Saturday, September 29, 2012

Touching Smoke Scavenger Hunt Announcement


Welcome to The Hunt! This event will run for the entire length of October. The rules are simple. Airicka will post 3 blog links on her Facebook ( every morning. Your job is to go through each one of the blogs and find the blog with the button (sample button provided below). Only one blog will have a button each day and it will be hidden in one of their 2012 posts. Each button has a letter that will, in the end, spell out a message. (You might want to save each letter to win a separate prize if you guess the message before the game is over). When you find the button, copy the link above and go to Airicka’s website ( and put the link into the raffle-copter. Easy right?

Don’t want to go searching through posts and blogs? Well, there is an app for that… no I’m kidding, but there is a free pass.

Follow each blog, leave your name and email address on their rule post in the comment box and the person who has the button will email you back with the link. Then, all you have to do is go to Airicka’s website ( and drop the link into the raffle-copter.

Now for the really important rules.


~ Everyone & anyone can participate.
~ The link MUST be put PRIVATELY into the raffle-copter on this page. Do Not publicly display anywhere else! if I find that people are sharing the buttons/letters/links, they will be disqualified from the games.
~ Do NOT share the link with anyone. Same as above.
~ Do NOT tell anyone which blog you found that day’s button on. I’m repeating myself? I know. This is the biggest deal breakers for me.
~ If you guess what the letters spell before the game is over, please do NOT share the answer. Privately message me and collect your prize!
~ Please DO tell others about The Hunt.
~ Please DO ask questions if you have any.
~ Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Airicka Phoenix author of TOUCHING SMOKE & TORRID Find both on amazon.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Virtual Tour

The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: The Complete Collection
By Jennifer Malone Wright

Genre:YA paranormal
ISBN: 978-0615650081

Number of pages: 217 paperback
Word Count: 78,734

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Book Description:

This special edition of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter contains parts I-VI, the complete collection. Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters.

Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community. When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets.

Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder. With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her.

Experience the world of vampires hunter’s, vampires and mythology with Chloe in this exciting series.


This series is an action packed adventure with a battle between humans and vampires running strong. Fans of Buffy will love these books, but they have their own flavor and flair, make no mistake about it. The romantic tension between Chloe and Drew carries you through all the books and I was eagerly awaiting the outcome. 

This series reads like a serial novel and I enjoyed it very much. Action at the forefront, characters that kept your interest and a plot that was a great blend of YA, romance, paranormal and vampire hunting. 

It is hard to describe the series of events without giving too much away-I hate that in a review-but I think you will fall in love with Drew and Chloe and I am looking forward to more books from this author.



1. Writing YA is so much fun. What is your favorite part about it?

My favorite part about writing YA is that I’m writing from a teenagers point of view and I don’t have to be a grownup when I am writing my teen characters. It’s nice to not have to worry about the things grownups worry about and be a kid again for a while.

2. Tell us about the main character in Vampire Hunter's Daughter and what inspired you to write about her.

Chloe Kallistrate is the main character in The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter is a teen girl who witnesses her mother being murdered by vampires. She is rescued by vampire hunters and whisked away to their home. There she learns about her true identity, she is also a vampire hunter.

I love Chloe, she is smart, quirky and an average teenager. She is learning how to be a vampire hunter, but is still a kid, ya know. I am really enjoying discovering new things about her as the story goes on.

3. Cheeseburger or sushi?

Mmmm, I love sushi! Especially the rolls, those are my favorite!

4. Chocolate milk shake or lemon water?

Lemon water.

5. What is the toughest scene you ever had to write?

The toughest scene I ever had to write for The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter was when I was working on where Chloe and Drew kiss for the first time. I don’t know why it was hard, but… I just wanted it to be perfect and worth the wait.

6. Who are some of your favorite YA authors?

Ohhh, there are so many. I think right now, Cassandra Clare and Julie Kagawa are two of my most favorites. I could probably make you a list a mile long though.

7. If you were going to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to write YA, what would it be?

I would tell anyone wanting to write YA that they can do it. Just remember to think like a young person would, not like a grown up writing about a young person.

8. Do you have a playlist for the series?

Yes, I do! Here is a link to a blog post with the top ten songs on my play list!

9. What is next on your radar?

Right now I’m working on The Arcadia Falls Chronicles, which is the continuation of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. I am also working on another series that isn’t paranormal, it’s going to be called The Military Wife Chronicles, and I’m also working on some childrens stories.

Thanks Jennifer for stopping by the blog today!

Short Excerpt:

I took the first book off the stack and examined the cover. It was titled Vampires throughout History. The cover was leather and so old it was stiff and cracked in spots. The pages showed signs of age too, yellowing and stiff to the touch. There was no table of contents, so it looked like I was going to have to scan the entire book for what I was wanting. I flipped the pages carefully, so as not to tear any of them.

After an hour of scanning and about half way through the book, I found something referring to vampire children.

Although extremely rare, the natural-born offspring of vampires exist throughout the world. These rare beings are called the dhampir. Dhampir are usually the product of a vampire and mortal. The most common of these unions is a male vampire impregnating a mortal woman. Vampires, both male and female, are seductive in nature and some mortals came willingly to these unions. However, the majority of dhampir born were produced through an act of rape.

Solitary by nature, it is uncommon for a vampire to settle with any one mate for long. The children of vampires, the dhampir, more often than not exhibit all the characteristics of their vampire parent. The strength, speed and agility are the usual hereditary traits that the children develop. They are not always born with these traits but develop them as they grow into adulthood.

The dhampir are day walkers. Some of these children are sensitive to the sunlight but will not perish in the direct rays. Most have no sensitivity at all. Drinking the fresh blood of mortals is also not usually required of the dhampir; however, some have a liking for it. Very few actually need it to survive.

Most dhampir are rejected by the vampire species because of their mortality and weaknesses. Mortals often reject the dhampir, as well, due to their vampirism, so they frequently remain outcast.

Dhampir are known for becoming vampire killers. Their closeness to the vampires and their vampire characteristics make them powerful vampire hunters. The unique ability to track and kill vampires is specific to only the dhampir and the mythological race of vampire hunters.

Historically, dhampir became vampire hunters as a trade. Towns and villages became plagued by vampires who were terrorizing their homes and killing their people. The dhampir accepted contracts in exchange for monetary payment and used their likeness to their vampire counterparts to exterminate the vampires.


Holy crap, that was a lot to process. The more I read the passages, the more I understood that my being a hunter was more than my heritage; it was my history and my future. Everything about my bloodlines had hunters involved.

“Come on. You said you wanted a demonstration of the water element.”
“Oh, cool.” I followed him through the trails until we reached a clearing where a tiny stream ran into a rather quaint little pond. Oddly enough, the pond wasn‟t frozen. Perhaps it wasn‟t cold enough.
“This is pretty,” I told him.
He just nodded and said nothing while he set down his bow and backpack on a large old tree stump. I watched while he turned toward the pond and narrowed his eyes.
“Look at the water, Chloe, not at me.”
“Oh.” I changed direction quickly.
The stream poured out of the woods and into the pond with gently running ripples of water. I almost didn‟t notice when the water in the center of the pond began to swirl. The swirling gradually picked up speed and grew larger until it looked like a whirlpool. But whirlpools go downward into the water. This whirlpool began to rise up out of the water. It rose up maybe six feet and then the water spilled over from the top like a fountain. I glanced at Gavin. He stood stock still, silent, his eyes focused on the water.
Slowly, the swirling fountain of water receded back into the pond. I stood there, enthralled by the magic Gavin could do with his power.
“You‟re amazing,” I whispered to him.
“No,” he shook his head, “I’m not amazing. I can just do amazing things.”
“Well… I think you‟re amazing.”
He turned his head and caught my eyes. “I think you‟re amazing, and you haven‟t done anything like that.”
Oh, little did he know. For some reason, his comment made me want to show him what I could do, but I didn‟t even know if I could do it on command. So far it had only happened when I was angry.
He stared at me so deeply I felt naked.
“Gavin, what I just saw was magical. You make magic.”

Author Bio:

Jennifer Malone Wright resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children. Between the craziness of taking care of her children, whose ages range from fourteen all the way down to six months, and being a homemaker, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on freelance work or her beloved fiction.

When she grew up, Jennifer always had her nose in a book. She has been writing stories and poems since grade school. This love of the written word and her strong interest in the paranormal is what has led to her first novel “The Birth of Jaiden.”
In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Jennifer is also a very proud military wife. Moving around the country for the last ten years has made her a bit of a nomad and she finds it difficult to be in one place for too long.

Jennifer is also the author of The Birth of Jaiden, a paranormal novel filled with action, suspense, and even a love story.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

New and Wonderful: Skinny by Donna Cooner

Find your voice.

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it. 

But there is another voice: Ever’s singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical—and partly to try and save her own life—Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.


I just received this one in the mail and am excited to start it. Weight is something I am currently struggling with myself and this book has arrived at a timely point in my own life changing event. I hit twenty pounds lost a week or so ago. It was a hard won victory, but I still have over fifty pounds to go before I can call myself "ideal weight" for my height. 

If you are looking for a gritty book this one is for you. Due out in October 2012, I think you will be as moved by Ever's story as much as I am currently. Make sure you mark it on your to be read list. 

If you are currently in a battle with weight yourself, I would love to hear from you. Joining a support group and Weight Watchers is what has helped me. 

Donna Cooner lives with her goat dog, Roxanne in Fort Collins, Colorado where she works as a professor of education. As a former gastric bypass patient, she was inspired to share some of her experiences with readers.

If you want to know more about Donna Cooner and her debut novel Skinny, visit her website You can also find her on Twitter under @Donna Cooner.