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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Foreshadow by Brea Essex Cover Reveal!!!!!

Welcome, Kristina's Books & More fans! Today I have a special treat for you! I am realing the cover for Brea Essex's debut novel Foreshadow! Let me just say that the cover is absolutely stunning. And I am not someone that easily falls in love with a cover. So, if I love it, you know it has to be something extra special!

Are you ready?

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Foreshadow's Synopsis:

Book One of The Shadow Imperium--Coming soon from Astraea Press!



Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.



Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.
 
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Sounds great, right? I can't wait to read it! *cough* Brea, I want a signed copy! *cough*
 
**Closer to Foreshadow's release date I will be interviewing Brea and both of us will be hosting a giveaway on Kristina's Books & More!**
 
Happy Reading!
*Kristina*
 


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guest post with Deena Remiel

Happy Saturday, Book Lovers! Today I have author Deena Remiel on my blog! Enjoy her post about her short story Ghost of a Chance!

TOP 5 Reasons to Love a Ghost:
5) He doesn't have to hide in the closet when your roomie comes home!
4) You can get into movies with 1 ticket!
3) Don't have to feed him or clothe him!
2) Hide and seek sex games take on a whole new meaning AND level of fun!
1) Tortured souls are just DAMNED SEXY!


Excerpt from Ghost of a Chance:

“Will you join me over here or shall I join you in the mysterious shadows?”
“You’re lovely over there. Stay. The way the light plays against your hair and sparkles in your eyes, well…you’re breathtaking, Susannah.”
Rendered speechless by his intensity, she stood as still as the statue they spoke of, and… blushed. Her cheeks were on fire! Get a grip, Susannah! “Thank you. I….I, heck.” She blew out a breath and started again. “Come over here so we can sit and get better acquainted.”
He still didn’t move. Is he so shy that he hides behind trees and in shadows?
“Do you think I’ll get to see you before the night is over?” She heard a soft chuckle. Good, maybe a little humor will loosen him up.
“Perhaps. I’m a bit nervous, as you can no doubt tell. I haven’t had any success with this kind of thing before.”
She took a step toward him—she would have to be the aggressor. “Neither have I, and I’m a little nervous, too.”
“You mentioned in your bio you were interested in a magical experience. One that would ‘sweep you away’.” His voice cracked, and he cleared his throat.
“Yes, I am.” She inched closer to the frozen, outlined figure.
“Before you take another step, you should know I’m different.”
“I read in the New York Times that you became reclusive about ten years ago. You’ve taken great strides toward ending that by being here now.”
“There’s a reason why I keep to myself. It may startle you, so be prepared. I am very much on the magical side of this world at the moment.”
Before she could move, he did, which brought him out of the shadows and into the light. Susannah gasped, startled at the transparency of the man who stood before her. Nervous laughter bubbled in her throat.
“What is this, some kind of joke? A holographic image projected here while you hide safe and secure in your room?”
“I’m afraid not. I’ve been living an alternative lifestyle lately.” He opened his arms as if to show himself off and let them fall back to his sides. “And this is all I am. I’m a ghost of a man, Susannah.”
     "Holy shit!" She stumbled back and fell onto the fountain’s ledge. He raced to her side to help, but his hands went right through her. Susannah screamed and scrambled to the opening leading to the main thoroughfare of the resort.
     "Susannah! Wait! Please, let me explain! I haven’t always been this way…."
~Deena Remiel

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Keepers by Monique O'Connor James Review



Synopsis:
Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he's taken everyone she's ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn't met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God's good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.

Justin's general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin's convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity.

Never mind falling in love, that's not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she doesn't know.

If neither are equipped to save the other, then whose soul will live and whose will perish?

My Review:
(Originally posted to Goodreads on June 10, 2011)

When I first saw this book was so based on religion, I was hesitant to read it. Not because I don't believe, just because I am not hardcore religious. I decided to give it a try because I had heard so many great things about the book. And that is one of the greatest things about it. This book focuses heavily on God, angels, good, evil, and all of that, but it isn't overwhelming at all. The religious aspect makes the book even more interesting and oddly calming, in a way.

The characters in this book are simply amazing. You have Jess, the girl that's broken and lost everything, and Justin, the angel that hates humans with a passion and doesn't like the situation he's stuck in. Watching the characters grow, especially Justin, was incredible. While Justin still doesn't like the human race at the end of the book, he has learned to love, to be jealous, and maybe even experience a slight amount of pain at the end. Dawson was a great evil character. Another brilliant thing about this book, is that the setting is almost a character itself. While Jess navigated the streets of New Orleans, I was deciding that I wanted to visit there myself. I loved and enjoyed reading about all the characters, even the minor ones. They are all loveable and I found a few similarities between me and Jess. I laughed at the begining where she has problems with her sandals. Been there, too.

Another thing that shocked me about this book is how much emotion the book evokes. I cried the last half of the book because Monique made Jess' pain very real. I've always believed that only a great book can make a person cry, and that is very true for this book. Amazingly, at the very end of the book, my tears ceased because the end left me with a satisfied feeling. I felt even better knowing that there will be a second book called The Watchers.

Everything a person loves about a book is in The Keepers: Romance (though it is different than other romances, in a good way though), action, a great plot that is original, a fantastic setting, loveable characters, beautiful writing (I enjoyed the bits of information Rory and Asher threw in)sexy angels, and a breath taking ending. Oh, yeah. It has a pretty cover too. What's not to love?

If this book is on your TBR pile, or if you've been thinking about getting it, get it now! You won't be disappointed!

*adds book to favorites shelf*  Now, I want a signed copy!

5/5

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

P.S. Yes, I did finally get that signed copy! :)

Pulse of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny Review




Synopsis:
A suspenseful, passionate, paranormal romance that sweeps through the emotions of first love and heartache as it traverses centuries and continents.

Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no salt or pepper". But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Hekademos Learning Center, a private school for 'troubled' students, moves into her quiet neighborhood amidst the protests of the entire town.

After seeing the School Regent out with a group of young guys just before Christmas, Michelle is convinced that there is something odd about them. Her curiosity gets the better of her and she embarks upon a mission to figure out what is really going on. After an embarrassing fall over the school wall, Michelle meets Elliot and her ordinary ‘bland’ life changes its course forever.

Elliot is no ordinary human. In fact, no one at the Hekademos Learning Center is. Beautiful and fierce, they have survived throughout the millennia by weaving in and out of human events. Through them, Michelle learns that history and myths from around the world are dotted with references to their kind. Michelle falls madly in love with the ever-striking and mysterious Elliot and, as much as he tries to fight it, he develops strong feelings for her as well. Although Elliot carries numerous painful memories from his many pasts, he disregards his own better judgment and the advice of his friends, and finds himself falling for Michelle‘s offbeat personality. Their feelings grow in intensity, but when History catches up with them, the difference between their life paths threatens to destroy any future that they might have had together.

Michelle learns that there are infinite shades of gray between black and white, and has to deal with the bundle of contradictory emotions called love. After some unexpected twists during a family trip to Europe, she has to trust her intuition in order to face the danger and uncertainty of being drawn into Elliot’s wondrous world. Ultimately, it is up to Michelle to make the split-second, life-altering decision that will either tear them apart forever, or give them another chance.

My review:
(Originally posted to Goodreads on August 19, 2011)

Before I began this book, I found myself in a reading slump. I decided to pick this book up because I had heard so many things about it. I knew before I even opened it that I would need something different and exciting to hold my attention. I got that and so much more.

First off, let me just say that I love A.J's writing style. I found it unique and fresh, lyrical even, and I enjoyed that the story was told in third person rather than the very popular first person. (Not that I have a problem with that) A.J's descriptions are out of this world. Everytime she described all of the guy's eye color, I found myself sighing and longing to look upon them myself. It was because of these descriptions that I found myself appreciating the cover more. The blue is a stunning color, after all.

I loved the characters. Michelle is sensitive and caring, but she is also incredibly strong and has a definite spark to her. I really enjoyed reading about her and found myself releating to Michelle, especially in the begining of the book. Elliot is the handsome and charming immortal with the tortured and complicated past. He struggles telling Michelle exactly what he is because he has yet to figure that out for himself. A character like this from any other author might have given me a headache. Like Michelle, we learn a lot of information in this 500 page book. But never once was I confused or lost.

I love how all of the guys from the school interact with one another. I loved how the characters did not immediately fall in love with each other. The fact that they slowly fell in love made the book even more magical. I love that there was a mixture of action, adventure, and romance. I loved that the book was emotional. The character's pain was palpable. I felt like crying, sighing, throwing the book across the room, and yelling.

The history laced into the story was another thing that I really enjoyed about the story. You could tell by all the details just how much time and effort went into researching the book.

The pacing is perfect, too. The begining starts off slow, but quickly builds and builds until you are at the edge of your seat. By the end, I was satisfied by the ending, but left craving the second installment like crazy!

If you are looking for something that is wonderful, action packed, romantic, full of history, twists and turns, and different from all of the other Paranormal YA books out there, then I suggest that you grab yourself a copy of this book. You won't be disappointed!

5/5

**Parts of this review were put into the review section of book 2 in the series Of Blood and Pulse which is out now!**

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Trinity by Deena Remiel Review



Synopsis:
Emma Livingston, a single mom, has been through hell—and back, so she thinks. While dealing with her five year old daughter’s night terrors, she attempts to live a normal life. That is, until the being from those very nightmares comes to visit her. Has her child been dealing with a real demon while she thought he was only a figment of an active imagination?
Michael D’Angelo is known to everyone in Prophet’s Point, Arizona, as their loving elementary school principal. But to The Brethren, he is known as the most powerful Protector. Immortal and angelic does not mean he’s without doubts or fears. While trying to protect Emma and Hannah, his tortured past comes back to haunt him. Can he overcome it? Or is he doomed to repeat a failure he has lived with for what seems like an eternity?
As Emma and Michael come together to protect Hannah, ancient secrets are revealed and faith is tested. When a prophecy is exposed, questions must be answered… Can Emma learn to trust enough to love again? Can Michael believe in himself enough to show Emma how? And will they be able to protect an innocent child, not to mention save the world as they know it, from total annihilation?

My Review:
(Origninally posted to Goodreads on June 2, 2011)

Ahhhhh! Where to start!?!?!

When I first purchased this book on my barnes and noble Nook, I was shocked to see that it was over five hundred pages long. I thought that it would take me forever to finish it, but boy was I wrong. I don't think I have ever read a book this fast! I finished this book in about five hours total. I blazed through this novel, turning pages frantically because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I had to put the book down about halfway through in order to get some sleep and kept thinking about it for several hours after I stopped reading. Trinity by Deena Remiel is the best book I have read this year! It has earned a spot in my favorite books of all time catagory as well! Whoo!

This story is fantastic in every way imaginable! Romance, humor, adventure, twists and turns, a gorgeous cover, great character development, outstanding plot, fantastic dialog and writing,a spectacular ending, and an epic battle of good vs. evil. Hannah's growth was especially amazing to watch! What a badass five year old. All of the angels are fantastic as well. I don't deny having sweet dreams while reading this book. Emma and Micheal have such good chemistry. I found myself blushing and swooning in some of their more heated scenes. I also love the fact that Emma works at a school, like myself, and I also loved the fact that she was five foot two, like me as well. (Go short people!)

This book is amazing! It made me happy, sad, laugh, nearly cry, and left me completely satisfied. I will definitely be wating (im)patiently for the next book in the series, which is titled Relic. The one question I asked myself while reading this book was: Why haven't you read this sooner?

Go check it out! You won't be disappointed!

5/5

~Book two in the series, Relic, will be released on January 27, 2012!!! I can't wait!~

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Interview with author JF Jenkins!

Hello, Book Lovers! :) Today I have author JF Jenkins on my blog. She currently has two books out. The first book is called The Dragon's Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon and I absolutely loved it! (See my review here: http://kristinasbooksandmore.blogspot.com/2011/08/dragons-saga-legend-of-oceina-dragon-by.html)  The second is on my to be read shelf and is titled Vala: Agendas.

Here is the interview!
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First off, Jill, can you tell everyone a little bit more about yourself?

I'm a twenty-something wife and mother of a toddler. I live in Minnesota, and I make coffee for my day job. It doesn't sound exciting, but it totally is.

What age did you start writing? What inspired you to start?

I really started writing about 12 or 13-years-old. I began with fanfiction, X Files I believe, which turned into something completely original and crazy. It was something dorky I did with my friends to pass the time in class and we'd pass on pages to one another for fun. I just never stopped!


Tell us about your book. Why dragons?

Here's the synopsis: 


Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he¹s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn¹t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she¹s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.
When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.


Why dragons? I wanted to work with a mythical creature of some kind that was seen as a deity of sorts. Something large and powerful. Dragons seemed the best match for that. Plus I think they're fascinating creatures and I have a love for all things giant and lizard like.

How many books will be in The Dragon's Saga? Will they all be about Darien and Tai?

I'm planning for something between 4-6 books. It depends on how long they come out to be later in the series. A lot of things are going to happen. I won't give out any spoilers though. The point though: my publisher only publishes books within a certain word limit, so if the later installments go past this limit, I'm going to have to cut them in half. 

There will definitely be more Darien and Tai, as well as a few other new and wonderful characters. If you're looking for a current Dragons Saga fix, check out "Matrimonial Mayhem" for my short "Legend of the Aero Dragon". It's a $5 e-book, and all of the proceeds go to help the tornado victims in Alabama, so you'll be getting a great collection of fiction and doing some good too!


Are your characters based on people you know?

No, I tend to not do that. My characters are their own separate living beings. Which sounds weird, I know.

Are any of your characters a lot like you?

I think a little bit of me can be found in any of my characters if I looked hard enough. The character most like me isn't in the Dragon's Saga though.  She's in my upcoming book series.  She's kind of dark and cynical, but also a teddy-bear.

Do you listen to music while you write? Do you have playlists for your books?

I don't listen to music when I write anymore. I used to listen to movie scores for a while, but my mp3 player decided to eat all of my music files and I don't have any backups. Now I write while the kiddo plays, so my background noise is usually Dora the Explorer. I do make playlists though, lots of them, and I burn them to CDs and put them in my car when I need to plot out certain stories.


What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on finishing up the next book in the Dragon's Saga. The end is near and I'm excited to bring the story to a close.

Are there any specific things you have to have while you write?

Concentration. If I can get myself going, it's easy. I also like having some kind of snack by me just in case.
Do you have a certain place/time you write?

Most of it is done in my living room these days on a laptop. I get most of my work done in the afternoon.

What do you do when you're not writing?

I play a lot of video games and I read a lot of books. I read three this last week and played about seven hours of Final Fantasy. Which seems like a lot of gaming, but it's actually quite a small bit.

Do you read all the reviews about your books? 

I do. Some make me laugh, others cry, and others give me a lot of great things to take into account when I write in the future. They're a good learning tool and a pick me up too. Some of them make me feel squishy in all of the good ways, lol. But I also know not to take some too seriously, even if it can be hard.

Tell us about your journey to get published?

It was random. I had gotten an add from Twitter from AstraeaPress, and they said they were taking pitches. I decided to just give it a shot because what did I have to lose? After I pitched, they said they wanted a full manuscript, read it, and said they wanted it. I was so pumped because this is my first published novel. Then I got my edits back, cried, a lot, lol, because there was a lot of work that needed to be done. Sat and worked on it diligently for three days non-stop. Mailed those back, waited, got my cover art which is always a lot of fun, and then I did some more edits up until the night before it was released!


Do you read? Who is your favorite author? 
I read a lot. I can't say I have a favorite author though, because there are far too many I enjoy.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors like myself?

Keep at it, keep learning, and keep doing it because you love it. Too many people get dragged down by the market and the "rules" of writing. It's a lot easier if you don't put the whole thing into a box.
Random questions!:
Favorite band?

I have two, technically: Solo artist is Gavin Mikhail (he did the music for my book trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y227X96EoUY) which was very generous of him. He's super sweet, super talented, and sends me emails to check on how the book is going! (full song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAeuT5QStkw, he does amazing covers too, and writes scores for BOOKS! Maybe if asked nicely he'd do one for me?). Favorite band is VAST ("Touched" is basically the theme for the direct sequel to my book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpx_PcZjByY).

Movie?
I love "The English Patient", "No Country for Old Men", "Atonement", and "Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2".
Color?
Sparkles.
Food?
Stouffers Mac and Cheese, or Caramel Corn.
Do you collect anything?
I always want to collect things, but never get the chance. Notebooks and gel pens I suppose? I have a lot of them. I love getting new ones. Three-ring binders are fun too. I always want to print stuff out/write stuff and put them in there. I also collect things in series that I enjoy. Video games for example I have the entire Final Fantasy series, Kingdom Hearts, Sly Cooper, Grandia, Wild Arms, Uncharted, and Dragon Age. Books, I keep all of the books for The Last Apprentice, Wicked Lovely, The Darkest Powers, and Pendragon.

Where can fans find you?

I'm on....

Twitter: @jfjenkinstweets - I use this pretty regularly. All of my tweets forward to facebook!
Blog: http://jfjenkinswrites.wordpress.com (I post free fiction on there at least once a week)
Free Story Challenge (that I do with my friend and author Brea Essex): http://introv3rsion.blogspot.com/

Anything else you like to tell everyone?  
Feel free to say hi. I love talking to people. :)

Thanks so much for allowing me to interview you, Jillian! :)
Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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*Kristina*

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Interview with author Lisa Kessler

Hello book lovers! Please help me welcome the lovely and talented Lisa Kessler to my blog. I am a member of Lisa's street team and am thrilled to have her on the blog today! Lisa is the author of the book Night Walker!


You might remember the review post I did about it on the blog. (You can find it here: http://kristinasbooksandmore.blogspot.com/2011/09/night-walker-by-lisa-kessler-review.html)

If you have not already picked up a copy of the book for yourself, you should go get one! Now!

And now... The interview!
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First off, can you tell everyone a little more about yourself, Lisa?

I’m a wife and Mom. I also sing professionally around San Diego.
I absolutely loved your book Night Walker! Where did you get the idea for the book? Why did you decide to make Calisto a vampire-but way different from any vampire we've ever seen?


I wanted to write a vampire novel, but I wanted a new race from the Americas instead of Transylvania. I started researching ancient civilizations on this side of the globe and decided the Mayans had so many mysteries to share, I couldn’t resist giving them a paranormal twist!

How long did it take you to write Night Walker?


The first draft was done in less than 6 months. It went through a couple more rewrites over the years though! LOL

You've told me that book 2 is about someone else we meet in the first book. Why did you decide to change characters instead of focusing on Calisto and Kate?


It was a choice between Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy, and I love the passion of paranormal romance, so while Calisto and Kate play an important part in Night Demon, I have a new couple stepping into the spotlight and finding love when they least expect it.
Which is your favorite couple/character and which book was easier to write?

Oh I can’t pick! That would be like having a favorite child! LOL

Do you have a favorite line or scene from either book?


My favorite scene in Night Walker is the moment Calisto my all-powerful Night Walker is forced to drive Kate’s car… That scene humanized him for me and I fell in love with him from that moment on.

Are any of your characters a lot like you, or based on people you know?


Not really, but characteristics of people I know and of myself are probably sprinkled in some characters. Kate sings in Night Walker and music was a big part of the book. And in Night Demon, Gretchen describes music as background noise which is a characteristic of my mother for sure! LOL I don’t think any characters are purposefully like anyone I know, but I do notice aspects of friends and relatives creeping in at times.
For someone that has not already picked up Night Walker, can you tell them a little bit about it?

I think the tagline really captures the heart of the book. He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her… It’s a very dark paranormal romance with lots of danger and passion.
Do you listen to music while you write? Do you have playlists for your books?


I do! The playlists are really important to me. It helps me stay in the right mood for the book I’m working on. It also helps me find that same emotional place moths later when I go back to edit.

What are you currently working on?


Right now I’m working on edits for Night Demon, and editing a short story anthology.
When is the release for book 2 and can you tell us anything about it?

It will release in the Spring, and you’re going to meet lots of ancient Night Walkers. Night Demon’s hero is Lukas who you meet briefly during a flashback in Night Walker.

The cover for Night Walker was pretty spectacular! ;) Have you seen what the cover for book 2 will look like? Will it be as sexy?

Hehe. I haven’t seen the cover for Night Demon yet, but I have heard from my publisher that "There will be abs…" Woot! LOL

How many books will there be in the Night series?


3 novels and one novella that’s a standalone prequel to Night Walker.

What age did you start writing? What inspired you to start?


My elementary school published my first book, The Wonders of Unicorn Creek, when I was in 6th grade. I’ve always loved to tell stories.
Do you have a certain time/place that you write? Do you need anything to help you write? (like a soda or candles?)

I’m a Night Owl so I’m more creative when it’s dark outside. My playlist helps me stay inspired, and I chew gum like a cow while I’m working! LOL You should see the gum wrappers toward the end of a book! Yikes!

What do you do when you're not writing?


I cheer at my son’s water polo games (Go Eagles! Woot!) and I sing. I also still love to read whenever I get the chance… I’m currently reading Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series right now and really enjoying it!

Do you read all the reviews about your books?


I do… I can’t help it! Even if the review isn’t glowing, I do appreciate someone took the time to read my book. It means a lot to me, and as a reader I also get that a book isn’t going to appeal to everyone.

Tell us about your journey to get published?


It was long and bumpy! LOL Night Walker mixed historical with contemporary paranormal and made it a tough sell for me. I posted a blog about it if you’re interested… http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/never-give-up/

Do you read? Who is your favorite author?


Oh I have so many favorites! My current have-to-read-the-book-the-second-it-comes-out author is Kelley Armstrong. I love her Women of the Otherworld series and her Darkest Powers YA series. She’s got some amazing pacing and characterizations that always leave me coming back for more.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors like myself?


If you’ve never finished a novel. If you keep wallowing int eh middle and then shifting to a new idea, try writing short stories. When you get a better feel for writing Beginning-Middle-End you’ll find the story arc for a novel comes much easier. A novel is like a marathon. Would you run a marathon without ever training with shorter distances? Yikes! LOL ---So don’t beat yourself up about not finishing, or realizing your book is over 100,000 words long with no ending in sight. Take a step back and "practice". Writing is a craft. There’s no magic recipe. You have to keep practicing…

Where can fans find you?


I’m all over the place online and I promise I’m approachable so don’t be afraid to say hi! http://lisakessler.wordpress.com
http://twitter.com/LdyDisney
http://facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter

Night Walker - Available now! http://is.gd/QETE1E
Across the Veil - Available now! http://amzn.to/e98xZo

http://facebook.com/NightSeries


Anything else you like to tell everyone?

Thanks so much to Kristina for all your help spreading the word about Night Walker! The challenge as a debut author is building a readership and I couldn’t do it without all your help!

Thanks so much for allowing me to interview you, Lisa! :)


Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guest post with Gracen Miller

  Attention all Book Lovers! Please help me welcome author Gracen Miller to Kristina's Books & More!


Fairy Casanova
By Gracen Miller

Suspend reality and believe in Casanovas, they can come in all shapes and sizes. And can be fairies too! A sexy winged, Fairy Casanova, who is instantly enticed with his first glimpse of you…

"Hello," she said when their eyes met.
Her sultry voice tempted him, much as a Siren lured a man to his demise against the rocky coast of her island. His mortal Siren offered him a shy wave.

Jace isn’t afraid to face the challenge of a fidgety woman that fascinates him, but is captivated by her icy demeanor…

"Want a drink?" She held up a goblet, half-full of amber liquor.
Her edginess socked his acute fairy senses like a blow to the gut.
Interesting. Why was she here then?
"No, thanks." He moved toward her, intrigued by the competing vibes the woman evoked…reserved and salacious.
Maybe other men found the arctic chill of her gaze daunting. He found it intriguing, even challenging. Women would be envious and intimidated by her high-level eroticism.

He has one chance to make his fantasy come true—one night with a mortal woman—and he’ll make damn sure her desires are fulfilled, too…

"I'm Jace."
She swallowed and cleared her throat, but her voice came out low and raspy. "Sadie."
He dipped his finger into the crystal glass she held poised below her chin. A fat droplet of liquor clung to his forefinger, and he spread it across her pouty bottom lip. Her eyes widened, and her breathing noticeably accelerated. As if prompted, her tongue swiped away the moisture, and his cock twitched in reaction.

Who wouldn’t want a Fairy Casanova dedicated to all their worldly pleasures? My short erotic romance e-book, Fairy Casanova—part of Decadent Publishing’s 1NightStand series—will take you on a wild sensual ride that’ll have you panting right along with Jace and Sadie.

Thanks for joining me today and thanks to Kristina for having me with her!

Huggles,
Gracen Miller

Where you can stalk me—not really!—but I would love to meet and interact with you:



Fairy Casanova Blurb:

Las Vegas lawyer, Sadie Sinclair, has hit rock bottom. Bankrupt, with her reputation ruined, and her fiancĂ© is yachting Aruba with a hot babe. Desperate for a break from reality, she contacts 1NightStand and is shocked to discover she's been paired with a sexy fairy. 
Jace is about to become King of the fairies. One minor glitch, he's obsessed with humans. Before becoming King, he wants one night with a human before he's forever forbidden from crossing into the human realm.  After a stellar night of sex, Jace is surprised to discover Sadie isn't just a human, but his mate.  Complicating everything with the revelation, he's willing to forfeit his kingdom for her, but Sadie must decide if he's worth the biggest gamble yet.

Fairy Casanova Excerpt:

Knocking once to warn her of his arrival, he used the key card to let himself into the room. The door clicked shut behind him as he scanned the room for his evening’s companion.

“Hello,” she said when their eyes met.

Her sultry voice tempted him, much as a Siren lured a man to his demise against the rocky coast of her island. His mortal Siren offered him a shy wave.

“Want a drink?” She held up a goblet, half-full of amber liquor.

Her edginess socked his acute fairy senses like a blow to the gut.

Interesting. Why was she here then?

“No, thanks.” He moved toward her, intrigued by the competing vibes the woman evoked…reserved and salacious.

Maybe other men found the arctic chill of her gaze daunting. He found it intriguing, even challenging. Women would be envious and intimidated by her high-level eroticism.

Stunning, and nothing like the fairies he would command. Long, shiny, black hair framed her oval face. He couldn't wait to get his fingers in the wavy locks. Gunmetal-silver eyes warily watched him. Rimmed in a thin stripe of black eyeliner and splashed with a smidge of dark-gray shadow, the contrast brought out the stellar shade of her irises. High cheekbones, a slightly upturned nose, and wide lips, naturally dark red, or she'd been biting them in anxiety. Unlike the diminutive fairy-women, she was tall—not more than an inch or two shorter than his five-ten height. Most female fairies barely reached his chest, which made her a charming oddity. And she owned killer curves—again, unlike most beanpole-thin fairies—and those curves were framed in an evocative, skintight, black cocktail dress.

Jace stopped in front of her and stared at her mouth. He knew many places he wanted those lips, but mostly he wanted them rounded on an orgasmic scream.

“I'm Jace.”

She swallowed and cleared her throat, but her voice came out low and raspy. “Sadie.”

He dipped his finger into the crystal glass she held poised below her chin. A fat droplet of liquor clung to his forefinger, and he spread it across her pouty bottom lip. Her eyes widened, and her breathing noticeably accelerated. As if prompted, her tongue swiped away the moisture, and his cock twitched in reaction.

“You're perfect. Stunning.”

She laughed, a charming sound, as a blush crept across her cheeks. For the first time since beginning his adventure, he considered the horrible ramifications of falling hard for a human. Impossible! There wouldn't be enough time to grow attached to a one-night stand. Neither would his parents nor soon-to-be subjects approve.


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Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Gracen!! I hope others read and love Fairy Casanova like I did! 

I also encourage blog followers to pick up Gracen's other two stories Elfin Blood and Pandora's Box!


Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ednah Walters Loving My Fans Giveaways

For every week in October Ednah Walters is having a 'Loving My Fans Giveaway". Each giveaway will feature prizes such as Signed copies of Mine Until Dawn (The second book in the Fitzgerald family) Mugs, and other swag.


Along with the giveaways, she also gives you an excerpt from the book!

The giveaways run from Monday-Saturday. The winners are announced Sunday, and a new giveaway starts on Monday!

Don't miss out on all the fun! Head over to her blog now and join in!
http://enwalters.blogspot.com/2011/10/loving-my-fans-giveaway-week-2.html?spref=fb

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jamais Vu by Monique O'Connor James Review



Synopsis:
After an "accidental" shooting and a near death experience Darby Lambert must tame her demons, quell the dreams that haunt her, and reconcile her life. Darby wakes up every morning from a night of dreams about the demons that chased her in death, yet she was sent back by a figure in light, that spoke of an unfulfilled purpose she must complete.

Join her in efforts to find herself amist drugs, lies, and family secrets.
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My Review:
When Monique (I call her Mo) asked me if I wanted Jamais Vu before everyone else, so that I could review it and post my thoughts about it on its release day, I was beyond excited! Never before have I had the privilige of doing something as amazing as that. I am truely honored that she thought of me.

The first sentence in JV is, "There is nothing easy about dying; not the act itself, and certainly not the coming back." Never before has a first sentence sucked me in so completely. I knew that Jamais Vu was Monique's favorite, passing up her other paranormal novel The Keepers, which I loved so much! JV is even better! I love Monique's writing style. She was already one of my favorite authors after I read her first book, and now even more so!

Jamais Vu is part paranormal, part thriller. In it, Darby questions what is real and what is reality.  The things she sees are terribly frightening, and yet are described so perfectly that I actually had chills running along my spine. Monique has also crafted scenes that had me in tears, or extremely angry. (I really don't like her sister or Evan!) I also felt other things like how annoying it was for Darby when her sister would bother her, or the equally annoying sound of her therapists pen tapping against something. It's an emotional roller coaster that you will want to experience again and again.

Darby is 24 years old, has a stuck up, awful boyfriend, along with a bitchy sister, and parents that don't show her as much love and attention as she deserves. She drives a nice car and judges people based on how much money they have. But all of that changes when Darby accidentally shoots herself with her father's gun. Darby changes completely and becomes someone new.

Darby begins having these dreams of people she knows. Dreams about them being hurt and killed. Demons haunt her dreams, too. But one dream in particular, of a boy she has not yet crossed paths with, really stands out to her.

I loved all of the characters. Darby, is such a fun character. She's incredibly strong and yet so vulnerable at the same time. All she wants to do is help the people in her dreams escape their horrible fates. But I LOVE Kasey the most. He's the rocker that sings in a band, rides a motorcycle, and is still incredibly sweet. He's tortured, and has a drug problem. But despite my absolute hatred for drugs and what they do to people, I still fell incredibly hard for him. (Why isn't he real!?!?!) And not only are Darby and Kasey great by themselves,but their chemistry is simply amazing. The two of them just click.

Once again Monique creates a setting that is almost like a character itself! Joel's plantation house especially!

I love that the book has twists and turns that aren't fully revealed until close to the end. The mystery factor had me staying up until the early hours of the morning, frantically reading until I would pass out from exhaustion.  And oh my gosh, the cover! I had a serious case of cover love way before I even knew what the story would be about!

The ending is spectacular. I would have never guessed it would end that way. I am so excited to read the sequel Deja Vu, which will be the next book out from Mo! I love this book and highly recommend to anyone that likes paranormal mixed with a little bit of mystery and romance.

In short, JV has everything you could possibly hope for in a book: great plot, lovely setting, wonderful characters, entertaining and believeable dialog, haunting descriptions, action, romance, and a beautiful cover. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

Monique is not only a great writer, but also a great person! Even though I only know her through
 facebook, it's as if I've known her for a long time and I truely treasure my friendship with her. I encourage you to add her on facebook or to like her fan page!

Jamais Vu-a disorder of memory characterized by the illusion that the familiar is being encountered for the first time.
5/5

Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Pandora's Box by Gracen Miller review and cover reveal for book 2!!



Synopsis:
Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight, killing the family cat before gutting the family dog? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a demonic world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions?

Madison had it all…or thought she did. A husband she adored and a son that brought joy to her life. Then one morning her husband kissed her goodbye, headed off to work and disappeared. Life turned upside down, Madison grows desperate and despondent to help her bloodthirsty son after numerous attempts have failed. Only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them.

Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham breaches her life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail and they pay the crucial price with their souls
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My Review:
I've been waiting for this book to come out for several months. While I waited, I enjoyed Gracen's Life Lessons, which are a free prequel to Pandora's Box and can be read on her blog: http://madisonroadtohell.blogspot.com/?z... It is not necessary to read the Life Lessons before you read PB, but I personally think that you will like the characters and understand the situations they are in more.

This book, along with the Life Lessons, is Gracen's masterpiece. Seriously, she hit it out of the park with PB! There is not one thing that I didn't like about it. I love Gracen's writing style and how much thought and details she put into this book. I raced through Pandora's Box. When I had to put it aside, thoughts about the book and its characters were raging through my skull. The story is put together flawlessly, the characters are well developed, and Pandora's Box is just an all around phenominal read!

I've loved Madison ever since I started reading the Life Lessons, and my love for her has only grown since finished reading Pandora's Box. Madison has grown so much. She's sassy, and a great mother, doing everything in her power to protect her son. She'd gladly give her life to protect him. She's also a badass, which is one of the reasons why I love her. I love a strong heroine, and that's exactly what you get with Mads. Nix is charming, dreamy, and also a badass. I love the chemistry the two of them have. They make one dynamic duo. Micah, who I grew to love in the Life Lessons, I came to hate in Pandora's Box. However, he is one wicked and awesome bad guy. Amos is freaking scary at the begining of the book, but he is also very sweet and protective of his mother.

The book has a great pace, spanning several years. The ending is not exactly a cliff hanger, but promises a sequel that will be just as good if not better than the first! I can't wait to read it!

Pandora's Box is the perfect mixture of horror and action. It'll have you flipping the pages like mad and clinging to your seat, trying to find out what comes next, and dying for the next book when you finish.

I urge you not only to pick up one of Gracen's stories, but also encourage you to find her on facebook, twitter, or visit her blog. Along with being a great author, Gracen is also very sweet and likes to talk to her fans.

5/5

And now the cover for book 2!!!!


Isn't it lovely???


Happy Reading!
*Kristina*

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling Review

Synopsis:
Inside the heart of every warrior breathes the soul of a hero--even within The Heart of War.


Meet Ares God of War is the greatest Warrior the world has ever known, he's also moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual,and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' island is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a brash and sometimes manipulative Fey washes up on Ares' island after believing she's been shipwrecked. There is no wreck and her memory of events is sketchy at best. Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from the Great Horned God for 200 years. As Ares and Alena grow closer discord erupts on the island as his head woman, Kat, plots to get rid of Alena and the Olympians plot to use her in their endeavor to discover who killed Artemis. Ares will have to choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena before dueling to the death with the God of the Forest.
Come along for an epic adventure of erotica, steamy romance, and drama in this Modern Day Greek Tragedy. Battle Ancient Gods and Fall in Love along side Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. Theirs is a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.
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My Review:

The Heart of War is an amazing and brilliantly told story that sucks you in right away and doesn't let go of you. It's an emotional roller-coaster filled with anger, lust, betrayl, heart break, and love that leaves you on the edge of your seat until the book ends and I loved every moment of it!!!
Lisa weaves heart racing battle scenes and sizzling, toe curling sex scenes, that played in my head like a movie, with mythology. Ares is a fascinating character and the fact that he's the story's 'hero' makes the story quite unique. The descriptions are amazing. The world building is phenominal! The book is long, but never once did I feel that it was too long. It was the perfect length! 

One of my favorite parts of the story was the dialog and how the different gods and goddesses interact with one another. Love the cover, too! This book has become on of my favorites. I can see myself reading it again and again, and am even considering buying a paperback copy to place on my bookshelf!

I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.
I recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a steamy paranormal book, with lots of action, adventure, and something much more entertaining that vampires and werewolfs!!!

Because of the battle and sex scenes (including rape), I would suggest that readers be 18+.
5/5
Happy Reading!!
*Krisitna*

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sweet Irish Kiss by JoAnne Kenrick


Synopsis:
Ingredients for a perfect Irish Kiss; Baileys, Kahula, and whipped cream. For a Sweet Irish Kiss...just add Shaun Bell, a divorced workaholic bar-owner in Soho, London. Line up ladies. He's ready to love again.
Rachel Taylor was damaged by Daddy Dearest's play-away from home attitude. She wants to put her best foot forward. Only problem is, she stumbles backward each time she tries.
The 1NightStand match-making site brings this pair together for a night of guilt and commitment free sex. It's a match made in heaven until morning rolls around and Shaun can't bring himself to say goodbye. Can he win her over with his Sweet Irish Kiss, or will Rachel still see the neon "potential cheater" sign above his head?


Right now JoAnne has a copy of Sweet Irish Kiss up for grabs at the Fall into Books blog hop! Here is the link: http://www.joannekenrick.com/2011/09/autumn-harvest-fall-between-pages-blog.html


Happy Reading!
*Kristina*


Sweet Irish Kiss
1NightStand Story
Releases 30th September
 
 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Night Walker by Lisa Kessler Review


Synopsis:

He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
 
She's haunted by dreams of her own death...
 
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.
 
They've waited in the shadows for centuries...
 
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.

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My Review:

Night Walker is a tale of true love that spans hundreds of years.

Night Walker is the tale of Kate and Calisto. Kate is alone more than ever after she finds her fiancĂ© cheating on her with one of his students. In order to get away from her pain, Kate flees Reno for her hometown Point Loma. It is there that she meets a new man that she mysteriously has instant attraction to. Not only that, but her nightmares of a young woman being chased are getting worse. Calisto is a Night Walker- a being that needs another’s blood to survive, who is only alive during the night, and who can transform himself into a large raven. He's hunky, has a Spanish accent, and does not like being called a Vampire. Calisto used to be someone different- a mortal. After the love of his life dies tragically, he decides to give up the sunlight for another chance at loving her. When they finally come together, will they fall in love once again?

This debut novel by Lisa Kessler is simply amazing. The voice she uses to tell the story is fresh, lyrical, and brilliant. I loved everything from the psychotic madman stalking our main characters, to the fact that music and art are heavily entwined throughout the novel, to the two main characters and the love that has lasted for hundreds of years. (And let's not forget the sexy cover!) This novel is in third person and visits all of the characters. Not only that, but during the first several chapters the readers get a glimpse into the past, when the tale really began. Mrs. Kessler took reincarnation and mastered it beautifully. Way better than Lauren Kate's Passion for sure!

The characters are all fantastic. Kate and Calisto have such chemistry and Calisto is such a swoon worthy hero! Seriously, move over Edward, Jacob, Jace...whoever! I'd pick this handsome, Spanish accented, recluse any day! The bad guy is truly terrifying, and the side characters, like Betty, Lori and Edie are great too.

Night Walker is a tale of true love conquering evil that is written beautifully, and takes the whole 'vampire' bit and gives it a new and original spin. If you're like me, you'll have a hard time putting this novel down and begging for more once it is over.

I recommend this book to any paranormal romance fan looking for something different.

I'll be waiting patiently for book two! While I wait I plan on checking out Lisa's short story Across the Veil. :)

Quote:
"He watched her mouth, waiting to hear her voice again. He ached to touch her. It was the sweetest torture he'd ever known to see her live once more, and not be able to hold her in his arms, to kiss her soft lips. Fire licked at his heart, awakening passion he had long ago forgotten."






Happy Reading!
*Kristina*