’s Search, have been published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing, a small press. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Tour: The Gatekeepers Challenge



 The Gatekeepers Challenge
Author: Eva Pohler
Publication Date: December 1st 2012
Publisher: Green Press
Source: Review copy
Website | Goodreads | Twitter
Purchase here: Amazon | B&N
 

~ Book Description ~
 
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.



~ My Review ~


The gatekeepers challenge was just is as amazing as the first book.

In the first book Therese comes off as this almost perfect well brought up girl, who is just very sad after her parents death and wishes she had died with them, but in this book we get to see her in a different light, she is far from perfect she will make some costly mistakes that will effect her life in more ways than one. I was happy to see her growing change in this book.

Than is doing everything he can to find another way to make Therese his queen. We get to see just how far he will go and what he's willing to do to have her by his side. Will there love prevail? or will destiny take them on another path.

I love these books and I can't say that I have a favorite. In the first one you get to see them meet, how they fall in love and even with what seems like a tragic end they still have hope that there is a way for them to be together. In the second book you see them fight with everything they have for their love for each other in the end they do what they must to be together forever. I find myself falling in love with death more and more after each book. I'm dying to see what happens in the book!!


Longer excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, by Eva Pohler:

"And I thought you were the god of justice!"

"These are challenges, Thanatos. The more challenging, the better the victory."

"Hah! Admit it. You want her to fail!"

Hades didn’t hide the smile creeping across his face as he stood and met Than’s eyes, their noses inches apart. "I want her to pay! She was an embarrassment to me last summer. If she’s to join us here in my palace, I want her to suffer first."

"The punishment should fit the crime!" Than said.

"Agreed!" Hades bellowed. "I said those very words to your sisters before you arrived. They want to drag on too long the punishment of a murderer in Paris before they bring him here. I think they are motivated by something other than justice."

The Furies stood up, their eyes changing from blue in one and brown in the other to dark red. Blood dripped to their cheeks.

"Who doesn’t love Paris?" Tizzie hissed.

"We’ll leave you now," Meg snarled.

The Furies vanished.

Hades crossed his arms at his chest. "And you are, too, Thanatos."

"She had compassion for a man who was no longer a threat to her. She refused to kill him in cold blood. How is that a failure?"

"He deserved death. Her parents deserved vengeance. You deserved her to keep her word! She’s the one who let you down, son. Not me. She chose to have mercy on that killer over becoming your wife. Doesn’t that bother you even a little?"

Than’s throat tightened and no words came. He could think of nothing to say. Yes, it had bothered him. It had bothered him a lot. Only her prayers in the aftermath of the battle convinced him of her love. Her prayers, not her actions.

The challenges gave her the opportunity to remedy that. His father was right.





Sunday, January 27

Autumn Dawn

The next installment of the Witchling Saga is now available! "Autumn Dawn" (#2.5, Witchling Saga) is available from Amazon and Amazon UK, and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and iTunes. Author Lizzy Ford recently announced that the Trilogy is being turned into at least a four book series.

Autumn Dawn (#2.5)

 
Autumn Dawn_cover


Three months after turning Dark and being granted a second trial, Summer has succeeded in winning back not only her soul, but saving that of the Master of Dark as well. She leaves the hospital with some doubts as to whether or not she and Decker can be together, given all they’ve been through and how Dark his deeds were. Summer must choose whether or not she can risk her heart by taking a second chance to love the tormented Decker, whose only peace in the world is found in her arms. Meanwhile, the fate of the Master of Light becomes more challenging. If finding a way to undo all the Dark that was done by his brother wasn’t enough, he’s compelled to a girl who shouldn’t draw his interest, but who he can’t get out of his mind.

    "Autumn Dawn" is the fourth installment of the bestselling Witchling series by author Lizzy Ford. Other books in the series include:

"Dark Summer" (#1)
"Summer Night" (#1.5)
"Autumn Storm" (#2)
The third and fourth books ("Winter Kiss" and "Spring Moon") are slated for release in 2013.

Monday, January 28

Tour: Ann Gimpel



 
 
 
 
 
~ Book Description ~
 
 
 Siobhan Macquire’s fortune has attracted a string of men who are out to drain her for everything they can get. Her last boyfriend was no exception. Furious at being used—again—she goes for a walk in the Highlands.

 
With the weather worsening, she wanders alone for hours. She’s soaking wet and starting to get scared when someone calls out to her. A striking-looking man emerges from the mist. Except there’s something wrong. His kilt is way too long and he talks with an archaic accent. Siobhan soon finds herself not only lost in the countryside but also in time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ Book Description ~
 
 
 Gabrielle McCallaghan just lost her job. Seeing the writing on the wall, she quit to spare her uncle the embarrassment of having to fire her. With her bond fairy on her shoulder, she strides through a crowded neighborhood contemplating her options.
 
Out of nowhere, a gorgeous, full blood magic wielder appears and makes a beeline right for her. Gabby knows her hybrid witch magic is no match for his, so she tries to evade him. The fairy does her best to help, but the contest is laughable. Even in his human form, the wolf-man is still stronger than she ever dreamed of being.
 
It doesn’t take long before Gabby is drawn into a deadly game of intrigue that started over a thousand years before. The stakes are high and the timing abysmal, but she finds herself falling in love in spite of herself. Can she and her full blood lover make a life for themselves? Or will the long-running battle between full bloods and hybrids pound the fragile bond between them to dust?


About the Author:


 
 
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent.  Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing.  A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Two novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, and its sequel, Psyche’s Search, have been published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing, a small press. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

Tour: The Gatekeepers Challenge



 The Gatekeepers Challenge
Author: Eva Pohler
Publication Date: December 1st 2012
Publisher: Green Press
Source: Review copy
Website | Goodreads | Twitter
Purchase here: Amazon | B&N
 

~ Book Description ~
 
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.



~ My Review ~


The gatekeepers challenge was just is as amazing as the first book.

In the first book Therese comes off as this almost perfect well brought up girl, who is just very sad after her parents death and wishes she had died with them, but in this book we get to see her in a different light, she is far from perfect she will make some costly mistakes that will effect her life in more ways than one. I was happy to see her growing change in this book.

Than is doing everything he can to find another way to make Therese his queen. We get to see just how far he will go and what he's willing to do to have her by his side. Will there love prevail? or will destiny take them on another path.

I love these books and I can't say that I have a favorite. In the first one you get to see them meet, how they fall in love and even with what seems like a tragic end they still have hope that there is a way for them to be together. In the second book you see them fight with everything they have for their love for each other in the end they do what they must to be together forever. I find myself falling in love with death more and more after each book. I'm dying to see what happens in the book!!


Longer excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, by Eva Pohler:

"And I thought you were the god of justice!"

"These are challenges, Thanatos. The more challenging, the better the victory."

"Hah! Admit it. You want her to fail!"

Hades didn’t hide the smile creeping across his face as he stood and met Than’s eyes, their noses inches apart. "I want her to pay! She was an embarrassment to me last summer. If she’s to join us here in my palace, I want her to suffer first."

"The punishment should fit the crime!" Than said.

"Agreed!" Hades bellowed. "I said those very words to your sisters before you arrived. They want to drag on too long the punishment of a murderer in Paris before they bring him here. I think they are motivated by something other than justice."

The Furies stood up, their eyes changing from blue in one and brown in the other to dark red. Blood dripped to their cheeks.

"Who doesn’t love Paris?" Tizzie hissed.

"We’ll leave you now," Meg snarled.

The Furies vanished.

Hades crossed his arms at his chest. "And you are, too, Thanatos."

"She had compassion for a man who was no longer a threat to her. She refused to kill him in cold blood. How is that a failure?"

"He deserved death. Her parents deserved vengeance. You deserved her to keep her word! She’s the one who let you down, son. Not me. She chose to have mercy on that killer over becoming your wife. Doesn’t that bother you even a little?"

Than’s throat tightened and no words came. He could think of nothing to say. Yes, it had bothered him. It had bothered him a lot. Only her prayers in the aftermath of the battle convinced him of her love. Her prayers, not her actions.

The challenges gave her the opportunity to remedy that. His father was right.





Sunday, January 27

Autumn Dawn

The next installment of the Witchling Saga is now available! "Autumn Dawn" (#2.5, Witchling Saga) is available from Amazon and Amazon UK, and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and iTunes. Author Lizzy Ford recently announced that the Trilogy is being turned into at least a four book series.

Autumn Dawn (#2.5)

 
Autumn Dawn_cover


Three months after turning Dark and being granted a second trial, Summer has succeeded in winning back not only her soul, but saving that of the Master of Dark as well. She leaves the hospital with some doubts as to whether or not she and Decker can be together, given all they’ve been through and how Dark his deeds were. Summer must choose whether or not she can risk her heart by taking a second chance to love the tormented Decker, whose only peace in the world is found in her arms. Meanwhile, the fate of the Master of Light becomes more challenging. If finding a way to undo all the Dark that was done by his brother wasn’t enough, he’s compelled to a girl who shouldn’t draw his interest, but who he can’t get out of his mind.

    "Autumn Dawn" is the fourth installment of the bestselling Witchling series by author Lizzy Ford. Other books in the series include:

"Dark Summer" (#1)
"Summer Night" (#1.5)
"Autumn Storm" (#2)
The third and fourth books ("Winter Kiss" and "Spring Moon") are slated for release in 2013.