Monday, July 16, 2018

Melissa's Quest by Blair Drake





Melissa's Quest
Finding Magic

Book One
Blair Drake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Magic Quest Books

Date of Publication: June 7, 2018

ASIN: B07DFTFGGV

Number of pages: 233
Word Count: 81,550

Cover Artist: Jennifer Zemanek/Seedlings LLC

Tagline: What would you do to find your magic?

Book Description:

Lost and bewildered after being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Melissa wants nothing more than to curl up with her pain. But then she’s summoned by the headmaster of Gray Cliffs Academy and finds herself on the roof in the middle of a wild and tumultuous storm. Before she realizes what is happening, a vicious wind sends her flying through the darkness and she lands in the frozen north. It is then she discovers the true meaning of feeling lost. Though full of mystery and magic, there is something sinister about this strange new world…

All Melissa wants is to return home, but first she must learn the rules of this strange new reality and how they will help her in her quest before it’s too late and she’s stuck in this place forever…


Excerpt:
She stared at it for a long moment, then ran her fingers over the bright ring to see if it would change. Maybe a genie would appear to help her out, but nothing happened. It was pretty but useless. She glared around her and yelled, “Pretty doesn’t cut it, guys. What am I supposed to do with this thing?”
A voice whispered through her head, “You know what to do with it.”
She froze, her breath caught her in her throat. “Who said that?” She spun around, but no one was here. “Show yourself!”
Nothing happened.
“Don’t go crazy on me now, Melissa,” she said to herself. She bowed her head and struggled to get her thoughts together. The school taught meditation classes to help deal with the stress of exams and being away from their families—or the stress of going home to families.
She didn’t have much of a family life, but she didn’t let anyone know that. She never let anyone know how her quest for a happy home life bothered her. Since Luke moved on without her, she’d been more than lost...and more aloof. The two of them had been an item, and for her, he’d been the only one. Except she hadn’t heard from him since his graduation. It was horrible.
Every day she kept expecting to see him, expecting to hear from him.
And never did.
That abandonment had been complete, surgically quick, and without explanation. Even now she felt the loss whispering through her soul. If he was out there, would he know what happened to her? Would he care? So many things in her life she wished she could change. He was the one bright light that kept her going, and she had no idea what she did to make him cut her out of his life like that—to hate her so much.
Despite Luke’s silent departure, she loved being at the school—knowing she belonged to something special, that she made it into something so much more than she thought she deserved, that an exciting future was out there for her.
And none of that helped her right now. She sat with a thud. And pulled her knees to her chest, burrowing her face in her arms. She wouldn’t last much longer. Not in these temperatures.
Still, she was alive and that surprised her. This cold was brutal. She could still feel her fingers and her toes. As she pondered that, she wondered, as cold as she was… she wasn’t numb. Hypothermia hadn’t set in. She wasn’t dying… at least not yet.
Hearing a tiny scratching sound beside her, she leaned over and scooped away some of the snow. A small arctic mouse stared at her, its nose twitching as if figuring out what she was.
With a delighted gasp, she whispered, “Hey, little one. Don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you.”
In an odd movement, it stretched up, its huge eyes studying her.
She chuckled, afraid to move too fast and scare it off. As it was the only animal she’d seen, and it was alive, she welcomed his presence.
He wasn’t terrified of her and clambered over the snow to see her closer.
She lowered her hand to the side so he could sniff her. Her smile widened at the sight of his whiskers going crazy, but the mouse kept getting closer.
“Are you hungry?” she asked instinctively. Yet, she didn’t think she had any food in her pockets. She turned her pockets out, looking for something, but found nothing edible, not even a mouse-size snack.
Terrified of scaring the little one away, she continued to talk to him in a low, crooning voice. She’d never get this close to a mouse in her world. She was surprised to see this guy in such an inhospitable place as this. “How do you survive, buddy?”
The little she knew about mice said they burrowed under the snow all winter. With her luck, she’d sat on his tunnels and collapsed them.
The mouse stretched out a paw and placed it on her finger. She caught her breath and waited.
A second paw landed beside the first. She grinned when the mouse hopped up on her hand, totally unconcerned she might be a danger to him.
Too bad no one witnessed this. She was too scared to pull out her cell phone for a quick photo in case she disturbed the little guy.
“I’m going to call you Winter,” she whispered.
The mouse didn’t seem to mind. He sniffed her jacket, then wandered up her arm.
She stared, transfixed. For all the shittiness of her situation, this little guy was a light in her otherwise dark world.
Still, if the mouse was here, maybe someone else was here too. But, if she yelled right now, the mouse might take off.
She closed her eyes and whispered, “Anyone there?”
And got the shock of her life.
A voice inside her head said, “I’ve always been here.”
She struggled to recognize the voice. She thought the speaker was male, but the words were distorted and distant, so she couldn’t be sure. She kept an eye on the mouse sitting on her sleeve. He worked his way up to her shoulder, his nose and whiskers wrinkled at every step. She had to admit she wondered if the mouse had talked. “Who are you?”
“Somebody who loves you very much.” The voice spoke inside her head again.
Her mind struggled to identify the speaker who had no trouble making such a bald-faced lie. With the cold her thoughts were sluggish, her mind fogging up. Surely that voice was her imagination. No one cared about her—she wasn’t sure anyone ever had. “Can you get me out of here?” she asked hopefully. “Help me go home?”
Silence was her answer.
She frowned. “Is this a trick?”
The voice was sad, heavy. “No, it’s not a trick. I’m sorry to see you so distrusting.”
“How can I not be? Look where I am. I have no idea how this came to pass or who did this to me.” She shook her head, momentarily forgetting about the mouse. “Am I really here, in the middle of some kind of winter wonderland, all alone?”
“Yes.”
“I don’t even have a proper coat for this weather. Am I going to die here?” Melissa asked, wiping the tears burning the corners of her eyes. “Can’t you help me?”
“I’m not even supposed to be talking to you.”
“Why are you then?” she asked in frustration, more tears burning, clogging her throat. “It’s despicable to torture me like this.”
“I tried to talk to you many times, but a wall was always between us. Right now the wall is thin, like crepe paper,” the voice said in exasperation. “So I tried again. This time I got through.”
“Can you tell me who you are?”
The voice paused, then said in a low tone, “No, I can’t.”
“Then what can you tell me?” she asked, trying not to cry. But the wind and cold were stealing her spirit. Until she caught a movement out of the corner of her eye. The mouse had crawled up to her shoulder, where it settled down in the crook of her neck. She couldn’t see it tucked in there, but she could feel it. Her spirit warmed from the inside, along with her heart.
“I’m allowed to tell you that you have to get back on your own. Time is running out. A clock started ticking from the moment you landed. Your life force is also disappearing.”
Her head jerked up at that. “What do you mean, my life force? Like my health? Do I have a disease? Have I been shot or something? What are you talking about?”
“Your talisman.”
“Talisman? Is that what this is? I wondered. It’s my school pin but…different. Somehow it transformed on whatever weird trip I took to this place,” she said, slowly trying to figure this out. She stared at the talisman in her hand. “Is that what the ring of lights on the outside means?”
“Yes. When those run out, you will not have enough energy to get back again.”
“So it is possible to get back again?” Her mind locked on to the one thing she could handle.
“Yes, definitely. That’s what this is all about. You’re on a quest to learn what you can do, what talents you might have, but you have to start moving fast.”
Instantly, she scrambled to her feet, only to freeze at the startled squeak from her new friend. She reached up a hand to stroke the mouse gently, amazed it was still here with her. It was a least used to the terrain whereas she was starting to shake violently as the wind whipped her face and body. Hunched against the cold, and trying to move carefully, she took several steps forward. Her mind caught on two words. Quest? Talents? “I’m happy to move. Just tell me where to go.”
“I can’t.”
Frustrated and angry, and terrified she would lose the voice in her head, she rushed to say, “Can you tell me whether to go up or down?”
“I have to go now. I’ll try to contact you later.”
“Wait,” Melissa cried out, “Can you give me a hint? Something? I’ll freeze to death soon.” Even as the words leave her mouth, her teeth start to chatter.

Just as the voice disappeared from her mind, it let out a sigh and whispered, “Think of a portal.” And then the voice was gone.

About the Author:

Blair Drake believes in magic, especially the magic of stories with fantasy, adventures, romance, action, and surprises. She has loved writing and living in the stories of the Finding Magic series and is so excited to share the quests of the Gray Cliffs Academy students with her readers.

When she’s not writing about magic, she’s reading about it. Her influences are Cassandra Claire, Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, Garth Nix, and many more.

In the mortal plane, following the lure of magic has drawn Blair into strange and wonderful adventures from Australia to New York City, with many stops in between. She currently lives near Denver. Her very favorite spot is a red loveseat in her office, frequently shared with two cats, an outnumbered Dalmation, and occasionally her bewitched husband.

She might have gone to a school similar to Gray Cliffs Academy and would love to go through a magic portal. In the meantime, she’s creating her own in more books of magic.







Friday, July 13, 2018

Free Book Friday One Tequila by Tricia O'Malley



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One Tequila: An Althea Rose Mystery
The Althea Rose Series
Book 1
by Tricia O'Malley 

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Print Length: 263 pages
Publisher: Lovewrite Publishing
Publication Date: July 16, 2015
ASIN: B0106QTOAO

Tequila Key is just like any other small town and I'm just like any other small town psychic. Scratch that. Tequila Key is a world onto itself and some people might think that I am one crayon short of the box.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Music and Books with Melinda Terranova


Bequeathed took a few years to write and I read many books in that time. These novels that I have listed, are some of my all- time favourite in paranormal/fantasy/mystery genres. Bequeathed has been said to have The Vampire Diaries vibes, not surprising when TVD was one of my favourite shows. 

Top Ten Books that you may like if you like Bequeathed:

1. The Raven (The Florentine Series) by Sylvain Reynard

2. The Shadow (The Florentine Series) by Sylvain Reynard

3. The Roman (The Florentine Series) by Sylvain Reynard

4. A Discovery of Witches by Doborah Harkness (The All Souls Trilogy)

5. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (The All Souls Trilogy)

6. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (The All Souls Trilogy)

7. The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw (no vampires but lots of witchy goodness)

8. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

9. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

10. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (my all time favourite novel and book).
These are the songs that either inspired scenes in Bequeathed or since have made me have flashbacks of certain scenes. I wanted to create a fantasy in the real world feel in Bequeathed, where the reader could imagine themselves in certain locations where it could be possible for the story to take place. Bequeathed is predominantly set in Rome, so the mixture of history, mystery and romantic elements play a big part in the development of the story. It was not hard to world build when the city of Rome is steeped in history. 


Music Playlist to listen to whilst reading Bequeathed

1. Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

2. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weekend

3. Dangerous Night by Thirty Seconds to Mars

4. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers (last scene walking down the grand staircase)

5. New Way to Bleed by Evanescence

6. Call Out My Name by The Weekend


Bequeathed
Melinda Terranova

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: 10th July 2018

ISBN: 978-1719274036
ASIN: B07DPMK7RQ

Number of pages: 293
Word Count: 85 000

Cover Artist: Lee Ching at Undercover Designs

Tagline: Could I embrace the curse bequeathed upon me?

Book Description:

Katalina is haunted by graphic nightmares in which she bathes in the blood of violently murdered young girls. Sent to Rome to visit her aunt, she discovers her family’s grim past. A past that involves a secret curse that catapults the women in her family down a path of eternal darkness-a curse she wants no part of.

In the romantic surrounds of Rome, Katalina finds herself inexplicably drawn to the secretive and broody Dominic, and their holiday romance flourishes. When Katalina forms an unlikely friendship with the dangerously charismatic vampire Toby, she finds herself in a tangle of violent secrets and crossed alliances. 

Now that she is exposed to a world her mom and grandmother fought hard to keep her from- a world brimming with royal vampires, powerful witches, and dangerous hunters-Katalina must choose her fate or lose her heart forever.

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Excerpt:

“Have you heard the grim fairy tale?” A deep voice from behind me echoes around the room.
          I spin on my heels and Toby is standing in the doorway, the only exit available. I feel trapped. A sudden sense of danger saturates the darkened room.
“Yes,” I reply.
          His gaze is fixed on me, eyes glistening in the small amount of light that seeps through the window.
          “I have heard she still roams these parts on occasion.” He takes a step through the door.
          “Did you follow me?” I step back as he steps forward.
          “Would it bother you if I said yes?” He pauses for a moment before he stalks toward me.
          I stand my ground knowing fully well that I shouldn’t fear him; he has saved me twice now from other vampires.
          “Would it bother you?” he repeats.
          I stare up at him. His face truly resembles a vampire; his skin is translucent in the dim light and his pupils are dilated.
          “Yes.”
          “Why?” He leans closer to me.
          “Why? Because that’s just weird.”
          “What if I told you that I can’t stop?” he whispers.
          Alarm bells ring in my head and I look at the door behind him.
          “I won’t hurt you, Kat. Don’t be afraid.” His voice has turned to velvet.
          “I’m not afraid.” I stare up at him.
          He steps closer to me and his proximity is dizzying. I can see the vein in his neck pulsing and the dark danger in his eyes as he stares at me through black lashes.
          “Aren’t you? Your heart rate seems to disagree with you.”
          I swallow the lump in my throat. “I’m going back down to the festival.” I step around him, and as I pass, he takes my hand in his. His skin is cool and smooth. His touch alights me with anticipation. I turn to look up into his beautiful face, confused as to where this exchange is leading. His carnal gaze sets me on fire.
Leaning in to whisper in my ear, he inhales. His voice changes from a purr to something deeper, more dangerous. “Do you know what it takes for me not to taste you? Your sweet blood sings to me. I am possessed whenever I am near you. I seek you out and resist the urge to hunt you, like the predator I am. It is a game I play unbeknownst to you.” His breath tickles my neck.
          I close my eyes and hold my breath waiting for something to happen. Wanting something to happen.

          “You don’t have to be afraid of me,” Toby whispers against my cheek before I feel a gush of wind and he is gone.

About the Author:

Melinda resides on the sunny Gold Coast, Australia with her husband, two boys and two dogs. When she is not writing or reading, she works as a registered nurse. Her other loves include: coffee, tea, delicious pastries and the beach.





Monday, July 9, 2018

Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust to Sink Your Fangs Into! with T.L. Christianson



Hi, I’m T.L. Christianson, author of the Paranormal Romance,Crimson. Deep in the mountains, Elizabeth finds vampires, a secret laboratory and love. When she discovers a secret that threatens all vampires, she has to choose between saving the man that she loves and betraying him or lose him forever. Now that she’s found the second life she's been searching for, can Elizabeth find her way through this web of secrets and lies or will they be the downfall of it all?

Most of this story takes place in my hometown, Durango Colorado, but part of it takes place in New York City. When I think of New York, I think of pizza! I love pizza. 

However, I struggle with all the carbs. So, I’m going to share with you my easy Cauliflower Pizza crust! 

Most cauliflower pizza crusts taste terrible, but I’ve found some tricks that make this a favorite - even with my hubby and kids!

This recipe makes 2 pizza crusts!

Ingredients:

-2 bags of frozen cauliflower defrosted - about 2 lbs. (diced is okay)
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-1 small container of soft goat cheese
-3 TBSP Italian seasoning (or just oregano and basil)



1. Preheat the oven the oven to 400°F.

2. If the cauliflower isn’t diced, put the defrosted cauliflower into your food processor until it’s finely diced.

**MOST IMPORTANT PART** Line a colander with a dish towel and pour the diced cauliflower in. Very carefully collect the edges of the dish towel so that you can squeeze out as much water from the veggies as possible.

3. Throw everything into a bowl and mix!



4. Place PARCHMENT PAPER on your pizza stone or pan and form the mix into 2 pizza crusts. Try to get it pretty even and about ¼ inch thick. I know this seems like a sticky mess but bear with me – it’ll turn out amazing!!

5. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes and then flip over. Remember the parchment paper? Place a new sheet over the crust and another pan. Pressing the two together, flip the crust over. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.



6. Add your favorite sauce and toppings, cook until cheese is melted and golden and enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe! For more information on me or my book Crimson, go to WWW.TLChristianson.com or find me on Amazon or Facebook. Cheers!

Crimson
Moroi Society
Book One
T.L. Christianson

Genre: Paranormal Romance and Fantasy

Date of Publication: July 3, 2018

ISBN: 9781983086830
ASIN: B07DJQRGM7

Number of pages: 268
Word Count: 62,519

Cover Artist: London Montgomery Covers

Tagline: Secrets and Lies of a Living Vampire

Book Description:

Vampire Elizabeth was looking for a distraction when she took a job on the isolated estate of scientist Dr. Owen Bennett. Expecting him to be an eccentric old man, the Doctor, turns out to be a lot younger than expected and sparks fly. As Liz struggles with her past and a possible future with Owen, she realizes that things around the Bennett compound aren’t quite adding up.

Suspecting that Dr. Bennett might be a vampire, she begins to search for evidence. However, the more she learns, the more questions she has. To add to the mystery, the doctor’s wife has seemingly vanished, he’s tight-lipped about who they work for, and his research is kept under lock and key.

When the pieces finally come together, Elizabeth is faced with a secret that could have serious repercussions for all Moroi vampires. Could she be on the wrong side?

Now that she’s found the second life she's been searching for, can Elizabeth find her way through this web of secrets and lies or will they be the downfall of it all?

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EXCERPT 1
I crept up slowly until I stood above the first man. An alcohol bottle shifted by my foot, and I picked it up out of its paper shroud. Everclear.
Disgust filled me, along with the smell of the unwashed bodies that lay before me. It was a shame, really, because these young men couldn't be older than twenty-five.
I shifted his head sideways, exposing his neck, and scrubbed at the dirt with an alcohol-soaked napkin until his skin was clean.
He opened his eyes, and they shone in the moonlight like twin blue diamonds.
I felt a thrill of excitement and nudged him with my mind.
“Sleep,” I whispered to him. “Sleep.”
He obeyed readily in his altered state.

My mouth watered, and I licked my lips and felt my fangs run out. As I bit into the one clean spot on his neck, a sense of relief mixed with euphoria took hold of me. Feeling that hot, tangy, yet chemical-filled magic run down my throat was nirvana. I moaned in pleasure and drank in deep gulps.


About the Author:

T.L. Christianson lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She’s a graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and an avid outdoors woman. When she’s not hiking or outside on an adventure, she’s reading or writing fantasy and science-fiction.

For more information or to contact T.L., visit her on Facebook or at www.TLChristianson.com







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