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All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway – Joe by H.D. Gordon

20 Oct

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When I signed up for this blog tour we were asked if we had a preference on which author to work with. I instantly picked H.D. Gordon as I have read and loved her Alexa Mongomery SagaIt has been an honor being able to connect with HD. Gordon. So before we get started I wanted to send her a very BIG Thank You! 🙂

I love this time of year. The weather gets cooler, the days grayer and the spirits are shifted. Leaves turn bright red. Thick fog rolls in over areas surrounded by water. The days die more quickly, the world darker for longer periods. It is during this time that we grab masks and paints and costumes, turning ourselves either into the things we wish to be, or the things we fear the most. Children take to the streets to break the cardinal rule of childhood: taking candy from strangers. Ordinary yards are spotted with foam tombstones, triangular eyes and gaping mouths stare out from the faces of what used to be ordinary pumpkins, standing sentries on the doorsteps of our homes. It is during this time when the world shifts just slightly off its axis, and the taboos of our culture are dressed up in custom and paraded about in shameless exhibition.

We get to wear boots again, and wrap ourselves in warm blankets as we sip cider and watch old movies that gave us our first true taste of terror as children, the ones we laid in our beds at night replaying while being careful to keep our ankles from hanging out over the edge—should something be waiting just under our soft mattress to drag us to the place we once knew existed; the place where the boogie man made soup from the body parts of lost children. The place where our mothers would not hear our screams.

If you think about it, this time of year allows us to embrace our biggest fears without having to hide our horror. We turn our truest terror into a commercial event, knowing that one day a tombstone similar to the foam decorative ones we pick up at Target and place on our lawns will one day rest over our own heads. Only, the one that marks our resting place will not be made of foam, but rather a sturdy, cold stone. It is our way of acknowledging the thing wrapped in the white sheet, of admitting that a white sheet waits for every one of us in the not too distant future.

White Sheets is the name of the next book I will be self-publishing, and if you know anything about me, you know this book is a sequel to my paranormal thriller, Joe. If you’re looking for a good dose of real-world terror and heroism, or just an absorbing read in general, the kind that will make your pumpkin spice coffee go cold in your hand as you sit reading it under those warm blankets on your couch, then Joe is what you’re looking for.

It is a story that takes you into the mind of a genuine psychopath planning a massacre, a stuttering young girl with visions of the future, and six ordinary people who will all be in the line of fire come the time of the shooting. It opens with the psychopath, a young man who calls himself The Decider, as he is riding down the Highway toward his college campus with a semi-automatic pistol on his lap and an AK-47 in the black backpack on the seat beside him. Then we go back to when Joe, our wonderfully different heroine, sees what The Decider is planning. We watch as Joe, along with six other attendees of the college, all race toward the fateful Monday, when the man with the guns plans to make his move. It is a story about love and loss and sacrifice. It is terrifying and uplifting. It has that delicious paranormal flavor I know you love so well with real-world relevancy that will leave you breathless. It’ll go down well with that pumpkin spice coffee and the cold nights that wait ahead. You’ve got my word on it.

Also, Joe 2: White Sheets, is coming soon, and I know after reading Joe you’ll be dying to take a peek under those snow-colored covers. Just dangle your foot out over the edge here, my darlings. I swear it’s perfectly safe. J

Happy Halloween, everyone! And thank you so much for reading!

H. D. Gordon



Book descriptionRB

Publication Date: June 29, 2012

From the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga comes a story that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe. Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities, Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her. Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

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H. D. Gordon is the bestselling author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held spots in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for the past year. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series, The Rise was the third installment and H. D. is completing Alexa’s tales in December of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a thrilling fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.
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Book Review – If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

9 Oct

If I Were You (Inside Out, Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones

If i were you

Book Description

Publication Date: September 13, 2012
The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. 
When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

 Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

My Review


I came across this book a few times and to be honest I wasn’t going to read it. The comparison to Fifty Shades of Gray turned me completely off since I didn’t really care for them. There was nothing in the blurb that made me feel I had to read this book however, for a limited time XOXO After Dark had If I Were You available to read for free so I said WTH why not, I mean I’ve read other books by Jones and I love the way she writes besides I like to give everyone a fair chance. So even with my reluctance I started reading with an open mind. Right from the start I was intrigued and when I got to the end I was far from disappointed.

I can see the link between If I Were You and Fifty Shades of Grey though I think this one was executed better. Though Fifty was meant to be an erotic love story, I felt there was more repetition and lack of feeling. If I Were You was different. Jones made these characters captivating and she doesn’t fill the pages with emotionless sex. Boy was there emotions…

So let’s meet the characters:

Rebecca is the author of the erotic journals. She is an art saleswoman who worked for Allure Art Gallery and who is now MIA.

Sara is a high school English teacher. She lives a simple life. Her true passion is Art and she is some what of an expert. She gets her hands on the journals and intrigue gets the best of her. Some of the things she reads make her concerned for Rebecca. Sara has this eerie feeling that something bad has happened to her. So Sara flips her life upside down when she decides she needs to find out what happened to her. Sara lands a job at the art gallery taking over Rebecca’s position. The more she finds out about this woman the stranger things get.

Mark is the boss/owner of Allure Art Gallery. He is rich and handsome. He is all about money and control. He is beyond mysterious and a little creepy.

Chris is YUMMY! Chris is a famous artist. He’s rich, he’s mysterious and he gorgeous. His wealth doesn’t overpower him. He has possessive nature to him but it’s nothing to the Grey extreme. He has a big secret, can you guess what it is?

LOL I’m not going to tell you!!!

I love the story. I loved the connection that Chris and Sara have. They have so much in common. I thought Jones revealed their history at just the right moments. And you can see how good she is for him. That he was trying to be better than he thinks he is; someone worthy of being with her. I must admit I did find myself wondering if he was the man from Rebecca’s journal but I won’t know until I read the rest of this trilogy because you guessed it MAJOR CLIFFHANGER!

This is a book I would definitely recommend!

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES which has sold to more than twelve countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at http://www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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Author Interview – Jalpa Williby

3 Sep

Today I am happy to share yet another Q & A author interview. It’s an amazing thing to have been able to read her book and at the same time get to know her. I hope you enjoy today’s interview is with Mrs. Jalpa Williby author of debut novel Chaysing Dreams.


Lets all welcome her and see what she had to say.


EB: So tell me a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book?

JW: I am married with three children. I work full time as a physical therapist. I decided to write Chaysing Dreams because I’m an avid reader and one day, I told myself, “I’m going to try to write a book.” Well, as my story developed and when I fell in love with the characters, I knew I had to pursue it.

EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

JW: I really haven’t thought that far. My short-term goal is to get the trilogy completed. Honestly, the fact that the readers are receiving the first one so well, is enough for now.

EB: Which writers inspire you?

JW: I love Khaled Hosseini. But to be perfectly honest, it was actually the Twilight Series that got me to read again. Life just gets too busy, and I stopped doing what I love doing-reading. Then I realized that I love writing just as much. And the cool thing is that I can control my own story.

EB: As we all know Chaysing Dreams is your debut novel, how long did it take you to write it?

JW: I started writing it about a year and a half ago. I finished writing it in about six months. But then the hard part came- the editing and the revising… and editing some more, and revising some more! It was tough!

EB: How did you come up with the title?

JW: I knew I wanted something with “Dreams” in it. I was talking to my best friend about it, who had read the original manuscript. And somehow the conversation went to “Chasing Dreams”. But she came up with the clever idea of “Chaysing Dreams.” Of course, after you read the book, you understand why it’s spelled that way.

EB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

JW: “There will always be ups and downs, twists and turns in our lives… When it’s all said and done, only you are in charge of your strength, your peace, and your happiness.” The main character, Tess, says this in her speech at her graduation.

EB: How much of the book is realistic or personal?  

JW: I do tend to use some experiences from my personal life. Plus I have teenaged kids, so that definitely helped when Tess was a teen.

EB: If realistic or personal, are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  

JW: Perhaps certain details or events are fabricated from personal experiences. But really the main plot of the story is totally made up from this crazy head of mine. 🙂

EB: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special to you?

JW: Tess is perfect- almost too perfect. Sometimes, you actually want her to make mistakes. But as the story goes on, we see that she is not as strong as we originally thought- she hits rock bottom. Tess is very special and it’s hard not to love her because she has a heart of gold.

EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

JW: Ha, I learned a lot! Let me put it this way, the thesaurus and dictionary.com were my best friends!

EB: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

JW: The editing and revising was tough. No matter how many times we’d go through the book, we’d still find mistakes. It was crazy.

EB: What do you do to get book reviews?

JW: I just request it. I either send them an email or some have a form to fill out on their website.

EB: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

JW: Most that I’ve asked have responded and gave me an honest review. I’m still new to all this, so I’m learning as I go. I’m sure I still have to ask for a ton more reviews.

EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

JW: Umm, no. I literally search Facebook or twitter. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing! It’s quite funny, actually. If anybody would like to give me any guidance, I’ll take it! 🙂

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

JW: I absolutely read the reviews. I wrote for the readers so the reviews are very important. Luckily, the reviews have been positive so far, but the only way to grow and learn is from these reviews. Would I let them influence my writing? Probably to a certain degree, I would. I mean I write what’s in my heart- I put it all out there without worrying about anything else. But let’s say I get multiple reviews that say that I’m too wordy, or I don’t use enough details, then I’m going to address it. I want to work on my weaknesses.

EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

JW: Go for it! Life it too short, so follow your dreams.

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

JW: Thank you for reading Chaysing Dreams! I hope in some small way, it made you smile.

EB: What is your writing routine?

JW: I work full time and I have three kids. So basically, whenever I can squeeze it in, I’m writing or marketing. It’s crazy! I walk around like a zombie half of the time! 🙂

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

JW: I’m just so appreciative of everybody in the literature world. You’ve all been very helpful. When people like you review the books and give us your time to interview us, it makes a huge difference. It’s all about exposure and you guys help us get that. So thank you!

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)

JW: I am working on the sequel! Don’t worry readers, Tess’s journey will continue in the next book! I’m not sure of the exact date. It’ll be some time in 2014 though.

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

JW: I’m active on some social media sites.

Website:  www.jalpawilliby.com

Facebook page for Chaysing Dreams: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chaysing-Dreams/570671096296291

Twitter https://twitter.com/JalpaWilliby

All this social media, wow! Boy, am I learning a lot!

About the Author

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WillibyJalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided. Williby introduces her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, as she writes with her heart and soul, her passion flowing through every page.

If you haven’t already seen it check out my review of Chaysing Dreams HERE!

Thank you Jalpa Williby for the interview and to everyone else for stopping by! 😀


Book Review – Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby

2 Sep

Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby


Book Description

Publication Date: August 14, 2013
by Outskirts Press
Cover Photo by Peter Pawinski

Recommended for 18+ due to mature themes and sexual content.

Life…secrecy, deceit, danger…No, no! Run, escape!

“Run!” Her inner voice is shouting. She has to run faster! She’s about to get caught! No, no! She has to get away. Please, she must escape! “Run faster!”

As long as Tess Sanoby can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl in her dreams is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, Chris wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse Tess. Not understanding Chris or their relationship, she is on a constant emotional roller coaster with him. Could her best friends be the stable force that she desperately needs?

Unfortunately for Tess, the more she tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear to her. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. As passion ignites between the two, she can’t help but surrender her heart and soul to him.

Tess is unexpectedly exposed to a world of secrecy, deceit, and danger, causing her to be running for her life, chased by the unknown. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?

Chaysing Dreams is the ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice. In this epic tale, you will laugh and cry with Tess–a story full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the end.

My Review


dreams 2Once again I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest spoiler free opinion. I hope I do it justice.

I loved reading this book; there was not a moment that I wasn’t intrigued. Right from the start Williby sparks your interest with a “dream.” And not just any dream the same dream young Tess has had since she can remember…

This story is about the life of a 15 year old high-school student named Tessnia. She is a very bright young lady and very athletic. Her innocence screams off the pages. She has a goal for her life and everything is going according to plan. Tess has suffered from nightmares since she was a child. These dreams obviously hold some sort of meaning but they are brushed off because she doesn’t understand it. She continues on with her life and it seems that everything is plain ole ordinary. She has two amazing supportive parents and two amazing best-friends Jack and Kylie. She gets to go to her top pick college and is happy to start a new chapter in her life. You can’t help but envy her life, it appears that perfect.

Ahhh but “nothing is as it seems” because Tessnia is anything but ordinary and her life is about to change drastically. It is apparent that there are things going on with Tess that even she is unaware of.  And it all starts with a man named Chris. Chasying Dreams was yet another emotional roller-coaster filled with suspense, grief and love and anticipation.

Tess meets Chris and there is an instant connection between them. This has only ever happened one time before and Tess finds herself captivated by him. I imagine Chris to look something like Chris Evans! Total hotness! 😉 He is mysterious, stand offish and extremely overprotected. He’s the type of guy you should run away from but feel the need to indulge yourself with! Chris gave me the feeling that of a tortured soul. He doesn’t think he deserves what he wants most in life. Oh and I can’t forget Gem what a precious dog! Such an awesome supporting character! 🙂 I fell in love with the three of them.

Tess finds herself deep into a world that will only lead to dread and as I turned each page I got the feeling I was missing something. We are given enough information to warrant only more questions, never any complete answers and I think Williby wrote it well.

As a reader I felt all of Tessnia’s emotions happiness, regret, betrayal, grief, lack of understanding and most of all love.

Overall I loved it and I can’t wait to read book 2 because as I mentioned above I was left with so many unanswered questions, can you say cliffhanger!

I highly recommend this book to all you romance lovers out there. 

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About the Author

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WillibyJalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided. Williby introduces her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, as she writes with her heart and soul, her passion flowing through every page.

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ARC Book Review: Escaping Reality: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen by Lisa Renee Jones

31 Jul

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1)


Book Description

Publication/Release Date: July 22, 2013

Recommended for 17+ due to mature themes and sexual content

Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loved to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten-even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets her guard down, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

ARC copy source: NetGalley

My Review


Right off the bat Jones throws us into a mystery. After only reading the first chapter I found myself asking so many questions. Who exactly is Amy? Who is she running from? What happened to her family? Who is her handler?”

Amy’s life is a big far LIE! She is on the run and sent to the airport by her “handler” to start a new life she makes eye contact with Liam, a gorgeous, extremely sexy looking man. Someone she can’t take her eyes off. And in that instant there eyes meet her life changes. Amy is extremely troubled. She has some serious skeletons in her closet but I don’t think even she knows half of them. Liam is like fresh air. He wants things to be “raw and honest” between them and Amy fights it the entire time. She wants him but is scared for him. She doesn’t know who’s after her and if they find out what will they do?

Life on the run isn’t easy. She can’t grow attachments, she needs to lead a complicated free life and Liam isn’t helping. In such a short period of time they find an intense connection to each other. She trusts him and even when she doubts certain things he finds ways to keep her distraction with his domineering personality. But Amy starts questioning everything and everyone around her.

This story is HOT and though I’m one that loves math I look at the subject in a whole new light, definitely not in a bad way. I would want to escape reality too if I had a Liam. Amazingly written! In the end none of my questions were answered, in fact I have more than I started with but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to read more.

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I am still shocked at the ending, seriously OMG! And i will stop there so as not to ruin it for anyone who think this is something you would like to read. I personally recommend it.

Book 2 Infinite Possiblities will be released in October.

To learn more about New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones click HERE!


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