Friday, 29 November 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Beloved Killer by Bonnie Dee

I received a copy of Beloved Killer in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

J has spent most of his life under the influence of a mob boss, whilst Nikki was anxious to leave her small town life until her dad died. With her dad having owed money to J's boss, the pair are thrown together, and despite J's violent past and seemingly cold ways, Nikki seems to be determined to crack his cool exterior. Things heat up when there is a raid from a rival gang which nearly gets them both killed.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Seducing Anne by Chanse Lowell

I received a copy of Seducing Anne in exchange for my honest review as a part of this blog tour.

 Guy is a SHORAG agent, his job is to travel in time to ensure that certain women get pregnant with certain children. Just having arrived back from a previous assignment, Guy is called in to re-do a job that someone else has botched. To do so he is required to travel back in time to seduce Anne Boleyn and get her pregnant with Elizabeth I. What Guy doesn't count on is the level of attraction and emotion that he would feel for Anne, and that he may not ever want to leave her and their daughter to their fates.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Beloved Bodyguard by Bonnie Dee

I received a copy of Beloved Bodyguard in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Leelah is the privileged daughter of the President of the Free Worlds, and yet she is forever trapped in her home by her father's hired bodyguard, Ja-hun. Though she is somewhat frustrated by the idea of having a bodyguard there is something about Ja-hun that appeals to Leelah, and she wants to get to know him better, both inside and outside the bedroom. Little does Leelah know that Ja-hun has been doing his best to avoid being unprofessional by acting on his attraction to her. But once Ja-hun's cracks start to show, the pair of them are determined to open him right up.

Book: Carson's Night by Tracy Cooper-Posey

I received a copy of Carson's Night from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Tally is woken in the night to be told that her father has been killed, shocking her as her father was one of the best Demon Hunters about. Brought to the scene by the vampire that raised her, Nicolas, she meets Carson, her father's Demon Hunter partner, and is instantly attracted to him. Fighting their attraction for one another isn't easy, and when they give in to it fireworks result. But with demons and gargoyles knocking on their door, there isn't much of a chance for the couple to relax in each others arms.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Undertow by K R Conway

I received a copy of Undertow in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Having been given a house which historically belonged to her family, Eila moves to the Cape, where she instantly makes friends with MJ and Ana. She also meets Raef, the most attractive boy in school and she feels an instant attraction to him, which is almost like an electrical charge. But at the same time she feels fear, that she knows is inspired by something about Raef but she can't put her finger on it. Not really knowing what is going on in her life, it all changes when she is dragged into the water and Raef jumps in to save her.

Serial: Unnatural Desire by Zachary Bonelli


Unnatural Desire is the second installment of the +Insomnium serial. I received a copy of Unnatural Desire from the author in exchange for my review. Nel, Gin and Rev are still searching for a way out of Nowhere, and plan on doing so by finding out what the Wanderer knows. Thinking they have a way in using Gin's nanites, they accidentally get captured and are put into a maze full of sexual desires. It is here that Nel finally lets Gin know how he has been feeling about her, and in the end it is up to Rev to save them.
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Blog Tour: Heated Calls from Change by Eri Nelson

Heated Calls from Change is the third book in the Dearhart Clans series. I received a copy in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

With Kristen missing, Owen is single minded in getting her back, and will do almost anything for her return. Meanwhile, Julie and Thomas are still traveling towards the pack's land and trying to come to terms with the emotions and depth of feeling between them, including Julie having to come to terms with the death of her brother. Whilst all this is going on, Bry has met a young woman named Karina, who he believes to be his mate, except that Karina is classed as an abomination by the werewolves as she is the offspring of a fellow werewolf being raped by shiftchangers. Yvone is also still on the hunt for the wolves of the pack, and not to mention Wash, who disobeyed his commands and remains hidden.

Blog Tour: Double Call from Desire by Eri Nelson

Double Call from Desire is the second book in the Dearhart Clan series. I received a copy in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Thomas is shocked by the change in his alpha, Owen, since he returned to the pack with his mate. Deciding that he never wants to mate, he is forced into a change of heart when he encounters Julia, a female werewolf who for some reason has already begun to unfurl. The moments between them are interrupted by Julia's twin, Jake, who has fallen too far into the blood lust, which is effectively a disease that some werewolves succumb to. Meanwhile, Wash has planned his revenge against Owen revolving the around his mate, Kristen, and when Owen leaves the pack looking for answers to her past, he gets the chance to strike.

Blog Tour: The Call from Within by Eri Nelson

The Call from Within is book 1 in the Dearhart Clan series. I received a copy in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Alpha wolf Owen has resigned himself to a life without love, believing that that is his fate as a werewolf. But one day he encounters Kristen working at the diner and is immediately attracted to him, a feeling that is mutual due to the imprinting bond that all wolves develop when they meet their mate. Owen's hand (or paw!) is forced when Kristen is attacked by her shapeshifter ex, and she quickly finds herself thrown into the world of wolves. Other dangers are lurking too. Wash is a lone wolf and not part of the pack, but he has a personal vendetta against Owen and will stop at nothing to fulfill it.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Serial: Asleep by Zachary Bonelli

Asleep is the first installment of the +Insomnium serial. I received a copy of Asleep from the author in exchange for my review.

Nel is living in a Seattle where society has almost collapsed, with shortages of just about everything, including water, due to the previous generation's excesses. When he falls asleep one day he wakes up in Nowhere, a city inhabited with strange creatures. Here he meets several other people like himself, who don't belong in Nowhere but have somehow ended up there, all wanting to go home.

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Book: Office Toy by Cleo Peitsche

I received a copy of Office Toy from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Elle has an interview at Cunningham and Associates, and when she turns up she is surprised by the unconventional approach. First she has to deal with Nolan, a moody receptionist who makes her bad coffee and seems to dislike her, then Cunningham interviews her, in which he orders her to take off her cheap clothes and measures her for a new wardrobe. What happens next is probably best left to the imagination.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Perimeter by Shalini Boland

The Perimeter is the third book in the Outside series, the first two of which I have previously received from the author. I received a copy of The Perimeter as a part of this blog blitz.

Riley has once more returned to the safety of the perimeter, but after Grey's march south there are fewer and fewer supplies for people to get hold of which is causing wide spread panic and confusion. When Riley runs an errand that she shouldn't, she runs into Liss and Annabelle who tell her that FJ is on his way, and that he has a personal vendetta against Riley. The people of the perimeter start to prepare for battle, not knowing whether they will win, or if they will lose everything they once had.

Book: The Clearing by Shalini Boland

The Clearing is the second book in the Outside series. I received a copy of The Clearing from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Having returned from their adventures in Outside, Luc and Riley think that the worst in store for them is the trouble they are in for going. But when Fred and Jessie turn up at their perimeter they find out that James Grey survived and is mounting an attack in the hope of gaining control of the south of England. Meanwhile, kidnapped at 7, Lissy has lived under Grey's regime for 9 years, all the while dreaming of escape.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Awakening: Rags of Red

This is part III of my series of short stories, which are fairy tale retellings. You can read the previous two installments here:
Awakening 
Awakening: Blood on White Snow


Awakening: Rags of Red  by Laura Greenwood

In a small village near the edge of a wood lived a young girl whose grandmother had given her a red hooded cloak when she turned 13. The villagers had rarely seen the girl without her cloak. But for the past few years there has been an increase of wolf attacks in the woods, and yet everytime the villagers went hunting the wolf, all they ever found was the young girl cowering in fear under her red cloak.

***

I've been given an assignment. I normally don't like being told what to do, after all I am a Princess and I'm over 100 years old. But people tend to ignore the 90 years I was asleep and still treat me like a naive and sheltered 18 year old. I've been told that I have to remove a shifter, but not just any shifter; a wolf. I hate wolves. I hate them the same way a tiger would hate a panther. Wolves are competition. 

I arrived in the village just as the sun was setting and took my place in the village tavern attempting to listen to what the villagers had to say about the wolf. Turns out the wolf is a bit of an enigma. They don't even suspect that the wolf is really a shifter, they just think that little Rosa with the re cloak has terrible luck related to the the beast. 

***

All I was sent here to do was to get rid of the shifter, but I can't just settle for that. I want these people to be mine. I want them to bow down to me and do what I need them to. No not need them to. Want them to. So I offered to get rid of the wolf for them in exchange for their allegiance to me for as long as I should live. They agreed with no hesitation. Fools. The people of this village now belong to Princess Maia of the Darkness. 

***

That night I lay in wait outside Rosa's home and was rewarded by her sneaking out just before midnight. I followed at a distance using my sharpened senses to stay far enough away not to get caught. A few miles from the village, in the heart of the wood, she began to change. In front of me now stood a dark brown wolf howling at the sky. 

It was now or never. I unsheathed the twin daggers I wore strapped to my belt. I was wearing clothes more suited to this kind of thing than the elegant silk dresses that I preferred. Worn in leather, from my neck all the way down to the boots on my feet. Skin tight with nothing that an enemy could grab on to. The life of a Princess isn't glitz and glamour all the time, and Philip likes it best when I return from a job like this. Wearing this. 

Too fast for human eyes to see, the wolf jumped towards me. Good job I'm not human. I dodged the attack, spinning at the same time and slicing at the wolf. Howling it tuned to face me, blood dripping down its haunches. Hurt but far from beaten .The wolf lunged towards me and I twisted, falling to the ground as I did so, hoping to look helpless. That is the thing about shifter predators. Once they think their prey is down they go into blood lust and forget to think. 

I was hoping to use that to my advantage. Closing my eyes tight, to stop any blood going in, not from disgust, I thrust one of my knives upwards into the wolf's heart. I felt the beast shudder as it took its final breath and it collapsed on top of me. Disgusting I know. I'm just glad leather is easier to clean than silk. 

***

Once I had dragged the wolf back to the centre of the village, and with the villagers gathered around, I released the block I had put on the shifter magic and the wolf's body shifted back into the body of the young girl, Rosa. I heard several gasps and saw looks of disgust thrown my way as the villagers took in the battered girl and her ripped red cloak. But it didn't matter. These villagers are mine. Bound by oath and blood. 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Blurb Reveal: Voyage Windbound by Zachary Bonelli

This week saw the release of the final episode of Voyage Embarkation by Zachary Bonelli, but if (like me!) you haven't had enough of Kal and Tria, then fear not! Here is the blurb for the second serial surrounding the Anders brothers, Voyage Windbound!

Kal is having quite a year. After escaping exile on an alternate Earth, he began a grand adventure into the metaxia, hopping from one universe to another. What started off as an innocent adventure of discovery has turned deadly serious.
Ludo, a boy from his grade school swim team, now eighteen years old too, has embarked on an adventure of his own—one with much more dire implications for the alternate Earths he visits.
Kal's search for a way to make himself immune to nanogenic radiation has led him to acquiring a holographic brother, Tria, who needs a physical body of his own. That, combined with Ludo's ominous presence, is already more than he can handle. And as tumultuous as his life is already, it's only going to get worse.
He's about to fall in love.

Release Day: Deadly to Promise by Mia Hoddell




Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers #2)
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Blurb:

A broken promise is all it takes.


Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting.

The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.

For one week only, both Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise are 99c / 77p!
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Excerpt

“Have you ever been swimming here?” I asked moving my head to watch his reaction as I brought my feet up out of the water and folded them beside me.
“Yeah, most summers when I came here. We all used to use it as a way to cool off or just have some fun in between training.”
“How about skinny dipping?” I asked my grin growing due to the thoughts running through my head.
“Why? You want to try it?” he challenged.
“Only if you go first,” I laughed but stopped instantly when he removed his shirt and tossed it behind us. My eyes widened in surprise and I started to regret my words. “You’re not being serious are you?” I stuttered as he pulled off his shoes, throwing them over to where his shirt was crumpled.
“You can’t chicken out now Rea. It was your idea,” he said smiling as he removed each sock, teasing me as they ended up with the rest of his discarded garments.
I just stared at him, my lips moving but not making a sound as I tried to find an excuse.
He laughed at me. “Relax Rea, I’m just teasing you. Well unless you’ve changed your mind. In that case I’m being deadly serious.” He had a cheeky grin on his face as he spoke and I pushed him hard, toppling him into the water below.
There was a lot of splashing but Kai surfaced finally, taking a deep breath as he flicked the hair out of his eyes. I was clutching my stomach in fits of laughter as I bent over. The shock on his face was priceless.
“Oh you are so dead Rea, so, so dead,” he said, his voice ragged as the cold water and shock affected his half naked body. I just continued to laugh as he floated in front of me, his head bobbing up and down in a comical way.


Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell


Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

Blurb

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.
Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.
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Praise:

“I couldn't put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

“I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

“In the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still - despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series 'The Wanderer Trilogy' and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series 'Elemental Killers' before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Book: Succubus Unleashed by B R Kingsolver

Succubus Unleashed is book 2 in the Telepathic Clans series. I received a copy of Succubus Unleashed from the author in exchange for my review.

Brenna has had time to get used to her new role as a Succubus and now has enjoys a life with her friends and family, fully accepting of what she is. But there's still problems going on with the prostitution ring, particularly the desire of the ring to kidnap succubuses, making Brenna's security tighter than ever. When a trip to Europe surprises everyone with the outcomes.

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Book: The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Blexley by Viveka Portman

I received a copy of The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Blexley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

At 19, Catherine is young and innocent when it comes to matters of the marriage bed, though she is excited about what the night might entail. But when her husband does his duty and nothing else, she is left frustrated and confused. At a garden party she accidentally views a maid and her Lord engaging in activities she has only dreamed of, further igniting her desire for her husband, and yet he still remains distant. Can Catherine change his mind and inject passion into their relationship?

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Book Blitz: Star of Bethlehem by Sarah Daltry

Book Info:
Title: Star of Bethlehem (Flowering holiday novella)
Author: Sarah Daltry
Release Date: 11/18/2013
Publisher: SDE Press



Blurb:

Jack isn’t a rock star. He’s not the leader of a MC. He isn’t a billionaire. Lily’s not the daughter of a mob boss, or a stripper, or a virgin with a BDSM fascination. They’re just regular college kids, who somehow found each other in the middle of all the crap and chaos of growing up.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack and Lily have navigated his past, her desire to move on from her family’s demands of her, his depression, and her loneliness. Now, on New Year’s Eve, they have an entire year laid out ahead of them. First, though, Jack needs to meet Lily’s family, to be welcomed into her life. It’s intimidating, but with a sweater that is way too hot and his grandmother’s ugly car, he arrives at Lily’s gleaming house on a hill, ready to open himself up completely to her.

Inside the perfect, sparkling house, Lily waits for the boy she has come to love. But Lily’s house and family are a lot like her – shiny and pretty on the outside, with a sad emptiness on the interior. Lily wants to give Jack the one thing he has always dreamed of – family and love – but can she keep him from seeing how hollow a lot of the picture perfect life he fantasizes about really is?

This is a novella length work that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.


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Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full length novel. Her other two novels have already
been released. Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are simultaneous perspectives in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Flowering. Sarah also has three novellas (including Star of Bethlehem, part of the Flowering series) and several short stories available. She is currently working on Immortal Star and Daughter of Heaven in this series, and Orange Blossom, another novel in Flowering . When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Blog Tour: Knight of Wands by S M Blooding

I receives a copy of Knight of Wands in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour. This is book  of the Devices of War trilogy, the first of which, Fall of Sky City was reviewed by me on this blog, as a part of the first ever blog tour I participated in!

Having handed himself back to the Hands to save his friends, Synn finds himself back in the hands of the Queens. Though Nix wants him back, he is doing everything in his power to escape her. All Synn wants is peace, and his way of achieving this is about to blow all the old traditions out of the water (or air depending what family they are from!)

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blood Will Tell by Meredith Mansfield

I received a copy of Blood Will Tell in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

 Valeriah is a quarter unicorn and half werewolf, a combination that makes balancing her life difficult. When she is called back to her grandfather's side as he lies dying, she learns more about her heritage and her family's deaths than she ever knew before. Along with her cousin Cristel and their friend Rolf, they have to escape from the people trying to kill them, all the while attempting to get past the curses laid upon them and finding out who their unseen enemy really is.

Serial: Ludo by Zachary Bonelli

Ludo is the 14th and final episode of the serial +Voyage: Embarkation. I received a copy of Ludo from the author in exchange for my honest review.

On returning to Felis, Kal and Tria discover a disaster, the cats are yowling in pain. Finding that someone has messed with their genetic data, Kal works quickly to turn them back into themselves, but hidden in their genetic data, Tria finds the coordinates of a realm. Correctly identifying the coordinates as an invite, Kal and Tria travel to the mysterious realm and are confronted by the person who has been intent on taking Kal down, and trying to frame him for genocide.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Mermaid's Sanctuary by Charlie Daye

I received a copy of The Mermaid's Sanctuary in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Seah doesn't like feeling trapped, and wants to go to her Sanctuary in the ocean. But on her return trip to her father's kingdom she is chased by mermen from a different kingdom. Upon reaching Hunter's beach she throws herself into the arms of Keagan, a Hunter whose job it is to promote peace between the magical realms. An instant attraction is formed between the mermaid and the Hunter and romance begins to bloom.

Book: Bristles by Donna Callea

I received a copy of Bristles from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Bryssa's father died when she was younger, leaving her in the care of her Step-Mother, a high up official in the Ministry. Bryssa's Step-Mother makes her have her hair cut short and attend the charity school, in the hope of removing her upper class heritage. At 16 Bryssa is fed up with her lot in life and plans to escape, but then her heart gets captured by the Chairman's son, Aidan, and she has to decide whether to escape to try and find her mother's people, or to stay with the boy that she loves.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book: Diana by the Moon by Tracy Cooper Posey

I received a copy of Diana by the Moon from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Diana was always looked over in her British Roman family for the simple fact that she was born a girl. But when Saxons raid their villa her life changes forever. A year later, she is still trying to piece back together her people's lives, when Alaric, Arthur's right hand man, comes across her villa wanting to put a beacon on her hill. Little does she suspect the effect that the Celtic solders will have on their life, particularly when the local bishop starts making life harder for Diana.

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Book: The Dining Club by Marina Anderson

I received a copy of The Dining Club from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Grace thinks that her sexy new lover, David, is perfect for her, but then he takes her to the Dining Club, and she is surprised to learn of his darker side. At the Dining Club, Grace must pass 4 tasks in order to retain David's affection, and in the process she finds out things about her sexuality that she'd never before realised.

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Cover Reveal: Santa's Wayward Elf by Paige Tyler

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synopsis
Being one of Santa’s elves isn’t all sugar plums and candy canes. At least not for Sosie. Taller than the other elves, she’s always had a problem fitting in at the North Pole, so when the transport sled she’s on breaks down in New York City on Christmas Eve, she can’t resist slipping away to explore the world of the “big people.” While she’s having fun, the transport sled takes off, leaving the naïve elf stranded. Fortunately, handsome police detective Derek Clayton comes to her rescue, offering to let her stay at his apartment. Having heard horror stories about the big people, Sosie is both surprised and relieved to meet such a kind, sweet man. Not to mention one so gorgeous and well-built. Even though Sosie expects the North Pole to send out a search party any day, she finds herself falling for Derek anyway. She desperately wants to tell him she’s an elf, but knows he’ll never believe her. When the lies and omissions start to pile up, Derek can draw only one conclusion—Sosie is working for the mob boss he’s been after for years. Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse, the chief of elfin security shows up to drag Sosie back to the North Pole. How is a runaway elf supposed to overcome a determined security elf, dangerous mobsters and a suspicious boyfriend all while keeping her pointed ears a secret? badge-addtogoodreads  

Release Date: December 2

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PaigeTyler Paige Tyler is a bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Find her books at Ellora's Cave, Blushing Books, and soon Sourcebooks. She is represented by Bob Mecoy. button-websitebutton-facebookbutton-twitter

Monday, 18 November 2013

Book: One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne

I received a copy of One Thousand and One Nights from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

In the years since the zombie apocalypse, Sheri and her sister survived hand to mouth, until they found Alex's compound. But Sheri has a bite, and that alone should have killed her. But Alex sees something about her, so she spends her nights telling Alex stories while chained to his wall, all the time trying not to fall for him.

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Book: His Wicked Dream by Adrienne deWolfe

His Wicked Dream is the second book in the Velvet Lies series (sequel to Scoundrel for Hire). I received a copy of His Wicked Dream as a part of the blog tour for book 3, Seduced by an Angel.

8 years have passed since a mysterious (and drunk) doctor saved Eden from Black Bart, but she can't forget him. With her father now dead and trying to escape false accusations about their medicine show, Eden moves to Blue Thunder where she sees Michel Jones once more. Though she knows she's met him before, she can't place where, and she certainly can't stop the attraction raging between them. When they are caught in a rather compromising position, there is a hasty marriage and they have to face their next challenge: Michel's illness.

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Promo: Flowering by Sarah Daltry

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FORGET ME NOT

BOOK INFO:
TITLE: Forget Me Not
AUTHOR: Sarah Daltry
COVER DESIGN: Shoutlines Design
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2013


FMN


BLURB:
18+ New Adult contemporary romance with explicit sexual content

This isn't a sweet and innocent coming of age story. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you... this is not your book. There are also no billionaires, strippers, or virgins. This is just the story of typical college kids trying to connect to each other.

"No one tells you when you start school just how homesick you will be, or how hard it will be to start life over with no direction and no friends or family. No one says that becoming your own person is terrifying."

Lily had a crush on her brother's best friend, Derek, for years - which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, she's off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, Lily realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship, while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and she has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can't stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it's Jack who's there to pick up the pieces - and to show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn't know she was missing.

Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack.

When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?

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EXCERPT
He moves closer and already my body is responding. He smells like cigarettes and leather, two smells I never thought were sexy until now. I want to fall into his body, to be wrapped in his arms, and I fight it. It’s wrong and it makes no sense. I have everything I could ever want. Jack is just a distraction.
“I’m not that kind of girl,” I tell him.
He steps closer still and kisses my neck. His lips are soft, which is unexpected, and it sends a shiver through me. Jack brings me in to his chest. I can feel his heart beating; it’s quickening and it matches mine. I feel his tongue sliding down along my collarbone. There is nothing like this, but I need him to stop. And yet, I never want him to stop. “I’d love to know exactly what kind of girl you are.”
Almost as if they are not my own, my hands slip between his jacket and his shirt. The heat of his skin burns me even through the fabric of his clothes. His lips continue to travel downward, but as they reach the curve of my breasts, something in me wakes up. I tear myself away from him and back up a few inches.
“I have a boyfriend,” I repeat. “I can’t do this.”
“Where is he?” Jack asks. His eyes are burning.
“What?”
“Where is your boyfriend? You’ve mentioned him before, but you run into me a lot for someone who’s so in love.”

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LILY OF THE VALLEY

BOOK INFO: 
TITLE: Lily of the Valley (Flowering, #1.5)
AUTHOR: Sarah Daltry
COVER DESIGN: Shoutlines Design
RELEASE DATE: 9/25/2013


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BLURB:
18+ New Adult contemporary romance for explicit sexual content

This isn't a sweet and innocent coming of age story. If dirty talk, bedroom toys, and threesomes offend you... this is not your book. There are also no billionaires, strippers, or virgins. This is just the story of typical college kids trying to connect to each other.

"No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it's consuming. What they don't tell you is that it's not the pain that can kill you. It's the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can't exert enough energy to care. It's the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you're left with is a sepia print of misery. That's when the shift starts - the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing."

Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and meaningless sex.

When he first sees Lily, she's the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.

Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is - or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?

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LOV Teaser


EXCERPT:
At work, though, the people are real. Both the customers and the staff. During the busy times, we get more douchebags, mostly my classmates who probably should be in the library and not eating a hangover away. Mal is also on this morning. He’s a recovering alcoholic, a total asshole to nearly everyone, and an incredibly shitty employee in a lot of ways. But the dude can cook and when I walk in a couple minutes late with no explanation, Mal just shrugs and hands me an order.
“Big parties last night?”
“Huge party. I spent the night reading Dostoevsky.”
“He a scientist?” Mal flips over the largest slab of ham I have ever seen. For all the sort of dive element of this place, the food is still fucking great.
“Yeah, something like that.”
“Eh. Never cared for all that mumbo jumbo. Don’t know any of it and I’m doing just fine.”
That’s something else I admire about Mal. By no one’s standards is he doing just fine. He has a tendency to fall off the wagon as soon as he approaches his ten month anniversary – which he has been doing for likely longer than I have been alive. He’s been married and divorced five times. He has three kids who don’t speak to him. Finally, he only eats the food from the café and he lives in a motel out by the prison. Oh – and he works as a short order cook in a shitty café. But in his mind, life is just fine. Sometimes, I think I need to get a hold of whatever it is that keeps him from losing his shit.
We settle into our routine, since there is little Mal and I can talk about. I can’t discuss Raskolnikov’s character traits and Mal simply has nothing to say. So we cook in silence, but it’s comfortable. After everything I have been through, I feel a strange affinity for this place. Even thinking about leaving when I eventually get the hell out of town makes me a little sad. I hate that it makes me sad. I want to leave with no connections, with no strings.
I go to stick an order on the counter for Liz when I see her. Strawberries. She’s with some dude, who is basically what I pictured when she mentioned her boyfriend. Broad, tan, blond, and eating like a fucking pig. I don’t know what they’re talking about and I can’t see her face, but he loves her. It’s immediately recognizable and I hate him for it. I don’t even know why I hate him for it, since at least maybe he’s not as much of a dick as I would have expected. If we had been placing bets, I would have gone with the safe assumption he had something else on the side to make up for having such a sweet and pure girlfriend. I wonder if maybe she isn’t as innocent as she looks. The thought makes me horny again. I don’t get what is so damn attractive about this typical girl, but something makes me want to taste every inch of her skin.

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STAR OF BETHLEHEM

BOOK INFO:
TITLE: Star of Bethlehem (Flowering holiday novella)
AUTHOR: Sarah Daltry
RELEASE DATE: 11/18/2013
PUBLISHER: SDE Press


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BLURB:
Jack isn’t a rock star. He’s not the leader of a MC. He isn’t a billionaire. Lily’s not the daughter of a mob boss, or a stripper, or a virgin with a BDSM fascination. They’re just regular college kids, who somehow found each other in the middle of all the crap and chaos of growing up.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack and Lily have navigated his past, her desire to move on from her family’s demands of her, his depression, and her loneliness. Now, on New Year’s Eve, they have an entire year laid out ahead of them. First, though, Jack needs to meet Lily’s family, to be welcomed into her life. It’s intimidating, but with a sweater that is way too hot and his grandmother’s ugly car, he arrives at Lily’s gleaming house on a hill, ready to open himself up completely to her.

Inside the perfect, sparkling house, Lily waits for the boy she has come to love. But Lily’s house and family are a lot like her – shiny and pretty on the outside, with a sad emptiness on the interior. Lily wants to give Jack the one thing he has always dreamed of – family and love – but can she keep him from seeing how hollow a lot of the picture perfect life he fantasizes about really is?

This is a novella length work that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley.


SOB Teaser


EXCERPT:
I take his hand and pull him down beside me on my bed. I feel so complete in his arms, as if nothing can go wrong when he holds me. It’s all the other stuff. The world, people, pressure. Maybe it’s a little fear that things just ended with Derek. That one day, as quickly as I fell for Jack, I also fell out of love with Derek. I don’t have enough experience to know if that’s normal. What if it happens again?
“What? Tell me,” Jack whispers.
“Have you ever felt like your entire life is some surrealist’s joke? That you think you’re in control of it, while really, you’re probably just…”
“A melting clock?” he finishes and laughs. I look at him, disappointed that I can’t explain it, but also relieved that he doesn’t care.
“All the fucking time,” he says. “I know you’re scared. I know I’m scared. But I seem to remember you telling me that I should remember what matters. I made you a promise, princess. Yes, your house intimidates me. Your life intimidates me. Hell, loving you intimidates me. But I’m in this. I’m here. Present. Entirely. I’m looking only forward. And all I see is you.”
“Take the damn book,” I tell him. “I just wanted to show you that I have faith in us. It was a conscious decision to give you something that was a very special gift to me, to tell you that I trust you with it, because I trust you to be there. Long term.”
He takes me in his arms and kisses me. I decide I won’t stop him if he goes further, but he doesn’t. Our bodies crackle with the energy between us, but as much as the sex thrills me, Jack does so much more for my mind than his body could even do. I can’t believe how alive I feel when he’s near me. Perhaps it’s selfish. Perhaps it’s desperate. But I want him here in my life; I want him with me, because I love being this aware.
I speak against his cheek, while his hands slowly explore my body. It’s sensual but not sexual. He’s studying me like a work of art. “I don’t want to fall out of love with you. I thought Derek was all I ever wanted. I don’t want to be in the same place with you a year from now.”
“You won’t be,” he tells me.
“How do you know?” He kisses along my face, brushing his lips against my cheek, my forehead, my nose, but never reaching my mouth. “I don’t know how. But I do.”
I love that he can put aside his doubts to ease my own. I know Jack’s had so much trouble in his life, and the fact that he can comfort me, when my problems are so petty and stupid in the scheme of things, is one more thing I love so much.
“I know I’m shallow. But I don’t want to be, Jack.”
“You’re not shallow. You’re not empty. Anything you think of yourself – it’s crazy. If you want to talk about surreal, it’s the fact that you think you’re less than something. Maybe you didn’t get shit on the same way I did in high school, but clearly, people have underestimated you. They missed out on you. And you have every right to be hurt. But, Lily? No one will ever hurt you again.”
I smile. “Thanks. I’m sorry I’m being so moody. It’s probably hormones or something. I think I’m just frustrated.”
“Yeah?” He laughs. “Well… I mean… I can help you relieve some of that.”
He’s on top of me and I don’t care that it wasn’t exactly what I meant. I don’t care that someone could walk in. Someone probably will walk in, since eventually they’ll come looking, but I don’t care at all. I want to belong to Jack, and I don’t know any other way to do so.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Forget Me Not is her second full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novel, Bitter Fruits, was available shortly, but is now in the contract phase with a major publisher. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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Authors Favorite Books:
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Dandelion
Wine – Ray Bradbury
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
 Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
Days of Blood and Starlight – Laini Taylor
Red Moon – MA Grant

Authors Favorite Book Boyfriends:
Jake Barnes – The Sun Also Rises
Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights
Rochester – Jane Eyre
Will – Clockwork Angel
Etienne – Anna and the French Kiss
Hamlet – Hamlet
Ian – The Host
Bru – Summer Sisters
Samuel – The Lovely Bones

Author’s Favorite Bad Boys:
1. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights
2. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises
3. Will from Infernal Devices
4. Lord Byron
5. The Scarecrow in Batman Begins
6. Lucifer from Supernatural
7. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
8. James Dean
9. Damon from Vampire Diaries
10. V from V for Vendetta

Interview with Sarah:
• What inspired you to write your book? I had written a short story about Derek and Lily and their first time called “Her Brother’s Best Friend.” It was just supposed to be a short erotic story. But it sold well, so I thought about writing more about the two of them. However, as I started writing Forget Me Not, the story would not work for me. Until I found Jack. And then the novel was over and there was just so much more to his story, so Lily of the Valley was born.

 • How did you come up with the title? Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are both flowers, and the series is called Flowering. The reason is that it is about love, sexuality, and growing up – sort of blossoming into the person you will be. Forget Me Not also addresses the idea of leaving your life behind and moving on. And Lily is the main female character, so hence Lily of the Valley.

• Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? People are complicated, as are relationships. The things we think we want sometimes turn out not to be what we want. In addition, the people we think we understand may surprise us. We can’t assume anything about love or each other. They are too complex.

• What books have most influenced your life most? The Catcher in the Rye, because it was the first time I understood that other people felt like me and it also said it was okay to be different. And The Sun Also Rises, because there can be beauty in suffering.

• If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Hemingway. I know he’s dead, but he knew how to write true.

• What are your current projects? I am writing Scandal, a contemporary romance about a teacher and an actor who find each other after they are both ruined by rumors, and I am waiting to release Bitter Fruits, a New Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romance in December through the publisher. I am also working on Immortal Star, the second book in that series.

• What was the hardest part of writing your book? Jack’s experiences and emotions are really closely tied to my own and it was hard to write some of his scenes.

• If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Aubrey Plaza. She has the same type of biting sarcasm that I do.

• If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time? Travel the world and write.

• What kind of people do you dislike? Anyone who is cruel to other people or creatures. People who assume their own reality is the only reality. And people who don’t read.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Interview with Zachary Bonelli, author of Voyage Embarkation

Laura: I would like to welcome Zachary Bonelli, author of Voyage Embarkation to trips down imagination road! I’ve been reviewing, and loving, Zach’s serial since June, and with the upcoming release of the final episode, Ludo, I’ve asked if he could answer some questions! So, please tell us a little about yourself?

Zachary: Hi Laura. Thanks for having me on your blog. And thanks for reading and reviewing Voyage Embarkation! I’m glad you like it and I hope your readers do too.

A little bit about myself… Well, I’m an Illinois native. I grew up in a small town. I always knew I wanted to explore the world, Asia and Japan in particular. I majored in German and English Lit in college, and once I graduated, I found my way to both Europe and Asia. I took a teaching job in Japan for two years. And I had a much briefer teaching gig in Thailand, too.

Nowadays, I live in Seattle, Washington. I write computer code by day and fiction by night.

The Voyage series has been brewing for a long time. It started when I was still in high school. It’s gone through countless drafts. This is the first time it’s felt “right.”

Friday, 15 November 2013

Blog Tour: Raven's Legacy by J N Johnson

I received a copy of Raven's Legacy in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Raven has always been different, unable to shift like others her age, she feels separate and alone. Then one day, all of that changes, and instead of being less than ordinary, Raven finds out that she is extraordinary. But least she gets to do that along with fellow shifter and the extremely attractive Griffin!

Blitz: The Dark Musicals Trilogy by Laura DeLuca


Summary from Goodreads:
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.



Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.



Summary from Goodreads:
When Justyn and Rebecca set off to attend the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.



It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.




Summary from Goodreads:
Rebecca Hope has looked death in the face twice and lived to tell her tale.



She and the love of her life, Justyn Patko, land a summer internship at a local dinner theater, performing the musical Hyde. While they are excited about their first paid acting gig, they soon find themselves surrounded by more experienced cast mates, jealous of their success. As if the tension isn’t bad enough, they soon discover that the business might be a front for something much more sinister.

When Justyn is accused of a crime that she knows he would never commit, Rebecca must decide if she wants to follow her head or her heart. While trying to prove his innocence, she makes a shocking discovery of her own.

Everyone has something to conceal in the grand finale of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. Rebecca has to look beyond the façade to discover the true Hyde or face her final curtain call.


About the Author
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

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