Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tour Review: The Princess and The Prepper by Barbara Elsborg (Giveaway)

Title:The Princess and the Prepper 
Series: Prepper Romance #2, Evans Point Series #2
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Genre: Erotic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00ARKLYS0
Release Date: December 20, 2012
Source: Tour Host {FMB Book Tours}
Rating:

Purchase Here: Kindle

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: Lili knows she shouldn’t accept a lift from a stranger, but as usual, she leaps from one disaster to another. The consequence is being stuck in the middle of a snowy nowhere wearing next to nothing, and this time, being unprepared looks likely to kill her.

Grant lives in an isolated cabin for a reason. He’s prepared for almost every eventuality. The last thing he wants is some needy person interfering with his ordered life. When he gets into bed with a woman he rescued from certain death—just to warm her up, of course—Grant discovers something else he’s not prepared for. His heart opening.

A match made in heaven, until secrets come knocking. Lili is not just a simple woman in need of shelter, and unless she can survive dealing with her background, it doesn’t seem possible the happiness that’s fallen out of a blizzard can heal Grant’s own past.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.

Author Links: Website | Blog |


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tour Review: Blackbird by Cheryl McIntyre

Title: Blackbird
Series: Sometimes Never #1.5
Author: Cheryl McIntyre
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Cheryl McIntyre
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00BHLGZJ6
Release Date: February 17, 2013
Source: Amazon.com
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: "Sometimes never is a distorted perception. I love you, Hope. And I'm not the only one. I know you care about me. I see it in your eyes. I feel it. Everybody needs love. Everybody. And some people need it more than others. You're a liar if you say you don't. I'll do that for you. I'll love you. All you have to do is let me." –Sometimes Never

What happened in the years between the final chapter and epilogue of Sometimes Never? Blackbird is an 18,000+ word novella that continues Mason and Hope's story as they finish high school, start separate colleges, and confront their demons.

Though Blackbird can be read on its own, it is better enjoyed after reading Sometimes Never. Recommended for 17+ due to harsh language and some sexual situations.

Short Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Cheryl McIntyre is the author of Sometimes Never, Blackbird (a Sometimes Never novella), and the
paranormal romance Dark Calling.

Author Links:

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Tour Review: Sometimes Never by Cheryl McIntyre

Title: Sometimes Never
Series: Sometimes Never #1
Author: Cheryl McIntyre
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Cheryl McIntyre
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00AQHUV1A
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Source: Author {Cheryl McIntyre}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: Hope didn't have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.

Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.

Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.

Short Review:

Sometimes Never is a highly emotional book that will have your emotions all over the map. Real life and controversial topics are handled and written very well. Both Hope and Mason have their issues and you would think that because of that their relationship is doomed from the start. How can two messed up people make something work, right? But they make it work, and it's a beautiful story.

About this Author:

Cheryl McIntyre is the author of Sometimes Never, Blackbird (a Sometimes Never novella), and the
paranormal romance Dark Calling.

Author Links:

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tour Review: Uniquely Unwelcome by Brandy Nacole

Title: Uniquely Unwelcome
Series: The Shadow World #1
Author: Brandy Nacole
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Vampires, Witches
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: PDF, 241 Pages
ISBN: 9781480257771
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Source: Tour Host {Reading Addiction Book Tours}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): Being unique isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Summary: After searching all over the world for someone as unique as she is, Racquel finds herself back in her home town where she’s treated like a monster ready to kill. Racquel is one of the most unique beings ever created. Four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her, making up her unique DNA. But no matter how unique her bloodline is, she’s considered an outcast by the entire Shadow World.

Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.

As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.

But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Brandy Nacole resides in Arkansas where her imagination runs wild. Her obsession is reading but her passion is writing. She put her dream of becoming a writer on the back burner and went to college to become a psychologist. Three years after endless classes in a field she only felt half satisfied with, Brandy picked up her pen once again and wrote the outline to Uniquely Unwelcome. She finished out her degree in psychology but traded her dream of writing for the degree and put psychology on the back burner. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, and laughing through the crazy moments.

Author Links:

www.facebook.com/authorbrandynacole
www.brandynacole.blogspot.com
www.goodreads.com/BrandyNacole

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Tour Review: Ascent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx (Giveaway)

Title: Ascent of Blood
Series: Red Veil #1
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Vampires
Publisher: Elizabeth Marx
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00AMI7PNA
Release Date: December 10, 2012
Source: Tour Host {FMB Book Tours}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): Sometimes, love is conceived in the mind of a man long before it is ever realized.

Summary: 1990, Cardiff, Wales. Vampire prince, Sebastian Pearce, has waited six-hundred years for the right human mate. His own beloved mother was a mortal capable of carrying immortal offspring. While vampires no longer require live donors for sustenance, Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on them making breeders a rare commodity. As numbers in Sebastian’s Imperial House continue to dwindle, his virgin bride eludes him. That is, until he happens upon a young woman searching for information about a sacred vampire text, the Book of Descent. Sebastian’s desire for her is more potent than anything he’s felt for another woman, but Everleigh Marbut isn’t innocent. She’s an American with a mind of her own, and worst of all, she’s already carrying an immortal being. As Sebastian and Everleigh fight their attraction to each other, they don’t realize they’re being lured into a battle pitting medieval myth against the power of modern science to recreate life until it’s too late.

The destiny of his lineage, and the bond forged between them, now rests in their acceptance of each other as they are.

Short Review:

Ascent of Blood takes place 600 years after the events in Descent of Blood. The Old World meets the New World when Sebastian Pearce meets Everleigh Marbut. As I'm sure you've guessed, once such different mind views clash, hilarity ensues. And because nothing is ever easy, once Sebastian realizes who Everleigh is to him, it's made more difficult by the fact that she's pregnant with another vampire's baby. I'm in love with this series, and I can't wait for the next book!

About this Author:

Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

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Tour Review: Descent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx (Giveaway)

Title: Descent of Blood
Series: Red Veil #0.5
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Vampires
Publisher: Elizabeth Marx
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B009YN23K4
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Source: Tour Host {FMB Book Tours}
Rating: 4.5/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): When times are darkest, some vampires desire more than blood …

Summary: England, 1465. Mortal men clash in the War of the Roses for the English crown, while vampire warriors’ move undetected among their ranks, savoring the flow of blood that battlefields provide.

Vampire prince, Severian Pearce, fears the revelation of the immortal clans to humankind should King Henry fall from power. While in pursuit of Henry’s enemies, Severian comes to the aid of Meridian Neville, a human woman he craves—and not for the scent of her blood … Meridian is torn between honoring her father’s dying wish and her unexplainable yearning for Lord Severian. But as Severian and Meridian work together to protect a relic hunted by mortals and immortals alike, the red veil descends over them. This all-consuming attraction can drive immortals to the brink of madness. Will the existence of this powerful bond between a human and a vampire be enough to unite the immortal clans or is the red veil a scourge set on destroying any chance they might have of happiness?

When all hope is lost, one vampire will fight unto death for his forbidden love.

Short Review:

I loved Descent of Blood! It was cool how it took place during the War of the Roses and the unique take on the war was very intriguing. I loved the two main characters, Severian and Meridian. Their personalities clash in some instances and mesh so well in others. For a prequel to the Red Veil series, I thought that Descent of Blood did a great job setting up the main story that will start in Ascent of Blood.

About this Author:

Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tour Review: The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith (Giveaway)

Title: The Crimson Hunt
Series: The Eldaen Light Chronicles #1
Author: Victoria H. Smith
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction, Science Fiction
Elements: Aliens
Publisher:
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00A3MJO02
Release Date: November 8, 2012
Source: Tour Host {Xpresso Book Tours}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Barnes and Noble // Smashwords

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.

Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.

So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.

Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.

That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.

Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this 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. Her new adult science fiction romance, The Crimson Hunt, will be published November 2012.

Author Links: 

Website: http://twentysomethingfictionwriter.blogspot.ca/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6440255.Victoria_H_Smith
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorVictoriaHSmith
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictoriaSmith76


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tour Review: Going Under by S. Walden

Title: Going Under
Author: S. Walden
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Penny Press
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B00BW9F36Y
Release Date: March 17, 2013
Source: Tour Host {Reading Addiction Book Tours}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback // Smashwords // CreateSpace (Paperback)

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Tour Review: Frost by Taryn Kincaid (Giveaway)

Title: Frost
Series: 1Night Stand / Sleepy Hollow #3
Author: Taryn Kincaid
Genre: Erotic Romance, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Succubi, Demons
Publisher: Decedent Publishing
Format: PDF, 48 Pages
ASIN: B00B8L2PY4
Release Date: January 30, 2013
Source: Tour Host {FMB Book Tours}
Rating: 4/5

Purchase Here: Kindle

Tagline(s): ~NONE~

Summary: Dagney Night, a sought-after succubus, is no stranger to blazing hot sex. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, she longs for something more. When oddly erotic paintings arrive for display at her art gallery, arousing everyone who views them, she wonders about the mysterious artist who created the works.

Maxwell Raines, a fire-sex demon, lives a life of solitude and seclusion behind the walls of his compound at Sleepy Hollow, channeling his lustful impulses into his art—until his muse deserts him and his temperature rises past the danger point. He needs sex. Now.

When Madame Evangeline arranges a torrid Valentine’s 1Night Stand for them, will the flames of their encounter be too hot to handle?

Short Review (Full review coming soon!):

I absolutely love this series and Frost is another great addition. I thought that the erotic paintings that Max made was a very interesting concept and everyone who sees them is, like, immediately aroused! A night shared between a succubus and a fire sex demon is bound to be HOT!

Excerpt: 

Dagney followed her sister’s glance, and her heart flipped like a gymnast unable to nail a vault. Darkness swathed the gallery with the exception of the lights above or below each of the paintings. The large man emerging from the shadows held her rapt. Waves of pure, unadulterated lust smacked her with such force she didn’t even see Lily and Campbell leave. The blast of raw desire crumpled her to the floor. Her gaze remained riveted on the tall hunk of ferocious male stalking toward her, radiating undiluted carnality. He set something carefully on the floor and grasped her by the elbows, his touch surprisingly gentle when he lifted her to her feet.

“I’m Maxwell Raines.”

Yeah. No kidding. Who else could a guy so hot, so studly, possibly be?

She told herself not to swoon. Ordered herself not to swoon. But, Goddess, that rumbling voice. More potent than a train barreling over the tracks. And he smelled so good. Sinfully masculine. A bit of musk, a bite of pine, an essence of dark, smoky nights. Sexy scents. Reminiscent of tangled satin sheets that had been given a good work-out.

Her legs turned to rubber, and she doubted they’d support her on their own. She’d be mortified if he’d have to scrape her puddled body up again. But he hadn’t yet relaxed his grip. Could she bullshit her way through the meeting without collapsing? “You’re late,” she said.

“I’m never late.”

“Well, the party’s over, Mr. Raines.” She waved a hand around the empty room.

“Depends on your perspective.”

“You’re big on perspective, are you?”

“I’m a painter.” A brief shrug accompanied his blunt words. “Obvious connection.”

“Right. But as you can see, everyone’s left.”

“You haven’t.” He gazed down at her, a black brow flaring. “And you’re what I’m here for.”


About this Author:

Multi-published author of HEALING HEARTS, a sensual Regency romance from Carina  Press; SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, an erotic paranormal from The Wild Rose  Press; LIGHTNING and THUNDER, both erotic paranormals for Decadent Publishing's 1Night Stand series.

A former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, Taryn currently slaves away in the booby-trapped field of law, escaping into the delicious world of romance every chance she gets. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley RWA, RWA’s Beau Monde chapter, RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, and RWA’s Electronic & Small Press Authors Network.

She lives in the historical Hudson River valley region outside of New York City, where the shopping is fabulous, the scenery is awesome, and things can very often be relied upon to go bump in the night.

Taryn loves to hear from you! Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her author page at Amazon.com.  Check out the CONTACT page to email her and feel free to leave comments on the BLOG.


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tour Review: Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner (Giveaway)

Title: Angel Bait
Series: Angel Assassins #1
Author: Tricia Skinner
Genre: Urban Fantasy Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Angels, Fallen Angels, Nephilim, Elves, Deities, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Fae
Setting Location: Detroit, Michigan
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Format: PDF, 143 Pages
ISBN: 9781440565151
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Source: Tour Host {Bewitching Book Tours}
Rating: 5/5

Purchase Here: Kindle

Tagline(s): ~NONE~ 

Summary: Saved by the angel sent to kill them, four half-angel boys are trained and employed as Heaven’s assassins. Jarrid and his nephilim brothers are raised as members of The Eternal Order, and must enforce Heaven’s laws by hunting down those who defy the Directorate.

His only shot at freedom is Ascension, but his employers won’t permit the ancient ritual. Then Jarrid learns a Renegade angel is in Detroit. Such a high-level take­down is the answer to his prayers—all the leverage he needs to Ascend.

For freedom, Jarrid is willing to do anything to lure his elusive enemy out of hiding.

Even use an innocent woman as bait.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an angel outlaw wants her dead. She agrees to help Jarrid, the enigmatic nephilim with penetrating silver eyes and a worship-worthy body, but only because he accepts her terms. He’s her all-access pass into the city’s supernatural underworld where she hopes to locate her mother’s killer.

Blind­sided by Ionie's beauty and tenacity, Jarrid soon finds the eternity-old glacier around his heart thawing. With duty and desire at war within him, he’s forced to make a choice—either save Ionie from the trap he snared and stay chained to Heaven, or allow her to become collateral damage.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

After spending several years as a newspaper reporter and corporate communications director, Tricia Skinner cast off traditional journalism for the freedom of novel writing. ANGEL BAIT is her urban fantasy romance debut. Her reading tastes are all over the place, but she’s mainly drawn to fantasy (and its sub genres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

In those rare moments when she’s not writing, Tricia is a newbie “green” practitioner, a fitness procrastinator, and a technology geek. She is a mother and a wife. Her family includes two Great Danes.

Tricia stays active in various writing communities. She’s the Web Editor for Pony Express(ions), the online literary journal of the Masters of Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University; a volunteer with SMU’s The Writers Path; the Newsletter Editor and a Mud Puddle Critique Group moderator for the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America. . In December 2012 she received a master’s degree with a Creative Writing focus from SMU.

She welcomes correspondence from readers.

Visit her online at www.TriciaSkinner.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTriciaSkinner
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/triciaskinner
Twitter: @KaziWren

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tour Review: Dark Nebula by W.J. May

Title: Dark Nebula
Series: The Chronicles of Kerrigan #2
Author: W.J. May
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements:
Setting Location: English Countryside
Publisher:
Format: PDF, 196 Pages
ASIN: B00B46UWNO
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Source: Tour Host {Bewitching Book Tours}
Rating: 4.5/5

Purchase Here: Kindle 

Tagline(s): Nothing is as it seems anymore.

Summary: Leery from the horrifying incident at the end of her first year at Guilder Boarding School, Rae Kerrigan is determined to learn more about her new tattoo. Her expectations are high, an easy senior year and a happy reunion with Devon, the boy she’s not supposed to date. All hopes of happiness turn into shattered dreams the moment she steps back on campus.

Lies and secrets are everywhere, and a betrayal cuts Rae deeply. Among her conflicts and enemies, it appears as if her father is reaching out from beyond the grave to ruin her life. With no one to trust, Rae doesn’t know where or who to turn to for help.

Has her destiny been written? Or will she become the one thing she hates the most—her father’s prodigy.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and a sister -- taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - winning CIAU's and becoming All-American 6x - NCAA Indoors Runner Up + more.

Life continued with her husband (a distance runner from Liverpool, UK, who she met at KSU) and then their first, then second and finally third child. Their house became full of more imagination and stories.

After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

Her first book, Rae of Hope - from the Chronicles of Kerrigan - will be available October 2011 by kNight Romance Publishing.
 

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tour Review: Treacle and Treason by JoAnne Kenrick

Title: Treacle and Treason
Series: The Edge // Tales from the Coffin #4
Author: JoAnne Kenrick
Genre: Erotic Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts
Setting Location: York, England
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: PDF, 28 Pages
ISBN: 9781613333549
Release Date: October 2012
Source: Tour Host {FMB Book Tours}
Rating: 3/5

Purchase Here: Kindle

Tagline(s): ~NONE~ 

Summary: It’s Bonfire Night, but the fireworks in Estella’s boudoir are more impressive than any rocket or sparkler. She has more pressing things on her mind than trivial traditions like burning the Guy and crunching her canines on treacle toffee. A spot of unrequited love, and her little deady bear’s rotting body.

What better way to distract herself than to entertain you with a ghostly retelling of the infamous Guy Fawkes and the Fifth of November legend.

In York, England—new job, new life—Tansy finds herself both fascinated and scared by the haunted history this cobbled-street city has to offer. Determined not to let her fears chase her back to her small home town, she spends the night in the birth place of Guy Fawkes on the anniversary of his arrest. When she comes face to face with the spirit of Britain’s most notorious conspirer, he kisses her oh so scandalously. The ghost of his lover joins the interlude, and takes over Tansy’s body. Possessed by Marie, she is powerless to interrupt the passion exploding between them. Not that she’d want to. Pleasure abound, their story is unraveled…

…and it’s nothing like the history books depict.

Review:

I'm not really sure what to write. I think I would have liked Treacle and Treason a bit more if I had read the other books in the Tales from the Coffin series first. I was kind of lost as to what was actually going on. I did like that story that Estella tells of Guy Fawkes and the Fifth of November, though. So I would say for reader to really understand this book, they need to read the others that came before it.

About this Author:

Born n bred Brit, JoAnne Kenrick grew up in a wee sea-side town in North Wales and has enjoyed a variety of vocations such as holistic healer, window dresser, and ghost tour guide. Having lived in Wales, England, and Scotland with her dear family, she finally escaped the dull British summers to reside in sunny Australia. After two years, they moved to the States where she endured three harsh winters in Minnesota. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids and two puddy cats. When they aren't demanding her attention, or jumping on her head, she strums away on the keys of her little laptop, creating worlds and adventures she could only ever dream of.

Come across the pond and faraway....with JoAnne Kenrick! Get exclusive sneak peeks at her new and upcoming releases by signing up to her quarterly newsletter here: http://tinyletter.com/joannekenrick

Author Links:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Etiquette & Espionage Read Along

The Etiquette & Espionage Read Along is hosted by Book Twirps as their April read along!
  

How does it work?
  • Each month we will post approximately 6 books to choose from. Participants will get to vote for two books. The book with the most votes win. In the case of a tie, we will post another poll for the two books. If there’s still a tie, the host(s) will choose.
  • We will post the selected book at least a week before the read-along starts so you have time to purchase, borrow, or check the book out of the library.
  • A few days before the first of the month, we will post a reading schedule for each week. (Feel free to read ahead, just don’t spoil anything for the rest of us).
  • We will post a set of discussion questions each week. Please join in and let us know your thoughts.
  • If you are a blogger, feel free to post the discussion on your blog as well. The more the merrier.
Rules:
  • Respect everyone’s opinion. Reading is subjective and what one person finds brilliant, another person may hate.
  • No spoilers if you read ahead.
  • Have fun!

Etiquette & Espionage Synopsis: 

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage — in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tour Review: Desert Flower by Angela Scott

Title: Desert Flower
Series: Book #2 (Series Name Unknown)
Author: Angela Scott
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Setting Location: Arizona
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Format: PDF, 177 Pages
ISBN: 9781622538607
Release Date: January 24, 2013
Source: Tour Host {Reading Addiction Book Tours}
Rating: 5/5

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): ~NONE~ 

Summary: Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert. The first, the dead body of her mama. The second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two, is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurfacing past hurts, revealing old secrets, and pitting her between two men who via for her heart. Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it. And Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.

When bad choices made as a child leads to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads and is forced to face her demons head on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive herself is damn near impossible.

Short Review:

This is one powerful book! It's real. It's honest. It's heartbreaking. It has everything. There were even part of Desert Flower that were difficult for me to read. I had to stop at moments to collect myself before continuing. This is a book that I highly recommend!

About this Author:

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can subscribe and follow me on my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

Author Links:

Website: www.angelascottauthor.com
Twitter: @whimsywriting
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter


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Monday, March 4, 2013

Tour Review: I Am Alive by Cameron Jace (Giveaway)

Title: I Am Alive
Series: I Am Alive #1
Author: Cameron Jace
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Setting Location:
Publisher:
Format: Kindle Edition
ASIN: B0085W8KIO
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Source: Tour Host {Xpresso Book Tours}
Rating:

Purchase Here: Kindle Bundle

Tagline(s): Every girl dies. Not every girl really lives.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets gorgeous and reckless Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

The usual boring girl meets badboy story... hmm... with a twist ...

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you're still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you're dead.

Deccaa doesn't need Leo's company. She has a secret of her own. While they both can't stand each other, she will find out why she doesn't fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.  

Author Links:

Website: http://cameronjace.blogspot.ca/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/995289.Cameron_Jace
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camjace
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronjace


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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tour Review: The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo (Giveaway)

Title: The Second Sign
Author: Elizabeth Arroyo
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Supernatural Fiction
Elements: Angels, Demons 
Setting Location:
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Format: PDF, 117 Pages
ISBN: 9781938404306
Release Date: February 7, 2013
Source: Tour Host {SupaGurl Book Tours}
Rating:

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): ~NONE~ 

Summary: Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of five, Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen.

Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories of her father, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the "what if" question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.

But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families.

But her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she's published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog - Chandara Writes (her muse), and completed three manuscripts.

In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance, slated for an early 2013 release.

Elizabeth still resides in Chicago’s south west side with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind. She continues to work in the community. You can follow her journey on her Blog chandarawrites.blogspot.com

Author Links:

Twitter- https://twitter.com/EArroyo5 or @earroyo5
Website- www.elizabetharroyo.com


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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Challenge Month Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld- Thirteen



Hello fellow Kelley Armstrong - Women of the Otherworld Series Lovers!!!!

Today marks the beginning of Month THIRTEEN in the Women Of The Otherworld Series Challenge!!

THAT'S RIGHT EVERYONE,
WE'RE AT THE HOME STRETCH!
 ISN'T THIS AWSOME!?!


CHALLENGE: MONTH THIRTEEN

13
BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, for a grand series finale.

MARCH 2ndMARCH 31st, 2013

 For this FINAL month, our goal will be to read/re-read and post a review the FINAL INSTALLMENT in the Women Of The Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, 13.


Challenge members can either post a review, create your personal character casting for any novel in the series, or anything else related to this title within the Woman Of The Otherworld series.

Be creative and have fun with your post!

THIS MONTH'S PRIZE:


ONE participant will be selected to win any book of their choice up to a $15 limit on The Book Depository. The winner will be selected through Random.org. **For every 10 participants, there will be an additional winner!**

To qualify for this month's giveaway:

You all have until MARCH 31 to link to your reviews or posts to be included for this month’s prize.

The giveaway winners’ names will be drawn on APRIL 6th, 2013

 (Winners for this month's reading challenge will be announced with the grand prize winners and final mini challenge winners).
 
**If you missed the last 12 month's challenges, please feel free to post your review for prior books in the series this month. You can also leave more than one link during this final month of the challenge (example: if you review more that one book at a time), however, you will only receive one entry for this month's prize. Don't worry! All your posts will not go to waste and will ALL be counted towards the Grand Prize at the very end of the entire challenge, so put as many new review/woto related links as you want!**

**Most importantly: You did NOT have to commit to the entire 13 month challenge; feel free to join even if you only wanted to participate for this last month only.**

LAST MINI-CHALLENGE:


Seeing as this is the last mini-challenge for the Women of the Otherworld Reading Challenge, I thought it would be nice for participants to create a post, for an overall summary of their experience during the reading challenge (whether you participated once or all thirteen times)! Include all of your links since March 1, 2012 into your post, mention your love/hate for the series coming to an end, was re-reading the series just as awesome as the first time? and include anything else you like :). I figured, this would be a good chance to publicly say goodbye to the series, and thank Kelley Armstrong for pouring her soul into writing such an amazing series.

**Most importantly: Since this last challenge involves being done after our final reading challenge is complete, I figured I'd give a few extra days after this month's challenge, to complete the mini-challenge. This way everyone would have enough time to do both :). The Mini-Challenge ends on April 5th!**

GRAND PRIZES:

I'm excited to announce that there will be TWO GRAND PRIZES to be won!!

GRAND PRIZE #1 (Sponsored by Random House):
- 1 copy of Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
- 1 copy of Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
- 1 copy of 13 by Kelley Armstrong - Book Swag
GRAND PRIZE #2 
(For those who already own Grand Prize 1 items):
- Any book(s) of winner's choice, up to $25 from The Book Depository

**Most importantly: The winners will be selected and announced here on the blog on April 6th, along with this month's reading challenge winners, and mini-challenge winners!! ALL POSTS SINCE MARCH 1, 2012 COUNT TOWARD GRAND PRIZE ENTRIES**

2 DIFFERENT Linkies Below:

There are two separate linkies below, one for this month's reading challenge (reviews for any WOTO books or book-related post) which closes on March 31st, and another for the very last mini-challenge (comment on your reading challenge experience and/or how you feel about the series ending, overall personal results) which closes on April 5th. Please make sure not to include the same link twice! I do understand that accidents happen, so let me know if it does and I'll make the correction :)!


Don't forget to link your posts here!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tour Review: Wounded by Jasinda Wilder (Giveaway)

Title: Wounded
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Setting Location: United States // Iraq
Publisher:
Format: PDF, 130 Pages
ASIN: B00APLND3A
Release Date: December 16, 2012
Source: Tour Host {Good Choice Reading Book Tours}
Rating:

Purchase Here: Kindle // Paperback

Tagline(s): ~NONE~ 

Summary: War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.

The one impossibility in my life is love.

And then I meet HIM.


War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.

Now the only thing that can save me is HER.

Review:

REVIEW WILL BE POSTED AFTER 12PM.

About this Author:

Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably shopping, baking, or reading.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.jasindawilder.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6521173.Jasinda_Wilder
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jasinda.wilder
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JasindaWilder


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