Shattered Worlds exclusive: The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb

Shattered Worlds Feature: THE GUARDIAN by Elizabetta Holcomb!

This gorgeous YA time travel/fantasy romance is exclusive to the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set!

About The Guardian: Jareth Tremaine, the first Duke of Dover, has seen how he’s remembered in history books. Having the gift of time travel, he knows what the future holds, including who will gain the coveted title of his duchess. But, when he finally meets her face to face, he wonders what fate was thinking…

Elizabet Blackwell isn’t surprised by wormholes. What shocks her is the whole new world that is veiled from reality. When Jareth uncovers the real reason for their acquaintance, she is skeptical of what a medieval knight would want in a modern girl. Somehow, her idea of a happily ever after did not include governing a league of super heroes and warriors who use time as a game of hide and seek.

“This is one of those books you just love. Nothing beats a book that has a good story line, characters that you love, and a need to continue until the series is complete. I am hooked on the Duke and Duchess of Dover.” ~Amazon Reader Review

Be sure to check out THE GUARDIAN, available for only 99cents along with 22 other amazing science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and dystopian stories in the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set! The set comes out on August 8, but you can pre-order it now and get some exclusive bonuses!

Pre-order SHATTERED WORLDS on:

 




Don’t forget!

Join our pre-release Facebook party this summer, where there are TONS of chances to win swag and books for readers as many different authors will be hosting alllll summer long. We’d love to see you over there!

And there’s a HUGE giveaway for author services like editing and promo packages too. Check that out here. Something for everyone!

Help us spread the word about the boxed set! Go here for details–this one’s easy and has a gift card AND a Kindle!

Oh! And I bet you’re wondering about those bonus books for pre-ordering. You’ll get access to 17 bonus novels by the Shattered Worlds authors simply by 1. Pre-ordering the Shattered Worlds boxed set, and 2. Emailing a screenshot of your proof of purchase or forwarding your purchase receipt to shatteredboxedset@gmail.com. A link will be sent back to you with the links for you to download your free bonus books. That’s it!!

Spend a dollar. Get 40 books. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

About Elizabetta Holcomb: Elizabetta Holcomb is a YA Urban Fantasy/Time Travel author who lives in South Louisiana with her children and cats. When she isn’t working nights as a nurse, she is in her writing room creating more adventures surrounding Dover Castle. The best part of her adventure in becoming a published author is connecting with readers and sharing the amazing world that all starts with a medieval duke and a small town modern girl. Welcome to the Age of Dover’s Amalgam!

Find Elizabetta on her website, Facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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Review: The Return by Kelly St Clare

About the book:

Three months ago, Romy emerged from the cultivation tanks after a year floating inside.

Body intact. Mind broken. Memory gone.

Now she undergoes regular testing as doctors work to find out … well, she’s not exactly sure what.

The tests must have something to do with the reason she can’t remember her knot—the single lucid memory the other insane soldiers on Orbito Four still possess. Whatever the researchers are searching for, if it aids the soldiers in the deathly war against the lethal alien invaders—the Critamal—the excruciating pain is worth it.

But a grey-eyed man has other plans.

Boxed in and caught, Romy is taken hostage by people who shouldn’t exist. They dress in black and carry weapons she’s never seen in her genetically enhanced life.

Fifteen months have passed since her world shattered into bright red, ringing chaos. Things have changed—people have changed. How long until what was once as familiar as breathing is familiar once more?

Friendships. Love. Freedom.

Can the new Romy reconcile with the old, or will the two halves of herself remain locked in an internal battle?

And if a victor should arise from this silent war . . . will it be the part of her that kills without hesitation, without mercy?

All it takes is for the cracks to join and blood will pour….

Cover of Kelly St Clare's The Return

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Review by Katy Haye:

I loved The Retreat, so I was first in the queue to get a copy of The Return when it came out. It’s another stonker. Kelly St Clare gets better with each book.

The world-building was deft and convincing, with tremendous scope for tension between the priviledged and ordinary settlements.

And the characters were something else! I agreed with Elara that crazy Romy was SUCH fun … until she got all heart-breaking. This was some very powerful writing. And Romy wasn’t alone. The entire cast was fabulous. I even ended up liking Tina, which I wouldn’t have thought possible.

To add to a brilliant world and a vivid bunch of soldiers – enhanced and not – there were twists and turns galore. I got that something was up, but I really didn’t see that ending coming! My only complaint: have I really got to wait for the next one?

The Return is science-fiction at its glorious best. Get a copy.

This review is a departure for Katy Haye, who has challenged herself to read her way through the alphabet during 2017 – when she doesn’t get distracted. Tune back next week when she should be back on track with a review of her “Y” book: Marie Lu’s The Young Elites.

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Post-apocalyptic romance, Rising Tides, was recently shortlisted for the 2017 RONE Awards.

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Shattered Worlds exclusive: Sound of Silence by Ali Winters

Shattered Worlds Feature: SOUND OF SILENCE by Ali Winters!

This fantastic science fiction/dystopian romance is exclusive to the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set!

About Sound of Silence: One dance, one touch, one kiss… That’s all it took to change the fate of the world.

When aliens land looking for their new home and offering world peace in exchange, apprehension is strong. But Raylinn Marrow refuses to hide.


When Raylinn meets the leader’s son, Jace’el, one touch is all it took to turn Raylinn’s world upside down. He captures her heart, drawing her into a forbidden love affair, but the secrets and mysteries that surround Jace’el could be their undoing.


The unspoken cost of peace takes its toll, Raylinn and Jace’el search for the truth that threatens to destroy all life, risking everything for survival and love.


Be sure to check out SOUND OF SILENCE, available for only 99cents along with 22 other amazing science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and dystopian stories in the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set! The set comes out on August 8, but you can pre-order it now and get some exclusive bonuses!

Pre-order SHATTERED WORLDS on:

 




Don’t forget!

Join our pre-release Facebook party this summer, where there are TONS of chances to win swag and books for readers as many different authors will be hosting alllll summer long. We’d love to see you over there!

And there’s a HUGE giveaway for author services like editing and promo packages too. Check that out here. Something for everyone!

Help us spread the word about the boxed set! Go here for details–this one’s easy and has a gift card AND a Kindle!

Oh! And I bet you’re wondering about those bonus books for pre-ordering. You’ll get access to 17 bonus novels by the Shattered Worlds authors simply by 1. Pre-ordering the Shattered Worlds boxed set, and 2. Emailing a screenshot of your proof of purchase or forwarding your purchase receipt to shatteredboxedset@gmail.com. A link will be sent back to you with the links for you to download your free bonus books. That’s it!!

Spend a dollar. Get 40 books. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

About Ali Winters: Ali Winters was born and raised in the Pacific North West where she developed her love of nature, animals, and all things green. For as long as she can remember, she’s been mesmerized by the extraordinary world of books and fantasy. There has never been a time when stories were not begging to be told, either by drawing, photography, or writing. With encouragement from one of her favorite authors, she jumped in, head first, to pursue the career that had been calling to her since the day she opened her first book. She has a deep love for coffee, tea, warm blankets, dogs, creating art in any medium she can get her hands on, and family.

Find Ali on her website, twitter, Facebook, instagram, BookBub, Goodreads, or Amazon.

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Review: Xoe by Sara C Roethle

About the book:

Xoe Meyers had a normal life. So she was stuck going to high school, and she only had a few friends to call her own. She liked her normal life. Things were about to change though, because there’s a new guy in her small town, and he is anything but normal. Before Xoe can say, “Werewolf,” her best friend’s life is in peril, and Xoe’s world is turned upside-down. Then, of course, there’s Jason. Xoe doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and given that he’s a vampire, she’d have to be able to catch him first.

Cover of Xoe by Sara C Roethle

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Review by Katy Haye:

This was a book of two halves. I needed an “X” book for my alphabet challenge, and they aren’t terribly thick on the ground, so I went into it with low expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. Xoe has a refreshing, sassy voice, the US High School setting was fascinating (they’re rare and exotic places to me as a Brit), and I simply loved her relationships with her friends, Lucy and Alison. The supernatural elements were well-paced and intriguing.

But then the boys entered. Xoe’s response to Dan was so refreshing and spot on that I wanted to cheer – but then Jason appeared and she, frankly, turned a bit wet. Too much angsting for me, and the narrative grew a bit vague. I wasn’t convinced that she truly felt anything for Jason, her descriptions of her feelings and especially of their kiss seemed a bit clichéd and generic. Which was a great shame because there was loads of promise with the supernatural elements.

But if you like paranormal stories and you don’t mind a boilerplate romance, this is absolutely the book for you!

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check back next week to see what she finds starting with “Y”.

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Rising Tides has just been shortlisted for the 2017 RONE Awards.

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Review: ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt

If you love a well-written, high-emotion contemporary romance

then this is one for you!

piranha stars blue 4

whenItsrealWhen It’s Real takes a relatively well-worn theme – ‘normal’ girl agrees to pretend-date famous pop-star – but handles it so well it doesn’t matter that you know what is going to happen. You can settle back to live this adventure with Vaughn and Oakley, experience the ups and downs of their relationship, and see the highs and lows of life as a mega-star.

Oakley develops gradually from spoilt star to genuine person, and Vaughn grows from shy sister to confident individual. The transitions are well-handled and believable.

Watt gives us great descriptions of the California high life, and contrasts them with Vaughn’s ordinary but loving home-life. Everything is perhaps a little exagerated, but that works in a feel-good romance such as this. The conversations are great, as are the exerts from fans’ blogs and Twitter feeds.

A fast, fun, accomplished read from Watt (who I found out is not one person but actually the pen-name of duo Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick).

Review by Gill-Marie Stewart


Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try the first chapter here).

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Shattered Worlds exclusive: AG Henley’s The Scourge

Shattered Worlds features A. G. Henley’s THE SCOURGE!

 

 

The Scourge
Book One of the Brilliant Darkness Series


Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, The Scourge introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.
 

Exclusive Excerpt!

My heart is a desperate animal, smashing against my rib cage. My shivering now has nothing to do with the cold. I sing—another trick Aloe taught me—but the closer I get to the mouth of the cave, the slower I walk and the softer I sing. Then I stop walking and singing altogether, trying to work up the courage to take the last few steps necessary to reach the sunlight.
 
Something’s thrashing through the forest, coming closer. I hear shrieking, like the dying people of my imagination. I tuck the rabbit’s foot into my pocket and tug a scarf Aloe gave me up over my mouth and nose, preparing for the stench.
 
For a moment I wonder if my protection will hold, but I push the thought away. It’s the gift of our Sightlessness, as I’ve always been told.
I think of Eland huddled in the gloom of the caves, eating the salty dried meat, waiting for his water ration. That does it. I take a deep breath and step outside.
 
The creatures surge around me. Their howls pierce me. Even through the barrier of the scarf, I can smell their putrid breath. Something brushes my sleeve and I cry out, wrapping my arms tightly around my body like a shroud.
 
What if I’m not protected? What if everything I’ve been told about my Sightlessness—everything I’ve believed about myself—isn’t true? The Scourge will consume me, as they have so many others. Or worse, I’ll become like one of them, only knowing hunger, thirst, and the yearning for flesh. I yank the scarf down; it’s suffocating. I wait, shuddering, for biting mouths and tearing hands to find me.

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A.G. Henley is a contributor to Wicked Ink Books’ anthologies, OFF BEAT: Nine Spins on Song and TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time, and the author of the Brilliant Darkness series. The first book in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a Library Journal Self-e Selection and a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. A.G. is also a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She promises not to analyze you… much. Learn more at aghenley.com






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Cover Reveal: SeQuence Entangled by Lorraine MLM

The Paisley Piranhas are delighted to be involved in the cover reveal for SeQuence Entangled, Book 3 of The Heart of the Ocean Series.
SeQuence Entangled releases on Thursday 6 July 2017 – check out the gorgeous cover!

 

Cover of SeQuence Entangled

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About the book:
Politics or Love? Prophecy or Truth? Dreams or Reality?
What happens when the Sequences get entangled?
Back in her home realm of Tuscania, Alessia’s powers are stronger than ever. Not only that, she and Dante make it official and get engaged, but their bliss is short-lived when Alessia wakes from a nightmare screaming a prophecy.
Her words, “Protect the womb—safeguard the seed,” make no sense. Despite her surreal glow, she certainly isn’t pregnant. As the dreams increase and a strange voice breaches her personal shield, Alessia fears she’s losing her mind. What if her people declare her insane just like her family did back on Earth? Alessia keeps her growing turmoil a secret, even from Dante. She can’t distract him just as he’s stepped up to be the leader he was born to be.
Dante quickly discovers being a leader isn’t easy. Tuscania desperately needs the help of the dreamers of house Regai-Rallias, but they will only offer aid if Dante honours an agreement he made seven moon-years ago to marry Lavia.
Torn between politics and love, prophecy and truth, dreams and reality, Alessia and Dante’s Sequence of Hearts will be tested like never before as they struggle to save their kingdom and themselves.
SeQuence Entangled Amazon Pre-order: http://bit.ly/booksequenceentangled
The Heart of the Ocean Series Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/jZHXmQ6ORUQ
Series Note from the author:
SeQuence Entangled is the third instalment in the enchanting Young Adult Fantasy/Romance Series; The Heart of the Ocean. This series will appeal to fans of fairytale romance, sword and sorcery, folktales, undersea worlds, parallel fantasy lands, new worlds, and female protagonists with unique powers.
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About the Author:
Lorraine M.L.M grew up in the Heart of Africa among a rich storytelling tradition. This is where her love for fantasy was born. She writes heartfelt young adult romantic fiction across various genres. Her love for reading prompted her passion for writing. She loves all genres of romance but has a special and inherent interest in fantasy/romance, in particular uplifting and thought provoking fiction.
She relishes the dual role of being an author and a creator of new worlds. She loves stretching her imagination to the ends of the world, but her utmost goal is to bring characters to life. She craves to find the magic in the ordinary, the enchantment in the plain, and the dreams in the reality.
Lorraine lives with her family in the charming Norfolk city of Norwich in England. Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and she’s truly honoured to be part of this community.
Find out more: www.lorrainemlm.com.
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