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Spotlight Wednesday: The Shifter Chronicles by Michelle Areaux #giveaway

Evernight
The Shifter Chronicles Book 3
by Michelle Areaux
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance Thriller

For Elle, she thought the day she learned she was a Shifter was the most frustrating day of her life. Well, that was until she found herself in the middle of a war between her best friend and boyfriend.

Now, everything is about to change for this trio as a known Witch in Shady Oaks has decided to wage a war against the Shifters and Otherworldly Creatures. This time, Elle may find herself battling with new powers and without her trusted best friend, Maddox. Discover how hearts are broken and mended in this exciting third installment of the Shifter Chronicles, Evernight.

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Everpure
The Shifter Chronicles Book 2

Sixteen-year-old Elle’s life changed in a matter of seconds after learning she wasn’t only human, but a shifter too. To make matters worse, her best friend Maddox and boyfriend Asher have a mutual hate for one another that leaves Elle in the middle of their constant battles. With a new discovery now lingering over Elle, she is left with more questions than she ever could have imagined.

Thinking she has found a way to handle her new found life as a shifter, she now finds herself faced with a much larger challenge. A huntress named Evaline is now seeking to destroy all shifters and vampires as she makes it her goal to avenge her father’s death and end all otherworldly creatures once and for all.

Will Elle be able to survive the army now seeking to destroy her world?
Will Elle be forced to choose between her best friend and boyfriend?
Discover a new fantasy world with Everpure, the second book in the Evershade Shifter Chronicles.

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Evershade
The Shifter Chronicles Book 1

*New and Lengthened 2018 Edition*

How well do you know yourself?

Sixteen-year-old Elle thinks she’s got life in Shady Oaks all under control until new boy Asher comes to town. Elle can’t explain it, but she can’t deny the connection she feels to him. Things with Asher are going great until they’re out one night and nearly attacked by a large wolf. Before she knows it, Elle’s life is spiraling out of control: Maddox is in love with her, she and Asher are in danger… and she learns she’s a shifter!

If that wasn’t bad enough, she finds herself in the middle of an ages-old war between shifters and hunters.

What else can she do but join the cause?

Will Elle stay with Asher or break-up with him to be with Maddox? What does it mean to be a shifter? Who will emerge victorious in the battle?

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40639625-evershade

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Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, middle school teacher, and author. As an avid reader and lover of all things literature, she followed her dream of becoming a published author and has never looked back!

She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Asbury University.

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Spotlight Wednesday: The Alterealm Series by J. Risk #giveaway

The Huntress
The Alterealm Series Book 1
by J. Risk
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

Where all those things that go bump in the night are real and other realities do exist. What would you do if you woke up in another realm where the residents are beings from fictional tales? Where all those things that go bump in the night are real and other realities do exist!!

Damariss Maxx just woke up in a world where all those things that go bump in the night are real. An alternate realm where the residents are beings she thought only existed in fiction. Will she find the way to keep life normal and simple for those unknowing without losing her own sanity?

All she has to do now is find a way to protect the people in her world from the nightmares that have bleed from this other realm into it and fulfill a prophecy that says she’s their huntress queen or doom this other world to a bleak, violent existence.

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The Seer
The Alterealm Series Book 2

Sometimes crazy is all that works…

Different. Weird. Unwanted. Crazy. Afraid.
That’s been the story of Crissy’s life.
A life spent never quite knowing why she has these visions in her head.
And just why she’s so afraid.

Finding herself important and accepted for the first time in her life, the workings of this other realm are confusing, but feel familiar. She’s seen it before, and that feeling may just be home.

Now in a place where she’s understood and loved, Crissy’s visions may just help to tip the balance in the fight between good and evil.

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The Empath
The Alterealm Series Book 3

A century of questions brought no answers, until now.

A century always on the move, never aging and not being able to form relationships, Alona has far more questions than answers. Absorbing the emotional turmoil of others is bad enough, with the headaches, nausea and blackouts, but it is the loneliness that is a never-ending ache.

A bizarre encounter with a crazy-erratic redhead in a nightclub brings her the promise of answers, if only she can open her mind to the possibilities. Life will change in ways she never thought possible, or could ever imagine.

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The Witch
The Alterealm Series Book 4

Doing a favor for your best friend never works out.

Finding a best friend and roommate in Erin, Bethany agrees to use her magic to help a group of Erin’s new friends. But something told her that things were off, and now she’s got to use her powers to get her friend back.

Sharing a small apartment and struggling to survive was far better than being locked away with no word of Erin, and a niggling feeling that the stories she was told aren’t the truth.

Discovering another realm, learning about her powers and making things right, Bethany must make amends for all she did wrong, no matter the consequences.

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J. Risk is a pseudonym used by Author Jacqueline Paige (Multi-published Paranormal Romance author of The Magic Seasons series, The Hidden Senses Trilogy, The Dream Series and more)

I wanted to write a story that would fit into new adult levels as well as adult. Something that was serious with fun elements–paranormal / fantasy that everyone could read and enjoy.

I’ve decided to use J. Risk as the pen name for this to separate this series from my other writing which is definitely adult reading material.

Jacqueline Paige lives in Ontario in a small town that’s part of the popular Georgian Triangle area.

She began her writing career in 2006 and since her first published works in 2009 she hasn’t stopped. Jacqueline describes her writing as “all things paranormal”, which she has proven is her niche with stories of witches, ghosts, physics and shifters now on the shelves.

When Jacqueline isn’t lost in her writing she spends time with her five children, most of whom are finally able to look after her instead of the other way around. Together they do random road trips, that usually end up with them lost, shopping trips where they push every button in the toy aisle, hiking when there’s enough time to escape and bizarre things like creating new daring recipes in the kitchen. She’s a grandmother to four (so far) and looks forward to corrupting many more in the years to come.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjacquelinepaige
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacqPaige
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jacqpaige/
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Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Michele Israel Harper

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner today is Michele Israel Harper. Michele is an author, editor, avid reader and book reviewer. She is also publisher at L2L2 Publishing, holds many positions in literary organizations, besides being a full-time wife and mother. Her hobbies are scrapbooking, dancing and photography. Michele shares her inspiration behind becoming a writer, her tips on worldbuilding and her writing process.

Tell us about Michele Israel Harper and what inspired you to become a writer?

My writing journey began at a couples’ retreat, when my husband and I sat with another couple who were talking about the husband’s hobby of novel writing. As I sat there and listened to him and his wife, the overwhelming urge to write my own book overcame me until I couldn’t take it anymore. I sat down and wrote my first novel, Zombie Takeover, in a little under a month. I had tried to be so many things–a professional dancer and archaeologist among them, neither of which worked out–but it had honestly never occurred to me that I could write books! I devoured books, spent most of my childhood combing used bookstores, and made up stories when I didn’t have anything to read. It swiftly became an outlet for all the stories I’d been imagining in my head for years, and story after story came pouring out. I can’t imagine doing anything else, I love it so much! Books are my life.

Can you tell us about Kill the Beast and the inspiration behind the story?

Absolutely! Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale. After all, it’s set in France, Belle has brown hair and eyes just like me–which was a big deal when I was a little girl–she loves books, and she found love in the most unexpected and solitary of places. I’m majorly an introvert, so being locked up in a castle with nothing but books for company sounds like heaven! (Okay, much less so the locking up part…) But I didn’t want to retell Disney’s version; I wanted to focus on the original La Belle et la Bêteby Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, which is much more involved and detailed than the much later and much abridged version by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. I did so much research, and I pray it shows and I got it right!

Kill the Beast is a retelling, which are known for world building, what two tips would you give a writer learning world building for their story?

The most important tip I would give for world building is to look at the world around you. The difference in cultures, the many foods available, the vastly different terrains, the different monetary systems, religious systems, etc.–take everything that makes our world unique and apply it to your story. And mix it up! My story was set in France, so I spent countless hours pouring over maps, customs, 18th Century history, coinage, holidays, ports, trade routes–the list goes on and on and on. Although it was more historical in nature, I needed to see what was fact, so I knew what I could take and twist and change for my own tale. But maybe you should combine Chinese culture with Western United States. (Firefly, anyone?) There is so much right at our fingertips that can be used to make a vast and unique story world!

You have many talents, book reviewer being one of them, who or what started you reviewing books?

I started reviewing books when I was approached by several authors who wanted feedback about their new releases. Instead of simply leaving a review on Amazon, I took it a step further and added a more detailed review on my blog. Then I signed up for a NetGalley account and started reviewing for several publishing houses until I had so many books I couldn’t keep up! After my own writing took off and I started acquiring for L2L2 Publishing, I stopped reviewing as much as I used to. I still try to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads if I absolutely adore a book, though!

When writing, do you have a writing process? Can you share two writing tips that have helped you?

I have tried to outline and plot till my brain went numb and I swore I would never write again, but no matter how hard I try, I am not a plotter. My brain doesn’t work that way. I discover my story as I’m writing it. Kill the Beast is the only book I extensively outlined, and it took me four years to write it, instead of the one to two months my other books have. Instead of outlining, I keep a research sheet, a character sheet, a place-setting sheet, and a timeline, and I type out the details as they come to me or when I have to research a detail. My advice is to find what works best for you! I love Scrivener, but I have to write the first draft in Word for some reason. I love the idea of outlining, but it tends to derail me instead of help the story. My other piece of advice is to find or start a writing group. Every Thursday evening, I join a lovely group of writers and we pound out words in sprints until we’re falling asleep on our keyboards or the person with keys has to go home. I wrote 5,601 words last night! Brand-new, beautiful words that fed my soul. Do what it takes to set aside writing time to create.

What have you learned from the writing and publishing industry that has helped in your writing career?

Don’t give up. This industry is one that takes time. It takes time to develop your craft, to get that first, second, and third acceptance letter. It takes time to have your book properly edited by an industry professional who follows Chicago Manual of Style and knows what they’re doing. If you’re going indie, it takes time to save up for that edit and for a professional cover that is competitive in the marketplace. Don’t give up just because you’ve hit a few snags. This industry weeds out the die-hards from the hobbyists pretty quickly, especially if you get rejection letter after rejection letter. Use each as a learning experience, and do what it takes to excel in your field. It can be done, so hold on to hope! If you have stories burning inside of you, then for the love, write. Only you can tell your story.

Tell us two to five things your readers don’t know about you.

I am a rabid fan of all things French and I love Paris more than any other city in the world; the color red is my happy place; quiet, peace, and solitude refresh me and give me strength to face people, especially talkative, extroverted people; I was once hired on as a dance instructor at a major dance company; and I once French-kissed a giraffe on a dare. (For those of you as concerned as I’d be if I read that, some guys dared me to put a food pellet between my lips for the giraffe to eat. I obviously didn’t think it through, the giraffe’s mile-long tongue went in my mouth and plucked the food out, and I gagged for days. Just don’t do it.)

What new projects are you working on?

Right now I have three projects going–a prequel novella for Zombie Takeover, the sequel to Zombie Takeover calledVampire Feud, and the sequel to Kill the Beast, Silence the Siren. It’s another of my writing quirks! I have to be writing more than one story at a time to keep the spark of loving what I do alive.

Where can readers find you?

On my website (www.MicheleIsraelHarper.com), Facebook (@MicheleIsraelHarper), Instagram (@Michele_Israel_Harper), or Twitter (@micheleiharper). I’m also on Amazon and Goodreads! 🙂

Thanks for the interview.

Thank you so much for having me! I am thrilled to be featured on your blog.

About The Book

Ro remembers the castle as it was before. Before the gates closed. Before silence overtook the kingdom. Before the castle disappeared. Now it shimmers to life one night a year, seen by her alone.

Once a lady, now a huntress, Ro does what it takes to survive, just like the rest of the kingdom plunged into despair never before known.

But a beast has overtaken the castle; a beast that killed the prince and holds the castle and kingdom captive in his cruel power. A beast Ro has been hired to kill.

Thankful the mystery of the prince’s disappearance has been solved, furious the magical creature has killed her hero, Ro eagerly accepts the job to end him.

But things are not as they seem.

Trapped in the castle, a prisoner alongside the beast, Ro wonders what she should fear most: the beast, the magic that holds them both captive, or the one who hired her to kill the beast.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling.

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Author Viviana MacKade shares The Crescent Creek Series #giveaway

ALL CRESCENT CREEK NOVELLAS HAVE RETURNING CHARACTERS, BUT CAN BE READ AS STAND ALONES.


His Midnight Sun
Crescent Creek Book 3
by Viviana MacKade
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Tormented, fierce, and broken, sculptor Aidan Murphy has judged himself guilty. He yearns for love but pushes everyone away. He longs for acceptance but has lost the key to open his heart. Until he meets Summer Williams. Beautiful and smart, Dr. Williams promises haven for a man who believes he deserves none. All he has to do is let her in and risk his heart and soul.

Summer’s managed to keep her inner light alive, even through tragedy. She’s created a new life for herself and her daughter in Crescent Creek with loving, caring and fun friends–well, except brooding, breathtaking Aidan. She’s used to keeping away from his type, though. All she has to do is ignore the pull of a man who’s turning up to be much more than snarls and storms. Will her compassion and medical instincts let her?
Love can heal a broken soul and shake up a timid heart. Or it can unleash devastation and a thirst for revenge.

Will Aidan and Summer survive the storm?

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Painted Love
Crescent Creek Book 2

Thou shalt not steal.
Oh, but Florence had, and would do so one last time.
Ten pieces her grandfather painted for her because he loved her.
Ten pieces her mother lost, along with anything else, for loving the wrong man.
She couldn’t get back everything he’d wasted away, but she’d be damned if she’d give up those paintings.

Easy and genuine, Rhett loves his life–his family, his market, his town. Until he meets a British woman with grey eyes and a cute little smile. The woman he’s been waiting for.
The thing is, to love her is easy, but can he trust her?

When Rhett pushes to uncover her agenda, Flo knows she will lose something–the man she loves or what she’d been fighting for years.
Which road will she choose?

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All Those Miles I Have Walked
Crescent Creek Book 1

At eighteen, DJ had to make a choice–her heart or her dreams. Neither was wrong, yet either would break her heart. She chose the world. Over a decade later, she returns to Crescent Creek and to the one regret she’s ever had–Scott. Scott’s always been steady as a rocky reef. He’d loved once and when she’d left, his strong heart had crumbled like a sandcastle. Now DJ is back, and Scott wants nothing to do with her. The problem? They share Eva, a close friend of both, and now Eva needs their help. Because of her, he’s stuck with DJ and he’d be damned, the woman still gets under his skin. DJ is a free spirit who needs the road under her feet. Scott is a family man who wants to groom his roots. With danger on their doorstep and a baby to keep safe, how much are they willing to compromise for love?

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She Came With the Tide
Crescent Creek Book 0.5

He’s impulsive, fearless, and fun loving.
Erik Axelsson, Ax, had it all: talent, fame, money. He’d lived the rock & roll life fully and with gusto until it wasn’t fun anymore. Without a second thought, he’d traded the spotlight with the Floridian sun, and the guitar with a surfboard. Rich, and free from anything – what more he could need?

She’s innocent, scared, and in trouble.
Andrea Smith escaped the life imposed to her when her parents joined a cult. After years on the run, hunger pushed her to accept a stranger’s offer for breakfast. She had no clue her life changed with that simple ‘yes’.

But the past catches up with her, forcing Andrea to choose what person she wants to be: the scared cult member that obeyed in silence, or the new woman Erik made blossom.

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Beach bum and country music addicted, Viviana lives in a small Floridian town with her husband and her son, her die-hard fans and personal cheer squad. She spends her days between typing on her beloved keyboard, playing in the pool with her boy, and eating whatever her husband puts on her plate (the guy is that good, and she really loves eating). Besides beaching, she enjoys long walks, horse-riding, hiking, and pretty much whatever she can do outside with her family.

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