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Foodie Friday!

First things first Congrats to Ashley Clover for winning the Ashley Nemer Ebook giveaway!

 

Today’s food is straight from the most magical place on earth.  The Walt Disney World Resort.  The birthday cupcake.  I figured since today is one of my personal heroes Nelson Mandela’s Birthday, I would share a cupcake in his honor!   Happy Friday everyone! 4

New Release Blood White by the Amazing Ashley Nemer

Disclaimer:  I received a free ARC of Blood White from the author, as always with my posts, the review and thoughts are 100% my own. 
When Ashley asked me to have a review and post up I told her hell yeah, I am a huge fan of her and I want you to be a fan too!  I did an author interview here, enter my giveaway and can win a  Ebook of the Blood Series!
Ashley totally understands that when I am between travels (which I am currently boo!) I enjoy being highly entertained and for one ENTIRE night I was entertained.  Those of you that have read the Blood Series know that the world she created is a crazy one.  However there were so many unanswered questions.  Blood White answers everything single one of them, with a whole lot of extras!
We get to read the thoughts of the characters we came to love, in interviews and let me just say Haydar really is a saucey vamp 😉
We learn about the creation and how this world came to be.
Overall this is a different approach to the Algula race, but that doesn’t make it any less of a fun ride!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to read the series for free!
Keep reading for my an excerpt from the book. 
The Art of Safkhet Presents – ASHLEY NEMER
BLOOD WHITE, July 14th, 2014
Blood White contains a novella, Blood Gold and deleted scenes, interviews and other extra tidbits from the blood series that could not make it into the other three print novels.
This is an Insiders Guide to the Blood World.
 
Do you wonder how the Algula race came to be? Or how Earth and everything we know have been manipulated over time and the world we think we know isn’t even close to what reality is.
 
Take a step back in time with Blood Gold, the short story inside this book to discover the truth about our existence and how we really came to be called humans.
 
Also inside this book discover what makes the main characters tick as you take a journey into their thoughts with interviews with King Zayn, Princess Nikole, Princess Leigh and Princess Haydar. As an added bonus enjoy deleted scenes from the Blood Series Trilogy.
 
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Author Bio
Ashley, also known as Niki Becker, is married and lives in Houston with her husband Tony. They have two dogs, Toto and Doogie. They have been together for over 9 years and he brings her more joy than she could ever imagine as a child. She loves to read and has been hooked on the romance genre ever since her lifelong best friend gave her “Ashes to Ashes’ by Tami Hoag to read when they were younger.
Ashley finds her strength through her family, especially her parents. They always support her in life; they push her to strive for greatness. There once was a motto that Ashley heard in her youth through her Taekwondo life ‘Reach for the Stars’ and that is what Ashley has always done. It was through her upbringing that the values Ashley has and displays come from. With her parents always cheering her on in life she was able to grow up having faith in herself and her ability to conquer the world.
Ashley enjoys writing many different genre’s of fiction. Her areas range from science fiction/ paranormal, mystery, romance, poetry and erotica (using pen name Niki Becker.)
 
EXCERPT
 
CHAPTER ONE
The beginning of the earth’s creation …
Fire and lightning flared around the mountaintops of Har ha-Elohim. The air whipped back and forth while the four Gods paced up and down the valleys. There was a storm brewing in the air. The taste of salty rain touched the four tongues of the deities who were invading this new realm.
“Isaf, it is time to make this land flourish,” Hubal commanded. He raised his arms out past his sides, over his shoulders, and then above his head. The rain began to beat down on them, growing stronger with each inch his arms moved up his body.
“Hubal, what do you want me to use as a starting point?” Isaf moved over to stand next to his leader. Each step that he took made the ground beneath him rumble.
“Take this land with you; we will make a new home on this plane called Earth. We will be Gods greater than all others. Our pantheon will not only have our realm, it will have a planet to claim as well.”
Tornadoes and water spouts started to form along the land and lakes. Na’ila came behind Isaf and stood next her bonded mate. Hubal watched her take Isaf’s hand, and then he motioned for Manad to join them in the valley.
“Sun, moon, ground, air, water, all of us joined together, we will create the greatest place in all of eternity. We will create Earth.”
The four deities held hands in a circle and began to chant low. Their voices carried over the plains and through the valley. Isaf’s ground started to move under them, and within a few hours, their reality changed. They began to watch as trees, rivers, grass, shrubbery, and sunlight became their surroundings. When they let go of their hands, a loud, cracking thunderbolt went off in the sky. They looked off to the east and knew that their enemy, Zeus, was casting them out.
He’d cast them out of the realm of other Gods, the place they had known as their own for their lifetimes. He had cut them off from their families, mates, and children alike. It was up to these four beings to bring life to this new planet, make it flourish. Hubal knew that once this was a success, they would be able to go out and claim other parts of the galaxy, and eventually the other Gods would seek out their creation as a new place for escape, peace, and freedom.
“We did it,” Manad said. He broke free of the circle and ventured off into the west. He moved across the grass, the sun following him along his journey.
“Look how the blades of grass follow the light. They move in an east to west pattern,” Na’ila noticed.
“Manad doesn’t know how powerful he is going to be here on this new planet. Everything will rise by his command and set by his slumber.” Hubal could see into the future. He could feel and taste what their paths held for them all.
“And what about you?” Isaf said. “What happens to you when your friend is off walking away?”
“I’ll follow him. Every day, when his sun sets, my moon will be there to catch him and follow the same course he took that day, cleaning up any mess that might have been left in his wake.”
“And this is the life you want for yourself?” Na’ila’s disapproving gaze wasn’t missed by the two other Gods standing there.
“No, it is my duty to protect us all. I brought is here; I will see that we all thrive.”
“Then let us begin the creation of this new realm.” Isaf kneeled on the ground. He placed his hands palm down on the fresh blades of grass. His magik was different. He balanced himself out. When in one section he created earthquakes, in another he created mountains. He brought land and water together before he was done, and a solid continent was formed, a vast and glorious creation.
Author Links
 
 
Ashley’s published works under
Ashley Nemer & Niki Becker
 
Novels
 
Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer March 25th, 2013
 
Maverick Touch: The Highway by Ashley Nemer March 24th, 2014
 
Blood Purple by Ashley Nemer September 24th, 2012
 
Blood Yellow by Ashley Nemer July 3rd, 2013
 
Blood Green by Ashley Nemer April 28th, 2014
 
Blood White by Ashley Nemer July 14th, 2014
 
Special Assignment by Niki Becker December 17th, 2013
 
Short Stories
 
Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer November 17th, 2012
 
Bud’s Christmas Miracle by Ashley Nemer November 24th, 2013
 
The Café (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker May 7th, 2013
 
Fantasy Cruise (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker July 2nd, 2013
 
The Backyard (Temptation Tuesday) by Niki Becker August 6th, 2013
 
Sekhmet’s Revenge Volume One through Four by Ashley Nemer & Stacy A. Moran September 28, 2013
 
Soul Mates by Ashley Nemer and L.S. Broomfield October 2nd, 2013 (Through Secret Cravings Publishing)

Author Interview- Ashley Nemer + Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

So today I am interviewing Ashley Nemer who is not only a close friend of mine but an amazing author as well! For stopping buy today you have the chance to win either the Blood Series or The Maverick Series by this awesome author!

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So let’s jump write into this interview!

 

Ashley you know how much I love your books, but I have to know how did you come up with the titles of The Blood Series?

Haha – I hate when I am asked this because it is such a lame story, lol. Purple is my favorite color, and its a book series with vampires as the stars … seemed to just fall together at the Blood Purple point. Then when it came for Blood Yellow and Blood Green I had to follow suit to keep consistency. So I picked the colors of the ‘main’ characters (Nikole Zayn and Nasir/Leigh) and simply rotated the others.

Blood White – well – they say the color white is a combination of all colors so I thought, what better to title the catch all of my series than Blood White. Because in this final book it literally has every single book and bits of story line inside of it.

It was a perfect fit to me.

 

 

So what books are you reading now?

Hmm that’s hard to answer because I am reading a lot! Because I do reviews on my blog I am reading a new book every 4 days or so. So maybe to answer this question what am I reading by choice now?

Well the husband is forcing me to read OUTLANDER. I’ll admit .. I am having a bit of issues getting into this book. But I was told it starts slow and then grabs you so I will give book 1 a chance. I just finished The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (my author hero) and loved it of course! And I just finished Greed in Pararadise by Deborah Brown. I have reviewed a few of her books in the series by request but after reading Murder in Paradise for my blog review I went out and instantly bought the newest release because I am just in love with this fun mystery series.

 

Do you have any plans to travel to Lebanon?

I have always had plans to travel to Lebanon, Germany and Ireland since I was a child. All there of these places hold my heritage. But since I started writing my urge to go to Lebanon, the Middle East and Egypt has spiked tremendously.

Will I ever make it? I hope so!

 

My blog is centered around escaping the cubicle, what do you do to escape?

I am an avid reader – I love reading more than watching TV and going to Movies. Between the reading and writing it allows me to escape whatever reality I am looking for a break from.

I also love camping and have been dying to go camping forever…(hint hint to the hubby))

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

NEVER GIVE UP! No matter what feedback you get, what you think of your work or what anyone says. Because here is the thing … everyone’s first book is crap. Deal with it, just is what it is. That’s when we make our most mistakes.

But never giving up — that’s the most important thing because the second book, third and so on, they WILL be better. I promise you.

 

In Maverick Touch, Mr. A was Nadia’s own personal ninja, do you have a personal Ninja?

I have a ‘Semi-Ninja’. My hubby has taken some martial arts and likes to call himself a Ninja so, yes, I have my own personal Ninja. However, I’d like to think I am my own Ninja as I am a 2nd Degree Decided Blackbelt in the American Taekwondo Association.

 

Where do you draw your inspiration for your books?

Honestly? Emotionally charged events. Good or bad. I write the best after a very emotionally bad fight or amazingly wonderful moment. And you can tell what kind of day I was having based on my writing, or at least anyone who knows ‘me’ can.

I don’t plan out my book, my characters write themselves so inspiration isn’t something that I look at a photo and draw something from. I sit at the computer and escape my reality by writing.

 

Do you have any writing rituals?

I have a writing song play list that I listen to over and over. Mostly it consists of Les Miserables soundtrack and Eminem. I thought in a little Backstreet Boys & Savage Garden.

I know … it’s an odd collection

 

Tell us three facts your fans DO NOT know about you?

-I am deathly afraid of Ants .. like omg .. you have NO IDEA
– I can hold my own with shots. I hate drinking with a glass or container. Its because when I was in college at SHSU I was petrified that I would end up with an MIP so I mastered the art of shot taking.
-I love gore in books but HATE IT in movies. HATE!!!

 

Tell me about your ideal fictional boyfriend?

Jenn – you’re gonna hate this but a nice controlling Alpha Male who will push a woman up against the wall, tell her how its going to be, and then take her right then and there.

Yeah – love me some Vane & Stryker (From Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series)

 

Anything you want to share with your readers?

I think I am in my best element writing as Niki Becker. I think she lets me be more free and I am able to explore different literature in writing because she isn’t “Ashley”.

Alright everyone enter for today’s giveaway below. Thanks for stopping buy and GOOD LUCK!

 

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