Friday, November 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Veiled by Stacey Rourke


Welcome to the official Blog Tour for Stacey Rourke's Veiled, the first book in the Veiled series! Of the various posts on this tour, we have an excerpt AND review to share!! So... Take a look at what I thought about this book! And... Don't forget to grab your copy, too!

Genre:
New Adult
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Series:
Veiled, #1
Publish Date:
November 6, 2017
Publisher:
Anchor Group Publishing

Cover Designed by:
Wicked Book Covers

Synopsis:
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society. 

They claim vamps don't kill. 
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong. 

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon. 

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses. 
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger. 
I am their greatest threat. 

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.


     
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*Excerpt*
“Comparing us to aberrant criminals? How do you justify making such a bold leap?”
“With centuries of murders, torture, and feedings!” he exploded, hopping in his seat as if suppressing the urge to leap onto the tabletop and douse me with holy water. “All of these vile acts have been committed under the teachings of your demonic demi-god, Vlad Draculesti. Your immortal Lord Impaler.”
One corner of my mouth tugged back in a knowing smirk. “And no one has ever killed, maimed, or committed genocide in the name of Christ?”
“It’s a sorry argument to use our history against us!”
“Yes, it is!” I vehemently agreed. “And yet that is exactly what humans subject us to. You fault us for the mistakes our kind has made in the past, mocking our deity without truly understanding his teachings. Meanwhile, you fetishize our culture and use it in your foreplay. Statistically speaking, human on human deaths outweigh vampire-on-human deaths twenty-three hundred to one. And why is that? Because humans take their passions too far, while when we pair with a human we focus on building a lasting relationship built on trust, safety, and security.”
“Humans you keep around for feeding and screwing!” my opponent hollered, spittle bubbling in the corners of his mouth. “You’re vicious killers!”
“My apologies to our viewers for that use of inappropriate language,” the prim and poised moderator stated into the camera before fixing her critical gaze on the frothing conservative. “Mayor Donaldson, I again ask you to control these outbursts or we will have no choice but to conclude our debate.”
Before his mouth could open to protest further, I leaned in and caught him with my narrowed gaze. “Show me proof. Where is the recorded documentation of these crimes you’re accusing us of? I tell you what, while you hunt to find that, I will wander into any costume shop or Halloween store and snag a set of fangs and a gothic cape that misrepresent us as night prowling fiends. The so-called facts you are basing your viewpoint on are myths formulated by your own kind to make us these legendary creatures that go bump in the night. Thank you, for granting me more power than I can fathom. That said, you should know I can’t turn into a bat, I spend as much time in front of the mirror as the next gal, and I enjoy a few extra shakes of garlic on my pasta. I’m not a monster, Mayor Donaldson. I am a vampire citizen who wants the same rights you take for granted.”

Copyright© Stacey Rourke


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**About the Author**
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon series Novel

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Why am I not surprised that I enjoyed this read by Stacey Rourke!?! Hmmm... Maybe because I love how she thinks "outside the box" and creates with her own creative and historical twists to it. Ha! I think that's it! Well, it is no different with this latest story on vampires. Right!?! Vampires!?! Anyways, this isn't any ordinary vampire story. That's right! Vincenza (the main character) is no ordinary vampire. So... Where do I being without spoiling anything?

So... I absolutely love Stacey's writing. The way she creates these complex characters with unique and individual personalities. And, her world building...!!! Stacey can thrust readers into the worlds she creates in just a few chapters, and then, readers are hooked! Well, I know I was...haha!!! 

Anyways, Veiled is absolutely a different take on vampires. Stacey took very real issues and gave it a paranormal twist to it. And, we all know how politics can be a touchy issue... Haha! Moreover, the story takes Vincenza's tragedy and made it into a driving force to uncover secrets and the truth behind all the vampire political propaganda. This first book in this new series introduces readers to this world where vampires exists and the dark and dangerous line that humans walk either glamorizing them or exposing them for what they really are.

The flow and pace of the story takes readers to the past and present of Vincenza's journey of becoming an unstoppable weapon. Although moving back and forth from past and present can be confusing, Stacey cleverly writes it in a way that isn't too difficult... That is if you are paying attention. Sometimes, I had to go back and forth with the chapters to get my bearing on the story. Yup! Veiled is an engrossing read in which once can't just breeze through it. This is a thought-provoking and a gripping read. Of course, although Stacey incorporates some history, this is definitely not a retelling in any way. I do enjoy reading tidbits of history thrown in.

All in all, Veiled is no ordinary vampire story. It is anything but ordinary! There are complexities to the characters and settings that make this a captivating read with a splash of history and realism. This is an incredibly thrilling introduction to Stacey's world of vampires...haha!!! Can't wait til the  next book! So... Stacey, when can we expect the next book?!?! 😊

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JASMINE's THOUGHTS on The Shack (2017)

Genre:
Drama/Fantasy
Rating:
PG-13
Release Date:
March 3, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 30, 2017
Run Time:
2 hrs 12 minutes

Directed by:
Stuart Hazeldine

Screenplay by:
John Fusco and Andrew Lanham & Destin Cretton

Produced by:
Gil Netter, Brad Cummings

Based on the book by:

Production Co:
Gil Netter/Windblown Media
Distributor:
Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

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Plot Synopsis:
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Cast:
Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, Sumire, Amelie Eve, Megan Charpentier, Gage Munroa with Graham Green and Tim McGraw



**My Thoughts**

O-M-G!!! I loved this movie! I was absolutely in tears from the start! I know, it's been a while. But, I am playing "catch up"... haha!!! Anyways, The Shack is an inspirational and spiritual story of a man's journey in finding and understanding his faith not just in himself, but with God. After a tragedy that affected him and his family, Mack finds himself in despair and redemption when he meets three enigmatic individuals.

The Shack was touching, heart-wrenching, and thought provoking that had me "ugly crying" from start to finish. Based on the novel written by William Paul Young, this film adaptation alone captured the emotional highs and lows of this man's depression. The cast was amazing and convincing in delivering the mysticism and the spirituality evoked by their characters.

I have watched this a few times, and each time, I broke me down into tears. Now, I have to read the book...haha!!!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BOOK BLITZ: The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting


Check out this awesome Sale Blitz for Mary Ting's The Chosen Knights, the fist title in the Secret Knights (formerly the Angel Knights) series! This is a spin-off series from the bestselling Crossroads Saga! For a limited time only, The Chosen Knights ebook is FREE!!! Get a peek into the book series with a cool series book trailer! So... Check it out and grab your ecopy now!

Genre:
Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Series:
Secret Knights, #1
*formerly The Angel Knights*
(spin-off from the Crossroads Saga)
Publish Date:
March 19, 2016

Cover Design by:
Naija Qamber Designs

Synopsis:
(HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first–The Angel Knights)

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.


     
  
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**About the Author**
International bestselling author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.

When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Hence, Mary's pen name, M. Clarke? She tours with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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