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PSYCHED– Juli Caldwell’s newest release

10 Jun
We start this week with my dear friend and awesome critique partner Juli Caldwell presenting us her latest release, PSYCHED. I absolutely love the cover.
Here is the deal: When Juli introduced our group to her story I literally was in awe struck by her abilities to be such an incredible narrator, mystery builder, character creator and tension designer. I warned her that if I start sleeping with the lights on because of her book she’ll be in doodoo. Well, once I finished the book, I turned them off, but I now leave the hallway nightlight on and HATE to go potty middle of the night afraid some damn demon lurks out there. I hope she’s proud of herself.
If I’d have to choose one word and one word only to describe this novel I’d say: gripping. But I wouldn’t do it justice because Juli wrote a novel that was much more than that: it was fascinating, thrilling, scary, intriguing, mysterious, detailed. For those of you loving suspense, paranormal, thriller mixed with a hint of romance this novel is definitely for you. For my full review click here.
And now, without further ado, I give you PSYCHED.

Cover Art by Morteque

You can find it on Amazon, and look for it soon in paperback!

So far, great reviews for Psyched!

This is one of those books you just can’t put down. What I
love about Psyched in addition to a great, spooky story is strong characters
and narrative voice. Aisi is the most awesome chick, strong-willed, sassy, and
deals with some crazy stuff happening with a spunkiness that I loved…
Psyched is well-written, riveting,
surprising and genre-busting. Teens will love this book, but it definitely has
a more wide-ranging appeal
Aisi Turay is one awesome girl. She
has power to see the dead…as in their souls…This is a great read, filled
with suspense. I NEVER knew from one chapter to the next what was happening. It
is well written and a very enjoyable…and a bit scary!

Psyched is part ghost story, part suspense, part demon-hunting thriller, part budding romance, the story of a girl named Aisi who’s doing her best to keep it together for her wreck of a family. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic enough to keep things interesting. When she meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There’s just something about him that she knows she can trust.

Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she’s looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her…and her family.

Psyched is Juli’s second novel, the first as an indie writer,
and her first experiment with her true love as a reader: paranormal
fiction. Her debut novel Beyond Perfection is also available.

You can find Juli on her webpage, Twitter, Facebook,  and blog.

Interview with Heven and Sam–Kick Butt Carachters

21 Mar

In preparation for the upcoming Kick-Butt Characters Young Adult Giveaway Hop I asked my dear friend Cambria Hebert to allow me to interview Heven and Sam from her paranormal YA Masquerade. Heven and Sam are both real butt kickers in their own ways and this is why this book is perfect for this hop.

To tell you how I got my hands on this incredible book, at first I was completely drawn by the cover:

Then I read the blurb:

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.


Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Then I read excerpts. And I had to have it.

Without further delay, I give you… Heven and Sam:

Me: I’m so thrilled you two stopped by. I hope people will fall in love with you as much as I did. Heven, you have gone through quite a lot starting with an accident that left your face disfigured. An accident that you cannot remember. When you were in the hospital what did you do to keep busy?

Heven: When I first woke up, I was in a lot of pain and the nurses and doctor kept me on pain medicine that made me a little loopy. But after a few days I didn’t need as much medicine and left a lot of time to think … and wonder. My mom, the doctor, my friends … they would all ask what happened but I didn’t know. A lot of my “friends” never came back. But Kimber did. She would bring fashion magazines and nail polish and she would paint my toes with crazy colors. Cole came to see me too and when he came he brought cards and we would play crazy eights.

How did you deal with the new face in the mirror? Did you feel different?

Heven:  Well, it wasn’t easy. It was the hardest thing I ever went through. I definitely feel different now than before my accident.  I don’t think I will ever be the same again. When I got home from the hospital I was still in pain and I basically just hid at home and I never looked in the mirror because it was easier not to face what happened. But then school started again and I had to leave the house. People would whisper and there were all these rumors about what really happened that day. That really hurt me because those people used to be my friends.  But the more time went by I realized that I am not my scars. I don’t have to be that scared girl who looks over her shoulder and who hides from a mirror. I won’t ever be who I was but the new me can be even better.

Between the time of your attack and finding Sam did you ever lose hope in ever finding love?

*Heven smiles and looks at Sam.*  Heven: After my attack I hadn’t hoped for love. I didn’t think it was in the cards for me. Yeah, I thought that my looks would scare all the guys off but I also knew how unhappy I was and no one would want to be with someone who was so unhappy. You know?

Sam: I never see Heven’s scars when I look at her. To me she’s beautiful.

Sam, you are certainly a strong character with many abilities. Care to share what a few of those abilities are?

Sam: Well, I am a really good swimmer and I can stay beneath the water for a really, really long time. I can run really fast, fire has no effect on me and I am really strong.

Care to tell us what exactly … ummm … how you have these abilities?

Sam: Nope. Read the book. *Grins*

Does having these abilities make your life easier or harder?

Sam: Well, they are cool to have but really they have been a lot of trouble. I don’t have a good relationship with my family and it’s really hard to be close to anyone because most people think of me as a freak. Most people are scared of me. *turns to look at Heven* But being who I am is what brought me to Heven and that makes it all worth it.

Do you think that having these abilities makes you a hero?

Sam: I am definitely no hero. I have faults and weaknesses like everyone else. *clears throat* I have done things I am not proud of and I have to live with those things. But to be honest, a lot of those things I felt I had to do, for certain reasons, but my intentions were never bad even if the actions were.

Heven, do you think of yourself as a hero?

Heven: Heck no!! *laughs* But I DO hope that I can maybe be an inspiration to people who might have to deal with the things I have–you know, looking in the mirror and not liking what you see. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I just hope that people can maybe learn from everything I have been through and the next time they look in the mirror they see that what’s on the inside is wayyyyy more important than what’s on the outside.

Awesome. Sam? I hear you have a great love for Bubble Tea. What the heck is Bubble Tea?

*laughs* It’s tea mixed with cream and flavoring and it can be served hot or cold – I like mine cold, like a milkshake – and it has extra large tapioca balls at the bottom of it. They taste like gummy bears and the drink has to have a really wide straw so the “bubbles” can get up into your mouth. My favorite flavor is chocolate. Heven’s is strawberry.

Heven: Before I met Sam I drank coffee. *laughs*

So before we close this interview tell me one thing about each other that no one else knows:

Heven:  His socks never match. *laughs*

Sam:  She’s a terrible driver. I once let her drive my truck and I feared for my life the whole time.

Heven: Hey!! I’m a great driver!

*Sam shakes head and rolls eyes*

Well that will do it for the interview. Thanks to Heven and Sam for being here today. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow afternoon and enter to win an Ecopy of Masquerade. Heven and Sam brought TWO copies with them so there will be TWO winners.

See you tomorrow!