Monday, May 30, 2016

Cover Reveal - Lilliana, Novella to the Captivated Series

Happy Memorial Day, my lovelies! Sorry I've been absent lately, but I've been working diligently on the second novella to the Captivated Series - Lilliana. I want to do my second villain of the series justice! And let me tell you, being inside her head for the past few months has kind of consumed me. She's in such a dark place! I think you'll love it ;)

So until September rolls around, here's a little something to hold you over - the cover! Did I mention I love my cover artist?

Love to all
xoxo
SJ


She's the last living LaRoux sister, and she's out for revenge...
Coming September 1st:


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Release Day - Fight for Me!!!

Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies! The day is finally here! Fight for Me, Book Two of the Captivated Series is available on all retail sites. And guess what? I've decided to extend the promo price of .99 for at least another day or so, so snag your copy below while it lasts :)

xoxo
SJ

Fight for Me: Book Two of The Captivated Series
(Young Adult Paranormal Romance)






Monday, February 8, 2016

Music Crush Monday - Major Lazer ft Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley, and Coldplay

Happy Monday, Angels! As we gear up for the release of Fight for Me this Valentines Day, I wanted to share some songs that go pretty dang perfectly with the novel - Powerful and Fix You. The lyrics in both pretty much sum up the feel of it - Kat and Gabe's connection as well as dealing with loss and change after trauma. Not to mention, Ellie Goulding has telekinesis in the video.... how friggen perfect!!!

So plug your headphones in, turn up the volume and have yourself a little listen :)

xoxo
SJ

Powerful by Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley:




Fix You by Coldplay:


Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review - The Vale of Ghosts (The Archaust Saga, Book One) by Jeffrey Aaron Miller




Release Date: June 7th 2015
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Horror
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


Where to Buy:



Here's the Summary:

A malevolent presence dwells in the vale below the town of Siliven, and only the relic wall of the prophet Cabrien keeps it at bay. When a local girl, Annella Fenn, learns that her cousin has crossed the relic wall and entered the vale, her curiosity compels her to investigate. In the process, she inadvertently sets in motion events that put the whole town in danger. Now, she works feverishly to undo the damage, but she is dealing with an ancient magic that is far more powerful than she realizes, and the fate of the whole kingdom hangs in the balance.


My Thoughts:

The Good:

The character development. Every single one of Mr, Miller's characters are believable as real living, breathing people, and that's hard to do as an author - make them realistic enough so that they aren't two-dimensional, but not overdoing it and making them caricatures. For example, the POV character, Annella (or Ann), can be curious yet cautious, reckless but considerate, but she isn't overtly any of those things. Boys are attracted to her, but they aren't all fawning all over her, and the fact that there is no insta-love gets major bonus points with me.

Ghosts, ghosts and more ghosts! The book is categorized as fantasy, but in my opinion it's far more paranormal, so fans of either genre will enjoy it. I love both genres equally! So mix together realistic characters, possessions, and the mysteries surrounding the Archaust and its owner, Vyshe (our antagonist), and you've got a truly haunting but entertaining story.

Originality. I can honestly say I've never read a book like this in either the paranormal or the fantasy genres, and that gets points with me, as well!

The writing. Mr. Miller's prose flows well and is an easy read. With some fantasy books the author tries to pack in too many descriptions (and hard-to-pronounce names and places) and  makes it hard to trudge through. I like just enough to insert me into the story; I don't need to read three paragraphs dedicated to a single landscape. I'd just skim over it anyway.

The author 'goes there.' Many times an author doesn't have the gall to kill off a character or have them suffer. Maybe just enough so that the story seems believable. But it takes an author with true grit to really put their characters through hell, and this author does - another reason this is an entertaining book. When you find yourself grimacing, gasping and needing to look away so you can gather yourself before continuing, you know you've found a good read! I will offer a word of caution, though, to those who don't like gore - there are a few scenes with blood and decaying bodies being controlled by the dead.


The Bad:

There really isn't anything bad to say about this book, other than I wish there would have been a tad bit more romance. But that's really just a personal preference. Maybe there will be more in the next books!


The Ugly:

Nothing to say in this category!


In Short: 

This paranormal gem is well-written and wildly captivating. I'm eagerly awaiting book two!


Favorite Quote:

"What's it like?" Ann asked. "Being in the Archaust."
He considered the question. "You feel bad emotions, and you go around and around, and nothing ever gets better. But the more you go around, the more you feel pieces of yourself breaking off."
"Doesn't sound all that different from my life lately," Ann muttered.


About the Author:


Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including but not limited to social worker, bus driver, postal carrier, pastor, tire salesman, and content writer, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

Visit his Amazon page here!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Music Crush Monday - Stand by You by Rachel Platten

Have you ever wanted something to hurry up and be here so bad that you just couldn't friggen stand it?? And I'm not talking about Christmas. lol Though I am looking forward to that too!!! I'm talking about the release of Fight for Me on Valentine's Day 2016. So what have I been doing until then? Editing, editing and more editing to make sure it's as close to my version of perfection as possible until Lana gets a hold of it. And while I'm editing, I love listening to music during the process.

The most recent song that's captured my attention is one that fits perfectly with this novel - Stand by You by Rachel Platten. If you've read Captivate Me and know anything about what happened to our sweet baby angels at Midland Pines High, you know they've been through hell, so what else can they do but stand beside each other in Book Two? Have a little listen below. Also, to pre-order your copy of Fight for Me, find links below that.

Love to all xoxo
SJ




Fight for Me Pre-Order Links
(Young Adult Paranormal Romance)


***On sale for .99 during pre-order. Release Day is Valentine's Day, 2016 ***



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book Review - Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days, Book One) by Susan Ee



Release Date: August 18th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Where to Buy:


Here's the Summary:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My Thoughts:

I'm not going to break this one down into my "the good, the bad and the ugly" categories since this isn't a read-to-review book, but Angelfall was so incredibly good I couldn't pass up an opportunity to rave about it for a few paragraphs. 

First of all, this was everything I had been hoping for in Alice in Zombieland (and if you follow me on Goodreads, you know I was sorely disappointed!). Angelfall was gritty, intense, deliciously disturbing yet wonderfully poignant. 

So let's start with Penryn's family, which, in addition to Penryn, who is a semi-normal teenage girl (well, as normal as one could be in a post-apocalyptic world), consists of a disturbed, schizophrenic mother and paraplegic younger sister, and they are trying to survive is a world that is in ruins after the angels came to destroy it. Yes, angels destroyed our world! Their family dynamic here is gut-wrenching and harrowing (and when you read about some of the things her mother does, you'll know why I say harrowing), but somehow still manages to give you warm fuzzies. Because despite everything, they still love each other and stick together as best they can. Kudos to Ms. Ee for being able to pull that off. And as the summary states, one of the angels takes off with her disabled sister, which spirals us into the events to come.

Now for the state of the world. Not only did the angels destroy it, they're still stationed on Earth and kidnap small kids (like they did Penryn's sister) for... well, I'll let you find that part out on your own. But it was horrible. Not that we get many true answers as to why they did it, but I assume that will be answered at some point in the next two installments. Lets just say there were many times in this book that my jaw was hanging open and I had to actively pull myself back together to keep reading.

DID I MENTION I LOVE THIS BOOK?

Lastly, there was the gorgeous and contemptuous angel Raffe who'd had his wings cut off by fellow angels, and after Penryn helps saves him, he grudgingly agrees to help her find her sister. Of course there's some selfish ambitions involved on his part - he wants to try and get his wings back. But who could blame him? And yes, a forbidden romance is hinted at, though never fully engaged. Maybe in the next book? I hope so! The rest of the book follows their travels, and little pieces of the overall plot are put together along the way. For instance, we find out that there is a human rebellion planning a counter-attack on the angels, and that there are little demon creatures that like to eat humans, but it isn't clear yet why they're there or where they came from. And  in addition to destroying the world and kidnapping kids, the angels have taken a fancy to many human indulgences, including, um... our women.

We'll leave it at that.

So... to say that I loved this book would be an understatement. It was one of the most well thought out, exciting and gut-wrenching Young Adult, Paranormal books I've ever read. And that still doesn't even cover it. If you love grit and suspense with a touch of the warm fuzzies, you'd be doing yourself a horrible disservice if you don't pick up a copy of this up immediately! Just be forewarned that parts of Angelfall are not for the squeamish. If you can't tolerate hints of gore, this isn't for you.


About the Author:


Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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