Ally Shields is here today to share a guest post and her new release. I read the first book in the Guardian Witch series and loved it. It was a five-star read for me. Now, the third book in the series is out and I need to catch up on some reading time! Burning Both Ends sounds terrific and I can't wait to read it. Visit with Ally while she reveals the mysteries of her closet, read about Burning Both Ends and enter my August giveaway. In addition to my regular giveaway, I'm also participating in the Summer Giveaway Hop which you'll find on the last post.
The Closet Dare ~ Ally Shields
The lovely Brinda dared me to dig through my closet to see what I could find and to report back to her. Well, yesterday I accepted her challenge, and here's the report:
At first glance my small walk-in closet looked a little messy but not particularly unusual, with the normal racks of hanging clothes. closet, pic 1
But here's the stack for Goodwill that I started six months ago and never finished (sitting on top of luggage that never got taken to basement storage). clothes on luggage, pic 2
Hmm, this untidy pile of Reeboks and Birkenstocks is part of the 28 pairs of shoes I found. The rest are mostly where they should be—on the shoe racks. piles of shoes on floor pic 3
Better make that 28 1/2 pairs of shoes. I've been looking for the mate to this one for a year. Single shoe, pic 4
The 13 handbags could certainly use a little organization. handbags, pic 5
...plus the 5 swag totes from book conferences. I should probably throw the totes away, but what if I need them? Mayhem in the Midlands bag, pic 6
I did much better in corralling the 17 scarves on a special hanger. hanger of scarves, pic 7
I wonder what Christmas this is from? wrapped body lotions, pic 8
Now this is what made the whole closet thing worthwhile. In going through the bags, I found this unused Starbucks gift card! Oh, happy day! You can bet it's been used by the time you're reading this. :) Starbucks, pic 9
So thanks for the dare, Brinda! And thanks for giving me this opportunity to visit your blog and talk about my new release, Burning Both Ends, the third book in my urban fantasy series.
Burning Both Ends (Guardian Witch #3) Blurb:
Friend or lover. Life or death…
Supernatural cop Ari Calin arrives at the hostile Toronto vampire court with an ultimatum from the Riverdale vampires: Sebastian, Toronto’s vampire prince, must stop his unprovoked attacks—or else. Ari wasn’t expecting a fight—the “or else” was typical vampire grandstanding. But even with vampire Andreas De Luca by her side for a show of strength, things get ugly fast. Toronto’s vampire world is in crisis, and surrounded by enemies, Ari and Andreas find themselves under attack.
Then Ari gets the call from the Magic Council ordering her home. Steffan, a good friend and leader of Riverdale's werewolves, has gone missing during top secret negotiations with the US government, and is believed to have been kidnapped—or killed.
Andreas can't abandon the Toronto vampires, and Ari can’t leave him to face impossible odds alone. Neither can she disobey her orders from the Council, or leave her friend Steffan to be tortured and killed. Ari's loyalties pull her in two directions—the closest thing to love she’s ever known on one side, and friendship and duty on the other. If she can stay alive long enough for the choice to matter…
Amazon / B & N / Kobo / ARe / Youtube trailer
Ally Shields was born and raised in the US Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released in September 2012. Ally still lives within driving distance of the Mississippi with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing, reading, or spending time with family and friends, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.
Author contact links:
Website / Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Amazon Author Page
Other books in the series:
Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1), published September 2012
Fire Within (Guardian Witch #2), published Marsh 2013
Blood and Fire (Guardian Witch #4), coming in the fall of 2013
This month, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon or B & N gift card. To enter the August giveaway, please enter in the widget for every blog post. There is a link for Terms and Conditions to this giveaway.