Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blessed Fury by C.S. Wilde Blitz and #Giveaway

Blessed Fury
C.S. Wilde
Publication date: September 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Once you face the devils, there’s no going back.
Guardian angel Ava Lightway has spent a century watching over her charges, whispering the words of the gods in their ears. But her peaceful existence ends when she’s assigned to Liam Striker, a supernatural detective with no memory of his past.
Liam might be Ava’s biggest challenge yet. Stubborn and dangerously captivating, he’ll stop at nothing to find the demon who murdered his father. Even if it costs him his life.
Keeping death away from her new partner is an impossible task. And even if their investigation doesn’t destroy Ava, succumbing to Liam’s smoldering touch just may.
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The stench of stale beer and sweat invaded Ava’s nostrils as she moved toward the bar. A football game played on the screen behind the counter, but none of the three men populating the pub paid any attention to it.
The air inside was musty, old, and it only worsened as she approached the end of the room.
She passed by the first man, who sat in a booth on the left. He stared at nothing in particular, with a cry stuck midway in his throat and a half-empty jug of beer clutched in his hand. The bad lighting drenched half of him in shadows, making it seem like darkness was swallowing him.
He didn’t notice Ava because she had masked her presence before entering. She wasn’t exactly invisible. Humans could see her if they focused hard enough, but they rarely did.
Ava made a mental note to check up on that poor soul if she had the chance, her Guardian instincts urging her to help. He was clearly suffering, but she was here for a reason, and the reason was not that man. So she went back to the task at hand.
The wooden floor creaked as she approached the bar. The bartender, an old man with white hair and a face marred by deep wrinkles, cleaned a dirty glass from behind the counter.
She wasn’t here for him, either.
The last man sat hunched at the edge of the counter. Well, he wasn’t exactly a man. According to his file, he was a Selfless, an angel whose memories had been wiped out so he could be reborn as a human—standard procedure, considering centuries of memories could overload a human brain.
She stopped by his side and sat on the red padded stool to his left. The seat’s ripped leather grazed the white fabric of her bodysuit, scratching her thighs.
The man was hunched over, so she couldn’t see much of him except for his strong build and dark hair. He took a long gulp of his drink and didn’t acknowledge her presence for a while.
So she waited.
“Archie isn’t dead yet,” he finally said, his voice rough like a cement wall.
“I do belie—”
“He’s not dead,” the man repeated, his attention solely on what was left of his whiskey.
She took a deep breath. “I know, Liam.” She used her Guardian voice, the calm, soothing tone to which she had grown accustomed. It was how she talked to her charges, how every guardian angel spoke, actually. Using the same serene tone.
Liam turned to Ava, his brow furrowed and his lips twisted, and for a moment too quick to count, she lost her breath. Ava had seen his photo on file, but the live version of him was brutally handsome. Liam was a cool wind on a summer morning and a thunder waiting to crack. His features were all sharp angles and fierce lines, but his eyes … Ava had never seen eyes like those. Rough emeralds cut with razor-sharp precision, almost like crystalline water, if water were green.
“Don’t call me by my name,” he spoke through gritted teeth. “You don’t know me.”
“You’re right, and I apologize.” She patted her thighs as if she were fixing the apron of an invisible dress. “I only read your file, but I’d like to get to know you, Liam.”
“You’re a Guardian,” he scoffed and took a sip of his drink.
“I am,” she said, ignoring the contempt in his tone. “However, the word the Messenger used when he assigned you as my charge was ‘temporary partner’.”
“You’re not my partner,” he barked through tight lips. “Archie is.”
“I’m not here to replace Archibald, Liam.”
He glared at her, certainly because she had used Archibald’s name and his. This seemed to be a sensitive matter to her new charge, so she calmly added, “I can’t replace your partner. No one can.” Ava extended her hand to him. “I’m Ava, by the way. And I’m here to help.”

Author Bio:
C.S. Wilde wrote her first Fantasy novel when she was eight. That book was absolutely terrible, but her mother told her it was awesome, so she kept writing.
Now a grown-up (though many will beg to differ), C. S. Wilde writes about fantastic worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles.
She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person, and hopes you won't notice.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Comes a Specter by Keta Diablo (Ghostland, #2)

Comes a Specter
By Keta Diablo

Series: Ghostland - Book 2
Publisher: Keta Diablo (October 1, 2018)
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense | Western
Print Length: 87 pages
Available from: Amazon

Six months ago, Anya Fleming's ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father's suicide, the boy hasn't spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there's only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.

But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
As if Anya didn't have enough to deal with after her husband's death and son's illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn't done making her life miserable. 
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?
Comes a Specter by Keta Diablo (Ghostland, #2)

He stopped speaking the day he discovered his father’s body.  For six months, ten-year-old Willie-boy hasn’t spoken a word and now he has become gravely ill. 

When Anya Fleming had to turn to the man she used to love in order to save her young son’s life, she was desperate. Not only is Willie-boy ill, there is an evil spirit haunting her home and she fears it is the vile man she married come back from the depths of Hell.

Sutter Sky, now a Blackfoot shaman has never gotten over the pain of losing Anya or discovering she left him to marry another. Now she is back and she needs him. His healing knowledge may be all that stands between Willie-boy and death, but can he set aside his own feelings to save her child?

Keta Diablo’s COMES A SPECTER is the story of love lost, secrets kept and choices made. One man must overcome his own feelings in order to save a child, but will he be forced to walk away from the woman he loves once again? Can he face truths long denied him and still freely call upon the spirits of his ancestors for the help so desperately needed?

Keta Diablo has brought history to life, creating a mystical tale steeped in Native American beliefs and the powers they possess. A quick read rich in the details of long ago and the emotions of two souls torn apart for being “different.” Feel the intensity of the Shaman’s rituals, the “isolation” of living miles from neighbors and the strength of the characters’ emotions as the life of one child lay in the balance. Tensions run high as Fate steps in one more time!

You can always expect a solid tale with a twist from Keta Diablo!

Escape from the Green by Jessica Gadziala (Into the Green, #2)

Escape from the Green
by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Into the Green - Book 2
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 242 pages
Available from: Amazon U.S. | Amazon U.K.


Determined not to be a pawn in my mother’s game any longer, I finally decided to take my destiny into my own hands. 

But I had made a promise to myself many years ago when I used to dream about running away. If I was getting my freedom, he was getting his too… 


Imprisoned. Enslaved. That was my life for longer than I cared even to admit, beaten and humiliated for what I was. Draca. Dragon fae. The supposed last of my kind. Except I wasn’t. But that was a secret I’d take to my grave. 

I’d learned long ago to accept my fate, that freedom was not something I would ever know again. 

But then one day after one of the worst snowstorms in my memory, the daughter of the man who had shackled me in iron chains to begin me burst into my barn with a key and a mission. Free me. And herself. 

Things, though, often don’t go to plan. And we found ourselves stuck in the middle of something no one ever could have predicted. A war between the Light and Dark fae. 

Our futures uncertain, we decide there is only one place to go. 

Back to the land of my kind. To see if any were left. And if they would have us. 
Escape from the Green by Jessica Gadziala (Into the Green, #2)

Escape from the GreenStrong, brave and compassionate, Amy has a determination that would make even the bravest warriors' knees quake the night she helped the captive, Drake escape from the shackles of her family’s castle. It was also the night she would free herself from the clutches of a mother whose evil machinations would destroy her.

Now they must run, through the treacherous lands called the Green. Freedom for Amy meant returning to the human world, for Drake, it was a chance to return home to his family of Dragon fae, but would either be welcomed back? Can they even survive their ESCAPE FROM THE GREEN?

Jessica Gadziala’s fantasy romance, ESCAPE FROM THE GREEN is a heartwarming tale of finding love where there was none and finding the strength to stand up to the evil in the world. With a sweet, slow-burning romance, this tale is simply magical reading!

Beautifully written, filled with a sense of “otherworldliness,” Ms. Gadziala still infuses her characters with her signature strengths, but on a quieter note as we are whisked away into a world of gnomes and dragons and the Fae. Wonderful fantasy reading that proves the talent this author has to take readers away from reality and live alongside her characters!

I received a complimentary copy from Jessica Gadziala!

When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis

When Forever Changes
by Siobhan Davis

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: September 30, 2018
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 427 pages
Available from: Amazon U.S. | Amazon U.K.


Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them. 

From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover. 

He was my soul mate. 

We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.

Until he changed. 

And I believed I was no longer good enough. 

Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist. 

And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.

Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.

But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.

I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?

Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?

When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis

When Forever ChangesWell, I would say grab the Kleenex, but I’m thinking a roll of paper towel would be better, maybe two. Siobhan Davis has gone beyond angsty to tragically gut-wrenching, yet, once again, she delivers the true power of the human spirit to survive and thrive after getting kicked in the teeth over and over and over…

WHEN FOREVER CHANGES is that fairytale romance that becomes cursed by Fate until the evil spell is broken by a different forever. If you are looking for a book that will test your heart, scrape your soul raw and leave you in a puddle of emotions, this is it.

Highly recommended because you just never know what life has in store for you and those you love.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Siobhan Davis!

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (Fallen Empire, #1)

Phoenix Unbound
by Grace Draven

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Fallen Empire - Book 1
Publisher: Ace (September 25, 2018)
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 400 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (Fallen Empire, #1)

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)Simply captivating and positively riveting, Grace Draven’s PHOENIX UNBOUND is the tale of two slaves, each trapped under a corrupt empire’s thumb, their daring alliance and a seemingly impossible escape to freedom. But their freedom is only the beginning of their story as Gilene, who possesses a magical power over fire and Azarion, a gladiator forced not only to kill, but to prostitute himself to a brutal queen escape into a world riddled with fear, deceit and mistrust.

Azarion has his own secrets and he needs Gilene by his side, but he never expected to fall for the fierce woman who has given up a chance for happiness for the people she protects.

Impossible odds, horrific battles, and a love that grows through it all, these characters are electrifying to watch, each scene is as spellbinding as the magic used and Grace Draven should take a well-deserved bow for this one!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Ace!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Forbidden Darkness by Scarlett West (Immortal Desire, #1)

Forbidden Darkness
by Scarlett West

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Immortal Desires - Book 1
Publisher: Passion Press (September 7, 2018)
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 367 pages
Available from: Amazon
The vampire race is dying. Love could save it—or cause it to go extinct. Reinis is a vampire who’s been assigned to mate with a human, to create a prophesied child that will save his coven. The woman chosen for him is Sarma—a beautiful girl who brings Reinis to his knees. Reinis knows the law. This is strictly business. If he falls for Sarma, he faces execution. But too late—Reinis is in love with Sarma already. Fresh out of a bad relationship, Sarma has no clue about the dark, seductive world Reinis is from. She’s thrown headfirst into a secret world of vampires as Reinis marks her as his mate and gives her night after magical night. Yet a rival coven is after Sarma… and they will do anything to prevent the prophecy from coming true. Fans of Bella Forrest and Dannika Dark are going to love this sexy and thrilling love story! This hot paranormal vampire romance will delight readers who enjoyed A Shade of Vampire and Keystone. Scroll-up and one-click to sink your fangs into the sizzling and incredible world of the Immortal Desire Series.
Forbidden Darkness by Scarlett West

Forbidden Darkness (Immortal Desire Series)Dark and hauntingly sensual, the fate of the vampire world lay in the birth of one special child born of a human and a vampire, but the prophecy states they may not fall in love…

Scarlett West’s FORBIDDEN DARKNESS is the tale of forbidden love, survival and rivalries that could end the vampire world. Reinis is the vampire who must mate a human woman, without emotion, but Sarma has already captured his heart. How does he tell her who and what he is? How does he keep her safe from a rival vampire coven seeking to prevent the prophecy from coming true?

Erotic, dark and taut, Scarlett West walks on the dark side of the paranormal where vampires can be vicious, brutal and heartless. If you like your paranormal romance sizzling with passion, dark and edgy, with creatures who are as terrifying as they are beautiful, FORBIDDEN DARKNESS is a firm foundation for a new series that promises that passion in spades.

I received a complimentary copy from Scarlett West!

The Secrets of Chateau Swansea by R.C. Matthews

The Secrets of Chateau Swansea
by R.C. Matthews

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Publisher: R.C. Matthews
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 205 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
When the hunter becomes the hunted ~

A grisly murder leaves a haunted estate without an heir, and a powerful medium scrambles to find answers from beyond the grave. 

Determined to escape the nightmarish memories of her childhood, heiress and psychic, Maribeth Sommerset, pursues the adventurous life of a psychic investigator, beginning with the inexplicable happenings at the haunted Chateau Swansea. 

Meanwhile, devoted steward of the chateau, Arthur Dunn, plays a dangerous game of deception to shield his employer's good name, landing himself at the top of Maribeth's suspect list.

Amidst scandalous secrets and destructive lies, does Maribeth dare trust in Arthur? And will he be able to help her uncover the secrets of Chateau Swansea before the killer strikes again? 

Don't miss out on this thrilling Victorian gothic romance! 
The Secrets of Chateau Swansea by R.C. Matthews

The Secrets of Chateau Swansea: A Gothic RomanceMeet the charming Maribeth Sommerset, fledgling psychic investigator filled with dreams of mystery and adventure as Fate puts her in the right place at the right time to unveil THE SECRETS OF CHATEAU SWANSEA!

R.C. Matthews takes us back in time to a haunted estate where a grisly murder gives Maribeth a chance to test her powers as a medium to reach beyond the veil for answers from beyond the grave.
Not everyone will support Maribeth’s efforts as the estate steward blocks all attempts that may shed a bad light on the ailing master of the house. Why is Arthur being so difficult? He’s the one who hired her…Does he have something to hide?

Someone from both sides of the veil know the secrets hidden within these walls, will Maribeth find out more than she could have imagined?

More than a Gothic Who-dunnit, R.C. Matthews has created a fun and riveting tale with some very unexpected twists! Maribeth’s character sparkles against Arthur’s dark and seemingly untrustworthy character, is Arthur hiding secrets of his own?

Quick, thoroughly entertaining reading that was over far too soon!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from R.C. Matthews!

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry

Lessons From Lucy
The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog 
by Dave Barry

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 2, 2019)
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Humor | Self-help
Print Length: 208 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades—and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave you heaving with laughter and recognition.

Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s Lessons From Lucy is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.
Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog
by Dave Barry  

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy DogIt’s all in the delivery! If you shudder at the thought of another self-help book, relax, Dave Barry has made it fairly painless, thanks to Lucy, his life-lessons guru and aging dog.

LESSONS FROM LUCY is filled with humorous one-liners, chuckle-worthy scenarios and heart-felt reasons to embrace life just for the joy of it! If readers take nothing else away from this humorous look at life and its many foibles, it is the simple joy in living for the moment, loving with all you have, unconditionally and taking time for those around you without ulterior motives.

Fresh, fun reading with a ton of heart and beautiful lessons that are so often far easier to act on than holding a grudge or getting caught up in “society’s acceptables,” live, love and give of yourself! Dog lovers can relate to Lucy's attitude about life, maybe dogs are smarter than we give them credit for!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Simon & Schuster!

The Perfect 1 by Cory Cyr Re-Release Blitz

Title: The Perfect 1
Author: Cory Cyr
Genre: Urban Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2017 
Jensyn Parrish was one of the world’s most gorgeous supermodels, dubbed the “Perfect 10” for most of her career. Thirteen years ago, a horrific car accident left her face disfigured. Suffering the loss of her beauty, career, and self-worth, she seeks a life of quiet seclusion in Hawaii.

Lincoln Bass, a New York best-selling author and adrenaline junkie, has no idea what he could possibly have in common with his brother’s friend Jensyn. After suddenly being impaired with blindness at only twenty-five, his life is forever altered. Independent, headstrong, and ever the daredevil, Lincoln is stricken with the certainty that if he wants to continue writing, he needs help.
Two people damaged by circumstances of fate…
Disguising who she once was becomes a difficult task for Jensyn. Her only job is to help Lincoln finish his book. But boundaries are somehow obscured and fiction becomes their reality.