Wednesday, December 9, 2015

12 Days of Review Requests 2015 - Day 5

Happy Wednesday, 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
Jules Dixon - 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 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 Woodward - Holiday's Presence FREE
Aaron-Michael Hall - The Rise of Nazil: Secret of the Seven 3.99
Mary J. Williams - If You Only Knew (Harper Falls Book 3) 4.99
Jules Dixon - Winter Wishes (Holiday Hotties) 0.99
Marissa Campbell - Avelynn: A Novel 9.99
Rachel Wagner - Curse of the Sphinx 2.99
Violet Haze - A Woman's Affair 4.99
Tamar Hela - The Wrong Fairy Tale: Spirit Lake Series Book 2 3.99
Sarah King - The Gisburn Witch 4.99
Christina Benjamin - Geneva Project: Secrets 4.99
Danielle Mathieson Pederson - Lasera: Book One of the Mer Archives $4.99

Congratulations to Mary J. Williams! 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 yesterday's giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Today, we have a prize pack from Kelly Risser and Sharon Rose Mayes! 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. Day 5 yay! Today I'm pitching the 3rd book in my YA fantasy series. The Geneva Project - Lies.

    Truth, Secrets and Lies - oh my! Geneva and friends find themselves lost in a web of Lies as they return to the Troian Center - now run my a wealthy patron hiding behind his own mask of lies. Magic, mysteries, secret societies and high school politics run ramped in the 3rd installment of The Geneva Project. With the Hunger Games style tournament looming and gala of Yule Ball proportions threatening to make Geneva choose between coming clean or living the lies she's told to save the people she cares about most, you won't want to miss this action packed fantasy.

    1. OMG did you just name drop? :) Hunger Games? Yes, please! Geneva is cracking me up in these books, and I see something epic coming... EEP! Thanks for pitching the third novel, Christina. These are sooo good! Gah!!

  2. Hello Jo,

    I am really enjoying this event, but for some reason I don't get notified of comments! I need to figure out how to fix that! To answer your question from yesterday about the Clear Angel Chronicles, I have done a lot of research on both the serial killer aspect and the detective aspect. I am a huge fan of shows like Criminal Minds, ID discovery, Bones, Law & Order, documentaries on serial killers, unsolved mysteries, etc. I also have several friends in law enforcement and got their advice on certain aspects because I know that we as writers take a lot of liberties! I will be honest, I also took quite a few liberties because my main character IS a psychic! But I was careful to keep it pretty grounded. Even when I took liberties, I got the ok from my beta readers that it was at least plausible.

    I feel ya on being careful not to pick too many. But I have found that books never expire!

    I am looking forward to seeing your thriller! Like I said, I gobble that stuff right up!

    1. I have to tell you, I adore psychic crime fighters. Had a year long love affair with a series a friend of mine wrote. Man, was it amazing! I, also, love those shows. I got into Behind the Screams on Reelz, but I think they discontinued it (shame, because Ted Bundy was interesting). LOL! :) Thanks for popping back in to answer me. LOVE THIS PARTY!

  3. Oh, oops, I see that you have to check the Notify me box... Technology!

    1. Even when I check off the notify button, it still doesn't notify me of new comments. I just make a point of checking in. :)

      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

    2. I just got a notification! Lol. It wasn't about your comment, but about Marissa's. Yay technology ;)

  4. Hey Jo! I missed a couple days. :( Isn't cold season fun? Haha!

    You know those "Alpha male" types? The "slam, bam, thank you, ma'am" sort that are so prevalent in books? Yeah, Logan Clarke is nothing like that. He's sweet, sarcastic, and a little steamy with a dimple that can make you lose your train of thought. However, that IS Zoe's standard operating procedure. She refuses to sleep with the same man twice, and rejects relationships as chains that hold you down and smother you. So, you'll imagine her surprise when Logan walks into her life and kinda just... refuses to leave. You know how it goes. When emotions get involved, things get messy. And sometimes people get hurt.

    1. A title is always nice, isn't it? Oops. <3 I blame the cold meds.
      This is a pitch for Free to Fly. :)

    2. This sounds awesome, Morgan!
      Just added it to my Goodreads TBR list.
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

    3. Oh, Marissa, go get the sample. You won't be sorry :) Thanks for popping back around, Morgan. Loving this book!

      What do you read, primarily?

    4. I forgot all about that sample feature with Kindle! *face palm*

      I'm on it!
      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

    5. Oh man. Go grab this one. Let me know what you think :D

  5. Happy Day 5, everyone!

    Hope you're all having as much fun as I am. I've never taken part in anything like this before. :)

    Well, Jo, if my hot, sexy Vikings with really big swords didn't entice you, maybe a quote by Canada's National Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, might sway your vote. I recently received a fantastic review in New and Notable Fiction:

    "Avelynn, is a must-read for Diana Gabaldon fans – but also for anyone in the mood to escape into an enchanting, romantic world vividly portrayed... Campbell writes about Alrik and Avelynn’s star-crossed love affair in a gorgeous, breathless manner that should cement her status as a Canadian author to watch."

    But if that still didn't work, you've left me no choice but to pull out the big... er... well, here's a peek at Alrik and Avelynn together for the first time. :)

    “Having trouble sleeping?” He appeared above me, blocking the stars from view.

    “A little,” I replied, my heart pounding at the fright from his sudden appearance.


    “Thinking too much,” I said. He stood in profile to the fire, and I watched the shadows dance across his bold features. “Are you having trouble sleeping too?” I asked, trying to ignore the fact that he was breathtakingly close, and that we were completely alone—the trees, the moon, and stars our only witness.

    “Yes.” His voice was husky.

    My body stirred. “Thinking too much?”

    He sat down on the ground beside me. “Thinking about you.”

    I swallowed, my throat gone dry.

    “I want you.” He placed his hands on either side of my waist and leaned over top of me. His fierce gaze sent waves of heat and lightning coursing through my body.

    In gratitude,
    Marissa xo

    1. Marissa. Oh, Marissa. You've captured my heart with your feisty, salty young woman. I can't properly divulge how much I love her already. :) Someone who stands up for others when they need an ally? Yes. I want to hug her until she squeals. :) Your prose is beautifully written. Very nice. Thank you SOSO much for pitching your book.

    2. Thank you, Jo. :) It's my pleasure to be here. And I'm thrilled Avelynn has flitted across your radar. I've got some stiff competition. I'm grateful for the chance.

      In gratitude,
      Marissa xo

  6. I can't believe I won yesterday's drawing! Thank you Tia Silverthorne Bach - I truly look forward to getting your books! Wow!

    1. OMG, Karla, you're gonna LOVE them! She's such an amazing writer, and that series is wonderful. Congratulations!

  7. Hey Jo,

    I wanted to thank you once again for this chance for all of us and best of luck to everyone.

    here is my pitch day 5 for Chasing Clarity.

    What happens when you lose the person you loved the most in the world and are all left to pick up all the pieces? This is what happens to 18 year old Mia Gerard. Mia who had planned to go off and become a famous dancer in New York plans are stalled when she loses her love Leo Dancy in a tragic car accident. They both had planned so much. Now all of what they had is gone. Taken. Mia is miserable and sinks into a depression.
    Then on opportunity arises and she is asked to attend the New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts and moves to New York for a chance to try and rebuild her life. She meets new friends and then encounters UK painter Henry Watson which totally changes everything. How will Mia react? I hope you will check out Chasing Clarity.

    Thank you Kelly Risser for the amazing Prize!

    1. You're too sweet, Sylvia! Thanks for thinking of the author :) Congratulations! Your book is so intriguing. I can't wait to find out what happens to dear Mia!

  8. Hey Jo, here's my pitch for Confetti Confidential: Annabel's Wedding:
    For Viv's family, nothing ever comes easy. A warm, engaging and charming read from the author of THEY DO, I DON'T, the first in the Confetti Confidential series. For fans of Kathy Lette, Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Helen Fielding.

    After the breakdown of her marriage and her life, Viv has finally found happiness with Tom. But, can things really stay so perfect?

    With the planning for Annabel's wedding underway, Genevieve is distracted by family bickering and an unexpected life-altering discovery. With Annabel threatening to cancel her wedding and Julia hiding a dark secret, her life once again descends into the perfect mix of hilarious chaos. Will the sisters be able to sort everything out and get their happy endings?

    Annabel's wedding is a tale of sisterhood, relationships and learning to find happiness in spite of the sometimes crazy hand you're dealt.

    Thanks xx

    1. Hiya, Susan! Welcome to the fray :) I can't wait to dive into your sample and get to reading. This sounds a lot like a synopsis. Why would I like the book? :) Hope you have a lot of fun around here over the next couple of weeks!! Thanks for the pitch, and good luck :)