Cover Reveal : Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton (+ a Giveaway)

Come, the Dark

“Whatever you do, fight.”

A Rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.

Rose was just a teenage girl carrying her father’s baby. A teenage girl who desperately wanted to escape. Womanhood in Salem, Massachusetts 1692 wasn’t what she had in mind.

As Rose attempts to save her newborn daughter, Anna, from both her father and the dark spirits that haunt her life, she is thrust from Georgia, 1962, into the start of Salem’s infamous witch trials, leaving her daughter hopelessly out of reach. Here, the townsfolk call her Abigail, while a strange man in the woods calls her by the name she gave herself as a child: Cordovae. A name she’s never shared with anyone else and no one else could have possibly known about.

All she wants is to find her way back to her daughter . . . but going back isn’t an option. Not until she faces certain death to stabilize the dark spirits that plague Salem before they possess the town. If she doesn’t move them in time, not only will human civilization be destroyed, but she’ll be forever trapped in this strange new place, unable to see her daughter ever again.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her.Achieving her goals will leave her forced to choose between the only man who’s never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

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Giveaway is International and for Forever Girl fans everywhere! If you aren’t already a fan, but want to read the book to participate, please email theinkmuse@gmail.com for assistance.

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Cover Reveal : The Reading Lessons by Carole Lanham

The Reading Lessons

 

Mississippi 1920: Nine year old servant, Hadley Crump, finds himself drawn into a secret world when he is invited to join wealthy Lucinda Browning’s dirty book club. No one suspects that the bi-racial son of the cook is anything more to Lucinda than a charitable obligation, but behind closed doors, O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright. What begins as a breathless investigation into the more juicy parts of literature quickly becomes a consuming and life-long habit for two people who would not otherwise be left alone together. As lynchings erupt across the South and the serving staff is slowly cut to make way for new mechanical household conveniences, Hadley begins to understand how dangerous and precarious his situation is.

The Reading Lessons follows the lives of two people born into a world that is unforgiving as a Hangman’s knot. Divided by skin color and joined by books, Hadley and Lucinda are forced to come together in the only place that will allow it, a land of printed words and dark secrets.

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Cover Reveal : Lesser Evils by Christi Goddard

Lesser Evils

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When young Jakorus is hurled twenty years into his future, he’s confronted with a horrifying truth—the world has changed for the worse, and it’s his fault.

Now in the twenty-first century, the hidden island of Cybraxas teeters at the brink of civil war. Paranormals of all races have secretly coexisted with humans for centuries, but the illusion of peace crumbles when a rebellious faction fights to overturn their primary law: humans are not food. They assert the human herd needs thinning if the planet is to endure.

In his youth, an angry and embittered Jakorus believed in the rebellion’s rhetoric and joined its ranks. Repentant of his sins when he is older, a young Jakorus sent from the past seemed the perfect solution to fix his mistakes. But each Jakorus trapped in this time loop only makes things more perilous. In order to restore the original timeline, the newest Jakorus learns he must murder innocents, betray friends, and repeat the same immoral choices the original Jakorus made. If he fails, the rebellion will blossom into civil war.

But through it all, Jakorus has his own problem—both he and his future self are in love with the same girl.

 

Review (+ Excerpt) :A Prescription for Delirium (Van Helsing Organization #1) by Noree Cosper

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Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil’s plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

A Prescription of Delirium releases on 1st December,2012

     

EXCERPT

Tres held open the door to the house as Marge limped inside with her arm flung over my shoulder. He stared down at her blood-soaked pants.

“Looks like I missed all the fun,” he said.

“We didn’t want to disturb your date.” Adrian shut the door.

“So, you’re just going to leave me out?”

“No, you do that all yourself.”

I set Marge on the couch, and dragged the foot rest over to prop her leg up. She glared at the brothers as they entered the room. They only had eyes for each other.

“You’re one to talk,” Tres snapped.

“How about helping now,” I said.

Tres stopped and blinked at Marge’s leg as if he’d just seen it for the first time. “Oh, let me get my first aid kit.”

I slid to the floor and leaned against the foot-rest. The bottom of Marge’s boot blurred and came into focus. The treads were lined with some sort of white material. It looked like bone, but what person would put bones in their boots?

“What’s in your boot?” I asked.

“The bones of a Saint,” she said.

I snorted and coughed. “That’s…”

“What’s more useful, idolizing the bones or using them to kill demons?”

“Where did you get them, and have you actually killed any demons with it?”

She leaned back in the chair with a smirk that defied the pain she must have felt. “I met a few people who deal in questionable artifacts. And yeah, they’ve worked out well for me.”

Most of me cheered her on. She proved a resourceful girl, but a small portion was horrified. To have such a revered person used in such a base purpose poked at part of me that believed in the sacred.

Tres came back with his kit, and I moved. I backed up to the doorway. He pulled out a roll of bandages, antibiotic spray, and scissors. “I’m going to have to cut the pants’ leg off.”

“Sure,” Marge said.

“Where’s Esais?” I asked.

“Asleep, I think,” Tres said.

“I’m going to wake him. We have a lot to discuss.”

I handed the prescription bottle back to Adrian and walked to Esais’s bedroom. He lay in the middle of his bed, with one arm flung to the side and another above his head. The blanket lay in a pile on the floor. A red leather book lay on the nightstand. His forehead creased, and his eyelids twitched while his hand jerked at his side. His skin had taken on a grayish tint, and sweat reflected from his forehead in the light of the lamp.  I sat on the edge of the bed and shook his shoulder gently. He jumped, his eyes flying open.

“Sorry to wake you. We found something, though,” I said.

He groaned, rubbing his face with both hands. “It’s fine. I wasn’t sleeping well anyway.”

“Bad dreams.”

“Mmm, more like a pressure from all around. A sickness.”

I moved the collar of his T-shirt, sliding the cord around his neck until the piece of jet lay in my hand. Hairline cracks formed along the outer edges and strained to meet in the center.  The structure of the gem remained whole, and the symbols were still intact. The necklace did a good job of protecting him. We just needed to finish this before it crumbled under the strain of too much power.

“Make sure you keep this on you,” I said.

He nodded. “What did you find?”

“The biker decided to break into the asylum. Get dressed.”

Tres’s yelling traveled down the hall to us. Marge leaned against the doorframe with her arms crossed and a smirk on her face. Not a mark remained on her leg. Adrian and Tres glared at each other from across the room. I glanced at Marge, and she just shrugged.

“What seems to be the problem?” Esais asked.

Tres stiffened and forced a smile on his face. “It’s nothing. So, I guess it’s time for the meeting.”

“It’s not nothing.” Adrian spun on Esais. “Were you aware our brother has the miraculous ability to heal wounds?”

Esais cleared his throat. “Yes.”

“How long has this been going on?”

“I’ve always had it. You were just too busy being brilliant to notice,” Tres said.

“He’s not the only one.” Esais took a deep breath. “I have power, too.”

His voice reverberated through my mind. Marge jumped and snapped her neck in his direction. The color drained from Adrian’s face and he stared hard at his brother. His lips pressed in a thin white line.

“Well,” Marge said. “I didn’t know freak shows came in Euro-trash.”

“I can’t believe both my brothers have been corrupted,” Adrian said.

“It’s not. They have been gifted by spirits. His,” I pointed to Esais, “is most likely an angel. I’m not sure about Tres.”

He glared at me. “Not more of this emissary nonsense.”

“You’re one to talk,” I said.

“Meaning?”

“Let’s just say you weren’t left out when the gifts were given to the Van Helsing family.”

“And you know this how?”

“I can see it.”

He smirked. “Of course, your special vision. Well, I guess you’re wrong because I don’t have any power.”

I rubbed my temples. I knew he wouldn’t believe me. He’d wrapped himself in his cocoon of being human so thoroughly that he probably locked his own abilities. He probably couldn’t even hear the woman whispering in his ears. The three of them needed to work this out among themselves. Anything I could add would just be fuel to Adrian’s engine.

“Fine, let’s just deal with what happened tonight. This won’t take long,” I said. “Then you can get back to your family issues.”

I described what happened at the asylum, with Marge dropping an occasional comment in. Tres ran his hands through his hair, tapped his foot, and sighed the entire time as if he didn’t find my story interesting. Esais, on the other hand, never took his eyes off me.

“So, what’s the connection to Ose?” he asked.

“I saw something, same as what I saw at the carnival. I think Ose has his fingers in that asylum.”

“The mental institution?”Tres asked.

“The only one we’ve been discussing for the past half hour,” Adrian said.

Tres shot him a dirty look before turning back to us. “Charlotte works there.”

“Great. Help from the girlfriend.” Adrian set the bag on the coffee table and walked to the door. “Have at it, then.”

Esais looked to me. “We can go to Charlotte’s tomorrow and talk to her.”

“I’m coming, too,” Tres said.

“We’re done, then?” Marge stood. “Then let me know how tea time goes.”

REVIEW

Ratings : 4.5/5 Stars

(This is the review of an ARC copy but this however does not affect my review in any way)

When I initially learned  about the novel, I knew this is gonna be one kick-ass one  ‘cause of all the months of  following stalking her on twitter I can tell she is like this storehouse of all things supernatural.  And that this somewhat different from all the ones I read so far from the Paranormal/Supernatural/Occult genre.  So when I received an ARC copy, I was really excited to read it!

This is the first in the series and vampires do not center around as expected when it comes to anything ‘Van Helsing’.  Here you get to meet  Gabriella di Luca, a kick-ass demon hunter who vowed to protect the family of her dying lover. Cursed with immortality, she would do anything to keep the Van Helsings safe. When the devil responsible for the death of the eldest Van Helsing son resurfaced, she teams up with the three Van Helsing boys,Esias, Adrian and Tres, to get rid of the devil for good. But it ain’t an easy task, some of the  people of Hampton have fallen victim to the madness drug responsible for demonic possession. But the devil himself isn’t easy to trick, he himself being the biggest of tricksters with an exceptional tendency to play with your head and drive you mad. With the devil at large, there are some other creatures needed to be taken care of – demons and werewolves not to mention the kingdoms of the underworld.

I really enjoyed every bit of it and could not put it down. I loved Gabby, her strength, her dedication to the family she vowed to protect. She is one strong character, I loved how after all she had been through, she is still level-headed and not just on a murderous rampage full of hatred…thus keeping her humanity intact. I also loved the tension between the brothers in trusting one another….each holding their own secrets (I bet the excerpt above explains it as well). Whether it is the book-nerd Esias, the jolly Tres or the quiet with loads on his head Adrian. I guess the reason of Adrian’s quietness and the failure of getting along much with his brothers must be cuz of the guilt feeling for being absent in their lives.  Each of the characters felt real,each being unique with different approaches to life .  And then there is Margarete Devereux, a bad-ass chick with a sharp tongue,  hell bent on getting her hands on any demons she comes through, she wants to put an end to the very demon she is bound to.   She quickly became  my favorite and I totally adored her. Together they make one great team of bad-ass hunters, and did I mention the tech-savvy Adrian who can create crazy weapons!

There are lots of action scenes and I thoroughly enjoyed each of them, the conversations between Marge and Gabby were my most favorite part of the books. They are like two sides of the same coin each representing what the other could have become. They could learn a lot from each other.

I also loved the different demons in the book, learning about these types of demons was something new for me…and anything supernatural has its natural pull on me.  I would recommend this book to the adult audience with the taste of some kick-ass past faced action scenes and a love for the paranormal.

Overall, this was one fantastic book and is already on my list of favorites. Can I say am already thinking of book #2 !

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information.

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse

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Review : Entangled (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford

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Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

REVIEW
Rating : 4.5/5 Stars

What would you do when you wake up in the morning and go for your usual routine only to find out that people you know are calling you by a different name?  And that you’re in fact in your twin’s body? But what happened to your body. You don’t have a slightest  memory of how you might have died and nothing makes sense to you now. Enter Graylee, a seventeen year old witch who finds herself waking up in her twin’s body one morning – two months after her death- but she holds no memory of dying. Now, she MUST find  out the mystery behind her death before it’s too late.

I absolutely LOVED Entangled. I laughed, I cried, I smiled… and so many other emotions. most books don’t have that affect on me all together.  I felt the pace was a lil slow in the beginning though. Wow ! It was sibling rivalry at its highest in some way. Adrian was quite an interesting character,so also his Nana. I loved how the scenes of the tricks and spells were played, I could totally visualize it. It was power-packed with  most of the abilities known to man – mind reading, invisibility, healing, cast spells both good and bad, immobility, etc. The book sure would draw a desire for power among the youngsters and also a warning of not messing with nature. Here I go fantasizing on Healing.

I had many LOL moments on Gray’s comments on her sister and Charlene’s terms and conditions on wardrobe and lifestyle after the bodyswitching. Reminded me of me and my sister on many things. I’m like Gray when it comes to wardrobe and LilSis quite the opposite. Now that she joined college this year and has been staying with me since last May, she is hell bent of making me do a wardrobe makeover.

Nolan, I guess is in conflict between his feelings or infatuation on the sisters. Ryan appeared to me as a spoiled brat who would do anything for his kind of fun though quite loyal to Charlene, I wouldn’t be surprised if he changed sides in the next book though. Charlene (IMO) is insecure and attention hungry, I wonder if it was because she felt less loved by her mother, I’d have loved  some more of the mother-daughter chemistry but I loved all that was there. The girls’ mother is an epitome of motherly love seeing the lengths she went to get her child back.

Family issues, spells gone wrong, bad and good ones practicing the craft, insecurities, betrayal, trust… it was all together a roller coaster ride.

 ABOUT THE  AUTHOR

Nikki Jefford is the author of the SPELLBOUND trilogy and AURORA SKY:VAMPIRE HUNTER. She’s a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada.

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Review: The Forever Girl: Sophia’s Journey (Forever Girl #1) by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl has been my gateway to the Indie World I so fell in love with, so I wanted it to be the very first book to be featured on my blog.

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Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council’s way. It’s a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

REVIEW

Rating: 5/5 Stars

It was a very fascinating and amazing read.  I always had a great love for anything supernatural and this did not disappoint at all….I enjoyed every bit of it.  I loved how each creatures are connected to an element, thus being called ‘elementals’ to their respective element. It was something different and fascinating for me. Learning that it arose from old myths but with new twist got me more interested. I also loved the fact that the central character was a Wiccan, and that Wicca was portrayed in the right way. There should be more books like this. In fact, after reading The Forever Girl, I bought my first book on Wicca and am sure it’s just the first of many to come. I loved Sophia, she is strong, independent,has a good sense of humor and the fact that she is against the idea of embracing immortality, some sane woman she is. A bi-polar for a mother, and Mrs. Franklin hell bent on getting her out of her own house as she doesn’t approve of Sophia’s religion, she has supportive friends in Lauren and Ivory to keep her company. I wish there was more of the father though, Sophia’s mother (IMO) is just misunderstood wheres Mrs. Franklin could be taken as an example of what happens when religion (by this, I mean any religion) and the teachings go way out of hand when logic is not applied on trying to understand the teachings. The Liettes as the ever so loving and supporting parental figures. I shed a few tears on the chapter about Ivory’s past. I can’t seem to pick a favorite from the charcters as I loved almost all of the characters, be it Charles,Ivory, Sophia, Lauren, Thalia, the Liettes, the cardinal Red or Adrian, each character with their own distinct quality. Queen Callista is quite interesting too.  The book has lots of symbolism and I really enjoyed the dream scenes. It’s rare to find a book that has symbolism, morals, fairy-tale like feel..all in one.  Overall this is one fantastic read that should not be missed. Can’t wait for book#2 to be out soon.

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   ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA. 

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The Adventure Begins……

So, it seems that I finally did start a book blog, though not a book blog to be exact, but a blog that would have reviews of books I read, and some random ramblings of my mind. I named it ‘Adventures of a Wandering Mind’ as I believe that it is those adventures/wanderings that help one create/build fantasies that at times turn to great stories and books. As everyone knows, the  mind is always restless, the ever so wandering mind… the monkey mind,always up for a chatter. Yes, even on its own. Don’t believe me? Well, try holding your mind without any thoughts just for a minute or two. Sounds like a piece of cake, right ? But you’re wrong, you find yourself thinking of many things, things that happened today, yesterday, or gonna happen in the near future or just some build up fantasies of the mind. So, that’s why I named it so. I would love to take you on my adventures through this blog….. and I hope you bear with me if I end up doing things that may sound stupid to you. AND the adventure begins!