Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I'm happy, today, to be featuring Altered Souls by Karice Bolton. Altered Souls is book two in the The Witch Avenue series, and the follow-up to Lonely Souls. Today's feature includes a book spotlight, excerpt, and a fantastic giveaway.

Altered Souls (The Witch Avenue, #2)Series: The Witch Avenue #2
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Publisher: Bulldog Press
Publication Date: 10/28/12

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.

Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.

With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.
I felt the warmth of the flames reach my bones while I let my mind wander to the possibilities that this opportunity could bring. Finding out what Trevor knew about my father and mother was quickly becoming an obsession. Glancing up at Logan, he stood directly in front of me, grinning with his arms crossed.

“Do you know how enticing you look in that shirt?” I blurted.
“Do I?” Logan’s lips spread into a huge smile.
“Yes you do, and we really need to get him out of the cottage tonight,” I muttered, unable to stop myself from looking at how deliciously low his jeans hung.
“And why’s that, Triss?” his lips turned up slightly in amusement.
Looping my finger into his jean pocket, I pulled him closer and looked up into his eyes. He raised his eyebrow with anticipation, and I couldn’t help the smile that was spreading across my lips.
“Just because,” I whispered, quickly releasing my finger from his pocket.
Standing up next to him, I quickly pecked him on the cheek before I headed to the kitchen, hoping I had left him wanting so much more.
I needed to get out of the cottage.
Opening up the oven, I peeked under the tinfoil at the rubbery mess, which seemed all too fitting considering my life at the moment. I took the foil off so the cheese would brown and shut the oven door with a thud. Here I was, once more, trying to internally debate the rights and wrongs of our actions and the consequences that they held.
“Hmm. Not quite there yet. Probably another fifteen minutes or so,” I sighed, looking out the kitchen window.
“It’ll have to be quick with what the weather seems to have in store for us,” Logan said, placing the jar on the end table.
“How’d you know what I was thinking?” I asked.

“I can just tell,” Logan said, letting his fingers glide into his front pocket. “Seriously though, it looks like it will be pretty nasty soon, but we can go outside for a few minutes. At least until the lasagna is done.”
Stepping outside onto our stone porch, I took a deep breath in and felt the freshness of the mountain air run through my system. Rain was definitely on the way, but I didn’t mind. There was nothing better than being in the cottage during a rainstorm. Well, that wasn’t quite true. Having Trevor tied up in the attic kind of complicated things, which was why I just wanted to get answers from him and get rid of him. Grabbing a basket and flower clippers, I looked back at Logan as he secured the door.
“Ready?” I asked.
“I’ll follow your lead,” he said grinning coyly. “Looks like you’ve got some collecting you’d like to do… And here I thought this might lead to something else.”

He shoved his hand deeper into his pocket and wore an absolutely adorable smile that stole my heart.
“Maybe I’ll follow your plan,” I said, shrugging and tossing my basket back down on the porch.
“Works for me.” He grinned, quickly moving toward me.
I backed my legs up against the porch banister to brace myself, the cold of the stone alerting my senses even more. My heart screamed with delight as he reached around me and wrapped his arms around my waist, creating a perfect circle. His stare was intense with the same feelings of desire I felt.
“I think I like your plan better,” I whispered.
He reached up and tucked a piece of hair behind my ear sending such a shudder through my body that I was certain he felt it.
I gripped his arm as he lowered it back to my waist. Closing the gap between us, I craved his touch.
“You are so beautiful,” he murmured, as he gently cupped my face, allowing his finger to trace its way back down my neck to my collarbone. “Do you have any idea how hard it is to be so close to you every night?”
“I think I can imagine.” I tried to stifle a nervous giggle.
Leaning down, his lips met mine as all of my muscles tingled from head to heel. I could feel the softness of his lips mold to mine as I slid my arm around his waist. Feeling the firmness of his entire body pressed against mine created an unstoppable force between us. Wrapping his shirt around my knuckles I brought him closer to me, but I felt him pull away slightly. Opening my eyes, I saw where I had pulled on his shirt. My tug of his clothing had revealed something dark on his skin that caught my eye, but he pulled his shirt collar back up quickly.
“You have a tattoo?” I asked, not wanting our session to be over.
“Kind of. Listen we should get back inside,” Logan’s words hit me like the thunder out in the distance. I wasn’t sure what I had done or why a tattoo would be a big deal, but it seemed to be.
“I didn’t think we were done?” I smiled, hopeful that whatever might have made him back away would quickly be forgotten, but it wasn’t.
“To your point earlier, let’s get this over with and boot him out,” Logan said, trying to change the subject. “So we can start where we left off.”
“I don’t understand what just happened, but you can bet I’m going to figure it out and who’s to say I don’t think a little ink is sexy?” I joked, only to have Logan looking a little more horrified than before.
Nice. I can't wait to read Altered Souls!
The Witch Avenue Series
Lonely Souls (The Witch Avenue, #1)Altered Souls (The Witch Avenue, #2)
(click on cover for my review)
Purchase Lonely Souls at:
Purchase Altered Souls at:

 About the Author:
Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

Connect with Karice at:

Karice is offering a lovely prize to one lucky winner!
Prize Includes:
  • Lonely Souls or Altered Souls paperback (winner's choice)
  • $10 Amazon giftcard
  • Tote bag
  • Set of Witch Avenue bookmarks
  • Set of Watchers Trilogy bookmarks



  1. I liked Lonely Souls and really want to read this one too!

  2. i havent read them yet but after reading the excerpt im excited to start


  3. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I haven't heard much about this series but that cover is lovely!

  4. I heard lots of really good things about Lonely Souls a while back and I really like the covers. This one sounds like it's going to be as good as the first! Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

  5. This sounds good. Love the excerpt.

  6. Great excerpt!! I really enjoyed Lonely Souls and I have Altered Souls for review.

  7. I really liked Lonely Souls. I'll have to read this one at some point. I like Logan.

  8. LOVE the excerpt! It's wonderful:)

    Triss is so likable!

  9. Both the author and series are new to me. The books seem like it'll be an excellent series to read, thanks for sharing the great excerpt ...

  10. The excerpt is awesome -- going to check out the series now!

  11. I haven't read them yet, but now I really want to!

  12. Sounds like something I would enjoy and I have it added to my TBR list!!

  13. This series is new to me, but the excerpt has me intrigued, thank you for sharing it with me.

  14. I haven't read this series yet but the covers got my attention awhile ago and the excerpt makes it sound even better!

  15. I haven't read either yet, but the excerpt is intriguing (despite, or perhaps because, I have no idea what's going on in it)

  16. Enjoyed the first book. Thanks for sharing.


  17. I did enjoy the excerpt thank you. I have not read any of these yet.

  18. I haven't read these yet, but they sound amazing! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  19. I actually did not read the excerpt because I have not read the first book yet and I do not want to spoil it! Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. I really want to read this series! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I've always been a fan of Paranormal YA. I'm excited for this! Thanks for the giveaway!:)

  23. Love the excerpt!!! I have Lonely Souls on my Kindle but haven't read it yet as I have so many ebooks from Netgalley to review, lol. x

  24. Love the excerpt and cover:) Thanks for the giveaway! I have not started this series but would love to!

  25. Love the opportunities here. Fun, fun, fun!!


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