Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Fourth Gunman by John Lansing

The Fourth Gunman
by John Lansing

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Jack Bertolino - Book 4
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 375 (estimated)
ISBN: 1501189530 (ISBN13: 9781501189531)
Available from: AmazonBarnes & Noble, & Goodreads

A captivating thriller in the Jack Bertolino series full of intrigue, action, and dark humor as Jack is called in to investigate a missing persons case.

Jack Bertolino is a retired investigator who just can’t seem to get away from the job. He’s the best at what he does, with a moral compass that doesn’t point quite true north and a dark history with the mafia. To the FBI, Jack is about as valuable a man as they could ask for. So when one FBI agent’s brother goes missing, Jack is pulled into a search that could mean the difference between life or death.

The Fourth Gunman by John Lansing (Jack Bertolino, #4)

The Fourth Gunman (Jack Bertolino #4)Sometimes it isn’t what you know, but who you know and Jack Bertolino seems to have a handle on who to know when he needs help on a case involving an undercover agent who has gone missing.
Jake was working on a mafia owned gambling ship, there one minute, gone the next. No trace, but plenty of suspicions. Had he double-crossed the big guy and run off with a large chunk of cash? Had he been discovered and eliminated?

Follow Jack through the twists and turns of investigating, attraction to a young mafia princess, dinners with a mob boss and a list of favors called in and favors returned. Where is Jake? Could his sister, an FBI agent, be wrong about him? Was he playing both sides of the fence or was someone out to frame a man who wasn’t there to defend himself?

High rollers, beautiful people seeking a private place to gamble and more, Jack is up to his ears in gritty intrigue, dark humor, lies and deceit. One thing for certain, this retired investigator isn’t afraid to use any methods at his disposable to get the answers he seeks in THE FOURTH GUNMAN by John Lansing.

For fans of suspense and mystery, heroes who know how to dig up the dirt and uncover those pesky skeletons in the closet, THE FOURTH GUNMAN is a great read to sink into. A little gritty, with a hero who colors outside the lines!

I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books!

A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh ( The Avalon Chronicles, #1)

A Glimmer of Hope
by Steve McHugh

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Avalon Chronicles - Book 1
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 362 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
From Steve McHugh, the bestselling author of The Hellequin Chronicles, comes a new urban fantasy series packed with mystery, action, and, above all, magic.

Layla Cassidy has always wanted a normal life, and the chance to put her father’s brutal legacy behind her. And in her final year of university she’s finally found it. Or so she thinks.

But when Layla accidentally activates an ancient scroll, she is bestowed with an incredible, inhuman power. She plunges into a dangerous new world, full of mythical creatures and menace—all while a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to turn her abilities to their cause.

To protect those she loves most, Layla must take control of her new powers…before they destroy her. All is not yet lost—there is a light shining, but Layla must survive long enough to see it.
A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh
( The Avalon Chronicles, #1)

A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1)Is Layla doomed to become a monstrous killing machine like her father? With her blood spilled on an ancient scroll, Layla will find powers and beings living within her that could easily overpower her very essence…unless she learns to fight back. With evil dogging her every move, she could be used as a tool of destruction, especially if those closest to her are in grave danger.

What Layla needs is A GLIMMER OF HOPE that she will learn to control the powers that live within her. Will she find it? Who can she trust? Where can she run to? With time running out and her powers out of control, the girl who just wanted to leave her past behind and be "normal” is about to discover that “normal” was never in the cards.

Steve McHugh has given his feminine lead a fabulously realistic voice! It is very clear that Layla wants nothing more than to live her life like just like everyone else, in spite of her genetic pool. A quick read that has lots of angst, danger and some very interesting characters. Get through the set up in the beginning and you will find yourself wondering just how you would react to Layla’s predicament.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from 47North!

#Cover Reveal - Lucifer’s Pride by G.P. Ching, designed by Deranged Doctor Design

Lucifer’s Pride
G.P. Ching
(Soulkeepers Reborn, #3)
Publication date: May 29th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
No one comes between the Devil and his pride.
To save his friends, Finn Wager opened a bridge between worlds. But the dark magic he used exacted a terrible price. Unable to remain on the Soulkeeper team, he joins a coven of magicians in New Orleans, vowing to undo the damage he’s caused. But when he tries to save the day, he ends up making everything worse.
Numbers dwindling, the Soulkeepers are more vulnerable than ever. The new Healer is reluctant to replace Hope on the team. Even if he decides to try, he’ll have to pass an initiation by the Immortals with life or death consequences. Meanwhile, the Soulkeepers are without the leader they need.
Twice, the Soulkeepers have evaded Lucifer’s clutches and injured his pride. Now it’s personal. He’ll stop at nothing to exploit their weaknesses, take back his power, and end the Soulkeepers for good. Unless through courage, loyalty, and self-sacrifice, they can find a way to become a team again.
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Author Bio:
G.P. Ching is a USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults and not-so-young adults. She bakes wicked cookies, is commonly believed to be raised by wolves, and thinks both the ocean and the North Woods hold magical healing powers. G.P.'s idea of the perfect day involves several cups of coffee and a heavy dose of nature. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton Head Island with her husband, two children, and a Brittany spaniel named Jack, who is always ready for the next adventure.
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#Cover Reveal - My Lullaby of You by Alia Rose

My Lullaby of You
Alia Rose
Publication date: June 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
It’s the summer after high school. Amy can’t wait to leave her small hometown in North Carolina for the vibrant city of Chicago, where she plans to go to her dream college and hopes to build a stronger relationship with her father.
But as she deals with her mother’s resentment over her leaving and an intriguing yet provoking college student, Amy’s reminded of things she’s tried to forget and forced to face emotions she never expected.
It’s the summer before the last year of music school. Seth would rather be anywhere else than a small beach town in North Carolina, reopening wounds he thought he’d patched long ago and facing the father he hasn’t seen since his mother’s death.
While he’s on his mission for answers, Seth is drawn to an observant and driven local he can’t seem to figure out.

Author Bio:
Alia has been writing since she fell in love with reading and now the characters in her head refuse to leave her alone. Her debut novel, My Lullaby of You, comes out in June 2018!
When she's not writing, She works full time as an architectural designer and enjoy drinking too much coffee, making to-do lists, and traveling.
You can find her rambling about all of the above on Instagram and Twitter.


Forbidden Love by Mack Black

Forbidden Love
by Mack Black

Publication Date: April 20, 2018
Publisher: Mack Black
Genre: Erotica
Print Length: 270 pages
Available from: Amazon
It all started with a bet and a little too much weed.

Vanessa never imagined she’d fall into a relationship with the one person she couldn’t, but an apple tastes a lot better when taken from the forbidden tree. Even though loving him might be illegal in some states, even though it strips her morals bare, she can’t stop herself from falling down the rabbit hole, so to speak.
No matter how hard she tries, Vanessa can’t walk away from Jace. Their bodies are like magnets, drawn together at every opportunity. Worse, it’s like they’re tied together with some invisible rope that just won’t break. If his mother, or her father, find out, there will be hell to pay.
But love conquers all, right? 
Vanessa would like to think so…
Forbidden Love by Mack Black

Forbidden LoveThey are related through marriage, but their attraction is undeniable. Vanessa and Jace are like two moths drawn to a sexual flame. What makes what they perceive as forbidden love so taboo? Is that the titillation that draws them together?

Mack Black’s FORBIDDEN LOVE had me cringing at the excessive use of weed and alcohol. The overt immaturity of the teen characters was also off-putting, as was their ability to equate flirtation, petting and daring with romantic love and a relationship.

I have certainly read my share of erotica, and for me, there was nothing romantic about their idea of a relationship and even the “taboo” aspect was overdone as I began to feel more and more that Jace was a sexual predator and Vanessa was his target, while weed, alcohol and sneaking around were their aphrodisiacs.

I never connected, and found that each page failed to develop any real direction or emotional maturity to this tale. This story was definitely not sexy or erotic to me, but, that said, maybe it’s just me.

I received an ARC edition from Mack Black! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Lost Bastard by India Kells Blitz and #Giveaway

Meet Me in the Strange
India Kells
Publication date: March 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Deva Landry is relieved to be rescued from the MC princess life. But now the angel who saved her is back to collect payment.
The cost? Deva is assigned to babysit bad-boy cage fighter Aleksei Voronov, forcing her back into the murky underworld of Chicago. Prepared for the worst, she’s shocked to uncover a kindred spirit, a wounded soul like hers. Chaos strikes and the two are thrown together on an impromptu mission to stop a city-wide massacre.
Deva’s always prepared for battle, but can she overcome the burning desire for the inked deviant who represents everything she thought she left behind?
Q&A with India Kells
Hello everyone! India Kells here, and so happy to share a little bit of me with you all! I’m a romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer. I love reading and writing, especially crazy stories full of action with incredible alpha males and kickass heroines. And, of course, sex! Writing is a way of exorcising so many things in my life, it’s a life saviour, allowing by brain to let off steam and explore new possibilities. A very cheap way to travel and a very safe way to turn your world upside down!
Can you tell us a little about your books?
I always fall for good love stories, but what really drew me into writing in this genre is the characters, especially the female characters. I do like strong women and how they manage to evolve and overcome challenges and ultimately find love in the process. That’s the kind of stories I write.
At first, I started with romantic suspense, a series called Women of Purgatory, where the founder Beatrice Dante, brings together all sorts of misfits for impossible missions. It’s a joy to see how resilient humans are, both men and women. I love putting my characters in impossible situations and see how they will get out of it. Another reason why I did a spin-off of that series called Dark Sparrows, which Lost Bastard comes from.
At some point, I wanted to up the ante and explore more unusual settings, and that’s why I started the Sanctuary Chronicles, paranormal romance novels. In this genre, I think the emotions are more raw and the reactions less human, and that’s what attracted me to it. However, the baseline of my stories remains the same; a strong woman, an alpha man battling to get out of an inextricable situation and falling for each other in the process.
What has been your most outstanding achievement to date with your writing?
I try to celebrate every milestone and every book I complete and publish. For me, my first book remains my greatest accomplishment. We tend to forget the amount of work involved in each story, and in my first book, not only I had a completed novel, but it’s when I realized the importance of every other aspects related to publishing. It was an eye opener. When I look back, I’m proud of what I’ve done.
How do you write? Do you plan or take it as it comes? Have a favourite place or time for writing?
I’m a complete panster! Over and over again, I’ve tried to strategize, but the characters in my head always have other plans! Sometimes, the initial idea transforms and redirects the story through those amazing voices and I find more crazy ideas.
I write whenever and wherever I can manage. Usually, on the weekends, I go to a small café near my house in the morning and write until noon. During the week, I write during my lunch break and at night in my office. I believe that I am more efficient when I sit and write, even without inspiration.
Do you write to music or prefer silence? Do you think that music can inspire a scene or feeling within your writing and your characters story?
Music is my main source of inspiration. I choose my music according to the scene, but also to the emotion I try to convey. I can listen to the same track over and over again. Hopefully, I have earphones, otherwise, people around me would go crazy!
What are writing projects are you currently working on?
The second installment of my Sanctuary Chronicles, Blind Magic, is about finished. Same for the second installment of my Dark Sparrows series, Cold Bastard. My next projects are to develop these two series!

Author Bio:
India Kells is a romantic suspense and paranormal romance author with many books under her pen. Her love for strong female characters, wicked alpha males and tense situations, where villains and danger are lurking nearby, help her weave captivating stories that will leave you breathless and wanting for more.


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Dirty Blue by N.E. Henderson Blitz and #Giveaway

Dirty Blue
N.E. Henderson
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I’ve known his name a long time. You’d have to live under a rock not to know of the heartless and cruel reputation the Acerbi family has established. They are monsters cloaked in suits and ties, or so my colleagues in blue have said. Being on the job, you quickly learn to watch your back, trust no one, and as much as I hate to admit this, sometimes that includes a fellow badge.
But to want to kill your own child for being born? Now that’s monstrous. Unjust. And something I will not stand for. I’ll take him down before I allow an innocent to be harmed.
Even if that means not only taking on the most dangerous family in Southern California but bringing down the drug lord they’re in bed with too.
“If you’re here to nag me, please leave. I’m not dealing with your cop shit today.”
“Why not? I would think the sooner you answer my questions, show me anything I want to see, be honest with me, the sooner I’ll be out of your hair. I’d have thought that would be something you would want. Don’t you want to prove your innocence?”
“You don’t have shit on me and we both know it. If you did, I’d be in handcuffs, but I’m not, am I?” It’s not a question he wants a response to and he doesn’t stop to let me give one even if I wanted to. “You think I’m dirty, your boss thinks I am, so what? I don’t give a shit, Bri. You’re not going to find anything because there is nothing to find.”
“I don’t think you’re dirty,” I defend myself, quicker than I realize what’s coming out of my mouth. Sure, it’s my job to find the evidence if it exists, but my gut has known from the day I met him he wasn’t dirty. And I don’t think he’s a drug smuggler. I do think he’s keeping something a secret, but I don’t think that’s it. Something isn’t right about this case. I’ve felt that since my interview with Gabriel’s mother.
“Then why are you here if it isn’t to dig up something you think I’m dirty of doing?”
I move, taking a step into the room, getting closer to him and not for a professional reason. His remark hit something inside me and not in a good way.
“D,” I sigh, taking another step. “This is my job. A case that involves you was assigned to me. My job is to determine if there is any validation to the accusation against you. I am going to be thorough in this investigation whether you like it or not.” I tap my index finger on his desk to drive my point home. “But at no point”—my own anger starts to seep out of my voice—“did I ever give you the impression I thought you were dirty.”
I’m getting mad and I’ve never shown emotions or lost my composure on the job before. The fact that I am now, with him, is only agitating me.
His dark eyes cut away from me, but I see the moment his temper takes a step back. After another second, he looks down.
“The first day we met, you told me you thought I had an illegal business relationship with Diaz.” His eyes glide up. “Are you saying that’s changed? You no longer think I’m in bed with the Mexican Devil?”
This is what I didn’t need. The lines between us are more blurred than I thought.
He’s right; I did say that. It was a tactic I often use. A tactic I wanted to work on him, but it didn’t.
My knee touches one of his, startling the both of us. I didn’t even realize I’d moved this close. I’m too close and I shouldn’t be in his personal space. I know better, yet I’m not taking a step away.
“I’ve heard a lot of things about your family, mostly of your father through others on the force, but I never believe anything as truth until it’s proven. Until I see it for myself.” I place my palm on his shoulder. “The first day we met, something told me you weren’t bad, or dirty, as you said. I don’t judge without knowledge, without the truth, Drago. And right now, for some unknown reason, I don’t believe you’re guilty of all the accusations that have been made.”
The next thing I know, I’m in his arms and he’s out of his chair, standing. In a quick move, I’m placed down on his desk, on top of sheets of paper while his lips come down onto mine in such a soft manner it contradicts the aggressive way he just handled me.
I smile against his mouth, not able to hold my form to his. I like this way too much. Who knew rough and gentle could go together so well?
Still . . . This can’t happen. Again.
I go to put my hands on his chest to push him away, but he anticipates my action, quickly pushing them down. Drago then leans in closer to me, pushing my chest backward, making me strain to stay upright. His hand comes down on my dress pants, parting my thighs where it eats up the remaining space between us.
“Dra . . .” I try to say his name between our lips, but it comes out more like a moan when his other hand goes inside my suit jacket, cupping my waist.
Shit. I do not have a handle on this at all.
“D,” I finally get out, pulling away from him and successfully getting my hands on his chest, but when I push, he barely moves. Instead, he has my wrist in his hand, quickly pinning it to my back and holding me from falling at the same time. Next, my other wrist is in the hand that leaves my waist and before I know it, it’s also behind my back. A second later, my eyes widen at the realization that he’s cuffed me—with my own fucking handcuffs that were stashed between my back, clipped over my pants.
How the hell did he do that?
“What the fuck?”

Author Bio:
N. E. Henderson is the author of sexy, contemporary romance. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading or in her Maverick playing in the dirt. Nancy was born and raised in Mississippi where she currently lives with her husband, son, and their Bull Terrier, Xena.


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Goddess of Mine by Tabitha Barret (Shamrocked Anthology)

Goddess of Mine
Part of:
Shamrocked: An Anthology of Irish Shenanigans

by Tabitha Barrett & More
My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Covey Publishing, LLC (March 13, 2018)
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Fantasy Anthology - Romantic
Total Anthology Print Length: 577 pages
Available from: Amazon
When an ancient Celtic Goddess is ruthlessly attacked by one of her own kin, can she recover her strength and special abilities in time to save the handsome mortal who rescued her from death?
Goddess of Mine by Tabitha Barret (Shamrocked Anthology)

Shamrocked: An Anthology of Irish ShenanigansTabitha Barret has brought her creative best to the table as she gives us a tender love story and one goddess’s struggle to regain her abilities and believe in herself and her family of gods, all while she finds a mortal has stolen her heart. In a brief tale that feels like it floats through both history and the contemporary times it is set in, we will witness the brutal jealousies and all-consuming quest for power that almost kills Keridwen. She lives apart from humanity, apart from her fellow gods alone with the beauty of nature, reveling in her powers to cause things to flourish.

Her life almost ended when werewolves attack with poison on their claws, but her life is saved by a bachelor cattle rancher who allows her beauty within and on the surface to steal his heart.

That fateful night, Keri’s powers were twisted into something ugly, and she can no longer strengthen the beauty of the flora and fauna and humanity will suffer if she does not attempt to regain her powers and resume her position as a goddess. How would Quinn react to find she is more than a woman? What danger has she brought to his doorstep?

Could Fate be so cruel as to give her heart its true desire then threaten to take it away? GODDESS OF MINE is a contemporary fairytale set in a land known for its magically rich history and love of all things "other," Ireland.

I just loved how this tale seems to feel timeless! Complete with a battle of good versus evil, the true heart of this tale is the story of love between two damaged souls!

I received a complimentary copy of GODDESS OF MINE by Tabitha Barret! My honest review is voluntary!

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern (Madam Tulip #3)

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance
by David Ahern

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Madam Tulip - Book 3
Publisher: Malin Press (April 12, 2018)
Publication Date: April 12, 2018
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon
A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O'Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager - each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can't predict is her own.

Madame Tulip is the third in the series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O'Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.
Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern (Madam Tulip #3) 

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance (Madam Tulip #3)Derry O’Donnell is an actress. She is also Madam Tulip, the celebrity fortune teller who gets caught up in an unpredictable game of greed, conspiracy and betrayal in the Scottish Highlands where getting out alive may be as difficult as understanding her eccentric parents.

MADAM TULIP AND THE BONES OF CHANCE by David Ahern is another quirky mystery where even the most prodigious armchair sleuth will find that predicting the outcome is just one too many twists away from possible! Secrets will be shared and the greatest acting will be done off screen as Derry becomes entangled once again in mystery, murder and mayhem.

David Ahern never fails to bring laughter, intrigue and a kaleidoscope of colorful characters together as he tosses poor Derry into an inferno of trouble. I absolutely love Derry (and Madam Tulip, of course), as she must once again, give some of the greatest performances of her life. All that and dealing with her parents at the same time, I predict I cannot give this less than five stars for pure entertainment joy as Mr. Ahern creates an atmosphere that screams “read me!”

I received a complimentary ARC edition from David Ahern!

Maybe Never by Sadie Allen #Cover Reveal

Maybe Never

Author: Sadie Allen

Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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One golden boy... 

Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of scorn and ridicule, and the only thing he has left is his scholarship and counting down the days until he can leave town. 

One goal-oriented girl... 

Sunny Blackfox was alone in the world, but she had big plans and big dreams to keep her occupied. She didn’t have time for anyone in her life. That was, until she came to the rescue of the boy she always had a thing for. 

They have everything going against them, but maybe, if they are lucky, they will make it out of town after graduation together ... or maybe never.

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Sugar by Jessica Gadziala (The Henchmen MC, #12)

by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Henchmen MC - Book 12
Publication Date: March 15, 2018
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Genre: Romantic Erotica
Print Length: 236 pages
Available from: Amazon
Sugar had known a lot of women in his life. But he’d never met anyone quite like this mermaid-haired, tattooed, pierced, smartass woman named Peyton who made it clear she didn’t want anything from him except as many orgasms as he could give her.

So what was he supposed to do when he realized he did want more? How was he supposed to get this woman who was so committed to non-commitment to take a chance on him? Or convince the loansharks and ex-armed robbers that loved her that he was worthy? All the while trying to figure out how a dead man from his past had somehow come back to life… and why he was coming for him…
Sugar by Jessica Gadziala (The Henchmen MC, #12)

Sugar (The Henchmen MC, #12)With a name like SUGAR, and an author like Jessica Gadziala, I just knew I was in for some sweet and sexy reading! Pair this Henchman up with a mouthy, independent woman who “wants sex with no strings” and more “sex with no strings” and you just know you’ll be needing a large glass of ice water nearby!

Peyton is no Shrinking Violet and there probably hasn’t been a man before Sugar who could bring this relation-phobic female to heel. Just her list of “watchdogs and protectors would be enough to scare any man away, but Sugar isn’t just any man, but he is definitely all male.

Talk about a match made in, well, not heaven, but in Navesink Bank, these two are priceless and FRESH! Humor abounds, warm and fuzzies will fly and the sexual tension is off the charts as Jessica Gadziala focusses on two characters that could use some real romance in their lives. (And for once, the “hard guy” is a smartass woman!)

I always think each of Jessica Gadziala’s latest books are my favorite, that the latest characters are the best, the storyline the most amazing, but THIS time, THIS TIME, I really, REALLY mean it! This series just keeps on going and growing and exceeds my expectations!

I received a complimentary copy from Jessica Gadziala!

Dominion by Julie Hall Blitz and #Giveaway

Julie Hall
(Life After, #3)
Publication date: March 19th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
After defeating the red dragon’s legion of bloodthirsty demons, Audrey can finally settle into the afterlife with the knowledge her family is safe. But her quest for a perfect existence shatters the moment Logan is kidnapped in an attempt to bend her to Satan’s will.
Audrey must now travel to the one place no hunter has ever ventured to save the man she loves . . . Hell.
Savage demons, desiccated corpses, life sucking zombie trees, and a land of death and rot await Audrey and her friends as they battle through the fiery realm.
But Logan’s freedom comes with a price . . . the destruction of Audrey’s happily ever after.
As Satan schemes for dominion over all the realms, Audrey learns that some acts may be beyond redemption.
We sat on his bed, tucked up against the headboard, Logan sitting with one knee bent and an outstretched leg, and me curled into a ball against his chest, practically cuddled on his lap.
When my tears were spent, I let out a shaky breath of air.
“Audrey, I can’t—” Logan’s voice caught on something. His head rested on top of mine. When he continued, his voice dropped an octave, thickened with emotion. “I can’t imagine what you went through down there. I’m so very sorry. I should never have bonded with you.”
I savored the warm thud of his heartbeat on my cheek for several seconds before what he’d said sunk in. The leakage from my eyes along with a bad case of the feels must have dulled my reactions.
I jerked to a sitting position to stare at him in disbelief—and anger. My face was crusted with the salt of dried tears. There was no doubt I was a hot mess and a half. But that was nothing compared to the mess he’d just spewed.
He reached for me again, but I put a hand up to ward off his movements and curled my upper lip.
Where to even start?
“What I went through? Are you insane?” His gaze jumped around my face as if he couldn’t decide on a safe place to land. “Logan, I actually felt an echo of what you went through. I even experienced some of it in a dream or a weird out of body experience where I was you. What I went through was nothing.”
He opened his mouth to speak, but I slashed a hand through the air to stop him. “Nothing compared to what had been done to you. You were torn to shreds. Literally, in some spots.”
His face paled. I shouldn’t have gone there and instantly regretted bringing it up—but I couldn’t handle his concern for me when he had been tortured. We’d get to the “should never have bonded with you” comment next.
“You experienced some of . . . of what I went through?” he asked.
Shoot, I gave him another reason to beat himself up. Rookie mistake. “Never mind about that. And what’s this business about regretting bonding with me? Frankly, that’s kind of—hey!”
He grabbed my upper arms and held me still as I tried to push away even farther. His blue eyes flashed, and his face was hard as stone. “If bonding with you caused you to feel even a second of what I endured in that place, then yes, it’s something I deeply regret and would do anything to take back.”
Buried under the caveman response was something sweet, but I wasn’t feeling it.
“Argh. You . . .” I pointed a finger at his face. “You just . . .”
As I sputtered to find the right words, the corners of Logan’s lips just barely tipped up. I stopped talking when I spotted his involuntary reaction. Of course I’d find a guy who thought it was cute when I got mad. Actually, that was probably pretty lucky considering I did tend to have a short fuse.
I pressed my lips together and narrowed my eyelids before performing another visual sweep of his body.
Yep, he looked to be relatively healthy.
I launched myself at him and grabbed the sides of his face, and then I planted my lips right over his. Just like the first time I’d surprised him with a kiss, he was momentarily stunned.
I gently but firmly bit down on his full bottom lip in a silent demand for him to get with the program. Then I pulled back a fraction, just far enough that my lips grazed his when I spoke. “Less talking, more kissing.”
I’d gone to Hell and back for this guy. I wanted to collect my reward . . . with interest.

Author Bio:
Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling YA fantasy author and 1st place winner of the 2012 Women of Faith national writing contest. She was also was awarded "Best Debut Author" at the 2017 Ozarks Indie Book Festival.
Before writing her first novel Julie worked as a film publicist and rubbed elbows with the rich and famous . . . as in she would gently nudge them to let them know their meal had arrived during press interviews.
She now spends most of her "office hours" with her two furry writing buddies. Her daughter thinks that mommy's superpower is “sleeping all day,” but that’s because she’s often awake until the wee hours of the morning weaving tales of adventure in worlds of her own creation. When asked in an interview what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’s quoted to have answered, “to never have to grow up.”
She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her four favorite people--her husband, daughter, and two doodles (because dogs are people too).


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Revolt of Blood and Stone by A.J. Norfield

Revolt of Blood and Stone
by A.J. Norfield

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Stone War Chronicles: Novella | Prequel
Publisher: LowSea Publishing; 1 edition (March 15, 2018)
Publication Date: March 15, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: Approx 78
Available from: Amazon
His father always told him monsters weren’t real, but now Sebastian knows better. The world is full of monsters, and some of them lurk in the minds of men.

Trapped deep underground and forced into manual labor by the Stone King’s soldiers, Sebastian is nearing the end of his rope. For years, misery and hopelessness filled his days—until now. He discovers a daring plan is in motion, with only one goal: escape.

Is Sebastian a fool for believing they can pull off the impossible? Perhaps. But only by conquering his own fear can he help his comrades revolt...a thing not easily done when facing monsters.
Revolt of Blood and Stone by A.J. Norfield

Revolt of Blood and StoneSebastian has learned that monsters can be anywhere and his life as one of hundreds of slaves is living proof. Forced into captivity underground, life is bleak at best as he witnesses friends die, be brutally punished or worse, just disappear at the hands of the minions of the Stone King. He is a teen without hope for a future, barely surviving each grueling day until he learns of a secret group willing to face death rather than continue on. How can he believe that escape is possible against the soldiers that guard them, or worse, the monsters they have created?

REVOLT OF BLOOD AND STONE by A. J Norfield is the incredible journey and coming of age for one young man, who learns to trust in himself, and the dream of freedom for his people. Follow the harrowing attempt of a downtrodden people as they risk everything to have a future. See how Sebastian became the man he is and how a hero/warrior was created!

This may be a short tale, but it is long on story and action. A.J. Norfield’s ability to create an atmosphere that comes alive makes for fascinating, and completely gripping reading!
Fans of fantasy, a “David and Goliath” kind of story and just plain great reading will find themselves glued to each page, feeling like part of the story as it comes to life!

I received a complimentary copy from A.J. Norfield!