Welcome to Random Redheaded Ramblings! My blog is all about my love of books, I have quite a broad taste but I do have a massive soft spot for anything dystopian. I have far too many books and I need more! I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can share my passions but I will occasionally also ramble about a lot of other things such as tv series and films and my love of Orlando plus did I mention I love books!!! I have a bit more info in my About Me page so please have a look!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

BLOG TOUR - The Lover's Promise by J C Reed **GIVEAWAY**


The Lover's Promise
Author: J.C. Reed
Genre: Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 26th, 2015
Length: 300 pages


Book Description:

Meeting Jett was like lighting a match. Dangerous. Scorching. And better left untouched. In his game, some secrets can be deadly.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one thing. She has to stay away from the one man who betrayed her. He fooled her once, and she won’t let it happen again. When her loans are settled by the very man who’s a murder suspect, little choice does she have than to confront him and risk falling for him again.

Dangerously sexy and arrogant millionaire Jett Mayfield knows his secrets destroy trust. However, when they serve to protect the woman he loves, he has no intention of risking Brooke’s life. When Brooke seeks him to get an explanation, little does he know that there’s something worse that threatens to destroy their lives. Soon there’s only one choice: break or get broken. When everything is spiraling out of control, will his promise keep her by his side…or will he lose her forever?

A man who will never forget her

A woman who can’t trust him

Both are on the run

2 Lives. 2 Destinies.

One Promise


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Friday, 30 January 2015

COVER REVEAL - Adamant by Emma L Adams **GIVEAWAY**

Today is the cover reveal for Adamant (The Alliance series #1) 
by Emma L. Adams. 
This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours



Adamant (The Alliance Series #1)

By Emma L. Adams

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 11 March 2015

On an alternative 21st-century Earth in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse, the Inter-World Alliance exists to keep the peace between the worlds, and keep the monsters out.

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and is more interested in fighting than her day job as a cashier. She also risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she's taken into custody by the Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor's suspicious death.

For Kay Walker, whose family founded the organization, there has never been any doubt that his future is with the Alliance even if it means dealing with sarcastic centaurs and dangerous monsters in the dark Passages between worlds. But when his supervisor is murdered, Kay discovers that a research project might have been the reason, and faces the choice of whether to ignore his instincts or risk becoming the next target, not to mention digging into the Alliance's history and memories he'd rather keep buried. And there's something not quite right about the strange, fierce girl he arrested as a suspect.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada's offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth and the Multiverse from a deadly enemy.

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About the Author:

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

You can find and contact Emma here:


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Thursday, 29 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - No One Gets Out Alive by Mindy Larson



Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for the awesome Mindy Larson and 
her latest release No One Gets Out Alive!

Read more below including my review and a great giveaway!!



Title: No One Gets Out Alive 

Series: Pre-Earth #3

Author: Mindy Larson

Publisher: Lavish Publishing 

Release Date: January 27, 2015


While Dominic Morris is struggling to exist in the afterlife, Hope and Sebastian Wilkes live out their 'happily after' on Pre-Earth. With a baby on the way life for them is nearly perfect. But when Hope's father, Oliver Luck, is tempted to reconnect with his soul mate, Phoenix, he threatens to take Hope down with him. 

Drowning in sorrow and thinking he's getting a second chance to help Phoenix, Dominic follows her to The Other Place. 

The place no one wants to go. 

Will Dominic help Phoenix escape The Other Place? And more importantly, will he be able to leave himself? 

One thousand years later, Hadley Christensen is back on Earth, but as Hayden Caldwell. With the help of her deceased fiancé, Luke, and her handsome doctor, Dexter Martin, Hayden considers what to believe. 

Hayden has a choice.

A choice to believe or to stay blissfully unaware. 

Will she follow a path of no return and challenge The Masters once and for all? Or will she succumb to staying in the dark and remain closer to her happily ever after.

REVIEW

First of all I have to share with you that I have an immense soft spot for this series, when I started blogging early last year, Mindy was one of the first authors that I got to know, she is such a lovely lady and she is kinda good at writing too!

I was really looking forward to this book, the third in the Pre-Earth series but I was a little sad as this meant the series was coming to an end, how would the characters lives be tied up?

The whole Pre-Earth series has been an emotional roller coaster, death, birth, romance all feature but the most important thing I found is the family aspect which shines through all the books, the characters have such genuine love and affection for one another.

Mindy has done such an amazing job with her world building too, taking you from Earth to the Purple Planet, the world the characters live in has such atmosphere and is at all times believable.

Now I know what you are thinking I've not mentioned if this book is any good yet, well it is but you need to pay attention a lot goes on, characters change and choices have to be made.  I don't want to spoil this book for you but I think I enjoyed this book the most out of all of them and I really enjoyed the others!

If you have the chance go back to the first installment and read all the books back to back, This has been such a great series and I can't wait to read more from Mindy in the future.

Awarded 5 out of 5

I was provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review




Links to Buy 

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Author Bio


Born in Provo, Utah in 1977, Mindy Larson is the oldest of four children and the only daughter. This Morning I Woke Up Dead is her first published novel. She lives happily ever after in Southeast Idaho with her four children, and the love of her life. When she isn't writing she can be found traveling, running, baking, cooking, or chasing after her kids, cats, and dog.


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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - Eclipse by Dirk Strasser


Welcome to my blog tour stop for Eclipse by Dirk Strasser, the third installment in the Lost Book of Ascension!

Read an exclusive excerpt below



Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing?

What happens if the days keep getting shorter?
And shorter?
Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?
And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?
And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?


EXCERPT

Chapter One

‘Run,’ cried the Watcher. ‘They’re coming again.’
The cobblestones shifted under them and several of the soldiers lost their footing.
‘Run!’ cried the Faemir again, and Hrulth led the charge towards the Maelir stronghold. All around them, buildings were collapsing in the darkness. Cluric had sheathed his sword to allow himself to run more freely. Somehow he knew instinctively that if this came to a fight, he would be lost.
Horrific bellowing noises, which he knew from bitter experience were grale, filled the night sky. This time they were accompanied by a droning undercurrent that was totally unfamiliar. Cluric didn’t look back. He kept his eyes on the street, watching for the potholes and chasms that opened up in his path.
The Maelir barricades were in sight now. Cluric saw the torches burning in front of him. More bellows vaulted into the sky, and he felt his shoulder aching as he ran.
Not far to go, he muttered, as he felt himself dropping behind the others. Not far to go.
The street under his feet buckled and he fell.
‘Cluric!’ Hrulth called.
‘I’m all right. Go ahead.’ But Hrulth was already by his side, helping him up.
‘Are you hurt?’ asked Hrulth.
‘I think I bruised my knee,’ said Cluric, ‘but I can still put my weight on it. Come on.’
They dashed for the Maelir stronghold, aware that just behind them, Dusk creatures were pouring out of the ground and into the streets of Peleusar.
The rest of the patrol cheered as the pair finally reached the barricades.
‘You are fools,’ cried the Faemir Watcher. ‘This is only the beginning. Get the fires started. It’s the only thing that will stop them.’
Hrulth spoke frantically to the other battalion leaders and the orders to start fires were given.
As Cluric stared out into the blackness, he could see blood-red eyes moving like disembodied spectres through the alleys of Peleusar. The Faemir Watcher, the hated enemy, stood next to him, and he felt her fear.
‘You are the first Faemir I’ve ever seen who was afraid,’ he said.
She looked at him, shivering. ‘Am I also the first Faemir you’ve seen without a weapon in her hand?’
Cluric nodded.
‘Then I don’t see why you’re so surprised.’
‘You said you were attacked by something worse than grale and Dusk-rats,’ said Cluric. ‘What is it that terrifies you so much?’
The Watcher closed her eyes as if she was trying to ward off a vision, and uttered a single word: ‘Wraiths.’





Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Books of Ascension – Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse – has been published in English (Pan Macmillan / Momentum) and German (Heyne). A collection of his short stories, Stories of the Sand, will be published in November. His most recent short story publications have been “The Mandelbrot Bet” in the Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, “At Dawn’s Speed” in Dimension6 #2, and “2084” in the international anthology The World to Come. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine over 20 years.






Tuesday, 27 January 2015

RELEASE DAY - No One Gets Out Alive by Mindy Larson **GIVEAWAY**




Title: No One Gets Out Alive
Series: Pre-Earth #3
Author: Mindy Larson
Publisher: Lavish Publishing
 Release Date: January 27, 2015


Synopsis


While Dominic Morris is struggling to exist in the afterlife, Hope and Sebastian Wilkes live out their 'happily after' on Pre-Earth. With a baby on the way life for them is nearly perfect. But when Hope's father, Oliver Luck, is tempted to reconnect with his soul mate, Phoenix, he threatens to take Hope down with him.

Drowning in sorrow and thinking he's getting a second chance to help Phoenix, Dominic follows her to The Other Place.

The place no one wants to go.

Will Dominic help Phoenix escape The Other Place? And more importantly, will he be able to leave himself?

One thousand years later, Hadley Christensen is back on Earth, but as Hayden Caldwell. With the help of her deceased fiancé, Luke, and her handsome doctor, Dexter Martin, Hayden considers what to believe.

Hayden has a choice.


A choice to believe or to stay blissfully unaware.

Will she follow a path of no return and challenge The Masters once and for all? Or will she succumb to staying in the dark and remain closer to her happily ever after.










Links to Buy

AMAZON US / UK



Also Available


AMAZON US / UK



AMAZON US / UK








Author Bio

Born in Provo, Utah in 1977, Mindy Larson is the oldest of four children and the only daughter. This Morning I Woke Up Dead is her first published novel. She lives happily ever after in Southeast Idaho with her four children, and the love of her life. When she isn't writing she can be found traveling, running, baking, cooking, or chasing after her kids, cats, and dog.



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Sunday, 25 January 2015

REVIEW - The Revealed by Jessica Hickam


Thank you to Spark Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

So in a world already saturated with young adult dystopian novels will The Revealed be able to hold its own, will it have a different spin on this genre that will keep the reader entertained?

Well I'm glad to say it does, It is a dystopian but the way the world building has been done it is not a dark ruined world that our main character lives in.

Lily is a teen living in what was Washington DC, the daughter of an influential man, she lives very a very influential life but her every move is monitored by her father's security and at the start of this book she finds herself in his bad books after stealing his car, now he is not just annoyed that his favourite wheels have been nicked, he is annoyed that his daughter is putting herself in danger by leaving their compound.

Lily is 18 and is this brand new world a new threat has come to light, The Revealed a sinister group who have been kidnapping 18 year olds across the world, nobody knows who they are or where they came from but one they have you in their sights there is no getting away from them and Lily is very much in their sights.

Despite being in a supposedly secure area Lily has been receiving notes letting her know that The Revealed are coming for her, she is scared but feels defeated and decides that she wants to do as much as possible before she is taken.

One night they do come, during an important party, they arrive without warning, they are different they can control the elements, making things cold, creating fire at the click of the fingers, thankfully they don't take Lily but they do leave her and her family shaken.

Can she keep safe? Will The Revealed pass her by once she turns 19?

Unfortunately she doesn't get that far, the worst happens and she is taken.  But she finds that what she thought she knew about The Revealed is wrong, things are very different and their agenda make not be as sinister as she once thought.

So what happens next, well you know what I'm going to say, get yourself a copy!!  It is a dystopian but like I said above it is not a totally grey and dark world Lily lives in and The Revealed well they reminded me of the characters from the tv series Heroes, I found them incredibly sinister with their notes and stealthiness to begin with, though they did grow on me!

A good read and the first in a new series, I'm looking forward to seeing what is going to happen in this world.

Awarded 4 out of 5

Friday, 23 January 2015

COVER REVEAL - Gentle Chains by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are revealing the cover for GENTLE CHAINS by Nazarea Andrews. This is a new adult title and it will be released in March. Click the link below to read the first 6 chapters!

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BOOK BLURB:

When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost. Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die. A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise. Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you.  

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EXCERPT:

I wake up slowly, and lift my head. The quiet hum is comforting and familiar--I’m on the Leen. “Where is Sadi?” I murmur, shifting to stand. “Galley,” the ship answers promptly, and I stagger to the door. “Ill-advised. I will inform Sadi of your status.” “Disregard. I’m fine,” I answer, and the ship subsides, with a minute rumble of systems that makes me think it’s disgruntled. I find Sadi slumped at the table, cradling a mug of warm chocolate, fatigue pulling her eyes closed. Tin stirs something on the hotsurface, the smell of spice and cream and vegetables thick in the air. I watch them, testing the surface of their emotions before I clear my throat. Sadi glances blearily at me, and then nudges a chair out with a loud screech. I sink down and we sit silently for a long time before she asks, hoarsely, “Want some? Chocolate can make anything better.” I take the proffered cup, recognizing it for the peace offering it is. “How’s that working for you?” I ask before taking a sip. Liquid, velvet heat fills my mouth, slides down my throat. It tastes like a memory, and I struggle to see past a vision of Chosi and a thousand mornings, sitting at the table with her and a cup of chocolate. I force the memory away, focusing on Sadi. Sadi shrugs and gives me a weak smile. “Not terribly well.” I touch her psyche again, feeling the conflict, disgust and desperation. Her eyes are impossibly young when they find mine. “How does this happen? There are thousands injured--we didn’t even make a dent today. And that says nothing of the dead. And no one cares. Because they’re whores,” she finishes bitterly. She almost snatches the chocolate from me, burying her nose in the cup. “What are the estimates on the dead?” “Thirty thousand, in Centari alone,” Tin answers. He ladles out soup and hands steaming bowls around. “Ninety percent of the dead were slaves.” Sadi glares. “That doesn’t make the deaths acceptable.” “No one said it did, Sadi,” he says mildly and nudges her spoon. She stares at it and then takes a tiny bite. As soon as she swallows, her eyes widen and she bolts from the table. Tin drops his spoon with a curse and moves to go after her. “Let me,” I say, standing and following her. She’s leaning over the commode, tears streaming down her face. I let my mind go, touching along her psyche, a flutter of moth wings. It’s so broken, shattered into so many pieces it stuns me. How can she appear so together when she is completely broken? -Sadi?- -How can we expect to make a difference?- she whispers. -It’s so much and we are so small, and no one cares--no one is even here. The IPS will gladly let their world burn.- -They care,- I say, uselessly. She twists to glare at me. -Don’t you dare lie for them. Don’t you dare. They look the other way while your entire world is raped of its people. While your sister is Taken and branded and sold. They use slaves. So don’t you dare lie for them. They don’t deserve it.- I push aside the truth in her words, the rush of anger that she’s one of the slave owners she’s denouncing, and crouch next to her, brushing hair over her ears and murmuring, “We’ll make a difference because you can’t help it, Sadi. You change things.” As I say it, I realize how true my words are. She has changed me.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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