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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Resistance by T.H. Hernandez

The Resistance
(The Union Series, #5)
Author: T.H. Hernandez
Publication Date: February 25th, 2020
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
After the Union is invaded by the Uprising, life for Evan and her friends becomes even more dire. If they have any hopes of saving the world they know, they’re going to need help. And it looks like there may be someone already out there trying to accomplish the same thing.

Now living in an encampment in the Ruins, life is hard for most Unis in the Resistance. For Cyrus and the other Ruins survivors, it’s just more of the same.

While they train for their ultimate mission, tragedy strikes, upending everything once again. Complicating their plans, someone in their midst is working against them. Evan, Cyrus, and the rest of the Resistance need to locate reinforcements to help them bring down the Uprising while rooting out the traitor. With trust at an all-time low, no one is above suspicion as danger walks among them.

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Monday, 24 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - To Plant a Single Seed by Kelsey Ketch



To Plant a Single Seed
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Genre: YA Short Story
Release Date: February 2020

Book Description:
“Each of us has a seed of our own, each as diverse as the person that carries it.”

Raised in an isolated world of strict rules, one young woman questions what is the purpose of the seed she carries in the palm of her hand. What is its purpose in a world that already seems perfect and is basically untouchable? Railing against her society, she decides to travel toward the distant tree line to discover her purpose.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Fang And Claw by Evangeline Anderson

Fang And Claw
(Nocturne Academy, #2)
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2020
Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Description:
My name is Kaitlyn Fellows and I’ll never be the same.
The Fire stole everything from me.
My home…my family…even my beauty.

The right side of my face is normal–even pretty. But the left side, I hide in shame. That’s where The Fire marked me…scarred me forever.

At Nocturne Academy I’m nothing–just a little Norm girl with no supernatural powers and a disfigured face.

Which is why it’s so strange that a big, Handsome Drake like Ari Reyes should take an interest in me.

But it isn’t only Ari who’s interested in me.

For under his high cheekbones and clear amber eyes, he hides another, much more frightening visage–A Drake, the fire-breathing monster that lives within him.

A monster who has decided I should be his alone.

Can I survive Ari’s love for me? And more importantly, can I survive the love of his Drake?

Because once a girl has been claimed by a Drake, the only way out is through The Fire.

What am I going to do?

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Forever Summer by Nicole Bea

Forever Summer
Author: Nicole Bea
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: February 24th, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Morrigan Westhaver isn’t convinced anything could make her forget her abusive ex-boyfriend—not even if she travels all the way from her home in Michigan to her father’s ranch in Alabama. Saved text messages and voicemails haunt her life with poisonous words and crippling self-doubt, but she can’t seem to let them go. On the ranch, much to her surprise, she immediately takes to a rescued horse, Stormy, as well as Levy, an attractive ranch hand. Will their understanding and gentle support help her heal, or is the damage too deep?

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Monday, 17 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Creeping Beautiful by J.A. Huss

Creeping Beautiful
Author: J.A. Huss
Publication Date: February 19th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
McKAY
I wasn’t the one who broke her but I played my part.
She came to us when she was ten. I raised her. I loved her.
I taught her how to survive in a world of evil men.
But it wasn’t enough.

ADAM
I wasn’t the one who saved her but I did my best.
She needed me as much as I needed her.
Bought and paid for on the auction block.
But not for the reasons you think.
She was my weapon.

DONOVAN
I wasn’t the one who lied to her but I hid her truth.
She was broken before I got there.
Wild and angry. Defiant and bratty.
But she trusted me most.
She loved me best.
So I set her free.

Indie Anna Accorsi is a woman lost in her past.
A pretty little nightmare.
A gorgeous piece of misery.
A mess of lovely darkness.
She is creeping beautiful.
And now we want her back.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Real Principal by Sheldon Peart

The Real Principal
Author: Sheldon Peart
Genre: YA Crime / Thriller
Publication Date: 14th November 2019

Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Danny Easington is trapped in the down-town Kingston inner-city community of Zion City. His mother, whom he reveres admonishes him that education is the only means to escape the grunge and grime of ghetto life.

Danny's mother is hospitalized from a motor vehicle accident and he hurries to her bedside. With her last breath, she beseeches him to protect his ten-year-old sister, Jessica. Danny suspects that Jessica is being molested at home and steals away from school, to defend her. But in his haste, he is charged with a shocking murder.

Tim Browning and Natasha Parkinson, are Danny’s rich up-town friends. They are astounded, but insist on his innocence, because of his dutiful adherence to his mother's teachings. However, the evidence against him is damning.

In a display of unwavering friendship, determination and true grit, Tim and Natasha embark on a calculated mission to find the real killer and vindicate their friend. Unleashing unmatched investigative skills, the budding detectives uncover crucial evidence which the police cannot overlook. But who is the killer?

Detective Sergeant Junior Smellie is confident that he has the right man. But will the brilliant young detectives find that last stroke of genius to convince the police otherwise?

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MY REVIEW

Danny Easington's life was going great until the sudden and tragic death of his mother. Being left with the responsibility of taking care of his younger sister, Jessica, he soon starts to suspect that her withdrawals is more than just her mourning for her mother and may have something to do with his stepfather, Mr Wedderburn, and his sudden interest in bonding with Jessica. Is the attention her father showing her more than fatherly love? Just as Danny thinks he has Mr Wedderburn where he wants him, his life takes a turn for the worse when he's arrested and charged for the brutal murder of one of his fellow pupils. With damning evidence pointing the finger at Danny, can he and his sidekicks, Tim and Natasha, use their intellect to discover the real culprit and set Danny free?

This is the second book I have read by Peart, and he certainly does have a way of grabbing the reader's attention from the very beginning with his intriguing premises. You get hooked to the story from start to end and I appreciated feeling as though I was part of the investigation, trying to solve the clues to unveil the real killer. I thought some of the characters could have been better developed as there was little known about them. There were also repetitive scenes that I thought could have done with some editing to make every situation relevant.

The book needs a good edit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

VERDICT


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

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Married to the Earl by Samantha Holt

Married to the Earl
(The Wallflower Brides #3)
Author: Samantha Holt
Publication Date: February 10th, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Book Description:
Going from vivacious society belle to widow wallflower can leave a lady wanting…

Joanna Lockhart is trapped in a mire of grief and boredom. Still recovering from the sudden death of her husband, the beautiful widow is tired of being treated like a fragile porcelain doll. But when a severe illness nearly claims her life, Joanna finds the perfect outlet for her natural vitality—a charity.

Unfortunately, her sudden interest in all things philanthropic is marred by the presence of one Ambrose Creassey. For some unknown reason, this handsome cad has decided to cast aside his reputation as a rake, and take up the mantel of charitable patron.

As the Earl of Newhaven, Ambrose has enjoyed his life of delicious debauchery. But recently the earl has hungered for more noble pursuits. A charity seems to be the perfect outlet for his newfound desire to be more than just a rake. And of course, he doesn’t mind the aid of a beautiful, well-connected woman like Joanna… Especially when he cannot resist riling her a time or two.

After all, she does rise so beautifully to the challenge.

Focusing on their work is harder than either of them thought. There’s no denying the attraction between them, but is Ambrose truly prepared to cast aside his hedonistic history? And even if he does, is Joanna ready for a new love?

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Possessed by JoAnne Keltner



Possessed
(Pagan Light #1)
Author: JoAnne Keltner
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 2019

Book Description:
Calling Jackie psychic makes her cringe. But Jackie’s no normal seventeen-year-old. She picks up emotions from people and objects like a freak. The emotions make her sick, and the guilt she feels for lying to her church when she was twelve causes her to deny her psychic abilities.But when her jealous friend Trish invites a demon to help her steal Jason's love for Jackie, Jackie must learn how to use her gift to protect Jason and herself and to heal the negative energies around them. To do so means she must overcome her guilt and accept who she is before the demon claims her soul.

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Monday, 10 February 2020

Book Blitz & 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 Dystopian

Book Description:
From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the second book in the Aunare Chronicles.

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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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Hellion by Shannon McKenna

Hellion
(The Hellbound Brotherhood, #1)
Author: Shannon McKenna
Publication Date: February 7th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance / Thriller

Book Description:
Find out why New York Times bestseller Maya Banks hails McKenna’s books as “A nonstop thrill ride…”

He’s a ticking bomb…

Eric Trask is counting the days before he blasts out of Shaw’s Crossing forever. He and his brothers were raised at GodsAcre, a mysterious doomsday cult deep in the mountains, and are the only survivors of the deadly fire that destroyed it. The townspeople see them as time bombs just waiting to blow, but Eric’s going to prove those bastards wrong. He’s an ex-Marine, fresh off a tour in Afghanistan, working three jobs and barely sleeping. Utterly unprepared for Demi Vaughan’s dazzling green eyes, lush pink lips and sexy curves. She’s the town princess…he’s a dangerous outcast. It was a sure recipe for disaster.

But the closer he gets to Demi, the more impossible it is to resist…

Forbidden fruit is the sweetest…

Demi Vaughan has big plans for life post- college, and Eric Trask, notorious bad boy with a complicated past, is not part of them. So when he saunters into the sandwich shop where she works she tells herself he’s just tall, ripped, smoldering eye candy, nothing more. Eric was damaged. Marked by violence and tragedy. He’d be the ultimate bad boyfriend, and right now she was too busy even to shop for a good one. But his hot eyes and hard body, his sensual smile and that rough, sexy voice of his shook her resolve. After all, she was leaving this place forever. A little taste of heaven…what could it hurt?

But Shaw’s Crossing has deeper, darker secrets than Eric or Demi could guess. The evil that destroyed GodsAcre is lying in wait…and it will stop at nothing to keep Eric and Demi apart…

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Hellion, Book One, ends on a cliffhanger, but it leads right into HEADLONG, Book Two, Demi and Eric’s continuing story, dated seven years later and available for preorder now! The other titles in The Hellbound Brotherhood are a connected series, but each book features its own couple and has its own HEA.

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Thursday, 6 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Perfect by Tricia Copeland

Perfect
Author: Tricia Copeland
Publication Date: February 6th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
One driven woman. Five passionate paths to the perfect spouse.

Chloe refuses to compromise when it comes to romance and success. Powering through her sophomore-level college business classes, she’s done with the effort of distance-dating her high-school sweetheart. But when he proposes just as she hits it off with a hunky basketball player, she worries following her heart could send her bright future to the bench.

As Chloe matures to become a rising star in the fashion industry, love knocks another four times. But while each potential suitor eventually pops the question, only she knows her ultimate happy ending.

Whose arms will embrace Chloe when she chooses her forever man?

Perfect is a standalone clean contemporary romance. If you like tender moments, lighthearted comedy, and endings you choose yourself, then you’ll adore Tricia Copeland’s option-filled tale.

Buy Perfect to pick your ideal walk down the aisle today!


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Monday, 3 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Russo Saga by Nicolina Martin

Capo
(Russo Saga, #6)
Author: Nicolina Martin
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
You’ll die if you talk.

The warning haunts her every waking hour.

After a rough start, Chloe finally has financial stability, a place to call home, and friends she’d die for. It never occurred to her that the sentiment would be put to the test, but when her best friend gets on the wrong side of infamous mob boss, Luciano Salvatore, Chloe intervenes, sealing her own fate.

Salvatore never intends for Chloe Becker to live. Beaten to within an inch of her life by his most ruthless enforcer, she still stands tall, refusing to bend to his will. Curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to see what it takes to make her lose that last streak of defiance.

He definitely doesn’t intend for her to get under his skin.

When his existence crumbles and one heart stops beating, it kicks his own back to life, but it might be too late for forgiveness.

This is the sixth and final book in the Russo Saga series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Publisher’s Note: This contemporary, mafia romance contains elements of danger, suspense, adult themes, power exchange, sensual scenes and is intended for adults only. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

Get your copy of book 1 – HEAT – for FREE!

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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - When Hope Ends by Freya Barker

When Hope Ends (life begins)
Author: Freya Barker
Publication Date: January 21st, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
It’s the best day of his life–the worst of hers.

She left her soul behind in the dead silence of a hospital room.
He is bright with hope after being so close to losing faith.

One moment in time leaves their paths unavoidably entwined.

An invisible connection held by one heart beating between them.

***Previously part of the anthology; Then There Was You.


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Friday, 31 January 2020

BOOK REVIEW - The Cockatoo from Timbuktu by William A.E. Ford

The Cockatoo from Timbuktu
Author: William A.E. Ford
Genre: Picture Book

Book Description:
Join Kian the cockatoo on his adventures around the world! Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home? From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey! 

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MY REVIEW

Kian the cockatoo lives in a zoo, but all he wants to do is return to Timbuktu. Okay, I didn't plan for my intro to rhyme, but it was unavoidable. Back to Kian ... The little guy just wants to head back home to his parents. So what does he do? He breaks out of the zoo.

A fun and educational journey around the world with Kian the cockatoo. This was a joyous read. I wasn't expecting the book to be so informative, so it was a wonderful surprise. I loved the illustrations. I particularly loved that the illustrations depicted the destinations with precision. Even without the words, you can figure out where Kian landed using the elements within the illustrations. Loved the rhyme scheme throughout. It's been a long time since I truly enjoyed a picture book, so this was definitely worthwhile.

This is the second book I've read from this author, and I must say, I am fast becoming a fan.

VERDICT


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Own copy

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Lincoln by Christina Bauer

Lincoln
(Angelbound Origins #1.5)
Author: Christina Bauer
Publication Date: May 28th, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal

Book Description:
***Experience the events of Angelbound from Lincoln’s perspective!!!***

When it comes to fighting demons, Prince Lincoln is the greatest warrior in the history of his people, the thrax. Now Lincoln faces his hardest fight yet…and it’s not on a traditional battlefield.

Lincoln is falling in love. And the girl is part demon.

Between a fated dance at the Ryder mansion…a life-changing walk through a hedgerow maze…and a massive battle with none other than the King of Hell…Lincoln realizes that he wants to share his life with Myla Lewis, the part-demon girl who has captured his heart. However, an evil thrax noble—the powerful Earl of Acca—is prepared to do anything to stop Lincoln and Myla from having a future.

But Lincoln won’t give up on his Myla. Ever.

To fight Aldred, Lincoln works to create a different kind of marriage—an Alliance of the lesser thrax houses against Acca. Sadly, just as Lincoln starts to makes some progress, the nobles who’ve joined his Alliance begin to vanish. Is Aldred behind the disappearances, or is someone else vying for power? When Lincoln discovers the truth, it upends his entire world, threatening his future with Myla in ways no one could ever have imagined.

“I absolutely love Christina Bauer’s style, full of action, intense scenes, and characters that will test one’s imaginations to the max!” – Tome Tender Book Blog

$3.99 for a limited time!

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Monday, 27 January 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Blood Bound by R.J. Blain

Blood Bound: A Lowrance Vampires Novel
Author: R.J. Blain
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
After waking in a shallow grave and clawing her way to freedom, Penelope Francis hunts for the rogue who stole her life and transformed her into a vampire. Despite being corrupted into a feared preternatural, she clings to her humanity and refuses to prey on innocents, instead slaking her thirst on other miscreant vampires.

In exchange for a chance at revenge, she joins forces with the charismatic master of the Lowrance brood, a choice that may spell the salvation—or destruction—of humanity as she knows it.

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Cover Reveal - Sticks & Stones by Dianne Beck


Sticks & Stones
Author: Dianne Beck
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: March 18th, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Description:
When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges.

Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and judge her based on the news they’ve heard about her mom.

Emily is sure her mother’s fiancĂ© is to blame for the crime. He has conveniently disappeared since the day of the arrest. She’s determined to find him, and prove he’s at fault. But something awful happens, shaking her world yet again.

After this string of tragedies, Emily starts to question God, but is gently and consistently reminded by her grandmother, through stories she tells of all the sticks, leaves, and stones she collects, that God is her good and faithful parent.

Emily must learn that the words others say about her don’t matter, that her mom’s mistakes don’t define her, and she is always deeply loved by her heavenly father. If only she can learn to forgive herself.



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About the Author
Dianne Beck has spent the majority of her career teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through adult. No matter what age, her biggest goal is to encourage her students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.

Dianne’s debut young adult novel, Sticks and Stones, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw so many students struggle with varying issues, and also experienced how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on their lives. She hopes young people as well as adults can find faith and strength, like her main character Emily does, even when things seem to be falling apart.

Dianne is motivated daily by her faith in God, her husband, and her four adult children. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, browsing a bookstore, or pursuing a part-time faith and fitness ministry at www,ofcommonground.com.

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