Rise By Sierra Cross blitz & giveaway!

Rise
Sierra Cross
(Coven of Fire, #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan.

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.

One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.

Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?

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EXCERPT:

Startled, I flailed backward. Losing my grip on all six bottles. With a sickening crash they toppled to the stone floor, exploding on impact. The crisp smell of alcohol punctured the dank air.

My heart was still thundering, but I saw no one. “Who’s there?” I demanded.

A figure came into view. Not like he stepped out of the shadows…more like he materialized in front of me. Tall. Powerfully built. With short brown hair and a lean angular face covered in bruises and bloody scrapes. I could have drawn that rugged face, and all its battle scars, from memory.

I forced myself to look into his dark, knowing eyes. The eyes that I’d once allowed to see into my deepest grief. “Matt?” My voice came out higher, younger than I expected. “I didn’t think you were ever coming back.”

“Alexandra…kid, we need to talk.” Matt’s gravelly voice—a voice I hadn’t heard since I was fourteen years old—was low and serious. “I’ve waited over a year for you to come down here. Don’t know how much longer I can hold this form. So listen and don’t interrupt.”

I’d almost forgotten how bossy Matt could be for a ghost. Well, ethereal being anyway. Despite his torn T-shirt and jeans, he had a palpable air of authority, like some kind of rogue commando. The impatient blaze in his eyes would be intimidating, if I didn’t know him. Actually, it still was. But as blown away as I was to see him again, my life had changed since the last time he’d paid me an astral visit. Since then, I’d learned that I had no business interacting with supernatural beings.

“I’m not a kid anymore, Matt,” I said, as firmly as I could. “And I’m not part of your world. Look…you helped me back then, I’ll always be grateful. But I think it would be best if you left now.”

“That’s because you don’t have all the information yet.” He folded his muscular arms, which looked so real and powerful I had to remind myself that they, like the rest of his strapping body, weren’t physically here in the room but in another realm entirely. “Once you’re up to speed on the magical dangers facing our city—”

“Thanks, but I have enough problems to deal with. You know, in the real world.” I couldn’t bring myself to tell Matt that I’d been officially declared magically deficient. Not when he’d always referred to me as “the next coven leader,” after my mother. Instead, I glanced at the shards at my feet and shook my head in despair. Randy was definitely going to make me pay for these broken vodka bottles. Just add it to my tab. “Sorry, but you need to leave me alone, so I can deal with this, okay?”

I started upstairs to get the broom…but didn’t make it past the third step before his form appeared again on the next highest step. Inches between us.

“You have no idea what your real problems are, Alexandra.”

I froze.

Walk right through him, I told myself. You’ve done it before. But Matt’s chiseled face, swathed in desperation, held my full attention. Something had changed there since I last saw him—startling, given that he was incorporeal. In the last ten years, he hadn’t aged one hour. Funny, how I used to think of him as an older guy. Now he looked about my age. The dark purple bruises flowering along his square jaw hadn’t healed. Nor had the bloody gash down his pillowy lower lip—the one part of him that looked incongruously boyish. It was his eyes that had changed.

“I need your help, Alexandra.” His dark eyes, once warm and charming, burned with an urgency that put fear into my heart. “Please.”

 

Author Bio:

Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.

 

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A review of Paramore’s new album After Laughter

I discovered Paramore years ago while I always heard of their songs on the radio and enjoyed them, I officially didn’t become a Paramore fan until they had Decode in the Twilight Saga Twilight soundtrack. After that, I became a huge fan of their music. I bought all of their albums and went on a listening spree. Ever since then I have been listening to them. Through all the shakeups of the band itself.

On to the review….

I absolutely love After Laughter, its a fresh new take on indie pop music and I love it honestly am living for it right now. I love all of the songs. They each tell a story and are beautifully told through this album. My favorites right off the back after listening to it about 5 times over would be Pools which I am obsessed with because of the background  noise of the song, Rose -Colored Boy which is a happy- make- you- want- to- dance song, Fake Happy which starts off as a sad ballad, and the goes into a more happier tone, Told You So is a really catchy song, and of course Hard Times as it was the first single out of their album to have a music video. Honestly, though I really like each song and they each have the band’s heart and soul in them.

Paramore is back and stronger than ever!!

Listen to their entire album on Spotify here:
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Elusive release day blitz!

 

 
Elusive by Ali Dean
Release Day Blitz
May 24, 2017
 
Kate Walker has a new identity. She’s escaped her past and lives a fairly normal life for a 22-year-old. She’s about to graduate college and bartends to pay the bills. But when her past begins to catch up with her, Kate’s reminded that normalcy is only a façade.

 

When unexpected events land her rooming with billionaire heirs Sebastian and Evan Webster, remaining reclusive becomes more difficult. As Kate fights her attraction to one Webster brother, she begins to wonder if living in hiding is really living at all.

 

Is her safety worth sacrificing a chance for love and friendships?

 

After all, safety may just be an illusion.

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Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

Celebrating 3 years of Always & Forever Fangirling!

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I honestly can’t believe that it has been three years already. I remember getting the idea to create my blog because I loved a lot of things and I wanted to share my love of things on a blog. My very first post was about the season 1 finale of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Cheers to another year in the books!

Thanks to all of my followers for making my blog what it is today.

 

 

Monthly favorites: April 2017

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I know this is coming a week late, but now that the Spring semester ended on Monday for me I am trying to get this blog updated more often.

On to my favorites…

Music:

  • The Water Beneath You- The Naked and Famous
  • Higher – The Naked and Famous
  • It Ain’t Me- Kygo ft Selena Gomez
  • Told You So- Paramore
  • Hard Times- Paramore
  • In For the Kill- Billie Marten

Makeup/beauty:

  • Secret Outlast Xtend deodorant in the scent Completly Clean

TV Shows:

  • The Flash
  • The Goldbergs
  • Speechless
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • The 100
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

Cover reveal for Trust by Kylie Scott!

We are so excited to share the cover for Kylie’s Scott’s first ever YA and Indie published book TRUST releasing JULY 18th!

Cover by Hang Le

 

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

 

 

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Music Mondays- Week 1

I decided that since I listen to a lot of music constantly, I should do a weekly series with songs I am in love with currently or just love in general. I will try and keep up with this for as long as I can. I might take a break for two weeks because of the Spring semester coming to a close, but I thought it would be cool to share some of the music I listen to. I always like hearing suggestions for new music to listen to, so if you have some suggestions please comment the artist/band or song down below!

-Thanks and have a lovely Monday evening.

In no particular order here is some music that I was listening to this past week.

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (major spoilers!)

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Proof of Lies

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received the E- arc copy from Netgalley for my honest opinion.

Major Spoilers!! Do not read this unless you want to be spoiled!

This book will be released on March 7th 2017


I really liked this story. It reminded me of the shows Castle and Freeform’s Guilt. If you like mystery or thriller books, movies, or tv shows you will definitely like reading this book. The story is set up well and the writing makes you never want to put the book down. I like the main character Anastasia Phoenix because, in the beginning, she was just your average teenager in high school. Her parents worked for Dresden a science company. She went on trips all around the world with her older sister Keira and her mom and dad.

Later in the story, her parents get into a fiery car crash and die. It breaks her older sister Keira, who is put in charge of raising Anastasia which causes upheaval. Little did Anastasia know that her mom and dad have been spies for years! Keira goes to investigate her parent’s history with being spies in all. It’s Keira’s thirst for her parent’s double lives that in the end gets her kidnapped. Anastasia goes on a hunt to Italy to talk to a lead in Keira’s disappearance, because the police don’t seem to be finding out any information at all. She gets a lead from someone in Italy who may be of help.

Anastasia arrives in Italy and finds out her parent much deeper and darker paths that they have lived all along. In Italy, Anastasia discovers who took her sister and that her parents are alive! In the ending Anastasia discovers another secret that I myself didn’t see coming. She learns that Randolph Urban, the man who worked with her parents at Dresden and who happened to pay for her trip is her real father.

Once the CIA gets involved they make Anastasia and Keira go into hiding for protection. Later her friends who helped along the way Charlette, Marcus, and Julian meet again. Now the sisters are determined to find out all about their parent’s background. This is a really well-told story and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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