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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Things She's Seen by Pat Esden

Things She’s Seen
(Northern Circle Coven #2)
Author: Pat Esden
Published by: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Genre: Adult Paranormal

Book Description:
The coven’s under investigation. Its future is in peril. And for one troubled young psychic, the coming battle will threaten her newfound freedom—and brings back a dangerous desire . . .

Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word. . .

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Amber Sky by Cassia Leo

Amber Sky
Author: Cassia Leo
Publication Date: October 18th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a new stand-alone novel, Amber Sky, the haunting, atmospheric love story of Walker Ainsley and Cassidy O’Connor.

A devastating car crash leaves Cassidy O’Connor stranded in rural Pennsylvania. Her only company is Walker Ainsley, the ruggedly handsome man who saved her from the wreckage and took her into his home. But when her ride back to town arrives after the crash, Cassidy can’t bring herself to leave Walker behind. She is determined to convince him to go back to town with her, until she begins to wonder if she actually survived the crash that brought them together.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Scorpion Blood by Stephany Wallace & J.L. Weil

Scorpion Blood
(Supernatural Taskforce Academy, Mission 1)
Authors: Stephany Wallace & J.L. Weil
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Genre: YA / NA Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
What does an ex-military, a vampire, a phoenix, a wolf shifter,
a fae, and a witch all have in common?
Nothing… other than being handpicked to save the world.

May the Gods save us all.

If someone had told young, ex-Delta Force Ethan James, that supernatural creatures were real, he would have laughed. See to believe was his motto, until one day he was kidnapped by a being that could only exist in dreams… or nightmares. Taken to a place where having extraordinary abilities is the norm, he’ll be offered the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Supernatural Taskforce Academy—or STA as it’s known—is an elite academy for witches, fae, shifters, vampires, and every other class of supernaturals with exceptional skills. But what the heck does STA want with a human? An ex-soldier at that?

Renna Blackwood doesn’t play nice with others. She might have a mean girlreputation, who snubs her nose at the rules, but with skills like hers, she has rightfully earned every ounce of that reputation. She is a bleeding vampire for God’s sake. So, when the council assigns her the task of awakening new members for the academy, Renna isn’t the least bit surprised.

Until she sees who her partner is…
A mortal. With a heartbeat.
Swell. This should be fun.

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

BOOK REVIEW - Dagger and Scythe: The Ichorian Epics by Emilie Knight

Dagger and Scythe
The Ichorian Epics, Book 2
Author: Emilie Knight
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Book Description:
Dagger and Scythe spent good decade's together, stalking human prey at night, and taking out the targets the god Maniodes deems worthy. With one hundred years under her belt, Scythe is comfortable in her ways, and takes incredible enjoyment of her skills. Dagger may be new to the undead order, but he's relishing in the work. The two of them together set beautiful bonfires, with the occasional corpse inside that fire.

When they enjoy each other's time a little too much, and an entire village burns down because of it, Maniodes becomes sick of their rogue behavior. Regular punishments haven't worked on either of them, so he tries something new: marrying them to each other. To keep each other in line or they'll both end up properly dead.

Both have grown tired of the god's odd punishments and lazy control, taking over his throne and the land of the dead should fix things.

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MY REVIEW

In Dagger and Scythe, being dead doesn't always mean you're no longer a part of life, at least not if you're one of the few chosen souls selected to be an Incruentus Ferrum, working under the leadership of Maniodes, God of the Underworld, and his mother, Nyx, Goddess of Death, to wreak havoc on Ichorisis, the land of the living, to apply order among the living and remind them that there is a higher power. Dagger and Scythe are one of the lucky few from Skiachora, land of the dead, chosen to work for Maniodes. They're not so lucky, however, when it comes to avoiding the god's wrath.

When Dagger and Scythe get carried away during a mission, Maniodes decides to take a take a more radical approach to get them in line and settles on marrying them to each other. Although peeved about the arrangement at first, it soon becomes clear to the Dagger and Scythe that they have a mutual attraction towards each other, one that could set them on a path of destruction. As part of their punishment, they must keep each other in line or risk being killed. As if learning to trust each other wasn't a difficult enough task, when they learn that the fate of all members of the Incruentus Ferum Operation depend on their obedience, they decide enough is enough. Dagger and Scythe hatch a plan to get rid of Maniodes and become King and Queen of Skiachora. But how does one go about killing a god? Will Dagger and Scythe find the answer before Maniodes catches on to their plan?

This was a very interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed the devious nature of the protagonists, both of whom were equally as damaged as the other, which was very well portrayed by the author. These two characters are neither heroes nor villains, which was just the kind of characters I didn't know I had been yearning for. They weren't burdened by the rage and destruction they were inflicting upon the world, yet every now and again, they exhibited a level of compassion that reminded you that they once belonged to the land of the living. The task of trying to figure out how to execute their plan to destroy Maniodes went on a little longer than I would have liked, but because I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, it didn't bother me too much nor did the story become tedious. There was always some form of mischief at play around every corner. Although I loved Dagger and Scythe, I have to say that my favourite character was Pitch.

Great worldbuilding, great characterisation and a rather fascinating story leaves for a very enjoyable book. Dagger and Scythe is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. If you're after gore and chaos with a hint of romance, then this story is right up your alley.

VERDICT


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Winter King by J.S. Dark

Winter King
(The Wyth Courts, #1)
Author: J.S. Dark
Publication Date: October 9th, 2019
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
His court is dying, and she’s his only hope …

Monsters of the Tywyll Forest have poisoned the Winter Court, unleashing a prophecy that demands a human sacrifice to save the withering land. Willing to do whatever it takes to save his people, King Cadewyn of the Winter Court ventures to the human world in search of one insignificant life to claim…

Amber was used to her life being in shambles, but getting kidnapped and whisked off to a magical fae realm was a new low even for her. While feeling drawn to the fae King by a sizzling attraction, her apprehension builds to a panic when she finds out why she was brought there.

When Cade discovers that Amber is his mate, can he carry out his plan to sacrifice her? Or will the malicious plotting of others within the court leave Amber trapped in the mystical realm with nowhere to run?


Winter King is a standalone steamy paranormal romance with a HEA. Each book in the Wyth Courts series will feature a different couple, with a complete story, and a HEA. Suited for readers 18+ due to language and sex scenes.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway - The Escape Artist by Kitty Thomas


The Escape Artist
Author: Kitty Thomas
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Genre: Erotica / Romance

Book Description:
Claire was held captive for 43 days by a man who did unspeakable things to her.

Three years after her escape, she gets her revenge. The only problem is, she’s got the wrong man.

God help her if he escapes.

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About the Author
KITTY THOMAS writes dark stories that play with power and have unconventional HEAs. She began publishing in early 2010 with her bestselling COMFORT FOOD and is considered one of the original authors of the dark romance subgenre.

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Off Balance by Aileen Erin


Off Balance
(Aunare Chronicles #2)
Author: Aileen Erin
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Genre: YA Fairy Tales / Fantasy / Retelling

Book Description:
Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of halfers. She hears their whispers whenever she enters a room and sees her death reflected in their eyes. Amihanna doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she hasn’t survived this long by ignoring the warning signs all around her, especially when her instincts are screaming that a familiar choice is coming: flee or fight.

Her parents assure her everything is okay—that there won’t be any reason for her to fight, let alone flee—but with Amihanna’s sudden return, questions arise among the Aunare: who should be blamed for the start of a full-scale war with SpaceTech, how much danger will the war bring, and is Amihanna truly fit to be the next high queen?

Honestly, Amihanna wants to forget all the politics, her betrothal to Lorne, and the possibility of being queen. Her needs are much more basic. All she wants is a solid night’s sleep where she doesn’t wake up screaming with the phantom pain of her skin burning. All she needs is to live without fear of a mob tearing her away from her family. All she hopes for is a chance to dream of a future instead of constantly fighting for her right to live.

And yet, somehow, everything she does leads her back to Lorne. He always seems to know when she’s about to break under the pressures of her new life. His quiet patience is wearing Amihanna’s protective walls down, and she’s terrified of what will happen if they fall.

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About the Author
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - When Love Simply Is by Tracey L. Dragon

When Love Simply Is
(Return to the Home Front Series, #3)
Author: Tracey L. Dragon
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2019
Genre: Adult Romance

Book Description:
Laurel Richards, freelance journalist and photographer, on assignment to write about old inns in Western New York couldn’t have been more surprised or stunned when Sergeant Clay Randall, the six-two, blue-eyed hunk she’d had the poor judgment to succumb to on one witless night during a layover in Israel answered the door to the Lily Pad Inn. The last image she had of him was his cute, khaki-clad behind scrambling to leave her hotel room at the break of dawn, never to be seen or heard from again–not that she tried very hard to find him. Now three years later she couldn’t help but wonder what he was doing there–wearing a cocky grin and a white-flowered, kitchen apron no less.

When Ellie and Travis Johnson, the owners of the inn and Clay’s aunt and uncle, tell Laurel the history of the inn she becomes engrossed in the elderly couple’s love story that began during World War II at a U.S.-Based Military Hospital in Australia. As the story unfolds, Laurel learns that sometimes in the messy sea of humanity, love simply is.

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Saturday, 5 October 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

The Memory Thief
Author: Lauren Mansy
Published by: Blink
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.


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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

BOOK REVIEW - The Tailes/Tales of Fin and Fang: Bare/Bear Trouble by Kat Morris

The Tails/Tales of Fin and Fang: Bare/Bear Trouble
Author: Kat Morris
Genre: Children's FictionPicture Books
Publication Date: May 6th, 2019

Book Description:
Twin foxes Fin and Fang are very different from one another. Fin is small and scruffy, while Fang is large and strong. Fin wants to stay safe at home, while Fang is ready to go out and get into mischief. But both of them love to pull pranks on their friends, and today they’re going to pay a special visit to Bear. They decide to play a trick on him. But what happens when the trick puts the lives of others in danger? Soon Fin and Fang discover the real trouble with playing tricks. In this children’s story, intended to teach beginning readers about homophones, two fox brothers who enjoy playing pranks learn an important lesson about telling the truth.

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MY REVIEW

As different as they may be in personality, twin foxes Fin and Fang are identical when it comes to pulling pranks on everyone. Their target today is their good friend Bear, however, things don't go quite according to plan.

This was an enjoyable read. I must admit, it didn't win me over right from the get-go, but as I kept reading, the story became more exciting and the characters started to grow on me. I quite liked the gummy bear joke. A simple yet enjoyable brain-teaser for young minds.

I don't know if it was the copy I received, but some of the pictures kept repeating in the first half of the story and certain words were missing the letter l in  number of places. It wasn't terribly distracting, but it was noticeable. Apart from that, I thought it was a good story.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Halloween Book Giveaway



HALLOWEEN BOOK GIVEAWAY

Who doesn't want to dive into a good, creepy book this time of the year? With Halloween around the corner, we're giving away ten books, written by the contributors of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies edited by Vanessa Morgan (released April 2019).

From vampires and werewolves to ghosts and serial killers, these terrifyingly brilliant books will have you enjoy the creepy season that much more.

You can win all of them by filling in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The giveaway is open worldwide, and ends October 31st, 2019. Good luck!


Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies by Vanessa Morgan (ebook)

This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.

Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.

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Discover The Horror: One Man's 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All by Jon Kitley (paperback)

For over five decades, Jon Kitley has been on a never-ending quest to explore as much of the horror film genre as possible, from the early days of terror television to movie theaters and drive-ins, from the video explosion to the creation of his long-running website. Now, for the first time, fans of Kitley's Krypt can read how it all started (and continues to this day) as Jon shares his personal "tales from the road" experiences, having attended over a hundred horror movie conventions from coast-to-coast, as well as thoughts on different sub-genres, critics, reference books, and so much more. Plus, discover plenty of tips on how YOU can get the most out of your own journey into Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All!

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Wholesale Theft and the Least of One's Problems by Chris Hewson (ebook)

Focusing on sexism, B-movies, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Wholesale Theft is about the adventures of Edith Donnegan, a young woman who invariably finds herself up against killer robots, mad scientists, and lizardmen. All the while, she has to deal with incessant chauvinism for the most absurd of reasons, but she strives to succeed.



The Key in the Grave: A haunting in a feared old mansion catches the attention of Edith, who decides to play amateur ghost-hunter to discover what happened in the past, and what’s happening now.


Empire of the Future: While on holiday to Luxembourg, Edith witnesses the world change into a bizarre hybrid of past and future technology. If she wants any chance of getting back home, she’ll have to stop a power-mad ruler before the changes are permanent.



Undead Teenagers of the Lost Island: On an uncharted island, mysterious and dastardly experiments threaten a group of visiting teenagers. Can Edith rescue them in time from the clutches of a villainous mad scientist?


And more!...

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Corporate Wolf by Stuart R. West (ebook)

It was supposed to be a corporate retreat and a series of morale-boosting exercises. It was a weekend Shawn Biltmore nearly didn't survive.

There was something else playing in the woods that night, something other than a bunch of corporate drones with paintball guns.


And it had chosen Shawn as its new chew toy.


…rip 'em to shreds.


The local authorities chalked it up to a bear attack.

So did the doctors.


Shawn knew the truth, however, as much as he wanted to deny it.


But when one of his coworkers is viciously killed, Shawn must face the truth…


He's a killer who needs to be put down.


Or is he?


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Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri (ebook)

There are reasons we fear the night. He’s NOT one of them.

Bill Ryder was a dateless geek, but then he met a girl to die for. So he did. Sadly, that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke as a vampire but, fangs or not, he was still at the bottom of the food chain.


Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier, and a hell of a lot cooler than he is ... and they all want to kick his ass.



Bill isn't exactly average, though. A vamp like him hasn't been seen in centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude that makes him too damned obnoxious to quit.


Join him in this hilarious tale of bloodthirsty monsters and the unlikely hero who's not afraid to flip them all off, even if it gets him killed – again.


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Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh (ebook)

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains – the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?


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Suckers by Anne Billson (ebook)

Everywhere you looked, there would be women dressed in black - white faces, black hair, mouths painted scarlet. It was The Look. You saw it on the street. You saw it on the covers of magazines. You saw it presenting arts programmes on TV.


And some of us saw it in our nightmares…



Anne Billson's debut novel, described by Christopher Fowler in Time Out as 'dark, sharp, chic and very funny', is set at the end of the 'greed is good' era, and features a gothic love triangle between a man, a woman and the 300-year-old vampire they chopped into pieces a decade earlier.



But now she's back, and this time she's building a bloodsucking empire...


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Saucy Jacky: The Whitechapel Murders as Told by Jack the Ripper' by Doug Lamoureux (audio book)


Come into the East End of London, England, 1888.

Walk the streets of Whitechapel and slums of Spitalfields, side by side with history's most notorious serial killer.

Overhear his plans, and listen - or try not to - to his secret thoughts as he waits in the shadows. Keep pace, if you have the nerve, as he stalks his victims.

Watch, if you have the stomach, as he commits his outrages. And run with him, if you're still upright, as he escapes the swarming forces of police desperate for his hide and head.

Imagining the unimaginable in this unabashed novel of terror, award-winning author Doug Lamoreux takes you inside the mind of the infamous killer who was never caught.

Discover the Whitechapel murders...as told by Jack the Ripper himself.


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Blood Bar by Daph Nobody (ebook – French edition)


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Peripheral Visions: The Complete Ghost Stories 1988-2015 by Robert Hood (ebook)

Peripheral Visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood's 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. These memorable tales display Hood's uncanny ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives – both inner and outer – haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse. Hood's stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own. Though many of these stories draw on the traditions of the past, they are far from traditional in approach.


As you turn each page remember this: not everything here is as it seems. There's always something more, barely glimpsed, out there on the periphery.



Each section has an evocative, disturbing illustration by noted artist, Nick Stathopoulos.


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