Guest Post for Waiting on Justin Tour

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Guest post itme! Today we’re hosting a guest post for the tour for “Waiting on Justin”, a new adult book by author Lucy H. Delaney.

Guest Post

“Waiting on Justin” was inspired by the work I did with the JAG students of the Wenatchee Valley Tech Center. JAG participants are specially selected from a high-risk pool of students and deal with extraordinary life circumstances that challenge their success in school. Some of my students were loud and abrasive fighters and others were so beaten down by life’s hard knocks they gave up and passively let life happen to them, hopeless that it would change for the better.

While the story is a fictional tale of love between two abused and neglected kids, the theme of parental abuse and neglect, poverty, addiction and judgement is a real issue that needs to be addressed in our society. There are real life Justin, Haylee and Lizzie’s in America. There are families where children are growing up abused and neglected. There are parents struggling with addiction and harming their children even while they are themselves suffering. There is hope for their lives to be better. I wanted to give kids like them a “happily ever after.”

It was my hope that a love story like “Waiting on Justin,” could be more than entertaining. I want it to be a catalyst to inspire people to get involved with organizations like CASA or JAG. I want the good people to be there for the lost and hurting kids. We can’t change the world but we can make a dramatic difference in the lives of hurting kids with our time, money or social networking.

About The Book

coverwaitingTitle: Waiting on Justin

Author: Lucy H. Delaney

Genre: New Adult

Can everlasting love grow amidst never-ending despair?  Best friends Justin and Haylee learn early on that the answer is yes. Their parents would rather spend time drinking and partying than raising children, so the two rely on each other for the care and emotional support they need. Over time, Justin and Haylee become lovers despite the age difference between them.

Theirs is a forbidden romance that would destroy them both if discovered.

The older of the two, Justin is more than a little rough around the edges. He does everything he can to protect Haylee from as much abuse as possible, but when tragedy strikes there is nothing he can to do keep her from being taken into the foster system.

The system meant to save kids threatens to pull the two of them apart.

Haylee begs Justin to run away with her, but the powers-that-be force him into an inescapable corner.

Blaming Justin for the distance that separates them, Haylee shuts out everything and everyone from her past – including Justin. She tries to forget him. She tries to replace him. But he is always there. So is her own addiction. When it finally gets the best of her, she finds herself utterly alone.

She soon discovers what Justin has always known: Their love was worth waiting for.

About the Author

lucydelaneyLucy H. Delaney lives with her blended family in the Pacific Northwest town of Leavenworth, Washington, nestled at the feet of the Cascade Mountains. When not tucked away in her writing room making up stories or standing in her cubicle in one of the offices of corporate America, Lucy spends her time with family and friends.

Along with her husband and four children, Lucy loves to be in nature: She can often be found on her homemade backyard swing, curled up with a good book, hiking the surrounding mountains or running country roads and game trails. A fitness enthusiast who regularly practices crossfit, yoga, and distance running, Lucy also volunteers for the Chelan-Douglas CASA organization and her church’s AWANA program to help keep kids safe and smiling.

Connect with Lucy online

Twitter: @lucyhdelaney

Facebook: Lucy H. Delaney

www.lucyhdelaney.com

Links

Available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback versions.

Available on BarnesandNoble.com in Nook and paperback versions.

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Book Review The Kiss of a Rose

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Kiss of a Rose_cover (2)Title: The Kiss of a Rose

Author: Augustina Van Hoven

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: A+

A DISTANT PAST

In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.

A FUTURE PRESENT

Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.

Rose once loved the wrong man, and paid for it with her life. A century later, she gets another chance. Through a magical mirror, she can connect with the world of the living, in particular with Stephen Winship. Except she can only connect with him through dreams. Stephen is a lawyer, brilliant, full of ambition. He has a seemingly perfect life, but every night he dreams about Rose, and he can’t help but feel attracted to her. Rose, in turns, shows Stephen her own tragic tale, in an effort to save him.

I loved this story. The mirror Rose used to connect with Stephen was a pretty original idea, and the storylines intermingling works well too. I also liked the political ambitions and intrigue. The writing is great too. I loved this book, and would recommended it to all paranormal romance readers.

Book Review The Black Lotus

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Author: Claire Warner

Genre: Historical Romance with a paranormal twist

Rating: A

….though I would dearly love to play court to you, I would hurt you more than any other.”

It is 1752. The year that will change the life of heiress Melissa De Vire. As she makes her first steps into society, she meets Justin Lestrade and his world tears her perceptions apart. Drawn irresistibly to him, she finds herself sinking into a realm of feuds, magic and old curses.

Melissa De Vire is an heiress and debutante, and although stubborn and fiesty, she’s also a little naieve in the world she steps into. Justin Lestrade is used to a life of vices, debauchery, and doing whatever he wants. He’s irresistible for Melissa, and the two of them are drawn to each other. The historical part of the book has a lot of details, and the setting works well. While reading, I almost felt like I was thrown back into the 18th century. The paranormal aspect of the book was intriguing too. The book is an interesting start to a new series, and I look forward to reading more.

Release: Valentine’s Day is Murder

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About The Book

Valentine Final FrontTitle: Valentine’s Day is Murder

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Jimmy finally takes a vacation–and a chance on love–only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.

With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.

With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.

Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piña colada.

Author Bio

Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorCAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

For more information on the author visit https://carolynarnold.net/

Links

Amazon – http://ow.ly/G4Yl6

Amazon UK – http://ow.ly/G4Ynv

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iTunes – http://ow.ly/G4Yqv

Kobo – http://ow.ly/G4YrU

Book Review Henge

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Author: Realm Lovejoy

Genre: YA Fantasy

 Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures.Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Le Fay can control fire. Her father is against it though, against her using her powers in general, and doesn’t want her to join Arthur’s Round, a competition at court. The most talented magician of the competition will become the next Maven. Becoming Maven is Morgan’s dream, but she’s up against some fierce competition, among them Merlin, a water user, who is extremely powerful. But when freak accidents start to happen and someone seems out to get her, Morgan can’t be sure Merlin isn’t behind it all.

An engaging, entertaining book and retelling of the story of King Arthur with YA protagonists. I loved Morgan, she’s one of my favorite characters ever. I would recommend this book to all YA fans, especially if they like fantasy.

Book Excerpt from The Continuing Journeys of a Different Necromancer

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Book Excerpt

“I am Conrad Tuloe.” The man dismounted and bowed. “I am the ambassador from the kingdom of Salot. It is a fair day for traveling, where do you head?”

“Yes,” Thomas answered. “It is at that. We were thinking of taking it easy walking. We head to the sea.”

Thomas turned back to the man and thought the face of this man seemed honest, with its broad nose and high cheekbones.

“Me lord,” the necromancer said. “I’m very sure you did not ride that horse windless to come and exchange ‘Good Days’ with me.”

“Very well.” The ambassador nodded. “Let us walk for a bit. I have a matter to discuss.”

They started walking again, the reins of the animal in the man’s hand.

“You know of the peaceful nation I come from?” “Yes, me lord, I’ve heard of it,” Thomas replied. “Please, call me Conrad. We are far from court.”

“Very well, Conrad.”

“You know my country is a beautiful place,” Conrad said. “We are very peaceful and proud of the fact that we do not even have an army.” The man looked at Thomas intently. “We have not fought a war in many generations.”

“Yes,” Thomas said. “You’re a country of artists and poets.”

“You are right for the most part. Your name is Thomas, right? May I call you

Thomas?”

Thomas nodded.

“Well then, Thomas,” Conrad went on. “You know of the Serpent Kings in the south? You know they are a very cruel people? They enslave other nations, other peoples. They sacrifice these people to their snake gods.”

“Yes I’ve read of these things, too, Conrad,” Thomas answered, growing sullen at a question he knew was coming.

“I have spent the last fortnight in the company of your king, Thomas.” Conrad paused. “The Serpent Kings are marching north. They mean to enslave my people.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“The king will not aid us, and we need help.”

“How can I help you?” Thomas shook his head. “I have no kingdom to send troops from. Surely, there are other rulers you can ask.”

“No, there are none,” Brandon stated. “No other rulers wish to involve themselves against the Serpent Kings.”

“Well, I’m sorry.”

Conrad took Thomas’s arm to turn him. “I know what you are, necromancer! I know the powers you command.”

“What do you want me to do? I’ll raise no army for you. The last king I did that for turned out to be selfish and greedy. He cared nothing for people, only power. I lost a great deal in that kingdom, I lost my innocence.” Thomas pulled his arm free of the ambassador’s grip. “So you defeat the Serpent Kings, what next? Your king will have an army of risen at his command. Perhaps he will decide to take other lands, other people. What I create are abominations, I will do that no more. You don’t know what you ask!”

The ambassador looked away. “We will fight ourselves then. I will put swords in the hands of teachers. I will put spears in the hands of painters. We will arm the singers and dancers and we will die! The great libraries where nations send the young to learn will be no more.” He paused and looked back at Thomas. “Come and see what we will die for, come with me to Salat.”

In silence, Christina had walked beside him for the length of the conversation, but now spoke up. “Let’s go, Thomas. Let’s at least see this place before it falls into the hands of the south.”

Thomas looked at her sideways. Her insistence in not understanding what he did with his knowledge beginning to irritate him. She would try to talk him into doing what he now considered an evil. He would go, but he would create no army

About The Book

19212157Title: The Continuing Journeys of a Different Necromancer

Author: James J. Crofoot

Genre: Fantasy

Thomas now views his magic as less than good, but he must raise one more army. This one not of his creation though. For the first time he learns fear of the undead. More than ever, he longs to see the waters of the great sea to the west. Will he find peace there? Will Christina and he find a home with the people of the shores? Maybe. But, maybe he’ll have to fight magic darker than his own to keep his new home.

Maybe he’ll have to fight magic so dark that even a half demon witch fears it and must help.

Author Bio

James J has travelled on sea and land, managing to get two degrees and has attended Gotham Writing Workshop. Through it all writing remained his first love. Now he is publishing his work for your enjoyment. ‘The Continuing Journeys of a Different Necromancer’ is the sequel to ‘The Journeys of a Different Necromancer’, both available at MuseItUp publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashswords. He has also appeared in Silverblade Magazine. For notice of further publications, you can find him at http://www.crofootwrites.com

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Cover Reveal Valentine’s Day is Murder

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About The Book

Title: Valentine’s Day is Murder

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Jimmy finally takes a vacation–and a chance on love–only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.

With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.

With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.

Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piña colada.

Author Bio

Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorCAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

For more information on the author visit https://carolynarnold.net/

Links

Amazon – http://ow.ly/G4Yl6

Amazon UK – http://ow.ly/G4Ynv

Barnes & Noble – http://ow.ly/G4Ype

iTunes – http://ow.ly/G4Yqv

Kobo – http://ow.ly/G4YrU