Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Sceptre of Morgulan by Matthew D. Ryan #giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book blast tour for a cover reveal of The Sceptre of Morgulan by Matthew D. Ryan, a fantasy book.


The Sceptre of Morgulan
by Matthew D. Ryan

GENRE: Fantasy



Coragan of Esperia has another job to do. Can he and his companions capture the Sceptre of Morgulan and prevent an apocalypse? Or will Korina outmaneuver them again and escape with the prize? So much hinges on the efforts of so few—if they fail in their quest, if the evil witch Korina the Black succeeds, she may gain an unrivaled power over the forces of darkness; a power she will not hesitate to use.



Silgaren had just set, leaving only Neerie and its cracked surface to look over the land, shedding a pale yellow light that, at times, was obscured by passing clouds. Nevertheless, Galladrin took no chances. He approached the count’s castle from the east, where the shadows lay the strongest. It was nearly midnight. Most of the castle’s inhabitants lay asleep in bed. And Galladrin was alone.

Gaelan had protested vehemently. The young man wanted to help, but Galladrin knew what he was capable of. This was not a night for sword-fighting. Far from it. Only a thief, a well-trained thief, had any hope of success.

He wore black clothing, of course, with charcoal on his cheeks and forehead. He stood on the far side of the road that encircled the fortress, hidden by the shadows of a nearby building. Watching, and counting softly to himself as the guards atop the parapet did their rounds, he waited for the opportune moment.

Like a wraith borne by the dark of night, he ran from cover, across the road in a heartbeat, across the field on the other side. He drew to a stop before the moat and looked up at the wall just as another guard came around the bend. Quickly and quietly, he lowered himself into the moat water.

It was still early spring, so the moat water was cold. Deadly cold. It numbed his hands, his feet; it made breathing difficult, like he could not get enough air. Ignoring its gelid touch, he submerged himself


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. His work has been featured on-line at Aphelion.com and YesteryearFiction.com. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,” a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines as well as gaming systems for role-playing games, playing a motley assortment of characters in RPG worlds, as well as digesting the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and others. As a result, he has great depth of experience in the fantasy genre and feels it was a natural shift for him to move into fantasy writing.

Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr, The Children of Lubrochius, and The Sceptre of Morgulan, as well as a growing number of short stories. His first novel, Drasmyr, won the book of the month award on Long and Short Reviews: Young Adult for the month of September 2012. The story features a traditional Dracula type vampire in a Middle-Earth type setting. It is a dark fantasy geared toward teens and adults that has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range. Drasmyr serves as the prequel to his series: From the Ashes of Ruin. In addition to Drasmyr, The Children of Lubrochius, and The Sceptre of Morgulan, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur”(published at the now defunct Pegasus On-line), “The River’s Eye”(published at YesteryearFiction.com) , “Escape”(published at Aphelion.com), and the three-story collection Of Dragons, Love, and Poison.. He has also spoken on the topic of “World-Building” utilizing his considerable experience as an author and game-designer. When not engrossed in his fantasy worlds, Mr. Ryan can be found volunteering at the local food shelf or playing with his cat, “Confucius,” who is as wise and wily as his name suggests.

Author’s Smashwords Page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/matthewdryan
Author’s Blog: http://www.atoasttodragons.com
Author’s Home Page: http://www.matthewdryan.com
Author’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewDRyanAuthor
Author’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/matthewdryan
Author’s Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/579148.Matthew_D_Ryan
Author’s Twitter Handle: @MatthewDRyan1

For specific details on Mr. Ryan’s previous novels from this series, following the corresponding links:
Drasmyr: http://wp.me/P3Lbq0-gE
The Children of Lubrochius: http://wp.me/P3Lbq0-gM

Buy Link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/574196



Matthew will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin: $50 BookBlast Giveaway

see you soon broadwaySee You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin
Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams. When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true. And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come. But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?

Praise for the Book As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It was a really pleasant reading, fresh, funny, witty, very well written with a great peace and lovable characters. I enjoyed reading See You Soon Broadway. In fact, I finished it in two days; I could hardly put it down. With great characters to build on, this story grabbed me. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be the last. If you enjoy reading sweet romance, then definitely pick this up!

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Excerpt I’m must still be daydreaming as I quickly turn around and run smack into a man spilling his drink all over his obviously very expensive suit. “Oh crap! I’m so sorry,” I yell. I start brushing my hand along his suit coat. Crap, what am I doing touching this man? I finally glance up at his face and wow—tall, dark hair, and very…um…masculine. I must be staring because I don’t even realize that I’m still brushing the front of his coat and now his pants. I’m beyond humiliated now. “Please don’t worry. It’s fine.” He smiles, holding up his hands. “I mean, it’s only a brand new suit, but hey that’s what dry cleaners are for, right?” “Um, right.” I hesitate. “Sorry for um, brushing, um.” Really, Maris, shut up, I think to myself. He holds out his hand. “Trevor Ericson.” “Hi, I’m Maris Forrester.” I shake his hand and smile thankfully. I really appreciate him changing the subject from my invading his personal space. “Maris? That a nickname?” he asks curiously. “No, a family name actually; I’m named after my grandmother.” He has managed to find a few cocktail napkins lying around and he wipes off his coat. “That’s a cool name. So, how do you know the Phillips?” Phillips? What’s he talking about? “The Phillips?” I ask, trying not to cringe that I was rubbing the front of his suit for what seemed like five minutes. “Yes, Tom and Liv, our hosts for this event?” He seems shocked that I have no idea who Tom and Liv are. I guess I should know that but too late now. Suddenly, I feel guilty like I just crashed a wedding or something. “Oh right, I don’t actually—we were invited by a mutual friend. It’s a great party though,” I say as I glance around. “Yes, they do this every year to benefit the arts. It’s such a shame so many schools are removing them from their schedules. Liv, of course, has such a passion for this cause being that she’s also a musician. She’s performed all over the world.” “She was a performer?” I ask excitedly. “That’s fantastic. I’m a singer, too, or at least I was, now I’m a vocal instructor.” “Really? That’s interesting, why don’t you sing anymore?” Should I be having this conversation with a perfect stranger? He just keeps asking me questions. I probably shouldn’t be rude considering I just spilled alcohol over his Armani suit. Okay, so I don’t know for sure that it’s Armani, maybe Versace? I’m not exactly up-to-date on what designers men are wearing being that Kyle is more of a Gap kind of guy. “You know how it is, life I guess. Anyway, where did Liv perform?” “With some orchestra, she’s an amazing violin player. I went to college with Tom, we were fraternity brothers.” I roll my eyes, figures that Trevor was a frat boy. He’s totally charming and outgoing, he was probably the president, too. “Did you just give me an eye roll?” he asks playfully. I guess that was pretty obvious. I laugh. “Yes. I was just thinking that I could totally see you being a frat boy.” He cracks a smile. “I take offense to that, but I guess the choir girls don’t really like frat boys do they? I may have to send you my dry cleaning bill after all.” I start to feel uncomfortable. My amazing boyfriend is somewhere around here waiting for me and I’m chatting (not flirting) with some random frat boy.

Melissa Author Melissa Baldwin Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway. Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.


BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/29/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Book Blitz - WHAT IF by Rita Szollos + amazing giveaway

Today I'm excited to host a stop on the blitz tour for What If by Rita Szollos! This is a romantic comedy and the book is free for for Kindle October 5-9 only! We also have two great giveaways for you at the end of this post!

About the Book:

cover_paperbackWhat If is a romantic comedy and adventure about a black and white photograph.

Ailie Faulkner, a single, 39 year-old woman, married to her work, treasures a black and white photograph, and she’s stored it in her closet for more than a decade. Like a wistful teenager staring adoringly at a poster above her bed, Ailie has spent years returning to this photo again and again, concocting fantasies and daydreams about the photo’s handsome content.

Prone to list making and overall levelheadedness, Ailie usually isn’t one to believe in fate, but her curiosity (ahem, obsession!) with the photograph leads her to a life-changing decision and sends her on an adventure filled with humor, travel, bouts of nausea, unexpected discoveries, and reflections on cooking. Encouraged by her overbearing but obliging mother and an inquisitive grandmother, and guided by the insightful (albeit often contradictory) advice of her best friends, Ailie endeavors to learn about the photo, the person within its frame, and the possibilities of their future.

Add it to your Goodreads shelf & 
it's FREE for Kindle, Oct 5-9 only!

Rita Szollos About the Author: 
Rita Szollos is a sleep-deprived "mum" to a very curious 5 year old, a devoted dog, an angry Kitty, and one very mature teen nephew. She takes pleasure in writing about the smallest details of life - the quiet moments, the snapshots. Together with her Kiwi husband, the family enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping in the Bay Area around San Francisco.

Don't miss out on the Instagram exclusive giveaway! 
Coffee, Cinema, & Romance. 
Enter to win a $10 Starbucks card & $30 movie card!

To enter: 
Go to Instagram to @candacemom2two or @ritaszollos & find the photo in the IG feed, then follow the directions below the photo!
Giveaway starts Oct. 5th at 7:30 am PST and ends Oct 9th at 7 pm PST Winner announced Oct 10th

$100 gift certificate to a spa of choice or romantic gift basket of a $100 value.
Open to US/CA, except where prohibited by law.
Ends Oct. 18th, 2015 
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere | @GoddessFish Presents #giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the virtual blurb blitz tour for I Dreamt of Trees by Gilles DeCruyenaere, a science fiction / dystopian novel available now. Click the banner below to see additional stops.


I Dreamt of Trees
by Gilles DeCruyenaere

GENRE: Science Fiction / Dystopian



Jason Crawford has dedicated his life to fighting the mysterious alien race which threatens the massive city-ship he calls home. A few days before his first mission, however, Jason discovers a terrible secret which could mean an end to his way of life forever. Fearing government reprisal for this new-found knowledge, Jason takes refuge in the Rim, a walled-off section of the ship where citizens are left to fend for themselves while the government ruthlessly plunders its resources.

While there, Jason forms an uneasy alliance with fellow exile Greg. Though they share the same goal of exposing the government's terrible secret, their relationship is strained; Jason is selfish, profane and morally ambiguous, while Greg is generous, kind and liberal-minded.

Will Jason and Greg manage to achieve their goals despite their ideological differences? Will Jason ever escape the Rim, and if so, can he hope to regain anything even resembling the life of entitlement to which he was accustomed?

"I Dreamt of Trees" is a story of struggle and survival in a dystopian society built on fear and greed. Though you may be tempted to judge the characters, be certain of one thing: On the USS McAdam, no one is quite as good, nor quite as bad as they seem.



It was a typical Friday night at Core Plaza. Thousands upon thousands of happy citizens wandered about the mall's perimeter, some in search of food and drink, some looking for entertainment, and others simply soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Of course, no trip to Core Plaza was complete without a stroll across the huge circular glass floor commonly known as the “Star Walk”. Measuring exactly one mile in diameter, the Star Walk spanned the upper end of the USS McAdam's primary waste chute. Used mainly as a vent for the insanely dangerous radioactive gas created by the McAdam's PNTPD (photo-nuclear tri-phasic drive), the chute also served as a conduit for any unpleasant waste which could not be reclaimed by the ship's many complex recycling mechanisms. As the tube, by necessity, pierced the ship's photonic shields, the star walk now offered the populace their only truly clear view of space. On any given day, hundreds of people could be seen gazing in wonder at the breathtaking view below, from time to time emitting a small group cheer as a Squelcher ship would inexplicably fly below the mouth of the vent, only to be summarily torn apart in a maelstrom of glowing blue plasma. For many of the residents of the Good Ship McAdam, a Friday night “Star Stroll” was truly the highlight of their week.


AUTHOR Bio and Links

Gilles DeCruyenaere lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Joanne and their fur-baby Yogi. In his spare time Gilles enjoys reading, watching movies, creating art and experiencing nature, as well as collecting rocks, minerals, antiques and Star Wars paraphernalia. A graduate of the Digital Media Design program at Red River College, Gilles recently served as film editor for the feature-length animated film “Emma's Wings: A Bella Sara Tale”.

NOTE:  "I Dreamt of Trees" will be $.99 on Amazon.com from October 10th to October 16th.



Gilles DeCruyenaere will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Release Event : Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge & Suzanne Young #giveaway

We are excited to announce that the young adult novel Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young is now available in stores everywhere!

From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.

Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.

About the Authors:
Tom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. For the full experience of Tom’s work, visit www.tothestars.media.

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY.


Signed hardcover of Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares 
Open Worldwide
Ends October 21, 2015
Prizing is provided by the publisher, hosts are not responsible.
Must be 13 or older and have parental permission if under 17. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited by law.

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The Proving by Ken Brosky: $100 Book Blast #giveaway

Proving KenThe Proving by Ken Brosky

 It's been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn't a choice--it's an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.

Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some hidden light behind her was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a threatening shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else …
A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.
She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.
She could do this. She could send a warning ...
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop (INT) | Oct. 3 - 17, 2015

The theme of this hop is books that you love but haven't got the attention they deserve. I am featuring the Melanie Surani's thriller novel, AWAKE. It is an edgy thriller that has a touch of romance. Perfect for Fall reading lists.

I am giving an ebook copy of AWAKE to three randomly chosen winners via Rafflecopter. Open internationally. Please see the Rafflecopter widget for complete giveaway rules.

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Is the real danger inside or outside of the museum? You won’t want to miss author Melanie Surani’s thriller novel. Opera singer Joshua Gray wakes in an eerie art museum exhibit. He comes to believe he’s been kidnapped and abandoned. And he isn’t the only one…

As Josh and four others struggle to piece together their new reality, they discover the museum’s main building has been razed and the place is boarded with no obvious exit. Who left them in the museum and why? How can they escape? The only link that binds them together is a mysterious woman named Blair, who they each encountered before blacking out. Josh unexpectedly finds himself drawn to one of the other captives, a long-time fan named Sophia. Their attraction plunges the group into a dark pool of suspicion. When allegiances shift and pieces connect, the strangers are forced to reassess their situation.

Suspenseful, romantic and filled with drama, AWAKE will keep you up all night.

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