Monday, April 27, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Ashes by Sophie H. Morgan

 UFI welcomes Author Sophie H. Morgan. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?

I have terrible impulses that I'm helpless against. Like last year, for example, I decided I really wanted to go to Ireland. So I booked tickets for a flight and a hotel in Dublin to go in 6 weeks. I justified it as a research trip. =)

What do you enjoy doing on your down time? 

Obviously reading, which is a pleasure as well as part of work. I have a love/hate relationship with walks in the countryside, but my spaniels insist on it. I've also got a terrible weakness for shopping, and when I want something, I work hard until I justify how I can have it.

What is your Favorite part of writing? 

When it's going well, there's no other high that compares. I love writing dialogue that banters back and forth, that you can practically hear in your ear and sizzles off the page.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

I find I write consistently better when I write at least 1000 words per day, though that can climb to 4 or 5000 when I have the day off from my day job. I always have to read back through what I wrote the day before as well, slip back into the story so to speak.

While I wish I was a thorough plotter, I find I straddle the line between plotter and pantser. Even so I need to have at least the next few scenes outlined or the story drifts aimlessly!

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? 

I have so many, but to pick the absolute instant buys I'd have to say Nalini Singh, who is a beautiful, strong-with-images writer, Larissa Ione, a new favourite but I devoured her books and always fall in love with her heroes, and Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole, who I find equally hilarious and steamy.

How would you pitch Ashes to someone who has not heard of it before? 

In the broken human territory, Ana, a runaway phoenix princess, leads a fight against the corrupt human ruler with her gang of misfits under the name of Liberty. The fly in the ointment is her ex-bodyguard, Cade, who's been hired by the ruler to track Liberty down. The flames he denied so long ago fan to life again as both try to figure out truth versus lie in a city on the verge of rebellion.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that Ashes is set in?

Picture a world torn apart by supernatural wars that has been divided into different territories and assigned to the strongest races. In the very North is the phoenix territory, named The High Lands, where Ana is originally from. It's fragrant, open, lush. Starkly opposite of where she now hides in plain sight - the human territory, The Southlands. Broken and corrupt like its famed human high ruler, the infamous neighbourhood she and her gang inhabit is called the Maze for its manmade traps that try to snatch innocent life. This world is brutal and the meek do not inherit this earth. Only a few, like Ana and her gang, put their lives on the line to protect them.

Do you have a favorite scene in Ashes

This is a hard question because a lot of my favourite scenes are tangled up with the plot, so to avoid spoilers, I'll say a scene with Trick - Ana's co-leader - and Ana near the beginning. Ana has just escaped Cade's clutches, unfortunately with a pair of handcuffs attached. She has to begrudgingly ask Trick for his help - to his vast amusement. This scene goes from high amused banter to infuriated accusations. I always smile when I read it.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about? 

I loved writing Ana's character. She's so spunky and volatile, prickly on the outside while protecting a vulnerable centre bruised by her parents, Cade's rejection of her love, and a vow never to let herself be hurt like that again. She's earthy, crude, confrontational yet you can't help but root for her to open herself up again.

The hardest was the villain, Edward the Bloody. Trying to convey his desire to advance the human race through his experiments while balancing his outer image so you could believe he fools the majority was really tricky. I didn't want a cookie cutter villain. Ana and Cade deserved a proper villain, but I also wanted to have a villain you could almost see his point and then you'd start to understand why he'd taken in so many.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you? 

Well, I'm delighted to say that Samhain Publishing has bought the second in the Divided Kingdom series, which focuses on the other female in Ana's gang, Sapphy. She hides a secret too which she'll have to face along with the reluctant help of the gorgeous Fae Enforcer/ Ambassador, Nathe Amergin. He's as proper as she is loose so watch for the sparks!

Aside from that, I'm busy writing the third book in the DK series, which features the Demon member of Ana's gang, and flirting with an idea for a new paranormal romance series =)
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Sophie H. Morgan is a paranormal romance author with a love for hot guys, sassy heroines and HEAs that seem impossible. Currently residing in England, Sophie divides her time between her two crazy spaniels and plotting how best to drive her characters into each other’s arms. Ashes is her first book.



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Ashes
The Divided Kingdom #1
Samhain Amazon Amazon UK
 Secrets can burn. 

Reared from birth to rule the Phoenix territory, Ana fled her future and her past when her parents were murdered. Now she secretly leads a rebellion to stop the human ruler, Edward, from experimenting on supernaturals.

When she finds herself cornered by an assassin, she knows just what to do: Roast him and toast him. Then recognition sends blue-tipped flames licking through her veins. It’s Cade, the royal bodyguard who once rejected her youthful confession of love.

When Cade regains consciousness from the force of Ana’s punch, he’s still reeling from shock—and fury. He’d loved the princess, and for ten years he thought her dead. Though his inner jackal growls with desire for her, she is the key to completing his mission for Edward—hunt down the rebel known as Liberty.

Ana can’t believe Cade doesn’t know the truth about Edward. If she can convince him of it, his blade could turn the tide of the rebellion. But first they must get beyond their past, or the whole kingdom could go up in smoke.
Product Warnings 

Contains incendiary sex between a phoenix princess with a secret identity, and a jackal shifter who can take a lot of heat. Boys from the “hood”, a king jacked up on enhanced DNA, and killer heels. Anybody got a match?

Excerpt: 

A smile played over his lips, a knowing one. “You were mine, once.”

When his thumb brushed her cheekbone, dipping down to rub her bottom lip, it was all she could do not to purr. For whatever reasons, this man could get beneath her barriers. He could make her lose control.

But he made her remember the past, something that threatened the foundation of the life she’d built for herself.

The door swinging into darkness. Cold, oozing puddles that cling stickily to bare feet. A young voice, wavering as she called out for her parents. Her locket a dull gold, mottled with red where it lay.

With effort, Ana jerked her chin away from his touch. “Get your hands off me, Cade.” With a thin smile, she added, “Only the vampire has those rights.”

That flash of anger. For some reason, the man in front still viewed her as partly his—the jackal, maybe, claiming her. Except jackals were solitary animals.

A growl rumbled through his chest. Keeping eye contact, he stood. When he leaned forward, she flinched, unable to help herself. Whether she was afraid of being touched or tortured, she didn’t know.

His arms flexed with muscle as he worked at something about her head. Something clunked, and the chains fell away from her with a heavy jangle. They lay on the bedspread, innocent and coiled like a false snake.

Grasping she was free, Ana slid from the bed. “Son of a bitch,” she spat, putting out a hand to help steady her. “Iron?”

She lunged at him, confused when her body refused to cooperate. Her biker boots hit the floor as she landed, tottering, two feet away from her intended target.

Focusing inward, she registered how cold her embers were. They barely glittered, a few halfhearted sparks at her prompting. A breath hissed from her.

Phoenixes radiated at around one hundred and twenty degrees; she’d wager she was operating on about human temperature. The lack of heat in the room and lack of food and water equaled her core running on empty. Even as she thought it, the sparks began to disintegrate, sucking inward to preserve the embers at her core.

Determined, she fought through the weakness, charging Cade.

He allowed himself to be thrust backward. “You’re too cold,” he commented. “Hungry. You can’t hurt me.”

“You wanna bet?”

Her knee jerked upward, narrowly blocked by Cade’s hand.

“Don’t even try it.” He pushed her away, making her stagger from weak knees. “You’ll be on your back quicker than an eager whore. Then again,” he continued, the jackal’s obvious pleasure at the verbal sparring spinning through his wicked smile, “maybe you’d enjoy that.”

With a vengeful shriek, Ana went for him. She jabbed with her fists, using her elbows when that didn’t work. He avoided all her blows, laughing with a gut-deep amusement.

When she used her scissor-kick, she saw her mistake too late as he caught her legs and flipped her to the dirty gray carpet. He was on top of her before she could curse, lazy amusement swirling like phoenix smoke.

His arms caged her as an old dimple flashed. “What did I say?”

His weight suddenly pressed down on her abdomen slashes. A wince tugged at her face before she could stop it, a hiss pouring from between her teeth.

His face changed immediately. “Fires above, Alana, you should have said something.”

“I thought you’d hurt me if it was necessary.” She shoved him off her. He let her, a hunter tracking her as she stumbled away. She dropped into the chair he’d claimed earlier, unwilling to admit her jelly limbs. “You’re all mouth.”

A slow smile spread over his face while his eyes altered to a dark velvet. Damn. She’d always been a sucker for the shadow-drenched eyes.

He stalked nearer, the jackal’s satisfied rumble curling out of his mouth as strong hands came down over hers on the chair’s arms.

She couldn’t dislodge him. Curses spilled from her as panic, not for her life but for something more prized, surged up her throat. “Don’t you come near me, Cade Lorin.”

“All mouth?” he repeated, his voice that dark drawl he’d once whispered her name with. “I’ll show you all mouth.”
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Week in Review: 4/19-4/25



Books Received for Review

-Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep- eARC- Edelweiss

Books I've Read

Desiring a Demon by Missy Jane
Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep
The In-Betweener by Ann Christy

Reviews Posted

Desiring a Demon by Missy Jane
The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller
Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross

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* Monday- Guest Blog & Giveaway for Piercing the Darkness by Angela Dennis

* Wednesday- Promo for Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross

* Thursday- Giveaway for The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller

* Friday- Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Eternal Sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Early Review: Desiring a Demon by Missy Jane

Desiring a Demon
Author: Missy Jane
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Archangels Book #2
ISBN13:  9781633752634
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Raphael is the Archangel of Justice, a champion of humans and a warrior who has kept demons from the human realm. Having a half-demon hiding in his home is strictly verboten. And the fact that he can't keep his hands off her? Well, sometimes the war between good and evil is best fought between the sheets...

Astaroth Sinclair's demon side is taking over, staining her entire body red and raising her body temperature hot enough to incinerate her clothes. Even more complicated is the fact that she is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Raphael—even if they have nothing in common other than explosive chemistry.

But when Asta starts digging for answers, she sets off a chain of events that no one could have foreseen. Now her love for Raphael will either save the world...or destroy it.

I am going to start this review off with some of the things I really enjoyed about DESIRING A DEMON. I loved the conflict part of the storyline. It was believable and the danger felt real. I really liked getting to meet Gabriel. It was just a tiny glimpse, but I can't WAIT to read his story when it comes to be his turn. I enjoyed the update on Zerach and Isadora's relationship and their happy news. The secondary characters are all there and like book one, they are a great addition to the story.

Unfortunately I didn't feel like DESIRING A DEMON was as involved as book one was. I know we learned a little bit about both Raphael and Astaroth in TRUSTING AN ANGEL, but I still didn't feel like I really got to know them as well as I knew Zerach and Isadora by the end of the book, especially Asta. There is SO much to her character and I really wanted to learn more about her past. The relationship was of course hot between the couple during their sex scenes, but I didn't feel the heat outside the bedroom. I know they had a love connection, but I didn't feel it as strongly as I did with the other couple.

DESIRING A DEMON felt more like a filler book than a full on love story. I wasn't totally sold on it, but I'm still interested in the series and I will still read book three.

I gave it 3/5 stars

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

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Eternal Sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale

If you're new to the series, this is the BEST TIME to check it out!!!

THE SHADOW PRINCE & MORTAL ENCHANTMENT are currently available for FREE on Amazon from April 24th through April 28th. I promise, this the ONE AND ONLY TIME I will do this, so pick up your copies NOW!!!

And now, here is the cover of the last book in the series, ETERNAL SACRIFICE!!!
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Early Review & Giveaway: The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller

The Werewolf Wears Prada
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
ASIN:   B00VQ1HJS8
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she'll do much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who's all playboy, all the time. Even if he's the guy who broke her heart a year ago...

Even if Hayden Dean is a werewolf.

Since his father's death, Hayden's the heir apparent to the San Francisco Wolf Pack—well, once he settles down. Hayden isn't interested in giving up his partying ways, except he's pretty sure he's found his fated mate, and the fact that she's a non-shifter is bad news. Now he must find a compromise between the traditions of his wolf world and his certainty that Melina is his...before fate (or another werewolf) bites them both in the butt.

Set in the same world as Miller's Seattle Wolf Pack Series, The San Francisco Wolf Pack series starts off great with THE WEREWOLF WEARS PRADA.

Melina wants nothing more than to work for Eclipse and the man that stood her up a year earlier is the only way to get the job. Boy does she have her work cut out for her. You would think that she would be a huge snob with her addiction to fashion, but I found her to be pretty down to earth. She is a pretty strong woman and it shines in quite a few parts of the book. Hayden is known as a rich playboy, but to finally become Alpha he needs to change his image so the pack will accept him. We learn that his playboy image is just a cover and that there is way more to Hayden than the front he puts on. There were a few points where his personality kinda repelled me, but you quickly get to know him better and want him to win Melina's heart. Melina and Hayden have a love hate relationship for most of the book. They are very drawn to each other but both push back for different reasons. When they are together they are seriously hot.

If you have enjoyed reading the Seattle Wolf pack series, you will enjoy The San Francisco Wolf Pack. If you have not read the Seattle Wolf Pack series, don't worry, you won't be lost. I'm hoping book two features Hayden's second, I really want to know more about him.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Promo & Review: Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross



Sealed in Sin
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN13:  9781619224964
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author
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Sometimes sin looks an awful lot like heaven.

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.

Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.

While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.


Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.


SEALED IN SIN ended up being so much better than the blurb. I was thinking Jude would be gone for the whole book and this Thomas person would swoop in and steal Gen's heart, which I would be so mad at and would have to boycott the book in the name of Jude, so good thing that didn't happen. Although there are some crazy love triangle like things happening, you will be happy to know there isn't really a love triangle. WOOHOO!

Now that I put that out there, you are probably like "phew, I can breath." So glad I could help. Gen has learned a lot in a very short time. She has also been through a lot. I think she is handling everything very well considering and her strength definitely makes it easy to root for her. She is very devoted to learning how to fight and protect herself and her skills shine through multiple times in SEALED IN SIN. Jude, what can I say about Jude. He still has a lot of mystery surrounding him, but we get to learn quite a bit more about him throughout the book. I really loved the way Juliette advanced their relationship in SEALED IN SIN as well as the way everything played out.

This series has a lot going for it. A great setting, fantastic characters, action, romance and danger all wrapped up in to make a great overall story. As I already told Juliette, #INeedBoundInBlack. I can't wait to see how it all ends.

I gave it 5/5 stars

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EXCERPT: 

“Hiiii, Juuude.” Mindy actually cooed his name as she crossed into the living room right before the man himself waltzed into my kitchen.

“Hello, Mindy.” As always, he sounded dark and rough, which did strange things to my insides.

Apparently, Dave let him in. Not that a door could or would stop Jude Delacroix from going wherever he damn well pleased. Still, it was nice when he pretended to be human, knocking and stuff, rather than appearing out of nowhere and scaring the bejeezus out of me. He had to put on the whole I’m-normal-and-walk-through-doors routine at my apartment when Mindy was home.

The moment he entered the room, all my senses rose to full alert. The man packed enough heat and power in his aura to melt a girl into jelly. A mere glance from his dark eyes or slight touch from rough hands, and I was lost.

I focused on flipping the pancakes on the stove, still trying to figure out how to tell him about our trip to the House of Hades, the near-miss with Gorham, and the brief and strange meeting with my guardian angel. Kat preferred asking forgiveness rather than permission, or just omitting the admission of any sins altogether. But I had trouble lying, though I seemed to do it often as of late. I especially had trouble lying to Jude.

“Want some brinner?” I asked, plopping another dollop of butter in the pan.

“Brinner? What might that be?” He leaned with his back against the counter next to the stove, splaying one huge hand on the countertop, watching me pour the batter into the pan. How did this man make watching me cook a sexy thing?

“You’ve never heard of brinner?” I glanced at the door to make sure Mindy was out of earshot. “For someone who’s been alive nearly two thousand years, you don’t know a whole lot.”

He slid a finger down my forearm. I nearly dropped the spatula. He leaned closer, his chest brushing my shoulder, voice dropping several decibels. “Educate me.” And just like that, my heart slammed into my rib cage, my thoughts scattering to the wind. I stared at him, knowing my eyes were no longer hungry for pancakes. He pressed warm lips, a feather-soft kiss, to the slope between my neck and shoulder. “Genevieve?” Another press of lips higher up my neck, melting me into goo.

“Hm?” Eyes closed, I welcomed a third kiss just under my jaw.

“Your brinner is burning.”

“Oh, dammit!”

I snapped open my eyes, grabbed the smoking pan and thrust it under the water faucet in the sink. A hissing crackle spit up more smoke.

“There goes brinner.”

“You’ve made more than enough already.”

He motioned to the ten-high stack with a smirk. I couldn’t even think about eating now. Not after that kiss. And not with this guilt weighing me down.

Something registered in his gaze. He reached out his hand.

“Come here.”

From his expression, I wasn’t sure if he planned to give me a hug or a spanking. I wouldn’t mind either. Taking his hand, I let him pull me into his arms.
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Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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