Married With Zombies Scavenger Hunt Read-a-Long: Week # 1

Hello Beautiful People:

I'm participating in the Married With Zombies Scavenger Hunt Read-a-Long.  We are given a challenge to locate items in and around our house based on scenes from the novel.  My motivation is all the awesome prize packs.  Today is day 1 of week 1 and it's not too late to sign up.  See below for more details.
Scavenger Hunt Schedule:

Week1: Chapters 1-5 (June 1st) - Jen @ In the Closet With a Bibliophile
Week2: Chapters 6-10 (June 8th) - Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette
Week3: Chapters 11-15 (June 15th) - Loretta @ Between the Pages
Week4: Chapters 16-20 (June 22nd) - Tina @ Tina's Book Reviews
Week5: Chapters 21-26 (June 29th) - Missie @ The Unread Reader
Here's what we're reading:

Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Married With Zombies (Living With the Dead #1)
by Jesse Petersen
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Orbit
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat. Meet the Zombies. Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other...

Tour Stop (Guest Post/ Giveaway): Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos

Unicorn KeepUnicorn Keep by Angelia Almos

Published April 30th 2012

Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her.

Interview/Guest Post: Jessamine by Eugenia O'Neal

JessamineJessamine by Eugenia O'Neal

Jessamine tells the story of Grace Hylton, an African-American, who arrives on the Caribbean island of St. Crescens full of doubts about her husband’s political aspirations, doubts about her marriage and doubts about the wisdom of relocating. Her native-born husband, Julian, has lived most of his adult life in the States but has come back to St. Crescens, determined to pull his country out of the cauldron of corruption, nepotism and crime into which the leading political dynasty has taken it.

An architect by training, Julian buys and restores Jessamine, an old Great House. What the Hyltons don’t know is that Jessamine is home to the ghost of Arabella Adams who lived there as a governess during the late 1800s.

Jessamine is told from the alternating viewpoints of the two women – both foreigners, both married to local men. An old injustice binds them across the century that separates them, but can Grace discover its roots before St. Crescens is plunged into violence and chaos?

Stacking The Shelves # 4


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

I will participate in the Bookish Brunette's "Married with Zombies" Read-a-Long next month & found the used paperback cheaper than the ebook!  Yep for about 50 cents rounded up.  *Sigh*  I do love bargains on Amazon!

Book Excerpt: I Am A Harvester Of Light by Sarah Tsomides

I Am A Harvester Of LightI Am A Harvester Of Light by Sarah Tsomides
Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published by Amazon Digital Services

I was born into a society, a village close to the forest; a conservative one indeed, the death of my parents when I was young left me with questions about the traditions and beliefs fostered by the Forest Council.

Light and darkness represents two different things for the inhabitants of the village where I live; light is represented by good and darkness as evil. The definition does not sound as easy as you would think. There seems to be more to the evil and good side!

My parents were swallowed by darkness and neither did I know that more tragedy was on its way. A tragedy which I could or maybe would handle. If you are reading this; then be afraid of the dark henceforth and as for the light hold on to it wisely but with logical reasoning.
We have the harvesters of light and the shadowers all wrestling for survival, identity in a society fostered by class, gullibility, oral tradition, secrecy, and thirst for power. But one thing remains for certain- I am a harvester of light.

Kindred Dreamheart on a Star # 1

“Kindred Dreamheart on a Star” has had its very first sighting!


THOMAS SHELTON is known for his trendsetting, extraordinary skills, and has became one of the most sought after hairstylist in Washington, DC. He has been a professional hairstylist since 1999.  Thomas uses the hair as his canvas to bring out each clients unique beauty.
Thomas realized at an early age that wonderful hair is the key to feeling  great. Mastering skills in Cutting, Coloring, Styling, Updo's, and Keratin (Brazilian treatments). Mr. Shelton can make you look professional, sexy, elegant, conservative, or whatever the occasion may call for.
Thomas is truly passionate about hair. He loves to stay on top of the trends by attending classes, competing, and watching fashion shows.  As a Stylist, he believes that patience, creativity, open mind to learning techniques and trends come together to produce the best result for each individual client.

Tour Stop {Review/Guest Post/Giveaway}: Straight to Hell/ Straight to Heaven by Michelle Scott

Straight to HellStraight to Hell (Lilith Straight #1) by Michelle Scott
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published September 8th 2011

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

Tour Stop/ Review/Giveaway: Tallis by M.C. Rae

TallisTallis by M.C. Rae

Paperback, 58 pages
Published April 2012 by Tulipe Noire Press

My rating: ♥♥❥

The Empire of Andresium is threatened by the corruption of the immortals, ancient beings given the gift of eternal life after the death of the last reigning empress. A prophecy speaks of their eventual downfall at the hands of one of their own, however. Tallis is known by most simply as "The Loren," and seeks to avoid her destiny while trying herself to remain untainted by the decaying morals and indifference to the fates of men that plague her kind. As the events of the prophecy begin to unfold, Tallis finds herself conflicted between upholding her dedication to justice, and falling victim to the ramifications of following the desires of her own heart.

Dreamheart Spotlight # 21

My hair may exceed my collar, look pleasing to the eye, and not snare when touched.  Yet I said it once and will say if again, “I know NOTHING about hair”.  Any environmental elements that contribute to my mane outside of genetics is completely unintentional; and I couldn’t maintain, share or duplicate it if I tried.  Therefore when a subject matter expert speaks with sound advice….I listen!

It is with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to interview, hair stylist Keila Sone on today’s Dreamheart Spotlight.

Keila decided to become a master at taming locks for the sheer fun of it.    “It seemed like something I would enjoy doing as an art form”, she said. “After beauty school, I apprenticed for DramaticsNYC and Mark Garrison Salon.”

She believes “Hair relates [to personal style] as artistic and sexual expression.”  “Hair reflects a person self-esteem”, she said.  “If your hair is trash, you can became depress and ashamed of be in public.”

This cutting edge HEADliner (pun intended) is inspired by Madonna, Deepak Chopra, art, fashion, under ground music scenes and storytelling.  She loves the iconic hairstyles of Nick Arrojo, Louis Lacari and Tabatha Coffey. 

Tour Stop/ Guest Post/ Book Excerpt/ Giveaway: A Kiss for Emily by J.P. Galuska

A Kiss for Emily (Emily Stokes Series, #1)A Kiss for Emily (Emily Stokes Series, #1)
by JP Galuska

Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by CreateSpace

Emily didn't know that falling in love would place her smack-dab in the middle of a dicey game called deception. Or wake up one morning, shortly thereafter, wondering if she'd actually lost her mind!

A KISS FOR EMILY is a thrilling YA paranormal romance, where discovering the paranormal is exciting for the reader, but life-threatening for Emily Stokes, the 17-yr. old high school student from Kansas.

Splash Into Summer Hop {Guest Post/Giveaway/Hop}: The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs #1) by Dave Becker

The Faustian Host (Book 1)The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs #1) by Dave Becker
Kindle Edition
Published March 15th 2012 by Dave Becker
Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who's to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.

After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.

Kindred Dreamheart on a Star Introduction

As you all well know to style celebrities is my career aspiration To see one of my designs grace the red carpet brings tears to my eyes just daring to dream it.    Yet with the influx of reality television, that dream seems almost unobtainable without subjecting your life in a play by play to the general public.  Let me tell you…that’s just scary thinking about it.  I’ve had clients, fans, family and friends alike ask me why won’t I go on Project Runway or any of the other “You’re going to be famous by allowing us to film you” shows.  I can’t even fathom it.  Blogging has been the most exposed I have ever been in my entire life, and even now I’m still guarded.  So I sooth myself by whisperingbaby steps, baby steps”; while maintaining my vice grip on my dream.  Perhaps a few prayers are slipping through those pearly gates because now I am able to bring a long awaited feature to my blog:  Kindred Dreamheart on a Star!  That’s right folks.  It would appear I am getting lucky.  On this feature I will showcase celebrities (local, regional, foreign, worldwide and global), I’ve had the opportunity to dress in an Kindred Dreamheart original.  This will air on Saturdays when there is a client to be presented, so stay tuned.

Tour Stop/ Guest Post: The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler

Guest Post: Animal Prints in Fashion
Every time I go shopping and see animal prints, I can’t help but smile. I love the look of leopard, tiger, and cheetah designs in fashion (obviously all faux).  
My novel, The Shapeshifter’s Secret, is about werecats, which are humans that can shapeshift into lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards. I’ve always loved big cats, and that has definitely influenced by writing. Because I spend so much time writing about these beautiful creatures, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love animal prints in fashion.
When I think of cheetah, tiger, or leopard prints I think of bold, versatile, and youthful. Dresses, shirts, sunglasses, or shoes will always have that exotic appearance because the prints are so bright and eye catching.  
Wearing animal prints is a great way to show off your fun, edgy, and wild side too. It sparks ideas of adventure and is a great head turner.

Tour Stop (Guest Post/Giveaway): I've Got You Covered by Toni Sinns

I've Got You Covered
I've Got You Covered by Toni Sinns
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by CreateSpace

Anistasia moves to Brooksville where she meets John. The duo hit it off almost instantly and become best friends before it grows into something more than friendship. While they blossom together they have to go through the daily routine of high school drama and jealous ex’s on John’s part and over bearing brothers on Anistasia’s part. But each struggle seems to hold the two together even more.

Tour Stop/Review: Rest for the Wicked By Cate Dean

Rest for the Wicked By Cate Dean
Paperback, 150 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Pentam Press

My Rating: ♥♥♥❥
Book One The Claire Wiche Chronicles

Claire Wiche – an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop in an ordinary California beach town.

Stacking The Shelves # 3


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

Once again I found a bargain paperback for $0.14 (plus shipping)! 
I also won a swag pack (mailed from the author). 

Tour Stop/Review/Giveaway: Swipe by Evan Angler

by Evan Angler

Paperback, 275 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 (first published May 1st 2012)

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Logan Langley is just months away from his thirteenth birthday and the biggest day of his life- the day he will finally be Marked. The Mark lets people get jobs, vote, and even go out to eat or buy concert tickets.
Becoming Marked means becoming free. Or so he is told. Five years ago when Logan's sister went to get her Mark she never came back. Now Logan can't shake the feeling he's being watched...
And then he finds the wire.

Dreamheart Spotlight #20

In the “Goddess of the Spectrum” photo shoot with DC photographer, Dwayne of Magnetic Images Photography, I was introduced to model, Janet A O.  Her humble yet witty personality  and sassy poses made this event a very painless experience.  And to top it all off, I celebrated my anniversary of birth that day which made this model all the more memorable.   “I love the glamour of it all, the makeup, the clothes, and just being able to give the product or photos come to life,” said the college senior.  “I will soon be graduating from Towson University with bachelor's of science degree in Psychology.”

Tour Stop/ Review/Guest Post: Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

Stealing BreathStealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell
Published March 9th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press

My rating: EPIC
Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?
Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.
Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

ONE DAY BLOG HOP/TOUR: MICHAEL by Aaron Patterson & Chris White

Help us get Michael into the top 10 on Amazon!

Michael (The Airel Saga, #2)
Michael (The Airel Saga #2)
by Aaron Patterson & Chris White

400 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2012 by StoneHouse Ink

Michael did the unthinkable to save Airel from death, but now must live with the choices he has made, good and evil. Tortured by his past and haunted by his future, Michael seeks redemption. Airel drank in new life only to find that old wounds and deep scars do not heal overnight. Can she forgive her love or lose him forever in her mind?
Michael, book two in the Airel Saga, is live on Amazon TODAY ONLY for a discounted price!!

From the Review Pile # 2

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.

Strange Flesh: A NovelStrange Flesh: A Novel by Michael Olson
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT SEX AND GAMES. “The only clue we have to our brother’s whereabouts is this place that doesn’t really exist.” Ten years ago, Blythe Randall broke James Pryce’s heart. Now she needs his help. Her enigmatic appeal lures the elite hacker into his most tantalizing, and most personal, assignment yet. A Harvard dropout employed by Manhattan-based RedRook Security, James makes a living finding people who don’t want to be found, pursuing their digital tracks around the globe, flushing out criminals, and exacting creative high-tech revenge on behalf of his clients. But this time he’s following his target—billionaire multimedia artist Billy Randall—into an exotic


Rant & Rave: because sometimes, I've just got to vent. After being the nice little, sometimes doormat, darling for 20-something years, some things just get to me. Won't it be fun if I shared?

I received an invite via email for an upcoming fashion week.  I'm on alot of mailing lists so this is nothing new. I've noticed something before; yet today it caught my eye and latched on for dear life.....take a look at this:

Tour Stop/ Guest Post: Hurricane (Hurricane #1) by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

Hurricane (Hurricane #1)Hurricane
By Jenna-Lynne Duncan
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by Divertir Publishing LLC
Genre: a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see its potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou.
Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her?
Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future?
Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…

Dreamheart Spotlight Update # 1

Kindred Dreamheart is very proud to present our very first update on a Dreamheart Spotlight.  It is my goal to provide spotlights exposure to encourage success! 

The guy next door has relocated to Georgian Way.

"Georgian Way is a new comedy series about Steven, a mild-mannered accountant, whose sedate life is constantly being turned upside down by his freeloading older brother, Skippy, and their neurotic neighbors. " (New episodes every other Thursday at 9pm starting May 10, 2012.)

John Gurtshaw/ Dreamheart Spotlight # 13  is a very talented Actor/Model/Singer that I've had the pleasure working with on a past photo shoot.  I recently caught up with the very busy entertainer and chatted a bit via Facebook.  Here's the interview & sneak peek at the show:

Tour Stop: {Guest Post} Talking Fashion w/ Night Sky

I love Jameson because he's just a regular high-school guy. He IS one of the good guys, but he's still rolling out of bed, grabbing a random T-shirt, a not-too-firty pair of jeans, and then stuffing his feet in the shoes that are probably never untied and heading out the door.

He's a guy, and a pretty simple one at that.

May New Release Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Book Twirps & Refracted Light Reviews.

 I have 5 books for you to choose from, and there will be one winner.  In order to enter for a chance to win, you must:
  • Follow my blog via GFC
Bonus Entries-
  • Leave a comment
Answer- Who is your favorite Dreamheart Spotlight & Why?
  • Tweet about Giveaway.
  • Blog about this giveaway.
The hop runs May 15th through 31st.
The winners will be announced NLT June 2nd.

Guest Post/Giveaway: The Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia

The Sun Zebra
The Sun Zebra
by Rolando Garcia

Published November 18th 2011 by R. Garcia

The Sun Zebra, is best described as a children's book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of five stories that follow the "adventures in living" of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell's father who is the narrator of the stories.

Client Mock Up (Maternity): #2

I decided to use the draping technique instead due to the simplicity of the design, so there isn't a muslin mock up to show. Any who here's my progress:

Stacking The Shelves # 2


Stacking The Shelves is hosted By Tynga's Reviews. This meme is about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be hard-back, paperback or ebook.

I purchased the following used and dirt cheap on Amazon.  I'm talking 50 cents and 1 dollar and some change.  I paid 5 bucks total and that's including the shipping.  They may be used but they're almost in mint condition for a paperback.  (Not even library markings!)  Not bad, huh?:

My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
Dark Descendant (Nikki Glass #1) by Jenna Black

Swag Pack Giveaway: Hurricane By Jenna-Lynne Duncan

Hurricane (Hurricane #1)
Hurricane By Jenna-Lynne Duncan

Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by Divertir Publishing LLC

Genre: a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see its potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou.
Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her?
Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future?
Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…
Get your copy: Amazon | B&N  
(Also available in select stores and in the UK and AU from Amazon/Borders.)
Don't Miss the Tour Stop/Guest Post here on May 16th.

The Author is giving away 4 sets of a signed postcard, bookmark and flur de lis tattoo:

Dreamheart Spotlight #19

“I didn't look in the mirror and say I should model, others have told me I should..."

There are some people in this world that just in one glimpse, their star quality is obvious.  Tangible charisma, so to say, where their very pores are bursting at the seams with potential and you ask yourself, “Why isn’t he/she plastered on every billboard in America yet?”  The answer to that perplexing question is….EXPOSURE!  And it is in this aspect that I am happy to feature yet another multi talent here on Dreamheart Spotlight.

From the Review Pile #1

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page on Thursdays.
This meme is to showcase books that you've received for review, yet haven't yet gotten around to reading.   This gives the book some extra publicity.
ParaglideParaglide by Peter Anthony Kelley

Published January 9th 2012

Visit Online: GoodReads | Amazon
For siblings Jim and Erica Winters, a summer vacation to London promises adventure and a bit of freedom from their overprotective mother. But once they arrive, they end up with more excitement than they bargained for. Their mother is kidnapped and her captors demand the one thing they can’t produce – their long-absent father.

Unable to trust the authorities, Jim and Erica set off in pursuit of their father, racing across Europe and fending off mysterious assailants. As the trail of clues dries up, help arrives in the form of a raven-haired beauty. Is she the answer to their prayers or a romantic distraction?
With the kidnapper’s deadline looming, the truth about their father’s shadowy past is revealed. In a last ditch effort to save their mother, Jim and Erica must climb high into the Swiss Alps where a perilous choice confronts them. Can they trust their father who has repeatedly betrayed them?

I was so excited about this one (and still am)!  This was requested for review direct from the author.  So far its gotten high reviews.  I can't wait to read it!  It's currently $2.99 on Amazon!  Add it to your TBR pile & help an Indie author out.
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