Blogiversary Guest Post: Liz from Cover to Cover @Cvr_2_Cvr

Yesterday I celebrated three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.



At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.



Liz is my blogger soulmate, a fellow metalhead, she also reads fantasy and romance…well as you’ll see below she’s kind of struggling with the romance side of things. What she didn’t know when she wrote this is that I went through this exact same problem right up until I started this blog. I went about a decade not reading any romance, and then I was invited on my first ever blog tour and the excitement of being part of something like that helped me overcome my issues, especially when I read the book and it was everything I had always wanted from a romance and hadn’t been able to find before, that now helps me choose the books I read.

On again, Off again with Romance.


As you all may know by now, BrizzleLass is celebrating her blog birthday by giving centre stage to guest bloggers and it’s a great honour to be included to join the celebration on this important and happy occasion. My congratulations, Claire, and many happy returns! ;)I do hope you will not regret the decision to include me 😀

BrizzleLass, like many other bloggers, is a true advocate of books. Great involvement in blog tours, unfaltering stream of reviews and discussion posts, great engagement with bloggers and authors alike- if ever there was a goal for me to reach towards as a book blogger, this is it. But me? Heh, I have big dreams with poor execution and I am very good at making excuses.

It took me a long time to decide on the content of this guest post for Claire’s blog birthday feature, and I went from one idea to the next, and to the next again. Until I decided to share with you my personal journey through romance genre.

Please do not take this post all too seriously- it’s just one experience- mine- with the genre and mostly a tongue-in-cheek take on it all with no intention at all to discount authors’ hard work of writing a book.(For full disclosure, think romance genre in the most generic sense: erotica, historical romance, YA, NA, etc)

So, why romance? Claire often reviews the juicier books and as I read her reviews, I find myself thinking- oh, this sounds fun/emotional/exciting and yet I am hesitant to follow through on picking up the book… My relationship with the genre is chaotic at best and I do believe there is something quite not right with me because I simply cannot find that romance book to make me go- yes, yes to this! The phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me!” springs to my mind. I wanted to take this opportunity and explore why things have gone wrong for me, especially as my desire to get back on the romance bandwagon seems to be picking up speed again.

Some of you folks may know that I don’t read romance often, erotica even less. There are a few titles that pop in now and again, true. What you may not know is that I used to devour this genre. I’m talking a book a day non-stop! ‘Vanilla’ romance, BDSM, erotica, billionaire boyfriends, first loves finding each other again after decades spent apart, the lot. The reason I stopped reading this genre is probably the same reason I stopped eating raisins- over indulgence!

Let’s take it back to the beginning…

At the fun age of 19, I had the pleasure of sharing a house with 8 total strangers. We became friends… well, most of us. There was this one gentleman who was a bit too much for us all. He called himself a naturist which apparently gave him the rights to walk around the house balls-naked at any given hour. There were plenty of morning coffees being choked on, no lie. He was also an avid advocate for BDSM. The endless invitations I got from him to join the club were, frankly, traumatic for various reasons I won’t go into now.

As my paths with everyone in that house separated, the whole episode with this gentleman stuck to my head. Like, what the what and who even!? How scandalous! And I knew jack-all about BDSM. But what better way to get a glimpse than turn to books? Education extraordinaire without having to have an awkward conversation about it with your friends, or, dear god, parents! So, that’s what I did. I devoured BDSM books like I did to that 1KG bag of loose raisins and that was that. No more, ever again!

There was something about it that, for a while, grabbed me… A totally new concept for me, it was fun and at times even challenging. But the more I read it, the more I started seeing those patterns that tended to put me off- it’s always the guy who dominates, it’s always the woman who from a ‘shy librarian’ turns into a surprise submissive vixen after a shock/horror first session. It started to bore me, I sh*t you not. It was like being married for 20 years and everything about it had become a boring routine. It was the predictability that made me part ways with that specific subgenre.

So, I took a break. A long break. Until I found my way back to romance and it was all about billionaires. Billionaires and alphas in suits were and still probably are the rage! For a while, this whole world so different to mine excited me. I was broke, and single and ready to mingle. Until one book too much, the thing with ‘raisins’ happened again. Unless I was going to move to New York and run into a billionaire, I was ready to pull my head out of the clouds.

A gazillion various romance books later, I could feel I was only half ways interested. I found I was continuously unable to make a connection with the characters in the books that I read. Honestly? I was often irritated by the hasty decision making by the female characters. And frankly, the male MCs were part-time scumbags hidden underneath their confidence and hundred dollar bills. It seemed to be the ‘in fashion’ stereotype back in the day… not sure if this is still the case.

It often happened that the female MCs wallowed in their misery/poverty/helplessness/poor me mindset until a chance encounter with this hotter than hot, richy rich dude came and swept them off their feet (literally) in an office, an elevator, in a bar. And call me old-fashioned, but often in the books I read, I didn’t even have time to gaze into the gentleman’s green/violet/baby blue/chocolate brown eyes to scope out his soul before the magical electric spark zapped that made the clothes disappear from their bodies in Chapter 2.

Then, as per usual something happened to their blossoming young love- she saw him with another woman (shock/horror) and all hell broke loose. She didn’t bother confronting him and escaped thousands of miles across the country to NEVER EVER speak to the bastard who broke her heart, again.

Love is in, common sense is out? That’s OK, has happened to the best of us. And yes, this was mostly the case in the books, too, because as it almost always turned out the woman he was seen with 99.9% of the time ended up being his freaking sister, or well-aged hot aunt, or lesbian friend.

No dramas! Well, yes, dramas. But the whole concept all of a sudden didn’t work out for me. It was all beginning to look very predictable, again. All of a sudden I wanted the communication to happen earlier. I wanted her to ask the alleged cheater who the hell this new saucy minx was?

Anyway, he chases her down across the vast world to beg forgiveness on his knees (how do you like that for a change, heh?!) and a dozen roses in between his teeth, and bam! all was right in the world again with a tumble in the sheets sealing the peace pact!

I decided I had to step away yet again. A little while passed and my next trap emerged. Twilight kicked in the door and readers across the globe were in full swoon mode. I thought, hey- maybe I need me some toned down version of cute, little romance with a paranormal twist?

Edward freaking Cullen.

As Edward with his rather good looks (courtesy of Rob Pattinson) charmed me into that odd fictional world, I kept wondering why I liked him so much. After all, nobody likes blood-breath! And apparently, for a vampire to sparkle is a big massive no-no. Now, funny thing is, I dislike glitter and sparkle, but on Rob Pattinson that glistening looked really nice. Even on those CGI abs! He looked like one of those baubles that your gramma brings down from the attic every December and you look at it as if in trance, as if it has a spirit inside it ready to burst out and grant you your every wish.

Edward seemed broody, emotionally constipated and old-fashioned. Frankly, sounded like a perfect match for me! So, for whatever reason it seemed a good idea to pile on the YA titles with awkward fumbling and uncomfortable silences.

Only to find out that now I was presented with equal measures of hormonal teenage angst in a school yard with popularity contests in full swing. It is dramatic and it is kind of like standing in the sidelines with a bucket of popcorn… but, nope.

By this stage I was questioning my sanity…  What the ever loving hell is wrong with me and why can’t I just enjoy a good romance book? Why do I keep feeling disconnected from characters? Seriously! I want to… I want to be all swoony and sighing, thinking- aww, isn’t he lovely in x/y/z book to be going out of his way for the lady! Any ideas? ‘You’re cold and bitter, Liz! Heartless, in fact!’ actually does seem to be an acceptable answer here. *chuckles*

As I have learned to choose my books more wisely over the years, no matter the genre, I am finding my way back to romance. I can imagine some of you shaking your head, thinking – “Hell, no, girl, you need to stay the heck away from romance!” and you might be right.

But until I figure it all out, BrizzleLass is here to keep me informed about what’s on offer and what’s new and exciting in the genre. Her reviews have always given me a firm and clear indication of whether a title is something I personally might enjoy. I can only blame myself for having too many raisins after all, and perhaps the answer for me is to slow down on the intake.

If any of you, dear readers, have recommendations of romance books that you think are exactly what the doctor ordered, do feel free to shout in the comments. I am ready! Also, let me know, what makes you love the romance genre and share your own journey as you’ve discovered it? Genuinely intrigued and interested! I am quite open to seeing things in a different light!

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#BlogTour: Elements of Mischief by Tate James & C.M. Stunich @TateJamesAuthor @CMStunich @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Review #Giveaway

OMG, I am so super excited for this blog tour guys, you have no idea! I have not one but two favourite authors involved today because they decided to join forces and write a series of books together! And let me tell you they are so flippin’ good! Elements of Mischief is book one in the Hijinks Harem series and I reviewed it a little while back…but don’t worry I’ve reposted my review below for you!

I also have a great guest post for you from the ladies, as this series is a themed reverse harem about supernatural plumbers…yes let your imaginations run wild! I asked them what their top 10 themed reverse harem series/novels were and they’ve come back with some beauties and given me a few newbies to add to my already creaking TBR.

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me take part, follow the link to check out the other awesome blogs on the tour, and don’t forget the giveaway at the end of the post as well, I highly recommend entering and trying to win yourself a copy…in fact skip winning just buy yourself a copy, the links are at the end of the post, I promise satisfaction!


Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven…or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and…uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
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Guest Post

Top 10 Themed Reverse Harem Novels/Series 

In no particular order

Curse of the Gods – Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve

Seraph Black – Jane Washington

Black Magic Harem – Amanda Rose

Otherworld Series – Yasmine Galenorn

Books of Stone – BL Brunnemer

Queen Takes Knights – Joely Sue Burkhart

Five Fathers (standalone) – Kate Morgan

Eve of Eternal Night – Amber Lynn Natusch

Merry Gentry – Laurell K Hamilton

Iris Boys – Lucy Smoke


This review was originally posted here on 19 October 2017.

This is not a book that takes itself seriously at all, that being said even with plumber puns and plenty of laughter throughout this book is hot, like sizzling hot.

Arizona has inherited a pretty run down mansion of a house from her Grandmother, calling in the plumbers, as you do in these situations, so that she can take a shower at least, she ends up in quite the pickle when the four hot guys who turn up at her door turn out to be elementals and she ends up in a bind, quite literally a marital bind with all four of them.

Arizona resists so hard while being completely drawn into the whole situation, I love this about her character, she’s very strong and her reaction is so natural and believable. The men, oh the men, I really did find them hot as, piercings, tattoos, turn into dragons, definitely my kind of men!

God, I love the way Stunich thinks I really do! This is my first experience with Tate James but as she evidently thinks just like Stunich I will be diving into her back catalogue shortly I promise you! I have such a thing for these reverse-harem books they are so much fun and seriously hot stuff, they really make the reading experience so much more interesting than a one on one story.

So, overall, a humorous, hot and sexy book with a great paranormal twist. Can’t wait for part two!


About Tate James

Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
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About C.M. Stunich

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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

Author links:


5x ebook copies of Elements of Mischief

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Book & Buy Links

TitleElements of Mischief
Series: Hijinks Harem #1
AuthorC.M. Stunich | Tate James
Genre: Romance | Adult | Humour | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 4 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 394
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#BlogTour: Wolves & Roses by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer @MyMonsterHouse @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Giveaway

Christina Bauer is releasing a new book in a new series and I’m thrilled to be part of the tour. If you would like to follow the tour head over to Xpresso Book Tours for the full list of blogs and links! Today I have a guest post from Christina and there is also a tour-wide giveaway for you.


“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)

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Guest Post

Creating A New Series And Characters

By Christina Bauer

As a writer, I love creating new worlds. Now that I’m about to launch my twelfth book, WOLVES AND ROSES, I thought I’d share some of my processes for world creating. For those who are interested, here they are!

I Start Off With A Question. Normally.

For my series ANGELBOUND, I wondered what it would be like if the folks who ran the afterlife—angels, demons and the like—were just as mixed up as we mortals were. That became the foundation of my world building. In the case of WOLVES AND ROSES, I was planning to write an adult werewolf book and then a totally different first chapter came out of my head pretty clearly. It had Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the evil queen from Snow White, and Red Riding Hood…All in a basement in mid-town Manhattan…and all in a therapy group for girls who have failed their fairy tale life template. Talk about a shocker. I loved it.

I Spend Way Too Much Time on Pinterest

When I’m in world-building mode, I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie. In fact, one of my biggest problems during this stage is that Pinterest locks me out because I’m pinning to quickly NOT to be a bot (I take that as a compliment, by the way.) I make boards for all sorts of things, from settings to characters to a general board I call “Needs a Home.” I’ll dump a ton of pictures in and then prune out the ones that don’t work until I get a first visual draft. For WOLVES AND ROSES, the character of Knox went through a TON of visual revisions until I settled on the final.

Languages, Languages, Languages

I like to assign different language bases to the peoples in my worlds. I’ve used German, Latin, and Nordic languages. My favorite is Swahili, which I had been hoarding for a long time before I got to use it in my BEHOLDER series.


For WOLVES AND ROSES, the language base is really Egyptian hieroglyphs, which become more and more significant as the series goes on.

Write the Thing

I used to get stuck (as in REALLY stuck) on the planning stage. Now I do some planning while I’m writing another series, so I find that by the time I’m ready to start the newness, things have been percolating in my mind. That’s certainly what happened with WOLVES AND ROSES…I had no idea what was going on there! In this case, I have eight books in total mapped out in the series. We’ll see if the plans stay solid or I have more surprises in store when I sit down to write them. Whatever it ends up being, I hope you enjoy the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum!

About Christina Bauer

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

Stalk Christina on Social Media – She Loves It!



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Book & Buy Links

TitleWolves and Roses
SeriesFairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Paranormal | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 31 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: Audio | eBook | Paperback
Pages: 292
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#BlogTour: A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for A Vicarage Christmas, you can catch my review below along with a guest post from Kate. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.


Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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Guest Post

The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite

A Vicarage Christmas is the start of a new series set in the Lake District, about four daughters of a vicar. As the wife of a (former) vicar with four daughters, and having lived in the Lake District, you might wonder if this is the case of art imitating life—and I suppose, to a small degree, it is.

The four Holley sisters are VERY loosely based on my four daughters, but really I think their characters come from their birth order, which is something that fascinates me. The oldest, Esther, is bossy and independent; the second oldest, Rachel, is the social butterfly and people pleaser. Anna, third oldest (or second youngest!) is the shy and quiet one, with hidden anxieties, and Miriam, the youngest, is the wild child baby of the family.

Of course, no person, real or fictional, is simply a product of their birth order, and all the sisters’ journeys involves them breaking out of their moulds, so to speak, and learning to embrace their full selves. It’s been fun to write about four sisters, as I observe my four daughters, currently ages 4, 9, 16, and 19, interacting. A Vicarage Christmas is Anna’s story, and the second book, A Vicarage Reunion, will be Esther’s.

What are your feelings about birth order affecting personality? Any truth to it, do you think?


Anna Holley has avoided going home for years, going home reminds her of a tragedy that happened and brings out an awful anxiety. Her Father is the local vicar and being surrounded by pretty much the whole village is her worst nightmare. When she escapes to catch a breath and goes to the pub for a drink she meets Simon, a man she feels an instant pull towards and ends up spilling all her secrets to.

The next day she finds out Simon is her Father’s new curate and has to face the fact that he now knows everything about her, but Simon doesn’t want to back down and let Anna become a mouse again, he wants her to fly and face her secrets head on.

I loved Anna, I could relate to her anxieties and need to hide especially in social situations. Simon was such a wonderful character. His history made him wary but he also saw Anna for who she was at her heart, not who she portrayed to the world.

This is a short novella but a lot happens between the pages and the characters are beautifully portrayed, as always, by Kate Hewitt. This is a wonderful feel-good novel and will be a perfect Christmas Day read.

Sending huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.


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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at



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TitleA Vicarage Christmas
SeriesThe Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #1
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction | Christmas | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 12 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 121
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#BookBlitz: Shades of the Gods by Erin Hayes @erinhayes5399 @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt and guest blog. This is the first in a new series by Erin Hayes so don’t miss out, given my absolute obsession with all things Greek I certainly won’t!


Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

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“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”


He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”


I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”


Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”

Guest Post

I grew up watching Hercules and Xena on TV, which was my first foray into the world of Greek mythology. In that world, gods and goddesses played with mortals like you and me. There were elements of action, and there were elements of drama. Most of all, I remembered it being fun.

Move forward about ten years. I was in high school, and I was an avid Japanese manga fan. Back then, I wanted to draw my own comics. I drew a character and labeled her as Hades’ daughter. I created an entire world around that character and a young adult story to go with it. This isn’t that story. At least, not in that form. In fact, since then, I’ve evolved that story many times, to where it’s almost indistinguishable from the original idea. It’s never left me though, so ten years after that first drawing, and nearly twenty years after watching my first Hercules episode, I sat down to write this book.

I will say, that while I spent a good deal of time researching Greek mythology to tell this story, I have taken a few liberties in order to create a modern story. Some of the characters are reimagined. For others, I chose the source that met my ends. And then we come to the royal family of the Underworld. A lot of mythology says that Hades, as the God of the Underworld, was unable to produce offspring because Death can’t create Life. Some texts even said that the Furies were his children.

I did find an article that talked about Plutus, the God of Wealth, who was often confused with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, who was also in charge of wealth. Another source said that he actually was Hades’ son, which I honestly found to be pretty cool and a great foil to myths about the Underworld. My wheels started turning, and that character played a big role when I started setting up the plot for this story.

I hope you enjoy this book that is nearly twenty years in the making. I know I enjoyed writing, developing it, and seeing my characters come to life. I hope you like this crazy ride for Callie.

About Erin Hayes


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleShades of the Gods
SeriesElysium Legacies #1
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 September 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 414
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The thrilling conclusion to The Harker Trilogy

I’m finally free of my family’s curse.
Except now, the world is ending. FML.

Anthony, the vampire that killed my sister and my brother-in-law, has won. I’ve lost everything. I no longer have my powers. I have no idea where Amelia is. And the vampire I love has surrendered to the hunger that is throwing the world into chaos.

The worst part? I can’t do anything about it, because I’m no longer the Harker. Sure, I’m not dying anymore, but I’m barely living at this point.

But there may be one last chance to save us all. If only I can find it in me to make one final sacrifice.

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The Twinkie is mushed and some of the cream is coming out, but as I pull it out of the wrapper, I can’t help but be gentle.


I found the single-serve pastry in a hollowed-out convenience store in downtown Birmingham a few days back. It’s the only thing resembling a cake that we’ve found on our way to Austin. In the aftermath of the apocalypse, all the grocery stores are empty as everyone panicked and stole every little thing they could get their hands on. Many of them are now hiding out in their houses during the night.


Those that are alive anyways.


I could make a cake myself, but we are never in one place long enough for me to find an oven and make one. With one arm, it’s a little…hard.


Besides, this is just a small ritual that I want to do myself. I don’t need to decorate it. I just need to…pay tribute. With the only kind of food that would survive the apocalypse.


I light the candle that I stuck in it, its soft glow flickering in the dying light. I give a small smile, feeling my heart break.


“Happy birthday, Amelia.”

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It feels weird finally finishing up The Harker Trilogy. After all, it’s a story that I started while I was still in high school.

I’ve always written; I never haven’t. In high school, while kids were out doing things I was at home writing this weird vampire book that I shared out chapters with friends on a weekly basis. This book had a ton of pop culture references (my main character’s name Willow, which came from Buffy, which influenced this book), you’ll find some weird coincidences (Willow meets a vampire in her high school class – much like in Twilight, but remember, this was written in 2003!), huge plot issues, holes, cardboard characters, and everything else that can hinder a book.

Themes from this vampire book have popped up in later books, and I’ve borrowed ideas from it to create a better story in my other novels. I’d always planned on re-writing it and making it better.

So when I sat down to tell Edie’s story back in 2015—a full twelve years after I started this story about vampires and the end of the world—I knew that I had to make it the best I possibly could.

Characters aren’t the same. The plot isn’t the same. But the bones of it are there.

This third book isn’t good-bye for these characters. It’s more of, “Look how much you’ve grown!” I’m a proud author.

I hope you enjoy Edie’s and Jude’s story as much as I do. And if you’re curious to see where it came from, read the unedited original story at:

About Erin Hayes


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleDamned Either Way
SeriesThe Harker Trilogy #3
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 245
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Ever Chace is a Valkyrie, but not just any Valkyrie—she’s a Valkyrie queen in the making.

Torn between the past and present, love and obligation, Ever is terrified of saying the words that would break the curse she is bound to. Pushing Derek away hasn’t simplified things; it has only made her miserable. With her father waking, and her and Derek’s lives on the line, can she really shy away from who and what she is becoming? How long can Ever keep her past lives a secret?

Pushing thoughts of his mate aside, Derek tries to focus on the task at hand—tracking down a monster that leaves nothing but a husk behind. But Ever is never truly off his mind, even as two of his own become targets of the unsub. Can he set his personal distractions aside to keep his team alive?

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Loki leaned in towards her ear, his breath a hot swirl of temptation on her skin. Erika’s eyes fluttered as Loki’s fingers danced over her hair. “I like your hair,” he whispered. “Can I have a piece?”


Gathering her wits, Erika slid her hands up his ribs, pressing her palms firmly against the muscle of his chest. With a gentle shove, she tried to put as much distance between herself and Loki as possible.


“We all know about your hair fetish, Loki,” she chided. “No need to remind us.”


Tilting his head to the side, he sighed. “You steal a girl’s hair once. Once. And if you recall, I did return it. Lady Sif forgave me… eventually.”


Human histories liked to mythologise them, weaving their stories with half-truths in order to appeal to those who liked fairy tales. Sometimes they got it right, while other times they got it completely wrong. Take Freya, for example—the human mythologies painted her as the goddess of love when, despite holding that title, Freya happened to be bloodthirsty and vengeful.


Loki, however, lived up to most of the stories told about him. The tale in which he had snipped off his sister-in-law’s hair because he’d been bored was one of those truths. Nowadays, profilers would study Loki’s behaviour, eager to find an explanation for his actions. But Loki was simply Loki; he liked to revel in mischief and mayhem.


“But I would never cut away any of that sensuous hair. I’m looking forward to fisting it in my hand when I take you.”


Erika waved off his comment, trying to ignore the quivers she felt in all the places her body yearned for Loki to touch. She hated herself a little bit for feeling this way about him. As if sensing her discomfort, Loki ran his thumb across her bottom lip before lifting it to his own mouth and sucking on it. It was the most erotic, yet infuriating thing she had witnessed.


“I’m not as bad as the books say, you know.” There was no mistaking the hint of sadness in his tone.


“Narcissistic, evil, and a general pain in the ass.”


“Oooh,” he shuddered. “Name calling—so fearsome.”


Erika let go of a breath, shaking her head. “Why are you such an ass?” The words slipped free from her lips before she could stop them, but they packed no punch.


Loki shrugged, a boyish glint in his eyes. “Everyone has to excel at something, right?”

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Character Playlist – Ever

Smoke and Mirrors – Imagine Dragons

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

This is a War – The Phantoms

Bury It – CHVRCHS ft Hayley Williams

Ashes of Eden – Breaking Benjamin

Home – Foo Fighters

Tyrant – One Republic

Kings Never Die – Eminem and Gwen Stefani

What I wish I could Forget – Too Close To Touch

No Way Back – Foo Fighters

Real – Of Mice and Men

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

Trigger – Deaf Havana

Just looking – Stereophonics

In the End – Black Veil Brides

Monster – Stitched Up Heart

Save Me – The Rigs

A Different World – (Corey Taylor) Korn

Falling Short – Lápsley

Where You Are – Portico ft. Jono McCleery

Goodnight – Mirel Wagner

Wasting my Young Years – London Grammar

All the Things Lost – Ms Mr

About Susan Harris

Susan Harris - Author ImageSusan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland.

An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike.

When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn’t a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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TitleSmoke and Mirrors
Series: The Ever Chace Chronicles #3
Author: Susan Harris
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication Date: 29 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 300
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