Spotlight & Guest Post: Forbidden Rendezvous With the Devil + Giveaway

FORBIDDEN RENDEZVOUS WITH THE DEVIL

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FORBIDDEN RENDEZVOUS WITH THE DEVIL by Isra Sravenheart Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: FORBIDDEN RENDEZVOUS WITH THE DEVIL

Author: Isra Sravenheart

Pub. Date: May 11, 2022

Publisher: Isra Sravenheart

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 217

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A Witch Vampire Paranormal Romance

“Trust me. Actually. Don’t.”

Sabine Nevemone has just moved to the small quaint town of Gloomvale to start a new life after being dumped by narcissistic boyfriend Oliver Rein.

Sabine has landed herself a job at Bad Brews coffee house, where she is working for the handsome rogue Tristan Roseblood. A mysterious handsome devilish vampire who always gets what he desires.

At first, Sabine could not believe her luck that she’s gotten a job so fast but things in Gloomvale aren’t all they seem. Tristan is a powerful man and he knows it.

Sabine is reluctant to comply when Tristan forces her to come on an errand with him, which almost results in both her and Tristan getting killed because an old enemy catches up with Tristan. Tristan patches Sabine up telling her she’s in a very dangerous world and it would be best if she got out of town for her own sake. Sabine refuses to leave. This proves to be a fatal mistake on her part.

“You can’t get close to me. Get out while you can. I’m not a good match for a sweet thing like you. Trust me. Actually, don’t.” He warns her.

The only trouble is now Sabine is in too deep. She’s falling for him. Hard. But when Tristan rebuffs Sabine and she falls straight into his mysterious brother Laurence’s arms, it can only spell disaster for all concerned. Sabine then gets herself in real trouble when she’s bitten on her way home. Will Tristan find her in time or will she die alone?

USA Today Best-Selling Author Isra Sravenheart brings us into the intense world of Tristan Roseblood. A vampire with a dark past only trouble is when Sabine stumbles into it, she too becomes entwined in his chaos. A paranormal romance jam-packed with suspense and intrigue and two charming vampires to boot.


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A day in your writing life.
This ultimately depends as no two days are the same. One day I might get up at 9am and start sprinting whereas the next I may get up at around 11am/ 12pm. I also have four cats so their needs have to be taken care of first before I can even make myself a coffee. Once those things are done. I will make myself a coffee, take a shower and possibly even get dressed, if not, I will change into a clean pair of pjs. I practically live in Disney PJ’s any how. At this point I will probably turn the laptop on, grab a snack bar (gluten free protein cereal bar) and eat that while I am sipping my coffee. I’ll make a note of the chapter/ segment I am working on or due to work on for this moment and re-read what I had previously written (very important) and then I’ll re-read my outline again to make sure it’s in my brain. It’s worth noting that I may do this around 3 or 4 times before I set up the sprint bot and get started.

Typically I will do one 15 minute sprint and then stop, do something else for ten mins. Then I will do another…. before I stop to eat or get on with someother task, ie loading laundry in the machine, getting that on or doing some hoovering or something else. This may keep me busy for around 20-30 minutes depending on what it is. Then I will make another coffee, set up another sprint, do that and see how I feel after. I may decide to stop at this point or do another…. It depends ultimately on the day and how I feel (especially when chronic pain is a factor) Then I may look the clock realize i’ve been at this for two hours and may decide to clock off at this point. Or I may go back to it in the late afternoon / early evening and do some more. It depends on the day.


About Isra Sravenheart:

Dark Fantasy and PNR Author😍
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Witch 🧙‍♀️
🐈 Mom
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I’m not very good at talking about myself in the third person. Isra is an eccentric author whose heart resides with the dark fantasy but also the paranormal genres. Cats and coffee are her main interests. She’s also a pretty badass witch and often envisions new adventures involving dragons, witches, warlocks and really likes villains. There we go! 

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3 winners will receive an eBook of FORBIDDEN RENDEZVOUS WITH THE DEVIL, International.

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6/13/2022

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6/14/2022

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6/15/2022

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6/16/2022

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6/17/2022

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6/20/2022

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6/21/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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6/22/2022

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6/23/2022

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6/24/2022

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Harley James and the Mystery of the Mayan Kings + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HARLEY JAMES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MAYAN KINGS by Leah Cupps Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: HARLEY JAMES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MAYAN KINGS
(Harley James Adventures 1)

Author: Leah Cupps

Pub. Date: May 11, 2022

Publisher: Vision Forty

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 172

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Will Harley Find the Missing Mayan Statue & Save the World?

Amateur cryptologist Harley James has just landed in the sticky jungle of Tikal, Guatemala—home to the famous Mayan ruins. She’s made a few friends, a few mistakes…and a ground-breaking discovery.

The legendary statue of the long-lost Mayan King.

Just as she is about to impress her father with her discovery, the statue is stolen. Right from her own room!

And what’s worse? The legend says if the statues of the three kings are reunited, they’ll bring back an army from the dead to rule the world.

Follow along with Harley as she tracks down the missing Mayan statue, solves a few riddles and stumbles upon a secret society that will change her life forever!

Excerpt:

Tikal, Guatemala, Present Day
You know how you just know something in your “knower”? As if you had a crystal ball built into your brain?
Well, today I had a feeling. This was going to be my year.
I, Harley Rebecca James, am going to win the Junior International Cryptography Competition.
What is that, you ask?
JICC is an online competition that follows the story of two explorers as they embark on a cryptographic adventure. Solving riddles and clues are my favorite things to do, so naturally, I love cryptography. Each week for twelve weeks, a new chapter is released, with a new code to break. Thousands of kids enter to win. And I was about to solve the clue for week two.
Thirty-nine characters. A famous phrase… got it!
I scribbled the answer down in my journal and smiled.
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure,” I whispered to myself.
A quote from the ancient philosopher Rumi. Of course, I’ve heard Dad say this a hundred times.
The code itself had been easy to crack. The technique used was a simple Caesar shift. The hard part had been finding the key to unlock the cipher.
I couldn’t wait to get back to my room so I could log on and enter the answer.
“Harley? Have you finished your report on Mayan glyphs yet?” A voice suddenly broke through my thoughts.
Report?
Right, I was supposed to be finishing my homework, not cracking codes.
“Almost,” I replied, tucking a piece of unruly blonde hair out of my face. I was with my tutor Jessica Rodríguez and her dog, Daisy, sitting under the shade of the famous temples of Tikal, an ancient Mayan site nestled in the dense Guatemalan forest.
“Are you solving riddles again?”
I smiled in response, shrugging my shoulders.
“You need to finish your history assignment.”
Jessica frowned at me and readjusted her long legs, shifting in her chair. She was pretty when she smiled, but most of the time, I felt like she was scowling at me. I sat upright and grabbed my notebook.
She hated when I got distracted during homework time.
Upon hearing my voice, Daisy rose up from her spot next to Jessica and walked over to me. She licked my face, and I patted her on the head.
I was currently sweating through another afternoon of sixth-grade homework, my books scattered over a large blanket. I scribbled in the last few lines on my report and shoved them back into my history binder.
“Done!”
Daisy was tugging at my backpack, begging for a walk. I smiled at her. I’ve always wanted a dog, but it was one of the many things I had to give up as a famous world traveler.
Okay, not quite famous, but the world traveler part was spot on. You see, I’m a bit of a nomad. The only daughter of world-renowned archeologist and engineer, Russell James. Global traveler, student of the world.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
I’ll admit it, some parts are great. Exploring remote sections of the world, making new friends, learning new languages.
But then there are the other parts of world travel: staying in hotels with no air conditioning and traveling to remote areas with big—I mean BIG—spiders isn’t always fun. There was one time in Peru when we spotted a Giant Huntsman spider the size of a dinner plate. I had nightmares about it for weeks.
And Dad? Let’s just say he’s overprotective. I’m never allowed to explore anywhere on my own. I can barely get alone time in my room without him checking on me every fifteen minutes. I love him dearly, but I’d just like a little more freedom.
Daisy placed her tiny furry chin on my outstretched leg, breaking me from my thoughts.
“You ready for a walk, girl?” I scratched her head. “I’m ready for a break, too.”
Daisy stood up, twirled around in a circle, and nudged at her leash.
“Jessica? Would you mind if I take Daisy for a walk?”
Jessica barely looked up. “Hmm?” Her eyes lingered on the pages of her book.
“I could use a break.”
She raised her eyes to me and Daisy, who was now shaking with anticipation. “Okay. Just remember, stay close—”
“I know, I know. Don’t talk to strangers and don’t go into the jungle.”
Jessica gave me a thin smile. “And be careful.”
“Of course.” I gave her my most confident grin. “Let’s go, Daisy!”
I swung my favorite purple backpack over my shoulders. This wasn’t just any backpack, mind you. It was decorated with patches from all over the world. Mom had given it to me, along with my first traveler’s patch from France. I kept all the necessities inside; cell phone, colored pencils, a leather notebook, gum, and a headlamp—just in case.
Daisy fell in step with me as we started out across the edge of the jungle. Tikal, Guatemala, was a huge archeological site full of Mayan temples, statues, and monuments. Some of the temples extended above the tops of the trees, like lighthouses in the forest. The Mayans built one of the largest ancient cities in the world… made with no bulldozers, no cranes, and no construction equipment of any kind.
I stared out over the city. How did they do it?
Everything was going great—I was being completely safe—until Daisy suddenly tugged me away from the path around the Temple of the Jaguar toward a dense spot in the jungle.
“No, Daisy,” I said, pulling back on her leash. “We have to stay on the path.”
If I left this path, I’d never be allowed out of Dad’s or Jessica’s sight again.
But Daisy wasn’t giving up. She pulled me into the brush and out of the sunlight. Not good. Snakes and spiders loved hanging out in the shade. I looked around nervously.
“What is it, girl?”
As my eyes adjusted to the shade, I saw a figure standing in the trees about fifteen feet away.
“Hello?” I said, my voice cracking. Daisy continued to pull me forward like a sled dog. “Daisy, will you stop?”
But she was not giving up, and I couldn’t hold on any longer. The leash slipped from my hand, and she bolted into the jungle.
“Daisy!” I cried, dashing after her.
Branches and leaves whipped past me as I followed her deeper into the forest. I wasn’t about to lose Daisy in the jungle, rules, or no rules.
Just as I was about to run out of breath, Daisy stopped ahead of me with an excited, yip!
Apparently, she had found something.
I caught up to her in a few long strides and peered into the jungle. Nestled behind a bramble of jungle leaves was a wall made of stone. After I grabbed Daisy’s leash, I took a step closer.
“What did you find, girl?”
Six nooks were carved into the side of the wall, about the size of my outstretched hand. Five of the nooks had carved stones placed inside. I recognized the carvings. They were Mayan.
In fact, I had just been studying them for my history lesson.
Now I was intrigued. Maybe that report would come in handy. Dad was always going on and on about using our great knowledge of history in the field.
The first five symbols stood for Jaguar, Sun, Snake, Rain, and Skull. But the sixth nook was empty. I touched the soft grooves of the granite. My code-finding mind went to work. There must be a stone that fits into the final slot. It must follow a logical pattern.
What do the glyphs for Jaguar, Sun, Snake, Rain, and Skull have in common? I bit the edge of my lip. I tried to think of something useful from my report. I had taken a particular interest in the Mayan glyphs, given my love of codes and symbols.
I knew that Kinich Ahau, the god of the sun, was often depicted as a jaguar. And Chaac, the god of rain, was drawn with the body of a snake. And the skull? Well, the god of earth, and the underworld, was Cizin. He was often shown as a skull.
I felt a little chill run up my spine. Creepy.
But back to the glyphs.
Jaguar, Sun, Snake, Rain, Skull… Earth?
It was worth a shot.
There were stones scattered about the jungle floor and I quickly shifted through them, looking for earth symbol. A few were broken, some had parts of a carving. They represented everything from rain drops to mountains.
Then I stumbled over a sharp object jutting out of the jungle floor. I got down on my knees. I could see a stone half-buried in the mud. I dug my fingers into the ground and began to dig. When I was done, I stared at the stone.
It had the symbol for earth. Bingo!
I ran back to the center of the wall and placed it in the sixth nook. To my surprise, it fit perfectly in place.

Then something weird happened. The ground beneath began to rumble.
Was this an earthquake?
It wasn’t that unusual for an earthquake to happen in Central America. But right after I placed the sixth symbol? That was a little odd.
The stones in front of me suddenly began to move, and I pulled Daisy back as several rocks began to fall. We huddled together near the ground. I placed my hands over my head and squeezed my eyes shut. A few seconds later, the shaking stopped.
I looked up. The center of the wall that held the carved stones had crumbled into a pile at my feet.
So much for solving that riddle.
“Come on, Daisy, we better get back,” I said, pulling on her leash.
If my overprotective dad knew I was by myself in the jungle during an earthquake?
I shuddered at the thought.
But just as I was about to leave, my eyes caught on a peculiar green glow coming from the pile of stones.
Daisy must have noticed it too, because she walked back over to the spot. As she sniffed the ground, I saw she was standing over a small object that appeared to be lit from within. I squatted down and took a closer look.
It was a little statue, about as big as an eggplant. I reached down and touched it, feeling the cool surface on my skin. Perhaps it was made of jade?
I could hear Dad’s voice in my head shouting, You should be wearing gloves!
Well, he wasn’t here, so I picked it up.
It had to be a real Mayan artifact. What else would it be doing here in the jungle?
Then I got that weird feeling you get when someone’s watching you. I spun around and looked every which way I could. Leaves were moving off toward the temple as if someone had just parted them.
I figured I had a few choices. I could run the piece back to Dad and share my discovery. That would be the obvious thing to do.
Or I could do some research of my own, find out who this little guy was. Maybe if I found out enough, I could convince Dad that I was old enough to explore on my own.
What should I do?
One thing I did know was I had to get out of there. The waving tree limbs gave me the heebie-jeebies.
And then, the answer hit me.
I’d pay a visit to my friend, Aly, whose parents managed one of the museums here in Tikal. She could help me figure out what it was.
“What do you think, Daisy girl? Should we get out of here? Check this one out ourselves?”
Daisy yipped back, obviously agreeing with me.
I stashed the statue in my backpack and set off towards our rental house in the village. First, I had to stop at home and enter this week’s answer for the cryptography competition. After that, we’d head over to the museum.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that little statue I had stuffed in my backpack?
It was about to get me into a whole world of trouble.


About Leah Cupps:

Leah Cupps is an author, designer and entrepreneur. She came up with the idea for Harley James with her oldest daughter Savannah. Savannah had taken an interest in Mayan history and so the two of them worked together to come up with the idea for the first Harley James book; the Mystery of the Mayan Kings. Leah lives in Indiana with her husband and three children. She is also the cofound of Vision Forty Press, a small family owned publishing company.

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of HARLEY JAMES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MAYAN KINGS, US Only.

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Week One:

6/13/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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6/13/2022

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6/14/2022

The Momma Spot

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6/14/2022

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6/15/2022

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6/15/2022

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6/16/2022

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6/16/2022

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6/17/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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6/17/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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Week Two:

6/20/2022

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6/20/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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6/21/2022

@jacleomik33 The Page Ladies

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6/21/2022

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6/22/2022

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6/22/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

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6/23/2022

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6/23/2022

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6/24/2022

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6/24/2022

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