The Mage Tales Book Blast and $75.00 Amazon or BN Gift Card Giveaway!

Please welcome author Ilana Waters who is celebrating the release of her box set, The Mage Tales!

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ilana Waters is awarding a $75 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

From USA Today bestselling author Ilana Waters:

Vampire. Witch. Hero. Monster.

Titus Aurelius is all of these things. Ever since he rose from the ashes of ancient Pompeii, this former Roman general has fought for survival.

A few millennia later, bloodseeker Titus isn’t looking for trouble—just a quick meal. But when his path crosses the witch Abigail’s, that plan gets shot to Hades. They find out the Paranormal Investigation Agency (PIA) is plotting something monstrous—something that involves exploding gas mains, lethal bird‐shifters, and sadistic vampire minions.

Will they uncover the PIA’s murderous secret before every supernatural in its path is destroyed?

And what is Titus and Abigail’s connection to the mage who, almost twenty years later, is exiled to a paranormal boarding school? Can this mage solve a mystery concerning a stolen potion and ghostly figure before students—including him—wind up dead?

Together for the first time, the Mage Tales Prequels: Books 0‐II are action‐packed, edge‐of‐your‐seat suspense stories shot through with a megadose of snark. If you love authors like Kevin Hearne, Lev Grossman, and Ilona Andrews, give these a try! This box set contains one novella and two full‐length novels:

When Darkness Falls
Blood and Magic
Mage Lessons

 

Read and Excerpt of Blood and Magic:

Abigail knew it would take more. They had to make the current even stronger. What was it Mom said about never dropping a hair dryer in the bathtub? She was about to do the equivalent—on a much larger scale.

I need you, she thought to the sky, the sea. The whole world. To magic, to energy, to life itself. We need you. Come to us!

The rain hit the ship like a meteor. Waves rose up over the sides. Tunnels of water bore down. The ship lurched violently from side to side. Abigail rose in the air a little so she wouldn’t fall onto the deck. The sound of thunder filled her ears.

But that was nothing compared to the fireworks of electricity coming from the net. The addition of the rain had made it absolutely lethal. The wind blew Cunningham’s hair and clothes behind her, as if she were standing in front of a giant fan. She fought not to go backward into the web of death, and even managed to advance several steps. Abigail’s heart hammered against her chest. Blood raced like quicksilver through her veins.

“She’s getting away!” Abigail shrieked. “Dammit, Titus, do something!”

About the Author:

Hi! I’m Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author of the Mage Tales.

I write urban fantasy for those who like it fast, funny, and fierce. If you’re into cross‐blended creatures (think witch‐vampire hybrids and half‐breed mages) and supernatural ass‐kicking, I’m all over that. Ditto if your book turn‐ons are equal parts creepy and action‐packed (think ancient cities and crypts combined with beheadings and bombs).

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RELEASE DATE: Sleeping Dragon Stirs

Yay! Sleeping Dragon Stirs, part two has a release date of October 8th, 2018! It’s also available for pre‐order at the major e‐retailers.

EXCERPT:

Amari stared beyond the hulking body blocking the entrance. The sky had lightened to a deep purple. Although Jaxon’s eyes remained closed, she knew the obstacle in front of her only feigned sleep. Despite her sudden bout of claustrophobia, her toes curled in anticipation. She would love to play with this dragon.

She crawled forward until she reached him and hiked a leg over his waist, only she lost her balance and landed heavy on his stomach. Intent on swinging her other leg over, she planted her hands on his chest, but Jaxon grabbed her thighs and she sucked in a startled breath.

Her surprise wasn’t due to embarrassment or fear. No, those emotional responses were too rational for her. Instead, the spattering of hair in the V of his shirt elicited her reaction. If she unfastened just six little buttons, she could follow that enticing path to its point of origin. A devious smile lit her lips, for she liked blazing new trails.

She shifted to get off, but Jaxon’s grip tightened.

You sure you want to go, mon est draco?” Jaxon asked in a rumbling tone. “Why don’t you come down here and tell me about your dream.”

Yes! Tell him. “No, no,” she insisted, not sure who she hoped to convince, especially since her hand had bunched a swath of Jaxon’s shirt, and didn’t seem inclined to let go.

Come here,” he encouraged. “Whisper it in my ear.”

Review — Reaper by Lindsey Winsemius

I enjoyed this one! I didn’t know what to expect, but Reaper was a great surprise! The world‐building was intriguing and complemented the storyline. Aerina and Marcus were well defined and had nice chemistry. All in all, Reaper turned out to be a nice escape read with a strong romance that kept me turning the pages.

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Reaper by Lindsey Winsemius

Divergent Bloodline on NETGALLEY

My publisher is offering Divergent Bloodline for review on NetGalley during February. So, if you’re interested in a vampire/cop paranormal romance with powerful immortals and a stubborn detective determined to solve a murder, please consider requesting Divergent Bloodline to review!

REVIEW request on NetGalley.

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Divergent Bloodline by TJ Shaw

Write What You Know

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They say to write what you know. I don’t know who “they” are, but the advice seems sound. Since I’ve been a felony crimes prosecutor, worked the road as a police officer, and now write policy and procedure for the same police department, I decided to combine some of my passions into what is now Divergent Bloodline.

Cops are a rare breed. They witness not only the good people do for each other, but also respond to volatile, emotional situations often resulting in heartbreak. The stress officers work under on a daily basis is incredible. They form strong bonds with fellow cops to survive the mental and physical demands placed upon them. Your partner is more than a friend; your partner protects your back when you enter the building with guns drawn.

Although Divergent Bloodline is a work of fiction and focuses on the romance between a homicide suspect (who happens to be a vampire) and the detective assigned to the case, I tried to capture the special relationship officers share with each other. I hope you enjoy Divergent Bloodline as much as I loved writing it.

Half‐Price Sale: My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, is offering the digital version of Divergent Bloodline for half price through their website only from Wednesday, December 9th through Saturday, December 12th.

Win an autographed paperback copy! – Enter the Goodreads giveaway for Divergent Bloodline. Giveaway ends Saturday, December 19th, 2015. Easy to enter and you might win!

.99 Cent Sale: To celebrate Divergent’s release, my high fantasy romance, Caller of Light, is available for .99 cents at all major outlets until Friday, December 18th.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway

I’m proud to announce the cover for my new paranormal romance, Divergent Bloodline!

Win an autographed paperback copy! – Enter the Goodreads giveaway. Giveaway ends Saturday, December 19th, 2015. Easy to enter and you might win!
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Blurb

While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get‐go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He is a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he is forbidden. Her instincts warn that he’s hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.

As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he has lost or his loyalty to his people.

As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who has stolen her heart.

Excerpt

Don’t push me away, Viviane,” he rasped in a hoarse gravel of sound. Except for the enticing tremor in her bottom lip, she stood like a statue, the curl of her eyelashes hiding her inquisitive, emerald eyes. Cupping her chin, he lifted her face and dropped his forehead onto hers.

Closing his eyes, his other senses sharpened on the woman quivering against him. Air whispered in and out of her lungs in ragged gasps. The soft brush of her hair teased his skin. The catch in her throat when his hand slid to the small of her back encouraged his slow acquisition of her.

He understood her wish to maintain a professional distance, but her body betrayed her as she leaned into him. With utmost care, his mouth grazed down her face, tasting the lush satin of her skin. Her breath caught. He stilled her halfhearted attempt to step away by pinning her at his side. Flattening his hand against her jaw to keep her from turning, his lips skirted across her cheek, angling toward her mouth. Her pulse skipped, and he smiled an instant before his lips touched hers. In an exquisite, painful burst, his heart exploded and light cascaded into the darkest corners of his soul.

No,” she gasped, planting her hands on his chest, but his desire to claim her was too strong. He slammed her against the wall with his body and kissed her with a roughness that required no less than total submission.

Focused. Strong. True.

 

Review — Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4.5 Stars!

I don’t read a lot of YA, but the blurb intrigued me so I decided to give OBSIDIAN a try. Turns out, I’m really glad I did. I pretty much fell in love with Katy while I have a love/hate … mostly love … relationship with Daemon. Great world‐building and witty dialog kept me reading way past my bedtime. The developing romance between our young heroes is sweet, yet not without challenges. Of course, I must read the second book, ONYX, to see what’s in store for these two. Now, onward with ONYX …

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review — Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

What a delightful book this turned out to be! I got it on a whim (it was free on Amazon and the blurb sounded interesting) and really didn’t know what to expect. I decided to read a few pages before going to bed and two hours later, I was still in my chair with Kindle in hand, reading!

HOPE(LESS) is written in first POV from Gabby’s perspective and I loved Gabby’s voice. She is a young woman coming into herself who has the ability to see people in different colors. Because of this second sight and the fact she’s different, she discovers that werewolves are real. This isn’t a typical were/human type of story. In fact, Ms. Haag’s take on the genre is not only unique, but really enjoyable.

Clay is the wolf who is destined to be Gabby’s mate and although she tries to get rid of him, he persists in courting her in a fun (and totally unexpected) way throughout most of the book. I won’t give up any details about their burgeoning relationship, but Ms. Haag did a fabulous job building it.

HOPE(LESS) is a young adult romance that packs a clean punch. I enjoyed it immensely.

Focused. Strong. True.

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Hope(less) — Melissa Haag

Review — Chained by Night by Larissa Ione

Wow! I really enjoyed the first book in the series, BOUND by NIGHT, but I loved this one! Hunter is one hot alpha male and Aylin is a remarkable, strong heroine with spunk and sass. I was rooting for them from the beginning. Ms. Ione’s take on the vampire genre is intriguing and unique, her world‐building fantastic, and her characters have depth and … well, character! Great read!

Focused. Strong. True.

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Chained by Night — Larissa Ione
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