Book Blast! Muse Unexpected, by VC Birlidis

Muse Unexpected“We’re Muses. Not vampires, not fairies, not werewolves. We’re Muses.” Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We’re Muses?’ She thought Muses were lame, not to mention she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn’t explain away her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over, not to mention why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powerful bursts of energy out of her hands.

Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world. But old hatreds don’t die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates’ foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her. Either way, they will make sure everyone associated with their imprisonment will reap an eternal damnation in the Underworld, leaving the Olympians to restore Mount Olympus and force humankind into a future of never-ending servitude and misery.

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Praise for Muse Unexpected

“Ripe with conflict, skin-crawling creepy that is sprinkled with a wonderful sense of humor and a plot fraught with horrific danger in every step taken by Sophie, this book should be on the top of everyone’s must read list. Simply put, I loved it and can’t wait for book 2 to come out.” ~Olive (Amazon Review)

“I remember learning about mythology & Greek gods in elementary school….boring! Well, this fantastic book takes everything you thought about gods/mythology and turns it on it’s ear, sort of like “Wicked” did to the “Wizard of OZ”. At times funny at times gruesome and scary, this story definitely kept my interest. I loved the way the writer made the gods “human”. I also liked the subtle, blink and you’ll miss them hints sprinkled throughout the story. Don’t let the young adult genre scare you away. This is an engaging story that can be enjoyed by all. Can’t wait for the next one!!!!” ~Paula (Amazon Review)

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Author V.C. Birlidis

V.C. Birlidis was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has always been involved in the arts. He attended the New World School of the Arts and was a member of The Miami Ballet.

Mr. Birlidis moved to Ohio to attend college where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Capital University. He currently is the Director of Marketing at one of the top midwest advertising agencies, SBC Advertising. He has freelanced as a writer for Outlook News and Tickled Pink Magazine, where he wrote a comical advice column named Ask V.

Five years in the making and inspired by the numerous Greek myths his father would utilize as demented bed time stories, Muse, Unexpected is Mr. Birlidis’ first novel. It is the first book in his Muse series.

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Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop: My Fond Memory of 1982 with Marie Sexton

The words “summer vacation” always take me back to 1982. I was eight years old, living in Evanston, Wyoming, and I spent every single day with my best friend, Marie Sexton. She was nine, one grade above me, and she lived up the block. I remember she had this really cool hide-a-way desk, a TV in her room with Pong, and a box full of satiny gowns for playing dress-up. It came as no surprise, when we reconnected on Facebook 26 years after losing touch, that we had both become writers. We had crazy imaginations! Our very favorite thing to do with our summer days was to sing along to the Grease 2 soundtrack while acting out scenes.

So, for your Summer Lovin’ enjoyment, here’s “Back to School.”


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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Lynn Rush, author of the Wasteland and Violet Night Trilogies, is running a fun blog hop with a $250 grand prize. Lynn’s site is the hub. Click on the graphic to get there. Visit the blogs and complete the Rafflecopter tasks for changes to win.

To play along with the theme of “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” I am posting a deleted scene from January Black. It’s one of my favorite scenes, but it was necessarily cut when I rewrote the middle third of the book. (Those who have read the book will understand the significance of the maple leaf. *wink*)

Early on the evening of Matty’s birthday, Iris walked into the courtyard garden to find him lying on the stone floor, his feet propped on the chaise, a book saddled on his chest. He twirled a red maple leaf between his fingers as he stared at Wolfgang, the brightest star of The Maestros constellation and one of the few visible in Aventine. She picked the book from his chest and read the spine: The Sonnets. She flipped it around and read aloud from the page.

“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, and trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries and look upon myself and curse my fate, wishing me like to one more rich in hope, featured like him, like him with friends possessed, desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope, with what I most enjoy contented least.”

She stopped to take a breath. He recited the rest from memory.

“Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, haply I think on thee, and then my state…”

She sat down at his head, and replacing the book on his chest, she looked down at him, at his tousled hair, his eyes sparkling in the lamplight.

“…like to the lark at break of day arising from sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate, For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings that then I scorn to change my state with kings.”

“What are you doing on the ground?”

He caressed her cheek with his finger and twirled a gold curl around his finger. “Counting my blessings.”

For the first moment in months, she felt like the chasm between them was all in her mind and had never been there at all.

I hope you enjoyed this special moment between Matty and Iris. Please visit Lynn Rush’s blog to see more Valentines’ themed posts!

Year of the Snake

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The Year of the Snake Blog Hop is dedicated to excerpts that feature deception, delusion, opportunism, and perhaps simply snakes. Here’s mine. Enjoy.

Leading into this scene, Matty has come home to talk to his father about something that is bothering him. A few weeks earlier, Matty and his girlfriend Iris were out of town and witnessed an act of public protest become a riot. It sparked Matty’s curiosity, and when he got his hands on some illicit crime statistics, Iris freaked out on him. To appease her, he destroyed the chip that held the data. The first line below is Matty’s father’s, and he’s explaining who the protester in the park was. (Note: “Kitsune” are the king’s guardians.)

“Lawrence Billings was Kitsune, one of [Steer Industry’s] until he dedicated his life to getting arrested.”

“He picked me out of the crowd, dad. He knew my name, and he told me to ask you about ‘brites’.”

“What do you want to know?” his father asked.

“Wait. I just told you a crazy ex-Kitsune knew me and that doesn’t concern you?”Matty asked.

“Not really. Larry’s most recent arrest was March sixteenth. You were all over SteerNews in the king’s birthday party coverage.”

Right. Matty asked, “Is he right? Do our netlink memory chips upload to SI?”

Plainly, the man replied, “Yes. Have for a few years now.”

A knot formed in Matty’s stomach. Feeling hollow, he asked, “Without our knowledge? Without our consent?”

“Like most things affecting lives of citizens.”

Matty stared at his father with disbelief, who continued by asking, “Did you know that our law, were it printed, bound, and stacked floor to ceiling, would fill this house?”

Looking around him, Matty began calculating the home’s volume from the square footage. A hand on his shoulder, disturbing the math.

“It’s not just that we’re used to it, son,” his father said. “Our law is three hundred years of sand and silt settled on top of us. There’s no knowing all of it”

Matty didn’t care about that. “Dad! The crowd blew up when Larry told them. Riot agents arrested them all!”

His father asked, “You would prefer they stood by and let people beat each other bloody?”

“No, but—”

“What is it that’s really bothering you?”

“I lied to Iris,” Matty admitted.

With a heavy exhale, his father said, “You said this wasn’t about her.”

Pulling a data chip case from his pocket, identical to the one he broke in the alley, Matty held it out and said, “She thinks I destroyed it.”

The commandant took the case and studied it for a moment. “What’s on it?”

“Protest data.”

“Matthias.” It was the same concerned tone that had been in Iris’ voice. “Where did you get it?”

“Does it matter?” he asked. “I haven’t looked at it.”

His father considered the case for a moment, then opened it and slipped the chip into the tablet for the netscreen. A few moments later, the wall-length device became full of numbers and images.

“Go ahead. Take a look.”

Matty stood before the wall and letting his eyes skip over the numbers. He didn’t focus on any one set, just let the volume of information overwhelm him. It’s message turned him cold and anxious. Riot agents weren’t fiction. Alice Glass didn’t create them. They had been in the kingdom’s service for a century, putting down dissidence and containing the damage. And not every so often, as Iris had said, but frequently.

“Is this what the Regency does?” Matty asked. “Pick and choose what it wants history to say?”

“There was a man in the Old World named Winston Churchill.”

Matty turned around to give his father his attention and found the man with one leg was crossed over the other, arms stretched out over the back of the couch. It was as relaxed as he had ever seen him.

“He was born to privilege, served his king, and was elected by his peers to his kingdom’s highest executive office, twice. He got his people through a devastating war with courageous leadership and by simply saying the right thing at the right time.

“Inside of a few decades, what most people knew Winston for was witty quotes. Among the most famous was this: ‘History is written by the victors’.”

“What did the Regency win?” Matty asked.

“An election, by a landslide.”

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Blogger Book Fair – Winter 2013

I’m participating in the Blogger Book Fair. There are more than 60 authors showcasing 170 books in this blogging event. 

There will be contests, books for $5, giveaways, interviews, excerpts! Like the Book Blogger Fair on Facebook for updates, and book mark the official site. The links on this page will go live on February 7th. So will the Blogger Book Fair – Winter 2013 link at the top of my blog, which will have quick links to each author.

I will be using Rafflecopter to give away three ebook copies of January Black, as well as one signed copy for the Year of the Snake blog hop on February 10th. So mark your calendars. This is going to ROCK!

Here’s a preview of my post.

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Announcing the Year of the Snake Blog Hop!

YearOfTheSnakeOn February 10, 2013, we say goodbye to the dragon and welcome the snake, a symbol of wisdom and cunning, but also delusion and deception.

This hop is open to writers…published or not…and here is your assignment.

Find within your work a passage that embodies the spirit of the snake as defined above. You are encouraged to include a giveaway, but it’s not required. Snakes would find you foolish, but I won’t.

To participate, leave a comment on this post. Swipe the badge, post it on your blog and link it to this post. Spread the word on your various social media channels.

Let’s give our lovely readers something to sink their fangs into. *wink*

Wendy

All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair, Day 4

It’s day 4 of the BIG virtual book fair (click the red square), and I have MORE awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press. There are still FREE books to be won, so check out Day 2 and Day 3 and leave comment.



Tribred Gregor Caine decided long ago to deny his blood legacy, so he isn’t thrilled when paired with a full-blooded Fae to hunt the demons threatening to decimate Los Angeles. As they fight side by side, he finds she calls to both his Fae and his demon blood; a call he can’t resist.Warrior Fae Serra Willows crossed into the Human Plane to help destroy the demons released from the Chaos Plane. Finding and shutting down the portal between worlds is more challenging than she expected…and Gregor and his world more seductive than she had ever imagined.As the killings escalate, Gregor and Serra realize one of the most deadly demons from the Chaos Plane has marked Serra as his own. To save her, Gregor has to face his greatest fear—losing his humanity to the darkness in his blood. But in a race against time, that darkness could become his greatest strength. And he will kill to claim Serra’s love.Demon Hunt is Book 2 of A Caine Brothers Novel series, by Christine Ashworth.

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Also by Christine Ashworth: Demon Soul (Caine Brothers #1), and Blood Dreams (A Caine Brothers Short Story)



Saari Mitchell attends a Tueri conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to strengthen her bonds with Dhelis Guidry and Brogan Vincent—and see if they can make their three-sided relationship work. But when Saari and her vampire brother Mag’s lives are threatened, her trip to paradise soon becomes a surreal fight for survival.Dhelis and Brogan’s psychic abilities are no help in finding Saari. Desperate to save their mate, they call in favors from the psychic and preternatural community, but the information leads only to more questions. Is the threat against Saari personal or part of a larger plan that threatens every human and Tueri’s existence?Crimson Sunrise is Book 2 of the Tueri Fated Souls Series, by Renee Reardon.Author Website | Bio | Facebook | Twitter

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Also by Renee Reardon: Moonlight Blue (Tueri Fated Souls #1)


Thursday, Friday, & Saturday’s Books:

Constance Phillips “Fairyproof”
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Louann Carroll’s “Shadow of Time”
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Shadow of Time on Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N
Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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Rift Healer on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Sasha Summers “Medusa, A Love Story”
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Medusa on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Sasha Summers’ “Hollywood Ever After”
Hollywood Ever After on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Lynn Rush “Wasteland”
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Wasteland on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Lynn Rush “Awaited”
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Lynn Rush “Prelude to Darkness”
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All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair, Day 3

It’s day 3 of the BIG virtual book fair (click the red square), and I have MORE awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press. Today is Lynn Rush day. Be sure to comment, because she’s giving away free eBook copies of her books to lucky commenters.


Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his dark enslavement.The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

Wasteland is Book 1 of the Wasteland Series, by Lynn Rush

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Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark. He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate, mute beauty, to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Awaited is Book 2 of the Wasteland Series, by Lynn Rush

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For a slave, hope is a dangerous thing.

Margaret Rousseau dreams of freedom from a life of servitude. When a mysterious woman saunters into the servants’ tavern promising the impossible, Margaret dares to hope she could win the heart of the one man she has secretly coveted since she first wore a corset…

The Prince.

Margaret desperately grasps for the opportunity to change her bleak destiny by placing faith in a woman who is not as forthcoming as she seems. Blinded to the stranger’s dark motives, Margaret surrenders herself to gain her heart’s desires.

But her choice may bring forth a darkness that could destroy all she holds dear.

Prelude to Darkness on Goodreads | Amazon


Thursday & Fridays’s Books:

Constance Phillips “Fairyproof”
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Louann Carroll’s “Shadow of Time”
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Shadow of Time on Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N
Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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Rift Healer on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Sasha Summers “Medusa, A Love Story”
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Medusa on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Sasha Summers’ “Hollywood Ever After”
Hollywood Ever After on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair, Day 2

It’s day 2 of the BIG virtual book fair (click the red square), and I have MORE awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press. I was going to post ALL the books I have today, but…I think I’ll just add two more and make it Sasha Summers day.

You don’t know who Sasha Summers is? I want you to meet her. Her leads, Medusa and Ariston—and an amusing ensemble of Olympic gods—kept me company during the drive through northern Nevada two weeks ago. When I get around to writing reviews again, Sasha will be getting five stars. For now…I’ve got covers and links, and FREE books. Sasha is giving away 1 signed copy of Medusa AND Hollywood Ever After to lucky commenters on this post.


It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks. [ Full Blurb ]

Medusa: A Love Story is Book 1 of the Loves of Olympus Series by Sasha Summers

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She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?Hollywood Ever After is Book 1 of The Red Carpet Series, released by InkSpell Publishing.Hollywood Ever After on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo


Yesterday’s Books:

Constance Phillips “Fairyproof”
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Louann Carroll’s “Shadow of Time”
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Shadow of Time on Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N
Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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Rift Healer on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair

First, allow me to apologize for waiting until the moment the blog fair goes live to say anything about it. My husband, son, and I have been on the road for 3-weeks and my access to secure internet has been hit and miss. Maybe next week, I’ll post about all the fun stuff we did on our 6000 mile trip to California and back. But, right now, I am a little stop on a BIG virtual book fair (lots more to see if you click the red square), and I want to plug some awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press.


Haley Miller never had a boyfriend but, when on summer vacation, she meets handsome and charismatic Micah, great-nephew of her friend Gisele, she finds she can think of nothing else. [ Full Blurb ]Rift Healer is a debut Young Adult fantasy novel by Diane M. Haynes, released during the Spring, 2012.

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Rift Healer on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo


Consumed by a childhood filled with terror and pain, Kellyn O’Brien strives to create the perfect family.Then, disaster strikes. Her husband is dead. Three weeks later, she discovers her son is heir to Shadow Ley, a nineteenth century estate located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. [ Full Blurb ]Shadow of Time is a paranormal novel by Louann Carroll, released July, 2012.

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Shadow of Time on Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N

Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising


When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home. [ Full Blurb ]

Fairyproof is a paranormal novel by Constance Phillips, coming soon.

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