Monthly Archives: May 2012

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop: Win a copy of Call of the Sea #PNR #CalloftheSea


Welcome to my little corner of the world wide web. Let me start by thanking you for deciding to give my link a click. I’m happy to have you here and just as happy summer is almost here!! Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner — one of my favorites of the year. Picnics, BBQs, camping, the un-official start to summer. Love it all!

As a way to kick off the summer season and celebrate the impending release of my debut novel (on June 21, 2012) I decided for my part in the giveaway hop, I’m would offer up an eBook copy (your choice of .epub .mobi or pdf)  of my debut novel, CALL OF THE SEA. Win it before you can buy it, as they say.  🙂

Back of the Book:

There is no denying the call of the sea.

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

So, about now you are probably wondering what you need to do to qualify to win this fantastic prize. I’m an easy going gal, so I have made things super simple.

All you need to do to qualify to win is:

1. Like my Facebook page. You can like it by clicking the LIKE button on the Facebook widget found in the sidebar or you can visit the page at http://facebook.com/rebeccahartwriting

2. Comment below and tell me what your “calling” is. Maybe you’ve been called to teach, or you’re the mother to three great kids. Or perhaps you’re more like me, and think you were meant to write. Whatever it may be, share it with me below. Please also provide a valid email address so I can get in touch with you and send you the prize should you win.

The winner will be selected at random from all qualified entries made before Midnite EST on May 31, 2012.

Make sure you Click the banner at the top of this post or here:  Linky list to visit with the other participating sites offering giveaways today. I’ll probably see you there 🙂

My thanks to I am a Reader Not a Writer and Page Turner for hosting this Blog Hop.

Happy Summer!!
Rebecca

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Cover Reveal: Make Believe (Various Authors) #CoverReveal #eBook #Anthology

Fantastic Cover — Love it. And the stories are by some fantastic up and coming authors.

Bex Book Nook

Make Believe

by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance

Back of the Book

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford

There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.

After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton…

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Congrats to fellow Inkspeller, Naya Nikki on her Release!!

Bex Book Nook

Title: Familiar Ties

Author:Naya Nikki

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: InkSpell Publishing

Format: eBook, Kindle, Paperback

Purchase:Publisher | Amazon | B&N

Book Synopsis:
Max West is a widower raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother’s death. As her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another single parent family.

Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace, while her wayward boyfriend is traveling the world making the next best film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe. These two “broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day approaches.

However through their…

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Book Review: Crux by Julie Reece (@JulieReece) #YA #urbanfantasy #Crux

Crux
Crux by Julie Reece

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.

Okay, I should preface what is to come with the disclaimer that I read this as a BETA before it was submitted for publication and loved it then, so I took little risk in reading the final version. I already knew it was a kick-ass read. My opinion has not changed.

Crux is an YA Urban Fantasy (romance) featuring a down, but not out homeless girl, Rebecca Orin–who everyone calls Birdie. She’s got spunk, sarcasm, and street sense. The kind of female lead I just love to get behind. After a very strange day that finds Birdie coming into some cash, and more attention than she could ever want, she learns there may just be something special about her and her bloodline.

I’m not one to put spoilers in a review, so I wont go into the plot line any more than that, but I can say the mission she ends up embarking on is full of history, mystery, monks and Vikings — what a combination!

I mentioned above there was some romance in the tale as well, and the male lead Grey Matthews is just the kind of guy any teenage girl would swoon over. Sexy, rich, and completely head over heels for Birdie. Suffice to say, my 17yr old daughter — who also read Crux (and LOVED IT) is keeping her eyes open for her own “Grey”.

Ms. Reece’s gift for vibrant description and emotionally rich characters makes this story a real winner in my book. A must read for the YA Urban Fantasy fans out there, or anyone looking for a sweet romantic adventure.

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A worthy endeavor if ever I saw one.

Lisa Voisin

Since my post a few days ago, a growing number of people have shown interest in the Take What You Need project and flyers. I love the idea that by offering such things, it helps you tune to these wavelengths in yourself.

Pictures are cropping up everywhere:

And we’d like to see more.

Although it’s not the original flyer (I’ve yet to figure out its origin, since people all over the internet are involved), it is free and fun to participate and spread good karma everywhere!

Would you like to join in the fun?

Here’s how:

1. Download this image: http://t.co/2NbIJzVf 
2. Print it in color, and cut tabs across the bottom.
3. Post it somewhere around your town.
4. Take a picture of your post AND do one of the following:

  • Tweet about it to #takewhatyouneed or #takewhatyouneedproject (be sure to include @lvoisin in your post, so I can…

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Make sure you visit at least one of the stops and support this excellent YA read (and author)

Stephanie Lawton

WHOA. Today starts the month-long blog tour for my upper YA novel, Want, which drops June 7! Below are the stops:

May 7th: Tour Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 8th: Guest Post @ Words Like Silver

May 9th: Review and Giveaway @ The Awesome Magic Attic

May 10th: Review @ Catch The Lune

May 11th: Guest Post @ Library Mosaic

May 12th: Review @ Semi-Educational Reviews

May 13th: Review @ All Sorts of Books

May 14th: Guest Post @ Brenda McCreight’s Blog

May 15th: Review and Book Excerpt @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

May 16th: Review @ Author Vanessa Leigh

May 17th: Character Interview @ Suzanne Van Rooyen

May 18th: Review @ Sutton Fox

May 19th: Guest Post @ All Sorts of Books

May 20th: Review @ Nick’s Book Blog

May 21st: Review @ Reading it All

May 22nd: Book excerpt and review @

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Book Review: Eternal by J.A. Belfield (@jabelfield) #PNR #novella #hollowaypack

Eternal
Eternal by J.A. Belfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Darkness and Light, the first novel in the Holloway Pack series, so I was really interested to see what this prequel novella had in store for me. I was not the least bit disappointed.

In this short, we meet the original Sean and Jem (circa 1800’s). If you read Darkness and Light, you understand what that means. I really enjoyed getting a look at the beginning of the Sean/Jem saga, and seeing how that first pair managed to “make it”.

I love the Sean in this one and how adorably gruff he is. I particularly liked the way he was so afraid of Jem’s mom when he was trying to muster the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. Ms. Belfield did a great job sinking the reader into the historical 1800s setting and dealt with the moral codes (they are together and not married in the 1800’s — oh the scandal!!) and attitudes in the time period with an accuracy that rang true to me. The author throws in a stranger interested in the unique Jem (female werewolves are rare and coveted) to keep up wondering how it will all come out in the end. The suitor tries being nice and seducing Jem away from Sean, and when that doesn’t work… well that’s when things get complicated.

I’m not one to post spoilers in my reviews, so I will leave it at that. If you want to know more, pick up the novella and give it a read.

I was able to devour this is a few short sittings, which is perfect for my hectic schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story and would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys historical romance or anyone who has read any of the other books in the Holloway Pack series by J.A. Belfield.

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