Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr (my review plus buy link)

I downloaded this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review.
When I saw that this book was about faries I just knew I had to get it and it definitely did not disappoint.  I was pulled in from the very beginning and was glued to my kindle throughout the entire book.  As I got closer the end of the book I realized that I didn’t want it to end.  I have no idea if there is a sequel to this book but I sure hope so.

Following Callie in her new fairie life was fascinating; all the interactions she made with everyone.  The story of her and Rowan was amazing and just got better and better throughout the book.  I cannot wait until there is another book to find out the rest of their story.  This book had lots of suspense, action, mystery… just a little of everything.  It was a fantastic read.


I give this book 5***** all the way around and highly recommend it to lovers of the fantasy genre.  


The Garden of Death (The Eden Chronicles, Book Two) by L.L. Hunter hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: The Garden of Death (The Eden Chronicles, Book Two)
Author: L.L. Hunter 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 31, 2014
Designed by: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design and Photography
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Blurb

You wouldn’t think dying in the place
where death rules would change the fate
of the world, would you? Well it did. I died,
and now everything is upside down.

When Eden died in the Realm of Death, unbeknownst to everyone, her death changed the world. When her lifeless body is found by her father, Lakyn and brought back to the Michaelite Sanctuary, everyone thinks she is just suffering from the effects of the Death Blossom.
Little do they know, Eden is actually stuck inside her own alternative reality—one where she’s married to Asher, and all the souls of the newly dead have been spat out of the death realm.
Now Eden must race against the clock, and figure out what is going on with the souls including her own, all before she wakes up. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of one sixteen- year old half demon, half angel girl.

Will it be too late? Or will Eden’s soul linger
in the Garden of Death for eternity?

The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling
The Garden of Eden



About L.L. Hunter

L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens - everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog - http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Victor of Thrace by Elizabeth St. John ( My review plus buy link)

Oh WOW this was an amazing piece of work by Elizabeth St. John.  I read this book in less than a day because of the pure suspense, action, super hot passion, wonderful creatures, excitement... I could go on and on.  This book has it all.  The author included the works in this book and it is by far the best vampire book that I have read.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in this series, Restoring Thrace!  The characters in this book were amazing and full of passion... Victor and Tatiana are one hell of a team.


The author has a style of writing that pulls you in deep and doesn't let go.  Just when you catch your breath from one amazing scene, here comes another.  This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  This gets 5***** without a doubt and I highly recommend this to loves of this genre.  No way will you be disappointed.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dragon's Chase by Mina Carter (My Review plus Buy Link)

This is the first book that I have read by Mina Carter and I didn't even realize that this was part of a series, let alone the 7th book! As amazing as this book was I no doubt have to go back and read the rest! This book was full of action and awesome fight scenes, especially the one at the end. The two main characters Chase and Duke are outstanding and once they get together nothing can stop them! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I just cannot wait to read more by this author! I highly recommend this book to lovers of this genre... you will not be disappointed. 5***** all the way around for this one.







Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Forever Layla by Melissa Turner Lee Release Day Blitz hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: Forever Layla
Author: Melissa Turner Lee          
Genre: NA Time Travel Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Book Description:
What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?

In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend's grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond "Bond Girl" approaches him and calls him by name, he's shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should.

She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.

What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she'd heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he'd loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong...but hopefully not as tragic. When she won't tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla--and the world as she knows it changes forever.




Author Bio:
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.

Author Links:
Twitter: @MelissaTLee1975

Buy Link:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Layla-Time-Travel-Romance-ebook/dp/B00KJHPW5M/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1401046644&sr=1-2

Monday, May 26, 2014

Crane by Stacey Rourke Release Day Blitz hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: Crane
Author: Stacey Rourke      
Genre: NA Paranormal Thriller
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Blurb:

The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse. 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?


Author Bio:

Crane is the fifth full length novel written by award winning author Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

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or on Twitter @Rourkewrites




Saturday, May 24, 2014

After Star by Ashley Lavering Cover Reveal hosted by Lady Amber's Tours



After Star   Cover Reveal

A Choice was Made
The Curse was Broken
Yet the Wolf Remains

 



After Star book three in the Curse of the Beast Series by Ashley Lavering:

Tayla’s life changed forever the day she became a werewolf in James’ pack (aka Beast). Now they must flee their Wyoming home to escape the increasing wolf hunts caused by Kyle. With James, her alpha and intended mate, she finds refuge in the remote area of Crouch, Idaho. 

Now that she's settled in to her new home with the man of her dreams by her side, Tayla wonders if she’s finally found some peace, but it doesn't take long for enemies to find her. They taunt her with secrets from James’ past, and revenge stalks the pack at every turn. 

When James is severely wounded with an unknown poison, it is up to Tayla and her best friend, Chel, to solve the mystery of the poison’s origin and find a cure. Will they be strong enough to handle the truth they discover and defeat their enemies? Or will time run out and werewolves die?
(Young Adult Paranormal Romance. A clean romance with mild violence.)


What Happens after Happily Ever After?

Find out July 19, 2014!

Add After Star to your TBR list on Goodreads



Special Surprise!



Check out Ashley’s first two books in this compelling Young Adult paranormal romance series and retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist.


                                              
   
                                     Book One                                                    Book Two
                      Curse of the Beast                                 Star Cursed
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Julius by Elizabeth Lorain Cover Reveal hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: Julius
Author: Elizabeth Lorain   
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 5th 2014
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Blurb:

As leader of the Witches and Warlock’s in America, Julius has decisions to make. He’s been directed to represent them at the European council by Katrina, the leader of the Five. He isn’t the only Warlock who questions their alliance and wonders if the Five have indeed become too powerful to trust. The only thing he does know right now is no matter what, his Covens must survive.

Another adventure of the Royal Blood Chronicles, Julius is a character readers first met in book three, The Dark Prince. Katrina has had many encounters with the Witches and Warlocks in America and trust between them has been an issue for decades. War is coming, will the alliance between them hold, or will it be torn apart by their mutual mistrust? If that happens sides will be chosen among even the peaceful races, and all the Protectors have fought for may be lost.

*This novella is part of my best selling Young Adult series Royal Blood Chronicles which includes to date nine books and two other Novellas.
Katrina the Beginning, The Protectors, The Dark Prince, Cain the Quest, Bloodline, Legacy, Redemption, Destiny and Sabine. Novellas include Quinn a Watchers Story and Marcella, Vampire Mage.*


Author Bio:
I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well.... But I stuck to it and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives. My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, study and do it right. I believe that and live that way every day.


Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

“Julius, are you sure it’s prudent to leave our Coven now?  After all, it’s been less than two months since we were attacked, hardly a good time for our leader to go abroad. Besides, what business is it of ours that Europe’s in turmoil?”
“Ezra, although our Coven has been in existence for over two hundred years, if it weren’t for Katrina, there wouldn’t be one here at all. If she wants me to go to the Council meeting in England, I at least owe her the respect to listen to what they and she have to say.  I’m going.”
As Julius continued to pack, Ezra studied him. “Even though we’ve spoken of pledging our allegiance to the Protectors, you have something else in mind, don’t you, Julius?”
Julius hesitated as he finished. “Through the years, we’ve watched as the Protectors have grown more and more powerful. Since Katrina and most of the Protectors have chosen to make their homes in the America, the Council, from its location in the Old World, may not understand how powerful they’ve grown.  I’m going to make sure there is no misunderstanding of the threat they pose, especially if their new strength comes from Dark sources. For now, though, I’m going to do everything she asks of me. Take care to do the same while I’m gone.”
“So it means you’re going by boat and not use portals like they do?”
“We don’t know they use or even have portals, Ezra. Their use of portals is simply a rumor spread by jealous old men. Be careful my friend you don’t add to the acid waving tongues. As I said, the Protectors are very powerful and as much as I hate to admit it, each time they’ve warned of an impending danger, they’ve always been right. Their intervention has saved this Coven more times than I care to admit. It’s a new century and threats not only assail us from the magical kingdoms from both above and below, but the human factions are at odds, and the escalating tensions between their governments threaten to spill over to our realms. Decisions need to be made. Decisions which will affect us for decades - even centuries to come. I have to go.”

Julius stood at the gangway waiting to board the wind and steam powered clipper ship. He smiled at the scene before him. The way the ship filled the Eastern horizon, the way people crowded the rails and jubilantly waved to their family and friends seeing them off from the dock lifted the weight on his heart. Each passenger was so different from each other, by ethnicity, class, religion and economic situation. Yet their sameness, the very aspect of their being human, would unite in fear against his race. Their races were so close in origin. Yet, because his race possessed the gift of magic and were long lived, Witches and Warlocks were vilified, and if discovered, tortured and killed, often burned alive.
“It’s a little intimidating isn’t it?”
Julius frowned. “Rowena?”
“I guess we all got the message. I wasn’t about to go alone. There’s still some truth to the old adage, ‘safety in numbers’ isn’t there?”
“So the Western Coven is represented. What about Maine?”
Rowena smiled. “Byron sent word. He’s probably already here somewhere in the crush.”
Julius looked up and his gaze washed quickly across the throngs of people up on deck.  A young woman caught his eye just for a second, and then she was gone.  He frowned and glanced over to Rowena. He sensed she was totally at ease as they made their way up the gang plank.
“It’s really quite exciting Julius. Why do you seem so worried?”
“It’s my nature, and I don’t trust these…people.”
“Please, they’re harmless.”
“You’re a fool if you really think so. Enjoy the voyage, Rowena.”
Julius made his way through the crowd on deck to the purser’s desk. Offering his ticket he was directed to the first class section of the ship. Entering the small outside cabin, he tossed his bag onto the bed, opened the porthole and looked out. The image of the woman he’d seen earlier on deck was on his mind where it had taken up residence there, after he’d caught a fleeting glimpse of her earlier. She was no human. What, or who she was, was making him feel uneasy. A knock caused the image to fade and he turned to the door.
“Come.”
“I’m right next door. I thought I’d say hello.”
“Rowena assured me you’d be on board. Good to see you Byron.” He was genuinely glad to see his longtime friend.
Byron grinned and held out his hand in greeting and Julius shook it. “Should be an interesting voyage and meeting, don’t you think? I’m on my way to the bar. Join me, we’ll talk about it.”
“Yes, this is all very interesting, indeed. But, no, I have some things to do. I’ll see you at dinner?” Byron nodded and left the cabin.
Julius thought about staying in until dinner, but all he could think of was the woman he’d seen. Finding her won out, and he headed to the deck.
Once on the wide foredeck he walked to the center, and let his power survey the crowd. He knew, of course, he wasn’t likely to locate a person of magical origins this way, since they would most likely cloak themselves, but he learned many things about the humans he scanned. As he walked the deck ranging out with his power, he could feel their true emotions, and avoided those he sensed might be a danger. Getting closer to the bow of the ship he felt something unusual. Slowing his pace, he squinted as he turned his head from side to side, homing in first on the direction of the sensation.
He stopped and concentrated harder. As the crowd cleared in front of him, he saw her. She was wearing a Kelly-green wool coat. Her long, strawberry blonde curls billowed out around her with the breeze. She wasn’t cloaking herself, and when she turned he couldn’t stifle the involuntary gasp that escaped his lips. His reaction caused her to smile, her amusement curled across her full, pink lips. When she turned away to look once again out to the sea, Julius released the breath he’d been holding.
He swallowed hard and slowly approached her.
“The ocean is mesmerizing isn’t it?”
“Yes it is. It’s like trying to predict the future. No way of knowing what will happen, it’s ever changing.” She turned then and looked him in the eye. “Are you ready for whatever the future might bring?”
“If it includes you, I am.”
She chuckled and turned back, leaning against the rail. “Handsome and charming. Traits which serve you well, don’t they?”
He frowned. “Usually, yes. I’m Julius.”
She turned to him again. “Marcella.”
She didn’t offer her hand. Julius didn’t take it personally. Non-humans didn’t like to touch if they weren’t sure about the strength of the other’s power. He still wasn’t sure what kind of creature she was. A quick scan told him she was powerful, but he was sure she wasn’t allowing him full access. Of course he was blocking probes as well.
“Nice to meet you Julius. I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other often on this trip.” She walked away and his gaze followed her until she disappeared inside. He shook his head. He was over a hundred years old, he’d experienced the pleasures of many women and had lost what he felt was the love of his life to the poison of evil. He’d ignored the signs as she’d became first withdrawn and moody and then insolent and combative. And when her darkening aura could no longer be disregarded, he thought he could save her, thought he had saved her and she almost destroyed not only him, but his Coven too.
This woman intrigued him. She instantly stirred feelings in him he hadn’t opened himself to for many, many years.
“You’ve seen something. Is it dangerous?” Rowena asked as she approached.
“I don’t think so. See you at dinner.”

Rowena was dumbfounded. It was the second time today Julius had abruptly left her standing alone. She was irresistible, she always had been anyway. She felt her ire rise. Men didn’t just walk away from her, men of any race. Wasn’t it ironic, she’d only agreed to represent her Coven because she knew Julius was heading the delegation. She had relied on her natural attraction to draw him to her, now it looked like she would have to come up with a Plan B.
“You seem upset. What is it Rowena?”
She glanced at Byron and sighed exaggeratedly. “This entire trip is going to be a waste of time.” She forced a smile as she laced her arm through Bryon’s and they started to walk together.
“You’ll find some distractions, Rowena. You always do. If not with Julius, then with someone else.”
Rowena stopped her mouth agape.
Byron smiled and looked away as they continued on. “You’re not fooling anyone, Rowena, least of all me. You’ve been interested in Julius for years. Everyone knows it.”
“Except Julius. He’s oblivious to my charms.”
“Indeed. Don’t blame him too much. He has many challenges as our leader, and now this.”
“Yes, at the insistence of the Protectors.” Rowena couldn’t hide her distain and Byron shook his head and leaned in.
“From Katrina herself,” he whispered. “You’d best be more careful in the way you react to our alliance. Without it, we’d truly be vulnerable. Our numbers already are at the lowest in centuries. If not for her…”
Rowena halted abruptly and jerked her arm away, her eyes flashed. “You can bow to them if you want, withholding the concerns I know that you feel. I, however, intend to be the voice of reason at the council meeting.”
Byron raised an eyebrow as he glanced past her and then back. “This is how you plan to endear yourself to Julius? Good luck with that, Rowena.” He tipped his hat, shoved his hand in his pocket and strolled away.
Rowena was fuming when she reached her cabin. She looked into the mirror as she unpinned her grey hat. She leaned against the vanity stroking the hat’s showy feather plume.
“I’m definitely losing my touch.”





Monday, May 19, 2014

Impulsion by Jamie Magee Release Day Blitz hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: Impulsion
Author: Jamie Magee         
Genre: New Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours


BLURB
With a glance Wyatt Doran stole Harley Tatum’s heart. With each summer that passed, touch by touch, they robbed each other’s innocence, birthing a love that was so deep that it scorched within. Without warning, they were ripped from the clutches of each other, placed in lives that were worlds apart. Only to cross paths after a freak accident where Harley’s horse rig was flipped. An accident that Wyatt Doran, from fire station 32, responded.
The tension was immediate, the emotions were raw. One breath told them they were not the same as before, one touch…changed their world.
You Tube for the trailer: www.youtube.com/embed/dPRiWYtBBp8

Author Bio: 
The fun non boring Bio :)
I'm an obsessive daydreamer. Lover of loud alternative music. Addicted to Red Bull. I love to laugh until it hurts. Fall is my favorite season. Black is my favorite 'shade.' Strong believer in the saying: there is a reason for everything, therefore I search for 'marked moments' every moment of everyday...and I find them. Life is beautiful!
Boring one....
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.
Author Links:
Web: http://www.authorjamiemagee.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jamie_Magee_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Insight.Jamie.Magee
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Magee/e/B004DAU5JY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1398214175&sr=1-2-ent
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4200019.Jamie_Magee

Buy Links:
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Excerpt: 

His fingertips slowly moved down her face, down her neck. He noticed how all the tension in her body drifted away, how her eyes slowly closed, the long, deep breaths that were causing her chest to rise and fall.
“The sight of you brought it all back, past and present colliding with a magnitude that is so great…that I have no choice but to stop and realize that the only thing holding us back this go ‘round is us.”
He reached his arm around her waist and pulled her body against his, causing her eyes to fly open, those breaths to come even faster. “And Harley, I’m going to fight like hell for you. And as soon as I make you mine again, I will die before I ever let anyone take you from me again.” His hand rose to her face, his thumb grazed her flesh, his eyes dipped to her lips, then met her gaze once more. “You’re the only woman I have ever loved. That I ever will love.”
All at once, they both moved forward, their lips connecting as if they were molded from one source, a well-practiced dance of flesh, the perfect rhythm, teasing brushes of tongues that knew just when to fall into a deeper kiss, a kiss that was so devouring that all thought, all reason vanished. The impulse of the heart, that deep passion that lies dormant within erupted to a euphoria that made it impossible to fathom life outside of that very instant.



Leading Her Witness by Cheryl Ann Smith Cover Reveal hosted by Lady Amber's Tours


Title: Leading Her Witness
Author: Cheryl Ann Smith 
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Publisher:  Tulip Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours


Synopsis:
Goons, deadbeats, and murder: A tenacious process server’s unconventional techniques get her into loads of trouble. So much so that her boss jokes that he keeps the coroner on speed dial just in case. Still, most of Andie Dixon’s job is pretty tame if she doesn’t count snapping dogs and homeowners squirting her with garden hoses. That changes when she serves papers on a notorious crime boss and puts her life in real jeopardy. But despite this close call, Andie will not let threats keep her from doing her job. She puts the matter behind her until a hunky U.S. Marshal tracks her down and solicits her help to find the fugitive. Again. At first Andie adamantly refuses, but eventually agrees when she’s swayed by the Marshal’s persistence and rather dreamy brown eyes. However, when crime boss Sammy Gilroy, finds out she’s back and close on his heels, he threatens to make her disappear for good this time.
Marshall Colin Navarro needs to find Sammy Gilroy before the man vanishes forever. Colin is certain that the notorious crime leader was involved in a shoot-out with the FBI that injured his sister. But he never expected that he’d have to sway a newbie process-server to help, or that she’d turn out to be stubborn, aggravating, and an all-around pain in the ass. Yet despite her shortcomings, he cannot figure out why she’s taken over his thoughts and is front and center in some very hot fantasies. But can he keep her from getting herself killed as they edge closer to catching the fugitive? Then again, the crime boss and his goons don’t know who they’re messing with. With Andie on the case, Colin is beginning to believe that justice may be served after all.


Author Bio:
A fan of romance fiction since the dark ages, author Cheryl Ann Smith loves to throw her heroines into danger, just to see what they’ll do. Her dream of publication came true in 2011 when the first in her historical romance series came out with Berkley Sensation. And just this year, she sold a new contemporary series to Tulip Romance, thus allowing her to mix her crazy sense of humor with suspenseful elements to write about process server, Andie Dixon, the kick-ass heroine Cheryl has always wanted to be.
Cheryl lives in Michigan with her family, two cats and a very hairy dog. She enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling, when she has the time, and hopes to make her first visits to Europe and Australia in the very near future.