Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Found in Us by Laya Hagen Book Blitz

Found in Us
by Layla Hagen
(Lost #2)
Publication date: July 24th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker’s story.**

All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy.

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough 

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Chele Cooke's FIGHT OR FLIGHT Release Day Launch & Giveaway


By Chele Cooke

Out of Orbit - Book 2
Publication Date: July 31, 2014
Publisher: Chele Cooke
Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy/Intrigue

A single secret might change a war, but a lie can destroy those fighting it.

Georgianna Lennox’s biggest fear has become reality: she has been sold as a slave. Caught in the middle of the brewing war between the Adveni oppressors and Belsa rebels, she is recruited to be the rebels’ eyes behind enemy lines.

As the Belsa make bolder attacks against the cruel Adveni, Georgianna finds that the lies she is tasked to tell her owner are nothing compared to the secrets she must keep from her friends – secrets that could change the war in their favour, and lies that might destroy them all.

Links to Fight or Flight

Link to ‘Dead and Buryd’, the first book in the Out of Orbit series

Dead and Buryd will be free from 25th July to 8th August.

Edtroka Grytsch, Adveni and Lyndbury Compound Guard. Known from Dead and Buryd for being dark, handsome, and surprisingly cheeky at times. Named as the character most readers were interested in seeing more of, he’s the first of the ‘Take Flight’ character interviews!

Edtroka, you’ve worked as a Lyndbury Compound guard since your arrival on Os-Veruh. Why did you choose that position?

There are a lot of Adveni who wouldn’t. They think it’s beneath them, working with the Veniche, especially those who have broken the Adveni laws, but someone had to, and the money was good, so why not?

Some might call it cruel, the way Veniche are put into the prison without any form of visible justice and left there, or sold as slaves.

Yes, I’m sure there are, all of them Veniche, no doubt. You notice how it is criminals who complain about the justice system, not victims. Criminals will complain no matter what you do to them. If we fined them, they would complain that the cost was too much, that it pushes them to commit further crimes in order to pay.
The sale of dreta, or as you call them, slaves, has worked for our civilisation for hundreds of years. Criminals are given the chance to repay the debt caused by their crimes, and are given food and shelter while they do so. Then again, the Veniche are hardly innocent when it comes to the punishment of crime. Their methods are different, but no more barbaric when you look at it.

What’s your thoughts on the Belsa rebels currently fighting the Adveni rule?

They have no chance. No matter how hard they fight, or how many rats they manage to tempt to their cause, they do not have the experience in war to win. Their attempts, while could be considered noble and brave, are foolhardy. Though, their antics do serve for some interesting conversations between the soldiers I see in the yard. They’re always willing to spill their latest dealings with the Belsa in order to attempt a cheaper price on a slave. I gain a lot of information from my position.

When we last saw you, you were being quite cruel and distant to Georgianna. Why was that?

The medic was useful, and she had stopped being so. My position does not demand cruelty, though the Veniche will tell you otherwise. I always made sure to contact the medic when I thought there was a chance of her helping one of the inmates. For her to turn up at the prison as a new inmate only hours after she left from a medical trip was disappointing. She shouldn’t be sheltered from that because she happens to have a pretty face. That block is cold when the doors close behind you. She had to be prepared for that, instead of believing she would receive special treatment.

If you would name one regret, what would it be?

I lost someone. I didn’t want to let them go, but I had to. It was my duty to let them go. They, like the medic, got themselves in a situation that could not be undone. It was kinder to step away, but it doesn’t mean I like it.

Thanks, Edtroka. We’ll be seeing much more of you in Fight or Flight!

From Chapter 5: The Owner in the Apartment

It was still burning hot, but the season’s heat was slowly abating. It was becoming more comfortable each day. High walls had blocked out the gradual change in the air from the compound yard, letting it cook in the continual beating of the sun’s rays. Out in the open air, however, Georgianna could feel the breeze and the promise of rain. She took a deep breath. She was leaving one prison to walk into another. She might as well make the most of her few minutes in the open, for she knew that Maarqyn would not be offering her space alone any time soon.
As they walked, the compound walls slowly bled into the horizon behind them. She kept pace with Edtroka’s long strides, even after he released her arm. The bag of her belongings hung from his wrist, swinging back and forth with his stride. If Georgianna wasn’t mistaken, he was having fun.
She’d not said anything to him since passing the gates. Despite her fear, she hadn’t wanted to cause him problems by acting too familiar. If she got him into trouble, the chances of him helping her would be quashed to nothing. But now that no one could overhear them, she hurried forwards a couple of steps.
“Edtroka,” she urged, placing her bound hands against his chest. “Please, I am begging you. Tell Maarqyn I was sold, do something. You can stop this, I know you can.”
Edtroka barely wavered. He sidestepped and lengthened his stride. She turned and hurried after him.
“Please! You know me.”
“Even if I wanted to, it’s already done,” he answered emotionlessly.
Kicking a stone and sending it bouncing away, he stuffed his hands into his pockets.
“Undo it, then?”
He shrugged. There wasn’t any trace of cruelty in his face, but there wasn’t much compassion to be found either.
“Even if I could… I don’t want to.”
Georgianna cried in frustration. It was probably Edtroka’s plan, or perhaps his orders, to keep her on her toes. He might have been ordered by Maarqyn to amplify her fears of what was happening to her. Unfortunately, she doubted the commander was above such petty cruelty.
If that was, in fact, his plan, he was doing a good job. Though she was already sure that Maarqyn had been the one to buy her, the fact that it hadn’t been said put her on edge.
“You know, if you hope to get along in your new life, you should learn to hold your tongue a little better,” Edtroka mused.
“And if I don’t want to ‘get along’?”
She had no intention of making Maarqyn’s life easy. If he wanted her to be the ideal little drysta, he would have to do far more than make a few idle threats.
Even as she thought it, she realised that she was thinking too highly of herself. She’d already broken under Maarqyn’s torture once. She had no doubt that he would have ways of getting her to do whatever he wanted.
“Unfortunately, Med, you don’t really have much of a choice in what you want, do you?”

Chele Cooke is an English-born writer based in London. With a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Derby, Chele began by writing fan fiction as a teenager before moving onto her own fiction. She wrote a number of short stories, one of which gained her entry onto the short list for the Wicked Young Writer award in 2011.

The Out of Orbit series was born in 2012, and within two years ‘Dead and Buryd’ and its sequel ‘Fight or Flight’ have both been published. Chele plans to release a number of short stories connected to this universe before the release of book 3 in 2015.

When not writing, Chele is an addict to all aspects of storytelling. She loves books, films and television shows. If she wasn’t a writer, Chele would want to be a Continuity Specialist, not that it’s a real job, specialising in pointing out when creators have broken the rules and histories they set up in previous books and television series. Chele also cross stitches, knits, and draws. She loves travelling, and would love to go on a trip around the world, though that seems like a long way off, as books keep getting in the way. 

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