Readers Speak Up: How do you choose your books?

If you love reading, you know what you like and you can’t get enough of it. There aren’t enough hours in the day to fit in all the wonderful books. But how do you choose what books you will read? Do you have a special method, or do you go with your gut? Does the cover art draw you in or do you judge your books solely on the synopsis?

Readers, speak up!

Discovery Express: Passion’s Sacred Dance

Passion's Sacred Dance

cover art by Kim Mendoza

Passion’s Sacred Dance

by Juli D. Revezzo

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Urban

On sale for $.99 until May 9th!

Synopsis:

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her historic art gallery–a loss she can’t afford for, she suspects, more reason than one. Then Aaron Fielding appears, claiming to be a Tuatha dé Danaan warrior dedicated to protecting humanity from demonic monsters and that her land is their sacred battlefield. Confirming everything she feared. Stacy and Aaron must work together to ensure mankind survives, but their mutual attraction only complicates things.

Excerpt:

Aaron put in a call to the only person he thought might be able to help him figure out how to convince Stacy to believe him—the only one who could help her understand what they needed to do.
“Can you come by?” Aaron blurted when Isaac answered the phone. “I need your advice.”
“What’s happened?” Isaac asked.
Aaron pinched his eyes shut. “I’ll explain everything when you get here.” If anyone could help him, Isaac could. His memories of the last steward still resonated with the warriors. As such, he was their best resource on how to deal with a Macken woman.
Aaron paced, waiting for his friend to arrive. The thought of throwing a few punches at one of the punching bags was enticing, but he’d rather hit something worth the effort. Alas, there were no Harbingers around.
He glanced at himself in the mirrors. “You’re a fool.”
When the door buzzer rang, Aaron sprinted across the wood floor and unlocked the doors.
Isaac surveyed him then pronounced, “You look like a crazy person.”
Aaron flipped the locks behind him. “I feel like it.”
Isaac frowned, slipping out of his coat. “What for?”
“I blew it. She’ll never accept what I have to tell her. You shouldn’t have sent me, Isaac.”
“Do you truly believe that?” The redheaded man stood a little less than a foot taller than Aaron, but no menace exuded from him as he stared down at him.
Still, the way Isaac peered at him before turning back to the display of the school’s various competition awards did nothing for Aaron’s concern. He’d let his comrades
down. He just knew it.
“I made a damn fool mistake. You can believe anything you want about me, but we chose wrong.”
“Judging by your story, I can’t think of a better guardian for her.”
Relief washed over him, but the dilemma remained unresolved, and he had no idea what to do. “Even though her trust in me just hit the sewers? You haven’t seen how she’s reacting.”
“Couldn’t be any different than how Ruth reacted.”
Isaac shook his head, red braid flopping as he moved. “She’s seen enough now that I doubt she’s truly still skeptical. She knows everything, doesn’t she? After what you’ve done so far, I imagine Balor’s minions won’t be so hard to swallow.”
“She knows the truth about harshads—or thinks she does. That’s a start, I suppose.” Aaron’s lip twitched. “Maybe it’s better to keep her in the dark.”
Isaac pondered him a moment. “Maybe I should see her reaction. Perhaps you’ve misread her.”
“There’s no time to show you! I can’t introduce you now and believe that will solve anything.”
Isaac turned his puzzled gaze on a painting of a group of ancient swordsmen in battle. “If I set her straight, or if Cyreth does, maybe she’ll believe.”
Aaron grabbed the chair’s arms, throttling them as if they were a physical foe, then pushed himself up and paced to Isaac’s side. “She may recognize the term, and she may have a few books on her shelf about our people, but I really think if either of you go there with that agenda now, she’ll shut down like a frightened turtle.”
“A Macken woman is no frightened turtle.” Isaac frowned. “The woman should be scared. If she continues to balk, it will be disastrous!” He leveled his gaze at Aaron. “The Fomorian hordes can never be allowed to win again. If they do, you know what will happen. The world as she knows it will end.”

Will they win? Will the world end before (their) Imbolc? Well….if you’d like to check the book out, it’s available at: Amazon and Amazon.UKAll Romance EbooksBarnes and Noble,BookstrandItunes, and at The Wild Rose Press.

Discovery 7: End – Thank you!

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Discovery 7: Beasthood

Beasthood by A.Z. Green

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Werewolf

Beasthood: Spotlight for Discovery 7 by Discover Authors- Author’s Sharing Their Work Around Their Blogs

I swear I’m not blowing my own trumpet, this is all in the name of author sharing fun. So Discover Authors has allowed me to tag along for their author-made blog tour -this one being Discovery 7- and I’m SO happy to be a part of it. I hope this will earn me a higher ranking on Amazon or just some much needed kick up the success butt. Below we have my book details, links, main song on the Beasthood playlist and a character interview with the very lovely Nikolas Driver, Pack Leader of Deer Creek. You can see the original spotlight & interview on Sunshine Book Promotions blog.

Oh and FYI…
BEASTHOOD WILL BE ON SALE FOR .99C MAY 9TH- MAY 11TH!
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The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once.
Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?!
So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her.
Don’t you dare! she screamed back.
But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.
What would you do if you discovered you weren’t human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn’t, make you say and act in ways you wouldn’t and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you’d ever known about your life was a lie?
In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.
When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she’s willing to let in.
And if it is worth the risk…
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EXCERPT
Jaz swung round ready to meet the trees only to be confronted by Driver’s dark, penetrating eyes, watching her increasingly reddening face.
She couldn’t tell if he was angry or not, and if he was, whether it was aimed at her. Not knowing was very unnerving. She looked him up and down cautiously.
He was dripping wet. His black, long-sleeved top was glued to his muscular body. His jeans were dark and shiny. Water trickled from his dark eyelashes, his long pointed nose and strong chin. He looked so attractive, and so deadly.
She gawked at him, unable to speak as he bored a hole in her face.
The others stared anxiously at their Leader’s expression. He barely glanced at them before giving Jaz the full force of his glare. She was nearly knocked back. She put her feet together and stood up straight before she lost her balance.
“Let’s take a walk,” he said in his deep, baritone voice, with a stab of frost. It wasn’t a suggestion, it was a command.
Jaz scowled at him. She didn’t need this today. Why doesn’t he know how to communicate anything without it sounding like an order? She hadn’t seen his face the whole week when she’d actually needed him there. She believed he’d have done something about Fraya bullying her without Jaz needing to ask. He hadn’t been there when she needed him and now, when he was the last person in the world she wanted to see, lo and behold there he was. Now he was telling her what to do? He’s not my leader.
“No,” she argued. Her voice was quiet but it was full of grim determination.
He examined her for a moment, giving nothing away.
She tried not to shiver in the cold rain. It kept getting in her eyes and she forced herself not to blink so she could beat him at the staring contest.
Instead, he changed tactics.
He marched forward, not looking at the others who were gaping at him- Jaz included- as he lunged for her, grabbed her wrist and half-pulled, half-dragged her through the forest.
“Get off me!” she yelped and kicked out at him. There was the sound of gasps from behind her but she ignored them and continued to kick and yank away, thumping him with her free hand.
He didn’t make any sign of being hurt. He swung his body round to face her with a warning look. She stopped a second in surprise and then yanked back again. Rather than pull her to him again, he let go and she fell back, landing flat on her back in the mud. She grunted from the impact, holding back the urge to moan in disgust as the squelchy sludge oozed in between her fingers, her bare legs and her lower back.  She sat up and glowered up at him as the rain pounded down on her face.
An amused, faint smile played on his lips.
She growled, actually growled, and his expression froze for half a second. She then gasped, staring at him in shock from the sound that had come out of her mouth. He used that moment to grab her and heave her over his shoulder. She started kicking again, yelling at him to let go of her.
He strode quickly through the woods, far enough to be out of earshot and eyeshot from their gaping audience while she wriggled violently in his grasp.
“I can walk myself!” she snapped and he let go of her. She managed to land on her feet though her ankle bones jingled unpleasantly. And then she stormed off, not getting far when his big hand landed on her shoulder.
She spun round.
His brow furrowed as he demanded- “What. Happened?”
Her glare disappeared. She gazed at him with pained eyes. “You lied to me,” she said in a low, empty voice.
“What are you talking about?” he questioned.
“When were you going to tell me… Nik?”
His green eyes impaled her; she waited for some reaction but he gave her nothing.
“Why didn’t you tell me you were Lora’s husband?” she interrogated.
He said nothing.
“She was having your baby! The same baby I felt die inside of me! You’re the father of my sister’s child. And the Pack Leader? And you kept it from me?!”
“You weren’t ready to hear it.”
“Don’t you dare! You lied to me!”
He glared at her defensively. “I never lied to you, I just didn’t tell you.”
“Don’t use that ‘not telling me isn’t the same as lying to me’ crap, ‘cos it is! Keeping something from someone and lying to them is the same thing!”
“I was just trying to protect you!” he barked, his voice cracking the air like a whip.
“That’s the problem! You protect me when I don’t need it, and you don’t protect me when I do!”
He frowned and observed her carefully for a long moment. “Why? Do you need protecting?”
Jaz gaped at him, speechless. She hadn’t predicted this reaction. She saw the unexplainable suffering sweep across his face, then a strong emotion burned behind his eyes. She didn’t understand it but she felt the power of it and it made her lose her trail of thought. “I-I…”
“I will always be there to keep you safe, no matter what.”
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Beasthood Playlist
Main Song
Human by Daughter
PURCHASE LINKS
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A.Z. GREEN’S LINKS
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CHARACTER INTERVIEW:
MEET NIK DRIVER
Tell us a little about yourself. What’s your name and what role do you play in Beasthood?

My name is Nikolas Driver, Pack Leader of Deer Creek, but you can call me Nik. My role as Deer Creek’s  Pack Leader is to safeguard their homes, anonymity and safety. They’re my family and I’m their father and guardian.

Ever since I learnt that the Cur Hunters really do exist, I’ve been even more on my guard, hoping to unearth their secrets and find out who they are and who their leader is. I believe the rumours are true: that they kill hybrid/halfbreed Weres (those who are unable to transform to Beast, or just those who are different to ordinary Weres) and that they -the Curs- illegally hunt humans and eat their meat. This was my main goal when Lora died. She was my mate and she was stolen from me.
Then Jaz came. She’s made my fears come out all over again and caused me sleepless nights worrying about her safety; the weight of that responsibility is constantly on my shoulders. The memory of Lora’s death haunts me, and because Jaz is her twin sister, I feel conflicted about my attraction towards Jaz. But as time has gone on I’ve accepted my feelings for Jaz, and haven’t denied them or held them back. Nor will I ever.

What obstacles do you come across within the story? Can you tell us how you overcome them without giving too much away?

Apart from the niggling danger of the Curs and Jaz (who has been a major test of my patience and my ability to control my emotions), I’ve had to deal with a traitor in my Pack. I haven’t said who I think it is but I’m sure of who it could be. That same traitor is the reason Lora is dead, and the reason I’m working so hard to keep Jaz and my Pack safe.

Tell us something that we would least expect about you.

Despite how I may come across – strict, intimidating, ruthless and intense – I’m a caring, loving kind of guy. Being this intimidating man is just a mask, my leader mask, that I wear throughout the day and take off at night. My Pack knows it in a way, and they know that I’m like this to keep order, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t take me seriously. They know that sometimes I don’t need the mask to be a tough, strict leader.
I have to keep people in check whilst also being caring, family-orientated and respected. I don’t like to be feared, or to instill fear but I have to set an example and discipline my Pack when necessary. I don’t like it. But I have to do it. A human like yourself wouldn’t understand our mindset because you are gentler by nature, at least you are in terms of what is accepted in your society. Go back fifty years ago, maybe less, and you would have been more understanding of our laws and discipline. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get me, or agree with me -I won’t take offence, I get it- but trust me when I say, it has to be done. Otherwise you get Weres like the Cur Hunters killing you humans off. We’re the only thing standing in their way.
And for the record, despite how cool and unaffected I seem around Jasmine, inside I’m the opposite. But I won’t tell if you don’t.
~*~
ABOUT A.Z. GREEN

A.Z.Green was born in 1989 and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She met the love of her life aged 16 and moved to London, finally settling down near Brighton.
She has written various novels and short stories in her lifetime but has only recently decided to publish. She writes a wide range of genres such as dark fantasy, romance, thriller, historical fiction, dystopian, horror and paranormal. Her books tend to fit better into the New Adult genre as they usually have a more mature theme.
Beasthood is her first published novel.
Besides writing she also loves designing blogs, websites, covers for others’ books as well as her own and various graphics. She has four blogs/websites and counting. Pinterest and Tumblr keep her busy, as does reading, drawing, painting and watching films. That’s if she gets time to do any of these things with a three-year-old jumping around.

When asked in an interview, ‘What books have inspired you to write?’ she replied, ‘I write books I wish existed, not because I’m inspired by a book that already exists.’

~*~

Discovery 7: Apples and Bumblebees, Eco ABCs

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APPLES AND BUMBLEBEES, ECO-ABC’S

By Nadia Riell

Genre:Children, Picture book, Environment

Apples and Bumblebees Eco-ABC’s- is an environmentally themed children’s ABC ebook with wonderful photography from around the world!

Apples and Bumblees helps reinforce alphabet learning, while also giving children a fun way to learn about our world. Beautiful photography helps illustrate each story, for reading that can be enjoyed many times over.

 

This book is Always Free on Smashwords!

 

Reader review for Apples and Bumblebees, Eco-Abc’s

“I downloaded your ebook, and I really loved the positive feeling that I got while reading the lines you attached to each image. Continue what you’re doing. Hope you get more ebooks like this one in the future.”

About Nadia Riell

 

Nadia Riell’s life as a mom is the highlight of her enjoyment of children and commitment to the art of parenting. She’s worked with children in education and as a volunteer with various programs for over twelve years.

Nadia also loves discussing the plot of a great film, as much as discussing Sam eating green eggs and ham. This interest has led her through a career as a film and media stylist, working for studios such as Disney and DreamWorks.

Now combining her interests and love of stories into writing; inspiring forces in Nadia’s life include children, nature, nurturing, relationships, books, movies, and still on occasion, the perfect, red lipstick. She lives with her family in Washington State where they spend time enjoying the beach, the outdoors, and good stories.

Discovery 7: Operation: Masquerade

“Operation: Masquerade” – Discover Authors

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Adventure

Over the next few days, I’ll be part of a collective author bloghop called Discover Authors. It’s a way of sharing information about each other’s work, and allowing readers a chance to find great books, free books, and giveaways. Today, I’ll be profiling my sci-fi adventure novel, Operation: Masquerade.

To fight the alien menace, he must become one of them… 

When Jason Locke retired from the super-secret agency GAIA, he thought he could settle down and live a normal life. Then his old boss convinces him to return for one last mission that could end the war between the Terran League and the alien Chitt’k. But the mission involves trying to pass himself off as a Chitt’k and live among them to steal their most guarded possession: a living computer. Even as Locke risks it all to carry out his most dangerous mission yet, he’s unaware that a conspiracy is working against him. OPERATION: MASQUERADE is a fast-paced action adventure that will carry you from the slums of a future Earth to a battle among the stars. Download your copy today at Amazon.

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Discovery 7, Day 1: Authors post your books.

Day 1: Authors, post your books!

Today all participating authors will post on their blog about their own book. Please include the Discover Authors Logo!

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Please visit the Giveaways page to see all the free books for this Discovery.

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