Friday, September 19, 2014

Bounce: A Story From the Grid by Jas T. Ward

Bounce: A Story from The Grid
by Jas T. Ward

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Shadow-Keepers
Publication Date: September 3, 2014
Publisher: Dead Bound Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 126 pages
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Synopsis:

The exciting novella that ties into the popular Shadow-Keepers Series by Jas T. Ward-- BOUNCE.

Wisdom says that one’s past makes one’s future. Both intertwine with the present to weave the cloth of one’s life in a tapestry of events that show the whole play of time.

But what happens when a past is forgotten. The threads of memory hidden away to prevent the cloth of time from being unfolded as to prevent it from being ripped apart at the seams?

Power can destroy. Power can create. But when powers with no known purpose are pushed too far, can a love for mankind save it?

This is the story of Bounce.

The god without a past. The god with an unspoken and unknown future. And a god with a destiny and the power to save us all.

Shame he can’t remember that.

But someone does. 


Bounce: A Story from The GridMy Review
Bounce: A Story From the Grid by Jas T. Ward

Any man or god that stands around seven feet tall with muscles like armored steel, who commands an army of supernatural warriors and soldiers, well if he wants to call himself Bounce, for whatever reason, I say let him, just don’t ask him why. One of the tough and hardened characters from Jas T. Ward’s Madness, Bounce gets his own backstory in the cleverly titled tome, Bounce.

What made Bounce the god he is today? Where did he come from? Is he really made of grit and nails or is that a façade that hides the pain and loneliness of his existence. Has he always been the distant loner or did deceit and the ultimate horror and betrayal shatter his heart, leaving only tattered remnants? His loyalty is hard won; he has earned the respect of his soldiers and those around him. And he owns a swinging hot bar where he can secretly keep watch over and protect his people, sometimes from themselves. Still, until now, as his past is revealed, he has been like a solid phantom, sturdy, but not quite fleshed out, well, except for his rage that seems to hover just below the surface, ready to spew at a moment’s notice.

Get ready to want to cry for Bounce as his story is revealed, warts and all. Once an innocent god with no idea how he came to be or who he was, all of the trust and goodness he showed to others gets slammed back in his face as he is sucker-punched in the most brutal of ways.

Way to go Jas T. Ward! You create the legendary figure that is Bounce, then you make him like a favorite old stuffed teddy bear, completely lovable with a past that can endear him to even the coldest of hearts. All that soul-wrenching history may forever make anything he does seem okay.

Once again, Jas T. Ward does things her way, The Ward Way, unique, solid and heart stopping with a dollop of brutal truths on top. Keep your eye on Ms. Ward, this author is going places!

I received this copy from Jas T. Ward in exchange for my honest review.


Madness by Jas T. Ward (Shadow-Keepers #1)

Madness
by Jas T. Ward

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Shadow-Keepers - Book 1
Publication Date: December 4, 2013
Publisher: Dead Bound Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780989273824
Genre: Urban Fantasy \ Adults
Print Length: 452 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
A Darkly Sweet, Twisted Retelling of The Beauty and the Beast. 

A night could change everything.
Consume a cold heart in heat…
Open a heart that has been closed…
Intertwine two lives for a lifetime…and beyond.

The only thing Reno Sundown has ever known is pain. How to take it and how to use it. He was created that way and once his purpose was done, he was locked away. Never had he known good, laughter, love until he met her.

Emma Devenmore has always focused on one thing, family. The eldest of her sisters, she has made life centered on protection. Protecting her family and doing her job of protecting others. A love story was never in her plans, until she met him.

By chance, their paths cross and both were forever changed. A Beauty left yearning for a Beast, who had opened her up to something she had never dreamed of.

A Beast left wanting for a Beauty, who had unlocked emotions he never knew possible, and never was supposed to know existed.

Once paths are crossed, can they ever be uncrossed? Once they are crossed, are they destined to grow together? Or can they only be consumed by complete Madness?


Madness (Shadow-Keepers, #1)My Review
Madness by Jas T. Ward

How can a lethal killing machine also be a warm, frightened and lonely man who craves the love of only one woman who never knew he existed? Tighten your seatbelt, grab some tissues and prepare for the talent that is Jas T. Ward in her series opener,Madness. You may never look at the myths of gods and goddesses the same again as they manipulate the strings of their human puppets while toying with the denizens of heaven and hell.

Who is Reno Sundown? Is he the Beast to Emma’s Beauty? Is this another tale of forbidden love that even the gods cannot deny? Lies, secrets, heartbreak and joy, more lies, new discoveries and a little more deceit, and that is only the tip of the iceberg for Reno and Emma. They share a past that only Reno and the gods know about, but they share something else that makes their love even more bittersweet as jealousy, hatred and a past long left behind comes back to haunt Reno. Its no wonder the rage that builds within him makes him the perfect warrior and killing machine in the Grid. Yet again, like Russian nesting dolls, opening one up leads to more questions and more revelations that have even the gods in shock.

You will cry, you will want to avenge Reno’s pain. What happens to this broken man is pure hell as he must run from the only good thing in his life, Emma, and the sense of family and belonging she gave him. I sat with my heart in my throat, afraid to breathe at times. And my anger? The only thing that stopped me from literally jumping through my Kindle screen to bash some evil heads together was its out of warranty. Yeah, it’s that good.

Jas T. Ward has a style of her own. A little twisted, very fresh and like a man shot out of a cannon, she rockets her readers right into her world, into her story and into the heart of the action. With no timid strokes on her canvas, Ms. Ward may become the new standard to beat in the paranormal romantic intrigue genre. The detail to each scene, the sights, the sounds, the smells of sweat and fear, it’s all here, page after page as her desperate lovers struggle against a world that just won’t let them be. With an original flavor to tantalize the masses, Jas T. Ward has a hit series on her hands, for sure!

I received this copy from Jas T. Ward in exchange for my honest review.

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Officer Out of Uniform 
by Ranae Rose
 Lock and Key #2
 Publication Date: September 19, 2014 
Also in this series: Officer Next Door 
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance, Suspense
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Synopsis

Book 2 in the Lock and Key Series.
The only thing better than a man in uniform is a man out of uniform. Sasha has never been more certain of anything in her life, and she’s never wanted anyone more than she wants Officer Henry Dryden. Tall, tough and battle-scarred, he’s the first man to capture not just her eye, but her heart. With curves and the confidence to use them, it’s not hard to attract his attention, or get him to break out those cuffs and keys. But for the first time, getting exactly what she wants feels dangerously like risking it all. There’s no question about the one thing Henry wants most when it comes to Sasha: to protect her. After their coastal North Carolina community is sent a message via the brutal murder of the prison warden, no one is safe. Henry can’t afford to be distracted by things like the all-consuming desire Sasha inspires. There’ll be time for that later … if he can keep her from getting caught in the crossfire of a killer’s revenge scheme. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’ll do anything to avoid being the only one to walk out of a war zone alive again. The way forward is clear: stop the convict who’s hunting officers in Riley County, and keep Sasha safe … or die trying.
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Ranae Rose
Ranae Rose is the best-selling author of more than twenty adult romances and counting. Originally from Maryland, she grew up the daughter of a US Marine and always wanted to be a writer. Today she lives on the US East Coast with her man in uniform, young children, German Shepherd dogs and overflowing bookshelves. Her love affair with the romance genre began as a teen when a classmate handed her a romance comic book. Instantly hooked, she read them during class behind her textbooks and under her desk. She hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys things like good coffee, travel and fitness – especially pursuing her elusive goal of getting her husband to tap out on the jiu jitsu mats (no luck so far).

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Night Fever 
Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Lola Winters’ heart already belongs to Johnny, but for him, she’d sell the devil her soul. Unfortunately, the devil wants something else.
Beau Olivier is the kind of wealthy that buys anything—even people. When he makes Lola a proposition, she finds herself tempted into a seduction that will have her walking the line between comfort and humiliation, desire and resistance. He would own her—for one night. She would be his—for a price. It was wrong. It was scandalous. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. Sex, music, neon on the Sunset Strip—right in the middle of it all, he would have her. Come sunrise, he would let her go. At least, that was the plan.
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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
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Hale Maree 
by Misty Provencher
(Crossed & Bared Series #1)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS

Hale Simmons’s life is already bottoming out and she’s only eighteen. Struggling on welfare, while trying to keep her alcoholic father on track, her dreams of having a better life fade a little more each day.
But, when her dad witnesses a brutal accident at the bar one night, it changes the entire course of Hale’s future.
Thrust into an arranged marriage
with Oscar Maree, the playboy son of a wealthy man, Hale must learn to trust a
stranger to give her the life she’s always wanted.

First, Hale needs to figure out if love can ever happen by accident.


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EXCERPT – HALE MAREE

Oscar puts the mug on the counter. I think he’s going to tell me I’m a spoiled brat, or that I don’t know a thing about how relationships work, or that I’m just plain impossible, but instead, he leans forward with one hand on the countertop before he says, “Done.”
My fingertips slip from the door handle.
I would notice you, Hale,” he continues, “if you walked into a room behind a 500 pound lion that was charging straight at me. I would notice you if the room were full of naked women, and I was in deep conversation about my own death. I will always come running, I’ll eat the dinner, and wear the shirts and I’ve already thought that if you put on ten more pounds, it’d be a sure bet that I would never let you out of my bed. I’ve been trying to soak up every word you’ve said since the first time we spoke, so I think it’s only fair that you try just as hard to hear me now. I think you are perfect for me, Hale, and I’m just waiting for you to realize that I’m perfect for you too.”
It’s like the entire room disappears and all I see is Oscar with his level gaze. He drops his voice to a whisper as he says, “Come here.”
But I stay where I am, with the sun warming my back through the windows, and I shake my head at him.
No,” I say. “Come running.”

AUTHOR BIO
Misty Provencher is a long-term wife, mama, and author. The first two are a bit more recent, but Provencher's writing roots date back to the hieroglyphics she left in her mother's womb.

While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is actually just the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquets of her muses into words.

Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, http://mistypro.blogspot.com/ or find her on Facebook and Twitter as Misty Provencher.

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GUEST POST #3

Thank you for having me over to your blog!

I don’t know about you guys, but I began as a pantser and I’m constantly trying to perfect the art of plotting. I like the idea of it increasing the amount of writing I can produce in a day, creating a tighter book, and helping me to catch the loose ends even before I go into edits. I’ve been reading goobs of books on plotting and I’ve learned a few things that might help you too, if you’re on the same path.

  1. Know this: index cards take the fear out of what can be an overwhelming process. I start each book by scratching down ideas on index cards. It doesn’t feel like plotting—therefore, it must not be. That little lie relieves the pressure of plotting on a big ol’ sheet of paper, knowing I’ve got to fill up the whole thing.
I collect index cards the whole time I’m writing my current book, because I never want to be writing my current book. (insert my whine: it’s hard!) I’m always uber excited about the next though, and this gives me a way to have some work done on that next book when I get there. (Less whining!)
  1. When I finish up the last book, I finally pull out my pile of index cards. Now’s the time to shoo the dogs and kids out of the living room or do the tablecloth trick to clear the kitchen table. I lay out all the cards and try to put them into a logical order. Some cards will be silly ideas of character traits or details about a setting, so they get stacked beneath the cards that depict the action that furthers the plot. Other cards will be duplicates (I let Larry Dog eat those). Everything gets sorted until I have a line of plot.
  2. Once the cards are in order, now comes the ominous paper with the printed grid. I made the grid on Excel and there is absolutely nothing fancy at all about my grid- you can do the same with a ruler.
I put the number of chapters I want to have in the book into the blocks of my grid and, using my cards, I fill in the grid boxes. There are always empty spaces (sigh) but usually it is easier at this point in the game to see the spaces and figure out what needs to bridge the gaps.
  1. Once I’ve got my grid filled up, I staple it into a notebook. Because I like procrastination? Why, yes, indeedy, I do. However, my notebook does serve a useful purpose too. If I feel like the story isn’t fleshed out enough still, I mess with it in the notebook. It’s a paper playground. I draw pictures and use crazy inks and don’t stay in the lines. I CANNOT BE CAGED BY BLUE LINES!
Although I’m usually ready to start writing the story at this stage, there are always more notes that pop up. Ideas about characters. Changes. That goes into the notebook too.
When I head out anyplace, where I’m going to have down time (waiting for the kids, waiting for my oil change, waiting for a hair cut…do you know how much time you spend waiting? You can write a book!) I take the notebook and play with the ideas inside. My purse weighs about 800 pounds with notebook, pens, highlights, clips, stickies, etc. Ridiculous, really.
I also have used waiting time for doing what I think of as NEXT writing. It’s fast and meant to be quick. To do it: I think of where I’m at in the story and start writing some of what comes next. Sometimes it is in bubbles, sometimes it is a list, sometimes it is simple lines. Whatever it is, the whole point of NEXT writing is to get me from one spot to the next in the story. It might look as simple as this:

Nalena argues with mother. Needs to take a break, get out of house. Nalena goes to library, sits in back corner. Popular jock comes walking down aisle toward her. What does he want? Table? He sits. Talks. Steam between them. She freaks out, can’t take the pressure, leaves.

So, that’s the process for my plotting right now. I play around with Scrivener too, fill up my notebook with character photos, sketches of floor plans, maps, timelines, etc., and make story boards. I do a LOT of pre-work, but it is also some wicked fun because I can use all kinds of sticky notes, fancy paperclips, highlighters, and all sorts of gimmicky office supplies that feed my fetish.

If you’d like to check out some amazing books on plotting, I have three to share:
  • 2K to 10 K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
  • The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson

Oh, and check out Chuck Wendig’s post on plotting! The guy is seriously got the best writing voice around and my fave tip is “just yarf it up.” You can’t lose if you’re yarfing.

I hope this helps you a bit with the plotting leg of your journey! Thanks again for having me over to the blog!

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Every Soul by L. K. Collins Release Day Launch






EVERY SOUL
Author: LK Collins
Genre: Erotic Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~ 

When you lose the one person who grounds your existence, your whole world changes.

In life, it is said that everything happens for a reason. If that’s true, how can you explain death? Especially when it happens to someone so young, so beautiful, and so innocent? My name is Bain Adams, and I struggle with these thoughts every day. I’ve been through hell and back, somehow surviving the unimaginable. My sister took her life six months ago, and now, what’s left is a shell of the man I once was, a shadow of the person I used to be. Do I miss that life? Absolutely. But I miss her more, every day. I pray time will ease the pain and help my suffering while I search for the answers…but so far, nothing.

Happiness is something I knew so long ago, and now it’s nothing but a faint, distant recollection of the life I once had. My name is Arion LaSalle, and seven months ago my life was shredded to pieces when my fiancé disappeared while deployed. He never came home, burning a hindrance of pain and agony within my soul. For so long, I lived my life believing everything happens for a reason, until now. ‘Cause none of it makes any sense. Why Nate? Why only him? Since getting through each breath is a struggle, I put on a fake persona, pretending I’m someone I’m not, living my life recklessly. Because for me, it was all taken far too soon.




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LK Collins is first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. She loves music and has openly admitted that she's addicted to it. Without the strength of the words from some of her favorite artists, what she does...would not be possible. She works the normal 9 to 5 like the rest of the world, but is fortunate that she's allowed to listen to music for eight hours a day. When she gets home, she turns into Superwoman; juggling the crazy world of being an indie author, a mom, and a wife. Both her daughter and her husband share names with famous presidents. Her husband is referred to by her readers as "the Prez", a name well deserved.

LK has had a passion for the worlds created by authors for as long as she can remember and with the support of the Prez, she has successfully self-published three titles in the Life. Destiny. Fate Series. While her books are erotica, they are also known for dramatic storylines that will keep the reader enthralled from page one.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

A Matter of Temperance
by Ichabod Temperance

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 17, 2013
Publisher: GoldenBear Creative Works
ISBN: 149744750X
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy Adventure
Print Length: 303 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

In 1869, the Earth experiences the close pass of a new comet. In its wake, thousands of Terra's inhabitants find themselves strangely changed. Among humanity, many find that any talent they may naturally possess has been elevated to an astounding degree. Likewise, a number of animals become self-aware and intelligent. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become one of the world's foremost inventors in this age of prolific genius. Traveling to England to deliver his latest brilliant device to a famous explorer, the young tinker is unexpectedly struck by the fearsome hand of fate. Meanwhile, a lovely young aristocrat, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.
Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, while concurrently coming to terms with their own budding romance, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth in this humourously told and poignant steampunk adventure!

A Matter of TemperanceMy Review
A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

Are you ready for a charmingly quirky and ever so proper trip into an alternate past, where steampunk rules? Grab your parasol, straighten your bustle ladies, and you gentlemen, a walking cane and hat should do, because Ichabod Temperance is about to take you on his very own adventure in A Matter of Temperance. Get ready to appreciate the whirlwind that is Ichabod!

Fresh out of Alabama, with his greatest invention, Green Beauties (night vision goggles) and his affable Southern charm, Ichabod heads to England intent on personally delivering his product to its purchaser, who turns out to be an obnoxious arse. Fate must have timed the following events for Ichabod as he is witness to some very unusual events which lead him to an unsettling introduction with the brilliant beauty, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, a young woman with a special talent she gained when an unusual comet passed over the earth. Evil is afoot and the adventure begins as Ichabod and Persephone begin a dash around the globe for answers, while trying to stay one step ahead of danger!

Did I say dash? Try warp drive, wait, that wasn’t invented yet. No matter, A Matter of Temperance completely blew me away! Not only is Ichabod Temperance a delightful character with all of his Southern Charm and wonderful innocence about the world, but he is a brave soul who craves knowledge, defends damsels and fights for good! Miss Persephone has the eye of the “gentlemen” and the wit and intelligence to evade any sense of impropriety as well as enough spunk to stand toe to toe with Ichabod every step of the way!

Ichabod Temperance, the author, has a sense of fun that will leave you laughing at his over-the-top use of, well, everything! From his world building to his characters, no area has been left unpolished in this dazzling tale! Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT expect to be bored! Expect to be enchanted, to be whisked away on the magic carpet of Mr. Temperance’s carefree style! Total fun, total enjoyment, tons of steampunk and the unbelievable, I’m half-tempted to buy my own parasol, I already have the modern version of Green Beauties! Too bad Ichabod's heart belongs to Miss Persephone!

Not sure how he knew I NEEDED this light-hearted and adventuresome escape, but I need to thank Ichabod Temperance for sharing his tale with me! I received a copy from Ichabod Temperance himself, in exchange for my honest review.



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Hunted By The Past by Jami Gray (Book 1 of the Psy-IV Teams)

Hunted By The Past
by Jami Gray

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Psy IV Teams - Book 1
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romantic Intrigue
Print Length: 343 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Sometimes death is the only way to out run the past…

A reluctant psychic who can relive the past, a man well versed in keeping secrets, and a psychopathic killer enter a deadly game where the past determines the future.

Changing the past is an impossibility ex-Marine, Cynthia “Cyn” Arden, understands all too well. Struggling in the aftermath of a botched mission, which cost her two teammates, her military career, and a fledging relationship, she’s brought home by a panicked phone call. The psychic killer behind her nightmares has escaped military custody to hunt down the remaining teammates, one by one. Next on his murderous list–Cyn. Her only chance at survival is to master the psychic ability she’s spent years denying.

The killer’s game brings her face to face with the one person guaranteed to throw her off kilter—the unsettling and distracting man she left behind, Kayden Shaw. Once she believed he’d stand by her side, until he chose his job and his secrets over her. A choice that’s left the scars of the past etched deep on her mind and heart.

To survive this twisted game, Cyn must risk trusting her heart and accepting who and what she is, or lose not only her life, but the man she loves.


Hunted By The Past (Book 1 of the Psy-IV Teams)My Review
Hunted By The Past by Jami Gray

No matter how much we want it, we cannot change the past. We can revisit the good and bad in our minds, but imagine actually reliving the past psychically? Ex-Marine, Cyn Arden has seen and lived through hell, a mission gone wrong and the loss of fellow Marines and her military career. When the monster behind her downfall has escaped custody, he has one goal in mind, to finish off Cyn and the rest of her former teammates. Re-entering into her life is Kayden, the man who chose his job over her. Must she now embrace the ability she has in order to survive, and if she does, will Kayden stand by her or walk away once again? Will she find peace only through death or will she finally have the backing of others like her?

Hunted by the Past by Jami Gray is “in your face” action, drama and tension, starting from one panicked phone call and continuing on to the very end. Jami Gray has created characters that are scared, yet strong, a little mysterious at times, damaged and not always likable, but one thing for sure, they feel flesh and bone real. Want to cringe over the bad guy’s actions? You will find the villain despicable. Each scene stands up like a 3D cut out and never once does the feeling of urgency in the chase falter. Great reading, great action, high emotions!

I received this copy as part of the Hunted By The Past Tour & Giveaway at Tome Tender.



Ascension by A. S. Fenichel (Demon Hunter #1)

Ascension 

Written by: A. S. Fenichel
Series: Demon Hunters
Sequence in Series: 1
ISBN-13: 9781616505592
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/6/2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis:

When demons threaten London, Lady Belinda answers the call.

Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancee is not the sweet young girl he left behind. She s grown into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he s convinced it s for a lover s rendezvous. Following her to London s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancee ruthlessly slay a man.

Lady Belinda Carlisle's only concern was her dress for the next ball until demons nearly killed her and changed everything. A lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death by a demon s hand.

Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure, stronger than ever.

Ascension (The Demon Hunters, #1)My Review:
Ascension by A.S. Fenichel

Ascension is a highly entertaining historical romance with a marvelous paranormal twist.

In this world, demons exist and are trying to take over our historical world. Few know of their existence and fewer are willing to fight the war. Lady Belinda is just such a warrior but when her finance' returns from the war in France he doesn't know what to make of the new Lady Belinda.

Gabriel has survived war by focusing on his return and marrying Lady Belinda his social perfect finance'. What he finds when he returns leaves him quite bewildered and unsure of Belinda's faithfulness.

The chemistry between these characters is delightfully strong. Watching Gabriel's attempt to recapture his lost love was quite entertaining.

I really enjoyed Ascension. Right from the start I was glued to the pages but I did loose a little interest toward the end. The story is filled with strong, independent characters, a steamy romance and wonderful world building. If you enjoy historical paranormal romances, you will really enjoy Ascension.


I received this ARC copy of Ascension from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 6, 2014.

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Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey (Calypso #1)

Prophecy

Written by: Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Calypso
Sequence in Series: 1
ISBN-13: 9781616506148
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/6/2014
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: (the listings says historical romance)
I say Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Prophecy (Calypso, #1)My Review:
Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey

Prophecy was an outstanding, new young adult read.

Callie's life makes a drastic change when new neighbors move into the spooky house next door. The Hale house has had a cursed stigma for years. With their return, strange things begin to happen...but the strangest thing is only Callie can remember it.

Caught in the middle of a Norse Armageddon, no one is quite sure what or who Callie really is, especially the Hales.

Budding romantic interest, ancient gods and demi-gods, a battle of good and evil, where could you go wrong...Prophecy has it all.

I loved the unexpected plot twists and turns. Lindsey kept me on my toes and riveted to the pages. I am looking forward to Calypso #2.

I received this ARC copy of Prophecy from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 6, 2014.



Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

Written by: Debbie Macomber
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 0553391151
ISBN-13: 978-0553391152
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.


Mr. Miracle: A Christmas NovelMy Review:
Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel is a sweet, engaging and endearing read.

A take on Its a Wonderful Life, Harry the guardian angel comes down to bring Addie and Erich some Christmas joy. The thing is...it Harry's first time on earth so there is lot of adjusting for Harry as well as Addie and Erich.

A perfectly light romance for holiday season, Macomber heartwarming story of holiday cheer rings all the right bells.

I received this ARC copy of Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 7, 2014.





All's Fair In Love and Weddings by Christine Feldman

All’s Fair In Love And Weddings

Written by: Christine Feldman
Print Length: 140 pages
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find this book on: Amazon

Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.

Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.

Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.

But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even—to his surprise—appealing Prudence Collier can be.

The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender.

Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…

All’s Fair In Love And WeddingsMy Review:
All’s Fair In Love And Weddings by Christine S. Feldman

Pru Collier is estranged from her older sister but she has one shot at redemption but Pru will do whatever it takes to make their relationship better. When her sister asks her to attend her island wedding, Pru jumps at the chance. But on the way to the wedding, Pru runs into a little car trouble and is rescued by the hunky man set on stopping Pru's sisters wedding.

Tucker Davies is off to save his best friend from making the biggest mistake of his life, getting married. But a little she-devil he picked up on the side of the road, thwarts him at every turn.

Fabulously fun and fresh, All's Fair In Love and Weddings was an enchanting, engaging and highly entertaining read. I found myself laughing out loud at Pru's antics. Feldman found a marvelous balance for her humorous characters by giving them lots of heart...making All's Fair In Love and Weddings a really great read.

I received this ARC copy of All is Fair In Love and Weddings from Christine S. Feldman in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Sept. 30, 2014.



Kiera's Quest: Perceptions by Kristy Brown (Kiera's Quest, #3)

Kiera's Quest: Perceptions
by Kristy Brown

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Kiera's Quest - Book 3
Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Tween/YA Fantasy
Print Length: 153 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

The Witch Queen has reached a new level of evil.
Kiera is helplessly stuck in Zakk’s realm. With the vortex destroyed, she is desperate to find a way home. Her Uncle Tom, her friends and now the boy she loves, are in danger. Will Kiera find the strength and the self-belief she needs to save them?

On her lonely journey she meets new allies from peculiar races. The Prophecy is all falling into place. Will Kiera be able to forgive the people she trusted? Will she be able to save the world from her twisted nemesis, the Witch Queen? Will she finally believe that she is indeed the ‘chosen one’?

Kiera's Quest: Perceptions  (Kiera's Quest, #3)My Review
Kiera's Quest: Perceptions by Kristy Brown

Does liking the evil and villainous Witch Queen’s snark and attitude make me crazy? This creature is the foulest of foul, the most devious of the devious and yet, I liked her! Maybe because she truly has a strong will, forceful personality and felt like she jumped off the pages, or maybe because Kristy Brown did such a wonderful job as an author! Kiera’s Quest: Perception is filled with non-stop drama, action and brings fantasy to life for more than just younger readers.

Kiera has stayed in the other realm, trying to figure out what the Witch Queen is up to. She is learning more and more about her family, and the history of her new world. Is it possible the Witch Queen was once a nice Witch? Hard to believe, but life is full of surprises, including the fact that said Queen is nowhere to be found. Has Kiera truly accepted her part in the prophecy? Is she the one to unite the races and bring peace? Not if the queen of mean has anything to say about it, as she raises havoc and chaos on earth. Is a showdown coming? Will it be in the other realm or will it take place on earth? What does Leap Year have to do with it? Magic, mystery, action and a coming of age and grace are all part of this amazing and refreshing “tweenage” read, appropriate for all ages!

Kristy Brown’s gift for storytelling is at its best in Kiera’s Quest: Perception as she fills in more rich detail, adds more magical creatures and “convinces” Kiera to accept the responsibility that has been foretold. There isn’t a character, old or new that doesn’t make their presence a necessary part of this series. From their appearances to their personalities, they feel real, believable and unique. Ms. Brown has cast her own spell on this series, making it mesmerizing, intense and memorable. Feed your imagination and that of a child, share the gift of great reading and a wonderful author who knows how blend fantasy and youth into a perfect example of coming of age and believing in yourself.

I received this copy from Kristy Brown in exchange for my honest review!

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The Boys Next Door 
by Rosalie Lario
Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Life just got a bit more complicated…
After a heartbreaking betrayal, Lexi Ferrell is determined to get far away from her small hometown. So when she scores a scholarship to a prestigious law school in Miami, she jumps at the chance to live right on South Beach. Sun, sand, and an endless stream of beautiful people: who could resist? But her apartment complex provides far more than she asked for…in the form of two yummy new neighbors.

Matt Eisler and Ben Santos are best friends. Nothing could tear them apart...or so they thought. But when Lexi enters their life, neither one can resist wanting to make her his own.

Torn between the hot surfer boy and his exotic Latino roommate, Lexi vows to stay away from them both. But as she soon discovers, Matt and Ben are impossible to resist. And they’ll take her any way they can get her…even if it’s together. Could the three of them ever make it work? Because now that she’s experienced one night of unforgettable passion, the last thing she could ever do is choose between the boys next door.


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Worlds Collide by S. M. McEachern Book Blitz and Giveaway




Worlds Collide 
by S.M. McEachern
(Sunset Rising #2)
Publication date: March 3rd 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In a desperate attempt to escape execution, Sunny O’Donnell and Jack Kenner find a way out of the Pit and into a world still believed to be toxic with radiation. Under the brilliant sun for the first time in their lives, they not only discover that the earth has healed from nuclear war, but there are people outside the Dome.
In Worlds Collide, the second book of the Sunset Rising trilogy, Sunny and Jack must continue a life of subterfuge in order to stay alive and find a way to free the Pit. But in their attempt to save the urchins, they uncover the horrifying truth about President Holt and the evil he could unleash on the world.


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Excerpt from “Worlds Collide” (Book 2 “Sunset Rising” series) by S.M. McEachern

His hand gently wrapped around my arm and I resisted the urge to yank away from his touch. I was angry, but I was conscious of the fact that we promised each other before setting out for dinner that we were just playing our roles. It was necessary for our survival. I wasn’t a stranger to being a slave. I was born one. Yet being Jack’s slave had been humiliating. He was my partner, my almost-lover and my friend. It made hearing his role in the sterilization program that much harder to take. I thought I knew him, but he was still a stranger.
He turned me around to face him, his expression sad and apologetic. “Sunny…I’m sorry.”
I could tell he was struggling and a part of me was grateful that he might be feeling some remorse. “The sterilization program?” 
My voice broke around the lump in my throat. For once I was glad my emotions had stolen my ability to speak. I didn’t want to talk. I just wanted to shut down.
I was a little kid when my parents campaigned for that program,” Jack said, his voice cracking with emotion. “They pushed it through as an alternative to lowering the age of the Cull. They saved thousands in the Pit from being rounded up and killed.”
I opened my mouth to speak, challenging that lump, but my tears decided it was a good time to show up. I jerked my arm out of his grasp and started toward the bedroom.
Don’t walk away from me.” 
I stopped and turned to look at him. “Was that an order, sir?”
We glared at each other from across the room. Jack was the first to look away. “No, it wasn’t,” he said. He rubbed a hand across his eyes.
I continued to glare at him. “Is that why you were acting so jumpy earlier tonight? You were afraid I’d find out what you’re really like?”
I’ll admit it was one of the reasons.”
My eyes widened in shock at his honesty.
Don’t look so surprised, Sunny. I was the presidential heir! You think I didn’t do anything to earn that title?” He stared at me, waiting for my reply.
I didn’t have one. Maybe because at some point during our association I had convinced myself that the presidential heir I had seen on TV so many times didn’t actually exist. That man was just an image and not the same person I had lived with in the Pit. 
I told you before we left the Dome, you changed me,” he said, breaking the silence that had grown between us. “I had my eyes opened during my time down there.”



AUTHOR BIO
S.M. McEachern was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. She attended Dalhousie University in the
1990s where she earned an Honours Degree in International Development Studies. She worked in the field of International Development for several years, specializing in ocean development.

"Sunset Rising" is S.M. McEachern's first novel. She says the idea for the story first came to her in the 1990s when she researched a Bio-Dome experiment in Arizona for an academic paper. The thought that the world might one day need a Bio-Dome to escape a global catastrophe set her imagination into overdrive. And the ethics behind such an idea formed the backdrop for Sunset Rising.

Her goal in writing the novel is to entertain the reader with an interesting plot and colourful characters.

Author links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6538545.S_M_McEachern 


Author Interview: S.M. McEachern (“Sunset Rising” series)
Xpresso Book Blitz for “Worlds Collide” (Book 2)

2014 has been a big year for your writing career. Can you tell us a bit about that?

Yes, it has been big a year for me. For one thing, I published the second book of the “Sunset Rising” series, entitled “Worlds Collide”, last March. I was happily surprised when it rocketed up the Amazon ranking chart and maintained a spot in the top ten Amazon action and adventure romance bestseller list for months. That in turn attracted new hybrid-publisher Vook to ask me about acquiring the Sunset Rising series. After a few phone calls, many emails, and a lot of deliberation, I signed with Vook. I’m very happy I did.

I’m also working on the third book of my series, tentatively titled “New World Order”, which I plan to release in January 2015.

In the past, you’ve blogged about enjoying being an indie author, but you signed with Vook?

I have to admit, I do like having control over my books. When I want to do a promotion, or put the books on sale, or give the books away if I want to, I don’t have to ask permission from a publisher. I can just do it. So yes, when Vook first approached me I was hesitant to sign with them. However, Vook is a different kind of publisher; they are a “hybrid publisher.” They provide an enhanced publishing platform with ongoing marketing support via proprietary software that tracks ebook sales so authors can make better and more informed marketing decisions, and authors retain all copyrights and control over their books.

I officially joined them in July and I have received so much more than they promised. Vook is a dynamic, enthusiastic team of individuals that have partnered with me to bring my series to readers through all ebook retailers at affordable prices. Good for authors and good for readers! And as a company, they’re growing and constantly investing in themselves and their authors. For instance, they recently acquired their first publishing imprint, Byliner. I’m really excited to be a part of Vook, because I truly believe they are the future of publishing.

Your third book of the “Sunset Rising” series, tentatively titled “New World Order”, will be released in January?

That’s the plan. I’m madly writing everyday and no longer take weekends off! Not that I mind. Writing a book is like reading a good book; I don’t want to put it down. And this third book has a LOT going on. It’s definitely the most action-packed of the series, with minor characters from the first two books sharing Sunny’s spotlight.

You do a lot of world-building in the series. What’s your process for creating a post apocalyptic world?

In a nutshell, research and imagination. I love research because not only does it give me a good, solid foundation to begin my stories, but it also ignites my imagination. It’s kind of like taking what is and projecting what can or could be. So I read a lot of non-fiction articles and I also reach out to experts, most of whom have been really happy to help me. Dr. Bergren of the National Institute of Nanotechnology and Chris Kratt of the Wild Kratts have been two super helpful resources. I’ll be doing an interview with Chris this weekend, talking about what a post apocalyptic creature world might look like, and will have it up on my blog by September 18th if you’re interested in checking it out.

Is your third book the last one of the “Sunset Rising” series?

The series was named for the heroine, Sunset O’Donnell (Sunny), and the first three books are told from her point of view (spoiler alert: there’s another person sharing the story in book 3!). But as I said above, I’ve gone to great lengths to create a new world. I can definitely see more books told from other characters points of view as they reinvent their civilization and explore a post nuclear earth. And with recruiters, scorchlanders, and northerners out there, who knows what they’ll find…


Note from author:

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and giving me the opportunity to talk about all the exciting things happening with the “Sunset Rising” series. For anyone who hasn’t read the series, the first book “Sunset Rising” is on sale everywhere for just 99 cents from September 16-24, 2014. I also have seven satellite stories (short stories based on the series) posted on my blog you can check out here: http://smmceachern.com/category/satellite-stories/ The first six stories were written in between books one and two; the seventh story is more recent and picks up between books two and three. I always love to hear from readers, so if you do check out the series, please feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think!

Cheers – Susan (aka S.M. McEachern)



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