Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ship of Dreams by Rebecca Heflin ( Dreams Come True Series - Book 2)

Ship of Dreams
by Rebecca Heflin

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Dreams Come True - Book 2
Publication Date: February 11, 2015
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 254 pages
Available from: Amazon

Synopsis:

Advertising Diva Laura Armstrong is after Imperial Cruise Lines, the biggest account of her career and the one that will lead to the next step in her Life Plan of becoming one of the most powerful women in advertising. That winning the account will also prove her father wrong is a bonus.

Sexy Southern Gentleman Nathan Maxwell is after that very same account, but for completely different reasons. Landing the account means a sizeable bonus just in time to save his family’s farm, and the only stable home his sister’s ever known, from foreclosure.

When the two end up on the same ship in the middle of the Mediterranean for a clandestine reconnaissance mission, Mt. Vesuvius isn’t the only thing that could erupt.

Will Nathan sink her ship of dreams before it ever leaves port, or will the way to love be smooth sailing?

Ship of Dreams (Dreams Come True Series Book 2)My Review
Ship of Dreams by Rebecca Heflin
 
The dog eat dog world of advertising takes to the high seas with a battle for one of the biggest money making accounts on the line. Self-admitted trust fund baby and business savvy Laura Armstong is out to get that account, to prove to her bosses and more especially her powerful and wealthy father that she is more than just a pretty faced socialite princess with fluff for brains. Meanwhile her biggest competitor, Nathan Maxwell wants that same account, but his reasons involve his hearth, home and heart.

Undercover they both go, sizing up the prize and what they need to do to bring a revered cruise liner into the twenty-first century.Ten days on a romantic Mediterranean cruise, single and alone, they meet, which is part of a cute “smallworld” story itself and the sparks fly! Laura has rules to follow for this brief shipboard affair, and one of them is no discussing their lives and you KNOW that is going to backfire on them! When will they discover who the other one is? What will it do to their budding romance? Will the winner of the account take all and walk away? Let the games begin!

by Rebecca Heflin is a fun and light-hearted voyage filled with great dialogue, nasty secrets and some good old fashioned charm! Ms. Heflin has a delightful slant to her writing that makes you laugh, raise your eyebrows and crave the point where “the rest of the story” is told! Her characters? Can you say polar opposites? Laura has had a comfortable life financially, been gifted with looks, the best of everything and can handle herself at any social gathering with ease. There were times that her nose was so high in the air I feared she would trip over her perfectly chosen stilettos! Nathan is down to earth, has clawed his way up from a poor southern upbringing, but he was taught to care about others, and had the art of giving down to a natural art. Did either one rub off on the other? Guess you’ll have to read Ship of Dreams to find out! This one belongs in your beach bag for sure!

I received this copy from Rebecca Heflin in exchange for my honest review.



Derailed Conscience by Eliza Green

Derailed Conscience
by Eliza Green

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: May 8, 2015
Publisher: Eliza Green
Genre: Psychological Sci-fi Thriller
Print Length: 88 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

While on a business trip to Spelling in North Hampshire, Jonathan Farrell, a psychologist’s assistant, is accused of murder by a random stranger. Jonathan tries to shake off the untrue accusation levelled at him, but something about it feels wrong.

A number of similarly strange confrontations compel Jonathan to think hard about his safety. But the incidents are so bizarre, even the psychologist he works for wonders if they really happened.

Jonathan is forced to question his own sanity, but is everything as it seems?

Derailed Conscience is a psychological sci fi novella.


Derailed ConscienceMy Review
Derailed Conscience by Eliza Green

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by outside influences that you begin to think you’ve entered the Twilight Zone or are in a bad dream you can’t wake up from? Jonathan’s simple business trip to Spelling turned into his own private hell as he is accused of a crime he did not commit. The townspeople are up in arms, tossing accusations at him and he has no idea why. Just as suddenly as the violence begins, it’s over, poof, like it never happened. Is it something in the water in Spelling or is it something more devious and sinister in play? Who better to speak to about this than his boss, a seasoned psychologist how has helped him with other issues. Is she regretting hiring him? Could it cost him his internship? Just when he thinks he is totally losing his mind, a blast from the past, his twin brother, a recently released convict contacts him and Jonathan thinks he has found the problem, a case of mistaken identity. Jonathan is taking the heat for his brother’s crimes. Is that what is happening? Has he been set up as a patsy? If so, by whom? If the answers can be found, will it be in time to save him from insanity or worse?

Have you read anything from Eliza Green? She has an amazing series called The Exilon 5 Trilogy, but Derailed Conscience is a much darker and twisted trip into shaking up the human mind. Talk about a walk on the dark side! Ms. Green has taken psychological drama to the jagged edge of one’s imagination as I felt what Jonathan felt, and could not figure out what was happening and where it was coming from! Edge of your seat, nerve jangling scenes, that all are as if being seen through Jonathan’s troubled eyes, a Twilight Zone experience for sure….the only thing missing was Eliza Green saying she was now returning control of my reality back to me. 4.5 Creepy Stars!

I received an ARC edition from Eliza Green in exchange for my honest review.


To the Winners' Circle, Please! The winners of Jeffrey Lockwood's ANOMIE Giveaway are:

Look who will receive a copy of Anomie!

Beth H

Ty W

Brandi D

Betty W

Cindy H

Happy reading and thank you to everyone who entered, as well as to Jeffrey Lockwood for both a great novel and a great Giveaway!
 
A story of loss, forgiveness, and hope.
Anomie
by Jeffrey Lockwood

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Havard Square Editions
ISBN13 9781941861028
Genre: Adult Fiction \ Suspense
Paperback, 236 pages
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Synopsis:

After a series of tragic events, Michael, a middle-aged university professor and writer, finds
himself teaching English in China. Through myriad experiences, Michael struggles to cope
with his losses. Anomie is a gripping, beautifully written, spiritual story of loss, forgiveness,
and hope.
Adult readers, especially those interested in expat experiences, multiculturalism, and the
paranormal, and other such current issues as race relations, employment, gun control, and
education, will find Anomie thought-provoking.
Author Jeffrey Lockwood draws from his rural upbringing, his sense of place and worldview,
and his foreign experiences to tell this story of Anomie.

Friday, April 17, 2015

State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold (Brier Hospital #8)

State of Mind
by Lawrence W. Gold

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Brier Hospital - Book 8
Publication Date: January 21, 2015
Publisher: Lawrence W. Gold
ISBN-10: 1507612311
ISBN-13: 978-1507612316
Genre: Medical Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 281 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Dr. Kimberly Powell, a Ph.D. in neuropsychology, works in a research lab trying to understand the roots of violence by stimulating the brains of aggressive rats to reduce their savagery.
Her successes lead to phase I safety trials in volunteers and prisoners, and then to phase II and III studies in patients.
Soon it becomes clear that Kim’s brain stimulating techniques, besides controlling aggression, offer the potential to cure a number of medical problems including Parkinson’s disease, depression, PTSD, and many others.
When the court instructs her to treat a psychopathic killer, she’s appalled. What would such a killer, if cured, still owe to his victims and to society?
The ethical implications of the research and especially its application on humans are substantial, but so, too, is her altruistic desire to help.
Where is the balance and how far and how fast should these trials proceed—and, at what cost?


State of Mind (Brier Hospital #8)My Review
State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold 

When we think of medical science, we forget that the doctors and scientists behind the breakthroughs are human, flawed and often with their own agenda, good or bad. And don’t forget the government involvement when it comes to break-through treatments. State of Mind by Lawrence W. Gold gets down to the grit in the bullpens of the medical world while strategically using his own medical background to create a true sense of realism and drama.

A new breakthrough treatment for Parkinson’s, aggression and PTSD has been found, in the cutting edge science of trying to ferret out the secrets of the brain. Is it safe to go to trials or should more testing be done? Kim Powell is her group’s voice of reason and of ethical conscience, but the powers that be think they know better and offer up convicts to use as test patients. Will their aggressive behavior be tamed? How long will it last? Will there be unforeseen backlashes?
Kim has a haunted past which has never left her, her intelligence and personal commitment and drive are reflective of her trauma. Is it affecting how she sees her research?

Just like in the laboratory, the end result of this story is hidden behind the twists and turns of a well-written plot that takes the reader on a journey behind the scenes of an amazing scientific find. If you enjoy the drama of a good medical mystery, filled with intrigue and poking at the ins and outs of the politics, finances and their impact on the great minds behind the microscope, Lawrence W. Gold has a story to tell and he does it a powerful stroke of his pen.

Make an appointment with yourself to remember to check out this enthralling and thought-provoking read! Put this one under the microscope, you’ll be amazed at what you read!

I received this copy from Lawrence W. Gold in exchange for my honest review.

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown

Written by: Michael Alan Nelson
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 281 pages
Publisher: Pyr
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 1633880567
ISBN-13: 978-1633880566
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Teen
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn't your typical teenaged girl. She's a thief who survives by stealing bad things from bad people in the magical and mystical underworld hidden beneath our own. So when a policeman's daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can't explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance at getting his daughter back.

With the unsolicited help of Gina's friends, including Gina's boyfriend David, Lucifer's investigation leads to the unfortunate truth of the kidnapping. Gina was taken to an otherworldly dimension by a creature of unspeakable evil: one of the Seven Sisters of Witchdown. Against all odds, Lucifer must use every magical tool hidden in her trick bag to steal her way into the Shade and bring Gina back before the Sister sacrifices her for her own dark ends. But the closer Lucifer gets to Gina, the closer she gets to David. And David to her. Lucifer must risk her life by confronting demons, witches, and the cruel demigoddess controlling her destiny - all to save the one girl who stands in the way of Lucifer finally finding love.

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown
My Review:
Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson

Luci is a kick arse, intelligent heroine that takes on the supernatural world with fervor.

Tracking down the missing Gina, Luci and Gina's boyfriend, David, uncover the dark truth behind her disappearance. As their trek progresses, the relationship between Luci and David starts to evolve into something more.

Hexed is a dark magical adventure. It was fun, entertaining and enjoyable. I really liked Luci, but I had a really hard time with the nickname Lucifer. As you can see by my lack to use it in this review.

I received this ARC copy of Hexed from Pyr in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.



Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (The Kanin Chronicles #2)

Ice Kissed

Written by: Amanda Hocking
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Series: The Kanin Chronicles
Sequence in Series: Book 2
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 1250049873
ISBN-13: 978-1250049872
Genre: Teen | Romance | Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world.

Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm . . . the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford.

Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper and deeper, she doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

We are once again thrust deep into the Trylle world with the story of Bryn Aven, a half breed that dreams of being an elite guard to the royalty.

Bryn takes it upon herself to find the missing queen only to find herself locked in the midst of vast political machinations.

Byrn spends a lot of time with the Skojare and the Storvatten tribes so we get to learn a lot more about them.

I enjoyed the story but found many of the side references a little distracting. We know Konstantin Black is out there and he is mentioned a lot but we are still unsure of his part in the scheme of things, same goes for Viktor Dalig. Those plot direction has seemed to have just stalled. Bottom line, it just made the story move a little slow for my tastes.

I also have to admit, I was enthralled by the last 1/3 of the book or so. Can you say, I didn't see that coming. It pretty much smacked me upside the head with the unexpected and the conclusion blew me away.

In the end, Ice Kissed was an entertaining young adult fantasy with highly unexpected twists and turns.

I received this ARC copy of Ice Kissed from St. Martin's Press - St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.





Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts (Highland Spies #2)

Kilts and Daggers
by Victoria Roberts

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Highland Spies - Book 2
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781402292033
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 320 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.


Kilts and Daggers (Highland Spies, #2)My Review
Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

Lady Grace Walsingham wants some excitement in her life. Raised to marry well and be a blushing flower on the arm of her husband, she is betrothed to English nobility. Grace has learned that both her beloved uncle and her older sister were once spies for the Crown, and it sounds like something she would like to try. But before she can undertake her endeavor, she must endure the barbaric Scots in their plaids and kilts to attend her sister’s wedding. Particularly needling to her fine sensibilities was the Highland captain, Fagan, whose knuckle-dragging manners and powerful physique have her emotions waging their own inner battle. And guess who is charged with seeing her safely returned to England? If they do not kill each other first, the dangers on the road and the enemies they must face bring these two closer together than either would admit to liking. Will required tolerance begin something else the longer they bicker and banter on their journey?

Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts is filled with Scottish warriors, a rather snobbish English lady who has nothing but the accomplishments of her family and their name to lean on and kilts, lots of kilts. Ms. Roberts has filled her scenes with lush detail, and vivid battles, as well as some testy banter and barbs between her two main characters. Fagan is everything a kilt chaser could dream of, brave, honorable and self-assured. Grace is the product of a sheltered life, a little too haughty and self-important. Why not let Fagan bring her down a peg or two with his hidden charms? I love how Ms. Roberts handled her plot, from start to finish, never worrying if we fell for all of characters, just assuring they were complex and colorful! A fun, historical romance where two people are fated to be together, even if they are kicking and screaming their denials.

I received this ARC edition from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.



The Novice by Taran Marharu (The Summoner Trilogy #1)

The Novice

Written by: Taran Marharu
Series: The Summoner Trilogy
Sequence in Series: 1
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
ISBN-10: 125006712X
ISBN-13: 978-1250067128
Genre: Fantasy | Action | Adventure
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

The Novice (Summoner, #1)My Review:
The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice is a scintillating, magical adventure.

As a baby orphaned, Fletcher, was taken in and raised by the town black smith.

Helping his guardian sell his wears at the fair, Fletcher comes face to face with a war veteran with a journal from a battlemage. Fletcher helps the man out of a sicky situation with the town's bully only to find himself running for his own life. But before the warrior leaves, he gives Fletcher the journal.

While reading the book, Fletcher accidentally summons a demon of his very own named Ignatius. Leading him to Hominum and ultimately Vocan Military Academy, the school for battlemages.

This world is filled with political and physical battles between the Elves, Dwarves and Humans; even though they battle admists themselves they are all at war this the orcs...with the machinations of humans being the most deadly threat, even among their own kinds.

I never expected that opening this book would have me on an all night marathon, but it did. I have to admit that it was a 4 star read for me until Ignatius appears then I was completely hooked. Keep in mind this story is written with the young or young at heart.

The social prejudices abound with the division of species and classes which only elicited more suspense and tension.

Matharu has woven an intricate world with marvelous fantasy favorites but adds the demon realm beyond the ether, which was icing on the cake for me.

I honestly can't wait for more.

I received this ARC copy of The Novice from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Feiwel & Friends in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.


The Reaper's Daughter by K.M. Randall

The Reaper's Daughter
by K.M. Randall

My rating: 5 stars

Expected publication: May 9th 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
ISBN: 9781620158418
Genre: YA Paranormal

Synopsis:

I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ...

They call her the Grim Reaper.


The Reaper's DaughterMy Review
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For eighteen years Blake has been the girl who liked to “live life on the edge on planet Thriller.” If there are chances to take, she is the go to girl, the one who dared to defy Death. Little did she know she has been on Death’s radar and the moment is right for her to come face to face with the Grim Reaper, and holy deities of the underworld, Grim is her very own Mommy Dearest, who supposedly died when she was a baby! Mom has a little problem and it is wreaking havoc on the souls of the dearly departed and she wants Blake to clean up the mess, take on the mantle of death and help her regain her powers and rights taken away by that little devil, Hades. Of course, Hades is now gunning for Blake, and if he catches her, it won’t be pretty.

With the aid of an annoying rogue death deity Rishi who, as hot as he is, is a little disconcerting to Blake. Can she trust him? One thing Blake cannot do is ignore the departed souls she can now see as they wander, lost, begging for safe passage to the otherworld. What if someone she cares deeply for needs to be delivered? Can she do it? Has the once hard as nails teen in over her head? Will her mouth and her attitude put her in a world of hurt or will the daredevil in her start the wheels in motion for big changes in the Death Delivery System?

K. M. Randall’s The Reaper’s Daughter puts the myths and mysteries beyond the grave into a whole new level of perception. The chaotic world K. M. Randall has created is nothing short of brilliant! Who knew death could be so feisty? Heck, who knew Death wasn’t a skeletal, smelly, robe-wearing guy with a scythe to be feared? I laughed, I fist-pumped the air, I wanted to cry and I want to believe that when my “time” comes, Blake will make it a journey to remember! She is a force to be reckoned with and her sidekick and best friend is just priceless in the comedic relief and best friend ever department.

Every new story is a secret surprise waiting to be unveiled, and K.M. Randall’s The Reaper’s Daughter is one of the best surprises yet!

I received this ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore (Coon Hollow Coven Tales Book 1)

Witch's Moonstone Locket
A Coon Hollow Coven Tale
by Marsha A. Moore

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales - Book 1
Publication Date: March 21, 2015
Publisher: Marsha A. Moore
Genre: YA paranormal
Print Length: 265 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.

Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger. 


Witch's Moonstone Locket: A Coon Hollow Coven Tale (Coon Hollow Coven Tales Book 1)My Review
Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore

Marsha A. Moore takes on a bewitching journey for one young lady who sought peace of mind and closure in the wake of her mother’s death. One decades-old diary from her great-grandmother tells of her own grief and how she dealt with it. Will Jancie find the closure she needs through the words in the diary?

In a world where witchcraft and covens practice their art, legend has it there will always be one witch who had felt deep pain and loss and that witch will carry the Moonstone Locket, said to open only for one truly grieving within their soul. There is a price to pay should it open, but so far, no one has been deeply in need of it, until Jancie comes along and meets Rowe, the handsome witch/widower who now holds the stone. In spite of the legend, a jealous and powerful witch priestess is opposed to Jancie trying to reach her mother, and she will stop at nothing to keep Jancie from Rowe, his talent, his fortune and his heart. But what can be more magical than pure love? Will Jancie find more than closure and a chance to say good bye to her mother? Her path is a dangerous one, as she flirts with evil; will it be worth it all in the end?

Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a dark, yet captivating tale of love, loss and the need to heal. When good must stand against evil, who will remain standing? Marsha A. Moore has cast her own brand of magic on this story by creating a world where magic exists, while its practitioners live a lifestyle reminiscent of days gone by. Imagine living in a small town where part of the population still lives in the 1930’s, in their manner of dress and everything in their lives! Clever casting, uniquely drawn characters, subplots spidering out in all directions, only to be tamed and tied up in a neat bow at the end, Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a fascinating twist on myth and magic. Marsha A. Moore lets her words flow, and each scene comes to life, complete with the breezes, the backgrounds and characters that almost make you feel you have fallen into a fairytale remake come to life. This is a hidden gem in more ways than one.


I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.



The Doomsday Kids Book 4: Amy's Gift by Karyn Langhorne Folan

Amy's Gift 
by Karyn Langhorne Folan

My Rating: 5 Stars

Series: Doomsday Kids - Book 4
April 17, 2015
Publisher: K Squared Books
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Print Length: 285 pages
Available from:   Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Amy Yamamoto was never exactly the “friendly” sort. Driven to be the best—the prettiest, the most popular and the most envied girl in school—Amy has lost everything she loved and believed in since the end of the world she once knew: her family, her friends and her connection to the people who understood her.

And now, after all of those other losses, she faces the end of the Doomsday Kids’ life at the Mountain Place as they embark on a journey of nearly a thousand miles in the hopes of reaching a survivors’ camp on the Gulf of Mexico. Can they reach it before their supplies run out? Can they avoid the evil bands roaring through deserted towns and cities and reach safety before it’s too late? And most of all, can Amy learn to trust the others enough to reveal her deepest secret? In a world full of death and destruction, is there a place for hope, new life and love?

This is the fourth book in the Doomsday Kids series.

My Review
Amy's Gift by Karyn Langhorne Folan

Once again, that special light that belongs to youth shines through as Karyn Langhorne Folan takes us back to the deadly post-apocalyptic world of the Dooms Day Kids. If I could imagine the world after such a disaster, this would be it. 

Unspeakable tragedies have befallen these kids, but they stay strong, thanks to the support they show each other. Not everyone will survive, but heroes are made and will be remembered by this group in some surprising ways. 

 Amy has walled herself off in her grief over all of her losses. She has always been a warrior, not always well-liked, and has never fully trusted the group, but now is when she needs them most as they begin a trek to a safe haven where other survivors have gone. She has only one wish, to protect the most precious gift she carries. Will the trek prove fruitless at the end or will life finally give these kids a break? What will the security of making it to this compound mean for the group? Is there more heartache ahead? Will they be forced to lose the cohesiveness of their new “family” in a trade for security? 

Congratulations to Karyn Langhorne Folan for another completely spellbinding journey about a group of teens who have learned what is truly important in life as they fight to survive. I received an ARC edition from K Squared Books in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mortal Threat by A. J. Tata (Threat #4)

Mortal Threat
by A.J. Tata

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Threat - Book 4
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Washburn Books
ISBN: 9781475605020
Genre: Adult Mystery | Thriller
Print Length: 362 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Medical school student Amanda Garrett and American doctors working secretly in Africa have found a cure for the Ebola and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses.

Leaders of the Islamic State want the cure so they can show the world Islam is a benevolent religion that all Africans should follow.

The President of the United States believes an alleged 30,000-year-old Sub-Saharan religious text called The Book of Catalyst identifies him as being of divine origin.

As Amanda operates her portion of the clandestine CIA Project Nightingale in a Tanzanian orphanage, she is attacked and chased by brutal killers called The Leopard and The Cheetah. Amanda has 48 hours to escape across the Serengeti Plain before the remaining vials of the cure expire.

The Islamic State escalates attacks across the Middle East using freshly converted fighters from Africa. The American President, however, chooses not to deploy sufficient troops to save U.S. Special Forces, including Amanda's husband, assisting in the air war against ISIS.

As Amanda attempts to save the rapidly decomposing formula for the Ebola and HIV cures, she finds herself at the center of a clash between warring media titans, Jonathan Beckwith and Zhor al Rhazziq, who are following her every step toward the Olduvai Gorge, which some scientists claim to be the origin of human life.

Mortal Threat (Threat, #4)My Review
Mortal Threat by A. J. Tata

Mortal Threat by A.J. Tata had me from the blurb, and the cover. I needed it and was hit between the eyes when I discovered it was book four in a series. Not nice, NetGalley, not to warn us! That said, they are forgiven, because with a little of my own imagination and a few carefully added sentences, I was in for the long haul, on board for the intrigue, the danger, the political machinations and the rapid-fire pace.

Medical school student Amanda Garrett along with some American doctors have found a cure for the Ebola and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses. But their secret lab in Africa has been compromised. Islamic leaders want the cure to show the world how amazing their religion is, that their beliefs are the true ones, the most powerful and kind. Meanwhile an ancient text convinces the US President he is more than a mere mortal man. Islamic attacks throughout the Middle East are growing and the US is doing little to save the operatives trapped in the region. Not enough action for you?

The lab is attacked, and Amanda is being chased by two villainous killers. She has escaped with the last of the serum, but its shelf-life is limited. Can she avoid capture and save this priceless medicine? The clock is ticking and lives are on the line, time for some clandestine operations headed by one ticked off father and a team of brave warriors. Will they arrive in time?

A.J. Tata can create edge of your seat atmosphere, while ramping up the action to breakneck speeds. Orchestrating simultaneous scenes and actions also seems to be a gift he holds. Want to feel like a part of the action, the tension and the chase? I’m thinking that would be best served by starting with the first book, because even starting the series mid-stream I was exhausted by the end!

I received this copy from Washburn Books in exchange for my honest review.



Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Tabitha Vohn

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
by Tabitha Vohn

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: November 23, 2014
Publisher: Tabitha Vohn
ISBN-13: 9781499200188
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Print Length: 392 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Cal Morrison is a Midwestern farmboy who was thrust into fame during the Old Hollywood era. Now, at eighty-five, he sees his life as wreckage. At the mere age of twenty-four, Eileen has seemingly little in common with Cal, except that she fell in love with him on screen.

When Cal and Eileen meet by chance, she discovers that her feelings for him are not without merit, and he sees in her a chance for true love and, more importantly, for redemption.

A controversial experiment offers the key to them both. With the help of a German scientist, Eileen will enter Cal’s memory and, together, the two will create an alternate reality within the realm of dreams. Replacing the memory of his first wife (his leading lady in his most controversial film, The Last Tomorrow), Eileen will step into the 1960’s and discover whether love can exist between her and Cal, and whether loving him unconditionally will be powerful enough to alter the course of his destructive future.

But there is one thing that neither has fully considered: what happens once they wake?

Tomorrow is a Long Time asks the question of how powerful one person’s influence can be in our lives, the lengths we go to for love, and whether it is worth it.

Tomorrow Is A Long TimeMy Review
Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Tabitha Vohn

Remember having a crush on an actor in your youth? Sure, you were a child and that special character was an adult, but he made an impression on you, no matter the role he played. That is what happened to young Eileen, and even as an adult, Cal was the standard that she used to measure every boy she met, impossible fantasy, or not. Now an accomplished musician, Eileen has her own fame and following, including one eighty-five year old man, beaten down from bad choices, life under the microscope of stardom and having failed so many, including himself.

Cal is now a fan of Eileen’s and they spend hours talking and connecting as two young lovers might. What if the decades between them could be washed away and they could relive part of Cal’s life, together? Something of dreams, you say? That is exactly the proposal made to them by a German scientist who claims to be able to allow them to live together through shared dreams. Will these dreams create memories for the two of them to share and remember when they awaken and return to the real world? Will these two souls finally find the peace that has eluded them? What are the risks beyond broken hearts and shattered souls? Is one moment of real love enough to last a lifetime?

Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Tabitha Vohn will touch you in so many ways, from the memories of young crushes to two people making a connection that runs deeper than love, in spite of the decades of living that separates them. Ms. Vohn has built a beautiful love story around the fantasy of shared dreams coming to life and done so with lyrical quality to her words. This evenly paced tale is one to be savored as two worlds collide with emotion. Guiding us back through time, we are invited to learn what makes Cal tick and how he feels about his life, while Eileen realizes her dreams of being his one and only. Will life be a bowl of cherries or will those natural roadblocks arise as they choose to work through them or run. What would their lives be like if they were born into the same era? At times haunting, beautiful and heart-warming, Ms. Vohn has a strong style of writing as she brings her characters to life.


I received this copy from Tabitha Vohn in exchange for my honest review.

J. Kenner's SAY MY NAME Review Tour

Say My Name
by J. Kenner

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Stark International Trilogy - Book 1
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Bantam/Random House
ISBN-13: 9780553395204
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Print Length: 337 pages
Available from:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.
 
Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.



Say My Name is intended for mature audiences. You can read the first chapter of SAY MY NAME here! Add it to your Goodreads list here!

Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy, #1)My Review
Say My Name by J. Kenner

J. Kenner always writes with powerful words, steeped in emotion and turmoil. Her male characters are the damaged, the powerful, the dominant and the controlling. Say My Name does not break the romantic and erotic mold she is famous for. Neither does the characterization of her females, who are strong, have painfully wretched secrets and hearts that have been broken, sometimes by the very male they are now confronted with. Always, one must relinquish control, while both must learn to trust.

Sylvia has a project near to her heart, one that will get her noticed and she needs architectural designer, Jackson Steel to make this dream a reality. Jackson is the man who stole her heart, took control of her body, mind and soul, but she ran from him and now she must face him again, pitch her proposal and keep from melting in the heat of his raw magnetism.Is he the same demanding man she knew before? Can she resist him or will he take every indecent liberty he can to prove they belong together? Business is business, but the passion and heat they make becomes the center of her focus. They both hold secrets but can they both trust enough to reveal their inner souls or will one hold back, causing the other to flee once again in frustration and heartache?

Is Jackson right to teach Sylvia to face her inner demons by taking away her self-control when she is around him? Will he reveal his inner feelings through his actions and reactions to their relationship? Are they right for each other or are they each using the other for personal gain?

I’m not sure J. Kenner knows the word moderation as she creates her story by stringing it high above a rocky canyon and them pushes her characters to their limits as they walk the tight rope of life, lust, love and ambition. Although not a new formula, her signature “in your face” action and chemistry blisters off each page, as only she can do it.

I received an ARC edition from Bantam in exchange for my honest review.

About J. Kenner

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures. Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest