Friday, September 4, 2015

Win Boxed Set & Amazon Gift Card | The Deep Beneath Blog Tour

The Deep Beneath

by Natalie Wright 

(H.A.L.F #1) 

Publication date: January 7th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult



H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?
The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.


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Excerpt


North

Erika handed Ian a large plastic cup that said ’32 oz. Super Guzzler’ on the side as well as a bag filled with long, red candy. “I suggest you get us out of here. Fast,” she said.

“What happened?” Ian asked.

“Tex caused a scene. I covered as best I could, but I don’t know how long it will hold them off.”

Ian started the car and pulled out and back onto the road. He opened the bag of candy with his teeth and spit out a piece of the bag. The car was instantly filled with an odor that smelled like sugary plastic.

“Want one?” Ian asked. He held the bag out to Tex.

Tex took one of the long, thin candy ropes and sniffed it. “This does not smell as though it would provide proper nutrition for your body. Are you certain that this is food?”

Ian laughed as he eased the car onto the on-ramp. “It’s not meant to be nutritious.”

“Then why ingest it?”

“Because it tastes good. Haven’t you ever had sweets?”

“A.H.D.N.A. supplied balanced nutrition three times daily. My body does not require ‘sweets’ so they did not provide it. I do not know ‘sweet’.”

“It’s time you live a little. Go ahead. Try it.” Ian bit off a large chunk of the chewy substance and smiled as he ate it.

Tex bit into the candy and chewed it as Ian had. It was goopy in his mouth and at first unpleasant. He considered spitting it out, but then a sensation overwhelmed him. The sugary tasted filled his mouth and became like a liquid. It was a pleasant taste that made him happy. Tex quickly downed the entire rope of candy. “More?” he asked.

Ian chuckled and held out the bag for him. “I think I’ve created a monster. Here. Take it.”

Erika gave Jack something that she called a ‘hot dog’, a sports drink and a bag of chips. 

“Sorry, it’s not what you ordered. But it’s the best I could do in there.”

The smell of the nutrition that Erika handed Jack made Tex’s stomach feel queasy. The odor was unlike anything that he had ever experienced, as he had never eaten charred animal flesh. “Are you eating a canine?”

Jack laughed despite the fact that his mouth was full. “It’s not a real dog. We don’t eat dogs. It’s other meat.”

“If you can call it that,” Erika said.

“Don’t confuse him,” said Jack. “It’s like pork and beef mixed together with spices.” Jack chewed loudly. “Might even have been good if it hadn’t been rolling on heat rollers for like a week. Wanna try it?”

Tex nodded. He had never had animal flesh, and though it did not smell as though it would provide sound nutrition for his body, he was curious. The sweet food had not smelled appetizing either, but it had been enjoyable.

Jack broke off a piece and handed it to him. Tex chewed and allowed the full flavor of the hot dog to fill his mouth. It did not have a sweet, happy taste like the candy. It was, Tex decided, disgusting.

“What a face,” Jack said. “I guess you don’t like it.”

“It is not enjoyable to eat a dog.”



About the author


Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.


Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise


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The Villian by May Nicole Abbey

The Villain

by May Nicole Abbey


A fall and crash.

A violent journey through the doorways of time.

A villain or hero in the making.

Rosemary Mayfield teeters on the brink of ruin. With the murder of her parents she is left the sole guardian of her younger brother and sister. Once a wealthy socialite in New York City, she now finds herself stranded in the untamed wilderness of the American West. When a wounded man comes crashing through her roof, as rough as the savage land, it is against her better judgment to bring him into her home and her heart. But she soon discovers he holds a secret that shatters everything, and she must make a choice, unaware that often destiny hinges on a single moment.

Fresh from an unsavory past and a violent fall through time, Nicolas Ekkridon awakens to find himself cared for by three orphans ignorant of the role he played in their parents’ untimely death. They accept and embrace him, and a lifetime of hardened barriers begin to crumble. On the precipice between good and evil, only Rosemary and her spirited defiance stands between him and villainy. But time and space are against them. As its weaving tentacles envelop them in an indifferent grasp, they are swept into a shattering series of circumstances that threaten the very makeup of their lives. But when time can be bent, nothing is written in stone.




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There are very few words that can describe what they've accomplished in The Villain. Here are a few that come to mind: magnificent, overwhelming, heart-stirring, and a bit frightening at times.
This author team writes some of the best characters I've ever read about and weaves them together in such a fascinating web. Each character has depth and an important role in the storyline (and possibly future storylines). Characters who didn't particularly interest me, at first, became very significant throughout the book. ~Shannon Keith
The Villain is one of those books you pick up and read in one sitting. The kind that surprises you with its powerful and compelling characters and its poignant message. To say that I was surprised at how much the story touched my heart would be an understatement. ~C.J. Anaya
Reading this book reminded me of the television shows I used to watch when I was a kid. “Little House of the prairie” and “Dr Quinn Medicine Woman”. I can confidently say if you enjoyed those shows, you will enjoy this novel. ~Nina Schluntz


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“Have you done… very bad things?” I asked, wishing I didn’t have to ask.

His answer was simple. “Yes.”

“And are you going to go on… doing bad things?”

He lay very still, like if he moved, he would be discovered. The man as big and hard as the mountain had a weakness. “The gods of the ancient world punished men terribly for their sins,” he said in a hollow voice, his accent there again, thicker than I ever heard it. “Tortured them for eternity. There was no point in trying to escape.”

I put my sewing down. “We don’t believe in those gods anymore.”

He laughed in a hard, hateful voice. “And why should you? You were protected and cosseted and kept from every sin. What do you have to fear from them?”

“And you like to imagine yourself some sort of wild, dangerous creature, trapped in a dungeon of your own making. You are too stupid to realize there are no locks on the doors. Does it come as a shock that brute force isn’t always called for? Does it horrify you to find some kindness lurking deep in your heart?”

“Kindness!” he repeated bitterly, “I’ve done no kindness to you, my girl!”

“You have!”

He regarded me steadily. “If you knew the things I’ve done, Miss Mayfield, your blood would boil with hate and you’d throw me out the door this moment. And you should.”

My heart stilled. “What have you done?”

He turned away, and I couldn’t see his face. He was closed off. But I felt a shrinking from him, a retreat from a memory.

I pushed my specs up the bridge of my nose and picked up my sewing again. An image filled my mind of the shoe flying across the room. His incense at Benjamin ignoring me. His artless, diffident effort to make up with Emily. Instinct made me say with some gentleness, “Whatever you did, perhaps it’s not as bad as you think it is.” I was frightened even as I said it, but I did not wish it away.

He scoffed, but he looked at me. I saw something inside that good eye hoping to be convinced. He reminded me, I realized suddenly, of Benjamin.

“There is no doubt you’ve done things you shouldn’t. And sure, you can be a pig sometimes. Mother would have been horrified,” I smiled. “But a real scoundrel would have shown himself long before now. You haven’t hurt us. You’ve even been good to us.”

“Maybe I’m biding my time. I’m weak and injured and still need you to look after my wounds.” His tone was a cold blanket.

“In which case, you’d hardly warn me against you. Instead you’d be trying to put me at ease.” My voice was equally cool.

He snapped and threw up his hands. “Oh, I don’t have time for this! The sooner I get away from you all, the better!”

I gathered up my sewing basket and stood.

“The west is a dangerous place. You’re ripe for the picking out here in the wilderness, just waiting for someone to come along and help himself!” He couldn’t help but say.

“What do you care? You just said it yourself, it isn’t your problem.”

His hand balled into a fist. “Rosemary, you can’t just trust people, all right! It isn’t wise! Don’t just let anyone through your door and nurse him back to health, you got that? Don’t let Emily sidle up to him and cry over him and tell him her stories. And Benjamin tries to be angry, but it’s all bluster. He’s easy prey for anyone who gives him attention and sounds like they have some useful knowledge. Don’t just let anyone through that door!”

“We didn’t let just anyone in, Nicolas,” I said simply. “We let you in. And I’m glad.”



About the Authors


Abbey
Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson are sisters on a mission. Their goal is to write clean, adventuresome romance stories, full of lovely characters, personal growth, truth, and hope. Although they live miles from each other, and are both busy with the daily needs of their respective families, they carve out time each night to put fingers to keyboard and write. Their goal? Twenty completed books. Set all over the world and throughout time, they thrill at the freedom that writing time travel offers them. From Georgian society, to Ancient Egypt and the Wild Western, the possibilities are limitless.






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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blue Summer Blazer c/o Coco-Fashion | Outfit & Review

Blue Summer Blazer

c/o Coco-Fashion


I recently ordered a really awesome grey and white summer jacket from CocoFashion. But a few days later found out it had gone out of stock. I was give the option for choosing some other piece with the same value and then I went with this light blue summer blazer. The shipping took about four weeks total.


I'm sooooo glad I did! This is actually so much better! The color is actually baby blue with a hint of green. So it actually looks more 'minty' blue than just plain old blue.


The size is a free-size called 'one size' over on the website. I guess it would fit size S to L wearers pretty well. I fall somewhere between sizes S and M, so this fit me a little loose (which I liked). The fabric is very soft and light and it's pretty good for summers.

The dress I'm wearing is an old piece I bought from I-have-no-idea-where last year. And the boots I bought a couple of months ago from a new online shoe store (they now sell awesome bags too) called Street Style Store. They currently ship within India only, have free shipping on everything, and have COD too. It's a small business, but I absolutely love their collection (Nope, I'm not an affiliate nor am I being paid to promote them). 

What do you think? Do tell me your thought's in the comments section down below!


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Blue Summer Blazer | here
New *beloved* Boots | here
JORD Wood Watch | here

Also,
He-Man Action Figure | stole (read borrowed) from brother
Monstor Truck | stole (read borrowed) from brother

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