Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas, from Desert Rose!!

Hey everybody!!  Rose and Ken here.

Christmas time is always nostalgic for a lot of people, and we are definitely some of those.  In that spirit, we just had to share a holiday post with you guys.

We love everything we do on our blog, the awesome people we meet, and the amazing books we discover.  We are thankful for everyone who reads our posts, and follows us anywhere, either here or on any of our social media sites.  Thanks for following us, and we hope you'll join us in 2015 for a ton of new adventures!!

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!!

Ciao for now, and as always:

Keep Creating!!

~Rose & Ken
@Desert Rose

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

*Series Sale*
"Eric Elmoor Saga" by Thomas A. Meyers!

Hey peeps, Rose here.  I found out recently that an awesome series is going to be FREE this week, and just had to share it!  I read the first book in this series last year, and the sequel just came out - I'm currently reading it, and enjoying it quite a bit!

This is a wonderful series for fantasy lovers - it's got action, suspense, adventure, mystery, rebellion, heartache and love!

Check out the book info below, including my review of the first book, and if it sounds interesting, head on over to Amazon and get your Kindle copy today!!!  The sale will last from December 24th - 28th - perfect for a little Christmas treat ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

*Blitz & Giveaway*
"After I Fall" by Amity Hope!

After I Fall

~By: Amity Hope

~Released: December 15th, 2014

~Length: 262 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama

On sale now for only $.99, limited time only!!

When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her Mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her new, improved husband.

When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent most of his life on his own, so he doesn't see the point of having a pretend family now.

A chance meeting leaves them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, a mutual enemy, along with a tangle of secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their new found love unravel completely.

Monday, December 15, 2014

*Blitz & Giveaway*
"The Last Protector" by Stephanie Keyes!

The Last Protector

~By: Stephanie Keyes

~Released: December 13th, 2014

~Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

~Length: 53 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet. 

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella--intended to be read after the other books in the series.

*Cover Reveal*
"Descent" by L.A. Starkey!!

(Soul Keeper Series #3) 

~By: L.A. Starkey

~Release Date: January, 2015

~Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

From the final book in the Soul Keeper Series…

The path of truth lies hidden deep,
To find the light the climb is steep.
But in despair resolve is sound,
What once was lost will now be found.

All is lost and the prophecy seems null and void. Samantha is dead to the living world, and Marcus and Nicolas completely destroyed, but things aren’t always as they seem. To save the one they love, the boys will have to traverse the Descent, a darkness that all will enter and few will ever leave. The interference of gods and goddesses on the chessboard of blood has left the door open for a new player to enter the scene, and she holds the most powerful gift of all—sacrificial love.

Will the exit clause be invoked, dissolving of the chain that binds the trio together?

Will the Descent be the final setting for their love story or will they rise again?

As the curtain draws closed on this tale of old, who will rise and who will fall?

And what if their choice is no choice at all?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

*Blitz & Giveaway*
"Learning to Swim" by Annie Cosby!

Learning to Swim
(Hearts Out of Water, #1)

~By: Annie Cosby

~Released: March 1st, 2014

~PublisherWrite for You Publishing

~Length: 243 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

*Cover Reveal & Giveaway*
"Ever Darkening" by Janeal Falor!

Ever Darkening

~By: Janeal Falor

~Release Date: January 28th, 2015

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

*Cover Reveal & Giveaway*
"Eleven Weeks" by Lauren K. McKellar!

Eleven Weeks
(Crazy In Love, #2)

~By: Lauren K. McKellar

~Expected Release Date: January 2015

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

~Cover Design: KILA Designs

Seven shots

Five siblings

Two boys

One heartbeat …

Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she's in love with doesn't exist.

She pretends that she's happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend's world crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey's got a secret ...

And it's going to ruin everything.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

///*Book Blitz: Whispers, by H.K. Savage!


~By: H.K. Savage

~Expected Publication Date: December 9th, 2014

~PublisherStaccato Publishing

~Length: 319 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Suspense

**ABNA Quarterfinalist**


Your daughter is special

Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive. 

Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right? 

Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life. 

Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.

Friday, December 5, 2014

///Cover Reveal: A Sorta Fairytale, by Emily McKee!

A Sorta Fairytale

~By: Emily McKee

~Release Date: January 6th, 2015

~Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary


I have my own sorta fairytale.

Only thing is that it’s with two people.

Thomas Braxton and Alex McNeil. They know I’m not with them completely. They know I have another. Everything else is pointless… useless.

From the moment I met Thomas and Alex I’ve thought if only I could blend them together?

Thomas’s sexual endeavors. Alex’s sensitivity and passion for life. Then I would have the perfect person.

But perfect is overrated.

It doesn’t exist.

Plus, it’s not at all interesting.

And my relationships with Thomas and Alex?
Well that’s a story for the ages… 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

*Tour & Giveaway*
"Seasons of Change Series" by Mia Hoddell!!

 On Goodreads
Seasons of Change: Volume One
(Seasons of Change, #1-4)

Box set + Exclusive Bonus

~By: Mia Hoddell

~Released: November 27th, 2014

~Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

You can now get all four Amazon best-selling novellas in the Seasons of Change series, plus two exclusive short stories, in one box set. 

These feel-good contemporary romances follow the seasons as characters change for the better, find themselves, and overcome fears.

*Blitz & Giveaway*
"Inner Fire" by R.L. Stedman!!

Inner Fire

~By: R.L. Stedman

~Released: November 30th, 2014

~Length: 266 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

‘Maybe it would be better if I started at the beginning.’ Gran watched me carefully. ‘This ability we have; my mother, me. You. We draw heat along our bodies; anger makes us flame.’

When her friend is assaulted, Corrine Peterson can’t help reacting. But she didn’t think and now her hands are burnt, Gran is coming to look after her and, scariest of all, strange men are watching her house. Could they be terrorists? Secret agents?

It seems that Gran’s idea of a solution is to introduce Corrine to Rowan. Okay, sure, maybe eighteen year old Rowan is gorgeous – but he has his own troubles. And right now, Corrine doesn’t need complications in her life.

But in a world of surveillance and secrecy, complexity is inevitable. And as the tension mounts Corrine realizes - maybe Gran can help her, after all. 

///*Cover Reveal: The Last Order, by Angela Caldwell!

The Last Order

~By: Angela Caldwell

~Release Date: February 3rd, 2015

~Publisher: Rocket Circus Press

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Fiction, Adventure


Lana forms a secret order of women knights to fulfill her father’s final request: find the queen who was thought to be dead and return her to the throne.

Lana Crewe is a strong, fiercely driven seventeen year old living in a village ruled by fear. With their king and queen both dead, strife and division have taken hold. Ruthlessly attacked by an Order called Talons, Lana’s father is fatally stabbed. Before he dies, he imparts upon Lana a directive to save the statue of Saint Peter, and tells her that the queen yet lives. Now it is up to Lana to unravel the mystery of Saint Peter and bring an end to all of the war by finding the queen.

A medieval tale of hope and mystery, The Last Order is an action-packed story with one of the strongest female leads since Disney’s “Brave.” Not your average YA novel; The Last Order takes upper teenage angst and spins it on its head. You’ll be gripping this book as hard as it will be gripping you. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

*Blitz & Giveaway*
"Beautiful Curse" by Jen McConnel!

Beautiful Curse

~By: Jen McConnel

~Release Date: December 9th, 2014

~Publisher: Swoon Romance

~Length: 203 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya
longs to take it, no matter the risks.

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful.

Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.

Beautiful Curse is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sales!!