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Hound’s Bite-Cover Reveal/Excerpt/Giveaway

I am excited to reveal the cover for HOUND’S BITE, the fifth full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  We also have a giveaway and a sneak peek book excerpt to share!

Cover Reveal: Hound’s Bite

 

Hound's Bite Ivy Granger urban fantasy by E.J. Stevens

 

Hound’s Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #5) by E.J. Stevens

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab’s creations behind
when she escaped Faerie.  She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of
Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a
potential slaughter of innocents.  Now Ivy must gather her allies to
fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father’s court be enough to
save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the
Lord of the Hunt?  She is willing risk her own life, but some
sacrifices come at a cost worse than death.  When an ally is bitten
by one of The Wild Hunt’s hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that
winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to
love most.

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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Hound’s Bite Book Excerpt

“Are you saying we should run?” I asked, eyebrows raised.  “Because you should know me better than that.”

“What he’s saying, Princess is that you woke up something too big for the three of us to defeat alone,” Torn said.

That made me pause.  We’d fought faerie queens, pyro demons, a
lovesick necromancer, and a psychotic lamia, to name a few.  I may not
have come through those battles unscathed, or with all my guts still on
the inside, but with my friends at my side, and a new arsenal of wisp
powers at my fingertips, I felt nearly invincible.

I looked to Ceff, hoping he’d grab his trident and join me for some
quick monster cleanup.  I may not be on the clock for this one, but I
didn’t let hungry fae prowl the streets of Harborsmouth.  And if Torn
was right, I’d somehow let this one follow us out of Faerie.  No way was
I turning tail, no matter how tired I was.

But Ceff didn’t reach for his weapons.

“We need allies,” he said.

“And larger weapons,” Torn said, with a wink.

The cat sidhe looked excited, which was a clue that I wasn’t going to like the answer to my next question.

“And what monster do we need to gather our allies and weapons against?” I asked.

“Haven’t you guessed yet, Princess?” Torn asked, eyes gleaming.  “We’re not just facing one howling beast.”

Ceff turned to me, closing the space between us.  In the moonlight,
I could see my reflection in the dark pools of his kelpie eyes—eyes
that were tight with worry.

“What are they?” I asked.

Ceff’s voice was low and reverent, and tinged with the taint of fear.

“The Wild Hunt.”

Hound’s Bite Cover Reveal Giveaway

To celebrate the Hound’s Bite cover reveal, we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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What do you think of the cover?

E.J. Stevens is the author of 14 works of speculative fiction, including the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.  She is known for filling pages with quirky
characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky,
kick-butt heroines.

Connect with E.J. Stevens by following her on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.

The Magician Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Magician

 

The Magician Dark Arcana fantasy by E.J. Stevens

 

The Magician (Dark Arcana #1) by E.J. Stevens

When members of tarot’s Major Arcana begin manifesting in the mortal
world, magic is in the air and change is in the cards.

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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The Magician Cover Reveal Giveaway

To celebrate The Magician’s cover reveal, we are giving away a signed cover art postcard and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends February 2, 2016 midnight EST.

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E.J. Stevens is the author of 14 works of speculative fiction,
including the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide
young adult paranormal series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban
fantasy series.  She is known for filling pages with quirky
characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky,
kick-butt heroines.

Connect with E.J. Stevens by following her on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Shadow Sight Review


I met this awesome writer at
ARC-NOLA and her books are right down my alley. My favorite genre is Urban
Fantasy and the supes that she has in the Ivy Granger series are Fae which is one
of my favorites.
First of all, I loved this book. It
drew me in quite quickly. Psychometry is one gift you don’t see written very
often. Ivy is a bit mellow at the start, I prefer to see a little more kick ass
heroine but I think this is mainly the fleshing of her character. The twist of
romance was a welcome addition and I hope to see the relationship grow further.
I’d also like to see some more back story on Ivy’s father. Action and romance
blend wonderfully with the story line. Excellent starting point.
Her take on the Fae is exactly how I
see them, not all are glittery TinkerBell types. This book does portray their
inhuman nature and there is some humanization but not too much to turn me off.
The plot line flows nicely and is a
good beginning to Ivy Granger saga.  Some
of the pop culture references are very relatable to me and what my interests
are.
If you like the Fae and like to see
the darker side of Faekind, pick up this book and enjoy the action and romance
that snakes throughout the book.
Looking forward to the rest of the
books in the series.
I’m giving this book a 4 Fairy rating
for the action filled Fae adventure with a twist of romance.

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Ghost Light Review

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Welcome to the 2nd installment of the Ivy Granger
series.
Where the 1st book was more of a fleshing out of
the main characters, this book continues on with more depth and Ivy becomes the
kick ass heroine that I love to read about.
You also get to see Jinx, her trusty sidekick, blossom some
more.
I also like the fact that more supernatural characters show
up in this book. Lamia, faerie queens, demons, and many others. Some of the
visitors aren’t written about very often and it’s nice to see some new players on
the field.
Ivy has found out the seriousness of faerie bargains and
what happens when you are half fae and aren’t in control of your powers.
In this book, she starts the quest to find the one person
who can help her control her wisp powers and gets thrown into the frying pan.
I also enjoyed the continuation of the romance between Ivy
and Ceff.
I give Ghost Light my
5 Fairies rating for continuing action with some lightheartedness thrown
in the mix.  I couldn’t put the book down
once I started reading it and read it in about 3 days.
EJ Stevens is becoming one of my favorite authors and I am looking
forward to the next books in the series.
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Burning Bright Review

I just finished reading the 3rd installment of
the Ivy Granger series and this book does not disappoint.
I again found myself immersed into Ivy’s world and didn’t
want it to end.
Every book takes you a little deeper into Ivy’s character
and shows how she grows into a phenomal kick ass heroine.
Her half human nature allows her to show compassion and
moves her away from the inhumanness of the Fae world.
Her maternal nature shows itself in her ragtag adopted companions,
one being a troll child and the other one a rare demon child.
I can’t help but smile and feel warm and fuzzy about Ivy and
Ceff’s relationship and enjoy seeing it blossom into something more.
When Ivy’s sidekick and best friend Jinx gets in a spot of
trouble, Ivy rushes to the rescue and puts her friends before her personal
quest to find her cursed father who can help her control her wisp powers.
A few twists and turns keep your turning the page and you
can’t help but root for the underdog.
I am already starting to read the 4th installment
and anticipate I’ll have that one done in about 3 days as well.
If you are interested in a half human heroine’s story with
some paranormal romance thrown in there, don’t hesitate to pick up your copy
today.
I’m giving this installment my 5 fairy rating because of the
journey into Ivy’s world where you are led on a wondrous quest of
self-discovery and how one half human half fae woman learns about her inner
strength.
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SHADOW MAN BLOG TOUR 11/20/12 to 12/20/12

Today I’m one of the hosts of Shadow Man Blog  Tour. I’m giving over my blog to Tara Fox Hall with a guest post about the spirit of animal rescue. This blog tour is presented by page turners book tours button

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In the spirit of this blogsite, I would like to share a true story from my past of animal rescue. I often find that animals that need my help cross my path. Not all of them are furred and cuddly. —Tara Fox Hall J

BREATH

One morning in late fall, I was hurrying out the door, swearing to myself because I was going to be late. As I was walking quickly to my garage, I happened to look down and see a snake. It was a small female red racer, about 7 inches long. The first hard frost had occurred overnight, and it looked like the weather had caught her unawares. She seemed to be frozen solid with her mouth hanging open. I assumed because she was laying right across the path that one of the cats—most likely Kesteral or Cavity—had left her there for me to find, in a misguided yet tender effort to teach me to hunt.

It may be surprising to hear—or not so surprising if you’re a fan of my Lash series—that I have a soft spot for snakes. I don’t mean rattlesnakes, or 10 ft. boa constrictors, of course; I mean snakes of the smaller, non-threatening persuasion. Garden snakes, corn snakes, ring-necked snakes, and red racers never want to bother anyone, and try to get out of your way as soon as they know you’re coming. Even when I’ve held some that were agitated, I’ve never had one strike at me. So I make an effort to keep all my small local snakes as safe as can be, including rescuing them from my cats.

Sadly, this one was past my help. I carried my work stuff to my car. Leaving it there, I went back and picked up the snake, prepared to take her out to leave in the field for scavengers. But when I picked her up, I discovered she wasn’t frozen solid. More amazing, after holding her for 30 seconds in my gloved hands, I thought I saw her move. Anxious for a miracle, I took off my gloves and held her, willing my heat to bring her back to life. But she didn’t stir. Worried my hands weren’t warm enough, I breathed on her. After a minute of being enveloped in my warm breath, the “dead” snake started to revive. First her mouth closed, then her tongue slowly flicked out and in. Finally, she begun to feebly move. I held her another minute, sharing my warmth. By that minute’s end, you wouldn’t have known that she’d almost died.

I took her to the side of the garage, and let her slip underneath through a hole in the gravel, hoping she would find a ball of snakes to twine up with to keep warm. Being almost winter, there wasn’t much more I could do.

I never saw her again, but I like remembering the experience, the startling feeling of her coming back to life in my hands. It felt a little like magic. And in a way it was, that a human shared her breath and warmth with a snake to save its life . . . and counted herself the more fortunate party.


Shadow Man New

Blurb:

A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.

Excerpt:

History speaks of the months after the Crash of 1929 as desolate, and hopeless. I’m sure that was true for many. But I wasn’t unhappy, even though my days seemed to have lost their color, and my nights blurred one into another until I sometimes lost track of the date. My problem was that now that things had calmed down, some of the horror of my life had caught up to me, hurting me in the one place I wasn’t defensible: my dreams.

I had often dreamed of Giselle after her death, and of my other slain sisters. Those dreams had lessened in the years that had passed. Now they seemed to come back with a vengeance, and they brought friends.

I awoke screaming most nights, with one of Abraham’s guards pounding on my door, asking if I was okay. I was reluctant to go to an alchemist to ask for any help sleeping. I had to be ready in case of attack, either on my vampire boss, Abraham or on my sister Sam and her children, not to mention myself. I couldn’t be off in dreamland with big-bosomed women and still be of any use.

Fortunately, I was able to function fine with only about four hours sleep, which was what I usually got when the nightmares were said and done. I learned to control my cries with help of a book Abraham got me, so I didn’t have someone pounding on my door most nights. But I could do nothing about the dreams. It got so fucking bad that I would dread going to sleep and would find any excuse to put it off, until I was so tired my tail would have been dragging if I were in snake form.

There was something good about being awake in the early morning hours: Abraham and I were becoming friends. We had been together for almost ten years now. I was his first weresnake friend; he told me himself. I was probably the first weresnake he’d given the time of day to, though he never was rude enough to say something like that to me. It wasn’t out of fear, but rather because he didn’t want to hurt my feelings. He alone seemed to get how I felt, being snake in a world that hated snakes. It was hard not to like him just for that. Not to say he wasn’t hard with me, or even terrible, when he felt he had to be. But he was almost a gentler version of my father, and I admired him greatly.


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Email: tarafoxhall@gmail.com

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Twitter:

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Amazon Webpage:

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For info on my recently published series books Lash: Shadow Man click here:

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Bio:

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

THE VALKYRIE NOVEL BY TG AYER WRITER WEDNESDAY

I’ve recently came across the VALKYRIE NOVEL series that immediately caught my interest because it has Norse mythology connotations such as the Valkyries. I was excited to connect with the author, TG Ayer  and get this series for my TBR pile. As soon as I get a chance, I will review these books and post your reading  pleasure. So without further ado, here is a special guest post from Bryn.


Used with permission from the author’s media kit

dead radiance

ABOUT THE NOVEL:

Title: DEAD RADIANCE

Series: The Valkyrie Series

Volume: 1

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publication Date: 25th February 2012

Format: E-Book

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Format: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1469998165

Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Publisher E-Book: Evolved Publishing

Pages: 382

EXCERPT:

“That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe. I finally knew what the glow meant. I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.”

DESCRIPTION:

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras – Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?


dead embers

ABOUT THE NOVEL:

Title: DEAD EMBERS

Series: The Valkyrie Series

Volume: 2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publication Date: 15th August 2012

Format: E-Book

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Format: Paperback

ISBN-10: 162253798X

ISBN-13: 978-1-62253-798-3

Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Publisher E-Book: Evolved Publishing

Pages: 405

EXCERPT:

“For a shadow of a second, I stared into his eyes, shocked, horrified he’d do such a thing to me. A thousand fears filtered through my frigid brain. Was he in cahoots with Loki? Or was he Freya’s dog all along?

It took an eternity for him to blink. Even longer for me to blink.

Then Fenrir pushed me and I fell off the cliff, into pure white oblivion.”

DESCRIPTION:

Valkyrie-in-training Bryn Halbrook just can’t catch a break. With her boyfriend stuck in Hel and the taunting laughter of Loki still ringing in her ears, she struggles to concentrate on her training and duties in Odin’s realm. The last thing she expects or wants is more adventure—but then treachery, a shocking abduction and a chilling discovery send her forth on another perilous, globe-hopping mission.

As the ultimate battle, Ragnarok, draws closer, it’s a race against time for Bryn, Fenrir and their team to discover who kidnapped her foster brother from the halls of Asgard and what’s causing the mysterious deaths of so many of Odin’s chosen warriors.

In the exciting sequel to DEAD RADIANCE, Bryn encounters dwarfs and dragons, new friends and old foes—but the worst enemy of all may be the person she trusts most!


BRYN CHARACTER PROFILE PIC

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BRYN (Brynhilde) HALBROOK, 17. Bryn hates her given name and hopes nobody will ever find out what a dorky real name she has. Little does she know the history behind the name and how it will rewrite her very future.

Description:

Green eyes, red hair and eventually a pair of hot red wings

Traits:

Bryn is a loner. She sees herself as a freak and is happy to navigate the outskirts of school society. She’s stubborn, headstrong and lonely, but longs for friendship.

Food:

Ms. Custers fried chicken tops her list even when her appetite mysteriously disappears. Chocolate comes a close second. The Mead from Asgard soon becomes Bryn’s favorite drink though she wonders at its power to intoxicate her senses.

Music:

Green Day and Linkin Park, with a secret love for Melody Gardot.

Favorite things:

Amber pendant given to her by her father. Golden leaf given to her by the Glasir tree. The rose-petal encrusted soap from the Asgard Baths.

Dislikes:

Hamburgers, menthol sweets, cigarette smoke, Astrid, Loki

Ambivalent about:

The sword of Brunhilde, the Eye of the Dragon. Freya. Bifrost (bridge of the gods)

Skills:

Bryn has always been able to see the strange golden glow around people around her. It’s not until someone close to her dies that she realizes the meaning of the glow is Death.

Bryn also discovers that she is a skilled fighter – both hand to hand combat and weaponry, as a band of thugs soon find out when they try to attack her.

In Asgard, training and fighting come easy for Bryn, but soon a mysterious power begins to blossom within her when she fights. Will Bryn’s own courage and strength win out, or will the berserker rage that threatens her eventually overcome her in the end?

Special place in her heart for:

Ms. Custer, Brody, Joshua, Sigrun, Njall, Thor, Fen, Steinn

Romance:

Aidan Lee – son of her fathers arch-enemy. It’s instant attraction. The kind she has no control of. Hormones, chemistry, who knows but Aidan gets Bryn all hot and bothered from Day 1. The couple barely get a chance to get to know each other before they are thrown into a life-threatening mission on the hunt for Freya’s necklace. Bryn battles her feelings for Aidan and the guilt she feels for having put his life in danger. Little does she know there is much more than one obstacle to her relationship with Aidan. Can she come to terms with who he really is? Or is there someone else who deserves her heart more?

Character:

Bryn is sensitive, though impulsive. She is caring but sometimes selfish – a result of not having people around her who truly care for her. she is very independent, often refusing the help offered to her. Will she learn that it takes far more strength to trust than it does to walk alone?

Accepting change is ones life is not easy, especially when part of that change is accepting the existence of a mythology as reality. Can Bryn successfully transition from normal teen to Valkyrie?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TG AYER

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other’s loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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