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Book Review and #Giveaway: SOLDIER IN CHAINS by Megan D. Martin (@Megan_D_Martin)

November 18, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotica, Novella/Short Story, Past Giveaways 10

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Welcome to the Soldier in Chains by Megan D. Martin book tour. Read my review and an excerpt from the story and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

 

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Soldier in Chains

An Erotic Short Story

By Megan D. Martin

 Print Length: 39 pages

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Publication Date: April 12, 2013

Dorian North, a soldier in the United States Army, is only hours away from being finished with her final tour in Afghanistan. It’s only when she’s ambushed by al Qaeda that Dorian is knocked unconscious and awakens to find herself bound and gagged in a stranger’s bed. She desperately tries to escape, but quickly finds herself enamored with her captor’s alarming handsomeness.

Rob Hutcherson is a former Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, who stumbled upon an al Qaeda ambush. He rescues the surviving soldier: the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Taking her back to his home he finds his attraction to the fierce young woman to be overwhelming. When she wakes for the first time her goal is clear: escape. In fear for her safety he chains the little hell cat to his bed. He can’t bear the thought of losing her, so he plans to show the little spit fire all the reasons she should stay…

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“Helplessness was not something she was used to. Never had she been defenseless in the face of a man and yet here she was, at his mercy.”

Gritty sexiness, complete with a bit of non-con bondage (but completely consensual sex) and a bit of romance are packed in to this hot little short. An unexpected twist and some action complete the package.

Martin succeeds in creating sizzling chemistry between Dorian and Rob in a short period of time, resulting in some very steamy sex. This couple of tough soldiers is made for each other and though they have a very shaky beginning, they are able to find their own version of a happy ending.

I recommend this for anyone in the mood for a HOT erotic quickie with an edge.

“He had to help her, protect her, but most of all his primal side called out in fervor… he had to have her.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Excerpt

 

She gave Rob the motioning look with her eyes again, which indicated she wanted him to remove the gag.

“No!” he growled, bucking his hips against her. His erection slid up between the globes her perfectly shaped ass. He wouldn’t have her tricking him again. Not now. Not when things felt so right.

She arched her back again, attempting to rub against him more. His eyes met hers, her hooded stare pleaded to be freed of the cloth in her mouth.

He gave in.

Leaning forward, he snatched at the tie on the small rope which fell to the floor of the shower and, with more patience then he knew he had, removed the material. She coughed and tried to speak, but he couldn’t understand what she was saying.

“What?”

She was breathing hard, her perky breasts bouncing with each intake of breath. Water droplets slid slowly down her lightly tanned skin since she was no longer under the direct stream of liquid. It was his back that the water was rushing down, the chain that bound her to the wall rubbing against the side of his torso, but he ignored all of that. He leaned forward in anticipation, suddenly desperate to hear what she had to say.

 

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About the Author

 

Author Megan D. Martin

 

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. She has always had a special place in her heart for love that is forbidden between two characters as well as the idea of the soul mate. These two themes play big roles in Megan’s writing, especially in her debut novella Forbidden Angel that released in December 2012 with Breathless Press. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to controversial topics in romance and instead of brushing over them, she deals with them head on. Why does she do this? Simple. Real life pushes people out of their comfort zone every day and the characters in Megan’s books don’t get so lucky when it comes to avoiding hard situations. Along with Breathless Press, she is also published with Pagan Writers Press, Secret Cravings Publishing, and Dragonfairy Press.

In her spare time Megan plays Batman with her incredibly sweet son, watches too many episodes of Vampire Diaries (Ian, call me!), buys fish for her many fish tanks, and has long talks with Gandaldore (the little writing wizard that sits on her desk.) She is well known for losing her keys and has more than one nerdy tattoo.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: FOREVER YOUNG by Sawyer Bennet (@bennettbooks)

November 16, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 4

Welcome to the FOREVER YOUNG by Sawyer Bennett Book Tour! Read my review of the first book in a promising new YA/NA paranormal series (with romance!) and  enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

 

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Title:  Forever Young, Book 1 of The Forever Land Chronicles

 Author:  Sawyer Bennett

 Release date: 1/31/13

 Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC

 Age Group:  YA/New Adult

 Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

She’s a loner, she likes to fight and, oh yeah…she has the ability to see the demons that lay beneath the faces of ordinary humans. It’s a gift Charlie Wright inherited the night her parents were brutally murdered when she was fourteen years old.

Now in her last year of high school, Charlie just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble.  Rather than taking a one-way trip to juvenile detention, Charlie chooses to join a mysterious group called The ForeverLand Alliance.

And then her life really gets weird.

Charlie finds herself magically transported to an alternate universe. In Semper Terra, no one ages, people fly, and one stunningly gorgeous, immortal man manages to capture Charlie’s heart and awaken the adult woman she is becoming.

But it’s not all fun and games. For Charlie is training to become an Annihilator, a select group of Semper Terrans who protect mankind from all of those things that go “bump in the night”.

It’s only when Charlie finds herself stuck in the middle of a prophecy that could bring about the end of the world that she truly begins to understand the deep sacrifices she will have to make

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I’m super excited to have found a new YA/NA series that I’m totally in to! This first book in The Foreverland Chronicles introduces us to Charlie, Caiden, and a whole cast of great supporting characters. Forever Young has magic, romance, action, and quite a few surprises. I really enjoyed this book but it is clear that the story has only just begun.

Charlie is my favorite kind of strong, kick-ass heroine. She stands up for herself, but more importantly, she strives to stand up for others. Charlie is special, not just human special, but supernaturally gifted. Still, she’s a well balanced character: funny and humble and a little insecure. I love the crew of friends she makes; I’m reminded of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and another epic battle between good and evil. Bennett has created a group of characters that I couldn’t help but become invested in.

This book has something for our romance fans as well. There’s no shortage of hot men and brave fighters, but the cream of the crop is Caiden. There’s a hint of forbidden romance between he and Charlie, as there is quite an age difference, but their romance remains mostly chaste. This interesting couple’s strong chemistry promises much more to come.

“Reaching out, he grabbed my chin gently and tilted my head up to him so I was forced to look up into his eyes. ‘Because, Charlie… I do like you. A little too much.’ “

Clever references to Peter Pan, a great supporting cast, the promise of an epic battle between good and evil, sweet romance, a kick-ass heroine, and an action packed climax highlighted by some BIG surprises all combine in this great series debut. I have high hopes for this series and can’t wait for more!

“My heart swelled with the sudden realization that I was truly not alone. I was surrounded by friends that would lay down their lives beside mine in the quest to make sure that good overcame evil.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: DIVINITY by Patricia Leever

November 12, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways, Urban Fantasy 1

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Welcome to the Divinity by Patricia Leever Book Tour! Read my 5 Star review and enter to win one of five ecopies of the book and the prequel!

 

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Title:   Divinity (Divinity #1)

Author:  Patricia Leever

Genre: Supernatual Romance

Publication Date:  September 25, 2012

Publisher:  Omnific Publishing

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Demons.

They’re everywhere, hiding in plain sight. Chances are, you’ve interacted with one or two of them in your lifetime without even realizing it…

Demon hunter Evelyn Brighton saves unsuspecting humans from the malevolent creatures masquerading around them every day. Working under the Lebriga Corporation’s direction, she never fails to bring her A-game with her keen skill, fiercely independent spirit, and the best weapon in her arsenal: the Divinity blade.

Evelyn’s world is turned on its ear, however, when she is ordered to train cocky new recruit Daniel Summers. They both feel an instinctive pull drawing them to one another, the ancient spells tattooed into their skin illuminating whenever the two hunters come into contact. But with evil looming over the city of Los Angeles, Evelyn and Daniel’s mutual competitiveness and sense of duty to Lebriga and all humankind forces them to hold back their desires. Will their restraint be enough to keep them focused and save southern California, or will the dark forces prevail?

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, Divinity is an action-filled, fast-paced marriage of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Edgy, witty, and sexy, it will bind you in its spell.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“All of it was wonderful and maddening at the same time. The two of us were like oil and water, and we were either going to kill each oner or screw each other stupid. If I had anything to say about it, it would be the latter.” -Daniel

Fun, fast-paced, action-packed, and romantic, Divinity is a fantastic paranormal read.

Evelyn is a century old demon hunter, with a fear of getting close to a man. She’s a kick-ass heroine, a focused killer with a tons of sass, but she’s seen what happens when a hunter loses the one they love, and she refuses to take the risk. Enter Daniel, the new recruit. Sexy as hell, with a cocky attitude, this talented rookie hunter makes Evelyn feel something she’s never felt before. The chemistry between this couple is undeniable; sexual at first, but morphing into something more. Their story and connection is sizzling and fun, filled with witty banter and stolen kisses and touches, eventually punctuated by real and intense emotion. I couldn’t get enough of this couple together. They are not just attracted to one another, it is clear that this couple belongs together.

The author tells the story from both Daniel’s and Evelyn’s points of view. The transitions are perfect, the book flows smoothly. The writing is clean and easy, just the right amount of detail when it counts, allowing for fast-paced action, great fight scenes, well realized settings, witty banter, balanced humor, and palpable emotions. A great cast of secondary characters adds another layer to the story.

A great read for paranormal romance an urban fantasy fans, this book is “unputdownable”: a perfect combination of romance, action, and magic. This chapter has a conclusive and satisfying ending, but I can only hope that we will get to read more of this series.

“In the ring and out in the field, I was in charge, I called the shots, and I was the one pushing him to mental and physical capacity. But this, right here, was where he ruled; this was where he pushed me to my breaking point, and Heaven help me, I liked the feeling of being putty in his skilled hands, bending to his will and trembling at his every touch.” -Evelyn

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Patricia Leever is a wife, stay-at-home mom of four and owner of one dog and one really old cat. On the average school day she runs about town like a lunatic picking up and dropping off kids and trying to find a moment of quiet to write down a word or two.

She’s a sci-fi geek that loves to dress up like a zombie and participate in the local zombie march down Main St. and laugh as much as possible; laughter frees the mind and heals the soul.

Live. Breathe. Write.

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE DEAD by Tera Shanley (@terashanley)

November 5, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 0

Welcome to the Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley Book Tour! This is one that I think will appeal to BOTH zombie/post-apocalyptic fans and romance fans! I know, awesome, right?! Read my review and enter to win ecopies of the book and tons of cool zombie prizes!

 

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Title:   Love in the Time of the Dead

Author:  Tera Shanley

Genre: Adult Supernatural/Zombie Romance 17+

Publication Date:  October 22, 2013

Published By:  Omnific Publishing

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Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She’s immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world.

Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he’s only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities.

Two honorable and alluring men – one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving…and living.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“The world hadn’t come to an end, just an end as man knew it. But there had to be a balance for the chaos. There had to be an asylum from the damned.”

I won’t go as far as to say that I hope the world as we know it ends in a horrifying zombie apocalypse, but if it does, I want to be with Shanley’s characters in her vision of the world post-virus. The author has crafted a story that is as intense in its action as it is in its emotion, sexual tension, and romance; difficult to achieve while maintaining a feeling of authenticity, but Shanley does it perfectly.

There’s plenty of action: our main characters are fighters, so we get some fantastic fight scenes, of course there is violence and death, but nothing overly gory. Laney is a kick-ass female lead, a capable fighter but also a completely relatable female. She might be totally adept at zombie slaying but she also shows vulnerability, insecurity, and a need for love and acceptance that many women share. She’s strong, brave, sarcastic, funny, sometimes socially awkward, and endearingly emotional behind closed doors. Her team is made up of equally brave and endearing men who just happen to be super sexy. Perfectly complementing the backdrop of zombie fighting and post-apocalyptic survival are engaging romantic dramas that could exist in any well-penned romance, complete with sexual tension that eventually boils over, and genuine emotion that brings tears. Shanley made me believe that even at the end of the world, sex and love will still exist.

” ‘Are you sure about this?’ he asked, looking deeply into her eyes as if they would provide the answer. For one of the first times in her life, she wasn’t afraid. She didn’t have to put on a brave face for anyone. He could’ve seen right through her if she had. ‘I need this. I need you.’ A slow smile pulled at his lips. It wa happy, and calm, and adoring. ‘Okay,’ he whispered.”

And if zombie fighting and emotional romantic dramas are not enough for you, there are also the themes of friendship, love, and loss; of living each day as if it’s your last and finding humor and comfort in simple things. A very human story of perseverance: a shattered civilization that bravely rebuilds and fights to create normalcy in a nearly impossible situation, and the girl who could be the key to saving them all. I adored this book and will absolutely read more from this author.

“Someday, when the end of her life came, she would need a happy thought. Something that would make all of the hurt and sacrifice of her nomadic life worth it. Someday she would draw on this moment to bring her peace where none existed around her physical form.”

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Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors.

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Book Review and Excerpt: BROKEN DOLLS by BR Kingsolver (@brkingsolver)

November 4, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Urban Fantasy 2

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Welcome to the Broken Dolls by BR Kingsolver Book Tour! This is not my usual romance/erotica but something I think fans of mystery/suspense with a bit of paranormal mixed in will enjoy! Read my review and an excerpt from the book… The ebook is only $0.99!

 

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Broken Dolls

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 Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Suspense

Number of pages: 235

Word Count: 79,600

Cover Artist: Mia Darien

 

Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.

When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited.

The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.

With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

“He dropped my right arm. I raised the pistol a pressed the barrel under his chin. His eyes widened. I hesitated, a part of me horrified at what I was doing. I was killing a man I had slept with. A man who had been tender and loving. A man who had briefly made me feel less alone. A man who planned to wipe my mind and enslave me. I pulled the trigger.”

A great reads for fans of action-packed mystery and suspense. Broken Dolls has the added bonus of a fantasy/paranormal twist and a sexy-as-hell, kick-ass female heroine.

RB (Rhiannon) Kendrick, is a telepath, and a powerful one at that. When a clan leader asks her to try and mind a missing telepath, she’s discovers a dangerous human trafficking ring, and as the story goes on, she finds out that this ring reaches far and wide. Government officials, powerful bankers, and powerful telepaths are all involved, and the human trafficking is just another layer of shaky and often violent clan politics. The plot line is quite in depth; though the plot moves quickly, with tons of action, there are a lot of key players. There’s a ton of information to absorb: Gifts, clans, people and places are thrown at the reader in quick succession. The author does a very good job in filling in information and background as necessary (there’s also important info provided in a forward and appendix) and keeping the story moving. Intense action sequences and moments of pure tension and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat for much of the book.

Our heroine, Rhiannon, is a fantastic female lead. She’s smart, sexy, and powerful, at times feeling like a superhero, and other times human and vulnerable. She usually works alone, and struggled with the amount of other people required to help her in this operation, but I loved her genuine interactions with them and the depth that the secondary characters brought to the story.

This book is paranormal mystery/suspense, with no romance and most sex was “off camera”. But, the story has a sexy edge: many of are main cast are extremely beautiful telepaths who aren’t afraid of their beauty or the effect they have on men. And these women will stop at nothing to end the men who might exploit these gifts in others of their kind. Much of the content is dark: they are dealing with sex-trafficking, and there are violent conflicts between good and evil, but there is humor added to balance it out. Overall, a great read for both fans of paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Excerpt

 

I walked into the restaurant to meet my prospective client, scanned the diners and slipped into the booth with her. She started to say something, then her eyes widened and nothing came out of her open mouth.

“Mrs. Sanders? I’m RB Kendrick,” I said, extending my hand.

“Oh, my,” she breathed. “The description you gave me is wholly inadequate.” She stared at me for a minute, then said, “Copper.”

Confused, I looked around. There weren’t any police in there. “Huh?” I said intelligently.

“Your hair. It’s not ginger, it’s like polished copper. It shines.”

Women notice different things than men. As I suspected from our conversation on the phone, Sylvia Sanders was a norm and so was her husband. What I read in her mind matched what she told me verbally. It’s so much easier when clients tell you the truth. I understood why she had suspicions about her husband. The changes in his behavior and schedule screamed other woman to me also.

“So what do you want, Mrs. Sanders? A report, photos, a confrontation? A basic report of what and who he is or is not doing will run a thousand pounds. Photos catching them in the act are another thousand, if I can get them. Unlike the telly, most people don’t conveniently provide evidence in front of windows with the shades open. If you want to confront him in the act, I’ll accompany you for an additional fifteen hundred pounds.”

She blanched at my rates.

“If what he’s doing isn’t obvious, and I have to put him under surveillance for an extended period, my rates are five thousand a week.”

“I don’t think that will be necessary,” she said with a quiver in her voice. She gave me a thousand and I wrote down all the pertinent information.

“I’ll check on it this afternoon. I’m going to be out of town for a few days,” I told her. “If I don’t find anything by tomorrow morning, I’ll call you when I get back.”

“Thank you, Miss Kendrick. This has been going on for several months. I don’t think it’s going to change.”

“Mrs. Sanders, you need to think about what you’re going to do if your suspicions are correct. Are you going to confront him and hope he ends it? Or do you plan to divorce him? It’s something you should decide before hand.”

“I want a divorce,” she said. “I know he’s cheating on me. He called a little while ago and told me he had to work late this evening.”

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Edward Sanders worked about a mile away. I took the Tube to his building. About twenty minutes after I arrived, I saw him come out and head for the Tube station. Obviously, he wasn’t working late.

I followed him and sat behind him on the train. I read his mind to get his destination, then sat back and used my phone to check my email.

When we left the tube station, I took a slightly different route than Sanders to reach the house of his mistress. I stood across the street and watched as she answered the door for him. I could understand why he was attracted to her. She was even more beautiful than what I had expected from the images in his mind.

I read her mind, also. She was the lonely trophy wife of a successful businessman who traveled often. Edward Sanders was good looking, and twenty years younger than his mistress’s husband. She wasn’t in love with him, but considered him a wonderful diversion. He wasn’t in love with her, either, but was infatuated that such a rich and beautiful young woman wanted him.

The shades in the living room weren’t drawn, and the amorous couple started their activities immediately upon his entering the house. I pulled my camera from my bag and walked across the street and across her lawn. There was a small tree in an ugly plastic pot sitting in the middle of the lawn, and I had to detour around it.

I could see glimpses of the lovers through the living room window, but reflections in the glass prevented me from a good view. It appeared he was doing her on the dining room table. This was going to be the easiest thousand pounds I’d ever made.

I was so focused on what was going on inside that I didn’t see the hole hidden by the small tree sitting in front of it. I should have realized what a potted tree was doing on the lawn. Someone planned to plant it.

I took a step and my left foot found only air. The world spun around and the camera slipped out of my grasp. My chin hit something hard and I bit my tongue.

When I came to my senses, my right leg was sticking straight up and the rest of me lay twisted in the bottom of a hole. My chin felt like it was on fire, and my tongue hurt like mad. It took me some time to get myself situated and crawl out onto the grass. I looked back. The hole was about two feet deep. I spit, and a spot of bright red blood landed on the green lawn.

I picked up my camera and checked it to make sure it was still working. Looking around, I didn’t see anyone. I waited until my head stopped spinning, then crept up to the window. They were still going at it on the table. I took some pictures, but had to wait for them to shift positions so I could get his face. After a few minutes, I had all I needed.

A sudden noise behind me caused me to turn around. A white-haired woman with binoculars hanging from her neck stuck her head out of the window of the house next door.

“You clumsy cow,” she shouted at me. “Get out of the way. You’re blocking the view.”

I retreated in a hurry, and she raised the binoculars, trained on the window through which I’d been snapping pictures.

Case closed. I walked back to the Tube and went home, holding a handkerchief to my still-bleeding mouth.

 

About the Author

 

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. I was in Paris and Iceland this summer.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: DREAMS OF THE CURSED (Dreamers #2) by Allie Jean (@alliejeands)

November 1, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Fantasy Romance, Past Giveaways, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult 9

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Welcome to the Dreams of the Cursed (Book #2 in the Dreamers Series) by Allie Jean Book Tour! Read my review and enter the fantastic giveaway! Enjoy!

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Dreams of the Cursed

Dreamers #2

By: Allie Jean

A secret war has waged underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning. The Warriors inherited this fight and are honor bound to rid the world of an ancient evil by guarding the most precious, piercing light against the darkness – their female kin known as the Oracles.

Chantal Breelan has suffered from horrific nightmares for most of her life, believing something to be wrong with her to have such visions of destruction. But when creatures of darkness came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down, her dreams became reality.

Now, Chantal has picked up the reigns of her birthright and stood by her Warrior kin. She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet in this challenge a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal.

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

“Dark versus Light, Evil versus Good… the war raged on, intense and to the death, hidden away from the wary eyes of humanity.”

An excellent read for fans of action-packed fantasy with a strong female lead, Dreams of the Cursed is a great follow-up to the first book in the series.

Chantal is not a damsel in distress, far from it actually. She’s tough, smart, and brave. She has faced and conquered so many obstacles in her young life, including the revelation that she is of a race she never imagined when she thought she was merely a human. She’s a fighter and a leader, but still a girl, still touched by romance. Chantal is funny and real, with an entertaining and accessible voice and perspective and I rooted for her throughout the whole story.

The book has a well-realized and fully fleshed out fantasy elements. The plot has tons of action and is very fast moving, but the world building is still smoothly integrated in to the story. The reader is provided a clear picture of this often frightening fantasy realm that exists alongside our own and the beings that inhabit it: some good, some evil, and some we just can’t be sure of just yet.

This book succeeds as a second book in a series: it answers the questions of the first book, while providing more question to be answered in another story. I do think that reading Legacy of a Dreamer, book #1 in the series, will make this book more enjoyable, but the author does a good job of providing some background so that first time readers won’t be completely stranded. We get to know the characters better and are drawn even deeper in to their world, personal relationships, and emotions, leaving the reader invested in and eagerly anticipating what is to come next in this series.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. As a busy wife, mother and critical care nurse, Allie’s love of storytelling has been reborn through the adventures of her unforgettable characters.

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5 Star Book Review, Author Interview, and #Giveaway: SEDUCTIVE SECRECY by Marni Mann (@MarniMann)

October 31, 2013 Adult, Author Interview, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Favorite Books, Past Giveaways 0

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IT’S HERE! Seductive Secrecy, the follow-up to Marni Mann’s absolutely brilliant Seductive Shadows is on tour! I have some fabulous things going on today including: my review, an excerpt from the book, an interview with Marni, and a HUGE giveaway!! Seductive Shadows (Shadows #1) is one of my favorite reads… read my 5+ star review HERE.

 

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Title: Seductive Secrecy (Shadows Series #2)

Author: Marni Mann

Genre: Erotica/Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 24th, 2013

Publisher: Booktrope (http://booktrope.com/)

 

“We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.”

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?

**This book is for mature audiences. It contains explicit language and sexual content.

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A gust of cold air burst through my body, tightening every muscle and clenching my lungs. The feeling was always the same, and it only came when I thought of that place…when the memories were thicker than the lessons I had learned by leaving there.
I set both brushes in a jar of water and walked across the hall to the apartment. Then I moved through the kitchen, my hands yanking at my sweater, lifting it over my head and releasing it once I got to the entryway of the bedroom. I peeled off my black skinny jeans until I reached my knee-high boots and dropped both along with my pants in front of the bathroom sinks. My panties and bra fell before I stepped into the shower and turned on the water.
The wall of glass that separated the shower from the rest of the bathroom began to fog, and the marble under my feet turned warm. Windows spanned both sides, overlooking different sections of the Back Bay; below the ledges were niches that held our bottles of shampoo and body wash, and benches for us to sit on. The back wall was a mosaic, an abstract. Water shot out from every direction, spraying from all sides as well as the ceiling. There were even streams below that covered my feet.
My skin was sweating now. Drops of scalding water ran off my body. The places that were being hit directly by the jets had turned a bright red. But it couldn’t stop the chill that continued to spread beneath my flesh.

Six months had passed since I’d left the mansion. I didn’t think about it as much as I used to, but when something instigated those thoughts—something like the mirrored floor in the painting—I had a hard time calming them down again. I still wasn’t sure how I was supposed to process what I had done there, what I had allowed to happen and how much I had once enjoyed it. Part of me didn’t want to take it back; part of me could barely keep down the bile that threatened to rise when I remembered. But that time in my life had gotten me here. And I was here, unlike some of the girls I had shared that house with.
I moved closer to one of the shower heads and pressed my hands against the cold marble that tiled the wall, leaning into the stream of water. It massaged the top of my head.
Breathe.
The drops that filled my ears blocked any noise that was around me. I could taste the product that drizzled from my hair—the spray I had used to hold my curls and the oil that gave it shine. My eyes closed and I inhaled the steam, trying to find a place of relaxation.
A place where the images and the screams would quiet to a dull moan.
And just as I found it, just as my palms no longer kneaded against the stone and my back didn’t pump and arch to find that place of complete comfort, just as I had finally gotten used to the temperature of the water, his arms wrapped around my chest. His hands cupped each of my breasts, his thumbs grazing my nipples.
“Why didn’t you wake me?” he whispered into my neck. His lips followed his words to my skin, his tongue circling the spot just to the side of my throat. It didn’t matter how often he had roamed my body, or how many times, it still felt so new, so unexpected.
“You need your sleep…” I told him. As soon as he touched me, I completely lost my voice. All I had were my desires, and they consumed me.
“I need you more,” he breathed.

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 5+ Stars

“What if Cee was really the soul of me, and Charlie was just another mask I wore?”

This book is one that have been anxiously waiting to read from the moment I knew that it would exist; and I’m absolutely ecstatic to say that it did not disappoint. The reader gets to see in to Charlie’s soul as she struggles with her new life after the mansion. She no longer feels the weight of poverty and abuse and has an amazing man in her life: a man whose dark past and bright future rivals her own. The story is deliciously dark, gritty, and sexy; intense emotions, both ecstasy and despair, mesh perfectly with a suspenseful and engaging story. The plot itself, with its twists and surprises, is compelling enough. But, what makes this book truly special is the artistic style to Mann’s writing: scenes described with a sensual artistic quality using beautifully realized colors, textures, and details.

I was impressed by how much Charlie’s character has grown. She is stronger and braver, she still struggles, but is trying to come to terms with her demons, to find comfort, stability and love. But this story is not only about Charlie. It’s also about the people around her and the relationships she is forging. Now that she is not simply surviving, but actually living, she is connecting with people on more than just a sexual level. She is forced reconcile these new found connections with her past and her future, and moving forward will not be easy.

We are introduced to a whole new cast of well-realized secondary characters. I truly enjoyed getting to know new angels and enemies, and witnessing new stories of darkness and light, of tragedy and triumph. Especially Cameron; He is my perfect broken hero. Gorgeous and damaged and sexually insatiable, his connection with Charlie is undeniable and I loved seeing the evolution of their relationship, in spite of nearly insurmountable obstacles.

“I tilted my head, looking in to the crystal clarity that stared back at me. The only thing cold about him was the blue of his eyes. Everything about Cameron spoke of his warmth. ‘Do you think I’m crazy?’

‘No,’ I said as I shook my head. ‘I think you’re wonderful.’ “

I must admit, I am such an enormous fan of Seductive Shadows that it would be nearly impossible to top that book for me. I highly recommend reading it first; the background is necessary to fully enjoy this book (and it’s an AMAZING read!!). Seductive Secrecy is it’s own story, though. We have a new Charlie, with glimpses of Cee, but this Charlie is more accessible and I feel that this book has a more relatable quality. It is heartbreaking and intense, but the pinpoints of light are just a bit brighter in this installment. These books, with their perfect combination of romance, sex, suspense, devastating darkness, and brilliant hope have captured my heart and soul.

“Maybe I should stare at the sky more often. Maybe I should enjoy the night air instead of shielding myself from it. Rather than letting the the never-ending blackness overwhelm me, maybe I should appreciate it for what it is; a background for the brilliance of stars. After all, without darkness there can’t be light.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Author Interview

1.     Seductive Secrecy is the sequel to Seductive Shadows, how does it differ from the first book? 

Seductive Secrecy really focuses on Charlie and Cameron’s relationship, if they’re able to move on and grow from everything that happened while they were together as well as what had occurred in their pasts. Of course, with the sequel comes a whole new set of problems and they either have to weave through them together or the issues will drive them apart.

2.     What character have readers asked you the most about? Which left an impression on them, and did it surprise you?

Cameron is the most asked about character: who inspired his looks, is he based on someone I know, will he receive his own story? I would also say he’s left the strongest impression on my readers. Cameron has haunted me for a while (he still does!), so I can’t say I’m surprised by their curiosity. I’m more intrigued by their questions, if anything.

3.     What is the best personality trait of your heroine, Charlie?  Worst personality trait?

Underneath Charlie’s mask, her scars, her erotic behavior, is a survivor. She truly has an instinctive will to survive regardless of what she’s faced with. Her worst personality trait is that she’s fearless.

 4.     Did you know how Seductive Secrecy was going to end, before you wrote it? It was quite the shocker! 

Ha! Thank you! 🙂 I knew the main events that were going to take place, but the details weren’t flushed out until I wrote the actual ending. Because the ending is so layered, those points were smoothed out even more during the editing process.

5.     Is there a message in the Shadows Series that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

6.     Will there be a third book? What can we expect in the next installment?

As of right now, there is no plan for a third book. I did write a short story in Cameron’s point-of-view that readers can receive by purchasing a copy of Seductive Secrecy before November 1st (details are here: http://marnismann.com/claim-your-electronic-copy-of-camerons-point-of-view/) My next release is tentatively scheduled for January and it’s a New Adult title.

7.     Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write as much as you can. Every writer has his or her own unique voice and it’s impossible to find that voice unless you experiment. My other piece of advice is read everything you can get your hands on because behind every great writer is a great reader.

 

 

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A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.

 

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5 Star Book Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: MADELEINE, ABDUCTED by M.S. Willis

October 28, 2013 Adult, BDSM, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Past Giveaways, Romance 0

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Welcome to the Madeleine, Abducted Blog Tour! Today I have my 5 Star review, an excerpt from the book, and a giveaway! Enjoy!

 

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She was meant to be his destruction…
A pawn played in a perilous game between
father and son…
Yet, her strength was more than either
man could imagine.
As Maddy learns to save herself…
She becomes the one thing that could
set the son free.

Madeleine Clark was raised to become a concert cellist. Sheltered and naïve, she remains hidden behind her music, a protection from the world around her. On the night of her first solo performance, Maddy accepts the admiration of a stranger and finds herself captive in a cruel and twisted power struggle between a sadistic father and his son, Aaron.

Seemingly, dangerous and uncaring, Aaron manages the business operations of his father’s estate. Wanting nothing to do with the slaves kept at the Estate, Aaron refuses to take part in the deeper depravities of his father. Despite his resistance, Aaron’s father ‘gifts’ him with a petite, brunette woman he can’t refuse.

A bond forged in conspiracy and deceit, Aaron struggles to save Maddy by teaching her to survive in the world in which he’d been raised. An unlikely union, Aaron soon learns that great strengths can exist within small packages, while Madeleine learns that love and light can exist in the darkest of places.

 

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Finding her voice, Maddy spoke out of turn, not thinking about the repercussions her words could elicit.  “I would prefer you call me by my name.”  She peaked up at him through her lashes.  “Maddy, I would prefer that you call me Maddy.”

 Aaron stopped with his bare back turned to her, taking several minutes to finally respond, he asked, “What makes you think you are allowed to ask that?  If I wanted, I could call you slave…”  He turned to face her, the contours of chest perfectly shadowed, his strength unquestionable.  “…or whore.”  His swagger was slow as he approached her, a hunter skilled in pursuit.  “Would you prefer those names to ‘Mouse’?”

 Sucking her bottom lip between her teeth, Maddy fidgeted with her hands, refusing to look Aaron in the eyes.  She could feel his gaze touching her skin, his perusal of the woman barely half his size.  The heat of his body rolled off of him as he circled her.  It was the feeling of a soft blanket and lustful threat wrapped around her at the same time.  When the deep resonation of his voice occurred again, she cringed, fearing he would strike out at her for the incorrect answer.  “Why do you dislike the name I have given you?”

 Continuing to fidget, Maddy trained her eyes on her feet, not daring to look up into the endless green she knew stared down at her.  Gripping her under her chin, Aaron pulled her face up to look at him, his eyes searching hers for the answer to his question.  “You will speak when I tell you.”  Dropping his hand from her face, he took a step back placing distance between them.  “Now answer me.”

 Her heart pounded against the walls of her chest, her throat constricted, making it difficult for her to breath.  Fear consumed her as she stood in the shadow of the man who’d taken at least two lives that day.  Barely a whisper, her voice squeaked out the answer to his question. “Because a mouse is a furry little rodent, something detested.”

 Aaron stood thoughtful and silent above her.  When he didn’t respond, Maddy quietly added, “I guess it’s better than Xander’s name for me.”

 Laughter bellowed out, causing the toned muscles of Aaron’s broad chest to flex and relax before her eyes.  The sound of his amusement so real, it caused her to want to smile in response to seeing a piece of his mask falling away, revealing parts of him not witnessed by many people.  Containing himself, Aaron’s eyes sparkled as he asked, “And what, exactly, is Xander’s name for you?”

 A scowl creased the fine skin between her eyes, her mouth pulled into the pout of a sulking child.  “He calls me ‘cricket’…an insect.  It’s odd that you both refer to me as nothing more than a common household pest.”

 Aaron’s smile faltered as he looked down upon the beautiful girl who didn’t fully understand her role.  “No, Madeleine, you are not a common household pest…”

 Maddy looked up at him, anticipating what he would say next.

 For a fleeting second, he looked genuinely amused, but his expression was quickly replaced with indifference and contempt as he stated, “you are lower than even a pest in your role as a slave.”

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Her name is Madeleine Clark, and when she was abducted, she was not only dragged in to hell… She took over.”

I LOVED this book. From the first sentences to the ending, I was held captive along with Madeleine; taken prisoner by this story, breathtaking in its darkness, violence, and glimmers of hope.

The story’s engaging and well realized characters taught me a few things…

Never underestimate an introvert. Don’t mistake the quiet shyness of a pure, innocent, talented, and artistic woman as weakness. She may hold a strength that not only can withstand torture and abuse at the hands of evil men, but the power within herself to topple an entire criminal empire headed by a madman.

“Such bravery for a woman who faced the unknown; it amazed him to see that her heart had changed form that of a mouse into that of a lion in a matter of weeks, that her strength was enough to heal them both.”

 Conversely, don’t underestimate the emotions of a cold-blooded assassin. He may be without remorse for his killing, but he is not without the capacity for love; and that love may be the one thing that can truly guide him in his quest for power and ultimately redemption.

 “Aaron’s beauty was a wicked veil; mystifying and lulling those that looked upon him into a false sense of awe, only to have security ripped from them when they saw the menace lurking beneath.”

This book also taught me that even in places of complete darkness, there is light. The flow of the story is much like Maddy’s life in the The Estate: a bleak and horrifying nightmare, but with moments of light and hope. This book is not for the faint of heart. It has slavery, unimaginable violence, drugs, and scenes that made me cringe and squirm. But there were also moments that took my breath away with their tenderness and beauty. The book is emotional, heart-wrenching, and full of suspense and tension. The writing has a musical quality, a complement to the musician at the center of the story. This is a brilliant read, the book complete in itself, but I can not wait for more of the story.

“She is light while I am darkness…”

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M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013.  Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing.  Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician.  When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.

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Book Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: HEXED AND VEXED by Rebecca Royce

October 15, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Novella/Short Story, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 9

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Title: Hexed and Vexed

Author: Rebecca Royce

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

 

Olive White has had a terrible six months. It’s not bad enough that years earlier she earned the nickname “Worst Witch In Witching School,” she is now being forced to watch the love of her life, Campbell Bane, marry her sister Cindy. And she’s being asked to do so in a pink, puke-colored bridesmaid’s dress. Vexed doesn’t begin to describe how she feels.

Her powers pick the wedding as the perfect moment to turn on, zapping both her ex and her to a magical island not found on any map. Someone is bound to find them, but perhaps Olive can get some answers, once and for all.

When Campbell falls ill, she uses her considerable skills to save his life, but can she believe him when he tells her he still loves her and always has? Was he hexed, or is it all a flimsy excuse for breaking her heart?

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What readers are saying…

“It had romance, a great heroine, mystery, and intriguing plot.” –J. Sapa

 “Short and sweet, i really liked it.” – Rosiemcc

“The magic was well-done and creative. A fast, pleasurable, entertaining read.” – Cara Bristol

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

” ‘I’m going to remind you over and over again how much I love you until it’s so embedded within your soul no magic spell will ever take it from you.’ “

A Decadent ‘Tease’, this is a short novella has magic, romance, love, and an unlikely second chance. It’s an entertaining and engaging story of a relationship  thrown off course by unknown magic. There is clear, strong love between Olive and Campbell, but Olive is hurt by his unintended betrayal. Will she be able to forgive him?

A quick read, perfect for a single sitting, Hexed and Vexed is magically fun and romantic.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Excerpt

 

“Tell me again how we ended up here. And speak slowly so I can understand every word you say.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.

“Well.” She might have preferred Campbell not bringing up her tendency to rush through speech when she felt nervous. “I think I may have, completely unintentionally of course, zapped us here.”

“You. Zapped. Us. Here.” He nodded in between each word like he needed to make sense of all of them individually before he could move on. He ran a hand through his dark hair. Strands she herself had once caressed on a nightly basis before he’d gone and decided to marry her sister, thus destroying her life.

“Exactly.” She hitched up her pink monstrosity of a dress and walked toward the inviting waves. The sea air tingled against her skin.

Campbell grabbed her arm. “Olive White, you’ve never successfully performed one spell. Not even one.”

“Yes, you would know that since you were with me every single time I bumbled one. The worst witch in witching school.” She hated that phrase and obviously, she’d made a spell work. Even if she hadn’t meant to. Maybe she could finally lose the nickname.

“Yes.” He smiled at her, letting her arm go. For a second, she saw his brown eyes sparkle like they had when he used to look at her, in the days before the whole world had shifted sideways. But then as fast as the adoration had appeared it vanished. “Well, since you can suddenly make the gift of the ancestors work, zap us back.”

Campbell tapped his foot on the sand like she should hurry up and get the job done. She stifled a laugh, covering her mouth with her hand, at the image he portrayed.

He still wore his tuxedo. In the sand.

Dark hair, dark eyes, and dressed in a designer tuxedo, complete with a black bowtie that had to have been Cindy’s idea, he stood on the beach looking like a fish that had suddenly found itself in a bird’s nest. He really didn’t belong in his current habitat. At least not dressed like that.

Olive covered her mouth to hide her smile. Campbell always fit in wherever he went and even though it seemed mean to laugh, especially because it was her fault that he’d landed on the beach, she couldn’t help but find amusement in how uncomfortable he appeared. After her months of pain, he deserved the hours ahead of him.

He stood waiting for her to answer his declaration. Her sister’s fiancé wanted her to bring them back immediately if not sooner.

“I can’t undo the spell, Campbell. And I’m not sorry about it. Not even a little bit.”

 

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As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: SANCTUARY by Pauline Creeden

October 14, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, New Adult, Past Giveaways, Sci-Fi 13

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Sanctuary

By: Pauline Creeden

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…

When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

“One year ago. It didn’t seem like such a long time, just three little words when she considered it. But it seemed like more like a lifetime ago when the water was drinkable, the sun would shine in its full glory, and her parents were…”

 Sanctuary tells the story of a group of people who are thrown together as the world is ending. The planet as we know it has been ravaged by aliens and a zombie-like virus, and there is only a handful of survivors. It will take bravery, wits, and faith for this unlikely family to find a safe haven and survive, and some of them won’t make it.

Though I felt the most connection with Jennie and her story, the author also chronicles the stories of other survivors, from their own point of views, as fate pushes them towards one another. The plot moves very quickly, pages fly by as you read each individual’s experience, but Jennie’s courage and kindness stuck with me the most. A year ago she was a college student, now she is a single mom to her little brother in a deadly, crumbling society: her transition is difficult but admirable. She may waver, but it is only for a moment, and then she accomplishes whatever needs to be done, regardless of the danger. She maintains her resolve through her faith, something that so many people have lost in the horrors that they have faced. In fact, it is her faith that provides and an interesting plot twist. Her faith combined with the work and observations of scientists may hold the key to saving humanity, but the solution remains out of reach.

Jennie connects with and becomes a quiet leader to those around her. She forges a blossoming relationship with the Hugh, and though they have an age difference, it really doesn’t seem like a big deal when the world is ending. Their story together seems to have just begun, as does the much larger picture.  This exciting and action-packed plot is only beginning; we now know and are invested in these characters and their futures. Though the book has a satisfying ending where many questions are answered, more are posed. Most importantly: what is to become of this planet, and these few but intriguing people that now inhabit it?

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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