Friday, November 28, 2014

Q+A with Marlene Wynn + Chandrea Book Giveaway

Q+A with Marlene Wynn Author of Chandrea Paranormal Fantasy

Please welcome today's guest author, Marlene Wynn!  Marlene is the author of Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen.

Q+A with Marlene Wynn

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  It took me several years to finish my first novel.  That was mostly due to inexperience, life, and writers block (which happened WAY too often!)  But the work on my second novel went much easier as I had a system down now and a good amount of the story had already been fleshed out.  Because of that, it only took me about a year to write the second book in the Averill series.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

I seem to enjoy going from genre to genre.  For years, I like romance, then action/adventure, and now fantasy.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  A shapeshifter.  How cool would that be?  To become anything you want at any time.  Think of all the fun (and trouble) you could get into!

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

  First, as a story about a young woman who is an orphan twice over and is searching for her roots, I think it would resonate with a lot of readers in the same situation.
Second, I’ve tried to show that, even though life throws tragedy in your path, with love and determination, you can get through to the other side.  That you can still live a happy and productive life.
Third, this is a story of sheer strength of mind and character.  When you’re entire foundation is ripped from beneath you, what do you do?  How do you act?  Who do you become?

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles?


Chandrea:  Victoria Justice
Leilah:  Lana Parilla
Ayden:  Chris Hemsworth
Denae:  Emma Watson
Ian:  Zac Effron
Shawn:  Derek Hough

Have a question for Marlene? Ask away in the comments!

Chandrea The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn Paranormal Fantasy

Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen (Averill #1) by Marlene Wynn.

Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.

Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

Release Date: September 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Thank you Marlene for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Marlene Wynn and her books, please visit her website.

Chandrea Book + Swag Giveaway

The author is giving away a print copy of Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen, a handmade fairy, and a set of character trading cards to one lucky winner!

Chandrea Giveaway: Win this prize package, a print copy of Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen, a handmade fairy, and a set of character trading cards

To enter, please use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada only.  This is an Xpresso tours giveaway, and the winner will be randomly selected by author or publisher.  Giveaway ends January 5, 2015.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blood and Mistletoe Limited Time Kindle Deal

Looking for a paranormal holiday read?  You're in luck!  BLOOD AND MISTLETOE, an Ivy Granger urban fantasy novella, is on sale for a limited time.

This is one Black Friday deal that you can grab without ever hitting the stores.

For two weeks only, Blood and Mistletoe is reduced in price from $2.99 to 99 cents on Kindle.  At this price, you can grab a copy of Blood and Mistletoe for yourself and copies for all of the paranormal and urban fantasy lovers on your holiday shopping list!

Blood and Mistletoe Limited Time 99 Cents Urban Fantasy Holiday Kindle Deal

Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #1.5) by E.J. Stevens.

Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are bloodsucking vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.

Ivy Granger, psychic private investigator, returns to the streets of Harborsmouth in this addition to the bestselling urban fantasy series.

Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common--they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind--a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim's blood.

The holidays just got interesting. Too bad this case may drive Ivy mad before the New Year. Heck, she'll be lucky to survive Christmas.

Blood and Mistletoe is an Ivy Granger series novella.

Release Date: November 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Praise for Blood and Mistletoe

4.3 out of 5 stars

"Snag this for your e-reader, curl up with some eggnog or hot chocolate, and lose yourself in the world of Harborsmouth."
-Reading Lark

"Blood and Mistletoe is fast paced, full of action and mystery."
-My Urban Fantasies

"I highly suggest anyone who likes an entertaining paranormal mystery should check it out."
-The Reading Diaries

"The Ivy Granger series just keeps getting better!"
-Mad Hatter Reads

"I highly recommend anyone who enjoys an irreverent heroine with a spunky sidekick, a hunky fellow and a nice supernatural mystery, to pick up this series, you won't regret it."
-Paranormal Romance Guild

"I really enjoyed the novella and recommend it. The story is easy to read, fast paced and although short it keeps you captivated."
-The Life of a Book Junky

"Amazing novella!"
-Twilight Sleeps

"Paranormal fans rejoice, there's a new series in town. And it's here to stay."
-The Bawdy Book Blog

"This book is a novella, but Stevens puts in a lot of action...if you like urban fantasy, you really need to read E.J. Stevens' Ivy Granger series."
-Now Is Gone

"The plot is strong and all of our favorite characters are back... Another great addition to the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series."
-Sapphyria's Book Reviews

"I recommend treating yourself or a friend to a volume to celebrate the holidays!"
-Sofia Wren

"As always Ivy was a fantastic main character who is always able to keep me chuckling and always kicking butt everywhere she goes.
-Book Bite Reviews

"Stevens has done a fantastic job with bringing her world to us."
-Urban Fantasy Investigations

About the Ivy Granger Series

The Ivy Granger series is an urban fantasy series written by E.J. Stevens. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Ivy Granger, a psychic detective with ties to the paranormal underworld of Harborsmouth--ties that ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city's teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

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Please note that this sale is scheduled to take place through December 9, 2014.  Retailers can change prices at any time, so be sure to check the price before purchasing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hunting in Bruges Release Party Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Yaritza S. the winner of the Hunting in Bruges Release Party Giveaway!  Yaritza will receive a Hunting in Bruges *signed* Trade Paperback, t-shirt, sticker, *signed* postcard, and poster.

Hunting in Bruges Release Party Giveaway

Thank you to all who partied with us!

*Giveaway winner selected randomly using Rafflecopter*