Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Golden Dunes Of Renhala Blog Tour + Giveaway

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***GOLDEN DUNES OF RENHALA***



Golden Dunes cover art Golden Dunes Of Renhala
Amy Joy Lutchen
(Renhala #1)
Published: November 26th, 2013
Genres: NA, Urban Fantasy

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17402412-golden-dunes-of-renhala
How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.

Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish--that which is thriving inside her own body.

When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.

She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?
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 ***RENHALA***


Renhala ebook Final Cover Art  Renhala
Amy Joy Lutchen
(Renhala #2)
Published: September 26th, 2012
Genres: NA, Urban Fantasy

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18177486-renhala
Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey's history for her liking, opens Kailey's eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving. She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a "giver"), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend's "issues," and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon. On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she'll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey's realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

 
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TEN REASONS TO START THE RENHALA SERIES
1. Gives you a heroine that is true-to-life. Our girl Kailey is human. She has flaws. She has weaknesses. She has men problems. But like those underdogs you always end up rooting for, she’s got the power to be great; she just has to believe in herself. Maybe this power is locked up and buried down deep, but it’s there, waiting for the crucial moment when its release will be most influential.

2. Introduces you to new monsters/creatures. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, oh my! Paranormal monsters are the bomb. They’ve even each acquired their own fan base. There are those that love PARANORMAL, and then there are those that love ZOMBIES. So what about some entirely new creatures? Creatures that have not become commonplace tend to litter your thoughts and invade your dreams because your mind is still munching on the new information. Be forewarned that large white rabbits with talons and bloodshot eyes are asking to be your nightmare material. You may find yourself investing in ear plugs…

3. Its heroine loves tea, almost obscenely. Do you have a drink that you can’t live without? Well Kailey’s is tea—any kind of tea. She can’t live without it. It’s comfort. It’s energy. It’s the food of her soul. Want her affections? Try supplying her with her drug. She’ll melt in your arms and then kick some villain butt afterwards.

4. Surprises you. Mysteries, twists, and turns, oh my! Will you uncover the answers? Take the challenge!

5. Teases your senses. I love books that make me hungry, despite what my waist says. In my opinion, a book that makes you salivate in anticipation and brings pleasurable phantom scents to your nose should be appreciated, for it makes the written words valuable to your senses. Who doesn’t like a little arousal?

6. Acquaints you with a weapon you may have never heard of. Does our heroine Kailey master her new weapon? No. Until she found Renhala, the only weapon she knew how to wield was a tea kettle. So why is this in the top ten? Because of the weapon itself: a monk’s spade. Never heard of one? They’re awesome! Long ago, nomadic monks would carry said weapon on their long treks across the country. The weapon consisted of a long pole with two very sharp, deadly blades on opposite ends. One was spade-shaped, used for burying the dead, while the other—a crescent-shaped blade—was used as offense (or defense). Pretty cool, eh? *nudges your arm with an elbow* Eh?

7. Sure to tug a few heartstrings. Oh the feels! Urban fantasy, high fantasy—any fantasy—is world building, true. But fantasy is also relationship building. Without relationship building there is no deep, anxiety-inducing emotion. This is what gets your heart pumping! A battle is nothing without built animosity and righteousness. Isn’t love appreciated that much more when sacrifice or strife is involved?

The most touching relationship in this book, for me at least, is the mother/daughter relationship. My own mother heavily influenced the writing of this book, for she was my strength and my light when the darkness wrapped its blindfold tight over my eyes; she was the foundation that would support me during my stumbles and struggles, and would provide the level ground for my rising.

8. Doesn’t throw insta-love in your face. I must admit that when I read a book and within the first few chapters strangers are suddenly all kissy-face and “I LOVE YOU,” it turns me off. Where’s the angst? Where’s the RELATIONSHIP BUILDING?

9. Influences you in considering the existence of karma. After a very unfortunate event, Kailey learns that she was born with a special ability that not only affects her life, but many, many others. Her simple existence serves as a beacon for the Higher Ones, for she is karmelean—a beacon for karma influence. She, and those around her, learn how the simplest of actions can move mountains.

How much is in your karma bank?

10. It’s free! The first book of the series, Renhala (Renhala, #1) is FREE. Need I say more?







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Amy-Joy-Lutchen-picWas born in Chicago and slept in a dresser drawer for the first few weeks of my life, marking me as a future claustrophobe.

I studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (man I grew up quick), where I became a number, but decided it was a good number.

I write with plenty of snacks in hand, making sure they are not in multiples of three. That number makes me nervous.

Author of the Renhala series

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21 comments:

  1. Alicia, thank you SOOO much for hosting today. And BTW, your blog is lookin' fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Amy, I did some redesigning on the blog! And your very welcome! I need to get on the second book in this series! Thanks for having me today, it was a blast! :)

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  2. My New Year's Resolutions is to be grateful for everyday, to paint more and to achieve my list of goals. :)

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    1. Oooh, you paint? I'm envious. Good luck on your goals! At least you took that step and made a list :)

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  3. my resolution is to read more books this year!

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    1. Yes, me too :) I just got back into the swing of reading again. I go through spurts. At one moment I NEED to write, then suddenly I must step away and read, only.

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  4. My resolution is to work really hard at finishing my MLIS degree and finding a librarian position.

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    1. How fun and extraordinary... I do realize the work that must go into getting the degree and wish you the best! *pulls out the pom poms to cheer you on* *stumbles over the family dog*

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    1. Ugh, the TBR shelf. The Too Big Realization. The Tragic Book Resolution. Get to it, girl!

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  6. I always say my resolution is to exercise more and loose weight. So far the exercise part is getting better but I just love to eat good food. I am slowly loosing and they say that is the best way. I'll just keep on trying and maybe it will happen!!!

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  7. I never make New Year's resolutions =P

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    1. Sometimes it slip's my mind to make New Year's resolutions. But after I remember, I try to make goals on certain areas of my life I want to improve! Thanks for stopping by today! :)

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  8. Oh, Amy seems like a super nice person!! I'm so glad you're hosting a stop today, Alicia!
    As for my New Years resolutions.. SO MANY! but definitely staying on top of my game, being more productive and organized and keeping in touch with people who matter more! :)

    Thank you for the post and wonderful contest! Oh my, just look at the prizes! :D

    Evie @Bookish

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    1. Evie, you are SO sweet! Every time I get a comment from you, it makes my day! :) You just bring a breath of fresh air to my blog when you comment! THANK YOU!

      I know, those prizes are awesome! Amy is SUCH a sweet person, and her books are great too! Someones going to be mighty lucky! Good luck! :)

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway and for introducing me to a new book. :) This year I decided to pick a theme word to apply to all areas of my life. I'm hoping that will keep me more focused. :) The word for 2014 is BALANCE. We will see how it goes.

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  10. Lose weight. *sigh*

    **Rachelle**

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  11. To relax and not get stressed over the small stuff!

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  12. To go with the flow and become healthier!!

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I love meeting new people through comments, and I always try to comment back! Thanks for stopping by! :)