Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Trailer/Cover Reveal Few Are Angels by Inger Iverson

Title: Few Are Angels
Author: Inger Iverson         
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale--a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past--reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

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Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.
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I’d had a hell of a time convincing Jace that I needed to know the truth about myself and where I was going, but I was getting better at convincing people. If only it had worked with Kale. To me, two days was more than enough time to calm down, but Kale seemed to need more time. That was one thing I didn’t have. He wasn’t answering his phone, and he wasn’t at the mausoleum when Jace, Mia, and I went to check. He and I both avoided answering Mia’s questions with the promise of a full explanation once we returned to the house. I had started to get worried, but Jace explained that Kale was tying up loose ends because I would be leaving and he would have no reason to stay in the area.  I wasn’t sure what loose ends he had, but I hoped I would get a chance to say ‘until we meet again’ because I was never going to say goodbye to him. It was better that we split up until Laurent was taken care of.
I had another reason to go with Jace to the Council. I had a favor to ask. In return, I would stay with them until Laurent was killed. Alex’s flight would be in at midnight and then there was the thirty minute drive to the house, and I had a while to explain everything to Mia.  Jace and I had discussed a plan to get Alex’s cooperation with helping me disappear. I hated saying it like that, but that’s what it was. It was Alex’s job to make sure his family knew I was appreciative of all they’d done, but I needed to leave. On the way to Mia’s from the cemetery, Mia was surprisingly easy to talk to. Her only demand was to be there when Alex arrived. I had told her about Kale believing that the tattooed man was in some way related to the killer and since her parents weren’t home that she shouldn’t stay there. Jace and I took her home to gather some things.
“I can’t believe this, Ella. I mean, I just can’t,” Mia said for the hundredth time. “Why would someone want to kidnap you?” She spoke without a bit of sarcasm. She was truly confused.
“Mia, it’s a long story that I only want to have to tell once, so you can stay with me tonight. When Alex gets here, I will tell you both everything.”
“Fine, but who is this guy?” She pointed at Jace.
He smiled in the rearview mirror as we drove into Elmwood City and reintroduced himself. “I’m Jace Vesco.”
Mia giggled and commenced flirting. “Beautiful accent. Where are you from?”
That was a good question. In fact, any personal question was a good one because I had never asked him about anything other than the Council.
“I’m from Belarus, but I have lived in so many different places that I believe my accent has evolved,” Jace joked, and Mia giggled again.
I could see why she was attracted to Jace. With his blue eyes and shockingly white-blond hair, he was incredibly handsome. His features were exotic and strong, but he didn't hold an air of mystery like Kale. At least not to me.
“My family is part Italian,” Mia said.
I peeked in the rearview mirror, taking in Mia’s blonde hair and pale skin, and was tempted to ask her about it. But hair dye and makeup could drastically change anyone’s looks. Instead of interrupting their banter, I sent Kale a text, but he didn't reply. Meanwhile, Jace and Mia continued to flirt back and forth, and I tried not to let my lousy mood interrupt them.

“It would be great to visit my roots in Italy,” I heard Mia say. “I hate living in a small town.  It sucks and most of the women never escape it. If they aren’t pregnant, they’re waitressing with nowhere to go,” she murmured. Shocked once again, I looked in the rearview mirror. Mia’s face was hidden as she looked out of the window. I felt bad for her, she seemed to feel trapped too, but the only problem was that she wasn’t doing anything about it.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cover Reveal for Almost Matched (Almost Bad Boys #1) by A.O. Peart

Almost Matched (Almost Bad Boys #1) by A.O. Peart

Title: Almost Matched (Almost Bad Boys #1)
Author: A. O. Peart  
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: November 8th 2013
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?

Their heart-rending past will move you. Their passion will make you blush. Their antics will make you laugh out loud.

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?



This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue. You will laugh out loud while blushing in embarrassment.
**Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor**

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A.O. Peart writes in multiple YA and NA genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and short stories. Almost Matched, book one in the Almost Bad Boys series is her first New Adult contemporary novella. The action takes place in Seattle--the city which she came to call her home. She describes herself as European born, American by choice.

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He shrugs a little and takes my hand in his. “I wanted to make this evening special.” Colin’s voice is low. Seductive?
Holy Mother of Sweet Jesus, I’m about to start hyperventilate. Heat stirs in my belly and lazily drenches down all the way to my underwear. These bright-blue eyes half-hooded under his lids tell me exactly what’s on his mind. My own mind eagerly nods her approval. I look at his lips and immediately imagine them on mine, on my neck, along my collarbone. Oh, no, that doesn’t help me keep control.
He’s so close to me, and then he stands up, pulling me to my feet. “Come.”
What’s going on? I obey, keeping my eyes on Colin. He smiles and blows out the candles. We walk to the living room, where upbeat salsa music comes out from the stereo.
“Do you dance salsa?” He stands in front of me, holding my both hands in his.
“Some.” I laugh and follow his lead.
Colin’s movements are fluid and sensual. He has an excellent sense of rhythm. I can’t stop beaming, while my eyes keep darting to his swaying to the beat hips. Wow, he can cook and he can dance.
He presses me to him and spins us around twice. I squeal and beseech my feet not to stumble. I’ve taken salsa lessons a few years ago, but I lack practice.
Colin turns us once again. He leads me to swirl on my own under his arm—once, twice, three times. I laugh and realize that it is not the wine that makes me happy and unconcerned. It is Colin.
The song ends, and he is enticingly close to me. He looks so endearing and sexy with his messy hair and twinkling with mischief eyes. Another song starts, but we are not dancing. Colin’s hand slides up to the back of my head, and then his lips are on mine. At first he kisses me softly, as if testing my reaction. But I’m not pulling away. I lean to him and return the kiss. His lips part, and I feel his tongue slide along my lower lip. It gently teases for a moment, and then my mouth is under his command, inviting and obeying. And I melt into him.
My body, lead by Queen V-Jay-Jay, decides to betray my anti-men tenacity. Treason in full display. I’m officially declared swooned over Colin. Crap, there goes my hope for staying unaffected. Ali’s fuck buddy advice goes out of the window in a jiffy. I knew it was going to be just like this.
“What am I going to do with you,” he sighs, resting his forehead against mine.
“What would you like to do?” I challenge. I know exactly what I’m willing him to do, and so does he.
He smiles against my lips.
I smile back, leaning away to look into those clear, blue eyes.
Colin takes my hand in his and pulls me toward the staircase. “Let me show you the upstairs then.”
“Is that your pick up line?” I feign suspicion.  
“I think we are past the pick up line stage.” He snorts, and then grins at me.
I can’t help it but laugh. He makes me feel carefree. I want to believe it’s a good thing.
We climb the stairs to his bedroom. The whole place is meticulous. I’ve never seen a guy’s house that would look as neat as Colin’s. Hell on wheels. The score list is growing rapidly: he can cook, dance, kiss, and keeps his place tidy. And I have a feeling he’s amazing in bed. Well, time to find out. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My poem How Intense

Book Review A Mom's Battlecry to Over Come Fear by Laura Marshall

I finished this book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I read it on my Kindle and I had a notebook next to me that has pages of notes from this book! It is amazing how the author expressed herself. I have highly recommended this book and will continue to do so. It really touched my heart as I could relate to the author on so many levels. She really made the path to overcoming fear possible. She has such a way with words. 

I have so many quotes that I wrote down but this one is my favorite, "We must get to a point in our own walk where we love the Lord more than our own lives." Then she ends the book with this amazing prayer. This book is by far one of the best I have read that has helped me in my own personal life. I am sure it will help many others as well. I will definitely be looking for others by this author as well. 

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. Hands down I highly recommend this book and give it 5*****.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Curse of the Beast by Ashley Lavering

 I am so excited!

 Curse of the Beast is Free on Amazon, October 18-20!

 Don't miss your chance to grab this young adult paranormal romance & Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 

with a werewolf twist.

 A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his. Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but an ancient curse forces a werewolf to hunt her, to claim what is his. Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. 
**2012 Whitney Award Nominee**

 Curse of the Beast (bk 1) Amazon ~ Goodreads

 Star Cursed (bk2) Amazon ~ Goodreads

 After Star (bk3) Coming April 2014


 About the Author

 In addition to being a mother and wife, I teach at a charter school and enjoy scuba diving. I love to be adventurous and try new and exciting things. Some of the things I have done are sky diving, glacier hiking, cave spelunking, and kayaking on the ocean. I want to experience the world but will never be able to see it all so I write. It is like the world is at my figure tips when I open a word document and delve into another story. Oh, the places you'll go as Dr. Seuss says.

 Books that are like mine: Beastly by Flinn, Alex; Scarlette by Davonna Juroe; Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Dragon Rose by Christine Pope, Scarlet Moon (Once upon a Time) by Debbie ViguiĆ©

 Click your way into a great read and let the curse claim you!

Curse of the Beast by Ashley Lavering

Friday, October 11, 2013

Poem by me called I Need You

I need you
Want you
Have to have you.
All my dreams
 My fantasies
Have all come true.
I found love
Have hope
Now I’m with you.

My Poem called Cloud Nine

Book Review of Lost Yellow by Nicholas Trandahl

I purchased this book because I met the author through an event. As I was reading about the poems, the description said that they were written during dark times of the authors life. He wrote as a form of "self-medication for anxiety and depression." (Lost Yellow by Nicholas Trandahl). This intrigued me so I just had to get the book.

The author really has a gift; a way with words. I could almost feel his pain. This collection of poems is very intense, emotional, and really reaches out and touches you. This is an excellent piece of work put together and I highly recommend it.

My favorites are C.W., Forgiveness, Can Love Heal, Above the Sun, Don't Miss the Dawn, Brittany May Loves Me and Sing me to Nothing.

This book of poetry is by far 5 stars and one that I am very happy to have in my collection.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review for THINK 4:8, 40 Days to a Joy-filled life for teens by Tommy Newberry

This is a devotional based on Philippians 4:8 for young people.  It contains 40 short devotionals with a work it, talk it, thought for the day, and prayer suggestion at the close of each chapter.  The topics are relevant for today's teen. I'm planning to give this to my 12 year old daughter to use in her devotional time. I give it 5 stars.   I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review for A Simple Change by Judith Miller

This is the second book in the Home to Amana series. This could be read as a stand alone, as the characters differ from those in the first book.

Jancey Rhodes loves her volunteer teaching position in the Kansas City orphanage. When her mother becomes ill and longs to return to the Amana Colonies where she was raised, Jancey makes the decision to move with her parents.

Life in the Amana Colonies is much different, but she is determined to make the best of her new life.  She finds herself caring for her mother, doing manual labor, and making friends, and having to choose between her longtime boyfriend and a new love interest.

This was an interesting read and prompted me to do an internet search of the people who lived in the Amana Colonies. 

I received this complimentary book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  I would give this book 4 stars.