• Splintered - AG HowardSplintered
  • A Matter of Fate - Heather Lyons
  •  inescapable - amy a bartol
  •  graceling - kristin cashore
  •  someone to love - addison moore
  •  breaking beautiful - jennifer shaw wolf
  •  the perfect game - j sterling
  •  the edge of never - ja redmerski
  •  independence - shelly crane

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

{Review} The Promise of Paradise by Allie Boniface

The Promise of Paradise
by Allie Boniface
Source:  e-book courtesy of Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Available as of February 12, 2013

Ashton Kirk, youngest daughter of a prestigious senator, fiancee of a hotshot attorney, and fresh Harvard graduate, is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she rents an apartment in the sleepy town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.

Ashton hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. Eddie likes his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. While he's looking for a no-strings romance, though, he gets more than he bargained for in Ash, who sees through his bravado to the pain of a loss too fresh to mention.

Can two people from different worlds find common ground, a place to fall in love and build a future? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?

What originally drew me into this novel was the the cover. It is gorgeous and a wonderful story was buried inside. Allie Boniface kept me on my toes and dying to know how it would all end.

Ashton Kirk recently graduated from Harvard Law School. After her father was arrested for a number of illegal activities, her boyfriend/fiance broke up with her. Now she has set off on a path of her own to make a name for herself, but the name she uses isn't her real one. Not everything can be kept buried and secrets always find their way to the surface. 

I must say that I was head over heels for Eddie. Even though he was a complete and total player, you could tell by the way he acted around Ashton that he was more than willing to be a one woman man if the right woman walked in. Ashton was this intelligent girl who makes a few mistakes, but in the end she knew that she had two options and only one would get her what she wanted. 

The Promise of Paradise had everything I expected of a New Adult book. There was a hott guy, a main character fresh out of college and a plot with a few steamy scenes. I love that the story just pulled me in. I found myself making time to read this book even if I was with friends. The characters were well developed and had back-stories that affected how they lived their lives. I also loved that we got to see the events unfold from both Ashton and Eddie's points of view. 

Overall, I loved The Promise of Paradise. I cannot recommend it enough for those who love New Adult novels. It was juicy and held my attention from page one.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*

{Cover Reveal & Excerpt} Holding On by Emma Hart

I'm super excited to be sharing the cover of Holding On with you today! I loved Never Forget and can not wait to read this novella
BUT... before I get to the cover lets read what it's about.

Living in London after spending almost twenty years in a town with a population of three hundred would be hard on anyone – and Alec Johnson is no exception to the rule.

When Alec followed Lexy to London, he knew his life would change drastically. He just didn’t know how much. With Lexy’s friends and admirer to contend with, he has to show there’s more to the country surfer boy than is ability to ride the waves. With his own shameless admirers, he has to keep Lexy’s trust – and despite her love for him, that’s no easy task.

Beneath her tough girl exterior, all Jennifer Mason has ever wanted to do is paint. London’s School of Art can give her that, and she couldn’t be happier she’s finally breaking free from Lilac Bay. What she’s not happy about is having to leave Carl behind – or his reluctance to visit her while she’s studying.

Their relationship is put to the test as living on her own for the first time and university take their toll on Jen. After all, three hundred miles is a long way to be away from your boyfriend when you’re eighteen years old.

And it’s even harder when you can’t keep your eyes off your best friend’s older brother.

Sound good?

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Available April 22, 2013

     I stand, walking towards Bing. “Tell me this is some kind of ass wiping joke?”
     “I wish,” he replies, looking down at me. “Believe me, spending my evening with you wasn’t in my plan.”
     “So change it,” I hiss. “There is no way I’m spending all of Saturday night smiling and hanging onto your arrogant arm, Samuel!” Although, it is a very pretty arm.
     He sighs. “Look, Jennifer, I don’t exactly want you on my arm, but it’s too late to change it. Mum has already ordered matching outfits.”
     “Are you fucking kidding?” I deadpan. “Not only do I have to go with you, everyone will know I’m with you because, what? Your tie will match my dress?”
     “Oh, and there’s the brains she used to get into university,” he responds snarkily. “Yes, Jen. My tie is the same material and colour as your dress. Believe me, I’m not damn happy.”
     I heave in a breath. “This is gonna be as about as successful as Hades in the North Pole.” I throw my arms up, and turn back to Lexy’s bed. I throw myself face down on it.
     “I wouldn’t lie like that,” Bing says. “You have no idea what’s happened on that bed.”
     I get back up and growl. I push past him, moving to stomp down the stairs.
     “Hey, I was just saying!” he calls, following me.
     “Go away, Samuel. I want to see you as much as I want a shard of glass in my ass.”

By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine and writes books.

She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She has two new series planned as well as her New Adult Romance, Never Forget, due February 2013. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes.

Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

{Interview} The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

The Boys of Summer
by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer (#1)
Pages: 321
Available as of December 17, 2012
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It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

How long did it take you to write The Boys of Summer?
The Boys of Summer has proud roots formed in November 2011NaNo month. National Novel Writing month is a global activity where anyone can join in in the attempt to write 50k in one month. I thought it would be a bit of fun, and initially planned to tackle a edgier world gone wrong drama, but then The Boys of Summer seeped into my subconscious and completely took me over. I had such a clear, concise direction the characters had me going. I wrote in my blog the fear of not being able to ever replicate the joy of writing like I had writing the BOS. I managed to smash the quota with 77k for the month, and It took me 5 months to complete the first rough draft, and it was very rough! Then in a few months it was edited, re written, completely run through the ringer until it was polished. It took over a year in the mechanics to build the story, but it is a story that has been waiting to be written for a very, very, long time. It all just clicked in to place I am really fortunate that I had such a great time creating it.

Future Books in the works?

An Endless Summer (Summer Series Book Two)
Release Date: July 17th 2013

That One Summer (Summer Series Book Three)
Release Date: TBA

Someone Like You: (Stand alone novel)
Release Date: TBA 2014.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{Excerpt & Giveaway} The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith

The Crimson Hunt
by Victoria H. Smith
Series: Eldaen Light Chronicles (#1)
Pages: 340
Available as of November 8, 2012
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College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.

Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.

So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.

Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.

That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.

Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.

     Grabbing my cup, I forgot myself and indulged in a sip.
     Luca watched me, his gaze hard.
     Note to self: brown tea + white shirt + GQ model = bad idea. I placed my cup on the table’s surface and wiped my sweaty palms on my jeans.
     He continued to watch me. His stare was so deep it could be mistaken for analyzing.
     Gosh, he stared hard. Like his eyes were trying to unearth some secret he wanted to know from mine. Since I wasn’t skilled in the art of mind reading, I figured I should make an attempt at formulating some sentences. “So, who is ‘I am Luca?’” I asked, mimicking his original introduction to me. Nice, Ariel, real nice. Making fun of  him will definitely score you points.
     “What do you mean?”
     “I mean, what do you do in your spare time? Besides helping girls save cute, baby deer in the middle of vacant woods, of course.” I laughed. It was getting easier to be more natural with him. I liked that.
     He laughed, too, breaking his analysis. “School and work takes up the majority of my time.”
     Something told me there had to be more to him than that. No one who looked like that graced the world with their beauty in such a mundane way.
     “What about you?” he asked.
     “I guess the same as you. Just work and school.”
     “So why did you find my answer odd?”
     Was he skilled in the art of mind reading? “What do you mean?” I laughed in nervousness.
     He smiled and rested his finger to his delicious lips. “You looked a little underwhelmed by my answer, is all.”
     By God, he got me. “I just thought that … I guess I didn’t know what I thought.” Oy vey.
     He laughed gently.

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes. Her new adult science fiction romance, The Crimson Hunt, will be published November 2012.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

{Spotlight & Giveaway} Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed

Surrender Your Love
by J.C. Reed
Series: Surrender Your Love (#1)
Pages: 217
Available as of March 15, 2013
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Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

{Excerpt & Giveaway} Strength by Carrie Butler

by Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus (#1)
Pages: 389
Available as of March 7, 2013
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When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

     After the screaming subsided and the noises stopped, I took a deep breath and pounded on the door again—mentally preparing myself for another bout of waiting. It wasn’t like I had anywhere to go. Gabby was still occupying the room downstairs. I had all the time in the world.
     Not that he’d ever answer the freakin’ door.
     I was about to retreat to my spot on the sofa, when the door jerked open with a barely-perceptible whoosh of air. My hair fanned at the abrupt vacuum, and I swallowed, feeling everything I’d planned to say disappear with a single glance. “Wallace…”
     It looked like he’d just escaped a brutal assault, leaving half of his face swollen, red, and glistening with sweat—his left eyelid lowered at half-mast. “What?” he snapped, swiping the back of his wrist under his nose.
     “I…I…” My voice jumped an octave. “Are you okay?”
     His narrowed, unfocused gaze met mine. “I’m fine.”
     He didn’t look fine. He looked dead.
     “I just thought I heard something and wanted to check on you.” My adrenaline fed off of his fearsome exterior, burning my legs with the desire to run. It was like meeting the manifestation of our fears for the first time. He seemed so different from last night. “I-Is there someone with you?”
     His austere features darkened, and he shifted from one side to the other. “Sure you wanna ask the crazy guy?”
     Ouch. Okay, I deserved that.
     He gripped the doorknob and tilted his chin, looking past me. “How about you?”
     I turned as Aiden paled and backed away. “N-No,” he sputtered. “I-I mean you’re not crazy. You’re just…” He rubbed his hands on his pants. “Sorry, she just gets worried about…stuff.” Swallowing hard, he jerked his head toward his own door in a gesture for us to go. “We’ll leave you alone now.”
     My heart raced. I was petrified, but my mind was reeling with possibilities. If I left, I’d have to forego what little ground I had already gained. Was it worth it? I couldn’t just spout idealistic lectures and then punk out when it came down to it, could I?
     “Look, I just wanted to see if you were okay.” Also, please don’t hurt us.
     “Well, you’ve done your good deed for the day.” Wallace stepped back and started to close the door. “You’ll sleep well tonight.”
     “Wait! That’s not what I—”
     “Goodnight.” He shut the door with a soft click.

Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

{Review & Giveaway} 3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry & Janna Watts

3 Sides to a Circle
by Jolene Perry & Janna Watts
Pages: 205
Source: e-book provided by author via YA Bound for review
Available as of February 25, 2013
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Love is the ultimate rush.

Freshman year of college isn't easy. But with a friend like Libby Patterson, it is unforgettable.

Libby is honest and fearless and adorable. She's the girl on campus that everyone knows. The life of every party. Infectious and addictive, Libby captivates all those around her. Particularly her roommate Honor and their boy bestie Toby.

But three isn't always a magic number. And there's more to this trio than what everyone sees.

When Honor finds herself falling for an artist, and Libby doesn’t approve, and Toby finds himself watching Libby more than he should...the sides of their circle become strained.

The three are suddenly stretched between friendship, love and taking sides. They must fight to hold on to each other. But the tighter the hold, the harder it gets. Especially when Libby's unpredictability turns dangerous. Now it's up to Honor and Toby to save her from the downward spiral that could break their circle for good.

Funny and adorable are two words that I would use to describe 3 Sides to a Circle. The content was unexpected, but the characters were so easy to fall in love with.

A new home where nobody knows her and what she does is all Honor wanted. She didn't ask for the crazy roommate who happens to know just about everyone on campus and she certainly didn't ask to fall in love or to have two amazing best friends. What will it take for Honor to figure our her place in the world?

The character in this unforgettable story each had their own quirks. Libby was this eccentric ball of excitement that bounced off the walls. Honor was a quite, shy girl who was unsure of her beauty, future and her place in front of the camera. Toby was a riot when reading from his point of view. He got these ideas of what it would be like to be with Libby or Honor, even both, that would cause him to make a situation awkward.

I really enjoyed this book because of the dynamic between Libby, Honor, and Toby. It was interesting to say the least. I love that we got to see it from both Honor and Toby's points of view, but I would have been in heaven if Libby had a voice as well. The only thing about 3 Sides to a Circle that really bothered me was the scene/location changes. They weren't well defined, but I wasn't reading from a finished copy.

Overall, 3 Sides to a Circle was a fun read that kept me on my toes begging for more. If you want to read a fun New Adult book that blurs the lines of friendship, pick this up. I promise you won't regret it!!

Jolene wears juvenile T-shirts, worn-out Chucks, and eats too much chocolate. She makes up words, drinks Shirley Temples, and suffocates a little without her iPod.

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Janna wears juvenile pajama pants, worn-out Chucks, and wakes up ridiculously early. Pen name abuser. Rule Breaker. Trouble maker. Corrupter of youth. In books.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

{Review & Giveaway} First Visions by Heather Topham Wood

First Visions
by Heather Topham Wood
Series: Second Sight (#1)
Pages: 230
Source: e-book provided by author via Xpresso Book Tours for review
Available as of April 27, 2012
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Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother's home.

Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can't control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

First Visions was a superb read that kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. After reading, I can't wait to see what else Heather Topham Wood has in store for Kate.

Two years ago Kate Edwards was sick and in a coma. When she woke she helped find a missing child. Now, Detective Corbett has come to ask Kate for help finding his girlfriends little sister. Will Kate be able to help? Or will she fall through and leave the child in a monsters care?

Kate Edwards is this really self-secluded girl. After bringing home the little boy two years ago, she was hounded by reporters and other people with missing family members. I love that she was strong and put aside her feelings to help find the little girl. It only helped that the detective asking for her assistance was a hottie!

First Visions was a very addicting read. There was never a lag in pacing and I enjoyed the fact that some sections were written from the detectives point of view. The story line was unique and left me dying to know where it would head in the next book.

Overall, First Visions was a fantastic read that kept me mesmerized and up way past my bedtime. If you want a story with a strong heroine with visions of those she knows or has seen, pick this book up as soon as possible! You won't regret it.

Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway} David Ferraro

Today I have David Feraro, author of Dark Genesis, with me today on the blog.

Hi David! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to be here at Doodle’s Book Blog!
It’s a pleasure to be here!!!

Pet Peeves? Everyone has them. Could you tell us about a few of yours?
I just don’t like mean people. I work in retail, so when people are rude and talk down to people in a retail environment, it drives me crazy. Just because people can exert control over someone else doesn’t mean they should throw their weight around, and adults throwing tantrums when they don’t get what they want is ridiculous.

If you could choose to have any superpower, what would you want and why?
It would be shape-shifting, because you can be anyone you want to be, and who hasn’t imagined being someone else? I would look like a model most of the time, and wouldn’t have to worry about aging because I could just will myself to look young again. But it would be fun to mix it up now and then to blend into places I might not usually have access to, or would stick out like a sore thumb otherwise. Think of all of the cool experiences you could have!

If we were to take a look at your nightstand, what book would we find?
You would find my nook, since I tend to read from my e-reader in bed at night. I’m about to start “Through the Ever Night” by Veronica Rossi, the follow-up to “Under the Never Sky,” which is my favorite dystopian novel period. I’m also making my way through Baum’s Oz books, so you would find “The Emerald City of Oz” as well.

When you aren't writing what do you enjoy doing?
I read a lot, of course. You’ll find one young adult novel or another on my nook, and I try to read a classic a month, and read plenty of graphic novels. I’m also a huge film buff, so I go out to the movies a lot and have late night marathons of horror movies.

Name 3 things you always have with you when you are writing.
First, my computer, which I not only write on, but have music playing from and when I need to step away for a minute, I can just peruse the internet for a bit. Secondly, I always have something to drink, usually a Pepsi or water. And third, I have a candle that smells like fresh-cut grass nearby, and whenever I need a dose of inspiration, I open that and let it fill the room with its fresh aroma.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, can you name a few songs that were playing or inspired you while writing Dark Genesis?
I do listen to music when I write. It’s usually singer/songwriters like Kate Tucker or Andrew Belle that I have playing, and I have a few instrumental songs that I find inspiring and moody, like “Bella’s Lullaby.” While writing Dark Genesis, I know that a few songs I found myself playing a lot were “Billy the Kid” by Dia Frampton, and “Crows + Locusts” by Brooke Fraser.

Can you describe Dark Genesis in 10 words or less?
A kick-ass girl fights monsters to retrieve her memories.

Where did you get the idea for this story?
Dark Genesis takes place on a world populated by witches. I was thinking about all the different kinds of magic and magical practices that we know of, like voodoo, alchemy, utilizing familiars, astral projection, tarot cards…and I thought that there had to be a cool way to highlight them and contrast them with one another, and that was sort of the framework for this, creating covens with similar characteristics. I also talked with my boyfriend years ago about a comic book we could create featuring some characters coming to a world populated by monsters. I sort of merged the two ideas and came up with a great story for it.

Are any of the characters based off of people you know?
I’m sure that I am influenced by people in subtle ways when I come up with characters, but it’s not intentional or done consciously. I have noticed in the past that some dialogue will sound awfully familiar to something a friend would say, but I can’t think of anything in Dark Genesis like that.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
I appreciate the support and feedback of everyone who has had the chance to read anything I’ve written. I have lots of ideas that I have to share with people, and I hope that people continue to take this journey with me, because I’ve had so much fun so far.

Thanks again for being here with us today David!

     Ahead, the doorway they’d been running toward was suddenly filled by a creature covered in a coat of white fur, its bulky frame bending to fit through the opening. It had two short blue horns protruding from the top of its head and a pale face to match its fur, the face of a monster, with a wide nose, red eyes and a large mouth full of teeth. It reminded Alyssa vaguely of a monkey, especially how it swung its arms. Arms that ended with some deadly-looking blue claws. It roared again as it faced them, and Alyssa swallowed hard as she eyed Eric’s axe, wondering if it would be able to work magic twice.
     A tinkling laugh behind them was almost worse than the roar of the beast. It sounded like icicles clinking together, or ice cubes slipping into a glass. And it was accompanied by a blanket of cold air that rolled over them like fog, freezing their breath and chilling them to the bone.
     Alyssa turned to face The Ice Queen, and was rather impressed by her gorgeous figure. She was tall and beautiful, with hair as white as snow, matching her sleeveless form-fitting dress that brushed the floor with each step she took. Her skin was also white, but was tinged blue, as if she’d been out in the cold. Imagine that. Her lips were just as frosty, and her eyes were a deep blue, but cold and unfeeling, and nothing like the blue warmth that radiated from Eric’s eyes.
     “Don’t mind the yeti,” she said, smiling at them. “He doesn’t have very good manners. But then again, neither do you, trying to slip away without even a greeting.” She clucked her tongue. “And after stealing my property at that.” Her eyes sought out Eric’s. “There you are, my beautiful boy. I was terribly devastated that you would run away. Again. I may have to actually punish you this time.”
     “We saw how you punish people,” Alyssa found herself saying, accusation in her voice. “You’re psychotic.”
     Tinkling laughter again. The Ice Queen had a very calm air about her. It was disconcerting, like she didn’t expect that they would be able to fight her at all. “Believe me, that’s nothing compared to what I’m going to do to you for taking him away from me.” Her features hardened. “Don’t make this more difficult than it needs to be.”
     Alyssa eyed the yeti at one doorway and The Ice Queen at the other. They wouldn’t be able to get past either of them without casualties. “It’s a short drop to the moat, guys.”
     Lace stiffened beside her. “I was afraid you were going to say that.”
     The yeti charged them, letting out another roar, but Alyssa hardly paid attention to the outburst as she ran for her life toward the windows.
     “Stop them!” The Ice Queen ordered.
     Alyssa found the ground growing slippery beneath her feet as ice grew thick on the floor, but she was already nearly at the windows. She watched Lace slide out one, letting out a small cry as she fell through the air, but she landed safely on the ice below.
     Parker waited for her at the windows, waving for her to move faster, but Alyssa looked back to see where the others were.
     And cursed.
     Eric was pulling his axe out from the throat of the yeti, crimson blood spraying over the floor, a stark contrast to its coat of white fur. Vessa was running in his direction, screaming for him to hurry.
     Alyssa tried to stop in her tracks, but she found that her momentum, along with the ice on the floor, forced her to keep going forward until she slammed into Parker, who let out a startled noise as he was shoved into the open air. Luckily Lace had been watching and caught him a few feet from the ground with a portal, or he may have broken his neck.
    Unwilling to leave her friends without seeing them to safety, Alyssa hesitated at the window. She couldn’t move far without slipping on the ice, which she’d attempted to do a few times only to find herself on the floor with the wind knocked out of her. So she propped herself in the doorway, offering encouraging words to her friends as they made their way toward her.
     Vessa pushed Eric ahead of her, and slipped on the floor herself, spinning in place for a moment before standing on shaky legs and continuing after him. Eric, meanwhile, could hardly stop himself. Alyssa had to slide out of the way as he sailed past her, to safety. She watched him hit the ground on his tailbone before turning back to Vessa, who was gaining momentum as well.
     “Come on,” Alyssa yelled. She swallowed hard as she suddenly realized that she had no idea where The Ice Queen was. Was she going to be down on the ice waiting for them?
     She looked to the side and flinched at the icy smile she found a few feet away. The Ice Queen’s eyes glittered in the shadows like diamonds as she set her predatory eyes on her. “You look like pretty bait.”

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Dark Genesis 
by Dave Ferraro
Pages: 431
Available as of March 5, 2012
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Alyssa opened her eyes to darkness. And in the first flash of light provided by a gathering storm, she could make out a ring of bodies surrounding her.

With no memory of who she is, Alyssa stumbles into a dark world populated by witches. The witches are powerful, and demonstrate frightening powers, but even more terrifying are the monsters who rule over the land. Vampires, werewolves and other awful creatures of the night have taken over, forcing the witches behind stone walls, afraid to venture outdoors. But Alyssa finds that as she kills certain monsters, memories return to her, memories of a life on Earth, and the boy she left behind.

The quest to collect her memories and piece together the puzzle of what has happened to her is a daunting one, with betrayals and sacrifices every step of the way. But Alyssa is determined to fight for a world that is not her own, destroying powerful monsters along the way, so that she can return home to the boy she is coming to love through the memories she recollects.

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