Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eternal-Cover Reveal


In the final book of the Winterhaven trilogy, Violet McKenna and her friends find themselves right in the middle of a vampire war. The stakes have been raised, the danger unavoidable now. As the Warriors’ senior year draws to a close, not everyone makes it out alive. Who will be left standing at the end of it all? Will Aidan be a part of Violet’s future, or is he just a specter of the past?

About The Author

YA author Kristi Cook is a transplanted southern gal who lives in New York City with her husband and two kids. Her YA debut, HAVEN, was released in Feb. 2011 by Simon Pulse.


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Found-Cover Reveal

Title: Found (The Crescent Chronicles, # 3)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Once Upon a Time Covers;
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark. Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control. Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pride and Pleasure 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.
 Pride and Pleasure  
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Wealth has its dangers...
There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered. do certain men
Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can't resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it's his pleasure to prove he's just the man she needs after all...  


*****Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review*****

Jasper Bond and Eliza Martin have me all a flutter. What a wonderfully, surprisingly, fantastic regency romance. I have been on the outs with my regency romances lately, but this one was perfect!!! A pure pleasure to read!
Eliza Martin is smack bang in the middle of her sixth and final season. She is surrounded by suitors most of them fortune hunters who seek to better themselves with her very comfortable dowry.
Miss Martin will be having none of that, so when it seems that someone is creating "accidents" to scare her into choosing a husband she, begrudgingly, hires Mr Jasper Bond to get to the bottom of her problems.
I loved Eliza's shrewd manner immediately. The way Jasper and her clashed in there initial meeting, arguing over his suitability to get the job done was marvelous. I have not read such fast witty banter between a pair of characters in a long while, or enjoyed it more. They were purely refreshing to "listen" to,lol.
Jasper, his character was also immediately appealing. Not because his looks, or sex appeal, although I assure you that probably helped. No, I loved Jasper because he seemed the opposite of what he should be. He was the impulsive one, the one that was ruled by his emotions in this book. I do not want to spoil this book for you so I will not fully explain, but let’s just say Eliza is ruled by reason and Jasper relies on his emotions and gut feelings to make his decisions. I thought this was great because it is usually the other way around with men and woman.
The spark in this pair’s relationship was instantaneous. Jasper became jealous and protective very early on in the book, which I personally love.
" I saw the way you looked at Montague. What he said made you see him in a way you haven't before."
Eliza faced him. He was more than a head taller, but his frame curved toward her in a way that made their proximity searingly intimate. As if he were about to twirl her into a waltz. Her heart beat a little faster. Her breathing quickened. “I don't understand."
He cupped her chin and tilted her face upward. "You looked at him the way you look at me."
"That's impossible." Montague incited none of this turmoil.
“I need you to regard me in the same manner with which I regard you."

And this
"The dance you gave to Tolliver was mine."
Elizabeth was confused. "But you do not dance."
"Moments ago," he said in a low biting tone," you were asking if I wanted to be inside you and the next, you're encouraging another man's obvious interest in you".

Poor Eliza didn't stand a chance, I fully sympathize with her, as the book went on both her and I became slaves to Jaspers words. He really does have some amazing lines. Sylvia Day, dare I say I love this man more than Gideon?? He is so ....... gah words are going to fail me. As I read on and it became clearer in Jaspers mind and mine just how much Eliza meant to him, I love every dirty trick, lie "I would do anything for you. Break any law, violate every rule, circumvent any competition--" naughty, naughty Jasper. This man has his secrets, secrets that could ruin any other relationship. Can their love overcome all?
Eliza my girl, I love you more for calling him on every mistake, you are awesome.
Mystery, suspense, steam, romance and genuinely likeable characters are what you get from this novel.I never guessed the villains, never saw the twists coming. I was engaged from start to finish. I truly loved this book; everyone should give it a go.

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Fighting to Survive-Book Release

It’s time to clear the hotel. The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls. Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters. The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square. A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof. As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival. Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner. The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women. The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come. And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living
Links:  Goodreads   Barnes & Noble    Amazon

AUTHOR BIO Rhiannon Frater Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Space Between-Cover Reveal

 Title: The Space Between Author: Victoria H. Smith Expected
 release date: April 2, 2013
 Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Group: New Adult
 Cover Designer: Okay Creations;
 Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t. Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again. Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together. The Space Between is a new adult contemporary romance.

About the author: Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it. In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes.
Author Links: Blog | Facebook| Goodreads 

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Julie Elizabeth Powell

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Hello everyone. If you haven't guessed by now I have a passion for words and have eleven books published...all thanks to 'lulu', much hard work and sleepless nights. My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn't mind his mother-in-law though my son is still fluffing his feathers. My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess...and tried to do so in my first book, Gone. I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and favourite kind of story. Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, jewellery making, scrapbooking and dabbling in encaustic art whenever I can. Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialised, as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell! That's it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books...enjoy the flight!


Interview with Julie:
 1. What subject did you teach before you became a writer?
         I taught English, Information Technology mainly.
2. What is your least favorite domestic chore?
        Anything domestic!
3. In A Murderer's Heart, you have this almost uncanny ability to see into the human psyche, did you spend hours doing research? interviewing people?
        I've always been fascinated by how the mind works and over the years I've learned /experienced many things.    I don't spend hours researching, as most of it is in my brain /instinctive, but if I need to research a particular area, the Internet makes it easier.
4. Your fantasy books are so different from your suspense books,  do you do different things when you are writing different genres? listen to different music, write in a different room?
          My favourite genre for writing is fantasy, because I can use my imagination and don't have to stick to any rules.  I love making up anything about everything, it's fun and there are no limits.  I do like the challenge of trying other genres /mixing them too.  I write in silence, whatever the story, but the ideas flow from wherever I am, especially in dreams.
5. What is encaustic art?
              Encaustic Art is using an iron with wax to create pictures.  It's great fun and no picture is ever the     same.  There are many techniques that can be used with different parts of the iron and it's a fabulous medium for 3D and fantasy art.  I used one of my pictures for my recent book (psychological thriller /fantasy) Lost Shadows.
6. What author or authors have influenced your writing the most.
              My favourite authors are Dean Koontz and Stephen King because I like the mystery that surrounds them.  Whether or not they influence me I'm not sure, as everything influences /inspires me.


Andi has always been anxious about her weight and like many women, thinks that unless she is thin, she has no value. Follow her 'misadventures' and see if this is true or will she find there are more important things that makes a person who and what they are?
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Twelve-year-old Jack knows they shouldn’t go but is unable to persuade his parents not to take the planned trip to the Lake District. Something was going to happen but what? The weird feelings he had were always so fuzzy and they didn’t always make sense. Maybe it was just because he’d have to spend time with his pampered cousin, Rosie? Anyway, it was nearly Christmas and what could go wrong with just staying in some cabin in the woods? He was being stupid…all he had to do was ignore the way his belly churned and his head pounded. He might be wrong after all
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Nobody expects to lose a child but when it happens what can we do? In the sea of grief that seizes the soul how can we swim against the tide? But when that loss is compounded in each minute of every day, what do we do then? Slings and Arrows is a story about the consequences of a moment, a moment, which separates a mother and daughter in ways impossible to imagine. It charts their parallel lives, each suffering, one knowing, one not. It is brutally honest; an account filled with bewilderment, guilt, anger and pain yet it also holds the key to hope. That whatever happens, the bonds of love can never be broken
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Anne Blake, psychiatrist, is good at her job and believes that even the most sick at heart can be cured...or at least saved enough that they can lead a better life. But maybe she's wrong? Maybe within a murderer's heart, evil lurks and nothing can be done except to save yourself?
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A two year old girl's heart stops and she dies but is brought back too late, her memories wiped, character vanished. One question haunts her mother's anguished mind: Where had her daughter gone? This story is one answer to that question. Inspired by truth.
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Not only had Adam lost his parents in a car crash, but he’d also forgotten who he was. Pamela is haunted by the patient who was murdered by her father. Barbara and Mike have mysterious secrets. Harry seeks solace at the bottom of a glass. And why is Mildred so afraid? While Helen’s mind gathers dust, Lizzie mourns the loss of her, and her husband. Both Penny and Jane are frantic to find their daughters, if in different ways. Rick wonders what to do about his family. And who is William? Most are strangers, all are haunted by darkness – does this unite them, or is it something they must do that will free them? Will they find what is lost?
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Jorja always knew she was different. But it wasn’t until she discovered her telekinetic ability that she realised just how different she was. Living with her frail mother and an obsessive, cruel and hated aunt, Jorja grapples with the truth of her being. As her story is revealed, other powers are uncovered – not least that she can see other people’s souls in the colours that surround them – and we are led into a surprising and shocking world of fantasy, forcing doubt as to the sanity of the heroine. We follow Jorja’s life, delving into her loves, hates and fears though cannot help but delight in the woman she becomes, despite the question which hangs mysteriously in the air. It will be up to the reader to decide if Mageia and its diverse inhabitants are indeed real or only the illusionary world created by a disturbed mind, due, not only to grief but also to her persecution by her aunt and the defective qualities of a barbarous doctor. Although the story is resolved, questions will remain.
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I couldn’t resist putting together all those little ideas that have popped into my mind then out onto paper as the years have flown. Most have fallen by the wayside into the bin of ‘of my’ but some stayed and here they are. These pieces have also tested my abilities and certainly stretched my brain towards a variety of genres, styles and ways of looking at the world and the people in it. From comedy to a touch of horror, romance, fantasy and fun to solemn, and maybe some things in between – I’ve had a go. Hope you like this collection – how could I help but indulge; like that first piece of dark chocolate and sip of rich, steaming coffee, while snuggling with my soul mate on a freezing winter’s night? Enjoy
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What would you do if you were called to another world…a world filled with seemingly impossible things? Faced with this choice, Davie, Ben, Anne, Chrissie and Billy embark upon a mysterious quest, finding themselves transported to the spectacular and extraordinary world of Avalon, whereupon they are catapulted into one of the uncountable heptagonal pieces that make up the magical sphere of the Orb of Caprice…namely, The Star Realm. Follow the exploits of the five and champion their long, arduous yet amazing journey. But a question remains…will Time be on their side? This story is for anyone with a head overflowing with dreams, a heart filled with a yearning for adventure and a soul buoyant in magic
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The children are once again called by the Time Keeper of Avalon and find themselves within the Orb of Caprice, this time joined by Daisy, Billy’s unsuspecting grandmother, where, together, they must find the Key of Light, if all their worlds are to be saved before DarkStar gains control. The corrupted land of the Dark Reaches is full of mysterious and forbidding creatures, testing friendships and resolve as they battle through this fragmented world in an effort to complete their quest. Faced with these dangers, they have the added worry about what may have happened to Kimeranet, who has disappeared without a trace. As the puzzle unravels, not least about Kimeranet’s past, a further mystery develops, as the travellers discover part of the Legend of the Kraal, and meet Kaarvok ... but should they trust him? And can they remain united as they struggle through this newly found world? Follow this next adventure and see if they can again successfully fight to save their friend and home.
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Secrets Of The Ice is the last of the epic journey for Davie, Ben, Chrissie, Billy, Anne and Daisy. It sees them battle against unrelenting odds within the Dominion of Ice, where they must find the thirteen pieces of the Mystical Pyramid before Lokian can use it to unleash DarkStar and so to bring Elsewhere under its thrall. There is something they do not realise, however, something that goes back further than the creation of Avalon, but will the secrets be unravelled in time and be enough to show them what they must do and what sacrifices must be made? Delve into the mystery and find out if they can do it. The Avalon Trilogy

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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Merman 18+

This review is for 18+ readers only
Horror Erotica: The Merman 

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There are horrors in the sea, that we can't even imagine........
Ben and Lisa went out sailing to have a good time. When they fall asleep on the boat is when the horror begins.
At the dead of night, a Merman comes to find his sexual pleasure. With a combination of pain and lust he seeks his treasure and inflects his will.
The question is will Lisa and Ben survive the night?
This is a horror erotica tale. It contains horror, forced seduction, fantasy rape, and much more

Warning this is horror erotica and is definitely not going to be for everyone.
For some reason the genre appeals to somewhere within me, I don’t like to analyse to deeply why. I just do, to me I can take read this for the fictional horror story that it is. So in saying that, lets get on with the review….
This is my favourite Nikita King book to date!! Scary as, and I mean scary, you will be disturbed and appalled. The forced sex scenes are brutal and bloody. It is very visually descriptive, so make sure you are tucked safely into bed and maybe have your light on, this book is not for the faint of heart.I loved how there was limited talking in this book and it was all internal monologue, the inner panic of Ben and Lisa seemed more real than just screams and the non caring thoughts of the Mermen, were perfect, just perfect.
Poor Ben and Lisa, this is not a happy ending, in fact it is a complete nightmare, but it is Horror people!! Do not read if you do not like rape, torture, and gang banging (vicious, but got help me I loved it) .
The scene with Ben underwater (poor Ben, but at least he got his rocks off first, eek) with Arius, oh my!
I do not want to let people know what happens but really research this before reading.
It won't be for everyone, but it definitely was for me :)  

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wilde Ride-18+

Following review and giveaway is for 18+ readers.
Wilde Ride (Ride, #1)  
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An embarrassing run-in leaves her wanting more.

Ella Scott, ready for a change and the chance to escape family tragedy, heads to familiar Del Mar, California after her college graduation.

No one could prepare her for what she’d find.

After starting her new job as a high school teacher, a scary encounter with local thugs and a co-worker’s unwanted advances and attention, send Ella into the arms of local bar owner Ryder Wilde.

But Ryder comes with his own complications. As president of his motorcycle club, Mayhem, Ryder must choose between his biker family’s plans and whatever chance of a future he has with Ella.

****I was given a  copy of this book in exchange for my honest review****


Ella has just graduated from college and is off to Del Mar to start her first teaching job, when she goes out for drinks with a co-worker and sees Ryder. She has been lusting after Ryder since she embarrassed herself in front of him and his MC club last summer. Ryder has been thinking about Ella since their run in as well and when she walks into his bar he knows he has to have her. Ella is fighting off unwanted advances from a co-worker and trying to deal with Ryder and what it means to be the old lady to the President of an MC club. Ryder has to figure out what is more important to him, his club, which is his family or having a life with Ella. I really liked this book, the heroine Ella is a bit annoying, and I wanted her to be stronger than she was, but she was cute and extremely funny at times. Ryder is a bad ass biker man; he cares for Ella and fights to keep her in his life. They are both trying to figure out how to make a real relationship work, figure out who is stalking Ella, navigate the world of a motorcycle club and trying to keep jealousy from ripping them apart. This book was a big surprise for me, when I read that it was created by three friends because of a joke, my first thought was this is either go to be cringe worthy bad or really freakn good. It was really freakn good; you can't tell that the book was written by three different people because everything fits together so well. The storyline is interesting and the characters are so funny, Payton, Ella’s best friend, had me cracking up from the second she arrived in Del Mar until she left. Jack, oh the hunky biker Jack, he is what your mom warned you about when she told you to stay away from bad boys. There was an epilogue, I won't say much about it because I don't want to spoil things for readers, but I have to applaud the authors, cliffhangers are the bane of my existence and this epilogue almost made me cry simply because I wasn't left with any questions about Ella and Ryder. I really liked this book and I can't wait to see what other adventures theses three ladies can come up with.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Song for Julia

A Song for Julia      
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Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.  Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.   When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.


I didn’t know how to say no Oh Julia, where did you go?

Charles Miles-Sheehan can write. This is the second book of his I have read and I am sure it will not be the last. The story of Julia and Crank was set in the year 2002, just one year after 9/11. I loved how Sheehan tied the whole storyline into the events of this time; from the circumstances of Julia and Cranks first meeting, to the jobs their Fathers have, just the whole atmosphere of life at this time felt so palpable through Charles’ writing.
All of the characters in this book were written with such depth and intensity. I fell in love with Sean, Crank’s 17-year-old brother who has Asperger’s syndrome. Crank’s Dad, Jack and his estranged Mother, Margot and all of the Morbid Obesity band mates, were pivotal to Julia and Crank getting together and this union was not an easy road.
Julia and Crank are both very damaged and have built many walls of survival due to the circumstances of what happened in their lives.
Julia’s story is especially gut-wrenching and it was difficult to relive her pain, but through Crank’s friendship and love, Julia started to let the walls fall and start to live her life for her and not for her parents.
There really is nothing I can write that would do this book justice, you just need to experience the beauty of this love story for yourself.
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