Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Days of Review Requests - Day Four

Happy Thursday, everyone! Welcome back 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 Kindle HD6. 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!

 Before we get to the pitch list today, I'm gonna give you all a look at my 5 and 4 star reads from last year:

The Bestiarum Vocabulum
Chasing Shadows
Falling for Autumn
Iron Pendulum
Sir Edric's Temple
Tbinkerknese 101

Not only were these phenomenal reads, they were also eligible for my giveaways during the year (these are random) for receiving 5 stars.

The Druid's Doorway
The Fly House
Illusions Begin
Magic Unfolds
Keepers of Arden
The Last Keeper's Daughter
Masked Encounters
Surrender to You
The Memory Witch
The Five Elements

Please, by all means, check them out. You won't be sorry! Let's get on to the pitch list, shall we?

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)

***Bound by Duty - Stormy Smith - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Shadows on Snow (A Flipped Fairy Tale) - Starla Hutchon - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Dry Stories - Kate Baggot - Amazon Kindle $3.56
From the Wreckage - Michelle G. Miller - Amazon Kindle FREE
An Unlikely Goddess - Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar - Amazon Kindle $0.99
The House at Zaronza - Vanessa Couchman - Amazon Kindle $2.99
8 Weeks - Bethany Lopez - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Click. Date. Repeat. - K. J. Farnham - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Kinetic: Book One of the Kinetic Trilogy - C. M. Zimmer - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Six Months to Get a Life - Ben Adams - Grab a sample on Drive here!
Family Planning (Choices Book 3) - Beth Carpenter - Amazon Kindle $0.99
***The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge - Christine Nolfi - Amazon Kindle $0.99
The Release Club 1 - Misty Provencher - Amazon Kindle $0.99
Moonlight - David Rose - Amazon Kindle $1.69
View from the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale - Elizabeth Horton-Newton - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Facade: A Vampire Love Story - R. M. Webb - Amazon Kindle $0.99
The ABCs of Dinkology: Life - A. E. Stueve - Amazon Paperback $8.91
Of Mice and Money - Winifred Morris - Amazon Kindle $0.99
The Cure - Stephanie Erickson - Amazon Kindle $2.51
Siren - Jennifer Melzer - Amazon Kindle (Pre-order) $3.99 Grab a sample on Drive!
Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams - Rachel Barnard - Amazon Kindle $0.99
***Queen of Someday - Sherry Ficklin - Amazon Kindle $5.99
Fragile Creatures - Kristina Circelli - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Pariah - Casey L. Bond - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Destiny Finds Her - Miranda Lynn - Amazon Kindle $2.99In Dreams - Heather Mullins - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Indelible - Bethany Lopez - Amazon Kindle $3.99
They Called It Moosicide: A Denali Hawthorne Alaska Mystery - Lisa Hall Deckert - Amazon Kindle $2.99
At One's Beast - Rachel Barnard - Amazon Kindle $2.99
To Get Me to You - Kait Nolan - Amazon Kindle $2.99
The Rabbit Ate My Homework - Rachel Elizabeth Cole - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Unseen - Stephanie Erickson - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Sticks and Stones - Shawn McGuire - Amazon Kindle $0.99
Sir Lyle's Dig - Sheldon Lefkowitz - Amazon Kindle $6.99
Warrior Lore: Scandinavian Ballads - Ian Cumpstey - Amazon Kindle $2.99
Good Luck With That Thing You're Doing: One Woman's Adventures in Dating, Plumbing and Other Full Contact Sports - Karen Yankosky - Amazon Kindle $2.99
The Heart Thief - S. Lee Benedict - Amazon Kindle $4.99Damsel Not - Kristina Circelli - Amazon Kindle $2.95
Tempted - Brenda Tetreault - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Christmas Come Early - Bethany Lopez - Amazon Kindle $0.99
The Crime of Seduction - Nadine LaForet - Amazon Kindle $0.99
Be Careful, It's My Heart - Kait Nolan - Amazon Kindle $0.99
Roots Entwine - Victoria Bastedo - Amazon Kindle $5.99
The Sextape: A Dedication to the Ladies - Peprah Boasiako - Amazon Kindle $3.99
Living on the Knife's Edge - David Rose - Amazon Kindle $0.99

Congratulations to Stormy! 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 the LINK to your book in the Rafflecopter 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.

AUTHOR ONLY entries will be removed from Rafflecopter before a winner is chosen. If you want a shot at winning the prizes, put BOTH in the box asking how you're entering.

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.

If you haven't joined my 2015 Review Team, do that here

**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, you have the chance to win prizes donated by Mindy Ruiz and Starla Huchton!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! I'm looking forward to more pitches today. Hope you're all having fun!

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



  1. Okay… here it goes:

    When you're a 900 year old fairy, going back to high school can be difficult. In Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale, Nissa is a Fairy Godmother about to meet her first mission, Vicky, a senior in high school who is dealing with bullies and low self-esteem. As if trying to figure out the workings of a teenage girls mind isn't difficult enough, when Nissa meets Vicky's older brother Levi, she feels all the signs that she's met the person she's fated for… but, that's impossible. How could a fairy and a human be meant for each other, and what will happen when the truth of what Nissa is comes to light?

    Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale
    YA Contemporary Fantasy

    1. My one-click finger is obviously confused as hell. I could've sworn I had this on my UtopYA TBR for next year. But I just looked... I don't seem to. :( Grrrrr. Well, grabbing the sample and getting to it, I suppose :P Dear me...

    2. I adore contemporary fairy tales! I see you have an audiobook copy, nice!

    3. I did have it. Found it! :) Knew I had that book. When I went to Amazon, they were all like, you purchased this book on blah, blah, blah. I was like, BOOYAH! Thought my memory was slipping. Nope. All good. :D

  2. Main characters get all the glory, today I want to share three supporting characters that are just as fun. Todd is Jami's best friend, travel agent, and stylist. Oh and he's gay and a hoot. If it weren't for Todd Jami would live in yoga pants and sweatshirts and probably never leave her apartment. Then there is Drea, a shape shifting gypsy. Though the poor girl doesn't turn into anything cool like a wolf or cat. Nope small hamster like creature is her shifting fate. And finally we have Argus, he's of the 4 legged variety, a wolf hound with a selective obedience disorder. All play instrumental roles in Jami's life. You'll have to read the book to find out more.

    Destiny Finds Her
    By Miranda Lynn
    Available on Amazon

    1. Sounds like those supporting characters need stories of their own! :)

    2. Those characters are so full of fun! I'll have you know, it took me six times of requesting a sample for it to deliver to my device. LOL! But perhaps that was fate's way of letting me know I needed to pay attention to it :) Thanks for coming back and what an awesome pitch, Miranda!

    3. Kristina, they are patiently waiting to tell their side. Jo, hate that it took so long, glad you were persistent! Let's hope you were destined to read it! LOL

    4. I see what you did there, Miranda. Clever ;)

    5. I thought this was just another paranormal fantasy romance until I read today's pitch. Now I'm interested! A hamster? Nice! (I love hamsters).

  3. Evangeline never thought a giraffe would save her life.

    The car accident killed her father, drove her mother to the bottle, and left her with scars so deep she thought she'd never heal. Her punishment for being the driver that fateful day would be her salvation.

    At Kindred Hides Wildlife Preserve, Evangeline is immersed in a world filled with amazing animals, painful reminders of the life she lost, and an annoyingly charming keeper who insists on trying to make her smile. But, more, she is forced to confront her grief, and the startling truths that come with it. The truth that sometimes family walks on all four legs. Sometimes there is redemption from strangers who become friends. And, sometimes, showing moments of fragility isn't such a bad thing after all.

    Fragile Creatures
    YA Contemporary

    1. I read your sample. OMG. What a moving beginning. Very fast paced read, but so engaging. :) Thanks for the pitch, Kristina. I just know other readers are gonna fall in love with this story, too.

    2. grabbing the sample today, sounds very interesting. Can't wait to read.

    3. This sounds so interesting! Have to stick this on my TBR.

  4. When the party is over, what will be left of your life? If you've been hitting the bottle too hard, they answer might be nothing. Or, you might have a friend or relative willing to help you rebuild. One story at a time. That is the love that brought Dry Stories to life.

    1. It's noon and I've come up for air! :) Now, your book may or may not be on the master list of "to buy" books for this event. You'll have to wait and see :P hehe Welcome back, Kate! Always a pleasure to see you.

  5. Hiding is all Moira has done since the accidents. Crippled by fear and guilt, her world is small and lonely until a stranger tries to kill her. Everything she has ever known is tested when she is rescued and taken to a new world…a whole new planet…and told that she is the only one who can save them all. Twins Airi and Belamar are the heirs to the Skylander empire. Their mother had sacrificed herself to bring them and Moira together to free THE UNKNOWN SUN and stop her half brother, a fallen god, and the rebels threatening to destroy the last remaining Skylander stronghold, The Citadel. Belamar’s compassion, Airi’s loyalty and Moira’s courage are all that stand between them and a secret thousands of years in the making. Can she and the twins free the gods of Skyfall and stop a revolution? Can she solve the mystery or is the secret far more dangerous than anyone ever believed?


    1. Yes, please! These kinds of books rock. YA is so awesome. Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to pitch your book to us. Love stories with twins, too :) Welcome to the awesome!

    2. I'm a YA writer, too, but I do paranormal urban fantasy. And I'm a dude, which seems kind of rare in the YA genre. Maybe it's just my perception. But I love sci-fi. Any kind of genre fiction, really. Gonna have to check this one out.

    3. Ummmmm, I have two names for you, dude: Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan. Both male, both YA authors, both wildly, insanely successful. Never think you're not just as amazing as everyone else because of your gender. :P Welcome back!

    4. Thank you guys! YA gets so little credit sometimes! Paired with fantasy or science fiction, heck any genre, and magic happens! I would definitely love to read more from male authors too!!

    5. Then you should check out The Heart Thief in the list above :) Dude+YA! Young Adult has a strange reputation. Older people read it, yet it's geared toward younger folk. This is an ongoing topic of discussion amongst my peers.

      B. J. Sheldon wrote a rather interesting blog post on it recently. If you'd like to give it a read, here:

      Enjoy :)

    6. Lol. Oh, I don't. :) And I wasn't saying there aren't any male YA writers, and those guys are certainly at the top. I was thinking about it recently, though, because I am seriously considering going to UtopYA 2015 as an exhibitor. But I saw a question on the FAQ that said something like "Are men allowed to attend UtopYA?" And I was like what? Why is that even a question? Anyway, a lot of great, strong female characters in YA fiction. I'd like to see more male protags, which is what I've tried to do with my book. Not that I want to see less female characters, though. I love female protags, too. Buffy all the way! I'm planning a series with a female lead after this current series is done. Sorry this is so longwinded. Don't mean to derail. Lol. Cheryl, I'm going to download your sample when I get home tonight.

    7. Good. :) OMG you're coming to UtopYA! How amazing! I think there are only Friday only spaces available at this point (exhibitor space goes stupid fast).

      But, here's a link with the form:

      Just in case you wanna try. If you don't get a table, you should still come as a guest! Earlybird prices are NOW.

      There are a few male authors on the list as exhibitors this year. UtopYA was created as a women's conference, that's why the question was asked.

      I have a YA urban fiction with a male lead that should be done this year.

      We're Indies. We can write what we want haha!

    8. Thank you! I really appreciate it! I wish I could go to UtopYA! I've been wanting to for years but time off and money always get in the way. Maybe in 2016?

    9. It will change your life. :) Worth. Every. Penny.

  6. Hey Jo! I've decided to play and this is a story from my alter ego, Violet Haze!

    Zee doesn't know who she is. Feeling safe inside a psych ward, she fantasies about one of her doctors sexy voice and nice hands while refusing to face the truth of how she ended up there. This story goes starts with a glimpse at what sent her there, to present day, and slowly reveals what sent her spiraling to the point she loses her memory.

    I can't really say more than that, because anything else will honestly ruin the surprises!!!

    A contemporary coming of age novella

    1. Oh boy, my fingers are messed up today with the typos :D Sorry!
      That's supposed to say "This story starts with" ... lol

    2. ALL GOOD! I'm laughing so hard right now. This books sounds ROCKIN'! Holy moly, Batman. Psyche wards? Yes. Loss of memory? Absolutely. I'm so excited to grab this sample :P Thank you for joining us on the Dark Side. Welcome home. :)

    3. Yay, I love cookies! It's great I'm feeling better so I can eat them. I've been real sick! And thank you :) Enjoy!

    4. LOL! Yucky. Hope you feel better soon, hon! You're welcome :)

  7. I am loving the group of pitches this year. I've picked up so many books to read. Can't wait to see more!

    1. That's awesome, Tia! Thanks so much for stopping by and grabbing some new reads :) I'm excited to keep this going. I already have so many samples in my TBR list. Trying to cut further is gonna kill me. LOL!

  8. Comments for today are now closed. If you're looking to pitch your book, please go to day 5 here: