Monday, October 31, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Nora Weston author of "The Twelfth Paladin"

Nora Weston will be letting us know about her. You'll definitely get to learn new things about Nora Weston. Of course, about  her book "The Twelfth Paladin"! Also if your lucky you can win a copy her book (Paperback or International will be an e-book) that sounds pretty good.  Readers who enjoy the paranormal or urban fantasy will love.

Nora Weston's Bio

Nora Weston’s work slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her publishing credits include the anthologies Mind Mutations, Cyber Pulp’s Halloween 3.0, and Dark Pleasures. She took first place in a past Lotus Blooms Journal poetry contest. Melange Books has published her science fiction adventure, Guardian 2632, and The Twelfth Paladin was released in June 2011. Other venues in print and online include Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, The Hacker’s Source, The Harrow, The Dream People, Hoboeye, Abandoned Towers, Lost in the Dark, Sputnik 57, Static Movement Online, Soul Engravings, Decompositions, Shadowkeep, Poe Little Thing, Word Slaw, Sidewalk’s End, Dream Forge, The Kudzu Monthly, Escaping Elsewhere Magazine, Seeker Magazine, The Murder Hole, Insolent Rudder, Dark Moon Rising, Worlds Within–Worlds Beyond, Four and Twenty, and Trapeze Magazine. She has just had work accepted for BĂȘte Noire.
She’s also had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US. Feel free to download previous interviews and segments from Desmond Haas/Romance Radio Network and Blog Talk Radio’s Not Picture Perfect, plus B.K. Walker has interviewed Nora at Blog Talk Radio as well.

Author Interview
Questions and Answers

1. Nora tell us what is your book "The Twelfth Paladin" about?

Nora Weston (The Author): Hi, Cassandra! I’m thrilled to be visiting your blog. Thank you for having me. 

In my latest release, “The Twelfth Paladin,” good against evil battles as an angel, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees. 

All seems lost, but Jake is scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah. Sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers, Jake must survive. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin.

This supernatural/thriller dives deep into a dreadful realm where temptations of the wicked kind devour Jake Cottrell’s ability to choose good over evil. William Congreve wrote, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned,” and Jake goes to great lengths to prove that. This novel explores how temptations can warp reality...make wrong seem right, and it sheds light on the powerful roles hope and faith can play when a person is in dire need of a spiritual transformation. 

2. Why do you love writing paranormal?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)- October 30's Book Buying Splurge Part 1

In My Mail­box« is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi – The Story Siren.
 In this meme, we share the books we received for review, purchased, got from the library, traded/swapped, etc. Great way to network your blog with other bloggers and readers. 
Readers if you don't participate in In My Mailbox will still love to hear from you!
              What's In Your Mailbox?

Books Received:
Links Included Over Book Titles 

In Paperback from - The Pearls Wars (Skyship Academy #1) by Nick James
A devastated Earth’s last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space, and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth’s stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship brat, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

In Hardcover from Amazon.comThe Explosionist by Jenny Davidson 
The Explosionist (formerly known as Dynamite No. 1) is the story of a 15-year-old girl growing up in an alternate version of 1930s Edinburgh. There, the legacy of Napoleon's victory a century earlier at Waterloo is a standoff between a totalitarian Federation of European States and a group of independent northern countries called the New Hanseatic League. This world is preoccupied with technology (everything from electric cookers to high explosives) but also with spiritualism, a movement our world largely abandoned in the early 20th Century; Sigmund Freud is a radio talk-show crank, cars run on hydrogen and the most prominent scientists experiment with new ways of contacting the dead.

T.V. Casual Talk:The Secret Circle on The CW "All Witches Are Not Created Equal"

In The Secret Circle's Episode 7, "Masked", of last Thursday we had one of the best exciting t.v. watches concerning the supernatural.
The promo video for The Secret Circle's Episode 8, "Beneath" which is coming up! Looking amazing and should've fans feeling some enthusiasm.

                                         Official CW Show Overview
Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl - until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington - the town her mother left so many years before - where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they've been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them - until Adam.  

In Wake (Season 1, Episode 6)
Jake a newcomer to the circle is introduced who was drawn into Chance Harbor, Washington because of his brother's death who is Nick. Jake soon puts two and two together and knows his death was caused by witchcraft.

The episode also highlights Cassie and Jake's instant connection. Which was really reminiscent of sharing good and sorrowful moments.

It's later that Cassie is attacked by a supposed "witch". Who was out for blood. Luckily Jake comes and stops to what Cassie refers to "psycho after us". Which was hilarious because it's all at once serious but gives us full pause at her words.  The Circle rallies to keep together.

Then Jake who is unwelcomed by the circle because of his bad drifter vibe. Although he's disliked  more by Adam than the others for once destroying his father's bar/pub. Then there is Faye that has had a romantic past with him but was later supposedly toseed aside by him.

Jake is later confronted by the psycho witch girl. Then we discover he's part of the scheme. He's trying to kill the circle. Too bad for Jake the witch girl turns on him because he's holding her back. But then, Cassie bursts into the scene and with her magical powers stops witch girl from killing Jake.

As the episode ends, Jake and Cassie seem to have the strongest relationship so far. I mean sure Diana and Cassie are really good friends but to me it seems that Cassie and Jake can talk to each other about anything. They have an easy friendship. I'm not sure how I feel about this because I have always felt that that I love the idea of Adam and Cassie as meant to be since "They're written in the stars". All the while I was thinking go away Jake yet at the same time his strong presence makes things look interesting.

In Masked (Season 1, Episode 7)
It was a fantastic episode. Here is why....
For the episode's start we can see that Faye local Bad girl/ Mean girl of Chance Harbor, Washington is wearing a skimpy almost topless blouse. All while, trying to convince Cassie to have a Halloween party while there shopping at a Halloweeny shop owned by Calvin Wilson.

Cassie agrees only because she sees this as a good chance to get Diana and Adam back together. That's what draws me to Cassie that no matter the situations that are happening she's always trying to put things together. To keep everyone happy, what a leader. It seems she is meant to be the real leader of The Secret Circle.

While Luke is inspired by Faye to go to the party with Cassie. At this point I was so happy because Luke seem genuinely interested in Cassie. Leaving Faye with Jake.

It's soon that the party begins but before that, Cassie has to make sure of who was the witch girl. What she was. She heads for Calvin Wilson's shop. But finds no real answers.
That has to do with Jake he having gotten to Calvin Wilson. And with one of the most delightful performance of "Ding dong, the witch's dead" threat to keep quiet if Cassie came asking for answers.

At the party the Circle is slowly captured by masked boys which Cassie soon finds are really witch hunters. Witches and witch hunters were very unexpected but will sure be interesting to watch especially with Jake working as a double agent. Which is strange since he is a witch! I can guess why he'd do it, though so there may still be hope for Jake yet.
While a lot of things did happen in the series this week what surprised the most was revelations concerning Cassie Blake.
All of which ends with the nice scary but somehow pleasant da-da-da-da-da, Secret Circle theme song. Absolutely look forward to it all the time!

Revelations and Theories

Advance Reader's Edition Review of The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring, #1) by Kiki Hamilton

A stolen ring, a broken truce, a kingdom in peril... 

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

                                              About The Faerie Ring
 For This Review:  *Book Copy Provided Through Literacy Rumbles blog Giveaway*

   Begins with our first glimpse of Tiki as she is mentioned to us to be a pickpocket thief. To her, its a great opportunity to help herself and orphans she lives with to survive. She has hunted down her target who's a big hit. As, she sets to it, Rieker, a boy she knows well shows up. He tries to intervene because as he sees it, it is dangerous. Tiki leaves Rieker to pickpocket her mark but then finds it wont be as easy as she first thought. Tiki barely escapes and finds herself at the home of Queen Victoria of England. She stumbles on Prince Leopold and Prince Arthur's conversation in a study. To Tiki its a little of a surprise to find a ring from the royals that appears so very enticing. Without a thought she decides to pocket it. 

Unknown to Tiki, this ring is being pursued by faeries so they can break a peace treaty between them and the court of England. The court of Queen Victoria's reign to be exact. Once the treaty is broken all faeries can finally take the human world for their own which they see as having been stolen by humans. So Tiki's only chance to avoid dangerous faeries is Rieker a boy who can't help himself track Tiki down for her own safety. 

The faeries of "The Faerie Ring" are not wonderful or nice creatures by the way. Well at least the ones we have been introduced to. They are beautiful yet cruel. For most of the book they viciously attack Tiki and Rieker believing they have the faerie ring. Bringing the faeries makes it more suspenseful for readers. Since we feel a dangerous edge, Tiki on ther other hand, is a clever girl who can devise outrageous schemes. She can also be fearful too which makes it feel all the more real. After all, we can't expect all our heroines to be fully fearless and strong. There has to be obstacles they can overcome. Now for Rieker, he's a sweet guy but also though it's important to note underneath that he carries a mysterious sadness. In short, all the characters are very swoon-worthy. 

I had heard many good raves for "The Faerie Ring". After reading, The Faerie Ring, I've to say all these great compliments for this debut novel are entirely true. You can bet I'll be reading the other books in this new series. A very enjoyable, adventure fantasy with what fantasy lovers love most which is faeries!
                 Overall: Amazing read!    
             Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Faeries     

                                                                     About the Author

Kiki Hamilton believes in faeries. And magic. Though she has a B.A. in business administration from Washington State University and has run a business with her husband for many years, as well as worked in a variety of management positions for other companies, her first love is young-adult stories of fantasy and adventure. Kiki lives near Seattle, Washington. where it only rains part of the time. She is a member of Class 2k11 and The Elevensies, and also blogs at The Enchanted Inkpot. Visit Kiki's Website at

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Tour: Review & Giveaway of Savor (Warm Delicacy #1) by Megan Duncan

              Enjoy the review!
When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. Claire quickly discovers the royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.

About Savor
Available for Purchase on
Claire a teen girl lives in a society where vampires rule and actually respect humans. Although other regions not of where she lives would probably frown on her region's vampires. The vampires in her society require one thing though from humans: blood donations. During her visit to a blood donation center a most surprising thing happens. Claire would have to decide whether the vampire royalty in her society really need her for a good purpose or not.

Claire has a very cheerful voice and doesn't try to let things get her down. She tries to be understanding in the situation she's been put that can seem frightening. Especially involving vampires. Many readers will enjoy the easy voice of the writing I'm sure.
Savor is a new vampire story concept with instances of interesting romance, and very mysterious hidden surprises. For Book 1, not bad did have really good enjoyable reading moments. A good read. Recommended. 

                                                                             Overall: Good read
                Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Vampires

For This Review: *Book Copy Provided For Review through Book Tour*                           

About the Author
Megan Duncan is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.

Giveaway at Book & Movie Dimension 

1st Place = A signed paperback copy of Savor
2nd Place = A free Kindle eBook copy of Savor  (Preferable to giveaway a Kindle version, but  another version if the winner doesn't own a kindle)
3rd Place = A Savor and Released Bookmark

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

         Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer
Release Date: February 14, 2012
To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

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Thoughts: I love the sound of the storyline. Since, it's from Harper Teen publishers it can only be good.

                                                                       October Month.
                           5 Days to Halloween!  
~Cassandra The Book & Movie Dimension Blogger

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Affiliated with Seventh Star Press!: Release of Angelkiller by H. David Blalock

Some book news. Read on....

Proud Unveiling of A NEW Urban Fantasy Series!
Seventh Star Press proudly unveils the cover art and pre-order windows for the limited hardcover and softcover editions of Angelkiller, book one of a provacative new urban fantasy series by H. David Blalock.

Limited-Edition Offer
With only 75 limited edition hardcovers to be issued, Angelkiller continues the Seventh Star Press tradition of producing one of the best value limited hardcover editions available anywhere.  The limited edition hardcover edition includes an exclusive illustration not found in any other version.  The artist for the book and series is Matthew Perry, whose artwork can be found in other Seventh Star Press titles from Jackie Gamber, Steven Shrewsbury, Michael West, and Stephen Zimmer.

(Two interior images from Angelkiller Artwork by Matthew Perry)

Those wanting to reserve one of the 75 limited edition hardcovers, or pre-order a softcover collectors package, should visit Seventh Star Press' online store at

Angelkiller by H. David Blalock
Angelkiller introduces Jonah Mason, the oldest, and most experienced of the Angelkillers, an elite force in the Army of Light.  They are fighting an ancient war, one in which the Darkness achieved a great triumph long ago that has had profound influence on the fabric of life as we know it.  It is the simple answer as to why bad things happen to good people. The great battle may have been lost, but the war continues in a modern age, pitting Jonah against the Enemy in a way even he had never faced.  A provocative mixture of the supernatural and technological, Angelkilleris a very special, thought-provoking tale, one that shines forth in the upper realms of urban fantasy literature.

Based out of the Memphis area, H. David Blalock has an impressive writing career of 35 years and counting that has achieved numerous publishing credits in print and online mediums.  He is most known for his fantasy novel Ascendant (Sam's Dot Publishing), which was the basis for a twenty minute short film produced in 2010 that featured former WWE wrestler Al Snow.  The sequel to Ascendant, Emperor (Sam's Dot Publishing), was released in March of 2011.  David is also the founder of Imagicopter, an author-driven organization that creates an array of event opportunities for small press authors and artists, while also publishing the highly-regarded Imagyro magazine.

The limited edition hardcover and special softcover collectors packages include an assortment of collectible extras, such as a 14X20 art poster, bookmarks, a set of glossy art cards, an Angelkiller magnet, and a pair of Angelkiller buttons.  They are scheduled to be shipped the first week of December, when the trade paperback will be made available everywhere, along with several eBook formats, including the Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Sony eReaders and other electronic reading devices.

Angelkiller was edited by Amanda DeBord.  Book 2, Traitor Angel, and Book 3, Doom Angel, will be released over the course of 2012 and early 2013.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Tour: Late Review of Wired by Martha Randolph Carr

Here's a late review...

Will the truth set you free or get you killed?
Mary Elizabeth and Charlie’s marriage is fading away as Charlie tries to just get along and Mary Elizabeth struggles not to disappear completely. A murdered teenager is discovered at the local teenage hangout on a bluff high above main street bringing back memories to Mary Elizabeth that she would rather forget but may hold the key to saving an entire town. But when the bodies keep popping up everyone must struggle with feelings of guilt, shame and redemption. 

                  About Wired
A lifetime of suffering has plagued Mary Elizabeth, a mother and wife. As her her marriage keeps deteorating she must come to terms with her past. A past filled with memories wanting to be shared. Mary Elizabeth has to since she just might be the only one who can stop a serial killer who is perfect in alluding. Thanks hopefully to the love between her husband, Charlie, she might be able to have the strength to survive to reveal a sick killer.
Our main character Mary Elizabeth is such a tortured soul that wants to feel a connection to her life again that has been forever altered by a traumatic event. There are so many well-constructed characters also. The movement of of the story is very neat which moves perfectly right that leads to a very awesome but shocking story reveal. Making Wired one really fun read. Loved how there is this signature in the writing of narration that tells us what's happening with care. Immensely entertaining thriller!

                                                                           Overall: Touching read
                          Genre: Realistic Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Thriller

                                                                                      My Star Review 4 of 5 stars
                                                                                      Buy Options 

Available as: E-book, $2.99 ('s Kindle Edition), Paperback, $6.95 from
Recommended Ages: 17 and Up                                                                   
Hardcover: 438 pgs.
Published:  October 1st 1993 by Nimrod House, Incorporated

For This Review:  *Book Copy Provided For Review through Book Tour*

                                                                                  About the Author
Martha Randolph Carr is the author of three books and has a weekly, nationally syndicated column through the Cagle Cartoon syndicate on politics, national interest topics and life in general. Her newest work, The List is a political thriller set around the attorney, Wallis Jones her husband Norman and their son Ned. The List is the first in a series. Martha is currently at work on the sequel, The Keeper. 

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