Saturday, June 23, 2018

Born of Water by Autumn M. Birt (The Rise of the Fifth Order, #1)

Born of Water
by Autumn M. Birt

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order - Book 1
Publisher: Autumn M. Birt; 3 edition (May 9, 2015)
Publication Date: May 9, 2015
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16 year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders and Niri, if they must. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.
Born of Water by Autumn M. Birt
(The Rise of the Fifth Order, #1)

Born of Water (The Rise of the Fifth Order, #1)The powers of earth, water, fire and air will be harnessed by four friends in a land where magic is forbidden. A Former priestess of the Church will risk her own life and give up her position in order to help put an end to the Curse, a magical being whose endgame is to destroy all magic, as dictated by its creators.

This is a story of adventure, discovery and even young love in a world that has turned its back on anyone who possesses magic. BORN OF WATER by Autumn Birt is just the beginning of the journey for an unlikely band of allies, unsure of the powers they wield and unaware of the potential they have.

Cross a sea, run from danger and face off against danger alongside these characters as they ride a roller coaster of emotions in an unknown world.

Autumn Birt has done a wonderful job of creating depth and humanity in her characters, complete with frailties and failings without resorting to over-the-top angst, off-color dialogue or adult situations. A magical start to this series!

Certainly not a quick read, but one to be savored, enjoyed and to feel the same discoveries the young characters experience!


The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith

The Ice Maiden
by B.D. Smith

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (April 26, 2017)
Publication Date: April 26, 2017
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 185 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. Hiding in plain sight, the killer is clearly from the local community and plays a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman. He seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders.
The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith

The Ice MaidenIs one of history’s darkest times being re-enacted? A serial killer is on the loose in a small town in Maine. As this monster acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition, innocent women are being tortured and murdered. Anne Quinn and Douglas Bateman will team up to dig through the meager clues, sifting through both the ancient religious horrors and clues of the present. They never expected the killer to hit so close to home.

B.D. Smith’s THE ICE MAIDEN gives readers a panoramic view of a rural and simple town in Maine, highlighting its seclusion, its wild beauty and the ugliness of many of its inhabitants. Everyone knows everyone’s business, gossip and supposition abound, yet the truth is buried deep in the twisted mind of one man on a twisted mission.

The graphic details are brutal, the twists are plentiful and the subplots touch on the inhabitants of the town. Both main characters are strong, although getting to know them is actually not easy, perhaps the plan of the author to focus our sights on the action? I found myself more engrossed in the crimes than the victims or the “heroes.

A fairly good read, jagged and dark with eerie crimes repeating history with brutal precision. Sometimes a little dry, I wanted the characters to show some emotional peaks so I knew they were alive.

Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (The Iron Covenant #1)

Iron and Magic

My Rating:

Written by: Ilona Andrews
Series:  The Iron Covenent
Sequence in Series:  1
Print Length: 406 pages
Publisher: NYLA
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy

No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

Hugh and Elara may do both.
Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Hugh d’Ambray, once Roland’s gold pupil, has be cut off since his actions toward Kate Daniels. His elite fighting group, the Iron Dogs, are being hunted and destroyed. There only hope is to find a fortress to call their own and they need Hugh to get off his drinking binge and form them into the team/family they’ve always been.

Search for a refuge, Hugh’s men find Elara’s castle in Kentucky. The provision for their truces is a marriage between Hugh and Elara. In turn, Elara will provide refuge, food and pay and Hugh’s men will protect Elara’s group of magically enhanced crew.

It is hate turn to appreciation relationship with a cast of characters that had me riveted to the pages.

Enemies new and old are willing to test this fresh partnership and its going to take everything they have not to become a victim, let alone not kill each other.

What can I say, if the writing team of Ilona and Andrew write it, I’m going to read it. That has lead me to some amazing and fantastical hours of reading and NEVER have I been disappointed.

I wasn’t sure I was going to love this spin off because its lead is a “misunderstood Warlord”, Hugh D’Ambray, but they even made him a character you can’t help but stand behind and cheer for... I know go figure, but there it is...

Then Ilona Andrews added a new and mysterious super power, “the White Lady, Elara and I was hooked! Can’t wait for more on her and what she truly lies behind all that mystery!!!

Once again, I was captivated by amazing characters, fabulous storytelling and crossovers that have fans of the Kate Daniels series swooning for more. I didn't want this novel to end, Ilona Andrews left me wanting more!

I received this ARC copy of Iron and Magic from NYLA. This is my honest and voluntary review. Iron and Magic is set for publication June 26, 2018.



Angels and Elves: Act I by William Collins (The Realmers Book 4)

Angels and Elves: Act I
by William Collins

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Realmers - Book 4
Publication Date: April 12, 2018
Publisher: William Collins
Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy | Action
Print Length: 531 pages
Available from: Amazon
Evan, Jed and Brooke have all become accomplished Venators, but no matter what they face in their missions, from slug-dragons to giant jellyfish, a much larger threat looms. Even Veneseron is no longer safe, as the secret dark-Venator in their midst plans to kill again. 

Evan is no longer the quiet, kind boy he was when he arrived at Veneseron. 
He fears that the dark magic inside him is changing who he is. Not even joining the magical sports team at Veneseron can distract Evan from the power calling to him. Meanwhile, the sister Evan never knew he had, Taija, is terrified of even taking part in training, knowing how powerful and uncontrollable her sorcery is and how people die every time it gets free. 

Whilst Jed is given the task of trying to save the faerie realm from its imminent destruction, whispers spread of a weapon hidden on the world of dark elves that can infect and turn anyone into mindless demons. 

Worse, Queen Akirandon now knows Veneseron has been harbouring one of her children and will stop at nothing to find them, putting all the worlds at risk. Evan and Brooke must go before the Venator high-masters and reveal what they are, but in doing so they risk being imprisoned or even killed by their own people, who may see them as evil beings not meant to exist. 
Angels and Elves: Act I by William Collins
(The Realmers Book 4)

Angels and Elves: Act I (The Realmers Book 4)When you read that last page, that last word and you feel like you are closing another chapter in newfound friends’ lives, then an author has done their job of bringing a new world to life and making you part of that world! William Collins' ANGELS AND ELVES: ACT I continues the saga of young warriors facing impossible missions and learning to not only survive, but to thrive and grow in spite of the odds against them. Their lives are not with danger and secrets though, and for Evan and Brooke, those secrets are about to be exposed.

The young Venators have become seasoned warriors. As Evan struggles with the dark magic within, his countenance is changing under the stress. Gone is the quiet boy, replaced with a troubled young man in crisis. As a dark and angry queen learns one of her offspring has been hidden on Veneseron, it is determined that Brooke and Evan must go before the Venator high masters and reveal their dark magic, who they are and still prove they are in control. One false step and they could die. Are they prepared for the tests they will be given? Can they each control their dark magic? Will the tests be fair or are the cards and Fate stacked against them? Fear is a dangerous foe…ignorance makes Fear deadly…

William Collins' ability to create raw action, deep emotional turmoil and characters that act, react and feel as alive as you or me is a true testament to his gift as an author! The characters are growing, their personalities are deepening and their honor is strong, as once again, we are transported from reality and into a world where magic can hurt or heal, save lives or take them and the measure of young warriors is tested at every turn.

This epic fantasy is intense, detailed and something to savor!

I received a complimentary copy from William Collins!

The Story That Had No Beginning by Daniel Kemp

The Story That Had No Beginning
by Daniel Kemp

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (May 4, 2018)
Publication Date: May 4, 2018
Genre: Literary Fiction
Print Length: 158 pages
Available from: Amazon
Alicia Collinson poses a surprising question to her dinner guests:

“Do you think lying is endemic in society today?”

They all have different answers based on their experiences, but what was the purpose of Alicia’s question?

She was separated from her twin brother, Tom, when they were eight. Tom graduated into a life of violence, while Alice found a life of fortune and wealth in her partner, Mary.

But when Mary unexpectedly passes away, a new person enters Alice's life - someone who seems to know every detail about her.

Soon, her past and present lives collide with life-changing consequences.
The Story That Had No Beginning by Daniel Kemp

The Story That Had No BeginningTwins, separated as children and raised in foster care, Tom lived and died in a life of violence while Alice found love and good fortune. When her partner dies, Alice will find herself caught up in a raging storm as the past collides head on with the present, forever changing her future.

Tom and Alice’s paths would cross again in life, but only Tom would know. Would that be the last time or just the last time in life? Two souls, born of the same blood, two divergent paths, but are they so different? They each took what they wanted, when they wanted and manipulated those around them. Were they victims of circumstance or puppeteers of life? We each relate to others in our own unique way, what one might call dishonest, another would say is meant to avoid confrontation or pain.

Intriguing and dark, THE STORY THAT HAD NO BEGINNING by Daniel Kemp certainly raises some interesting questions about humanity’s relationships. Are past relationships and interactions like ghosts to haunt us later in life?

A quick read that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and well-told.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Cry of the Needle by Roger Radford

Cry of the Needle
by Roger Radford

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Roger Radford (January 17, 2014)
Publication Date: January 17, 2014
Genre: Medical Thriller | Suspense | Vigilante Justice
Print Length: 295 pages
Available from: Amazon
When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style...
Kieran Kelly's world turns upside down when his wife's health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn't seem to care.

Kelly's quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist and a corrupt government minister – but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled Countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.

Meanwhile, one of Kelly's targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and the man’s stunning young American wife. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love – and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.

Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance. Revenge that is a dish best served Irish.
Cry of the Needle by Roger Radford

Cry of the NeedleTeresa Kelly was the victim of a heinous medical mistake and the cowardly cover up of the medical profession, but her husband, Kieran is just the man to know how to extract revenge. A former IRA hitman, Kieran has no fear of violence and he knows how to slowly strip the flesh off both the medical and pharmaceutical industries exposing both human error, corruption and greed. He knows how to exact his own brand of revenge, because someone has to pay and the truth needs to be known.

Roger Radford’s CRY OF THE NEEDLE is a darkly terrifying and gritty tale of loss, love and a man driven to let the world know, through any means.

The rock solid beginning is raw, the mystique surrounding the medical profession make this thriller a tale that will resonate in a personal way. We all depend on medical professionals, pharmaceutical professionals and our governments to be our guardians, our saviors, our mechanics, but is that trust grounded in truth or the need for humanity to believe that a physician will do no harm? Aren’t they humans with failings and frailties, too, greed and lies being just two of them?

Far from a straightforward medical thriller this tale grows legs like a centipede as we follow the path Kieran takes in his quest. I found the introduction and development of the varied characters to make this a more balanced tale. There is a promise of love, patsies left to take the fall and the guilty.

Dark and gritty with a few speed bumps along the way that almost feel disconnected from the main plot, it is the author’s personal message at the end that make this thriller an eye-opening experience.

Everything Under the Sun Tour & #Giveaway



Title: Everything Under The Sun
Author: Jessica Redmerski
Genre: YA/NA Crossover; Dystopian
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?


Author Bio
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.
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#Cover Reveal for Reckless Attraction by J.J. Knight


Reckless Attraction
J.J. Knight
Publication date: July 9th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I wish this were the usual love story.
Boy meets girl.
Boy falls in love.
They live happily ever after.
But it’s not.
In this one, I find the most awesome girl. Chloe. Smart. Funny. Sexy as sin. With convictions. She takes risks for what she believes in.
We connect. Completely. Awesomely. It’s literally the best feeling.
But then she screws me over in the worst possible way.
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Hudson, shut up.
You’re the one who calls yourself “Reckless.”
You’re the one who pummels people’s faces just to get your rocks off.
It’s not my fault that your ambition in MMA runs up against my need for action. I protect the innocent. You fight them.
And I can’t help that we had this instant chemistry, a powerful explosive connection I didn’t even know could exist.
But you are who you are.
And I am who I am.
I just wish you weren’t the perfect man for me.
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Fans of Uncaged Love and Fight for Her will see their favorite characters Colt & Jo and Parker & Maddie as they try to help this MMA fighter and his new love untangle their destiny.


Author Bio:
JJ Knight is the author of multiple bestselling series and serials.
Reading order:
Single Dad on Top (standalone, but fans asked for a sequel!)
Single Dad Plus One
Morris Music with rock star Dylan and music label intern Jessie
Revenge #1
Revenge #2
Revenge #3
Revenge #4
Revenge #5
Blue Shoes #1
Blue Shoes #2
Blue Shoes #3
Uncaged Love with the MMA fighters Colt "Gunner" Mcclure & Jo "Hurricane" Jones
Uncaged Love #1
Uncaged Love #2
Uncaged Love #3
Uncaged Love #4
Uncaged Love #5
Uncaged Love #6
Fight for Her with MMA fighter Parker "Power Play" & Maddie (and wee Lily)
Fight for Her #1
Fight for Her #2
Fight for Her #3
Fight for Her #4
New reader? You can start with any book labeled #1!
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Deadly Discovery by Alathia Paris Morgan #Release Tour

DEADLY DISCOVERY
Nova Ladies Adventures, Book Three
by Alathia Paris Morgan