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Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss plus GIVEAWAY

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

Broken Chords
by Jessica Bayliss
Genre: YA Horror (novella)
Release date: October 9th 2017
Leap Books

Summary:

They rip, they tear, they FEED, and you never come back again.

Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.

Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.

Now, whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones?


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About the Author

Jessica Bayliss is a fiction author who loves all things reading and writing. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves–admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers–a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto, there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-young. Because one cannot live on writing alone, Jessica also spends a great deal of time with friends and family. She is a lover of all animals especially one very special Havanese and one extremely ornery cockatiel. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise–in that order–and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.

Jessica also has stories in several of Leap Books anthologies: Beware the Little White Rabbit and Fright Before Christmas.

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Country Book is Set in: Italy

I am in a very “Italy” mood lately, Italian food, Italy photographs, Italy books and movies.  I believe it is because my brain knows deep down I am not going to be able to travel much this year due to health issues and my desire to save money so it is trying to find other ways to explore the world from home.

When I googled “books set in Italy” the lists were endless, there are so many books & movies out there I know they will keep me occupied for awhile.  I came across this book and the reviews on goodreads were favorable so I figured I would give this book a go.

Immediately I knew the author and I spoke the same language, she has the same thoughts about America as a whole and I was enchanted by her story.   This book is a very quick and short read and very much worth the time I spent reading the book.

The authors commentary on the differences between Americans and Italians was classic and often caused me to laugh out loud.  I especially enjoyed the whole “Grab the underwear the dogs are coming” portion of the book… confused go read this book.

I am also going to steal the quote “Tender age of laundry not my problem”

This book made me laugh often and hard and made my lust of all things Italian grow that much more.

Every chapter ended on a “useful Italian phrase” and was the perfect commentary on Italians as a whole.

My rating five stars

Bucket List Accomplishment: Read 150 books in a year

Out of everything I set out to do this year,   I am surprised that I accomplished this.

Don’t get me wrong I read a lot, and often listen to audio books at work to help pass the day at my deadbeat job, but I am still surprised at the accomplishment.

Some of my favorite books from the year?

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

and many more…

Overall this was the year of romance for me, I read a lot more romance novels than normal.

Next year I am going to bump my goal up to 200, and put that on my bucket list, because honestly I am not too sure I will accomplish 200… I barely made it through 150.  So we will see.

What books should I read in 2015?

Avid reader? Please visit  Jen’s Goodreads Challenge and then add me as a friend.  I love reading, it is one of my favorite past times.

 

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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