Monday, February 19, 2018

Shattered Destiny by Yumoyori Wilson & Tamara White Blitz and #Giveaway


Shattered Destiny
Yumoyori Wilson & Tamara White
(Reclaiming The Throne, #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
What if one act of kindness shatters your destiny? One moment that changed your life forever. Would you embrace it or fight with everything you had?
Born to a powerful mother and father, both highly respected in our clan for their magic and strength, I was neither powerful nor respected. I was born a null. Devoid of any of the strength or power of my clan and to make matters worse, my attempted shift into dragon form revealed I’m nothing more than a mere human.
When my mother became ill and my father abandoned us, I became the head of the household. I didn’t mind doing hard labor; actually, I enjoyed knowing I could be of use to my mother by performing the duties she could no longer do.
My life had become the same routine until I decided to step in and help an injured dragon who crossed my path. After healing them, my clan turned on me, taking me to the King to be interrogated. Now, I’m free and on the run – beginning my journey into the unknown.
I am Abigail Fiammetta. I vow to live and reclaim the shattered pieces of my life. Even if I have to kill to do so.
SHATTERED DESTINY is a new REVERSE HAREM, paranormal series. Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language.
EXCERPT:
“If you think I did such a horrible job, why don’t you stop talking the talk and walk the walk? Fight me,” I declared.
I could hear gasps around me, the villagers were clearly shocked by my announcement. Raphael narrowed his eyes at me, giving me a good up and down look. He grinned, sighing dramatically before he took a step forward, his tall frame hovering over me.
I wasn’t going to be intimidated by his height, glaring up at him in defiance as I stood my ground.
“You could get hurt, pretty girl,” he whispered low enough, so only I could heed his warning.
“I don’t care. Sometimes you need to prove your worth to be seen as an ally rather than a burden,” I whispered back.
I tried to ignore the soft fragrance that hit my nose and ignore his handsome face.
I bet all the women swooned over him, and even though I wouldn’t tell him to his face, he was attractive and doing his share of making my body tingle in want.
Maybe it was the weird connection I was trying to ignore—a force begging for us to be closer…to be one? Wait a minute. Did he just call me pretty?
He grinned, and for a second I saw pride flicker through his purple eyes that lingered on my lips before he stepped away.
“Alright. Let’s see what you’re made of, A-B-Gail.”


Author Bio:
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone.



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Lightning in a Bottle by Gina Ardito Tour & #Giveaway


Lightning in a Bottle
by Gina Ardito
Genre: Contemporary Romance


After suffering through a humiliating divorce in New York, Bo McKenzie is out of luck, money, and patience. Arriving in Silverton, Texas, she’s bet her last dime on the launch of her craft brewery to get her life back on track. Despite her vow to stay focused solely on the beer business, one man manages to capture her heart. Can she trust him?

Drew Garwood’s one true love has always been serving the legal needs of his neighbors. His greatest trouble is keeping his brother on the right side of the law. When Bo McKenzie sweeps into town, she rouses his passion and provides the spark his life has been missing. Whatever happened before she came to Silverton has left her guarded and suspicious. Can he break down her defenses?

As the two struggle to rein in their wild attraction, secrets and greed could destroy the brewery and force Bo out of town for good – unless Drew can find a way to convince her to stay. 



I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I'm not boasting. I just figure that if you're reading this, you're looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear reader, even if you're not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother, not a female. We're human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:

I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don't know--jingles from television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I'm grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I'm not singing, I talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after a while.

I don't eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about ten years ago, but I'd still rather have a cookie.

Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I'm extremely fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.

I can't sleep without background noise so the television's on all night. If it's too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts. And even *I* don't want to be alone with my thoughts.

Don't ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have absolutely no rhythm.

I color outside the lines. Not because I'm a rebel, but because I suck as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don't even draw that well.

Regrets. I have more than a few.

My favorite activity is sleep, and I'm pretty good at it. I don't clock a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate within ten minutes.

I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong in my life.

My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter century claims it's because I'm an alien sent to Earth to destroy him. (He might be right about that.)

Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you've given me plenty of advance notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets once a week (I'm climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?) Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally honest, it's not on the list at all.

I can resist anything...except ice cream.

Since this is our first date, I figure I've revealed enough secrets for now. But if you've read this bio and think I might be the author for you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website




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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Brush with Fame by Melinda Hazen

A Brush With Fame
by Melinda Hazen

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: January 6, 2018
Publisher: Melinda Hazen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 471 pages
Available from: Amazon
What if by chance you met a famous person? And he wants you.

Rafaella Hamilton, a talented makeup artist, accepts a one-day sub position on a movie set, where she meets the charismatic lead. British heartthrob actor Evan Hutchinson, intrigued by Rafaella’s understated beauty and charm, surprises her with a job offer to finish the film.

After much playful conversation and post-work engagements together, Rafaella realizes Evan wants more from her than just a workplace relationship. This in turn compels her to make a love-altering decision enabling her to explore a relationship with Evan.

Love is hard enough under ordinary circumstances, but is Rafaella and Evan’s relationship strong enough to withstand his Hollywood lifestyle, interactions with glamorous co-stars, the tabloids, and over-devoted fans?

When unthinkable tragedy strikes, testing their love, and forcing them to make painful choices, will an ultimatum destroy their relationship?

A Brush with Fame by Melinda Hazen

A Brush With FameShe knew he looked familiar, heck, he was definitely handsome, but when Rafaella Hamilton first flirted with British heartthrob Evan Hutchinson, she had no idea who he was or what they could become to each other. A makeup artist, Rafaella would soon learn that even the best concealer couldn’t hide what she was beginning to feel for Evan. She was pretty sure he felt the same way towards her, but would the life of a star be too much for Rafaella to accept? Would her personal insecurities and desires clash with the younger Evan’s own goals or the future he had mapped out for himself?

When Rafaella’s past comes back like a horror show on steroids, she is forced to look at her life, her dreams and needs. Is she strong enough to walk away if Evan cannot make the same choices? Would she be playing a high school game, hoping he would bend to her wishes? Painful choices must be made, but sometimes through pain comes clarity and love. Will they find a love that will survive the tests of life?

A BRUSH WITH FAME by Melinda Hazen is a tale of two worlds colliding, joining together and being torn apart with gaping wounds left in the aftermath. I found Evan to come across as a man unaffected by the life he has, sincere enough to know what he wants and honest enough not to dangle empty promises.

Rafaella, although in her late twenties almost seemed too na├»ve for the world she lived in. I did enjoy hearing her thoughts regarding Evan, they were spot on as she dared to hope he was attracted to her in the beginning. She did have a brutal wake up call that made her realize what she wanted in life and their exchange was heart wrenching, but for the most part, honest, particularly on Evan’s side. Rafaella rolled the emotional dice and had to play out her hand. Choices of the heart are difficult at best, but love isn’t a game.

Melinda Hazen has put a very realistic spin on loving, losing and moving on, no matter the outcome, which could only change if two people still wanted it. A sweet romance with a touch of darkness and pain, but isn’t that pretty realistic, too? Want a romance with two "nice"people looking for love and acceptance as they are? This is it!

I received a complimentary copy from Melinda Hazen!



Fire in Ice by Jennifer DiGiovanni ( The Generators, #1)

Fire in Ice
by Jennifer DiGiovanni

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Generators - Book 1
Publisher: Evernight Teen (January 25, 2018)
Publication Date: January 25, 2018
Genre: YA Paranormal
Print Length: 299 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
After suffering a rare illness, straight-A student Cara Scotto struggles to deal with lingering side effects. Refusing to admit she can’t handle the disruptions in her otherwise normal life, she tries to move on and heal.

Alexander DeMarsh is unhappy about returning to his small hometown for three weeks. He prefers living in the city, where he attends an elite boarding school far away from his overprotective parents. Sure, they have reason to worry about him. As a Generator, Alex’s body constantly manufactures supernatural energy that’s often difficult to control.

Over winter break, Alex runs into Cara and picks up on the powers they share. Soon, he realizes Cara is the only person in the world who has any chance of understanding him. But first, he needs to find a way to draw out her supernatural abilities without revealing too many secrets of his own.

Fire in Ice by Jennifer DiGiovanni ( The Generators, #1)

Fire in Ice (The Generators Book 1)He is like a livewire, filled with a supernatural energy he has always struggled to control. Alexander is also the son to the wealthy and privileged family who lives in seclusion in the small town.

Cara is struggling with some unusual side effects from a recent illness. When she and Alex, the mysterious town heartthrob meet, more than sparks of attraction will fly as their powers both attract and repel each other. Now Alex must help Cara learn to understand and control the powers she has been given. Neither expected the emotional bond that would grow between the rich “player “ and the small town girl who was as innocent and down to earth as she was charming.
When Cara’s abilities are sought by an evil entity, they will find that even all of the protection that Alex’s family could buy will not be enough to keep her safe.

FIRE IN ICE by Jennifer DiGiovanni is a slightly different twist on supernatural abilities with a slow burning romance between two teens that makes for a wonderful read and a solid start for a new series, The Generators. Written for a young adult audience, there are great supporting characters of all ages, a realistic feel as the characters interact with one another!

Easy to follow, just enough tension to move the story along fabulously and of course, the villain who hides in the shadows to make his move!

I received a complimentary copy from Evernight Teen!



Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock (The Twisted and the Brave, #1)

Lost in Wonderland
by Nicky Peacock

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Series: The Twisted and the Brave - Book 1
Publisher: Evernight Teen (April 14, 2016)
Publication Date: April 14, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy Suspense
Print Length: 124 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Monsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder... 

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother… 

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.

Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock
(The Twisted and the Brave, #1)

Lost in Wonderland (The Twisted and the Brave, #1)Definitely not the Wonderland that Alice found! This time out that rabbit hole is lined with barbed wire as monsters and killers fall to the vigilante justice group known as Wonderland. A little dark, a little twisted, and definitely intriguing, Nicky Peacock’s LOST IN WONDERLAND is a briefly told introduction to the world of crime, punishment and retribution. Meet some fascinating and quirky characters, discover an unusual “family” unit that brings lost children into the fold and trains them to take justice into their own hands.

Run by ex government agents, funded by a wealthy tycoon, meet characters like Mouse, who is trained to trap the bad guys and take them down without remorse.

Just a little too short for my taste, there IS a huge story to tell as indicated by the number of characters introduced and the tendrils of each of their stories briefly described. A good start to a series for young adults that is not too dark, as an unlikely group form their own “super family” support system. More of a teaser than a full novel, I see lots of action and trials to come!

I received a complimentary copy from Evernight Teen!


The Assassin of Oz by Nicky Peacock (The Twisted and the Brave, #2)

The Assassin of Oz
by Nicky Peacock

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The twisted and the Brave - Book 2
Publisher: Evernight Teen (January 4, 2018)
Publication Date: January 4, 2018
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Monsters and madmen and murderers, oh my!

A club of serial killers calling themselves Oz is stalking the streets of London. Alone and desperate, 17-year-old Halo finds herself drawn into the middle of their blood-soaked storm of murders. Struggling to survive, Halo must contend with both known and unknown killers, put her trust in the most unlikely of devilish places, and play by a new set of rules if she is to become the Assassin of Oz. 

Gavin, a young US homicide detective, has moved to the UK to catch the serial killers, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, and The Munchkin Masher but soon finds himself two steps behind the headline-grabbing murderers and one step behind vigilante group, Wonderland. 

Stalked by death and danger, both Halo and Gavin are going to need all the brains, heart, and courage they can muster to take down Oz.

The Assassin of Oz by Nicky Peacock
(The Twisted and the Brave, #2)

The Assassin of Oz (The Twisted and the Brave Book 2)When her mother left her with her drug pushing step-father, Halo’s life was far from perfect, but the man did keep a roof over her head, even if he did use her for a punching bag. It wouldn’t be long before she could run free and far away, but that all changed the night he tried to kill her and the strange man in white showed up to make her an offer she was too terrified to refuse.

Welcome to a dark and deadly version of Oz, an “exclusive” underground club where murder was on the agenda and twisted killers took on names from the beloved classic tale. To fail with an assignment made these twisted creatures a target themselves and London would never be the same as these serial killers managed to stay two steps ahead of the police, even with International help.

Halo’s first assignment just didn’t seem right, but her failure to perform would find her given a second chance at life, and the term “the Devil made me do it,” would take on a very personal meaning for her. Young Halo is about to discover that all is not as it seems and with Toto at her side, she may be the best friend a police detective ever had.

THE ASSASSIN OF OZ by Nicky Peacock is definitely NOT as magical as the story L. Frank Baum created. You think the Wicked Witch was deviously evil? The “man behind the curtain” may not have quite so quirky, either. This time out he is a sick and twisted ringleader who enjoyed tales of blood, and suffering and death. Dark, with some twisted gore, this murderous world is a unique take on the dangers of the streets of London and brings two fantasy tales together in a clash of good versus evil, serial killers versus vigilante justice with one teen caught in the middle, the devil on her shoulder and the law close behind.

I received a complimentary copy from Evernight Teen!


A Life Of Shadows by Kristen Banet Blitz and #Giveaway


A Life Of Shadows
Kristen Banet
(The Redemption Saga, #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Sawyer Matthews knows how to put one foot in front of the other, to keep moving while the nightmares haunt her, and her own failures taunt her. She’s become a master at doing awful things with good intentions, terrible things for the sake of those who need her. She’s long given up on being the hero, trying to find peace in no longer being the villain.
When her past comes back and she finds herself caught by the International Magi Police Organization, she’ll have to revisit her own personal hells and finally confront the very monster that made her what she is. The very monster that has already killed her once before.
Will the “dead” Magi assassin Shadow finally come out of the dark to begin a fight for a redemption she doesn’t believe she deserves? Or will her nightmares drag her back into the shadows that have defined her life?
*This is an Urban Fantasy reverse harem series of full length novels where the leading lady doesn’t have to choose from her romantic interests. This series will have M/M content.
These books are rated for mature audiences, 18+ due to violence, language, and sexual themes.
This series deals with several triggering topics including, but not limited to, suicide, child abuse, rape, and PTSD.*


Author Bio:
Kristen Banet has a Diet Coke problem and smokes too much. She curses like a sailor (though, she used to be one, so she uses that as an excuse) and finds that many people don’t know how to handle that. She loves to read, and before finally sitting to try her hand at writing, she had your normal kind of work history. From tattoo parlors, to the U.S. Navy, and freelance illustration, she’s stumbled through her adult years and somehow, is still kicking.
She loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections—trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.
She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.
Check out her social media to catch what's going on in the worlds inside her head. She drops teasers, new covers, and opens ARC reader slots through her Facebook group, The Banet Pride.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

Rescuing the Prince
by Meghann McVey

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: February 3, 2017
Publisher: Meghann McVey
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
During the afternoon fantasy parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend. I am not making this up. 

So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, does she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider? 

Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

Rescuing the PrinceHidden Gem Alert! Fun Read Alert!

A contemporary California girl finds herself caught up in a real life fantasy when she witnesses her boyfriend being carried off by a dragon. Meghann McVey’s RESCUING THE PRINCE takes one girl into another world where she must impersonate a missing princess, learn magic, because, yes-it is real and find a way to free her missing boyfriend. But will Leah also discover that her boyfriend, Gerry may not be her true love after all? Why else would she find her heart fluttering for one of the Queen’s guards, Tolliver?

A great fantasy is always a fabulous way to escape for a few hours, but I found Leah to be an exceptional breath of fresh air! Why? Because she doesn’t “magically" become this missing princess who she resembles so greatly, she fumbles, she is lost, but she is also determined and driven. With only the help of the Queen and a few trusted guards, Leah will need to impersonate a less than “ordinary” princess, a princess who has a tendency to be more tomboy and who has willingly gone missing at a time when her people need her most.

Some fabulous twists, some unexpected turns and pure reading pleasure from start to finish, Meghann McVey ‘s RESCUING THE PRINCE is fast, fun, a little quirky and even has a mystery that unravels in a most unexpected fashion. Definitely a hidden gem that deserves to be a the top of fantasy readers’ lists!

I received a complimentary copy from Meghann McVey!


Just Say (Hell) No by Rosalind James Blitz and #Giveaway


Just Say (Hell) No
Rosalind James
(Escape to New Zealand #11)
Publication date: February 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Even a hard man needs a soft side.
Marko Sendoa isn’t a beach man. He’s not an Auckland man. He’s a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It’s not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he’s done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he’ll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung.
He doesn’t need a kitten.
He doesn’t need a pregnant cousin.
He definitely doesn’t need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista and part-time pet portraitist who fills his house and his life with too much color, too much chaos, and too many secrets.
He’s getting them anyway.
EXCERPT:
Ahead of him, the girl looked tense. The running was new, probably. Felt too hard. That had to be it, considering the speed she was going. He caught up and said, “Excuse me.”
She whirled on him so fast, he started running backward out of habit.
“I have Mace!” she announced, all but baring her teeth.
Oh. She’d heard him coming up behind her. He blinked, realized he was still jogging backward, stopped, and said, “Uh . . . no, you don’t. But no worries. You don’t need it.” There wasn’t room to conceal more than a car key in that kit she was wearing. A flippy little zebra-print skirt,and a black sports bra that dipped low enough in front to show some cleavage. She was a curvy little thing and no mistake. Not that he was looking. She was advancing on him like the stroppiest terrier in the litter, and despite her aggression, he could see the fear underneath.
First the pub, and now this. He didn’t scare women. He was careful. He put up both palms and said again, “No worries.”
She seemed taken aback for an instant, but recovered fast. “I’m not worried,” she said. “But maybe you should be, eh.”
A hint of a Maori accent there. He considered explaining that he liked blondes, but she opened her hand, and bloody hell, but she did have a tiny metal canister laced between her fingers, together with her keys. An older couple was coming toward them with a Golden Retriever on a leash, and Marko had a sudden flash of his photo in another newspaper. Staggering around, tears streaming from his eyes, Maced on a bush track after attacking a jogger. That would be a good look.
Brilliant.


Author Bio:
Rosalind James writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense published both by Montlake Romance and independently. Her stories are set in New Zealand, Idaho, California, New York . . . really, anyplace that seems cool. (Research trips, especially those involving lots of rugby, are a bonus.) Her books are available in ebook, paperback, and audio formats. Rosalind is a former marketing executive who spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She attributes her rapid success to the fact that "Lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!"

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