The Hits Just Keep On Coming

How about we start off the week by shining the spotlight on a couple of book releases by a pair of awesome blogging buddies?  I thought you'd feel that way. :)

First up is someone I consider a special friend, and that's not just because she's an LSU girl!  I've known Leigh Talbert Moore since my early blogging days and her two previous books (The Truth About Faking and Rouge) adorn the shelf above my head. Her third effort hit the shelves last week and that's what I want to clue you into today.
 
A companion to The Truth About Faking (not a sequel; the books can be read out of order), The Truth About Letting Go takes readers back to Shadow Falls, or more specifically Shadow Creek, with Ashley Lockett as she learns about friendship, love, and letting go.

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The Premise: Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life. Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes. Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side. Jordan wants to follow his heart--but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make. Up until now, Ashley Lockett has followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. And then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly. Now she's miserable and furious, and she decides to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan. Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, he's a great kisser... but he's also safe. Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley follow her plans.

Get it today on Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes * Kobo

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Excerpt: I feel Colt laugh, and he looks down into my face. That’s when he seems to realize what I’ve been acutely aware of for the last several minutes—our bodies are pressed together.  

“It’s awesome, yeah?” he says. “Adrenaline rush.”  
“Yeah,” I breathe. “I guess.”  

I’m not sure if he’s going to kiss me until he does. His mouth covers mine, and energy mixes with the alcohol flooding my body. Our tongues slide together, and I grip his shirt so I don’t collapse. 
 
Every single bit of this is wrong, and there’s no way I’m stopping it. It’s back, that good feeling. The sadness has been pushed out again, and in its place is this rush, this rush of adrenaline like Colt said. 

He pulls back and smiles at me. “We’re going to start dating. Now. You’re my partner in crime.”

About the Author:
Moore
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former journalist and editor, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

The Truth About Faking is her debut young adult romance (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo) -Rouge is her first New Adult romantic suspense novel (on Amazon).

Leigh loves hearing from readers; stop by and say hello! Blog * Facebook * Amazon Author page * Goodreads * Twitter * Tumblr


Next up is another blogging buddy -- Ciara Knight -- and although I've not known her as long, but I can already tell I'll be following her around for quite some time.  You see, there's an Neumarian Uprising, and we need your help!

Thanks to our spy, Ciara Knight, we are able to communicate with you today via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. The Neumarian uprising has begun. We are fighting for freedom and equality for all, but we need your help. Ciara informed us that you might want to know more about the uprising and why we ask you to risk your lives for our cause.

To answer these questions I’ve agreed to let Ciara tell Raeth’s, story about her captivity. It will be free for you on a site called Amazon until March 1, 2013. Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles. If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.  Escapement is told by Princess Semara. Don’t hold the fact Semara is a princess against her like I did, there is more to her than you can possibly imagine.

Here is a brief explanation of her telling of our uprising: Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

What people are saying about Escapement:

“A heady mix of action adventure and steampunk -- leavened with a dash of romance -- ESCAPEMENT offers up its fair share of thrills, horrors and heart-pounding moments. A strong start to a captivating new series.” -- Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter 

“A riveting tale of justice, mercy, honor and love. Take a deep breath and hold on, because you'll be turning the pages of Escapement quickly. Three unlikely comrades, Princess Semara, Ryder, and his sister Raeth, embark on a journey that will alter their lives forever. The beautiful love story nestled into these action-packed scenes will make you sigh and remember why you love to love. After reading the prequel Weighted, I knew this story would be amazing, and it was. Ciara Knight truly has a gift for creating awesome worlds and characters you won't forget.” --Lindi Peterson--Award winning author of Summer's Song. 

“Betrayal, secrets, and a rebellion send readers on a grand adventure, caught in the plight to discover Semara’s gifts and purpose.” --Alex J Cavanaugh, author of Amazon best sellers CassaStar and CassaFire.

“The most unmissable series ever! I couldn't stop reading, the action and romance too breathtaking to break the spell!” --ARC review by Sudah on Goodreads 

"A courageous heart-stopping journey by young people to save their kind." --Hildie McQueen, bestselling author of Where the Four Winds Collide.

If you’d like to see a peak into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube. http://youtu.be/MyasLq8ZpYg

If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here.  Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight. Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Free.

 Ciara Knight - Defy the Dark
YA Author
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31 comments

  1. I have to read both these books!!

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  2. Love the title of this post!! So appropriate. Leigh is just awesome and so is Ciara!

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  3. CONGRATS to Leigh! CONGRATS to Ciara!

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  4. I haven't grown tired yet of Leigh's cover. The book has jumped to the top of my mega TBR pile.

    Yay for Ciara!

    Good luck to them both on their books. :D

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  5. Those BOTH sound great! I'll have to check them out :)

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  6. Both sound like awesome books! Yay for Leigh and Ciara!

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  7. THANKS, Don--YOU are the best! :o) And I get to share the space with Ciara! How cool is that? And THANKS to the lovely commenters! *hugs* Hope you like my book! Happy reading~ <3

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  8. You frightened me a little...prayers continue for your wife. Glad to see it's all about new books! Beautiful. Love them!!

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  9. Congratulations to both ladies and thanks to Don for highlighting both books/authors!

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  10. Thank you so much for shouting out for new recruits. Ryder is astonished at the outpouring of support. He's busy organizing the new rebels that are joining. You are so brave to defy the queen!

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  11. Ditto on the congrats. Both books sound awesome

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  12. Hi, DL...

    LOVE Leigh and Ciara.... Leigh has been all over the blogosphere since last week. YAY, LB! FIrst time I've seen Ciara's ... GORGEOUS COVER! ALL THE BEST LADIES!!!!

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  13. What great covers! And they both sound like great books, too. Will have to check them out.

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  14. Two terrific sounding books, both with exquisite covers. Congratulations and best of luck to Leigh and Ciara!

    ~VR Barkowski

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  15. Yay for Leigh and Ciara!

    And psst! a little pixie is fluttering your way as I type. ;)

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  16. Congratulations to Leigh and Ciara on their books!!

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  17. Both books sounds really good. Congratulations to Leigh and to Ciara.

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  18. Congrats to both ladies!
    Those covers are awesome!!

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  19. There's so much great news in the blogosphere lately! Congrats to the authors.

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  20. Congratulations to both authors. The Truth about Faking is a great title :-)

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  21. Two more winners! Tell ya what, with all the good books I keep hearing about, I may have to live forever just to read therm all.

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  22. Congratulations to both talented ladies!

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  23. Congrats to Leigh and Ciara. I love the covers.

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  24. Congrats to Leigh and Ciara! Their covers are fantastic!

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  25. Those are such different covers, but they're both really cool!

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