Just About Healing by Victoria Escobar Blog Tour!

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Title: Just About Healing
Author: Victoria Escobar
Genre: NA Contemporary

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Victoria Escobar

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but with the ability to claim eight states as home; Victoria Escobar writes fiction from her current home in New York. She writes whatever comes to mind and because of such has a variety of genres written including Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and Contemporary Fiction.

In spare time if not with family, and friends Victoria enjoys curling up with a book from a favorite author with music playing. If not reading or writing she spends time drawing, sketching, crocheting, or some other random art project. She enjoys staying busy, but most of all enjoys staying creative.

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My sister was my lifeline, my beacon, my North Star. I could rely on her, depend on her, turn to her when the world was just too hard to face. She could depend on me for the same.

I laughed with her; cried with her; rejoiced her success; and part of me died with her too. I lived for her, loved no one greater than her. Without Savannah, I had no one to turn to, no one to share my soul with. My other half, closer than twins we were, was just gone.

Grief broke my soul and crushed my heart to dust. I didn’t know how to put the pieces back together. I wasn’t sure I even want to without her. How could I live knowing she would never share anything with me again?

Time, supposedly, heals all wounds. I don’t believe that. But I do know there are other ways to heal. I just had to find them.

Emilie

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Two Degrees Closer to Hell by David Fingerman Blog Tour!

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Title: Two Degrees Closer to Hell
Author: David Fingerman

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David Fingerman

During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds are singing, David is perfectly content to sit in his office, with blinds drawn, typing away at the computer. His favorite day of the year is the first day toward the end of summer that’s cool enough to pull a flannel shirt from the closet.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, David realized that if he switched his major from journalism to speech, he could graduate that quarter. It was a no-brainer. After 24 years of working in the court system, he walked away to write full time – another no-brainer.

Two Degrees Closer to Hell will be his second collection of short stories. He has also written three other novels.

David is married and lives in Minneapolis.

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Speculative fiction writer, David Fingerman, is back with a series of short stories guaranteed to curl your toes and raise your hair. If you’re looking for some quick thrills, let these stories take you on a ride that will bring you two degrees closer to Hell.

Emilie's Evaluation

Two Degrees Closer to Hell is a single-author anthology of short stories about demons, death, and the unknown where tales ranging from supernatural to science fiction to downright horror fill the pages.

There were a few spelling and grammar errors, but they didn’t hinder my reading much.

I would recommend this collection of short stories to lovers of horror as well as fans of spooky campfire stories. Despite some sexual situations and foul language, I feel Two Degrees Closer to Hell would be suitable for older, more mature teens.

Overall, I enjoyed each short story and each glimpse into the author’s mind. I’m usually a fan of novels rather than short stories because it’s easier for me to connect with the characters. With this collection of shorts however, I found myself at the mercy of my Kindle’s page-turning speed, desperate to read more without pause. I made a small list of favorites including Until After Death Do Us Part, Hell Mouth, Camp Conifer, Freak Accident, Tax Exempt Status, and Mourning a Friend. I loved the imagery and twists in those particular stories. Having never heard of David Fingerman prior to signing up for this tour, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t wait to pick up more of his works in the near future.

I give Two Degrees Closer to Hell 4 out of 5 pandas!

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Aqua by M.A. George Blog Tour!

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Title: Aqua
Author: M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: April 16, 2014

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M.A. George

M.A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night.  Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend).  She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.  And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).

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Meet Layla McKelland:

Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),

Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),

International Woman of Mystery, and…

Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.

Especially not water.

Emilie's Evaluation

Aqua is the story of seventeen-year-old Layla McKelland and how her semi-ordinary life becomes extraordinary when she meets Tristan and Pyke, two rowdy individuals that are anything but normal. When someone or something attempts to drown her in the murky ocean depths, Layla learns that her new acquaintances know a lot more about who she is than she does, including who her father is. What she isn’t is a normal seventeen-year-old girl who moves every year on her birthday. In fact, she’s not even human. On top of all of that, she must deal with new feelings brought on by her newfound friend, Tristan, as well as a war in which she was never aware she played a part. Layla must learn the ways of her kind quickly or she risks losing it all.

There were a few grammar errors scattered throughout the chapters, but they did not hinder the reading experience or fluid progression of the story.

I would recommend Aqua to anyone who loves fantasy or paranormal fiction, especially those who enjoy a full-length young adult novel. Aside from the occasional foul language, Aqua is suitable for most teens.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the story. I found the characters especially charming. I’m now a total fangirl for the young love shared between Layla and Tristan. Layla was incredibly down-to-earth and it’s hard to believe she is merely a character in this amazing story. Her wisecracks and emotions are on par for her age and sometimes it’s easy to lose yourself in her dialogue. For the first time in a while, I was able to see the story and all the beautiful details of the world within as I read along. From the beginning to the very end, it felt like I was a character living and breathing the ocean air (and water) right alongside the hilariously unique cast. Before I signed up for this tour, I had never heard of M.A. George, but now I know who she is and I’m kind of sad that I haven’t been losing myself in her splendid worlds much sooner. I’ll never make that mistake again! She uses such vivid details to describe her characters and her worlds that it’s hard not to see and even hear them. She has a gift and wields words as a tool so well that I was left in awe as I read. I truly can’t wait to pick up another work of hers in the future.

I give Aqua 5 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall Blog Tour!

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Title: Fractured Dream
Series: The Dreamer Saga, Book #1
Author: K.M. Randall
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

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KM Randall

As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.

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Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

Emilie's Evaluation

Fractured Dream begins with Story Sparks, a young woman with holes in her memories and the best two friends anyone could ever ask for. When a hiking trip with Adam and Elliott leads her to Sandeen Lake, her life gets turned upside down and she must remember who she is. Along the way, she will make new friends as well as friends we all remember in order to win a war of her own creation and save Tressla and the entire world as she knows it.

There were very little, if any spelling and grammar errors. The plot unraveled fluidly, making this an easy read through and through.

I would recommend this story to fans of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels and fairytales. There are some adult situations, but I found that this read is suitable for older or more mature teens as well as adults.

Overall, I fell in love with Fractured Dream. From beginning to end I was lost in a fairytale of epic proportions and the only thing I hated was finishing the book and saying goodbye to the characters (for now). I adored the characters and the beautiful imagery each new chapter brought, as well as the quirky humor and throwbacks to the fairytales my mother told me when I was a little girl. With each new piece of the story, I felt like a little kid again, staying up all night to read what happens next. This gem is bound to draw its readers in and leave them hooked from start to finish on a literary roller coaster they will want to read again and again and again. Mrs. Randall is exceptionally talented and her imagination is absolutely delightful. She has earned herself two thumbs up from me along with a permanent place on my bookshelf. I can’t wait until book two is released so I can read more about the characters and the world I have come to love.

I give Fractured Dream 5 out of 5 pandas!

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