Year: 2015

Blood Rose Angel book tour + interview + giveaway!

Blood Rose Angel book tour

Today I’m thrilled to take part in the book tour for Liza Perrat’s latest novel Blood Rose Angel! A historical drama/romance set in fourteenth century France, the book is the latest in a series about the women of L’Auberge des Anges—kinswomen connected by their talent for healing, and the mysterious angel talisman they carry. Read on for more on the book, and author interview, and an awesome giveaway!

1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it—heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.

Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.

Fearful that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honor the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.

Blood Rose Angel, by Liza Perrat. Release date: November 14, 2015. Genre: historical fiction, drama, romance. 349 pages. ISBN: 9782954168197 Get it on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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Book Depository giveaway! (International!)

Win a book of your choice from BookDepository.com!(Photo by Glen Noble via Unsplash)

If there’s one thing I can never have enough of, it’s books, and I’m sure many of my readers feel the same way…which is why I’m giving you guys a chance to win the book of your choice from BookDepository.com! The giveaway is open internationally and closes in one week; just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. (Please keep in mind that you can select any book up to a $25 value, and you must live in a country that BD will ship to—see the list here.)

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Starbucks gift card giveaway

Starbucks gift card giveaway

Who wants to win a Starbucks gift card for the holidays? Um…more like, who doesn’t?! I’m giving one lucky reader $25 to the home of everyone’s favorite seasonal lattes; just enter using the widget below. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will be open for one week. Good luck!

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At the cliff edge (Thought Questions 302-308)

 

Sitting at the cliff edgeSitting at the cliff edge. Photo by Jordan McQueen via Unsplash.

#302: In one word, how would you describe your childhood? Quiet, maybe? I had a pretty sheltered life in a small town and was too shy to make friends easily. I was happiest reading books and living life through the characters therein.

#303: What celebrities do you admire? Why? Angelina Jolie and Natalie Dormer are both smart, charitable, outspoken, and driven—the best kind of badass babe you could be.

#304: What is the number one motivator in your life right now? My own damn self. I feel like I’m literally sitting at the cliff edge looking out at all the possibilities for my life in 2016, and for the first time in a long time, I’m excited.

#305: What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down? Lately it’s been Miike Snow, Suicide Sheep or The Chainsmokers. But depending on my mood it might also be Beartooth or Amaranthe.

#306: If I gave you $1000 and told you that you had to spend it today, what would you buy? If I was being really selfish—I’d go on a clothes shopping spree. I treat myself rarely and sometimes I get this urge to splurge.

#307: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? One of my coworkers and I have a running joke about this dumb Christmas jingle they’re playing on the radio at work. It’s just awful.

#308: What is your biggest pet peeve? Hypocrites. Don’t pretend to be perfect; we all have flaws.

Steampunk vampire hunter OOTD

I was feeling really bored yesterday and started playing around with some new makeup to create a goth look. And then since the makeup didn’t fit with my sweatpants and t-shirt, I started digging through my closet for the most steampunk or goth clothing I owned. My husband had the bright idea to take some pictures and this is what we ended up with. (And yes, it’s snowing in the pics! Our first real snow of the season!)

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but this is what I had in mind. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have gotten away with it at work though…especially if I showed up carrying a sword and had a pair of sais stuck in my boots. ;)

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

And let’s be real—no real steampunk vampire hunter would chase monsters in high-heeled boots. My feet hurt after just running around the yard for half an hour. And I’m missing a good crossbow or some outlandish steam-looking weapon firearm, which I have yet to procure.

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black outfit #OOTD)

But it’s pretty fun to dress up and play around at home. Even if the neighbors drive by and stare. Oh well, might as well give them something good to stare at!

Steampunk vampire hunter (goth black #OOTD)

(Steampunk vampire hunter weapons: my own. Pants, top: Walmart. Boots: Payless. Corset: thefashioncorsetshop.com. Necklace: Vivo. Rings: vintage, Walmart, Icing. Makeup: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eyeliner in Black, Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette, Essence Get Big Lashes mascara, Wet n Wild Fergie Pagan Angel lipstick.)