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Book tour : Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton and two giveaways!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my stop on the book tour of Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton!

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Book title

Lights Of Aurora, book 2 of The Stone Legacy Series

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Book Blurb

After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

Book Excerpt (from Chapter Six)

The sound of Ashley’s scream tore into him. Arwan clenched his fist as scarlet liquid slid down his forearm and dripped from his elbow onto the stone floor. He pumped his hand to encourage the flow of more blood as he knelt, laying his wound over the altar. His shoulders slumped forward as the offering was collected.

He swore he would never go back to his old life. He made an oath to leave that world behind and fight against every soul that dwelled in the shadows—every force responsible for causing pain. Now he was going to break that promise, for her, and he may lose her in the process.

Ashley’s hands clutched his shoulders. “What did you do?” He hung his head as low as he could, wishing he could disappear completely. His honor had been stripped away. Shame hung like a heavy cloud over his soul, mocking the years he spent hiding the truth. It was all for nothing.

His blood filled the cracks of the aged rock. With his other arm wrapped around Ashley’s waist, he pressed his forehead against her belly as if already begging for forgiveness. But there was no time for that now. He had to hold onto her, or she would be lost in the transport.

A burst of wind tore through the cave. Ashley screamed and grabbed onto him as she fought against the blast. Darkness consumed them, snuffing out any light Ashley produced. The thick fog weighed on Arwan’s chest as he felt the core of his being break free.

Until that moment, he’d managed to keep his darkness under control. Now he felt it claw its way out of its dormant state and flush his veins. His vision blurred. Only the warmth of Ashley’s body kept him grounded. He clenched his jaw, huffing breaths through his nose while they were sent to the gate, where worse terror awaited.

The wind died in an instant and slapped Arwan to the cold stone of the isolated cave—the other side of the portal.

The gate to the underworld.

He tried to push to his feet, but he had no strength left to support his effort. The sound of Ashley’s breaths grew louder until her warm hands cradled his cheeks. He opened his eyes, barely able to see past the pain tearing through his muscles.

She grabbed his hand. “Hold on!” Her voice sounded frantic. Warmth seeped into his wrist from her trembling fingers. His wound knitted together, healed by her touch. She rested her hand over his chest. He relaxed his muscles while the heat from her body poured over him.

The darkness inside of him thrashed through his gut and he curled on the floor. Tightening his fists, he had to do something to offset the effects of being so close to the underworld.

He’d managed to keep from changing all these years by staying near the goodness of Riyata, and far from the powers beneath. But crossing through the portal and near the gate meant he had to control his darker half, and quickly—or risk it emerging from inside him.

Ashley’s heat was gone, leaving him frozen on the ground. The chilled air prickled his skin, making it hard to concentrate. He opened his eyes for a split second, just long enough to see Ashley’s expression turn to horror.

She leapt to her feet, and he listened to her footsteps drag over the ground with each backward step. “What just happened, Arwan?” Her screech bounced off the stone walls. “Your eyes are black. Completely black!”

He struggled to sit, concentrating to keep his focus on caging the force within him. He’d nearly forgotten how powerful it was. But he didn’t want her to be afraid of him, and the hope she would still want him had begun to fade beneath her trembling voice.

It took almost everything he had, but finally he was able to see clearly, and he knew his eyes had returned to normal. For now.

He gathered the courage to meet her gaze. When he did, he wished they had never come to this damned place, and he could be with her the way they were before. Before she knew who he really was.

The Stone Legacy

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Click here to see all three books on Amazon

The Stone Guardian

Escaping Darkness

Lights of Aurora

For the duration of the book tour, Escaping Darkness and Lights of Aurora is on sale, priced at only $0.99!!

First Giveaway (Tourwide)

The author, Theresa McClinton, is kindly giving away Amazon giftcards and ebook copies to 7 winners!. Click on the link below to take part in it!. Winners will be announced on the author’s blog and also contacted by email by her.

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Second Giveaway (here on my blog)

On each blog participating in this tour, the author has kindly offered to giveaway an ebook copy of Lights of Aurora to one winner. To enter, please click on the link below :). There are only five easy entries and all of them are optional!. Winner will be contacted by email, by me.

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Author info

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A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

Coming Soon: 13th Street, Novella 2.5 of The Stone Legacy Series.

Blogs participating in this tour

(Visit each of them and enter their giveaways too to win!)

1. 1/2 Joanne Stewart

2. 1/2 Brinda Berry

3. 1/2 Larkin’s Book Blogger

4. 1/2 Book Briefs

5. 1/3 Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest

6. 1/3 Lilly Gayle Romance

7. 1/3 Marked By Books

8. 1/4 Behind A Million and One Pages

9. 1/4 Renee Entress

10. 1/5 Burgandy Ice

11. 1/5 Addled By Books

12. 1/6 Karen Michelle Nutt

13. 1/6 Pretty In Fiction

14. 1/7 Noelle Clark

15. 1/7 Book Lovers Life

16. 1/7 What’s Beyond Forks

17. 1/8 Naznin Azeez (ME!)

18. 1/9 The Fiction Fairy

19. 1/9 Little Library Muse

20. 1/10 Between Printed Pages

21. 1/12 The Rest Is Till Unwritten

22. 1/13 Laura Diamond

23. 1/13 Crystal Donahue

24. 1/14 Soul Unsung

25. 1/11 AJ Nuest

26. 1/15 Snowdrop Dreams

27. 1/15 Addict Readers

28. 1/16 VVB 32 Reads

Buy links

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Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mkhmvpb

B&Nhttp://tinyurl.com/m59jj73

Kobohttp://tinyurl.com/kuatesh

Love,

Naz

New Year Giveaway 2 – International! (Closed)

Hi all!

I am so excited today to announce an international books giveaway!!. I would like to specially thank author Theresa McClinton and Author Marc Kuhn for cooperating with me on this giveaway and offering me amazing prizes from their side!. You both are so awesome <3.

There are two winners in this giveaway. The prizes are :

  • 1st prizeA signed, physical copy of Marc Kuhn’s latest book, Dead Letter!. I just reviewed this book. It’s a must read historical fiction with some suspense woven into it <3
  • 2nd prizeAn ebook copy of Theresa McClinton’s latest book, Lights of Aurora. The winner can choose any digital format. I reviewed this book last month too. I absolutely loved it!

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Without further ado, rules to fulfill if you wish to enter:

1) Must be a follower of my blog.

2) Open worldwide!

3) Must be 18+ or have guardian’s permission if you are a minor.

4) Once the winners are announced (by Jan 3rd, in a separate post), contact me and we will take it further from there. Your details will be passed to the authors.

5) Duplicate entries from the same IP address, using different emails, are not allowed. No cheating. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED.

If you fulfill all of the above rules, go ahead and enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below (Click it. It opens in a separate window). You can log into the form by using Facebook or your name and email:

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NOTE: There is only ONE mandatory entry to enter this giveaway. You must be a follower of my blog because my giveaways are a ‘Thank You’ to you guys!. Every other entry is optional. However, the more entries you fulfill the higher your chances are of winning!. You can get a total of 40 entries plus more if you do the daily entries. You have a month’s time so you don’t have to fill up the whole form in one go. Come back again and fill up when you are free 🙂

My friend Sally Gray is helping me out to promote this giveaway. As a thank you to her, I will be asking you to follow her blog and her Facebook page, Giveaways Galore. You will find the links in the Rafflecopter form. She hosts upto 15 giveaways on her blog per month!. She is a sweetie and you will love getting to know her.

The giveaway will end on Jan 1st. Winner will be randomly picked. By Jan 3rd, I will put up a separate post announcing the winner. Once you see your name announced, you will have to contact me by email. I wont be contacting the winner simply because you will be receiving my announcement post right in your inbox, yeah (coz you follow me by email!)? 🙂

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I take giveaways very seriously and check through every entry. Infact, that is why I switched to Rafflecopter so that it’s easier for you to enter and easier for me to track all entries. So if I find that you claimed to have done an entry that you really didn’t, you are automatically disqualified from the giveaway. If you are here only for the giveaway and are thinking of unfollowing me once the giveaway is over, please don’t bother!. You are wasting your time.

Sorry for the little rant there :P. But I have found several people cheating on my previous giveaways and it’s just not fair to the people who are honestly entering.

Goodluck all!

Love,

Naz 🙂

Book review: Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton

Hi all!

I am super excited to review the second book in the Stone Legacies series by my fav author/friend, Theresa McClinton!. Just to clarify, Escaping Darkness is a novella in the Stone Legacies series and that’s why Lights of Aurora (which technically is the third book) is called the second one.

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A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult and new adult paranormal and contemporary romance.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries and explored dozens of U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

Summary of the book

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Tagline: The darkest lies lead to the sweetest truth

After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

My review

What can I say!. Theresa has charmed her way into my heart yet again with her creative storytelling talents. Ok, lets start at the beginning. The cover is absolutely mesmerizing. The color combination is beautiful and it is one of the best covers I have seen.

In the beginning, I didn’t really know why the book was titled so. But towards the end, I understood. The lights of Aurora is a very significant thing in Mayan life. The story begins right where it left off without any further ado. The pace is really good. Arwan is ever so hot and we get to know more about him, which I loved. There are twists and turns along the story and that makes it an unputdownable book.

One negative though is that at times, certain dialogues were repeated (inorder to show the depth of the emotion e.g. an argument). I found that bothersome and felt like “Come on, get on with it, will you?”. This is probably nit picking but I gotta say it all yeah?. There is more character development in this book when Ashley becomes more comfortable with her powers, Hawa is not her irate self and Jayden.. oh well he still remains a “Grade A a$$hole” (author’s words not mine!). I love the way, the winter solstice and the Lights of Aurora is explained. When reading, everything is explained in such a way that no questions arise in your mind. That means the author has gone to great lengths to make sure her readers are completely satisfied. As always, this book too is very well researched. I simply cant wait for the next book in this series. The ending makes you want to know more and more.

Seriously, the way she writes, Theresa makes me get right back to the book as soon as I finish the chores or should I say, I rush through the chores just to get back to the book. I don’t think many authors have successfully induced that effect on me. This book gets a 5/5 from me which by Goodreads standards means ‘it was amazing’!

Links to this book

Amazon * Goodreads *

How I received a copy!

An e-book copy of Lights of Aurora was given to me by the author herself, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and a free book does not change that!

Love,

Naz 🙂