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Book Signing

Hi everyone!

I was just asked to do join authors from Mira and Harlequin in a book signing at The Book Stop in McCalla the Saturnday before Halloween! I will be signing copies of my book, The Betrayal. I'll keep everyone informed as time get's closer.

Review info

Hi everyone. I'm going to start doing book reviews on my site. I've done one and if you know of anybody that wants there's review please let me know. I will take paperback, hardback, ebook or PDF. My rating system is as follows:

* Couldn't finish it. Didn't like.

** Ok but wouldn't recommend it.

***Good Book.

**** Book is very good!

***** Excellent book. Highly recommend it.

Review of Seeing for the First Time by Nicole Zoltack

Seeing for the First Time
By Nicole Zoltack
YA fantasy

***1/2

Nicole Zoltack’s short story, Seeing for the First Time is a delightful read, one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Every year for the past ten years, Ana spends summers with her grandmother. She doesn’t understand it when she hears and sees her grandmother speaking to people and things that doesn’t seem to be there.
Since her grandmother is up in years, Ana fears that she’s going crazy. That is until one day, while in the garden with her grandmother, she actually see’s one of the beautiful orbs her grandmother is speaking to.
When Ana asks her grandmother what is was she was seeing, her grandmother tells her it’s a faerie. She also tells her she’s a Faerie Seer. She explains to Ana that each generation in her family has a particular gift and that her parents were not on vacation but are actually Werewolf hunters and is on a job.
Ana is shocked and wants to know if she also has the gift. Her grandmother tells her she does but Ana would have to find out exactly what her gift is.
After reading several books on the subject, Ana feels compelled to travel to Paradise Cove where she hopes to find answers.
When she arrives at the cove she meets a man in the woods who makes her nervous. The man’s name is Victor and though he seems nice enough, alarm bells start going off in Ana’s head.
Victor turns out to be vampire who attacks Ana and she realizes that she does indeed have the gift. However, she is not a Vampire Seer, she is a Vampire hunter.

I really enjoyed this short story. It was a fast-paced read, full of action and well written. I can not wait to read other books by this fantastic author!

By Sheila Hendrix

Complete VBT Schedule: Nurture Your Books

Hi Sheila,
Here is the full book tour schedule for your tour, with direct links to the posts:
The Betrayal - Book Tour Schedule
with NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz
·       March 1st - CMash Loves To Read with Cheryl M.

·       March 2nd - A Universe in Words with Juliane
·       March 3rd - aobibliosphere™ with A.O.

·       March 4th - Juniper Grove with Jaidis
·       March 5th - The Book Tree with Laura
·       March 6th - Fade Into Fantasy with Theresa
·       March 7th - My life With Boys and Books with Rebecca

·       March 8th - Books Like Breathing with Grace L.
·       March 9th - The Book Faery Reviews with Farrah
·       March 10th - Sheila Hendrix blog
·       March 11th - Nurture Your BOOKS™ blog with Bobbie Crawford-McCoy
·       March 12th - Everyone Loves A SiNner with Beverly
·       March 13th - My book addiction and more... with April & Wendy
·       March 14th - Sheila Hendrix blog with Sheila Hendrix
·       March 15th - Black Diamond's Book Reviews with Cheryl
I would recommend that you add a new post to your blog; then copy and paste the above information into that post --- it will make it really easy for readers to find all of the posts in the future.
Cheryl did a really great job today on the guest author post & giveaway! I am so proud of all of our hosts!
Thanks again for being such a great person to work with; Im so glad that were friends. :-)
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What's next?

Hi everyone and welcome back! Again I wanted to thank Bobbie Crawford and the Nurture Your Book Team for all their hardwork on my VBT! You guys are so great! I would also like to thank all the tour hosts who allowed me on their blog.

I've had a lot of people read and review The Betrayal and although the reviews have been good, most of them say the same thing. "I want more backstory!"

Well your wish is my command. I'm here to talk about the next book in The Dark Circle series. Head Games is a prequel to The Betrayal. It tells more of the backstory and you'll understand certain things a lot bette. It doesn't tell the whole story because well I have to keep people guessing. LOL! Below is a Synopsis and excerpt. Enjoy!

Synopis:

When Matt get's hurt on a job, he decides that him and his brother need to take a vacation. They travel to the hills of Virginia and rent a cabin to relax for a couple a days before they have to continue hunting. The town is supposed to friendly but it's anything but. They find out that the town is controlled by a Satanic Cult and this cult has it's eyes on Zack. Can Matt save Zack before his mind is completely taken over?

Excerpt:

Six a.m. came bright and beautiful. The morning was crisp, clear, something Matt had missed the last several months. They had been so busy running for their lives they hadn’t had time to enjoy the day.
    After getting dressed, Matt came into the living room where Zack still slept. There was only one bedroom in the cabin so Zack gave Matt that and took the sleeper sofa. This way Zack would be closer to the doors if somebody tried to break in.
    “Time to rise and shine,” Matt yelled, knowing exactly what Zack would say. His brother was not a morning person. He didn’t usually roll out of bed until ten or later. Of course that little fact didn’t stop Matt. “Oh Zack!”
    Zack groaned, opening his eyes a slit to show Matt he was thinking of how many ways he could kill him as soon as he woke up.
    “Morning.”
    “What time is it?”
    “Six.”
    “In the morning?”
    Matt rolled his eyes. “Yes, in the morning.”
    “Go away Matthew.”
    “Come on Zack. It’s a beautiful day.” Matt strolled over to the refrigerator to get a Coke.
    “Yeah and it will still be a beautiful day in four hours when I decide to get up, now go away.” Zack pulled the covers all the way over his head, hoping Matt would leave him alone. It worked.
    Matt grinned at Zack. “Okay.” He relented knowing he wouldn’t get Zack out of bed until Zack was ready to get up.
    “I’m going for a walk.”
    “No you’re not.” Zack pulled the blanket down from his face.
    “Why not?
    “Because. You don’t need to be going anywhere by yourself. We’ve talked about that Matt.”
    “I know but it’s so nice out there.”
    “No Matt,” Zack said again. “When I get up I’ll go with you.”
    “You won’t get up until lunchtime,” Matt whined.
    Losing his patience, Zack glared at his brother. “You’re not going out there by yourself Matt, so forget it.”
    “Fine!” Matt huffed.
    Satisfied, Zack crawled back under the blankets.
    Matt glanced at Zack, shaking his head, a bit of the blarney in him. Going to the sleeper sofa, he pushed Zack off the bed.
    “Matt!” Zack swore, clearly not in the mood. Grumbling, he picked up the first thing he could get his hands on—his pillow— and threw it at Matt who dodged it and went back to his room laughing.
    An hour later, Matt peered out his bedroom to see if Zack had gone back to sleep. He had, so Matt quietly made his way to the front door and went outside. Zack would kill him if he woke up and found him gone, but he was going stir crazy. It was too pretty to be stuck inside and besides, he planned on being back well before his big brother woke up. Zack never had to know.
    Matt walked around a good forty-five minutes, enjoying the day, thinking how much he needed this.
    A movement across the lake caught his attention. Glancing in that direction, he saw a man in a red robe run into the woods. “What the…?”
    Thinking his eyes were playing tricks on him, he couldn’t shake the bad feeling that was hitting him in the solar plexus. Looking at his watch, he knew Zack would be asleep for awhile yet and gazing back at the cabin, then at the lake, he decided to check it out and hoped to God Zack didn’t wake up before he got back. If he did, Matt knew his ass would be toast.
    Checking out the lake, Matt found a canoe tied to a small dock on the shore. The owner of the property must have left it for customers who wanted to fish or paddle around the lake.
    Matt climbed in, heading for the other side, and upon reaching it, got out and pulled the boat up on the shore.
    Caleb and James stood in the woods dressed in their robes. Chuckling, Caleb realized his plan was coming together beautifully. “We should probably meet our guest in regular clothes.”
    “Yeah, probably,” James agreed and they both went to change.
    Matt walked around for a little while, finally coming to the campfire he and Zack saw the night before. Kneeling down, feeling the ashes, he noticed they were still warm. He also found animal bones scattered all over the site. A couple of feet in front of him was a leaf with something red on it. Feeling it, he noticed it was also sticky and wet.
    “Blood?” Matt frowned saying the word out loud. “What the devil is blood doing here?”
    Matt continued his surveillance of the camp site trying to come up with a reasonable explanation. It wasn’t a random thing, he mused, more like evidence of some sort of ritual.
    Matt remembered the campfire from the previous night, along with the chanting and he groaned inwardly. This wasn’t what he wanted to do while he was here. Now he wished he’d listened to Zack. He shouldn’t have come alone.
    Hearing movement in front of him, Matt raised his head cautiously, staring at the two men walking toward him.
    Oh crap, Matt thought. Neither of them seemed happy. There sure was a lot of that going around.
    Putting on his best grin, he rose slowly to his feet. “Hi. I’m Matt. Um…my brother and I rented the cabin across the lake.”
    Two other men then came and stood behind him, surrounding him, and Matt noticed the new arrivals seemed to be as angry as the other two.
    “The sign clearly says, “No Trespassing.’” James skewered him with a furious stare.
    “I’m sorry. I didn’t see a sign. It’s not everyday you see a groan man running around in a red robe. I was curious, so I came to see what was going on.”
    “I don’t care why you’re here. All I do care about is that you leave, now.”
    Matt knew the guy was pissed, but didn’t know why. None of the others moved from where they were standing. Still surrounding him, Matt noticed they were all scowling.
    He tried to diffuse the situation even though he didn’t know exactly what the situation was.
    “Look, man.” Matt raised his hands, palms out. “I didn’t mean any harm.” He tried to look as non-threatening as possible. “My brother and I saw your campfire last night. Then this morning, I saw the man in the robe. I just came to look. That’s all.”
    “I told you once to leave.” All four men began moving toward Matt, trapping him, giving him no place to go. He was surrounded. A good fighter, usually, Matt knew he would never win a fight against these four.
    James lifted his chin. “Don’t make me tell you again. You should listen to me while you can still walk. You’re trespassing. By law I could shoot you.”
    “Come on.” Matt became exasperated. “I didn’t mean anything!”
    James glanced toward the men standing by him. He and the others advanced on Matt who then backed up.
    “Wait.”
    The two behind Matt grabbed him. He struggled but couldn’t get free.
    “I’m going to show you what we do to trespassers.” Nodding, James signaled to his cohorts. The guy standing by James sauntered up and hit Matt hard in the stomach. Matt doubled over and would have fallen if it weren’t for a few members of the group holding him.
    “What are you doing?” Matt braced for the next blow, but before it came, Caleb came out of the woods, still wearing the robe.
    “There will be no fighting here. Let him go.”
    The two holding him obeyed and released him. Caleb stared Matt down.
    “You are not welcome here, son.”
    “Really,” Matt replied sarcastically. “I would have never guessed.” He was angry himself, and didn’t mind showing it. “I was trying to be neighborly. I only wanted to know what was over here, but since all this has happened, would somebody like to explain why there’s blood on the ground by the campfire?”
    “I don’t know what you’re talking about. If there is blood, I have no idea how it got there. My people and I are here on a religious retreat, a time of meditation. All we want is to be left alone. Now I’m telling you to leave. I won’t stop them next time.”
    The group started toward Matt once again.
    “Okay, fine! I’m leaving, but you can bet I’ll be back.” He left to go to the cabin.
    Watching him go, Caleb grinned evilly. “And before that, we will visit you.” Nodding to his followers, he walked away.


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Evil Personified

Hello everyone and welcome to today's Virtual Book Tour stop for my book, The Betrayal. Thank you Bobbie Crawford at Nurture Your Books! You are great!


Evil Personified

Who is Alanya?

Alanya’s name means, The Destroyer. He is evil personified. His soul purpose in all his existence is to steal the essence of people who have special powers, children especially. They taste better and their powers are stronger and purer than those of adults. It makes him stronger. Stealing from children is like partaking in feast to him.  He’s half human, half demon. He is not Satan nor a demon. He controls all evil and he loves torture. He’s been around for generations and it’s his job to take the souls of children with these special powers. He does not like to be defied and up until seventeen years ago, he had no problem with his mission.

When Matthew McCannon was born, a party broke out in Alanya’s lair. This child, even as a baby, had a pure heart and a strong spirit. Alanya knew that if he could take the child, his strength would soar. There was something about him that Alanya couldn’t put his finger on but he knew he had to have him. There was only one problem, Matt’s brother Zack. Alanya tried on numerous occasions to take the child but Zack, only a year older than Matt, always stood in the demon’s way.

As king of the underworld, he can not believe that a mere human child can beat him. Now he will do whatever he needs to do to destroy both brothers, making them an example to humans throughout eternity, that he is not to be beaten.


Welcome to my blog folks. Come in, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of tea and make yourself at home. Today I’m here to introduce my book The Betrayal, book one in The Dark Circle book series about two brothers, bound by love and tragedy. I will be giving away a free paperback and a free ebook to one lucky winner! Here are the rules:

2. Go to my website and leave a comment. (http://sheilahendrix.com/)
3. Answer the following questions.
   A. Have you ever encountered anything supernatural? Can you tell us about it?
   B. What is a demon to you? Do you believe in them? What is their purpose in life?

One lucky person will win a
Dark Circle
swag package which will include a tshirt, cup and keychain.

The contest will go through Sunday. A winner will be picked Monday. Good luck and have fun!

Uncondition Love

Unconditional Love

Thinking about what I wanted to write this post about, I decided on a topic that is close to my heart. I love to read book about brothers, family, lovers, ect. In Romantic Suspense the hero will always do whatever he has to do to protect his woman. I also like books where brothers love each other so much, they are willing to do anything for the other, even give their life as a sacrifice for each other. Too many times in life I find out that people no longer care about each other. Everyone it seems is out for number one and they just leave everyone else behind. I feel as if the world would be a better place if people cared about each other. How nice would it be for someone, when you or someone you love is threatened, to stand up for you and say to the enemy, "If you want to get through them, you have to go through me." Even the bible says, "Happy is the man who lays down his life for his friends." How many of us would lay down our lives for the other? When did we get so single minded and afraid? In the old days, people fought for each other and they were honarable who did. They were considered hero's.

That's what I try to show in my book, The Betrayal. Zack and Matt are brothers who love each other unconditionally and would do anything for each other even die. I think if we all would take a lesson from them and act on it, the world we live in would not be such a scary place. 

Review from A Fanatic's book blog


Book Review: The Betrayal


One brother races against time to save the other before it's too late. When Matt has a dream, it sends two brothers on a hunt for a cave. Matt doesn't know why they have to go there; he just knows they have to go. When they arrive, Matt finds out that the vision turns out to be a trap. A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. When a demon asks Zack a question, "How far will you go to save your brother," Zack replies, "As far as I have to." Now something like they've never faced before is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear and if they are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Dark and creepy, just like the title of the book!

First Thoughts:
I think the figure on the cover must be the demon in the book.

***

My Review:
Zack and Matt are brothers, abandoned by their parents at a very young age. Matt possesses supernatural powers, the breadth of which he isn't even sure of yet, and it is up to his older brother Zack to protect him from those who would hurt him. Enter a demon who wants to use Matt's powers for his own. Cruel, sadistic, and unmerciful, he is determined to get to Matt at any costs. The question becomes simply this: How far will Zack go to save Matt?

That whole paragraph right there essentially sums up the entire book. Unlike most books that I've read lately, Sheila Hendrix sticks right to the point. Nearly the entire story is focused right on the brothers and the reader follows along as they fight against the powers of the demon while trying to stay sane. Honestly, it was a little circular in plot for my taste. I didn't dislike it, but Matt and Zack basically did a lot of travelling between the same three spots before anything more happened. I felt like I was reading the same part of the story over and over.

What The Betrayal honestly reminded me most of was the show Supernatural. Any of you who have watched it before might see what I mean. Two brothers, one has supernatural powers, the other one is the protector. Pretty similar. Therefore I actually did enjoy the premise of the story. I just feel like it could have been executed a bit better in terms of more action happening towards the beginning. to keep interest going. On top of that there were also a lot of previous events in the boys' lives alluded to that the reader didn't witness. I would love to see Hendrix either write a prequel where we get to see these events, or perhaps do a flashback in the next book.

Pertaining to characters, Zack and Matt were likable enough. You can feel the brotherly bond between the two of them very easily as they fight to be together. There are times when they make inside jokes, or when the rib one another for things that happened in their past. I liked how easy their relationship was with one another. Just like brothers should be! I think Zack is probably my favorite, but I of course have a thing for the protective type.

Overall The Betrayal was a fairly quick and enjoyable read. Like I mentioned above, there are some things that hampered my immersion into the book. However they were minor enough that I did get involved with the brothers and their fight. I'm hoping to see more from Sheila Hendrix soon and see where these boys go next.




Book Details
Title: The Betrayal
Author: Sheila Hendrix
Publisher: Lulu
Pages: Paperback; 220
Source: Received through Pump Up Your Book Promotions
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Review for A Fanactics book blog


Book Review: The Betrayal


One brother races against time to save the other before it's too late. When Matt has a dream, it sends two brothers on a hunt for a cave. Matt doesn't know why they have to go there; he just knows they have to go. When they arrive, Matt finds out that the vision turns out to be a trap. A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. When a demon asks Zack a question, "How far will you go to save your brother," Zack replies, "As far as I have to." Now something like they've never faced before is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear and if they are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Dark and creepy, just like the title of the book!

First Thoughts:
I think the figure on the cover must be the demon in the book.

***

My Review:
Zack and Matt are brothers, abandoned by their parents at a very young age. Matt possesses supernatural powers, the breadth of which he isn't even sure of yet, and it is up to his older brother Zack to protect him from those who would hurt him. Enter a demon who wants to use Matt's powers for his own. Cruel, sadistic, and unmerciful, he is determined to get to Matt at any costs. The question becomes simply this: How far will Zack go to save Matt?

That whole paragraph right there essentially sums up the entire book. Unlike most books that I've read lately, Sheila Hendrix sticks right to the point. Nearly the entire story is focused right on the brothers and the reader follows along as they fight against the powers of the demon while trying to stay sane. Honestly, it was a little circular in plot for my taste. I didn't dislike it, but Matt and Zack basically did a lot of travelling between the same three spots before anything more happened. I felt like I was reading the same part of the story over and over.

What The Betrayal honestly reminded me most of was the show Supernatural. Any of you who have watched it before might see what I mean. Two brothers, one has supernatural powers, the other one is the protector. Pretty similar. Therefore I actually did enjoy the premise of the story. I just feel like it could have been executed a bit better in terms of more action happening towards the beginning. to keep interest going. On top of that there were also a lot of previous events in the boys' lives alluded to that the reader didn't witness. I would love to see Hendrix either write a prequel where we get to see these events, or perhaps do a flashback in the next book.

Pertaining to characters, Zack and Matt were likable enough. You can feel the brotherly bond between the two of them very easily as they fight to be together. There are times when they make inside jokes, or when the rib one another for things that happened in their past. I liked how easy their relationship was with one another. Just like brothers should be! I think Zack is probably my favorite, but I of course have a thing for the protective type.

Overall The Betrayal was a fairly quick and enjoyable read. Like I mentioned above, there are some things that hampered my immersion into the book. However they were minor enough that I did get involved with the brothers and their fight. I'm hoping to see more from Sheila Hendrix soon and see where these boys go next.




Book Details
Title: The Betrayal
Author: Sheila Hendrix
Publisher: Lulu
Pages: Paperback; 220
Source: Received through Pump Up Your Book Promotions
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Book Covers

Bitten By Books

I had the best time at Bitten By Books last night. The response to the tour stop was great!!! I would like to thank Rachel for having me. You can check out the Release party by going to  http://bittenbybooks.blogspot.com/

Appeances

Yesterday I visited Booknoise, Bitten by Books and A Fanatic's Book blog. Checke them out and please leave a comment if you get the chance.

Thanks.

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http://afanaticbookblog.blogspot.com/

I also did an interview over at A Universe in Words. Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://universeinwords.blogspot.com/

Here's another one.
 
 

Bitten By Books

I had the best time last night with Bitten By Books. The response was great! I'd love for you all to drop by and check it out. Thanks Rachel. You rock!!!\

Sheila

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