Monday, December 7, 2015

12 Days of Review Requests 2015 - Day 3

Happy Monday, and welcome to the 12 Days of Review Requests fun here on the Jo Michaels blog! If you missed the opening post, be SURE and check it out here. It has the Rafflecopter entry form for the iPad Mini. Each day, I'll post links to all the books pitched the previous day and a short recap of what I'm looking for you to put in the comments. Then, I'll have the Rafflecopter winner from the previous day, and the entry form for the current one along with the prizes. Let's get going!

 Books marked with an astrisks and in BOLD are winners.
(That doesn't mean your book wasn't chosen, only that it wasn't chosen today)

Marla Bradeen - The Amicable Divorce: A Chick-Lit Novel 3.99
Laila Raimes - Tiny Tragedies - The Sundry Files: An Alt World Book 3.99
***Sahara Foley - The Secret of Excalibur 2.99***
Andi O'Connor - The Lost Heir (The Dragonath Chronicles Book 1) 4.99
Julia Harney Stamps - Rest, My Love: Triple R Series 2.99
Colleen O'Felein - Eerie 2.99 (preorder Dec 15)
Heidi Angell - Angel's Dance (Clear Angel Chronicles) (Volume 2) 10.99 (paperback)
Kirsten Blacketer - An Irresistible Shadow (Shadow Guardians Book 1) 2.99
Morgan Reeves - Free to Fly (Never Ever After Book 1) 2.99
Jen Bradlee - The Prince of Whispers (Wicked Whispers Trilogy Book 1) 2.99
Mary J. Williams - If I Loved You (Harper Falls Book 1) 0.99
M. H. Soars - Wonderwall 2.99
***Suzanna Lynn - The Bed Wife Chronicles - Collector's Edition 4.99***
Casey L. Bond - Reap (The Harvest Saga Book 1) FREE
Christina Benjamin - The Geneva Project - Truth FREE
Corrissa James - So Wills the Heart: Book 4 in the Great Plains Romance Series 2.99
Angel L. Woodz - Bed of Thornes (Bed of Thornes Trilogy Book 1) 0.99
Intisar Khanani - Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles Book 1) 1.99
Laila Raimes - Shifter Fates: Elle's Claim 1.00
Shawn McGuire - Break My Bones (The Wish Makers Book 2) 3.99
Andi E. O'Connor - Awakening (The Dragonath Chronicles Book 2) 5.99
Nanette Day - Skeleton Dance 0.99
Brea Behn - Wolves in the Woods (Wolves Series, Book #1) 1.99
Heidi Angell - Elements of a Broken Mind (The Clear Angel Chronicles Book 1) 4.99
Sylvia Stein - Chasing Clarity 2.99
Terri Bruce - Hereafter (Afterlife #1) 0.99
Casey Hays - Breeder: Arrow's Flight Book #1 FREE
Bonnie Phelps - My Rodeo Man (The Texas Kincaids Book 1) 3.99
Christina Benjamin - The Geneva Project: Prequels - The Christmas Gift (Short Story) 0.99
Sahara Foley - It Lives in the Basement 2.99
RJ Blain - The Dawn of Dae (Dae Portals Book 1) FREE
Angel L. Woodz - Holiday's Presence FREE
Aaron-Michael Hall - The Rise of Nazil: Secret of the Seven 3.99

Congratulations to Suzanna Lynn! Your book has been tweeted, shared on Pinterest, added to my Goodreads TBR for the event, and shared on Facebook.

PITCH your book in the comments. Put your LINK in the Rafflecopter entry form. Tell me why you think I'll like it, why I should check it out, and a little about the story. DO NOT give me a synopsis. I can get that from Amazon. Make it personal or make it funny. I care not. I'll be grabbing a sample of every book pitched and go from there.

Please specify if you're entering as an author, a reader, or both. Author only entries will be removed before a winner is chosen.

IF you have a pre-order, please upload a SAMPLE to Google Drive and give people with the link permission to view. Put that link in the Rafflecopter form.

I strongly encourage you to check out the works of your fellow Indie authors. Chat in the comments, talk each other up, make friends!

Book reviewers! You're welcome to play along, too! Meet and greet authors. Get new books to read and review. It only works if we all work together.

**Kindly remember, there's no guarantee your book will be reviewed by me. You will get a purchase if your sample interests me, and I'll try my best to read it. But if I find I can't give it more than 2 stars, I won't write the review. I've had a few I couldn't finish and it led to me not giving a review.**

Now it's time to announce the winners from Friday's giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Today, we have a prize pack from Tara Benham and Mindy Ruiz! Be sure to thank them for their donations to this event!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I look forward to your pitches today!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Hi, Jo.
    Today I want to pitch book three in my Harper Falls series. If You Only Knew is a book about first love, betrayal, and second chances. Throw in a would be murder, an evil, manipulative mother and you have If You Only Knew. Forgiveness isn't always about the other person. Sometimes if you can bring yourself to let go of your hate and resentment, it makes your life better. In this book Tyler is tired of being angry all the time. That is what starts to open her heart again. The friendships with her best friends and the understanding she reaches with her mother makes for some strong, emotional reading.
    Thanks again for the chance.

    1. Welcome back, Mary. Holy shizz I love your series! I was so caught up in one of the samples, I read allll the way through it. :) So, you've nailed at least one spot :) Thank you SOOOO much for pitching! EEP! And I don't really read romance. So, ha! Great job. :) Not sure when it'll be announced, but it's coming. Hope you're having fun :)

    2. Thank you, Jo. Your kind words have made my day. Needy author here. I'm sure you understand.

  2. Hey Jo,

    today I am pitching my Chasing Clarity YA. This story is not just about grief it is more than that. It is about Mia Gerard and what happens to her when she loses the love of her life and the choices she makes for herself in order to keep on going. She is a very talented dancer who has been given the chance to leave Ann Arbor Michigan for an opportunity to attend the New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts. Will she take this chance to rebuild her life? Will she remain lost in her grief? I really enjoyed working on this book and I hope you will give it a read.

    Thank you so much Tara Benham and Mindy Ruiz for today's amazing giveaways!

    thanks JO!


    1. Sylvia! Welcome back! I love Mia. She's such a dear heart. :) Your voice is so unique! Thank you for coming back and pitching again. I hope everyone picks up a sample of this book!! WOOHOO!! Hope you're enjoying yourself, sweetie!

  3. Hi Jo!

    Thank you so much for doing this! I only have one book to pitch, and so I'll pitch it again today...but with more energy :-)

    Eerie tells the story of an 18-year-old Irish dancer who travels to the world's premier parascience university in Alaska. She's got to tear the barrier separating this world and the afterlife or fall prey to a creature that would tear her apart. Her problem: the only creature powerful enough to help her has fallen "madly" in love with her. And if she's not careful, he might just kill her himself.

    Author Brenda Drake had this to say: "EERIE, full of voice and romance, is a thrilling and beautifully crafted story that had me up late, racing through the pages to get to the end."

    Thank you so much and have a happy week!

    1. Hiya, CM! Welcome back :) I haven't had the chance to dive into your sample yet :( Quasimodo eye has me reading VERRRRY slowly right now, but I'll get there (hoping for today). :) Thank you for pitching again. I do hope you make some awesome new friends and win some great prizes over the next few weeks :) I'll let you know as soon as I dig in :)

    2. Lots of energy! Love it C.M. McCoy! Good luck.
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  4. Hello Jo,

    I am going to re-pitch the Clear Angel Chronicles, as the third book will be coming out this year!

    Clear Angel is an amazing character! I have been impressed by how well people relate to her, despite the fact that she is a genius psychic (Both of which aren't typically relatable to the average person on the street!)
    I think people relate because deep down we all feel insecure, no matter how others may see us.
    We all have felt like an island, not sure how others see us, afraid of the things that make us unique, and burdened by our own "weaknesses".
    We have all struggled, some of us still struggling, to make the right choice in a murky world where it isn't always easy to know what is right.
    We all have to weigh the good of the many versus what is good for us.

    She is a wonderful mirror to reflect the struggles we face, and seeing her face those struggles magnified and survive gives us hope that we can do the same.

    I am looking forward to seeing all the other books that get posted. It makes it super easy to fill in my review calendar! Thanks so much for doing this wonderful event again!

    1. Welcome back, Chick :) I'm so into the premise of this story :) Thank you for coming back each day, it means the world to me and the authors. I love that you're filling your review TBR :) There are so many excellent books on that list already, I'm not sure what I'll do. I keep telling myself I will ONLY buy 12. LOL We'll see how that turns out ;)

    2. I can see how one might get addicted to this. All these new books lined up nice and easy, like. :)
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  5. Happy Monday!
    What did you wish for as a child? Doll? Basketball? Peace on Earth? What if your wish wasn't an item but a personal and emotional appeal to be yourself? Winter Wishes is an inspiring holiday short story that takes a humorous but respectful look at holding back who a person truly is and breaking through that wall of self-protection. Includes one maniac of a driver aunt, a man who's pushed into being a Santa (a sexy one at that), and a little girl who changes a Grinchy heart by asking Santa if he needs to pee. This is a male/male sweet romance and I'd love for you to experience a little of my take on the holiday spirit. A lunch read that might inspire you, too! Happy holidays! <3 Jules

    1. Happy Monday, Jules! :) I wished for a pony. LOL! Kidding (sort of). I love holiday short stories, so you're barking up the right tree with this pitch. Sounds amazing. So rarely do you get a good MM romance. I can't wait to dive in :) Hope you're having a great time! :D

  6. Hi thank you for the opportunity.

    1. Hi, Alexis!! Welcome to the blog :) You're more than welcome. Hope you're having a blast :)

  7. Hi, Jo!

    This is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for the opportunity.

    I would like to introduce you to Avelynn, my debut historical romance. Avelynn lives in 869, Anglo-Saxon, England, and the odds are stacked against her. She's independent and passionate in a patriarchal society. She’s secretly pagan in a world dominated by the Catholic Church. And she’s in love with Alrik, a Viking jarl, in a time when Vikings are the very scourge of England.

    Avelynn doesn’t take kindly to being told what to do, and her need to fight for what she believes in pits her against powerful men and their ruthless ambitions. Her determination and grit will bring her face-to-face with heartache, betrayal, and loss. Rather than weaken her, these trials make her stronger. No matter the cost, she is determined to follow her heart.

    In gratitude,
    Marissa xo

    1. Howdy, Marissa! Welcome to the frenzy :) Oh man, I do love a good historical fiction. You have a gritty, strong female MC, too? Yeah! I can't wait to dive in :) Thanks sooo much for the pitch, and I hope you have an awesome time entering all the things to win and chatting up the authors over the next couple of weeks :)

    2. Thanks, Jo! This is a hoot. Love what you're doing. xo
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  8. Hi Jo! Hope you're enjoying the month so far. It's slowly getting colder here and here in Ohio...which makes me sad. :P

    I am pitching "A Woman's Affair" which is a story pretty close to my heart. I like pushing buttons and I thought, what would people think about a book that directly deals with cheating and even admits it in the blurb? What if the hero of the story is a man ten years younger than the heroine and he's also her daughter's teacher? It deals with a hidden issue you don't see at first, but really goes to show that sometimes, what's going on behind close doors isn't obvious at all except for those who know what to look for. I believe the main character, Leighton, is someone many women can empathize and root for.

    Just wanted to say, I'm so glad to be here for another year! I think this is my 3rd year now. Now I'm off to check out the other entries so far. <3 Violet

    1. Heya, Violet! Good to see you again :) I like pushing buttons, too. LOL! I think that blurb could go both ways, right? Well, if you're honest, you'll own up to the fact that these things happen. :) I'm glad to see someone with the chops to write about it and not be afraid. Well done. I can't wait to dive in :) Thanks for coming back. I hope you enjoy all the books in the list (some really great ones in there)!

  9. Hi Jo! This is my first year pitching to you, and I'm both excited and nervous, but probably a bit more of the latter. :)
    Here goes...

    Rags to riches? Nope.

    Instalove? Not going to happen.

    Damsel-in-distress waiting to be rescued? No way.

    In Curse of the Sphinx, Greek gods still rule, monsters are cursed half-breeds hunted to near extinction, and demigods walk among the general population either hiding from or hunting Skia (shadow demons from the Underworld).
    All seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas wants is a normal life, to stay in one place, make friends, and maybe one day go on a date. Instead, with her mom, she’s on the run, under constant pressure to hide who and what she really is (a sphinx). When her loving and overprotective mother is killed, Hope is forced to grow up- fast.
    Faced with challenges of the body (great fight scenes), the mind (who’s hunting her and why), and the heart (can she really trust the enigmatic and sexy Athan Michael), action, suspense, and romance fill the pages in the initial installment of the Sphinx series.

    It's showing my comment as "unknown (google)" so I just want to make sure you know, I'm Rachel (Raye) Wagner. Thanks Jo!

    1. Cool concept, Rachel!
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

    2. Hiya, Rachel! I love the way you started this pitch :) Welcome to the fray. So good to have you pitching. I adore me some Greek gods. I took a mythology class in college, and it was one of my favorites (nerd X infinity over here). I can't wait to get into your sample!! Great cover! :) Thanks for joining the party, and good luck! :)

  10. Hi Jo,

    Love that you do this every year!

    I'm pitching my second YA novel, The Wrong Fairy Tale. You reviewed the first book, titled Feast Island, but now fully revamped and titled Spirit Lake. I thought you might like to read the next installment. :)

    In the Wrong Fairy Tale, Alex and her high school friends return to the planet Cantelia, where, in their first journey, they were surprised to find out that they're part of an ancient prophecy. No pressure for just a bunch of teenagers, right?

    Though the teens are more prepared this time, every turn on their adventure brings something unexpected: poisonous water creatures, a shady queen, weird food, and a forest monster that makes the Yeti look like a kitten.

    In order to go home, the kids have to figure out why the people in the Alfaran Forest are disappearing...and who's behind it. And, the more they uncover, the more they begin to realize that their lives are in just as much danger as those disappearing.

    Thanks so much, Jo!

    -Tamar Hela

    1. TAMAR!!!!! So good to see you! :) I did enjoy your first novel in the series very much. It was so unique. Never read anything quite like it. Oh no... My buddies are in trouble AGAIN? These kids! LOL Thank you for pitching the next book. :) I can't wait to sink my teeth in :)

  11. Hi Jo!

    This is such a great thing you do every year! And I actually have a book to pitch this year! But man I so should've not started browsing books after 11pm when I gotta be up early to take my kids to school! So many good books being pitched on here! K. Enough rambling. My book.

    It's called Lasera ~ Book One of the Mer Archives.

    Teenage diving board champion Valerie is saved from drowning. But then thinks she's gone bat-crazy insane because when she returns to the pool, there's a merman swimming in it, and no one else can see him! Craziness and many happenings ensue. 1. She's not crazy, merman is real. 2. Merman is shy but from one dang amazing world. 3. How to free merman? 4. Why do his captors keep him locked up in pool surrounded by humans?

    I think you'd like this story, because it's different from a lot of paranormal/urban fantasy because the main character isn't discovering she is 'something' as in not human. And there's actually no possibility of becoming a mermaid. Plus yeah, mermen, just plain awesome! :D

    Hope you enjoy! I sure loved writing it

    Danielle Mathieson Pederson

    1. Danielle! Your book sounds so amazing!!! I love mermaids and mermen! I didn't get the link in the Rafflecopter entry form :( *sad panda* I'm looking forward to diving in!! Try here: :) WOOHOOOO! This is so different :) Welcome to the insanity ;) Hope you have a ton of fun around here chatting up authors and making new friends.