Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge


Quanta Rewind
Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #4)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.
But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.
If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.
And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.



Author Bio:
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Tue. Jan. 17th

 Empire Games (Empire Games #1) by Charles Stross 
 Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning 
 Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
 Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark 
 Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
 Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1) by Shaila Patel 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: True North by L.E. Sterling

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True North
True Born Trilogy #2
April 14, 2017
Entangled: Teen

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears...and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you...it’s your DNA.

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L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Review: 1/8-1/14



Books Received for Review

Mark of the Moon by Beth Dranoff
Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Books I've Read

Deceived by Magic by Jasmine Walt
The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin
Mark of the Moon by Beth Dranoff

Reviews Posted

Frostblood by Elly Blake

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* Friday- Promo + Giveaway for Diffraction by Jess Anastasi

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Promo + Giveaway: Diffraction by Jess Anastasi


Diffraction
Atrophy #3
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After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.
Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.
The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order:
Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction
Excerpt #2:

He sent her a short frown. “I thought Sherron was some big war hero. Why are the authorities after him?”

Kira threaded her fingers through her hair, pulling some pins free. “A few months ago, Rian got Tannin to hack into the data streams of Kasson Three, a supposedly abandoned station that should have been sucked into a nearby black hole years ago. Rian suspected it was some kind of Reidar base. Baden Niels, a multiversal corporation CEO, who’s actually an alien himself, ordered a warrant issued for our arrest. He claimed his company had turned the station into a research outpost. We’re now wanted intergalactic terrorists.”

While the charge was obviously quite serious, and he was a little shocked to find he’d been nabbed by a band of wanted criminals, the idea of Kira being an intergalactic terrorist was pretty damn amusing. The more he thought about it, the harder it was to stop the grin yanking at his lips.

Kira glanced over at him, confusion crossing her features. “What’s so funny?”

“You. Being some badass, hardened criminal on the run from the authorities.”

She crossed her arms, trying for a stern expression but totally failing, her gorgeous eyes giving away her amusement.

“Hey, Mr. Big, Bad, Tough Commando, I took you down, didn’t I? I’m totally rocking the fugitive lifestyle.”

“Then I guess I don’t need to feel so bad about things if I got decked by one of the IPC’s most wanted. When I account this story later on, I’m going to tell people you were a butch, six-foot-tall, backworlds hack-medic who dosed me with an untested cocktail of synthetic drugs.”

She gave a short laugh and patted his arm. “Whatever saves your fragile ego, soldier boy.”

“Thanks,” he muttered, a little too charmed by the spark in her gaze and the way the unguarded smile made her that much more gorgeous. “How many hours until someone else takes over watch?”

She checked the time then slipped her comm away.

“About two hours, maybe three if I’m feeling generous. Tannin said he’d take the next shift.”

“If you’re tired, let me take the next two hours. I promise not to fly us to the nearest IPC outpost, as tempting as it might be.”

A half grin kicked up one side of her lips. “If I was tired, I’d let you take over the helm, but I’m really not. Well, not sleepy, anyway. Truthfully, I am feeling kind of drained. I had this really difficult patient in the last week who seemed determined to get himself killed. You know I had to save his life two and a half times.”

“Two and a half?”

She gave a decisive nod. “Yeah, I’m calling it two and a half. Don’t tell anyone, but I nearly killed him myself with a sedative.”

“Sounds like the bastard deserved it.”

“Maybe.” She gave a quick shrug. “That’s still up for consideration.”

The next smile that crossed her face had just a hint of mischief to it. He’d been wrong—her earlier, unguarded smile he’d thought was beautiful had nothing on this one, and it hit him right in the middle of his chest and rippled outward.




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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN:  0316273252
ISBN13: 9780316273251
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.
Fire and Ice combine in FROSTBLOOD. I found it both entertaining and frustrating, full of action and low key scenes and most of all great characters to lead you to the end.

Ruby was easy to like and I found her to be pretty strong in character. She isn't the most adept when it comes to her skills, but she did a good job of trudging through. She fought for herself and those worthy of it.  Arcus is frustrating and comes off cruel, but give it time and get to know him. There is definitely a love/hate thing going on between him and Ruby for a while. Ruby has a temper and Arcus has secrets he is trying to hide which makes for some pretty explosive scenes. The sweetness comes out and the passion is just as explosive as the conflict between the two.

Let's talk about the world. It was well built and the explanations were point on in helping me imagine everything as the story progressed. I found the story to be exciting and original. I have seen a lot of reviews comparing FROSTBLOOD to other stories, but I found it to be pretty original.

I enjoyed reading FROSTBLOOD and look forward to the sequel.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Guest Blog + Giveaway: Steele City Blues by Karen Greco

UFI welcomes Author Karen Greco. Thanks for Joining us!!

Steele City Blues, the deleted scene

I don’t have many deleted scenes. I am the sort of writer that usually needs to add to a book during the editing process, not take away. It has to do with my impatience - always in a rush to get to the end! (Yes, I do read the final page of books before I am finished!)

I do have one deleted scene from Steele City Blues to share. I do not remember who this character Nina and Frankie are going to meet is supposed to be, or what he’s doing in the story, and zerorecollection of where this happens in the book. (But I love the location description and may crib it for a later book in the series!)

I hope you enjoy the Steele City Blues deleted scene! 


“A bloody volcano?” Frankie asked for the millionth time.
“In the middle of the empty lot next door,” I responded, also for the zillionth time.  
“It’s brilliant, really,” he said, as we lurked in the shadow of scaffolding in the heart of downtown Providence. “Think you can do it again?”
I glanced around the abandoned street. “Like right here?”  
He shrugged. “It’d liven things up a bit.”
“I can only do magic at the bar,” I reminded him.
“Ah yes, mum’s magic detector,” Frankie said.
It was a great excuse because it was true. Except there was a solid chance that I’d never be able to pull off that bit of magic ever again.
“But can you imagine?” he continued. “All those brawls we had taking down monsters. You could’ve just conjured a volcano and been done with it.”
“Shhh,” I said.
He ignored me and kept talking. “Job done, go grab a pint. Easy peasey. Imagine how much time that would have saved.”
“Would you shut it?” I hissed, raising my face to the sky and taking a deep inhale. “You don’t smell that?”
He stilled, which was kind of unnerving. “Nope, what are you getting?”
“Kerosene,” I whispered, my nose still picking up the faint scent.
He wrinkled his nose. “And charred flesh.”
I shuddered. “Probably a rouge human. Mommy Dearest is rounding up the witches, not burning them. Anymore.”
“Let’s get out of here,” Frankie snatched my hand and pulled me further into the shadows. “You aren’t safe.”
“None of us are,” I said. “That’s why we have to do this.”
“Do you think it’s smart to keep running these witches out of town? Maybe they’d be safer if they stayed put.”
“They’re all in hiding, and she’s finding them.”
“We don’t know it’s any better in Boston, or in Chicago, or in Mexico for that matter,” he said. “We’ve no idea  how far this has spread. We’ve had zero contact with Nevada. She could have nuked the bloody base by now.”
I turned my back to him and stared at the brick wall of the building. “We’re not going anywhere until that woman is dealt with. Now where is this goddam doorway?”  
Frankie turned into the wall as well, pressing against it with his hands. “There’s no door here.”
I stepped back, took a deep breath, focused on feeling the movement of the air around me. The wind picked up, pulling strands of hair lose from my ponytail. Energy pushed up through the pavement, grounding me to the earth even through my ass-kicking books. With my newly awakened witch in go-mode, I turned my attention back to the wall, and squinted.
I gave a small whoop when a bunch of wards appeared. I knew fuck all what this series of complicated glyphs meant, but dammit, I saw them. Deduction told me that the glyphs were hiding the door.  Unfortunately, they weren’t hiding the magic that created them, so the witch behind these wards was as good as caught once Leila and her goons did their daily magic hunt.
No sense in hiding my own magic while I was standing beside this flashing neon magic sign. I muttered a quick spell under my breath, and watched the glyphs turn into to tendrils of smoke, which blew away in the wind that continued to gust around me. After a minute or so, we uncovered the door.
“Nice one,” Frankie nodded, pulling out his lock-pick set and getting to work.
“Not just busting down this one?” I teased while he struggled with the lock.
“We want to keep this one alive, right?” he said. “No one knows this bloke’s age, that’s how old he is. No sense  in killing him with a heart attack.”
“Good point,” I said, tapping my foot as he fumbled around with the picks.
He stepped on my foot and applied slight pressure. “Give a guy a chance, won’t you?”
“Sorry,” I muttered, giving a quick look up and down the street. “But I think we may have hit peak magic in this part of town by now, so I am sure the alarm bells are going off.”
“Got it!” he said, and the sharp click confirmed it. The hinges squeaked as Frankie pushed the door open.
We huddled in the entryway and stared up at the steep staircase, the stench of must filled my nose.
Frankie prodded me. “You first.”
“Big bad vampire afraid of a wittle witch?” I muttered as I took the stairs two at a time.
Paint peeled down the walls flanking the narrow staircase, exposing the decaying wood underneath.
“Dammit!” I yelped as my foot dropped through a rotted out step, launching me forward. I stumbled on one knee, my ass directly in Frankie’s face.  
“Nice view,” he quipped as I struggled to pull my foot out from the floorboard.
Ignoring him, I finessed my foot out of its predicament and continued up the stairs, albeit with more caution, testing the steps before I put all my weight on it.
We reached the top and stared at a metal door decorated with keep out and haz mat signs.
“I see someone likes his privacy,” Frankie said before kicking in the door.
“Subtle,” I muttered and climbed through the opening.
“Balls,” Frankie swore.
“Can’t make it in without an invite?” I asked.
“You said he didn’t own the place,” he complained.
“Gramps said he didn’t own the place,” I corrected him.
“Did Gramps tell you that I don’t like vampires?” a gruff voice barked from the back of the fetid smelling room.

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Karen Greco is originally from Rhode Island and loves hot wieners from New York System, but can't stand coffee milk. She studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two). After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she decapitates characters with impunity. Steele City Blues is the third book in the Hell’s Belle series, after Hell’s Belle (the first) and Tainted Blood (number two). She writes contemporary romance for a small press under the pen-name Jillian Sterling, and has a day job in entertainment publicity.


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Steele City Blues
Hell's Belle #3
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Blood Ops leader Dr. O is chained in the bowels of Steele City, the state’s maximum security prison, and the clock is ticking for Nina and Frankie to bust him out.

Now that supernatural creatures are out of the closet, Providence is descending into an Apocalyptic wasteland. With the abrupt shut down Blood Ops, Nina and Frankie are on their own to save Dr. O and the other supernatural prisoners from certain death. Not knowing where Demon Mayor Bertrand’s loyalties lie, they are forced to rely on some questionable allies to battle Leila, a powerful vampire/witch hybrid hell bent on creating an indestructible supernatural army. She also happens to be Nina’s mom.

Alliances are tested and relationships fractured as Nina and her band of supernatural crime fighting misfits are pushed to the breaking point.




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