Monday, November 20, 2017

Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer Blitz and #Giveaway

Micalea Smeltzer
(The Enchanted Series #1)
Publication date: November 17th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.
Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.
The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.
When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Believe in My Heart by Maria K. Alexander Blitz and #Giveaway

Believe in My Heart
Maria K. Alexander
(Tangled Hearts #4)
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: November 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.
With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.
He jogged up the stairs to the fifth floor. Turning into the main hall, Vinnie made his way toward his apartment while digging in his pocket for the key and almost collided with three suitcases and a stack of boxes blocking his path.
Someone was moving out…or in, given the person was fiddling with the lock—with a hanger. He had moved in a couple days before his trip to California and hadn’t met any neighbors, but he did recall seeing a tall blonde woman walking out of this apartment one morning as he came in from his morning jog. This one was a few inches over five feet, and although he couldn’t see much, dark hair peeked out of the white knit cap on her head.
“Hey, can I help you?” he called.
She shrieked and dropped the hanger. “I can’t find my key and locked myself out.”
He knew that voice. “If that’s the case, why don’t you call the super?”
“My phone’s dead, and I don’t have his number.”
Vinnie pulled out his phone. “Then it’s a good thing I have it. I’ll give him a buzz.”
“No!” she cried and turned to face him.
Wide brown eyes framed by long brown lashes stared up at him.
She pushed back the cap and brushed aside the bangs that fell into her eyes. “Vinnie. Funny meeting you here.”
“Same goes. You don’t live here,” Vinnie countered, surprised to be faced with one of the pantry chefs from where he worked.
Hope raised her hands. “I know how this looks, but I can explain.”
“You can explain why you’re trying to break into this apartment?”
“It’s my cousin Faith’s place. And I wasn’t breaking in.”
Vinnie raised an eyebrow and shifted his gaze to the hanger on the ground.
“Okay, so maybe it seems as though I was breaking in, but the key she gave me no longer works.” She reached in her coat pocket and withdrew a key similar to Vinnie’s.
“Did you try calling your cousin?”
“Gee, no, I didn’t think of that,” she sneered. “She’s on a cruise and then staying in Florida a few days for business. I wasn’t kidding about my phone dying and not knowing the super’s number.”
Vinnie felt a pain in his temple. Probably from not having enough to eat or drink on the red-eye from LA. “Fine, let’s get your stuff in my place. You can use my phone.”
Hope grabbed a handle of a suitcase. “Thanks, Vin. You’re nicer than people at work say.”
He paused while unlocking his door. Well, hell. Is that what they say about me? Guess he needed to do damage control with his staff. Even though his parents owned Trattoria DiFrancesco, Vinnie was the head chef and in charge of hiring of anyone who worked in the kitchen.
Including the pretty spitfire who had just swept past him, Hope Mastriano.
He hoisted the stack of boxes and followed her inside. When she headed back out, he perused the hall to see how much more stuff she had.
There were two more suitcases and a pet carrier.
“You run away or something?” Vinnie asked.
“Moved out of Steve’s place. I’m done with that deadbeat.”
“On Thanksgiving Day and with nowhere to go?”
“It’s been long overdue. Besides, I thought I could crash at Faith’s until I figured out my next step.”
“And in there?” He nodded to the carrier.
Hope raised it up a few inches. “This is Lucky, my cat.”
Vinnie was not a fan of cats, with their sharp eyes and sneaky ways. He peeked inside and into the green eyes of a white cat. He closed the front door and stepped around Hope’s stuff, including the cat, which she pulled out of the carrier. Lucky leaned forward and sniffed him before letting out a soft mew.
Between the pixie-haired cutie and the cat, the peace and relaxation he had found out west was a distant memory. By the time he got to the trattoria for Thanksgiving dinner, Vinnie was going to need a beer or glass of wine.
Possibly both.

Author Bio:
A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the stories she read. Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in love.
Maria is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.


eBook copy of Untangle My Heart (book 1 of the series)
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The Right Kind of Reckless Excerpt Reveal & #Giveaway

Today we have the excerpt reveal for The Right Kind of Reckless by Heather Van Fleet! Check it out and grab your copy today!!
About The Right Kind of Reckless:

I'm in love with a woman I can't have, and there's absolutely nothing I can do to stop myself from falling.

The problem? Her brother's my best friend.

I shouldn't want her this much. Not when it goes against the bro code. Not when I've never been able to commit to a woman for longer than a night.

But one look into her eyes and I'm a mess for her. She's my everything. And I have to walk away with nothing.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Addie and I watched the guys play round after round of Skee-Ball, while Chloe jumped and cheered and stole the occasional ball from each of their rows. No matter what my state in life was, I was happy the three of them had found one another.

“Here, let’s get our picture drawn.” Knocking me out of my woolgathering, Addie guided me toward one of the caricature sketchers who sat just outside the carnival gates. The man had a unibrow the size of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, and his mustache was curled at the end, handlebar style. But his work was amazing. Charcoal sketches with colored eyes, balloon- shaped heads with movie-s tar hair.

“How much for both of us?” Addie asked, fishing through her purse. We sat on the stools, as directed, our shoulders touching.

“Thirty- five,” the guy said, his fake French accent too thick to be believable.

I groaned and looked at my friend. “Seriously? That’s too much.”

“Seriously. We have to do this.” Addie mocked me. “Look at how cute those are.” She pointed to a couple with a heart surrounding their heads. Little doves swooped in the air around them, carrying heart balloons in their beaks. Had to hand it to the guy. He was talented.

“I’ve got this, ladies.” I looked up at the sound of Max’s deep voice, finding him searching through his wallet. He pulled out the money, handed it to the artist, then lifted his gaze to meet mine. A soft smile covered his bow-shaped lips, and everything inside me stirred to life at the view.

Addie faked a cough, then pressed a hand over her stomach. “Oh…oh no. I don’t feel very good, guys.”

I faced her and narrowed my eyes as she stood. Don’t, I mouthed, already knowing her game.

Ignoring me, she looked at Max and said, “You’ll take my place, won’t you, Max?” She batted those brown eyes and twirled a lock of her dark hair. No doubt her way of getting anyone and everyone to say yes to her. “Lia here was dying to get her picture drawn.”

Oh, the little liar…

Max nodded, immediately taking her empty seat to my right. With an extra hop in her step, Addie walked away, her ponytail swinging back and forth more the closer she got to Collin and Gavin and Chloe. I wanted to pull it out of her head.

“All right, look this way.” I blinked at the sound of the artist’s voice, my body far too aware of Max’s heady scent.

God, why did he have to smell so good? Fit so perfectly against me?

“You’re much too stiff.” The artist tsked from behind his easel. “Here, wrap your arm around zee pretty lady’s waist, like so.”

I sucked in a breath as Max’s hand was guided along my back, ending at my side with his fingers tucked just under the edge of my T- shirt. I swallowed, shifting in my seat and instantly remembering our kiss— the way he’d moved his mouth over mine.

Warmth pooled low in my stomach, drifting in between my thighs. His touch was like adrenaline, kick- starting my orgasm-starved body to life.

“Chin on her shoulder, lips close to her ear…” I shuddered as Max followed the artist’s directions to a T, the stubble on his chin igniting a stormy thunder inside me. Max seemed unaffected, his chest rising and falling at an even rate, while mine was suddenly in asthmatic mode.

“Relax,” Max whispered in my ear, his warm breath grazing my neck. “I’m not gonna bite ya.”

I shut my eyes and shifted once again, the ache between my thighs becoming unbearable. “I didn’t want to do this,” I finally murmured, refocusing on the artist.

Max laughed softly, his chest vibrating against my back and shoulder. “I know you didn’t.”

My eyebrows pushed together in annoyance. “Then why did you agree to sit here?”

“Because Addie wouldn’t give up until I did.” He sighed, far too relaxed compared to me.

I was jumping, itching, crawling with…something, yet he was unaffected. Which only further emphasized that he didn’t want me the way I did him.

“Plus, she folds my underwear, remember? Gotta make sure she doesn’t stick ants in them or something.”

“Yeah, like Addie would ever stoop to your level.” I couldn’t help but grin, my nerves easing slightly.

He squeezed my ribs. “You would.”

I turned to face him, our noses inches apart. “Damn right I would.”

A slow nod later, he moved even closer, our bodies in sync…

My smile fell away. “Maxwell,” I whispered, so lost in his dark eyes that I couldn’t concentrate. The apology was there on my tongue like earlier, but the need weighing me down was even heavier. How could I ever be just friends with a guy who was likely to break my heart, no matter what we were to each other?

“Tell me why you kissed me that night.” He looked at my lips, a serious glint in his eyes.

Blood rushed to my face at his out-o f- the- blue question. My composure slipped as confusion took its place. Why was he asking me this?

“Because I…” I gulped. “I owed you, remember? For bailing me out and for keeping me safe from those guys.”

Something shifted in his eyes. Disappointment? I squeezed my eyes shut at the thought. When I looked back at him, I knew I was imagining things, because flirty, fun Max was back, winking at me. “Well then.” He cleared his throat. “That’s good to know.”

“What’s good to know?” I frowned.

“That you still owe me.”

About Heather Van Fleet:

Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 with an associate degree and has been working in the publishing industry for over five years. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary.

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Magic of Books Birthday Bash - Comedy #Giveaway

Magic of Books Promotions hosted its first tour during the month of November three years ago.
The company was created from the passion and desire of its owner, Tami Adams, because of her experiences as an author. From her struggles to have her books viewed and appreciated she knew there had to be another way.
Three years later Tami no longer writes but is determined to show the world the magic that lies within the pages of all books.
The following authors are helping Magic of Books to celebrate its birthday. Enjoy.
Message from Tami:
The last three years have been an incredible journey. I've made so many friends who began as bloggers, readers, and authors. I have been privileged to present and showcase new and old books from seasoned and new authors. I've learned so much I didn't even realize I should know prior to getting into this business. And after three years I can honestly say I'm still learning, I'm still growing, and I'm still making friends. I love and appreciate all of you who have supported my little slice of heaven. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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Comedy is a literary genre and a type of dramatic work that is amusing and satirical in its tone, mostly having a cheerful ending. The motif of this dramatic work is triumph over unpleasant circumstance by creating comic effects, resulting in a happy or successful conclusion.
Thus, the purpose of comedy is to amuse the audience. Comedy has multiple sub-genres depending upon the source of the humor, context in which an author delivers dialogues, and delivery methods, which include farce, satire, and burlesque.
Please enjoy these books that focus on comedy and all the sub-genres. The list is available in alphabetically order by title.
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Romantic Paranormal Short Story Comedy
**2017 Reader's Favorite Silver Medal Winner: Fiction/Humor-Comedy**
The year is 1969. Though there is war and unrest in the world, on August 15th, on a farm in upstate New York, a little concert will go down in history as the most famous music festival of our time: Woodstock.
It also happens to be the day Bonnie McMillan and Peter Hampton meet and begin their free-spirited love-filled journey with each other. What happens at Woodstock stays at Woodstock, right? Nope!
Fast forward forty-seven years. Bonnie unexpectedly passes after a night of hot sex and is whisked up to Purgatory, 'The Green Room' as they call it. Bonnie's best friend meets her at the pearly green gates and the fun begins, from body sculpting to channeling.
Follow Bonnie on her erotically incorrect quest to re-connect with the love of her life. Or at the very least, make sure the sex toys are hidden before the kids start sorting through her things!
Romantic Comedy
Tracy Price is a serious researcher. Then she meets minor rock star Jesse Elliot and the only question she wants to ask is, “May I sit on your lap?”
He’s trying to write a memoir that will bear his soul without invading his privacy and Tracy is trying to track a writer who vanished more than 70 years ago.
It all takes place in New Mexico, where Tracy has been happy with her uncomplicated life until Jesse rattles her brain and rocks her sanity. He decides she’s demented, and she believes he wouldn’t recognize the truth in a lineup of Bibles. Their only hope is to stop trying to read each other’s minds and start speaking their own. 
And solving the mystery of the writer who’s been missing for more than 70 years may be the key to solving their differences.
Contemporary Romantic Comedy
How to survive an unexpected breakup with your ex-fiancé on national TV: 
1. Hide out under the covers at home.
2. Let your agoraphobic twin sister talk you into going to Paris in her place!
Lizette Monroe would be crazy to turn down her sweepstakes entering addicted twin's offer. Paris, France? It's the perfect getaway after all she's been dealing with. All she has to do is pretend to be Nola. Can't go wrong there, right?
Too bad it's not France, but a small town Tennessee town. Still, it gets her out of the public eye for awhile. 
Enter problem number one in the form of Dirk Ramsey, Nola's childhood best friend. He's grown up, gorgeous, and has eyes for her, except he thinks she's Nola. Lizette wants nothing more than to tell him the truth, but Nola's embarrassment and shame over her current condition has her begging Lizette to keep up the charade. 
It wouldn't be so hard if Dirk's touch didn't awaken a part of her soul she thought was lost. Did he really have to be there at every turn, especially when the truth is closer to coming out? And when Dirk does learn he's been reminiscing with the wrong twin- the one who didn't pay much attention to him back then, will that ruin a chance to get to know the man Lizette is now having romantic feelings for?
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Exacting Revenge by Kimmie Easley #Release Blitz

Executioners MC Series, book 2
by Kimmie Easley

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lantern: The Complete Collection by Chess Desalls

Lantern: The Complete Collection
by Chess Desalls

My rating: 5 stars

Lantern Series: Complete Collection
Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Genre: Middlegrade / YA Fantasy
Pages: 256
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

This collection includes all three ebook novellas, Lantern, Beacon, and Torch.

Tori discovers a lantern that shines for her and nobody else. Is it a ghost or a living being that must be set free?

Serah unseals a globe made of Celestial Glass. Does success bring her happiness or create more trouble than it's worth?

Evelyn meets Graham after attending a party where a lantern burns out. Who lights the way to pull the other through?

Experience three different stories, all with a connection to a mysterious lamp maker. 

Lantern: The Complete Collection by Chess Desalls

Lantern: The Complete CollectionLantern - Book One
Sweet, refreshing and safe for even younger readers! Imagine the magic of Halloween, the special bond between a grandparent and a grandchild and an amazing tale of a special lantern and its tiny occupant. LANTERN by Chess Desalls is a short, yet beautifully simple tale of caring when Tori, a sixteen-year-old girl discovers a strange light flashing deep in the woods and lets her curiosity lead her on a mission to save the young man trapped within a magical lantern.

Purely magical reading! Chess Desalls has created a brief tale that will satisfy even the most reluctant of readers! A little suspense, a lot of kindness and the magic of Machin, his special Moon Glass and Chess Desalls’ pen! When I think of Gems in reading, this one is sparkling bright!

Beacon - Book Two
Does Machin have a feel for finding the lost and lonely children of Havenbrim? There clearly is something kind within the mysterious celestial mechanic and glazier’s soul as another forlorn teen comes to his door in search of the coveted apprentice position that will provide food and shelter for the one he chooses.

Master Machin works in strange ways and author Chess Desalls has once again, brought a heart-warming tale of another life changed by the magical man. BEACON is another short, but magnetic read that brings the magic of words and the worlds they create to life. Another warm read filled with the magic of Chess Desalls’ imagination that shines like a diamond!

Torch - Book Three
TORCH by Chess Desalls is the third magical tale in the lantern series that takes us from our world to the world of Havenbrim, magic and adventure. Beautifully written, this tale of fantasy comes alive with all of the glory of fantasy and make-believe come true! Written for younger readers, each scene becomes a mental picture to enjoy, from contemporary Pennsylvania to mythical Havenbrim where two young people find friendship and a place to belong. But would that place be in Evelyn’s world or Graham’s?

Chess Desalls has given younger readers a piece of magic to read, enjoy and believe in.

I received a complimentary review copy from Czidor Lore, LLC in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

Torch by Chess Desalls (Lantern, #3)

by Chess Desalls

My rating: 5 stars

Trilogy: Lantern - Book 3
Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC; 1 edition (September 1, 2017)
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Genre: Middlegrade \ YA fantasy
Print Length: 95 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Who will light the way to the pull the other through?

Evelyn moves to Pennsylvania where she attends her first lakeside Halloween party. But she misses her brothers and is disturbed by a lantern on the pier that’s burned out.

Graham’s dreams come true in Havenbrim where he is Machin’s newest apprentice. Until he finds himself repeatedly disappointing his master.

Is the solution to their happiness in her world, or in his?

Torch by Chess Desalls (Lantern, #3)

Torch (Lantern Book 3)Graham saw the sign. Sure, he couldn’t read it, but he knew it meant the mysterious Havenbrim lamp maker was looking for a new apprentice, and Graham needed that job. He has nothing else, but a fervent desire to learn a skill from the Machin. It must have been Fate smiling on Graham, the day Machin chose him above all others to apprentice under him, but maybe Fate could have helped him not be such a disappointment to Machin…at least that is how Graham felt, until the day he was tasked with fitting that one globe, and what unfolded would be nothing short of magical.

Evelyn’s move to Pennsylvania wasn’t easy. She missed her home, the ocean and the people she left behind. Maybe that was why she focused on the lone lantern on the pier that was always burned out. It was right before Halloween when something happened with that lamp, it was as if it were reaching out only to Evelyn with eerie blue sparks and the world seemed to stand still, until…

Back in Graham’s world, the globe he had fitted came “alive” with a blue glow that took the shape of a girl, Evelyn. How could they save her from the globe? How would they return her to her world? Even Master Machin is stumped. Could it be she was meant to come here?

TORCH by Chess Desalls is the third magical tale in the lantern series that takes us from our world to the world of Havenbrim, magic and adventure. Beautifully written, this tale of fantasy comes alive with all of the glory of fantasy and make-believe come true! Written for younger readers, each scene becomes a mental picture to enjoy, from contemporary Pennsylvania to mythical Havenbrim where two young people find friendship and a place to belong. But would that place be in Evelyn’s world or Graham’s?

Chess Desalls has given younger readers a piece of magic to read, enjoy and believe in.

I received this complimentary review copy from Czidor Lore, LLC.

Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm (The Otherworld, #1)

Heart of the Fae
by Emma Hamm

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Otherworld - Book 1
Publication Date: November 26, 2017
Publisher: Emma Hamm
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon
Beauty and the Beast and Irish Mythology mix in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale!

Once upon a time… 

A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne. 

Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools. 

With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.

This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.

Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm (The Otherworld, #1)

Heart of the FaeWe never outgrow fairytales. There’s nothing better than believing in the fantastic, in the impossible, and especially believing in a love that can conquer all, even if it’s only for a few hours.
Emma Hamm’s HEART OF THE FAE is one of those love stories and like all great fairytales, it began, once upon a time…

When a plague ravages Sorcha’s land, as a healer and midwife, Sorcha will do anything to save her people and her family from certain death. She strikes a bargain with a powerful dark Fae with her own agenda and that will send her on a journey to a cursed island that few humans will ever see, a land that holds magic and a scorned, young Fae prince. Eamonn is the rightful heir to the Seeley throne, betrayed by his twin brother, abandoned by his family and cursed with a disfigurement that makes touch near impossible, he keeps his distance from his subjects, and is slowly losing his hope, his trust in the world and believes he is the monster he has been turned into.

In spite of Eamonn’s attempts to assure that Sorcha knows she is not welcome, her inner strength, determination and kind heart reaches beyond his hardened shell and plucks at the fading strings of hope, justice and love in his heart.

Emma Hamm has created a special grown-up version of Beauty and the Beast, filled with painful memories, secret dreams and the need we all have for help and support from those we trust. Time is running out for Sorcha to save her family and her people, but first she must save Eamonn from himself and the curse he never deserved, because sometimes, all you need is one special person to believe in you.

Beautiful details make picturing the creatures of this cursed island, the lands they live on and even the hag’s cottage come to life, reminiscent of so many fairytales that we have grown to love. Emma Hamm has created her own special magic for us to believe in, in a land far, far away that can be as amazing as it is special. I read this twice, that's how good it is!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC edition from Emma Hamm.

The Last Breath by Leigh Lennon #Release Tour & #Giveaway

The Breathless series, book 1
by Leigh Lennon

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shatterbones by Robert Brown

by Robert Brown

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Severed Press; 2 edition (February 16, 2017)
Publication Date: February 16, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction | Post Apocalyptic | YA on up
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The first day of The Shattering nearly becomes an extinction level event when the hope for humanity’s future mutates into ancient monsters of folklore. Size, strength, and speed are among their abilities. A hunger for human flesh or blood are among their needs. 

Rounded up and placed in camps, the survivors of the apocalypse are helpless against the abilities their captors now possess. The choice to allow humans their freedom or keep them enslaved and used as cattle is made independently by mutants around the globe. 

A vampire called The Angel, decides she will not allow the world to remain a place where the slavery of mankind is permitted to exist. Gathering like-minded mutants to her cause, The Angel goes to war to free humanity. If she is successful in saving humans from their oppressors, how will she and her kind be able to coexist with man? If she fails, what future remains for the human race? 

Shatterbones by Robert Brown

ShatterbonesHumanity as we know it ended when the earth was bathed in a blue haze from the skies. The future of our world, adolescents facing the already mind-boggling effects of puberty are mutated into creatures of fantasies, nightmares and science fiction. The transformation began with their bones shattering and rebuilding, it ended with their need for flesh and blood and the clock is ticking to the demise of the human race. How can teens, already chomping at the bit for independence handle what Fate has thrown at their feet? Even their parents are fair game. Governments will collapse and battle lines will be drawn, not only between human and mutant, but mutant against mutant as young minds in superhuman bodies will battle for supremacy, and what little time remains for humanity.

SHATTERBONES by Robert Brown is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale that spans the events of a world in crisis, with little idea on how to deal with what has happened. Youthful heroes will rise, as will evil, and for once, adults do not have all the answers.

Robert Brown has created an intriguing young adult read that doesn’t get bogged down in the details, but allows us to use our own imaginations to fill in any blanks we may or may not find. I found myself impressed with the maturity of some of these “mutants,” as well as their ability to maintain self-control over their need to feed. There will be villains, fierce battles, conflict and revelations. Mr. Brown has done a good job or bringing out the worst and the best in his characters without becoming dark. An interesting read that held me from the start through the twists and hair-raising turns to the very end.

Pranks and Poodles by Amy Gettinger

Pranks and Poodles
by Amy Gettinger

My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Raucous Eucalyptus Press (September 29, 2017)
Publication Date: September 29, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 116 pages
Available from: Amazon

A novella for people who like April first and all the pranks and fun of the day. It features pranksters and dogs and love and a Volkswagen in the living room and lost money and a pink house and the healing of old wounds and … yes, more dogs. Lots of dogs. Hey, when a prank has been done, who better to blame than the family dog? And when deep forgiveness is required, who better to rely on than a few dozen canines? It’s their specialty.

So join Xenia Marcks and her five trickster sons (Huck, Puck, Loki, Ferris, and Harpo) and their handsome neighbor Kris and a couple dozen dogs for a whirlwind story about romance past and future that will give you new ideas what to do when April Fools’ Day (and maybe Valentine’s Day) rolls around again. Woof!

Pranks and Poodles by Amy Gettinger

Pranks and PoodlesToday, Amy Gettinger went shopping with me. Okay, PRANKS AND POODLES went shopping with me and I am pretty sure, as I walked down the aisles, earbuds in and chuckling out loud, people cleared a path. If you have read any of Ms. Gettinger’s books, you know what I am talking about. It is impossible to be anything but in a good mood after one of her romantic comedy reads!

April Fool’s Day at the Marcks house has been the highlight of this wacky family’s year and NO prank is too crazy, too over-the-top or too big to pull off. Xenia’s five sons have done their late father proud this year, but fun and games was not at the top of Xenia’s list. Money is tight, and her husband left them nothing. Okay, he hadn’t planned on dying, but there should have been some money to help raise her boys and where could it have gone? Xenia despairs when she realizes all of the possibilities and a crazy hunt to find the lost funds will take her far out of her comfort zone and cause her to doubt the crazy prankster she loved. To make things worse, this April first she would have to make one of the most heart-wrenching decisions ever and it is no joking matter.

Life must go on and what Xenia finds causes her to open her eyes and her heart to the truth, but not until her boys have turned her house and then her heart into a pink, frothy mess.

Feel the ups and downs of love and loss, change and the joys of coming out better than okay! If you had a tail, I guarantee it would be wagging!

I received a complimentary review copy from Amy Gettinger!

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