Monday, February 3, 2014

PRELUDE Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today is release day for Prelude and kickoff day for the 
Prelude Blog Tour. 
Thank you to all the participating blogs! 

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It’s not easy creating life, but that’s what Deus was meant to do. And as amazing as his new creations may be, Deus finds that there’s nothing wonderful about being the only person in existence. Using his power, he molds a companion to keep him company; only, something goes awry and Starr soon proves to be as wild as the animals he’s crafted.

What do you do when the only other person in the universe hates you? You fall in love, of course…because that’s how forever begins.


A few weeks ago, before coming to Terra, I noticed that Starr began to look older, more mature…and fuller.  I believe I’m different, also. I’m not the person I was at the beginning, and no longer am I a boy. My body has grown, and Starr’s body has definitely grown in some places. I know I stare at her too much, but now, it’s not because I’m wondering what she’s thinking; it’s because I’m awfully aware of what she looks like.

            The things we’ve learned by visiting the future together have made us both mature. The more we see, the more we age. When we visit future Earth I show Starr both wonderful things and not so wonderful things, like wars and famine. But unlike before, when she didn’t take notice of anything, now she cries when she sees the unpleasant times the future holds, and I feel horrible for showing her. But the Voice of Reason says it’s the only way to educate us, and I let it be.

            For a while I was worried, but contrary to my initial belief, Starr is very bright. She’s learned to use her hands to craft things and to sew extremely well. She makes her own dresses now, and I provide her with the fabric, needles and thread. For days she’s been trying her hand at spinning wool with a small contraption called a spindle that we saw on one of our visits to the future. She asked me to create it for her here, but instead of making the object appear out of thin air, I made it for her using wood from one of the fallen forest trees. Maybe someday she’ll make a garment for me using the strings she spins, but I’d be happier and a lot relieved if first, she’d make herself a bra.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

REVIEW: The Immortal Game by Joannah Miley & Giveaway

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When struggling pre-med student Ruby West beats the unconquerable Ash at chess he becomes fixated on her. Which is great if you like smoldering blue eyes, sculpted features, and afternoons of unexpected adventure. But not so great when she discovers he is a Greek god and his father, Zeus, has forbidden the gods from interacting with humans.

Ruby soon realizes her love for Ash threatens the fragile stability that has kept the gods from meddling in the mortal world.

Before long the two find themselves on a quest to rescue a goddess, save the Earth from unending winter, and secure the right to be together forever.

Find it on Amazon & Barnes & Noble

Joannah lives in northwest Washington State with her husband, two awesome teenagers, and a black dog that sheds relentlessly on her white furniture. When she's not writing she's usually driving a bunch of kids around town and drinking too much Coke Zero.

➤NOTE: The Immortal Game is a finalist in the 2013 Dante Rossetti award for Young Adult Fiction alongside yours truly, as well as other great books you must add to your TBR list. I encourage you to check out the finalists on Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media.   
Good luck, Joannah!

The Immortal Game is a story of modern mythology at its most creative and finest. Joannah Miley takes us on an adventure with Ruby, an independent and lonely girl who seeks to make her father—although deceased—proud. When Ruby walks into a coffeehouse, to forget the war that's raging around her and to study, she's asked to play a game of chess by the mysterious Ash; she declines. But Ash is so adamant (and let's not leave out gorgeous) that she takes him up on the challenge. After a tactical game, Ruby wins and leaves Ash awestruck. Ash becomes obsessed with Ruby's game and wants to understand how she could have possibly beat him in the area that his existence revolves around: No, not chess, but strategy and war. Oh yes, my friends, Ash is no ordinary human; he's Ares, the god of war. 

Ruby soon discovers that Ash aka Ares is adventurous, a gentleman, and oh-so-swoon-wothy! It isn't long before the two realize that the electricity they've been feeling between them is sparking up a lot of romantic tension. For Ruby it's like a breath of fresh exhilarating air. Ash/Ares is just as lovestruck. But there's just one problem: Zeus, the god of gods, won't approve their relationship. 

 So what's a guy and girl to do when Zeus makes them a proposition? Easy. Embark on an adventure that'll secure their love. 

 If you're looking for a new kind of twist on Greek Mythology, you'll find it in Joannah Miley's book, The Immortal Game.

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