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Cover Reveal: Desire by PT Michelle

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Writing, Young Adult | 1 comment

Cover Reveal: Desire by PT Michelle

Do you remember the absolutely gorgeous cover reveal for DESTINY by P.T. Michelle? If you don’t remember the story behind it, I first stumbled upon The Brightest Kind of Darkness because… it had a pretty cover.  Moral of today: readers still buy books for their covers. Or at least KJs do. Anyway, once I moved past that pretty cover, I fell in love with a refreshing young adult paranormal. And Ethan. And all the swoons. Today we’re going to swoon over this pretty cover. Ready? Set? Swoon. Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) by P.T. Michelle Release Date: 04/01/14   Blurb: Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them. But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark, outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home. Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within. While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, Ethan and Nara uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit. When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever. Other books in the Brightest Kind of Darkness Series:    Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 1 (currently FREE) Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 2) Destiny (Brightest Kind of Darkness, Book 3) Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness, 0.5) – currently free!   About the Author: PT Michelle P.T. Michelle is the young adult and new adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature....

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The Muses Read: The Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 2 comments

The Muses Read: The Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Mythology. Have I mentioned it’s my thing? When some kids were watching Care Bears, I was glued to a children’s book of Greek Gods. And then I’d go watch Care Bears, because let’s be real, they were pretty adorable. And like the Gods, they lived in the clouds. Tempt me with a mythology based YA book, and I’m going to be intrigued.  Have Persephone be an important goddess in that book, and I’m sold. So, I had to read The Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling…and share my thoughts with you…and let y’all win a copy.   My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2) by Tellulah Darling Blurb: Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break. Yeah, right. With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept? The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first. Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie? The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.   Find it at:  Amazon  | B&N  | Kobo  | Book Depository Other Books In The Series My Ex From Hell Blurb:   Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following: a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.) b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame. Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world. Literally. This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed. Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her. Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe … … and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld....

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The Muses Read: Daughter of ISIS

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Westerns | 6 comments

The Muses Read: Daughter of ISIS

  KJ Confession: I spent years of my childhood studying Egypt and Egyptian mythology. Family members would drop off giant books that I could barely hold so I could pour myself all over them. It only makes sense that I HAD to read this book. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1) by Kelsey Ketch Release Date: 10/26/13 Blurb: “Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.” Their worlds collide in California’s high desert. The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction. Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death. The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.   *Note: Content for Upper YA* Buy Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Muse Kristen’s Thoughts What happens when your grandmother dies suddenly, and you end up having to leave London for a small town? What happens when you’re trying to escape the Egyptian culture and the reminder of your mother’s death, only to end up in a town thriving on it? What happens when the one boy you shouldn’t fall for is the only one that pulls you in like a magnet? Or when the girl you shouldn’t fall for is the only one you can’t charm? I know I’m going to love a character when she thinks: “Brilliant, where’s Hermione when you need her.”  You know how I feel about interesting characters – and Daughter of Isis didn’t fail. Natara is witty, tough, and realistic. You’ve got to be tough as it is if you’re moving from London to the middle of nowhere in California. Ever try being the new kid? It’s not fun. It’s especially not fun when the town player (Seth) has his eyes on you as the next conquest.  If I didn’t already love her from the Hermione comment, I’d have fallen in love with her when she brought her own water bottles to a party. You heard me. Brought water bottles to a high school party. Girl’s got guts AND brains. My kind of heroine. Seth is complex, clever, and made me swoon even when I didn’t want to. Every single time I thought I had this boy figured out, guess again. His character has the most interesting growth path in the story, which has me wondering if his life will ever be parallel to any of the gods from mythology.  Q and Ky had me glaring at the book, and muttering remarks under my breath. (This is...

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New Release Tuesday: Because The Night by Kristen Strassel

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in New Adult, New Release Tuesday, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: Because The Night by Kristen Strassel

We all know how Muse Kristen feels about vampires, right? When our lovely intern Kristen Strassel offered up an e-ARC of Because the Night, I mulled over all the reasons to make time in my way-too-hectic schedule for this. vampires vampire rockstars Vegas “Sex, Blood, and Rock n’ Roll.” Oh please. We all know that I can’t turn that combination down. I was sold from vampire rockstar. Goodreads saw me flailing, swooning, and trying not to fall out of my chair as I read this. Kristen received DMs that all basically read like “ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME HERE, WOMAN? Ps: I want book two, now please.” Want to read an excerpt? – trust me you do. Tristan sank his fangs into me and wouldn’t let me go. Are you swooning with me yet? Good. Happy release day to Because the Night and Kristen Strassel! (Be sure to go check the book out on Amazon!)  Because the Night by Kristen Strassel  Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her. Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust. But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her. About Kristen Strassel Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Because The Night is the first book from The Night Songs Collection. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary. BLOG|TWITTER |FACEBOOK | GOODREADS...

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The Muses Interview: Kristen Strassel, author of Because the Night

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Author Interviews, Genres, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Writing | 5 comments

The Muses Interview: Kristen Strassel, author of Because the Night

The Muses Interview: Kristen Strassel, author of Because the Night Some of you may be unfamiliar with Kristen Strassel, but I guarantee in the next few years, she’ll be a well known name in the writing world. Along with her solid writing, Kristen is hard set in taking over the world, and I’m confident that she will succeed. I actually did a teaser post on her earlier in the month. You can check that out here. Kristen’s debut novel Because the Night will be published in just a few short weeks in collaboration with Foreward Literary. I think what captivated me about the novel, is that it’s not “just another vampire novel.” It’s calculated. It’s captivating. Because the Night has excellent pacing. And I’m happy to report that there’s plenty more where that came from. I’m tickled that Kristen agreed to let me interview her today for Pen and Muse. Sit back, relax, and let’s get to know Kristen a little better.   Interview Hi Kristen!  Thank you so much for offering up your time, I know you’re a busy lady! I’m so excited to have you on the blog today, so let’s move on with going straight to the interview. My first question is a rather basic one. How long have you been writing? What novel number is Because the Night?  Hi Ladies! Thanks for having me.  I have been writing as long as I remember, but I was never able to finish a book. I didn’t know how. So Because the Night is the first book that I saw all the way through. Are you currently working on a new novel? If so, what is the genre and what is it about? Night Moves, which is the second book in The Night Songs collection, is being edited.  We Own The Night will round out the trilogy and I’m actively writing that now. What book do you wish you could have written? Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. What is your favorite book in the entire world? Dirt Rich by Clark Howard. What writing tips or advice do you have to offer others writers and authors? Write what’s in your heart. No one else will believe in your project if you don’t.  Learn to handle constructive criticism.  It’s hard not to take everything to heart. Do you have any writing habits/practices? Tea and music? Silence? I usually have the TV on to entertain my cockatiel, McGee.  Otherwise, I’m sitting on the couch with my computer in my lap. Who is your favorite book villain? The Tulpa in Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac Series. Which novel would you love to see made into a movie? The Signs of the Zodiac Series. If your life had a theme song, what would it be? Wildflower—Bon Jovi [youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk5764cYCqs”] What is your favorite vampire novel? Interview with the Vampire—Anne Rice If you could pick actors to cast some of your characters, who would you pick? I am the worst about this.  I don’t know one actor from another. Where can readers find out more about your writing? Deadlyeverafter.com is my blog that I run with my writing partner, Julie Hutchings. Is there a street team people can join if they want to support you and your writing? Yes!  You can message me at kjstrassel at gmail dot com. Otherwise, the blog is the best place to check in for updates.    Lightning round: Which do you prefer?   Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms Coke or Pepsi?  Diet Pepsi Night or day?  Night Coffee or tea? So much coffee it hurts Sour or sweet? Sweet Lord of...

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Because the Night by Kristen Strassel book blast!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance | 0 comments

Because the Night by Kristen Strassel book blast!

Hopefully by now, you all know the incredible Kristen Strassel. If not, stop by her twitter and say hello! I was lucky enough to read her book a little early. And let me tell you. IT IS BRILLIANT. It comes out early November, so until then, here’s a little info for you to check out.     WHAT: The BECAUSE THE NIGHT Blog Tour WHEN: October 21st to 25th & October 28th to November 1st WHERE: A blog near you. Check listings below for details     About Because the Night Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery. Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her. Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust. But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her. GOODREADS   Series: The Night Songs Collection #1 Publisher: Foreword Literary Pub. Date: November 5, 2013   About Kristen Strassel Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Because The Night is the first book from The Night Songs Collection. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.   BLOG|TWITTER |FACEBOOK | GOODREADS    Excerpt ONE Instead of bringing us out to seats in the audience, Tony led us to the side of the stage to a spot just behind the curtain, feet away from Tristan.  When he spotted me, he winked at me like we shared a private joke, and continued with his performance.  I sucked in my breath and held on for the ride. Being so close to the band as they put on their show was much more intimate than the first time we saw them. The heat of the flash pots made the faces of the background dancers glow.  We moved out of the way as the roadies scrambled to change instruments for the band.  I strained my eyes to read all the notes plastered on the stage.  I peeked around the curtain every so often to get a look at the crowd, who were completely enthralled with everything the band did. But mostly, I just watched Tristan.  Tonight he wore his signature black leather pants, which clung dangerously low below his hipbones.  They ended in black combat boots that were casually untied.  He topped the outfit off with a black T shirt adorned with an intricate white pattern that clung like a second skin.  His eyes were heavily rimmed with black liner...

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