Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Marriage List by Dorothy McFalls

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The Marriage List

by Dorothy McFalls

Compelled by his family to marry, Viscount Radford Evers makes a list of his requirements for a wife. Humble tenant May Sheffers meets none of these, so why does his heart beat madly at the sight of her?











Guest Review:

There were quite a few things I enjoyed about this Regency Romance. Viscount Evers, the hero—though handsome and rich as per form—was debilitated due to the war. May Sheffers, the heroine—not a particular beauty and twenty-four years of age!—was energetic, brave, and independent. She was also a HUGE Mary Wollstonecraft fangirl.

A predictable romance, overall, with some interesting little twists in terms of the heroine's family backstory. We have encouraging friends and a horrid uncle. A compelled marriage looms for our heroine and our hero is thinking like an idiot on occasion.

There were some (for me) annoying editing issues that I think should have been caught. Poor word usage on a couple of occasions (hey, I'm a stickler) and a few adjectives were overused. They were prevalent enough that I remember them but not enough to turn me off the story because I really wanted to see what happened to our couple and how the author would achieve the HEA!

Swoon-factor is appropriate to the genre, with the added interest of our heroine not being all "light and winsome" necessarily. I think she describes herself as "stocky". I enjoyed that.

This romance is a quick read recommended for those who want their heroes and heroines to be a bit unconventional but not too much so. :)

THREE BOOKMARKS!

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Twitter @DorothyStJames




Guest Reveiwer: Sandi Layne
There are many profiles that detail the author’s lifelong dream of authorship being realized with the publication of their first novel or short story. This is not one of those profiles.
To make an exceedingly odd story moreso, Sandi Layne had no wish to be a writer, but went through a storyline bootcamp in the form of strange dreams for a month and took careful notes. Fifteen years later, she’s still writing stories that veer slightly off the beaten path, both in Christian and historical fiction.

Married for more than twenty years to a very tolerant (and brilliant!) man, she has two sons, no pets,
and a plethora of imaginary friends. Her interests range from ancient civilizations to science fiction for both reading and research. With degrees in English and Ministry, she also claims Theology’s crimson Masters collar which she has been known to don on rare occasions.      


If you drive by her window before dawn, it is likely she’ll have a light on for you. Or at the very least, she’ll be alert on twitter. She invites you to visit her online space at http://sandyquill.com. Bring coffee. Twitter -- Facebook

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Unchained by J. Lynn


Unchained by J. Lynn



Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.
The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.
Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.
Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.
Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.


I feel like I have been waiting for this story to release for YEEEEAAARRRSSS.  Okay, I know we haven't known about it that long, but my cursor has been hovering over that "one-click-purchase" button for a while now.  I was so excited to be able to click it.

Lily is an ass kicking Nephilim.  She doesn't take sass from anyone.  Especially not the Deadheads or Minions created by angels who have fallen.  The other Nephilim at the Sanctuary fear her skill and reputation. But what is she to do with Julian, a Fallen who seems to follow her around, protecting her.  

One night while out hunting, Lily stumbles across a Nephilim, Michael, who is untrained and seems to not know what he is.  She takes him to the Sanctuary, where their leader, Nathaniel, assigns Lily the task of training the him.  Michael and Lily form an unlikely friendship.

Julian sparks desires in Lily that have lain dormant her entire life, and giving in may just cost her her life.  When others begin to suspect her as a traitor because of her relationship with Julian, Lily has to rely on her instincts and her heart.  But what is a Nephilim to do when her it turns out that her heart is wrong?

This story had great characters. They had a lot more edge, more bite than Armentrout's usual cast.  Lily and Julian are the main characters, but there are many other Nephilim in the Sanctuary have great stories to tell.  Michael's story was just getting started here and I know that there is a lot more to Rafe than what we've seen so far.

This was a fantastic start to a new series.  At times it did feel a little like I was reading an inexperienced author, but I still enjoyed it.  The author has said that this story was originally written over five years ago.   I'm hoping she is still planning book two.  I'm excited to see what it will be like now that she has so much more experience under her belt.

Four Bookmarks!



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This story begged for a girl-powered fanmix rather than just one song.



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My name is Lori and I started blogging in January 2013.  My goal is to spread the word about books and authors that have affected me in some way. When I love a book I just want everyone to read it and love it with me.  


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ever After Oct 2013 Book Blast


Find Your Ever After in Under An Hour

October is the official release month for the all new Ever After. Ever After features paranormal, sci-fi, and horror novellas, all with the romance you've come to love from Entangled--just in a shorter format.

 Ever After is celebrating in style with four new releases and great giveaways, including a Kindle Fire. Make sure to like their new Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter


Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee
Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #4


She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous. As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910470-vampire-games







She believes in ghosts.

Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island, but for this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics...

He believes in evidence.

But Lucas isn’t as skeptical as he seems—he wants the truth, no matter what that is. When the ghosts appear, he and Arabella must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. If Arabella can put aside her prejudices, she and Lucas just might have a shot at a lifetime.








Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past...and cost the life of a client.

After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.

Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.







Mikayla’s read every book in her collection of post-apocalyptic novels at least twice. She thinks she’s prepared for aliens taking over Earth. She’s not.

Nor is she prepared for the attention of a good-looking refugee named Reg.

All Mikayla and Reg want is a safe place to see out the end of the world, hidden away from the aliens that call themselves The People, but cities of the depopulated United States not infested with The People are rife with gangs, the detritus of civilization and disease.

On a mission to restock their supplies, Mikayla and Reg are captured by The People and prepared for the procedure that will make them perfect, but no longer quite human. In order to escape, they need to rely on each other…if Mikayla can trust a man who seems too good to be true.



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee

Vampire Games
Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #4

by Tiffany Allee

She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.

As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.


I haven't read the first books in this series. I have been remiss! This was a great visit to the vampire world as created by Ms. Allee. 

Beatrice can see the past when she touches objects, but only if there was a LOT of fear or hate or emotion near it. She's a bit burned out as what she sees most, in her job, is the moment of death for people. An old friend arrives with a branding iron. Beatrice sees the face of someone that had something to do with her brother's death. And Claude just doesn't believe it. He won't believe it!

Claude and Beatrice have to work together to stop the perp before the entire balance of human and vampire detente falls apart. There is a lot of UST here. And when it is resolved...wowza.

I was impressed with a couple twists that I didn't see coming. Made the book just that more enjoyable. Nice to know this is a series and we'll see more of some of the supporting cast at some point.

I took one rating off because of the confusion of whether he was her lover previously, or if that was just in her imagination. I just couldn't tell from either of their reactions and her mental comments.

FOUR BOOKMARKS
and I really must read more of Ms. Allee's words!
*Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read Vampire Games.


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Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson RELEASE DAY

RELEASE DAY!


Where We Fell

By Amber L. Johnson


Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. 

Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight - and to live.










Excerpt:

“Wouldn’t it freak you out if I took my hair off right this second and was like, ‘Oh my god, Oliver, I had cancer too!”


“Don’t lie.  That’s a shitty thing to lie about.”


“Is it?”

I shrug, trying to control my emotions.  “It would explain why you changed your hair, I guess.”

She straightens her spine.  “I guess it would.  Or maybe it makes sense that my mom had cancer.  And lost her hair.  So I dyed my hair and cut about sixteen inches off to donate to her for a wig.  That might make sense, too.”
Hannah Hartwell is weird.  And she’s awkward.  But at this exact moment she is not a liar.

“I might not know what you’re going through first hand, okay? But I know what it’s like to see it from the sidelines.  My mom didn’t even tell me that she was going in for testing.  Didn’t tell me she got a diagnosis.  She just called me on a Wednesday and said she was going in for surgery on Friday, and could I please make sure to pay my phone bill on time this month.  It was like, how did she just go to these appointments without telling anyone?  So blase.  Like you.  It baffles me.”

I’m silent as she talks because I have nothing to say.

“It’s kinda ironic that the woman who leaves an oncologist because he’s ‘married to his job’ ends up getting the one thing he could potentially help her with.”

The room is so quiet that I can hear the music from outside filtering into the house between the window panes and cracks under the doors.  Our food is going to go cold, which bothers me a little, even though I’m no longer hungry.  She did spend a long time cooking it, after all.

Instead of saying anything about her confession, I pick up the ear of corn and start eating.

“This is good,” I say.  And I mean it.

She forces a tight smile and picks at her own plate.

“It’s not ‘cure my cancer’ good.  But it’s good.” 

This time, it’s a spoon that she throws at my head.




Kathie's Review:

To be perfectly honest, I edited this book for Amber. I have to say that I loved it. I had to keep going back to do my "editing thing" because I realized that I was "just reading as fast as I could." 

Oliver and Hannah read "real" to me. Real emotions, real situations, real friends, real more than friends.

I was on the verge of tears more than once. I wanted to smack Oliver a couple times...he was such a GUY! Loved his mom giving him the 411 on his dad. 

I just LOVED it, and I hope you do, too. 

FIVE BOOKMARKS!




About Amber L. Johnson:

Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Shadows of the Past by Brandy L. Rivers



The latest book in the Others of Edenton series is LIVE!
Shadows of the Past is the 4th book in this series

by Brandy L. Rivers


Shadows of the Past (Others of Edenton #2)
 
Haunted by memories of her past, Amethyst Lakes left her home to come to Edenton. She was ready to start a new life on her own after being stalked relentlessly. 

Hayden Hunter is too busy being Sheriff to take interest in a woman. That is until his officer drags Amethyst into his life. For the first time he wants to protect and claim. 

There’s instant attraction between the two, but Amethyst isn’t ready for anyone since she found out her ex killed himself after she sent him away for good. 

Preston has always protected Amethyst, and when he finds out something of legend and nightmares is coming for her, he’ll do everything he can to keep her safe. 

Amethyst is either the catalyst to bring nightmares fully into this realm, or the one to end them. Can she find the power to stop the darkness, or will she wind up its prey? 

Pretty little nymph, suspicious but sexy earth fae, cocky mage, and a nightmare of old.

Buy Links
Amazon - this link should take you to the right Amazon for where you live
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In Paperback at Amazon
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Come get lost in Edenton! All books are available now!
 


New Beginnings (Others of Edenton #.5)

Jess knew her life would never move forward if she remained a part of Gregory’s pack. Some Alpha’s just don’t know how to take care of their wolves. She had managed Gregory’s bar for years but she knew he would never sell it to her. 

After one giant mistake, he went from bad to worse. As a psychic, she knew it was a downward spiral. 

Taking her future in her own hands, she contacts the Alpha in Edenton. He is happy to sell the empty bar no one has the time, nor desire to renovate, much less run. 

Their attraction is unexpected and the last thing either want, but they find the only thing they need in each other. 

There is just one problem. Slater’s second in command is plotting against him. Liam will use anything to take over as Alpha. 

Plenty of werewolves, an old vampire flame, plus a paranoid second, and don’t forget the psychic with a whole lot of attitude.

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In Too Deep (Others of Edenton #1)

Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. On yet another depressing night, he is viciously attacked by vampires.

Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind.

Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission.

Stranded with no ride and nowhere to go, Fallon allows her best friend to convince her to stay in Brody’s apartment. He’s determined to claim her heart and keep her safe from the shadows in her past. Fallon prides herself on her independence and would rather keep him safe, even from herself.

With the impending danger from the group of vampires and dark mages, they will have to work together. The closer they get, the harder it is for her to fight her attraction.

Be prepared for monsters, magic and lots of ink.

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Shadows Fall (Others of Edenton #1.5)

Amethyst Lakes is a nymph with a problem. She left her ex-boyfriend when he started to smother her. Nothing she says seems to keep him away.
Carl needs Amethyst more than he needs to breathe, but she just doesn’t get it. He’ll stop at nothing to make her stay.
An old friend and teenage crush will keep her safe until Amethyst can decide how to deal with Carl once and for all.

A pretty little nymph, crazy stalker ex, a cocky mage, and a whole lot of trouble

It's a novelette and just 99 cents.

You can find it at Amazon
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where We Fell Blog Tour Stop




Amber L. Johnson's WHERE WE FELL is COMING SOON!


 

On October 28th, you can finally get your e-book copy of the debut New Adult novella by Amber L. Johnson, WHERE WE FELL.

 

Early  praise for WHERE WE FELL: 

"...a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story" -Stephanie on Goodreads                         

 "Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon." - Author Sydney Logan

"It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one." -Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing





 
Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight - and to live.

 

Blog Tour Schedule:

Monday October 21
Reading My Escape - BOOK SPOTLIGHT
 
Tuesday October 22
A Country Girl's Book Reviews - AUTHOR INTERVIEW
 
Wednesday October 23
Italian Brat's Obsessions - BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Aisling - AUTHOR INTERVIEW
 
Thursday October 24
First Page to the Last - BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Mystical Lit Lounge - AUTHOR GUEST POST - Self Publishing and Plagiarism
 
Friday October 25
Lisa Bilbrey - REVIEW
Lindsey Gray - REVIEW
 
Saturday October 26
FicWishes - PLAYLIST
TM Franklin - BOOK SPOTLIGHT
 
Sunday October 27
Fandom Fanatic - AUTHOR GUEST POST - Writing  from a male point of view
The Blonde Mark - REVIEW
 
Monday October 28 - Release Day
Sydney Logan - AUTHOR INTERVIEW
FicWishes - EXCERPT
Fandom Fanatic - EXCERPT
First Page to the Last - EXCERPT and REVIEW 
 



About Amber L. Johnson:

Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
 
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AVAILABLE ON AMAZON OCTOBER 28th

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I'll be posting my review on publication day, October 28, here.
Right now I'll say:
I loved it!
 
 

*Disclaimer: I edited this novel...and I LOVED it.