Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Blast - The Coming Storm


The Coming Storm, By Valerie Douglas

Spanning an epic series of books, 'The Coming Storm' by Valerie Douglas takes you to the heart of a conflict between magic users, and those without magic, good and evil, love and loss. Join Ailith and Elron as they have to choose between love, duty, and everything they've battled for.


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Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. He suddenly finds that fragile truce threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the Elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat.

Ailith, the Heir to Riverford, fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, but her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and very soul in danger and leaves her only one direction in which to turn. Elon.

To preserve the alliance, though, Elon will have to choose between his honor, his duty and everything for which he fought.

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A Convocation of Kings (The Coming Storm, #2)
(The Coming Storm, #3) (novella will be 99¢ during the blast)
(The Coming Storm, #4) (novella will be 99¢ during the blast)

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Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and a genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. A fan of authors of almost every genre from Isaac Asimov to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, she writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

You can find more information at Valerie Douglas Books, or at Alexandria Publishing Group.

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And to celebrate her book blast, Valerie's lowered the price of The Coming Storm on a Countdown Deal. Head on over to the page and see what it's set and and grab your copy at the lowest price you can! Her novellas Not Magic Enough & Setting Boundaries have also been priced at $0.99 for the duration of this project.


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In January, Valerie is visiting blogs, talking books and sharing her experience. As author of more than 20 books, she's got a lot to say about indie publishing and would love to visit with you.


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Equilibrium - Paradox Book 4

Author: Patti Roberts
Due for Publication: 24 December 2013
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description

For years, the truth has been concealed from Grace, masked cleverly by coercion, denial and fanciful stories. She'd always felt that there was a part of her that didn't resonate with this world, as if she were a square block in a round hole. When her father died, it was her mother's unconditional love, Wade's fatherly presence, and Angela, Grace's quirky neighbor that gave her strength. United, they were her beacon, the lighthouse that guided her in from the storm. That was until she learned the truth … And the truth, Grace discovered, regardless of what she'd been told, does not always set you free.

Make no mistake, the Grigori is the Original Vampire, and regardless of what you believe, they are here, walking among us, and they intend to stay.


My Thoughts
Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a BIG BIG fan of Patti Roberts, so when I was given the opportunity to be one of the first people to read the next instalment in the Paradox Series, I jumped at the chance.

In true Patti Roberts style, we are bombarded with a visual feast, with detail beyond imagining. You will find yourself drawn into the ancient world, the Bulgardi, Grigori, the Bakhna Rakhna people and others, as their story is woven seamlessly into Grace's. 

In Equilibrium, we continue with the story of Grace, but now thing have gotten real. Grace has been told some of the truth about those around her and just who she is. 

Juliette does not play as big a part of the story in Equilibrium, as she did in Bound By Blood, and I felt a kind of loss at her lack of presence. However, there are still a lot of things for Grace to discover and I can't wait to find out what happens next.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Welcome to The Book of Paul Amazing, Astounding Video Blast.

With production values matching that of a movie, the Book of Paul trailer is as epic as the book!


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"Everything you've ever believed about yourself...about the description of reality you've clung to so stubbornly all your life...all of it...every bit of it...is an illusion." 


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In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure "beyond all imagining"-- an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will...and attaining eternal life. 
When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book's occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.
The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul's clutches and Martin's destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul's sinister legacy.  Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn't be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe--the Maelstrom.
The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

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  Meet Richard Paul
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Richard Long writes to exorcise the demons of his past and manifest the dreams of his future.
His debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.
Richard is also writing a YA novel, The Dream Palace, primarily so that his children can read his books.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.

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Author Interview - Ciara Ballintyne


I am very please to be part of the Confronting The Demon Virtual Book Tour and to have the Author herself here at Pinky's Favorite Reads.

Hi Ciara, thanks for stopping by today, lets get straight into it !


Where are you from originally? 
How originally is originally? Sorry… that was cheeky. I was born in Sydney, Australia and I’ve never moved. Dad immigrated to Australia from Scotland when he was 2, so I’ve a strong connection with my Scottish history. Mum’s family are originally from England or Wales. For all I know they came on the First Fleet. I should look that up…



Tell us your latest news? 

I released my debut novel in September, Confronting the Demon. It’s a novella actually, a short story that was too big for its britches. It’s high fantasy, although it’s doing well with paranormal readers, with a splash of mystery and romance. When I say ‘debut’, I mean first published, too. Prior to this I’ve written eight novels over twenty years, but this is the first one I consider ‘up to scratch’. 



If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Ooh, gosh, dinner party! Robert Jordan, because if I’m going to go fangirl on anyone it would be him. The Wheel of Time was such an ambitious project I would just love to talk to its creator. Terry Pratchett, because he’s just so hilariously funny, you’d never have a dinner guest to top it, and it’s the closest you’d ever get to having dinner on the Discworld. Brandon Sanderson, because he has the most polished prose I know, but he says it doesn’t come naturally, so I’d just love to suck his brain dry on how he makes that happen. Oh, and I’ve met him, and he’s a pretty cool guy!


What are your current projects? 
I’m kind of dual project-ing (if that’s not a word, it is now). I’m working on In the Company of the Dead, a full-length high-fantasy novel, in which our hero, Lyram, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse than his prince wanting him dead – until he falls in love with a woman sacred to the Death Goddess. I’m also working on a novella sequel to Confronting the Demon, entitled Stalking the Demon, in which Alloran must venture into the first circle of hell itself.


What books or authors have influenced your writing? 
Terry Goodkind – I would just love to write fantasy books that make readers think.

Brandon Sanderson – I’m always analysing his prose when I read him, not because I want to edit it to make it better, but because I can’t. I want to know how he does what he does so I can duplicate it.

Robert Jordan – I would love to create a grand sweeping epic, but I really don’t know how he keeps his cast of thousands straight. I’m a pretty organised person, but that’s a daunting task. But what he taught me was the importance of worldbuilding – how to make it feel real and not cookie-cutter bland with minimal effort – and that a plot outline is all very well, but don’t be afraid to follow a new idea.



Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? 
Terry Pratchett. I can’t hope to ever duplicate what he’s done (I’m not very comedic) but he’s an absolute genius.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Sprung… Robert Jordan’s The Great Hunt in Kindle format. I still haven’t read the concluding novel to The Wheel of Time so this is my last hurrah.


Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I was eleven. I’d discovered books a few years earlier, and I was enjoying the creative writing exercises we did for school, when suddenly I realised I was good at this (well, good for eleven…). From that moment on I wrote for pleasure.

Where do you get your ideas?
Nowhere. Everywhere. They just…come to me. Some small to medium details come out of structured plotting, identifying character goals and motivations, and the conflicts that stop them in their tracks, but the seed… the seed just comes to me. Sometimes I even have a ‘plotstorm’, which is a new word I have just coined to explain those days when ideas just flood my brain. I had one a few weeks ago when I plotted out basic sketches of the three sequels to Confronting the Demon. What set it off? Idle speculation by a reviewer. Confronting the Demon itself came from a Terry Pratchett book The Last Hero, with additional inspiration from, K.E. Mills.

What is your writing process?
Plot, write, beta readers, rewrite, edit. I’d love to say rinse and repeat, but I’m afraid after that comes edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit…. I write about eight drafts, usually. Confronting the Demon was a little light on because of the mixed up way I wrote it because of deadlines. It had about five, I think.

Can you tell us a little bit about Confronting The Demon?
Alloran’s a genius wizard down on his luck – betrayed by his so-called best friend and framed for forbidden magic and one step ahead of the executioner’s block. Now he’s skulking in the back alleys, posing as a stonemason, desperate to escape the city, and someone is murdering his past lovers and leaving gruesome tokens for him to discover. Can he face his own demons before hell comes for him?

How long did it take you to complete?
Four months, from start to finish, which is exceptional, but I was on maternity leave and had a lot more writing time than is normally the case. I busted my gut on that thing.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Hell no. I’m not much of a people-watcher… Most of my female characters might have some qualities of many of my friends just because they are all strong women, and I don’t know how to write anything else, unless the plot appropriately calls for a damsel in distress.

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
I have more problems getting myself out of my characters. I have a pretty clear idea of who I am, so submersing that sense of identity can be a problem sometimes.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
I am not that talented. I can do many things, but art isn’t really one of them.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I described the main characters and a key scene to the cover artist and she did the rest. Alloran is pretty cute, huh?

Does your reading inspire you and your work?
Absolutely. Anything I read might kick off an idea, as was the case with Confronting the Demon. A line from Terry Pratchett’s The Last Hero was the prompt for the whole story, and then Monk Markham in K.E. Mills’ Rogue Agent series helped me flesh out Alloran. Monk is a genius wizard who gets away with the most outrageous experimental magic. I asked ‘what if he didn’t?’ and we got Alloran.

Where can we find you online?
Blog: www.fantasyblog.ciaraballintyne.com
Book trailer: I don't have one for Confronting the Demon yet, but anyone who is interested is welcome to check out the trailer for Deathhawk's Betrayal, another project I am working on - http://goo.gl/fAoaeE 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CiaraBallintyne
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Apple: http://goo.gl/PJVcDz
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ciara_Ballintyne
Website: http://www.ciaraballintyne.com/BooksCiaraBallintyne

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway



Confronting the Demon

The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living. Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.

Including bonus short story A Magical Melody

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tons of ice.

Book Information

Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne
Date of Publication – 1 October 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-0-7 (print)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-1-4 (ebook)

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TRADE PAPERBACK Amazon $6.99 ~ Amazon UK £4.39 

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Excerpt

Alloran stared at the alley mouth, mallet hanging slack in one hand and chisel in the other. This wasn’t yesterday’s alley. It was a different one, but it felt the same. Like seventh-circle demon. Like hellcat, now that he recognised the feel of one. Gooseflesh covered his bare arms. Did a shadow move in the darkness? A cat? Something else, something bigger than a cat? Surely, there couldn’t be… Ladanyon wouldn’t….

Yes. He would. The man he’d once known, the man who’d been his best friend for nearly a century, wouldn’t. But the man he’d become, after summoning a few demons–he would. His footsteps dragging, Alloran ventured deeper into the alley.

Once he looked, the body, hidden beneath a thin blanket of rotting food and assorted garbage, wasn’t hard to find. It was a man this time. He nudged food scraps off the corpse’s face.

The victim had jade eyes, a nose too big for a bearded face, and almost invisible blond brows. The details hit him with the force of a hammer blow. A wizard. A mentor. A man he’d known all his life.

His knees hit the ground and his bones turned to water from the shock. The wizard, Mandron, lay close enough to touch with his belly sliced open by teeth sharper than any blade and his entrails gnawed on. The rest of him left to rot. Sweat dripped down Alloran’s face. Another victim of a hellcat. Another victim of Ladanyon. What was the chance that Ladanyon coincidentally killed two people he knew and accidentally left them somewhere he would find them?

None. Every part of this had been planned, right down to the finest detail. Sweat broke out on his forehead. Ladanyon knew too much. He must be watching, watching and playing, as a cat doeswith its food. Alloran’s gaze darted up and down the alley as if Ladanyon would pop out of an alley or appear on a rooftop.

Nothing stirred.

The corpse’s fist held a rolled-up piece of paper. With trembling fingers, he pulled the note loose and unrolled it.

How do I surpass you? Let us examine the matter…. I have mastered the minions of hell and enslaved them to my will.

The paper fell from his numb fingers and fluttered away.

Jealousy? Was that all? Thirty years had passed since Alloran gave up research. Ladanyon had nothing to prove, given he made every discovery worth mentioning since then.

Alloran wiped sweaty palms on the coarse fabric of his pants, his hands coming away filthy from the dust embedded in the cloth. The bodies would just keep stacking up–until Ladanyon ran out of things he had mastered better than Alloran. He backed out of the alley.

‘Where’d you run off to yesterday?’

Alloran jumped and spun around, bringing the mallet up reflexively as his stomach sunk. The sight of Dek, even with his arms folded and a scowl plastered across his square features, elicited a sigh of relief.

‘What’s the matter with you, man? Yer white as a sheet.’

Alloran affected a frown. ‘Don’t like dead bodies. Don’t like violence. Got the heeby-jeebies. Supposin’ they come back?’

That was true enough, as far as it went. Everyone thought he’d Choose martial magic when he came of age if only because of his height and the breadth of his shoulders, but he’d never been interested. What he wanted to know was “why” and “how”. Why and how for everything. It was a pursuit more dangerous than martial magic as it turned out. He licked his lips and tried not to look at the alley. This was what too much curiosity brought.

Dek was staring at the alley, squinting in the sunlight. Alloran slapped him on the back before the mason could connect the alley and his partner’s nerves.

‘We got work to do, aye?’ He gently tried to steer Dek towards the statue. ‘Where ’ave you been all mornin’ anyway?’

Dek turned away from the alley. ‘Answerin’ questions for the hell-damned city guards, which is where you woulda been if you hadn’t run off faster ’an a deer.’

‘Didn’t know nothin’. Don’t wanna know about no bodies or talk to no guards.’ 

Turning his back on the alley and its gruesome contents, he strode back towards the statue and hauled himself up on to the scaffolding. His arms were cold despite the heat of the summer afternoon, and he rubbed them. ‘Top’s all done, I reckon’. We’ll be needing to break all this down and get started on the bottom half.’

Alloran slapped the rough timber with a gloved hand, trying to shunt the corpse and its message from his mind. Eyes that weren’t there bored into his back. At least, he hoped they weren’t there. To be sure, he glanced over his shoulder, scouring the edges of the square for movement.

Dek clapped a hand to Alloran’s shoulder, causing him to flinch and fumble his mallet. ‘Hey, you got a parcel, did you know?’

‘A parcel?’ Alloran lost his battle with the mallet, jerking his foot out of the way just in time. ‘From who?’

Dek shrugged. ‘How should I know? Came in the regular delivery. Down there.’

Alloran’s gaze followed Dek’s nod. A crate sat at the foot of the statue. He’d been so pre-occupied with the alley, the corpse, and Ladanyon that he didn’t even notice. Stomach twisted in knots, he swung down from the scaffolding.

The crate was nailed shut. His breath whistling through gritted teeth, he seized a claw hammer and wrenched the nails out.

He removed the lid. A scream clawed its way up his throat and choked off into a whimper. The topaz eyes of a sorceress stared at him from a face locked in death. The pain of the crate lid falling on his toes was a distant thing.

Ismyn. Nearly eighty years ago, she was his first lover. He stepped back and stumbled, landing on his arse in the dust. Dek yelled from somewhere nearby, but the words were meaningless.

Recently dead. Her complexion was still the colour of clotted cream, and death hadn’t filmed her fixed gaze. Straw filled the bottom of the box, absorbing blood from the stump of her neck, and more blood matted the ends of her red hair. Another scroll poked from rosebud lips.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Confronting the Demon

Author: Ciara Ballintyne
Published: 11 November 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description

For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine. Fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist. 



A horrific adversary - a cure that risks creating something worse... 

Alloran, a powerful wizard, is betrayed by his best friend and framed for forbidden demonic magic. One step ahead of the authorities, he is forced to abandon the woman he loves, Gisayne, and flee his celebrated life of pampered comfort to hide in the stinking muck of the city's back alleys as a common labourer. 

But there he discovers a worse horror: a trail of bodies left especially for him. Someone is brutally murdering his past loves, and the taunting notes leave no doubt that if he won't stand and fight, Gisayne will be next. But what dark secret lurks in Alloran's past, crippling his ability to fight back? 

In a world where hellcats stalk the shadows, and a flaming demon lays waste to the citadel of the wizards, Alloran must risk losing himself to a powerful addiction, or abandon Gisayne to hell. 

But what if he is a bigger threat than the man he fights against? 


My Thoughts
While Confronting the Demon is the debut novella for Ciara Ballintyne, you can definitely tell that she has been writing for many years.

Readers will be amazed by a story that is as simplistic as it is complex. 

We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. 

His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses. 

With details so minute that you can smell and taste the air around you as the story unfolds.

The demons, especially the hellcats had me hooked right from the start. 

I am definitely looking forward to the next installment.







Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shadowplay

Author: Laura Lam
Due for Publication: 7 January 2014
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description
The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.
He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus–the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…
A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

My Thoughts
I was drawn into this story from the very first page. 

Even though this is the continuation of the story of Micah Grey that starts in Pantomime, I did not feel disadvantaged in any way because I had not read the first book.

Shadowplay is a story in itself that is full of magic and mystery. 

I felt especially drawn to Micah and the struggles faced by this teen when adversity strikes. A beautifully written story that tells stories of both old and new as we are drawn into Penglass and the life of Anisa.

This is an extremely well researched and written story that will entertain both the young and the young at heart.

I am looking forward to the next installment to read the continuing story of Drystan and Micah. .

I must acknowledge the author and publishers for my ARC copy of Shadowplay.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Cheer

Looking for Christmas Ideas?


Why not show these wonderful authors some love this festive season and purchase one of their books.






































































You can find reviews of all these wonderful books here at Pinky's Favorite Reads.

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